The Ouran High School Host Club puts on a tropical-themed day. It’s Tamaki’s idea, but Kyoya was the one who led him there with a photo-book about Bali. Though she doesn’t dress up in a matching outfit like Tamaki wanted her to, Haruhi does still entertain her guests. This includes a new girl named Kasugasaki Kanako who declares that Haruhi will be her next favorite. Haruhi also learns of the dance party that the club is throwing. Later, when they’re trying to plan for it, the topic of Kanako comes up. Apparently she switches favorites all the time and Tamaki was the last one. Haruhi thinks that Tamaki is sulking because she took his client, but he vehemently denies it. Instead, he wants Haruhi to dress back up as a girl, and really wants to see her like she used to be – with long hair. Haruhi reveals that she cut it short after a kid stuck bubble gum in it. In any case, Tamaki makes her attend their dance party by threatening to expose her as girl, meaning that she’d be back to doing chores.
Kanako ends up being the one who teaches Haruhi to dance, much to Tamaki’s disappointment. Taking a break afterwards, Kanako gets served tea in a new tableware set. Tamaki realizes something is up when Kanako is able to identify the make of the tea cup. And then when Haruhi comments on how Kanako likes tableware, she embarrassingly denies it. At this point, a guy with a voice familiar to her shows up with some tea cups. Kanako comments on how this guy doesn’t look like the heir of a first-rate corporation. Kyoya explains that this guy belongs to the Suzushima family, which specializes in importing tableware. Haruhi learns from Honey that Kanako and that guy, Suzushima Tooru, are fiancés. From his files, Kyoya continues on by saying that the two were childhood friends, and their parents had decided the engagement. However, he’s rather plain. Tamaki decides that they should do something, since the Host Club exists for the sake of the happiness of girls.
When the dance party finally arrives, Kyoya announces to the gathered girls that there will be a queen who’s chosen to get a kiss from the king (Tamaki). Haruhi and Kanako almost start dancing, but Mori grabs Haruhi and carries her away. The guys dress her up as a girl for the sake of finding out Tooru’s feelings. They’ve set it up so that Tooru got a love letter from her and they’ve arranged a meeting. Tooru actually rejects Haruhi because he’s already got someone he likes, even though they’re not lovers. Tamaki, meanwhile, is leading Kanako to that very room, and reveals that he figured out her feelings for Tooru by how she reacted to the tea cup. Indeed when they were young, Tooru had taught her all the different types of tea cups because she was to be his bride. But Kanako is hurt by how he had decided to go study abroad on his own. Tooru tells Haruhi that he wants to go out and seeing the world so that he can become a better man for the girl he likes. Haruhi feels that Tooru is being selfish – it’s unreasonable for him to expect her to understand without telling her. A person can change at the time that they want to change.
Kanako opens the door to the room and finds Tooru and Haruhi together. She apologizes for intruding and runs out, so he chases after her. Seeing Tamaki afterwards, Haruhi realizes what he had meant earlier about the Ouran Host Club existing for the sake of girls’ happiness. Outside, Tooru catches up with Kanako, but then the two are surrounded in light. The host club and all of the guests come out to watch as Kanako and Tooru are allowed the final waltz. She takes his hand and even smiles happily when he confesses to her while they’re dancing. Hikaru and Kaoru announce that the queen is Kanako, but there’s been a change in the king – it’s now Fujioka Haruhi. She’s reluctant to do it until Kyoya tells her that they’ll cut her debt by 1/3. Honey wonders if this is Haruhi’s first kiss, which alerts Tamaki into trying to prevent it from happening. However, he trips on a banana peels and actually pushes the girls into each other. Despite that being her first kiss, Haruhi is pretty happy with the way things turned out.
It’s gotta be a crime for a series to look this good. Seriously, the sakura petals throughout the final scene were just too much. The manga chapter actually features this story during Christmas, though they’ve moved it up to April so that they could (I’m speculating here) show the cherry blossoms in that final scene.
This episode deals with the Host Club playing matchmaker and bringing together a couple. Despite the more serious theme, it’s still got its share of funnies, including the hilarious reading of the letter that the guys wrote for Haruhi. And ‘lo and behold, the mighty banana strikes again! So much for Haruhi’s first kiss…
I wonder how they’re actually keeping track of Haruhi’s debt. It seems like it’s constantly getting changed depending on what they make her do or what trouble she causes. I’m sure that given some time, Haruhi would stay in the club even if her debt was paid (I’m still not very far in the manga, so I dunno if something like that happens later).
Next week, the dreaded physical examination! That manga chapter had me in stitches, so I’m looking forward to next week’s episode having a lot of funny moments