Rich Man, Poor Woman – like a balm for my soul that sometimes kicks me in the shin before delivering the goodies. I know what I threatened to do if I didn’t get any kissing in episode 9, but I’m not one to hold grudges or fixate on what wasn’t there over what was. Episode 9 was some kind of wonderful, finally focusing all its attention on Makoto and Hyuga’s developing partnership both professionally and personally. I can’t say this episode delivered a narrative breakthrough or an emotional catharsis, but I enjoyed every minute of what did happen. I continue to pour haterade on the Asahina siblings, thought honestly both ARATA and Aibu Saki are doing a bang up job in their roles. But RMPW rises and falls with Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi, and the two of them continue to push all my shippy buttons and make me wish I can just watch them do nothing all day long. I love how the normally confident Hyuga is tentative around Makoto, and the formerly insecure Makoto is growing more radiant and assertive around Hyuga. They are seriously so cute I wish I could bottle them up and keep them on my nightstand to gaze upon them to my heart’s content. Until episode 9’s recap can be up, have a screencap recap of the Hyuga-Makoto scenes from the episode. Their new company is called Wonder Wall (thank yee very much, Oasis) and Hyuga’s newest motto is “Money is important, accepting any and all jobs, but never sell your soul.” Eat your heart out, Asahina!