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My brain looks like Ben's face today; thanks Lost!

My brain looks like Ben's face today; thanks Lost!

Bloody hell.  Lost is like an abusive boyfriend.  We’re cruising along, things seem to be going one way and then out of the blue it up and punches me in the face, leaving me as battered as Ben was by the middle of the episode.  I don’t know how much sleep I got and I lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of Cuse & Lindelof.  I went to bed with a zillion questions running through my mind and it just wouldn’t shut off.  So here I am, out of bed and writing because there’s no rest for my wakeful mind.

Instead of recapping and commenting, I’m just going to list my questions and attempt to answer them.  Some I think I actually have a handle on (thanks to being awake most of the night) and others I haven’t a clue (as usual).  I thought the time travel explanation from Mrs. Hawking, now known as Scary Poppins thanks to a discussion Tripp & I had about her, was going to be the thing that had me confused all episode but I actually followed that fairly well.  Some Dharma dude was a math whiz (Daniel?) and came up with calculations of when the island would be at any particular time and they had a window to get there and they did.  Great, got it.  Moving on to my questions!

1. What happened to my Ben’s face?

Ben went from being his normal self to having his face nearly beat in down at the marina.  He had to alter his plan of picking up dead Locke and ask Jack to do it.  My theory is that Sayid beat the hell out of him and left him for dead.  I base this on Sayid’s surprised reaction to seeing Ben get on the plane.  He didn’t look Hurley surprised, he looked “what the hell are you doing alive?” surprised.

Sayid in custody?  And going to Guam?

Sayid in custody? And going to Guam?

2. Speaking of Sayid, why is he in the custody of a federal marshal and what is he doing on the plane?

When last we saw Sayid, he swore that he would kill Jack or Ben if he came upon them again (hence the face beating theory with Ben) and he wasn’t returning to the island.  Alright, I get that.  So why was he on the Guam flight with everyone else?  My best guess is that Ben turned him in as a hired killer or something and he was being deported.  Why at that time and why to Guam?  You got me!  We’ll chalk that up to fate and move the hell on.

What happened to make Kate get on the plane?

What happened to make Kate get on the plane?

3. Where is Aaron?

Kate went from absolutely not going back to the island to crying in Jack’s room and telling him that she would go.  When Jack asked about Aaron, she told him never to ask about him again.  Alrighty, so where is the little blond boy?  I have two theories on that one.  My favorite theory comes from Sawyer’s secret whispered to Kate before he jumped out of the helicopter.  My thought has long been that he told her about his daughter, Clementine, and asked her to check on her and make sure that she was happy and healthy.  Kate has met Sawyer’s baby momma in the past so perhaps when she went to check on the kid they remembered one another and rebonded and became friends.  I think Kate went to her and asked her to take care of Aaron while she’s away.

My other, less satisfying theory is that Claire’s mom was still in town and Kate told her the truth and handed over the kid.  Plausible but I prefer the Sawyer tie in, especially after Kate had comfort sex with Jack this episode.

Hurley's clearly not happy to see Ben, this cracked me up.

Hurley's clearly not happy to see Ben, this cracked me up.

4. How in the hell did Hurley get out of jail and why did he get on the plane?

Hurley seemed pretty gung ho about not listening to Jack and Ben, to the point that he admitted to Sayid’s murders and got slapped in prison.  Somehow, within 72 hours or so of that occurrence, he’s gotten out of jail and he’s even allowed to fly on an airplane with no repercussions.   Okay!  I’m sure Ben’s lawyer was instrumental in his release but how he got him approval to fly is beyond me.  Unless all charges were dropped on Hurley and are now on Sayid?

As to why he got on the plane?  It’s pretty clear that Hugo was well aware that they’re headed back to the island and I think the only thing that would make him fall in would be a visit from one of his ghost friends.  And the ghost friend most likely to convince him would be Charlie in my opinion.  His best pal.  I am definitely looking for Dom to appear in another flashback episode.

I forgot to mention that, clearly we’re going get flashbacks again for the rest of the season on what transpired in those 46 hours between Scary Poppins’ lecture and the Losties being back on the island.  Let the mindfuck begin again!

5.  Who is Jack’s grandfather?

Everything means something on Lost, so Jack getting a call about his grandfather and heading off to the nursing home is important.  And I think it means more than just grabbing a pair of Christian’s shoes for Dead Locke to wear.  Since Christian appears to be a favorite of the island somehow, it stands to reason that Christian’s father must be important in some way.  His name is Ray, which disappointed me as I bought into Tripp’s theory that perhaps Jacob is Christian’s father and Jack’s grandfather.  Could still be of course, but he’s alive and well so who knows?  I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Ray, that’s all I’m saying.

Frank looks way better now, maybe shaving is his way of accepting fate?

Frank looks way better now, maybe shaving is his way of accepting fate?

6. Did the plane crash?  Are they all on the island now?  Is Frank alive?

These are all related so we’ll slap them together.  Thus far we know that Hurley, Jack and Kate are all back on the island.  I assume the others are there somewhere as well, though I do wonder if Ben is actually allowed back or not?  And we don’t really know if the plane crashed or not as we haven’t seen any evidence that it did.  Perhaps the island just yanked the Losties out and left the rest be?

I thought it was was wicked cool to have Frank be the pilot and I recognized his voice even before he said his name.  He was supposed to have been the pilot the first time around but Greg Grunberg took his place, so it was clearly his fate to crash on the island at some point or other.  LOVED his reaction when he saw Jack and the others and said, “we’re not going to Guam are we?”  I’m worried that Frank will get the Grunberg death treatment now, but hopefully he’s alive and well and going to rejoin his fellow freighter folks soon.

7.  Has the island stopped moving in time now?

This may hearken back to Scary Poppins lecture but I’ll have to rewatch and see about that.  We know that they’re in the 70’s now I think.  Jin pulled up in the working Dharma van (Hurley’s face was priceless when he saw that thing again) and he was wearing the Dharma gear.  So are Jin and co now working with Dharma?  And are our Losties all going to be stuck in the 70’s?  I had assumed that once the Oceanic 6 returned to the island that the time jumping was going to stop.  That is why they were supposed to return, right?  So the nose bleeds and death would stop because the island would settle the hell down?  I don’t know that I want our peeps to be stuck 30 years in the past for the rest of time though, so we’ll see.

The thing that came to mind when I saw Jin in the Dharma jumpsuit and started pondering the whole stuck in the 70’s thing was to wonder if now all our Losties are doomed to end up as bones in that pile of Dharma people that Ben gassed!  Wouldn’t that be a depressing as hell way to end the show?  To find out that they’re all dead at the hands of Ben?  I know that won’t be the case but it did enter my mind.

8. What happened to Desmond?

When last we saw our friend, he was being being stupefied that Jack and Sun were going to go back to the island.  Scary Poppins informed him that the island wasn’t done with him either, but he wasn’t on that plane, nor did I expect him to be.  My guess is he’ll show up there again, but when that will be I don’t know.  I wonder if he and Penny will sail there on accident?

He also could have been the Ben beater now that I think about it.  Ben still wants to get back at Widmore for Alex’s death and he plans to kill Penny, so maybe he went down to the marina to do that and Desmond stopped him.  I think Sayid is the most likely candidate but we may as well cover all our bases.

This face was very similar to mine upon reading Locke's suicide note.

This face was very similar to mine upon reading Locke's suicide note.

9. What kind of suicide note was that?

I have to give it to Locke, he even manages to be annoying when he’s offing himself.  His note itself was annoying but so was Jack’s refusal to read it til the very end of the show.  Wouldn’t you be dying to know what it said?  I sure was, I was screaming READ THE NOTE at Jack every time I saw him.  Then he finally does and all it say is, “I wish you had believed me.”  The hell?

It is funny that Jack read that right after Ben told him that it wasn’t his fault, what happened to all of them on and off island after he left.  Jack seemed to listen and then he reads that and I’m sure he’s back to blaming himself after all.  Good old Locke, it’s never his fault is it?   Never mind that Christian told him that HE was the one who was supposed to have moved the island.  Nope, everything is on Jack for not staying.  Whatever Locke.  Not everyone wants to hand themselves over to a mystical island til the end of time.

Of course this does reinforce the idea that Jack might be the most important of them all to the island.  Christian’s constant presence led credence to that theory as well, but I always assumed that Locke was the one the island loved above all others.  Maybe not.  Maybe Jack has to come back and battle it out for island supremacy.  Maybe that’s the trick, this has really been one long ass episode of Survivor and we didn’t know it!

10.  Locke becomes Christian.  Jack becomes Locke.  Sayid becomes Kate?

Bear with me on this one, it’s the last group of thoughts I have on the show and not really a question, I know that.  But it seems to me that everybody is adopting new roles.  Locke is the dead guy on the plane this time, brought aboard by Jack, just like Christian was.  Wearing Christian’s shoes, because it was important that he have something of Christian’s with him for some unknown reason.  Probably to zap him back to life.  Who knows?

Jack had to become Locke.  He had that conversation with Ben in the church, when Ben told him about Doubting Thomas having to touch Jesus and whatnot instead of just believing what he’d been told.  Jack has always been the doubter while Locke has been the man of faith, but since he’s been off the island Jack’s felt that pull to go back in a way that none of the rest of them did.  He’s had to give up that rational side and believe more in the mystical fate side in order to return to the place where apparently he belongs, just like Locke told him.  I wish you’d believed me indeed, Locke.

Sayid is in Kate’s place right now, shackled and being guarded by a federal marshal.  I don’t know the whys of this but the parallels are there.  Nor do I know who Hurley and Sun and Kate and Ben are now, I just thought it was interesting the way some of the characters were playing new roles.  If I thought hard enough I could probably decide who they were but I’d just be playing a game and this is long enough as it is!

So those are my questions and possible answers from one long night of pondering a TV show.  I think it’s a good thing this show ends in a year, clearly I need to get back to mindless TV that lets me sleep like a baby at night.  Next week is Lockecentric, so I’m sure to be annoyed and confused again.  Talk to you then!

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When in doubt, blame Locke!

When in doubt, blame Locke!

I am very angry at myself, fellow Lost fans.  You see, I’ve disliked Locke for ages now.  Pretty much from the time he blew up that submarine I have been irritated with him.  His self-centered belief that he had to stay on the island and so did everybody else because he said so aggravated me to no end.  Of course it seems he was right, but that was irrelevant.  I didn’t like his actions and I certainly didn’t like his naivete when it came to trusting my awesome Ben.  Locke is so Ben’s bitch and he falls for his manipulation every single time.  That part I find amusing along with annoying.

So why am I mad?  Because I didn’t even remotely think to blame Locke for the current mess on the island.  And I totally could have, it turns out!  Locke climbs down a well, again thanks to Charlotte telling him to do so, and gets stuck underground during one of the flashes, falling and breaking his leg. Then Christian Shepherd appeared to Locke and told him that HE was supposed to move the island, not Ben!  Hilariously Christian asks him when listening to Ben has ever done him any good and Locke was stunned into silence on that one.  No answer to that, huh John boy?  So cool.  So if Locke had moved the island, the presumption is they wouldn’t be flashing through time and bleeding from noses and cruelly dying.  Kudos, Locke, stay awesome!  He pushes the donkey wheel himself this time, bravo, and Christian tells him to say hello to his son.  Locke asks who that is but doesn’t get an answer as he flashes away in bright light.

Charlotte shortly before she died; the island claims another one.

Charlotte shortly before she died; the island claims another one.

Okay, Locke rant over.  Last night, Charlotte died.  Poor Charlotte.  Poor Daniel.  Poor Tripp, shipper of Charlotte and Daniel who is now calling herself the angel of death for killing TV couples.  This is Lost though so there’s always the possibility that we’ll be seeing her again.  Actually I’m fairly sure we will see the younger her sometime in the near future.  Right before she died she told Daniel that she grew up on the island and she remembered a crazy man warning her not to come back to the island or she would die.  She told him that she was pretty sure that crazy man was him and Daniel actually looked surprised by that, so I’m thinking he hasn’t actually done it yet.  Of course I don’t think he can change her actions but I bet he’ll still try.  Maybe he could give her the constant idea that ended up helping him and Desmond?  I dunno.  I still hold out hope that we haven’t seen the last of Charlotte.

Jin dealing with his new surroundings, he handled it pretty well.

Jin dealing with his new surroundings, he handled it pretty well.

We got a lot of Jin this episode, which is always a good thing!  He ran around with the Frenchies for awhile and tried to help them avoid the smoke monster but they didn’t listen so very much.  Bad idea.  Oh, by the way, kudos to casting for finding a lot of French speaking hotties for the roles; those were some good looking guys.  I was sorry to see them die.  Yay to the day players.  (What is it with French day players?  DOOL had a few hot French guys a few months ago too, maybe I should move?)  Smokey got ahold of some girl named Nadine and gave her the Greg Grunberg treatment from the pilot episode and spit her out at her pals.  Then he got a hold of blond Frenchman (totally hot or to borrow from his country, tres hot!) and dragged him into his hidey hole.  Danielle’s babydaddy got hold of his arm and tried to wrestle him away from the monster but that only resulted in ripping off his arm.  Ick!  They went after the monster but Jin convinced Danielle to stay back with him.  Then he flashed ahead, very shortly ahead it seems, to see a couple of the Frenchies shot and Danielle facing off with her babydaddy.  He tells her that he’s not sick and the monster was just a guardian of the temple and Danielle starts to believe him.  He then tried to shoot her but his gun failed and she shot him.  Then she caught site of Jin and shot at him but fortunately he flashed again.

Hot Frenchies!

Hot Frenchies!

And who should come upon him but Sawyer and co?  Sawyer’s heartfelt hug of joy was just awesome to see.  Poor Jin was heartbroken when he heard that Sun was gone but he heeded Charlotte’s warning that he needed to make sure she didn’t return.  He gave Locke his wedding ring to take as proof that he was dead but Ben instead used it to prove that he was alive.  Tricky Ben!

Things are not all rosy for Ben this episode though.  Kate screams at him and Jack and takes off with Aaron, clearly having no intention of returning to the island with them.  Sayid tells Ben and Jack that if he ever sees them again it will be unpleasant for all of them and takes off on his own as well. (Threats from Sayid are a powerful thing!)  Sun keeps a gun trained on Ben but agrees to go with him and Jack to see his proof.  I loved the scene in the car when Ben channeled everybody’s father and pulled the car over screaming at Jack and Sun to shut the hell up and that he’d done what he had to do and they’d ‘be thanking him if they do knew everything he’d done to ensure they’d all be safe.  This being Ben, who can say if it’s true or not, but he did seemingly convince them to continue on to the church.

There wasn't enough Sawyer in this episode so I had to include a pic instead!

There wasn't enough Sawyer in this episode so I had to include a pic instead!

Once outside the church he gives Sun the wedding ring and then they turn to see Desmond walking up wondering what they’re doing there.  He tells them that he’s there to meet Faraday’s mom, so we were all right with our assumption that Eloise Hawking is indeed his mother.  Ben seems surprised by Desmond’s appearance and by the news that Eloise is Daniel’s mom.  She greets them and chides Ben for not bringing them all together but says they’ll have to work with it anyway.  There was something extremely frightening about that woman…I don’t know what exactly it is but she scared me more than Ben does.

Next week, time travel explanations and theories.  In other words, I’ll be very confused again!  Also some Jate action (sorry Skate fans) and Hurley’s back!  Should be interesting!

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Ben continues to bend the Losties to his will.

Ben continues to bend the Losties to his will.

Last night’s Lost was as equally awesome as all the rest of them; though for me it was even more awesome because my Ben was back to wreaking his special brand of havoc in the lives of our favorite Losties!  You all may have picked up on my fondness for Mr. Benjamin Linus and it continues unabated as he gleefully pulls on Kate’s puppet strings this episode.  I think Ben could talk the Pope into killing someone if he was of a mind to do so.

Kate is really very lovely, isn't she?

Kate is really very lovely, isn't she?

So last night Kate went to see the lawyer who wants her to submit to a blood test and tried to demand to know who his client was.   He said he’d ask but he was pretty sure that the client wasn’t going to allow him to release that info; so ever the enterprising Kate followed him to a hotel room.  While she was waiting to follow him, Jack came to warn her that some guy who tried to attack Sayid was carrying her address.  He went to the hotel with her and they saw Claire’s mother at the door.  Kate started freaking out because the woman does have claim to Aaron, so Jack offered to go talk to her.  He started to tell her why they lied about Aaron but she didn’t know that name; she’d just come there to collect on her Oceanic settlement for Claire’s death.  Jack lets that be that and goes to tell Kate that she’s not the client.  So who was???

Aaron is the pawn in Ben's game.

Aaron is the pawn in Ben's game.

Well we find that out rather quickly because the lawyer’s next stop is at the police station where he meets Ben and Sayid.  Ben tells him to get Hurley out of jail and the lawyer heads off to do that I guess.  Sayid and Ben head to the marina to meet up with Jack and Kate; who’ve also called Sun to bring Aaron.  Annnnnd everybody but Hurley is back together again!  But they’re not so very happy.  One look at Ben and Kate knows it was him that set her up.  Jack tries to tell her no, Ben’s on their side, but Ben being Ben just tells her that he did indeed set her up.  When she asks why, Ben tells her that Aaron is not her child.  Like he cares about that, who raised Alex all those years?  But we all know, he threatened her with losing the kid so he could get her to go back to the island with the rest of them.  Sun, seeing her nemesis, glances at Aaron for a moment but decides that a 3 year old won’t be bothered by violence so she gets out her gun and goes to confront Ben.  I so cannot wait for next week to see Ben talk his way out of that one.  Of course he is going to use Jin for that one isn’t he?

Sun's hubby is alive!!!

Sun's hubby is alive!!!

Because lo and behold, Jin is alive!  The French science team that Rousseau was with came upon him floating upon a piece of wood in the ocean.  They hauled him into their raft and took him to land.  The woman in the group tries talking to him and Jin lets them know that he can speak some English.  She leans closer to him and we see her baby belly and she introduces herself as Danielle.  Rousseau!!!  Poor Jin, he’s going to be rather confused about this whole time travel thing and language barrier should be fun to overcome.  Still, I’m thrilled that he’s back on the show and still alive.  Jin’s cool.

Hopefully Jin will stumble across the rest of the islanders in the near future.  We opened with them with Charlotte and her bloody nose; after a few minutes she recovered and they decided to head to the Orchid Station to try to deal with this whole time travel situation.  They tried to figure out “when” they were but nobody knew.  They stumbled upon the sounds of a woman screaming and Sawyer went to check it out.  He ran across Kate helping Claire deliver her baby.  This was the most poignant part of the night and when I find a picture of Sawyer’s face while watching Kate deliver that baby I will surely post it.  If ever there was an expression of complete and utter love, he was wearing it.  It was jarring to see Sawyer look so unguarded with his feelings.  Kudos to Josh Holloway for that scene.  He said a million words with just one look.

Sawyer went back to his cronies but wouldn’t tell them what he saw.  They run across some kayak’s on the beach containing bottles of French water and decide to kayak to the other side of the island.  They hit the water and all of a sudden bullets are flying in their direction.  Their pursuers are gaining upon them and then the island gives them a timely gift; flashing them to the time when Rousseau’s team was new to the island.  Of course they land in a huge rain storm but at least they’re not being shot at anymore.

Other things worth mentioning were the fact that Miles and Juliet both got nose bleeds as well.  Theirs were slight but they are starting to feel the effects of the time travel as well.  So much for my theory that if you were born on the island you couldn’t handle the time travel.  I believe Miles and Charlotte were but Juliet wasn’t.  So I have no clue why some people are affected and some are not.

Also, I always have to throw some joy in for any scene where Sayid is kicking major butt.  He was in the hospital and some orderly comes in to give him an injection.  He turns around to shoot some darts at Sayid but Sayid is not in the bed and he sneaks up on the guy and starts knocking him around.  Sayid ends up darting him and finding the piece of paper that sets Jack off to find Kate.

Jack's buying into Ben's plan 100%

Jack's buying into Ben's plan 100%

As usual, I can’t wait til next week to see what is happening both on and off island.  How is Ben going to prove to Sun that Jin is still alive?  Will any more of the Losties get nose bleeds?  How do we keep all of them from ending up like blondie in England?  How will Ben get Hurley out of jail?  When will Jin meet up with Sawyer and Co?  When will Desmond get to LA and run into everyone else?  Does he have to go back as well? What else does Ben have up his sleeve? (I could ask this every week, hehe)

So many questions, but this year we seem to be getting answers at least and some of them will resolve quickly no doubt!  I’ll be back with you next week to discuss whatever else our island reveals.

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Daniel & his mother? Inquiring minds want to know!  From ABC.com

Daniel & his mother? Inquiring minds want to know! From ABC.com

Oh, the hubris!  Last week in my first Lost blog I dared write that I understood what was going on.  I fooled myself into believing that I’d be able to follow this whole time travel thing; that I got it!  Ha!  Brag and you shall be smacked down.  Damon and Carlton probably did it on purpose.  Give them a little understanding in the first two episodes of the year and then hit them with the hard stuff.  Alright, fine, I will attempt to rise to the challenge then!

Since this is my first year blogging Lost, none of you have experienced the Desmond effect with me.  I love Des, I really do, but every time he is featured in an episode they are by far the most confusing and confounding for me.  I usually exit them with a headache and a WTF? face.   I’m like Sawyer, scowling at everything in sight because I just don’t understand.  So I don’t know why I was surprised knowing that this was a Des episode that I got Lost almost immediately.  Lost, such an apt name!   Throw Daniel into the mix and you’re just asking for a migraine to form.  I like him as well but he’s the other time travel dude and I had a hard time with his flashback episode as well.  I guess I better get used to it since this season is all about time travel, huh?

Anyway, we started off with Desmond frantically looking for a doctor.  He found one and we came upon pregnant Penny in labor.  She gave birth to a baby boy, Charlie.  Say it with me now, Awwww!!!  He named him after our dearly departed Lostie.  I get the feeling we’ll be seeing him again this year, probably trying to convince Hurley to return to the island, or not to return.  We shall see!  Anyway, flash ahead to real time Des who is determined to go to Oxford to find Daniel’s mom and help the islanders.  Penny is most displeased but resigned to it.  Des goes to Oxford and there’s no record of Daniel or his mother having taught there.  He investigates and finds Daniel’s rat maze and chalk board all covered up and sees a picture of Daniel and some blond woman looking like a happy couple.  A janitor comes in and gives Desmond some info about them covering up Daniel’s involvement at the school based upon what he’d done to the blond woman.

Desmond goes to see about her and finds her in some kind of vegetative state.  Her sister tells Des that Daniel caused it and that he’d just run off to America instead of staying to deal with it.  Apparently sis does wake up now and then and claims that she’s been somewhere else in time.  AHA!  She must have traveled with Daniel through time and gotten the headache/bloody nose that we see in Charlotte now and it eventually fried her brain.  Lovely.  Poor Daniel, doomed to love women who can’t handle time travel.  Oops, I wandered.  Desmond learns that Charles Widmore is fitting the bill for the woman, because Daniel was researching for him when it happened.  This sets Des off and he goes to confront Charles and demands to know where Faraday’s mom is.  Charles gets snippy with him but does give him the address.  He implores that Desmond NOT take Penny to the island, to leave it all alone.  Des returns to Penny and tells her Daniel’s mom is in LA but claims he’s not going to go after her.  Penny knows her man and tells him they’ll all go, he won’t be able to put it aside for long.  Off they head to LA and the Oceanic 6!!!  Reunions, you gotta love em!

As for our boy Daniel, he’s busy in the year 1954, saving Charlotte from stepping on a landmine and then checking out a hydrogen bomb.  Confusing at all?   Well in their latest flash, they went to 1954 and were captured by Richard’s men.  Daniel ascertained that there was a bomb on the island; ostensibly because of some radiation burns on one of the soldiers but more likely because he was on the island and part of the people who put the bomb there.  Or he saw them do it.  (A moment to pause and enjoy that I used the words ascertained and ostensibly in the same sentence, Lost makes me so cerebral, HAHA).  Anyway, he convinces Richard to let him take a look at the bomb because he’ll know how to help them.  Richard agrees but only after Daniel reveals that he loves Charlotte; he just blurts it out in front of her and Miles and random British chick, who I am thinking might actually be his mother.  I think her name is Ellie.  Charlotte’s eyes pop wide at the revelation but she doesn’t say anything.

Ellie takes Daniel to the bomb and he tries to get her talking but she’s not so big on the communication.  We come upon some tower holding a bomb.  Daniel climbs up and sees a leak; he gets down and tells her that they need concrete to bury the bomb.  She wants him to disarm it like he said he would and he tells her burying it will work.  She wonders how he could know that and he tells her he just came from 50 years later and the island is still there so obviously the bomb won’t blow.  She is rather disbelieving of this claim; I wonder why?  She’s pretty much ready to shoot Daniel despite the fact that shooting him around a leaky H-bomb would not be the wisest course of action; but Sawyer shows up and tells her to drop the gun.  Juliet recommends everybody drop their guns.   That’s as far as we get there before a flash takes the Losties away, no more British peeps with guns.

I did love when Daniel had a moment alone (tho Miles the annoyance was there!) with Charlotte and she told him he didn’t have to lie about loving her to convince Richard to let him deal with the bomb.  It was the perfect out for Daniel right there but instead of taking it, he said that he does indeed love her.  Before she could really absorb that one he was off to look at the bomb.   When they reunited they didn’t have the chance to talk about it at all before Charlotte got another bloody nose and collapsed.

Prior to that, Locke has wandered in to chat with Richard and show him the compass he gave him.  He tells Richard that Jacob sent him, which I believe is a lie; but whatever.   The mention of Jacob gives Richard pause and Locke informs him that he, Locke, is his leader.  Richard laughs about that one and says that leaders are chosen at a very young age.  Locke tells him to come visit him in 2 years when he’s born.  HA!  And of course we know he does visit when Locke’s about 10 or so thanks to a flashback from a year or two ago.  Locke demands that Richard tell him how he gets off the island because he has to save it.  Richard is not big on giving out this info and before Locke can convince him he must; zap!  Locke’s with the rest of the Losties in some unknown time.

Ooops, I forgot to highlight one very important thing in that Locke visit with Richard.  The army guy that got away from Sawyer and Juliet and Locke; the one Locke could have shot but refused to because he was one of “his people” was a guy bearing the name tag Jones.  But when he was threatening to kill Locke, Richard called him Widmore!  And Locke looked at him and said, “Charles Widmore” and Widmore said something along the lines of “What’s it to you?” and Locke smiled.  So, we have Charles on the island probably 20 some years before Ben shows up.  Interesting to see what kind of interaction those two are going to have to make them sworn enemies, isn’t it?  My friend, Tripp, thinks maybe Ben’s girlfriend Annie will be Widmore’s daughter, which is a possibility; tho I think maybe she’s Widmore’s wife or mother of a certain blond chick.  The timing may be wrong there, but with all this time jumping who can say?

So that was the episode, and I guess maybe it wasn’t as confusing as I thought it was but still it messed with my head.  We had more questions arise than answers this week I think.   I look forward to next week, seeing my Ben and Sayid and co again.  I want to know how they’re going to get back and how they’re going to convince Hurley to go.  I want to know if Charlotte is going to go insane like the blond girl or if Daniel can find a way to save her.  I want to know how Ben and Charles become enemies.  I want to know what Richard’s deal is, why he never ages.  I want to know a lot more things than that but this blog is long enough as it is.  I love this show, but it sure drives me nuts.  No more Des heavy eps for a few weeks I hope, I can’t handle too many in a row!

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Nothing says romance like hooking up with some other guy at your engagment party!

Nothing says romance like hooking up with some other guy at your engagement party!

Ha, it occurs to me that reading the title of my blog might make the less informed think that I was actually engaged in the happenings on Days of Our Lives right now.  Rest assured, though, nothing could be further from the truth.  I just decided to check in with my obligatory Dan/Chloe blog before they hit the sheets tomorrow.  I would spoiler that but I think everyone knows it’s coming, what with them making out at her engagement party the other day.  Someone not watching might think this wasn’t a big deal, but seeing as her engagement party is to celebrate her future marriage to Lucas, well, it’s not the classiest thing I’ve ever seen happen on Days.  Not that that bar is very high.

One kiss and off comes the shirt!

One kiss and off comes the shirt!

I thought I would examine the evolution of Danloe and let you see why I don’t like it but at the same time I can’t ignore it because it is the most riveting thing on the show right now.  First, one must know the “love story” that is Lucas/Chloe.  See, Chloe came back from Austria minus her husband, Brady.  Initially nobody knew where he was but then it turned out that his grandfather had him kidnapped and thrown into rehab for his drug addiction.  For some reason everyone in town blamed Chloe for his drug addiction even though he is a grown man, but whatever.  Chloe was lonely and one day she popped over to talk to Lucas and ask him be her friend.  He was busy being angry about EJami sex and his sharing the DiMera quarters (for some inexplicable reason) and he agreed.  Even though he was on house arrest, he got some special tool and broke out of his leg monitor and went to the docks where he saw Chloe crying.  So he called her to make her feel better.  It was quite special as I’m sure you can imagine.  Then he called her another day and decided to break out of DiMansion and go to the hotel she was staying in.  She met him in the elevator, there was a power outage, she hyperventilated and he screwed her to shut her up.  It was quite romantic as you can no doubt tell.  They’ve been a couple ever since and supposedly love one another despite the fact that she didn’t want to be a mother to his child and that they don’t seem to have anything in common at all.

What do you mean inappropriate?  I don't know the meaning of that word!

What do you mean inappropriate? I don't know the meaning of that word!

Enter Daniel!  I’ve chronicled the story of Dr. Dan in many a blog (way too many) so I won’t rehash it all here.  Suffice it to say that he has a jones for any sick chick in town and he was romancing a girl (I emphasize the word girl here) half his age after he screwed her grandmother.  It was also quite romantic.  Then the girl got mad that he sexed up her granny and dumped him, which was a relief to most of the viewership of Days.  Then he got with grandma, probably because she was ill with cancer and nothing could be hotter to him.  Then he found out Chloe once had cancer herself and immediately got interested in her.  It was like a light turned on, I’ve never seen anything like it.  Anyway, he started fantasizing about her and she about him and then Grandma dumped him.  Dan and Chloe have had a couple meaningful gazes and tense discussions and of course the infamous exam room breast grope (SO HOT!) and then we got the hot and heavy make out at her engagement party.  Higley, romance is thy middle name!

I'm confused?  Which niece am I hooking up with this week?

I'm confused? Which niece am I hooking up with this week?

So, here’s how it all went down.  Kate bought Chloe a special dress to wear for the big party.  When I say big party, I mean big.  The majority of the party was Lucas, Kate, Chloe, Dan, Chelsea, Stephanie and Max.  Victor showed up to rain on the parade and Nicole and EJ stopped in.  Quite the shindig, 10 whole people!  Chloe went upstairs to change and Dan followed her up there to have a confrontation about how she shouldn’t be going through this charade with Lucas anymore and how she wanted him above and beyond everything.  That apparently made her hot and they started going at it.  Lucas came upstairs after about an hour to find out where Chloe was and hilariously was talking to her through the door asking her what she was doing and what was taking so long.  Poor, clueless Lucas.  He really should just chuck it all and go gay at this point because the woman thing is just not working out for him.  I would give you more detail on the action but that would require more attention than I pay this show these days.

Tomorrow Chloe goes over to Dan’s to tell him she can’t be with him anymore, which inevitably leads to them having sex all over his apartment.  Naturally.  And, unbelievably, they get their own musical montage.  What is there to show?  Breast grope and engagement make out?  And of course him carrying her on the docks after she sprained an ankle.  Really quite a lot of history to mine from there.  The sad thing is that I could have actually approved of this pairing were it not for the breast grope in the exam room.  That turned me off right there and pretty much lost me forever.  They actually have chemistry, they’re attractive together and they make more sense than Lucas/Chloe and Dan/Chelsea ever could or did.  But you don’t start a potential relationship by having a guy sexually harass his patient.  Her finding that hot is just disturbing and I can’t support it, I really can’t.

Why is Higley turning me into such a ho?  What have I ever done to her?

Why is Higley turning me into such a ho? What have I ever done to her?

Even sadder than all that is the fact that they are by far the most interesting pairing on the canvas right now.  EJ/Nicole is all about her babyrabies and his unfortunate hair and cluelessness to her baby deception.  Philip/Stephanie are all about Melanie and boringness.  Chex is just too stupid for words and a return to UncleFucking which worked so well with Stax.  Sami/Rafe is actually a whole new level of boring that I don’t even have words for; I think I slip into a coma every time they’re on screen.  So Dan/Chloe really are it as far as new pairings go.  It’s just unfortunate that Higley went the way she did with them.  I could understand her cheating on Lucas (who wouldn’t?) but her falling for a guy that groped her in an exam room just drives me insane.  Kudos to Higley for ruining yet another potential pairing, at this point she’ll have nothing left to do but have blood relatives hook up.  You know it’s her next step!  Viva la romance!

Day's worst crime by far, ruining the hotness that is EJ with this hair.

Day's worst crime by far, ruining the hotness that is EJ with this hair.

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