Watch episode 3 again.
I’m stupid for not seeing that AniDB showed Haruhi’s Endless Eight arc as 4 episodes. Which means next week it would be resolved. However, was I the one at fault for thinking that there would be some actual development here instead of repeating the entire previous episode? Given that there was a generous mix of still frames and a handful of newly animated angles from the last episode, one can’t say that this was an exact repeat of the last episode. Of course, at this point, one might as well just get the raw file since there was nary a new sentence spoken here. Eventually resulting in one saying, fuck this shit.
And with that…