Fuji TV Drama Special 2012 ~ Dolce

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 12 October 2012
Cast: Matsushita Yuki, Uchiyama Rina, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Baba Toru, Sugata Shun, Hoshi Yuriko, Nishioka Tokuma, Tanabe Seiichi, Isa Miki, Kubozuka Shunsuke
Synopsis: Police sergeant Uozumi Hisae (Matsushita Yuki) of Nerima Kita Precinct’s Serious Crimes Unit is not a tough woman who is nervous in a male-dominated world and works with the burning desire of men. It is just that during the time she was at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division, she was recognised for her keen insight – the product of long years of experience – and often gets asked to come back. However, Hisae sticks to the police precinct because she finds joy in protecting as many lives as she can. Rather than starting an investigation after a person is murdered, she wants to be involved in a case before someone dies. One day, a phone call comes in about an incident. Saito Mamoru, a one and a half year old baby boy who hit his head hard at home has been brought to a hospital unconscious. There seems to be a high possibility that it is a case. When Hisae and Haraguchi (Totsugi Shigeyuki) arrive at the hospital, Mamoru’s Akira (Mister Chin) and grandmother Kazuyo (Hoshi Yuriko) are by the bedside of the sleeping boy. Kazuyo returned home to find Mamoru slumped on the bed and Mamoru’s mother Yuko (Isa Miki), who had been looking after the boy, was missing. From the hospital’s diagnosis, it is determined that someone had deliberately injured Mamoru. Furthermore, there are several scars on his body which look to be old wounds sustained six months ago. Hisae visits the Saito residence. It is tidy and there are protective guards for the boy’s safety. She senses the concern for Mamoru all around the house and picks up on the discrepancy. Then, Hisae and Haraguchi visit Yuko’s mother and an accountant’s office which was her former workplace to make enquiries. However, they are not able to get significant information from the people around what appears to be an antisocial Yuko. As they leave the accountant’s office, a young woman (Uchiyama Rina) bumps into Hisae. She looks at Hisae for a second, quickly averts her face and strides away. At that moment, a phone call comes in about the discovery of the body of a man (Kubozuka Shunsuke) who died an unnatural death at a park in the vicinity. Convinced that Mamoru was abused by Yuko, Haraguchi decides to investigate it on his own from a murder angle. Left alone, Hisae obtains the footage of security cameras along the shopping street near the Saito residence in order to trace the step sof Yuko who cannot drive. Accompanied by a new rookie Minegishi (Baba Toru), Hisae visits the Saito residence again the next day, to go through Yuko’s personal belongings. She notices a folded flyer inside a drawer. It is from six months ago and packed with single words like ‘palline’, ‘krumiri’ and ‘pignolata’. The sweet-toothed Minegishi explains to her that they are the names of Italian sweets called dolce. Meanwhile, a worker comes to fix the gas supply. He says that there was a phone call the day before yesterday asking him to come today. The day before was the day that Mamoru was brought to the hospital. So Yuko had made the call at home that afternoon. Kazuyo returned home after 1.00 p.m. What was Yuko doing between then? Furthermore, they discover that the murder vicitim was caught on the security cameras heading in the direction of the Saito residence. What is his connection to Mamoru’s incident? And what is the meaning of the flyer?
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