Key Points from "D.O.C."
Season 3, Episode 18
Episode Air Date: 04/25/07
It's becoming readily apparent that the "Lost" crew is much smarter than me (but I'm sure you already knew that).
Case in point: When Sun's pregnancy was first revealed in "The Whole Truth" I figured it to be a melodramatic secondary plot that sorta-kinda justified Sun and Jin's continued presence on the island. What I didn't expect is that the core question of this plot line -- i.e. Who's the Daddy? -- would plug directly into one of the island's larger mysteries. Nor did I anticipate the paternity question would be addressed anytime soon.
But the "Losties" surprised me again. And that's a good thing.
So let's recap.
The episode opens with an odd exchange between Jack and Sun in Sun's secret garden (which has now been rebuilt 10 times). Under the guise of "helpful neighborhood doctor," Jack swings by to ask Sun about her pregnancy. But Sun's no fool. She may seem sweet and kind, but Sun's bloodline is pockmarked with criminal duplicity (courtesy of her father, Mr. Paik), so she knows a ruse when she sees it. And this thing with Jack ... it's a ruse.
Following the Jack exchange, Sun goes to Kate because they're BFFs and, more importantly, Sun knows she can pry information out of her. Sun gets things rolling with a suggestion that Jack may have been turned by the Others -- "How do we know he isn't working with them?" she asks. It's a brief bit of dialog, but it's an important moment: never before has Jack's loyalty been overtly questioned.
Kate initially defends Jack, but his dalliance with trampy Juliet and that evil handshake he shared with Ben ("The Man from Tallahassee") have planted doubt in Katie's tween mind, and the doubt quickly manifests itself as a revelation. She tells Sun that Juliet is a fertility doctor (useful) and the Others kidnapped Claire because they wanted her baby for research (not so useful).
Sun goes on the warpath. She finds Juliet at the camp watering hole/urinal and demands immediate answers. "I want to know about your research," Sun seethes.
Juliet's eyes settle into her Jedi "I'm not here, I'm in Miami" look.
But Sun is immune to Juliet's mind tricks. "Why are you taking children?" Sun spits. "What happens to pregnant women?"
Juliet knows the jig is up.
"They die," she says coldly. "They all die."
Sun wasn't expecting that answer. Her anger turns to fear. Juliet returns to the urine trough.
But this isn't over.
Later that night, Sun sleeps alone in her tent (Jin is still on his camping trip/rescue expedition), so Juliet sneaks in and clamps her hand over Sun's mouth. This seems like an odd way to treat a pregnant woman, but Juliet learned this technique from esteemed mentor Dr. Cliff Huxtable.
Juliet is in her pissy/evil mood. In no uncertain terms, she tells Sun that if she wants help -- if she wants to cling to one last sliver of hope -- she needs to accompany Juliet on a secret trip.
Juliet's bedside manner leaves something to be desired (Who'd she learn it from? Jack?), but her argument is compelling. Sun agrees and so the duo goes tromping through the jungle to revisit the abandoned medical hatch.
Remember this thing? Kate, Claire and Rousseau rummaged around the decrepit medical hatch in "Maternity Leave," but their only significant discovery was a fake beard and natty old clothing (aka "Other Hobo Gear"). Sun knows about this hatch -- she claims Kate and Claire told her about it (when did the castaways start communicating?) -- but, to Sun's knowledge, the hatch is abandoned and useless.
Or is it?
Upon arriving, Juliet flips on the lights -- she's clearly spent a lot of time in this place. Sun blinks as the hatch's fluorescent bulbs spark to life. The gravity of the situation starts to settle in. She asks Juliet why she's helping her. This is when we get a glimpse of the kind Dr. Juliet Burke.
"Once upon a time, I told women that they were pregnant and their faces ... it was the best news they ever got in their entire life," Juliet says, smiling.
But her smile disappears. She tells Sun that she's lost nine island patients in the last three years and, for once, she wants to give someone good news (and, presumably, she wants to remember what it's like to be a regular doctor with a regular job instead of an island priestess held captive by a bug-eyed megalomaniac).
Unfortunately, there's a wee problem with the "good news." As we discovered in "One of Us," a pregnant woman's island survival is tied to her conception date. If her child was conceived off the island, she'll probably live (e.g. Claire), but if babymaking took place on the island, both mother and child are very, very screwed.
Juliet tells Sun all this and Sun immediately realizes she's in a pickle. Since there's no one else to talk to and Juliet has shown a willingness to help, Sun reveals that she had an affair before coming to the island ("The Glass Ballerina"). That means, if Juliet determines the baby was conceived before the plane crash, Sun will live, but the baby won't be Jin's. On the flip side, if the baby was conceived during island time, the baby is Jin's, but Sun and the baby are both goners.
Sidenote: Isn't option A (the baby isn't Jin's) a little better than option B (Sun and the baby die)? Sun seems to think they're equal, which doesn't make much sense to me. Of course, I'm applying reason to a TV show that features a shape-shifting smoke monster. So maybe my point is moot.
Moving on ...
After their heart-to-heart, Juliet guides Sun to the hatch's locker room. This is the same spot where Kate found the discarded hobo gear. What Kate didn't find was a secret lever that opens a secret door to a secret room.
Juliet opens a locker and pulls down on a creaky metal switch. Deep rumbling echoes through the hatch as a locker room wall shifts and a heavy blast door slowly cracks open. Juliet guides Sun toward the door.
We've seen this room before. This is where Claire was kept after Ethan kidnapped her. Back then, the room looked like a nursery, but now the baby furniture and decorations are stacked in a corner. Standing in the doorway, Sun looks over the room and asks Juliet where they are.
Juliet pauses. Her icy demeanor is gone.
"It's where we brought the women to die," Juliet says quietly.
Nice. C'mon in and let's take a looksie at that demon spawn of yours!
Juliet organizes the room and whips out an ultrasound machine (because that's a perfectly reasonable thing to have on a remote tropical island). As Jules preps, Sun tells her there's really no way Jin is the father. He's as sterile as a Lysol puddle ("The Whole Truth").
And this is when dorky Dr. Burke shows up to instruct us on the finer points of sperm counts. She tells Sun that the average sperm count is between 60 and 80 million ("Jeopardy" fact!). But here's the kicker: on this island, the sperm count is 5 times the average.
Good lord. No wonder the island is killing off pregnant women! With fertility like that, the island's population would crack 200 million in 5 years.
Juliet fires up the ultrasound and switches into Kind Doctor Mode. She slides the ultrasound wand over Sun's stomach and, within seconds, that familiar whoosh whoosh whoosh noise emerges. Sun beams. She knows this is a crappy situation, but dammit, that's a baby and there's just no way to feel bad when you see that squirmy little miracle appear on an ultrasound screen.
Jules and Sun share a moment, and for a brief second, things are good.
But there's work to do. Juliet turns toward the ultrasound and performs a few calculations.
The envelope please ...
"You crashed here 90 days ago," Juliet says. "The baby was conceived about 8 weeks ago. You got pregnant on the island."
Woo! The baby is Jin's!
Crap! The baby is Jin's.
Sun weeps. Juliet's face drops, but Sun looks up. She's happy. She's happy because the baby is Jin's.
Sometime later, Sun and Juliet leave the hatch, but once outside Juliet says she wants to backtrack to make sure she didn't leave any evidence lying around (like a recently used ultrasound machine and date-of-conception documentation). Sun waits outside while Juliet darts back into hatch.
Juliet moves into the locker room and reaches into a locker. There's a tape recorder inside. She hits the record button.
"Ben, it's 6 a.m. on Saturday morning," Juliet says, speaking into the recorder.
"Kwon is pregnant. The fetus is healthy and was conceived on-island with her husband. They were sterile before they got here."
"I'm still working on getting samples from the other women. I should have Austin's soon. I'll report back when I know more."
WHAT-WHAT-WHAT? Austin=Kate. They set her up! The dress! The bear cages! The Roofies in the fish biscuits!
Juliet snaps the recorder off. And this is when we get a hint of things to come.
"I hate you," she says out loud, referring to Ben.
Ah-ha! Juliet is alone. The recorder was off. It's an honest moment and, more importantly, it suggests that Ben is forcing Juliet to double-cross the castaways. But why? And how?
Prior to this episode, the Sun-Jin backstory seemed straightforward. They were a star-crossed pair from different sides of the tracks who drifted apart when family obligations got in the way. Toss in a rich/powerful father, a dash of violence, a suicide, and an extramarital affair and you've got yourself a nice little soap opera.
But in this episode, we learn there's a much deeper level of complication in Sun and Jin's relationship.
So here's what we learn:
Sidenote: Jin's questionable lineage has to be a set up for something bigger. To date, Jin's fisherman dad is the series' only decent father figure, and you just know the writers aren't going to let that stand. So, who is Jin's real dad? When will he appear on the island? Could Jin and Sun share more than a marital connection? (I hope not ... inadvertent incest is best left to indie films and bad literature, not "Lost.")
At the end of last week's episode, Desmond had just unmasked the "pilot" who parachuted onto the island and got stuck in a tree. As this episode opens, the pilot is still alive, but she's in rough shape -- a nasty nub of tree branch is shoved into her lung and she's moving in and out of consciousness.
The boys all agree that Tree Girl needs to be saved, but they argue about the best way to make that happen. Desmond volunteers to run back to camp and get Jack, but Charlie blocks his path, citing the dangers of running through an Other-infested jungle (Charlie is also concerned about his "life keeper" abandoning him).
"Nobody knows we're here!" Desmond says, defending their relative safety.
A flare arcs high into the air and explodes over their location. Desmond, Charlie and Jin look down at Hurley. Smoke wafts from a flare gun clutched in Hurley's hand.
"Whoops," Hurley says sheepishly.
The boys continue to argue (little known fact: extended debate is a recognized treatment for lung punctures), but their sniping is soon interrupted by the sound of nearby footsteps. The group falls silent. The footsteps grow louder. Desmond reaches for his machete.
A man emerges from the brush.
OH... MY ... GOD
Mikhail Bakunin! It's Mikhail Friggin Bakunin! The sonic death fence didn't kill him! How? Why?
But there's no time for questions. Bakunin realizes he's made a mistake following the flare, so he turns and darts back into the trees.
Jin -- who's suddenly become the island's action hero -- runs after Bakunin and easily catches him. The two tussle and for a moment it seems Bakunin has the drop, but Jin unloads a stunning series of punches and blocks. Bakunin staggers back. Jin whips his leg through the air and cracks Bakunin across the jaw!
Jin = Baaaaad man.
Desmond and Charlie arrive moments later and help haul Bakunin back toward the dying Tree Girl (it makes sense; she probably should be monitored).
Desmond shoves the flare gun into Bakunin's chest and demands answers, but Bakunin doesn't say a word. Charlie recognizes ol' Mikhail as the guy Locke shoved into the sonic death fence (again -- when did the castaways start talking?).
The interrogation is interrupted by Tree Girl. She mutters something in Italian. The castaways are confused.
"She says she's dying and needs help," Bakunin notes. The boys look incredulously at their captive. Bakunin senses an opening, so he offers his services as a field medic.
And with that, the boys step back and let Bakunin examine their fallen Tree Girl. After a cursory exam, Bakunin notices the wooden nub protruding from Tree Girl's side.
"Well, there's yer problem," Bakunin says, twirling a toothpick. "She's got a branch shoved in 'er lung."
Bakunin knows the power just shifted in his direction, so he makes a deal with Desmond: He'll fix up Tree Girl, but the boys need to let him walk away. Desmond agrees. This girl fell from the sky clutching a picture of his beloved Penny; there's no way she's going to die on his watch.
Bakunin morphs into the Medical MacGuyver. Using a syringe, a dab of gauze and a banana peel, he ventilates Tree Girl's lung and successfully extracts the tree nub.
Tree Girl screams, but the worst has passed. As her consciousness fades, she looks at Bakunin and says something in Russian. The boys look on, confused. Bakunin claims she thanked him (can anyone confirm this?).
Tree Girl passes out and Bakunin says she'll be better in a day or so. Charlie scoffs -- the woman just had her lung punctured by a tree, how could she possibly recover in a day?
"On this island, the wounds are a bit different ... maybe a day and a half," Bakunin says with a slight smile.
What's that, Mikhail? Different wounds? Might you be alluding to your own recovery from a SONIC BRAIN HEMORRHAGE?
Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), none of the castaways pursue the comment and the topic is dropped. Bakunin moves to leave, but Charlie blocks his path. He's sick of letting these damn Others escape. Desmond overrules Charlie, claiming they gave their word. Bakunin smirks at Charlie and departs.
But Action Jin is still on the case. He knows something is wrong, so he shuffles through Desmond's bag and discovers that the broken satellite phone is missing (remember: Tree Girl came with a satellite phone, but its batteries are dead). Jin, Charlie and Desmond rush after Bakunin and easily catch him. He coughs up the phone, but Charlie is gunning for a fight. Bakunin provokes him, but Jin and Desmond hold him back and allow Bakunin to depart.
The next morning, Jin, Charlie and Desmond construct a makeshift stretcher for Tree Girl while Hurley watches over their still-unconscious patient. Tree Girl stirs and opens her eyes. She asks the requisite questions:
"Where am I?" Answer: an island
"Who are you?" Answer: Hugo Reyes, a survivor of Oceanic 815.
And this is when things get very interesting.
The mention of 815 spreads confusion across Tree Girl's face.
"815? Flight 815? The one from Sydney?" Tree Girl asks.
Hurley confirms it.
"That's not possible," she says. "Flight 815 ... they found the plane."
Wait for it ... WAAAAAIT FOR IT ...
"There were no survivors," Tree Girl says. "They were all dead."
And then it ends!
A few closing questions and observations:
That's all I've got!
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Review by Mac Slocum. All photos and episode descriptions © ABC Inc.