Ep 16 – “Operation Haruhi and Hikaru’s First Date!” / “Haruhi to Hikaru Hatsu Dēto Daisakusen” (ハルヒと光 初デート大作戦)

Hikaru becomes jealous of Haruhi’s middle school friend, Arai, after learning that Haruhi’s classmate used to have a crush on her. Kaoru wants to make up for Hikaru’s rude behaviour, so he offers to take Haruhi out on a date. Kaoru pretends to be sick for the date and has Hikaru go instead. He does so because he believes that Hikaru is interested in Haruhi but, being clumsy in genuine social situations, doesn’t know how to act properly and hopes Haruhi can help him learn how to think of others first. During their date, Hikaru runs off due to another encounter with Arai, and a thunderstorm occurs. Worried about Haruhi, Tamaki calls Hikaru, accuses him of selfishness, and tells him that Haruhi is afraid of thunder, accidentally revealing Haruhi’s weakness. Acknowledging Tamaki’s words, Hikaru sets off to find her in the midst of the storm. In the end, Hikaru comforts Haruhi, who is hiding from the thunder under the altar in a church, sitting beside her and giving her his headphones to drown out the sound. He apologizes for the way he acted and Haruhi forgives him. At the end, Kaoru remarks to Kyoya that Hikaru will not notice his feelings for Haruhi because he’s a dummy while Kyoya comments that their club is full of dummies.