While I expected a little more drama from the pre-finale episode, plenty of interesting things happened which I'm sure are leading to a thrilling Season 5 finale next week!
I hadn't imagined that Kate and Jack's decision to follow Daniel's notebook would include Richard and Eloise, but as soon as I saw Eloise looking at the journal, I realized that interaction had to happen to get Jack and Kate going - besides, as smart as Jack is, could he really figure out the notebook of genius Daniel Faraday without the help of his mother?
So thankfully Eloise realized she had to believe Jack, and proceeded to take them to the bomb, but not without plenty of drama. Before Jack and Kate got to talk with Eloise, they got the chance to discuss what stopping the hatch and everything that happened because of it would mean, which pretty much summed up a lot of questions I had last week. For example, wouldn't it be tragic if all our survivors never knew each other because their flight landed safely in LA? Wouldn't it be heartbreaking for us to see all who fell in love or formed bonds to just walk away from the flight strangers forever?
And yes, it appears this is what Kate thought of as well, along with my other concern after last week's episode that everyone's lives were awful before that flight, and while the island brought a lot of trouble, it also was meant to give them the chance to work through their life issues and get another chance.
But as Kate countered Jack saying it wasn't all misery (hint, hint, I was heading to jail and would never have fallen in love with you if we didn't crash), Jack went ahead and said, "It was misery enough." So, he'd be fine never meeting her if it meant ridding his life of all the troubles the island caused. Ouch.
I was surprised to see Kate so heartbroken over this because, though I know she loves Jack, I've always thought the love who is truly the one for her is Sawyer. But maybe that will be the case as Jack's harsh response led Kate right into the arms of Sawyer... and Juliet... in the sub! And there we saw another heartbroken face from Juliet as she realized all her sudden hope that she and Sawyer could live happily ever after in the 70s was shot down.
But that whole situation was shot anyway in the preview for next week's finale as it showed Juliet, Sawyer, and Kate all back on the island, so somehow the sub didn't take them away at all.
The other most interesting point of the episode was all going on with Locke and Richard! Richard entirely changed in this episode as we saw Locke was the one who led Richard to him when he'd popped into the jungle with a bullet in his leg and Richard magically appeared to help him, and we continued to see Richard surprised, confused, and seeming not at all the mysterious omnipotent one we'd been led to believe he was until this point. Now we just have to wonder if he only was like that when he was in charge, or if his only mysterious feature is the fact that he never ages.
Also a moment of comic relief plus revelation was having Dr. Chang finding Hurley, Miles, and Jin to make them tell him the truth about if they were from the future as Daniel had said. For the fun of the episode, we got Hurley failing to answer when he was born, who was president, etc. making him admit they were from the future. Then we got the revelation of Miles not only getting to tell his dad that yes, he was his son, but also seeing the doctor yell at Miles' mother as the only way to convince her to take Miles and leave the island.
So how will this exciting season wrap up? How will it come to be that the sub doesn't leave the island? What will the gang with the bomb do? Will Locke and his people really get to see Jacob and will we discover more about who/what Jacob is? Share your thoughts on this episode and what you think will go down in the big 2-hour finale!