Uchuu Kyoudai continues to make this annoying cliffhanger weekend.
something caused it to crack. It seems as if there was good reason the series was biding its time in getting to that, and that's another reason why I'm pleased with the way things are progressing. Nitta the iceman had to have an Achilles heel somewhere, and - as is the case with many such types - it appears to be his family.
not paying much attention to their condition as he pushes forward. But it's effective enough to lift Team E into 4th place, freeing them of the punishment cycle and giving them a little extra burst on the fifth day, when Mutta takes over.
if he feels up to it". The details will probably come out next week, but it's pretty clear that this is a bad situation. It also seems likely that this will be the catalyst to finally force Nitta to open up to his teammates - I'm not sure how he can avoid it under the circumstances - and give Mutta the opportunity to do what he does best.
rattlesnakes, handguns (something which the Japanese members at the very least will have no comfort level with) and and sheer exhaustion.