Written by: Shûkei Nagasaka
Directed by: Kosuke Suzuki
Original air date: January 15, 2021
Start the Clock: As the Shido family gets a helicopter ride back to CTU, the assassin gets his rental car on the road. Rikka and Miyu are headed to the hospital just in case. Midoroku is on the scene as they depart and Genba promises to be there right after he answers some questions. Mylo comes to congratulate Genba on getting back. Genba asks Itsuki to look after Rikka and Miyu at the hospital. He has a feeling the day is not over and does not know who he can trust.
Itsuki asks Midoroku to leave, though that is quickly denied unless Itsuki takes an escort. After explaining the situation, Midoriko makes a meal out of the irony then has Nanjo take over for Itsuki. For her part, Itsuki is silent about the reason for leaving. As Rikka and Miyu arrive at the hospital, a nefarious car is there. We know it is nefarious because it is vibrantly red and there is ominous music.
Miho, a number cruncher, talks about how the preliminaries look great. Yohei reports to Urara, but she is still sullen. She tells Yohei about the situation with her supposed backers. Yuta was with Yohei during the time in question but that will not be accepted in court. The other people at the campaign can also testify but that is not brought up for reasons unexplained to the viewer. She tells Yohei to be silent.
At the hospital, Rikka finally gets her stomach looked at. Asked about anything else, Miyu makes motions and is asked to leave the room. Rikka confides in the doctor about the flunkie and the doctor suggests counseling, either with a professional or someone she can trust.
Yuta is brought a snack as well as condolences for Dr. Touku, which is news to Yuta. He confronts Urara who tries to hide the truth, but Yuta connects the dots, about the circumstances at least. He wants to go forward with what happened, but Urara forbids him. It goes against what she stands for and Dr. Touku was there for Yuta when he needed help. Urara cannot tell him why they have to keep the secret and the two embrace though it is rough for both mother and son.
13:23:36 Newly promoted director Naomichi comes, is friendly with Nanjo and blows past Midoroku. He exchanges pleasantries with Genba before getting down to business. As Genba starts to explain, Naomichi turns on the camera, meaning things are a little more formal than Genba thought.
Itsuki checks on Rikka but finds out they are not in that room by an officer who is inspecting it. Going to a room down the hall, she finds the two are in good shape. Genba has some explaining to do and they need to ask Rikka and Miyu some questions since it is a terrorism case and all. This is news to the two, but they agree to cooperate. As Itsuki passes the first room, there is no one there. Her spider sense tingling she finds a nearby officer who says he and his partner just arrived and it is only the two of them. The partner is not the person Itsuki saw earlier.
13:31:11 Naomichi gives Genba an A+ for being a father/husband but an F- for breaking the rules. Genba counters that he had to break rules as his family was in danger and he never deviated from keeping Urara out of harm’s way. Itsuki calls and gives Genba an update. She is concerned about the visitor, but Genba is tied up with Naomichi and asks Nanjo to handle it.
Nanjo tells Midoroku that there are three more assassins in the area, only two of whom they can identify.
“Yogu’ calls Andre asking to have a chance at following through. Andre is cold to the idea and confirms that the unloading is done. The house near ‘Yogu’ explodes and Sports Car Assassin, identified as Alexi, shoots ‘Yogu.’
Magoroku brings Urara a file on Genba’s missions.
13:41:51 Nanjo asks Midoroku to get more people since the other assassins are in the area and she agrees to maybe sort of mind of consider thinking about it. She then asks Nanjo to talk to Naomichi about what happened. She clarifies with a very biased overview of Genba’s actions while dangling a promotion.
Midoroku goes to talk to Genba. She will let him talk to his family after she gets some questions answered. Genba talks about how Ted was the financier for their operation. Itsuki talks to Nanjo about the ‘officer’, and they look into moving Rikka and Miyu.
Urara looks at the heavily redacted file on Genba when she gets a call from CTU. Yuta tries to talk to Yohei concerning the about face from Urara, but Yohei cannot tell him the truth so asks Yuta to drop it. Yuta gets all angsty before Urara comes in and tells everyone that there is a change of venue by request of CTU. The danger has not yet passed.
13:50:06 Naomichi asks Nanjo about the events of the day. Genba is on thin ice and discipline is almost unavoidable though a lot is riding on what Nanjo has to say. Nanjo admits there is no love lost with the two, but he supports Genba fully.
Magoroku approaches the packing Urara about Genba. There was a mission years ago against the Federation of which only Genba came out alive. Urara was the one who authorized it leaving her to conclude that Genba blames her for their deaths. Miho leaves the suite, goes down the hall and into Alexi’s room where things get steamy.
Ken stumbles into his place in the warehouse area. Itsuki talks to the forensics team. The room has been wiped down and the security footage erased. These are professionals they are dealing with. She interrupts Midoroku’s interrogation of Genba and the move is authorized. Undeterred, Midoroku asks Genba to continue.
Rikka has some fluid causing the pain, but the doctor gives her a pregnancy test just in case. Itsuki gets them out while noting some suspiciously open doors. As they leave, the ‘officer’ makes a call to an unknown party to give an update.
Urara enters CTU asking to speak with Genba.
iMagic: Midoroku adjusts the camera in the interrogation room after Naomichi had already been interrogating Genba.
Stormtrooper Accuracy: Alexei is right down the freakin’ hall form Urara and does not make an attempt on her life. Are they even trying anymore?
Dunder Mifflin: One of the bigwigs from CTU comes in and few bat an eyelash.
Money Shot: Campaign strategist Miho Shingyouji and Naomichi Nakasone CTU New Director get a spotlight.
Food Glorious Food: Settling into the interrogation room, Genba asks for some water and gets some along with a boxed lunch. Yuta is offered some pudding. We see all three and the bottle of water is the winner as the pudding looks crappy and the lunch is a couple slices of bread.
Peter Griffin Moment: Miyu objects to having to visit the hospital. Genba assures her it is just a precaution given what happened.
[REDATED] it!: Mylo jokes with Genba about age catching up with him. Genba takes it in stride.
The Cubbies: Nanjo just kind of hangs around when Genba comes back and walks down the hall.
I’m Not a Spy: Midoroku reacts to the irony of Itsuki looking after Rikka. For her part, Itsuki does not bat an eye.
Five Minute Rule: Miyu does not want to go to the hospital because she is feeling fine gosh darn it.
Amnesia Bait: Rikka glances daggers at Itsuki but is ultimately cordial.
24-Gate: Magoroku is in the room when Yuta comes in and cannot leave fast enough.
Let’s Up the Rating: Rikka might have been pregnant this whole time.
THAT kind of topless: The explosion from a nearby house ends up not killing ‘Yogu,’ he gets a bullet just to be sure.
Day Player of the Week: The forensics officer is pretty complete with his examination of the room.
Employee of the Month: Urara connects the dots but does so in such a way that she gets the wrong picture.
One More Time: “Getting straight to the point. I’ve got five cases. You’re involved with all of them.”
Naomichi getting down to business.
Hour Time: “It’s not just the report that will be finished. Your ID and gun.” This is a very transitional episode. Everyone but the Urara group is at CTU for the start and while they do separate, things move on ahead, but this is the first time most of the characters have been at the same spot at the same time.
Rikka is really standing on her own. She knows that Genba is separated from her, and it takes her all of two seconds to realize that he and Itsuki have been involved. It does help that Genba got back together with Rikka in the end and Itsuki did help rescue them, but every time Rikka and Itsuki are together, there is that harmful reminder. It is all the more ironic when you consider that Itsuki is there at Genba’s insistence. For her part, Itsuki does not pick up on the awkwardness which follows what we know from the character. Itsuki is professional going very far to keep them safe even through the X-Files of it all.
After hours at the complex being an action hero, Genba has to do what he has most dreaded; file a report. The invoice of him breaking all the rules has come due. He makes several strong points about breaking rules only when he had to but with everything that happened, he might not be able to stick around. It is a different kind of fight and one that he is less prepared for. He knows it is a steep uphill battle.
We get an introduction to Naomichi. While he is down to business, there are some nice touches throughout. For one, he is friendly with Nanjo. For another, we know that Genba was involved with taking down some people in CTU who were dirty and there is subtext that Naomichi knew one of them or was promoted because of that. Either way, he is straightforward as he steps into his new role. There is a calmness that is covering nervousness.
Nanjo has a good moment where he sticks up for Genba. The two will not be going to a bar after hours and slamming some sake, but from a professional standpoint, Nanjo respects Genba. Midoroku says that, as the one who sounded the alarm, Nanjo’s voice will speak loudly, and he has Genba’s back. It says a lot about the two when they have little interactivity otherwise.
Urara has almost a direct continuation from the previous hour. Yuta finds out about Dr. Touku and has nice father/son and mother/son scenes. Yuta does not know the lengths that have been taken to keep him safe and out of the picture and his parents have no choice but to keep up that image. There are scenes you have with professionals and scenes you have with family. Urara draws the wrong conclusion still under the framework that Genba is acting against her.
One issue that comes up with this episode is some odd editing choices. In theory this is supposed to be in real time, but several scenes do not bear that out. The helicopter flies Genba in and second later, he and his family are off. Naomichi goes off to the interrogation room and is there seconds later. Itsuki checks the stairwell and is in a van leaving the hospital seconds later. These are distractions from an otherwise good hour. After some big action scenes, we have some good story beats to work with.