I don’t know why I’m bothering to write a recap; I don’t even really like reading a straight recap because they seem like a waste of time. After all, I saw the episode. I prefer reading recaps that add a little commentary. I hope I can do that; I mean, I hope this recap isn’t completely boring. But, honestly, this episode had so much in it that made me say, “What?!” I’m not kidding — I didn’t really expect to see any of what I saw. I came to the show totally unprepared. Does that make sense? Oh well…on with it!
In this episode we learned more about James, his off-island life and his twisted on-island life. On-island: James knows that Smokey, though he looks like Locke, is not really Locke. He has no idea who he really is, but he is following him anyway because Smokey promised James a ticket off the island. However, I can tell that James has not entrusted himself to Smokey (and probably won’t now that he knows that Smokey is definitely the black smoke that kills). In fact, James does not trust anyone anymore. I think he’s just covering all of his bases in an effort to take care of himself and make sure he gets off the island any way he can.
The evidence for this is what James does on Hydra Island. He hits the beach and walks right up to the bear cages. He sees Kate’s dress and he remembers….he does care.
Using his new detective skills (remember how he didn’t really have any tracking or strong, deductive reasoning skills in the earlier seasons?), he puts together a few clues and figures out that Zoe is a liar. She and her gang take him around the island to Widmore’s submarine.
James makes a deal with Widmore: he won’t tell Smokey that they’re there building up defenses, and in return, Widmore will protect everyone with James and grant them safe passage off the island. But when James returns from doing reconnaissance, he tells Smokey exactly who’s there and what they’re doing. This had me baffled until later in the episode when he lets Kate in on his little scheme: while Widmore and Smokey are having their little war, he and Kate are going to skedaddle on the sub. OH, Jaaaaames, you sneaky devil.
Off-island: “I came to a point in my life when I was either going to become a criminal or a cop. I chose a cop.”
Again, we see a character whose off-island life in Season 6 is very different from his off-island life in Season 1. James, a.k.a. Jimmy, is a detective for the Los Angeles Police Dept. We see him in bed with a woman and he seems to be conning her in the same way he conned Cassidy. Instead, he’s undercover (literally and figuratively) and is ready to bust her and her husband for being a couple of cons.
I certainly did not expect to see Miles come running into the motel room! It was just like Dharmaville circa 1977 when “LaFleur” and Miles worked together to keep New Otherton safe.
Jimmy’s life isn’t completely changed, though. His past contains the same tragic story of his parents’ murder when he was 9. And Jimmy is looking for the same man he holds responsible: Anthony Cooper, a.k.a. Sawyer. Only this time, instead of using a crime ring, Jimmy has the resources of the LAPD to help him in his search. He still wants to kill him, he still flew all the way to Sydney to find him, he’s still very angry and bitter about losing his parents, but he isn’t a criminal.
Putting the 2 together: For the first time, I think James really does want to leave the island. All the other times he’s half-heartedly gone after a get-away. But this time, now that he knows Juliet is gone, I think he really wants to go. And I think the Little House on the Prairie episode may give us a clue about what James is thinking. Laura and Pa’s discussion paralleled Locke’s talk with Jack in the first episode. Our loved ones aren’t gone; they’re still with us in our memories and the places we’ve been. Maybe James believes Juliet is somewhere off the island and that by getting off the island he can find her.
I think it’s interesting that he’s the only character who’s broken a mirror in his off-island life. The other characters have gazed into their mirrors, some more than once. But not James. He punched it; he broke it. It’s like his way of saying to the island, I’m getting off no matter what!
The Other Characters: Kate is simply gobsmacked about everything going on around her. It’s like she’s just being tossed around by the wind and she can’t make heads or tails of anything. She’s probably doubting herself and her decision to return to the island.
Off-island Kate is still a fugitive. But this time she gets caught in Jimmy’s net. Coincidence? Probably not.
Sayid is not OK. Very creepy things happening with Sayid now. But I didn’t have time to think about it because Claire came out of nowhere and attacked Kate. And then Smokey literally knocked some sense into Claire. The whole series of events with Kate, Sayid, Claire, and Smokey was very weird for me.
There’s some debate about whether or not Smokey is good or bad. I’m going to go ahead and put all my eggs in the “He’s EVIL” basket. He kills anyone who gets in his way. He lies to get his way. He gave Claire something to HATE in order to give her a reason to live. Need I go on?
Ben: Remember last week when Smokey told Ben to go to the Hydra island? Well, I think he may have wanted him to go there so that Widmore would kill him. Smokey obviously knew that Widmore would be arriving soon and that he’d kill everyone there. Knowing of Ben and Widmore’s rivalry, I think he wanted him to be there (maybe) to see if Ben could kill Widmore so he wouldn’t have to.
Smokey: Had a crazy mother. I think this is only a half-truth. We have no reason to believe that Smokey had a mother. Jacob and MIB/Smokey seem to have (sort of) eternal qualities to me. So, when he says he had a crazy mother, I think he’s talking about John Locke. John’s mother was crazy. In saying all that stuff about how painful it was growing up with a crazy mother, Smokey is using Kate’s love for Aaron to manipulate her. Because, now, Aaron has a crazy mother.
Charlotte: NOT DEAD.
Miles: Detective with the LAPD; partner to James “Jimmy” Ford.
The big question after this episode is, Who is locked in Widmore’s sub? My guess is…DANIEL FARADAY!
I am excited about next week’s episode. It’s probably the one we’ve been waiting on FOR YEARS!!