As they watch a girl tearing up paper and letting the wind carry away the scraps, Kyon asks Itsuki what he’s plotting. He’s a bit uneasy about this trip Itsuki planned for them to a privately owned island. Itsuki refers to it as a closed circle – a mystery term meaning a situation where contact with the outside world is cut. If a storm were to come, they’d be closed in. As it turns out, Haruhi had announced that they were going on an overnight trip, and Itsuki had decided on an island owned by one of his rich relatives. Haruhi was so pleased with this that she promoted Itsuki to vice brigade commander. And not only had she been excited about the interesting things that lay in store for them, she had already decided on her role: Great Detective. On the boat now, Itsuki explains to Kyon that strange events occur where great detectives go. A supernatural ability to call incidents is what makes the detective. And this is probably part of Haruhi’s thinking since she wants to become one.
Since it’s a six hour long boat ride, the group ends up playing the card game baba-nuki. Kyon notes that his little sister forced him to bring her along after he found her hiding in his bag. Haruhi declares that the loser of the game will have to treat everyone to juice. In the end, it’s Kyon who loses and has to do it. Afterwards, he falls asleep and wakes up to Haruhi’s voice and the flash of a camera. The person with the camera is actually Mikuru who took pictures of him sleeping. Haruhi takes back the camera and announces that she’s made Mikuru their temporary camera-man to chronicle what they’re doing.
The group soon arrives at port and Itsuki reassures Kyon that nothing will happen. They are met by Arakawa the butler and Mori the maid who take them on another boat to get to the private island. During the ride, Kyon notices that Mikuru is intently studying Mori, a real maid. Haruhi gets herself worked up about the island, but ends up being a bit disappointed by how normal it looks. They are met at the dock by Tamaru Yutaka, the younger brother of the master of the island. The actual master, Tamaru Keiichi, greets them at the door of the house. Haruhi uses a polite tone to thank him, but that surprises him a bit because Itsuki had said that Haruhi was a pretty frank girl. Hearing this, Haruhi drops the polite manner and immediately asks about incidents on the island. Of course, none have occurred yet.
Haruhi is very unhappy about how there’s nothing suspicious about the island. Sitting around bored, she suddenly announces that her intuition tells her that Keiichi is a criminal and his first target is Mikuru. She lets go of that idea pretty quickly and decides to go swimming instead. The rest of that day is spent having fun in the water and that night is spent having fun with fireworks. On the second day, however, a storm rolls in. Haruhi once again becomes excited at the prospect of some incident occurring. Kyon realizes that they’ve now been closed off on this island – could this be the closed circle? With nothing better to do, the group plays indoor games like ping-pong, pool, mahjong, and the Ou-sama game. On the third day, however, something happens: the butler Arakawa informs them that Yutaka is missing. What’s more, Keiichi isn’t responding to calls. The group rushes to Keiichi’s locked room and forces their way in. On the ground, they find Keiichi with a knife through his chest.
Well with all the talk about great detectives and closed circles and incidents occurring, something was bound to happen. After what Itsuki said last episode about Haruhi’s powers, it’s as if she made her wishes come true here. Actually, with what Haruhi said earlier, I’m surprised that Keiichi didn’t turn out to be a criminal targeting Mikuru. But since Haruhi is involved, I guess that this won’t turn out to just be a normal murder mystery. Heck, nothing about this series is normal lol…
Speaking of not normal, I’m not too happy that they’re leaving us hanging and moving on to a different story – this is the ninth one and next week backtracks to the eighth one. The jumping around didn’t bother me before, but it does in this case. It’s one thing to insert a fun episode between the storyline ones, but it’s another thing to leave a cliffhanger like this. The best I can hope for now is that the eighth episode will have the tenth story (i.e. the latter half of this).