12
Jan
09

410 – Something Nice Back Home

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Review:

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

410-charlotte-daniel-01Character Impressions:

Daniel

-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.

Hurley

-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.

410-hurley-jack-01-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.

Charlotte

-Daniel gives Charlotte a little lecture.  Saying that she has a bad attitude and that’s why none of the survivors trust them.

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-I love it when Jin confronts Charlotte about her knowing Korean.  I didn’t see that coming at all.

Sawyer

-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.)

410-juliet-01Juliet

-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.

Kate

-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.

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-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.

Miles

410-miles-sawyer-01-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.

Jack

410-jack-kate-021-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.

410-jack-01-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.

Christian

410-christian-01-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.

410-claire-02-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

-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.

410-claire-01-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.

Aaron

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-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?

410-jin-01Jin

-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.

Keamy

-I was very disappointed to see that Keamy and most of his men were still alive.

410-karl-01Rousseau

-In case we doubted that Rousseau died (I did) Miles finds her dead body, along with Karls.

Rose

-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.

410-rose-01Flashforwards (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.

– Izi

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13 Responses to “410 – Something Nice Back Home”


  1. 1 Anon
    January 12, 2009 at 6:11 am

    “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.”

    Totally agree, my blood boiled watching that scene. Poor Kate.

    I think the island let Jack get sick because he wasn’t being loyal to the island like Locke. He was hell bent on leaving and the island wants them all to stay, so it made him sick, maybe hoping he’d die there. Too bad for us that he didn’t 😀

    “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?”

    Yeah, it’s interesting in Cabin Fever that Christian says “The baby is where he’s supposed to be” and at that present time Aaron was with Sawyer and in the future, he’s with Kate.

    “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.”

    There’s a deleted scene after she’s brought by Sawyer to Ben’s house in Shape of Things…where she’s lying in bed and sees Christian. We don’t see Christian but she says “Dad?” and Hurley looks around confused.

    “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.)”

    LOL.

  2. 2 Rosie
    January 12, 2009 at 8:35 am

    “Old Kate would have come up with a suitable lie. But instead Kate just asks Jack to trust her. I think that’s progress.”

    Unfortunately, she was on her knees when she said this. That’s not much progress.

    “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?”

    That does not justify the Oceanic Six lie that Kate is Aaron’s mother. They could have told the truth that Claire was Aaron’s mother and he would have ended up with his grandmother, instead of a muderess whose future was uncertain at the time they made that lie.

  3. 3 Anon
    January 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “Unfortunately, she was on her knees when she said this. That’s not much progress.”

    True.

    “That does not justify the Oceanic Six lie that Kate is Aaron’s mother. They could have told the truth that Claire was Aaron’s mother and he would have ended up with his grandmother, instead of a murderess whose future was uncertain at the time they made that lie.”

    They didn’t know if Claire had any family and the point of the lie is to make any suspicions die down quickly. Saying Claire survived long enough to have her child would arouse too much suspicion. Hell, a pregnant woman surviving the plane crash the way they said it did would be HIGHLY unlikely.

  4. January 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t see the significance of Kate being on her knees. Doesn’t that show that she’s trusting him? Sorta like baring one’s soul?
    I like the use of the word “murderess”, very sophisticated.
    – izi

  5. 5 Anon
    January 13, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Kate’s always on her knees when it comes to Jack or at least grovelling for his approval or trust.

    Anyway, no adult should have to beg their fiance for a little privacy.

  6. 6 missscarlett
    January 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

    “I seriously doubt that is love.” – Well not romantic love anyways!

    Now I’m going to be thinking about Miss Frizzle!
    Sawyer did have it rough here – he keeps trying to protect people and they keep getting seperated from him.

    Juliet is also starting to resign herself to staying on the Island I think. She’s a pretty realistic chick and I think that time with Daniel was really showing her how low a priority their rescue was.

    But come on – why can’t she just tell Jack about Cassidy? Is it because they are not supposed to be telling anyone the truth? To be carrying on Jack’s lie? Or is it Sawyer coming between them again. I think the whole thing would have been solved by some honesty.
    Though it was better that she didn’t lie. The grovelling though – that’s a little sick.

    Yeah – Miles doesn’t share a lot of information – could be Sawyer’s attitude – could be his own. He did let him know that she called him Dad.

    Yes an appendectomy in Season 1 would have been pretty scary – that would have been advanced medicine for Kate! But I think it was a big message to Jack that he needed to stop trying to get the people off the island — you know, the island would be more convincing if it sent someone other than John Locke, Benjamin Linus or a medical condition that could be written off as chance – I guess that is where the issue with faith comes in.

    Yeah that was low picking on Sawyer that way — Jack has some pretty juvenile emotional moments.

    “Doesn’t it seem wierd that Charlie and Christian are in league?” I think all the dead people might just be working together – trying to finish whatever needs to be done on that Island.

    I really want to know what Claire was seeing too!

    I would hope Claire is trying to protect Aaron when she asks Kate not to bring him back. What is that little boy’s deal?? I thought they left him behind because they couldn’t take a baby into the cabin of the dead — but, there is no theory behind that. Just an assumption.

    Yeah – I was so disappointed that Danielle was really dead. Such a shame.

  7. 7 Rosie
    January 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

    “They didn’t know if Claire had any family and the point of the lie is to make any suspicions die down quickly. Saying Claire survived long enough to have her child would arouse too much suspicion. Hell, a pregnant woman surviving the plane crash the way they said it did would be HIGHLY unlikely.”

    So what? I do not see how their lack of knowledge about Claire’s family gave them the right to perputrate a lie about Aaron in such a manner. In fact, I don’t even see it as an excuse. Th O6 could have told the authorities that Aaron was Claire’s mother . . . and that the latter had died before they could be rescued. Chances are Aaron would have ended up with his grandmother, instead of Kate.

    Why do fans keep making excuses for the lie about Aaron? I’m really curious about that.

  8. 8 Rosie
    January 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

    ““They didn’t know if Claire had any family and the point of the lie is to make any suspicions die down quickly. Saying Claire survived long enough to have her child would arouse too much suspicion.”

    This is not a good excuse . . . at all. You might as well say that the chances of anyone on that flight surviving would have aroused too much suspicion. And I don’t see how this would excuse keeping Aaron from his grandmother.

  9. 9 Anon
    January 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “But come on – why can’t she just tell Jack about Cassidy? Is it because they are not supposed to be telling anyone the truth? To be carrying on Jack’s lie? Or is it Sawyer coming between them again. I think the whole thing would have been solved by some honesty.”

    She didn’t tell him because the promise is between her and Sawyer. She says “He wouldn’t want me to” and that’s true, Jack makes judgements on everyone and to tell him Sawyer had a child and girlfriend, he’d probably come out with something like “Why’d he pretend to love you then?”

    “So what? I do not see how their lack of knowledge about Claire’s family gave them the right to perputrate a lie about Aaron in such a manner. In fact, I don’t even see it as an excuse. Th O6 could have told the authorities that Aaron was Claire’s mother . . . and that the latter had died before they could be rescued. Chances are Aaron would have ended up with his grandmother, instead of Kate.”

    Aaron was Claire’s mother? Now there’s a creative lie! What if Claire didn’t have anybody waiting for her back home? Then what happens to Aaron? He’d be put in foster care for the rest of his life. The O6 were responsible for him being alive, they get to decide what to do with him.

    “Why do fans keep making excuses for the lie about Aaron? I’m really curious about that.

    Because it’s a ficitional TV show and once you start picking it apart as if it were fact it may be time to stop watching.

  10. January 13, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    IN YOUR FACE ROSIE!!
    I’m such a terrible blogger. I should really be nice to the people who regularly read my blog.
    Buuut Rosie drives me up the wall, we couldn’t be more opposite. She likes Michael and Ana Lucia, she hates Sawyer and Kate. And then there’s this issue about Aaron.
    – izi

  11. 11 Anon
    January 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Rosie shouldn’t watch a show that pisses her off so much 🙂

  12. 12 Melissa
    July 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    You guys keep saying that Aaron would end up with his grandmother… But I’m pretty sure his grandmother’s dead or dying (car wreck, remember?). So he would end up with Claire’s aunt. Just a thought…

  13. November 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    “You guys keep saying that Aaron would end up with his grandmother… But I’m pretty sure his grandmother’s dead or dying (car wreck, remember?). So he would end up with Claire’s aunt. Just a thought…”

    Jack and Kate discovered that Carole Littleton was alive and well upon their return to the States in early or mid 2005. They decided not to tell her that she had a grandson, so that Kate could keep Aaron for another two-and-a-half years. However, Aaron did end up with his grandmother. Kate had given him back to her in Season 5. And I’m sure that Claire joined them upon her return to civilization.


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