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.
As Retsuko enters her fifth year at a prestigious trading firm, she struggles to motivate herself every day as the daily stress from work takes a toll.
Tired of her wholesome good-girl persona at work, Retsuko is drawn to the free-spirited lifestyle of her former high school classmate, Puko.
Retsuko loses the will to tackle the daily grind after Puko asks her to join a new business venture. A fed up Retsuko talks back to her supervisor.
When plans to leave her thankless job fall through, Retsuko continues to work in hopes of some day marrying and becoming a full-time housewife.
The solitary life Retsuko leads is about to change when Director Gori and Washimi take her to a karaoke bar after yoga class.
Washimi acknowledges Retsuko's efforts to make things right with Director Ton, using her position as assistant to the president as leverage to help.
After the president cautions Director Ton on his abrasive behavior, his unusually polite demeanor puzzles and frightens his direct reports.
Persuaded by her colleagues Director Gori and Washimi, a reluctant Retsuko agrees to join a company singles mixer hosted by Tsunoda.
Supervisor Tsubone sends Retsuko on an errand to the sales department where she falls for a fellow colleague, Resasuke, whom she met the night before.
A happy but frustrated Retsuko increasingly makes mistakes at work. Meanwhile, a busy quarterly reporting period looms ahead for the accounting team.