And so, the emotional roller-coaster ride continues.
Kii-chan (Kugimiya Rie, who can still do loli - a mode I much prefer to her tsundere one, now thankfully much in decline - like few actresses can). Kii is the adoring younger cousin of Tomoko, a petite imouto-type just entering middle school who's idolized her older cousin for years. The problem (there's always problems to spare whenever Tomoko is involved) is that her cousin has been feeding Kii-chan a line of BS about how popular she is, and about her boyfriend who "just wants to fool around every day". Naturally, with Kii coming to visit, this is a problem - Tomoko has convinced herself that her now older and savvier cousin will see through her lies and smell the stink of virginity on her.
high-school bitch" she thinks she needs to be to fool Kii, she goes shopping for clothes, only to be humiliated by the grade-schoolers who dress cooler than she does. Not able to successfully plant hickeys on herself - "Not enough suction!", not to mention the inability to suck her own neck - she uses the vacuum cleaner as a substitute. This is one of those classic Watamote moments where you want to laugh, but hate yourself for it - it is funny, dammit, but it's also pure torture to see Tomoko humiliate herself that way.
leaves huge rings all over her body and practically kills herself). This is really the first time when we've seen signs that Tomoko's mother has some clue just how badly her daughter is messed up. Any mother would be upset to see their teenage daughter after obviously having used the vacuum the way she did, and might even have shouted "You're always doing things like this!" But there was an edge of panic in her voice, which frankly reassures me because there should have been, and maybe this is a clue that Mom-oki isn't as hopelessly lost in denial as she seemed. Further evidence of this is the way she reacted when Tomoko viciously turned on her - she slapped her. That's something I never like to see a parent do, but if there were ever a moment when it was understandable, that was it. I really want to believe Tomo-Mom is capable of helping her daughter out of the sad, dark hole into which she's fallen, but that can't happen unless she's operating in reality and not in a fantasy world where her kids are still toddlers giving each other big sloppy kisses.
Kosaka, the boy who left Tomoko the umbrella back in episode 3 shows up. Turns out Kosaka is every bit as nice as he seemed then - he makes pleasant small talk with
illusions about her cousin are shattered, all the more so when Tomoko takes her to a mom & pop konbini so she can show off her skills against elementary-school boys at the Y