“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” Winston Churchill
Super-Duper Brief Recap
Season 5 Episode 9 “Namaste”- Frank and Sun take the Island Outrigger Tour.
Juliet and Kate mentally bitch slap one another and Sun physically bitch slaps Ben (with an oar, anyway.)
Kate stares at Sawyer’s porch thinkin’ bout what mighta been, and Jack gets a taste of how Sawyer must’ve felt all that time…
Christian insinuates that Sun and Frank should follow him as he can bring them to Jin.
Sadly, he was referring to a photo of Jin as opposed to Jin-the-human.
He then helpfully suggests that Sun might need try time jumping a few decades to find ‘4D’ Jin.
Not-yet-evil, 11 year old Ben brings Sayid a sandwich with no mustard.
Sayid has feelings about meeting young-Ben.
Most of them are un-good.
Frank J. Lapidus: One Helluva Pilot…
Dude, What CAN’T Frank land?
He is ridiculous.
We know he can safely land a helicopter that is totally out of gas and over weight, and tonight we saw him land a power-less jumbo jet airliner, with style and grace on a super conveniently located airstrip.
Frank is no joke.
He and that Chesley ‘I’ll put this beast down in the Hudson’ Sullenberger should totally have “land-off.”
That’d be splendiferous.
It does occur to me that during the S3 finale, Juliet, in what we assumed at the time was merely sarcastic witticism, told Sawyer that he and Kate were breaking rocks because the Others were “building a runway.”
A runway, you say…
So, this means that the Ajira plane landed on the Island where Kate, Sawyer and Jack were being kept in cages…the Island with the Hydra station…
Could Sawyer and Kate have, unbeknownst to them, been laboriously breaking the very rocks meant to build the runway that would eventually bring them back together?!
Two thumbs up for romantic irony!
Reunions, Sexual Tension, and Other Hostilities…
The long awaited Kate/Sawyer reunion gets a little muddied up as Jack looks on in all his passive-aggressively-nonchalant-but-totally-disgruntled glory.
Sawyer updates his old chums on the stuff they may have missed such as the fact that Hostiles are Others and that the year is 1977.
Sawyer mulls the possible ways he may be able to integrate his ‘friends’ into the D.I. without arousing suspicion.
Back at Little House on the Island, Sawyer runs around like a kid on crank as Juliet pumps him for answers re: the return of the 815-ers.
Juliet seems (justifiably) nervous that Sawyers allegiance to her will be tested now that the wily little minx Kate is back in town.
Sawyer realizes this (because he is way sensitive as ‘La Fleur’) and takes a moment to reassure his precious Jules that everything will be OK.
Juliet (who is secretly a masochist) suggests that the submarine filled with new D.I. recruits, which happens to be arriving in like 8 minutes, might be a solid method of seamlessly blending the Returnees with the postmodern Islanders.
Breaking out of my body and flying away… Like a bat out of hell
Jin’s all about authority and takes direction well.
He is also a relatively quick learner and speaks awesome English.
And as any ESL teacher will tell you, English is NOT a simple language to master.
Thus, life in the D.I. has worked out well for Jin ‘the Asian Persuasion’ Kwon.
He accepts his role and plays his position…until he learns that Sun was on the plane with Jack / Kate and crew.
At that point, all bets are off.
My man straight steals that Jeep, in spite of Sawyer’s protestations, and is off to find his beloved.
Seriously though, what the eff did Jack, Kate and Hurls TALK about with Jinny-Jin Jin on the ride from wherever he scooped them up, until they reached Sawyer?
Jin never thought to ask about um, his WIFE???
Further, no one thought to say, “Wow Jin, your baby sure is cute… and your wife…she really misses you… she’s around here somewhere…”
Oh, right… we’re stuck in the ‘Land of Taciturn Miming.’
Tagline: “Why speak aloud when you can say nothing at all?”
Jin jets in the Jeep and hurries back to the station to see what Radzinsky knows about any recent wife-bearing plane crashes…
Now seems like a good time to mention that this Radzinsky character was Kelvin’s partner in the Swan Station pre-Desmond.
He committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth and the bloodstain on the ceiling of the station served as a constant reminder of his heinous exit.
This sucked for Des, particularly after Kelvin left, and he started to go a smidge crazy.
“Waiting Doesn’t Interest Me” – Ben ‘I’m Back, Bitches’ Linus
Lapidus takes over as leader and tries to calm the 316 survivors.
The problem is that they don’t seem to need ‘calming.’
Someone was ridin’ dirty with a serious supply of Xanax and Vicodin, which apparently they dished out liberally on the way down, because this crew brings the meaning of the term ‘reaction-less sloth-like robots,’ to a whole new level.
Still, Frank uses his best Jack-voice and tells everyone to “stick together, hunker down, and wait until help gets here.”
Shady-Caesar has a better plan.
He suggests they search the buildings on the Island as they may find a radio…
A power struggle ensues.
Honestly, Caesar’s is obviously the stronger plan, but I am a loyal member of Team Frank, so I’m following the Captain.
Then again, I was also a Team Jack loyalist, so you may just want to do exactly the opposite of what I do…
Meanwhile, Ben wanders off into the Jungle and Sun follows him.
Frank follows Sun following Ben.
Ben reveals that he is going back to “Our Island” and invites Sun to come along.
Frank tries to dissuade her and questions Ben’s trustworthiness, which is obviously ludicrous as Ben is nothing if not upfront and honest.
Sun then knocks Ben out, which makes sense as Ben is contractually obligated to have his ass kicked at least one time during every 24-hour period, while on the Island.
Um, Does This Mean the Island Is In Canada?
Juliet runs over to Amy’s hut to snatch the submarine manifest, because no one should work the day after they give birth, and finds out that the mystery child she delivered has been christened “Ethan.”
This moment was awesome because it’s hard to play ‘Holy-Crap-I-delivered-a-baby-who-will-become-a-surgeon-who-steals-babies-and-claims-to-be-from-Canada,” in a convincingly casual manner, but Juliet’s Other-dom kicks in and she pulls it off with ease.
Soooo, Horace is Ethan’s father…
“Be Aware of a World Others Just Might Have Missed”
Way subtle, Dharma dudes…
Dharma welcomes the Class of ’77 with puka shell necklaces (which are thought to ensure safe travels while at sea) and upbeat tunes like “Ride Captain Ride.”
I know everyone is still a little foggy from their drug-addled submarine ride, but you’d think that someone would notice lyrics like:
“No one heard them calling, no one came at all,
‘Cause they were too busy watching those old raindrops fall.
As a storm was blowing out on the peaceful sea,
Seventy-three men were sailing off into history.
Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,
Be amazed at the friends you’ve got there on your trip.”
Who’s Laughing Now, Doc?
Sawyer briefs Hurls, Kate, and Jack on the D.I. intake process.
Hurley worries he may not know answers to the some questions they ask, like who the President is in 1977…
Jack questions the ‘work assignments’ portion of the program.
Sawyer tells him not to worry, he took care of it.
Sawyer may be a changed man, but he still knows a golden opportunity when he sees one…
Pierre Chang (see, I told you he’d be back…) issues Jack his Dharma jumpsuit and tells Jack that his aptitude test indicated that he is qualified for basic janitorial service.
That’s gotta sting, as Jack thoroughly identifies himself with his intellect.
There is also a brief moment of despair when we are led to believe that Juliet has one-upped her old friend, Ms. Austen by not including her name on the intake roster.
Luckily Jules swoops in with the ‘updated’ roster, and saves Kate from ‘Mean Dharma Unibrow Guy.’
PS ~ What is his damage? Seriously.
It’s Not a Hostile… It’s Sayid! Who does seem a shade hostile…
Jin runs after a Hostile, who has breached the Sonic Gamma Ray Blaster Fence, and the interloper turns out to be Sayid.
Jin is then forced to faux threaten Sayid, when Radzinsky shows up.
Sayid is way confused.
The situation is not exactly cleared up when Sawyer interrogates Sayid, but it is cool to see the role reversal shout out to S1 when Sayid interrogates Sawyer regarding the disappearance of Shannon’s inhaler.
Best. Scene… Five Years in the Making
Or three years in the making if you are calculating via the show’s time line.
Or 30 years in the making if you are thinking as if it’s 1977.
The Jack/ Sawyer showdown was worth the wait.
Jack isn’t loving taking orders from Saw-Man, and decide to wrest control the only way he knows how… with words.
He marches right past Unibrow, and knocks on the door of Sawyer’s Hut o’ Happiness, and is greeted by a radiant Juliet.
Jack looks ever so slightly flummoxed but quickly recovers and gives Juliet some looks previously reserved only for Kate.
Juliet responds by opening the door wider to reveal Sawyer reading in the easy chair, which leads to Jack making his ‘sour apple face’ again.
Score one for ‘those they left behind.’
There is nothing that I can say about this scene except for:
Watch it…listen to it…watch it again…take it in, and apply it to your life.
That’s my goal…
Just Asking / Saying…
* When 316 is going down the transmission heard in the cockpit is repeating the numbers “4, 8, 15, 16…” Even though the dialogue obscures the rest, I’ll just bet we know what comes next…
* Code 14J is the code used when Sayid wanders through the fence, and is the same code that Locke, Hurls and Sawyer hear when they pick up Ben’s ringing phone, as they played Risk during S4’s “The Shape of Things to Come.”
* When Hurls asks if he feels the need to warn the Dharma folk about the impending Purge, Sawyer quips “I ain’t here to play Nostradamus to these people.”
* Ethan’s last name is Rom (um, why not Goodspeed, like his Dad?)
Anyway, Ethan Rom is an anagram for Other Man and Roman.
* Did anyone else think that Ethan looked older than 26 or 27 when we met him after the original crash in 2004?
* Sawyer compares himself to Winston Churchill, who was married to a woman named Clementine. Sawyer has a daughter named Clementine.
Lyndsey has OCD. Lucky for you, in between color-coding her closet and using anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, she channels her mania into over-analysis of “Lost”. She believes the idea that “TV rots your brain,” is bullshit. She is sure her brain is not, in fact, rotten.