Jungle Pool SOS! is the seventh episode of the anime series. The Ouran Host Club drags Haruhi Fujioka to the Tropical Aqua Garden, a water-themed park and restorative health facility owned by the Ootori family. Fun ensues until an accident involving the wave pool accidentally separates Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka from the others and the rescue mission is underway! Haruhi and Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka set off together to locate the loli-boy and meet The Black Onion Squad instead. Honey is found, Kyoya Ootori has some great data and Haruhi expresses her interest in going to a real beach.
The episode begins with scenes of a tropical island and Haruhi wondering if she's dreaming, since there are no tropics in Japan. Tamaki Suoh is relaxing on a lounge chair and bids her do the same. Thinking she's wasting time, she demands to know exactly where they are. Flashback to Ouran Academy's exterior where Hikaru Hitachiin and Kaoru Hitachiin are seen whisking Haruhi away at Tamaki's bidding. Back at the tropical area, Kyoya explains that they're visiting a new theme park designed and built by The Ootori Group as a way to diversify their interests. The Host Club has been privvy to a special advance invitation one month ahead of the official opening.
Honey invites Haruhi to share coconut juice and the twins invite her to go on the water slide. The twins complain about the fact that she's wearing shorts and a pullover instead of a bathing suit. A second flashback shows Haruhi turned over to the Hitachiins' twin maids who promise, "We'll do what we can." After suggesting a few provocative designs, Haruhi settles on a modest maillot with swim-cap. When she emerges from the dressing room, Tamaki is waiting for her. Even the minimal skin Haruhi exposes is too much for him to handle and he demands that she wear the shorts and pullover.
Scene skip back to present time, with the twins asking Haruhi if she knows how to swim. She answers in the affirmative but Honey suggests that all one really needs to have fun is a plastic pool. The twins tease her because they think she means an inflatable boat, having no clue what a kiddie pool looks like. Tamaki yanks them aside, chiding them in a whisper loud enough for all to hear that Haruhi can't help it if she's an "an ignorant commoner," which she takes in stride, as usual. The twins ask why Tamaki made Haruhi put on the pullover. Could it be he's the "jealous pervert type?" Tamaki defends his actions by saying he only did what any father or guardian would to protect their daughter's innocence. Honey appears wearing a cute float around his waist. When he asks Haruhi if she wants to swim with him in the current pool, she refuses and asks why he's wearing a float, since he knows how to swim. "Just looks cuter this way, y'know?" is his cagey reply.
Enter Renge Houshakuji on her motorized platform, wearing a black bikini and sporting a purple parasol and purple tattoo on her torso. She explains that she's cosplaying as a character from the anime, Rahxephon. The twins want to know why it's okay for Renge to wear a bikini, but not Haruhi. Tamaki replies that it's fine because it's cosplay. Renge goes on to inform them that Honey's loli-boy actions are actually deliberate tactics, a novel idea for the others to consider. She leaves saying they should give him more credit than they do.
The twins engage Tamaki in a water-gun fight by threatening to marry Haruhi and go on a honeymoon together. Haruhi ignores them and sits down to have a cool drink. In a classic Tamaki move, he leaps sideways to target the twins and ends up slamming into the tiki totem pole that comes alive with lights, triggering something in a control room. The sound of rushing water is heard and a tidal wave emerges, sweeping Honey away before Mori can help him.
Tamaki announces they must rescue Honey but, time after time, they are stopped by roving alligators. Kyoya reveals that he's been gathering field test data prior to opening day; however, he also provides them with a map and they set off as a group. The twins wonder aloud what other animals might be lurking nearby to which Kyoya responds that his family always seeks authenticity, further escalating their concerns. Haruhi hypothesizes that Mori may look calm, but is actually worried, a fact proven when he trips on a banana peel, quite out of character for the agile athlete. A sudden downpour forces them to take shelter in a grass-roof hut where Haruhi learns that Honey and Mori are cousins, their family histories intertwined for generations. Haruhi tries to reassure Mori who pats her on the head fondly, causing Tamaki to cry that Mori wants to replace him as Haruhi's Daddy. As the twins chant, "You're a big 'ole perv" at Tamaki, Kyoya calls in help from the outside.
As soon as the rain stops, Mori heads off alone with Haruhi insisting she accompany him. All manner of creepy-crawlies freak her out, so Mori calls her by name, picks her up and carries her. Haruhi is a little pleased. Meanwhile, Kyoya says his family's private police force is on its way to help and asks the whereabouts of Mori and Haruhi who are, in fact, being surrounded by The Black Onion Squad which suspects that Haruhi is Honey and Mori, a kidnapper. As guns are aimed at the pair, Honey suddenly appears, taking down the squad single-handedly.
The rest of the group shows up and the twins express that it's amazing that it was Honey who took out the guards because they're still alive. Haruhi is confused so they explain that the Haninozuka family is renowned for their mastery of martial arts. Kyoya outlines Honey's impressive credentials as a national champion in both karate and judo. Tamaki adds that Mori is a national champion in kendo. Upon hearing who attacked them, the police force begs forgiveness. Haruhi is dazed by her newfound sense of respect and admiration for Honey.
As they head home, the twins suggest visiting a beach which Tamaki nixes until Haruhi says it might be fun. And then, of course, it's all good.
- Main article: Ep 07 - Jungle Pool SOS!/Image Gallery
- (to Haruhi) Haru-chan! Do you want to have a coconut juice with me or do you wanna try a piece of mango cake? -Honey
- Haruhi Fujioka
- Tamaki Suoh
- Kyoya Ootori
- Hikaru Hitachiin
- Kaoru Hitachiin
- Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka
- Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka
- Renge Houshakuji
- In the manga version of Jungle Pool SOS! the special operation rescue force consists of camouflaged Green Berets. However, in the anime episode, the special operation rescue force is The Black Onion Squad, the Ootori Family's 100-member private police force.
- The special operation rescue force bears a striking resemblance to the ODSTs from the Halo franchise, though this could simply be coincidental.
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