“You may be the ‘Chosen Candidate’ Jack Shepard, but do YOU have a cool hat and whip? I think not . . .”
Tonight’s installment of Lost was all about the kiddies!
More specifically, this episode dealt with finding and, coming to terms with, youth, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. Tonight, Jack literally located and then reconciled with the son that none of us knew he had. In doing so, he confronted his own daddy abandonment issues, and came one step closer to accepting his destiny as . . .
The WINNING CANDIDATE for . . .
In bat shit crazier news, Claire made a baby doll out of a dead animal carcass, fatally axed a guy, and majorly creeped out Poor Jin, all for the love of a boy named Aaron.
Oh and did I mention . . . the DONKEY WHEEL is back?
Let’s get down to business, shall we?
Dude, Where’s My Appendix?
When we last left Doctor Jack in Flash-Sideways World, he was at the airport, passing his business card off to a wheelchair-bound (but living) Locke, while filing a “lost luggage” claim for his dead dad’s coffin. Now, back home in his apartment, Jack is on the phone with his mother, filling her in on all of the gory details of his trip, when he notices a scar on his stomach. “When did I have my appendix out?’ Jack inquires.
Sidenote: If you recall, in the original Lost timeline, Juliet diagnosed Jack with appendicitis and removed his appendix on the island in Season 4, Episode 10 “Something Nice Back Home.”
Jack’s mother explains that Jack had his appendectomy when he was about eight-years old. I find it a bit strange that Alt World Jack wouldn’t remember having this particular surgery. Sure, eight is a young age, but not so young that you wouldn’t remember something as traumatic as undergoing major surgery.
Unlike the past flash-sideways we have seen, in which the Losties may exhibit brief flashes of “déjà vu” for their “original timeline” lives, but seem more or less at home in their new (?) skins, Jack seems completely (forgive the pun) “Lost” in Flash-Sideways world. It is almost as though Island Jack has been plucked from the original timeline and placed in this new one, without being given any explanation as to how things are different here.
or Jack Shephard?
Noting the time, Jack quickly gets off the phone with his Mommy and rushes to a nearby private school to pick up . . . HIS TEENAGE SON? David Shepard?
“My brain hurts!”
Upon hearing the pair converse, it becomes immediately obvious that Jack’s and David’s relationship is strained. In fact, Jack barely seems to know his son at all. (Doesn’t remember his appendectomy, doesn’t know his son — is this merely a case of VERY early onset dementia or something odder?)
Back at the apartment, Jack notices that David is reading an annotated copy of Alice in Wonderland, the same story that Jack read to baby Aaron in “Something Nice Back Home.”
“Curiouser and Curiouser . . .”
Jack leaves his son in the apartment and heads to his mother’s house, to help her find Jack’s father’s missing will. When his mother finds it, she asks Jack if he knows “Claire Littleton.” To which Jack replies . . .
“Hell yeah I do! That bitch turned effing nuts!”
Actually, we don’t get to hear how Jack replies at all, because the producers cut away from the scene, before he can offer his response . . . Does Alt World Jack know his half-sister Claire? Only time will tell . . . hopefully.
When Jack returns to his apartment, his son is MIA. Jack heads to his ex-wife’s (?) house, extracting its key from under a White Rabbit statute (yet another Alice in Wonderland reference). Upon listening to his son’s answering machine, Jack learns that David has snuck off to a conservatory for an admissions audition.
Jack rushes to the conservatory, arriving just in time to hear his son play piano. He beams with pride at his son’s clearly gifted musical talent. As Jack watches from the wings, another father compliments David’s talents, and, noting the boy’s youth, asks how long he has been playing. Wait a minute . . . we know that dad! It’s . . .
POISON PILL GIVER, DOGEN!
Jack honestly admits that he doesn’t know how long his son has been playing.
Something is definitely fishy here . . .
Meeting up with David outside the Conservatory, Jack asks his son why the latter never told him about the audition. David explains that, when he was younger, Jack was very intense about David’s piano lessons. David feared Jack would see him as a failure if he didn’t perform perfectly at the audition.
Heartened by this confession, Jack tells David how Jack’s own father once told him that he “didn’t have what it takes” to succeed in medicine. Jack explains to David that he loves him and could never ever consider him a failure. Father and son both get a bit teary eyed, and it really feels as though Jack has righted his own father’s wrongs through this exchange. Perhaps that was the whole point . . .
. . . and then comes the carcass in the baby carriage!
Back on Lost island, Claire frees a very freaked out Jin from the bear trap in which he was caught last week. She then expertly stitches up his wounded legs and takes him to her makeshift campsite, where she has presumably been living for about three years. Jin does a bit of snooping here, and finds this really creepy baby basinet with a stuffed animal carcass inside. I sure hope that’s machine washable . . .
Claire then drags Justin, the remaining living Other who accosted Jin last week, into her camp and ties him up. With a freshly sharpened ax, Jungle Lady threatens to chop up Justin if he doesn’t tell her where her baby Aaron is. Justin has no clue, and tells Claire as much. Unfortunately for Justin, Claire doesn’t believe him. After all, her father and “her friend” told her that the Others were hiding Aaron inside the temple. When Claire walks away, Justin pleads with Jin to untie him. He explains that if they don’t get away, Claire will kill them BOTH.
Jin initially seems unconvinced. After all, Claire may have bad hair right now, and poor taste in childrens’ toys, but Jin can’t truly see her harming HIM, a fellow Lostie! Claire then shows Justin and Jin the scars she has sustained from when the Others tortured and branded her at the temple, presumably using the same technique on HER that Dogen used on Sayid the Maybe Zombie.
Jin comes clean to Claire, explaining that Kate had taken Aaron off the island and had raised him for three years. Claire thanks Jin. She then kills Justin, anyway.
“Not very nice, Claire Bear!”
Realizing that Claire is truly off her rocker, and beginning to fear for his friend Kate’s life, Jin takes back his words, explaning that he lied about Kate in an effort to save Justin’s life. Jin then claims to know where Aaron is hidden, and offers to take Claire there.
Claire tells Jin that if Kate had taken Aaron, she would have killed her. And just when it seems like things can’t get any weirder or scarier for Jin, “Locke” shows up . . . except he’s not Locke . . . of course. He’s the Lockness Smokey Monster, a.k.a Claire’s “friend” who told her that the Others had Aaron.
All Around the Donkey Wheel . . .
While in search of food, Hurley “I Talk to Dead People” Reyes encounters our dearly departed friend Jacob, who is in desperate need of Hurley’s help. Jacob gives our “unlucky” friend a series of instructions, which the latter dutifully inscribes on his arm. According to Jacob, Hurley needs to commandeer Jack in a special mission. To get Jack on board, Hurley must tell Jack that “he has what it takes.”
The two trek off into the sunset, where they eventually come across this . . .
“How come we’ve never seen this before?” Hurley inquires. (How indeed . . .)
Jack and Hurley trek to the top of the lighthouse and find what appears to be a replica of the infamous donkey wheel from last season, accented by a few mirrors, or “looking glasses,” if you prefer. Printed around the wheel are a series of names and number similar to the ones Nu-Locke showed Sawyer in the cave during last week’s episode, with some notable differences. For one thing . . .
Kate’s on the wheel! She’s number 51!
Hurley instructs Jack to turn the wheel to number 108 (which has next to it the name “Wallace” – Who the heck is Wallace?), and then look in the mirror. Annoyed that Jacob has refused to speak to Jack in person, Jack turns the wheel instead to his own name and the corresponding number 23. He then looks in the mirror and is horrified to find his childhood home looking back at him. In a huff, Jack breaks the mirror and storms out of the lighthouse.
Later, Jacob reappears to a disappointed Hurley who feels as though he failed in his task. Jacob explains that things are going exactly as planned. As the coach of Team Jacob, Ghost Man apparently knows exactly what it takes to bend people to his will. For some, like Hurley, merely asking for a favor is all it takes. But more stubborn folks like Jack, however, need to come to certain conclusions on their own, which is exactly what Jack appears to be doing at the end of this unbelievably complex episode.
So, what did you think of The Lighthouse? Have you joined Team Jacob yet? Were you relieved to find Kate’s name on the wheel? Do you know where I can get a cool hairdo like Claire’s?