Haruhi wants Yuki to use magic against Mikuru for the next scene, but when Yuki just waves her wand around, Haruhi decides to have Kyon add in some special effects afterward. She then tries to have Kyon shoot a scene with Mikuru and pigeons at a nearby shrine, but they get driven off by the priest. Brainstorming what to do next, Haruhi takes what she perceives to be Itsuki’s suggestion to add more characters, and her ultimate goal is for Mikuru’s character to have a tough time before the happy ending. As for the rest of the fight scene, she decides to not use the guns anymore and instead wants Mikuru to shoot a beam out of her eye since that’s the meaning behind the colored contact. When Haruhi starts beating Mikuru over the head for not doing so, Kyon finally steps in to stop her and yells at her for expecting a normal human to shoot a beam. A disappointed Haruhi claims that it was a joke, and Itsuki defuses the situation by suggesting that the effect be added in via CG later.
However, when they go to shoot the actual scene, Kyon notices Mikuru’s eye flash right as she tries to do a Mikuru Beam. Before he knows what’s going on, Yuki is standing in front of him with her hand in front of him if she just caught something. When Mikuru blinks again, Yuki appears to catch something again, and in the confusion, Mikuru looks toward Itsuki and somehow cuts his reflector board in half. Yuki then sprints towards Mikuru and tackles her, and by the time Kyon and Haruhi get over there, Yuki is done and Mikuru’s contact is now missing. Unable to find it, Haruhi adapts and decides that Mikuru’s eye color should only change after her transformation and that she normally goes around as a bunny girl.
While Haruhi is thus off forcing Mikuru to change clothes again, Kyon gets Yuki to reveal that she took Mikuru’s contact and that Mikuru had actually fired a laser from her eye earlier. Yuki’s hand is even burned from protecting Kyon, though she’s able to heal it instantly. Regardless, she and Itsuki are able to conclude that this was Haruhi’s doing because Haruhi wanted a Mikuru Beam to exist. The group continues shooting until it gets dark, and they continue the next day after calling in Taniguchi, Kunikida, and Tsuruya. Mikuru, however, doesn’t show up, so Haruhi goes to get her. While Haruhi is gone, Itsuki reveals to Kyon that he and Yuki have made sure that Mikuru can’t fire lasers anymore. When Mikuru finally does arrive with Haruhi, she explains to Kyon that it was through a nanomachine injection. Haruhi then leads the group to the large pond by Itsuki’s house to continue shooting the movie.
I thought this would be another pretty straight-forward episode of shooting the movie, but it got interesting with the whole Mikuru Beam thing. It was a nice change of pace, even if it was pretty obvious that this was all Haruhi’s doing, and seeing Yuki in action is never boring. Hopefully this won’t be the only odd thing to happen to the production of the movie either. I also liked that Tsuruya made an appearance since she’s such a cute and fun character, and it was nice as well seeing Kyon stand up to Haruhi for once. He should do that more often if for no other reason than because it’s more amusing to see Haruhi pissed off instead of always bossing people around (if you can’t tell, I get annoyed by her character sometimes). In any case, there’ll probably be two more episodes of Sighs, and then the rest of the 28 episodes that make up this chronological run will probably be from the original series, so we might already be near the end of the “new” material.