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Lost: The Economist

by Erin Martell, posted Feb 15th 2008 3:00AM

Ken Leung, Evangeline Lilly, and Naveen Andrews

(S04E03) Three great episodes in a row! Between "The Economist" and Carlton Cuse's promise to deliver five more episodes, Lost is having a great week. The identity of another member of the Oceanic Six was revealed, and that person is keeping strange company in the off-island future. As usual, each big revelation introduced about a dozen more questions, but that's part of the show's charm.

Team Jack, Part One

As Sayid examined Naomi's body, everyone else was dealing with the news that the Freighties were looking for Ben. Miles wanted to find Ben and collect his substantial paycheck, while Jack wanted more information about the group's mission. Sayid noticed that Naomi had a bracelet, inscribed with the following: "I'll always be with you. R.G." He could tell that Miles was eager to go the Barracks, and struck a deal with them. Sayid would bring Charlotte back unharmed in exchange for a spot on the helicopter. Team Jack still had a lot of questions, however. Miles claimed to be there for Ben, but Naomi had a photo of Desmond mixed in with her belongings. They figured that the best way to sort things out was for Juliet to fetch Desmond from the beach.

Sayid refused to bring Jack to the Barracks, citing his earlier blow-up with Locke. Jack convinced Kate to go in his place, and Miles insisted on coming along. Miles and Sayid continued to size each other up during their walk through the jungle. Sayid made it clear that he didn't trust the Freighties' intentions, and Miles came off as a poor team player at best.

Back at the chopper, Daniel Faraday got busy perfecting his impression of Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future. He set up an experiment in which Regina would send a rocket from the freighter to a beacon on the island. The experiment's results indicated that there is a 31-minute time gap on the island. I'm officially freaked out.

Team Locke

The island threw the all-knowing Locke a little curve ball this week. He arrived at the spot where he first saw Jacob's cabin, but only found the strange ash outline. Ben couldn't have been happier that Locke appeared foolish to the rest of the group. Several of the team members expressed concerns about going to the Barracks, since the Freighties would know to look for Charlotte there. Locke believed that Charlotte's value as a hostage was more important than staying hidden, and decided to proceed as planned.

When Sayid, Kate, and Miles arrived at the Barracks, the place was nearly empty. They followed a muffled scream to one of the houses and found Hurley tied up in a closet. He pretended to have been left behind by Locke and the others, but it was all a trap. Hurley's ruse led them to Ben's house, where Team Locke was waiting. Before Sayid got caught, however, he found a hidden room behind Ben's bookcase. The room was full of clothing, passports, and different types of currency. Ben isn't the homebody that he's pretending to be.

Sawyer took it upon himself to detain Kate in Ben's bedroom, where they toyed with the idea of living at the Barracks permanently. This was more Sawyer's idea than Kate's, despite the fact that Kate has a murder trial waiting for her back on the mainland. Danielle and Hurley escorted Sayid to the game room, where Ben was also being held prisoner. Locke arrived later, and he and Sayid formed a plan to investigate the freighter and learn the group's real agenda. Locke agreed to hand over Charlotte in exchange for Miles so that Sayid could hitch a ride on the helicopter. Apparently Kate wasn't part of the deal, so Sayid and Charlotte set off by themselves.

Team Jack, Part Two

Once Desmond and Juliet reached the helicopter, Desmond wanted to know all about the Freighties' agenda and Naomi's photo of him and Penny. Frank refused to say whether or not he had heard of Penny Widmore. Why are they so open about searching for Ben, but not Desmond? Naturally, Desmond wasn't going to let the issue go and demanded a place on the helicopter. Sayid returned with Charlotte, and both she and Daniel decided to stay on the island. Charlotte mysteriously said that she had "work" to do. Since no one else volunteered to take the third seat, Sayid suggested that they take Naomi's body. Daniel instructed Frank to follow the exact bearings that they used to reach the island, "no matter what." Very encouraging. The chopper took off, and Sayid took a long look at the island as they left. I've seen a lot of unsettling things on Lost, but watching Sayid leave the island gave me chills.

Flash-Forward: Sayid

Four down, two to go. Sayid's life as one of the Oceanic Six includes golfing excursions to the Seychelles (a group of islands in the Indian Ocean). Apparently all of the rescued survivors got a generous settlement from Oceanic Airlines. His trip wasn't all fun and games, however. As Sayid chatted with an Italian man on a secluded golf course, it became obvious that the men didn't meet by accident. The man, whom Sayid called Avellino, got nervous when Sayid mentioned Oceanic 815. As Avellino tried to get away, Sayid shot him and left his body on the fairway.

Berlin was the next stop on the Assassin Express, where Sayid met an attractive woman "by chance" in a cafe. Elsa told Sayid she was a personal assistant for an economist, and Sayid claimed to be a head-hunter. They flirted and made a dinner date. As Sayid left the cafe, he called someone and said he had made contact. The flash-forward jumped ahead to Elsa and Sayid's fifth date. I can't thank the writers enough for getting Naveen Andrews into a tuxedo. Elsa, wearing a bracelet that resembled Naomi's, made a show of not bringing her beeper; Sayid insisted on bringing it. When she asked Sayid why he had extended his stay in Berlin, he said that his job was more difficult than he thought.

Later, as the couple shared a tender moment in bed, Elsa tried to get Sayid to open up about his life. Her beeper went off at the perfect moment, since Sayid's secret had everything to do with her boss. Sayid told Elsa that he used her to get to her employer, who was anything but an economist. He was in Berlin to kill this mystery man, one of many people on his employer's list. Sayid urged Elsa to leave the city so she wouldn't have to answer questions about the man's death. Like her boss, Elsa was not what she seemed. She shot Sayid, left the room to call her employer, and promised to bring him in. Ever resourceful, Sayid took the opportunity to grab his gun and kill Elsa. Never turn your back on a man who can kill someone with his feet.

Wounded, Sayid met up with his employer at a veterinarian's office for medical treatment. The man, still unseen, went to work on the bullet wound, and asked about Elsa. Sayid told him that Elsa and her employer were looking for his boss--Ben Linus! Ben might not be one of the Oceanic Six, but someone knows that he's alive and no longer on the island. Ben taunted Sayid about his feelings for Elsa, and reminded him that the people on his list don't deserve sympathy. These people took advantage of Sayid's emotional attachments at some point, which drove him into Ben's manipulative arms. Ben implied that their endeavor would somehow help Sayid to protect his friends--did he mean the rest of the Oceanic Six, or those left on the island? Are the people on Ben's list DHARMA, Oceanic, or some other group? Either way, Ben was glad they knew that he and Sayid were coming for them.

Final questions/comments:

  • I loved this exchange between Jack and Kate: "Now you know how I feel." -- "Does that mean I should wait twenty minutes and go anyway?"
  • Sayid told Locke that the day he trusts Ben is the day he's sold his soul. Does Future Sayid cross over to the dark side, or is he truly doing it to help his friends?
  • Best line of the night: "Oh awesome, the ship sent us another Sawyer."
  • You can add the bracelet to the list of strange island coincidences--the cat from "Enter 77," the black horse from Kate's flashback, etc.
  • Ben's money stash included UK banknotes that were only in circulation from 1991 to 2001. The man pictured on the currency was Michael Faraday, a physicist known for his work with electromagnetism.
  • Why did Frank tell Daniel to hang up if Minkowski got on phone? Daniel already talked to Minkowski on the satellite phone once before.
  • I hope the 31-minute gap in time isn't a reference to this bizarre Chilean TV show.

Next week, it's Kate's turn for a flash forward. In the meantime, you can check out AOL's Lost coverage.

How long will Sayid and Desmond stay on the freighter?
Only an episode or two.430 (41.5%)
The rest of the season.222 (21.4%)
They won't return to the island at all.354 (34.2%)
Other (elaborate in comments).29 (2.8%)

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i think it is locke's funeral too..and that nobody comes b/c he is a butt on the island and prob. responsible for claires death when she goes to find miles and they both blow up...maybe.. i don't think michael is the inside guy..it's too obvious..i'd be disappointed with the writers

March 07 2008 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think arron has some kind of powers that he calls all the shots thats why everyone wanted him. and kate has to take him . because she knows this. and jack does not want to see him. i think she was told by ben she had to take him.

February 24 2008 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i just love this show. i tape it each week so i can watch it more than once. My favorite characters are Sayid and Hurley...loved it when he drove that old van to the beach and hit those bad guys

February 19 2008 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good theory rb...Kate gets pregnant and has Sawyers baby. And if he's not with her in the future, maybe he dies on the island. Doesn't it seem that when some of these people "battle their demons" and resolve their issues (in one way or another) eventually die? We have seen that with Boone, Shannon, Ana Lucia...So Sawyer already killed his "demon" (Locke's father). So don't you think his time may be coming?

February 18 2008 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So about this whole 31 minute difference between the island and the freighter, how do they talk on the satellite phone in real time? Wouldn't there be a 31 minute time delay when talking on the phone? or something like that.

February 17 2008 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best exchange of the night has to be after the beacon finally reaches the island

Jack: What is that?

Daniel: It's a Rocket...

lol I thought that was hilarious

February 17 2008 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The coming attractions clearly give away the fact that Kate is one of the six. Somehow the 6 get off the island and become famous.

Ben still has his own way off and he clearly gets Sayid off the island, so he isn't one of the 6. Ben referenced Sayid thinking with his heart and not his gun once before which drove Sayid to work for Ben. So Sayid must fall for someone one on the boat, or know someone there.

I thought it quite interesting the the boat people knew the survivors were in "one happy family" and didn't know about Locke breaking it apart. This indicated to me that the boat people know alot more about the goings on, on the island, perhaps Ben's spy is working for both sides?

February 17 2008 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sayid was in love with Shannon, remember? I wonder if that has anything to do with Ben's remark. That seems like ancient history now,, but who knows?

February 17 2008 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been trying to think of why Kate would be so desperate to leave the island too, besides the fact that Jack wants to leave and I really think that she is in love with Jack. The obvious reasons would be: the others, the smoke monster, the general unsanitary conditions, you have to eat fruit/fish and/or Dharma canned/dried food (if they even get anymore) for the rest of your life, the general life away from civilization (unless you're crazy like Locke). We've seen how much she enjoyed the shower in the hatch. We've seen how easily people can die there, get sick and/or injured. We've seen how crazy it made Rouseau to be there for sixteen years-yeah I know she was alone but she said she did have others with her when she got there but they all DIED. So why wouldn't she want to leave except for the "I'm going to jail for the rest of my life or a good portion of it." Which might be a good reason I admit but maybe she thinks that wouldn't be so bad/she could escape again/she wants to pay for her crimes?

We haven't seen EXACTLY why she was in custody have we? We know what she did (or what they showed that she did) and that somebody was looking for her and that she was on the run. We know that the man that was escorting her back(who we don't know for sure was a real Federal Marshall-and btw, why did she seem to have feelings for him? Why did she save him when the oxygen masks came down? Why was she so upset when he was in pain/died?) knew something (we don't know exactly what he knew and/or was told) about her. My questions are:

1)Did anyone have any proof or even witness the fact that she killed her father? Her mother is dead so she can't testify against her (and didn't actually see her do it).

2) Do we know the man that she shot in the bank heist was really killed? If he was killed then what evidence do they have that it was her? I believe the bank manager was there to open the safety deposit box but I don't remember if he saw her shoot her partner/boyfriend. Were the other members of the team still alive to testify? If no one actually saw her kill anyone then they only have circumstantial evidence that could or could not get her sent to prison.

3)If the guy shot in the bank heist was not killed would he maybe not be able to tell them what her real identity was?

4) Would she rob a bank to get to a safe deposit box that only had a toy airplane in it if she knew that they were already looking for her for her father's murder? I know she blamed herself for her friend getting killed but that always bugged me, that there might have been something else she was looking for that was not in the box.

5) Who puts a toy airplane in a safety deposit box anyway? That always bothered me too. And why was the toy airplane in the marshal's locked box with his guns? Was that really important enough evidence to convict her of a bank heist and would any jury believe that was why she did it? That didn't make sense to me.

6) Do we know that they were looking for her before the bank heist?

7) Do we know that the police that came after her when she was with her friend were looking for her for killing her father? Maybe she was being set up? Maybe they weren't after her?

The point that I am trying to make is that her backstory has so many holes in it and because we know that this show constantly feeds us bits and parts of story that seem to be one thing but are really something else, maybe she feels that she can go back because they don't have any real evidence/she wasn't in handcuffs for killing her father/bank heist but because somebody wanted her for some other reason/she really wants to serve her time?

The other reason that I thought of just now after reading all of the rest of the comments is:

Maybe she IS pregnant? Maybe Juliette was wrong/the equipment wasn't functioning properly/she wasn't far enough along to tell yet/Julliett was lying for whatever reason? Maybe it's been enough time since the test that her body is telling her that she is? If she is pregnant and she knows that women who get pregnant on the island die in childbirth. Wouldn't that be enough reason to desperately no matter what want to get off as soon as possible? Could the HE WILL BE WONDERING WHERE I AM (which is what I believe she said) be referring to her child? And if it's not Jack's child could that be the reason she would not want to see him/tell him to not call her/no way in hell want to ever go back to that island?

And please don't tell me any spoilers only theories cause I didn't suffer thru last year to have this season spoiled too.

February 17 2008 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

plus the identity of the person in the coffin is John Locke, if u have a look at the newspaper when jack looks at it (there is an article in lostipedia which the name is cut but refers to jonathan) John Nathan Locke and its in Los Angeles, Locke has his social security and bank account registered in San Francisco..Also no family so for sure is him there and thats why Kate reacted with anger when Jack asked if she went...

February 16 2008 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Akbar Fazil said...
"Sawyer is not one of the six.

If you would really like to know, do a little google searching. The six were revealed along time ago. "

Akbar...do you enjoy ruining plot points for people who type in w/ their theories? Send your spoilers to TVSquad spoiler section, then people can choose to discover that info for themselves if they want too. I know you think you are the authority on all things TV, but show some restraint for those who are just now discovering this site to discuss their theories. Not everyone wants answers, but the debate about what is going on w/ LOST is why people come here.

February 16 2008 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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