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Lost Recap "The Last Recruit"

Let's Get Lost: "The Last Recruit" Recap

To quote Flocke himself, "Well, here we go." Indeed, this week's Lost signals the beginning of the end, as more characters come together on the island and in the sideways world. We're gearing up for a war of epic proportions, if Widmore's heavy artillery didn't already tip you off.

I don't want to give too much away, so to recap the return of one character, the reunion of two others, and which one may just be dead (spoilers!),


  • So it was the Man in Black who disguised himself as Christian Shepard in the jungle! I suspected as much, but Flocke confesses his trickery to Jack, saying he only did it to help Jack. Yeah, right. It wouldn't be to manipulate Claire and the rest of the islanders, now would it?
  • Sun recognizes Locke! When she's taken to the hospital following her bullet wound, she spots Locke being wheeled out on his own stretcher, and cries to Jin, "It's him! It's him!" My guess is she recognizes Locke right away, because she almost died, much like Charlie and Desmond.
  • Widmore's lackeys come for what Flocke took from them (read: Desmond) and fire a warning bomb to prove their point. Flocke doesn't appear fazed, and instead orders Sayid to kill Desmond back at the well. Sayid goes to carry out his assignment, but when he arrives, Desmond starts appealing to his sensitive side by mentioning Nadia. We never see what actually goes down, but when Flocke presses Sayid, he tells him he went through with the murder. I think Sayid is bluffing, don't you? It hints that Sayid may be able to switch sides after all.
  • As he continues to bring the Oceanic passengers together in the alternate reality, Desmond "bumps" into Claire on her way to the adoption agency and convinces her to see his lawyer friend. Guess who? She's none other than Ilana who immediately registers that she knows Claire. Ilana says she's actually been looking for her, because (surprise!) Ilana is also in charge of Christian Shepard's will. Jack and his son show up for its reading, find Claire, and the truth comes out that she's Jack's sister. Perhaps Ilana is still somehow serving Jacob in the sideways by keeping tabs on Widmore and Jack Shepard as their legal help. But did Desmond know they were reading Shepard's will that day? And why do some characters only recognize certain others — like Sun with Locke, and Ilana with Claire?
  • Back in the sideways world, Sawyer brings Kate in for the feds, but she guesses what we already knew – that he doesn't want anyone knowing about his trip to Australia. Think he'll let her "escape" now, since she has something on him? Also, in a twist of fate, Sawyer captures Sayid for the deaths of Keamy and his men.
  • Of note: Desmond tells Claire regarding the adoption that she "could find herself in a situation that's irreversible." Perhaps this alludes to what will happen if she goes with Flocke off the island.
  • Best line of night: Sawyer refers to Lapidus as "that pilot that looks like he stepped off the set of a Burt Reynolds movie." Sawyer, you slay me.
  • Since he already made a deal with Widmore, Sawyer goes against Flocke's plan and rounds up Kate, Jack, Hurley, Sun, and Frank to sail to the other island. Claire realizes she's being left behind and aims a gun at the gang until Kate convinces her to come with. Just what they need — cuckoo Claire messing things up.
  • On the boat, Jack tells Sawyer that he thinks they're making a mistake, and raises a good point: perhaps Flocke wants them off the island, because they're actually supposed to stay there longer. Sawyer doesn't like that, of course, and orders him to go with them or jump off, so Jack literally jumps off after apologizing for Juliet's death (anyone else reminded of when Sawyer leapt off the helicopter?) Jack washes up back at shore where Flocke finds him. Big uh-oh, but even worse, Widmore's crew starts unleashing bombs.
  • Biggest moment of irony: Jack is called to operate on a man at the hospital, John Locke. Locke is totally vulnerable, putting his life in Jack's hands, but back on the island, Flocke carries Jack to safety from Widmore's explosives. I can't help but think, now more than ever that Jack will be Jacob's replacement and is the key in all of this. He's the one who recognizes that the island isn't done with them, taking on the role of the "believer." Flocke seems to know, too, immediately pulling Jack aside when he comes to his camp at the beginning of the episode. I wonder if Widmore is clued into it. He did call off the deal with Sawyer — could it be because Sawyer didn't deliver Jack?
  • Anyone else tear up over the Jin and Sun reunion? The two finally find each other on the other island, and Sun's English miraculously comes back. Was it just some psychological condition before?
  • I really think Jack's ex-wife in the sideways isn't Sarah (Julie Bowen), because the writers continue to tease us to set up her big reveal. Here's a theory: Juliet. Not only would she be a good twist, but since Sawyer and Kate keep coming together in the sideways world, Jack and Juliet could pair up, too.

Do you agree with any of my theories? Do you think Jack is the 'last recruit' of the title for Flocke, Widmore, or Jacob? How about sharing a few of your own below, and you may even see them in my latest comment roundup. Or join the Lost Fans group in the Buzz Community where you can chat about the show as much as you like!

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mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I totally didn't think about this while we watched the episode, but when Locke says "I was gonna marry her" in the ambulence, he isn't referring to the fact that he is dying, but is instead speaking from his Island consciousness since he just almost died and saw his island life (like Desmond, Charlie, etc.). Do you think Jack had his 'connection to the alternate world' moment when he almost got blown up on hydra island? His eyes did seem to be wandering. Maybe he saw himself doing the surgery on Locke.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
So in finding out for sure that it was MIB playing Christian Shepherd it just makes me think about all the times we saw people going to "Jacobs" cabin. We saw Christian in there, with Claire once (I believe it was the time we noted that there was a break in the ash around it) but could it have been the MIB that rocked things around and cried out Heeelllpp meeee to John Locke?? Innnnntttteresting! Also, I defintely don't think Desmond is dead. Maybe Sayid is finally coming out of zombie mode. But even if he didn't shoot him, he might still have left him in the well which would suck. I still don't trust crazy Claire, I love how Jack is so trying to follow his heart and do what's right, and I was so happy for Sun and Jin. Oh and Zoe (Whidmores number 2) is super annoying. She tries to be all tough but it's just not coming across right!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
All the answers seem a little weak (like the whispers, what the island is supposed to be). I guess because they're answered so matter of factly after we've been waiting six seasons. It could all be lies, of course.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Good point. Maybe Flocke stashed Christian's body just to mess w/ Jack some more, like he seemed to mess w/ Claire, telling her he was her dad. That part bothered me too. It seemed flat.
Jelly888 Jelly888 7 years
Something that did bother me in this episode was the whole MIB was Christian. Where is Christian's body then? Why is Locke's body still there, but Christian's was gone?
Jelly888 Jelly888 7 years
I also don't think Desmond is dead. For such a major character to die, they would have shown how he died. He's alive and Sayid probably let him go.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
I think it would be cool if Jack becomes the new Jacob because he was the most opposed to the idea of the island being anything except just an island that they crashed on. I think if the new Jacob was Locke, that wouldve been more obvious b/c he believed in it all along. I thought it was heartwarming when Jack was sticking up for Locke (when Flocke was telling him what a loser Locke was for believing). I thought that was cool and wished Locke was alive to see it!
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
I think Sayid is bluffing. I think Flocke knows that, too. I did not get the impression that Ilana recognized Claire. I was thinking the same thing about Juliet being Jack's ex wife!
Jelly888 Jelly888 7 years
myfairlady - Is it not on next week?? All I kept thinking this episode was 'where is Miles??' I forgot he went off with Richard. I think too that Juliet will be David's mother. They have to show her sometime. Loved this episode! I felt bad for Claire too. I loved when Hurley saw her and he said 'You're looking good'. Ha!
mannylove mannylove 7 years
Desmond is definitely still alive and I think he will play a big part in how all of this plays out soon enough. I don't get Sayid and what's going on with him. If he was truly a zombie, why would he even care about seeing Nadia again, so there must be some degree of Sayid still in there, though we don't see it often enough. I really hope he will completely come back somehow. This episode was sooo good! When Flocke said here we go, I knew things were going to get really good....can't wait for next week already, even though I don't want it to end!
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
**correction, Richard wasn't going to the Black Rock, but back to the Ajira plane.
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
i did tear up when Jin and Sun were finally reunited, but i was a little disaappointed since it was cut so short by annoying Zoe and Widmore's people. she is a busted Tina Fey! i'm also annoyed to think that Jack is the new Jacob, just b/c that is such an obvious choice! there is nothing obvious about Lost, but so far, he is the only one (besides Hurley) to have a little break through (at the lighthouse), so it would make sense. why didn't they show us what Richard and Miles were up to (or did they? i missed the 1st 10 mins)? it can't take that long to get back to the Black Rock. i definitely don't think Desmond is dead. maybe "love" is the key to reversing the zombie-effect on Sayid? i'm still confused about Claire. is she a zombie like Sayid? or did the MIB just appeal to her when she went missing and now she's on his side? i love Sawyer. he's definitely one of my favorites and i knew he wasn't on MIB's side! did anyone notice that the boat they sailed on was the "Elizabeth", which Libby gave to Demond? i thought that boat crashed or was blown up or something. maybe i'm wrong! does anyone remember?? we're only missing Juliet and Shannon now. can't wait to see how they are tied into the alt-world!!
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
Another thought...if Desmond can travel through time and space, maybe he knows the outcome of what happens to everyone in the alternate time. Maybe he explained to Sayid that even if he sides w/ Smokey and gets off the island, things still won't be the way that he wants them to be.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
I think that Sayid absolutely did not shoot Desmond. And I actually think that maybe Sayid has only been in 'zombie' mood because he shut off his feelings to get through until he is reunited with the woman he loves. (Why won't he just say Nadia? Could it be Shannon instead?) Cramazing episode and I think it's horrible that we have to wait two weeks for a new one!!!
zeze zeze 7 years
Oh one last thing to add (sorry) Why do they keep saying "you let him talk to you" or "once he speaks it will be too late" - I am wondering does that mean that MIB and even Jacob have crazy powers of persuasion or is it like a magical thing, literally, if they speak to you, you are under their spell - but it didn't work on Sawyer or Kate or Sun (neither the persuasion or the magical persuasion if it that).
zeze zeze 7 years
5/23* thank God and not 5/3...
zeze zeze 7 years
If Desmond is dead and zombie Sayid shot him, I will cry. If Jack is now zombie Jack, I will cry. When Lost end on 5/3 I will sob. :*( Now I have a few questions - why do Sawyer and the others think that Flock doesn't know about the sub - umm, he's the freakin smoke monster, he's been around a long while. Second, if Sayid lost "feeling" then why does he still love Nadia and want her back - could the zombie effect be temporary? Also, Buzz, I don't think Ilana knew Claire, I think she knew her name from the will (and perhaps a picture too). Speaking of Claire, I hope they answer the reason as to why she walked off and disappeared in the first place, I kinda felt bad for her this episode. Btw, how cool was it to see Jack tossed like that when the bomb hit!
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