Thank God I picked this up before it was too late, otherwise I would have missed the opportunity to talk about this episode! I don’t know where to begin, other than saying it was possibly my favourite ever WORKING!! episode (of any season). I’m so glad I’m blogging this now. Not only because of how great this series is, but I can now relate to it so much more. Having worked in the service industry since the second season ended, whenever we see everyone at work (even Yamada!) it reminds me of my own job – right down to the weekly rota.
Satou & Yachiyo’s Date – More Importantly, the Underwear!:
And let us thank that rota for allowing Satou and Yachiyo to have the same day off. When he strung half a sentence together and actually asked her out on a date, I reacted the exact same as Souma (colourful background and all)! It was one moment of many that made this episode so enjoyable.
Yachiyo’s scenes in the diner where a highlight, hilarious from the moment she caught sight of Kozue and called out: “Sensei!”. Kozue’s expertise in drinking actually came in handy, and I couldn’t stop laughing throughout their exchange. Thankful Souta didn’t even intervene… that would have rid us of such a glorious scene. After that, Kozue has to be my favourite Takanashi sister.
From there, it only got funnier. As the other girls got involved, I couldn’t help but snicker at Inami’s bra problems. Maya popping from nowhere to stand up for normal underwear was a nice moment, proving that she still does exist. Will we see her again before the finale? Who knows… But it’s Yachiyo’s cluelessness that made it that much better. Again, like Souma, I was cackling throughout – I think Souma perfectly captures everything the audience and thinking and feeling this season.
Yamada Needs Petting:
And of course, you couldn’t have a fantastic episode of WORKING!!! without an equally hilarious Yamada subplot. After getting accidentally petted by Takanashi last week, Yamada was on a quest to relive the experience. Like Yachiyo, her going to her workmates for advice was seriously funny stuff. Her methods to get petted had me all-smiles, up until she actually did some work, which had me cackling like a mad man. Unfortunately, it was all for nothing. Even if Takanashi gives Yamada a pat on the end, it’s never going to be the same as when he does it to Popura. Poor Yamada. Life truly is cruel.
The Progress – The Hug!!!:
Okay, back to the date. It actually happened! Satou and Yachiyo actually went out drinking together, and it was amazing. Yachiyo was so nervous that she ended up downing her drinks too quickly – I’m a quick drinker as well, so I can relate – and ends up spilling her underwear secrets. Not only that, but she used Kozue’s “I think I’m drunk” move. That’s when I completely lost it, and laughed for a good minute. Even thinking about it again is making me grin.
But after a healthy dose of comedy, things get serious very quickly. I knew from the moment we saw a smoothly-animated shot of Yachiyo standing outside the pub, that we were in for something. I expected it to be another tease, like we’re so used to with WORKING!!. But it wasn’t. Yachiyo said that she wanted Satou to be by her side forever, and Satou went in and hugged her! If only Souma could have seen that… I don’t know how he would have reacted, but if it was anything like I was during that scene, it would be a mixture of shock and elation. I still can’t believe it actually happened…
Overview – What’s Next?:
Romantic progression! It’s happening! WORKING!!! is in its final season, and that means long-standing plot points are going to get resolved. This is the first step in Satou and Yachiyo (hopefully) ending up together, and everything about it was perfect. This was one of the best WORKING!!! episodes to date; I just hope we get more like this. More Satou and Yachiyo, more Souma cheering them on, and more Yamada, just for good measure.