Nighttime at Sea; Three Years Ago: Two days after escaping the island, Jack stands on the deck of Penny's boat, Searcher. Kate, holding baby Aaron, approaches and tells him Claire was originally flying to L.A. to give her baby up for adoption. Kate wants to keep Aaron -- say he's hers -- they can claim she was six months pregnant when arrested and that she gave birth on the island. Jack assures her there are other ways to handle this, but Kate says, "After everyone we've lost -- Michael, Jin, Sawyer -- I can't lose him, too." Jack assures her that Sawyer isn't dead. Kate seems to agree, but adds, "No, but he's gone." She bids Jack goodnight, and tries to take her leave, but Jack stops her. He introduces her to the big lie -- his plan for the six escape-aways to declare they're the only survivors of the crash. He insists it's the only way to protect them and those they left behind. Kate agrees, and we'll gloss over that logic, because every time I think I agree, I find myself trying to poke more holes in this rationale, and you all want to know what happened on the show, not the extent of my island fever. Jack tells Kate that the rest of the escape-aways will never go along with it if Jack's the only one pushing the lie, so he needs to know if she's with him. Still clutching baby Aaron to her bosom, Kate moves closer to Jack, wearing a warm, glowing expression, as if she were the Blessed Virgin Mother cradling the Christ child. "I have always been with you." See, Jack? If you love something -- set it free. Let it have sex in a cage with Sawyer, and if it comes back to you, it's yours, at least as long as Sawyer's a world away on an island that's disappeared into thin air. She turns and walks away, and just before she fades from view, she smiles. I think it's a Blessed Mother expression. My husband thinks it's a smirk. I'll spare you our argument... For now.
Episode Report CardCindy McLennan: A | 1413 USERS: B+
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