We get another “eye-opening” opening (there’s our official motif for this show) of a young Jack being told to stay down on the ground while some older bullies beat up on another kid. Young Jack-o doesn’t listen and gets popped in the face before older Jack’s name is being called out while staring out into nothing on the beach.
Jack realizes someone is calling out for help in the water and he dives into action (pun uh-thank you). Once he gets out deeper, he goes under water and comes up with Boone. Starting to swim back, Boone says he was trying to save her and Jack sees a woman further out calling for help. Alas, Jack gets back to shore with Boone and goes back out to save the woman.
Turns out a woman named Joanna went out for a swim and couldn’t stay above water pulled out by a riptide. Jack tells Kate he didn’t try hard enough to save Joanna and while he’s talking to her he sees the man in the suit standing out in the water, waist deep. Kate can’t see the man though. So creepy.
Our Plot B storyline focuses on the dwindling water supply and the group’s need to find drinkable water. We get some minor moments worth calling out: Sun and Jin continue to be on the outs due to the language barrier; Claire and Kate gab a bit (I hope that’s not insensitive to say; I’ll use it for all genders just in case); Shannon tries to bargain with Sawyer for insect repellant (side note: Sawyer’s reading Watership Down; books are a big part of the show and appear from time to time with the plot of the book having some kind of influence on the show).
Jack is inundated with people looking to him for leadership and he’s struggling to embrace that role. Hurley and Charlie get the ball rolling by asking about the water supply. Add in a brooding Boone telling Jack he could have swam back on his own and Jack should’ve gone after Joanna and Jack’s close to the edge. The man in the suit appears again and Jack runs into the jungle to confront the creepy apparition.
Flashback: We’re with young Jack again and he talks to his dad, Christian, who is a surgeon (a son following in his father’s footsteps) and tells Jack he doesn’t have the stuff to be a hero after Jack tells him what happened with the fight at school. Dad of the Year award nominee right here. Shift to adult Jack who is told his father’s gone by his mother and is asked to locate his father’s whereabouts. They haven’t talked for two months due to a falling out, which Jack is alluded to being responsible for. Where is his dad? Australia. Aha! Jack gets to his dad’s hotel room in Sydney and finds out he hasn’t been there for three days. There’s plenty of medication bottles and liquor bottles in the room along with his wallet.
Jack reaches the man in the suit who turns around, falls onto the ground, and says, “Dad?” Uh wut? How is that happening? A very creepy-staring Christian says nothing turns around and walks deeper in the jungle and Jack gives chase.
Claire collapses and while Charlie runs to get water, he realizes the stash has been stolen. After Kate and Sayid take over leadership duties, determined to find the stolen water, Locke offers to go find Jack saying he knows where to look. Sawyer becomes the prime suspect because he’s determined to be the most-hated person in the group. Kate follows him to where he has his stash of looted goods hidden but discovers he wasn’t behind the water pinch.
Jack’s running like a crazy man in search of his ghost-like dad until he slips and nearly falls to his death off a cliff, grabbing a tree vine for dear life. Lucky Locke shows up to save him just in time. We get a great exchange between Locke and Jack here which I’ll try to recap though it’s better on screen. Jack doesn’t want to be the leader, saying he doesn’t have the stuff to succeed. Locke asks why Jack’s out in the jungle and finds out Jack is chasing after something to which Locke mentions the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland (our second literary reference!). Locke says the island is special and different and they all feel it but won’t talk about it. He says he’s looked into the eye of the island (whatever that means) and he saw something beautiful.
Left to contemplate his predicament, Jack hears the sound of ice clinking in a glass, runs in the direction of the sound, and comes upon a cave where there’s running water and what appears to be items from the plane crash. Surprising enough, there’s a coffin which happens to be belonging to his father, which he identified in Sydney. Jack opens it and finds it empty which only extends the mystery of his seeing his father in the jungle. We know the island healed Locke’s spinal injury but did the island bring Christian back from the dead? Difficult to say at this point.
The episode closes out with Claire getting water from Boone of all people and he’s caught by Charlie. The group starts to turn on Boone, realizing he stole the water but not to be a jerk, instead seeing it as an opportunity to take charge seeing as how it was left out in the open. Jack shows up before the mob can string up the noose (not really of course) to tell everyone Boone risked his life for Joanna that morning and now they’re ready to crucify him. He tells them he found water and shelter. He delivers his famous, “If we can’t live together, we’re gonna die alone,” speech and assumes his role as leader, somehow coming to the conclusion that he does have the stuff to lead.
A very solid episode and one I really like. The mystery of the island expands and we get more character beats that help define who these people are. The Jack and Locke interaction alone make the episode strong.
Next we look at Sun’s first centric episodes. I originally thought I would cover two episodes in each of the following posts until we got to the end of the re-watch. This isn’t likely to happen unless I want to extend my capacity and write three thousand word posts. So, I’ve decided to do one episode a post until the end. That means I’ll be writing about Lost until the end of November. Hope you’re in it till the end with me!