Dr Linus begins right where Sundown ended as Ben runs for his life away from freaky Sayid in the temple. He catches up with the new Ilana crew which now consists of Lapidus, Sun, Mile, and Ben and Ilana. After Ben catches the crew up on current events they decide to go back to the beach. Haven’t been there in a while.
Flash Sideways. Ben is teaching his students about an island that Napoleon was exiled to, Elba. “It was on this island that everything changed, that everything finally became clear,” Ben. He says that Napoleon lost his power when he was exiled to the island. I guess this makes since if this is meant to be a reference relating to Ben. On the island Ben is no longer in power, but later in the episode, he tells Miles that he has a system of power off of the island that works well for him when he tells him that he can get him the money he promised him in season four.
After class lets out, Principal Reynolds tells Ben that he has been appointed the duty of detention supervisor. Ben is upset because this means he can’t have History club.
In the teacher’s lounge Ben eats sushi with Arzt and complain about the principal. Locke is like, “You should be the leader, Ben.”
Island flash! Ben says he didn’t kill Jacob, but Miles can kind of sense dead people or whatever and he finds out that Ben killed him. And Ilana is mad because “Jacob was the closest thing (she) ever had to a father.” And then Miles is like “Uh oh.”
They reach the camp on the beach and Ben tries to work his slimy Ben magic and get Ilana to like him, but it doesn’t work. And then Lapidus has another one of his many one-liners, “You make friend’s easy, don’t ya?”
Flash sideways. Ben makes his dad, Rodger, a nice TV dinner and whines about how he is a loser. And then they talk about how they went to the island and were part of the Dharma Initiative. Weird. Well, then someone rings the door, and of course it’s someone we know.
Alex came over to say that she missed Ben today because they didn’t have History club. But he says that the principal is making him watch punks in detention, but that he will met her in the morning if she brings the coffee. And at this point I am wondering why a student would go to their teacher’s house at night and tell them that they missed them. I thought that maybe they were in some kind of weird relationship in this reality, I mean Ben seems like he could be a weird pervert. But it tuns out someone else is a weird pervert, spoiler alert!
Island flash! Sun is her usual self. She’s talking to Ilana and she’s all like “Where is my husband?!?!” And then Ilana tells Sun that she’s looking for him because he could be a candidate and then she has to explain all of that candidate stuff to Sun because she wasn’t with Sawyer when he went in that cave or with Jack and Hurley when they went in that lighthouse.
Hurley wakes up and I guess he was dreaming about “Cheese-carrots”, whatever those are. Then, Jack says that they should get going, Hurley says he wants to eat breakfast, and whiney Jack is like I don’t want breakfast, I’m leaving. Then Hurley decides to go with Jack for some reason. And there is some cool Michael Giacchino music. (Congrats on winning an Academy Award, btw! (I know you read this blog, ‘cuz who doesn’t?)) Hurley and Jack disagree where the temple is and then Richard magically poofs out of the jungle and disagrees with both of them and says the temple is this way.
Ben finds a porno and thinks about the good old time when the plane crashed. And Lapidus says that he was supposed to fly that plane but he over slept, he says that his world would be much different and Ben says it wouldn’t because he still got to the island. The Ilana is a jerk and makes Ben dig his own grave while on a leash.
Flash sideways. Ben and Alex are studying. Alex remembered the coffee! Alex is an overachiever and wants to go to Yale. She says she needs someone who went there to write he a letter of recommendation, like that pervert, Principal Reynolds. (Yes, that’s the pervert I was referring to earlier.) And then she’s is like, “Forget I called him that.” Then, Ben asks he why she said that. She says she will tell him, but he has to pinky promise that he won’t tell anyone. So, Ben, we know, is really good at lying and says he promises. Alex says he went to the nurses office and that nurse and the principal were “doing it!”
Island flash! Ben tries to use his slimy Ben magic with Miles and says he will give him money if he take tells Ilana he was lying. And, miles says that Jacob thought that Ben wouldn’t kill him.
Richard takes Hurley and Jack to the Black Rock, which is not the temple, because something happened at the temple last episode. Richard says to not believe in Jacob. And then he’s all like, “Ok, bye, I gotta go die now.”
Flash sideways. Arzt is good with computers so Ben wants him to see if he can dig up some dirt on Principal Pervert and the nurse. Arzt says he will do it if he gets aprons and a parking space. Then he says, “Linus you’re a real killer.”
Island flash! In the Black Rock. Alpert pretty much confirms that he came to the island on the ship and Hurley has a lot of good lines. Like, “Dude let’s go. He’s opening a crate of dynamite and he said he’s going to kill himself.” Alpert says he can’t kill himself so he wants Jack to do it. He says that he was given the gift of being touched by Jacob, which he considers a curse, because he dedicated his life to doing what he ordered him to do, and now that he is dead, he has no purpose. And Jack’s like, “Alright if you really want me to kill you, I will.” Didn’t have to twist his arm to hard. Jack lights the fuse and then he wants to sot down and have a nice chat with Alpert. He tells Richard about the lighthouse where Jacob used to watch him and that it makes him feel special. He says that if, Jacob went through all that trouble, he won’t die. The fuse blows out. Jack has all the answers now, which I kind of like, because that means he can stop whining about how he doesn’t know what his destiny is.
While Ben is digging, Demon Locke decides to pay him a little visit. Ben’s kind of upset with Demon Locke because he kind of got him in his current situation. Locke says then helps Ben escape.
Sideways flash. Ben visits Principal Pervert and shows him his blackmail stuff. Ben wants him to resign so that he can have his job. Then Principal Pervert blackmails Ben by saying that he will give Alex a bad letter of recommendation. This decision is similar to what happened when Keamy had Alex at gun point. Ben chose to be powerful and let Keamy kill his daughter.
Island Flash! Ben holds Ilana at gunpoint and tells Ilana about when Keamy had Alex at gunpoint. How, he let Alex die for him, but Jacob didn’t even care. Ilana asks why Ben wants to go with Locke and he says “Because he is the only one who will have me.” (I feel Micheal Emerson read this line in a manner that was a little too over-dramatic. This is probably the only line that I feel he has ever delivered poorly.) Ilana says she will have him.
Sideways flash. In the principal’s office Alex’s that Principal Pervert wrote her a good recommendation. Ben says he had nothing to do with it and Principal Pervert comes in and yells at Ben for being in his office. So, Ben in the sideways world decided to chose Alex over power. And Ben gets to lead history club! The sideways world is so happy. And Boring. But, I think it is less boring then we think it is.
Island Flash! Ben returns and has a small bonding moment with Sun as they set up camp together. A classic, season one-style montage ensues, as Jack and Hurley met up with Ilana’s crew. Followed by a classic Lost-style cliff-hanger: A submarine is close off shore. A man says that there are people on the beach, and asks if they should visit. But Charles Widmore says not to. Wait! Widmore?!?!?!
Further Flash-Sideways Analysis:
So, I’m beginning to like my theory that the sideways world is a new reality that is the result of the losties making pacts with Jacob and Smokey. I think that the pact was basically, you guys can start all over and the plane will land in LA, you will be the same way you are now, but you will not remember anything from the island. I think it kind of makes sense. I’ll explain:
In this episode Ben has to make a choice similar to the choice he faced in the season four episode, titled “The Shape of Things to Come”, when he had to pick between Jacob and his daughter. He picked Jacob because he wanted the power that he thought would come along with being one of his disciples. In his flash-sideways he chose to save Alex’s academic career instead of gain the power of being principal of the school. So, what I’m saying, is that after Ben makes an agreement with Jacob on the island, he enters a new reality where he is able to make different choices in similar situations that had happened on the island reality. Now that he has the experience from the island, he has changed and therefore makes a different decision.
In last week’s episode, Sayid tried to not kill or torture anyone, he refused to help his brother with his torturing skills, at first. But, he was destined to be evil and be a killer. He couldn’t escape it. Maybe, since Sayid makes a deal with Smokey, he is destined to be evil and has no free will.
In “Lighthouse” Jack deal’s with being a parent differently then he would have in the original dimension prior to the crash. Even up to the point of his flash-sideways episode, on-island Jack tells Hurley that he doesn’t believe that he would be a good dad. However, by the end of the episode, he made big changes. Maybe the storyline with Jack and his son and how he became a better father, was supposed to mirror Jack discovering his destiny on the island.
In “The Substitute”, Locke has to deal with his wheelchair problem. Locke doesn’t deal very well with his problem, he says that there is no such thing as miracles. He is hopeless, almost as hopeless as he was when he was last himself in the other reality and tried to commit suicide.
In “What Kate Does”, Kate runs in the flash-sideways like she always has but, then she does something that the original Kate would not have done before she was on the island. She goes back to help Claire. One of the only changes in Kate’s character on the island is that she cares about Claire and Aaron, and she is trying to help them be together.
I don’t know if this actually makes sense. It does in my head. I love how often I feel this way when discussing Lost.