It’s time for the cultural festival, and the art club is putting on a cafe. When asked by Takeuchi to come up with a dish, Elis mentions the omurice (omelet rice) that Hiroki is now famous for. Hiroki arrives home that night to find Elis having a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. Since Elis is having so much trouble trying to make her brother’s recipe (which uses a non-traditional white sauce), Tomoko suggests that she create her own original version. Elis decides to take the advice and has Takeuchi and Hiroki try out her dish which uses a brown sauce. After tasting it, Takeuchi recommends that Elis practice a bit more before the festival, but more importantly, she wants Elis to use the normal ketchup sauce. She of course is actively trying to change how Elis never uses red and later even asks Hiroki not to get in the way.
At the supermarket, Elis has some difficulty buying the ketchup, but she overcomes her fears. She’s happy about her accomplishment until she steps onto the road and has a flashback of the accident. The ketchup bottle breaks when she drops it and red comes spilling out. It’s made even worse when cars start running over the bag, getting red everywhere. Fortunately, Sumire is nearby and comes to Elis’ aid. After Elis has calmed down, Sumire gives her the stuffed turtle as a symbol of overcoming her fear and reaching her dreams. At school, Kiri pulls Takeuchi out and tells her about Elis’ parents and the accident. Just as Kiri is talking about Elis going at her own pace, Elis shows up and surprises them both with the ketchup. The day of the festival, Hiroki finally works up the courage to try the omurice. Elis gets through the difficulty of cooking it and presents Hiroki with an omurice just like how their grandmother used to make. And while it turns out that it still tastes pretty bad, the important thing is that Elis was able to use the ketchup.
So I guess that’s it? Through ketchup, Elis has gotten over her fear of red and we’re not past another major plot point. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the episode, only that I had expected it to be more gradual and for Hiroki instead of Takeuchi to be the one who gets Elis over her fear. I also didn’t see a purpose for Yanagi to be in this episode at all, unless it was just to show that he, Kiri, and Hiroki are comfortable being in the same room.
Next week, it looks like Kiri and Hiroki are going to be at the same inn together staying in the same room; it seems pretty big in terms of advancing Hiroki and Kiri’s relationship. I’ve got a hunch that we’re past the second round of “character episodes” and are now in a stretch of main story advancement going into the final weeks.