Tatsuya sneaks into the man's office, looking for clues to support their suspicions. He manages to copy the president's hard drive onto a USB, but gets caught by the secretary on his way out. But no worries, since Cop Tatsuya simply pushes her against the wall and states "I have been thinking of you since the moment we met. I want to arrest you" while closing the space between their bodies. Yup, that would do it. No thoughts would be left in this ahjumma's head. Would definitely be worth getting fired for that one single moment.
Tatsuya is now officially a mafia boss. Poor Ikuo is a fish out of water as he is dumped into the massive offices of 1st division and told about the task force he will be working on. It has to do with the, super hush hush, cop murders. Hahahaha. Oh Ouroboros, you never disappoint. Yup, we have yet another serial killer mystery to solve. And this serial killer is targeting cops.
Hibino is not thrilled to lose her partner and goes straight up the chain of command to her father and complains. Daddy blows her off and pacifies her with the words that he won't be in division one forever, just for a while (Hmmm not a permanent promotion then). Hibino walks back into the division 2 office just in time to see Smirky Cop demanding some files. Eeeeak, is smirky cop still after our sweet Ikuo? It seems that he is indeed still in hot pursuit of Ikuo and now Tatsuya is also on his radar. It seems that Smirky Cop has made the connection that an insane amount of Ikuo's busts had something to do with Tatsuya's organization. Smirky Cop shares his suspicions with Hibino who objects and says there is no way this is true. But you can see that the seed of suspicion has been firmly planted.
Did anyone else burst out laughing when Ikuo meets his new partner? Poor boy just can't catch a break. This time around his partner is a gruff, cranky, loner that punches Ikuo for messing with his stuff. Cranky Partner might as well been flashing a neon sign over his head reading "does not play well with others".
Ikuo finds out that his partner is crankier than usual because the murdered cops are his friends from the police academy. Cranky Cop shows Ikuo a picture of a large group of men enjoying drinks together and explains how the four of them were very close and all started out together. Three out of the four of them are now dead, murdered by the cop killer. The soul survivor is Cranky Cop and he suspects that the killer will be coming for next. I can understand how that could make one a little sensitive. Ikuo also understands, but tells his partner that it is stupid to push everyone away and go it alone.
Ikuo and Tatsuya have their usual drinks together (or at least as together as they are able to) and Tatsuya discusses the information he found on the Haijima president's hard drive. Turns out that all of the directors of this company are retired policeman with connections to the Tokyo office.. Wow, that is pretty damning evidence for our heath company. I think we can all agree that they are as dirty as a baby's used diaper.
The next day Ikuo goes to work and finds out that his partner (Cranky Cop) had not shown up. Concerned, he finds out Cranky Cop's address and stakes it out. Eventually Ikuo wonders what he is doing and goes to leave. Only to hear the sound of a motorcycle and yelling down the street.
We see Cranky Cop going head to head with the killer who is riding a motorcycle while holding a machete. Hmmmm I am not sure if this is the most successful way of killing someone. It does set us up for a really wonderful action scene where Ikuo jumps and runs on the wall in order to attack the killer before he is able to chop up Cranky Cop. Have I mentioned yet, how much the action sequences kick booty? So cool. Cranky Cop comes out of the murder attempt with a cut on his head (idiot is lucky to not be headless) and is his usual cranky self as he berates Ikuo for showing up and then not following the perp. Ikuo just tells him he needs to go to the hospital and when CC starts dissing the 2nd division for having crappy cops, Ikuo decks him saying "I warned you not to talk negative about the 2nd division". Then helps him to the hospital since Ikuo is nice like that. Haha.
Through the old photograph Ikuo finds out that his 2nd division captain is also from this graduating class. Ikuo buys his previous boss lunch and questions him about the cops who had died and his new partner. Captain comments that only he himself, and cranky cop were not promoted, oh, and one other. He points to a person whose face had been scratched out of the photo. That cop had been sent to a nowhere job in the country. Ikuo's boss suggests he looks into this person since it might be connected.
Hibino had realized what Ikuo was doing and called in the cavalry. As she cuffs the killer, she cuts off his anti police rant -"If they hit you, hit them back? If these things keep happening then no one will be safe." It is interesting that she glances at Ikuo when she says this. It seems that she witnessed Tatsuya leaving the hospital and is starting to give credence to Smirky Cop's theories.
With the truth coming out about the cop killer Ikuo is once again partnerless. But not for long as he finds out that his new partner is in fact Hibino. A fact he is obviously thrilled about, at least until she right out asks him what his relationship with Danno Tatsuya is.
Tatsuya is, at this point, back in their hometown after he was contacted by Haijima's president. He is too late though, and finds the president's body set up as a suicide, beside a bunch of scattered papers. In these papers Tatsuya finds a picture of him and Ikuo as boys. Even more shocking is the photo of their Sensai in a policeman's uniform. Looks like they will have to look into her background whether they want to or not.
I like that the writers and director continue to give us great action scenes as well as developing the bromance. I hope that as our anti heroes develop and find out the truth, they do not come to odds. One of the best things about the show is their relationship and I would hate to see anything (even basic human morals) come between them.
It is interesting that smirky detective is trying to get Hibino in on the witch hunt of Ikuo. You have to give it to Smirky Cop, he is a very good detective and right on the money when it comes to both Tatsuya and Ikuo. But that doesn't mean we have to be happy about it. Will Hibino continue to see everything as white and black or will the reasons behind the boys revenge change her outlook? I have a feeling that the writers might try to redeem our bad boys. Personally I am OK living in the fantasy world that allows them to go around doling out justice to the bad guys. If it is not broke, why try to fix it?
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