There's this science teacher, named Art, who I can't remember ever having seen before, but the lostaways all act like he's an old buddy all of sudden, so maybe Art is Rose's roommate now or something, and he spouts a lot of blather about winds and rain as a way of telling Mercutio that he should have been on his raft yesterday if he wants to go north towards a possible rescue, instead of south to Antarctica. And maybe their good buddy Art could have mentioned this YESTERDAY. But whatever, the lostaways are spurred into action to get the raft ready as soon as possible. And Kate fights with Sawyer about getting a spot on the raft, and Mercutio ends up poisoned (not fatally). And everyone assumes Sawyer did it, as you do, because he's the criminal, so he makes Kate tell everyone that she was the marshal's prisoner, which makes everyone give her the stink-eye, including a heroin addict/vigilante (Charlie) and an attempted murderer (Shannon). Only it was noted herbalist Sun who did the poisoning, except it was meant for Jin, in order to keep him on the island (although, to be fair to the Kate-haters, it does turn out to have been Kate's idea).
In the flashbacks, Kate the kon artist heads home to visit her dying (of cancer) mother, taking great pains not to get spotted by cops. She enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend Tom, who's now a doctor, and they go dig up a time capsule that they buried when they were young, dumb, and full of gum. The capsule holds Tom's toy plane, so we know he's toast. And sure enough, Kate gets spotted by the cops, and she flees. Tom accompanies her, despite her protests, and dies, either by bullet or by car accident (probably bullet).
Sayid and Jack and Locke argue about opening the hatch. And the hatch doesn't get opened, and the raft doesn't set sail. But after Locke touches Walt, Walt spookily tells him not to open it, despite apparently not knowing about the hatch. In the same spooky/soothsaying vibe, after coming clean to his father about burning the first raft and not wanting to leave the island, Walt now says they have to leave.
Are each of the three remaining episodes going to be five hours long? Because there's lots of shit they need to start wrapping up.
Behind her, a family checks out of a motel, which is right by a huge field, so maybe Kevin Costner built this right after the ball diamond. The cleaning woman wheels her tray of cleaning supplies down the walk, and after she goes into a room to make it up, Blondie strolls by (which means she took that plate off amazingly quickly), grabbing a couple of towels and some shampoo and darting into the just-vacated room, switching the "please make up as soon as possible" door-hanger over to the "please do not disturb" side.
Inside, Blondie -- and can I point out how annoying it is that the director has gone to such pains to avoid showing her face, when WE ALL KNOW it's Kate -- strips down to her bra and goes to work stripping the blonde from her hair, in a Janet Leigh-esque shower scene that doesn't end up with her getting stabbed. It ends with Blondie (now Brunettie) turning around so that we see that it's -- gasp -- actually Kate.
Kate walks into some hotel, I guess, and she's wearing these giant sunglasses that totally don't make her appear to have something to hide, and she tells the dude there that she's expecting a letter, "one for guest arrival" is what it sounds like she says, and she says her name is "Joan Hart" and the dude pulls out a box of letters and finds the one marked Joan Hart, and we get a quick shot of her new license plate, from Ohio, and you're like, "Why are you showing us this now?" and then you realize the state slogan is "The heart of it all," like, nice one, Kateser Soze.
Outside, Kate reads a letter that makes her cry a whole lot more than any letter has ever made me cry, especially one that also contained a bunch of twenty-dollar bills.
Kate's on the beach, playing with that toy plane that she killed a bunch of bank-robbing idiots to get, and if you were to ask yourself, "Who am I not in the mood to be annoyed by right now?" the answer would likely be Charlie, so that means you're out of luck, because he yells "platinum" from behind Kate, and he strolls up, unfortunately with his guitar strapped on, and he sits down and says he figures that Driveshaft's album sales probably spiked big time when everyone found out that he likely died in a catastrophic plane crash. He's so deluded. Is that really the reaction when someone from a one-hit wonder dies? Like, would you rush out looking for a Dexy's Midnight Runners album if that guy died in a plane crash? I'm guessing no. But Kate just indulges Charlie's fantasy of how insane it's going to be when he comes back. She takes this to mean he believes the raft will be successful. "Of course it'll work! Take a look at that thing! It's not a raft. They built a sodding boat!" says Charlie. And he blathers on about the rafters being picked up, then the helicopters coming, making them "eternally and ridiculously famous." In a surprising twist, Kate looks conflicted, which Charlie takes to mean that she doesn't want to be famous, and I guess Charlie's lone brain cell is completely preoccupied with plucking away on the guitar.
A commotion's brewing over at the raft, however, with some guy -- whom we haven't seen before, I don't think -- shouting at Mercutio. He's an older guy, kind of portly, and he looks dead familiar but I can't place him, so he's a Hey! It's That Guy!, but one in which I actually can't place, so I'm just going to say he was on Law & Order, or NYPD Blue, because, odds are. ["He was also one of Sam 'Tommy Lee Jones' Gerard's Deputy Marshals in the movie version of The Fugitive. The one who explains 'hinky,' towards the end." -- Sars]