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Lost Episode 10: "He's Our You"

Lost Episode 10: "He's Our You"

"A 12-year-old Ben Linus brought me a chicken salad sandwich. How do you think I'm doing?"

Haaaaaa. I loved this week's Sayid-centric episode of Lost — and not just because it's Sayid-centric (I don't think). The show just keeps squeezing my brains, and I appreciate any episode that provides a few answers (like what the deal is with Ilana . . . if her story in this episode is true) along with the zany, time-warpy confusion.

If you saw the episode and want to chat about it,


  • The episode opens with a flashback to the adorable little Sayid easily and calmly snapping a chicken's neck, for which he is praised, as being able to do such things is an indication of manliness. Later, Ben gives a whole speech about how killing is in Sayid's nature.
  • Now (or, "now," in 1977), the 12-year-old Ben keeps bringing Sayid sandwiches (chicken salad this time, ugh) and now a book: A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda. Castaneda alleges that the book is nonfiction, based on his time spent as an apprentice to a sorcerer, and focuses on the practice of "seeing" while under the influence of mind-altering plants.
  • Ben wonders if Richard sent Sayid, and says he's been patiently waiting to join Richard. He tells Sayid, "if you're patient, too, I think I can help you."
  • In another flashback, Sayid meets up with Ben after killing a man named Andropow in Moscow, and Ben says they're done. "You've taken care of everyone who posed a threat to your friends." I wonder how Andropow posed a threat? Now there's no one else in Widmore's organization that Sayid needs to go after. He's "free."
  • Later, however, we see how Ben manipulates Sayid into doing what he wants once again: He visits Sayid in Santo Domingo and says that Locke's dead, probably as a kind of retribution for all the people Sayid killed, which means that Sayid's in danger and so is Hurley. He thinks Sayid will want to kill the man staked outside Hurley's institution because "you're capable of things that most other men aren't. Every choice in your life, whether it was to murder or to torture, it hasn't really been a choice at all, has it? It's in your nature, it's what you are. You're a killer, Sayid." But Sayid disagrees and claims "I don't like killing." What do you think about this? Is Sayid a natural born killer?
  • When Sayid won't say what his deal is, Horace and the other Dharmies think he's a spy. So, they bring him to creepy old Oldham, their torturer guy (or, as Saywer puts it to Sayid, "our you"), who drugs him. In this state, Sayid says he was handcuffed because he was "a bad man." He tells everything he knows — how he got to the island (both times), and all about the Swan station and how they're all going to die. He says he is from the future, and then starts laughing hysterically.
  • Ha! Hurley's surprised that Kate didn't foresee Juliet and Sawyer getting together: "I thought it was kind of obvious. I mean, who couldn't see that coming?" I get why the Kate/Sawyer/Juliet stuff was in this episode but I find it kind of blah. Juliet thinks everything's over with Sawyer because Kate's back, but Sawyer assures her he's "got this under control." Later Juliet checks to make sure Kate knows that she's with Sawyer. She does.
  • When the Dharma guys are voting on whether or not to kill Sayid, Amy pulls the baby card and says they have no choice. The majority vote for Sayid's death and Sawyer tells him, "They just took a vote. Even a new mom wants you dead." Hahaha . . . sad.
  • Ilana seduces Sayid (after enjoying some MacCutcheon whiskey — remember that stuff?), then pulls a gun on him. She says she was hired by the family of the guy Sayid killed on the golf course. She's supposed to bring him to Guam (via Ajira Airways). I think it's funny when Sayid politely asks Ilana, "Can I ask you a favor? Can we take the next plane?" He later asks Ilana if she's working for Benjamin Linus, but she claims not to know who that is. I'd like to know what kind of badge or whatever she flashes to get the handcuffed Sayid on the plane.
  • Sawyer: "Why'd you come back?"
    Kate: "I don't know why everyone else came back. I just know why I did." And then holy cow a van on fire comes barreling up and crashes into a house. Sawyer growls at Jack, "Three years no burning buses, y'all are back for one day!"
  • During a replay of the scene at the docks, Sayid says to Ben: "If I see you again, it will be extremely unpleasant for us both." This . . . is true
  • Ben helps Sayid escape, but in the woods they encounter Jin and Sayid grabs Jin's gun. Sayid says to 12-year-old Ben, regarding something he says to him in the future, "You were right about me. I am a killer." Then Sayid shoots the 12-year-old Ben.

Photos copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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iheartstyle iheartstyle 8 years
me and my boyfriend knew that he was going to shoot ben!
jadestarr jadestarr 8 years
i too <3 sayid!! i hope lil ben is dead....he was creeping me out. i love this season also...every episode has me dying for the next...
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I don't know, it seems like Kate, Jack, Sawyer are all acting completely out of character. Jack and Kate just go about their day? Earlier seasons the were always the ones to take action. I find it very strange. I also think that the huge season breaks have taken away from the connection with the characters. I was completely for Sawyer and Kae but now I couldn't care less who's with who.
ana-isabel ana-isabel 8 years
I loved this episode. Mainly because it centered on Sayid. He's so sexy. YUM!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I don't think when Sawyer said "got this under control." to Juliet it was to say he has his situation with Kate under control, but that he has their safety in Dharmaville under control. Juliet was looking out the window and it just happened that Kate was walking by...her question could have double meaning but Sawyer's answer was definately regarding their stay on the island.
caryatid caryatid 8 years
i liked the flashback to sayid's childhood - glad we got to see that! i think little ben survives and that's why he's made sayid's life a living hell in the future, i mean sayid shot the poor kid. i feel bad for little ben but i can't help hating him for who he becomes. i need some faraday next episode, the title is promising. as to whether oldham was a torturer or not, the dharma initiative seems pretty free-loving peaceful (i know, i know, despite the guns...) so the use of LSD didn't surprise me too much. reminded me of the creepy room carl (karl?) was in!
graylen graylen 8 years
On a non-important note- Sayid looks so hot when he's building houses in just a t-shirt! I hope the upcoming character-centric episodes are characters I actually want to know more about...
zeze zeze 8 years
Ben can't be dead - next episode is called "what happened happened" people! And I thought Sawyer was reasonable, Sayid was irrational - confess, live with them, tell them ur on their side - end of story. He is the disloyal one, putting everyone in danger by not playing along. I'm personally sick of the 70s - I hope the "one of us let him out" gets the losties kicked out of Darhma and somehow back to 2009. And the whole future Ben knows about them because he met them in the past and then sends them to the past in the future, totally makes the skipping record and frozen wheel metaphors work! I think this island is a never ending circle!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
@Bella - Hahaha! Featured player: Will Oldham. And Will Oldham's beard.
Countess827 Countess827 8 years
I like the difference we see in leadership styles that we see with Sawyer and Jack.
cibele cibele 8 years
Sawyer is not into it because the people he met, he's in it for the comfort and because he is respected with his "important" job. Which is interesting because it show how much he wants to be a leader. Last week was amazing because he got so bitchy saying he's a good leader and all. He handled everything with, humm, a certain arrogance like he feels threated by Jack, who is certainly not interested in leadership. And this week...if it wasn't for little Ben Sayid would be killed.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I was just thinking, even if little Ben isn't dead, this is going to cause a MAJOR problem with the island hostiles and dharma. There's no way the D.I. is just going to let it slide that a hostile broke out of their prison and shot a child. Which might bring to light that he's NOT a hostile and then the whole WHO IS HE comes up. And also I this that to Sawyer, being with people you've spent 3 years with, building a life and being a respected member of society might trump the relationships he had with people he crashed with, lived with for 3 months fighting almost all of the time. I mean honestly, I think he could care less about Jack, but I know he cares about Kate and Hugo. I don't think he thinks he'll ever leave the island so he's trying to make the best of the situation
emalove emalove 8 years
I am totally with Shmoo15...this is the first episode of the season that I wasn't really into. I thought it was pretty blah. The Ben-shooting was no surprise to me at all, and of course, he is NOT dead. I just mostly felt so badly for Sayid :( And I was so p*ssed off at Sawyer the whole time, I just can't get past his loyalty to the Dharmas right now. I know he's "made a life there", but I don't know...I would think/hope that his loyalty would weigh much heavier toward his fellow Losties.
cibele cibele 8 years
I might be alone here, but i didn't like this episode (last week's was bad too IMO). I'm not feeling this 70's mood :(
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I'm a HUGE Lost fan but I was disappointed with this episode. I felt like it was weak and made quickly (hello repeated scenes from previous episodes!); it felt like a filler episode. The whole point of the episode was Sayid shooting young Ben... the rest was disposable.
mar mar 8 years
well, I think little Ben is dead, and this will change the future of the island. The mass killing will not happen now, and everything is going to CRAZY!!!!! Also, now Sayid is a fugitive that killed a kid and how the hell are Saywer ect..going to explain this one....
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Yeah, lil Ben says "I hate it here". Not "I hated him".
Beauty Beauty 8 years
@Whiplash... of course he won't be dead. I feel like this show does the big deaths but then goes cheapy on them. Oh, Jin's alive! Etc. I would like this show a lot more if it brought Will Oldham in as a guest star. Just saying.
FilmBuf82 FilmBuf82 8 years
he doesnt say "I hated him." I rewinded it and he said, "I hate it here."
sillyho sillyho 8 years
Sawyer and Juliet have been living on the island together for 3 yrs. It's hard to believe Kate didn't see it coming, even Hugo figured it out. And how annoying was Radzinski! If I were Sawyer I would have given him a bop on his head with my trusty walkie-talkie and told him to shut up about his art project.
Jelly888 Jelly888 8 years
Jules: That's a good point about them living with Dharma more than the plane crash peeps
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Great to see E.B. Farnum again, as Oldham. This episode was "just okay" in my book. I already basically knew Sayids back story, his motivation, his hatred of Ben, blah blah blah. Ben isnt dead, but he will certainly remember that sayid shot him, well he already has and thats why he killed sayids woman.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Sayid is TOTALLY a natural-born hottie!!! LOL @ 356UIK. I'm so in love with the dude. Very cool that we saw a whole episode on him. However, it was pretty predictable. I know Ben isn't really dead. I'm just interested in the consequences of him knowing that Sayid tried to kill him, now.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
I guess so, but knowing the fate of the Dharma Initiative, you'd maybe think Sawyer and Juliet would be thinking of ways to save themselves as well.
Tech Tech 8 years
One thought--was the torture really that torturous? The way people were freaked out by Oldham, I thought he was going to do something especially gnarly and painful to Sayid. Giving him LSD/truth serum? He didn't look that tortured. :)
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