A Tale Of Two Cities

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Jack On Crack

The book club puts aside its internal strife to seek the safety of the house's doorframes, but the shaking lasts just a few seconds and then stops abruptly. They spill out of the house, as does everyone on the street. The plumber scoots out from under his work, and he turns out to be Ethan Rom, Esq., deceased and possibly Canadian. From another house Juliet sees, comes the man we know as Henry Gale, looking even more discombobulated than everyone else. And while it may just me, it looks like Henry is looking up at the sky while everyone else is still looking for damage at the ground level. Of course, he's also kind of short, so maybe that's just how he's used to looking around.

And then we see it: a plane trailing smoke, streaking across the sky, much too low without an airport anywhere in sight. The tail rips off, confirming that this is Oceanic Flight 815, and the plane falls to ground.

Henry barks for Goodwin, and there he is! The peace corpse from the peace corps! Henry asks where the tail landed, because Goodwin has those magic eyes Henry doesn't that can see through the trees and mountains, and Goodwin says probably in the water. "If you run, you can make that shore in an hour," says Henry (or, if he doesn't stop for lunch, apparently, ten minutes!), who then calls Ethan over: "Get up there to that fuselage. There may actually be survivors. And you're one of them. A passenger. In shock. Come up with an adequate story if they ask. Stay quiet if they don't. Listen, learn, don't get involved. I want lists in three days. Go!" Ethan and Goodwin scurry off.

Henry turns to Juliet, who's watching him, and she managed to hang onto her book the entire time, through the apparent earthquake and then the rubbernecking. It's a Stephen King book with the title covered up. Henry raises his eyebrows. "So I guess I'm out of the book club," he says. Juliet doesn't say anything. She half-smiles and then turns away. And the camera does a step-zoom-out to show their little community, situated smack dab in the middle of Craphole Island. In none of the aerial shots do I see the Chapters outlet, so my biggest question for this series now is: where does the book club get its books? The original Amazon.com, I suppose.

After the first commercial break, we watch some shady-looking unshaven guy drinking coffee and creepily watching a playground full of children. This can't be going anywhere g-- oh, it's Jack. He's listening to the Glenn Miller Orchestra's Moonlight Serenade, which this show seems to love. With eyes like two piss-holes in the snow, he watches a laughing Sarah strolling out of the school, and getting rather chummy with what looks to be another teacher. They canoodle, apparently oblivious to the withering glare emanating from the car across the street.

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