This was it, the last Lost until February 7. I know I'll appreciate the lack of reruns through the spring, but it feels like we barely got a taste of the series this fall. Six episodes ain't nuthin', Freckles.
Tonight's episode, "I Do," had its interesting points and moved a few things forward, but there were no grand surprises overall. Well, there was the Jack Finally Wised Up bit, but that wasn't until near the end of the show.
The flashback sequences were all about Kate this week, Kate and her husband. Or, Monica and her husband, as she had an alias. Who knows? Maybe she's not Kate, either. The island scenes mainly featured those captured by the Others - Jack, Kate, and Sawyer. We saw a bit of Eko's funeral, but mostly the captives.
The Kate Flashback Sequences
The opening had Kate in a hotel room as her soon-to-be groom, a Miami-Dade cop named Kevin, visited. Oh, there was the wedding, kiss scenes, and all was rosy-keen with the bride and groom. Until Kate's background caught up with her. Well, perhaps it was more the fear of her background being exposed and caring about her love.
She panicked. She called the U.S. Marshals to see if they would leave her be, but the vibes weren't right, not at all. What to do? What to do? Hey, let's drug the cop-husband and confess once he wants her to get a passport for an Oceanic flight to Costa Rica! So, she did it. She told him that she wouldn't want his career ruined, that she was being sought after for blowing up her father and she hit the rowdy road. And, she told him her name wasn't Monica.
See. That's what happens when you marry too soon. You marry a fugitive, silly cop boy. I rank this backstory flashback an "eh." Big deal, what's happening on the island?
On the Island, Requiem for Eko
Locke, Sayid, Paulo (who still just mysteriously appeared and doesn't do or say much for all the hooplah about him joining the cast), and Desmond were still with the very dead Mr. Eko. Locke, claiming that the survivors have seen enough death, decided they should bury him without bringing him back to the campsite.
When asked, Locke said Eko died for a reason, but he doesn't know what that reason is. But, heck, there's a reason. He also claimed that the monster killed Eko, but didn't know what or whom the monster is. Okay, that's perhaps too much knowledge to take in all at once, eh?
The most vital incident during the funeral was as Locke was giving his eulogy. He started talking about Eko's Jesus Stick, then saw words carved into it: "Locke, lift your eyes and look north." (Insert Lost thump noise here.)
On the Island of the Others
Okay, I'm warming to the thought that there may be two islands. I'm not totally convinced, but there was another clue pointing to that tonight.
In the dolphin tank, Jack told Ben and Juliet how critical Ben's need for surgery really is. After giving him the terror talk that indicated not long to live at all, he refused to do the surgery which could save Ben's life. He said he wanted him to understand how he's going to die, but he wouldn't help save him. Ben told him he was disappointed in his decision. Jack told him he wouldn't have to be disappointed long.
Over at the bear cages where Sawyer and Kate were being held captive, Danny and his Thugs were about to take Kate off to work breaking rocks (saying that Sawyer had the day off) when alarms sounded. "Compound Breached!" It was Alex (Rousseau's daughter) with a trusty slingshot. She warned Kate that they would kill her boyfriend just as her own was killed.
Alex was easily captured as a slingshot is never a great match for guns. Danny threw a hood over Kate's head and, next we knew, she was in the dolphin tank talking to Jack through the plexiglass. The Others told her to tell him they'd kill Sawyer if she couldn't convince Jack to perform Ben's spinal surgery. No go, Jack refuses Kate's pleading. "We're done here." Uh-oh, Sawyer!
Ben was monitoring it all in the room with all the closed-circuit monitors.
Back at the bear cages, Danny and Thugs were pushing around Sawyer, furious that Jack had refused to do the surgery. Once they departed, Kate told Sawyer about seeing Jack and Ben's need for surgery. She crawled out of her cage and broke the lock to his, telling him to escape. But he refused to go. He told her they were on a separate island and there was no escape. Then they had hot giant polar bear sex... or perhaps a human equivalent of such.
In the dolphin cage, a sleeping Jack was awakened by the mysterious intercom. It told him (Juliet's voice?) to check the door. Oh, by gosh and golly, it was unlocked. Set up alert! He found the monitor room and, gee willikers, there was a feed to Kate and Sawyer snuggling in the bear cage. Jack also found guns. And he held one to Ben when Ben entered the room.
He told Ben he'd do the surgery tomorrow, but Ben had to keep his promise - he'd get off the island. He had to leave the island. Ben, of course, assured him he'd keep the promise. Yeah, right. Trust Ben? I think not!
Pre-surgery, Ben asked Juliet if Alex asked about him. She told him that he had taken her home. Ben told Jack, "Whatever happens, things will be very different." And, they certainly were as Jack finally had a trick up his sleeve.
He purposely nicked Ben's kidney sac and then created sort of a medical hostage. Over at the bear cages where Danny and Thugs were about to off Sawyer in front of Kate in retaliation for Danny's girl Colleen's death, the walkie-talkies burst to life. They had an hour to make their escape as Jack had an hour to fix the damage he did to Ben.
Jack told Kate that in an hour, she'd have to call him on the walkie-talkie and relate the first story he told her as she stitched him up on the beach. If not, Ben would die.
Here are the points to ponder for this week:
- Why I'm thinking there could very well be two islands: I think the clue on the Jesus stick telling Locke to look north may lead to the sighting of an island. Plus, Danny wondered how Alex got "over here." Something about the way he said it indicated two islands. The same sort of indication when Juliet mentioned taking Alex home.
- I have a "much ado about nothing" feeling from the Kate flashbacks. Only if that cop emerges on the island in some capacity or the necklace she wore comes into play somehow will this bit be critical at all.
- Whether Juliet will sabotage the surgery or Jack will on the down-low is moot now. I have a feeling Jack won't kill Ben, but that's only my guess.
- My memory of the story Jack's seeking from Kate is a bit fuzzy. I recall it was something about fear. "Do you know what real fear is?" He then told her of botching an operation on a teenaged girl, sort of similar to his nicking of Ben's kidney sac. The significance? I'm not sure.
- No smoke monsters this week, but a focus on both Eko's cross necklace and the one Kate (as Monica) wore.
I guess we wait until February. I don't know if I'll be interested enough in the new show they'll be airing in the time slot to watch for sneak peeks.