Jack wakes in his apartment, walks to the bathroom, and notices a nasty cut on his neck. David announces he made breakfast. He has a concert tonight and his mom will be there. Claire walks in and eats a bowl of cereal with her brother and nephew. Phone rings: it’s Oceanic airlines to let him know that they’ve found his missing cargo. Only it wasn’t really Oceanic on the phone, it was Desmond.
Jack is on the beach sewing Kate shoulder. No alcohol to numb the pain for these stitches. Kate is sad over the deaths of Sun and Jin. She gives Jack her angry eyes, “Locke did this. We have to kill him, Jack.” To which he replies, “I know.”
(That’s one movie I won’t be seeing. Puh-leeze.) I bet Desmond is going to work somehow to get all of our Oceanic folks together in 2004 so they can do whatever it is they need to do. I think that cut on Jack’s neck is bigger now than it was when he first noticed it on the airplane. What could that mean?
Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hugo are standing on the beach, watching the life preservers wash onto shore.
Desmond is keeping an eye on Locke at the school. Desmond cranks his car like he’s going to run over Locke again. Ben hits the hood of his car and demands to know who Desmond is. So, D gives Ben a little case of deja vu. Desmond says that he’s only trying to help Locke “let go.”
Ben, Miles and Richard are walking to Dharmaville. They are going to get the C4 Ben had hidden behind the bookcase. Miles hears Ben’s daughter because Richard buried her there by the fence. Ben finds the C4 and they take all of it. While they’re packing it up, they hear someone in the house: it’s Zoe and Widmore. FINALLY — we get Ben and Widmore together!
What was Zoe looking for under the kitchen sink? Supposedly, there are rules dictating Ben and Widmore’s relationship that are similar to Jacob and Brother’s relationship. I had predicted that they would start trying to kill one another and that only one of them would walk out of their first scene together. I was wrong about that. I wonder what’s about to go down…
Ben and Widmore have a little discussion about why Widmore is there, how he got there, and blah, blah, blah….not important. Widmore tells Zoe to get their equipment out of the outrigger. She sees Locke in their boat, so Widmore tells Zoe to run as fast as she can back to the house.
Ben is getting checked out by a nurse. Locke wheels in and they talk about what happened. (I think “get Locke to let go” may have to do with letting go of killing Desmond or of his desire to leave the island.)
Desmond turns himself in for the hit-and-run. Sawyer takes him into custody and puts him into a cell with Sayid, a cell right next door to Kate’s.
Sawyer and Jack talk about what happened and Jack explains to Sawyer that Locke is the guilty one, that Sawyer shouldn’t blame himself. Behind those two, Kate and Hugo are walking together. Hugo sees a young Jacob. Kate walks on. Hugo turns around to see the young Jacob who asks for his ashes back. Hugo gives chase and walks up on a grown Jacob sitting next to a fire. Jacob has thrown his ashes into the fire. “When the fire burns out…it’s over.” GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER! That’s a message to the fans….must. have. finale. party.
Panic in Dharmaville. Miles wants to survive. Ben wants to face his death sooner rather than later. Richard says that Smokey only wants him. He walks outside to give himself over. tick-a-tick-a-tick-a OK, Richard is gone. (I wonder if he’s dead. That was rather anti-climactic for such a seemingly important character.)
Smokey walks up and sits next to Ben. (It’s going to be nice when Ben has a deja vu regarding Locke.) Smokey explains that he needs Ben’s help. Ben seems too eager to please.
Alex offers Ben a ride home. Danielle offers Ben dinner. They talk about how Ben has been like a father to Alex. Ben is obviously emotional over it and he appears to have a little deja vu.
Ben totally gives Widmore to Smokey. Whoa — Zoe is very much un-Zoe (“zoe” means life). Widmore sings like a canary after Smokey threatens to kill Penny. But Ben puts an end to that with a few bullets — “He doesn’t get to save his daughter….Did you say there were other people to kill?” (And now Ben is taking orders from Smokey again. I’m convinced that he was talking to Smokey all of those other times he thought he was talking to Jacob.)
Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hugo have a little fireside chat with Jacob, whom they can all see. Jacob is promising the answers to all the questions we’ve been wondering!!!! YES YES YES!!!
Jack is working in his office when Locke wheels in. (This better be quick because I want to get back to that campfire!) Locke is putting the recent events together — “Maybe this happened for a reason.” Locke is ready to get out of the chair. (I predict that we reach a climax when Locke is on the operating table and his life is in Jack’s hands. Somehow events on the island and events in LA will parallel one another.)
CAMPFIRE: Hurley asks, “Why did you bring us here?” Jacob starts explaining everything. (I’m going to have to stop typing so I can listen with both ears.)
(OK, so Jacob brought all of those people to the island because of the mistake he made when he threw Brother into the light. And because of that mistake, our Losties and everyone they love is going to die. Jacob chose them because they were all like him…alone…searching for fulfillment. And one of them has to take over protection of the island; one of them has to make sure that Smokey never leaves the island. Jacob doesn’t say it, but he gives Jack the impression that he wants one of them to kill Smokey, to do what he did not do. Jacob refuses to choose a replacement. Instead, he wants one to have the choice. Jack stands up and chooses to take over protection of the island.)
That was totally awesome! Does Jacob not know how to kill Smokey? Well, how is Jack going to know what to do? Desmond is going to know what to do!
Jacob tells Jack where the light is…past the bamboo field where Jack landed when Oceanic 815 crashed. Jacob is doing the same thing for Jack that Mother did for him when he took over protection of the island. Jack drinks, promising to do this job for as long as he can. AND JACK KNOWS NOW. He has understanding.
Kate, Sayid, and Desmond are being transported to county. Desmond is talking to Kate and Sayid about breaking free. He implies he knows the driver. Desmond tells them that they have to do exactly what he tells them to do. He’ll get them free and they’ll owe him a favor. Ana Lucia opens the back of the van. Hurley drives up, pays Ana Lucia, whom he knows but he’s not supposed to know, and leaves with Sayid. Kate leaves with Desmond in Hugo’s Camaro. They are going to a concert. (Could it be Driveshaft? or Daniel Faraday, the pianist? All I know for sure is that THAT SEQUENCE OF EVENTS WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!)
Smokey and Ben are walking to the well where Desmond is supposed to be. But Desmond is gone. Smokey isn’t at all upset by this. (I guess one learns patience when one lives for as long as Smokey has lived.) Smokey explains to Ben that when he finds Desmond, he’s going to use him to destroy this island.
OK, folks, this episode was fantastic. Questions were answered, the story moved forward, the characters lined up right — Ben is bad, while Sawyer, Kate, Jack, and Hurley are together — and there is a definite merging of the island and LA going on. From the way Smokey spoke at the end, it seems like he no longer cares about leaving the island. He wants to destroy the island now. So, now I have new questions:
1. Is the sinking of the island the same as destroying the island? I’m going to say, “No,” to that one. The island isn’t destroyed; it’s just underwater.
2. Does Smokey cut Jack’s throat? Is that why the wound on Jack’s neck is getting larger?
3. Will Jack kill Smokey by killing Locke on the operating table while Desmond is doing his thing with the light? We know that Smokey doesn’t like water…maybe something that Desmond does with the light sinks the island and “kills” Smokey. On the other hand, if Jack kills Locke, then that leaves Jack…well, his character arc goes unredeemed. Perhaps Locke’s healing in LA cripples Smokey on the island. That doesn’t really make sense. Maybe Smokey’s demise leads to Locke’s languishing on the operating table…ooooh, I can’t wait to find out what happens!
4. Why did Desmond tell Jack that the airline had found his coffin? Won’t that make Jack go to the airport? Or will the airline deliver the coffin to his house? What’s the significance of that? Perhaps that’s how Jack’s character comes full-circle since in the first episode he ran in search of his father, totally lost it when his father’s body wasn’t in the coffin when he found it in the caves.
5. This episode is called, “What They Died For.” Maybe they ALL die — that will be sad.
I would love to hear your questions and reactions to this episode!! Please share in the comments.