Week 18 4th October Episode 48-50 母なるリンゴ & 牛肉の力 & 究極の作法
I’m starting in a bit early on next weeks episodes. First off is Episode 48 母なるリンゴ
This is another food nostalgia/food memory episode. This time about an engaged couple, the woman is an acquaintance of Kurita. Yamaoka has been dragged along to a double date of sorts at a cafe. The husband to be orders apple pie and apple tea, leading to the rest of them following suit. Though the fiance is soon throwing a tantrum about how bad the tea and pie is! >:
Turns out he does this all the time. Like, maniacally. (what’s up with all these weirdo men, getting married in this series, forcing their wives to put up with varying degrees of food related madness ^^;)
Well, there’s a history behind this fixation on apples: the fiance was abandoned by his mother as a kid, with her leaving him with his father during a divorce (?)), while she left with the little brother. He’s very bitter about this. Which, frankly, coming from a well-to-do, grown-up man comes off as pretty extreme. Furthermore, due to his inability to forgive, he breaks off the engagement as he doesn’t want a family
Well, the mother, having moved to the US has not been in a position to contact him. Until now that is. She’s back in japan and willing to talk things out with her lost son. But, he’s not at all interested about what she’s wanting to talk to him about rejects meeting her.
Yamaoka does his scheming thing, by facilitating an encounter between mother and son, without him knowing about it. He invites the fiance to a cafe, but behind the scenes it’s the mother doing the cooking. Turns out she makes delicious apple pie and apple tea. As the true chef is revealed, there’s finally reconciliation (though, not before the man throws another immature tantrum and generally being a jacka$$ about it ^^;.
Feels like I lost the plot partially here. Something something about how the mother contacts Kurita and Yamoka, so they meet up - before the main scheme takes place. Memory is foggy…