But to what end, aside from his ratings stunt for the show? It seems like he had a problem with a two-step solution and instead devised a five-step solution where elements were much further out of his control.
I do like that they brought Kaede in. When they had the scene with Kaeda and her grandma watching the TV, i thought "in an American show, the girl and the grandma would gear up to go help Kotetsu. In a Japanese show they'll stay sidelined." It subverted my expectations nicely, and Tiger even saw Kaede as a worthy contributor instead of someone he had to protect.