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"Lost" Episode 16: "One of Us"

"Lost" Episode 16: "One of Us"

In an episode that alternated between revealing and exasperating, this week's "Lost" gaveth some answers and promptly tooketh some away. We were led to believe that Juliet was simply a sweet girl who somehow got herself into a steaming hot mess and is now just all mixed up. But of course, in the "Lost" way, that isn't exactly the case.

For a detailed recap of the episode, check out WhiplashGirlchild's post in the LOST Fans group. For more of my musings — spoiler warning —

  • For someone whose arm was dislocated rather recently, Juliet seems to be doing fine now. That kind of inconsistency in this show annoys me, though it will probably later be chalked up to the island's "healing powers" or something.
  • Thank goodness they finally addressed why Jack is suddenly all big brotherly protective over Juliet. When he said she was under his protection, I was like, "What?!" My best guess was that he'd gone all Stockholm syndrome on us. But no, it's because he senses that she wants to get off the island, too. Not that that makes her worthy of protection, but whatever.
  • Perhaps it's a regional thing, but I got a kick out of the fact that a KY Jelly commercial aired immediately before the scene when baby Aaron is screaming and Claire is sleeping through it. Ah, the joys of sex.
  • Because a name cannot go unanalyzed, I struggled with Herarat Aviation for a while, but only came up with Herarat being an anagram for "hate arr," like maybe they're all really pirates? In seriousness, though, Lostpedia has some thoughts on the matter, including "Herarat is a heteronym of 'her a rat,' signifying that Juliet was indeed working with the Others and not left behind as she claimed." Or: "Herarat is an anagram for Earhart, Amelia Earhart was a famous pilot who disappeared under mysterious circumstances over the Pacific." Personally, I think her a rat.
  • We get another curious mention of Jacob, who the writers of "Lost" have said is the "him" that Others reference sometimes. He seems to be like the Others' leader, or even their God figure. There have been several allusions to Jacob in the series, and in this week's episode, Ben says to Juliet, "Jacob said he would take care of it himself. Unless, of course, you don’t believe in him." That last part was spat out as though challenging Juliet to doubt Jacob.
  • Juliet and Goodwin were doing it. A thought: Maybe Juliet's evil actions toward the Losties are because Ana Lucia killed Goodwin.
  • Questions: If women can't give birth on the island, how is it that Rousseau had Alex? And how did Ben come to be born on the island?

  • Just by asking Mikahail to obtain as much information about the people on the plane as possible, the Others got big, fat files on each of them — how? Juliet even knew that Sawyer killed Frank Duckett the day before he got on Oceanic 815.
  • Lostpedia has two more pieces of interesting information:

    • The episode is titled "One of Us": "The title of the episode, spoken by Jack to Juliet, echoes the famous line chanted by the circus freaks to Cleopatra upon the occasion of her marriage to the midget Hans in Tod Browning's classic 1932 film Freaks. In that film, the circus freaks chant the line to Cleopatra as a sign of acceptance, while unknown to them she actually only married Hans for his money and secretly finds the freaks repulsive. Ultimately, after her deception is discovered, she is attacked by the circus freaks and left deformed, at which point she truly is one of them."
    • Apparently, when Juliet ties the knot at the end of the episode, it makes the number 8. Photo courtesy of Lostpedia:

      Photos copyright 2007 ABC

suemey suemey 10 years
catch 22 : love those citizen of humanity jeans that kate was using in the first shot in the tent
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Argh Im starting to hate Juliette.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
i'm confused. so they injected a chip into claire? when did they do that?
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
why are they on the beach for gosh sakes? there are all those houses with showers and beds and all the other home like things they have been missing. and if they don't want to live there why don't they take the supplies they can carry from there to the beach or set the whole thing on fire in hopes of attracting attention from a passing plane or ship or something? i noticed that when juliet was seeing the video of her sis and nephew there were other screens with the story of the "missing" flight on them. so to the rest of the world it just dissapeared. up till this episode i was thinking that time wouldn't pass off the island and that one day they would be rescued and like 1 day had passed for the rest of the world, but i guess not. where are the father and son that sailed off on that crappy old boat? they ought to turn up soon shouldn;t they? also, hard for me to take juliet seriously since i think of her as mrs santa in the tim allen movies. :)
CGW CGW 10 years
I don't think Juliette is really bad though. I think she's just agreeing to do this for Ben to either get away from him or to bargain herself another way home.
kelsen kelsen 10 years
I haven't had a chance to fully analyze this week's weirdness, but I did think this was a better-than-average episode. I never trusted Juliet. Ben's bug-eyes are buggier than ever. They practically glow in the dark! And I really liked that we learned more about the Others and got a few clues about how everything fits together. Jack should have thought through the Juliet wanting to get off the island thing more...of course she'll always be true to the Others, who actually CAN get off the island!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Herarat breaks down to - HER A RAT referring to Juliet Im still confused by Juliet's intentions BTW I never notice the little things but I TOTALLY noticed the figure 8 at the end
tiffsniff tiffsniff 10 years
Juliet herself said she thought that the problem was with conception. So if Sun and/or Alex were pregnant when they got there, that would explain why they haven't had problems. And yes, make the question of who fathered Sun's baby more interesting. On the other hand, Kate and Sawyer don't have to worry about their little adventure in unsafe sex. At least from a pregnancy scare standpoint.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
Y'arrrr, I agree that they should work on the pirate angle. Arrrrr. ohhhh the plot thickens. I can't wait until they discover that Juliet is a traitor, and then everybody blames Jack. He gets a little too 'holier than thou' sometimes.
suemey suemey 10 years
how is it that Rousseau had Alex? And how did Ben come to be born on the island? MAYBE YOU CAN HAVE CHILDREN ONLY IF YOU GET PREGNANT BEFORE YOU GET TO THE ISLAND. maybe both danielle and ben's mom got pregnant outside the island like clair. The question is, wtf is going to happen to sun (did she got pregnant on the island ?? or she was already pregnant, she's quite thin so three months is not an issue of her showing a baby bump)
sashak sashak 10 years
no, she didn't know that she was pregnant until after they got to the island... Are Rousseau & Ben roughly the same age? I've been trying to figure out how out Ben is, since he was born on the island & all, that would tell us how long people have been there
creamytofu creamytofu 10 years
i think last nite was a good episode.i never trusted juilet..we know the island can heal thats how locke walked..and maybe tats how sun got knocked up too..
sashak sashak 10 years
ya know, I thought of Mt. Ararat as well! I think they should work in the :YAAR: angle...
katie8 katie8 10 years
I don't think Rousseau had Alex on the island. I thought she had her before her ship wrecked. I thought the same thing though.
tiffsniff tiffsniff 10 years
My friend Kat pointed out to me that "Herarat" is a variation of Ararat, the mountain where Noah's Ark supposedly rested after the flood. Which brings up all sorts of ponderings regarding the island's relation to life and the rest of the earth. (And also echoes the weird animals gathered in one place - polar bear, horse, etc.)
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