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Lost Recap Episode 11: "Cabin Fever"

Lost Episode 11: "Cabin Fever"


Oh, I just love the Locke flashbacks! And this one is especially cool because it begins before Locke is even born, which I thought was awesome. There are so many clues and connections between Locke and the island that started way before he got to the island — before he even ended up in the wheelchair.

This episode of Lost also gave me flashbacks to when I used to watch that Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Mostly that part with Locke carrying the lantern in the cabin. . . creepy! To talk more about this and other aspects of this week's episode (there be spoilers ahead, brotha),

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  • I loved the beginning of this episode. The young Locke's mom putting "Everyday" on the record player, bopping around, getting ready for her date with a man who her mother scolds her about for being "twice your age, Emily." ("So what, Mother? Jealous?") Such a good setup.
  • Starting with Locke's birth we can see from the start that he's a fighter, a special person. Throughout his life it seems that he was being drawn to the island, one way or another (Richard Alpert going to his house, the high school teacher pushing him to go to science camp at Mittelos Laboratories, where Juliet was recruited to do reserach) but that he never accepted his "destiny" — until he got to the cabin.
  • So, Ben understands that where he once was "the chosen one," now it's Locke's time. He watches Locke as he dreams about Horace, and later tells him, "I used to have dreams."
  • I originally thought Horace's nose is bleeding because that's something that happened when he died. But here's another theory: maybe his nose is bleeding because he's traveling through time, and his nose bleeds just like Desmond's did in "The Constant."
  • The scene in which Alpert asks Locke to choose the items that belong to him "already" is so tense and interesting, but it baffles me. "You sure the knife belongs to you John? You sure of that? Well, it doesn't." Why do you think Alpert rushes away after Locke chooses the knife?
  • There is an idea that this process Alpert utilizes with Locke is "very similar to how the new Dalai Lama is selected."
  • Sayid: "The only way to save our lives is to get those people off the island."
    Hmm. . .
  • Ewwwwwww corpses make me so nauseated.
  • "You can't be the prom king. You can't be the quarterback. You can't be a superhero." The superhero line is funny because, as Lostpedia points out, Alpert's introduction to the little kid John is almost word-for-word from The X-Men: I'm Richard, John. I run a school for kids who are. . . extremely special, and I have reason to believe that you might be one them."
  • I love that Frank Lupidas and his lively, bushy eyebrows.
  • Best line of the night goes to Ben: "Those things had to happen to me. That was my destiny. But you'll understand soon enough that there are consequences to being chosen. Because destiny, John, is a fickle bitch."
  • I knew the guy pushing the chair was going to be Matthew Abbadon. I just knew it. He tells Locke that he should go on a walkabout, and ends things with, "When you and I run into each other again? You'll owe me one."
  • Eeeek, this time bending thing — with the doctor showing up on the shore with his throat slit "before" he's killed on the boat — is hurting my brain a little bit.
  • Love the part when Ben says, with his eyes all creepy, "The island wanted me to get sick. It wanted you to get well. My time is over. It's yours now."
    Hurley: "Yeah, I'm cool with you going in alone, too."
  • Even though we've known for a while that it's probably Christian Shepard sitting in that cabin, I was still afraid of the creepy shadowy guy sitting in the dark. And then Claire's calm, smiling face! Aaack! Now we know that Christian isn't Jacob but he "can speak on his behalf." He confirms that Locke was "chosen" to be there, and says that Aaron is "where he's supposed to be, and that's not here." This makes me think of Hurley's comment to Jack in the future that Jack "isn't supposed to raise Aaron."
  • The one question that matters: "How do I save the island?"
  • OK, I laughed out loud at the Hurley-shares-a-candy-bar-with-Ben bit.
  • Finally: Move the island?

What are your thoughts on this week's Lost?

Photos courtesy of ABC, Inc.

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reesiekitty reesiekitty 7 years
I also thought that John's mom was Claire as a teen at first! She certainly seems to have had the same rebelious teen tendencies. But I just don't know about the paternity thing. I also noticed the 'smoke monster' picture right away that young J drew and how pleased Richard seemed to be when he saw it. I bet the adoptive mom was a little more weirded out by it though, lol. Here's an AWESOME theroy I read- that Richard is actually the captain of the Black Rock and has been on the island for so long that he is essentially immortal at this point. Don't know if that's true, but in another fun twist, someone I know suggested that he was a pirate and the eyeliner was a goofy nod to Jack Sparrow and somehow a clue to his pirate captain identity!! Probably NOT, but pretty funny anyway. I really think one of the best parts of LOST is this- comparing theroies, speculating, looking for clues. I just don't get too emotionally invested in any particular explination being 'right' or 'wrong'- just the guessing is really fun! Do you think that to time travel or just sort of manifest off the island like Ben does, that you have to go through that stone door in the basement? Or is that just where Ben went to call Smokey? I think he could get Smokey's attention, summon him, but not control what happened. Maybe if J was drawing Smokey as a kid, he will be able to control him somehow.
longhorn longhorn 7 years
MsDee1 - I think you might be on to something. I thought there had to be a link between Emily and Claire - there was too much of a resemblance. I thought she was a young Claire at first (before it was apparent it was in the 50's). I have so many questions after last nights episode!! I really think Ben and Locke could be related. The timing works, but if Emily is both of their mother's...but, then how does Ben fit into the Emily/Claire/Aaron/Locke theory if Emily is his mom as well)? Two separate theories, but both are possible. Would "dead" Claire react the same way to Ben if Emily was his mother? Then, there's Jack and Claire. They share the same father (Christian), and Ben/Locke could have the same mother (Emily)?? I'm giving myself a headache trying to figure out if that really could be possible. There definitely are a lot of parallels. Plus, Claire was pregnant (Emily or Ben's mom died in child bith..still pregnant??) Would Claire be about the same age at the time of the crash as Ben's mom was when she died? Not that that helps prove the Emily/Claire/Aaron/Locke theory. Also, I can't remember but was John's mother (ie. possible con artist) introduced as his birth mother...could it have been his adoptive mother (not that she looks anything like the mother in this ep). Does John know who his birth mother is? I also like the theory that Alpert is linked to the smoke monster (but Ben can some how trigger the monster?)...and a time traveler that never ages. The part about the doctor dying confused me too...how long before he really dies on the boat was he found on the island...and what's with all the specific paths that have to be travelled (by boat and helicopter) to get to the island safely. Where exactly is the island?!? Hate Reamey! Color me confused more than ever.
tamyvinec tamyvinec 7 years
SUCH AN AMAZING EPISODE LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT!!!! WAOU lost is one of the best show ever seriously. So many things happened, so many theories, questions answered and new questions and way too much tired to write everything. But I have to say : the time bending thing with the doctor killed got me thinking too much too I really can't understand it. Oh and ... MOVE THE ISLAND ???? THEY KILLED THE CAPTAIN !!! HOW COULD THEY???? He was so yummy!!!! CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK !!! THE PREVIEW IS AMAAZIIINNG!!!!!!!
MsDee1 MsDee1 7 years
My crazy Theory Aaron is John and John is Aaron Similarities Claire Emily--couldnt look more alike Claire was in a car accident Emily was struck by a car Claire when taken by the others cried out " Where's my baby?" Emily when Aaron was taken cried out "Where's my baby?" Also when John asked Claire where Aaron is she reassured John that he was fine and when John answered the question correctly Claire looked at him with pride and smiled At first I thought her smile was creepy but if you look at it in a mothers point of view she was very happy and looking lovingly at John Aaron is key to the island and so is John I cant put together how Aaron could be both a man and a baby perhaps parallel worlds?
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 7 years
Here's what I'm thinking...the island obviously has the power to heal some people and make others worse...so many it just brings back certain people that are dead so that they can manipulate those that are alive? Either way...GREAT episode! I can't wait to see what else is in store.
jmolea01 jmolea01 7 years
Great episode! I loved the scene in the cabin too! Before Locke shined (shone?) the lantern on Christian I thought he was a skeleton because his limbs looked all gangly... tres creepy!
Killthesmiley Killthesmiley 7 years
I really believe that this HAS TO BE the BEST BEST BEST Lost episode TO DATE!Crazy twisting answers that aren't really answers were given! IT was PERFECT!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
i meant to say THE* girl at the beginning (aka Locke's mom). sorry about the typo!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Oh and did anyone else think that their girl at the beginning looked an awful lot like Emilie de Ravin (Claire)? I thought it was her mom even though she probably wasn't a teen in the 50s.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
This episode just raised up millions of new questions. I want to know whats going on with Claire!
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
OY, my head hurts after this one. I know I've said it a million times but I really think that we are the real experiment and story. Anyways, poor Claire I think she HAS to be dead! What confuses me though is that everyone was able to see her after the explosion not just the ghostwhisperer. It seems like Ben was always just some backup or fill in until Locke was ready to take over. I'm guessing Alpert time travels as he never ages. Interesting that we never see who hit Lockes mom with the car. How many mysterious car collisions have we had? I remember Michael getting hit. Interesting that once again Michael couldn't be killed! The Dr. still being alive totally went over my head when I saw him, I'm glad they made it obvious, lol...forgot that he already washed up on the island. I really feel like someone here is the key and soul reason to this whole show I just can't figure out who it is. I think it will end up being not so obvious. Like maybe its Claire, she's some extra special being or Aaron he's some future savior. Whew, I don't know, they have got me just really confused and questioning everything. I feel like I need to rewatch the whole series just to connect some dots. Call me confused and loving it!
tiffsniff tiffsniff 7 years
Oh - and with everything this show does with love triangles, wouldn't it make sense that Whidmore and Ben's dad would have fallen for the same woman? I agree that it's too much to be a coincidence. They're too much two sides of the same coin.
tiffsniff tiffsniff 7 years
Cupid - I agree about Locke's parents. I think those were just con artists who got their hands on his files. Here's a thought: Alpert showed up to see him at the hospital for a reason. What if Locke's real dad sent him? What if his real dad was Charles Widmore? If he was twice her age 50 years ago, he'd theoretically be somewhere in his late 70's or 80 or so. It may be a bit of a stretch, but it would certainly explain a lot.
cupid21479 cupid21479 7 years
ok...so here are my theories: *I don't believe Cooper and older Emily are John's real parents...they are both con-artists. Cooper would have to be at least 30 years older than Ben (Ben was born 1956 and his mother was about 15 at the time, and Ben's father was at least twice his mother's age) = 30 years older. Cooper did not look that old to me. *Ben and Locke are DEFINATELY related-(at first i thought Widmore was Locke's father) but once Ben and Locke had that exchange outside the cabin (John to Ben "i'm not like you", Ben to John "not you're not")or something to that effect....there was definately a hidden message there we need to learn about. And it can't be a coincidence that both of their mother's name was Emily. Also, wasn't Ben's father really shocked when his mother went into early labor that he even said something like "I thought 1st borns were always late" (indicating that maybe Ben was not the first born)...or am i just dreaming that up? lol *I'm starting to believe the theory that the island (or maybe smokey) can manipulate the unburried dead aka "the undead". Although Christian died, he was never burried, neither was Charlie, the crazy man (that was electricuted to a crispy piece of bacon) running through the jungle, etc... But if that's so, why hasn't Ben's father come back into the "undead" stage? he was never burried, and I would sure like to hear what he has to say! lol *And this has bothered me since last episode: why were the french woman and Alex's boyfriend burried? Kime doesn't seem like the type to shoot someone and then take the time or be concerned to burry the bodies....Does anyone know if Ben actually burried Alex?
cupid21479 cupid21479 7 years
ok...so here are my theories: *I don't believe Cooper and older Emily are John's real parents...they are both con-artists. Cooper would have to be at least 30 years older than Ben (Ben was born 1956 and his mother was about 15 at the time, and Ben's father was at least twice his mother's age) = 30 years older. Cooper did not look that old to me. *Ben and Locke are DEFINATELY related-(at first i thought Widmore was Locke's father) but once Ben and Locke had that exchange outside the cabin (John to Ben "i'm not like you", Ben to John "not you're not")or something to that effect....there was definately a hidden message there we need to learn about. And it can't be a coincidence that both of their mother's name was Emily. Also, wasn't Ben's father really shocked when his mother went into early labor that he even said something like "I thought 1st borns were always late" (indicating that maybe Ben was not the first born)...or am i just dreaming that up? lol *I'm starting to believe the theory that the island (or maybe smokey) can manipulate the unburried dead aka "the undead". Although Christian died, he was never burried, neither was Charlie, the crazy man (that was electricuted to a crispy piece of bacon) running through the jungle, etc... But if that's so, why hasn't Ben's father come back into the "undead" stage? he was never burried, and I would sure like to hear what he has to say! lol *And this has bothered me since last episode: why were the french woman and Alex's boyfriend burried? Kime doesn't seem like the type to shoot someone and then take the time or be concerned to burry the bodies....Does anyone know if Ben actually burried Alex?
kitten6500 kitten6500 7 years
So I've always thought Richard just didn't age. I didn't even think about time travel... I also think that Widmore is definitely a part of the Dharma Init, who knows when he became the financial backer, but he is now. I love the theories on Emily being both Ben and Lockes mom- can't wait to see what happens!
caryatid caryatid 7 years
i'm really interested in richard alpert and his agelessness... i hope that's something they address soon! obviously ben knows something about him, since ben met him at a young age and then again at the time of the purge and present day and he looks exactly the same. i want to know more about what ben knows about the island! he is definitely not showing all his cards. also, i love LOCKE! i need to read up on locke's family, real and fake.
kgtg1 kgtg1 7 years
I read something interesting about the continuity error of the Buddy Holly song (it not being released until 1957 and Locke being born in 56): maybe it wasn't a continuity error, maybe Locke's dad was a time traveler (like Richard) and gave her the record. Of course it could just be an error, but there's no fun in that.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 7 years
I guess it's possible that Widmore is much older than he seems too.
kayla74 kayla74 7 years
John and Ben COULD have had the same mother. They were both named Emily, John was born in the 50s (as seen by her clothes last night) and Ben was born in the 60s. Ben's mother died during childbirth, but as you may remember, John was put in foster care and not found until later in life. How do we really know that Swoozie Kurtz is really his mom? Couldn't it just be a lady who lied about being his mom to get him to adopt his kidney to his dad? I mean, he was a con man so it wouldn't be too far fetched that he used her to con John. Also, Horace Godspeed was the guy who was driving past with his wife when Ben was born in the car. And then we see Horace last night. Strange...
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
Oooh I just came across something neat. Sorry I'm posting so much, I jsut get so excited. Check this out from Lostpedia, they're talking about Alvar Hanso, starter of the Dharma Initiative "Javier Grillo-Marxuach also revealed in the aftermath of the Experience that Alvar was older than he seemed, after himself taking part in the Foundation's life extension experiments" I think they got this info from the Lost:Experience stuff not the show. But still knowing they're doing/did life extension experiments helps us with some of the people that haven't aged. Interesting. Also that website states that the widmore corp has ties with the hanso foundation.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I have thought that widmore is connected with dharma for a long time. I think the fact that the 2nd protocol booklet had a dharma logo on it is pretty good proof. He may not have started it, but he knows plenty about it and the island, including that he bought the journal from the black rock a while ago. Also little things like, he owns the company that made the pregnancy tests Sun and Kate took. Plus I mean it's not THAT long ago, he's no spring chicken and the Dharma people were just killed 12 years ago. I'd say if it was one of his first business things, it wouldn't be so far fetched to say he started it or at least had a hand in it.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 7 years
Adelka- Anything is possible but Widmore is much younger than the initial Dharma thing, right?
adelka adelka 7 years
My boyfriend thought of this... Perhaps Whidmoore is behind the Dharma Initiative?
adelka adelka 7 years
Oooooh. Richard = Smokey is a good one, MsDee1....
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