The line of the night was when Richard Alpert jokingly said to Locke, “I certainly don’t want to contradict myself, but…”
What a mind bender! The seamless continuity of this show is extremely impressive and I can’t get enough. I was chatting with my sister prior to the show and correctly guessed that the year for this episode would be pre-1956. I remembered the year John Locke was born (1956) and assumed that since Alpert knew him since birth and claimed that he wouldn’t recognize him the next time they saw each other, it had to be earlier than that.
I know there seems to be a lot of new questions, but I feel like we’re getting so many answers as well and everything is starting to get tied up nicely.
Here’s my recap of note worthy events:
– Penny and Desmond have a son they named after Charlie.
– Penny is not pleased that they’re going back home (where they fell in love and where he broke her heart), but eventually trusts Desmond and realizes that he has to follow his instincts even though she’s scared.
– Desmond discovers that Oxford University is hiding the fact that Faraday ever even worked there because of some accident that left a woman named Teresa Spencer (possibly his love interest at one point) in what seems to be some sort of coma. However, she wakes up occasionally thinking that she’s three and wants to know where her “dolly” is or sometimes she starts talking to her dad who died five years earlier. She might be delusional, but it’s more likely that she has a time traveling consciousness ala Minkowski and Desmond.
– Apparently Faraday abandoned her after causing her “issue” and his research was funded for 10 years by Charles Widmore who is now paying to take care of Teresa.
– Desmond confronts Widmore in his office to try and obtain the address of Faraday’s mother, who I still think may be Ms. Hawking, and Widmore gives him her address in Los Angeles, but also warns Desmond to keep Penny safe and go back into hiding.
– When Desmond lies to Penny because he wants to keep her safe, she tells him that she’s going with him because he’ll never forget and needs to do this.
Meanwhile, back in 1954…
– More “extras” die at the hand of The Others/Hostiles. I’m not sure where Rose and Bernard are, but assume they are safe.
– We learn that in “Others 101”, it is required that all Others learn Latin, the language of the enlightened.
– Charlotte’s health is getting worse (headaches, nose bleeds, disorientation). The episode ends with her collapsing and near death in Daniel’s arms. She seems to be suffering from temporal displacement, but why is it not affecting anyone else? Is it because perhaps she was born on the island, exposed to high levels of radiation and is now time shifting? Perhaps this is why Claire is adamant in Kate’s dream to make sure she doesn’t bring Aaron back to the island.
– Daniel seems to recognize Ellie, the young gun-wielding Other and she seems to recognize him as well.
– Miles Straume’s ability to see/hear the dead comes in handy. He is even able to determine how they died. In this episode they walk over the grave of four U.S. soldiers. Three of whom were shot and one who died of radiation poisoning.
– Alpert and the Hostiles/Others assume that the LOST crew is with either the Army or maybe even the DHARMA Initiative. The Army could have been there simply to perform nuclear tests and it could be pre-DHARMA, but I’m not sure.
– In one of the more revealing moments on the show so far this season, we learn that a young Charles Widmore is actually one of the Hostiles! He and Richard don’t seem to see eye-to-eye so maybe he leads a mutiny and establishes the DHARMA Initiative until they are eventually all gassed in The Purge of 1992.
– I’m still trying to figure out what “The Incident” was. Was it a leak from the energy source near The Orchid, The Swan, or maybe even a leak from “Jughead” the H-bomb?
– Faraday professes his love for Charlotte, which makes me wonder how come the professor never got the nerve to tell Ginger he was into her on Gilligan’s Island?
– I loved when Widmore referred to Locke and sarcastically asked Alpert, “…you think he can track me? You think he knows this island better than I do?”
Next week’s episode is titled; “The Little Prince” and I assume it will center more on the Oceanic 6 since Sawyer and Locke were the only Season One regulars who appeared in this last episode. From the previews, it looks like Sawyer will witness the birth of Aaron and Locke will see the light come out of the hatch, both from a new perspective. So, that means they are back in 2004 for at least a little while. The previews also showed a woman who my brother and I both think is Danielle Rousseau when she was younger. Stay tuned and Namaste!