No more Pop-Up LOST, apparently.

 

Now that "Dancing with the C-List Plus a Washed-Up Athlete or Two" is back in the 8 p.m. eastern timeslot on ABC, we get short-changed in our efforts to play detective.

 

Just as well. It'll keep my blogs shorter and not drive us crazy with wondering why they are force-feeding us certain information and being so close-to-the-vest about other tidbits. We are now free to focus only on what's in our hands, which, appropriately enough this week, is a "Package."

 

Interestingly, most episode titles this year have relevance to both sets of timelines. This one is no different. There is the package Jin was delivering to Keamy in Los Angeles. There is the package Widmore asks Zoe to bring from the sub to the infirmary. And there is even a wounded Sun revealing to Jin in the 2004 timeline that he'd better get her to a hospital quickly, because she's carrying yet another little package.

 

So my role is clear, then. I must try to wrap this all up in a nice tidy package with a bow on top.

 

Camp MIB

 

"It doesn't matter who you have a deal with." - Jin-Soo Kwon, to Sawyer

 

We open our episode with an eye opening… but not in the traditional LOST sense. Here, it is not us watching as someone else's eye opens. It is, essentially, our eyes opening and looking through night-vision goggles at folks in Flocke's camp. There's Sawyer and Kate having what felt like a Charlie-and-Claire moment involving - instead of peanut butter - hot cocoa. Pretend it's good. Use your imagination, girl.

 

We come to find out it's Seamus (Zoe's pal, whose name we only know thanks to Pop-Up LOST) wearing the night goggles treating us to this voyeurism. We get a look at Flocke, but… is it just me or do the goggles malfunction while looking at Mr. Black Smoke Thing? He sure seems to have quite a nanobot-electrical-techno side to him for such a supposedly ancient being, doesn't he?

 

We find out that Jin has been briefed by Sawyer about the cave, the names, the candidates. Flocke says he can reunite Jin with Sun very shortly. What's more, "the only way to leave is if all the names not crossed off go together." Jin's not having any of it. Neither am I. I think the MIB has chosen his words "go together" very carefully here. I think he means these names need to "go," or die. And since I can't kill ‘em, I need to gather them into one place where I might be able to trick a common enemy, mmmm, say, Widmore, into bazooka-ing them all at once, say, like if they were seated on a plane, because he thinks he is stopping me, and that's a sacrifice Widdy would be willing to make…

 

Hence, Jin tells Sawyer he's leaving "That Thing." He doesn't trust it at all (neither does his wife). As he leaves, he unsettles Sawyer a bit by suggesting that Sawyer's not as in control with his double-crossing long con as he thinks. Doesn't matter who he thinks he has deals with. He better start deciding instead who he really can trust and who he can't.

 

Before Flocke leaves on his Sun-acquisition mission, he puts Sayid in charge. Sayid mutters something. Flocke comes back strong and a bit menacing with, "Excuse me?" He really doesn't care to be interrupted, detained, or questioned, even though he usually calms down out of necessity to provide the right modicum of control. This is where Sayid explains that he feels nothing. No emotions. Anger, happiness, pain, they're all gone. Contrast that to Claire, who also has "the sickness," but is hyper-emotional, swinging from hand holding to throat knifing to tearful hugging to asking please-oh-please can I kill Kate. Why does the same sickness manifest differently? Is it kind of a reverse spiritual gifts thing? Kinda like a 1 Corinthians 12:4 ("Now there are different kinds of gifts but the same spirit gives them") thing for the dark side? Flocke goes on to suggest that Sayid in his unemotional state is well-suited for the good spy-soldier duties he has forthcoming, especially if they will involve twisting the necks of old friends. Claire, on the other hand, Locke says he still needs her, too, even though her name is not on the wall. Why does he need her? So he can unleash all her fury at the right time?