After the neck scar girl had fallen asleep, Mikado had invited Masaomi over and told him what happened. Mikado doesn’t show the girl’s scar though, and Masaomi suggests just waiting and seeing until after the girl wakes up and can tell him some more. The next morning, the girl is still sleeping when Mikado has to go to school, so he leaves her by herself. At lunchtime, Masaomi asks about the girl but is more interested in figuring out if a guy in another class is a member of the Dollars gang. It turns out that Masaomi’s intuition is correct, and when they go talk to the guy, he reveals that he was invited into the gang by a random text message. He describes the Dollars as clear and colorless, unlike other gangs, and he has only met other members through coincidental encounters. Mikado decides not to tell anyone else about this.
Later that day, as Mikado and Anri are heading out from school, Anri reveals that she’s actually known about him for a long time now ever since she first noticed his name when she came to this school. This makes Mikado think that Anri is a stalker, but she reassures him that she’s not. At the school gate, the two run into a thug and his girlfriend who have been waiting for Mikado. This girl is the same one whose phone Izaya had crushed previously, and she has her boyfriend threaten Mikado. Luckily for Mikado, Celty and Izaya are there, and Celty knocks the guy out with a single kick. Izaya then scares off the girlfriend and reveals that he was waiting for Mikado as well. Mikado realizes that Celty is there to talk to him about the neck scar girl, so he excuses himself and parts ways with Anri.
Celty and Izaya follow Mikado until he asks them what they want with him, and Izaya lets Celty go first. Before she can communicate anything to him, Mikado asks her about herself and gets her to show him the inside of her helmet and reveal why she’s after the neck scar girl. Believing what she told him, Mikado agrees to help her clear up any misunderstandings with the girl and brings Celty and Izaya to his apartment. He goes in first to talk to the girl by himself, but he finds that she’s now gone, and he instead gets grabbed from behind by two men. These two men want to know where the girl is, but Mikado doesn’t know, and the two men run away when Celty and Izaya realize that something is up. Izaya tells Celty not to chase because he already knows that the two were from Yagiri Pharmaceutical. Hearing Izaya describe the company’s situation, the pieces start to fall together in Mikado’s head, causing him to spring to action by turning on his computer and going to the Dollars website. Remembering how he wanted a life different from others, he asks Izaya and Celty to cooperate with him for a while since he has all the pieces in his hand.
While I definitely wouldn’t call this a slowly paced episode, nothing of particular note seemed to happen in the first half. Masaomi’s playfulness was certainly fun to watch, but the conversation he and Mikado had with the Dollars member merely seemed to confirm some of the things we learned back in the Kadota episode. I was quite amused in the second half though with that entire sequence starting with Mikado’s stalker image of Anri, then Celty and Izaya showing up at Mikado’s school, Celty knocking out that thug, and finally Izaya bouncing up and down on top of him.
And of course the final minutes of the episode was where things really got interesting. I thought at first that Mikado was schizophrenic or something with the way his attitude and look suddenly changed to be so much more confident, and I laughed at the action shots of him using a computer mouse. Unfortunately, having been spoiled prior to this, I suspect I know the reason why Mikado was able to access the Dollars site, and it makes sense why they kept emphasizing how he doesn’t want a normal life. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens with his character and the story from here.
I’ll take this chance to reiterate: Please refrain from putting major spoilers in the comments, but if you must, please use the <spoiler></spoiler> tags.