It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for Ash, as he goes from the hospital to prison thanks to string-pulling by his enemies. If he was in danger out on the street, he's doubly so on the inside. Luckily (?), he's got an unexpected connection of his own on the wrong side of the bars--if he doesn't kill the guy first.
Ha ha! Poor Eiji. I guess that's one way to secretly pass on a message--though the lengths hardened Ash is willing to go to set such a plan in motion are pretty extreme. The fact that he doesn't seem to think anything of it if it saves his life in the end just makes him that much more pitiable. But then there are more party shirts! Shunichi's the worst offender, but even hip young Eiji must have been unduly influenced by his senior's questionable fashion sense. I don't think Ash would be caught dead in a giant pineapple print, though. *snicker*