Who’s responsible? Teleplay is credited to showrunners Damon Lindelof (“Left Behind”) & Carlton Cuse (“One Of Us”).
What does ABC say? “A newly focused Locke breaks away from "The Others" in an attempt to persuade Sawyer to help rid them of a great nemesis that has caused nothing but pain in both of their lives. Meanwhile, a new island inhabitant discloses some shocking information about Oceanic Flight 815. Guest starring are M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom, Kevin Tighe as Anthony Cooper, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Kimberly Joseph as Cindy and Marsha Thomason as Naomi.”
How did last week’s promo go? ANNOUNCER: Next Wednesday. DESMOND: We keep her safe, she’s our way off this island. CHARLIE: We have to tell Jack. DESMOND: Do you trust Jack? Or don’t you? LOCKE: I snuck into Ben’s tent and kidnapped him. And I want you to kill him. SAWYER: Tell me the truth! Why me?? LOCKE: Because I can’t!!
The big news? Jack’s been keeping a secret from Kate.
What else is ABC not telling us? We learn this week where The Others went.
Did they go to Li’l Dharma Island? The place with the bear cages and dolphin tanks? They did not.
Why “The Brig”? A good piece of the episode is set in a locale familiar to longtime fans.
Can Naomi’s “shocking information about Oceanic Flight 815” possibly be more shocking than what she revealed last week? It could be, but it’s not.
Is Rousseau still stalking Ben’s daughter Alex? One assumes. She turns up this week for a bit of foreshadowing.
What’s doing with Cindy the stewardess? She’s excited to see Locke.
What’s the deal with Naomi’s multilingualism? She works for Penelope, yes? Naomi says she’s working for Penelope, but has never actually met her.
Are Hurley, Jin, Des and Charlie reunited with the rest of the 815ers this week? Yes. The first time we see them they are already back at camp.
How does everyone react to the news of Naomi? Naomi’s is squirreled away in a tent. Her presence is not immediately revealed to everyone.
Does Kate learn this week that Sawyer’s hillbilly seed has doomed her? No. (And she and Sawyer continue to be more than friends.)
Does Sun give Jin the bad news about her diagnosis? One gathers she does not.
Is Juliet working to save Sun’s life with stone knives and bear skins? Sun is wholly absent this week. And Juliet is seen devising no treatments this week.
What’s doing with Claire and Sayid? Sayid works on Naomi’s radio-phone thingie, which the Iraqi appraises as quite advanced. Claire sits the episode out.
No sign of Mikhail? None.
Does Charlie die this week? No.
Does Desmond make another prediction? No.
What was that batting order again? 3.19 John Locke 3.20 Benjamin Linus 3.21 Charlie Pace 3.22-23 Jack Shephard
What’s good? The flashbacks, which are all island-bound, give us some interesting glimpses of what The Others have been up to since Locke’s last episode, “The Man From Tallahassee.” And the only scene this week with Jack and Juliet, which doesn’t arrive until the episode’s final minutes.
What’s not so great? After last week’s installment, with its many bombshells, this week’s affair will strike many as fitfully intriguing but ultimately superfluous and disposable, another attempt to tread water. The character we really want to be following is Ben, and his is the story coming next week.
How does it end, spoiler-boy? “Not anymore,” Locke tells Sawyer, then marches into the woods.