Retsuko becomes increasingly frustrated with her mother's overbearing ways. Director Ton demands the team be tough on their incoming new hire.
Without Retsuko's approval, her mother sets up an arranged marriage meeting. At first glance, new hire Anai seems like a nice and eager employee.
Director Ton berates Retsuko for Anai's lack of progress on the job. Meanwhile, Anai continues to react very badly to any feedback from Retsuko.
Retsuko and Anai have to host a food stall for the company's Family Appreciation Day event, but Retsuko does all the work herself to avoid conflict.
Everybody hates Retsuko's badly-prepared yakisoba. Anai doesn't lift a finger to help, until Kabae gives him some words of encouragement.
Hearing that Shirota has officially moved on, Retsuko lets herself be talked into attending a matchmaking event - where she runs into Director Gori.
Now with a driver's license, Retsuko takes Gori and Washimi on a road trip, but things go south when the two ladies get into a heated argument.
The unassuming Tadano turns out to be a rising tech mogul. He offers to take Retsuko out for ramen, but it's nothing like she imagined.
Retsuko begins to dream of a happy future with Tadano. She joins him on a business-related golf outing, and is horrified when Director Ton shows up.
The world learns all about Retsuko's high profile relationship and Tadano declares that he wants to be with her forever - without getting married.