Lost: Episode 4.11 "Cabin Fever" Live Thoughts
Lost: Episode 4.11 "Cabin Fever" Live Thoughts
Last week on Lost, the island mysteries were pushed to the background while Jack dealt with a bursting appendix.  In the flash-forward, we learned that Jack and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) eventually got together, but the ghost of Jack's dad, coupled with Kate's late night phone calls, eventually drove the good doctor into the comforting arms of booze and pills.  Speaking of ghosts, Christian Shephard appeared on the island and convinced Claire to follow him into the jungle.  Where she went and why she left Aaron behind remains a mystery.

Tonight, Locke, Hurley, and Ben finally stop by Jacob's cabin for tea and scones.  I'll be updating with live thoughts throughout the episode.

I love an episode that starts with an oldies song, and this one kicks off with "Everyday" by Buddy Holly.  A girl named Emily dances around in her bedroom and runs outside to meet her boyfriend.  Her mom screams at her to stop, which is something she should have listened to before she ran in front of a speeding car.  At the hospital, Emily tells the doctors she's pregnant and gives birth to a boy.  His name is John.

Hurley (Jorge Garcia) wants to know what kind of weirdo builds a cabin in the jungle, and if anyone knew the answer to that question, it would probably solve a lot of mysteries.  Ben admits that he has no idea where he's going.  He's just following Hurley.  On the freighter, Lapidus and Keamy land in the helicopter with their injured comrade. The very much alive doctor immediately tends to the wounded man, while Keamy figures out that Michael is responsible for giving Ben his info.

Keamy immediately goes and puts a beating on Michael (Harold Perrineau) for being the mole.  He even tries to shoot him in the head, but his gun jams thanks to the island's wacky mojo.  He decides to knock Michael out instead, which is something the island still allows.

Locke (Terry O'Quinn) wakes up to the comforting sounds of the long dead Horace Goodspeed (from season 3's "The Man Behind the Curtain") chopping down a tree in the jungle.  It looks like ghostly Horace is building the cabin as a getaway for him and his wife.  He tells John that he's been dead for 12 years, which is the kind of information that barely elicits a shrug from Locke at this point.  Horace tells him that he needs to find him if he wants to find Jacob.  Could Horace be Jacob, or did he just build the shack?

Locke wakes up in the jungle again, but this time he's waking from his prophetic dream.  The man finally knows what his mission is.  In the flashback, the nurse tells Emily that John is a miracle baby.  He was born prematurely, yet has somehow managed to fight off a variety of infections.  When it comes time for Emily to hold her baby for the first time, she runs out of the room in tears.  Her mother immediately wants to talk about giving the baby up for adoption.  Watching this scene from just outside the room is none other than Richard Alpert!  And yes, he looks exactly the same age as he always does.

Hurley thinks that he and John can see the cabin because they're the craziest people on the island.  Good theory.  Locke takes Hugo to see the giant pit of dead DHARMA bodies.  John explains that Ben (Michael Emerson) killed them all, and now their mission is to go see them.

It's time to meet the six-year-old version of John Locke, who likes to spend his days playing backgammon. Alpert comes to his adopted family's home to visit with him.  He tells John that he runs a school for special children, and that he thinks young Locke might be one of them.  Alpert pulls a few items from his bag, including a knife, a comic book, and a baseball glove, and asks John to tell him which of the items already belongs to him.  Little Locke picks the knife up off the table.  Well, that's just slightly creepy, isn't it?  Alpert says that John picked incorrectly, then takes his bag full of goodies and leaves in a huff.

Locke jumps into the DHARMA pit and starts digging through the skeletons, looking for good ol' Horace. When Hurley asks Ben why he killed so many people, Ben claims that it wasn't his decision.  He says that the previous leader of the Others told him to do it.  John finds Goodspeed's body and pulls a map to Jacob's cabin out of his suit.

Keamy is ready to go back to the island for some more killing.  Captain Gault tells him about the sickness that has taken over the boat, because he's worried that Keamy may be suffering from the same illness.  After stealing a key from his colleague, Keamy goes into an office and finds documents of Widmore's that show exactly where Ben is going.  Keamy also wants to torch the entire island.

Gault tells Sayid (Naveen Andrews) and Desmond that they should hide before Keamy goes crazy.  Before doing that, they want a boat so they can go rescue their friends.  Gault, who might be a good guy after all, agrees to help them out.

John tries to send Hugo back to the beach, thinking that he doesn't need him now that he has the map. Hurley decides to stay, mainly because walking through the jungle at night never ends well.  The flashback introduces us to the teenage version of Locke, who is the type of high school nerd that gets shoved into lockers.  A teacher tells John that Mittelos Bioscience, headed up by Richard Alpert, wants him to go to a special science camp in Portland.  John, thinking he's already nerdy enough as it is, declines the offer.

Lapidus comes into Michael's room and demands to know why he didn't fill him in on his connection to 815. Michael explains the obvious reasons why, then tells Frank that he can't fly Keamy back to the island. Meanwhile, Captain Gault gives Sayid and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) their tiny boat and tells them to stick to the correct bearing.  Desmond refuses to go, thinking that he's been on the island enough, so Sayid takes off alone.

Ben really isn't feeling like himself since Alex died.  He used to feel special, but then he got a tumor on his spine and Alex's blood on his hands.  Destiny has made him its bitch.  The good news, if you can call it that, is that Hurley has found Jacob's cabin.

Flashback time!  While Locke is in physical therapy after his defenestration, the very creepy Matthew Abaddon comes to visit him.  Abaddon asks him if he believes in miracles, and then suggests that he go on a walkabout in the Australian outback.  He tells John that he once went on a walkabout thinking he was one thing, then came back another.  It turns out Locke was smart to listen to his advice.

The freighter folk ask the doctor why they received a morse code message saying that he washed up with on the beach with his throat slit.  He has no idea what they're talking about.  A minute later, Keamy slits the doctor's throat after Lapidus refuses to fly him back to the island.  After that nasty little move, Gault appears with a gun and tells Keamy that he's not going anywhere.  Keamy, who has what looks like a bomb strapped to his arm, shoots Gault dead.  Damn, I was just starting to like him!  Lapidus agrees to fly Keamy wherever he wants to go.

Back on the beach, the helicopter is finally arriving.  As it flies overhead, a backpack containing a working SAT phone comes tumbling out.  Jack (Matthew Fox) plans to follow the signal and track the chopper down.

Outside of Jacob's cabin, Ben passes the torch of island destiny to John.  The island made Ben sick and made Locke well, so obviously it's his BFF now.  Locke makes the journey into the cabin alone and sees someone sitting in a chair.  It's Christian Shephard, who says that he's not Jacob, but he can speak on his behalf.  Locke sits down for the tea and scones and asks if the doctor knows why he's there.  Locke thinks he's there because he was chosen to be, which Christian confirms is correct.

In case things couldn't get any weirder, Locke sees Claire (Emilie de Ravin) hanging out in the cabin.  She says that she's perfectly fine and having a grand old time hanging out with her dad.  Locke is shocked by this, but the one thing he really wants to know is how he can save the island.  A small smile creeps up on Claire's face, which totally freaks me out.  That's not Claire!  Or if it is, she's possibly dead or insane.

When Locke walks out of the cabin, Ben asks what Jacob wants him to do.  Locke's response?  Jacob wants them to move the island.  Oh, is that all?  Here I thought it'd be something difficult.

I know I feel this way on many Thursday nights, but that had to be one of the best episodes of Lost ever.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of ABC)

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