In episode 8, Gouki tells the rest of the team that Hikaru (who lost his mother when he was very young) has inadvertently found a surrogate mother in a local chef that he's befriended. The team tries to offer him encouragement. Emphasize on tries.
Ryouma: Hikaru. Don't force yourself. Saya: We know what it's like to want to be doted on by your mother. Hayate: (beat)Snrrrrrrk.