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Lost: LaFleur

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 5th 2009 7:45AM

Elizabeth Mitchell and Reiko Aylesworth
(S05E08) "Yeah, thanks anyway Plato." - Sawyer

I think the best way to describe this episode was safe. Nothing crazy or out of place happened and you knew how it was going to end the second it began. Think of it this way - when we first started watching Lost, it was like dumping a giant puzzle onto the floor. At this point, the entire puzzle is assembled, and for the most part, we can almost see the big picture, save for a bunch of pieces that are still missing. "LaFleur" was one of those pieces.

Picking up where "This Place is Death" left off, Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, and Jin stood in awe as the thick rope that Locke had been using to climb into the well was suddenly merged with dry, solid ground. Wherever in time they flashed to, it had to have been pretty far back since Miles pointed out something awfully startling - off in the distance, the four toed foot had an entire ginormous statue attached to it still. However, we only saw it's backside. Seeing the front of it (and I'm sure we will) might shed some clues regarding whoever built it.

Anyway, moments later, another flash occurred after John turned the wheel. Juliet and Miles both agreed that this one was different - far more painful to endure but the end result was no more headaches or bloody noses. After they found Daniel, he confirmed that he witnessed Charlotte's corpse jump during the last flash and said that this time, "we stayed." Welcome to the next three years of your life.

The remainder of the episode, told through a handful of "three years later/three years earlier" segments, was fairly uneventful yet still necessary to ground the five of them in relation to the O6. The year is 1974 and the DHARMA initiative is in full swing, led by the intrepid Horace Goodspeed. After saving the life of Amy (Reiko Aylesworth) from some of Richard Alpert's cronies, Sawyer and his merry band take on aliases and pull a Rousseau - our boat crashed!

While Sawyer's lies were believable, I'm still a little surprised that Horace bought it all. Didn't the DHARMA initiative have all sorts of techno-gizmos and monitoring do-dads comin' out the wazoo? Wouldn't they have known if a vessel crashed anywhere near the island? Of course the other way to interpret that is that even though they did have the capability, perhaps they weren't using it to its full potential. After all, we only saw Ben, post-purge, using the DHARMA equipment for tasks such as what I've just suggested. Moving on...

While Horace is grateful for what they did, he still wants them off the island and plans to put them on the submarine in the morning. Then Richard Alpert showed up. It's revealed that the DHARMA folks and the hostiles had an uneasy truce and Sawyer and Juliet broke it when they killed the two hostiles attacking Amy. Sawyer, who's now going by Jim LaFleur, steps in and after wowing Alpert with his knowledge of the nuke and Locke's visit, Alpert agrees to maintain the truce in exchange for Amy's husband Paul, who also died in the skirmish.

The act of leadership buys Sawyer and his gang two more weeks at Hotel DHARMA, "looking for the rest of their crew" a.k.a. waiting for Locke to return. One question regarding Alpert... it's been 20 years for him (sort of I assume) since the events of "Jughead" and presumably, he's had questions aplenty. Why didn't he grill Sawyer for more answers or take him back to Hostileville for further interrogation? At this point, he's witnessed John's birth and experienced the disappointment of young John choosing the knife instead of the compass and he's now met Sawyer, someone who knows John. Personally, I would have been a helluva lot more curious.

Two weeks becomes three years of taking home a DHARMA paycheck and suddenly they're caught up to the final moments of "316" when Jin sees Hurley, Jack, and Kate. Sawyer meets up with them, lays his eyes on the one that literally got away, and boom - LOST.

Final thoughts on "LaFleur" --

  • How exactly did Sawyer and Miles come to work for the security arm of the DHARMA initiative? Especially Sawyer, ahem, LaFleur, since he's department head? In Sawyer's case, I'm guessing it has less to do with the rippling biceps factor and more to do with his meeting with Alpert. It's safe to assume that wasn't their last meeting over the three years and coupled with his knowledge of the island, Sawyer probably proved to be pretty invaluable as he rose through the tan jump-suit ranks. As for Miles? Same explanation... but, you know, the whole Haley Joel Osment thing gives him a huge one-up.
  • Juliet we saw working for the motor pool and Jin was doing some sort of grid search for "their people." Who was he looking for though? The fake friends Sawyer initially lied to Horace about or Locke and the O6? Either way, grid 133 was empty. Jin's English is impeccable now by the way.
  • We saw Daniel working for DHARMA in the opening moments of the season premiere. So we know he's down at the Orchid excavation, but what about young Charlotte? When do we see him get all googly-eyed and start warning her about never coming back?
  • Why was Juliet able to deliver Amy's baby? Did something happen during the purge that affects pregnant woman and so it's safe at this point? That still wouldn't explain why that male nurse said the woman usually deliver on the mainland. Anyway, I don't understand why no one questioned Juliet helping. As far as they know, she's a grease monkey; not a world-renowned fertility specialist. Same goes for when Juliet asked Amy to disarm the fence. Far too many moments that helped discount Sawyer's lie were left untouched.
  • And speaking of Juliet, here she goes again as "the other woman." Even though it's been three years and even though they're convinced no one is coming for them, it still feels like her romance with Sawyer is wrong. Like she's taking him from who he's meant to be with.
  • As for romances, if Horace is now married to Amy, then what happened to Olivia? I know we haven't seen her since "The Man Behind the Iron Curtain," but I thought her and Horace we married... or at least an item? So where was she?
  • When Sawyer told Horace he was looking for The Black Rock, I couldn't tell if Horace was playing dumb or if he actually knew about the shipwrecked boat.

The final question? Is three years long enough to get over someone? Sure, absolutely - as long as you never need to see that person again. Tough break for Sawyer. Tougher break for Juliet. Lost returns in two weeks. Here's the official description:

"Namaste" - When some old friends drop in unannounced, Sawyer is forced to further perpetuate his lie in order to protect them, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC.

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gadfly

I am betting that the baby is Hurley. Look at the parents, both have features similar to his, round faces, curley hair. His "parents" back in LA look nothing like him. He's suppose to be Latino but doesn't have the features.
It would also fit his age.

March 14 2009 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

What is up with the name La fleur for Sawyer? does that have anything to do with one of the old episodes where they find all the dead bodies from the deadly gass ben inflickted on the darma... my husband said he remembers seeing that name on one of the bodies?

March 11 2009 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Does anyone remember when Kate and Sawyer were prisoners of the Others? What happened to the kids that were taken from the survivors over on the other island? And what about the other island; did it flash with the main one? Isnt there DHARMA stuff there, too?

March 11 2009 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dweebie69

I love James and Juliet together but does anyone else have a feeling that Ben's not going to like them together? I'm kinda thinking that Ben will kill Juliet because in his twisted mind~If I can't have her no one will! We all know the name Juliet represents star crossed love or tragic death.

March 09 2009 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marc venema

i reckon that the mythology is egyptian. we've seen heiroglyphics on smokey's house and in the numbers hatch. also sawyer draws attention to richards eyeliner (unles emo was big in 1974) which was done for a reason. richard has some pharoah connection. also isn't the item on the necklace the symbol associated with ra the ancient egyptian sun god

March 08 2009 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marc venema

the mythology is egyptian. the heiroglypics we've seen in the hatch when the numbers weren't entered and on smokey's house. also sawyer made a point of describing richards eyeliner ( emo wasn't big in 1974 ) which also hints at a pharoah connection to richard.

March 08 2009 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ego Martini

Knowing Greek mythology - I am pretty sure the statue is of James Ford - John Locke would be too obvious - James Fords' character this the dark horse and was set up as such. He climbed out of the moral pit to suffer and achieve his state of grace - such as Antigone.

March 07 2009 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ego Martini

Ya, I don't seen what the problem with this episode that some of you are having. Lafleur is the most complex and satisfying piece of television that I have see in my life! They could film a tap dancing donkey for the finale few episodes and I wouldn't care.
Of course Horace knew of the Black Rock and of course James knew Horace was playing dumb.
Of course - the results of the meeting between James and Richard would impress the sensibilities of "hippie Horace" and certainly he would make these impressions known to his superiors - do you people remember "74" (Nixon - communes "Crosby Stills Nash and Young"). James - his character - certainly has the wits to exploit this and nobody know the island better ( the politics, the history) to advance through the Dharma ranks than a well read, super intelligent con-man - Mister Ford. The character of James Ford finaly finds the moral redemption in this episode that I was looking (hoping) for. A Hero on equal par with Jack.
I have witnessed a woman give birth to my daughter and don't tell me that a woman in this position doesn't have a heightened sense of who would give her the best chance of survival for her and her unborn child and don't tell me that a male nurse is going to question this!
The episode "Lafleur" felt like the most realistic -within "Losts'" internal logic and I thank the television gods for this perfect gem of writing that I have witnessed and I am sure that Thomas Pynchon would be very impressed with this.
Ego Martini

March 07 2009 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cress d

Anyone look at the statue closely? Not a lot revealed, and this is a stretch, but the arms are down by its side, gripping onto something. Almost like a cane or something holding this figure up. Maybe the ancient leader this statue represents was crippled in some way. Locke maybe? Maybe this is why the Others are so fascinated by Locke when he first comes to Bens camp. They have heard so much about his story(paralyzed below the waist, but now he walks again).

March 07 2009 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Echy

The statue was holding an Ankh in its hand.

March 09 2009 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zane

Hmm...I'm thinking the baby boy is Charlie. If he was born in 1977 and crashed in 2004, he would be 27. Did he not wear some sort of necklace? Also, I never thought he looked much like his brother in those flashbacks.

March 06 2009 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LC

Does the baby have to be anyone of significance? I thought the birth was only there to establish that babies could be conceived and born at one point on the Island and that it still remains a mystery why it can't be done now.

March 06 2009 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phantomspots

LC: Lost doesn't focus on scenes with that much intensity only to have it mean nothing (at least not for the most part). It was probably a major hint to viewers that we know that kid.

I have to wonder why the baby needs to be in his late 20s. This is a show about time travel!!! Who's to say this kid doesn't get tossed all over the place before we see who he/she is? BTW, do we know it's a boy?

March 09 2009 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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