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Lobelia Girls' Academy Strikes Back! is the 19th episode of the anime series. The girls of Saint Lobelia Girls' Academy still want Haruhi Fujioka to join them. Benio "Benibara" Amakusa and her lackies will stop at nothing to involve Haruhi in a The White Lily League's Zuka Club production whose final scene has Haruhi receiving her first kiss from none other than the President of the White Lily League, herself. It's up to the Ouran Host Club and Ryouji "Ranka" Fujioka to save her from Benio's amorous intentions and to rescue her from the tacky maidens without incurring the wrath of the Benibara fan club. Will they escape with Haruhi and live?

Episode Summary

A surprise visit from the Host Club.

The episode begins with the Host Club showing up at Haruhi's home, the door being opened by a long-haired man with stubble on his chin. Believing they're at the wrong home, they start to leave only to be rolled (literally) back into the apartment by Ranka in masculine attire. Tamaki Suoh makes a grand show of greeting Haruhi's father, who promptly takes the bakery box from his hands and steps on his head, while apologizing to the rest of the group for his appearance. When Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka asks if Haruhi is at home, Ranka tells them that she went out with "the girls" earlier. They're disappointed but accepting until Ranka mentions that "the girls" were from Lobelia Academy and terror strikes all. 

Skip scene to the Lobelia campus with the members of the Zuka Club introducing themselves: Benio Amakusa, Chiaru Maihara and Hinako Tsuwabuki. The trio is seen strolling with their adoring fans cheering and swooning in the form of crazed red octopi as they pass, especially for "Lady Benibara." In The Zuka Club salon, Haruhi emerges dressed in a Lobelia uniform and the maidenly trio fawns over her.  
Skip scene back to Haruhi's apartment where Ranka and the Hosts worry that the Zuka girls will persuade Haruhi to do something scandalous, like kiss a girl. Tamaki is aghast, but composed enough to tie the twins in knots when they begin to mention that Haruhi has actually kissed a girl before, at the Dance Party. Ranka and Tamaki go head to head in a staring contest until Tamaki jumps into action, demanding that Haruhi be rescued.

Haruhi's big chance.

Skip scene to Lobelia with Haruhi shoving off the over-affectionate maidens and asking for an explanation, seeing how she was whisked away by Hinako and Chizuru (whose behavior is reminiscent of Tamaki and the twins in Ep 07 - Jungle Pool SOS!) When Haruhi mentions this, Benio is insulted despite the fact that she also insults Haruhi by saying her regular outfit looked like pajamas. Hinako states that today is Pink Carnation Day which is celebrated annually with a major Zuka Club stage show. There's only one problem: one of the players is injured and can't perform. Can Haruhi step in? She refuses multiple times until Benio falls to ground, weeping in despair, because she will have failed her deceased mother, a distinguished past White Lily League member. Haruhi's heart is touched.

Skip scene to the Host Club and Ranka outside Lobelia's campus walls, Kyoya Ootori expressing that Haruhi doesn't seem to be Lobelia's "type." Ranka agrees but divulges that Kotoko Fujioka didn't seem the type either, but was a secret Zuka Club fan or member, something he didn't discover until he and Haruhi's mother were married and expecting. 
Skip scene to a rehearsal salon with the Hosts spying through a window as Haruhi demonstrates her complete lack of talent. Then she starts to sing, beautifully, amazing them until it's exposed as a lip-sync. Determined to get into Lobelia's theater, all (except Kyoya) pretend to be Benibara Fan Club members and they hear the plot of the play in which Haruhi is acting. Honey worries that her lousy dramatics will get Haruhi hurt by Benibara's maiden warriors for ruining Lady Benibara's show, further distressing them. Tamaki is seen as a grizzled tough guy who growls, "We're getting her out of that place."

Haruhi can sing?

As the curtain rises, the Hosts wait in a side aisle, prepared to rescue her mid-show, then Haruhi appears in costume and stage makeup, which they find troubling. Ranka remarks how happy and excited she seems to be so they decide to wait until after the curtain falls to save her. Tamaki overhears several audience members discussing the upcoming kiss scene and Benio recites her line about "revenge not being easily forgotten" as she looks in their direction, aware of their presence. Spotlights shine upon the group of males and Benio grabs Haruhi to her, determined to steal a kiss even as Haruhi says, "You're crazy, lady."

Tamaki leaps onto the stage and tells Haruhi to jump from the high platform on which she and Benio stand while Kyoya, who has charmed his way into the control booth, has the photo of Haruhi kissing Kanako Kasugazaki at the Dance Party projected onto a backdrop screen for the entire audience to view. Haruhi jumps and lands squarely on Tamaki, knocking the wind out of him. Ranka is furious at his daughter, the Zuka Club is on the attack and Tamaki is incapacitated on the floor. As for Haruhi? She runs ahead of the pack, complaining that all she wanted to do that day was go shopping. Enter banana peels with everyone taking a fall.


Main article: Ep 19 - Lobelia Girls' Academy Strikes Back!/Image Gallery

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