I don't like to tattle, but someone just pushed a button and reset the whole series. Again. I'm looking at you Damon and Carlton. And I'm done (not with the show - just with looking at the fellas). I'll now return to pushing my buttons, or keys, as the case may be.
The title of this episode, "316" is layered with meaning. The most obvious is the connection with the Bible verse John 3:16 which reads "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (King James Version.) Then, as you'll soon learn, there's a flight that figures into this episode: Ajira Airlines 316. And Lost episode 316, "One Of Us" is the episode in which Juliet comes with Jack back to Camp Lost-Away and confesses to drugging Claire, yet saves Claire's life, but seems to be working as a plant for Ben, and yet all she wants to do is get away from Ben and the bloody island and oh! Don't make me go back there. Instead, let's break down this week's previouslies, because everything old is new again. Again.
Previously, on Lost: At the Hoffs/Drawler Funeral Parlor Ben tells a drugged-out Jack that the island won't let him return alone. "All of you have to come back." And Kate catches onto this scheme later at slip 23 of the Long Beach Marina. "Is that what all this is about? This is insane. You guys are crazy. JACK DON'T!" Then it's Sayid's turn, "I don't want any part of this." Next we see poor Jin (who IS ALIVE if I haven't mentioned that lately), running across the freighter deck, trying to get the helicopter to return and pick him up. The freighter goes BOOM! Sun screams. Then she's at the Long Beach Marina holding a gun to Ben's throat, which is generally a great idea, demanding to know how he knows Jin is alive. Ben repLIES that there's someone in Los Angeles who can prove it. When Sun wants to know who, he says, "The same person who's going to help us get back to the island..." and now we're all caught up.
Island; Day; Time Period Unknown: The camera zooms in on Jack's right eye -- mirroring the opening scene of the pilot. He wakes to the sounds of birds chirping, and the breeze blowing, and I can't decide if the whispers I hear are from the show or from the voices in my head. Whatever. Lost put about a third of them in there, anyhow. Jack breathes heavily, because lying flat on your back can leave you winded (if you do it right) and springs up once he lets himself realize he's back on Craphole. He takes a deep breath of crazy island air and reviews the scrap of a note that reads, "I wish," when he hears shouting: "Help. Anyone." It's Hurley! Dropping the scrap, Jack heads towards Hurley's voice, first walking, and then running. Hurley continues to cry for help. Wading across a stream, Jack comes to the edge of a cliff, and finds Hurley holding onto a guitar case, and struggling to stay afloat in waterfall-fed lake below. Jack dives in to save him. I've decided he's well acquainted with this lake, so that I don't have to freak out about a spinal surgeon diving off a cliff into unfamiliar waters. He makes his way over to the struggling Hurley who is freaking.