On Tuesday's episode of Lost, Sayid must make a difficult choice. His path to redemption is complicated. He wants everyone — chiefly Dogen, UnLocke, Nadia and Omar — to know that he's changed, he's no longer a nefarious torturer/assassin. He has goodness in his heart. That may or may not be true, but the evocatively titled "Sundown" instead shows us that whatever goodness is left is for sure on the wane. Also: Kate finally catches up with Claire, but it's not the happy reunion she might have imagined.
After deplaning, Sayid visits Nadia, who is now married to Omar, Sayid's brother. They have two cute kids and Omar owns dry cleaning shops. The tone of these scenes is a refreshing change of pace for the doom-and-gloom assassin, as he's all smiley with the kids and positively glowing to be near Nadia.
In a tender, halting moment, Nadia asks why Sayid never replied to her letters. The kids find a photo of their mom in his bag. There is clearly still unfinished business. "Why didn't you want to be with me?" she asks. "Why did you push me toward your brother?" "For the last 12 years, I've been trying to wash my hands of all the horrible things I've done," he replies. "I can't be with you because I don't deserve you." Aw.
Unfortunately, Omar is in debt to an unscrupulous loan shark. He asks his brother to put some heat on the guy, but he refuses, saying he's not that man anymore. But eventually, after Omar is rushed to the hospital after a "mugging," Sayid comes face to face with the loan shark: Martin Keamy. He's as oily as he was when he murdered Ben's daughter Alex. As he dives into a plate of symbolically runny eggs, he threatens Nadia and her kids over Omar's debt. With lightning-quick reflexes, Sayid grabs a gun and kills Keamy and his two men.
After the bloodbath, Sayid hears noises in the other room. He opens up the walk-in freezer to find a non-English-speaking Jin, all beaten up and bloodied. Does Keamy work for customs?
(Aside: Did you see Jack in the hospital?)
Dogen questions Sayid's assertion that he still has goodness in him. "I think it would be best if you were dead," Dogen says matter-of-factly. So they duke it out. Nice fight choreography, ay? Just as Dogen is about to slit Sayid's throat with a letter opener, a baseball falls from his desk and something happens inside him. He collapses to the floor and tells Sayid he's banished.
"Apparently, I'm evil," Sayid tells Miles of his banishment. Just as he's packing up to go, Claire shows up with the news that UnLocke would like to speak with Dogen. Instead, Dogen sends the ever-more-expendable Sayid, since he wants him dead anyway. He instructs Sayid to stab UnLocke in the chest as soon as he sees him, before he even speaks. "If you allow him to speak, it'll be too late," Dogen warns.
In the jungle, UnLocke appears and says (oops), "Hello, Sayid." Sayid plunges the dagger into his chest, but it's too late. It does no damage. UnLocke wants Sayid to deliver a message to everyone in the Temple. And then he takes out the Ginzu knives and starts his sales pitch. "What if I told you that you could have anything you want — anything in the entire world?" he asks. Sayid replies: "I would tell you the only thing I ever wanted died in my arms, and I'll never see it again." But what if you could, Sayid? What if you could?
Apparently, Sayid buys the whole set of steak knives because he returns to the Temple and announces to everyone: "There is a man in the jungle who sent me to give you a message. He wants you to know that Jacob is dead, and because he's dead, you're free. This man is leaving the island forever and those who want to go with him have until sundown to decide. If you stay, you'll die."
There's, like, one of those Road Runner-style cartoon puffs of smoke as the Others are like: I am so Audi 5000.
Dogen berates Sayid for not getting the job done. Then he tells him a story about driving drunk and killing his kid. It seems Jacob was at the hospital and made Dogen a deal: He'd save Dogen's son, but only if he agrees to come to the island and never see his son again. Sayid is all: Nice story; now you die. So he wrestles him into the Pool of Sadness and drowns him. For good measure, he slits Lennon's throat. These acts essentially disarm the electric fence around the Temple, allowing UnLocke to wreak havoc. And boy, does he!
KATE and CLAIRE
Kate returns to the Temple just in time for all hell to break loose. "Welcome back to the circus!" Miles snarks. She quickly locates Claire, who's being held in a Silence of the Lambs-style dirt pit, where she's quietly singing "Catch a Falling Star" like the crazy person she is.
(Aside: Be-wigged, bedraggled Claire: Hot or not?)
Kate tells Claire that she took Aaron off the island and that she returned to rescue her. Claire is all: I'm not the one who needs to be rescued, sister-friend. "He's coming, and they can't stop him," she says calmly. As if on cue, the Symphonie d' Monstre de Fumée begins (clank-clank, crank, whir) and then Smokey starts indiscriminately killing everybody. Kate dives into the pit just in time to avoid Smokey's wrath.
ILANA, LAPIDUS, SUN and BEN
Talk about the Others. These four people hardly belong together, and their lack of cohesion as a group is distracting. But there they are, at the height of UnLocke's attack on the Temple. "Where are Shephard and Reyes and Ford?" Ilana asks Miles, interestingly. Yes, they've come to rescue their friends, it seems, but only Miles will receive the benefit of their assistance, as Jack and Hurley are off doing Jacob's bidding, Sawyer is probably holed up in New Otherton, Kate is in the pit with Claire, Jin is maybe back at Claire's hovel healing and Sayid is apparently evil. Unfortunately, they're also the four characters that lack compelling story lines (for now), so why not just throw 'em all together? It's easier to keep track of them that way.
Conveniently and suspiciously, Ilana reads the hieroglyphics on the Temple walls and quickly locates a secret passageway through which Lapidus, Miles, Ilana and Sun escape just in the nick of time as the Smoke Monster is in full effect, careening throughout the Temple, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
But wait, where's Ben? Am I worried about Ben? What has this show done to me?
Once the smoke clears, it seems that everyone at the Temple is dead except for Kate, Claire and Sayid. To the haunting melody of "Catch a Falling Star," all three former heroes fall into line with the other sheep following UnLocke. Does this make them evil? It's probably too soon to tell, but it's definitely not a good sign.
What did you think of "Sundown"? Are we ready to call Claire, Kate and Sayid "the bad guys"?
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