- Claire has a role in this episode! She comes to greet Eko and talk about his religion, which actually seems to bother Eko for a moment. Aaron’s name is discussed as well. Claire didn’t name her son until three days after he was born, and she picked a name that she ”just liked”.
- When Claire magically names her son in the flashsideways, she tells Kate ”it was like [she] knew it, or something” (What Kate Does).
- Claire doesn’t know about the contents of the Virgin Mary statue yet, but she does mention the statue to everyone who does. She previously told Locke about it in Abandoned. This will cause Locke to suspect Charlie is back on drugs in Fire + Water.
- In a deleted scene from this episode, Claire asks Sayid if Charlie knew about the heroin inside the statue. This explains how Claire knows Charlie had lied to her when he returns at the end of the episode.
- Claire tells Charlie “I seem to remember you saying you were a drug addict”. Charlie told her this in Raised By Another, before her amnesia. A continuity error, or a hint that Claire is getting her memories back?
LOCKE’D AND LOADED
- Locke teaches Michael how to use a weapon to protect himself, much like he taught Walt how to throw knives in Solitary and Special. Back in season 1, Michael thought Locke was wrong to hand Walt a weapon. Jack thought it dangerous to put guns in the hands of untrained men. The situation has changed now that Walt’s life is possibly on the line. More on that in my observations for The Hunting Party!
- As it will turn out, Locke’s real mistake was ever teaching Michael how to shoot a firearm. He will steal a rifle from the hatch and run off on his own in The Hunting Party, and shoot Ana-Lucia and Libby in Two For The Road.
- For the first time since Walkabout, Locke is wearing his walkabout vest again. He mentions that he used to go hunting for birds with his father, which we saw in Deus Ex Machina.
- Michael’s not the only character on the hunt: Jin has been back for just two days, and he’s already gone back to fishing for the group. He hands a fish to Ana-Lucia at the end of the episode, presumably to thank her for bringing him back to his wife, who he introduces to her.
- Jin showed Ana-Lucia how to fish in …And Found.
- While Jin is doing all the work, Charlie sings ”He’s Evil” by The Kinks. This song also plays in Liam’s apartment in Fire + Water. The lyrics could very well apply to the Man In Black, who plays a major part in this episode.
He comes on smooth, cool and kind,
But he wants your body not your mind,
He is just the devil in disguise.
He will drag you down and he will make you cry,
And once you’re in, there will be no getting out.
HAIR BY THE MAIDEN FAIR
- Sawyer gets the haircut Kate promised in the previous episode, What Kate Did. Charlie used to get his hair cut by Claire (Born To Run), but that won’t be happening anytime soon after his actions in this episode.
- Michael tells Sawyer “I’m glad you’re okay, man”. Hurley says the exact same thing to Michael in ?. Of course, Sawyer never shot the woman Michael loved.
IT’S RAINING MEN
- Charlie and Eko are on the right track: like Locke and Boone on their quest to the Nigerian Beechcraft, they find the body of the gold-toothed priest. You know, the one who carried Nigerian money, a cross necklace, a secret knife and a gun.
- Eko tells Charlie “This man saved my life”, which… is one way of looking at it. Goldie forced Yemi’s body onto the plane and kicked Eko back before he could enter.
- Like Frank Lapidus in Dr. Linus, you could wonder how different Eko’s life would have been if he had made it onto the plane. The island still got both of them in the end. Eko is convinced it’s his destiny:
Eko: ”Yemi was a great man, a priest, a man of God. And because I betrayed him he was shot and died. He was placed on a plane which took off from an airstrip in Nigeria half a world from here. Then, the plane that I was on crashed on this island. And somehow, here, I found my brother again. I found him in the same plane that took off from Nigeria. In the same plane that lies above us now — that has concealed this place. And I took this cross from around Yemi’s neck and put it back on mine, just as it was on the day I first took another man’s life. So let me ask you — how can you say this is meaningless?” (?)
Next: Where There’s Smoke…