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DROPPING H BOMBS – 5.03 ‘Jughead’

By Fishbiscuit,

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“If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.” – Anton Chekhov

This episode was filled with satisfying little clicks of recognition. So many clues that we’d last seen circling around in the eddies of past episodes bobbed back up to the surface and began to fit together with a kind of sense. Many moons ago, for instance, in the distant shadows of Season Two, Ana Lucia found a U.S. Army knife on the body of a dead Other, a mystery too tiny to even call a red herring.

But my how that little herring grew. Not only was the U.S. Army on the Island at one point, they inspired the khaki tent city concept that the Others continued to favor for many years. Gee, that WWII surplus was sturdy stuff.

But tent technology wasn’t the only way that the peripatetic U.S. Army spread goodwill to the far corners of the globe. The Hostiles borrowed guns and uniforms from the soldiers they massacred, soldiers who were apparently part of the mid 20th century American adventure that turned the South Pacific into a vast playground of thermonuclear Duck Duck Goose.

But with Lost, it’s all about the clues. In episodes like this one, the story is just a scaffold to hang clues on. And the name on the bomb (the name of an actual cryogenic weapons system that the U.S. Army fielded but never fired) was a clue of the low hanging fruit variety.

Take that clue and put it together with the name stenciled on the young soldier’s shirt…

…and you end up with one of Time Travel’s greatest heroes: Jughead Jones, Time Cop!

Jughead Jones and his teenie weenie time-traveling beanie spent five collectors item editions of Archie Comics policing the timestream. His mission was to make sure no one tampered with the ineluctable modality of Time as it always was, is and always will be. In other words, Jughead was out there doing the hard work of Course Correction long before Daniel Faraday was a gleam in Mrs. Hawking’s pretty eyes. He bounded into Timespace with his lovely deputy, Charlotte …. er, January McAndrews, to make repairs to history, so that time could do what it has to do, which is to keep happening exactly the same way over and over, no matter how many goofy interlopers manage to land in the middle of situations they have no business being part of.

So, this episode was a story, as it seems all future stories on Lost will be, about Time Travel. Desmond, inspired by his shiny new memory of having just met Daniel Faraday four years ago the night before, returned to Daniel Faraday’s time travel lab at Oxford and found it a rather more sinister Little Shop of Horrors than he’d remembered. Truth be told, there was always something a little creepy about that greasy haired rat lover.

Watchers of ABC’s enhanced version of last week’s The Lie were privy to a bit of information that the story itself hasn’t told us yet, but certainly will in weeks to come. Mrs. Hawkings’ first name was Eloise, the same name as Daniel’s wee little maze runner. And given that Desmond’s mission to find Daniel’s mother seemed to be leading him all too obviously back to Mrs. Hawkings, that means Daniel was the sentimental sort of doting son who named his lab rat after Mommy….right before he killed her in his time twisting torture device.

Awwww.

But that wasn’t all there was to learn about Daniel in this episode. It seems that, all schmoopiness with Charlotte aside, Daniel was the kind of boyfriend in the past who left his girlfriends with something they would never be able to forget. Or remember. When Daniel ran out of rodents to give brain aneurysms to, he switched to human subjects.

And the result of those unholy experiments was a scandal that left a poor girl named Theresa permanently lost to the timelessness of coma. The name Theresa was another one of those long forgotten clues. Remember Boone appearing in a dream to Locke in Season One’s Deus Ex Machina? Remember how “Theresa fell down the stairs, Theresa fell up the stairs”?

Well, we finally got to meet Theresa.

Poor girl is literally coming and going for all eternity, all thanks to that cute little time scamp Faraday. If you look on the bookshelf behind the head of Theresa’s male nurse, there might have been another clue in the book title, something to stow away for future reference.

The Lost Book is a common way to refer to the Inventio Fortunata, a book allegedly written by a monk from Oxford

and later recovered by a man named Jacobus Cnoyen, who popularized it before losing it again. This book that didn’t want to stay found described the North Pole as a magnetic island surrounded by a violent maelstrom, and helpfully described this magnetic island as being made from “Rupes Nigra”, or in Lost lingo – Black Rock. And yeah, I’m going on the assumption that absolutely none of this is random.

We learned that Daniel’s hands are no cleaner than any other character’s on Lost. Not only is he ok with abandoning the wretched refuse of his unethical experimentation, but he’s been funded all along by one of the grand high villains of the piece, Charles Widmore. At least it seems like Widmore’s a bad guy. He is paying for the girl’s care, which is big of him. And he keeps cooperating with Desmond, despite claiming to despise him, which is sort of odd and inexplicable. But the visit to Widmore’s office was a fun field trip to Cluemania. We got another glimpse of the wonderful painting that hangs behind Widmore’s desk.

The one with the Polar Bear and Namaste and the Buddha and the mountaintops that look like the ones on the Island. It’s a masterpiece of clue dropping. And the painting by Jackson Pollock that hung behind the receptionist, might only have been a shoutout to the great splash artist, whose 97th birthday coincided with the U.S. airdate of this episode, but it reminded me as well how memories are being built up under the Lawz of time travel as it exists in the Lostverse. Just as Pollock continuously added layers of paint, continuously altering the vision of the layers beneath, so does each subsequent trip to the past in our story create new memories that bubble up into the future.

Once a time traveler sticks his foot into places he has never been before, this new version of the past seems to patch in a new memory for those involved. We saw this with Desmond’s willingness to sail all the way back to England once Daniel managed to insert a new memory into his consciousness by tampering with past events. But the most fascinating example was definitely the game Locke and Richard were playing called Compass, Compass, Who’s Got the Compass?

Last season, we saw Richard try to identify Locke as the Island’s baby Dalai Lama by getting him to choose the compass as the item he had once owned. Locke however had a knife fetish even at that young age and had no memory of ever owning the compass.

Of course that was because Richard hadn’t given him the compass yet, which we saw him do last week. But where did Richard get the compass?

Duh. He got it from Locke!!! The compass has no original owner. It was Locke’s before it was Richard’s before it was Locke’s. We’re spinning in circles.

Once again in this episode, Locke forlornly informed an Other that he was their Leader. And once again, the Other looked at him like he was crazier than a Bessie Bug. Which is an understandable reaction when it comes to Locke.

But Richard was at least thoughtful enough to hear Locke out. And apparently he took it to heart. In another one of the circles within circles, memories splashed down on top of older memories to create new ones. In this way, the future continues to create the past. Locke is the Leader of the Others because Richard told him he was the Leader. And why did Richard tell Locke he was the Leader? Because Locke went back in time and told Richard that he had told him that he was the Leader! But why did Locke think he was the Leader when he told Richard he was the Leader? Because in the future…or the present….or someplace….Richard told Locke he was the Leader! It sounds confusing but it’s really no more confusing than the idea of a circle itself. After all, look hard at any circle and try to put your finger on the point where the circle begins. It has no beginning, and neither does the chain of Cause and Effect in our story.

Informed that his Leader would be born two years in the future, Richard verified Locke’s information by making a visit to the hospital to witness the birth of the “sodding old man” in 1956. The baby who would one day return as intrepid time traveler to give up his life to save the Island that gave meaning to his life in the first place.

This all makes good sense. In the Lostverse, there is nothing that can ever pry apart the death grip of Cause and Effect. Certainly not a piffling thing like time travelers bouncing around in time like a hubcap across a six lane highway. While Desmond is searching for Daniel Faraday’s Mum in Oxford, Daniel himself has traveled back in time to meet a very familiar looking young lady named Ellie, no doubt a nickname for Eloise, as in Eloise Hawking. (Thank you, ABC Pop-up Department!)

And while she looks pretty damn annoyed with his prattle about time travel, we’ve now had a very strong foreshadowing that this is exactly how Mrs. Hawking ultimately found her life’s work:

Her own son inspired it by explaining Timespace to her about ten years before he was even born. And this, apparently, is how it always happened. Because whatever happened, happened. Mother and Son were arguing even before Mom had ever met Dad.

Speaking of which, who IS Daniel’s Dad?

The revelation that Charles Widmore lived on the Island in his youth was the big bomb drop of the episode. It’s certainly possible that Widmore and Ellie had a thang going on at some point and produced a love child that neither wanted to give their last name too. But I’m going a different way with it. One of the joys of time travel is that it allows us to fashion stories of exquisite absurdity without breaking any of their ironclad Lawz.

Let’s take this adorable little family for example. Suppose for a minute that little Charlie Hume wasn’t just named after Desmond’s old partner in predestination, but that he had his mother’s middle name as well. Perhaps his ID reads Charles Widmore Hume. And suppose his mom and dad, in their wanderings, ended up getting zapped in the time travel shrink ray, and ended up back on the Island lost to time. Hey, it could happen. Now suppose Penny and Desmond died. Definitely possible. And suppose little orphaned Charlie’s paperwork got a little wet and all that could be read was Charles Widmore. The boy grows up to be a big nasty beast and by hook or by crook he ends up exiled from his Island home. He marries and, when his daughter is born, he names her after the remembered name of his mother. And in good time she, of course, gives birth….to her own dad!

That’s right.

He’s his own Grandpa! See? I knew it was possible!

All kidding aside, how DID the Hostiles end up on Lost Island? They seemed to have a preference for primitive weapons.

Were they descendants of the Black Rock sailors? Or perhaps of an even earlier civilization of marooned unfortunates? How far back? Does Richard’s kohl eyed manscara indicate Egyptian roots of some sort? That might explain the hieroglyphs seen on Ben’s secret chamber. But why are they speaking Latin? Latin is the language of Science. It’s also the language of Faith. The Catholic faith, to be specific.

And we’ve certainly had many breadcrumbs strewn our way leading us down that path – from Eko’s disguise to Desmond’s brief stint in the seminary to most recently, the church Mrs. Hawking does her research in. And despite having killed the U.S. soldiers, there’s something austere and priestly and mostly pacifist about Richard Alpert. Who IS the great and powerful Richard Alpert anyway?

The name “Richard Alpert” of course belonged to the Ram Dass, who sought 1960s style enlightenment through both Eastern religions and pharmaceuticals. But this story isn’t going that way, or at least it doesn’t seem so at the moment. This is a time travel story now. Richard appears to be Immortal. Or at least he’s aging at a rate best measured by the half life of radium. He did not seem to have any prior knowledge of time travel until Locke sat him down for the talk. And, while he clearly knows who Jacob is, it doesn’t seem that he is Jacob. It doesn’t seem like he can even talk to Jacob without an intermediary, more like he’s a kind of consigliore to him, not really entirely in the loop.

Is Richard a kind of Jack Harkness in this tale? A handsome devil whose ascent into immortality we haven’t seen yet, a secondary but constant figure that guides the hero through a shifting timescape. It’s not an exact comparison to be sure, but given the eponymous prop in this episode, I couldn’t quite get it out of my head.

In fact, the whole episode was like that. I’m not going to pick too many nits though. I’ll even let it slide that another Liz Sarnoff episode had a key plot point hinge on a shmoopy love declaration (cause, you know, Richard letting Daniel go because he loves Charlotte just gave me a hideous Eggtown flashback.) But it did feel at times like the more I tried to grasp it, the more it slipped through my fingers. I mean, when I hear a bizarre name on Lost, they’ve trained me to expect an explanation.

When an episode starts with Desmond screaming “Efren Salonga!” over and over at the top of his lungs, what diligent Lost fan doesn’t jump straight to the Anagram Generator to figure out what clue they were giving us there? And what did we get?

Fear Angel Son?

Flaming Goners?

Females Groan?

Nah, we got nothing. It was just…like, a weird name. Bah.

I had a few other questions too. Like what was that guy doing delivering Penny’s baby anyway? If it was me, I would have reached down and pulled the baby out with my bare hands before I’d let a filthy troll wipe the whiskey and cigars off his hands and come at me with medieval hardware like that.

I found myself wondering why Desmond was dressed like the Fourth Doctor Who. Was that a shout out? Or is it a little known fact of time travel lore that timey wimeyness makes your neck cold?

Speaking of clothing, I wonder if the great wheel of Cause and Effect explains why Daniel keeps that tie on? If he takes it off, does the universe unravel?

The white rabbit on the shelf in Penny’s super swank boat made me wonder … Is there any chance at all that this story is still About Bunnies?

And one more thing: If Latin is a Dead Language, why can’t Miles understand it?

I can’t fault an episode that gave us so much to chew on and clicked so many loose ends into place. It was odd to have the story being carried forward with only TWO members of the original Losties left standing, Locke and Sawyer. Now it’s not as if I can’t go an episode without a new Jackface to add to my collection. And I can always enjoy an episode if it’s got enough Sawyer in it, especially now that he’s all Hot Hero Man.

But I didn’t understand why Widmore sent Desmond to Ben’s BFF, Mrs. Hawking, considering the danger that puts Penny in. And I still don’t get why only a select few characters get to time zap. Plus, I’m pretty sure Rose and Bernard aren’t dead, even though there seems to me to be no logical reason why they wouldn’t be. Some beliefs need to stay suspended, even on a show as tightly written as Lost. Which brings us back to The Bomb. Or as I like to call it, the gun on the mantelpiece.

Obviously the Hostile Others took Faraday’s advice and buried the thing in cement once their alien visitors bopped off into timespace. But where is it? Was it buried under the Swan? Is that what caused the great detonation that happened when the button wasn’t pushed? I can’t buy that. It may have used an obsolete technology, but I still think a hydrogen bomb of that size could have easily vaporized even a magical Island. The only thing that would have been left is Richard Alpert’s Chesire Cat grin. But we’ve been shown the gun. It has to go off at some point. Only question is….When?

Come to think of it, with what’s been going on in this story, that turns out to be a very loaded question.

From TVFrenzy:

  • hyperRevue

    Locke did pick the compass. But he chose the knife over the Book of Laws.

    From Lostpedia: “Locke was asked to identify which of these items were “already” his. Richard was pleased when Locke chose the compass and vial of sand, and smiled slightly as the child considered the book, but Locke ultimately chose the knife. At this, Richard turned cold and left, telling Florence that he was sorry to have wasted their time.”

    • hyperRevue

      Otherwise, excellent recap. And great finds with the US Army knife and Theresa. I had totally forgotten about both.

      • Elizabeth423

        Why hasn’t Locke mentioned that their buds the O6 got off the island safe as Alpert told him when fixing his leg?

        Also, Charlotte is the name of the Aussie psychic’s daughter who drown and supposidly came back to life.

  • SayeedIsWhatineed

    OMG! Amazing!

  • crixius

    I had totally forgotten about the army knife! I think I like your re-cap better than the actual episode..lol.

  • Andy

    Great recap, you had me thinking and laughing as usual. I had also forgotten about Theresa and havent seen anyone else catch that.

    I really hope Widmore is not Daniel’s father because that would be just too obvious at this point.

    • hyperRevue

      I went back and looked it up. Boone’s Theresa was his nanny who broke her neck walking up the stairs to tend to him. She’s not Dan’s Theresa.

      • iamme

        I wasn’t under the impression that it had to be the same person, just the fact that the name pops up again was enough to make me go ‘whoa’ and also the phrase itself instead of literally describing someone falling down stairs and up again could apply figuratively to what Dan’s Theresa is going through mentally.

        • hyperRevue

          Wasn’t saying you were. Just pointing it out in general, as that’s what I took Fishbiscuit to be implying.

  • Darbi

    Hey, Fish, nice review. I had forgotten about Ana Lucia pointing out that the type of Army knife that was and from what decade it came from. I miss Ana. *sniff* As always, you pick up on little details that I often blow past.

  • iamme

    “The name Theresa was another one of those long forgotten clues. Remember Boone appearing in a dream to Locke in Season One’s Deus Ex Machina? Remember how “Theresa fell down the stairs, Theresa fell up the stairs”?”

    Fish, when I read this, my mouth dropped open, I wheeled my little chair away from my desk, let out a “Oh my frickin God!” then calmly returned to reading the rest of your recap. The knife I remembered but I completely forgot Locke’s jungle-crack induced dream. So kudos to you on catching that!

    Also, your idea that the bomb still has yet to go off is kind of scary. I would have hoped that it already had in the hatch explosion, but like you noted, it would have leveled that island and really made it disappear.

    Great recap as always, looking forward to next week.

    • DT

      I really think its possible that the bomb was what went off when the failsafe key was turned. We do not know the depths the writers will plumb with the sci-fi in the show. Whatever was going on at the swan may have caused it implode. I think Desmond being nude afterwards is a clue to it being his rebirth as the “Special Person” Daniel calls him.

  • marc

    There is no way that is the same Theresa as Boone’s. Thats just reaching.

  • Phrandile

    great recap. funny and intelligent.

  • TRoss

    Here I thought we were wrong about Jughead Jones, and it was going to turn out to be the name of a bomb instead. Nice catch with the name on the uniform. I never would have made the connection. Might be worth looking into some of the storylines in those comics after all.

    And yeah, it doesn’t seem that Theresa is the same one, but that line Boone says, “Theresa falls down the stairs, Theresa falls UP the stairs . . ” that does seem really odd, and more fitting to what’s going on with Danny Boy’s Theresa. Freaky.

  • Forgot to add I loved the spec about the compass having no real origin, and Penelope giving birth to her own dad. Priceless.

    And I wouldn’t call Dr. Salonga a troll, but hell no, I wouldn’t want him delivering my baby in that condition either.

  • Castaway

    I didn’t even remember the knife Ana-Lucia found in season two. Nice catch, Fish! I really enjoyed this review.

  • spinflip

    Would the American military simply leave the bomb there? ‘Oh yeah, we lost a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific because our squad was wiped out by some crazy guys with arrows. Forget about it.’ Surely the best option for the Others to protect the island both from the bomb and from possible scouts would be to deliver it back, not bury it.

    • KeepingAwake

      They may have had no choice spinflip–if the Island was hard to find back then, how would the military have returned? Alpert indicated that the Others had killed everyone from the team that they had found so far, so who would be left to report back and try to find the Bomb again?

  • KeepingAwake

    Great recap!

    Didn’t Locke give Sayid a compass in Season 1 (Hearts & Minds)? Sayid thought it was broken because it didn’t point North correctly. Whatever happened to THAT compass? Could it be the one Richard and Locke are passing back and forth?

    • DT

      I thought the same thing but they appear to be very different. What I really thought was going to happen was that time skipping Locke was gonna give it to Sayid after his “first time” meeting Alpert. He does say he does not need it anymore which we take at the time to mean that it does not point north anymore due to some magnetic disturbance which we later discover is the Swan. It appears that is definitely not true since we have seen the compass incident unfold. Again they look very different.

      • spinflip

        Well, how did they come to the island in the first place, then?

  • goober

    great recap, fish.
    always enjoy reading yours.
    But I’m pretty sure, regarding the lovely way he told her to shut uo, widmore is more ellis brother than lover!

  • GlueYourEyelids

    I’m not sure that’s a genuine Pollock paitning – more something in his style (although I might be mistaken, I’m familiar with Pollock but not with all of his opus). We might point out, though, that he died in a car crash in 1956… Much like Locke was *born* in 1956 after a car crash. Nifty coincidence.

    Dan’s tie=the towel from Hitchiker’s guide to the galaxy, lol.

  • the_professor

    Could Brother Campbell be a reference to the Franciscan monk who wrote the Lost Book?

    Great recap, fish!

  • Yo, Fish! Nice catch on Des’ scarf being reminiscent of Tom Baker’s 4th incarnation of The Doctor. I’m kicking myself for having missed that. Maybe Dan’s tie is meant as a shout-out to the 10th Doctor?

  • l0s7f@n

    omfg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the us army knife amazing and Therese character i dont think that Boone was talking about the same Theresa but still Theresa falls down the stairs,Theresa falls up the stairs could easily describe whats happening to Danny’s Theresa when i read that part i freaked.I think that Jughead bomb will go off for sure,and that circle with compass great!

  • Not sure if I’m bursting a bubble here or making the riddle even more complex, but Boone’s Theresa was his nanny who broke her neck, and I presume died, having fallen down a flight of stairs. He tells Locke this in Deus Ex Machina (about 25 mins in) right before the find the Beechcraft.

  • Zoriah

    I laughed out loud so many times reading this recap. Daniel was hilarious as Jughead the timecop. The whole scrambling to find an anagram is SOOOO how silly-obsessed some of us are in this fandom. Des DID look like the fourth doc, with a touch of the Gibbs thrown in. And I love how you mentioned my other fave immortal, Captain Jack Harkness. Methinks that Richard should get his own spin off too.

    Good catch on the US army knife. I love when the show tosses in little details only to reveal their significance much later.

    HyperRevue, there are a lot of people who interpreted the choosing objects scene differently than that. While I personally agree with you, I have read some pretty heated debates where posters felt Locke looked at the sand and the compass and put them to one side, and actually finally chose the knife. Which of course disappointed Alpert.

    Even though I don’t believe Boone’s Theresa and Daniel’s Theresa are one and the same, I thought the Fish’s reference to the nursery rhyme where Theresa falls down the stairs and Theresa falls UP the stairs is a pretty chilling and perfect way to describe someone who’s tragically adrift in time, flitting forward and backwards and not able to be anchored in the present.

    I felt this episode really delved into the idea of predestination paradoxes, and love the circular aspect of the compass ownership, with Locke closing his own loop of causality by inviting Richard to his birth.

    Meeting a young Eloise Hawking, and Charles Widmore was rather thrilling. But I do hope that the writers will still keep the emotional heart of the story with the Losties. It was strange only seeing Locke and Sawyer left, with the freighties takign too much screentime for my liking. Not that I wasn’t happy to be rid of the O-Sux storyline for a bit.

    I agree that the bomb wasn’t just introduced as a nice bit of trivia. I feel that we haven’t seen the last of it, and it may well pose a threat in the future.

    And let me just add, that I loved how Sawyer was all ready to go rescue the Geek even though he’d only just met the guy and didn’t trust him. It’s become like second nature for him to look out for those around him. Such a far cry from season one where he was reluctant to get involved and allow himself to care.

    It didnt’ occur to me until later that I just accept now that he’s the Lostie Protector. His hero mantle fits pretty damn good if I may say so.

  • ilikechilis

    Is it at all possible that the bomb and the surrounding scaffolding are what is inside the big foot statue?

    • Ryan

      When I watched the episode, that’s exactly what I thought. I’ve been skimming various “Lost” sites, episode reviews, etc….and you’re the first person I’ve found who also thought that.

  • Jane

    Great callback to chinese numbered 84 shirt wearing Boone’s dream words and the knife found by Ana Lucia and the Doctor Who connections to Captain Jack sitting on the “Bad Wolf” bomb and I totally had the same thought go through my mind that Desmond is dressed like the fourth Doctor! The Bad Wolf storyline is very similar to this future creating the past hypothesis because that is very much like what Rose Tyler did when she scattered the words in time.

    The bowl that the nurse is using to feed Theresa is a bowl that can be found in most asian markers. Probably nothing to connect to the story but may mean the prop department shops at asian markets?

  • Finli Otego

    “If Latin is a Dead Language, why can’t Miles understand it?”
    Dude, that’s why I love your reviews, Fish.
    Also, I feel like the story is starting to flow better when the Island stays stationary in one time period like in this episode. It works much better when they use the Time-travel element as a VEHICLE to tell the story, not when they make the story ABOUT the “timey-wimey” stuff.
    Nice review. 🙂

  • aprilshowers

    Reading your reviews,I realize just how much of this story happens by without my noticing it! Another fun and informative review.

  • LostTvFan

    “After all, look hard at any circle and try to put your finger on the point where the circle begins. It has no beginning, and neither does the chain of Cause and Effect in our story.”

    Nice turn of a phrase Fish. Time travel can be simplified with the question of which comes first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is there is no answer since you can’t have a chicken without an egg but you can’t have an egg without a chicken. Where does a circle start, where does the cycle of chicken/egg begin? Thinking about it too much gives me a nosebleed.

  • MoniquE

    This has now become the only Lost review I read. It’s so refreshing. I always get such a laugh out of it, plus it helps me remember the important things that happened. It reminds me that Lost is supposed to be fun. Thanks, Fish. I’m so glad you came over to Doc’s, which I’ve also bookmarked as my primary Lost site.

  • rove3

    Great review Fish. I had completely forgotten all about that U.S. Army knife too.

  • methosrocks

    This recap is outstanding, Fish! So much I would not have caught – very clever to put together Jughead + Jones for a perfect TT reference. Between Desmond’s experience and the closed loop of causality we saw with Locke and Richard, TT is feeling like a Mobius strip.

    Loved “If Latin is a dead language, why can’t Miles understand it.” LOL

    Re Latin – back in the fifties, Latin was still an obligatory suject in British prep schools and universities, as it certainly had been for a couple of hundred years prior to that. In addition to Medicine and the Church, it also shows up in Law and Business. Perhaps the islanders considered themselves – or modeled themselves – on an intellectual elite?

    Looking forward to your next recap – so glad I found you again!

  • Darbi

    A thought came to me earlier, and I don’t believe I’ve seen this question being discussed elsewhere, but how does Richard know that the 06 made it off the island safely? Ben’s outside folks? Has he traveled off the island again? Does a past Richard meet up with another future Locke? Hmmm…

  • TRoss

    Good question, Darbi. Somehow they’re communicating with the outside world. Maybe that’s where an off-Island hatch might come in handy.

  • bioariel

    Hey guys… has anyone thought of the tempest station… I have a feeling it might be somehow linked to jughead…

    • starbuck47

      I did!! That’s the one from The Other Woman, right? I’m surprised no one brought it up before…

  • Vojkan

    One question!
    After seeing that US Army knife…

    When Goodwin was killed, if I remember by Kate.
    I think that she found a gun. And it`s look like it was from WW2. like German Mauser…
    If anyone know whic episode is that?

    Thanks

    • Katy

      Goodwin was killed by Ana Lucia, I believe in “The Other 48 Days” (I just pulled that number out of nowhere, so 48 could be wrong)

  • Jannah

    I don’t understand why Dan should be written off as an evil woman-abusing scientist with the little information that we have so far about the Oxford situation. I know that Lost is all about good people with bad traits and bad people with good ones, but we don’t even know in what capacity Teresa was his assistant yet. Was she a willing volunteer as interested in his work as he was? Or a helpful girlfriend who believed in supporting his research? And even if not, could Widmore have forced Dan to leave and continue persuing Widmore’s needs to use his research to find the island with the promise of taking care of Teresa for him? There are still too many holes in the details, I’m not ready to vilify Dan on what we have to go on thus far.

  • clueless1der

    Great recap.

    The anagram thing made me laugh, mostly because I’ve done that. Anything that seems off I immediately start searching for some kind of explanation.

    The point you made about Widmore sending Desmond (who he supposedly hates) to LA- sending Penny into Ben’s orbit bugs me though. I’m sure he has some agenda that I’m not aware of (ha) but it really does seem off.

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