When Kyon arrives at school one day, Haruhi tells him that they need a mysterious transfer student. Kyon, of course, has very little say in the matter. Haruhi also decides that the club needs a computer to add to the growing collection of items in the room. She drags Kyon and Mikuru along to the Computer Research Society and demands one from them. The club president of course refuses, but Haruhi blackmails him by putting his hand on Mikuru’s breast and taking pictures. With the threat of sexual harassment over his head, the president has no choice but to hand one over. She even gets them to set up an Internet connection and makes Kyon set up a website. He spends the next day working on it, but falls asleep. He wakes up as class is starting, but before he can go, Yuki stops him and gives him a book to read.
Haruhi has temporarily disappeared, so Kyon finds himself after class in the clubroom with only Yuki and Mikuru. He assures Mikuru that he’ll do what he can to prevent something like the computer club incident from happening again. Haruhi bursts into the room with bunny girl costumes – she and Mikuru are going to dress up and hand out flyers outside. Kyon tries to stop her from stripping Mikuru down, but runs out of the room in embarrassment instead. While picking up the girls’ clothes after they go out, Kyon sees the declaration of the SOS Brigade’s beliefs, which says that they’re recruiting mysteries of the world. That includes anyone who has had a mysterious experience in the past, someone who’s facing a mystery now, and anyone who’s planning a mysterious experience in the future. Haruhi and Mikuru get stopped by the teachers because of the costumes. Mikuru is taking it the hardest and can’t stop crying.
The next day, Mikuru is absent and word of what happened spread in the school. However, Haruhi is angry that no one has come because of their publicity. After Haruhi goes home, Yuki asks Kyon if he’s read the book that she gave him. He hasn’t, so she makes him promise to do so tonight. At home, he flips through the book and finds a message asking to meet him at the park. He rushes there and finds Yuki on a park bench waiting for him. She takes him to her empty apartment and tells him that she and Haruhi are not normal people. Yuki is a humanoid interface for contacting organic life created by information synthesization thought-entities. In other words, something like a space alien.
Well that was certainly a change of pace. The first half of the episode is like the previous episode in the Haruhi’s-wild-escapades sort of way. I saw the blackmail thing coming as soon as she brought along Mikuru, but it was still hilarious. However, the last few minutes have Yuki getting rather serious and talking about weird techno-jargonish things. I’m as confused as Kyon is with what she said. Big things seem to be looming, and so I think may have misjudged this show when I classified it as a comedy.
The next episode is a bit weird. Haruhi introduces it as the seventh story in the preview, which breaks the -1 count that they were doing. It appears that they’re putting in characters who haven’t been introduced yet, so I suspect that the stories will be told out of order. Somehow that seems fitting for a show like this.