Was that insane or what? I think I can hear colors melting and they all taste like the sun. That is to say, the crazier this show gets, the harder I love it. Pretty soon? My heart's going to explode. Where to begin? Where to begin? How about at the beginning?
Once Daniel is dead, Charles and an Other-Goon catch Jack and Kate in the jungle and bring them to Camp Richard where Jack confirms to (a little bit pregnant) Ellie that she's Daniel's mother and that she needs to help him (i.e. Jack) detonate a hydrogen frigging bomb in order to prevent a plane crash which left an awful lot of people… alive. Yeah. Kate thinks that's nuts, because it is, so she heads out on her own. When one of the Others doesn't like this and tries to shoot her down, Sayid pops out of nowhere and shoots him. Kate and Jack agree to disagree about the end of the island/world/life as they know it, and once she tells off Sayid for shooting wee Ben, she leaves to find the rest of her people (read: Sawyer). Sayid, Jack, Ellie, and Richard swim under the creek and through a tunnel to the bowels of the Temple, where the Others have hidden the Jughead bomb.
Meanwhile, Sawyer and Juliet are roughed up by Radzinsky and Phil -- despite both Horace and Chang's wishes. Eventually, Sawyer cuts a deal. Sawyer will tell Radzinsky what he wants to know (and draw him a map) if Radzinsky will put him and Juliet on the sub. Said sub is set to leave the island with all the women and children aboard (including Charlotte and her mum, and Lara and Baby Miles Chang) because Dr. Chang caught Hurley, Miles and Jin sneaking off, and got them to admit that they truly are from the future and that there's going to be a catastrophic incident at the Swan. On the sub, Sawyer and Juliet declare their love for one another, and then one more passenger boards. It's Kate! As you can imagine, Juliet is thrilled beyond measure.
And in 2007, Locke tells Sun to sit tight on the beach and then leads Ben and Richard to Yemi's plane, tells Richard to go over to it, remove the bullet from alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke's leg, and inform alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke that he's going to have to get everyone to come back to Craphole and that he's going to have to die. Locke and Ben look on as Richard and alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke have their special moment, and then alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke disappears into thin air. Locke, Richard and Ben return to Sun and the modern-day Others. Locke proclaims himself Lord High King of Otherton and demands that Richard and Ben take him to Jacob. They try to explain to Locke that it doesn't work like that, but Locke is no longer taking advice or instructions from anyone, especially those he believes have never seen Jacob. He then invites all the Others to go see Jacob with him and I'm half convinced he's going to try to prove Jacob doesn't exist, because as their merry band of buggered march along the beach, Locke tells Ben he's going to kill Jacob. DUN! Bad Robot.
I always start recording an episode a minute or two prior to show time, just as a safety, you know? Well, the series finale of Scrubs aired right before Lost, "Follow The Leader" and I tear up every time I see it, which makes it really hard to get in the right frame of mind for Lost. I'm no Superman. Thank goodness for the beautifully violent, spooky, gloomy, and creepy...
Previously on Lost: Ben saves Locke's life to take it. Then on Hydra Island, Locke surprises Ben by being all alive. Sun shows Locke the picture of Jack, Kate, Hurley and the other 1977 Dharma recruits and asks if he knows how to find Jin. Locke gives a non-committal, "I have some ideas," in response. Sun asks if Ben knew Locke would get all undead if they brought him back to the island. Ben says, "Dead is dead. You don't get to come back from that." So what does he know? Daniel tells Jack about "The Incident" at the Swan and how the energy unleashed as a result of it, was ultimately responsible for the crash of Ocean 815. But Daniel thinks he can preempt the incident, by blowing everything up with the "Jughead" hydrogen bomb. And now?
The Island; Outskirts of Camp Richard; 1977: We get a quick review of the fatal ending of "The Variable" with some new scenes stuffed in the middle. With the gun he doesn't know how to use drawn and pointed at Richard, Daniel asks where the hydrogen bomb is, as Kate and Jack watch from the bushes. Daniel gives Richard three seconds to answer, but time moves differently on the island, so three measly seconds is plenty of time for Kate to ask Jack what Daniel's doing and throw in some commentary, too. "Jack, he's crazy." But remember how Jack's been all calm and mature and ready not to interfere since he returned to Craphole? Either he's all over that now, or his calm façade was even more of a cover than his snazzy Dharma coveralls, because he says, "Is he? What if this is why we're here? What if this is our one chance to put things back the way they're supposed to be?"