A man of faith and a man of being resigned to circumstance? Sacrifice? Lifetime or after-lifetime? Absurdity vs. Reason? And don't forget that Abraham and Isaac are the grandfather and father of... Jacob. With every literary reference, we get another step closer to knowing what the show is all about: the human condition, the attempts to explain it, the ways a plane crash story can illustrate it, and the possibility of where the Truth can be found.

We finally see the Temple. It's pyramidic, but surprisingly not in an Egyptian way at all. It looks more like a Mayan temple built into a Chinese garden. All the cultures and languages and historical time periods represented on the island are either really confusing... or really evident of a conglomeration of all humanity and time.

Why, in Season Five, did LOST go to the trouble of telling us that Latin is the language of both the enlightened and the Others... only to have the Temple Others not use it?

Cindy is at the Temple, as are Zach and Emma - the kids who were kidnapped from the tail section. We'd long known there was a group of Others living at the temple. Cindy makes one comment that caught my ears. She identifies these people as 815ers: "They were on the first plane, with me." The FIRST plane? Seems like word of the Ajira crash on Hydra Island (just a day or two ago in real time) has reached the Temple.

Hurley keeps his friends from being killed by invoking the name of Jacob. And we finally find out what's in the guitar case. A giant ankh. We've seen these Egyptian fertility symbols before. Amy - the Dharma woman who married Horace and birthed Ethan - kept one that used to belong to her ex-husband. The statue of Taweret used to carry one in each hand. So who else thought when we saw this that it somehow meant female fertility was being restored to the island! Only to have Bruce Lee go all karate on it just to discover it was the world's most unnecessarily-elaborate ENVELOPE. He pulls out a secret message saying, as far as we're privy to, that if Sayid dies they're all in a lot of trouble. Okay, so did Sayid die? Or does it not count since he rises again? What's your take?

Once Sayid has "died," Hurley tells him he's there if he ever wants to talk (love it), while Miles has a reaction I can't quite place. Either he's confused because he's not getting any readings from Sayid's body (is this because Sayid's not "all dead," just "mostly dead?" Where's Miracle Max when you need him? And speaking of Billy Crystal movies, I couldn't help thinking of Forget Paris with the lost-coffin plot)... or else he IS getting some feedback from Dead Sayid and he's mega-confused about what it means, as in he's never seen anything like this before.

The pool isn't clear. This must have just happened, as the Others comment upon it. The apparent and most obvious cause is Jacob's death. This is why I believe later when Hurley tells the Priest that "Jacob's dead," they don't even question it, they don't raise their eyebrows, they don't berate him for speaking blasphemy. No, they take it as truth immediately. The discolored pool was just the first clue.

Every religious building I've been in with a pool has involved the ritual of baptism, in which a person is laid on their back, dunked under briefly, and raised again to symbolic new life. In the Others' pool, however, a person still-living-but-near death is placed in face-down, held under for a predetermined amount of time (the hourglass), and brought up, apparently dead. When they inform everyone that Sayid "is dead," it was my take that this is expected, this is what's supposed to happen. Then we leave him for a little while to let whatever it is the pool does take effect. But as we know from Ben, the person who is saved is also somehow changed, and the implication thus far in the series is that this change is not necessarily for the better. Here again they warn us that there could be "risks," but do we wish to proceed anyway?