Lost: Left Behind
(S03E15) Some Lost episodes are stand-alone pieces of the show's mythology. Others are pieces of a larger puzzle, filling in gaps from past episodes and setting the stage for future episodes. "Left Behind" definitely falls into the second category. More of Kate's past was revealed, and new island loyalties were formed in what I am sure is a build-up to an Others-Survivors showdown (fingers crossed).
Kate's flashback was full of familiar songs, familiar faces, and familiar cons. "Walkin' After Midnight" was playing as Kate's car was being towed. Fresh off her escape from the marshal, she was headed back to confront her mother about turning her in. As Lost fate would have it, Cassidy (Sawyer's long con) was outside of the gas station pulling the jewelry scam. It's interesting that Cassidy, a crime victim, became a temporary criminal mentor for Kate.
Both women were at a point in their lives where they felt wronged, and both wanted an explanation. Cassidy helped Kate learn the truth behind her mother's betrayal. In a brutal confrontation with Diane at a diner, Kate finally got answers, and Diane's later behavior at the hospital was explained ("Born to Run"). I am surprised that Kate didn't permanently write her mother off after she made that threat, but there must be some good left in her.
Kate has a habit of helping people against their wishes and, ultimately, hurting them. She thought that she was saving her mother by killing Wayne, but Diane made it clear that Kate simply murdered the man she loved. It's a good thing that Kate did not wait around to get thanked for her good deeds. Kate ended up helping a pregnant Cassidy by advising her to put Sawyer in jail. Cassidy would eventually get an explanation of her own ("Every Man For Himself"), and Sawyer would learn about his daughter. For Kate's sake, I hope Sawyer never finds out that throwing him in jail was her idea.
Speaking of Sawyer, the nickname-free loner spent most of this episode conducting a PR campaign of sorts. I thought that Hurley's banishment warning was fishy, and it turned out to be a trick after all. Without a real leader, the survivors don't strike me as being motivated enough to organize a banishment vote. Hurley had Sawyer making the rounds among the beach survivors, from kissing babies to hosting a boar BBQ. Sawyer's efforts failed to impress Sun, however. Women can be stubborn about those fake kidnappings!
It's hilarious that Hurley went to the trouble of grooming Sawyer for beach leadership, making him jump through all of those hoops. I'd like to see Hurley step up and take more of a leadership role among the survivors. At the very least, he would make a great Vice President. With Jack and the gang returning to the beach, how long will Sawyer's leadership be necessary?
The Barracks/The Jungle
Kate was betrayed quite a few times during this episode. Locke turned up in Kate's game room prison cell to say goodbye and ditch her to go off with the Others. After blowing up multiple DHARMA stations and the submarine, I am losing my patience with Locke's antics. Locke's lame apology seemed more like a way of emphasizing Kate's relative unworthiness on the island. I wonder if anyone else will find out what Kate did, now that Juliet is part of the beach group?
I'm not sure if the Others' departure from The Barracks had anything to do with the destroyed sub, but they left in a major hurry. After being gassed, Kate awoke in the jungle, handcuffed to her least favorite Other: Juliet. As advertised, there was a catfight between the women that left Juliet with a dislocated shoulder. Juliet has apparently learned from Ben's example, and lied to Kate for as long as she could.
I genuinely believed that Juliet knew nothing about the monster when it first appeared. Either way, I was glad to see the Black Smoke Monster again, and we learned a little more about it. The Monster cannot get through the sonic fence, and it was not created by the Others (Juliet said that they did not know much about it). Is there some reason the Monster could not go over the fence, like Kate and the rescue party did? Also, if Juliet had to activate the fence, how long had it been shut off? What does this mean for Mikhail's death? I suppose that the fence could have been shut off after he died, but these questions still need to be answered at some point (for my own sanity).
Once again, Kate figured out that her loved ones don't always want (or need) her help. Juliet made it clear that Jack refused Kate's help because of a broken heart, not out of concern for her safety. Jack has never confirmed Juliet's claims, but his actions this week were not very encouraging. Kate and Juliet made it back to the Barracks to rescue Jack and Sayid, and Jack immediately asked Kate about Juliet's whereabouts. He also forced Sayid and Kate to bring Juliet back to the beach. This was so not Kate's week.
A few thoughts:
Where are the Others going? Back to the Hydra station? Another secret location?
Sawyer was reading Watership Down again. Has he run out of books, or is he reading several books at once?
"You sir, Hugo, are rotund." Priceless.
Kate has a system for her aliases: saints' names. She's used Anne, Monica, Margaret, Joan, and Lucy.
Stick a fork in Nikki and Paulo. They didn't dig their way out of their graves, and Vincent didn't save them.
See you next week for "One of Us"!