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Lost Episode: "What Kate Does"

Season 6, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Sawyer escapes from the temple and Kate leads a search party to find him, joined by Jin. Back at the temple, the captors "diagnose" Sayid ("There's a darkness growing in him," Jack is told). And in L.A,, Kate escapes from the airport after commandeering the taxi occupied by Claire. Aldo: Rob McElhenney. Dr. Goodspeed: William Mapother.
Original Air Date: Feb 9, 2010
Guest Cast Dayo Ade: Justin Jenni Blong: Lindsey Daniel Roebuck: Arzt Yasmin Dar: MFCU Nurse Rob McElhenney: Aldo John Hawkes: Lennon David H. Lawrence XVII: Cabbie Jeff Kober: Melky Hiroyuki Sanada: Dogen
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Aired: 2/9/2010
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Lost Episode Recap: "The Substitute" Season 6, Episode 3

On Tuesday's episode of Lost, John Locke — and who he has become — are the subject of "The Substitute." Post-815, his life appears to be very different at first blush, but closer examination reveals that many of his circumstances are exactly the same. On the island, UnLocke is on a recruiting mission, and he's found at least one willing participant. Little does he or she know what he's getting himself into.

LOCKE AND HELEN

Locke's post-815 life looks pretty nice. He lives with Helen(!) in a house in the suburbs, where they're planning their October wedding together — a wedding, by the way, to which Locke's dad is invited. Helen thinks that Locke meeting Jack at the airport was fate, and that Locke should have that free consultation. "What are the odds of you just running into a spinal surgeon?" she asks, and then, spelling out the theme of Season 6, she says, "Who knows? Maybe it's destiny."

Things are less sunny at work, where Locke's boss, Randy, figures out that Locke skipped the conference he went to Australia to attend — presumably to try to go on that walkabout. He's fired, of course, but a chance meeting with Hurley in the parking lot changes his path. Not only does Hurley own the box company, he's also the proud papa of a temp agency — convenient! — where Rose works. Rose gets Locke a job as a substitute, where he meets the hilariously ordinary "Ben Linus, European History," ranting about replacing coffee filters in the teachers' lounge.

(Quick question: Never mind the alternate universe for now, why don't Locke, Hurley and Rose recognize each other from 815? Sure, you don't memorize all the faces of your flightmates, but you might remember some of them, right?)

THE KID

It's a little wearying to meet new characters this late in the game on a show that already seems to boast a cast of thousands, but this week we meet one anyway. Let's call him The Kid for now — although my money is on him almost certainly being the reincarnation/manifestation of Jacob. (It's an intriguing thought that he might be Aaron Littleton, Claire's son, but I'm suspicious of the narrative cheats such a revelation would require. After all, isn't Aaron only 3?)

The towheaded preteen first appears, all bloodied and Christ-like, to UnLocke and Richard — although Richard can't see him. In a later scene, he appears to UnLocke and Sawyer, who can see him. "You know the rules; you can't kill him," The Kid tells UnLocke, apropos of nothing. But it's an enraged UnLocke who acts more like a bratty kid, telling The Kid basically that he's not the boss of him. Real mature.

ILANA

OK, folks, who the heck is this lady? She's been around for a while now, but mostly just lurking on the sidelines. We're going to get an Ilana-centric episode before the season is up, but in the meantime, her Magdalene-like mourning over Jacob's ashes makes me wonder how important her role will ultimately be.

THE CANDIDATES

As Ilana describes it, UnLocke has a job to do: recruit. Presumably, it's all in service to his ultimate goal, which, as he mentioned last week, is to go home — wherever that is. He asks Richard to help him, promising answers to all the island's secrets, but Richard is all: Uh, no, thanks, and high-tails it back to the temple. Next up: Sawyer, who is drunken and damaged and in mourning so he's all: Sounds good to me, hoss. Uh-oh.

So UnLocke takes Sawyer to a hidden cave in an oceanside cliff, which is presumably Jacob's old hideout. Inside, there's a scale balancing a black rock and a white rock. UnLocke takes the white rock off the scale and whings it into the sea. "What the hell is that all about?" Sawyer asks. "Inside joke," UnLocke replies. The symbolism is not subtle, but the line is still funny.

Also inside the cave are names etched into the rock walls and ceiling, and each name is accompanied by a number from a very familiar sequence. Let's recap: 4-Locke; 8-Reyes; 15-Ford; 16-Jarrah; 23-Shephard; 42-Kwon. UnLocke crosses out No. 4, since the cat's out of the bag now about his host body's untimely passing. UnLocke says he doesn't know if the Kwon in question is Sun or Jin, but a flashback reminds us that Jacob touched them both at their wedding. More curious: Kate isn't on the list at all. Is Jacob a sexist? Foreshadowing a death or deaths?

UnLocke explains that each of these people are possible candidates to replace Jacob as the protector of the island. But UnLocke has a better idea: They should all just get the hell out of Dodge and leave this God-forsaken island. Keeping in mind that UnLocke is an extremely unreliable narrator, perhaps Option No. 3 is the best choice: Do nothing.

What would you do?

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On Tuesday's episode of Lost, John Locke — and who he has become — are the subject of "The Substitute." Post-815, his life appears to be very different at first blush, but closer examination reveals that many of his circumstances are exactly the same. On the island, UnLocke is on a recruiting mission, and he's found at least one willing participant. Little does he or she know what he's getting himself into.

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