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LaFleur Recap

March 5, 2009
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LaFleur” is the eighth episode of Season 5 of Lost and the 91st episode overall. It was originally broadcast on March 4, 2009. The fate of those left on the island after Locke turned the wheel is revealed, as Sawyer, Juliet, and company meet the DHARMA Initiative. (from Lostpedia.com’s recap)

  1. At some point — we don’t know when — Dharma and the Others declared a truce. Sawyer and the crew land just as the truce falls apart. In the hazy moments following Locke’s departure, the group wanders back to the beach with a rough plan to rebuild the camp (or find the camp … whichever comes first). But they stumble upon a picnic gone horribly awry.
  2. You’ll recall that Daniel Faraday’s Rules for Time Travel dictate that the future cannot be changed by tweaking past events. Or, as Faraday himself puts it: “Whatever happened, happened.” If Faraday is correct, Amy was always saved. Something or someone intervened. But here’s where my brain starts to pulse: Does that “someone” have to be Sawyer and Juliet, or is the outcome more important than the details? And if outcomes carry more weight, who/what determines which outcomes will be most important in a person’s (or island’s) existence?
  3. Sometime during the group’s three-year stay, Amy marries Dharma leader Horace Goodspeed (the moron who invites little Benjamin Linus to the island). Amy gets pregnant and Juliet is called out of retirement to deliver the child. The birth of Amy’s baby boy (and Amy’s survival) marks the first time Juliet has ever successfully delivered a child on the island. The baby is still an anomaly, however. All Dharma babies are born off-island; Amy popped her’s out because she went into labor earlier than expected. So the question is: who will that baby grow up to be? (1-3 from The Lost Blog)
  4. The statue is clearly Egyptian, and it’s holding the rounded loop of an Ankh in the right hand. The elf-like ears jive well with many of Egypt’s gods, who were often represented as crosses between a man and another animal. I had mentioned Anubis in my review two weeks ago, but the Jackyl-God’s ears would be taller. Another good guess would be Horus, Egyptian god of the sun (and of war?). There are some good arguments for him being the best candidate, the first being that this episode had a whole lot of ‘Horace’ in it to begin with. The popular eye of Horus symbol could also be a reference to the glass eye found in the arrow station back in S2. Horus was even half falcon, and falcons have four talons on each claw. But there’s also a big argument against Horus: falcons have no ears
  5. On the subject of falcons, another bird made two solid appearances in last night’s episode: the owl. First we see a wooden owl in Amy’s house, during the scene where she’s going into labor. Later on we see another wooden owl hanging from the wall in Heather’s home. After 90 seconds of research, I’ve uncovered nothing important about the owl in Egyptian mythology, other than that it represents the letter ‘M’. So if anyone else can come up with something, me and the 4-toed statue are all ears.
  6. Faraday’s assertion that he’s “not gonna do it” obviously refers to his future/past warning to young Charlotte. Yet going by his own rule of ‘whatever happens has already happened’, he knows inwardly that he’s going to warn her anyway. Mourning aside, this is the real reason he’s going crazy right now. Daniel’s fighting the urge to grab that little red-headed girl and shake the island out of her… but at the same time his ever-logical mind knows he can’t stop it from happening
  7. Sawyer has always been in the front-running for the most transformed character on the show, but after this episode there can be no doubt. We’ve watched his name go from Sawyer to James, and now even his last name is adjusted to LaFleur. He’s gone from a loner with no accountability to the head of Dharma security, and he’s taken on an extremely Jack-like leadership role. Traditionally, Sawyer’s trudged around the jungle following everyone else, grumbling complaints, and dropping sarcastic/hilarious remarks. Yet LaFleur leads others, makes quick decisions, and takes decisive action – and with all the funny comments to boot.
  8. The hooking up of Sawyer and Juliet was surprisingly awesome, made even more great by all the tough stuff they’ve been through together. While the O6 were off boring me to death in the real world, these two have been time-jumping and dry humping. Juliet turns out to be the type of girl who can drill someone through the heart from 50 yards away, deliver a baby with a #5 scalpel, and then go out and rebuild your transmission. Let me tell you guys something… when you find that type of girl you STICK with her.
  9. Reaction-wise, Kate’s return is certainly going to throw Juliet for a loop. And although the Sawyer/Juliet hookup will surprise Jack, no one’s going to be more pissy than when Ben finds out. In fact, it got me thinking: Maybe Ben already found out. Is this why Ben mated Kate and Sawyer at the Dharma beating zoo in the first place, like a pair of wild animals? Because he was hoping to get Sawyer so involved with Kate that he wouldn’t want Juliet later on? This would imply Ben knew in advance that the two of them would play Dharma house together. But then again, I think by now Ben knows he’s going to end up alone… a bitter, single old man popping pringles and watching
    Twilight Zone episodes while sneering at their predictability
  10. Compared to a motor-driven ship, a submarine would be pretty damned slow and it’s carrying capacity downright sucks. So what’s the deal?My guess: the ‘window’ to the island lies underwater. At least currently, while the island is in its present time and position. We’ve seen reference to certain compass bearings in order to get on and off the island, but those have always been two-dimensional representations of a 360-degree circle. What if the island’s radius of accessibility is a three-dimensional sphere, and the window that allows entry (which Dharma has determined is open only once every two weeks) happens to lie on a plane of reference that is beneath the surface of the water? That’s my new sub theory and I’m sticking to it
  11. So then who is the son of Horace? We won’t find that out for a while. But consider this: was he supposed to be born at all? If Juliet hadn’t been there, would he have died otherwise? The other doctor looked like a total goofball. Was having Juliet travel back to Dharma time necessary for the birth of this kid? And if so, did Ben Linus knowingly recruit her to the island in the 1990’s for this sole purpose… the whole ‘solving the fertility problem’ thing being something he knew she couldn’t fix anyway? If so, I think we just saw something really important.The brilliant part of the show is that none of us know what the hell is really going on. Half of us could make arguments for predetermination: nothing anyone does really matters because it’s already done, determined, and finished. The other half could argue that, in fact, everything has changed. (4-11 from DarkUFO.com)
  12. The screen shot of the statue from tonight’s episode along with the ankh necklace that Paul wore in the episode has turned up a strong connection to the Egyptian God Anubis. In fact, SWLS is saying that the four-toed statue IS in fact Anubis. (from Sledgeweb’s…Lost Stuff)
  13. It could be Anubis, but the long jackal ears aren’t there. Instead, as I pointed out in my post, Set was the mortal enemy of Horus, and was the god of chaos and destruction. He was eventually banished to the desert. Horace seems to be the enemy of the Others (who presumably worshipped the statue in their earlier days) and when you go off the island, you are banished to the desert.But one of my readers, Chris Temple, emailed me making a case for another Egyptian god. This is Taweret:

    She is the Egyptian goddess of sagging breasts pregnancy and childbirth. She has small ears, like the island statue, and that flat hat on her head. And… she has four toes. But more importantly, her importance is a goddess of fertility, and when we know what happened on the island, could the Others have always had fertility problems and they once called upon gods and goddesses to help them? (from Nik at Nite)
  14. Egyptian themes continue with Paul’s Ankh necklace, seen in “LaFleur”. We’ve already seen hieroglyphs, an egyptian-esque statue, Guyliner Alpert, and a character named Horace… what’s will all the Egyptian nods? According to my good friend, Wiki, the symbol means “eternal life”. That didn’t seem to work out for Paul, but perhaps Guyliner took his body in order to resurrect him and then kill him a second time to make up for the death of two Others.(from Sledgeweb’s…Lost Stuff)
  15. When Horace heard that Richard might be able to find the bodies of the dead Hostiles he tells one of the Dharma guys, “Call the Arrow, tell them we’re at condition one, take the heavy ordinance, and make sure the fence is at maximum.”  That’s a lot of vague info.
    In the premiere Pierre told us that The Arrow was used to create defensive strategies against The Hostiles.  You could say that they were creating a security system.  Heavy Ordinance could mean any number of things, but putting the sonic fence at maximum seems to imply one thing, Smokey.  Could the Heavy Ordinance be the activation of Smokey?  If Dharma had the ability to control or at least trigger Smokey that would explain how Ben summoned it in season 4.
  16. A big “thank you!” to reader DS, who messaged me with this idea about Ageless Richard and made me laugh out loud… until I realized he could be onto something: “With all the Egyptian mythology themes in the show I couldn’t help but wonder if Richard Alpert (R.A.), with his Egyptian eyeliner eyes, is really RA the Sun God.” Now, I don’t want to go as far as to say that I agree Ageless Richard might actually BE an ancient deity in human form, but having Sawyer call out his eyeliner might have been meant to serve two purposes: 1) an in-joke for fans, and 2) a hint — another connection to the Ancient Egyptian culture where both men and women were known to pretty up their peepers. (from Long Live Locke)
  17. I’ve been thinking about Radzinsky for a while now.  He was the guy who killed himself while in The Swan.  I’m worried that it’s going to be one of the people who go into the past.  The most likely, an most tragic, choice would be Daniel.  I could see him going crazy down there and shooting himself.  SO I’m really hoping that we meet someone named Radzinsky real soon. (14-15 from Not Confused Just Lost)
  18. LaFleur means “the flower” in French.
  19. Along with “Meet Kevin Johnson” and “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham“, this is the third Lost episode which takes its title from a main character’s pseudonym.
  20. This episode is unique in its handling of time in two different ways. Firstly, while title cards have been used in the past to indicate times or places, this is the first episode which has used them for this purpose for both the present-day and flash segments. Moreover, while “Ji Yeon” utilized both a flashback and a flashforward separately, this episode was the first to have a story segment which was both a flashback and a flashforward. The 1977 scenes were a flashforward because the depicted events three years after the preceding episodes’ on-Island storyline (continuing from the end of “This Place Is Death“); they were also a flashback because they immediately preceded the events at the end of “316“. In a way, they were also present-day scenes because the final parts took place immediately after Jin finds Jack, Kate and Hurley in “316“. (16-18 from Lostpedia.com)

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One Comment
  1. matthewdavis permalink
    March 6, 2009 6:58 am

    This episode just frustrated me… Not that I’d quit watching or anything, I just feel like I want to know what the heck is going on!!

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