WHEW! I enjoyed this episode so much. They’ve been promising us some answers and this is the first time I feel like I’ve gotten some. Of course, I have a few more questions, too.
Off-island: I was afraid that Jack was going to have another sad existence, but the writers surprised me: Jack is actually doing alright. Despite being separated from his son’s mother, he isn’t an alcoholic and he’s really making an effort to be a good dad. In the final scene with his son, didn’t you want to give him the Father of the Year award? That was so sweet! The only question I’m left asking is To whom was he married?
Much in the same way they did in the earlier seasons, I think the writers are showing how the characters’ lives intersect. The example of this tonight happened when we saw Dogen at the conservatory auditions. I don’t think the intersections will play any greater significance, though.
We did learn that there is some kind of close connection between Claire and Jack’s dad. I wonder if Jack knows about Claire in this other life?
On-island: Jack confesses to Sayid that the pill would have killed him. I wonder how this revelation will impact whether or not Sayid stays at the temple for much longer?
Jack admits his brokenness. He’s looking for answers, he wants to be healed, he doesn’t want to hide, and he doesn’t want to play games anymore. I feel you, Jack. I want some answers, too.
He still cares for Kate, but her decisions neither make nor break him. But he isn’t a slave to her, he’s not trying to fix her or even help her.
Amazingly, she’s not trying to follow either James or Jack. She has one goal: find Claire and reunite her with Aaron.
Wow, has his character undergone a major change or what?! He may still like to play games (he and Miles were playing Tic-Tac-Toe), but he is not so insecure anymore.
Jacob tells Hugo to take Jack to The Lighthouse because they have to help someone get to the island (someone in a boat perhaps? Desmond? Libby?). Along the way they visit the cave that Jack found while chasing his father through the jungle. Here, Hugo and Jack reminisce for a few minutes and remind all of us that Jack’s dad has not been found (but I think he was just Smokey in disguise) and we still don’t know the identities of the bodies in the cave. Hugo is playing “everyman” again when he starts asking questions about time travel and who those people are/were. Thanks, Hugo.
Funny that they found Shannon’s missing inhaler right outside the cave. I guess someone owes James an apology.
The girl is “infected” alright. Infected with Smokey’s lies! She must have been one of his first recruits (when she left Aaron in the jungle and Smokey looked like her dad) and he’s gotten her mind all twisted into thinking that Aaron is in the temple.
And just like Locke was her friend on the beach when he made the crib for her birthday gift, Smokey is her “friend.” I wouldn’t be surprised if he demonstrated his friendship by giving her that freaky, boar-toothed, hideous-looking “baby.” (it’s called Squirrel Baby)
I think Jin was just bluffing, trying to save his rear after he watched Claire chop down that Other, when he said he would take her in through a secret passage. But then Smokey walked in and now he’ll have to lead them.
What did Smokey do with James?
This part was just MIND-BLOWING. There were so many things to take in all at once! Hugo asks Jack to tell him when he gets to number 108. WHOSE NAME IS 108? Who could be the sum of our six candidates? If this person ever makes it to the island, I think we’ll be close to the end. Could it be Walt? Aaron? Desmond? Faraday? Widmore?
Do you think it’s safe to assume that there are 360 names to correspond to the 360 degrees in a circle?
When Hugo started pulling those chains, and the scene focused on the circle, I thought the machine looked a lot like the frozen donkey wheel. Did you?
Jack notices the names and numbers and starts to go nuts. He pulls the chains to number 23, his number, and in the mirrors he sees the house he grew up in. But I wonder if the mirrors were showing where he was that day? (In the new timeline, Jack was at his mother’s house looking for his father’s will.) But we may never know because Jack destroyed all the mirrors. Thanks a lot, Jack. When he finally gets up from staring at the water, I hope he has his mind right.
Jacob shows up. Jacob is totally at peace with everything. He’s not rattled by anything. Jacob reveals that he wanted Jack to see what was in the mirror. He wanted Jack to understand his importance and purpose, but he has to find it himself. Plus, Jacob had to get them (Hugo and Jack) far away from the temple because some(one) bad folks (Smokey? Claire? James?) is/are on their way to make war on the Others.
Kate is going to be in big trouble when she finally meets up with Claire. Who do you think will win that brawl? I hope they don’t fight, though. I do not enjoy watching women slug it out. Remember when the writers put in a fight between Charlotte and Juliet? I didn’t like that at all.
I don’t think James is a recruit. Instead, I am holding out hope that James is pulling a long con on Smokey.
That’s my summation and the questions I’m left asking after this episode.
I thought Hugo and Jack had the best lines tonight. And I counted 9 “Dudes.” (The only reason I’m counting the dudes is because some friends and I are having a contest. One of the questions is to guess how many times Hurley will say dude this season. I guessed 60.)