Something interludes us with a lovely little teaser now. Juliet and the rest are sitting around during Sawyer's performance as LaFleur for Horace and as she tells Miles of who she was on the island, she says that not all of the Dharma Initiative were killed when Ben took over. Can't wait till they develop that further! But back to this week's story and the alarm goes off to signify a Hostile attack and we see the great Richard Alpert swan into the camp holding a fire-torch ready for retribution from the truce being broken leaving two of his men dead.
I believe it was two weeks ago that RachelL from the SideReel team put up a discussion that Richard wears eyeliner and we see that Sawyer thinks that as well. In true Sawyer fashion he makes a comment about Richard's cosmetic use, shows disdain for Horace's authority and goes to square up to Richard. Boom. Sawyer throws a massive truth bomb to him simply stating he knows who he is, knows about Jughead and says that he too is waiting for Locke's return. The truce hadn't been broken by the Dharma Initiative but Richard but demands Paul's body in penance. A weeping Amy lets them take it and LaFleur has shown his worth to the Initiative and has bought himself and the gang two more weeks on the island.
In the closing stages of the episode we have such a tender-loving scene between Sawyer and Juliet. She is determined to go on the sub the next day to escape the island but Sawyer convinces her to stay. Then seamlessly we're shot to 1977 as LaFleur strides home with a beautiful flower where he is greeted with dinner on the table and Juliet in the kitchen. It is clear that over the three years they have become a couple who care and love each other. Next, LaFleur explains to Horace that three years is enough to get over a person. Horace and Amy had fought because he thinks she was not over Paul. LaFleur tells him about Kate and how he felt about her, but also about how happy he is now and that he has let go. Three years is enough. Time can heal.
The reason I have constantly switched between describing Sawyer as 'Sawyer' and 'LaFleur' is because I really feel that they are different people at heart. James Ford had changed his name before to become Sawyer, who is a grifter, a thief and a user of women. But in this episode we are shown that when he changes his name again to LaFleur, he becomes trustworthy, responsible and a caring partner. No longer is he out for himself just to survive. He is a valued member of the camp and is happy settling down with Juliet and I truly believe he is better off without Kate. Jack and Kate can play their dysfunctional games for all that I care. She has hurt Sawyer in the past and used him to get back at Jack. LaFleur is happy now and he deserves to be. But, as we all know, Kate is back on the island in 1977 and in the final scene and we see them reunited on the cliff top. Will he remain LaFleur? Or become Sawyer again. Time will tell.
Ok, I'll leave you there for two weeks now with a few questions puzzling my brain:-
- Is Locke back in 1977 too? And if so, what will happen after he searches out Richard to become the leader of the Others once again?
- Who from the Dharma Initiative survived Ben's attack?
- Will Daniel sabotage the Orchid? as he is working on it in 1977 but we also know he tells Charlotte as a child to leave the island before something bad happens.
See y'all on the island in two weeks....