Lost: Episode 4.2 "Confirmed Dead" Live Thoughts
Lost: Episode 4.2 "Confirmed Dead" Live Thoughts
Last week on Lost, the series kicked off its fourth season by showing us a flash forward of Hurley (Jorge Garcia) gone mad.  He was locked up in the mental ward, talking to a dead Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), and regretting the day he chose to go with Locke instead of Jack.  Back on the island, we saw the castaways split apart over the possible threat of the freighter people arriving.  Are they actually there to rescue them or do they plan to kill them all?  Maybe tonight's episode will provide the answers.

As always, we'll be here throughout the hour with live updates about the crazy, mind boggling events on the island.  Feel free to comment below.

As the episode begins, we see a glimpse of the underwater wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815.  It's not something I ever expected to see on the series, so it's quite an amazing moment.  We then cut to news footage about the wreckage, and quickly realize we're in a flashback from the point of view of new character Daniel Faraday, played by Jeremy Davies.  He's the guy who Jack and Kate ran into in the jungle at the end of last week's episode.  For some reason the footage of the downed plane has left him a blubbering wreck.

After seeing the moment where Faraday makes his harrowing dive from the plane, we relive the scene where he meets the two castaways.  He claims he's there to rescue them, but this is Lost, so don't believe everything you hear.

Faraday tells Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate that there were four people on the chopper, and he uses their phone to give the freighter a call.  The guy on the other end almost immediately asks if he's on speaker phone, which is awfully shady.  Kate notices a gun in the back of Faraday's pants, which is even shadier.

The next morning, John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is enjoying some nice quality time standing in a rain storm. Locke tells Hurley that the storm is about to pass, and sure enough it clears up an instant later.  He also claims that he has to make a detour to a cabin before heading to the barracks, and Sawyer wants to know why they're wasting their time going to a shack.  However, he's too dumbstruck to ask more questions when Locke reveals that he received his orders from Walt.

Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Sayid are on the beach, keeping a look out for the freighter.  Juliet assures him that Ben was probably lying about the people on the boat, but she also tells him to grab some guns just in case.  In the jungle, Kate stumbles upon a box in the woods that fell out of the helicopter.  It has a gas mask in it, and Faraday makes up some excuse about not being in charge of packing such things.  He's perhaps the shadiest man in all of Shadytown.  He also lets Jack and Kate know that rescuing them is not his primary objective.

Sawyer (Josh Holloway) wants to know what the hell is up with Locke seeing Walt.  John says he doesn't know, but mentions that Walt was taller than he was before.  It's nice to know they're acknowledging that.  Locke also shows Sawyer his bullet wound, which handily missed hitting a kidney since he no longer has one.  See, his dad was good for something after all.

Jack, Kate, and Faraday find Miles (Ken Leung) crashed on the rocks under a parachute.  The first thing he does is pull a gun on Jack.  Geez, these people just seem friendlier by the moment.  Miles wants to know where Naomi is, and he also seems to think that Kate (Evangeline Lilly) killed her.  Was that "tell my sister that I love her" line a secret code?

We then enter Miles' flashback, where he hears on the radio that all the passengers on Flight 815 are dead. He goes to visit a woman, telling her that he's going to require 200 dollars to perform his services for her.  He goes upstairs with his Ghostbusters device, planning to rid the bedroom of her grandson's murdered spirit.  This scene is a little trippy even for Lost, as Miles starts chatting with the invisible ghost.  He wants to know where the dead kid stashed his drugs and cash, and sure enough the spirit helps him find it.  He tells the ghost that it can leave, and let's the grandmother know that it's over.

Back on the rocks, Miles reveals that Naomi has no sister and the entire thing was a code.  Kate explains that Locke killed Naomi, and Miles demands to be taken to her dead body.

Ben is trying to tell Alex something, but Karl stands up to him and pulls out a gun.  Sawyer tells the kid to go take a walk, so Ben (Michael Emerson) turns his questions on him instead.  He wants to know why Sawyer left Kate behind.  He tells James that in the real world, a con artist would have no chance of competing with a hotshot surgeon like Jack.  Sawyer beats the crap out of him for the comment, only stopping when Locke tells him to.  Sawyer wants to kill Ben, but John explains that they need him alive since he knows more about the island than anyone else.

After finding Naomi, Miles chants over her dead body.  Faraday points out that the light in the jungle doesn't scatter correctly, which is an interesting observation.  Miles interrupts to say that Kate didn't lie -- she really didn't kill Naomi.  This guy is like the ghost whisperer.  Before he can whisper to any more ghosts, Sayid (Naveen Andrews) and Juliet show up with guns blazing, ready to kick some ass.

It's time for flashback number three, and this time we're in Tunisia.  A woman named Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) doesn't believe that everyone on Flight 815 is dead.  In the middle of the desert, she starts to help the locals dig up a polar bear skeleton.  She finds a collar with the Hydra logo on it!  What the hell?  My mind has officially blown apart.

On the island, Charlotte is busy hanging from her parachute, which is stuck on a branch over a cliff.  She manages to escape the predicament and falls into the water below, only to be discovered by Locke and his merry band of crusaders.

Sayid questions the motives of Miles and Faraday, wanting to know what they're doing there and why they're not surprised the Oceanic gang is still alive.  Miles wonders why they should be shocked by this turn of events.  Apparently it takes a lot to impress him.

Though Miles may not be shocked, Charlotte at least acts surprised that so many of them are still alive.  She tells the gang that the freighter will be there to rescue them soon, and also mentions that she has no clue what happened to the helicopter.  Locke tells her that they have no desire to be located, so Charlotte has to go along with them.

Sayid is able to track Charlotte's movements using the fancy phone, and they detect that she's on the run. They head to Charlotte's location, but instead find Vincent with her tracking device on his neck.  Aw, Vincent is back!

Cut to another flashback, this time in the Bahamas.  We meet Frank Lapidus, played by Jeff Fahey, and he sees a newscast confirming the identities of the dead bodies on 815.  In fact, the newscast even lingers on the underwater skeletons, which seems a tad bit ridiculous.  The news is never that exciting.  A phone number shows up on the screen and he gives it a call, claiming that he has information on the crash.  He tells them that the pilot they're showing is not the man they're claiming it is.  He says he knows this because he was supposed to be flying Flight 815 on that day.

On the island, an injured Frank crawls up a hill and sees a cow wandering about.  He collapses and shoots a flare into the air, which Charlotte sees.  She wants to go after Frank, but Locke tells her she's not going anywhere.  In a total "holy crap" moment, Charlotte gets shot in the chest two times by Ben.  Luckily she was wearing her bullet-proof vest, and is only stunned a little.

Jack's gang finds Frank on the hill, and he says that the chopper was struck by lightning but landed safely.  He points the way to the helicopter, and sure enough it's actually sitting where he said it would be.

In the final flashback, a team consisting of Charlotte, Faraday, Miles, and Frank is being put together by Naomi and Matthew Abaddon (Lance Reddick), who we last saw creeping Hurley out in the institution. They're planning a mission to the island, and Abaddon assures Naomi that they won't find any 815 survivors there.  I guess he was wrong about that one.

Sayid, being the handyman that he is, says that the helicopter is ready to fly.  Miles tries to call Minkowski on the boat, but a woman named Regina answers and says Minkowski can't come to the phone.  Frank and Miles are against loading Naomi into the chopper for the first flight, since she'll just take up space.

Juliet introduces herself to Frank as she tends to his injuries, and he knows that she wasn't on Flight 815.  He's memorized the manifest.  He tells the others that she's an island native, and Miles pulls out a picture of Ben.  He demands to know where he is, and reveals that finding him is the real reason they came to the island.

Back in Locke's section of the jungle, Sawyer wants to kill Ben more than ever.  Locke says that he'll do it himself if Ben doesn't give him some answers. John asks him what the monster is, and Ben claims he doesn't know.  Just as Locke is ready to plug him full of bullets, Ben reveals that he knows everyone who arrived on the chopper.  He rattles off all of their names, a ton of information about Charlotte, and says that he knows they've come for him.

How does he know?  Well, he has a man on their boat, of course.  Ben is always one step ahead of everyone else.

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