(S03E18) I don't know about you, but the last scene in that episode kind of freaked me out. Naomi the parachutist had better do some talking next week. Creepy revelations aside, how incredible was Yunjin Kim's performance? Between Sun's overall awesomeness and Jin's fighting skills, those two deserve their own spin-off. I haven't loved the Sun-Jin episodes in the past, but this one was amazing!
A long time ago, Sun and Jin were the cutest newlyweds ever. I couldn't stop grinning as they flirted and declared that they loved each other "madly." Their early happiness only makes their later troubles more depressing. The couple barely had time to enjoy moving into their first apartment before dealing with their first crisis.
Worst. Mother-in-law. Ever. Jin's supposedly dead mother approached Sun soon after the wedding and blackmailed Sun for $100,000. She didn't reveal her identity at the time, but she threatened to tell the press that Mr. Paik's little girl married the son of a prostitute. Sun wisely decided not to tell Jin, but she paid a visit to Mr. Kwon instead.
Mr. Kwon confirmed that Jin's mother was with "a lot" of men, and that she was still alive. Jin might even be someone else's son. Like Sun, Mr. Kwon was once faced with the choice of telling Jin the truth or sparing him "the shame of where he came from." Sun did a kind thing by keeping the blackmail a secret from Jin, but she hurt him in the process.
Mr. Paik would make Jin bear the debt by making him his personal assistant ("...In Translation"). Personally, I would rather hear an unpleasant truth about my parents than become some shady rich guy's violent enforcer, but that's just me. Ironically, Jin made a point of saying that he wanted to avoid being in Paik's debt, after finding the $100,000. This situation reminded me of Kate's flashback a few weeks ago. Even when you try your best to help the ones you love, you can fail.
Sun really proved that she was her father's daughter when she paid off the blackmailer. She told Jin's mom that she knew exactly who she was, and threatened her life for good measure. The tough look on Sun's face as she walked off was priceless; do not mess with the Paiks, people.
The Beach/The Staff Station
The great debate over the father of Sun's baby was finally resolved. Jack's sudden appearance in the garden made Sun suspicious of his motives. It's interesting that Sun doesn't trust Jack as implicitly as before. Perhaps she's not alone. That scary music as Jack approached her wasn't helping matters for me, either. Eventually Sun got to the truth, after a dramatic argument with Juliet. Again, Yunjin Kim rocked this episode like nobody's business.
Juliet came to Sun in the middle of the night and led her to the medical station where Claire was kept. Sun was probably too concerned over her possible death to ask Juliet why she was being so secretive, so I'll give her a pass. But it was the first of several flags raised by Juliet's behavior. Her heartfelt story about wanting to give pregnant women good news was the next flag.
Juliet showed Sun the hidden room where the island's pregnant women went to die. I could do without any more scenes in the Staff Station; that place gives me the heebie-jeebies. Sun confessed that she had cheated on Jin, and that Jin was sterile. My heart broke when she tearfully said "I lose either way." Please, someone, give this woman an acting award. Juliet determined the date of conception, and told Sun that the baby was conceived on the island. Sun will probably die in two months, but she was too happy that the baby was Jin's to care about herself.
Before returning to the beach, Juliet innocently went back to the Staff Station. She found a tape recorder in one of the lockers and left a message for Ben. At least part of the Others' plan for Juliet was explained; she's there to get samples from the other women. Oh, and she hates Ben. I know that last part was meant to make us sympathize with Juliet, but I'm not on board with that. Are you?
I'm not sure what to think about the campers' encounter with Mikhail. Hopefully the writers will provide more of an explanation than Mikhail's statement that "on this island, the rules are a bit different." Obviously the healing process is accelerated on this island, but Mikhail looked pretty dead to me. Honestly, I'm not that upset over the lack of detail this time around. It is Lost, after all, and I was sorry to see Mikhail go after two episodes.
It's likely that Mikhail was brought back for more than just medical assistance. He was able to save Naomi in one of the grossest on-screen medical procedures ever (probably not, but I'm easily disgusted). Patchy also found time to get in an impressive fight with Jin and to mess with everyone's heads. Thank goodness that Jin realized Mikhail took the satellite phone. If Mikhail bothered to steal it, there must be some way to make it work.
Finally, a little news from the outside world. Naomi informed Hurley that Oceanic 815 did crash, but the wreckage was found. All of the passengers were dead. Start your conspiracy theories--huge cover-up, parallel timelines, etc.
How can Juliet be so confident that she'll have Kate's sample soon?
How many languages does Naomi know, anyway? What's the significance of her being multilingual?
Apparently Jin was in the Army at some point. Are the writers creating content for future flashbacks?
So, Mikhail is alive. I need more.
Juliet lost nine patients in three years. We saw Sabine's death during "One of Us." Will we learn about any of the other women?
Hurley wins the day for funniest lines: "Oops" (after firing the flare); "Like I'd tell you" (after spilling the beans to Mikhail); and, "Mom?" (talking into the phone).
What was with the weird cut during Jin's fight scene? He had Mikhail in a headlock, and suddenly Desmond pushed Mikhail against a tree.
Did Mikhail think that someone else set off the flare? Why did he respond to it?
In spite of the unexplained Mikhail appearance, I'm giving this episode a 7 out of 7. Yunjin Kim earned it. Elizabeth Mitchell is no slouch, either.