Things start to spiral down this episode, with the return of some very familiar faces.
Satoko’s a**hole of an uncle, Teppei, returns back to Hinamizawa, throwing Rika in to despair as she knows any world that he returns back are basically bad ones. Still, she tries to help Satoko, first by looking for Akasaka, then approaching Irie and Takano to ask them to move the Yamainu. She manages to persuade Irie to give the order, however the Yamainu aren’t able to do anything because Teppei is under police surveillance for a murder case, angering Rika she blurts out how Irie and Takano die in an outburst, combined with the imfamous emo facial contortions.
Back home, Rika converses with Hanyuu and she basically has totally given up hope for this world. The next day at school, everyone is curious about Satoko’s absence and Rika tells them about Satoko’s uncle return. Chie-sensei attempts to call Child Services and tries to visit Satoko at home, but her efforts are in vain. Seeing this, Shion almost goes berserk, and decides to go save Satoko, even if it meant killing Teppai, but she’s stopped by Keiichi.
Keiichi promises to save Satoko, without resorting to violence, and after conversing with his dad, he decides to approach the Children’s Welfare Bureau to tell them about the real situation with Satoko. Still, again, their efforts are in vain and Keiichi apologizes for being unable to do nothing. Rika cries at that and pleads Keiichi to save her, giving Keiichi a new conviction to do so.
Very much the “despair” episode, Rika’s despair goes even deeper in this episode, with her high hopes suddenly dashed. Still, Keiichi remains as a glimmer of hope for her. Man, Keiichi gets more and more respectable as the story goes. There’s really nothing to comment on this episode, except for the unexpected reappearance of the emo facial contortions.