'Lost' - 'What Kate Does' Recap
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:46AM
(S06E03) "It's the Others, dude. They caught us ... again." - Hurley
As 'What Kate Does' unfolded, I couldn't help but shake the feeling that everything we're witnessing in the "post-Jughead worked" 2004 time-line is going to end up being very important. Of course, that could have been due to the fact that in this past week's Official 'Lost' Audio Podcast, Cuse and Lindelof essentially laid it bare for us -- there is no alternate reality happening here. What's going on in LA in 2004 and what's going on in 2007 on the island are both very real.
The question to ask is what effect actions in one time-line will have on the events in the other. As far as 'Lost' mindf#%ks go, this one is a doozie, because it's forced us to reevaluate everything we remember about these characters, right back to the pilot episode.
In that sense, last week's scenes on Oceanic 815 served as one giant "one of these things is not like the other" segments from 'Sesame Street.' There were endless differences between the first time we saw that flight and this second incarnation. But now, they're off the flight, let loose in LA, and 'What Kate Does' (a clever play on the season two ep 'What Kate Did') was our first true glimpse into what these characters do after getting off the plane (remember, not alt-reality, but actually happening).
Last week, we saw Kate ditch Eddie Mars and commandeer a cab with David H. Lawrence behind the wheel and a very pregnant Claire in the back seat. What followed here wasn't entirely surprising, as we saw the same compassionate side of Kate that we've known for five seasons. In the same way that we saw Kate develop a sort of sisterly bond with Cassidy in her flashbacks ('Left Behind' comes to mind), Kate attempted to atone for her sins by taking Claire to see the woman who was supposed to adopt Aaron. Once we learned that the woman's husband left her and no longer had plans to adopt (perhaps evidence that Malkin's original advice to Claire to never give up Aaron was accurate), Claire started having contractions and again, Kate was there for her.
A few thoughts on the flash-sideways:
- We know the island is underwater and that DHARMA ceases to exist, but it was still a nice surprise to see the lovechild of Amy and Horace Goodspeed, Ethan Goodspeed a.k.a. Ethan Rom (an anagram for Other Man - breakin' out all the oldies) on the mainland. He seemed like such a nice guy, too, but I suppose that's what happens when your entire life heads down a different path. That and not being shot by a washed-up British rock star.
- Claire claims that the name Aaron just came to her. Well, it seems pretty obvious that the shared "past" Claire and Kate have is what triggered that. The same goes for the "where the hell have I seen that guy" look that Kate gave Jack while the cab sped away. Regarding that, many people argued that last week when Jack gave Desmond one of those quizzical looks on the plane, it was simply because they had met in the stadium years before. However, considering the bigger changes that Jughead may have created, it's possible that Jack and Desmond never had met and Jack's moment of deja-vu did transcend the two realities.
- When Kate dug through Claire's bag and found the stuffed whale, it made me wonder -- does Kate still have the toy airplane in this time-line?
- The whoosh sounds leading in to the flash-sideways were much more defined here than they were in last week's season premiere -- they distinctly sound like an airplane's engine or turbine heating up.
Meanwhile, at the Temple in 2007, reactions to Sayid's sudden awakening had everyone on edge. After performing a series of tests on Sayid (throwing ash on him, electrocution, and burns from a glowing hot poker), Dogen (the Japanese leader, we finally got his name) confirmed what we already knew from Richard and Ben -- people don't come back to life on the island. So just like Locke is now actually the Man in Black, it appears that Sayid has also been "claimed." Considering that they barricaded the Temple and got out all the guns to keep "Locke" out, it makes sense that Dogen tried to poison Sayid -- he's already inside. We just don't know how long before the darkness within him reaches his heart and Sayid truly ceases to be Sayid.
One of the highlights of this whole mess (and I say mess because it was a little drawn out to arrive at an answer that most people figured out immediately) was Jack's reaction to it. Over the years, we've seen Jack's self-esteem shoot up and down like a roller-coaster. This, I suppose, would be rock bottom. Jughead failed and he openly admitted to Dogen that he doesn't trust himself and then he popped the pill. Ballsy move, even for Jack. Too bad he can't read a poker face worth crap. But, if I've learned one thing from green poison pills, there's always some fresh brewed tea to save the day.
Um... questions? Yes, please:
- How did the Man in Black even get in the Temple so that he could claim Sayid in the first place? Was that the significance of the dirty, brown water? What color was the water when young Ben was brought there after Sayid shot him?
- Dogen said Jack's sister also became infected. Well, last we saw Claire with Christian, she definitely seemed a little ... off. But we never saw her die. So does that mean the Man in Black can just take over whomever he wants? Or are we missing a part of Claire's backstory right now?
- Dogen said he was brought to the island. Betcha he was on The Black Rock...
- Hurley, as always, the voice of reason: "You're not a zombie, right?" Unfortunately, it seems like Sayid is. It's a time-release Zombie illness. And how did Lennon (John Hawkes, still haven't heard that's his name for sure, but it's what Lostpedia says) know that Sayid failed the test?
Now, while all this was going on, Kate, Sawyer, and Jin got away from the Temple. Aldo (Rob McElhenney from 'Always Sunny,' last seen in 'Not in Portland') was sent to keep them under watchful eye. Not sure why Aldo was brought back; never really wondered what happened to him after he got knocked out at The Hydra. Regardless, Jin went after Sun and Kate and Sawyer ended up at LaFleur's place in DHARMAville. It was awfully sad when we found out that Sawyer had planned on popping the question to Juliet, but if left us feeling worse for Kate because she never found love like Sawyer had. Reuniting Claire with Aaron is all Kate has now.
- If Claire came down with the "I'm the Man in Black" sickness, why was she trotting around the island with a shotgun doing her best Rousseau impersonation? Or, is it all a ruse to fool Jin and everyone else? Whatever her plan, we know Dogen is on to her. Can't wait to find out what she's been up to.
- Sawyer ripped up those floorboards to find the diamond ring he planned on giving to Juliet in a shoebox. Could there be anything else hidden in DHARMAville since the '70s that may prove useful in '07?
Well, that's all I got. Try and wrap your head around that, but if you get a headache, don't take the green pill. Next week's episode is called 'The Substitute.' One guess as to what that means should be all you need...
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