This is the way Sun and Jin were: he was an ambitious man determined to leave his fishing village past, and she was a university-educated woman with little time for her parents' traditional matchmaking. They son her up with a hotel magnate's son, and you figure he's going to be a dick and all wrong for Sun, but in a break from that clichÃ©d plot, he turns out to be fairly nice and he and Sun hit it off -- except he reveals that he's only pretending to do the matchmaker thing to please his parents, and that he actually met an American woman in Harvard whom he plans to marry. Meanwhile, Jin becomes a doorman at a prestigious hotel, where the manager tells him that his job is keep people like himself out. So of course what happens is that Jin as a little boy and his father time-travel to the present day in their shabby clothes to ask Adult Jin to use the hotel bathroom, and when the manager gives Jin grief over it, Jin quits. And it's when he's contemplating his likely future as a homeless man that he literally bumps into Sun, much to their delight and the delight of fans of superior cheekbone genes.
On the other side of Craphole Island, Michael heads off into the jungle in search of Walt. Michael goes after his friend, and Otherbisi, whose name turns out to be Mistereko (sounds like: "Mr. Echo") goes to help too. Sawyer doesn't appear to give a shit, preferring to stick with Ana-Lucia, the woman who keeps hitting him with rocks and stomping on his bullet wounds. Jin and Mistereko hide in the brush while the Others go marching by, Mistereko on hand to make dire statements about what the Others are capable of, and how they won't be found if they don't want, that sort of thing (proof is offered in the form of a dead body rotting in the jungle). And the hunt for Walt doesn't even go anywhere, no cliffhanger ending to this episode or anything, just people wandering in the jungle, much like last week.
Sun loses her ring, and then predictably finds it in the ground where she buried the bottle last week. You producers might want to re-edit those scenes for the Season 2 DVDs, because her ring magically appeared after it was gone.
And we don't see the hatch at all this week, so let's hope everything's copacetic there.
Sun and Claire are alone on the beach. It looks like they're doing the washing, so how nice of them to give Rose a day off. Sun's staring at the sea, at the waves crashing against the rocks. "It's been four days," she says, which gives you an idea of how slowly time is moving on this show. This is the fifth episode of the season, and they've moved four days since last year's season finale. Claire picks up on Sun being worried about Jin, and she assures her that "they say it can take up to two weeks to find the current." Who, exactly, is "they" in this case? The blown-up Dr. Arse, I suppose. Claire's in the middle of trying to reassure Sun by saying that "Michael knew what he was doing," but what she is basing that on I have no idea, and Sun takes no notice anyway because she was looking at her hand and has become frantic. She starts looking around, until Claire finally asks what her problem is. "My wedding ring! It's gone!" Run out of ideas? Are they stealing plotlines from Everybody Loves Raymond now?
We flashback to a jewelry box overflowing with gems. Sun's hands seek out a ruby hair pin. She checks it in the mirror, then puts it on. She's wrapping a scarf around her neck to go with her, uh, beigey cream dress that she has on, and her mother strolls up, holding another dress, and says, in Korean, "You're not planning on wearing that, are you?" I should point out that Sun looks really nice, far nicer than I ever look whenever I get asked that question. And I get asked that question an awful lot (fortunately, although it took me a while, I learned what the proper answer is). Sun asks what's wrong with what she's wearing, but her mom doesn't answer, as she's now noticed the black high heels Sun was planning to wear. She hauls them away, despite Sun's protests, and brings back a pair of white -- I want to say flats, because they're certainly not heels, and that's what flats are, right? Or are they pumps? Or are pumps and flats the same thing? ["Flats are flat; think ballet slipper. The shoes Sun's mother brought out are low-heeled shoes." -- Sars] The reason Mom's traded the heels for these is, "He might be shorter than you." Sun sits down on the end of her bed, exasperated. She calls this "ridiculous," but what's ridiculous to her mom is that Sun went to college and didn't even come back with a husband, forcing them to use a matchmaker! "I went to college to get a degree," says Sun. "And after four years of college, you're 'silver,'" says her mother, by which she means Sun has grey hairs now? I don't see them. But the look of horror on her mom's face is generally reserved for more serious ailments, like say an alien bursting from your abdomen. "Don't you want to find a husband before you turn 'bronze'?" she asks, and she's completely lost me by this point.