Jackâ€™s sweetest moment in ages was last episode, where he deferred to Hurley. Now he asks Hurleyâ€™s permission to go and talk to non-Locke. It is a lovely moment.
And now non-Locke admits what we had already worked out â€“ that he was the vision of Jackâ€™s father from way back in that first or second episode. He says it was because they needed to find water. And that makes a certain amount of logical sense, but itâ€™s difficult not to see that it was a pretty cruel choice to make on non-Lockeâ€™s part.
Back in the parallel, Benryâ€™s being very kind to Locke in the back of an ambulance. Sun and Jin are arriving at the hospital at the same time, and Sun recognises Locke and is afraid of himâ€¦ whether itâ€™s because sheâ€™s got some innate instinct, or because sheâ€™s in extremis, itâ€™s difficult to tell.
Claire has an awkward but oddly sweet moment with her half-brother Jack in the jungle.
However, back in the clearing Sawyer and Kate are telling Hurley and Jin about their escape plan, and thatâ€™s putting further division in the newly reunited group, because Claire and Sayid arenâ€™t invited.
Sayid has gone to the dark side, but Hurley believes that you can always bring people back from the dark side.
In the parallel LA, the pieces are starting to come together â€“ Sawyer is talking to Kate, in captivity, when he and Miles get the call to go out to the site of Sayidâ€™s unwitting rescue of Jin.
(Still find it interesting that Miles and Hurley in the parallel donâ€™t seem to have their powersâ€¦ but that adds to the likelihood that this isnâ€™t really an actual, genuine, alternate realityâ€¦ In Miles’ case, I suppose it might be because he wasn’t actually born on the island in that iteration, but what about Hurley? Maybe he just hasn’t known anybody who died there, yet?)
Umâ€¦ At this point, Desmond is maneuvering the Lostees back in LA in a very similar manner to the way Jacob and the man in black have been doing. It would seem to be positioning him as the natural replacement for one or the other of the two ancient island geezers.
Non-Locke is about to go to war with Widmore, after a show of strength by Widmore forces his hand. This pushes Sawyer to put his own plan into action, but itâ€™s possible that trusting Jack to help with a plan that abandons his newly rediscovered sister Claire to fate isnâ€™t such a great idea.
Non-Locke has promised Sayid that he can be reunited with Nadia if he just keeps on killing people on non-Lockeâ€™s behalf. This puts him at the top of the well that non-Locke dumped Desmond in â€“ a well that doesnâ€™t look nearly as deep now as it did in the previous episode â€“ with a loaded gun aimed at the still alive Desmond.
Back in the alternate LA, Sawyer and Miles have just arrested Sayid.
And on the island, oh dude â€“ Sawyerâ€™s plan also relies on Kate betraying Claire, and that seems like one badly judged choice too many on Sawyerâ€™s part. That isnâ€™t like him at all.
You know, I actually feel for Claire â€“ I mean, everybody keeps leaving her. Everybody.
(Also, I feel for Claire because, well, sheâ€™s a bit sexy.)
Heh, Ilana looks better as a lawyer than she does as aâ€¦ whatever she was. Her people have been looking for Claire for a bit, over in parallel LA.
OH SHIT CLAIRE HAS A GUN ON KATE OH SHIT. Sheâ€™s mental, so anything could happen. Anything. ANYTHING.
Oh, sheâ€™s let Kate have the gun. Phew.
Hn. I guess Ilana was looking for Claire to attend the reading of Dr Shepherd seniorâ€™s will. So hereâ€™s Jack and his son. Jack, who didnâ€™t know that Claire was his half-sister. Desmond is a little tinker for putting them in a room together like that, isnâ€™t he?
At this point, every scene is so layered with meaning and history that it doesnâ€™t even really matter where the thing is headed. I know I keep saying that, but itâ€™s because I feel like this â€“ this show is nothing more, and nothing less, than the greatest soap-opera there ever was.
When Jack decides to jump off the boat, you know it probably wonâ€™t ultimately make any difference â€“ Jack is always doing shit like this.
And when Jin and Sun are finally reunited, you canâ€™t help but feel a little sentimental, knowing that itâ€™s been so many years â€“ both narratively and in viewing time â€“ since theyâ€™ve seen each other, even though you know that youâ€™ve been manipulated into feeling that way.
The end-game in the alternate LA is also allowing them to pull off some perfectly cheesy moments of happenstance, to the extent that Sawyer in particular even comments on it this episode, culminating in Lockeâ€™s appearance on Jackâ€™s surgeonâ€™s table. In the LAX waiting room, Jack had intimated that heâ€™d like to try and fix Lockeâ€™s paralysis, and I wonâ€™t be surprised if an upcoming episode sees the parallel Locke on his feet again.
Course, the average soap-opera doesnâ€™t end an episode with Jim Robinsonâ€™s people dropping artillery strikes on the unreliable older brother out of Party Of Five, which is what makes Lost the absolute greatest. For sure.
(Watch non-Locke in the bottom left of the frame. Doesn’t. Move. AT ALL. Non-Locke is a bad-ass.)
Maybe itâ€™s because itâ€™s late, or maybe itâ€™s because Iâ€™ve had a lot going on and am feeling tired and emotional, but right now Iâ€™m not even trying to theorise what it might all mean, because it almost feels like most of those questions keep being answered, but the answers just arenâ€™t as complicated or complete as we were hoping they might be. I am just enjoying the ride, dudes.
(Oh, but one last thing that resonated with me â€“ when Jack tells Sawyer that leaving the island is wrong, and explains how he felt the last time â€“ as much as it seems to be the sort of confused emotional back-flipping that the character has always been prone to â€“ it felt evocative of the scene last episode, where Michael tells Hurley that the whispering voices are the people who died but could never leave. Itâ€™s also interesting that for the first time, Jackâ€™s major malfunction â€“ that he wonâ€™t be told what to do, to a fault â€“ is being explicitly voiced by other characters, and mirrors perfectly the original John Lockeâ€™s personal, rebellious mantra of â€œDonâ€™t tell me what I canâ€™t doâ€.)