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Lost

Season 4 Episode 10

Something Nice Back Home

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 01, 2008 on ABC
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  • A surprisingly strong and deceptive episode

    8.0
    After the dense and surprising "The Shape of Things to Come", the writers seemed to be stepping back into neutral territory with this Jack-centric episode. They also seemed to be following up on the elements introduced in "Through the Looking Glass", "Eggtown", and "The Other Woman". In other words, particularly in the beginning, it was shaping up to be another episode about the Love Polygon of Epic Boredom.

    On first glance, the "present-day" elements and the flash-forward appear distinct from one another. Of course, it doesn't take long to recognize that the connective tissue is Jack's most glaring flaw: his need for control. When Jack can apply his self-interested brand of pragmatism to a situation, he's confident and the world is a happy place. (His calm and measured treatment of patients in this episode is a convenient example.)

    Throw something at him that upsets or threatens that balance, however, and Jack begins to fall apart. Juliet admits that her behavior with him at the end of "The Other Woman" was as much for his benefit as her own. It granted him a sense of control over his own emotional confusion (and the new aspect of the threat Ben might represent). This effectively undermines one of the interpretations of "The Other Woman" that would have strengthened Juliet's character, but it is consistent with the idea that she cares enough for Jack to do what's best for him.

    While Juliet continues to have a substandard arc for the fourth season, these events continue to add context to Jack's downfall in the future. Shortly after "Eggtown", Jack decides to pursue a relationship with Kate, despite his issues regarding Aaron and the lies they've told. This arrangement seems to be working out quite well. Of course, the future is already written; events push them back apart and it is not going to be pretty.

    This is where Jack's need for control comes into play. Jack visits Hurley and discovers that the ghosts of the past are more potent than he imagined. It's revealed that Hurley's visitation by Charlie was not the only one, and that Hurley has been getting information. It has driven Hurley down a dark path where he believes all the Oceanic 6 are dead. Jack wants to dismiss it, but once the crack forms in his facade of control, it's just a matter of time.

    One of the truly confusing moments in "Through the Looking Glass" involved Jack's occasional comment about his father, who has been dead for years. This episode begins to supply an answer to the riddle, and it's surprisingly consistent. Jack's reaction to seeing his father is application of anti-psychotics and alcohol, which is always a great idea. Already off kilter, he becomes suspicious of Kate's behavior (which, honestly, he probably should have expected sooner or later).

    Kate's behavior is in some way related to Sawyer (because, of course, it must be), and this just gets under Jack's skin more. Jack has never been particularly secure in his relationships, thanks to the need for control, and inevitably, this distrust and self-medication destroys Jack's relationship with Kate and Aaron.

    The theory, then, that Christian Shepherd is Jacob is gaining ground. Jacob can clearly take on the appearance of other people, and Jacob has been watching the survivors of Oceanic 815 (especially Jack and Locke) for some time, all the way back in "White Rabbit". This is actually quite important, because it serves to provide another connection between "present" and "future". The Christian Shepherd that appears to Claire is probably also Jacob. As previously speculated, the version of Charlie that appears to Hurley could be Jacob as well.

    This makes sense because Jacob's nature lies at the heart of the island's mysteries, and his active role in Hurley's madness and Jack's descent would appear to drive Jack's insistence that they return. Jacob, in essence, is the one telling Jack that they all need to go back, perhaps to finish what they started.

    If all this is true, then logically speaking, it follows that the man in the casket in "Through the Looking Glass" represents some final confirmation of the fact in Jack's mind. Not only that, but Jack's decision to attempt suicide could be directly linked to the manner of the dead man's demise. It would need to be someone who had strongly influenced Jack's slide, and based on Kate's reaction, it had to be one of the Oceanic 6. Based on the area where the funeral took place and the lack of surviving relatives, the prime candidate must be Hurley.

    Claire's decision to leave Aaron behind and leave with "Christian Shepherd" connects all too well with the warnings given by Richard Malkin in "Raised by Another". While Malkin's honesty has been placed in doubt, Kate's "adoption" of Aaron and the events of this episode seem to suggest that vision of the future was true. It also raises the possibility that Locke and Ben will find Claire at Jacob's cabin. (Frankly, it's about time that Claire's character became important to the "Lost" tapestry again.)

    Sawyer has shown leadership ability in the past, particularly when it works to his own best interests, so it's not entirely surprising that he stands up to protect Claire in this situation. While his roguish nature will likely remain until the end of his days, he has changed since gaining vengeance against the "real" Sawyer. This is the kind of man Hurley thought Sawyer could be back in the third season. The nice touch, of course, is that the writers simply let it happen without fanfare.

    Miles' reaction to the "whispers" is quite interesting. If he is some kind of psychic, able to communicate with the dead, then it reveals some important information about the nature of death on the island. Does the electromagnetic anomaly on the island "trap" the non-corporeal "souls" of those who die on the island? Does this phenomenon manifest, perhaps, in three distinct ways (the whispers, Jacob, the "smoke monster")? If any of that is true, how does it tie into the purpose that Jack and the rest of the survivors were meant to fulfill?

    That mystical side to the island is further reinforced by the conversation between Rose and Bernard. If something about the island is scientifically able to promote healing, then it should be constant. Instead, it's very selective. If leaving the island is a bad idea, is Jack being punished for leading the charge back into the world? The suggestion is that Hurley and Jack are both targeted after the fact. Perhaps Hurley is targeted more directly because of his current connection to Jacob.
  • Great Episode Hindered By Online Hatred Of Jack...

    9.4
    I have never and will never get the hatred that surroundes the character that Matthew Fox plays in this series. No matter what the man does, ever since season two his character has been very disliked.I think it has to do with the fact that John Locke became the most popular survivor on the island and his problems with Jack really caused a lot of people to hate Jack when I dont think the writers planned to have that happen. Onto the epsiode itself, it was a really good episode. One of the better flash-forwards of the year, though none of them have been down right bad. Kate and Jack have always had a powerful on-screen connection and I liked to see them together in the future. Jack begins his trip into depression in this epsiode as Hurley eventually works his way into Jacks mind. Jack is beginning to become hobbled as Kate does something for Sawyer, which we still dont know what that was. We learn that Sawyer made the choice to say, which was interesting. Overall I thought the flash-foward was the best part of the episode.

    The island stuff wasnt as explosive as The Shape of Things to Come, but nothing they did would have been that amazing no matter how hard they tried. Jin / Sun / Dan / Charlotte got some more screen time when they went back out to the Arrow and I thought that was really well done. Jin calling out Charlotte really begins to set up the finale now that we know that Sun gets off the island somehow. Sawyer / Miles / Claire scenes were solid, though I find it hard to believe that no one of the bad guys are dead and that Keamey didnt look into the weird sound that he heard in the jungle. Overall, great epsiode for character and relationship devolopments and I think this season is going to finish out very strong!
  • Jack and Kate are together

    10
    This is a wonderful episode, through the flashforward we learn that Kate and Jack are a couple and that they also got engaged! Jack visits Hurley in the mendal clinic and Hurley says to him that he saw Charlie and he gave him a note to deliver to him. The note wrote "You are not supposed to raise him",and obviously he meant Aaron. In addition,we find out how Jack started to drink and became depressed. That's because his father's spirit (black smoke?) visits him and Jack starts taking pills to avoid seeing him. At the end of the flashforward, we see that his relationship with Kate starts changing, and it seems that they are going to break up.
    On the island, Juliet has to remove Jack's appendix. Bernand and Kate help her as well.
    Sawyer,Miles and Claire are on their way to the beach. However,during the night, Jack's/Claire's father appear and takes Claire somewhere with him. When Sawyer finds out about it the next morning, he starts looking for her and he finds Aaron alone in the jungle.
    Great episode which prepares us for what's coming next!
  • Highlight of Season 4

    9.0
    This week's episode, 'Something Nice Back Home', may not have had too many island based mysteries, but it took leaps and bounds in terms of joining what we know of Jack in the future to his present state. Sports results, a proposal, cryptic messages from beyond the grave and a ship fast enough for you, old man...

    We see a big insight into Jack's post – island life; how he dips into insanity and alcohol addiction, his relationship with Kate and Aaron and a possible explanation to why he really wants to go back. The episode ends in true cliffhanger fashion; Claire is missing after mysteriously seeing her father and she leaves Aaron behind. Mind you, I've seen bigger cliff-hangers in between commercial breaks but at least we have a proper reason to tune in to the next episode rather than the blind faith of something better happening.

    Usually in Lost; the questions and answers being offered are signposted but here, it's left to us to decide how we want to interpret it which makes this a very puzzling episode, even by Lost's standards. This is probably one of the darkest episodes of the fourth season which is fuelled partly by the glum performances from almost all the leads but also by the sense that something scary will happen but never really does.

    Miles and Sawyer provide comedic chemistry that is just as funny as the Sawyer on Jack, Sawyer on Hurley, and Sawyer on Ben…. actually make it any exchange with Sawyer in it. We also get the sense that Miles knows a lot more than he's letting on…..

    We see yet another look at the future Hurley who has progressed from an overweight joker to a gloomy and withdrawn person in the mental asylum. He gives Jack startling news that leads us to believe that "prophet" may also be on his repertoire. This is just a flat - out excellent installment of Lost. It truly is something nice back home.
  • Some character development before the season's climax.

    8.0
    This episode has generated some debate. Following a classic episode is never easy: "The Other Woman", which followed the classic "The Constant", was the lowest rated episode of the season. It's also a bit of a throw back to previous seasons, with a heavy emphasis on character development rather than major reveals and action as the last episode did. While it may be labeled "filler", it does offer some explanations for how Jack got to his meltdown in "Through the Looking Glass".

    Jack's appearances in Kate's and Hurley's flash forwards hinted at the stupor he wound up in in his first one. There had to be something to get Jack from slipping a little liquor in his orange juice to popping pain killers like they're M&Ms. Playing house with Kate, while it may have satisfied some shippers, went against what was supposed to happen and those things are trying to "course correct". The prescription is the first step towards his addiction and falling out between him and Kate.

    Ultimately, Jack and Kate turn into versions of their parents: Jack's an alcoholic who is unreasonably jealous and Kate is drawn to that. We don't know much about Kate and her mother's relationship besides her mom not understanding Wayne was a bad guy, but its possible Kate was a stabilizing figure like Aaron is to Kate.

    Like Hurley, Jack is getting visions of someone close to him, in Jack's case his ever mysterious father. This contributes to his falling apart in the future as it did for Hurley. The second time Jack sees his father, it's after he changes a battery for the smoke detector. With that, the obvious implication is that his father is the Smoke Monster. It's probably misleading and some other island force (Jacob?) calling the Oceanic Six back.

    With that, what would the island do to draw back Sayid, Sun and Kate? For Sayid and Sun, Nadia and Jin respectively would be appropriate, even if Jin is still alive on the island. For Kate, that figure might be harder. Claire would make sense, tying into the "you're not supposed to raise him" threat Hurley relayed to Jack. Targeting Aaron will be the only way Kate would be willing to give up her domestic, stable life to go back.

    Kate's favors for Sawyer are likely those helping Clementine and Cassidy. Kate & Cassidy had a brief friendship in "Left Behind", so perhaps that back story was meant to do more than fill a flashback quota. Sawyer's recently stepped up as at least a protector of several people, notably Claire, Aaron and Hurley. In addition, Cassidy must've heard of 815, seen Sawyer's name among the casualties and then seen an opportunity when Kate pops up with the Oceanic Six.

    It's interesting that in the Oceanic Six mystery, Sawyer had to option to leave with them, but chose not. Sawyer this season has been nobler than expected, acting as a protector towards Claire and her baby. With Claire missing in the end of the episode, he may stay behind because she's still missing.

    Sawyer staying behind appears to have gotten under Jack's skin. It's likely whatever Jack's actions that got him off the island were, they sounded right at the time, but time has worn that down and he's justifying his guilt away. In that anger, Jack also makes a statement that could be read as acknowledgment that he learned that Claire is his half-sister. With family involved, that must make that guilt even worse.

    Rose questioning why Jack's fallen ill could be a turning point in his leadership. The other person to get seriously ill with no provocation is Ben and that was one of the pieces that lead to the end of The Others' control of the island. Jack assertion that they'll "be ready" when the freighter arrives lacks the confidence and inspiration his words against The Others had just over a week earlier on the island. What did Jack do to anger the powers on the island to make him sick? The clear answer would be contacting the freighter and allowing them to arrive. This ties into his flash forwards, as living with Kate and Aaron goes against Aaron being raised by Claire.

    In another shipper moment, Juliet remarks that Jack isn't interested in her the way he is towards Kate. It does make sense, as she picked Sawyer last season and Jack was willing to be unhappy if that meant she could be happy. While the writing indicates that Jack and Kate will wind up together, Jack and Juliet made a more convincing couple.

    Claire's fate is the cliffhanger that ends the episode. Since her house was attacked, some have theorized that they are pulling a "Sixth Sense" by having Claire be dead already. Miles' interest in Claire and her baby is the strongest hint of that, but it may be just a red herring. This seems unlikely as it has been done many times before and would be hard to earn a satisfying resolution to that.

    A more interesting venue would be the things she saw. A cut scene from the previous episode was Claire having some vision just before the mercenaries blew up her house. In this episode she mentions not "seeing things" anymore, which gets the attention of Miles.

    The imagery of Miles with the hood over his head is clearly a call back to Charlie, but why that is isn't clear yet. Are we to believe they'll be a couple or will he make some contact with Charlie?

    After the ambush of the mercenaries, to see five come out and only one is limping is a major disappointment. If anything, Keamy should've been the last man standing. This could imply some more rules Ben and Widmore are following, where he only sent the Monster to wound the men, but that cheapens the original action of Ben, having lost his daughter, unleashing hell as his last route out of the situation. However, it's likely that they have some degree of understanding of it, which may explain why they didn't suffer a similar fate to Seth "Pilot" Norris or Eko.

    The appearances of the graves effectively dashes any hopes of Rousseau surviving, but that moment offers some insight to how Miles' gift works. He hears the dialogue uttered by Rousseau and Karl in their last moments in a more personal and intense manner than the rest hear the whispers. It possibly offers solid evidence that he is genuine as he knows their names without having given them, but he might've heard about them during his captivity.

    One thing worth asking is how Rousseau and Karl were buried. Keamy and his men, the people responsible for those actions, wouldn't take time to throw them even in their shallow grave. The likeliest of solutions is that Frank, one of the "innocent" people on the freighter, did it out of the decency in his heart. If this episode does anything for the freighties, it's have them dealing with the actions of their violent counterparts. This may be similar to Dharma itself, where the hippies suffered the same consequences that those who fought with the hostiles did.

    Daniel and Charlotte are certainly feeling the ill will on the beach, as no one trusts them after their lie is revealed. Things will obviously get worse when Sawyer and Miles (maybe Claire) arrive and inform them that the mercenaries slaughtered at least six of their people. Going to the medical hatch earns some good will, albeit not as good as Juliet got from Sun last season.

    Jin's threat to Charlotte recalls his days as an enforcer for Mr. Paik. However, the decent man who loves his wife and unborn child above all else is still there. He's putting them above all others to get them off the island. This selflessness, in contrast to Sun wanting to save herself above all else, may be the biggest reason behind Sun's guilt in her flash forward.

    Overall, this episode does a good job bridging that forceful post-strike return and the end game. Every character gets a little development, which is welcome just before the season's climax. There's only one normal episode left before the three-part finale, which means things should be accelerating once again.
  • this is probably the most best episode to date...flash forward shows jack and kate together.. and the present reveals that jacks relationship with juliet is a result of "trying" to prove a point, which evidently fails!!!

    10
    this episode kicks off with jack climbing out of bed with nothing but a towel around him, there a pair of ladies underwear,who's could it be? kate or juliet? he continues walking placing two wine glasses in the sink (obviously a very romantic night), and then goes to the bathroom where the mystery woman is showering..they tlk a bit.. and then..the moment we've (jack & kate fans) have all been waiting for...its kate..nd they kiss..and all is as it should be..

    JACK PROPOSES TO KATE!!! wooohhooo

    but a mixture of events sadly then leads to jack at home gradually becoming more and more like his father...an alchaholic..and kate unable to reveal the truth about doing favours for sawyer..

    so what will happen next..stay tuned!!
  • Juliet and Kate must work together to ensure Jack's survival. While Sawyer Miles and Claire with Aaron in toll, travel through the island to get back to the beach.

    10
    Though many mythology lovers, Jack haters, Skate worshipers will deem this episode painfully to watch, I got to disagree with them. Though I'm not much of shipper, I can admit that Jack and Kate's relationship does play an important role in the show, if not in the ratings, same with Kate and Sawyer's.

    Since the beginning till the end this episode was enjoyable. With Jack's stubbornness to assist Juliet in his own surgery, to him and Kate playing house, to Sawyer and Miles restraining order, to Hurley's message from Charlie, to the engagement, to Daddy Shepard reappearing to both of his children, to Jack's insecurities and downward spiral with pills and alcohol, to Juliet taking charge in both the surgery and her place in the 'Love Quad', this episode was worth watching.
  • Pretty great episode, I'll eat my hat

    9.7
    Well, I have to take back my prediction that Danielle was just wounded a few episodes ago. But at the time I thought they couldn't possibly have dispatched such an important recurring character with such little fanfare, so she must just be wounded. Nope, dead and rotting in the ground. Oh well, if there's one thing we've come to expect -- and this episode has made it even clearer -- is that people don't stop being characters on the show just because they're dead. Look at Jack / Claire's father. He's been dead since before episode 1 and he's one of the most recurring of all. And now back in the forefront.

    And how did you like the way they spoon fed us Jack's incongruous sickness with that Rose & Bernard exchange while washing down the operating table: "Nobody gets sick here, don't you think it's odd that the day before we're supposed to get rescued.." and so on. I know the writers have to do that from time to time to make some pivotal plot points crystal clear to the casual viewer but that one stuck out as particularly in your face. Usually the task lies with Hurley and he does it more organically.

    Interesting point: Jack yells at Kate, "You're not even related to him." Him in this case being Aaron. Does this imply that Jack knows at this point in the future that Aaron is his nephew (ok, half-nephew)? It might.

    I think this episode brought out a problem with the flash forward plot device. It's hard to put them in chronological order. For example, the very first flash forward of them all had Jack and Kate meeting at the airport. Was that before or after their engagement? Is Hurley's re-admission into the psych clinic before or after his visit with Sun and her son to visit Jin's grave. And Jack's slide into drug and alcohol abuse, where does that figure in? Maybe it's too early to complain. It will probably get filled in better as time goes on. And one last thing: I was a little disappointed that the smoke monster couldn't do more than bloody the face of just one of the six mercenaries. It appears to be all smoke and no bite.
  • I was not impressed....

    6.0
    I missed the episode before this one so I was so excited to see an episode of Lost because I heard the last one was so good...but this one was terrible. The story was so pointless. It was just one of those episodes they stick in the middle that really don't do anything. Ok...so Jack had to have his appendix out...so... and something's going on with Claire and the baby, and her father.... The flash-forwards weren't even that interesting. I would have to say that it was creepy, but not very interesting. Overall, this episode just really let me down. I hope next week's is better.
  • Not nearly as good as everyone is making it out to be.

    4.9
    I chose 'not my favorite storyline' because this is the 2nd flash-forward of this shortened season focused on everyone's least favorite character, Jack. I find it amusing how fans of this show absolutely love Locke and absolutely dislike Jack. But yet this doesn't stop the writers from ever swaying from their obsession with showing us Jack's role in everything. Last week's episode was one of the best ever: solid action, wonderful dialogue, marvelous acting - the works. But something else was wonderful, too, that I bet most people haven't really thought about: Jack was hardly in the episode at all. Everyone knows what happened in this episode (that is what the episode summary section on the main page is for) and this is why I like to write reviews of episodes that are more editorial. In short, the most exciting thing about this episode was that Jack fainted. Wow. And anyone who didn't see that in the flash-forward Kate was speaking with Sawyer and running errands for him coming a mile away, you might want to ask yourself just how big of a fan you are of this show. That was about as obvious as the sun rising every day. And, finally, the never fail equation for LOST: No Locke, Ben or Desmond in an episode at all = A not so good episode. And that is exactly what happened. Did anyone actually think Jack was actually going to die!? That is beyond ridiculous... Hear is to hoping (and I think this is going to be the case) that next week's episode is wonderful.
  • this was a good old school lost episode! No matter what other people say, I just like that type of episodes so much!

    10
    So this episode was written by Eddy and Adam, so it must be goood. They wrote "GReatest hits" and "Tricia Tanaka is dead" as well as "confirmed dead". All great episodes. I really liked the flashfoward of jack and kate being together...
    Everybody in this episode has something to do like in the old ones...even rose is back and more important than ever..
    I enjoyed them helping jack and th etalk between kate and jack i think they will still end up together in the future...
    thank god they didnt end the episode with a flash...i like it when it ends on the island...i miss episode endings with music and no real cliffhanger...please give them back to us....
  • A fantastic and explosive episode, as always.

    9.5
    I have to say that I've always, deep down, rooted for Jack and Kate. I hadn't really hoped to ever see them together romantically, not even after seeing Jack struggle to declare his former crush on Kate in "Eggtown". No, they did such an effort to rub Sawyer/Kate in that I let go of all my hopes on that front.

    So of course it was a nice surprise to find out what a happy family Jack-Kate-Aaron seemed to have at the beginning of the episode. Their romantic little scenes made my heart positively flutter as the chemistry I always thohaught they had oozed of off the screen. But of course fairy tales never seem to last.

    This time they really took a step down re: pace in comparison to last week's episode. I realize that that was obligatory but somehow I didn't think the appendectomy was all that crucial to the Jack/Kate relationship. Nonetheless it brought up some nice questions concerning the overall plot (Why did the island let Jack get sick? The same reason it made Ben get his disease?). Hurley's mental state during the flasforwards made my heart ache terribly. I was also a bit dissapointed about not hearing anything from Locke's Camp, either. But you can't have everything, I guess.

    Overall: Lost kicks ass as always and I can't wait for next week! Gimme more or I'll explode!
  • The beauty of this puzzle isn't the fact that all the pieces fit with such precision, but the near-terrifying control with which those pieces are dispensed.

    9.2
    "Through the Looking Glass" showed us the future in which a cried-out, tired Kate can no longer stand to look at the obsessive, self-destructive force Jack has become off the island. "The Beginning of the End" immediately followed this up by showing us a Jack who is still employed as a surgeon and one who has only begun to drink.

    HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!

    The tragic beauty of this story is in watching the unapologetic pieces fall into place and being able to consciously observe the way they make us feel. We KNOW how close Jack will come to committing suicide. We KNOW that Kate won't be able to speak with him. We KNOW that their happiness isn't meant to last. And yet, as "Something Nice Back Home" deliberately unravels the post-island future of the Oceanic 6 following the completion of Kate's trial, we can't help but sigh as Jack finally expresses his love for Kate and subsequently proceeds to self-destruct. Even in knowing exactly what will happen, what MUST happen, Lost succeeds at shocking us.

    The episode follows season 3's precedent in showing us a darker side of Jack - obsessive, flawed, and hopelessly human. And as his plans for rescue are questioned with Daniel's revelation that they're not here to rescue anybody in the last episode, Jack feels his control - and his hopes - slipping away from him faster than he could have imagined. Off the island, Jack professes his love to Kate, but we know how this story will end. His paranoia drives him to obsess over Kate's phone call and his desire to right his wrongs drives him to destroy everything he has... their entire illusion of happiness is shattered. Once again, control has been wrested from his hands and Jack finds himself in a hopeless torrent of dark turns, sliding further and further down to become the broken man we saw in "TTLG." But we knew all of this! We knew exactly what kind of person Jack is - one who can never settle, one who can never live with an illusion of happiness, but will instead destroy everything he has and drive himself to look for more. We have even literally glimpsed into the future. So how is it that as we watch him ride this downward spiral we cringe and, even knowing the future, we beg the TV screen to not allow this to happen... we beg Jack to stop before it's too late.

    It only goes to prove YET AGAIN the complete mastery these writers have over their audience, and this reviewer wonders how much more time will pass before this mastery is rightfully acknowledged by the critics and appropriately rewarded. Sawyer's transformation into a true leader, foreshadowed since the middle of season 3, seems finally complete, and Dan stands up and separates himself from his fellows by scolding Charlotte's unhelpful attitude in front of the entire group. Bernard's increased presence feels both natural and welcome, and Claire's disappearance marks the onset of the finale... the question of why she is not on the fateful flight off the island while Aaron is seems - all of a sudden - to be nearing resolution. This reviewer can only hope that John Locke, the centerpiece of the following episode, receives his overdue attention... and that the treatment seems as just as the one given Jack. -pW
  • A very enjoyable and emotional character driven episode. A nice change of pace, and also works well as a transitional episode.

    8.7
    Let's break it down into 3 parts.

    1. The beach: The weakest of the three. I enjoyed the Jin/Sun scenes(especially the scene where Jin confronts Charlotte).But it still felt somewhat dragged out. However, the surgery was surprisingly well done. I liked the drama there, even though we all knew Jack wouldn't die. That's where the main issue of this episode is. We know Jack doesn't die! Had this been before his flashforward, it would've been suspensful. But this way, it was... weightless. Also, I thought the writers might use Jack's illness to have some huge conflict on the beach that would require Jack's leadership -- no. It didn't happen. SHAME!!! At least... I thought that would've been great.

    2. Claire/Sawyer/Miles: Oh, I smell a winner right here. This was really exciting. I grew to like Miles alot more. I don't know why, I just did. And finally, we found out Rousseau is dead! I'm sorry, but I just can't believe how everyone doubted that. I went on several forums creating theories/reviews where I mentioned she's dead -- everyone told me I'm stupid, she's not. Anyway, that scene where Miles "experiences" the shoot out -Interesting. I just hope we'll get some kind of explaination, and it's not just something we should accept without anything to back it up. I liked Sawyer once again. I can't believe it actually happened: he's a caring person. But the main event is Claire running off.... with Christian? What the heck? That was creepy. And that just kind of confirms my theory from last episode that she'll end up in the cabin with Ben and John.

    3. The flashforward: Great. Started somewhat slow, but in the end it was really great. Showing Jack's breakdown was done well. It was very subtle, and I think considering the circumstances, realistic. But how the hell did they get off the island? And at what price? I really don't think it's just 6 people flying off on a helicopter, then cruising away on a huge ship. Everyone seems so traumatized about it. I'm starting to feel that the writers are smart saving this for the finale. Hurley's(or Charlie's) prophecy was goosebump worthy. So apparently Jack can't raise Aaron. And Hurley knew Christian would visit him! Aaaah, what's going on? Is this even real? I'm not a particular fan of Jack/Kate but this episode really made me feel for them. I think big part of why this episode was good is due to Matthew Fox's amazing acting. And Evangeline was awesome too.Of course hanging around half undressed is always a plus point... hehe. Anyway, the flashforward was very emotional, and well done.
  • This was ok.

    8.7
    In this week's episode of Lost, Jack has to get surgery and Juliet is the one that has to perform it on him. To the inner-part of the island, Swayer, Claire, Aaron, and Miles are marching back to the beach. This episode was alright, but it was really missing the "epicness" that last week's episode had. I have to admit the Jack flash forward was pretty interesting, we got to see that Jack did indeed try to marry Kate and have a life with her before he became a druggie and obsessed with the island like we saw in the finale of season 3. His visit was Hurley was really a filler of five minutes, we already knew that Jack was going to get a visitor from a earlier part in the hospital and since we know Jack seems to implode, we knew he wasn't going to be the one to take care of Aaron. Swayer and Miles had some interesting quick-witted convo going back amongst themselves which I thought was pretty clever on the part of the writers. Also hopefully, it seems Swayer lives through all of this, after Jack and Kate that their fight, when Jack said Swayer made his choice to stay on the island, hopefully that means he is still alive, and that might mean Locke is still alive too :) Next week's episode looks to be awesome, I can't wait!
  • You're not supposed to raise Claire's son.

    8.0
    Jack's mysterious illness turns out to be regular appendicitis and the woman he finaly ends up with turns out to be a regular former fugitive raising his sister's son which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't because of the skillfull Doctor he left behind on a desert island and deceased rocker Charlie who shows up to warn him "He's not supposed" to raise Claire's son. Of all the people who have died on Lost both Charlie and Christian are the ones you would expect would protect Aaron beyond the grave, just like Ben's bond with his daughter hasn't dimished one bit because of her death, Charlie's bond with Aaron remains as strong as Christian's bond with is own daughter. None of which changes Jack's mind as he asks Kate to marry him.

    However it's not the resolution of the Kate/Jack/Juliet love triangle what picks my attention but rather the subtle yet tender reveal of Daniel Fradays and Charlotte Lewis's feelings for one another, feelings that Jin uses to threat Charlotte he'll harm Daniel if she doesn't help Sun and Juliet to threat Daniel Charlotte willd suffer if they don't help her.
  • Good but not great..

    7.8
    When i read on what this episode would be about, I knew it wouldn`t be last week`s standard.
    Still, the episode was interesting with some important facts and imo great cliffhanger. However, it had lot`s of boring and dull moments.
    The opener with Jack and Kate and back to the beach Jack is ill was meh.The whole jack operation was painful to watch. Can`t really see the point. Jack life in danger while we have a flash forward at the same moment showing he is alive. So pointless.Briefly. Beach=Boring.
    On to the good. Sawyer, Claire and Miles scenes were awesome. LMAO at Sawyer`s restraining order. The flash forward was good. I don`t care about about Jack and Kate...never convinced me. However, it was revealed Sawyer stayed on the island..alive. Jack-Hugo stuff was great and it was awesome to see Christian Shepard again. Would love to see his conversation with Jack.
    The cliffhanger was great! Does it means Claire went with Shepard and that`s why she`s not with Aaron in the future? So still alive on the island? How will the oceanic 6 become the oceanic 6?

    A filler episode but still enjoyable.
  • Jack usual episodes, with something to deliver, but nothing too strong.

    7.0
    Plot Details/Objective -» With only to empty centric episode to be filled, was time for the two remaining main character have their centric episode. This is way Jack is the Main focus here. He is ill, for some reason, the island is punishing him, maybe because he didn´t listen to Ben. But doing Jack centric episodes is complicated, this is why he had to be ill, and in his FF we saw exactly how he was before the FF that show us a Drunk Jack, addicted to drugs and in great depression.

    What I Like/Disliked -» Difficult to say what I like. The episode was entertaining, but more than that is difficult to say, since Jack FF didn´t affect my state of emotions, neither his Island event.

    Overall:

    Presentation -» (5/10). Weak presentation, since you already know that Jack will not die.

    Complication Phase -» (6/10). Jack illness, again you know that he won´t die. Sawyer situation was more interesting. Nice detail when Jin discovered that Charlotte can speak and understand him

    Climax -» (7/10). Maybe when Juliet told how Jack pretended that he wasn´t in love for Kate and the FF when he broke up with Kate. However, there was only good drama, nothing great here. Jin conversation with Charlotte was nice too.

    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (6/10). You know what happened, Christian or whatever that identity was, take Claire with him and they left the Baby for some reason. Appear more like a plot convenience to fit with Kate FF.

    Flash-forward's -» (7/10). Nothing great here, just Jack usual drama and crying, nothing that you hadn´t saw before.

    Time and Scenes Management -» (7/10). Jack FF was necessary to explain his last FF and how his relationship was with Kate and what ended it. His illness in the Island, well, only season 5 or 6 can say that this was not filler, this is why a rate it goo for now. Jin Scene with Charlotte was a nice setup.

    Dialogues -» (7/10). Jack FF had all the necessary dialogues, Jin and Charlotte too, Juliet and Kate too, the rest I am not sure, until season 5 or 6 justify Jack sudden Illness

    Action /Adventure -» Wasn´t an episode for this. Drama/Emotions -» (8/10). Good acting but nothing that can make you feel sorry for Jack or can make you care too much.

    Suspense/Tension -» (6/10). Nothing that make you pay some much attention, that you stay at the edge of your seat, Only sawyer scene had one situation like that.

    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (7/10). You can be a little curious about how Jack ended up like he did in his last FF.

    Surprise/Twists -» (7/10). Christian appearance for Claire was a surprise, Charlotte Knowing and understanding Korean was too. Claire abandoning her baby was strange. Jack usual episodes, with something to deliver, but nothing too strong.
  • I like when lost gets subtle...they are at the height of their powers when they tell Character stories!

    10
    This was a really great episode I thought...It was not the same as last weeks or the amazing season four offering, "The Constant" but the reason I give it such a high rating is that is was amazing in more subtle ways of how it dealt with very important set up and relationship info that would not be believable without episodes like this to move things along...people who just want the action or mystery elements may forget the show from season 1 where this episode would have fit in perfectly...for this return to form with the writing and acting I give it a 10, not that I would want the show to go back to this style permanently, but I think LOST gets a bad rap when they remember their roots from the newer fans who forget how to appreciate the nuanced wonder that is LOST>
  • Just Amazing!

    10
    OMG, what can I say, I think this, is one of the best episodes of the whole 4 season of Lost. It´s is good to know that and the end Jack is gonna end with Kate, and forget Juliet, but as the writers are letting us Know that it is not gonna be as easy as it seems to be. What is Kate doing for Sawyer? (we find out in this episode that he is staying in the island).

    The more important for me, in this episode is . what is happening with Jack´s and Claire´s father?, is he alive?, is just an illusion?, what is gonna happens with Claire?, and the big surprise ...Charlotte speaks Korean, and Jim knows that!

    Good work, and thanks for this great show!
  • A Jack-centric episode.

    10
    Let just start off by saying that I've only seen all of season one, some bits and pieces of season three and every episode of Lost since the show has returned from the writers strike, so I don't know exactly who all of the characters are, but I've been able to understand all of the season four episodes that I've seen so far. But, if I ever get any of the details of show mixed up, I apologize. Anyway, as for the actual episode itself, I really loved it. I loved all of flash forwards of Jack's life. I thought that they were very interesting. I can't believe that Hurley is going to be in a mental institution in the future. From what I've seen so far of the character Juliet, I really like her too. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite characters on the show. I loved Sawyer in this episode. I also love the fact the show is now doing flash forwards into the future. I think that they're great. All things considered I thought that this was a very well written, well acted and well made episode of Lost, and this was definitely a very good episode of Lost. I can't wait to see how season four ends.
  • A pleasant change of pace from last weeks' episode.

    9.5
    So I really enjoyed this episode. Granted, it wasn't as "shoot-'em-up" as last week but there was some major revelations going on. We finally see the beginning of Jack's descent after leaving the island. Which by the way, was also a little awkward. There was something about the whole living situation with Kate that made watching it, a little uncomfortable. Maybe it was just me wondering how life can be so awesome when there are obviously others stranded on an island. Aside from that I was also happy to see a little bit of Jin and Sun. Jin has made it clear that he is looking out for his wife and baby and I can respect that. It also raises hope that, that in the flash-forward they showed 3 or 4 episodes back, Jin isn't really dead but rather just stayed behind on the island.

    But in light of all the story lines that are receiving some clarification there are a lot more questions raised: "What are those people from the freighter really doing there? Is Hurley really crazy or actually the only who is seeing things as they are? Why did Jack get sick? And most importantly, what happened to Claire? Because we knew she'd never leave Aaron alone. I guess we have no choice but to wait and see.
  • A great second post-hiatus episode that is sure to spark some dying theories.

    9.5
    So, Jack gives in and goes to see Aaron. And Kate. Although he does a lot more than just 'see' Kate. Jack and his nephew together were very cute, and Jack does seem like a natural father figure. However, Jack doesn't seem to think so. And he doesn't seem to think he'd made a good husband, either. I'm going to guess that Jack only proposed just so the three could have some semblance of a normal family.

    The writers are messing with our heads, big time. What Hurley said is either a red herring to bring back all the previously debunked theories, or the truth… which will bring back all the previously debunked theories. I prefer the former, but you just never know. Now we've seen dead Christian off the island, but he still only appears to be a manifestation (Smokie, no doubt). And again, he appears on the island. And does Claire really go with him?! Did anyone else find Jack's insistence on wanting to see the surgery a little…creepy? I knew that idea wouldn't work Thank goodness for Bernard and the ether. And the freighties, especially 'Red' (Rose is hilarious!) are becoming more and more interesting. Jin confronting her was preeetty awesome. And it was so nice of Frank to warn Sawyer and co! By the way, I guess the helicopter has refueled. Wonder when they're going to tell anyone?

    Anyway, at least the puzzle pieces are there. They can't all be put together yet, but hopefully many will be by the end of this season.
  • Good filler episode...

    9.3
    Ok this episode was not as good as last weeks but it was still pretty good. I thoought it filled in some of the gaps on the flashfoward storylines, like how Jack first started to take the drugs and how he became suicidal and more importantly why. To be honest I'm more of a Skate fan so the whole Jack and Kate story was not important. The best scenes in this episode were the trek back to the camp, did you notice Miles was dressed alot like Charlie in his hoody I thought it was cool, the ending was decent, I cant wait to see what happens there, it looks like Claire is finally going to get a good storyline. Another great scene in this episode was with Hurley at the mental hospital, I think he is the best character at the moment. The favour Kate was doing for Sawyer, I think it has something to do with Casey and Sawyer's child because remember Kate knows Casey aswell. Well this episode was a good episode, but to be honest it was more of a filler episode.

    9.3 out of 10.
  • Toned down from the previous week's gunplay, this one is a spooky, romantic double love triangle Jack-centred story.

    9.3
    The flash forward could be dated to the days following 21 Aug 06 or 30 Aug 07, both of which were weekend Yankee sweeps of the Red Sox. Aaron is a toddler, he is 2 or 3 yrs old? This appears to be a few weeks before the scene in the season-ender for season 3. Anyhow, back earlier on the island Jack faces some jungle surgery, that nasty old appendix needs excising. Surprises, Hurley's off his meds and wonders what plane of existence they are on. Maybe he's right. A ghostly figure appears in both timelines. Is Jack a family man? Are meds the answer? Kate seems odd, something's not right. Many bits and pieces here add to the various mini-stories, most of the major role players get in the act. Good thought provoking episode.
  • Interesting and thoughtful as always. Questions asked and no real answers. Lost at its subtle best.

    9.2
    Jack is spining out of control. He sees life as a threat because he can not control all the bells and whistles. He wants Kate but only on his terms and heaven forbid if she does something without his knowledge. He knew she cared about Sawyer yet back home that something nice is threatened by what could have been. He is looking for a reason to hate Kate because he is already beginning to hate himself. However, Rose asked the question, innocent and revealing. The island cured Locke, it cured her and yet it would not cure Jack just as it would not cure Ben. Perhaps that island with all its secrets knows that those two men do not really understand what the island is really capable of. Ben because he thinks he can control the power and Jack because he does not really believe in the island or its power.
  • Another really solid episode which continued to raise a lot of questions and mysteries.

    8.9
    Another really solid episode which continued to raise a lot of questions and mysteries.

    Off the island

    - Jack has now accepted to see Aaron and he is dating Kate
    - Jack asks Kate to marry him and she accepts
    - Jack sees Hurley who tells him they are all dead
    - Hurley tells Jack that he has a message from Charlie which says "You're not supposed to raise him"
    - Jack sees his dead father
    - Jack starts to losing his mind

    On the island

    - Jack has appendix and Juliet operates on him
    - Charlotte understands Korean and Jin tells her to take Sun with her
    - Sawyer takes care of Claire
    - Claire sees her father holding Aaron and wonders off
    - Aaron is found crying, whilst Claire can't be found anywhere

    All those things that happened during this episode made more mysteries than it solved. Maybe this will be the start of explaining how Aaron is now with Kate and what happened to Claire.
  • Something of a let down, but a couple of modest reveals along the way

    8.5
    Up until, the flashforwards haven't shown much involvement within the Oceanic 6. We know that Sun and Hurley seem to have broken away; we knows Hurley's now institutionalized, and in the last episode, we saw the real reason Sayid has become Ben's hitman. About the only thing that's been unclear is what has been leading Jack from the stable person we saw in 'The Beginning of the End' and 'Eggtown' to the tottering wreck he was in 'Through the Looking Glass' It's even harder to believe him from the opening scenes of this episode, where he seems to be playing house with Kate and Aaron, more at peace than he's ever been at any time on the series.
    But as everybody who's been watching the show by now knows, Jack is his own worst enemy. His compulsive need to fix things lead and need to constantly do better have shaped him all this way. All his life he has been under the strain of being Christian's son, and he has loved and hated his father for it. Maybe he thought that on the island he could get away from it, but as we've seen repeatedly, Christian is still a presence on the island. Now, not surprisingly, the pressure of his father is what leads to him destroying the first really good thing he's had in his life. Even after all the things he saw on the island, he still can't accept the evidence of his eyes. He'll only get there after he completely destroys himself.

    All of this is accelerated by a visit to Hurley, who in the years between his return to Santa Rosa really seems to have lost any impetus to help himself. He is now convinced that everyone on the island is dead, including Jack , Kate and himself. It's hard to argue when you know that he's seeing his own ghosts --- the difference is, he now believes them. Jack tries to stave off his own problems by proposing to Kate, but all that does is hasten his own degeneration. In a sense, we saw Jack destroy his marriage to Sarah because he couldn't let things go, and he essentially does the same thing involving Kate. It's hard to figure out what kind of promise she's keeping for Sawyer, but his mere mention seems to completely unseat the foundation of their relationship. (This is supremely ironic considering what will happen when Jack does return to the island)

    In the here and now, the major action doesn't have a lot of suspense. Jack's suddenly coming down with appendicitis isn't much of a cliffhanger, considering that the very flashforward demonstrates that he will survive it. What is far more telling is how much Jack tries to control even his own surgery. There is something very telling in the fact that even though Juliet is performing the operation, he still wants Kate to be in the room. Indeed, Bernard has to chloroform him for anything constructive to happen. Equally telling is what Rose has picked up (and what might have concerned the fans as well). If nobody on the island has gotten sick, and the healing process is accelerated, why did Jack's appendix suddenly become infected at such a critical point? We know the island won't let him die, but it's becoming clear that it also doesn't want to let him leave.

    Meanwhile, in the jungle, Sawyer is leading his own group of people back to the beach. He seems determined to protect Claire and Aaron from something--- as if he knows there's even more danger out there for her. (Then again, a smoke monster and a bloodthirsty band of mercenaries is pretty dangerous on its own.) He runs into Keamy and the mercenaries, who are bloodied, but not completely broken. (Widmore must be paying them millions to keep this up). But it's all futile, because in the end, he loses Claire in one of the more shocking scenes of the episode. Claire wakes in the middle of the night to see Christian holding Aaron, something that would be difficult for a ghost to do. Claire says "Dad?", we get a scene break, and when daylight comes Claire is gone, and she's abandoned Aaron. There was a popular theory on the net that everyone thought Claire might have died while in the barracks. Since we now know that this is not the case, the question arises: why would the island choose to separate Claire from her baby? Why does Christian appear both to Jack and into Claire, aside from their filial bonds? For that matter, why did Miles, who said he saw Claire walk into the woods with a man, just let her do it? Maybe he thought that Claire was already dead. Still, a guy in a suit appears in your camp, and you don't let anything happen. Seems like Miles has been taking his lessons on the island from everyone else.

    Sawyer and Jack seem to be in the process of reversing roles. Jack will deliberately hurt everyone around him, have a singular obsession that rules him, and will end up broken and alone. Sawyer is becoming heroic, making bold talk, rushing out to save people. And given the way things are on and off the island, it's looking like Kate still won't be able to make a clear choice between them. Even now as the series winds down, she doesn't seem to have been happy with either one. Perhaps her final choice will come down to Aaron. 'Something Nice Back Home' is a pretty good episode, and given the information that we get, we can't exactly classify it as a filler. There were some great dialogue between Miles and Sawyer (a match made in snark heaven) a little revelation about Charlotte that makes Jin reveal his brutal side yet again, and all those Jack and Kate shippers must have loved the flashforwards. Still, considering that the main action seems to be happening in the jungle and back on the freighter (what the hell have Sayid and Desmond been doing the last two episodes?) I can't help that it feels a bit less developed than the rest of Season 4. Jack may be tottering on the brink of his sanity, but he doesn't know that the real craziness is still to come.
    My score:8.5
  • Juliet likes Jack. Daniel likes Charlotte. But does Sawyer like Claire or something? Besides that, it was a nice episode.

    8.5
    I liked this episode becuase its lack of frantic plot twists and overloaded storylines. This season seems to be cramming in as much as possible, and that's understandable condsidering the strike, but it's nice to have a relaxing episode. The FF was enjoyable to see how Jack and Kate get together and the beginning of Jack's downfall with the pills. The surgery seemed a little pointless unless it becomes a bigger deal later on, but Juliet and Kate interacted so well. I even liked Juliet's snarky comment at the end.

    But what is the deal with Sawyer? This whole season he has been a huge nuisance, which is a shame because I really like him. He seems flatly angry at everything and doesn't pull off being sincere. And is there supposed to be something going on between him and Claire? Oh God, I hope not. That just seems to be too forced.
  • Great episode, but a lot of the subplots are definatly more interesting than Jack's flashforwards. And that's not good. (Spoiler Alert!)

    8.5
    Summary: Jack goes into surgery after his appedix fails him. Miles, Claire ,Aaron and Sawyer try to escape Captain Kiwi (Keamy). Jin threatens Charlotte. And flashforwards reveal Jack as he begins his downward spiral to gloom and doom. The Pros: All of the subplots sparkled, and they each managed to go out with a bang. Jacks' flashforward was pretty interesting, and provided us with answers to the questions we've been asking since the finale. The Cons: In short, the Jack bits. Sure the flashforward was good, but I'm starting to get tired of Jack as a charater. Also it did not maintain the pace of last week's episode...Although it would be pretty hard to top that. Overall: A very good episode but we're just seeing to much of Jack. Everything else works out nicely though.
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