Recap: "316"

Well, we now know how the Oceanic 6 got back to the island, but because this is Lost and not Two and a Half Men, what appears to be the burning question is instantly supplanted by a more complicated one: Why did they go back? While Jack and Sun were already on board with Ben's plan to return, all of a sudden Kate, Sayid and Hurley were all queuing up at the Ajira Airways gate, and we have no idea why. It opens up possibilities in the already-twisty narrative that give us much to anticipate about future episodes.

I won't dwell on my futile Googling for a deeper knowledge of the title of this episode: "316." Suffice it to say that not only is it the area code of Wichita, Kansas, and the year that Constantine attempted to end the schism between the Roman Catholic and Donatist churches (whatever that means), it is also the Ajira flight number... and the number of a very telling Biblical passage, that being John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." We'll get to see who Lost's resident Jesus figure is in good time, but in the meantime, Mrs. Hawking has something to tell the Oceanic 6 and the audience.


The episode opens on a signature tweaky eyeball shot. It's Jack, waking up on the island. At first, it appears to be a flashback to the moments immediately following the original Oceanic crash, but it's quickly established that this is something else entirely, as both Kate and Hurley are there too, under a waterfall. "It really happened," says a groggy Kate, and before we can wrap our heads around exactly what it is, we whoosh back 46 hours and we're on the set of The Da Vinci Code again with Mrs. Hawking.


I love when the show gives us a different perspective on a scene we've seen before, and a second viewing of the moment when the Oceanic 6 meets Mrs. Hawking reminds me that Desmond's head must be exploding because he's met her before! But no time to dilly-dally, class is in session, and Mrs. H. will not tolerate the interjections of this dilettante.

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