Lost: "There's No Place Like Home, Part 2" Season 4 Finale Live Thoughts
Lost: "There's No Place Like Home, Part 2" Season 4 Finale Live Thoughts
I don't know whether to jump up and down in excitement or cry into my beer now that the final Lost episode of 2008 is upon us.  As the credits rolled on the first part of "There's No Place Like Home," our castaways were split up and spread out all around the island.  Locke and Ben were attempting to bust into the Orchid station, while Jack and Sawyer were on their way to rescue Hurley.  Kate and Sayid were captured by the Others in the middle of the jungle.  Sun, Jin and Aaron were on the freighter, and everyone else was still stuck on the beach.  We were left wondering how the Oceanic 6 would possibly come together, and tonight we'll finally get our answer.

One of Lost's best seasons ever is coming to a close tonight, and I'll be here during the entire two hour extravaganza with my live thoughts.  Just be warned that I might need comforting if anything terrible happens to Sawyer (Josh Holloway) or Jin.

The episode begins right where the final season 3 flash-forward left off.  Kate (Evangeline Lilly) hears Jack's call of "We have to go back," stops her car and confronts him.  She mentions the obituary for Jeremy Bentham, and explains that she knew he was crazy when he came to them.  Jack, on the other hand, believed him.  After giving Jack a smack across the face for not being there for Aaron, she tells him that he has no right to ask her to return to the island.

Sawyer and Jack arrive at the Orchid station and find Hurley taking a leak in the jungle.  The three amigos see Locke hanging out in front of the Orchid.  It looks like Keamy and his men have taken off.  Meanwhile, Desmond, Michael and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) are trying to decide what to do about the C4 on the freighter.  After confirming that the bomb is tied to Keamy's armband, Desmond tells the boys that they're screwed.

Keamy and his men arrive back in the helicopter with Ben (Michael Emerson) in tow, and are surprised to find Kate running out of the jungle.  She explains that she's being chased by the Others, so of course Keamy prepares to blow Ben's crew away the moment they appear.  However, they're out of luck.  The whispers make a comeback, and suddenly the Others get the drop on the mercenaries with some surprisingly fancy weaponry.  They've been upgrading, apparently.

Kate makes it clear that this was all a ploy to rescue Ben as they escape.  Keamy chases after them, but he ends up in a brawl with Sayid (Naveen Andrews) when he leaps out of nowhere.  Sayid kicks ass amazingly well, but Richard Alpert has to save the day with a few bullets when he's about to have his windpipe crushed. Keamy is dead.  Ben agrees to give them the helicopter and let them off the island as thanks for saving him. Is Ben being nice?  Weird!

It's flash-forward time.  Hurley (Jorge Garcia) gets a visit from Walt and his grandmother in the mental institution.  Malcolm David Kelley looks like he's about 45 now, which blows my mind.  His voice is so deep! Anyway, Giant Walt says that he was waiting for one of the Oceanic 6 to come visit him after they returned, but none of them did.  Jeremy Bentham was the only one to come visit him.  Walt wants to know why they're all lying, and Hurley says it's to protect those people who didn't come back.  People like Michael.

At the Orchid, Locke (Terry O'Quinn) tells Jack that he thinks he should stay on the island.  Jack doesn't feel like taking Locke's friendly advice, but the man makes a convincing argument about the island being their destiny.  As Jack walks off, Locke tells him that he's going to have to lie about everything that happened since the plane crash, as it's the only way to protect the island.  John thinks it's a special place that can create miracles, but Jack insists on being a man of science, not a man of faith.

Ben shows up to talk Locke through the whole moving of the island thing.  He tells Jack to get to the freighter within the hour.  Back on the boat, Michael (Harold Perrineau) thinks he may be able to stop the bomb by freezing it with liquid nitrogen.  However, they only have one tank, so once the C4 thaws they'll be screwed all over again.  At least it's a way to buy some time.

After Daniel (Jeremy Davies) arrives back on the beach to rescue more people, he pulls Miles and Charlotte aside for a chat.  He tells them that they need to be on the boat with him the next time he leaves.  Charlotte is ready to run, but Miles wants to stay.  Miles tells her that he's surprised she's ready to leave when she spent so long trying to get back to the island.  I have no idea what that means, and she doesn't seem to either.

Ben and Locke are now in the bowels of the Orchid station.  John asks if they're inside the magic box, but Ben claims that they're not.  John decides to try getting some answers from the Orchid orientation video, which we're all mostly familiar with by now.  Dr. Halliwax explains that the DHARMA Initiative was doing experiments that involved putting a rabbit in a giant vault.  The purpose of the vault was to send the rabbit 100 milliseconds ahead through space-time.  I wish more shows were awesome enough to feature time traveling bunnies.

Sawyer, Hurley and Jack (Matthew Fox) arrive back at the helicopter.  Having a criminal around turns out to be handy, since Sawyer knows how to break Lapidus out of his handcuffs.  The entire gang jumps in the chopper, and I slowly countdown the moments until something horrible happens to Sawyer.  I'm scared!

The orientation video specifically states not to put anything metallic in the vault, but that's exactly what Ben decides to do.  He hides with Locke as a very bloody, very much alive Keamy shows up to stop the party.  I guess that body armor of his worked better than I thought.  After Keamy threatens to blow up the freighter, Locke steps out and distracts him while Ben hits him from behind.  Ben shanks him a couple times in the neck as revenge for Alex, and he doesn't shed a tear when Locke tells him that the freighter will now go sky high.  Keamy is dead.  Again.

Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) tells Daniel that she's going to stay on the island.  She tells him that she's still looking for where she was born, but he doesn't understand what she's talking about.  Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) is also going to stay.  She's determined to help everyone get off the island before she makes her escape.  Unfortunately for her, it doesn't seem like Daniel plans to come back.

While the boys on the freighter struggle to freeze the bomb, Lapidus notices that the helicopter has a fuel leak.  Crap.  They're going to have to get every bit of extra weight off the chopper if they want to make it to the boat. T he copter still isn't light enough after they throw off some cargo, so Sawyer decides to take a dive into the ocean.  He whispers something in Kate's ear and gives her a fantastic kiss before he goes.  Luckily, he survives the fall.

In the flash-forward, Sayid assassinates some guy outside of the Santa Rosa Mental Health Clinic.  He sneaks in, finds Hurley, and tells him that he plans to take him somewhere safe.  Hurley doesn't want to go, but when Sayid tells him that Bentham is dead he gets worried.  Apparently the mysterious "Jeremy Bentham" didn't actually kill himself.  He was murdered.  Just before leaving, Hurley makes a move on his chess board and says, "Checkmate, Mr. Eko."  This is when I shouted an expletive at my TV that I can't repeat here, but rest assured it was said out of great love.

Dammit, Keamy still isn't dead.  How many times am I going to have to call time of death around here? Keamy tells Ben that no matter where he goes, "he" will find him.  Keamy finally kicks the bucket (for real this time, I swear), and the light on the freighter bomb comes alive.  Michael tells Desmond to run while he and Jin attempt the deep freeze.  Of course, this is the moment when the helicopter decides to land.  Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) tries to warn them, but Lapidus lands anyway.

The crew frantically works to get some gas in the chopper so they can take off again.  Sun (Yunjin Kim) doesn't want to leave without Jin, and Michael also tells him he needs to flee as quickly as possible.  Just as Jin is running up to the deck, the helicopter takes off without him.  Sun screams for him, but Lapidus thinks it's too dangerous to go back.

Right after Michael's tank runs out, he hears the whispers and Christian Shephard appears.  Christian tells him that he can go now, and the freighter explodes while Sun screams her head off.  This is also when I start screaming more expletives at my TV, but this time they're more depressing.

Sun can barely be restrained as the helicopter flies away from the wreckage.  Everyone is convinced that Jin is gone, but I'm still holding out hope that he jumped off the boat at the last minute.  Sun then flash-forwards to a confrontation with Charles Widmore in London.  Little Ji Yeon is old enough to speak on the phone, so this must be a few years later.  Sun tells him that they have common interests and hands him a card from Paik Industries.  She mentions that they're not the only ones who left the island.   By the way, Yunjin Kim is ridiculously awesome in these scenes and deserves a frikkin' Emmy nomination.

Back in the Orchid, Ben blows up the bunny vault by turning it on while the metal is inside.  On the beach, Juliet is surprised to see Sawyer swim up from the ocean all glistening and shirtless.  That's when he notices the smoke from the freighter out in the distance.

Ben puts on the parka that we saw him wearing in his flash-forward.  He says that he's going someplace cold, and also explains that whoever moves the island can never come back to it.  This is the job that Jacob has chosen for him.  Meanwhile, Locke is meant to go lead the Others.  Ben says his goodbyes and apologizes for making Locke's life so miserable.  Locke then heads to Othersville and is welcomed with open arms.

Ben crawls into a cave inside the Orchid, drops down through some ice (causing the cut on his arm), and arrives in a frozen area.  Apparently the island can be moved by pushing a giant wheel buried in the wall. That's definitely not as complicated as I imagined.  As Ben starts turning the wheel, everyone else on the island experiences a blinding purple flash like the one in the season 2 finale.  Just as the helicopter is about to come in for a landing, they see that the island has completely disappeared.  While my brain explodes at this turn of events, the chopper runs out of fuel and crashes into the ocean.

Much to my surprise and delight, Lapidus survives the chopper crash.  Desmond, on the other hand, may not be so lucky.  Jack performs CPR in the lifeboat, and thankfully Desmond makes like Charlie in season 1 and springs back to life.  In a flash-forward, Kate gets a call from someone who sounds like they're talking backwards.  Maybe it's that creepy little guy from Twin Peaks.  She also hears someone in her house, which turns out to be Claire! S he tells Kate not to take Aaron back to the island, and then Kate wakes up in her bed, because this was all a dream sequence.

Jack still isn't convinced that Locke moved the island, despite seeing it with his own eyes.  Come on Jack, don't turn into a Scully on me.  Before he can dye his hair red and start screaming "Mulder!", the gang sees a boat in the distance.  Jack quickly tells them that they're going to have to lie about everything that happened on the island.  Kate doesn't think they can pull it off, but he says he'll do the talking.

In what may be the greatest, most emotional moment of the season, it's revealed that the boat is actually Penny's.  She reunites with Desmond and they share a kiss that's been a long time coming.  She tells him that she found him thanks to his phone call and her tracking station in the Arctic.  The rest of the group hops on the boat, and Jack prepares to spin his web of lies.

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Penny takes the gang 3000 miles to the island of Membata, which is where the rest of their story begins. Lapidus and Desmond will be staying behind and hiding out elsewhere.  The Oceanic 6 paddle up to the island in a lifeboat and are rescued by the local people.  It's almost like a happy ending, except totally not.

In another flash-forward, Jack is bearded and going back to the Hoffs/Drawlar funeral home.  I completely forgot about the person in the coffin after all that island excitement.  He breaks in, opens up the coffin, and gets a glimpse at Jeremy Bentham before Ben sneaks up behind him.  Jeremy told Jack and Kate that Ben was off the island, and also let them know that terrible things happened after the Oceanic 6 took off.  Jeremy also told him that it was all his fault, and that he had to go back to make the wrong things right.  Ben claims that the island won't let Jack return by himself -- they ALL have to go back.  Ben knows how it can be done.

That's when it's revealed that Jeremy Bentham is actually John Locke. They have to take him back to the island too.

That's all folks!  The amazing fourth season of Lost is officially over.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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