Wow. What a tearjerker! Tuesday's Lost eppy was definitely one of the best episodes this year.
First with the somewhat boring Sideways stuff. I was getting into the Sideways stuff because I thought it was leading to some "coming together" moment with all the characters. Instead it is meandering again. I loved the Jack/Locke stuff, imho those two are the supercouple of the show. Jack saves Locke's life. He wants to perform surgery to fix Locke's paralysis. Locke isn't interested. Jack discovers later from Bernard (!) that Locke and his father were involved in a plane crash that was caused by pilot Locke's error. Anthony Cooper is basically brain dead. Locke refuses to get the surgery so he can hang onto the guilt of what happened to his father. There were a few neat details to this story. Locke remembers pushing the button in his dreams. He also mentioned the line in his suicide note that he wished Jack would have believed him. Jack overheard Locke's sleep talking. Jack uses the "I wish you would believe me" line to Locke later. It obviously struck a memory with Locke, who paused before wheeling away. So what was the point of Des hitting Locke in the car? If he wanted Locke/Smokey dead, that didn't work. If he wanted Locke and Jack to have the island epiphany, that really didn't work either. This Sideways story ended up being a disappointment considering there's only a few eppies left. A lot of code words being used by Jack, "what happened, happened," "candidate," and "I wish you would believe me." Funny how Jack said Locke was a candidate, well he was until Ben killed him.
Claire finds Jack. She wants to know what is the significance of the box her dad bequeathed to her. Jack didn't have a clue. It was a music box with a mirror. They both saw each other's reflections, but again, no conscious connection was made.
Back to the real action! Widmore orders the Losties to be put in the bear cage. Sawyer pulls a gun on the "doughboy". Widmore threatens to kill Kate if Sawyer doesn't cooperate. Widmore mentions that Kate is not on the list. Sawyer knows that he's right, and gives up the gun. I still don't get why Kate isn't a candidate. She's alive. Funny how the Skate bear cage scrump didn't warrant a flashback. Sayid, Jack, and Flocke rescue the Losties. I don't get how the barrier works on the beach, they turned it off for Sun and Jin to hug. Yet it's not on around the plane, the thing that Flocke said he wanted. Flocke and the gang go to the plane. He finds explosives with very obvious dangling wires in the overhead compartment. Doc Jensen thinks that Widmore is in cahoots with Flocke, and thus left the explosives there for Flocke to kill the candidates. But, we haven't seen Richard, Ben, and Miles in a few eppies, they wanted to blow up the plane.
So, everyone heads to the sub. Flocke switches backpacks with Jack. Kate gets shot. Jack pushes Flocke into the water while everyone but Claire gets into the sub because Sawyer closes the door to prevent Smokey from boarding. While tending to Kate's gunshot, Jack discovers the bomb. Lapidus tries to get the sub to go back to the surface. Jack and Sawyer fight over the bomb. Sayid says it can be disarmed by pulling two wires simultaneously. Sawyer doesn't trust Jack's faith when he says that Flocke can't kill them, only they can kill each other. Nice to see that Jack is figuring things out, it's kind of obvious that he's the candidate since he is the only one who wants and understands the job. Sawyer pulls the wires. This sequence is very reminiscent of Juliet's death and jughead's detonation. For a few seconds, the timer stops, then speeds up. Sayid tells Jack basically that he's the candidate, and he needs Des in the well. Sayid runs off with the bomb, and dies heroically. Chaos ensues. Lapidus appears to be hit by a door and dies. Hurley and Kate swim ashore. Sawyer, Jin, and Jack free Sun from a cabinet, yet somehow she's pinned to the sub with pipes. Even with rewatching this scene, you can't figure out how this is even possible. Sawyer gets knocked out. After some protesting, Jack leaves with Sawyer. Jin still tries to save Sun. Sun accepts her fate, and wants Jin to leave. Jin stays so they can die together. *sob* We see their clasped hands unclasp as they die. *tears*
Jack and Sawyer show up at the beach. Sawyer is still knocked out. Jack shakes his head no at the question about the fate of the Kwons. I lost it when Hurley started sobbing. Great acting by Jorge Garcia. Kate hugs Jack. Jack goes into the ocean with his anger and grief.
Flocke knows somehow that the sub is sunk. He knows there's survivors. He's pissed and is ready to kill them. Claire is stunned. I think Claire can get redeemed. I think she's getting a clue that Flocke wants them all dead.
Next week's eppy seems to be about Smokey from the beginning. You can see the preview at abc.com. I believe this is the eppy that some fans have been complaining about because there's no regular cast members in it.
So we got some answers today. Flocke doesn't need the potential candidates to leave with him to get off the island. He just needs them dead. He tricked them into thinking that they could leave with him. Jack and Claire are getting close to the truth. But, Sawyer the wild card doesn't know what he needs to know. My prediction, Jack's the candidate and the lone survivor. Everyone on the island dies. I think Jack will use Des to either kill Smokey or to capture him. The dead move on to the Sideways world. Just my guess. lol