Things start with another eye opening (one more time of this and we got ourselves a motif!). This time it belongs to our backgammon-loving bald man, John Locke. We’re back on the beach with him during the first minutes of the crash on the island. Locke seems perplexed by the situation and pays special attention to his foot for some reason. We’re pulled back into the present at night with some kind of ruckus taking place in the camp. Turns out the island has a boar problem and now the survivors have to deal with it.
After four days of no sign of rescue, Jack leads the discussion of burning the fuselage along with the bodies of the dead inside. He gets some push back from Sayid who believes it would be disrespectful to the dead to treat their remains in this way but Jack is not swayed knowing the boars will continue to be a problem along with the bodies getting nice and rotten inside. Burning them and the fuselage seems to be wise both for health reasons and doing so at night makes for a very large fire that could be seen from the ocean.
Things are getting bad in the group as the food supply has run low save for peanuts which Hurley and Sawyer are arguing over. We get a fun exchange and while Sawyer takes a seat in some plane seats, a rather large knife flies into the seat next to him.
Turns out, our good friend, Locke, has checked a case of more large knives and managed to recover them from the crash (that’s lucky and convenient!). Locke reveals he’s got quite the bevy of knowledge about boars and how to hunt them which leads us to believe he’s quite the hunter/adventurer.
In what I’ll call “Plot B” of the episode, Sayid has a plan to set up antennas to triangulate the source of the French woman’s distress signal. He believes there must be a significant power source in order for the signal to be playing for 16 years. Kate agrees and wants to help him so she offers to go with Locke on the boar hunt. Jack makes an observation that Kate doesn’t appear to like to stay in one place too long which makes sense from what we know of her life before the island.
Michael joins the hunt in order to get to know Locke better since Walt has taken to calling Locke his friend. Michael asks Sun to watch Walt in a pretty comedic way of using hand gestures and talking slowly hoping she’ll understand. The rest of the survivors are collecting what they can of the wreck in preparation to burn the fuselage.
Flashback: Locke answers a phone and talks with another person as if they are involved in some kind of military operation. He is interrupted by what appears to be a supervisor and we see Locke is actually sitting in an office cubicle that appears very common. Locke and a co-worker are playing a Risk-like game during their lunch break and the supervisor from earlier, whose name is Randy, shows up and mocks Locke, asking what a “walkabout” is after taking a brochure from his desk. We learn that Locke has scheduled to go on a walkabout in Australia and Randy questions his ability to do so. Locke tells Randy, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do” which will become a motto for him in episodes to come.
Locke talks to a woman named Helen on the phone and he invites her to go with him to Australia but we learn quickly that Helen is part of some kind of call service and Locke pays $89.95 an hour (yeesh, that’s costly) to talk to her which apparently he’s been doing for several months. She refuses his invitation and we’re left with a bereft Locke and a man who seems to have very unhealthy relationships (as far as we can tell).
Some very minor threads are taking place on the beach in which Claire asks Jack to speak some words while they burn the fuselage but he refuses, Sayid gets a letter and pictures of a woman he thought were lost in the crash, Shannon tries to prove she can fend for herself and manipulates Charlie to catch her a fish (we also get a great comedic scene of him recruiting Hurley to help him), and Boone asks Jack to go speak to Rose, the woman he saved on the beach, as she sits off in the distance staring out into the ocean.
Locke gives Kate and Michael a lesson in boar hunting. We learn Michael wasn’t a part of Walt’s life until two weeks prior when his mother passed away (this explains the lack of relationship between the two). They are surprised and attacked by a boar. Michael gets wounded while Locke is on his back in shock before he looks at his foot again (okay…why?). Kate tells Locke they need to stop and get Michael back to the camp but Locke continues, giving us his favorite line, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.”
Kate and Michael stop so she can put the antenna up in a tree but drops it when the monster roars and notices the trees moving in the direction of Locke (I swear this thing is a dinosaur). Just as Locke comes across the boars, the monster arrives and while we don’t see it (sneaky sneaky show. Not cool), we do see Locke’s bewildered reaction to it (such a tease).
Obviously wanting to stay away from the fuselage and people’s requests, Jack spends time with Rose and while he thinks she can honor her husband who was on the flight but in the tail section that broke off midair, Rose denies her husband being dead. Jack struggles with this but they agree to head back to the others as the sun sets. In the distance, Jack sees a man in a suit off in the distance watching him. Freaky…
Kate gets back with Michael but believes the monster got Locke. The antenna is broken and Sayid is frustrated but willing to try again. While talking to Kate, Jack sees the man in the suit again and runs into the jungle but he finds a blood-covered Locke instead who has bagged himself a hefty-sized boar (bacon in the morning!).
The fuselage is burning and the group honors the dead the best way they can (mostly saying names and sharing whatever info could be found in their luggage). Michael asks Locke if he saw the monster and Locke says he saw nothing (such a liar!).
Flashback: Locke is in Australia and being told he cannot take part in the walkabout. He argues and is told he neglected to speak of his condition and cannot take part in the experience. As the bus leaves, Locke turns around in a wheelchair. WHAT?! He screams about destiny and “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” Shift back to the plane crash on the beach and Locke is somehow healed of whatever injury confined him to a wheelchair. Amazing!!!
Okay, I love this episode. Please watch it if you haven’t. My recap and review don’t do it justice. We get a great introduction to an amazing character who has an interesting backstory and while his previous life has some questions that need answering, we also learn that the island has somehow healed Locke.
Next episode focuses on Jack and we get some info on the man in the suit. Feel free to watch ahead and remember to leave comments about your favorite moments in the episode! Thanks!