On the third day of summer vacation, Hikaru and Kaoru get an early morning phone call from Tamaki. The club president is panicking because Haruhi has gone missing. She’s not answering her phone and he can’t get through to her father either. Tamaki starts thinking that maybe she couldn’t pay the rent and was forced into slavery or ran away, but Kyoya breaks his delusions by telling him that Haruhi is in Karuizawa. Indeed, Haruhi is currently working there at a pensione. Just as she’s feeling a little guilty for not telling the others, the Host Club arrives via helicopter, with Tamaki screaming through a megaphone asking if Haruhi is safe. Haruhi realizes that this is going to be the worst summer vacation.
The owner of the pensione is a woman named Misuzu…or rather a man dressed as a woman named Misuzu, one of Ranka-san’s old friends from work. It seems that Haruhi’s father is traveling, and since he was worried about Haruhi, he left her in the care of Misuzu. The Host Club members realize that this job is why Haruhi turned down their each of their offers to go away on vacation. Tamaki is angry that they all gave her individual invitations when he was trying to come up with a plan that involved everyone. It’s made worse when he finds out that Haruhi does actually have a cell phone, given to her by the twins. It’s limited to just friends, and Tamaki is classified as a senpai. Tamaki insists that his father status should be under the friends category, but Haruhi disagrees.
Haruhi gets frustrated with everyone here and wants them all to go home, so Kyoya pulls out the school regulations and reads Number 19: part-time jobs are forbidden. With this being held over her head, Haruhi has no choice but to let them stay. Tamaki thinks that they’ll be staying at the pensione as VIPs, and has a fantasy of seducing Haruhi when she brings him breakfast. Unfortunately for them, Misuzu only has one free room. As leader, Tamaki thinks that he should get it, but the twins suggest instead that they play a game to decide who gets to stay, a Refreshing Work for the Guest Room Competition with Misuzu as the judge. Misuzu is of course more than happy with this arrangement.
Misuzu starts giving out and taking away refreshing points immediately. Tamaki falls behind because of his fence mending, and Honey’s cuteness factor has no effect on Misuzu. It’s actually the twins who do well for welcoming guests and Mori for helping fix a table. Misuzu explains to Haruhi that people come to Karuizawa for refreshing breezes, refreshing scenery, and refreshing boys, which is why she’s awarding refreshing points. Out of everyone though, Haruhi notices that Kyoya isn’t participating. Kyoya has no interest in staying at this pensione by himself, so he’s just going to watch and then leave for his vacation home. Actually, each of the Host Club members has a vacation home nearby, leaving Haruhi wishing that all of them would go.
In terms of who will win, Kyoya reasons that Honey is more cute than refreshing, Tamaki is too passionate, and that leaves the twins to win it. But the dark horse in all this is Mori, who is currently earning major points for cutting wood shirtless and drinking water in front of the customers. However, Kyoya thinks that if Honey loses, Mori will refuse to stay too. Hearing this, the twins think that they’ve won. Haruhi remembers that the room is only for one, but the twins don’t care because they can get another bed from their vacation home or they can just sleep in the same bed. Hikaru even suggests that Haruhi can join them in sleeping together, but she declines the offer. Kyoya says that the game isn’t over yet, and that there are ways to make it more interesting.
Kyoya ends up advising Tamaki on the one thing that only he can do: piano playing. With the beautiful music attracting customers in, Tamaki seems to be making a comeback. But during this time, some girls open a window and cause a flower vase to fall down right when Haruhi is standing underneath. Kaoru, who was standing beside her, saves Haruhi though he suffers a cut to his own face. Hikaru comes running onto the scene concerned about Kaoru, and their scene of refreshing brotherly love wins them the competition. Haruhi realizes only afterwards that this was probably all part of their strategy. That afternoon, in their new room, Hikaru is still clutching Kaoru’s hand. Kaoru says that it’s ok and jokes that they didn’t have to use the refreshing brotherly quarrel strategy.
The next morning, Kaoru wakes up on the floor. Hikaru apologizes, but Kaoru stays a bit pissed off. The two try to order all sorts of fancy breakfast food, but none of it is on the menu. Tamaki jumps in and shows them a Karuizawa breakfast, all of which he learned from Misuzu early this morning. In fact, Tamaki has even made a vacation guidebook filled with various rules. Hikaru notices that rule number five is to get out of bed at 6AM, and Kaoru wonders if Kyoya and Honey are able to follow this rule. Tamaki backs off because he remembers how he was met with Eyes of the Demon King from Kyoya and Eyes of a Monster from Honey when he tried to get them up. It is at this time that a delivery boy shows up with fresh produce. Because Misuzu asks, the boy reveals that he’s working at his uncle’s shop for summer vacation. When Misuzu calls Haruhi over to refrigerate the produce, the delivery boy recognizes her name. And upon seeing the boy, Haruhi remembers him as Arai.
This episode was full of laughs, quite a brilliant job they did translating the jokes from paper to the screen. The crotch/elephant joke especially because it caught me off guard and gave me Inukami vibes. The look on their maids’ faces was great too. And I think Misuzu came off as even a bit kookier than Ranka-san. The whole refreshing boys deal as told by a man in drag is just…yea…
The twins got a lot of the focus this episode. Notice when Hikaru suggested to Haruhi that the three of them sleep together, the uninterested look on Kaoru’s face. Then they suggest that Hikaru really was concerned after the accident by how he was trembling when he was holding Kaoru’s hand. This will all (kind of) come into play next week, with this new rival which will eventually lead to Hikaru going on a date with Haruhi. Should be lots of fun 🙂