I’ve heard the argument that this episode was too slow, but I’m not gonna hear it. This was fantastic, I thought. As good as Lost has ever been. Lots of characters got face time, the plot advanced, it went in new directions, there was even some kissing! With tongues! And most shockingly of all, Kate was a charmer! And a hottie, as we see here, but I’ve got something for the otherwise-inclined after the jump.
At first I thought we were in a Jin/Sun flashback, because the beach looks like a proper campsite all of a sudden, with tents and everything, plus their hair looks a lot longer than usual. But no, it’s the island. I guess the materials came from the hatch? Hurley emerges from the tent next to theirs and gives Jin a smirky thumbs up. Methinks Hurley was awakened in the night by the thunderous bleats of passion emanating from Jin’s House of Nasty.
On a slightly less sexy note, Sayid is digging a grave for Shannon. It seems odd that he’d choose a site so close to people’s tents. Down in the hatch, Jack is tending to Sawyer, who asks after Kate, and then proclaims his love for her. He’s practically unconscious, though, so I suppose we could take that with a grain of salt. The lady in question is in the jungle picking mangoes. A horse suddenly appears! The exclamation point makes it seem more exciting. But really, polar bears, crazy French chicks, secret hatches…what’s a horse here and there?
It must be important on some level, though, since it sends Kate into flashback mode. She’s playing with a lighter and sitting on a stoop, waiting for a guy who shows up drunk in a pickup truck. He leans into her kind of inappropriately, which here is a good hint that he’s probably her dad. As she gets him into bed, he gets cruder and cruder, asking her if she’s going to take his pants off. She leaves on a motorbike, and the house explodes into flames behind her. Ha! Kate finally did something awesome!
She heads into a diner, where the sassy, no-nonsense waitress is her mom. Her arm is bandaged, and though she tries to say it was an accident in the kitchen, Kate knows that her husband beat her. This obviously isn’t the first time, and also obviously Kate just killed the wife beater who did this. Kate doesn’t outright tell her mom what she did, but pretty much foreshadows the hell out of what her mom’s going to find when she gets home later. Kate hands over an insurance policy she bought for the house and hustles out of the diner with her mom yelling after her. It seems somewhat single-minded of Kate to blow up the entire house just to kill her dad, but I suppose that fits with the character.
Back in the hatch, Jack and Kate discuss who’s going to go to Shannon’s funeral and who’s going to watch Sawyer/reset the button. Kate obviously wants to stay with Sawyer and Jack obviously wants to prevent any alone time between those two. Jack ends up leaving, and we cut to Eko and Ana, another island couple of sorts. She’s doing something aggressive with a rock and a stick (what else would she be doing?) and he apologetically tells her he’s going to the funeral. Eko says he thinks most people know Ana murdering Shannon was an accident (and implies she’s forgiven), and there we have the first patently stupid thing he’s said.
Sayid struggles to give a eulogy for Shannon, where he basically struggles with the fact that they only met because of the plane crash, yet he still loved her. He walks away, leaving Jack to take over and finish up. Things are much more lighthearted in the hatch, for once, where Kate has put on a country record and is mashing some fruit for Sawyer, laughing about how that would make him feel if he were conscious. He starts to murmur, so she leans closer – the better for him to grab her by the neck and growl, “Why did you kill me?” Silly Sawyer, she didn’t kill you! Duh! You’re still alive!
Back from the commercials (is that woman in the Old Navy campaign freakin’ adorable or freakin’ annoying?), Jack and Locke find the hatch post abandoned, Kate nowhere to be found. Jack runs to Sawyer, who’s lying on the floor, while Locke goes to the computer and kind of panics, because the alarm is going, he only has 20 seconds, and he keeps messing up the code. He finally gets it, of course, but I think letting the timer run out would be the most interesting thing they could do at this point, so I don’t share his relief. Meanwhile, Jack is putting Sawyer back into bed. Man, how many slash fiction masterworks did that shot just inspire?
Kate’s off in the woods and is accosted by Charlie. Aw, I know most people are getting sick of the little hobbit, always interfering and getting in people’s way. He’s just bored, is all! Trying to give Claire some space! Anyway, he gets the understatement of time immemorial when talking about who came to Shannon’s funeral: “not her, the one who killed Shannon. That would’ve been a bit awkward.” Totally deadpan delivery. This is why I love him.
Kate’s all crazy-eyed and distracted, and asks Charlie if there are horses on the island. She walks off into a flashback in a bus depot. She’s trying to run away to Tallahassee, but the Marshall we all recognize stops her after a little non-witty banter and some light violence. “Your momma gave you up, Kate,” he tells her. Oh, burn!
Manly men are doing the manly bonding in the hatch. Locke cuts off Jin’s handcuff with some…pliers? Jaws of life? Whatever! Pink nail polish is my favorite! Jin shows the cuff to Michael and they have a moment (remember it was Michael who cuffed Jin in the first place). As Jin leaves, Michael asks Locke why there are blast doors inside the hatch, which doesn’t seem to be something Locke had given much thought to. He tells Michael about the Dharma movie, and Eko shows up for the 5:30 showing. He’s kind of a cheapskate.
Has anyone noticed the verbal tic Jack has when he’s pissed at someone? He yells at them, waits a beat, then says their name. I wonder if that comes from the actor or the writers. He’s doing it to Kate right now, and she goes into freakout mode and starts crying, and I like seeing some vulnerable from her. Evangeline Lilly looks a lot like my sister, especially around the – oh hey, Jack and Kate are kissing. How ‘bout that. It’s pretty hot, actually, but I think she just did that in a moment of weakness. I hope jack doesn’t think they’re going steady now.
Movie night in the hatch is going well. At the end of the movie, Michael has a lot of questions (right there with you, buddy) but Locke is still perfectly comfortable taking it at face value. He’s not even curious about the missing segments of tape, which doesn’t really fit with the character, I think. Locke asks Eko what he thinks, and Eko responds by staring at Locke for a while and then walking about slowly, meaningfully. Oh good, this episode hadn’t had any of that yet.
I’m telling you, Kate should always be a basket case. I like her this way. She makes excuses to Sayid about not going to the funeral, and says she’s going crazy. He tells her – and I guess he probably hadn’t told anyone yet – that he saw Walt right before Shannon died. “Does that make me crazy?” he asks. How nice of Lost to spell out conversation points for us!
In the flashback, the Marshall is driving Kate, who is handcuffed, down a dark rainy road. It’s the same old conversation between these two; she’s bitchy and he’s misogynistic and condescending. Although he pretty much has her number, I gotta say, laying out her backstory of a “white trash” mom and an abusive stepdad. She insists he never molested her, though, and I believe her. I bet even as a kid she could have kicked some serious ass.
The Marshall loses control of the wheel and appears to run over a black horse (same horse as on the island, of course) with a huge splatter of blood. He passes out long enough for Kate to grab the cuff keys and push him out of the car. Before she drives off, she sees the horse. It’s OK, apparently, and runs off into a field.
In the hatch, Michael still has lots of questions for Locke, who is happy to explain everything he knows. Looks like Michael is going to be our resident skeptic. I knew I liked him! Locke leaves him to explore the machinery, and finds Eko waiting for him with the Bible he found in the other hatch. I like how Locke’s walking around with a coffee mug now, like a professor or something. Very much king of his domain.
Eko starts telling Locke a story about the Old Testament, and Locke responds in much the same way you would to evangelicals showing up on your doorstep when you’re feeling generous. He’s patient, but there’s a smirk there. Eko tells Locke that what’s in his Bible “will be of great value” to him. Locke flips open the pages, and it turns out Eko’s got something a little more tangible than faith in that book. The missing footage from the Dharma movie is in hidden in there. Very cool. I did not see that coming. I think it does signal a change for Locke, though, who used to be the island’s man of faith – found something more useful to him than spirituality.
Hurley’s here to add a little levity! He ambles on up to Jack, who splitting firewood. “So…Rose’s husband’s white. Didn’t see that one coming.” Ha! Oh Hurley, you are the voice of the people. Jack’s all annoyed by him, of course. Two points to this scene: Jack is pissed at/about Sawyer, and Hurley is now admitting to people that he was in a mental hospital.
Sun got conned into Sawyer duty somehow, and she’s by his bed smooshing up pills. Kate comes in and stands around awkwardly for about two seconds before Sun asks, “Can you watch him?” in a rather eager tone. Oh, someone wants to get back to the Boom Boom, er, Tent.
So this flashback is a little complicated. Kate goes to visit her real dad at work, which is a military recruitment center. (Boo! Hiss!) He’s very stern, but calls her Katie, so’s we can be sure he loves her. OK, if I have this right, Kate was raised to believe that this man was her biological father. But, she found out that Wayne (the man she killed) was actually her biological father, even though she was supposed to think he was her stepdad. Military dad never told her because “I knew you’d kill him.” Wow, Kate is one intense little puppy if her own dad thinks that. Kate’s mom loved Wayne, and military dad left when Kate was five. “So why didn’t you kill him?” asks Kate. OK, we don’t know what Wayne did, right? Because I’m not sure where all this murder talk is coming from. He tells Kate that he’ll have to call the cops, but gives her an hour.
UPDATE: As discussed in last week’s comments section, Sayid appears on a TV in the background here. The shot that EdHill provided was wider the my TV, so I bet a lot of people missed, just like I did the first time around. What do you think that is? Is Lost just messing with us?
Back in the hatch, Kate leans over Sawyer. “Wayne?” Sweet! Kate has totally lost it. She says that she didn’t kill Wayne for the obvious reasons, but rather because she hated that she had his blood, which meant she could never be good. Whew, not sure that one’s gonna hold up in court, Kate! She goes on to say that Sawyer freaks her out because she likes him even though he reminds her of Wayne. Sawyer’s been awake the whole time, of course. As he fully comes to, he realizes he’s in a bunk bed. Man, is he ever in for a big disappointment in a second. “Are we saved?” he asks. If I were Kate, I would have told him the situation immediately, but she taken a few seconds to let him down properly.
Breakthroughs are happening in other parts of the hatch, too. Locke and Eko are putting together the tape reel, but that’s not as sexy as shirtless Sawyer, so we’re quickly back there. He’s agape at the hatch, naturally, and supremely disappointed when they make it outside, and it’s still the jungle! (The door hatch opening made a noise that sounded a lot like the weird noises from season one.) Once outside, Kate laughs and tells Sawyer he needs a haircut. Ain’t that the truth. He looks awful. The horse reappears, and Sawyer sees it too, so I guess Kate isn’t as crazy as she thought. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
On the beach, Jack gives Ana some tequila. I don’t care. In the hatch, the new portion of the movie tells Locke and Eko that using the computer for anything other than entering the code is forbidden and could lead to another “incident.” I suppose that’s kind of scary, but I’m a little disappointed. This isn’t exactly earth-shattering news. In the control room, Michael is messing around with stuff and keeps hearing a ding, which doesn’t make sense because there’s still plenty of time on the clock. He finally looks at the computer screen, where a friendly little “Hello?” has popped up. This gave me chills, but Michael’s reaction is more along the lines of “oh hey, email. Neat.” I feel like he’d be much more excited about this potential contact with the outside world. He replies and tells his name, and asks who he’s talking to. The one-word reply: “Dad?”
DAMN! That was good. It was unexpected, and I must admit that I got a little teary-eyed. Way to end the show on a dramatic note. I loved this episode. What about y’all?