This episode seems to be to speed things along. Most of the action happens off the island. It seems like they wanted to get most of the Jack Kate relationship stuff out of the way before the finale.
On the island Jack has an appendectomy. Juliet comes to terms with the obvious fact that Jack doesn’t love her. And Jin finds out that Charlotte can speak Korean and tells her that she has to save Sun.
On the other side of the island Sawyer is leading Miles, Claire and Aaron back to the beach. On the way Miles treats Claire strangely, they meet Lapidus, Keamy and his men, and Claire sees Christian and follows him off into the jungle. Sawyer is left with Aaron.
Off the island we see Jack settle down with Kate for about a week, and then he self-destructs. He starts seeing Christian and he has a disturbing visit with Hurley. Kate on the other hand appears completely different, she is content and is more than happy to settle down with Jack. Unfortunately she is sneaking around behind Jack’s back and he doesn’t like that. Kate confesses that she’s doing something for Sawyer and Jack leaves her in a drugged-up stupor (is that even a word?).
The episode was jam packed with developments. The flashforward was very interesting and Claire disappearance is still on most of our minds. The episode doesn’t really stand out as one of the best of the season but it still was very good and there was nothing about it that I disliked. 7.5/10.0
-Watch that scene with Daniel and Charlotte again, the point when Jin and Sun say that Daniel loves Charlotte. I seriously doubt that is love.
-Off the island Hurley starts to believe that everyone around him is in his imagination. This seems like a setup for Hurley to see Libby again.
-Hurley says that he knew that Jack was coming by, Charlie told him. That kind of stuff really confuses me. Are the dead people omniscient? Is it all just in Hurley’s mind? (I can sometimes do that, convince myself that I knew something was going to happen before it does. But that’s just my brain going into super-deja-vu mode. It actually happens a lot now that I think about it.)
-Hurley said that he was happy for a while after he left the island. Again doesn’t this sound like he’s seeing Libby, or maybe he’s just content to talk to the dead people that visit him.
-Daniel gives Charlotte a little lecture. Saying that she has a bad attitude and that’s why none of the survivors trust them.
-I love it when Jin confronts Charlotte about her knowing Korean. I didn’t see that coming at all.
-Sawyer has a pretty rough episode. He really takes Karl’s death badly and then he loses Claire. And Sawyer looks terrible when he’s frazzled. (I suddenly got an image of the teacher from the Magic School Bus stuck in my head.)
-You can see Juliet getting more and more sad as this episode goes on. She knows that Jack will never love her and she slowly resigns herself to it.
-Oh yeah, they definitely disguised Kate’s voice as Juliet’s in the flashforward. I like that kind of slight trickery. It doesn’t make a difference after the scene is done but I enjoy the mental scrambling that your brain does when it’s trying to comprehend things like Juliet being off the island or something like that.
-Kate was talking to someone on the phone. I would like to think that it was Cassidy, I’m 100% sure that Kate went to visit Cassidy later in the episode. After she comes back Jack confronts her about it, demanding to know what she did. Old Kate would have come up with a suitable lie. But instead Kate just asks Jack to trust her. I think that’s progress.
-We almost get to see first hand what Miles experiences when he has his vision, or when he talks to dead people.
-Miles saw Claire leave with Christian. If it was anyone else would they have seen Christian? Maybe Jack might have seen him but I doubt anyone else would. He never told Sawyer that Christian was a dead man or anything though. One would expect him to divulge that important piece of info. He just said that Claire left with a man.
-An appendectomy would be a lot more interesting in the first season. Back then it would have been a very important part of the season. In season 4 it’s barely even a speck on the radar.
-Hurley told Jack that he wasn’t supposed to raise him, implying Aaron. This is where I came up with that idea that no one related to Aaron was supposed to raise him. I now see that I probably interpreted that wrong. It’s still a possibility but it’s a big assumption at this point.
-Jack asks Kate to marry him at his most confused period. Probably he should have waited a while. Perhaps after he settled his “seeing Christian” issue, or maybe after he felt that he’d be a good father to Aaron.
-If I were Juliet or Bernard I would have knocked Jack out immediately during that surgery. Good for them for doing it at all though, that would have been ridiculous if it had gone on.
-It’s pretty awful when Jack starts comparing himself to Sawyer in the flashforward, “he made his choice,” “I’m the one who saved you.” It was pathetic. Sawyer jumped out of the helicopter to save all of them. They don’t even know that he survived, you can’t talk about dead people like that.
-Jack says that Christian was a good storyteller. Does that imply that he was a good liar? I disagree with that, you can tell he’s lying because his mouth opens when he’s lying (zing!). In all seriousness though he tends to let his mouth hang open between sentences when he’s being dishonest. (Note: I was laughing very hard when I wrote this.)
-Charlie said that someone would be visiting Jack. We all assume he means Christian. Doesn’t it seem wierd that Charlie and Christian are in league? Hopefully they aren’t.
-What was Christian going to say to Jack when he went to his clinic? I doubt he was going to ask him to ome back, but I could be wrong. Is it possible that he wanted Jack to stay off-balanced (not a word)? Perhaps he knew that Jack would self-destruct if he saw his dead father whom he thought he had buried (symbolically).
-Claire says, with relief, that she’s not seeing things anymore. Miles asks her, “what did you see?” Unfortunately she doesn’t get to answer. Maybe she saw some other dead people.
-Miles is constantly staring at Claire in this episode.
-So Claire had a pretty reasonable reaction to Christian showing up. She registered pure shock and didn’t appear happy to see him or anything. So even if she is dead she probably doesn’t know, or she didn’t know then. If she was aware of her supposed condition she would have been solemn or even hapy to see him, instead she reacted as any living human would… besides the walking away with him part.
-Miles says that he saw Claire leave with Christian.
-Jack says, in front of Aaron, “you’re not even related to him.” Aaron’s about three in this episode, I wonder if he would remember that.
-Claire and Christian purposefully left Aaron behind. I think this is proof that they wanted him to leave the island. They could have kept him and he would have stayed, but instead they let Sawyer take him.What could be the purpose of that? Were they afraid of him? In the finale Claire tells Kate not to bring him back. Was it for Aaron’s safety?
-Jin was more than happy to let himself be left behind as long as Sun got rescued. I wonder if he saw this island as a home.
-I was very disappointed to see that Keamy and most of his men were still alive.
-In case we doubted that Rousseau died (I did) Miles finds her dead body, along with Karls.
-Rose brings up a good point. Why did Jack get sick? Did Jacob, or the Island want him to get sick. Did they try to force him off the island.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-This episode has almost all the characters in it.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-So Jack got sick in the island. It’s hard not to think that is significant. But what does it mean. If I am right and Jacob is responsible for the healing properties of the island then perhaps Christians take over has prevented Jacob from acting in Jack’s case. Maybe Christian is even directly responsible for jack’s condition.
(BTW, I believe that Christian is the source of the healing because of what Ben said to Juliet, he said that Jacob would take care of her sister, or something to that effect. If Jacob healed Juliet’s sister then I presume that he also healed Locke and Rose.)
What does Jack’s sicknesss mean for Locke and Rose then? Will they go into some sort of relapse? I doubt it. If Jacob cured Rose, then she must be completely healed and I think we can count on it not coming back. Unfortunately I’m not too sure about Locke. Back in season 1 Locke lost use of his legs temporarily. It could be a punishment that Jacob or even Christian can always hold over his head.