Ep 9 – “ETC” / “ETC” (ETC)

Four housewives share gossip that they have heard about Lil’ Slugger. The first tells the story of a teenage boy desperately trying to study for his math exam. During the exam, he sneezes out a math equation; he runs to the toilet, where streams of equations begin coming out of him with each sneeze. A persistent knocking on the stall door starts, which he ignores until he looks up to see Lil’ Slugger peering down at him. A teacher enters to find a sea of equations on the floor. The second story is of a young wife stuck at home with the mother-in-law from hell. Though it is her wife’s birthday, her husband is away, and the gift her mother-in-law gives her turns out to be a cooking kit, with which her mother-in-law orders her to do something about her lackluster cooking. Enraged, the wife flies at her, then hears a knock on the door. Both rush to it, thinking it to be the husband, but on the other side of the door is Lil’ Slugger, who knocks out the mother-in-law. The third story tells of a doctor whose nurses mess up an in-vitro fertilization so that the baby is unrelated to either parent. The woman comes back pregnant and in agony, where an ultrasound shows the developing fetus is a miniature Lil’ Slugger. This story causes the other housewives to mock Kamohara, the storyteller who is also the youngest and newest to the area. The gossip grows ever more implausible, and at the end Kamohara returns home to her husband, a script editor, to find him on the floor bleeding from a head wound. He asks her to call a doctor, saying it was Lil’ Slugger. Kamohara reacts with delight at this news, and demands more details about Lil’ Slugger and the attack while making no visible attempt to call for an ambulance.