Previously on Lost
: Desmond and Sayid (Naveen Andrews
) finally arrived at the freighter, but we didn't get to know the freighter people very well because Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick
) was busy bouncing around time. It turns out that Daniel might be a time tripper as well. Back on the island, Locke still has Ben and Miles locked up in the barracks while most of the other castaways are packing their bags and preparing to go home.
Tonight's episode focuses on Juliet, who may be willing to go to great lengths to stop Daniel and Charlotte from completing their mission. Can "The Other Woman" possibly live up to the mind boggling events of last week's installment? Read on and find out.
The hour kicks off with Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell
) meeting with a therapist named Harper about the difficulties she's having dealing with fame. No, she's not one of the Oceanic Six. This is a flashback to shortly after Juliet arrived on the island, and the "fame" she's dealing with is being a much in demand doctor. She leaves the therapist's office and meets Ben for the first time. He shows her the fancy house she'll be living in, but she insists that it's too much since she'll only be on the island for six months.
In present time, Jack is freaking out because Charlotte and Daniel have disappeared into the jungle with some stuff that doesn't belong to them. The gang spreads out into the jungle after them. Juliet immediately starts hearing whispers as the rain pours down. Suddenly Harper appears out of nowhere and says, "Hello Juliet. Long time, no see."
The woman tells Juliet that she's arrived with a message from Ben. She says that Daniel and Charlotte are off to The Tempest station to release some gas on the island. If they release it, everyone on the island will die. Jack (Matthew Fox
) interrupts and asks who the woman is, but she swiftly disappears while he's distracted by more jungle whispers.
Flashback time. Juliet meets Goodwin for the first time by treating a chemical burn on his arm. He happens to be married to the therapist Harper, who Juliet accidentally calls a mean and spiteful person. Goodwin tells her to come to him if she ever needs to talk about the trouble she's having with the pregnant women dying on the island.
According to Juliet, The Tempest is an electrical station that powers the island. Juliet tells Jack that she needs his help, but she neglects to tell him about the plan that Charlotte and Daniel are supposedly concocting. The next morning the two freighter folks are in the jungle. Dan asks what happens if he can't go through with the plan, but Charlotte assures him he can handle it. Before they can move on, Kate (Evangeline Lilly
) interrupts them and Charlotte whips out her pistol.
Kate informs the duo that Locke is holding Miles, but she ensures that he's just fine. Charlotte feeds her some story about how they're looking for packs that they threw from the chopper, but Kate doesn't buy it. When she decides to investigate Dan's bag, Charlotte pistol whips her and knocks her out.
In the land of flashbacks, Ben (Michael Emerson
) is eyeing Juliet with creepy, lovestruck eyes while she looks into a microscope. Goodwin stops by to give Juliet a sandwich, which immediately queues up Michael Giacchino's strings and indicates that Ben doesn't like this guy talking to his crush. Later in therapy, Harper mentions to Juliet that Ben is fond of her because she reminds him of someone else. She also knows that Juliet is sleeping with her husband. She wants Juliet to stop the affair so Ben won't get hurt. I have no clue what she's talking about, but I'm sure we'll find out.
Is it just me, or has Claire (Emilie de Ravin
) shown a remarkable lack of grief over Charlie's death? She tells Locke that she wants to talk to Miles to try to get some info out of him. In the basement, Ben is still reading Valis
while John brings him some tasty rabbit for dinner. Ben, who is of course being very Ben-like, is trying to get into Locke's head about his leadership abilities. He tells John that they have a common enemy: the man that the freighter folks work for. Ben says that if John lets him out he'll tell him everything, but that's the same old song we've heard a thousand times before.
Juliet is enjoying a lovely picnic with Goodwin on the beach. He hates that they have to be so private about their relationship, but Juliet advises him not to tell his wife. She says that Ben wouldn't like the news because he has a crush on her. We then cut to the moment when the plane crashes and Ben sends Goodwin to infiltrate the Tailies. Did he do that because he suspected Juliet was sleeping with someone? Devious!
Jack and Juliet find Kate knocked out in the jungle. She tells Jack what happened and also lets him know about the gas masks while Juliet disappears to grab some water. However, "grabbing water" is really a code for vanishing into the jungle. In the barracks, Locke (Terry O'Quinn
) is ready to make a deal with Ben. Ben proves he's not just blowing smoke again by showing John a safe in one of the walls. Inside the safe is a videotape containing footage of Charles Widmore. Ben tells Locke that Widmore is the man who sent the freighter. He's searching for the island, but Ben doesn't know why. He just knows that Widmore wants to exploit the island and all the people on it, therefore he must be John's greatest enemy. He gives Locke a file on Widmore and also promises to tell him who the man on the boat is.
Of course, just as he's about to blurt out that news the show cuts to commercial. Argh!
While Jack and Kate track Juliet through the jungle, Kate explains that she stayed with John to find out if the freighter folk knew about her past. Meanwhile, Juliet has arrived at The Tempest. She flashbacks to a dinner with an overly perky Ben, which is one of the weirdest sights I've seen on this show. He's smiling and cooking and generally much happier than he's ever appeared to be. She's concerned that they've kidnapped children from the Tailies, but Ben insists that they're on the list and the list cannot be questioned. Juliet is also concerned that Goodwin is still undercover, but Ben assures her that his assignment will be over soon.
Inside The Tempest, Daniel is in a hazmat suit and frantically typing into a computer while a warning alarm goes off. He insists that he's trying to render the gas inert and not release it. That would be more believable if Charlotte didn't come up behind Juliet and whack her with a crowbar. A giant fight breaks out, and after the fight Charlotte insists that they're trying to stop the gas so Ben can't use it against them. Daniel does his thing and ensures that the gas won't be released.
Back in the past, Juliet is telling Ben that a spinal surgeon has landed on the island. Ben thanks her by taking her to see Goodwin's dead, impaled body, and she's understandably devastated. It looks like Ben had a man killed just because he had a little crush. He then tells Juliet that she belongs to him because he brought her to the island. Creep-tastic!
Jack and Kate arrive at The Tempest. Juliet explains that Charlotte and Daniel were only trying to help. She's also figured out that Ben gave her the message because he wanted Juliet to kill the two of them. His plan nearly worked, and she's afraid it will work at some point because Ben is completely crazy and obsessed with her. He's not going to give up until he wins.
In the barracks, Sawyer (Josh Holloway
) and Hurley (Jorge Garcia
) are playing horseshoes while Ben walks by jauntily with his laundry. He says he'll see them at dinner. For once, Lost
ends with a chuckle instead of a jaw dropping revelation. Next week we get to find out who the final member of the Oceanic Six is!
- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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