Previously on Lost
: John Locke pushed the donkey wheel and magically left the Island with some help from Christian Shephard.
The episode begins with a man sneaking into a room looking for something. It’s Caesar, the guy on Ajira Airways flight 316. After finding some maps, a woman enters. It’s Ilana, the federal marshal who was also on the plane. She claims that she found a mystery man who appeared in the water.
The two trek out, debating whether or not the man was on the plane or if he was one of the people who disappeared. They wind up on the beach and they confront the man who they claim wasn’t on the plane, and he reveals himself to be John Locke (Terry O’Quinn).
I’m very, very confused. Not helping matters is the next morning when we see Locke looking out at the ocean on the Island. Yes, this is all sometime after the events of the last episode, meaning Locke should be dead.
Ilana comes up to him and wonders why they don’t recognize him from the plane. He notices the two boats we saw the survivors on the Island find several episodes back, and Ilana tells him that there was a third, but it was taken by the pilot and a woman (presumably Lapidus and Sun).
Ilana wonders why she doesn’t recognize him from the plane and why he’s dressed so nicely. He says it’s because this was what they planned to bury him in, and that he remembers dying. I’m possibly even more confused after that explanation.
Flashback to Tunisia, where Locke wakes up after turning the donkey wheel. After a long time in pain, two men drive up and bring him to a hospital. While the doctor treats him, Matthew Abaddon stands mysteriously in the background. He’s The Observer! Oh wait, that’s the wrong J.J Abrams show starring Lance Reddick.
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