The Yuri’s learn the new choreography
Viktor demonstrates the choreography for the two different arrangements, Yuri quickly memorizes the routine after seeing it only once. Yuuri on the other hand is insecure about his ability to successfully perform the choreography. Viktor reassure’s Yuuri that he will put “him on the medal stand.”
The Yuri’s bond and train together
Yuri and Yuuri start to get closer during their training. Yuuri even asks Yuri to teach him some of the more complex moves, that Yuri has mastered. They both seem to have difficulty comprehending the meaning of their respective songs. Yuuri has difficulty figuring out the meaning of begin “sexy.” Yuri doesn’t get the concept of “unconditional, all-encompassing love.”
The Onsen on Ice
The contest between the Yuri’s are about to begin, with the stipulation that if Yuri wins, Viktor will return to Russia, to aid him with his Senior Debut. When Viktor asks Yuuri what he wants, he responds “ …I want you to stay, and I want us to eat katsudon together.” Yuri is first to go, he is impressive, but he releases that he has failed to grasp the concept of agape. Yuuri performs next and messes up the routine, but manages to please Viktor and the crowd. It is clear to everyone including Yuri that, Viktor has chosen Yuuri.
The outcome of the episode was rather predictable. While Yuri is clearly the better skater (for now), Yuuri has more heart. I like the fact that Yuuri and Yuri have been a little closer and hope that they become genuine competitors if not good friends. I don’t think that Yuuri will win any real tournaments if he doesn’t actually become a better skate or at least more consistent. Anyway, another great episode even if it was predictable.