I don’t think the part that was lacking was his outward actions, but rather his internal struggle. There’s so much richness to what had happened in his heart during this episode: the struggle with despair, with loss, with self-hatred, with wrath, with pride, all healed by a surge of overflowing, powerful love. A beautiful theme, for sure; that’s why (AB! episode 10)the scene with Yui was really powerful for me; the message of deep, absolute love healing her wounds was beautiful. In fact, the most beautiful human stories tend to center on love.
Maeda did a good job touching on that struggle and love in this episode, and I’m certain this theme will continue to build and collapse and bring about an even greater twist by the end of the season. It’s just that this “mini-twist” wasn’t as powerful as it could have been. Perhaps that’s a good thing, since it’ll set up for a larger despair and twist and love later on. He is constrained by number of episodes, after all.