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So this was a pretty good episode of Lost. It moved along nicely, gave us a few thrills, did a little more backstory. But at this point I sort of feel like we’re just waiting around to see who else dies this season.
Rose and Bernard are unloading the new Dharma food onto some homemade (island made?) shelves on the beach. Let’s call them the Bickersons! She’s happy for the blessing, but he’s highly suspicious of food falling out of the sky. He even throws out how he traversed the island just to find her, as though she should feel guilty about it. This honeymoon was over fast ” quite literally, as we’re about to learn.In the hatch, Locke is trying to recreate the map he saw on the blast door walls. He’s so into it that he doesn’t even realize the timer is beeping until Jack comes and points it out. I wonder a little if Locke secretly just wanted to test Henry’s assertion that nothing happens if you let the timer run out. After taking care of business there, Jack heads over to change Henry’s bandages. Ana, who’s hanging out with her gun, exposits that Henry hasn’t spoken, eaten, or had anything to drink in two days. Jack tells Henry that he’s calling his bluff ” he’s going to trade him for Walt. “They’ll never give you Walt,” replies Henry. I think that if he broke two days of silence for that, he pretty much means it.
In a flashback, Rose is trying to get her car out the snow in an alley, and Bernard is helping her. It’s obviously very recent and we can figure out that this is their first meeting. They get all googly eyed at each other and Rose, modern woman that she is, asks Bernard out. He trips over his tongue accepting her offer. Back on the island, Bernard strides up to Rose, who is trying to unload some “Dharmalars” onto Hurley, who declines due to his diet. Are Dharmalars like Mallomars? That’s pretty funny. And for those of you keeping score at home ” and who isn’t, eh? ” the number on all the food packages is DI 9FFTR731.
Bernard’s all worked up and sassy and is asking people to meet him at the tree line in five minutes. He has a plan, as he tells Rose with a wink. He seems like a go-getter, that one. Speaking of go-getting (ha?) Jack’s ready to initiate the prisoner swap. Ana gives him her gun to use, but it’s Kate who gets an invitation to go on the sex romp camping trip. Sawyer gets all sulky about this and probably goes off to kick a wall and break his favorite GI Joe.
On a different part of the beach, Bernard’s tying to incite the masses with a rescue plan. He thinks everyone’s given up on being rescued. “How can you say that, of course we want to go home!” says Claire, only she shrieks it, in a way that startled dogs in Australia. Hurley reminds Bernard that a raft had been built and was somewhat less than successful. Bernard makes the excellent point that a plane must have dropped off the food, so they could make themselves visible to other planes. Rose drops by, apparently just to be an enormous bitch ” she thinks they need to run the plan by Jack (which, really?) but Bernard counters that Jack isn’t the president, just a doctor. “You’re a dentist,” says Rose. DAMN, woman!
One of the female extras is wearing hoop earrings, which is totally distracting; although I realize later that Rose is wearing them too. Rose thinks Bernard is just giving everyone false hope. Methinks something deeper is going on there. Wonder if the flashback will explain? Well, here Rose and Bernard are at Niagara Falls, and Bernard’s rather distracted. Cue the violins, literally, and Bernard asks Rose to marry him. They’ve only been together five months, but he knows she’s the one. Awww! She tells him that she’s dying. Oh! Bummer. Rose explains that she’s been in remission for a while but her cancer came back, and the doctor gives her about a year to live. Bernard still wants to marry her, though. Schmoopers.
Back on the island, Bernard’s on a mission to get more helping hands, and approaches Eko. “Boy, you bunk with a guy for 48 days, and now he doesn’t call or write,” says Bernard. Nice one. Eko and Charlie explain that they’re too busy building a church to build a sign. I think they’ve lost their damn minds, but then I’m a heathen. Bernard gets angry about people building things on the island when he’s trying to get everyone saved. “People are saved in different ways,” says Eko. Bernard walked right into that one. “I think I like you better when you just hit people with your stick,” says Bernard, which wins awesomest line of the episode. Charlie comes in second with “I like you just the way you are.” Hurley’s got some funnyman competition!
In the hatch, Locke wants to speak to Henry, but Ana won’t let him open the prison door. It doesn’t really matter, since as we all know, Henry can hear everything in the hatch. Locke asks Henry if he really didn’t enter the numbers, and as Henry remains silent, Locke gets more and more agitated and starts yelling and banging on the door. We see Henry sitting in his cell with a smug smile. Damn, this guy ” both the character and the actor ” is so damn good.
On the beach, Bernard’s troops have diminished considerably. I think at corporate retreats Bernard would be called “abrasive.” He starts giving orders and rather unwisely gives himself the easiest job (sketching SOS on the beach) while telling everyone else to start dragging rocks from half a mile away. In a flashback, Bernard and Rose are driving around in rural Australia by Ayers Rock on their honeymoon. Not the most obvious choice for a romantic getaway, and I think Rose agrees with that. Bernard pulls into a dusty little homestead and reveals that they’ve arrived at a faith healer. He donated $10,000 to get Rose an appointment. She’s pretty pissed. As she says, she’s made her peace with dying, but Bernard is not someone who just lets things happen.
On the island, Rose tells Bernard to chill out again. She wants him to just “let things be,” to which he replies “if I didn’t always have to do something, you wouldn’t be here.” Now, at first I thought this meant he felt guilty about Rose being in a plane crash because it was his idea to go to Australia. But now I think he means he saved her life by taking her to the healer, which is a lot to hold over her head. That was a mean thing to say, and it looks like he knows that.
Let’s move on to some younger, more nubile bodies! Jack and Kate are hiking the jungle when Kate says she’s flattered Jack asked her to come along. He explains that he actually asked Sayid first, and only settled on Kate because “they don’t want you.” Oh, snap, Jack! He figures that they didn’t keep her when they had her, so there’s no danger in her getting kidnapped this time. Kate sees a baby doll in the grass, and even though Jack yells at her not to pick it up, she does, and they’re both caught in the same net trap as Henry. Nice one, Kate. In her defense, she does apologize.
So basically Kate and Jack are all tangled up together, writhing and breathing heavily and accidentally fondling, and it’s VERY SEXY, in case you couldn’t tell. Jack thinks the Others didn’t build the trap, and Kate agrees: “It’s not sophisticated enough.” More fuel for the fires of those who think Kate is an Other. Kate reaches for Jack’s gun, which is at the back of his pants. Again, VERY SEXY. Kate takes the first shot at the rope holding them up, and misses. “Well at least they know where we are,” snarks Jack. He manages to shoot the rope, and down they come. Miraculously without even spraining an ankle.
On the beach, Bernard is yelling at Jin for not following instructions (dammit!), which doesn’t seem like a wise move. It looks like Jin is the only one still helping. Jin starts to storm off but Bernard stops him by saying he’s doing this all for Rose. It looks like Bernard’s trying to appeal to Jin by playing the wife card, but by this point Jin’s over it. No one will play with Bernard.
Locke hasn’t been out on the beach in quite some time, but he’s there now soaking up some rays. Rose stops by for a chat and explains that Bernard’s building a sign “so the satellites can see it.” Notice she only mentions satellites, not planes. It’s a good line that shows the way spouses can belittle each other like no one else. Locke claims to be done with the hatch, but Rose thinks that as soon as his leg splint comes off he’ll be king of the island again. Locke’s not so sure, since word from Jack is that his leg will take four weeks to heal. “But honey, you and I both know it’s not gonna take that long,” says Rose, leading to a knowing smile from both of them. I still wasn’t sure what that meant at this point in the episode.
Back in Australia, Rose is led into a room with dozens of crutches hanging from the ceiling and thank-you letters on the walls. Looks like Rose agreed to meet with the healer. The healer explains that they’re on a spot on the Earth with good energy (I’ve heard that about Sonora, Arizona) and that he can harness it to help people. He lays hands on Rose, but quickly says that he can’t help her. He offers to return Bernard’s donation (so that we feel like he’s not a quack) but Rose has already decided that she’s going to lie to Bernard and say she was healed.
On the island, Jack asks Kate how she knows that the trap wasn’t sophisticated enough to be from the Others. She hems and haws for a bit. I wonder if the writers always knew they were going to create suspicion about Kate, or if they went that direction after the fans started the theory that Kate is an Other. I feel like they do that a lot. Anyway, Kate tells Jack about the medical station that Claire had been held at. Whoa, for once Jack is the last to know! Kate says she held onto this info until Jack “let her back into the club.” Well, Kate’s a big baby, but at least she’s honest about it!
The conversation ends quickly, as Jack realizes they’re at the place where they met Zeke. He starts yelling, saying he’ll be there until they talk to him. On the beach, Rose has brought some food for Bernard, who’s toiling alone on the SOS sign. Rose has decided to come clean about not being healed in Australia. She explains that she knows when she’s sick, and while the healer didn’t fix her, the island did. She’s been healthy since the crash. We see scenes from the airport, where Rose drops a bottle of pills, and they’re picked up byâ€¦.Locke! Still very much in his wheelchair. Ah, so that’s what that earlier scene was about; Rose knows Locke was in a wheelchair, and he knows she was sick! Nice! That gave me chills. Bernard finally realizes that Rose does not want to go home, and as soon as he knows this he agrees to stay on the island forever with her. He’s pretty whipped, y’all.
Back in the hatch, Locke’s listening to some musica romantica, and Ana tells him that she “pushed his button.” Oooh, saucy. Montage of love that includes Charlie and Eko (nice), Jin and Sun, Claire and Aaron, Libby and Hurley, and rather pathetically, Sawyer and Vincent. Who is played by an entirely different dog now, I might add.
Jack and Kate are sitting by a campfire, and Jack says he’ll start yelling again when he gets his voice back. “maybe they can’t hear you,” suggests Kate. What do you know, lady? You suspicious lady. She apologizes for kissing him all those episodes ago, but Jack isn’t sorry. They look ready to mack again when someone comes running into the clearing. It’s Michael (who?!), looking half-dead. And there you have it! So, will Michael be in the same state of mind as before, or do you think he’s been turned by the Others?