Takes place after Eric reveals that it's Jackson who has a frightening secret in their video diary. So, this was the season finale, and it DEFINITELY didn't disappoint. Right from the beginning, the episode was dramatic. Jackson took a risk and insisted that Lex get the tape for everybody to watch, just so everybody would stop worrying and speculating about it. It was great to see that Melissa was the only one who refused to watch the tape; she even stopped them before they could watch anymore. It showed that she really does care about Jackson and respected his privacy. Everyone, right after watching the tape, was asking 'what do we do?' But Melissa was willing to let him explain. Too bad he left. You could tell from that point on that him leaving would affect Melissa the most. While this episode was totally Jackson-centric, which I can't really complain about because.. well he's JACKSON; who doesn't love him? -- and even focuses on the whole Jackson/Melissa relationship, there were moments where the other castaways shone. First off, Eric. It showed that even though they've been on the island for more than 10 days, you can't trust the boy. It seems that even if you did something to help him, he'd appreciate it for maybe a day or two, then go right back to being a rat. But it also showed how vulnerable he was when he got lost. I honestly pitied the boy. Jackson found him and was convinced by Eric to head back. Then there was Nathan. I was so glad he told off Eric like that. And in the storm, how he took it upon himself to try and get the radio back up, even with dismal results, and him almost getting fried. Even though Daley wanted to go help Nathan and Melissa look for Jackson, she stayed back with Taylor to take care of the stinger or whatever in her foot. She doesn't really like Taylor, but the girl needed help and she was willing to take on the task. She also saved Nathan from getting hurt. Lex FINALLY got a signal -- the boy really is a genius, but it was just bad timing that he missed it. Taylor was freaking out about getting the signal back in the storm, but in the end after finding out Nathan almost got hurt, it was good to see that she had his best interests at heart. Now the good part. lol. Eric finally brings Jackson back to camp.. so he says, but it was Jackson who brought him back. Almost right away, Melissa asked Eric where Jackson was and she ran right out after him. The most intense part, Jackson tells Melissa what happened; the story behind his secret. It was awesome to see another side of Jackson. That maybe he wasn't as tough as he's made out to be. He was vulnerable and emotional in this episode and Johnny Pacar's acting was truly spectacular. Yeah.. I was crying my eyes out at this whole scene. And when Melissa hugged Jackson, and Jackson hugged her back... oh man. Fell to pieces. This one was probably one of my top fave Jackson/Melissa moments for sure. He opened up to her and she was there to comfort him and convince him to stay. These two always seem to save each other's butt, so you could totally tell that maybe they'd have something going on in the future. But back to the hug. Oh the hug. SUCH a good moment -- so much emotion, especially with Jackson at that point. It was like he was clinging to Melissa to be saved or something. The others come out and say their little piece about why Jackson shouldn't leave and they all get out of the storm.
They wake up to the storm being over, but their camp completely trashed. Now they have to start all over. As if the previous events weren't bad enough.
It sets up so much more drama in later episodes, trying to renew the camp and whatnot, which is GREAT for a season finale. So 10/10, no doubt.