With the big action material and dramatic sequences that made up the events through the halfway mark of the series, having this episode shift to more of a low key piece isn't a surprise. You can easily trace episode 14 across many series to see that they're the quiet and more introspective pieces. Yuki's struggles are internalized and he compensates by doing chores and keeping busy while trying not to think about it. Hotsuma and Shusei bare their chests. Well, one of them does but they both bare their souls as they become closer together after surviving their encounter with Ashley and that's a positive thing since it lets them redirect their attentions elsewhere, albeit slowly but surely.