Or, Not A Joan Osborne Song, Thank Christ
[Originally Aired April 11, 2007]
Jack, Kate, Sayid, and Juliet head through the jungle. It's late and they stop to make camp. Kate and Jack head off in search of firewood. While alone, Kate asks about Jack's week with the Others. He shrugs it off, saying he kept his head down and didn't ask questions. Meanwhile, Sayid grills Juliet, asking "I want to know what you people are doing on this Island. Why you're terrorizing us. Making lists. Kidnapping children. I want to know everything. But the first thing I'd like to know is, who are you?" Flashback and Juliet and her sister pull up to the gate at Mittelos. It's Juliet's big day. Alpert greets them and tells Juliet her sister can't come inside. A security thing. Ethan helps get her bags from the trunk and Juliet says goodbye to her sister. Sis' cancer is gone, and she's pregnant, and can't wait for Juliet to get back form her short trip. In the jungle Juliet tells Sayid "If I told you who I was. If I told you everything that I know. You'd kill me." Sayid threatens to kill her anyway, and Jack interupts and tells him to back off. Ah, yes, I'd started to miss the testosterone. Jack tells him Juliet is under his protection. He also mentions how big his penis is, in case anyone wasn't sure. At the beach, Turniphead cries and Charlie approaches Claire's tent. She's out cold and the crying baby hasn't woken her. Charlie acts all concerned, which is what he does best. Charlie suggests she's coming down with something. In the jungle, Jack tells Juliet his friends will lighten up eventually, but she seems skeptical, what with the kidnapping and murder still harshing everyone's buzz. Flashback and Juliet and Ethan and Alpert are at the airport. Ethan checks Juliet's vitals. Alpert offers her a glass of orange juice and a shitload of tranquilizers. She seems skeptical. Alpert tells her she doesn't have to go, but he thinks that deep down inside she knows they're heading someplace special. Juliet gulps the orange juice and passes out. She wakes and finds herself strapped to a bunk in a submarine. Ethan unbinds her. They climb up onto the dock and Ben is there. He tells Juliet he is looking forward to working with her. At the beach, Hurley makes oatmeal and Claire says she has a headache and Charlie acts concerned and Sawyer gets her some aspirin. Then Jack and Sayid and Juliet and Kate return. And everyone is happy. Sawyer is thrilled to see Kate. He's not so pleased Juliet is with them. Later, Hurley tells Juliet that the last Other that came to their camp kidnapped Claire and Charlie killed him. He's buried not too far off. Flashback and Juliet is in an operating room with Ethan and Goodwin and their patient just died. Juliet is distraught and Ben tells her the patient knew the risk when she became pregnant. Juliet thinks the problem begins at conception, and the only way to prove it is to take one of the women off the island. Ben says that ain't gonna happen. If that's the case, Juliet's work is done here. Besides, she wants to be home when her sister gives birth. Then Ben tells her her sister's cancer is back and she will be dead before the baby is due. But, he says, if she agrees to stay and help him, he'll cure her cancer. WTF? Meanwhile, the survivors discuss whether or not Juliet can and should be trusted. Only Jack thinks she should. Sawyer thinks Sayid should torture her. Then he asks why Jack is so keen to defend her. But Claire coughs up blood and harshes the mood even worse. Juliet wanders over and asks what is wrong with her. Jin says "What do you care?" Ouch. Juliet tells Kate "I think I know what's wrong with Claire, because I did it to her." This isn't going to end well, is it? Juliet tells Jack "Claire's immune system is turning on her, she's having a latent reaction to a medication in her bloodstream. Medication that was designed to keep her alive during the late stages of her pregnancy." Then continues "For some reason, the women here can't have babies. The mother's body turns on the pregnancy, treats it as a foreign invader. I saw it happen over and over. Every pregnant woman on this island died. That is, every pregnant woman until Claire." Then there is a bunch of flashback shit about Ethan giving Claire injections in the middle of the night and then kidnapping her when they found out he wasn't on the plane. Juliet tells Jack, basically, Ethan went all Palin with the kidnapping and Claire would have died without the injections, but she says she can help. She can get Ethan's stash in the jungle and give Claire a new dose that will fix her up. Jack sends her to find the medication. Flashback and Juliet is being post-coital with Goodwin. Ouch. There's a knock on the door and someone hands Juliet some X-rays. Juliet studies them, then visits Ben to tell her he's got a tumor. Then she gets in his face accusing him of lying about curing her sister's cancer. (And does sis have a name? Oh, probably.) Ben says he did cure her and she begs him to let her go home. He refuses. In the jungle Juliet finds Ethan's med stash. Sawyer and Sayid appear and tell her she's got some 'splaining to do. Juliet tells them there isn't time. "You know its interesting, that you two are now the camp's moral police. I'm curious, Sayid, how long was it before you told everyone on that beach exactly how many people you've tortured in your life. Do they know about Basra? And I'm sure the first thing you did when you got here, James, was to gather everyone in a circle, and tell them about the man you shot in cold blood the night before you got on the plane. So why don't we just skip the part where you two pretend to be righteous. I'm taking that medication back to Claire. And you're going let me. Because if she doesn't get it, she's going die. And the last thing, that either of you need right now, is more blood on your hands." Ouch. Flashback to the Others' compound and Oceanic 815 splits apart above them. And seriously, I just love watching that thing. They could should it crash every episode and I'd never get sick of it. Ben sends Ethan and Goodwin out to infiltrate the survivors. Then he asks Juliet to come with him. The two of them approach Mikhail's place. Ben tells Mikhail not to shoot them. Nice truce they've got there. They go inside and Mikhail asks if they saw the crash. Duh, a plane exploded over the island, of course they saw it. Ben tells Mikhail to get detailed files on everyone on the plane. Then he tells Mikhail to open the vid link. On the monitor is the front page of today's newspaper. Then the camera pans up. There is a park playground on screen. The camera zooms in on Juliet's sister. She's playing with her daughter. "A little over two years ago, to everyone's complete surprise, Rachel's cancer went into complete remission. Shortly after she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. His name is Julian." Ben shuts off the monitor and tells Juliet he is not a liar. She just sobs. Back at the beach Juliet gives Claire an injection and tells Jack they should see results in a few hours. Jack says "If this doesn't work, if something happens to her, I'm not going to be able to protect you anymore. You'll be on your own." She tells him she's already on her own. A few hours later, Claire is feeling better and Jack brings Juliet a blanket and a tarp. (Exactly how many tarps were on that plane anyway?) Jack tells her the survivors are eventually going to need some answers. She asks why he never does. "You were standing right next to me when that submarine exploded. In that moment, I saw it in your eyes. You want to get off this island more than anything else in the world. That makes you one of us." Flashback and Juliet is in Ben's bungalow. They discuss her plan to cuff herself to Kate. Ben says "We've activated the implant in Claire, she should be symptomatic in the next 48 hours. By the time you get to that camp, you'll have a nice big crisis to solve. Tell Jack, that you can save her. He trusts you." He hands her a gas mask and says "See you in a week."