This week’s episode is interesting in the way it portrays Bob’s descent into madness after losing his comrade Steve. While it’s easy to label him as crazy, I’d say it’s not that hard to see why he changes the way he does. His brain has to reconcile watching his comrade throw away the life that was so painstakingly given to him, so it probably chooses to blame the closest person that it can, the wounded soldier from the Vietnam side. If his brain were in a state to think logically, I’m sure he would be willing to save the man that saved him from imprisonment.
There’s another scene in this episode that I think is important too, the scene in the operating room where Kiriko declares that the three are doctors. To us, that line may sound really cheesy, but it reminds us that there was a time when doctors were very well-respected. These days, trust in doctors isn’t exactly the highest with the advent of the information society. Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode will be delving into discrimination…as a minority living in America myself, I’d say I’m pretty numb to this debate, but we’ll see what happens.