When last we saw out intrepid heroes–they were in the middle of a huge fight with only mere moments to go before they started filming their drama together. The fall-out continues here as Rei attempts to determine how best to defuse the situation. But he doesn’t suspect Izumi’s temper will allow a swift resolution, as he uneasily recalls that Izumi can hold a grudge for a long time, having experienced his temper first-hand when Izumi was younger.
In his own dressing room, though, Ryouma is busy cursing Izumi’s name, refusing to accept how thoroughly Izumi’s gotten attached to Kisaragi. The very man himself comes in, though, hoping to make amends, and starts off with a realization he’s just come to: “So you two are dating, huh??”
Ryouma: “You’d better not breathe a word of this to anyone…”
Kisaragi: “Aww c’mon, I’d never do that! Not so long as you gimme a kiss~”
Obviously that’s not going to happen, as Ryouma’s fist demonstrates, and Kisaragi smoothly explains that he’d just gotten that impression given the lengths to which Ryouma was going to protect Izumi’s virtue. He then chides Ryouma for starting a fight so close to the start of filming, and Ryouma takes this opportunity to unload, ranting at length about how this is all Izumi’s fault, how he’s a cheating whore, how he’s fawning all over Kisaragi.
Kisaragi doesn’t react, though, calmly explaining that there’s no way he could lay a finger on Izumi–not with Rei around–even if he’d wanted to.
Kisaragi: “So get in there and make up already! Or I’ll seriously make a move.”
Kisaragi: “On you.”
Ryouma’s a professional–he knows that he needs to put on his game face and be cool at a time like this, and he also knows that he really does need to trust Izumi more…but still…
Filming starts as scheduled, and while Izumi and Ryouma have both cleaned up nicely and are in costume, giving dazzling smiles to the staff as they offer their greetings, they’re still awkward and uneasy around one another, each refusing to give an inch.
However, once filming starts…Ryouma is given the shock of his life: Izumi is actually really really good. Given how new he is at the whole acting gig, Ryouma had obviously expected him to be tripping over his own feet, but the power of Izumi’s performance absolutely bowls him over, so much so that Kisaragi has to call cut as Ryouma flubs his own lines, dragging Ryouma into a side room for a talk.
Izumi is worried by Ryouma’s strange behavior and sudden disappearance with Kisaragi, and when he preemptively assures Rei that he had nothing to do with it, Rei allows him his delusions, but offers a reminder as well:
Rei: “We’re family, so no matter how much we may fight, in the end, we’ll eventually come around and make up. But Ryouma…is a stranger. He’s not family.”
That means these little misunderstandings can all too easily lead them to a point where they’ll never be able to make up again, because they don’t have that base to return to–a thought which sends a shudder of guilt through Izumi.
Kisaragi confronts Ryouma about what happened during filming, and when Ryouma realizes that Izumi received no special training from Kisaragi or anything, that this is pure, unadulterated talent, he panics, fearful that this is a sign he’s going to eventually lose Izumi.
He’d forced this drama into his already-packed schedule thinking it was all for Izumi, to help Izumi, but in the end it just made him too busy to see Izumi, and now he’s gone and gotten jealous over the stupidest things and fought with Izumi. With this added pressure of Izumi turning out to be ten times the actor he is, Ryouma’s realizing that Izumi doesn’t need him at all–he’s going to move forward and leave Ryouma behind now.
Kisaragi awkwardly looks on, unsure of how to get Ryouma to snap out of his funk, and eventually decides to try the same trick he did with Izumi: hypnosis! Ryouma seems up for anything right now, desperate to recover, and allows Kisaragi to try if he can.
In a snap, the trance is over, but before Kisaragi can test whether it worked or not, a staff member barges in with Izumi in tow, having caught him sneaking around outside the room, clearly worried about Ryouma.
Izumi is still feeling bad for their fight, though, and can’t bring himself to meet Ryouma’s eyes.
Izumi: “If…I’m the cause of Ryouma’s poor performance…then I’ll speak with him.”
Kisaragi is overjoyed and drags Izumi closer urging the two to hash things out. But when Ryouma looks at Izumi…
Ryouma: “And…you are?”
…he doesn’t seem to recognize him at all. The hypnosis worked–in fact, it worked too well. The fight they had is nothing compared to this new problem: a Ryouma who doesn’t seem to recognize Izumi at all!
TO BE CONTINUED…