Episode 25, "The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya (Part 2)"
Synopsis: Haruhi continues the planning of her movie, but the secrecy disconcerts Kyon, who wants to know what it's actually about and how she managed to get free equipment. Haruhi reveals that the script is in her head. Outfitting Mikuru in waitress attire, they begin filming at local shops, but Haruhi has her change into a bunny girl costume. Then they switch venues to a park to film Mikuru running.
Yes, reading the synopsis gives you literally all they did in this episode. I'm beginning to remember how dull most of the second book was.
Of course, most of the value of this story is in the interactions between the characters, and seeing just how weird and haphazard Haruhi's planning is. Not to mention, Haruhi is one of the most selfish people ever. Though you have to admire her cleverness, even if it incoveniences everyone else, especially Kyon and Mikuru.
One scene in particular is of note, in my opinion. Kyon is offered a drink from Mikuru's bottle, which, of course, he is more than happy to recieve (indirect kiss and all). However, Haruhi snatches the bottle before he can get it and says that there won't be any such offering of drinks until she gives permission. Now, while obviously this is a real bitch thing to do, I wonder if it's because she's really just that harsh or if she's jealous of Kyon's attraction to Mikuru. It wouldn't surprise me if that was the case, but it also wouldn't surprise me if it escapes her attention.
Supposedly, one of the reasons Haruhi tried to recreate the world the first time was because she noticed how attracted Kyon was to Mikuru, thus taking attention away from her, but that might just be Mikuru's point of view. Clearly Haruhi is irritated by it from time to time, but when Haruhi is in full-force, as she is with this movie idea, it becomes more difficult to believe she even cares, since she's so busy with it. It could be that Mikuru is actually more clever than we think, though, and she's trying to provoke Haruhi.
But, maybe she's just offering the guy a damn drink and Haruhi shouldn't be such an asshole.
3 out of 5