One of the hardest things about watching Uchouten Kazoku is figuring out just who pisses me off the most.
But I think it's Benten.
save Yasaburou momentarily - but it seems very likely that his puppyish adoration and entertaining levels of idiocy amuse her. She's only playing the role she's cast in, of course, and as brilliantly as any character has for ages - she's the very definition of a capricious and remote God-figure for whom the lives of mortals (especially men) are a plaything.
promptly gets himself captured by Kinkaju and Ginkaku. It doesn't speak much for Yasaburou that he could let himself be outsmarted by those two, to be honest, though I suppose with a year to come up with something even Kinkaju can marshal a competent scheme. Meanwhile we have Yaichirou and Mother being held by Souun at Denki Brandy's shop (where we briefly meet another of the Seven Lucky Gods, Jurojin - ironically, the God of Longevity), where the despicable old knob reveals his true intent - it's the pot for Yaichirou (and I presume Yasaburou, though this isn't made 100% clear) but he has other ideas for Mother. Clearly this is a major part of Souun's grand design, because she as much as anything is what he feels Souichirou has "stolen" from him. Souun's story could hardly be a more classic Buddhist parable - everything he does is driven by attachments to the material, and on some level it appears he's aware of what a foul beast he's become. But he seems beyond remorse at this point - Mother's pleas to spare her children fall on deaf ears.
electric personality she discovers where Yashirou is being held captive and helps him escape. He's the first of the brothers to face his crucible moment, it seems - to "put his tail away and run for it", just for starters. Yashirou has been protected and sheltered all his life, up to and including his rescue by Kaisei - but now he finds himself truly alone and with the fate of the Shimogamo in his small, trembling hands. She advises him to head to Chikurintei, the soba-ya where Yasaburou is being held (a fact revealed to Kaisei by a slightly too convenient phone call from Kinkaju) but in fact, it makes more sense to head for the big brother who still has his freedom - the frog in the well. For the first time Yashirou, who "inherited nothing but the innocence" of his father, is forced to make a decision on his own with the highest possible stakes.