Sunday, December 13, 2009


Or, Back to the Future

[Originally Aired February 28, 2008]

Frank pilots the copter away from the island. He has a note with a compass bearing written on it. Sayid asks about it, wondering if Frank knows where the boat is. He also wonders why they're flying straight into a storm. Frank tells him to shut up. Sayid asks Dez if that is Penny in his photo. Aye. Then there is turbulence and the chopper rattles and Frank tells everyone to hold on. Cut to Dez in a military barracks and the drill sergeant is screaming and Dez is slow to get out of his bunk so Sgt. Screamalot gets in his face and asks what his problem was. Dez seems a little confused and says he was having a dream. What about, he asks. "I was in a helicopter, sir. And there was a storm, sir. And I don't remember the rest, sir." The sarge sends them all out into the rain and makes them do push-ups because of Dez. Cut back to the copter and they're coming out of the storm and Dez looks at Sayid and asks "Who are you? How do you know my name?" Uh oh. Back on the beach Juliet and Jack grill Charlotte and Faraday about their missing friends. Charlotte doesn't seem to give a shit. Faraday is nicer and tries to explain things. "Your perception of how long your friends have been gone, it's not necessarily how long they've actually been gone." What the fuck does that mean? He adds that their friends will be fine so long as they followed the coordinates. If not? "Then there might be side effects." And what the fuck does that mean? On the chopper Dez is freaking out and Frank tells Sayid to calm him down so they don't crash. Frank lands the chopper on the boat. Two crewmen (Keamy and Omar) approach and want to know who the fuck Dez and Sayid are and then want to know why they were brought to the boat. Dez is still freaking out. Keamy says he's gonna take Dez to the sick bay and then suddenly he's back in Scotland in the Mounties or whatever bullshit excuse they have for an army up there. He gets his platoon sent on a run and later one of his comrades asks him what is going on. "This morning, when I was in the yard doing crunches, I left. I was on a boat. And then I was back here, right where I started." Dez wanders off to make a phone call and a soldier bumps into him knocking his change to the ground. Back on the boat, Dez scours the floor trying to pick up the coins. "What am I doing here? Who are you people?" he asks. Keamy introduces himself and Omar and they tell him he's going to be okay and they say they're pretty sure they're in the South Pacific somewhere, since their last stop was Fiji. They lock Dez up in the sick bay and tell him the doc will be in shortly. He looks across the room and Fisher Stevens is there and he is doing his best to become the next Tracey Walter, from the looks of things. He's strapped to a bed. Up on deck Sayid asks Frank what is going on with Dez. He doesn't know. So Sayid asks "Then perhaps you'll share how we took off at dusk and landed in the middle of the day." What the fuck? Frank tells Sayid to trust him, he's trying to help. Sayid asks to use the phone and Frank agrees if he'll hand over the gun. They swap and Sayid calls Jack. Jack puts him on speaker phone and Sayid tells them they're on the freighter but Dez isn't well now. "Side effects?" Faraday asks if Dez has recently been exposed to high levels of radiation or electromagnetism. Does the hatch meltdown count? Faraday explains "We don't know why, but going to and coming from the island, some people can get a little... confused." On the boat, the doctor arrives and it's the guy who plays Ecklie on CSI, and he's still got that same disinterested air about him. Like, hey, I'm here to help you, unless something better comes up. Fisher Steven tells the doc (Ray) he's not crazy and that everyone on the boat is going to get sick too, just like him and Dez so the doc shoots him full of sedatives. Ray asks Dez what's the last thing he remembers. And suddenly Dez is in a phone booth and he calls Penny and she's not happy to hear from him. "You broke up with me and then you joined the army. And now you call with the expectation that I still care about you?" He asks to come see her, and she says don't bother, she's moved and hangs up. Cut back to the boat and Ray asks "Did you just experience something, Desmond?" Then Frank and Sayid show up. Faraday wants to talk to Dez. There's a ruckus and Ray sounds the alarm and Dez gets on the phone with Faraday who asks what year he thinks it is. "It's 1996." Oh, that can't be good. He asks Dez where he thinks he is. Glasgow. "When it happens again, Desmond, I need you to get on a train. Get on a train and go to Oxford, Oxford University, Queens College Physics Department. I need you to find me." Then he tells does to tell Faraday From the Past "to set the device to 2.342 oscillating at eleven hertz." Okay. And if that doesn't work, tell him about Eloise. Then Keamy and Omar kick in the door and snatch the phone away from Dez. Flashback, I guess, and Dez is at Oxford and he sees Faraday. But Faraday has long hair and is wearing one those jackets with the patches on the elbows. I hate those jackets. Dez explains he's just been to the future and that Faraday told him to tell Faraday to help him but Faraday isn't buying it. Until Dez mentions Eloise. Faraday shows him his lab and introduces him to Eloise, a rat. If the numbers Dez gave Faraday are correct, then Eloise will become "unstuck in time." What the fuck does that mean? Faraday puts Eloise in a rat maze, punches the numbers Dez gave him into a machine, and zaps the rat with some sort of thing that looks like one of those lights at a dentist's office, but this one squirts out light the same color as when Dez blew up the hatch. Eloise goes rigid and Faraday explains who her consciousness has travelled in time. After a moment she seems to wake up and Faraday watches her run through the maze. She travels all the way through without making a single wrong turn. Faraday is thrilled. Dez isn't sure what the big deal is until Faraday tells him he isn't teaching her the maze until later in the day. Back on the boat Keamy and Omar lock Sayid and Dez up in the sick bay and take Frank to see the captain. Fisher Stevens interrupts and introduces himself as Minkowski and tells Dez how every once in a while they'd get messages on the boat that he wasn't allowed to answer. Messages from Penny. Dez wakes up back in Past Faraday's lab and sees that Eloise is dead. Faraday thinks she couldn't tell the difference between the past and future, she had no anchor, and her brain short-circuited. He tells Dez he needs to find his anchor, his constant, in the future, and if he can do that, he'll be okay. Back on the boat, Dez says he need to call Penny. Minkowski tells them that is impossible, "Two days ago, someone sabotaged all the equipment. We lost all communication with the mainland. I probably could have fixed it, but then I went nuts." Sayid thinks he could give it a shot, if they could get to the comm room. If they could get out of the room. Minkowski suggests the door. He points and they see someone has quietly unlocked the door. "Looks like you guys have a friend on this boat." Back in Scotland Dez visits an auction house. The auctioneer describes the item up currently for grabs. "The Black Rock set sail from Portsmith England on March 22, 1845 on a trading mission to the kingdom of Siam, when she was tragically lost at sea. The only known artifact of this journey is the journal of the ship's first mate, which was discovered among the artifacts of pirates on the Ile Sante-Marie off the coast of Madagascar seven years later. The contents of this journal have never been made public, or known to anyone outside the family of the seller, Tovard Hanso." What the hell? The item is sold to for £380K to Charles Widmore. What the hell? As Widmore leaves Dez approaches and asks if he'll tell him where Penny is. Sure, he says, that way she can tell him to go to hell herself. Back on the boat Minkowski leads them to the radio room. Dez asks how Mink got all fucked up. "We were anchored here. Waiting for our orders. Bored out of our minds. Me and Brandon, he's one of the crew members, we took out the ship's tender. We just wanted to see the island. But Brandon started acting crazy so we had to turn around. Now he's in a body bag." They find the radio room. It's trashed. Who did this? No one knows, but when the captain finds out, it won't be pretty, Mink assures them. Then he has a seizure and dies. Damn. Dez looks at a calendar on the wall and realizes it is almost Christmas 2004. Then Dez is at Penny's new house and he asks for her phone number. She's doesn't want to give it to him. He promises not to call for eight years, not until Christmas Eve 2004. It doesn't make any sense, he agrees, but he begs for the number. Penny gives it to him just so he'll leave. Back on the boat Sayid gets a phone rigged up to a battery. He says it won't last long. Dez calls the number and Penny picks up. Yay! Finally, something good happens. He says he's been on an island. She knows about the island, that she's been looking for him for three years. And after speaking to Charlie she knew he wasn't dead. She promises to find him. He promises not to give up hope. "I love you." Then the phone goes dead. Dez says "Thank you, Sayid. It was enough." Sayid asks if he's alright. "Perfect." Back on the island Faraday looks at his notebook. Written down are the words "If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant."

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