Monday, March 10Lost Monday - "The Other Woman."
Season 4 - Episode 6: "The Other Woman."
Another Lost Monday us upon us. We have much to discuss; it's good to be back.
For obsessive CDP readers, you'll know that the last week or two has been an...off one for yours truly. External circumstances got the best of me, took a carnival-style Clown Hammer to my weenal area and left me for dead. I fought through that crap, however, and I'm ready to lay out my creative groundwork for the remainder of the year. It starts today; you picked a good time to show up.
Wow, just throw a headset my way and I'd be Tony Robbins.
I needed a re-birth this weekend to shake the frustrations of Winter off of me, so I did the next-best thing by drinking myself into oblivion and starting from scratch. Sometimes, all you need to make a fresh start is a bottle of Jameson. It's cheaper than therapy, although it's probably not a great message to be sending out to the kids. My head hurts, I received a noise complaint from the neighbors and I haven't showered in three days, but I feel better than I have since Thanksgiving.
("Damn, it feels good to be an evil bastard.")
So, in short, I'm back. I'm refocused, re-energized and healthy. I'm sitting in my spotless office, listening to a Nat King Cole collaboration album with George Shearing, taking care of myself and preparing to launch into this week's Lost Monday. My Pac-Man playing has decreased during my mental hiatus, but my current high score is 35,080. I'll get better.
(Thanks to my late Great Grandmother for all the wonderful music.)
Sometimes, I don't think people know what they want. After the bizarre and polarizing Desmond episode we throttled through two weeks ago, a lot of folks were done with Lost. It had jumped the shark. It was too baffling. They didn't understand it. OMG, WTF?
However, after the slower-paced and far more understandable episode we got last week, still people wanted to complain. It didn't answer any questions. It hung around the house. Come on! What do you want? If there's one thing you should know by now concerning Lost, it's that they like to set the table in an unassuming fashion before all hell breaks loose. And trust me, with the last two episodes before the month-long break, all hell will break loose.
Shining like a beefy, smoke-flavored beacon in the night sky, it's the Thick & Meaty!
At the barracks, we see Juliet during her first week on the island, in a therapy session with Harper. Harper looks like the type of person that might stab your pets if you try to break up with her. Tom busts in and leads Juliet to Ben, who unveils Juliet's home to her. When Juliet asks why she should get such a nice place when she'll only be staying for six months, Ben laughs nervously and breaks into a full sprint for the jungle. He isn't seen for the rest of the episode.
Months later, Juliet is treating Goodwin for a burn when it's discovered that Goodwin is Harper's husband. That does stop him and Juliet from sleeping together, though. He just can't resist women that look like they're constantly thinking of ways to screw him over. Welcome to my world, Dude Who's About To Be Impaled.
("Hey Juliet, do you know how to treat an impaling?")
Ben finds out about this romantic tryst and becomes jealous, as he has a strong crush on Juliet. We find this out when he passes her a 'Check Yes Or No' letter during 4th Period Algebra One. She checks 'Maybe,' only furthering the problem. You can really scar a kid for life by leading them on like that, Juliet.
Harper also finds out about the affair, and she's more concerned with how Ben is going to take the news. Harper tells Juliet that 'she looks just like her,' just another of the hundreds of unnamed folks that I'm expecting to show up shortly before the series is over to make everything right in the world again. As a side note, do we really need another woman on the island that looks like another woman on the island? I'm starting to lose track of the stupid grins and dirty blonde hair.
(The latex skin hides the titanium skeleton pretty well.)
Juliet and Goodwin are sharing a date on the beach, with Goodwin talking about taking their relationship public. Juliet doesn't think this is a good idea, to which Goodwin asks why.
As we find out, when Flight 815 crashed, Ben pretty much sent Goodwin on a suicide mission to get him away from Juliet. Never underestimate the lengths a skinny, weird guy will go to end up with the woman he digs. We also find out that the 'list' given to Ben was handed down to him by someone else, and he's not questioning why he's keeping the people that were on it. Sounds like Ben works for the state.
("Hello, I was wondering if I could be slightly more relevant?")
In the final flashback, Ben leads Juliet to Goodwin's rotting husk, where he tells her that he knew about the affair. When Juliet freaks out, Ben reminds her that the reason she's still on the island is because "you're mine." He then awkwardly attempts to climb the gentle slope back to the Barracks while Juliet is left to grieve with Goodwin. Classy.
It's becoming obvious at this point that Ben isn't much more than a spoiled, squirrelly brat that resorts to murder, manipulation and genocide when things don't go his way. For the most part, however, he's mainly fueled by love and emotional neglect. By this regard, he's more of a tragic character than anything. Maybe if Daddy would have hugged him more, we could have prevented all of this. Nonetheless, it raises today's Question Of The Week.
"How Emo Is Benjamin Linus?"
Level 1 - My Chemical Romance/Jimmy Eat World.
Level 2 - The Get-Up Kids/The Promise Ring.
Level 3 - At The Drive-In/Fugazi.
Level 4 - Sunny Day Real Estate/The Cure.
Level 5 - Chris Crocker.
Of course, the correct answer is Level 6 - Weezer's Pinkerton. Thanks for playing!
ON THE ISLAND:
(Battered women. Sounds delicious, but that doesn't make it right.)
Daniel and Charlotte head off in search of the Tempest Station in private, as Jack and Juliet take off after them. In the jungle, Juliet sees Harper, who tells her than Ben wants her to kill Charlotte and Daniel when she finds them. Harper tells Juliet that he's still giving orders despite being held prisoner, and is "right where he wants to be." Typical nerd; that guy will find a basement to dwell in anywhere. All he needs is a bag of Doritos and a 12-sided die, and his weekend is booked solid.
Daniel and Charlotte are moseying towards the Tempest when Kate stumbles upon them and gets suspicious of their actions. She gets pistol-whipped for her actions, which I quite enjoyed. Kate should get knocked out every week, if you ask me.
Ben continues to manipulate Locke in the barracks. In exchange for a little bit of freedom, he offers to show Locke some information that he wants. In what I felt was a wasted opportunity, Locke simply asks him where he keeps the French Dressing. That guy just doesn't get it.
("I can't believe I'm in Speed Racer. I'll do anything for cash.")
Jack and Juliet find Kate, who informs them that Charlotte and Daniel had gas masks on them. Fearing that they are about to eradicate the entire island, they pick up the pace to the Tempest. As a side note, 'The Tempest' is also the name of a carnival ride I once rode as a child at a carnival. I threw up about eight Slim Jims and a pound of cotton candy. Thanks for reminding me of that, Lost.
Back at the Barracks, Ben shows Locke a piece of film starring Charles Widmore. He is the one who's responsible for the freighter and has been trying to find the island. Ben says that he doesn't know how Charles knows about the island, but that he probably wants to exploit it. He gives Locke all of the information he has collected on Widmore, yet Locke demands that he give him the identity of his spy on the freighter. Ben tells him, but we are left to wonder who it is.
(Charles Widmore: Kicking ass and raising hot daughters since 1956.)
Back at the Tempest, Juliet corners Daniel while he's frantically typing equations into the blaring computer. He claims that he's trying to make the poisonous gas inert, but Charlotte shows up and a catfight ensues. Charlotte backs up Daniel's story, saying that they are trying to prevent Ben from using the gas to kill everyone on the island. Daniel, true to form, stops the explosion seconds before time runs out. Way to go, jerk!
In the aftermath, Juliet and Jack have a moment where she tells him that Ben will stop at nothing to win this battle and keep her for his own. Jack uses this opportunity to introduce Juliet to his tongue. Nom nom nom.
Back at the Barracks, Ben is a free man, as Hurley and Sawyer look on in shock, horseshoes in hand. Smash-cut, episode over.
I quite enjoyed this episode. It sets the stage for two more thrilling episodes before the 4-5 week break. What you need to remember is that Season 4 is all about how they come to leave the island, Season 5 is all about what happens after they leave, and Season 6 is all about why they need to go back. By that way of thinking, you may be happier with the pacing and amount of questions being answered.
(Good hangover music.)
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4 - At the very beginning of the episode, you can see that one of Harper's therapy diplomas was from the Hanso Foundation. It's good to see that they hire their own; that creates brand loyalty and whatnot. Furthermore, it supports my current theory that Harper is an alien.
8 - When mentioned that Ben has already used poisonous gas to kill everyone on the island, this either refers to a situation we're not yet familiar with, or the time when he gassed everyone in DHARMA back in the day. It would also explain why people like Desmond and Kelvin felt they needed to wear Hazmat suits every time they ventured outside of the Hatch. Same deal for the 'seeekness' that Rousseau likes to blather about so much.
15 - So, how did Ben know that Charlotte and Daniel were heading to the Tempest? Sure, he could have gotten this information from his freighter spy, but how is he keeping in touch with him? Clearly, Locke wasn't doing a very good job of keeping tabs on Ben. It's just the same that he released him in exchange for some information; he sucks at keeping prisoners. I hope he pulled that grenade out of Miles' mouth at some point.
16 - For quite some time now, they have been dropping hints that Charles Widmore has an interest in finding this island. Interesting still is the fact that his daughter was trying to find it for seemingly different reasons. Crazier still is that during our flash-forward to a crazy Jack (the farthest we've flashed forward so far), the location of the island remains a secret to the general public, including Jack himself.
No joke there, just interesting.
(This is a rare and complicated medical procedure called 'The First Base.')
23 - Elizabeth Mitchell said that "it was emotionally draining shooting this episode" because she was intimidated by Matthew Fox's acting skills. Matthew Fox? Really? She later found out that it wasn't Matthew Fox she was impressed by, but a tree that she was merely leaning against. People are always mistaking that stupid tree for Matthew.
42 - Did Ben tell Locke who his man on the boat was? Yes. Will we find out next week? Yes. Will I tell you in The Preview? Yes. Do we know who this person is? Yes. Does my jaw sometimes click when I get up in the morning? Yes.
Close your eyes! Spoilers Ahoy! Wear something sexy! It's The Preview!
1 - Episode 7 will be titled 'Ji-Yeon,' and it is Jin and Sun-centric. The flash-device that they use this week will once again reinvent the format they've been tinkering with. Expect what the cast of the show say is the 'most shocking episode of the season.' Jiyeon is also the name of Jin & Sun's baby, so that should shed some light on the outcome of this episode for you.
2 - The official press release from ABC reads: "Juliet is forced to reveal some startling news to Jin when Sun threatens to move to Locke's camp. Meanwhile, Sayid and Desmond begin to get an idea of the freighter crew's mission when they meet the ship's Captain." Oh, and they traveled through time and everything you think you know is a lie. Perfect.
3 - By the end of this episode, the Oceanic 6 will be revealed. Expect a major death this week, of an original Flight 815 cast member. Serious stuff, folks. Also, expect to see it presented in a way that no other Lost death has been filmed.
(Oh, shake it off, Goodwin! Put some Robitussin on it.)
4 - Ben's man on the boat is Michael. That should be the huge cliffhanger leading us into the final episode of the first half of the season. Walt will show up eventually, too. For those who aren't too keen on the concept of time travel and parallel universe-stuff, you may want to buckle in for the rest of the season.
5 - This is a huge episode. Nothing more needs to be said here.
Well, there you have it, another Lost Monday in the books. Thanks for reading, sound off in the comments section and send all erotic photography to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, here are links to every Lost Monday so far this season. Enjoy your day.
Lost Monday - Episode 1 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 2 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 3 Pop Crunch Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 4 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 4 Pop Crunch Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 5 Recap.
Widmore's not that badass. If he were he wouldn't personally stomp infiltrators to death. He'd have people to do that for him.
I hope Jin dies. Then I'll be one step closer to having Sun to myself. She's mine, CDP! Mine!
Is Michael Emerson a crazy excellent actor guy or am I terrible at describing his talent? Both! In the scene where he shows Juliet the house, the slightest muscle twitch turns his smile from genuine to forced. How does he do it?
I also hope that Jin dies, if I had to pick one. If I were a betting man, I'd go with those odds. Although I just saw Yunjin Kim on a talk show, and the secondary cast normally doesn't do talk shows unless they're about to be killed off. Next week will tell.
For the Lost writers to foreshadow the seekness like that is incredible. You're probably right, and the fact that they didn't even hint at it for 3 years is just...man. Isn't it cool to watch a TV show with a perfectly thought-out story?
Or maybe Rousseau is just nuttier than an outhouse rat.
When are we going to see the big foot again?
You know, the one from the end of season TWO.
Do you think the writers had the whole Juliet-Goodwin-Ben bizarre love triangle in place before this episode? Or was it just a handy device to throw in to explain things more neatly?
Anyone recall the opening scene of season 3? Was harper there? Did she exchange an "I told you so" look with Juliet?
As far as the triangle goes, I think it was slightly in place beforehand, but was fleshed out more to tie some old Juliet stuff up and remind us that she looks just like someone from Ben's past.
I miss that crazy-ass statue. Maybe all of the Hostiles have 4 toes.
Google runs a bazillion programs (google, gmail, youtube, etc) at once, and Wordpress only has Wordpress.
There, I feel better. :)
Oh hey, CDP - I tried to work in a "...goes to Duke" reference on the latest dane101 podcast, but alas, failed to find the right opening.
EMILY - I heard the podcast, and I saw the opportunity come and go. I was seriously hoping you'd make it happen, but alas. Here's hoping that we'll both be a part of the next podcast.
And I'd be much happier thinking that the captain of the freighter was Mikhail, or better yet, Kelvin (yay Clancy Brown!), instead of Michael. We know Jin and Sun (and baby make three) get off the island. But I think Jin dies, off island, maybe.
Here's my question, would you rather be left paralyzed, buried, and used as Vincent's outhouse or left with a live grenade stuffed in your mouth?
Nooooooooooooooo! I thought that at first aswell, but if you consider he seemed to have some sort of fetish for Juliette, I'd say that's a bit creepy, even for Ben.
My money is on that girl ickle Ben was friends with in his flashback last season. You know, the one that gave him the freaky wooden doll? I'm guessing that he betrayed her in some way to get revenge on the DHARMA folks. It's something we'll probably end up exploring later in the show.
I'm pretty disappointed Michael's the guy on the boat to be honest. It was so obvious once you noticed his name in the opening credits all the time. I was hoping it was going to be someone utterly insane, like Mr Eko! THAT would be good!
Sorry for the lack of comments today; I took the day off of work.
Did anyone see a still image of Ben's mom? I know we saw her last season.
Hoping it's the little girl he was in love with. I mean when he was a little boy.
PS Qualified M?M on 9mm today so stay off my ship in port!