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<EPISODE 12>

A truly unforgettable episode - and not just because I love the classic by Nat King Cole!

I must admit that I rolled my eyes when we saw Jinkawa at the beginning of the episode, but this episode's treatment of Jinkawa was a major surprise and break from what we saw in the past. For one thing, I was so glad Jinkawa didn't take on the snobby "holier than thou" personality in dealing with Ukyo's partners. The way he used to treat Kaito was so annoying. It was refreshing to see how Jinkawa treated Kaburagi with utmost reverence. Even Ukyo was surprised - and he never shows how taken aback he is!

Jinkawa's tragic story of heartbreak was difficult to watch. I can't imagine the complex emotions going through his head. It wasn't just the fact that he lost a woman he was in love with - it was the idea that he was the first one to discover her body, and to see her slashed face... it must have been so much for Jinkawa to handle. No wonder he practically lost it and put everything on the line simply to get revenge for the woman he loved.

The two murderers were just about the most sociopathic culprits we have ever seen on an episode of Partners. One of them was having a pity party because he felt he couldn't get a woman, and the other one wanted to leave his "mark" on the world by killing beautiful women before he died of his illness. Disgusting. The fact that neither man showed any remorse at the very end was disturbing, too. Did you see the serial murderer's face when Itami charged him? It was as if he couldn't have been more proud. Disgusting.

The scene between Ukyo and Jinkawa was very powerful. We hardly see Ukyo show that much emotion... when he held Jinkawa's face in his arms and Jinkawa started crying, I almost thought Ukyo was going to give him a hug to comfort him. It almost seems like Ukyo was driven to tears, too. Very good acting by Mizutani Yutaka. It made me realize all over again what an excellent actor he is.

Kaburagi and Ukyo inviting Jinkawa to the coffee house at the end was a very kind gesture, too. They didn't have to do that, but I think this gave Jinkawa the closure he so desperately needed. We will never know if Sayumi was going to accept Jinkawa's marriage proposal, but with the evidence Kaburagi and Ukyo provided, it seemed like she was going to say "yes." Sure, it might not make Jinkawa feel any better, but at least it could make a small difference in how he feels. Very nice of Ukyo and Kaburagi.

By the way, did Ukyo partake in the coffee drinking at the very end during the "Ethiopian coffee ceremony"? I thought we saw him taking a sip, but I wasn't sure. How nice that he participated, even though he usually avoids coffee.

I like the budding friendship between Kaburagi and Jinkawa, and I hope we see Jinkawa back next season. For all we know, he could be back later this season - the annual Jinkawa episode came earlier than usual this season.

Honorable mention for this episode goes to Itami - I love how he always acts tough around Special Missions but always manages to somehow get their help or get them involved.

Excellent episode, one I would like to watch again in the future. Episode 13 airs next week!
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<EPISODE 13>

It wasn't one of the best of the season, but I did find this episode thoroughly interesting, and was rather surprised with the revelation of Mr. Journalist at the end as the murderer.

Seeing Itami "on the outs" with the police elites and having to join forces with Special Missions was refreshing. It was so funny when Itami came to the Special Missions office to ask Ukyo for his help, now that he was suspended. After all, if you're on the outs with the elites, what better person to cozy up to than Ukyo? Ukyo's always on the outs with the higher-ups, and he survives every time. Itami was having a hard time asking Ukyo for a favor, so in a 'face-saving' move, Kaburagi came up with a funny line about how he would agree to help Itami out, since he has "done favors for him" in the past. By doing that, Itami didn't have to ask Ukyo for his help - which was something difficult for Itami (or his ego, rather). Fun scene.

For a minute there, I was afraid Itami being dismissed was a way for him to be written out of being a main cast member on the show. That's my worst fear! Luckily, he got his badge back and was reinstated into the force at the end, so Itami won't be going anywhere anytime soon. emoticon

Fraud targeting senior citizens has been a plot explored before on this drama, as well as in other detective shows on Japanese TV. It is a serious issue in Japan today, and some of the stories are heartbreaking. I know this is a fictitious account, but I am sure there were many cases of seniors losing their entire savings and then committing suicide after realizing they had been duped. The plot discussed in this episode was particularly disturbing - as the criminals took advantage of not only the kindness of these poor people, but also tried scaring them - by making them think they had committed a crime and then asking for a ridiculous sum of money (as a "penalty") in return.

I don't feel bad for what happened to the 'victim' after the way she tricked so many victims. As for Mr. Journalist, it really seems like the whole thing was an accident, but by covering up the murder, toying with the scene of the crime, and then staying mum about the whole thing, he got himself a pretty strict prison sentence, I'm sure.

To me, it was actually surprising that Mr. Journalist was the murderer. The whole time, I thought the editor-in-chief was the culprit, since he was acting suspiciously from the get-go. It turns out that he was innocent.

I wonder if the son of the elderly victim will face any charges? He did technically instigate the whole thing, although he never asked for the journalist to murder anyone. If he does face charges, it would probably for not reporting the murder, since the journalist had told him everything as soon as he committed the crime.

Is it just me, or has Mr. Forensics Guy been awfully rude and snappy lately? I don't remember him being this cranky before. Hmm.

Episode 14 airs next week!
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Once again I missed the very beginning of the episode. But tuned in at one of my all time favorite moments! Kaburagi and the nosy investigators outside gawking into Ukyo's office. Kaburagi makes a swift move into the window "frame" then pulls his ears and makes a face at them. A little "stimulation" for those guys!

This is an episode I'm going to enjoying rewatching today. emoticon
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<EPISODE 14>

I didn't quite enjoy this episode as much as others in the season, but at least everything made sense upon watching the conclusion! It was directed by that one person who likes the more complex plots - where they insert all these characters into the mix and then expects us to follow along while going a million miles a minute with all the details. So, it was a pleasant surprise when the episode finished and I figured out what had happened. LOL!

The comedy duo had an interesting dynamic. I found it interesting that the one guy took the fall so that his partner could go out on his own and do comedy by himself. Now that he will be going to prison, his partner can spread his wings and fly without worrying about his less talented partner holding him down.

Speaking of which, I thought the tall, skinny guy had more talent than the other one - I just sort of assumed he was the "favorite" and the 'brains' of the group. How interesting that the other guy was actually the one who was the fan favorite.

Not too much else to comment about the case. i got the feeling that Ukyo and Kaburagi played a somewhat lesser role in this one - which, looking back, doesn't make much sense because they were in most of the episode. I think with all these characters, there is less time for the detectives to 'shine' since they have to develop everyone else's story and role in the case.

Nchristi, that scene was the highlight of the episode! I've always been waiting for someone to 'scare' the two Lookie Lou's away from the Special Missions window. Kaburagi did it! Now I like him even more. I bet those two will think twice before staring inside the office again. LOL! Well, they've been doing it for 14 years now... old habits are tough to break!

Episode 15 airs later this week.
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Last night's Partners episode was just terrific. One of the most enjoyable I can recall. And Yes, it has become much more of a comedy!

Loved the scene near the beginning where Mr. Contact Lens meets with the Yakuza boss in the classy dining room. It cracked me up when loud words were said, causing black-suited Yakuza protectors to jump up simultaneously from all the surrounding tables at which they had been planted—and which I hadn't noticed!

The banter between Kaburagi and Ukyo reached a new level in this episode, too. Kaburagi worried about Ukyo's brilliant "brain cells" if he (Ukyo) doesn't figure out this case. Ukyo basically tells him to mind his own business. Kaburagi goes out on his own to make Mr. Scar cooperate with the police on identifying the murderer of the Yakuza daughter. Kaburagi's actions fail and stir up more trouble. But it also causes Ukyo to come up with a plan to trap/fool Mr. Scar, who prides himself on knowing and using the technicalities of the law to frustrate the detectives, and to keep himself just within the law so the cops can't touch him. Until Ukyo.... Not only does Ukyo outsmart him, but does it in a way that crushes Mr. Scar's arrogant ego.

Excellent episode. It was in the old-style Partners format, following a chronological order of events, letting us see everything as it unfolded instead of whipping out a bunch of extended scenes at the very end, scenes we hadn't seen, which makes it impossible to figure out anything... or even want to try to do so. Uou just sit their like a dummy while they spoonfeed you the ending.

Then there was their last scene together. There they are, the two of them in Ukyo's office... everybody else has gone home and turned off the lights. Kaburagi is being "held after class" by Ukyo, who is about to give K. a major scolding for his foolish steps in this case. Of course, they both have deep, unspoken affection for each other. Whatever will or will not be said will only strengthen their bond... of that we can be confident.
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I'm curious to see where the Ukyo-Kaburagi-Sachiko subplot goes. Kaburagi asks Sachiko out to dinner while he and Ukyo are at Hana no Sato. She seems reluctant to accept the invitation while casting a momentary glance(?) at Ukyo.
Then the scene cuts to Kaburagi having dinner with his Ministry of Justice boss discussing Ukyo and Sachiko.
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<EPISODE 15>

I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, too. It reminded me of the old Partners episodes, as you mentioned, Nchristi. The plot was very straightforward, and everything made sense at the end - we didn't need a bunch of random scenes at the end hurriedly put together at the end to conclude the case. Funny, easy to understand, yet exciting and suspenseful.

Yes, the yakuza scene at the beginning was hilarious! I hadn't noticed those yakuza guys sitting around Mr. Contact Lenses, either! They all fit in so well to the surrounding area. Although, I had my doubts that the yakuza guy was really the father of the murder victim. He seemed so cool and collected that I thought he was covering for someone else - whose real identity was to be kept secret. When he showed some emotion later in the episode when talking to Mr. Scar, I realized that he was the dad, after all.

Kaburagi is becoming my favorite partner, and his debut season isn't even over yet! I find it entertaining how he isn't scared to give Ukyo a couple of digs - although Ukyo fires right back. Kaburagi has also proven himself to be a bit of a loose cannon. Not in a Kaito way, who liked getting physical with others if he lost his temper, but rather by just doing his own thing without necessarily consulting Ukyo.

I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear the conversation between Ukyo and Kaburagi at the end. Who knows how long that took!? But yes, no matter what the contents of the conversation, I am confident that Ukyo and Kaburagi will grow even closer to each other after this incident.

The most interesting part of the episode to me was the whole love triangle (can we call it that, even?) between Ukyo, Sachiko, and Kaburagi. Kaburagi seems to think Sachiko and Ukyo are dating. We, the audience, know that isn't true, although I have always had the feeling that Ukyo has a sort of platonic admiration for Sachiko. Maybe she reminds him of Mrs. Ex-Ukyo? Perhaps he wants her to stay single, so they can carry on something of an exclusive, yet platonic, relationship. Kaburagi seems set on getting a date with her! I guess it's all up to Sachiko.

The dirty look Ukyo shot towards Kaburagi's direction when he was flirting with Sachiko was hilarious. Classic Ukyo right there!

Mr. Scar might have been the most unlikable character who doesn't get arrested at the end of the episode. I was almost sure he was the murderer and was making up that bit about the video in order to evade capture, but it turns out he was innocent, after all. I enjoyed watching Ukyo get on his last nerve at the end - it would be fun to see him back as a recurring character. How would he feel if he was the victim of a violent crime and the police come to his rescue? Bet you wouldn't hate them so much then, Mr. Scar!

Great episode, indeed. Episode 16 airs next week.
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On Kaburagi, Sachiko, and Ukyo...

Kaburagi wants to date every woman who appeals to him hormonally. But he hesitates (rethinks) when it comes to Sachiko. I think it's because of the male code of not messing with your friend's territory. Even though Ukyo and Sachiko are not openly dating, it still seems to me that their relationship is something dignified, something set apart from and way beyond that of only a long-time customer and proprietress. Kaburagi senses a boundary but doesn't quite know what to think, so he curbs his actions.

As for Ukyo, he doesn't really seem to be pursuing Sachiko. On the other hand, though Ukyo doesn't say anything, the guarded expressions on his face sometimes seem to give a little hint of feelings not wanting Kaburagi to jump into the mix. Perhaps Ukyo would not do anything to suppress any future relationship between K&S, but I still suspect he would not find inner happiness over the prospect, regardless of what he says on the outside.

But who knows? Maybe Sachiko might develop feelings for Kaburagi? It's kind of a scary idea, though, because he is too much of a womanizer to be a good marital prospect, I would think. Of course, Kaburagi might be another Benjamin Disraeli....
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Yes, no matter how much I like Kaburagi, I don't think there is any part of me that wants to see him end up with Sachiko. Anyone else, sure! Just not with Kaburagi. He is definitely the womanizing type, and even though I feel that deep down, he respects Sachiko and wouldn't mistreat her, I just don't see it working out!

As for Ukyo, I totally agree with you about him not wanting to see Kaburagi and Sachiko end up together - despite not openly saying or doing anything to sabotage Kaburagi's chances. Perhaps, deep down, Ukyo feels like Sachiko won't fall for Kaburagi's advances? Sachiko, despite her kindness, doesn't seem like a fool and I think she knows exactly what Kaburagi is trying to do.

I think this whole situation is great comic relief - I enjoy watching Sachiko blow Kaburagi off in the most polite way possible. Maybe Ukyo finds it somewhat funny, too. Although, I guess the only time it would stop being funny (for Ukyo) is if Sachiko agrees to go on a date with Kaburagi! LOL.
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Will utbhollywood be able to finish this season before they collapse down to 90 minutes per week in September? I am going to miss it very badly.
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