A lot of stuff happened in this episode, and for ease of reading will be in a slightly different order than how the episode itself unfolded. So hold on tight.
Namaste opens up on the Ajira flight that brought our Oceanic 5 back to the island. Everyone sits nervously in first class like “hey, so it’s weird all being back on a plane together, and knowing that it’s going to crash this time, huh?” Meanwhile, Lapidus’ copilot initiates an ironic conversation about how Hurley is a member of the Oceanic 6, and how at least it’s very unlikely he would be on a plane to crash in the same location twice. Unlikely, alright! So unlikely that at just that very moment, they hit turbulence. Then the white flash comes, zapping Hurley, Jack, Kate — and now we know, Sayid — back into 1977, and zapping the rest of the plane into somewhere that it’s daytime. Lapidus manages to safely land the plane on the Others’ runway. Well, safely enough that everyone except his copilot, who got impaled with a large tree, seems to live.
Lapidus runs to the back of the plane to see if everyone is okay. Sun is. They try to figure out where the other Losties are, and Ben comes up from behind them saying “well clearly they’re gone, huh?” Indeed they are.
Back in 1977, we see Sawyer reunite with Jack, Kate and Hurley. Take notice of the fact that Hurley is “Kong,” Jack is still “Doc,” but Kate is suddenly Kate again, not “Freckles.” Well at least he seems to have intentions to stay faithful to Juliet. They get to have the awkward conversation about why Sawyer and Jin are in Dharma jumpsuits. Sawyer angrily asks Jin why he didn’t tell them, and Jin basically said “haha Mr. LEADER, that can be your job.” So Sawyer tells them that they’re back in 1977, and the people still alive from when the Oceanic 6 left are working for Dharma. Jack, Kate and Hurley take this surprisingly well. Since, you know, this is the show where people remain unconcerned about the most ridiculous things.
Except for when Jack says that Sun was also on the plane with them. Then Jin is very concerned indeed, and rushes off to go find Radzinsky, who would know where the crashed plane is. Radzinsky? You mean, Kelvin’s ex-Swan Station buddy who ended up a blood splatter on the ceiling? Seemingly so.
Sawyer rushes home to get realistic 70s attire for Jack, Kate and Hurley, since this is obviously the most pressing concern. He tells Juliet what is going on, and after getting over her shock, she explains that a submarine full of new recruits are coming in very soon. Meaning that they can pretend those three were on it. Sawyer goes with the plan, and after Jack impotently tries to protest that they need to find the rest of the plane, they go with Sawyer — seeing as how he’s now in charge.
Meanwhile, Jin goes to see Radzinsky at the Flame. Radzinsky is in the middle of building a model for the Swan Station, which is still being constructed. Interesting. But Jin demands to know whether or not a plane crashed on the island, and after resorting to violence, he gets Radzinsky to agree. No plane found, but a hostile does enter the perimeter! Oh no!
Jin, realizing that it could be Sun, rushes out frantically looking for whoever has entered the perimeter. Instead, he finds Sayid, wandering around still in his handcuffs. They have an exchange that goes something like this:
Together: OMG WTF, it’s so good to see you man, how have you been! So much catching up to do!
Jin: Have you seen Sun?
Sayid: No, I am deeply sorry to say that I have not.
(Radzinsky appears from out in the jungle)
Jin: GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES HOSTILE OR I WILL KILL YOU RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.
Sayid: GOD, I’M SORRY I DON’T KNOW WHERE SUN IS. Take things personal, much?
Meanwhile, back in more modern times, the Ajira people are standing around figuring out what to do. Lapidus tries to take a leadership role, saying that the radio is broken, but someone will figure out where they are soon. (Ha!) Cesar jumps in, demanding to know where they are, and saying that there’s another island visible in the distance, that there are animal cages and buildings out in the jungle, and basically asserting that he’s going to be the real boss around here like a major JACK-ass.
As this conversation goes on, Ben starts wandering out into the jungle, and Sun follows him. When she catches up, Ben says that he’s going back to “our” island, and asks Sun if she wants to come with. She reluctantly agrees. But Lapidus catches up, and tries repeatedly to talk Sun out of it. As they arrive at the boats, Ben swivels around to tell off Lapidus with something about how he has a plan, and here’s what he’s going to do, and here’s why it’s a great idea. So, like a major badass, Sun lifts up a boat paddle and whacks him upside the head from behind, knocking him unconscious. She out Ben-ed him! Seriously folks, don’t fuck with Sun. Remember when she also killed that woman who was stupid enough to talk to her in a patronizing tone while she was holding a gun? Sun doesn’t play around.
Back to 1977, Juliet is checking on Amy, who just had her baby — but is really just stealing the submarine manifest from her. Juliet asks Amy if they’ve decided what to name the baby yet, and Amy smiles and says “Ethan.” As my husband said: Kill it! Kill it now!
Juliet doesn’t have time to kill babies who will eventually grow into evil adults, though, because she’s got a manifest to “update.” Sawyer dumps Jack, Kate and Hurley in with the new recruits, tells them to act doped up and rest assured that no one will know they weren’t on the sub, because everyone was unconscious for the whole ride. They proceed to orientation, where Jack gets the wonderful job of being a janitor from Dr. Candle — I swear that Sawyer did that on purpose — and Kate gets rescued from having to answer difficult questions when Juliet arrives just in time.
Sawyer can’t be around to help out, because he has to deal with the “hostile” that Jin and Radzinsky captured, and Radzinsky won’t leave them alone. Sawyer demands that Sayid identifies himself as a hostile, “reminding” him that this is a requirement of the truce, and Sayid busts out with some really clever shit, saying “well, we do not call ourselves hostiles. But yes, I am one of them.” Sawyer then takes Sayid prisoner, having little other choice. As he is escorted past Jack, Kate and Hurley at their orientation and welcoming ceremony, he gets a look on his face that says “wait a minute! They get hamburgers, and cookies, and koolaid, and leis, and cool 70s clothes!!! And I just get this crappy gun held to my head??? Not fair!” Jack, Kate and Hurley look back at him like “yeah, that sucks for you”
Back to Sun and Frank, they arrive at Dharma Central, but find it abandoned. Just as they are about to turn around and go back to the little work island, Christian appears in one of the homes. Seeming unfazed by this, they ask if he knows where Jin is. Christian says “yeah, I know alright,” and displaying an old photograph of the 1977 recruits (including Jack, Kate and Hurley), explains that he’s back in time. Sun looks vaguely shocked and Christian explains that she has “a long journey ahead” of her.
Jack goes to see Sawyer and discuss what the hell they’re going to do about poor locked up Sayid. He knocks on Sawyer’s door, and Juliet answers. And they have an awkward moment where Jack is basically like “Sooo . . . you and Sawyer, huh? That’s nice for you. Remember that time we made out, even though I was really in love with Kate? That was cool. This is more awkward than it really should be, isn’t it?” And Juliet said “Nope! This isn’t awkward for me at all, you’re just being really weird. Come in!”
Then Sawyer and Jack have a really good interaction, where Sawyer lets Jack know that a) he was a really crappy leader who didn’t think things through and got everyone killed and b) he’s in charge now anyway, so get out of his damn house so he can think and save Sayid. Jack doesn’t take this particularly well, but leaves anyway. As Sawyer angrily escorts him out, he sees Kate standing on a porch adjacent to his own house. He waves like “Oh, hey. So me and Juliet. That’s nice for us. Remember that time when we were in love and had sex a lot, even though you were also kind of in love with Jack just a little bit? That was cool. This is about as awkward as it should be, isn’t it?” And Kate waved back like “yup.”
Finally, as the episode comes to a close, we see a boy, probably around the age of 13 (?) go to deliver a sandwich to Sayid. He’s very polite, telling Sayid that he can get him some mustard if he likes. Sayid thanks him and declines, and then gives him a suspicious look, asking what his name is. The kid says: “oh, me? I’m MINI-BEN!” And Sayid said: “WTF? Am I living in the 70s? And don’t you grow up to be evil?” And my husband said: “Kill it! Kill it now!”
Whew. I told you that was a lot of shit.
QUESTIONS: Why is Sun in the present? I cannot come up with a compelling reason why she would not have also been zapped back into the past. And what does Christian mean by “you’ve got a long journey ahead of you”? Is there a way for them (or just Sun) to go back? Wouldn’t it make sense to just try to get the others back to the present instead?
Why did the plane go somewhere that it’s daytime? Did the rest of them travel in time, too? Are they in the future somewhere (since we know they’re not in the past)? Is it just the fact that “time travels differently” on the island? Seriously, what was that?
Why do people always get doped up coming to and from the island? We know that Alpert did this to Juliet, but it seems that it was Dharma practice as well. So what’s the deal?
What happened to Faraday? When Jack asked if Faraday was still with them, Sawyer said “not anymore.” So, what the hell? We know, as we saw in the first episode of this season, that he was helping to build the Swan Station. What happened? Did he die somehow? Join the hostiles? And is he coming back? Because while I really do dig Miles, Faraday is my favorite of the freighter people.
Why does Sayid look more like he needs a shower than when he was living on a desert island for months on end? Why did he shave the beard, despite how hot it made him look? What are Jack, Kate and Hurley going to do for clothes when they’re not wearing Dharma jumpsuits, and how will they explain their lack of luggage? Is Jin going to have a nervous breakdown if he can’t find Sun soon? Is Lapidus ever going to clean the blood off his head?
Questions, questions, questions! Leave your answers in the comments.
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