The Sun, the Sea, and the Host Club! is the eighth episode of the anime series. During a visit to a real beach, the Host Club conducts a contest to see who can discover what Haruhi fears the most. During their stay, Haruhi and Tamaki argue, Haruhi eats too much shellfish and becomes nauseous at dinner. After utilizing one of the estate's many bathrooms, she encounters Kyoya, who teaches her a lesson about her naiveté. In an odd twist of events, her brontophobia is revealed to Tamaki and she is comforted by him. Tamaki's actions to help Haruhi are misinterpreted, causing the twins to accuse the blond of being a real "S&M pervert."
The Host Club travels to the Ootori family's private beach thinking that they're taking a vacation. Kyoya, however, has invited their regular customers which means Haruhi is unable to wear a swimsuit -- much to the boys' disappointment and Tamaki's satisfaction. Honey and Haruhi collect shellfish along the shore which are revealed to be provided by The Black Onion Squad, the Ootori family's private police force who are in Honey's debt from the previous episode. Haruhi is excited that they will be having a feast for dinner that evening.
Hikaru and Kaoru devise a game to see who can find out what Haruhi is afraid of first, drawing in Tamaki with the explanation that only close friends show each other their weaknesses.Kyoya amps the competition by offering photos of Haruhi in middle school as a prize, saying that he has an unnamed source for such material. The club tries supernatural creatures; dark, enclosed spaces; sharp objects and insects, but nothing seems to scare her.Scene skip to Haruhi looking for shellfish below a cliff with Honey when several girls on top of that cliff ask her to join them. While Haruhi tells them to be careful, two thugs turn up and begin terrorizing the girls. Haruhi confronts the thugs who pick her up and throw her into the sea. Tamaki and the twins arrive, having been alerted that Haruhi is in danger. She's rescued by Tamaki who, once back on shore, scolds her for being reckless in taking on two boys as a lone girl. Haruhi claims she only did what was right, leading to a heated argument.
Scene skip to a sumputous dinner of shellfish, with Haruhi hungry and happy while Tamaki is moody and sulky. She eats so much that Tamaki finally blurts out, "You shouldn't eat that much seafood!” Haruhi reminds him that he said he wouldn't talk to her until she apologized, which she refuses to do. Tamaki leaves with Kyoya while the remainder of the club tries to get Haruhi to realize that her actions made them worry and she begins to understand. It's then that she feels nauseous and they take her to the nearest bathroom.Scene skip to Haruhi exiting the bathroom into a bedroom where she meets Kyoya. Haruhi expresses her limited understanding of the danger she and the other girls were in earlier in the day. Kyoya considers this before walking towards Haruhi, telling her what her behavior cost the club in terms of money. He dims the lights and suggests that she pay off the debt with her body before pulling her onto his bed. While kneeling over her, he chastises her for being naive about men and bluntly tells her that she is powerless against such an assault. Haruhi remains calm, saying she knows Kyoya won't harm her because it would gain him nothing and that he's only "playing the villain." He lets her up, impressed by her insight into his motives. Haruhi goes on to say that she knows he only meant to frighten her and to help her see what Tamaki was unable to do earlier. Tamaki walks in, unannounced, misinterprets what he sees and becomests irate. Kyoya blows him off as a "big goof" then heads down the hall considering the irony of Haruhi's belief that he had nothing to gain in pursuing her affection, forced or otherwise.
Scene skip back to Tamaki and Haruhi where Tamaki questions Haruhi's behavior. Tamaki thinks she's lying when she says nothing happened. A thunderstorm starts and Haruhi reaches for Tamaki, but backs off when he faces her. Another boom of thunder occurs and Haruhi locks herself in the wardrobe. Tamaki is confused, but Haruhi says she always gets through things like this alone. Tamaki then understands that she is brontophobic. He tells her that he now understands that her self-sufficiency led her to being reckless, not naievté. A third boom of thunder shakes the room, Tamaki opens the wardrobe doors and Haruhi leaps into Tamaki's arms. They forgive one another wordlessly and Tamaki unknowingly wins the contest.On voiceover, the twins wonder aloud if Haruhi is safe being with Tamaki alone. Kyoya reassures them that Tamaki is the prince and, therefore, nothing can go wrong. Scene skip to the Host Club entering the room to discover Tamaki blindfolding Haruhi's eyes and telling her to use earplugs to muffle sound. They interpret his "helpful" hints to fight brontophobia as a sly ploy to engage in Sado-Masochistic play, which Tamaki denies to the hilt.
Scene skip to the next day with everyone leaving in limos. The twins tell Haruhi to watch her back when Tamaki is a around and Haruhi grumbles that now she knows what S&M means, intimating that she agrees with their interpretation of Tamaki's actions. Tamaki continues to deny the charges and yells after the limos to wait for him as they drive off.
- (To Haruhi) If you want to, you can pay [for the flowers] with your body. -Kyoya
- (To himself) Nothing to gain? That's an interesting thought, in its own way. -Kyoya
- (To Tamaki) Well, now I know what S&M is. -Haruhi
- (To Tamaki) You nasty pervert! -Hikaru and Kaoru
- (To Haruhi) You're a fascinating young woman, Haruhi. -Kyoya (D)
- Haruhi Fujioka
- Tamaki Suoh
- Kyoya Ootori
- Hikaru Hitachiin
- Kaoru Hitachiin
- Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka
- Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka
- Renge Houshakuji
- Using the FUNimation subtitles, Tamaki is accused of attempting Sado-Masochism with Haruhi.
- In the manga, the beach resort belongs to the Nekozawa family, not the Ootori family.
- The logo on Tamaki's swimtrunks is FATHER.
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