Note: This blog is counting down to the premiere of LOST's final season on Feb. 2 by spending the month leading up to it racing through every one of the previous 103 episodes. We're looking specifically at Christian/religious themes, other important or interesting concepts, literary references, and the theory that it's largely been about a game in which someone has won, and someone has... LOST. To follow us from the start, click here.

All these time skips - there is almost always something significant to see in each one. Either someone has just arrived to the island in one way shape or form, or something is there that wasn't always there. So are the skips really random? Most of them seem confined to a nice tidy period of time in the 2000s. Considering how many years of history there are to leap to, that's rather convenient and against the odds.

But that's the crux of the whole show, is it not? Events being random, but maybe not so much on second thought? Strange coincidences... or are they more purposed and meaningful? Are people and events connected, or not? Will the big things still happen the same way they did the first time around no matter how many variables are different, such as finding five of our protagonists stuck in the '70s? Let's find out.

LOST Season Five, Disc Two: We Are Just the Pieces

Episodes: 5.4 THE LITTLE PRINCE (Kate-centric); 5.5 THIS PLACE IS DEATH (Jin & Sun-centric); 5.6 316 (Jack-centric); 5.7 THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JEREMY BENTHAM (Locke-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

1977

Jack Shephard wakes up in the same way in the same spot as he did in 2004/Season One. This time, it's 1977, and he runs toward the lagoon instead of the beach. The way he arrives - being "flashed in" rather than crashing here - makes me think the same exact thing also happened to Jack the first time, considering it's the same spot, and considering he told Kate in Season One he "blacked out" during the crash, and he was the only one to wake up deep into the jungle. Everyone else from his section of the plane was right on the beach. This does fit into a time-loop theory, suggesting perhaps Jack has been to this island multiple times, or that there have been several iterations of similar events as part of the past and the future.

Instead of a bottle of alcohol this time, Jack sees that he is holding a scrap of a torn note with the words "I wish" visible. Hurley is in the lagoon... with a guitar case. Jack dives him, pulls him to shore, where Kate is laying. They both seems amazed that "it worked? We're back?" Though they don't know what happened, or how. Why did Hurley bring the guitar? As homage to Charlie? Except we knew that Charlie had to gate-check his the first time around.

Kate wants to know where the plane is. Sure, the last time she crashed, there was wreckage. But none of them remember crashing (neither did Jack from 815). Where is Sayid? And Sun?

Jin, in his blue Dharma vehicle, finds Hurley, Jack, and Kate! But we have to wait to the next disc to learn their fate.

MID-TO-LATE NOVEMBER, 1988

It would appear that our group has skipped to the time when Danielle Rousseau's ship wrecked (they sailed from Tahiti 11/15/88).

As Juliet becomes the most recent time skipper to suffer a nosebleed, Charlotte notices they have come ashore near the site of a wreckage. Locke sees a canister that says "besixdouze," which is both the name of Danielle's boat and the asteroid (B-612) the title character lives on in The Little Prince.

The French survivors of the Besixdouze crash float in an octagonal rescue raft. They spy a man floating face down on some flotsam. It's Jin! Apparently he was within the radius and has been time skipping around for the last couple days just like our other six.

The French guys are picking up the broadcast of the numbers on their radios. I've heard some folks say it's a different voice than the first time we heard it in Season One, and that it sounds an awful lot like Hurley. I can see what they mean, especially on the numbers 23 and 42. Did Dharma-era Hurley ever go up and record the message?

Danielle meets Jin. She's pregnant. She tells Montand off when he starts questioning Jin accusingly. Jin is REALLY confused when he realizes this girl is Danielle Rousseau.

Jin agrees to help the group find the radio tower, from where he will be able to find his camp (but I didn't think Jin ever went to the tower?). Danielle and Robert are in love, and debate whether their child - due in two months - will be Alexander or Alexandra.

Nadine from their group has gone missing. But Smokey has found her, and he belches her 50 feet into the air! She falls to earth dead. We see it next stalk Montand from behind some bushes, and it seems to move in a manner like a sea serpent. Lots of ticks and winching sounds. Very mechanical, and a scene very much like the one where it dragged Locke into a hole. Same thing happening here - companions holding on to Montand, but they - unlike Jack and Kate - don't have any dynamite. Montand's arm is ripped off - just as Danielle said. Even Jin being there this time didn't prevent that. Score one for "whatever happened happened."

After Montand is dragged down the vent beneath the Temple wall, he calls out for aid. I'm thinking there is no more Montand, though; that that's not really "him" calling out for them to come to him. The whole team but Danielle goes down (and she is only prevented from doing so by Jin (so, did this always happen this way? If Jin hadn't prevented Danielle from going down, would she not have?). After this, we know what happens to Danielle's team - they get "sick." I blame smoke inhalation. Before they come up, Jin flashes out of the scene.

EARLY 1989?

Jin is left standing alone by the corner of the temple. There are heiroglyphs, and the same vent under the wall. And he almost trips on the rotting remains of Montand's arm, so he's clearly moved future-ward (but not too far) instead of into the past. Mounting a hill, he sees a column of black smoke in the distance. Might this be the day the Others take Alex? Jin comes out to a wrecked campsite at the beach, and Danielle's music box playing. Flies buzz around two dead bodies. Jin witnesses the final conversation between Danielle and Robert. "That thing changed you!" she says to him. Funny that she never mentions this to Sayid or the 815ers as the source of the sickness, just calling the Monster it a "Security System," which is what Robert told her it was, to protect the Temple. She lowers her gun... he raises his, but as we know, the firing pin was removed. She shoots Robert. Danielle tries to shoot Jin, too, thinking he is "sick" for the way he disappeared on her that day.

The details seem slightly different to me here than Danielle told the first time around. Did Jin's presence cause those? Did his presence create minor detail variations though the larger end results remained the same? I'm going that route for now - that everything that happened happened on the macro level, but on the micro level sometimes the big events can be brought about despite different minor methods of causation as each wave of time comes washing up.

UNDETERMINED

Jin flashes into a new time period, and in this one, Sawyer's group is right where Jin had just run to in the jungle! Happy times... until Sawyer has to explain to him that Sun is not with them. Daniel explains that Jin's been moving with every flash, just like them.

It's not easy to explain to Jin, but he knows Charlotte can speak Korean. She doesn't want this revealed, but... she has no choice. Tells Jin the plan, but Jin can't figure why Locke would bring Sun back. "She never should have left," of course, is Locke's take. And I'm still asking why not. They didn't break the island by leaving, man.

They then suffer two flashes within 10 seconds of each other... which ultimately kills Charlotte. She speaks Korean to Jin, and tells him never to let Sun come back, because, "This place is death!" Girl, then why'd you spend your whole life trying to find it again? I guess perversely that's what we all do - live our whole lives trying to find something and then die. Charlotte's other pre-death mind-flash musings:

  • "Why can't daddy come with us?"
  • You know what my mom would say about me marrying an American.
  • I know more about ancient Carthage than Hannibal himself.
  • Turn it up - I love Geronimo Jackson!
  • Look for the well. You'll find it at the well (her response to what to do if they land in a time before the Orchid existed)
  • Admits to Daniel she's been here before - she grew up on the island with the DI
  • She moved away with her mom - never saw her dad again
  • She became an anthropologist to find the island again
  • She remembers a DI guy - a crazy scary guy - who told her to leave the island and never come back. If she did, she would die. That was Faraday... and he was warning that little girl against the very thing that is happening to her right now that he sits watching.
  • I'm not allowed to have chocolate before dinner (her last words)

UNDETERMINED 2

Flash makes the Orchid disappear, but close nearby is a large well, just as Charlotte predicted.

Jin makes Locke promise not to bring Sun back. Gives Locke his ring as "proof" Jin is dead in case Sun comes to see him. Of course it functions oppositely in Ben's hands.

They lower Locke down. In the middle of his climb... FLASH ...

UNDETERMINED 3: SOMEWHERE IN THE RATHER DISTANT PAST

When the Flash happens, Locke can see it emanating up from below the well, rather than in the sky. Sawyer grabs the rope... and is left hold a rope going straight into solid earth. The well is gone, so this is sometime in the distant past. And when they turn around... well, we don't actually get to that until the next disc.

Locke fell the rest of the way down the well, breaking his leg (more leg injuries for this guy). He screams to see if anyone can hear him. A figure approaches in the dark and lights a lantern. Christian Shephard.

C: Hello, John.
L: You. What are you doing down here?
C: I'm here to help you the rest of the way.
L: I don't understand.
C: You came to see me in the cabin. You asked me how to save the island and I told you you had to move it. I said that YOU had to move it, John.
L: Ben said that he knew how to do it. He said that I had to stay here and lead his people.
C: And since when did listening to him get you anywhere worth a damn? The good news is that you're here now. You ready to go?
L: I don't know what to do once I get there.
C: There's a woman living in Los Angeles. Once you get all your friends together - and it must be all of them, everyone who left - once you've persuaded them to join you? This woman will tell you exactly how to come back.
L: Who is she?
C: Her name is Eloise Hawking.
L: What if I can only convince some of them to come back?
C: I believe in you, John. You can do this.
L: Richard said I was going to die.
C: Well I suppose that's why they call it sacrifice.
L: Alright, okay, I'm ready.
C: Good. Now, on the other side of this column here, is a wheel that slipped off its axis. All you have to do is give it a little push.
L: Could you help me up?
C: No. Sorry, I can't. (Seems like he'd rather not). Good luck, John. Say hello to my son.
L: Who's your son?

Christian once told Locke he could speak for Jacob, but I'm not convinced that's the case. This character has some bit of disdain going on beneath the surface. I think his body as well as that of Flocke are vehicles for Jacob's Nemesis. Whoever this really is did intend for Locke to turn the wheel, not Ben (Ben - we can gather from his words when he was alone in the wheel chamber - really did think it was the will of Jacob in order to exile him, so we can infer that the one who wanted Locke to turn it was NOT Jacob). The one thing I can't wrap my mind around is Hawking. All roads and all players seem to lead to her. Desmond, Locke, Ben, Widmore, Christian, Richard, Faraday -- all linked, even if known to be on different sides. Is she some kind of Gamemaster? How did she get from regular old island Other of the 50s to this role she now occupies? The other reason I don't trust Christian is his quote about sacrifice above. The only reason Richard told Locke he'd have to die is that Flocke told Richard that in another time period. Christian - unlike guys like Widmore who can't fathom why anyone would have told Locke he's going to need to die - doesn't dispute this at all. In fact he's the one who puts it in Locke's head for good.

NOVEMBER 1, 2004 (Aaron's birthday)

It would appear that when the time skipping folks flashed away from the army tents of the 1954 Others, they landed on a day during the 815ers' stay on the island. We know from the timeline that Aaron was born on November 1, 2004, and this is that day - the day Sawyer watches Kate help Claire birth Aaron from a hidden location.

Charlotte has been out for over 10 minutes with what Daniel describes as "really bad jetlag." Juliet says that wouldn't cause a hemorrhage, dude.

Locke says they have to go back to the Orchid. That's where this started, maybe it'll stop there. He knows (how?) that doing whatever Ben did will result in his leaving the island, and he thinks he knows that all this is happening because the O6 left (I really don't make that connection - those folks could just as easily have died in the freighter explosion or be stuck in time skip hell with you right now. How do they have anything to do with anything?). Regardless, because it's what Richard told Locke (but that may only have been because Locke told Richard?), Locke views his mission as going off-island to convince folks to come back... and having to die. He just doesn't know it's gonna take one to accomplish the other.

That night, they see the light from the Hatch blaze into the sky. Locke knows what was going on there. This is how they find out it's also the night Aaron was born and Boone died. Daniel realizes John knows when they are - but disappointingly doesn't press him for more info (I thought Faraday could calculate a way off the island for them with this knowledge?). Miles' nose starts bleeding, then they hear the birthing sequence. Sawyer sneaks off and sees Kate helping Claire... and is flooded with emotion.

DECEMBER 2004

On Penny's boat, Kate and Jack can't sleep. They discuss what to do with Aaron. Jack didn't know Claire was intending to give him up for adoption in LA. We see Kate has worked out the details, including saying she was 6 months pregnant at the time of the crash, and she gave birth to Aaron 4 weeks ago. Kate is sad about losing Michael, Jin, and Sawyer. Jack says Sawyer isn't dead. Kate knows, "but he's gone."

"If we're gonna be SAFE, if we're gonna protect everyone we left behind..." Jack tells Kate about having to convince everyone to lie. She's with him. She says, strangely, "I have always been with you." And it's crud like this that just has me not liking Kate very much. Were you with Jack when you were with Sawyer in his cage? Were you with Jack when he asked you to stay behind instead of getting captured and used as a hostage by the Others? Sure, you've usually followed his lead, but only when it suited you. If you didn't like what he wanted you to do, you did your own thing. So what's with this line? Even Jack looks confused by it. That being the case, I'm defaulting to how I want to take anything using the term "always" -- time loop. As in, Kate has always been linked with Jack every time this story cycles through history.

DECEMBER 2007

(The date of issue on Locke's Bentham passport is 12/12/07, so it can't be any earlier than that, or later than the week before New Year's, because the Ajira flight takes place while it's still 2007, does it not?)

After turning the wheel, Locke is flashed to the Tunisia exit point, which is being monitored by cameras these days (not just two men on horses like when Ben arrived, indicating this is post-2005). Locke still has his broken leg, just like Ben still had his arm injury. That night, men in a truck arrive to collect Locke. He's transported to a small desert hospital where he sees Matthew Abaddon (dude told Locke they'd meet again someday. But how did he know?).

The doctor sets Locke's broken leg bone quite painfully. When Locke wakes up, Charles Widmore is sitting by his bed. He flew in a specialist to reset the leg properly. Highlights of their discussion:

Widmore says it's nice to see John again. Locke doesn't remember meeting. That's because when they met Widmore was 17 (born 1937, meaning in 2007 he's 70).

The camera in the desert is Widmore's, because - as we suspected - that is the exit point. I've always wondered if it might not also be an entry point, as in perhaps the Nigerian Beechcraft flew over this spot.

Widmore says he feared Ben would trick Locke into leaving, much as with happened with him. He used to be the leader of the Others. Widmore says under his leadership they protected the island peacefully for more than 3 decades (50s, 60s, 70s?) until he was exiled by Ben, just as Locke was. This is the 2nd individual who informs Locke Ben tricked him (Christian also told him this - that HE should have turned the wheel. But doing that would have resulted in Locke leaving the island anyway, so... who's right? Locke says he wasn't exiled - chose to leave. Why would someone do that? Then Widmore realizes it must be to bring back his friends. He tells Locke they've been back nearly 3 years (mid 2007 sometime) and that they are lying about everything (just like Locke told Jack to do).

Widmore admits that he had some philosopher fun by giving John a fake name that in some way related to his original name. He also made him from Canada, and 8 years older than he actually is (1948 birthday).

Widmore gives Locke a phone, and a file of photos of all his friends and where they are now. "I'm deeply invested in the FUTURE of the island, John." This does not look and sound like a man who hired a team of mercenaries to wipe out everyone on the island. But we know he did. Why?

Charles: I wouldn't mention my name to them. No telling what they think of me, having listened to Benjamin's lies.
Locke: How do I know you're not the one who's lying?
Charles: I haven't tried to kill you. Can you say the same for him?
And it occurs to me that I'd like to go back to something I mentioned a couple weeks ago - the connection LOST's producers have admitted to with the computer game Myst. Part of the challenge of Myst is to figure out which of two brothers' stories to buy. One seems crazy, the other cunning - like a liar. In our show, we've seen lies and sanity juxtaposed several times, especially within the construct of faith/believability. MYST SPOILER ALERT - IF YOU'VE NEVER PLAYED BUT INTEND TO, LOOK AWAY -- to beat the game, you must realize that both brothers are lying to you, and the person you can believe, trust, and must set free, is their father. He is the rightful Creator of and resident protector of the island. Have we seen anyone hidden away, imprisoned, needing our help? In fact yes, if we are to believe Locke's vision of Jacob and how he heard him say "Help me!" For now, this is going to be my working assumption - Ben and Widmore are BOTH lying liars and both have a common 'enemy' from which they would like to wrest control of this amazing place.

Widmore tells John the island needs him, and has for a long time. He truly is special. As was Walt (that went nowhere), as is Desmond (that seems to be a dead or loose end). And Locke has some tragic flaw that constantly prevents his specialness from reaching its zenith.

Widmore introduces Abaddon, who will chauffeur and protect Locke. Abaddon gets a wheelchair for John, same as he did the first time they met. Locke intends to fly to Santo Domingo first - for Sayid. The camera pauses on a roadside sign they pass that says "Noire," French for black. A clue to which side Widmore/Abaddon play for? It also has a scorpion on it - a sign of danger.

Jeremy Bentham Visits His 'Friends'

Sayid: Working for a Habitat for Humanity-type organization in the Dominican to purge his evil deeds. Sayid refuses to go back. For two years, he says, Ben was manipulating him into thinking he was protecting everyone. This is very interesting to Locke. So, Sayid asks, who is manipulating you, John? Locke says this comes from him, nobody else, but that's not true. It comes from Christian, and from Widmore. Sayid says if he had never left, he never would have experienced the best 9 months of his life. So again, how can it be said these people were never supposed to have left?

Walt: Before he even sees Locke after getting out of school, he seems to sense he's there. Walt's not surprised to see Locke - about whom he has been having dreams. Locke was on the island wearing a suit (this comes true) and people all around him wanted to hurt him (this comes true). Walt hasn't talked to Michael in three years. Sadly, it appears the last time Michael ever spoke to his son was when he told him he killed Ana and Libby, and betrayed his friends. Walt figured the fact Michael went missing meant he went back to the island. Locke lies to him, too, or tells a half-truth about Michael ("Last I heard, he was on a freighter near the island"). Locke decides not to invite Walt, as "he's been through enough" (convenient excuse). Abaddon points out he's 0-for-2. Ben happens to be in NYC, too, following Locke and Abaddon around, and leering menacingly.

Hurley: Hugo is doing more watercolors - this time of the Sphinx! When Locke wheels up, he assume Locke must be dead, as he's just used to seeing dead island mates. Rather funny that Hurley would be very calm about seeing a ghost, but upon learning he's talking to a living person, he jumps back. When Hugo learns that Abaddon is with Locke, he's very disturbed, calling him "evil," and telling Locke the story of Abaddon coming to see him and pretending to be an Oceanic rep, offering to move him to a different facility. I wonder where Hurley would have ended up had he agreed, or what Abaddon/Widmore really would have done with him there?

Kate: I hate Kate in this scene. She's downright mean to Locke. She's already been bugging me for a lot of reasons, and this just tears it. "The answer is no." And then she twists the "you've never been in love or loved anybody" knife into his side for no good reason. Locke says that's not true, though he's a bit stunned. But she keeps punching even after John mentions Helen, and how it didn't work out because he was angry and obsessed. "Look how far you've come," says Kate. I wish Locke would wheel his chair over her toes.

Helen: Locke asked Abaddon to look up Helen Norwood. Abaddon said he couldn't find her, a lie, but Locke insists. But she's dead. Or, at least there's a grave, and an explanation of what happened to her: brain aneurysm on April 8, 2006. Locke says they could have been together. Abaddon says maybe, but she'd still be gone, she's where she's "supposed to be." Is this another clue to Abaddon being "death / destruction / the angel of death"? If his job is to get people where they're "supposed to be," and if Helen is where she's "supposed to be," is this a not-so-subtle hint that Death is where we're all headed, and Abaddon helps us get there?

Jack: Locke ends up in St. Sebastian's hospital after a car accident he got in fleeing from Abaddon's killer. When he wakes up, Jack - who has started growing his beard (so this is in his post-Kate, seeing-Christian's-ghost, drug period) - is staring at him. Jack doesn't want to hear the fate argument, doesn't want to hear that Locke is special. "Maybe you're just a lonely old man who crashed on an island, and that's it." But then Locke pulls out the "Your father says hello" guns.

Ben: Locke, depairing, writes his suicide note to Jack in his room at the Westerfield Hotel (too bad Locke's alias wasn't named Theodore Bentham instead, because "Westerfield Hotel" anagrams nicely into "Where Ted Lost Life." Oh well). Ben talks him out of it, cops to killing Abaddon, and tries to make the case it was only a matter of time before Abaddon killed Locke (what?! why?). Tells John he can't do this because he has no idea how important he is (question: can Locke's body only be used if he died naturally or was murdered? Does suicide somehow make him unfit, perhaps?). Ben tells John that Jack has booked a ticket that night - LA to Sydney and back. This gives Locke just enough hope. But it creates a timeline problem for me. If Locke visits the O6 in very late 07, and Jack is only now going to start flying and growing his beard out, but Locke dies tonight such that Jack sees his obit a few days later, how does that all fit together? Once Ben learns that Jin is alive and Locke has his ring, and that they next step is to find Eloise Hawking in LA, he has what he needs and he strangles Locke, and strings him back up as a suicide. Sigh...

Sun: Locke kept his promise to Jin not to visit Sun.

Abaddon describes himself as someone who "helps people get to where they need to get to" - just like he did with Locke by convincing him to go on the Walkabout, the one that put him on 815. So if Widmore was the one who wanted Locke on the plane that crashed on the island, can it be assumed he's telling the truth at least about how long the island has wanted John to come there?

One thing Ben and Widmore have in common is wanting Locke and all his friends to get back to the island. But for some reason, Ben gets to go on the Ajira flight. Why not Charles? And which one is Hawking more loyal to?

Locke lies to several of the people he visits one way or another. Has he become Ben, just without the ability to convince people to act? This Locke was pretty much the same old Locke we always knew and sometimes loved (sometimes not so much), who was crippled by poor communication and a lifetime of so many issues and uncertainties. Which is why it's so obvious to me now that the Flocke guy walking around on Hyrda Island, standing on the beach like Jesus after his resurrection, is not Locke at all, but Jacob's nemesis.

Hurley mentions to Locke that Kate has Aaron. And we have to ask, since they've driven it into our skulls so much that "EVERYONE who left must come back," such that Locke would even go to visit Walt, why does this not apply to Aaron? It's not even broached that it should!

2007 - OCEANIC SIX & CO.

Kate borrows a black dress from Sun, leaving Aaron with her, to visit the lawfirm of the men who threatened her. As she leaves, Sun gets a package containing a file on Ben, black and white photos of Ben (with Jack), and a box of chocolates, under which is a gun.

Norton says his client won't divulge anything, but wants to handle the 'exchange of custody' quietly. We're supposed to wonder if maybe this is Claire's mom getting involved? We can safely assume that "Mr. Norton" may be another off-island Other with a legit real-world job, ala Jill the Butcher.

Jack gets in trouble for treating Sayid while under suspension. While he's getting chewed out, Hurley calls from jail to say he's safe, that Ben won't get him, tell Sayid I did what he said.

While Jack's out of the room, a nurse comes in with "meds" for Sayid, who suspects something. Guy tries to put two darts in him, but Sayid was already off the bed. Somebody wants to capture him alive very badly. Sayid finds the address "42 Panorama Crest" in the assailant's pocket. It's Kate's address. Just more machinations by Ben. If he succeeds in tranquing Sayid, great. If not, get him to that address.

For Ben's purposes, it's REALLY convenient that Sun happens to be in LA right now (to kill him). It's the first time I've ever let myself wonder if he and Widmore ALSO share a common purpose (to get the O6 back there - and maybe Widmore assisted in that with talking to Sun before she left for LA? Widmore does tell Locke he'll do whatever he can to help Locke get all his friends together).

Kate, staking out Norton, is suprised to see Jack clean shaven and sober. They tail Norton to a hotel. Kate assumes this is the client meeting Norton told her about, so when it ends up that he's meeting with Carole Littleton, she can only assume one thing. Really though, Norton is just there with Carole as part of a suit against Oceanic.

The carpet van in which Ben and Sayid are driving Locke's body around is for a company called "Canton-Rainier" (anagram of "Reincarnation") which foreshadows that we can be pretty certain to see Locke up and walking again, even though that's not technically reincarnation. Nor do I think we see a resurrection - though I always hoped that was the case. I think it's more of a reanimation.

The van pulls into a garage to meet up with Mr. Norton -- now we know who his client is that's harrassing Kate. Ben spurred her into action. Norton has also secured Hugo's release from jail the next day, as the medical examiner determined the man outside Santa Rosa was shot before Hurley escaped.

At the Marina, when Kate sees Ben, she's freaked. When Jack says Ben's with him, she's more freaked. She deduces quickly that Ben pulled this "take Aaron" stunt. Now... Ben has already gotten Kate here. It would seem unnecessary and counterproductive for him to continue to goad her. But he does with, "Because he's not your son, Kate." Was Alex your daughter, Ben? Come on. That Ben doesn't need to say this when he DOES need Kate to get on the plane has me thinking he might know something is up with Aaron, might know there's a reason Aaron needs to go live with someone else, a reason he can't come to the island (even though by all we've been told, it would be logical to assume he should have to come).

Sun is at the Marina too, with Aaron in the back seat. She's got her gun, ready to kill Ben for his role in Jin's death... even as we've just learned that Jin is alive. And here's another thing that has always made me go Hmmmm: Sun gets a phone call from her mother - Ji Yeon wants to say hello. It's Sun's last conversation with her daughter (no, she doesn't know this - but she DOES intend to murder someone upon hanging up), and she spends her conversation saying, "I met a new friend for you in America - his name is Aaron"? It seems out of place. You've got one kid in your back seat, another on the phone, a gun in your hand... and the thing you take time to do is tell these children about each other. Does this somehow link them? Will they grow up to be the next generation of island battlers and searchers? It also bugs me that Jin was always so adamant that Sun take care of that baby, and now the last thing he would ever want is for her to abandon the child to come find him... but that's exactly what she does, even though she has to suspect she may never be returning. A bit unsettling.

"I didn't kill your husband, Sun. Neither did anyone else. Because he's NOT dead." -- Ben. Lucky for Ben he was told by Locke just before he killed him that Jin was alive, and hey, he'd even given him this ring to pass along... but the ring was SUPPOSED to be a sign to Sun that Jin was dead, because his wish is that she STAY WITH THEIR KID and NEVER COME BACK. Another misread sign due to perspective or manipulation.

Ben's plan is hitting some snags. Kate flips out when she finds out this is about going back to the island. Sayid says if he sees Jack or Ben again, it'll be extremely unpleasant. Sun's got him hostage, and the clock is ticking.

The van pulls up to the church. Ben, Jack, and Sun arrive the same time as Desmond. Ben reaches in his pocket, pulls out Jin's ring. He didn't need to drive anywhere for it. He just wanted them to come with him. When Ben says he got the ring from Locke, Jack calls him on it - you said John never came to see you. "That's true, Jack - I went to see him." Jack's look says he's so tired of dealing with this man and his little games, but let's just get it over with.

Des: What are you doing here?
Ben: I assume the same thing you are.
Des: You're looking for Faraday's mother too?
Ben suddenly has a realization. Doesn't seem like he's made this connection before. Walks inside anyway. So we know that Hawking is connected to Widmore, but now is working with Ben? That may be scratching him right now as well...

Hawking says they can get started, despite not having everyone. Jack, Sun, Ben, and Desmond follow her downstairs to The Lamp Post dharma station... below a church... in Los Angeles. Just how deep does the rabbit hole go? Some discrepancy regarding whether or not Ben knew about this lab, which Hawking says is how Dharma found the island in the first place.

On the wall of the station, Jack sees a U.S. Army "Eyes-Only" photo of the island dated 9/23/54, as in exactly 50 years prior to the crash of 815.

History Lesson: The room the Lamp Post stands on was constructed over a unique pocket of electromagnetic energy, which connects to other such pockets the world over (knowing that these are "special" places - and that Ayers Rock in Australia is probably another one - it might make sense that people have built churches on the spots, or associated them as holy places of healing, or why the island is regarded as so sacred and includes a temple). The DI folks were only interested in one such energy pocket - the one found on the island, which for some reason moves. A "very clever fellow" (Faraday? Who?) postulated that to find this island you needed to look not for where it was supposed to be, but where it was going to be. The pendulum in the lamp post was designed for that task. The movements seem random, but the brilliant man devised a series of equations that can predict where the island will be at a certain point in TIME. These are "event windows" and they don't stay open for long. They have 36 hours before their closes.

Desmond's not happy. He delivers his message from Faraday, which his mum seems to not need, as "I AM helping, dear." She also informs Desmond the island isn't finished with him yet. Really? He show up much the rest of Season Five. Hopefully we'll see him in Season Six and learn how the island still requires him?

His parting advice to Jack: "Whatever she tells you to do, ignore it." Very similar to the advice about Ben Sayid gave to Hurley.

His parting shot to Hawking: "You say the island's not done with me? Well I'm done with the island." The look on her face screams, "You poor man, you still don't get it. You still think it's up to you."

Hawking closes by telling them to get on Ajira 316 from LA to Guam. It must be that flight, that day, and as many of them as possible must be on it. The circumstances must be recreated as closely as possible. She has some special words for Jack. Ben and Sun "heard what they needed to hear" (the hearing motif again). She hands Jack the suicide note Locke wrote (Jack didn't know it was a suicide; we know it wasn't as well), and informs him Locke is going to be a proxy for the dead body that was aboard 815. It'd even be swell if Jack would put something of his father's on the man.

When Jack comes out, Ben's in the church, assuming a posture of prayer but with his eyes open. He goes to a piece of art and explains the Doubting Thomas story to Jack. Of course, this whole time he's fixing to follow Desmond to his boat and kill Widmore's daughter ("I made a promise to an old friend of mine - just a loose end that needs tying up), but hey, all in a day's work.

Jack gets a call that his grandfather, Ray, has tried to leave his assisted living facility (where there's a magic show featuring a white rabbbit going on when Jack arrives). The call also comes in just when Jack was wondering how he would find something of his father's to put in a coffin with Locke. Helping Ray unpack, he discovers a pair of his father's shoes... how's that for pulling a rabbit out of the hat.

Weirdness Scene Alert - Jack comes home late to find Kate in his bed. She's crying, and acting strange, and... tells him she's going to the island with him, but he can not ask questions, especially about Aaron, ever again. Then she totally jumps him. But the next morning, it's clear she doesn't love him. (I've always wondered - on 815 there was a pregnant woman. Is there on 316 as well? Is this why Kate jumped Jack so ferociously? Has she conceived?).

Jack tells Kate the story of the cheap white tennis shoes (remember how one could be seen in a tree on the day of the 815 crash as Jack made his way to the beach?) he buried his father in. (Note: some folks think this is the "clue we missed" in the first few minutes of the Pilot episode which the Producers have spoken of at times)

Jack calls Ben from a payphone at the Marina, bloodied and beaten. Apparently his assassination attempt didn't go so well. He needs Jack to pick up Locke at Simon's Butcher Shop. Jack does so, puts the shoes on Locke, and puts the suicide note into the casket with him. "I've already heard everything I need to hear you say."

As Jack is at the ticket counter, he meets Cesar, and sees Kate. Sun is behind him at security, where they see Sayid - in cuffs - led by Ilana. Hurley's the first to the gate, reading another Spanish comic book ("Y, the Last Man"). Hurley won't let any standy-bys on board, having bought all 78 open seats. It's quite a thoughtful gesture, really. Ben runs for the flight at the last minute - like Hurley did for 815.

Hurley is not happy to see Ben board the plane. Jack tries to calm him. Says it's got to be this way (why, again?).

Hurley: Nobody told me he was gonna be here.
Ben [knowingly]: Who told you to be here, Hugo?

Flight attendant gives Jack his letter from Locke again. They found it unopened while securing the casket.

Jack is becoming a believer, Kate not so much. He finds fate in Hurley and Sayid being there, and all of them being on the same flight (not so long ago, he argued with Locke in St. Sebastian's from the other side of the table in the fate/probability debate). She finds coincidence, and says just because they're on the same flight doesn't mean they're "together." She's being awfully cold for a woman who just lustily attacked this man 12 hours ago. But Kate might just start getting a little closer to belief when the captain addresses the plane... and it's LAPIDUS. Jack goes to request a word with the pilot. When Frank sees who else is on board his plane, he delivers one of my favorite lines + facial expressions in the whole series: "We're not going to Guam, are we?"

"Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL." After Jack reads Locke's suicide note, the plane starts shaking, and there's a flash just like the time-skip flashes we've seen on the island.

LATE 2007?

It would appear that our group has skipped to a time when the beach camp is there but in ruins, and shortly after the Ajira 316 crash occurred. Locke even finds Vincent's old leash there - a good sign he survived the flaming arrow attack.

Whatever time we flash to, Locke and Sawyer quiz each other on how they both respectively knew "when" they were during the 11/1/04 flash.

Daniel has a theory that the temporal sickness has to do with "duration of exposure." Miles, though, doesn't think he's ever been there before, thinks the 815ers were here much longer than him. "Are you sure about that?" asks Daniel.

The Zodiac is gone. Who took it? There are two outriggers there, one with an Ajira airlines bottle in it. Locke, Juliet, Sawyer, Miles, Charlotte and Daniel take one of them to paddle around the island toward the Orchid. The second canoe has given chase, and starts firing at them. Who could it be that would start shooting without knowing who they are shooting at? Juliet says it's not the Others, asks Miles if it's his people, which it can't be either. 316ers most likely. My theory is Bram and Ilana's crew.

Cesar has found the Hyrda Island office that used to be Ben's, the one where Juliet was questioned by the Sheriff of the Others. Clearly Ajira 316 has crashed on that island, and he's exploring it. He finds some old copies of LIFE magazine, some maps of the island, and something that looks like copies of Faraday's notes. Under a desk he finds a gun, which he takes. Ilana comes in - they know each other - asks if he's found anything. She and Roxanne came across a man, in a suit, standing in the water. The man was not on the plane, and he wasn't "one of the ones who just disappeared."

The first time we ever see reanimated Locke (I'll be calling him "Flocke," as most LOST blogs do, for "fake Locke"), he is wearing a black hooded cloak by the 316 survivor campfire. Where'd he get that cloak? Does is associate him with the Man in Black?

First Things Noticed about Flocke

  • He remembers many things - like being killed - but doesn't remember being on the plane
  • He contemplates how to get to the big island
  • He seems somewhat interested in "the pilot" (much like Smokey was interested in the 815 pilot)
  • He asks for a passenger list (Ilana says Cesar has it - is Cesar the Sawyer of this group?)
  • He bites into a mango like he's never tasted fruit before, or hasn't in a long time
  • He doesn't remember why he's dressed up, but he can guess why that might be
  • He's different from old Locke - more confident, less herky-jerky

All of these things could be explained one of two ways: Either this is Resurrected Locke, returned from the grave ala Christ victorious, an overcomer, with a clear mission. Or it's another entity inhabiting Locke's body, one that is confident, direct, and with a clear mission... and which has access to all of Locke's memories outside of the time Locke was not generating any, i.e. while he was dead.

Flocke visits Cesar in the Hyrda office, explains about Dharma and that he "knows a lot" and that he's spent "more than 100 days" on this island (like, maybe, WAY WAY more?). But the timing of when he left and how he got back would just confuse Cesar. Cesar said the pilot absconded with the manifest, but everyone's accounted for. Survivors, the ones who went missing... and "the people who got hurt." Leads Flocke to their makeshift infirmary, where Ben lies sleeping.

  • Appearances of the Numbers: 4/8 of '06 is the day Helen died, according to her tombstone; 23 is the number Locke can dial on his phone to reach Widmore; 4 days of actual time for Locke between his two introductions to Widmore; 15 is the gate Ajira 316 is leaving from; 8 months Lapidus has been flying for Ajira; 8 is Jack's row on Ajira; 4 times Ray has tried to leave his home; 42 Panorama Crest is the address of the people who want Sayid; Slip 23 at the Long Beach Marina is the rondevous point; 23 Sept. 1954 is the date on the photo in the Lamp Post; 4 years of his life Hawking cost Desmond; 316 is the Ajira flight number; I think I may have said it last time, but I'm confused at how and why the numbers continue to pop up so often as parts of the story. What did we miss? Why are they still so significant post-815, post-turning off the transmission from the radio tower, etc.?
  • Deaths: Did Juliet hit one of the people from the canoe who was firing on her group? Looks like she did; Nadine, by Smoke Monster; Robert, shot by Danielle; at least 2 other French crewmembers, too; Charlotte, from time travel sickness; Abaddon, shot by Ben.

Themes Established or Revisited

  1. "Safe." We continue from the last disc into seeing this used in odd or unusual ways:

    Jack - "If we're gonna be safe... I'm going to have to convince everyone to lie."

    Hurley - "I'm totally safe, Ben's never gonna get me now."

    Ben - "You have friends in trouble. Let's get them to safety and save the dirty linen for later."

    2004 Kate - "Do you want this baby? Do you want it to be safe and healthy?"

    Sayid - "I had to make sure Hurley was safe."

    Ben - "I have a man watching Sayid. I'm watching all of them, keeping them safe." (to Locke. So both Ben and Widmore are following everyone who left the island)

    Jack: What matters is that we get you and Aaron someplace safe.

    Kate: Safe from who?

    Indeed, safe from who? There's no real danger - Ben has just spooked or sparked you all into action. And yet this "safe" notion keeps coming up...

    FINALLY, on come the brakes. Ben's had it. He screeches the van to a stop and chides Jack and Sun: "If you had any idea what I've had to do to keep you safe, to keep your friends safe, you'd never stop thanking me!"

    So at the end of this weird "safe" trail, does it become clear that, maybe, everyone Sayid was killing is someone who meant harm to the O6? That Widmore had people trying to kill them, or harm them, or expose them? Or is this just still Ben trying to get back to the island for his own aims, something he can't accomplish without them? I think not, given how concerned Mrs. Hawking is, and how she has worked with Ben.
  2. Time.

    "And Jack? Hurry. We're running out of time." -- Ben.

    "We're running out of time, Dan." -- Juliet.

    Time Paradox - Sawyer asks Locke why he wanted to avoid seeing himself at the hatch when it would seem he could tell himself to do things different, "save yourself a world of pain." Locke's answer is wise - he needed that pain to get to where he is now. If only we could all so easily embrace that concept. What Sawyer doesn't realize is that life IS pain, so saving oneself from one world of pain only puts one into another. To stop running from pain is to eventually grow.

    When Sawyer confides in Juliet that he saw Kate delivering Aaron, she says, "that was 2 months ago." In terms of days lived to them, that's right, which would put them right around very early January 2005 if they could get back to their real time period. It's so frustrating to Sawyer that all he can say is, "Time travel's a b--ch."

    "Because it's our destiny. How many TIMES are you gonna say that to me, John?" -- Jack. What, does it sound a little like, I dunno... a broken record, Jack? Seem like you've heard it before?
  3. Trust.

    Widmore: You still don't trust me.
    Locke: You sent a team of killers and a boatload of C-4 to the island. That doesn't scream trust.
    Widmore: I needed Linus removed, so it could be your TIME.

    "I know how it sounds, Sayid, but you have to trust me." -- Locke

    "You should not be trusting that guy!" -- Hurley, to Locke, about Abaddon.
  4. Egypt. Hurley does a watercolor of the Sphinx outside Santa Rosa. Why? We've seen other Egyptian themes before - heiroglyphs, the Exodus, etc. - and more will be slowly introduced (Taweret statue). What is the significance of Egypt to the overall story?
  5. Free will / determinism. Abaddon explains that Helen's path led to the grave in 2006, while Locke, no matter what he did or does, his path leads back to the island (true. Even in dying it does). They go on to debate whether it will be Locke's choice or destiny to die to get back to the island. Their discussion also allows for small changes, choices, along the path that can make things temporarily different, but in the end the destinations are the same. Sayid, for example, can choose to escape the island and get 9 months with Nadia, but ultimately he's still without her and still ends up back there.

The Game

Jack: You need to relax, Ben is on our side.
Sayid: The only side he's on is his own.
Can both statements be true? Jack's right at the moment, Sayid's right in perpetuity.

"These people, they are just using us. They're playing some kind of game and we are just the pieces!" -- Desmond, to Jack, before storming out of the Lamp Post.

"There's a war coming, John. And if you're not back on the island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win." -- Widmore, to Locke.

"Real good." This concept is defined by Sayid as working for a home-building organization in an underdeveloped place. Considering how important the concept of people needing to know where "home" is has been on this show, he may be right.

"You may want to step up your game, Mr. Locke, or we're all in serious trouble." -- Abaddon, after Locke gets off to an 0-for-3 start.

Black-and-white: The Searcher's white light on the black water; Kate and Sun both in black dresses; bright white street paint on black tarred streets; Jack flashes a white light into Sayid's dark eyes; "Noire" sign with the black scorpion on the way to the Tunisian airport; black and white goats being herded across the road.

Religious References

Locke tells the story that he's told once before - how he though the light from the hatch that night was some kind of answer, a sign. Now, though, he says he knows it was "just a light." Thing is, it could be both. One thing then, another thing now. Not mutually exclusive.

Locke cries out "God!" as he limps through the underground chamber toward the wheel, with Christian right over his shoulder.

"316" is an obvious reference to John 3:16, perhaps the most well-known verse of the Bible. Potentially relevant elements of it: God, Son, love, world, giving, sacrifice, believe/faith, not perish, life...

"Stop saying how ridiculous it is, and start asking yourself whether or not you believe it's going to work. That's why it's called a leap of faith, Jack." -- Hawking.

Ben doesn't answer Jack's question about "Who is Hawking, and why is she helping us?" Instead he says, "Thomas the Apostle," and he launches into how unfairly we catalogue this Apostle for his more famous doubting, when he was the one - before Jesus went into Judea - who declared, "Let us go too so we might die with him." Bravery, says Ben, not doubt, is what this man was about. "He refused to acknowledge the resurrection - he just couldn't wrap his mind around it."

Ben: He needed to touch Jesus' wounds to be convinced.
Jack: So was he?
Ben: Of course he was. We're all convinced sooner or later, Jack?
But convinced of what? Truth? Uncertainty? Both? That inexplicable things happen? That those things mean something? Of a higher purpose directing our lives and those of everyone?
...and off goes Ben after this inspiring sermon to murder someone...

Jack's grandfather expresses a concept of Hell when he says it doesn't matter where they go - "anywhere I go is somewhere better than here." I've heard the expression of there being Joy in the Journey - and that is the theology Ray presents to us. Being on the move, going, seeing, doing is heaven. Being cooped up and waiting for an end that won't come is hell.

Did you catch how Santo Domingo, Santa Rosa, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles (the places where Locke visits 06 peeps) all have Saint/Angel names?

The crossbeams of Locke's hotel room ceiling form a very obvious cross... one on which he is about to die.

Mysteries or Questions Since Solved

  • How did Hurley know to get on Ajira 316? Jack asks, and he deflects with "all that matters is that I'm here, right?"
  • Is Ben really as surprised as he appears to be to see Locke's body up and moving around on the island?

Mysteries or Questions Still Needing Answers

  • Who took the Zodiac boat?
  • Who shoots at our time skippers from an outrigger? Why do they shoot?
  • The transmission of the numbers circa 1988 sounds a lot like Hurley's voice. Is it? When would he have recorded them, and why?
  • Why did Sun crash with Ajira 316 in 2007, and not get flashed out into 1977 like Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Sayid?
  • Could that possibly be Hurley's voice reciting the Numbers transmission picked up by the French team in 1988?
  • What is 'the war,' and why does Widmore say it is coming? Has it not already been going on?
  • What is Ben's real motivation in killing Locke? Why prevent the suicide (to get information, okay) only to then commit the murder?
  • Why does Ben get to go on the Ajira flight?

Add to the LOST Library:

  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Involves a plane crash in the Saharan Desert, and an inhabitable asteroid B-612 (in French, this is "Besixdouze" - the name of Rousseau's boat). Contains noted quotes such as, ("It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.") Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed" and "It is the time you have spent with your rose that makes your rose so important."
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce. Based on the story of the Odyssey, a story which LOST has also mimicked in part of it's story line (Desmond the troubled sailor on many adventures and his long-suffering Penelope back home). Interesting that Ben would read it immediately after failing to kill one of these characters. Is he perhaps brushing up? Joyce once said of his book that he had "put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant."

Excellent Lines

Humorous

"Who came in these, other Others?" -- Sawyer

Sawyer [as a flash comes while his canoe is being shot at]: Thank you, Lord!
Sawyer [as they are instantly flashed into a massive storm]: I take that back!

"First a boat, now a helicopter. Next thing you know he'll be talking about a submarine." -- Montand. Dude, they sure did a fine job painting you as a punk quickly so we won't mind seeing your arm get ripped off.

Sawyer: You heard the man! Translate!
Miles: Uh, he's Korean. I'm from Encino.

Sun: You said we'd be there in 30 minutes.
Ben: I didn't account for traffic.
Now, why is this silly line here? Couldn't they have just had Ben get there within 30 minutes? Sure, but it's probably a joke by the production team, having their own little fun with shows like 24, in which Jack Bauer can somehow get all the way from one side of LA to another in 10 minutes even in rush hour.

Juliet: Thank God! What are the odds that we would end up in the same time as this thing?
FLASH - Orchid's gone
Sawyer: You just had to say something.

More Meaningful (and double-meaningful)

"After everyone we've lost... I can't lose him too." -- Kate, to Jack, about why she wants to keep Aaron.

"It is time to prepare yourself, Ms. Austen... you are going to lose the boy." -- Mr. Norton.

Locke: Don't you want 'em to come back, James? Don't you want her to come back?
Sawyer [thinking]: Doesn't matter what I want.
Soon enough, Sawyer is going to wish his friends had never come back.

"It just happens to be a coincidence that her lawyer is the same one who is trying to take my son?" -- Kate. Fair question. But as Jack said, Carole doesn't even know about Aaron.

"I'll be on a plane tomorrow." -- Sun, to her mother in Seoul. She's right, but she doesn't realize yet that plane's not going to Korea.

"As far as bringing back the people who left to stop these temporal shifts? That's where we leave science behind." -- Daniel. THANK YOU. This is a dead end story line. One has nothing to do with the other.

"Wherever you are, John, you must be laughing your a-- off that I'm even doing this. Because this is even crazier than you were." -- Jack, to dead Locke, as he puts his father's shoes on him. Locke was right that Jack just didn't know yet that he believes in miracles.

"I'm sorry you LOST your friend." -- Cesar, in line for the Ajira flight, to Jack. I suppose this helps recreate the people at the Sydney counter who heard Jack making casket/burial arrangements as well.

Jack: Did you know that Locke killed himself?
Ben: No. No I didn't. (True!)

Characterization

"I can fix this, Kate, I can fix this," says Jack, wanting to go talk to Carole, who he thinks wants to take Aaron from Kate. He's still trying to do this. He always will - it's part of his personality. But sometimes he has to realize this drive is not going to work, sometimes it's going to make things worse, because he may be fixing something that doesn't need fixing.

It hurt Sawyer badly to be close enough to touch Kate, even to know that if he wanted to, he could have stood up and talked to her. But "what's done is done," he says, sounding very much like Faraday, although he sounds like he's trying to convince himself more than anyone.

Ben is still Ben. When Jack asks if he knew about the Lamp Post, he says no. But Hawking tells Jack Ben's "probably" lying. And when Jack asks what's going to happent to the other people on the flight, Ben says, "Who cares?" And as nasty as that sentiment is, I have to admit, I don't care either - I just want to get on with the story.

When Ben says - to no one there - that "I'll miss you, John. I really will," we can probably believe him.

Opening & Closing

5.4 Open - A boat, at night, the white searchlight on the black water. It's late 2004, it's The Searcher, and Jack is talking with Kate.
5.5 Open - Black Hole Sun in her car at the Marina, intending to shoot Ben, gets a phone call.
5.6 Open - Almost identical to the very first image of the Pilot episode - Jack's single eye opens (this time it's his left, migth have been his right last time), he's on his back in the jungle, looking up at waving bamboo.
5.7 Open - Dark. An uknown figure is looking through dingy windows into an office that looks as if unused for quite some time.

5.4 Close - "Hello, Jin. I'm Danielle. Danielle Rousseau." Close-up on Jin's really befuddled face.
5.5 Close - "I suppose it'll have to do for now. Alright - let's get started." Close-up on Mrs. Hawking grinning and looking creepy.
5.6 Close - Blue Dharma van pulls up to the lagoon. The driver pulls a gun on Hurley, Kate, and Jack, who recognize him. "Jin?!" Jin can't decide whether to look stunned or smile.
5.7 Close - Flocke stares down an an injured sleeping Ben. When Cesar asks if he knows him, "Yeah, he's the man who killed me."

Probably Unimportant, But I've Always Wondered...

Much is made by some LOST bloggers of the line where Jack asks Ben, "How can you read?" (by which he means, "at a time like this."). Ben responds: "My mother taught me." Some people find this cryptic, as Ben's mother died when he was a kid. All this is though, I really believe, is Ben cracking back at Jack with a joke, a play on the word "how." He's just being obnoxious. He also adds that, "I can read because it beats what you're doing - waiting for something to happen."

Sayid speaks Spanish to a co-worker in the Dominican. The subtitles do not show what he says, but I can make out the final two words: "otra vida" which mean "other life." Why would these words be here? They're so similar to Jack and Desmond's, "See you in another life" phrase. Just then Locke shows up, and they are indeed seeing each other in another life.

Locke never introduces himself to Walt as Jeremy Bentham. But when Walt visited Hurley, he told him that Bentham had been to see him. Where'd Walt get that name? Is this an error, or did Locke visit Walt a second time (doubtful). Also, is this really and officially the end of the once-promising Walt storyline? If so, it's one of my few but greatest disappointments with LOST.