The answer – I don’t know, but it is. For me, anyway. The musk/mask gag made me laugh. The way the characters gamely tried to play along with the strange signs posted all over the building made me laugh. Yoshimasa Hosoya doing his deadpan bit and Miyano Mamoru vamping for the camera made me laugh. "I want to be a pencil" made me laugh. And I could watch Karuta and Watanuki all day long. Maybe my standards are too low, but I appreciate that this series goes for broke with the pointlessness most of the time. I even like the potato bug Tokyo drawings at the end.
What’s really astonishing is that the “drama” of the episode – the thing that drove what passed for a plot – was something so trivial as Ririchiyo fretting over her coffee “date” with Soushi. And it didn’t even happen! The episode ended before eight o’clock came – I guess this event was so monumental that is commanded a two-parter. The appearance of Kage at the end explained the commands posted on the doors, anyway, and gave Sugita-san a chance to try and match Miyano-san in the overacting department. With Kage involved there’s usually some nominal conflict, so I assume next week’s episode is going to be a little more plot-driven. At this point I’m really not bothered either way – my expectations for this series are modest, and episodes like this one meet them admirably.