Key Points from "The Last Recruit"
Season 6, Episode 13
Episode Air Date: 04/20/10
Hang on, folks. This is going to be a weird one. There was no "centric" aspect to this episode. Not even a little bit. Characters were joining up, splitting apart and coming back together, which is why you'll find an unusual number of key points in this recap. There was no other way to swing it.
So let's get started.
Jack and Flocke are now on the same island, but not necessarily on the same team. We learn there's some odd rule that once you let Flocke talk to you, you're one of his recruits (if that's true he'd be the world's greatest college coach). Of course, Claire is the one who reveals this little tidbit, and I don't recommend taking Ms. Squirrel Baby at her word ... unless she's talking about squirrel babies.
Beyond this team business, we were also presented with two additional Jack-Flocke developments:-- Flocke admits to Jack that he took the form of Christian all those many years ago. I'm now concluding, perhaps incorrectly, that anytime we've ever seen Christian on-island, that was actually Smokey showing off his fancy Dr. Christian Shephard costume. So that means Smokey was sitting in the the cabin with Claire. And it was Smokey who told Locke to spin the donkey wheel. But if we're to believe that Flocke could no longer take on Christian's form once he claimed the body of John Locke -- yet another wacky rule -- then who was playing "Christian" in the season five episode, "Namaste"? Dr. Shephard was the one who told Sun and Frank that Jin, Jack, Hurley, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet and Miles were in 1977. And hadn't Flocke claimed Locke at that point? Also, if Smokey is trapped on the island (as he clearly appears to be), then which "Christian" did Jack see off-island? Did Jacob orchestrate that?
-- Jack is now a full-on island convert. In a conversation with Sawyer, Jack whips out all of Locke's old talking points: "the island isn't done with us" and "we have a purpose" and destiny and fate and "hey, those Apollo Bars aren't so bad," etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. And, most interesting, Jack also understand that Flocke should not leave the island. I imagine that'll hinder their budding bromance.
Mental note: If Sawyer tells you he has a plan, challenge him on the finer points. You'll discover he hasn't thought it through.
Our heroic but hotheaded con-man-turned-security-chief somehow manages to get Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sun, Frank and Claire on Desmond's old sailboat (which has survived years of storms and direct sunlight with nary a scratch). The "plan" is to hightail it to the Hydra island and then stick a gun in someone's face (presumably Widmore's) until they fork over the submarine's keys and allow Sawyer's castaways to chug merrily into the sunset.
I'll give him credit. The plan was audacious. And Sawyer did put one over on Flocke (for the time being). But I felt kinda bad for the guy when, in the final moments, his house of cards falls down. Sawyer seemed so ... surprised. And that's just pathetic. Of course it fell apart! You can't swipe a sailboat from a supernatural smoke pillar and expect everything else to just work out! You need contingencies, man! You need to Keyser Söze this thing!
Perhaps worst of all, because Sawyer booted Jack off his boat (literally ... Jack had to swim back to the main island), he's put himself in a real bad pickle. Who's Sawyer going to blame when Widmore's geeky/homicidal science team kills everyone? Hurley? Frank? Himself? Oh hell no.
Here's a few other observations relevant to this Key Point:
-- We wondered for years if Jack and Claire would ever get the chance to discuss their shared bloodline -- and I even concocted an icky Luke-Leia scenario way back when -- but now we can put all that to rest. At the beginning of this episode, Jack and Claire acknowledge that they're brother and sister. Sadly, Jack has to also acknowledge that Claire is out of her friggin' mind. That chick takes abandonment issues to a whole new level.
-- Jack apologizes to Sawyer for getting Juliet killed. While the sentiment and effort are commendable, Juliet's death isn't really his fault. And I think he knows it. This is the same guy who's now spouting off about the island bringing them all there. That destiny is in the air and fate is a given (blah blah blah). And yet, Jack is somehow responsible for Juliet's demise? I don't buy it.
Do not mess with Desmond Hume. Even when he's crumpled at the bottom of an ancient well, that man can mess with your mind. And if you assume you're immune because you're a zombie, well think again brain eater! He'll screw with you, too!
That's why, despite Sayid's claim he killed Desmond, I'm pretty sure we'll see Mr. Hume again, on-island. How he gets out of that well is anyone's guess, but DESMOND WILL RISE AGAIN!
A couple of additional thoughts here:
-- Last week it seemed, at least for a moment, that Desmond actually thought he was talking to John Locke. But when he asks Sayid in this episode what he was offered in return for being Flocke's wet work guy, it was clear to me that Des is fully aware Locke isn't Locke anymore. And that casts some interesting perspective on Desmond's alternate universe actions. I'm guessing vengeance was not his motivation for running down Alt Locke.
-- It's going to be pretty funny when Flocke thinks he's coming through on his promise and he mistakenly reunites Sayid with Shannon instead of Nadia. "No! No! Wrong dead lover! That was a hook up!"
Finally. Seriously. Finally. Now stop all this island nonsense and get back to your child. Grandma's pissed!
(And yes, Sun's sudden ability to speak English upon reuniting with Jin was pretty ridiculous. But hey, they're together and neither is dead yet, so I'll let it slide.)
The alternate timeline was labyrinthine in this episode, but the chess pieces are clearly moving into place for some sort of cross-timeline reveal. Here's where the players currently stand:
Jack and Claire -- He briefly crossed paths with Claire at Ilana's law office, but he had to run off to repair Locke's dural sac. And we know Jack's a dural sac master thanks to his history of nicking and fixing those buggers.
Locke -- On the operating table with Jack hovering over him.
Sun and Jin -- When Sun was closest to death (thanks to the bullet in her gut) she actually recognized Locke. But now that she and her unborn child are both safe, her knowledge of the alternate timeline appears to have subsided. But if she follows the trajectory established with Alt Charlie, Alt Desmond, Alt Hurley and Alt Libby, she'll have residual memories of the island. Jin, on the other hand, doesn't appear to have any island knowledge at this point.
Sawyer, Miles and Sayid -- The grisly doings in that restaurant kitchen catch the attention of Sawyer and Miles. They track down Sayid and use guns and a garden hose to snatch him.
Kate -- Sawyer arrested her, then he flirted with her, then he left her handcuffed to a chair in the police station.
Desmond -- His cupid act is getting a little creepy, now. He somehow lures Claire to his attorney's office, which is super convenient because Ilana (Des' lawyer) was looking for her. I'm not sure what Desmond's next move will be, but he might want to tone the act down a bit.
Missing / unaccounted for -- Charlie, Faraday, Charlotte, Penny, Minkowski, Boone, Hurley and Libby aren't seen in this episode's alt-timeline scenes. Ben makes a brief cameo in Locke's ambulance, and it would seem he's at or near the hospital where Locke was taken.
A few closing questions and observations:
- Best Line: "You, me, Jack, Sun, Hurley and that pilot who looks like he stepped off the set of a Burt Reynolds movie." -- Sawyer, rattling off his wish list to Kate.
- Second Best Line: "The plan, chesty, is to land on Hydra island." -- Sawyer to Frank.
- Third Best Line: "It would never work, sweetheart. I'm a cop, you're a murderer." -- Sawyer to Kate
- Fourth Best Line: "You look ... great." -- Hurley to Claire.
- I'm guessing Flocke didn't spend all these episodes whittling that giant stick just so he could destroy Zoe's walkie-talkie. You just know someone's gonna get impaled on that thing.
- Now, far be it from me to challenge the great Charles Widmore, but he and his cronies do realize they're dropping explosives on an unkillable smoke monster, right? Are they hoping to thwart Flocke's escape by taking out a candidate or two?
- The mystery of Juliet's outrigger victim remains unsolved. It initially seemed like someone on Sawyer's crew would take a time bullet en route to Hydra island, but that theory fizzled when the sailboat came into play. Now, I'm concerned we'll never know who was firing / fired upon or we'll see Bernard take one right between the eyes.
- I know it sounded like "Radzinsky," but it looks like Ilana's last name is "Verdansky."
That's all I've got!
"Ab Aeterno" -- REPEAT! Bound to happen since the number of episodes doesn't match up with the finale date. Airs Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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