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Greg, in tonight's episode, I know the subtitles mentioned "vibrio enteritis", which I believe means enteritis caused by the bacteria from the genuus vibrio, but did the dialogue specifically mention which species of vibrio?
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<EPISODE 3>

Excellent episode. I particularly enjoy these cases where the main investigation isn't primarily centered around a murder, but rather around other happenings. The food poisoning case was particularly interesting, especially since there were a variety of factors and 'culprits.' It made for an interesting mystery—I really had no idea (up until the end) about why the woman had to be murdered, and who murdered her. For some reason, I thought it was either the restaurant owner or the "Soup Top" guy who was responsible for the murder (in order to prevent negative gossip about their respective companies/products) but at the end, neither of them were guilty!

Watching this one really drove home for me the idea that food poisoning could happen to any of us, anywhere. A scary thought, but in this day and age of processed foods, and various foodstuffs being processed at companies far away and shipped across the country, it makes you wonder if what you're really eating is safe. The restaurant in this episode seemed nice enough—it seemed like a place where I would feel very comfortable eating at. Who would have thought that the patrons eating there would suffer from food poisoning!? I guess we should remember that this type of thing can happen at any restaurant, no matter how nice it is.

I was happy the mother who was hospitalized was okay. I was afraid that she was going to die (especially when Kanbe rushed over to the hospital after he had heard that somebody died) but it was a relief that she eventually came to. Besides the fact that their names all start with "K", another thing all of Ukyo's partners have in common (Kame, Kanbe, and now Kaito) is the fact that they occasionally become quite close to the family members of the victims. All of them have had an extremely caring and nurturing side to them—which brings comfort to worried family members and loved ones. Perhaps that's another reason why Ukyo sort of scouts them to be his partners.

I thought the man from the health department would be a perfect replacement for Miura, especially since his interactions with Itami were hilarious to watch. It reminded me of when Itami and Kame would go at it—a friendly but heated rivalry! I don't think it'll happen, but perhaps he'll become a recurring character like Jinkawa or something.

One last comment on the episode. I just remembered when LA restaurants started getting the letter rating from the food department in the mid-1990s. At that time, I remember seeing a lot of restaurants with a grade of "B" and "C"—there were more of those grades than "A"s! Nowadays, though, it seems like every restaurant is an "A", with a small number of "B"s. It makes me wonder if restaurants have really gotten cleaner, or if the system has become a lot more lax! Hmm.

Great episode and season so far. Episode 4 airs next week!
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I enjoyed this episode a lot too, likely because I'm currently taking a Medical Bacteriology class, and we were recently tested on the subject of vibrios. Vibrio cholerae is the causative agent of cholera. But I believe what the patrons of the restaurant had was due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus, which could cause the enteritis.

Well, after taking a Parasitology class last summer, I've pretty much become wary of eating anything raw. Even salads.

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What a coincidence that you just studied about some of the bacteria mentioned in this episode! If they had aired it before you took your exam, it would have been a nice little review session, wouldn't it!? emoticon
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Tonight's Partners episode was a fun change of pace. Set in the ballroom dancing scene, it provided some great diversions such as Mr. Contact Lens' and Ukyo strutting their ballroom stuff! That was fun. Also, it was interesting that our boys seemed to be on a double date together: Kaito & GF, Ukyo & Ms. Hana no Sato.

An aside, if you've never seen the Japanese movie "Shall We Dance" (1996) you're missing a good one. I loved that movie. Naoto Takenaka (Saru in the current Taiga) should have won an excellence award for his role. I've never laughed so much in a J-movie as I did in watching him. (In googling Takenaka's bio, I see that he did win an award for his role: Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor (Shall We Dance?))

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<EPISODE 4>

Yes, this was a great episode! The ballroom dancing element was so unique, reminding me of why I love Partners. Instead of a run-of-the-mill murder case, there is always the addition of an interesting backstory, which keeps things exciting. I enjoyed watching all the ballroom dancing scenes. That physique and posture! The scene that stood out to me the most was when Reiko and the company president were sitting and talking to Itami and Serizawa, during the first interrogation. Reiko was sitting up so straight—her posture was flawless. I guess it is because she is a ballroom dancer. Maintaining the correct posture must be so important to them, even off the dance floor.

Loved the double date with Ukyo/Ms. Hana no Sata and Kaito/GF. It reminded me of the early days, when we had a similar dynamic between Ukyo/Mrs. Ex-Ukyo and Kame/Miwako. Those little scenes were fun to watch, but they pretty much ceased to exist when Kame, Miwako, and Mrs. Ex-Ukyo left the show, especially since Kanbe never really had a love interest. Now, though, they're coming back! It has a great feel to it, giving me a nostalgic feeling of Partners seasons gone by. Hope we get to see more scenes like this in the future!

My favorite scene, though, was Mr. Contact Lenses strutting into the Special Missions office, with an imaginary dance partner. LOL! He and Itami are two supporting characters who I will never get tired from seeing. Always something funny going on with those two.

Was it just me, or was the waltz at the very beginning of the episode (when Kaito's GF was dancing with her co-worker during the competition) Edelweiss from The Sound of Music? It sounded like it, but I wasn't sure. That was one of my all-time favorite songs.

I also got a kick out of the scene when Kaito interrupted the ballroom dancing talk at the very beginning to tell the group that they should go get some dinner. LOL! The way he did it was too funny. Kaito has really started to grow on me as of late.

How ironic that the dancing couple was trying to cover up for each other, for a crime that neither of them had committed. I guess it showed their love for and determination to protect each other until the very end. I'm curious if Reiko will serve any time for her crime of throwing off the investigation and tampering with the crime scene, even though she wasn't actually the murderer. Ukyo has been shown to have no mercy for people who do that—even if they were innocent from the actual crime, he makes sure they are arrested for tampering with the crime scene. I've always been curious if they end up having to serve any time, though. If so, how long?

I was suspicious that the other dancer was involved, though. It seemed odd that she would suddenly want to switch to Latin dance after giving such an outstanding performance. I guess she thought that would keep her off the radar, but it ended up backfiring.

Shall We Dance has long been on my bucket list for viewing, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. After finding an all-new appreciation for Naoto Takenaka, though (his role as Seiichi and Saru has been way too good!) I will definitely check it out. He is an excellent actor who does outstanding in a variety of different roles.

Great episode. This has been one of the best season of Partners yet. Unlike other long-running dramas, this one keeps getting better and better! On to Episode 5.

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<EPISODE 5>

Great episode, but very sad. It reminded me a little bit of Job Hopper Buys a House, especially because of the whole interview business. It made me realize more and more just how important the job interview culture is in Japan. There is an entire industry centered around successful job interviews—books, cram schools, and even amulets. People are so desperate to get into a good company that they will do whatever possible in order to make their dreams come true.

One of the young interviewees made a comment to Ukyo and Kaito about cram schools that really rang home to me. When we're in junior high school, we go to a cram school to get into a good high school. When we're in high school, we go to a cram school so we can get into a good university. Now that we're in university, we go to a cram school to get into a good company. This is the last step. Cram schools really are a part of life for young Japanese from the time they are kids until they are working adults, ready to enter into society. I read somewhere that cram schools in Japan are a multi-million dollar (or, should I say yen) business nowadays.

Very sad case. I felt bad for the young woman who was murdered. She didn't have to die, especially since the creep who murdered her was paranoid about his own lies that got him the job in the first place. He didn't seem to be all there. Did you see how he started mumbling to himself right before he pushed her? It didn't seem like he was all there. He was paranoid about losing his fiancé (the company president's daughter) and his position as the future CEO, but now he really did lose them—he's in jail.

The writers did keep me guessing about who the culprit was until the end, though. The murderer was only in one scene prior to the big reveal, so I was surprised! I thought it was either going to be the best friend or the ex-boyfriend. The writers are definitely getting better at keeping the real culprit a mystery until the final scenes.

The ending of this one left me hopeful that things will eventually get better between Kaito and his father. Sometimes, it feels like there will always be such a huge divide between those two. However, as we saw at the end, perhaps Ukyo is going to be the person who will eventually get father and son to 'call a truce' and open their hearts to each other. Perhaps hearing that Kaito-Dad did play some sort of a role in his son's decision to join the force will sway his heart a little bit. I hope we see Kaito and his father let bygones be bygones sometime this season. It'll take a while, but I hope it happens... eventually.

Itami and Serizawa - I miss Miura, but since his departure, it seems like we're seeing a lot more of Itami. Plus, it feels like he and Ukyo are on an equal footing now—since they are the 'senior member' of their respective duos and each have a younger, less experienced partner.

Great season so far! Episode 6 airs next week.

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This episode reminded me a little bit of one we saw a few seasons back, where the culprit ended up being a master tailor. I can't remember if Kaito had joined the show yet, or if Kanbe was still around back then. That was one of my favorite episodes, not only because I was able to learn a little about the craft of tailory, but also because we got to see Ukyo in his element! When we see Ukyo around masters of a trade, he turns into a kid in a candy store, curiously asking various questions about what they are doing. Plus, it also reaffirms the fact that Ukyo is really into the finer things in life. No regular watch or suit will do—Ukyo only goes for the finest and the best.

I was sad that Mr. Watch Guy was the culprit, even though it seemed that he was being set up to be the murderer from the get-go. I was shocked that his "best friend" and boss was responsible for the murder of the wife 18 years before. I wonder if the fact that he befriended Mr. Watch Guy, coming over to his house on a daily basis and giving him a job, was all partly fueled by the fact that he felt a sense of guilt at having been responsible for the murder? That being said, if it weren't for the wife's death, Mr. Watch Guy would have remained an independent watch maker (his wife had encouraged him to remain independent) and so perhaps the murderer never regretted what he did.

Ironically, the designer (who was supposed to be murdered in the first place) got off scot-free, even though he was technically the one who created all the discord between Mr. Watch Guy and his boss/friend. I thought he might be more deeply involved in all this, but I guess he was innocent, after all.

The clock that Mr. Watch Guy had made was so beautiful and regal. There is something so eerie and haunting about old clocks, but they are truly majestic. They just don't make them like that anymore!

Loved seeing Mr. Forensics Guy practicing rakugo (traditional Japanese stage comedy). He has been a big fan since the early seasons! I remember he and Ukyo used to exchange CDs. My favorite moment was when Mr. Forensics came back from a rakugo event and gave Ukyo and Kaito a souvenir from his outing. Ukyo had more important things on his mind, so he literally took the souvenir without even looking at it and handed it to a confused-looking Kaito. LOL!

No Ms. Hana no Sato in this one, and very little Itami. This episode seemed to focus more on the case, for some reason.

Great season so far! Episode 7 airs next week.
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Besides the great characters and stories, I've also appreciated how the show will feature aspects of Japanese culture that showcase the appreciation for craftsmen and artisans. As you mentioned Hiroshi, we've seen tailors in the past and now a watchmaker in this story. If I recall correctly, one case involved a woman who hand-dyed her bandanas using natural pigments.


When I watch shows on NHK World like "Journeys in Japan," "Great Gear" or "Begin Japanology" (which is now "Japanology Plus"), they often feature craftsmen and artisans and their passion for preserving the skills to pass on to future generations. One example from one of these shows was how a small factory continues to make hand-made brooms of various sizes that are used for sweeping out tatami mats.
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Great point, Dunedan. I have learned so much about Japanese history, culture, and society from these J-dramas. They are far more than just entertaining programs—they really do a lot to teach us about aspects of life in Japan that are seldom written about in books or magazines. It's almost like getting a glimpse at life in Japan from the perspective of the Japanese people. I've learned far more about Japan and Japanese culture from these J-dramas than some of the classes I've taken! Partners is one of those dramas that has particularly been both educational and interesting to watch—not to mention enjoyable!
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Very enjoyable story. I was drawn in more than usual by the very thing Dunedan commented on, letting us peer into yet another field of craftsmanship—ability and desire to continue producing long-handed down skills that seem to be rapidly disappearing. I recall a recent program on a man who produces hand-made brushes (for artists, etc.)

I might not be remembering correctly, but it seems that there was only one other man who still had the knowledge and ability to produce these exquisite brushes. The featured craftsman was one of the two last masters of this art and he was hoping his adult son would continue the family business.

That prospect didn't look at all hopeful to me. Yes, the adult son made an appearance on camera, attentively watching his father work, but he seemed about as interested as someone watching paint dry... not to mention that his questions showed he didn't know some of the basic facts about his father's life-long craft.

I empathize with Ukyo's appreciation for the finely made things in life. He wants to hold onto them in a rapidly changing world, thus he populates his personal realm with the quality of yesterday, yesteryear. His car, his watch, his clothing, his tea (and the very fine cups from which he drinks it), even his speech and manners, all reflect the pleasure and glory of the former, non-plastic world.

For example, in watching "Global Messenger" recently, they featured a man who went to Canada, becoming a professional fishing guide. The gift his mother sent him from Japan was the fish net the father had helped his son make when the boy was very young. I've done a fair amount of fishing in my life and this was the first time I ever saw a fish net with a wooden frame & handle. It wasn't just wood, it was a beautiful work of art.

I enjoyed this week's Partners episode. It seemed a very nice change of pace, another fascinating, informative slice of life though dissecting yet another murder.
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