I love that Hurley tries to understand the situation better by way of Back to the Future, studying his fingers to see if he's disappearing. Hey, ask any Lost viewer — whatever helps you understand, go with it.
This episode is so relationship-y! So much Kate/Sawyer stuff with a little Juliet and Jack thrown in for extra drama. I am glad to know what happens with Little Ben and to find out Kate's motivations for returning to the island. But overall I think I'd like less sappy, more Smokey, please. My favorite parts are when Hurley and Miles try to figure out all the space/time stuff. What about you? To discuss this week's episode,
- It's interesting to think about all these people scrambling around to help save Ben (first Jin, then Juliet, Kate, and Sawyer), a kid who grows up to bring much pain into their lives. Though as Juliet points out, "he's not Ben yet, he's just a kid."
- Kate, while driving to give Cassidy money and tell her about Sawyer, hears the Patsy Cline song "She's Got You," which was previously on Lost during the episode "Eggtown" — it plays during a scene with both Kate and Claire. In this episode there's the new meaning of Kate and Cassidy being two women who love (or loved) one man (Sawyer).
- Later, Kate and Cassidy are hanging out like girlfriends, and Clementine calls her "Auntie Kate." Maybe some Aaron/Clementine action in the future?
- Jack refuses to perform surgery on Ben again. Er, for the first time. "I've already done this once. I've already saved Benjamin Linus. And I did it for you, Kate. I don't need to do it again. Did you ever think that maybe the island just wants to fix things itself? That maybe I was just getting in the way?" What do you think about this idea of Jack's?
- This bit of irony (as found on Lostpedia) is pretty intriguing: "Jack refused to save the young Ben because of who he would become. As a result, Kate had to take Ben to Richard, which is what made Ben the man Jack hated."
- Hurley's Back to the Future logic: "We came back in time to the island and changed stuff. So if Little Ben dies, he'll never grow up to be Big Ben, who's the one that made us come back here in the first place. Which means we can't be here and therefore, dude, we don't exist."
- I actually found Miles and Hurley's discussions about the time stuff really helpful. Miles: "Once Ben turned that wheel, time isn't a straight line for us anymore. Our experiences in the past and the future occurred before these experiences right now. . . . Any of us can die because this is our present." But Ben couldn't die because this is his past. But, as Hurley points out, when Ben was captured and Sayid first tortured him, why didn't Ben remember being shot by that same guy? Well, Miles never thought of that.
- Flashback to Kate and Aaron in a store. Kate becomes distracted by a call from Jack, and when she looks up, Aaron is gone. A super creepy blond lady has Aaron by the hand and says she was about to make an announcement.
- Cassidy says that Kate took Aaron because Sawyer broke her heart and how else was she supposed to fix it? I have a hard time buying this theory, though Kate seems to think it's true.
- Tense confrontation in the bathroom between Juliet and a half-nekkid Jack. Juliet gets upset: "We didn't need saving! . . . You came back here for you." Jack simply says he came back because he was supposed to.
- Kate tells Sawyer how Clementine's doing. "She's already got a little attitude" (just like her dad!). Sawyer says he was no more fit to be Kate's boyfriend than he was to be Clementine's father. Kate points out that he's doing fine with Juliet, and Sawyer says he's done a lot of growing up over the past three years, etc. etc.
- Turns out Kate brings Aaron over to Claire's mother's so she can go back to the island to find Claire. That's a bit of a relief! I'd thought something terrible might have happened to little Aaron that made Kate go back.
- "Back" on the island, Richard tells Kate and Sawyer that if he takes Little Ben, "he'll forget this ever happened and his innocence will be gone. He will always be one of us." Sawyer and Kate hand him over and Richard brings Ben to the Temple. First, though, one of the Others says in a low voice to Richard that he "shouldn't do this without asking Ellie" and he mentions Charles (Widmore, presumably), but Richard cuts him off: "Let him find out. I don't answer to either of them."
- Then we see big Ben waking up to Locke saying, "Welcome back to the land of the living."
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