Monday, December 14, 2009


Or, The Panda

[Originally Aired March 13, 2008]

Frank strolls down the hall of the freighter, a bag of food under his arm. Regina sits outside the door of Dez and Sayid's room. She pretends to read, until Frank points out her book is upside down. Frank drops off some canned beans to the prisoners. He says the captain isn't happy with them since they busted out. They say someone left the door open, they assumed it was Frank. Nope, he says. Sayid asks again to speak to the captain. On the beach Sun is worried about Dez and Sayid. Jin remains hopeful. Then he wants to talk about baby names, but Sun says it is bad luck. "I want to name her Ji Yeon," he says. She doesn't want to talk about it, finally offering "I'll tell you what. Let's get off the island first. Then we can pick a name." Flashforward and Sun is in an apartment somewhere, she's very pregnant. She winces, grabs her belly. She is in pain. She picks up the phone and asks for an ambulance. Cut to Jin, in a small shop. He purchases a giant stuffed panda. The man behind the counter asks if he wants it gift wrapped. No, says Jin, he has to get to the hospital. Boy or girl? He doesn't know yet. Jin's phone rings, he says he's on his way. The shop owner wishes him luck. Back on the beach Kate and Jack and the rest return to camp. Sun asks Kate about her bruises and tells them about Charlotte and Juliet and the poison gas. Sun wonders if the freighter crew is really going to rescue them. "In all the time they've been here they've talked about a lot of things, and none involved rescuing us," says Kate. Sayid and Dez sit in the room eating canned beans. Dez farts. Someone slips a note under their door. It reads "Don't trust the captain." Sun asks Faraday if they're going rescue them. Faraday only says "It's not really my call." I'd take that as a no. I want to like Faraday, he seems like a decent guy but he's also working with freighter crew and maude knows what bullshit they're up to. Sun tells Jin to pack up two days worth of food, they're heading to Locke's camp. She heads to the med tent and starts foraging for prenatal vitamins. Juliet asks her what the hell is up. Sun says they're leaving and Juliet tells her that is a bad idea, that she'll die if she doesn't stay and wait for the freighter, if she doesn't get off the island. Sun says Claire is fine and Juliet is kind of a liar so why should she believe her now? Cut to the hospital and one of the nurses recognizes Sun as one of the Oceanic Six. A doctor arrives, not her regular doc though, he's at a conference. Sun asks them to call Jin. Outside the store, Jin hails a cab. He stuffs the panda in the back seat. His phone rings. "Yes, I am on my way." Someone bumps into him, and he drops his phone. Then a motorcyclist runs it over. Damn! Then someone jumps into the taxi and speeds of with his panda. Double damn! "Stop! You bastard! I will kill you! If I find you! I will hunt you down and rip your head off!" He returns to the store and asks for another panda. Last one, sorry. Jin sees one behind the counter and asks bout it. Already sold. Jin whips out a wad of cash and demands the last panda. The owner hands it over and tells him not to lose it. Back on the beach, Kate gives Sun directions to the barracks. Juliet interrupts and says it's a bad idea. Then Juliet tells Jin that Sun cheated on her and wasn't even sure the baby was his. Sun slaps Juliet. Jin storms off. Jin grabs his fishing gear as Sun tries to explain. Bernard interrupts and asks to go fishing then realizes he's stumbled into the middle of a domestic dispute. Jin tells him to come along and the two wander down the beach. While fishing Bernard tells him about Rose's cancer and how if she leaves she might get sick again. So why'd they stay with Jack then? Karma, Bernard says. Locke is a murderer. Staying with Jack was the right thing to do. Jin reels in a fish. Karma, says Bernard. On the freighter Dez and Sayid discuss an odd banging they hear. Then the doctor says they captain will see them now. As they walk down the hall, they ask about Frank. He's out running an errand. Regina walks by, covered in chains. What the hell? She walks up to the rail and jumps overboard. Jebus! The crew doesn't react. Sayid and Dez start barking orders, asking for rope, looking for a way to save her. Someone appears and tells everyone back to their posts. Then he introduces himself as Captain Gault. He tells them he didn't want to lose any more crew members trying to save Regina, so he just let her sink. Some of the crew has cabin fever, he thinks because of their proximity to the island. Sayid asks who they're working for. Charles Widmore. Dez is stunned. In his room, Gault shows them a flight data recorder. "This black box comes from Oceanic Flight 815. A salvage vessel recovered it from the bottom of the ocean. It took a considerable amount of Mr. Widmore's resources to procure it. It was found with the wreckage of the plane, along with all 324 dead passengers. That's not the complete story, as you are well aware, Mr. Jarrah, given the fact that you're standing here, breathing. The wreckage was obviously staged. Now can you imagine what kind of resources and manpower go into pulling off a feat of that magnitude? Faking the recovery of a plane crash? Putting 324 families through a grieving process based on a lie? But what's even more disturbing, where exactly does one come across 324 dead bodies? And that, Mr. Jarrah, Mr. Hume, is just one of the many reasons we want Benjamin Linus." At the hospital Sun asks for Jin. The baby is crowning. Push, says the doctor. "Congratulations. You have a baby daughter." On the freighter the doc takes Dez and Sayid to their new quarters. The room is bug-ridden, and there is blood stain on the wall. Looks like someone blew their brains out. The doc complains that was supposed to be cleaned up. He turns and calls one of the deckhands over. The man slinks out of the shadows. It's Michael! What the hell? (And yeah, that would have been more surprising if his name hadn't been in the opening credits all season.) Doc introduces him as Kevin Johnson. I guess he's Benjamin's spy. On the beach Jin comes into Sun's tent with dinner. She says she thought he left her. She offers to explain. No, he says, it wouldn't matter if she did. He was a different person before they came here, he was a ginormous douche, so whatever she did, she did to that guy, not him. He forgives her and says she'll never lose him. He says he'll still go to Locke's with her. No, she says, she thinks she'd rather wait for the helicopter. At the hospital, Jin finally arrives with the panda. He enters the room and says "Mr. Ambassador. This panda is a symbol of Mr. Paik's eagerness to do business in the great country of China. Please accept his congratulations." It's not Sun's baby he's visiting. In fact, this isn't the future, it's the past. Damn you, Lost! Tricksters. Cut to Sun's apartment. She is getting dressed. There is a knock on the door. It's Hurley. He's in a suit. What? He says the baby looks just like Jin, then says "I guess we should, like, go see him." Cut to the cemetery. Sun and Hurley approach Jin's grave. Sun cries and says "The doctor said I was calling out for you. I wish you could've been there. She's beautiful. I named her just like you wanted: Ji Yeon. I miss you so much. I miss you so much."

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