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I Will Be Your Father Issues

Island; Nighttime; 1977: Miles and Hurley arrive back at Dharmaville. When they reach the motor pool, Hurley watches Miles as he silently returns the van keys to the hanger, signs the van back in, gases it up and whatnot. Finally, Hurley says, "Sorry I said you were afraid to talk to your dad, dude." Miles tells him not to worry about it. Hurley then explains about how his own father left when he was 10, but how he gave him a second chance and it was the best thing he ever did. "We got to be the best of friends, and although I may never see him again, I miss him and I know he feels the same." Don't worry, Hugo. He's probably consoling himself with your money. Miles says that his own father didn't leave when he was 10. "I was a baby. I never knew him and I don't want to. It's not happening."

Hurley's still got his head in the clouds, or I guess that's stars, so he says, "That was Luke's attitude, too. [...] In Empire, Luke found out Vader was his father, but instead of putting away his light saber and talking about it, he overreacted and got his hand cut off. I mean, they worked it out eventually, but at what cost? Another death star was destroyed. Boba Fett got eaten by the Sarlacc. And we got the Ewoks. It all could've been avoided if they'd just -- you know -- communicated." A beat. "Let's face it -- Ewoks suck, dude." For the love of Smokey, Miles, He's right. Forget all of Daniel's whatever happened, happened nonsense. You've got to make up with your father, right now. Maybe you're special, like Desmond. Who knows? Regardless, I have to say I'm madly in love with how serious your face is as you listen to Hurley's fannish, if apt, lecture.

Hurley leaves Miles to think on these things, and as he walks along, it's clear he does. He soon finds himself outside the cabin of the family Chang. He was probably led there by the music of Cindy, This Is Going To Be Ridiculously Sad. I know I was. Inside, Pierre holds baby Miles on his lap. This is the first time we've seen any of our flash-backed characters catch a glimpse of their prior selves. Before this, the closest we got was Locke seeing Desmond's hatch light, when the Strand-aways flashed back to the night Aaron was born and Boone died. Miles is near tears as he sees his father's love for him. Chang is clearly happy and comfortable with his baby in his lap and he's reading to him from a book entitled Ask Me About My Polar Bear, which I think the prop department must have made up, because I can't find it online. But whatever. See, Miles? He totally got you a present. I was hoping it was Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle's Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? That book and its cousin Brown Bear rock. Adult Miles smiles through his tears as he watches his father smile laugh with love in his eyes. The stupendously cute baby smiles and yawns. The phone rings, and we see Lara's hands, legs, and blue skirt as she brings Chang the phone. Pierre hands the baby off to her, because phones still had cords then and were much clunkier. Oh my word, even the baby's receiving blanket has the Dharma insignia on it. The Jordache look. The Jordache look.

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