Masato finally wakes up and leaves uncaring wife Aya. He sleeps over at Naoko's place (nothing happens, except for a few gazes to the other futon). Aya blames Naoko for his leaving, calls her an animal for digging on her uncle, denies going to Naoko's apartment and threatening Naoko, and even suggests Naoko has a mental illness. Later, Masato wavers, but still believes Naoko (yay!). Naoko tries to stay away, with the help of her friend. The friend isn't all judgemental, but tries to steer Naoko away from the forbidden path. But she can't stay away from Masato who keeps calling her, damn it. They have to stop walking near traffic, because they have another romantic moment involving Masato protecting Naoko from approaching vehicles and/ or their splashing. Naoko starts crying says she can't stop loving him and... he hugs her. Cut scene to a week later. A visit from Masato's brother/ Naoko's father highlights the guilt they feel. After Masato sees Aya and Naoko staring each other down at school, he runs away...to accept an offer to study at Pittsburgh University. It's either really noble or really chicken. Both I guess. Darn, it looks like both women have to go on without the oh-so-desirable Masato. Until he comes back, otherwise there's no show, of course.