Titre original : My Mom Has a History
At the shop, the others are happy that things are fine back at the Amano home. Though Yayoi says Masamune is not a bad fella but there are times he can be annoying that she wants to knock him out. Natsu tells how Chuubei has started his job at the supermarket. "Never thought that I'd be the loving wife making packed lunches past the age of 60." They are also making plans to go to an onsen next month. As they were talking, there is a new quiet customer at the shop, sitting next to Ben. They take notice and ask to be introduced. "He's what you may call my disciple," Ben says, proudly. He is Mizuguchi Takuma, who suddenly came to visit him last night and "we ended up chatting about the charm of amber til morning." Takuma says he is studying archeology in a university. However, Yayoi says she finds him suspicious. "You're a spy aren't you? From Hachinohe? Did you come to get 'machi-okoshi' ideas from here?" Yoshida: "Even if he's a spy what merit will he get by being near Ben?" Of course, Yayoi laughingly says she was joking and Takuma nods and smiles. Meanwhile, Chuubei wakes up early in the morning to fish, have his breakfast and goes to work. Haruko who went shopping, goes to see how her father is doing at the supermarket. She sees him arguing with the supervisor. Chuubei does not want to put 'time sale' seals on a special kind of tuna. Boss: "If we don't sell these with the same dates, and the same price, customers will complain!" Chuubei: "But when they eat them, they will know the difference!" Boss: "That'll be too late! They won't even try it because it's not half-priced!" Chuuubei: "But if you half the price, fishermen will cry!" Boss: "This is a supermarket! Set aside your feelings as a fisherman and do your job properly. What a troublesome Ojii-chan!" Haruko backs away from the scene, feeling sorry for her father. That night, Haruko does not mention the incident to Chuubei and leaves for her night shift. Aki asks her Grandpa to help her with her English homework since he's been all around the world. (If you want to know what he said, it's: "You know, among the English-speaking countries, Canadian women are the most assertive. You wanna see the letters I got from Canada?") The next day at the shop, while planning to choose which onsen to go to with her husband, Natsu gets a phonecall from the supervisor. She is told her husband left during breaktime and hadn't come back. She apologizes profusely and promises to find him. Aki learns about it and calls her mom who happens to be at a pachinko parlor. Haruko manages to find him right away for he is also in the same place as she is, playing pachinko. At home, everyone tries to talk with Chuubei about it. They ask what is wrong. Was the job too hard? Doesn't he like working with too many people? Does he want to rest for awhile? "No, no, the work was easy...it's just...it's just..." Chuubei could not give a clear answer but Natsu says it for him. "He does not want to rest. It is obviously the opposite. He wants to go back on his ship." Chuubei sighs, resignedly. "Natsu-san truly knows me well..." But they are against it because of what the doctor said about his health. Since there is a ship set to leave soon for India, Haruko asks, "So, are you gonna leave Mom? You might not come back alive!... Leave if you want, but don't go taking Mom to the onsen!" Chuubei: "It'll be painful to say goodbye." During the talk, Natsu has stood up and went outside to be alone. Aki checks to see if she's okay..."Bappa?"