Previously on Lost
: Charlotte died and John Locke left the Island by putting the frozen donkey wheel back on its axis. Also, the Oceanic 6 and Locke made it back to the Island, in various times, places and states of being.
This episode begins right where “This Place is Death” ended, with Sawyer (Josh Holloway
) freaking out over John Locke being buried alive in the well. But there's a bigger problem as Miles (Ken Leung
) notices a giant statue in the distance. Unfortunately, we don't see how many toes it has, but I think we could all guess.
Then John Locke (Terry O'Quinn
) pushes the wheel and there's another time jump, only this one is more like an earthquake. The well is erected, but still filled in, though Miles and Juliet are just happy that their headaches and nosebleeds are gone. Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell
) suspects John saved them and the time jumps are over.
Now is when Lost
goes careening into either greatness or madness. We flash to three years later. But three years later from when? It turns out it's 1977, and we see two DHARMA members dancing in a station when they see Horace Goodspeed on the monitor, drunk and blowing up trees with dynamite. Another DHARMA agent arrives and thinks they need to tell Lafleur. The two go to a house and call on Lafleur for help.
Lafleur answers the door, but he's Sawyer! And he's apparently an important bigwig in the DHARMA Initiative. He suits up and picks up Miles to go get Horace. They're worried because he never drinks, but they grab him and take him back to Any, a pregnant woman, presumably his wife, who says they had a fight about Paul.
It's at this point that my head explodes and I have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. Suddenly names of DHARMA people are being thrown at us, Sawyer is a DHARMA guy named Jim Lafleur and we're jumping between two times separated by three years, only they're both in the 1970s. Nevermind whenever Locke is on the Island in the future, or what time it is off the Island.
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