The eye opening motif is back and this time it belongs to a brooding Boone as he watches Sayid and Shannon from a distance. He gets interrupted by Hurley who’s asking about why he and Locke have not returned with any fresh boar kills. Boone essentially ignores Hurley and goes to confront Sayid, telling him to stay away from Shannon. Sayid’s not impressed with Boone’s order and aggressive demeanor. Things look to be ready to go off between them when Locke calls out for Boone to come help him “track” a boar.
While they make their way through the jungle, Locke warns Boone not to make enemies of Sayid. Locke says they’ll need him on their side once they’re ready to share what they found in the jungle. We get a nice look at what appears to be a door set into the earth of the jungle. There’s hinges and small window set in the center and we’re all left thinking what Locke says, “how do open a door that has no discernible handle or way to open it?” Boone mentions that they need to be truthful with the group about what they’re doing and not bringing back boar but Locke says they’re not ready yet.
Much of the Plot B threads have to do with Jack learning from Kate that Sun has built (form? I don’t know) a garden. During her time with Sun, Kate eventually realizes Sun can understand her as she talks because mistakenly smiles in response. Sun makes her promise to say nothing like she did with Michael. We also get some great comedic moments when Hurley tries to catch fish alongside Jin because he’s needs some protein due to the lack of boar. Hurley steps on an urchin and tries to get Jin to pee on his foot (I can’t help but laugh).
Flashback: (Note: I’ll sum up this flashback because it’s pretty “eh” in terms of revealing anything interesting except at the end where things get…ew.) Boone’s at a country club and gets a phone call from Shannon. She screams at someone and tells Boone she’s in Sydney (now we know why they were on Flight 180) when he says he’s coming to get her. When he arrives at the house of the guy she’s shacked up with, she acts surprised and tells Boone he should leave but makes sure to adjust her hair so he can see the bruise on her forehead.
Boone goes to the police, where we learn he and Shannon are actually step siblings, asking for help but gets none. We do get to see an arrested Sawyer dragged by which makes you go, “hey!”. Left to his own devices, Boone goes to Shannon’s beau, Bryan, and offers to pay him 25k to leave Shannon, which Boone has done two times prior apparently. Bryan makes Boone pay him 50k and when Boone goes to retrieve Shannon, we learn she tricked him and was in on the set up. Bryan makes some kind of mention that Shannon’s just getting what’s due to her from her father.
Later that night, Shannon shows up at Boone’s hotel room telling him Bryan took off with the money (not shocked). Then things take a turn and…hmm, how should I convey this? We know they’re step parents but we don’t know when their parents married each other. My guess would be when they were teenagers and just about at that age. Shannon tells Boone she’s always known about his feelings for her…and things go full Game of Thrones. Yep, they sleep together. Like I said, “ew”.
Back to the present! Boone sits patiently while Locke is working on something in a bowl. When Boone asks what they’re doing just staring at the door in the floor, Locke tells him a story about the artist, Michelangelo, whose father didn’t want him to be an artist. Older, a prince found Michelangelo staring at a marble slab and he did so for hours for days. When asked why, Michelangelo said he was working. Three years later that marble was made into the statue of David. Locke uses the story to explain to Boone that they are going to figure out how to open the door by being patient. Boone wants to tell Shannon at least about the door and Locke sees there’s something unhealthy between them (ya think?). Definitely some boundary issues. Boone pleads his case and Locke agrees but after that, he strikes Boone in the back of the head.
Boone wakes up to find himself tied down in such a way that I can’t explain. One arm is behind his back and the other in front. Apparently, he can’t move the front without causing pain in the one behind his back (Locke’s a bad man). Locke tells Boone he needs to let some things go and with whatever he has been mixing in that bowl of his, he places it on the wound in the back of Boone’s head. Before taking off, Locke throws a knife into the ground in front Boone.
Sayid is working on a makeshift compass as he tries to make sense of Rousseau’s map. Locke happens upon him and they make some small talk before Locke gives over his own compass to Sayid saying he no longer needs it. Sayid meets up with Jack and asks him to point out north. Jack does and Sayid agrees, pulling out Locke’s compass and showing Jack that where north should be is actually northwest. Odd right? Sayid explains that a magnetic anomaly would make the compass a few degrees off but not to the amount the compass shows. Sayid takes this to mean the compass is busted.
Boone seems to have passed out after Locke left him and wakes up when he hears Shannon screaming for help. He tries grabbing for the knife and fails until he hears the monster roar in the distance. This gives Boone the will to reach for the knife and cut himself free. He runs to find Shannon tied to a tree apparently by Locke. They run and hide from the monster as it pursues them. Once they think they’re in the clear they make their way back to the beach but get a shock when the monster rips a tree up from its roots (well, that’s new). Shannon gets lifted up by the monster (we still haven’t seen what it is) and Boone searches for her eventually finding her dead (whoa…that was unexpected…).
That night, Boone finds Locke and attacks him blaming Locke on Shannon’s death. Locke is mesmerized and asks what “it” showed Boone. He directs Boone to see Shannon alive and well with Sayid. The paste applied to Boone’s wound was some kind of hallucinogenic that made him see Shannon’s death. When prompted how he felt, Boone confesses he felt relief (this is why healthy boundaries are necessary!).
Okay, so like I said last post, I’m not a fan of this episode. I don’t think Boone and/or Shannon are the most-compelling characters in the show. Their relationship is a whole other story that I think many a fans get grossed out by. The biggest attraction point of this episode is the door in the jungle floor. That’s what we want to know about! Well, maybe we’ll get more info next episode, which by the way is Michael and Walt’s first episode.