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Recap: "LaFleur"


Namaste, y'all! Wednesday's episode of Lost continues the story of what happened to those remaining on the island, ping-ponging between the moment when Locke left the island and the moments leading up to the arrival of Ajira Airways Flight 316. We learn what happened when Locke turned the frozen donkey wheel, what the Dharma Initiative was like in the 1970s and what the heck LaFleur is.


We briefly recap the disappearing wishing well situation, with Sawyer still hanging on to the rope that ends in solid earth after the flash.


So when are we now? "I'd say way before [the well was built]," snarks Miles, and they all look up to see an ancient-looking, gargantuan statue off in the distance. It has longish hair, pointy ears and a brush cut on top. It's wearing a toga. We're meant to believe that this is what the four-toed statue fragment comes from, but it begs the question: Does Jin remember seeing it before?


As John turns the donkey wheel, there's a new kind of flash, sending Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Jin and Daniel into painful-looking convulsions. When it's over, Miles says, "That one was different; that was more like an earthquake." Now the well is back, but it's filled-in. They observe that their flash headaches are gone, and their noses are no longer bleeding. "I think it's over," Juliet says. "I think John did it." So now what? "Now we wait for him to come back," Sawyer says, "as long as it takes."


From this point, I'm going to do something crazy, and tell you everything that happened "three years earlier" first and then "three years later" and see if it works. For sure, there are clever adjacencies between the two stories and it's interesting how and when we are doled out the few revelations of this episode, but I'm going to sacrifice that insight for the ability to look at and evaluate complete narratives. Forgive me!


THREE YEARS EARLIER


After the big flash, they find Daniel, who is basically distraught... and alone. "Where's Red?" asks Sawyer. "She's gone. She's dead. There was another flash and she was gone," he cries. Her body just disappeared because dead people don't flash apparently. Daniel reports that wherever we are now, whenever we are now, we're here for good. Sawyer wants to head back to the beach, and although Miles bitches about how much aimless jungle hiking they're doing "who put him in charge?" he asks -- Juliet backs him up. It's all for naught though, as the ever-present gunshots ring out, and they come upon an ominous quartet: a dead guy in a jumpsuit, two feral-looking dudes with guns and a shrieky lady with a hood over her head.


"We don't get involved, right?" Miles asks Daniel. "Whatever happened, happened," Daniel responds weakly, and after last week's lesson in unreliable narrators, I'm thinking: Hya, right! Why should we believe him? Sawyer is with me. "Thanks again, Plato, I'm going over there," he barks. In short order, Sawyer and Juliet waste the dudes with guns and rescue the damsel in distress. "It's OK, you're safe, it's over," Sawyer says. (What's over?) For a second, as he reaches for the hood, the mind reels with all the possibilities for who this lady-Dharmette could be.


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