So a lot of people are complaining about this season’s slow pace compared to last year. But if all the questions were answered quickly, the show would be ended sooner! I think all the Lost fans should savor this show like a fine wine. This episode was all about feelings and emotions and peace and love and orange juice, which I guess technically isn’t as exciting as polar bears and exploding computers, but it gave us more insight into the characters, which is a good thing. Also, this episode was an opportunity to show off that Sun is rilly rilly pretty. It’s totally rad that there’s an Old Navy on the island. I especially love Claire’s brand new short-sleeved hoodie; that green is fantastic on her. She and Sun are doing laundry together, and as they discuss the raft, Sun realizes that she’s lost her wedding ring. In a nice touch of realism, she panics in Korean rather than English. And we head into our first flashback of the evening. In case we had forgotten that Sun was a rich girl, here she’s sitting at her jewelry box picking out sparkly things, and in the background there’s a big four-poster bed with five million pillows on it. Her mom comes in and instantly starts in with the nagging. Looks like Sun’s going on a blind date – her parents are embarrassed that she’s still single even after four years of college. Yeah, what an old hag she is.
Instead of going back to the island at the end of Sun’s flashback, we go straight to Jin’s back story, the better to remember that they were of rather different backgrounds. He’s in a dumpy little apartment with another guy, getting dressed for an interview and talking about love, life, and fish. Jin’s nervous about the interview, wants to rise above his background as a fisherman, and doesn’t want a woman, even though the “destiny book” says he needs to find a wife. An orange one, to be precise. Hey, it’s what the book says. This scene drags but they don’t actually say much, because it’s all in Korean and Korean is longer than English. This scene is like a kung-fu movie, but with a plot. And no kung fu. And in Korean, not Chinese. So actually it’s not at all like a kung-fu movie.
Back in Ana Lucia’s hatch, the Three Musketeers are trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Sawyer, who’s not looking so good, says “I think they’re gonna eat us.” Seriously. The only way Ana Lucia gets to be so rude is if she ate all the other survivors, and laughed while she cooked them. She tells them that they have to gather food and water, because they’re all going to walk over to the main camp. The music gets all dramatic-y and dun dun DUNNN when she says that, as if this was the startling, out-of-nowhere idea of a tour guide savant.
My roommate and I laugh and laugh – why do they act like it’s so dramatic to go back to the survivor’s hub? After all, that plan makes the most sense. The only sense, in fact! It’s like ordering dinner and when it arrives deciding that dammit, you’re gonna eat this dinner, no matter what anyone else thinks!
Once they’re out in the jungle, Michael asks politely if Ana Lucia could clue them in on why they have to make a federal case out of going to the main camp. Seems like a reasonable question. In response, Ana Lucia shoots his balls off with a bow and arrow. Well, not really, but her response is kind of the verbal equivalent. C’mon, you have to give us a reason why she’s such a ball breaker, or else we’ll all be clamoring for her untimely demise. Her bitchery is completely out of hand.
I guess we can’t have an episode of Lost without Jack in at least one scene, so we go back to Sun looking for her wedding ring. Jack tells a boring story. The End.
So, Jin has gone to the beach with Ana Lucia and Bernard to catch fish. I feel all happy when he catches a bunch, but I can’t get fully into it because Ana Lucia is there. Every time she talks I get all tense. From the look on Bernard’s face, he hates her too. Maybe when they get to camp Ana Lucia and Rose can mud wrestle. The other castaways could place bets with shells and bits of twig.
Ahhh, more flashbacks now. Jin is at his job interview. The manager is really mean to him, telling Jin that he smells like fish, etc. Oh look, the rich Asian guy is a classist dick. What a surprise! He does hire Jin, as a doorman, but tells him not to let in any people like him. Did you know that Asian cultures tend to have a greater sense of and appreciation for stratified society than is generally found in Judeo-Christian tradition? If you didn’t, the writers of Lost are here to let you know.
As Michael and Libby go looking for fruit, they laugh about how Sawyer is a redneck. But then things get serious as Libby says they can’t go deeper into the jungle because “that’s where they come from.” In the next scene she’s running back to her group, telling them that he ran away into the jungle. Mild panic, then Jin starts jibbering away in Korean (here conveniently un-subtitled) while everyone stares at him. Finally he says a word in English: “Walt!” Oh lordy, good thing he said that. Embarrassingly enough, I had actually forgotten about that kid.
They all head ‘em up and move ‘em out, except Jin. Aww, he wants to help Michael. Mr. Echo gets in his way, and Jin punches him. But then Mr. Echo headbutts him! Hey, I thought Ana Lucia was this team’s bitchface! And then Mr. Echo decides to help Jin. Huh? So Mr. Echo is a good guy? An upstanding gentleman? Or delusional schizophrenic?
Back at the beach, Hurley is advising Sun on how to find her ring. He has her retrace her steps from yesterday, which included feeding fruit to Vincent. That seems like a bad idea; couldn’t they catch him even just a tiny anchovy? Hurley decides that Vincent must have swallowed the ring, so they have to go wait for it. Oh fun, scatological humor. My favorite. But at least we get to have a little sit-down with Hurley, and watch him ask Sun if Seoul is in “the good Korea or the bad Korea,” then tell a story about his dog pooping out $1.35 in nickels. Sun is completely confounded. I am completely delighted.
Hurley asks Sun if she has a dog, which leads into a flashback of Sun going on her date. Oh, it’s a group date with moms and a matchmaker. It’s at the hotel where Jin works, but they don’t see each other, since he’s kowtowing at the door. It looks like a terrible set-up situation, but when we see the guy he’s really cute so we know they’ll hit it off. I like how TV makes it easy for us to know who’s worthy of affection.
Back on the island, Jin runs around all crazy-like as Echo shouts after him. There is the obligatory rustling in the bushes, and Jin is charged by a boar and knocked over. Jin don’t die! (I’m all nervous since people keep telling me that someone is supposed to die this season.) Oh good, there’s another dead body instead, and it’s rotting so we know it’s not one of our people. Echo confirms that The Others got this guy.
As they move along, Echo cuts a piece of aloe for Jin to put on his cuts, then observes that Jin is married. So Echo is Locke’s double, if we’re using that theory. Here we see that Jin has learned a few words of English, too. On the other side of the island, Sun is freaking out and tearing up her garden. My suspicions are confirmed here. Mr. Echo must be Locke’s double (good name for him too, then) and they’re really driving home the point by putting these scenes back to back. Basically Locke gets all contemplative and tells her he doesn’t get angry about things because he isn’t lost anymore. Freak. Aw, I feel bad for Sun. Her outfit is sooo cute, though! Too bad she wore white pants. They’re all dirty now.
Cut to Sun waiting at her boyfriend’s hotel. Props to the makeup and hair people for making her look a lot younger. So, is my lady getting stood up? She’s been kept waiting. When the guy finally shows up, he asks Jin for the flower from his coat, so he can wear it on his date with Sun. It goes well until he tells Sun that he’s secretly marrying an American woman is six months. He’s playing the old “oh, I thought you didn’t care” card. Guys love doing that; they can dump a girl and make her feel stupid about it, too. On the other hand, this was probably really difficult for him, as Sun looks amazing in the dress she’s wearing. Does anyone know how to say “daaammn” in Korean?
Back in the jungle, Echo’s spidey senses are acting up, and he and Jin hide under a bush, waiting for something. We see from their point of view a group of people walk by. This is shot at a weird speed or…digitized, or something fancy and technical meant to remind us that The Others are super weird. Also, they use the same shot of two people walking by twice. Could it be an editing mistake? With this show, you’ve got to be on the ball or the fans will eviscerate you. Or, maybe they’re doing it on purpose. Which would be a big ol’ ‘f you’ to us internerds.
Ew! Kate! She tries to advise Sun on the ways of the world, but Sun tells her to shut up. Preach it, sister!
Sawyer is not doing so well. He can’t move his arm, and collapses on the hike. Ana Lucia threatens to leave him there, so he gets all hot and bothered and asks her if she’s married. He’s on autopilot with the flirting. He can’t stop it, even with an infected open wound. Actually, it looks like flirting revived him enough to keep walking. Also, Ana Lucia seemed pretty receptive to it.
Echo tells Jin to wait for him at a stream while he goes to look for Walt (at least I think that’s what he said – accent issues). Why is he leaving Jin? IS IT A SET UP? I’m nervous again. We see Michael’s orange shirt at the edge of the frame. He tells Jin to go back, but Jin runs off after him anyway. I hope this is real Michael, not an apparition. Gah, I feel stupid writing that, but with this show you never know. I guess he’s real, because both Jin and Echo find him at a waterfall, screaming for Walt. They both agree to help Michael look for him.
At the beach, Sun digs up the bottle of messages. Kate grabs the bottle out of Sun’s hands and then asks if she can borrow it. Cow. Then she starts reading all the messages. When Sun gets angry at her, the actress loses her Korean accent for a second and goes “Kate, what are you dooooing?” all Valley Girl-like. I like it. Kate non-sequiturs that she didn’t properly say goodbye to Sawyer. What the hell does that have to do with reading other people’s messages? I don’t know who to disdain more – Kate, or the people that write her?
Sun finds her ring in the sand. It’s a bit more emotional than Kate getting all mopey about not saying goodbye to Sawyer, some dude she flirted with for a couple weeks. Dual flashback to Sun and Jin meeting for the first time. A girl in a bright orange dress walks by, which makes Jin laugh as he remembers his prophecy about an orange wife. Then he bumps into Sun and they get all googly-eyed at each other. Am I teary? Maybe a little.
So that’s that, folks! Only a slight advancement in plot, but I like Sun and Jin so I don’t mind spending time on their backstory. How did you like this episode? They’re telling us that a lostaway will die in the next episode….which airs in three weeks! I don’t know if I can keep it together. Feel free to talk about who you think will die based on your own independently formed opinions, but post a spoiler and feel the wrath of the ‘gasm.