Titre original : End of the Struggle
After giving up the four-run homer Goro falls to his knees in despair and exhaustion. The team helps him back to the locker room as the USA chants fill the air. After changing Goro decides to go to the hospital to check on Gibson instead of back to the hotel. Gibson Junior informs Goro the surgery only has a 50% success. The two wait in the hall for news until early the next morning. As soon as Goro learns Gibson is okay he returns to the hotel. The next morning Goro pretends to be sleeping so he doesn't have to face everyone, but Shigeno realizes he's faking sleep because he's laying on his left shoulder. Goro takes that note for future reference. At the hospital Gibson congratulates Junior on the walkoff homer and his MVP award. Gibson Junior says his father was the real MVP and he's going to put it into his trophy case, but Gibson refuses saying Junior needs to start his own trophy collection with the MVP award. That afternoon Miho wonders if it's okay to leave Goro without saying goodbye, but Shimizu admits she wouldn't know what to say with his face the way it was. Goro just misses them at the airport as he shows up to say godbye to his Uncle, brother, and mom. Goro's flight is supposed to be in the evening for Florida, but he misses it and goes to a park instead. For some reason he can't seem to find a passion for baseball. The next day Fuji and company arrive back in Japan, and Fuji is shocked when he sees Shigeno. He calls Shimizu, and she decides to start searching for him to see if he has returned. Eventually Shimizu goes to Honda's grave where Goro is once again waiting. He sees Shimizu and admits he's not sure if he'll play baseball ever again.