LOST EPISODE 6.10 – “THE PACKAGE”
April 1, 2010, 5:14 pm
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Jin sees his daughter for the first time... touching.

Well, we found out what the package was — our good friend and constant, Desmond! Jin is also shuffled around from group to group as a sort of “item” to be traded (a package). What was the other one? That pesky little tomato…

Doc Jensen:
The dream of a happy ending for Jin and Sun died in me last night. Maybe it was the dispiriting experience of watching Sun’s systematic deconstruction across two different worlds in a story in which it seemed the God of all possible worlds had declared war on her. On the Island, she lost her voice — the consequence of dark magic that stripped away her English. In the Sideways reality, she was brought to the brink of losing her very life, plus the life of her unborn child, and was left to dangle there, her fate to be determined another time, in someone else’s story. Maybe it was the discouraging experience of watching Jin get so easily jerked around by some very powerful, very charismatic villains who could cloud his mind by playing to his heart. On the Island, it was Charles Widmore, promising him reunion with his family and deliverance from evil. In the Sideways reality, it was Martin Keamy, who mocked his romantic ideals to his face and managed to get him to say ”thank you” for doing so. But mostly, my despair comes from not knowing how the hell to parse the parable of the tomato, the lone living vegetable from Sun’s ravaged Island garden. Is it a symbol of stubborn hope? Or is it just a symbol of stubbornness? Is it a symbol of valentine red love? Or is it a symbol of blinding red rage? Do Jin and Sun need to learn to hold on to their dreams at all cost — or do they need to learn to let go lest those dreams damn their individual souls? Damn inscrutable tomato! Thou doest vex me!

Sideways Timeline (2004)

Sun is in a waiting room at LAX. The customs officer brings Jin out and returns his suitcase and the watch but explains that for the $25,000 to be returned to Jin, he’ll have to complete the necessary paperwork. They leave and Jin says he has missed the meeting at the restaurant. When Sun asks what all the money was for, Jin says that her father gave him the money and watch to be delivered and that he didn’t ask questions but just did what he was told. At first you think Sideways world is a lot like the original for these two… They are traveling together, Jin tells her to button her sweater like a jerk, and he’s delivering shady stuff for her father. HOWEVER… At the hotel, the desk clerk finds the booking for a room for Paik on the 8th floor and assumes it is for Sun and Jin. Jin corrects him, explaining that they are not married, and the desk clerk finds the second reservation for Kwon (number 842, 8th floor and Jacob’s designated number for them, 42). Guess we know why the customs lady called Sun “Ms. Paik” back in Sayid’s sideways story! ”The Package” took elements of the combined Jin/Sun narrative and scrambled them into a provocative, ironic new history for their Sideways counterparts….

Yes, watch. No, money. Note the RED passport (?) case...

Yes, watch. No, money. Note the RED passport (?) case...

Jin knocks on Sun’s hotel room door and says he is going to the restaurant to deliver the watch. Sun brings him inside and explains that as it is late, no one will be at the restaurant. She explains that the man works for her father so everything will be alright. Jin asks why she would care as she is in LA on a shopping trip. She asks if he thinks that that is the only reason she came to LA. She starts to flirt and unbuttons her top. ”Nobody is watching us,” she cooed, her line ringing ironic in an episode in which EVERYONE knew what they were up to. The boss’ daughter… Tisk tisk! Interesting how in the original, Mr. Paik hired Jin so he’d have a suitable job to support Sun after they are already romantically involved, and in Sideways, Mr. Paik willingly gave Jin a job (because he presumably earned the position), yet later finds him unsuitable for his daughter. Reminds me a LOT of the Widmore-Desmond-Penny debacle…. which I’m sure we’ll hear more about next week (yay!)

Meant to be together?

Sun and Jin awake in bed. Sun says they should elope using money in a secret account she has. I thought this was interesting because in the original timeline, she also has the secret account, but instead of starting a life with Jin in America, the money is for leaving Jin for her English-speaking beau, Jae Lee. In Sideways she doesn’t know English, so Jae Lee doesn’t exist in her life… But she’s still fulfilling a secret romance with her husband-from-another-life, Jin. Paik killed Jae Lee to preserve Sun’s life with Jin, but now he’s trying to kill Jin.

That's a whole lot of RED in their room...

Sun is about to tell Jin something (that she’s pregnant) when there is a knock at the door. Jin hides in the bathroom and as Sun checks herself in the mirror she gives a long quizzical look at her face…what is it with Sideways world and confused looks at mirrors?? She looks like she didn’t expect to see something about her appearance, such as her hair being so short (vs. her long hair on the island).

Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors!

At the door is Martin Keamy, the creepy crook with the Mayan death-god last name. He says that he is a friend of her father’s and pushes in saying she has something for him. Sun gives him the watch, but he asks for her bodyguard, Mr. Kwon, who has some money for him. He sees 2 champagne glasses and tells Omar to check the bathroom, where he finds Jin. He teases a bit that he was BUSTED with the boss’ daughter, but still demands the $25,000. Since neither of them speaks English, he tells Omar to call Danny’s friend Mikhail (who speaks 9 languages) to translate for them.

Our favorite Russian, Mikhail, is called in to translate.

“Danny” could refer to Daniel Faraday, which I think is most likely… Also Danny Pickett, one of the Others… Danny, the former lover of Ana Lucia… Or even Dan Norton, Ben’s attorney.

The "Danny" possibilities.

Mikhail is of course Mikhail Bakunin, the creepy Russian of Other security fame. In Sideways world, he doesn’t have a missing eye causing him to wear an eyepatch like his original-timeline counterpart. However, by the end of the story he ends up getting shot in the eye by Jin. Whether or not Mikhail survived this injury remains to be seen.

Doc Jensen:
Mikhail Bakunin is named after the historical Mikhail Bakunin, a philosopher and anarchist who believed in non-violent revolution and the abolishment of all government and religion. Leadership, if any, should come from an enlightened elite that benevolently and invisibly guided the masses. Famous sayings: ”Absolute freedom and absolute love — that is our aim; the freeing of humanity and the whole world — that is our purpose”; ”The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty, and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind, in theory and practice”; and ”If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.” Basically, the real-life Mikhail Bakunin would have admired Jacob’s kinda-sorta hands-off approach to human redemption and moral freedom — but he’d want Smokey to kill him, anyway. And then he’d want Smokey to kill himself and leave all of us alone.

Mikhail gets shot in his right eye, just like his island counterpart.

At any rate, Mikhail translates Sun’s explanation about where the money is. She offers to get the money from the bank. Keamy agrees that Mikhail will take Sun to the bank while he takes “Casanova” to the restaurant. Jin asks that Keamy not tell Mr. Paik about his relationship with Sun. Keamy says the secret is safe with him. Ironically, Jin’s loss of the money appeared to jeopardize his life, yet it is the reason that Keamy has to stall on killing him, so he was saved by fate.

Giacomo Casanova

The bank officer says that Sun’s account was closed. Sun is surprised as she says no one knew of the account but the Bank Officer says it was closed by Mr. Paik. When she asks Mikhail why her father wold close the account he says, “Why do you think?” Apparently Jin and Sun’s affair wasn’t such a secret after all. Turns out Mr. Paik put a $25,000 bounty on Jin’s head, a bounty he himself was supposed to deliver to his killer. He emptied Sun’s bank account so they couldn’t escape. BUT he didn’t think through this plan far enough to realize you can’t bring $25,000 in cash on an airplane… Doh!

The account was closed by Sun's father, who transferred all the money to his own account in SEOUL (hint, hint... sounds like "soul"...)

Meanwhile Omar hauled Jin into the cooler, but as he did, Jin’s head banged against the steel door, making a gash. Just like Island-Sun’s English-killing head gash. When we saw bound Jin sporting that cut in ”Sundown,” we assumed torture. Wrong! Accident. Keamy washes Jin’s forehead and tells Omar to pick up the Arab. Keamy messed with Jin’s mind by doing a very mean thing: He told him the truth, but in English, so Jin could never understand. As he tapes Jin to the chair, Keamy says, “I’m going to strap you in here, just in case you figure out what’s about to happen to you… can’t have you freaking out.” He secures Jin’s bindings and tells Jin how unhappy Mr. Paik was when he found out about Sun and Jin. He tells Jin that the $25,000 was his fee to kill Jin. Keamy was no doubt again indulging his unique brand of racially charged humor, as ”the heart wants what it the heart wants” is most famous for being Woody Allen’s infamous defense for cheating on his wife, Mia Farrow, with the actress’ Korean adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Keamy says that he’s sorry but that “some people are just not meant to be together.” Yet in the original timeline, they are/can/will be. Jin thanks him, as he think Keamy understands being motivated by the heart, and Keamy puts a strip of tape over his mouth.

"Thank you"?

Locked in the storeroom Jin hears the confrontation and fight between Sayid and Keamy and his men. In ”Sundown,” whose title now stands as ominous foreshadowing of Sideways’ Sun’s fate, we saw Sayid shoot Keamy dead in the kitchen of his restaurant and then find Jin tied up in the freezer. After hearing gunshots Jin kicks at the door. Sayid opens it. Jin asks for help but Sayid of course doesn’t understand him. After telling Jin that this isn’t his business Sayid starts to leave but then takes a box cutter off a shelf and puts it in Jin’s hands then wishes him luck and leaves.

"Good luck!"

FYI: During the Jin-Keamy scene, Jin got his own mirror moment, his image reflected in the steel of a freezer — but Jin didn’t notice. Significant?

Later Mikhail arrives at the restaurant with Sun. They discover the carnage. Mikhail asks Keamy who did this, Keamy croaks that Mikhail should look behind him as Jin points a gun at Mikhail’s head. Mikhail asks who did this, then deduces that it was not Jin, otherwise Jin would already have shot him. He decided, perhaps incorrectly, that Jin was no killer despite being a hit-man for Paik. Mikhail and Jin struggle and Mikhail gets off two shots before trying to attack Jin with a carving knife. Jin shoots him twice in the right eye. Sun is seated on the ground crying. She has blood on her hands and is holding her abdomen. As Jin picks her up she cries that she is pregnant.

In the original timeline Sun shoots Colleen in the abdomen. In the flash-sideways timeline, it is Sun who is shot in the abdomen.

Sun, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Doc Jensen:
Had Jin escaped from evil? Yes. But Sun had been touched by it, perhaps fatally. One if not two of those discharged bullets blasted into her abdomen, threatening her own precious package. ”I’m pregnant,” she told Jin, finishing the thought that had been interrupted by Keamy’s fateful arrival into their lives earlier that afternoon. We left the lovers lost in Los Angeles, one them dying, the whole of their love imperiled. Cliffhanger. Paging Dr. Jack Shephard! Paging Dr. Jack Shephard! Stop picking Sun’s Island tomatoes and report to your Sideways ER, stat!

Original Timeline – Island (2007)

MAN IN BLACK’S CAMP:

Night glasses observe MIB’s camp, as Sawyer offers Kate a cup of cocoa, and Claire and MIB are shown.

Night vision MIB. This was an odd scene for Lost, very disorienting. Reminded me of the episode that started with sub footage of the sunken fake Flight 815.

Jin bandages his leg and MIB joins him. MIB suggests that Jin should leave the bandages off and let the wound air out. Jin says he’ll do that, but continues wrapping anyway… He clearly doesn’t trust MIB.

He asks Jin whether Sawyer had told him about the names written in the cave. MIB explains that only a few names remain which haven’t been crossed off and that Kwon is one of them, though he is not sure whether it refers to Sun or Jin. (Apparently no one knows!) MIB says that the only way that they can leave the island is if all the names that are not crossed off (the remaining Candidates) leave together. When Jin points out that Sun is not with them Locke says that he is “working on it.” (He’s also missing Jack and Hurley.)

Jin keeps on wrapping despite MIB's suggestion.

MIB tells Sayid that he is leaving and that he will back in the morning, and for Sayid to keep an eye on the camp. Sayid says that he doesn’t feel anything — anger, happiness, pain. He confessed that he felt profoundly numb. Actually, Sayid sounded like he was… dead. Yet his lack of feeling alarms in him this current feeling of emptiness. So he clearly does feel something… MIB says that this (Sayid’s feeling of desensitization) may be best to get through what is coming… The impending war. MIB leaves. Jin and Sawyer see him leave and Jin immediately packs his kit. Sawyer asks him what he is doing and Jin says he’s getting out before “that thing” comes back. He berates Sawyer for just listening to whatever MIB tells him but Sawyer reminds Jin that he has a deal with Widmore. Jin says it doesn’t matter because he is going to find Sun. As Jin tries to leave he, Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Sayid and the rest of the MIB’s group are struck by darts and all pass out. Widmore’s team step amongst the bodies until they find Jin and Zoe (that god-awful actress / Tina Fey lookalike) says to take him.

MIB's group after the attack. Reminds me of the group of dead bodies over on Hydra that Widmore insists they didn't kill.

MIB returns to his camp and finds everyone unconscious, and pulls a dart from Sayid’s shoulder, revives him (a little TOO easily), and asks what happened. When Sayid says he doesn’t know who attacked them he asks “Where is Jin?”

"Where's Jin?" MIB = pissed.

MIB tells Sayid that he is taking the outrigger and asks whether Sayid is a good swimmer. He gives Sayid a gun and tells him to wrap it in plastic. Sawyer overhears. Locke asks Claire if there is something wrong and referring to the names on the wall she asks if her name is there too. Locke says it is not but that he still needs her and that there will be ample room on the plane for her too. She says that when they get home Aaron will not know her, thinking Kate is his mother. She asks if Kate’s name is on the wall. Locke says it isn’t but he needs her because she can help get the three people he needs to get off the Island. He adds that once Kate has helped get those people, then “whatever happens, happens“… A regularly spoken phrase in the series, always by Daniel Faraday… He’s getting a lot of references in this episode, eh? wink wink, nod nod….

“If we try to do anything different, we will fail every time. Whatever happened, happened.” – Daniel to Sawyer (“Because You Left“)

“Doesn’t matter what we do. Whatever happened, happened.” – Daniel to Miles (“LaFleur“)

Episode title (“Whatever Happened, Happened“)

“Can’t change the past. Can’t do it. Whatever happened, happened. All right? But then I finally realized… I had been spending so much time focused on the constants, I forgot about the variables.” – Daniel to Jack and Kate (“The Variable“)

MIB and Sayid start to leave, when Sawyer asks what they are doing. MIB says they are taking a boat to the other island, and with this, MIB implies that the Smoke Monster can’t go over the water. He’s confined to the main island but can take a vessel to leave (i.e. outrigger or plane). When Sawyer asks, MIB explains that Widmore took one of “his people” (Jin) so he is going to get him back. Ironic that he is referring to Jacob’s people as “his” people…

42-KWON on Jacob's wall.

MIB arrives on Hydra Island to find an array of sonar pylons lined up along the beach. Shots are fired and Widmore’s armed team jump out of the bushes. MIB grins as he says “I come in peace”… A joke about being extraterrestrial, also he clearly doesn’t come in peace, he declares war seconds later.

"I come in peace."

They walk down the beach with MIB remaining outside sonar fence. Widmore comes down and asks whether he knows who he is. Widmore replies that he is obviously not John Locke. Widmore asks why he came and MIB says that Widmore took one of his people – Jin Kwon. Widmore denies this, and MIB says “A wise man once said that war is coming to this island. I think it just got here,” referring to what Widmore himself told Locke in The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham“.

Two Sides of a Fence. Notice that they are wearing the exact same colors but opposite (MIB in brown shirt/black pants, Widmore in black shirt/brown pants.)

Sawyer sits next to Kate at her fire. She asks him why he is not worried but he admits he is, but also that he has a feeling that “this” is almost over, thinking that Widmore has captured MIB. The euphoria doesn’t last because just then MIB walks back into camp alone. Sawyer asks where Jin is and MIB says that he doesn’t believe them when they said they didn’t have him. Sawyer asks whether he had lost Sayid too, to which he replies by asking about the locked room on the submarine and then states that he doesn’t like secrets. He sent bad-Sayid to do a little “recon”.

BEACH CAMP:

Miles and Frank are playing cards while Ilana is cleaning her rifle and Ben asks what are they waiting for. Ilana says that they are waiting for Richard to return, to which Ben replies that he would bet, given what Richard said about being in Hell, that they will never see him again. Ilana says Hurley will bring him back. Miles is disparaging about Hurley’s ability to track anyone not covered in bacon grease (HAH!), but Ilana says Jacob has never lied to her and that therefore Richard knows what to do. She is convinced that Richard will come back and until he does they will wait. She has been blessed with Jacob’s unyielding faith. But we can’t say the same for his Candidates…as Sun walks off angrily.

Sun (wearing Jacob-WHITE) is clearly not a fan of waiting.

Sun goes to her vegetable garden, now overgrown. Jack joins her and reflects on when she planted the garden and that it seems like a 100 years ago. Jack tells her about Jacob’s lighthouse and the List but Sun says she doesn’t care about being a Candidate, or their “purpose” or “destiny” and she asks to be left alone. Jack sees this as a challenge… He needs to shepherd his errant flock, and fast! The war is coming and he has to rally the Candidates.

A little gardening to blow off steam.

Sun is weeding and cuts her finger on a leaf, and her hand is bloody just like the end of this episode’s Sideways story. “Blood on your hands” is also a metaphor for the guilt associated with killing someone, and in Sideways, Ji Yeon’s blood is on her hands.

Sun has blood on her hands.

MIB startles her by saying: “Bad day?” In “…And Found“, when Locke enters Sun’s garden, she is ripping it apart in frustration, and he asks her, “Bad day?” Here, she apprehensively steps away from him. He says that he found Jin and that he was keeping his promise to reunite them, though it took longer than he expected. He tells her that he is with his people at his camp across the island. He offers his outstretched hand (hopefully to get her to make a deal with the Devil via a handshake) but Sun says she doesn’t believe him, that he killed the people at the Temple. MIB says that those people were confused and lied to and they could have come with him. He says “I would never make you do anything against your will, please, I am asking you to come.” MIB is all about exploiting people’s weaknesses for his gain, but the rule is they must do it on their own volition, their own free will. That is how he convinced Ben to kill Jacob. Sun runs and the MIB chases her until she runs into a branch and falls.

Doc Jensen:
UnLocke got pissy and ran after her — on foot. Why didn’t he convert into a raging column of smoke and blow past her? Hmmm… Sun looked back. Oops. You never look back when you’re running from the devil (see: Persephone and Hades)

RED FLAG! Bright plant in the background in Candidate-guiding-RED serves as a warning for Sun. I also like how her shirt is PURPLE this episode... The equal mix of guiding-RED and Candidate-BLUE. So which is she? A little of both? Neither? TBD.

Ben finds Sun passed out while he is gathering mangos. She revives and speaking in Korean asks where “he” went. Ben asks that she speak in English and when he asks who did this to her she replies “Locke.” Ben’s redemption arc continues!

Jack is looking after Sun’s head wound. Ben is sensitive to a look Ilana gives him and asks why she won’t believe him that Sun was already unconscious when he found her. Ilana replies that it’s because Ben is speaking. Ironically, he’s telling the truth. Jack tells Sun that she has concussion and although she understands English she can only speak Korean. Jack thinks she has aphasia which affects the language center of the brain but that the condition is usually temporary. I find her inability to speak English after merely hitting her head a tad overdone for the on-island narrative (she can, after all, still understand and write in English). BUT. I can’t help but think she is reverting or morphing into her Sideways self as this impending war approaches. As I’ve been saying all along, Sideways world would be the result of the MIB being unleashed from his island captivity, possibly (most likely) taking the form of Sideways John Locke. So MIB’s success of getting himself and the Candidates off of the island puts Sideways into motion. And Sun is getting a head start by already losing her ability to speak English.

Doc Jensen:
Doc Shephard diagnosed her with aphasia; I diagnosed her with Genesis 11. The story of the Tower of Babel goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a city unified by culture, language, and audacious human ambition: to build a tower that could reach heaven. God was alarmed by humanity’s outsized hubris and decided to humble them — and divide them up — by ”confusing their speech,” i.e. igniting an outbreak of foreign tongues. The denizens of the city dispersed into separate communities, cultures, and nations. Hence, The Bible’s mythic explanation for a world of difference and Otherness. However, different religious traditions tell slightly different versions of the story. In the Kabbalah version, for example, the Tower of Babel isn’t a tower at all — it’s a giant flying machine. The relevancy to Lost? It’s all about Fake Locke’s plan to get the candidates killed. Remember last episode that Richard had a spiritual revival in the Island’s Garden of Eden, underneath a massive Kabbalah-esque Tree of Life. Remember that Fake Locke witnessed that moment. Clearly, he knew Richard would be returning to the beach with a new sense of mission — a mission that I’m now beginning to wonder if Fake Locke/Man In Black gave him. A number of you last week speculated that when Isabella was speaking to Richard via Hurley, she was being controlled by — or was a manifestation of — Smokey. I didn’t want to believe that at the time, but I find myself believing in it now. Consider what Richard said when got back to the beach last night. He surmised that Fake Locke plans to flee the Island via a giant flying machine — the Ajira plane. The mission: Blow up the plane. My thinking? Fake Locke is basically running the same con that Sawyer’s been trying to run on him. He’s trying to bait Team Richard into making a move on Ajira so Charles Widmore will kill them. A more dastardly thought: Smokey is conspiring to get everyone onto that plane — specifically the candidates from his group plus the candidates from Richard’s group — in hopes that Widmore will blow it out of the sky. So why take away Sun’s speech? Because after she declined his offer, he knew she’d try to talk her friends out the plan — which she did try to do. Either that, or Fake Locke wasn’t thinking short term at all by taking away Sun’s English, but rather was planting a seed designed that will bare him fruit down the road when Team Richard executes its plan. In other words: Look for Sun’s loss of English to prove costly at a pivotal point in Operation: Ajirasplosion. But here’s another idea for you. There has been one other instance on Lost in which a character mysteriously lost the ability to communicate verbally. The episode was ”Further Instructions,” and the victim was Locke himself. The Island had taken away his speech in the aftermath of the Hatch explosion as a kind of punishment for his big season 2 sin: Straying from his Island mission and becoming obsessed with pushing the Button, abandoning the natural world of jungle for the unnatural environs of The Hatch. Stripping Locke of his speech was part of the Island’s way of dressing down its unfaithful servant and reminding him of who he was and what he was supposed to being doing. Perhaps Sun was stripped of her English for similar reasons. After all, she learned the language in order to run away from Jin. Moreover, she learned it from a man that became her lover. Sun’s English had once saved her husband from the false charge of setting fire to the raft. It helped her build bridges with the castaways. Otherwise, her English must be something of a bitter talent. To use a phrase from Dogen, she must ”hate the way it tastes on her tongue.” Regardless, she doesn’t need it anymore. Her future is in Korea, with her husband, with her daughter, and with a mother and father that need her forgiveness. So maybe losing her English wasn’t a psychic assault. Maybe it was a movement of the Island to reminder her of who she is — and what she needs redemption for.

No English.

Ilana smiles as Richard strides into the camp with Hurley following. Richard tells them all to pack their bags because they are leaving. Richard’s on a mission: STOP MIB FROM LEAVING! Miles is annoyed at Hurley for bringing Richard back, while this pleases Ilana by renewing her faith, just as Richard has just renewed his.

"Pack your bags!

When Jack asks where they are going, Richard asks Ben where MIB is. Ben tells him that he said he was on Hydra Island. Richard checks with Frank that that is where his plane landed. He says they are going to stop this “man” by destroying the plane. Sun says in Korean that the plane is the only way they can get off the Island. Richard asks why she is speaking in Korean and Jack explains that she was injured when “Locke” chased her. Richard asks her about “Locke” but Sun says that he is insane if he thinks he is going to destroy their only means of getting off the Island. She adds that she came to get Jin not “save the world” (what pushing the button was jokingly doing) and that, as Ilana thinks she is important, Richard needs her and he should understand that she is not going with them.

At night, Sun is staring out to sea by a fire. Jack suggests that she try to write in English because an aphasia patient he once had could still write. He says he went back to the garden and while looking for Locke found one perfect tomato (wrapped up very “Package”-like, hint hint) although all the vines appeared dead. He says no one told the stubborn tomato that it was supposed to die (referring of course to Sun and Jin’s relationship).

A nice ripe RED tomato! A special "package" meant especially for Sun to renew her faith in the island and especially finding Jin.

Sun writes that she didn’t go with “Locke” because she doesn’t trust him. When Jack asks Sun whether she trusts him, she nods. Jack asks her to come with them and promises that he will help her to find Jin and get them both on the plane; he offers his hand and Sun takes it. And with this scene, I think this solidifies what I’ve been suspecting all along: That Jack is indeed Jacob’s replacement. He has positioned himself as the island’s man of faith, and garners the trust and support of his flock. He seals the deal with Sun via a handshake, instilling upon her Jacob’s touch.

Jack and Sun's fireside "chat".

WIDMORE’S TEAM:

Jin wakes in a locked room (Room 23) with an array of loudspeakers. Jin throws a switch, the room darkens, and on screens are projected film with titles including “We are the causes of our own suffering” (free will), “think about your life” and “everything changes” (over a picture of BLACK and WHITE piano keys), accompanied by flashes of images and a discordant soundtrack. The only other time we saw Room 23 in use was when Karl was being punished by Ben for… dating his daughter Alex. Sideways Jin + Sun = Island Karl and Alex, both of whom were shot and killed by… Keamy.

brainwashing...

Jin throws the switch again. Zoe is in the room and says that they are in Room 23 and that the DHARMA Initiative were doing experiments on subliminal messaging in this room. As Jin goes to leave Zoe feebly zaps him with a stun gun. She apologizes, saying they went through a lot of trouble bringing him here. She shows him a grid map which DHARMA used to identify pockets of electromagnetism. She says that whoever signed the maps could help her out and that the signature looks like “Jin-Soo Kwon” . She asks whether it is him but Jin says he will only speak with Charles Widmore. Zoe says that Widmore would like to talk with him too.

Map of electromagnetic pockets.

In Hydra station, Widmore chastises Zoe saying that this should not have happened for days, with Zoe saying that he should have put a mercenary (ahem, Keamy, who failed) in charge instead of a geophysicist to which Widmore replies “what’s done is done”… A commonly used phrase:

“So, what’s done is done?” – Jack to Locke (“Lockdown“)

“What is done is done.” – Yemi to Eko (“?“)

“What’s done is done.” – Sawyer to Juliet (“The Little Prince“)

“What’s done is done.” – Uncle Doug to Sawyer (“The Incident, Part 1“)

“What’s done is done.” – Sawyer to Jack (“The Incident, Part 2“)

Realizing that Jin is watching, Widmore asks Zoe to get the Package from the submarine and take it to the infirmary. Widmore apologizes and introduces himself. He gives Jin a camera that Widmore found in Sun’s luggage at the Ajira plane. The camera contains shots of Ji Yeon, their adorable daughter:

Ji Yeon, wearing Candidate-guiding RED...

Ji Yeon, wearing Candidate BLUE...

Why is Ji Yeon's birthday banner in English?

Ji Yeon, looking ultra-cute, clutching a YELLOW flower, and wearing the same PURPLE her mother is currently wearing.

Widmore says he has a daughter too (Penny) and knows what it is like to be kept apart. Widmore explains that being reunited with Sun would be short lived if that “thing” ever got off the island. He says “your daughter, my daughter, everyone we know and love would simply cease to be.”

Note that he says their daughters and everyone they know and love, not the more broad EVERYONE…

Which, for me, solidifies the THEORY I’ve been saying for weeks: That Sideways world is the timeline that is the result of the MIB getting off the island, still in the form of John Locke. The proof: If MIB gets off the island, Sideways world starts… Sun is pregnant, but she accidentally gets shot in the stomach. So in Sideways, Ji Yeon is conceived but is never born, hence she ceases to exist, and Sun may die from her gunshot wound, so Jin would lose her too. And if in Sideways the island doesn’t exist, then Widmore probably didn’t have his off-island tryst with Penny’s mother, hence she’d cease to exist as well. We saw Sideways Desmond on the plane, where he wasn’t supposed to be originally, with a wedding band on. He is likely married to someone else in Sideways. Which I think is what Widmore is going to use to motivate Desmond to join in the fight to stop MIB: losing Penny and his son Charlie forever because Penny would never have been born. (Sidenote: Sawyer called Widmore “Charlie” in this episode, I didn’t even think about Des + Penny’s son being named after both Charlie Pace and Charles Widmore). The thing is… How does Widmore know what will happen in Sideways world if it hasn’t happened yet??? MY GUESS: Widmore is from the future. He knows MIB won the war, escaped the island, and infiltrated the real world posing as John Locke. And with Eloise’s help, he managed to get back to the island in just enough time to stop the MIB. Just my guess!

But back to the story…

Jin asks how Widmore is going to prevent the MIB from leaving, and he replies that it’s time for Jin to see the Package, which is a “who” not “what.” Cut to Sayid surfacing near the sub dock. Zoe and Seamus are pulling someone out through the hatch. They drop the body and Zoe admits she gave him too much (tranquilizer for the sub ride). DESMOND opens his eyes as his head hangs over the edge of the dock. He and Sayid look at each other for a moment, quizzically, before Desmond is carried away, wearing Candidate-guiding-RED. Desmond has one thing in common with Sideways Jin: they both have fathers-in-law that want them dead. Might Desmond Hume actually be Sideways Desmond Hume? TBD. But I think Charles wants the Desmond who is in love with Penny to use him in his Master Plan.

Desmond... The "package", the constant... Who's the variable? Methinks either Dan Faraday or Kate.

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Next week: DESMOND! My favorite. The title: “Happily Ever After“… Not sure that bodes well (mid-season), but we’ll see!

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Jen / desmondismyconstant

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