As Haruhi starts walking towards the exit, Kyon knows that he can’t let her leave, and he tries to desperately to think of something to stop her. At the last possible moment, he remembers what they had talked about after playing with fireworks, and he yells across the room to Haruhi about the homework that he hasn’t done yet. Kyon claims that his summer can’t end without doing it, and he gets Itsuki, Yuki, and Mikuru to agree to come to his house to do it together. Haruhi is furious that Kyon is deciding things on his own, but she ends up declaring that she’s coming as well. Two days later, on the first of September, Kyon wakes up and finds his room a mess, but his homework is done. At school, it’s just him and Itsuki in the club room, and they talk about how the summer homework wasn’t a burden for Haruhi and how only they on the 15532nd iteration returned to the correct time stream. The two also play a hand of poker, and Kyon ends up getting a royal flush, causing him to think that if he got the chance to repeat the day, then he’d remember to bet on the hand for sure.
As I said earlier, this was actually a pretty good ending to the arc. I especially liked the music they used for the end scenes, and it was great to see Kyon finally be able to say something and be actually quite assertive for once. It was amusing as well to see Haruhi get worked up about that, and the royal flush at the end was a nice way to finish the episode. Of course, homework is really kind of a stupid solution, especially given how much it has been built up with the failure of each week for the past seven weeks, and you were likely disappointed if you were expecting something more clever. But I had known coming into this that homework was the answer, and it wasn’t as bad an anti-climactic moment as I had feared. The majority of this episode was still repeat though, and really only the final five or so minutes are worth watching. So basically, while this episode exceeded my expectations, it alone can’t make up for all of the repeats, and if I were to recommend this series to a friend, I’d probably tell them to watch only the first and last Endless Eight episodes.
In any case, I’m just happy that it’s over and that it didn’t actually last until the end of August or the end of the summer season. We can now finally move on to the next part of the story that takes place chronologically in the second volume of the novels, The Sighs of Suzumiya Haruhi.