Note: Recap will contain spoilers.
Recap: The episode starts where we left off – Ema has just read her family registry, and is shocked to discover that she’s adopted. She starts to have sudden feelings of abandonment, and doesn’t want to go back to the Asahina condo. Natsume finds her on a park bench and tries to persuade her to go home since the rest of the brothers are worried about her, but she refuses, and refuses to tell him what’s wrong. Natsume offers his apartment for the night, and she accepts.
When we get to Natsume’s apartment, the first thing we discover that he has twin cats named Tsubaki and Azusa, which he explain is “a long story.” Ema expresses to Natsume that she might be “someone no one needs,” and also feels guilty for “disrupting” the lives of the brothers with her presence. She thinks that her father didn’t really want her since he hasn’t come to see her since the wedding, and that he’s avoiding her in order to not tell her the truth. Natsume, like the other brothers, uses this opportunity to tell her that she’s not someone no one needs, then kisses her and confesses his love for her. Natsume explains that the reason they’re having these conflicts is because they all care about her so much, and that he wouldn’t kiss her out of “half hearted feelings” for her.
In the morning, Ema makes breakfast for the two of them, in which Natsume greets her in only a towel (by accident). Ema feels she’s not as mixed up as she was the night before, and Natsume tells her to come see him whenever she has a problem. When Louis arrives with Juli, Natsume confesses to calling the condo when she was in the shower so that they wouldn’t be so worried about her.
Natsume finally bothers to ask why Louis why he calls Ema “Chii,” with Ema saying “It’s just a nickname,” without revealing that it came from Juli. Louis takes the opportunity to give Ema a makeover, and Juli asks Ema what happened. Ema shows them the paperwork, and Juli gives a response that suggests he already knew. Louis invites her to the park so they can talk.
At the park, Louis makes the revelation that he is also not related to the Asahina’s by blood, explaining that he was adopted at the age of 2, with only the older brothers before Subaru knowing that he was adopted. He said that he agonized over it and also didn’t feel confident, but that over time his thinking changed and he accepted that you create memories with the family you’re with. He tells Ema that he’s happy she’s in the family, and that he wants her to think of him as family, too. He then kisses her on the cheek.
While on a park bench, the three of them fall asleep from exhaustion. Ema has what appears to be a dream of a humanized Juli (who also looks like a cute guy) explaining the circumstances of her adoption – her parents had died shortly after she was born, that her father loved her very much, and that he felt that her father should be the one to tell her about the adoption but couldn’t figure out how to do it. Then Juli apologizes for putting her through the grief, and after telling her “A smile really suits you the best,” confesses his love for Ema (even the squirrel? Really?).
When Ema wakes up, she wonders if it was all a dream. She suddenly gets a text from her father, who apologizes for putting her through all the grief and wants to sit down and talk with her. She then notes that the attached picture of her parents was the same as the one she saw in her dream.
She apologizes to the brothers for making them worry about her, and they get together for dinner, with Ema cooking. As Ema thinks about what Louis had said to her about making memories with her new family, she hears Juli tell her, “A smile really suits you the best,” making her wonder if it really was a dream.
Review: The show is turning into a series where you just wonder who’s going to confess their love this week. Natsume’s revelation came somewhat out of left field (I didn’t think he saw Ema enough to develop any real feelings for her), and I was hoping they could take a break from the brothers and focus more on Ema and her adoption discovery. The fact that Louis is also adopted was a nice touch so that she doesn’t feel so alone in this. But…why did Juli, a squirrel, “confess” to her in his dream? Did the writers feel there weren’t enough confessions this episode? Next week: Who’s going to confess next week? And will they be human?
“Brothers Conflict” is streaming on Funimation.com and Hulu.com.