The episode began with a pairing of female and male detectives investigating a series of attacks on teenager girls. It turns out that at the end of the last episode Haruka apparently read the mind of the perpetrators of these attacks. The rumors circulating at school made Haruka uneasy. Yuriko and Hiyori called Haruka's grandfather to cheer Haruka up. All the gang, except Hiyori, had dinner at a luxurious hotel. There they run into Haruka's mother, who actually defended the daughter from Yoshihisa's harassment.
Episode 9 of Kotoura-san was uneven but kind of revealing. The thing that struck me the most is that Haruka's mother actually protected her. Maybe this is the start of a reconcillation. Speaking of Haruka's mother, how can she be so cold and mean toward her daughter? There were also a couple of odd things that will probably be sorted out in the upcoming episodes. This episode gets a 8 out of 10.