Lost: Two for the Road
If you missed the episode, remember, ABC now offers the show for free online viewing (albeit ad-supported viewing). Watch it before you read too much further in this post, or you're sure to encounter a spoiler or two.
As you might remember from the last new episode we had, oh so many weeks ago, we left with Jack and Kate seemingly about to kiss when Michael burst forth from the jungle and passed out. This episode begins at the same point, and the Michael story line is balanced nicely against Ana Lucia's flashbacks and dealings with her anger at Henry Gale, who at the beginning of the episode attempts to strangle her to death.
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There were a lot of crazy "OH MY GOD" moments in this episode, so let's start with the big juicy one: Ana
has sex with Sawyer in order to get a gun from him, ostensibly so that she can kill Henry Gale for attempting to
strangle her. However, as we all know from Shannon and Sayid's romance, if you are an unwed female on the island, and
you have sex with a man, you're doomed to die in that same episode. That's exactly what happens at the end of the
episode in the craziest twist I've ever seen.
But there were hints throughout the episode that she was going to die. In her flashbacks, she's Jack's dead father's bodyguard for his trip to Sydney, while he drinks and drinks and drinks and talks a lot about fate. Fate = we, the Producers of Lost do not support drunk driving and so after Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia) and Cynthia Watros (Libby) were arrested for drunk driving in Hawaii, we (the producers) decided to write them out of the show in a very clever way. They named the episode 'Two for the Road', alluding to the drunk driving, and also foreshadowing that both characters would get shot dead at the end of the episode. Buh-bye.
What was amazing was who shot them. We see Ana Lucia sitting with the gun she shagged off of Sawyer, staring at it on the couch, unable to kill Gale. Michael comes up and he asks her what's going on. She tells him that she cannot kill the Other who they've captured, and then Michael makes a very convincing and impassioned speech that he wants to kill the guy. Instead, after Ana gives him the gun, he says "I'm sorry," and shoots her dead, then Libby walks in with laundry and exclaims "Michael!" and he shoots her twice. He then goes into the cell with Henry Gale and shoots himself in the right shoulder. It's clear to me that the Others released Michael and told him the only way that he'd get Walt back is if he betrayed the castaways and helped save Henry Gale. Conveniently, the writers were able to use this structure to nicely kill off two actresses who had become a public embarrassment for the show as a whole.
All in all, it was a great episode that I thoroughly enjoyed. I just feel badly for Sawyer and Hugo. I mean, both of those guys finally manage to line things up right with a few ladies and they die. So Sayid, Sawyer, and Hugo have all lost their on island romances. Who is next?