Hurley really is the "luckiest guy in the world." Even a lowered handicapp access lift won't dent his Hummer door.

As suspected a couple weeks ago, Rose does have cancer... she's just not afraid of it (I like these new less-afraid Losties).

Locke's alarm clock makes the same sound as the Hatch warning alarm.

Helen's shirt reads, "Peace & Karma," which are most definitely the vibes you get around this new Locke. Maybe telling the truth to Randy but getting fired anyway gave Locke good karma that kept his lift from denting Hurley's Hummer, which would have been bad karma, preventing Hurley from helping him, which would have prevented Rose from helping him, preventing him from finding purpose in a new job?

You had to laugh out loud at anal and uptight European History teacher Bejamin Linus. His presence was the one thing that truly surprised me this episode. I was operating under the assumption he died when the island sank. Obviously that's not the case. What led him to European History? I mean, Ethan still fulfilled his destiny of becoming a doctor. So why teaching for Ben? I like to think he gravitated to European History to appease his Machiavellian and Napoleonic tendencies, and as a nod to the show's Christo-religious and existentialist themes.

The LA sequences end with what's a pretty happy Locke - one we could conceviably see no more of and not worry about how things work out for him. He's happy in his job, he's able to meet and communicate with people, he's not emotionally handicapped, and he's in a fantastic relationship. Can't we just leave it here? Thinking back to last week, the same might apply to Kate. If we left her story there, we pretty much know - she's gonna make it after all. She'll be like a heroine in a bad TV show, on the run from the law but stopping to help people she meets along her journeys. Is it this sort of ending that LOST is setting us up for with each of our beloved characters in the new-815 timeline?

ISLAND: FLOCKE & SAWYER

How cool was it to get a Smokey's-Eye View of things! Interesting white flash as he turns back into shape of Locke.

This line to Richard struck me as odd: "I'm sorry I hit you in the throat and dragged you off the beach but I had to do SOMETHING." First, the apology was odd considering the immediate glee he seemed to have taken when he demobilized Richard. Second, what did he have to do? Something? Why? Why that?

MIB says he wants what he's always wanted - for Richard to come with him. What does this mean? To serve him, follow him? Accompany him? To a specific destination, or just as a general rule?

He tells Richard he looks like Locke because "he'd get me access to Jacob, because John's a candidate... or at least he was." Richard is freaky confused. Flocke apologizes yet again, says he never would have kept Richard "in the dark" (key phrase?) like this. This guy despises one thing - people who follow blindly without knowing or needing to know why. Basically, he hates faith, probably not making distinctions between blind faith, misplaced faith, and true faith. But what was good about Locke - as Ben tells us - is he was a man of faith, a true believer. In a way, MIB sets "respect" in opposition to "faith" similar to how parts of our LA story set "denial" in the same ballpark as "faith."

Richard, and this is probably a key to helping us decide which side to believe (if any), is wise enough to know that the promise of being told every little thing is not the secret to life. If knowing everything were so great, wouldn't this Flocke guy who claims to know all the secrets be, I dunno, happier? Less menacing?

Sawyer cites plane, raft, helicopter as the reasons for being marooned on the island. Not so, says Flocke. That's only how, not why. It's an interesting point to consider. How many times might we mistake method for reason?

Flocke asks James lots of questions, about his friends, where they are, why he isn't with them. He's got an agenda. He's scouting, separating, seeking, twisting...