If there was one really cool thing about this episode, it was seeing Claire alive on the island again, looking and acting just like Rousseau: setting traps, saving a Lostie from Others with a shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitude, looking all dirty and crazy. Does she recognize Jin there at the end? All we really know about her is that the Others know she is Jack's sister, and believe she's "sick." But most of the Claire story centered around what happened to her after Kate commandeered her taxi...

 

One difference in new-815 Kate is that she's a lot less evasive and more upfront than she once was. She tells both the auto shop guy and Claire things about her run that she previously would have avoided or lied about, such as being "wanted for murder," and "would you believe me if I said I was innocent?" This Kate also doesn't play Patsy Cline as she drives around LA in her taxi. She doesn't play any music at all. She does seem to know, though, that it's not going to go well for Claire at this house they're headed to. And it doesn't take a genius to know that a couple expecting to adopt would have been at the airport with bells on if all was well.

 

I did feel like Kate and Claire were being just a tad insensitive to the woman whose husband had just left her, even if they were in the right that a simple phone call to Australia would have been in order. The stress of this situation forces Claire into labor, which is how we get treated to Kate helping keep Aaron from being born, as opposed to the time she helped birth Aaron.

 

Claire names Aaron while he's still in utero. In the original timeline, on the beach, this would have been around the time she felt the baby kick, and referred to him as a "he." That time, this was her only insight into the baby - that he was male. This time around, she knows his name, something she didn't give him until after he was born originally. "I don't know why I said it. It's like I knew it or something," she tells Kate, in what marks another example of brief recognition since 815 has landed. When Claire screams out, "Is Aaron okay?" another look of recognition and déjà vu crosses Kate's face. Ethan… Aaron… Claire - where has she seen this before? She had the same look on her face in the taxi during her getaway when she saw Jack talking on his cell phone…

 

Ethan, as I and others have long been asking about, is finally using the surname Goodspeed. And he's a friendly, competent OB-GYN. My take is that Ethan and his mother Amy, in this timeline, were evacuated pre-Incident in 1977. Away from the island, he never joined the Others, and therefore never took the last name of Rom, or had to make up the last name of Rom. And he's lived a very useful life this way, away from the presence of Ben, who by the time of the Incident was living with the Others, and would presumably be dead with everyone else who plunged into the sea…

 

Ethan has a feeling that Aaron's "going to be a handful," and notes that "he likes to move around a lot." And I get those creepy baby vibes again… even though we've seen Aaron as a baby and a three-year-old and he's been nothing but delightful. But that was in the "815-crashed-on-the-island" scenario…

 

"What Kate Does", the episode's title, suggests present tense, real. Compare it to previous Kate-centric titles "What Kate Did" and "I Do." We learned from the pop-ups that the producers are officially calling the Los Angeles sequences "flash-sideways," meaning real-life looks at what would have happened if 815 had landed as scheduled, meaning this really could be what she does - help Claire again (help Claire every time?). Some things are just a little different in this iteration, bringing us to…