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Lost: Eggtown

Claire: "The last thing I ever thought I'd be good at, being a mom. You know, you should try it sometime."

Future Kate was tried for her father's murder, and she plea bargained. It's over. And with a baby and ten years of probation, she can't run any more. Another huge plot point resolved. And only three hundred more plot points introduced. We're making progress.

Claire would never give up Aaron voluntarily. And why would future Jack, who admitted he still loved Kate, turn down Kate's invitation? The only reason I could think of was that Jack knew that Claire was his sister, and that it was too painful to see Aaron. Ergo, Claire is dead. And that doesn't jibe with Desmond's vision. Unless Claire was one of the Oceanic Six, and died after leaving the Island. But that wouldn't explain why Kate's mother thought Aaron was her grandson. I had a momentary theory that maybe Island Kate was lying to Sawyer about being pregnant, future Aaron was Kate and Sawyer's baby, and Claire's Aaron died. That would also explain Jack's reluctance to see future Aaron. But naaah. Too convoluted, even for Lost.

Jack lied on the stand, under oath, and Kate said she'd heard those lies many times. Eight people supposedly survived the crash. Who were the two who didn't make it? Not the marshal, because Jack said he died in the crash. And that Jack himself was hurt in the crash and Kate took care of everyone (which was actually what Jack did). How did Oceanic make all this jibe with the wreckage that was found in the Sunda Trench? Or did they?

Meanwhile, back on the Island, Kate just used Sawyer shamelessly to get something she wanted: information from Miles. She even hit him. And now, our love triangle has shifted yet again, and Sawyer just tossed Kate back to Jack. Is she running from commitment again? Kate and Claire and Sawyer and Hurley "playing house" was sort of fun. Those strange little houses are just fascinating, like toy houses outside of normal reality. There they are, in the middle of nowhere. No mortgages, no nasty neighbors, no streets, no shopping centers.

What the hell did the title of the episode, "Eggtown," mean? Was it a reference to the last two eggs that Locke threw against the wall? (Did the Others take most of their chickens with them to the Temple, then?) The fertility issues on the Island? Sawyer not getting Kate pregnant? Unless she was lying, of course. Or was it yet another literary reference? I saw a reference to a children's book called The Easter Egg Escapade by John Michael Williams. It's about a peaceful place called Eggtown where rabbits and chickens live together in harmony. They're attacked by thieving roosters from the forests and swamps outside town who come and steal Eggtown's eggs. That certainly sounds like the Others stealing the pregnant women and kids, doesn't it? Except that it was originally the Others' town.

Colonel Kurtz struck again, and Miles got a mouthful of hand grenade for breakfast. Locke really has turned into a dictator; a little power is a dangerous thing. Was Locke keeping Ben in the supposedly magical box? It was also a fun recreation of last season with Ben locked up in the hatch. I'd feel sorry for Ben if he were in the least bit sympathetic. Which he's not.

And the copter hasn't made it back to the freighter yet. Is it just the time distortion? Or did it end up in the Bermuda Triangle or something?

Character bits:

Katherine Ann Austin was wanted for fraud, arson, assault on a federal officer, assault with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, grand theft auto, and first degree murder. (I think we've seen all of them during the course of the series.) That's quite a list. How could someone say "not guilty" to all that with a straight face?

Kate had "one of the most recognizable faces in America." Again with the fame.

Future Jack was "himself" again, sober, beard-free, and still working at the hospital. Was it before or after Jack's addiction problem? If it was after, how come it took so long for the wheels of justice to catch up with Kate?

Sun and Jim were talking about where they wanted to live. Jin assumed they were going to America. Sun wanted to go back to Korea. What about her daddy?

Miles' boss is expending tons of time and energy in order to find Ben. And Miles knew that Ben had access to a lot of money.

Dan Faraday was having some sort of memory problem. He couldn't remember all three cards after a certain period of time. Time trouble, huh? How very interesting.

Aaron can't be one of the Oceanic Six. Technically, he was on the plane, though.

Sawyer called Miles "Bruce Lee" and Hurley "Montezuma."

Bits and pieces:

— The episode began with a close-up of Locke's right eye.

— The post-credits listed Aaron as "two year old" with no name. When did this flashforward take place? At least we know it was in California. (State flag and seal. Plus Jack lives in Los Angeles.)

— Kate was again listening to Patsy Cline, who died in a plane crash. I don't remember the title but it was the one about "I have your picture, she has you." Love triangle stuff again.

— The judge's nameplate said, "Honorable Arthur Galzethron." Galzethron? That looks like an anagram to me. What was it?

— Kate's lawyer, Duncan, was played by Shawn Doyle. You're going to love this. Shawn Doyle played a serial killer named Jack Shepard (I'm not kidding) in a time travel movie called Frequency. The producers must have been dying to bring him in at some point. Even better, Elizabeth Mitchell played the female lead in that same movie. Wow.

— The "enhanced" version of "The Economist" said that the writers called the Other's little neighborhood "New Otherton" and that it's a YMCA camp on Oahu.

— Hurley wanted to watch either Xanadu or Satan's Dream. I think both of those titles have pretty obvious meanings.

— Locke gave Ben a book to read: Valis by Philip K. Dick. Sawyer was reading a book whose title I couldn't see. (People have written in to tell me it was The Invention of Morel).

— Sawyer served Kate some Dharma Initiative box wine. Yum. There were Dharma playing cards, too.

— Why did Miles want 3.2 million dollars? Why exactly 3.2?

— Future Jack looked particularly yummy and somehow different, and I couldn't put my finger on why. And then I realized. No stubble.

— Was it me, or did Emilie deRavin look like she was wearing a wig?


Kate: "He's still in the rec room, right?"
Hurley: "No, we moved him to the boat house... you just totally scooby-dooed me, didn't you?"

Duncan: "I want him in the courtroom."
Kate: "Absolutely not."
Duncan: "We need him, Kate. It will generate tremendous sympathy."
He was talking about Aaron, not Jack. Sympathy.

Juliet: "Maybe we should try a number other than the boat. Like 911."

Locke: "And the rest of the group. What are they saying?"
Sawyer: "I think they're saying baaaaa."

Ben: "You've arranged this meeting so that you could blackmail me?"
Miles: "It's extortion, if you want to get technical."
Ben: "Three point two? Well, why not three point three or three point four?"

Solid, but not great; I'm going with three out of four polar bears,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. What a fascinating episode. There was such an information dump that I had to watch it twice and I still don’t believe I caught everything that there was to catch.

    The Locke/Ben dynamic continues to intrigue. On the one hand, Locke has the upper hand; eating Ben’s food, living in his house and, my personal favourite, sleeping in his bed. Yet, Ben is still able to manipulate the man to such a degree that he throws away the last two eggs and has to ask Sawyer for validation. Frankly, I think Ben is winning.

    I’m surprised that Sawyer continues to put up with Kate’s shenanigans. She uses him shamelessly, and then doesn’t even “go all the way” to thank him. (Pretty smart on her part as the last thing she wants is to get pregnant on the island.) I loved the final scene where he sends her back to Jack. The smack was, I think, a direct result of Kate’s knowing that Sawyer is right. She does continue to bounce back and forth.

    As a lawyer, I love watching the legal system on television. This one was no exception. I loved the scene where the lawyer thinks he can get her 15 years. He must be one hell of an attorney. Most murder one charges are bargained down to 15; the DA wouldn’t have just forgotten all the other charges. In reality, Kate would have been lucky to get anything that held the remote possibility of parole. Having said that, Kate’s mom would have been a very difficult witness for the prosecution. For one thing, they would have to overcome the hearsay rule (never easy); for another, the widow of the victim is hardly a dispassionate witness.

    Jack’s story completely stunned me. I can’t wait to see why they came up with that particular story. Was it just in case they found themselves in this exact situation? If so, I find it telling that Kate would be fine with the story until it came to Jack having to commit perjury. The story also explains why Jack was so concerned that Hurley, if he had indeed gone crazy, would tell the truth. What truly worries me is that if they are telling this story, why have they left or forgotten about all the others on the Island?

    The story about Aaron is interesting. I must admit that at one point during my first watch I wondered if the baby were Aaron, then dismissed that as being ridiculous. My bad. I love the change in Kate during the course of the episode. At the island, she doesn’t want to pick up the fussy baby because she’s “not good with babies.” By the end, she is fiercely protective and holds him close.

    But, you’re right in that if Claire is not one of the Six, then Desmond’s vision was wrong. We never actually saw the vision. Could Desmond have lied because he had another reason for ensuring that Charlie sacrificed himself?

    For the record, the Patsy Cline song is “She’s Got You.” It’s about a woman mourning the fact that her boyfriend/husband has found another woman.

    Why did Miles want 3.2 million dollars? Why exactly 3.2? I kept trying to do the math, but all I could come up with was 1.6 twice.

  2. What a fascinating episode. There was such an information dump that I had to watch it twice and I still don’t believe I caught everything that there was to catch.

    Very true, ChrisB. But rewatching this episode--and Season Four is probably the season I know best--I got incredibly bored. I think the Kate stories are, at this point, really played out for me. This episode does have a huge amount of info, but very little entertainment value, I think.

  3. In Eggtown all of them try to make deal(Miles,Ben,Kate...)
    Kate used Hugo,Miles and Sawyer for her interest,but in the future will be categorical,won't use neither Jack nor Aaron for her trial(because she's a new woman and she loves both of them).
    Sawyer/Kate's affair ended up,between them never was trust or romance,she ran away(of course)from a superficial and selfish relationship without any future,easy and pleasant but unreal. She changed yet,she choose to settle down(in the future she will be so eager to stay with Jack,to come back her home).

  4. Unfortunately, someone keeps changing identities and posting hateful crap on this review, so I had to close it to new comments.