As always, the episode recap is located here.
"If we can't live together, we're going to die alone."
OK, so a lot went on this week, and I'm going to try to cover as much as I can think of, I promise. But the more I review this episode -- and Jack's future on the show in general -- the more I keep coming back to that mantra he established early in the show. Live together, die alone. And everything that happened in the flash-forwards -- Hurley saying, "We're all dead," Jack sabotaging his relationship with Kate, Jack beginning the road to his painkiller addiction -- keeps echoing back to that statement, and portending a dark future to the leader of the survivors. He and Kate can't live together. And so he's going to die alone.
And thus, with a nod to Peter King, we move on to the Things I Think I Think about "Lost," episode 4x10.
-- I think the main thing we learned about Jack -- and maybe the main reason he's going to die alone -- is his selfishness/self-reliance. To be fair to Jack, he went to medical school, and most surgeons carry themselves like gods among men. And he's obviously got some issues left over from his dad.
Still, his own selfishness is submarining every area of his life. This is going to sound like a reach, but I started thinking about Moses -- yes, that Moses -- early in the episode when he uttered the phrase, "I've gotten us this far, and I said I was gonna get us off the island," blah, blah, blah. Moses never got to see the Promised Land because he'd convinced himself that it was he who'd led the Israelites out of trouble, but he was really just the vessel. In a related story, Jack fell over as soon as he said those words.
-- I think I absolutely loved this moment.
-- I think I really enjoyed the theory set forth in EW that Claire's actually been dead ever since the explosion, and that's why she disappeared like that, and that may explain why Miles was so interested in her (maybe I'm biased on the subject: I despise Claire). The only problem with theory is it doesn't explain who's been carrying the baby the whole time -- after all, we know the baby's alive, right? Right?
-- I think the Oceanic 6 are still minus one. Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sun and Sayid -- five. I don't think Michael counts, nor does Ben -- the sixth is still a little up for discussion.
-- I think I enjoyed the writers having Jack reading part of "Alice in Wonderland" to Toddler Aaron. Just for fun, here's the passage he read:
Alice took up the fan...and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking: 'Dear, dear, how queer everything is today. And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: Was I the same when I got up this morning?...If I'm not the same, the next question is, who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.-- I think Locke, Ben and Hurley are about to run across something very sinister: I've been trying to roll over in my head exactly who Jacob is and what he's doing, but to be honest he's scaring me.
-- I think Daniel Faraday is more dangerous than he's letting on. Just a sense. And Miles' "Ghost Whisperer" abilities are going to come into play eventually, too. And while we're on the subject, how many languages does Charlotte speak, anyway?
-- I think I'm dying to know what favor Sawyer asked of Kate. Maybe it's to look in on his illegitimate child and her mother. Whatever it is, it's enough to truly upset Dr. Giggles. To quote TBL ...
She (Kate) couldn’t have been talking to him on the phone, could she? Eventually, there’s going to be one helluva reveal, and everyone will probably crap themselves while trembling on the couch. Or more likely, run to the internet AND BLOG ABOUT IT!