Who’s responsible? Teleplay is credited to co-showrunner Carlton Cuse (“Enter 77”) & Drew Goddard (“The Man From Tallahassee”).
What does ABC say? “Jack’s joyous reunion with his fellow survivors is cut short when they realize that accompanying him is one of The Others, and Claire is stricken by a mysterious, life-threatening illness. Guest starring are Robin Weigert as Rachel, William Mapother as Ethan Rom, Brett Cullen as Goodwin, Andrew Divoff as Mikhail, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Joah Buley as other dude and Tyrone Howard as airport guard.”
How did last week’s promo go? KATE: Now what? JACK: Now we go back. ANNOUNCER: Next Wednesday … SUN: It’s Jack! ANNOUNCER: Their leader returns for a long-awaited reunion, but a familiar face … SAWYER: What the hell’s she doing here?? ANNOUNCER: … is not always a welcome one. SAYID: I want to know everything. JULIET: If I told you everything I know, you’d kill me. SAYD: What do you think I’ll do if you don’t? ANNOUNCER: An all-new “Lost.” Next Wednesday at ten, nine central, only on ABC.
Does Juliet know anything we don’t? Yes. We get answers this week to questions we’ve been asking since early season one.
Does Juliet know stuff Jack doesn’t know? Jack claims not to have answers. “After you left, I made a deal with them,” Jack tells Kate. “If I took care of Ben they’d let me off the island. I just kept my head down, did what I was supposed to, didn’t ask any questions.”
Is finding Locke the new number-one item on the 815ers’ agenda? Locke’s name isn't even mentioned this week. Claire’s medical crisis is dire.
Who’s Goodwin again? Goodwin is the Other Ana Lucia killed in “The Other 48 Days.” He also had a cameo early in the season-three premiere. We see a whole new side to him this week. (Goodwin is played by Brett Cullen, who also played VP candidate Gov. Ray Sullivan on “The West Wing” and weaselly Walt Riggins on “Friday Night Lights.”
Jack, Juliet, Kate and Sayid are back already? How many minutes into the episode do Jack and Hurley hug? Minute 15 of the 42.
Any sign of Locke or Ben? Ben appears in the flashbacks. Locke sits the episode out.
Does Charlie die this week? He does not. Remember please the rumored final flashback batting order: 3.16 Juliet Burke 3.17 Desmond Hume 3.18 Jin & Sun Kwon 3.19 Jack Shephard 3.20 Karen & Gerald DeGroot 3.21 Charlie Pace 3.22-23 Benjamin Linus
What else is ABC not telling us? We learn a lot about what’s been going on with Claire and a lot about what’s going on with Juliet, and at least two very important details about Dharma Island. And we learn definitively which Stephen King novel was being discussed at book club.
What’s good? * The great Elizabeth Mitchell. * The great Nestor “Batmanuel” Carbonell. * The many exciting reveals. * “Well, we’ll do out best.” * “I think your research is really gonna have a major impact on us.” * “Why were you fine with those things?” * Benjamin Linus, who appears on the dock from nowhere. * James Ford, finally behaving like a human being. * Hurley’s sit-down with Juliet generally and “We buried him over there” in particular. * “She’ll be dead before then.” * “Because I did it to her.” * The scene in Ben’s kitchen. * The return of the 815. * The return of Mikhail. * “Do you trust me?” * “I know why you want me to go there.” * “Downtown.” * Much more.
What’s not so good? We don’t learn why Kate can climb over an Others Fence but Smokezilla can’t. Or why a novice like Hurley can so effortlessly hoodwink master con man Sawyer.
How does it end, spoiler-boy? “See you in a week.”