“The Whole Truth”
Cool: Sawyer’s reading a copy of Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.
Cooler: If Jin’s sterlie, who’s the father of Sun’s baby? Is it going to some weird supernatural virgin birth? Or has the island healed Jin’s malfunctioning sperm the same way it healed Locke’s legs?
Huh?: Sun and Hurley cross paths in the middle of the jungle as if they were passing each other in the hallway outside the copy room. Even if the castaways have devised trails, this seems very coincidental.
Best Line: “Jack and Locke are a little too busy worrying about Locke and Jack” – Ana-Lucia to Sayid when he asks if she’s run her Henry Gale interrogation plan past the two de facto island leaders.
Rising: Henry Gale – He’s been a rather ambiguous character for the most part. Is he telling the truth? Is he an Other? The show’s been playing it both ways. But all doubt seems eliminated with his creepy suggestion here that sending Sayid, Charlie, and Ana-Lucia to look for his balloon could be the perfect way to ambush them in the middle of nowhere.
Cool: A giant pallet of supplies is airdropped onto the island, proving that someone somewhere is still helping keep the hatch stocked with food. Even better, the somone somewhere may still think the hatch is being manned by Desmond.
Cooler: Henry Gale isn’t the bug-eyed white guy locked in the armory. He’s a smiling black guy, as proven by the driver’s license Sayid, Charlie, and Ana-Lucia bring back.
Coolest: That weirdo blacklight map that Locke finds on the back of the blast door. Examined like the Rosetta Stone thanks to the power of freeze framing, the map is manna to the Lost geeks of the internet.
Best Line: “Should I go get a ruler?” – Kate, to Jack and Sawyer as they engage in one of their usual clenched-jaw stare downs.
Rising: Jack, who unexpectedly beats Sawyer at poker and wins all of the medicine Sawyer’s been hoarding. Bonus points to Sawyer for calling Jack “Amarillo Slim.”
Cool: Hurley tackles Sawyer after one too many wise-ass fat jokes. Even better, Jin thinks it’s pretty funny until Sun makes him go break it up.
Cooler: In one of that textbook Lost twists (that’s - let's face it - becoming less surprising), we learn Libby was a patient in the mental hospital with Hurley.
Coolest: There is no Dave, people. He’s a figment of Hurley’s imagination. This is one trippy Mobius-strip of an episode, using a Fight Club-style twist to cleverly externalize Hurley’s suicidal urges (it’s not Hurley who wants to die exactly, it’s Dave trying to trick Hurley into dying by suggesting the island’s all in his head), which are wrapped up in his food addiction and lingering guilt over killing some people when a deck collapsed under his weight.
Best Line: “Don’t tell me you made me up. It’s insulting” – Libby to Hurley when he suggests maybe she’s imagarinary, too.
Cool: One of the background castaways is called not by his name, but simply as the “frogurt guy.” That’s funny.
Cooler: It’s a little unsettling to see a flashback in which Locke is stuck back in his wheelchair.
Coolest: Rose’s terminal cancer is somehow miraculously in remission on the island. Which means she can’t leave (the reason why she was trying to talk Bernard out of his SOS signal). Poignant extra credit for Bernard telling her if she can’t leave, neither will he.
Great Ending: When Jack and Kate venture into the jungle to try and trade Henry for Walt, who comes staggering out of the bushes but Michael. Cut to black. Classic.
Best Line: “They’ll never give you Walt.” – Henry Gale’s ominous promise to Jack when he learns of Jack’s prisoner swap idea.
Falling: The Jack-Sawyer bickering is really starting to get old.
“Two for the Road”
Cool: Check out Henry Gale talking about “him” – the Others’ leader: “He’s a great man, but not a forgiving man.” The kind of thing the Old Testament says about, you know, God.
Huh?: It’s around this time that you may start to wonder what happened to all of the scary monsters that seems to inhabit the island at the start of the first season. Characters now regularly wander off by themselves without a moment’s hesitation. Runner up: the Libby-Hurley romance. We all want to believe it’s possible, sure, but do you believe it?
Great Ending: Topping the previous episode, here Michael shoots Ana-Lucia dead on purpose, accidentally plugs Libby, frees Henry Gale, then shoots himself in the arm. Cut to black. That sucking sound you hear is millions of Americans dropping their jaws in shock.
Best Line: “Don’t you want my phone number?” – Sawyer to Ana-Lucia after sex, which was coldly instigated by her to get the gun to kill Henry.
Cool: Libby’s on screen death may be one of the more scary and painful demises you’ll see on network TV. It’s not noble or heroic in any way. Even worse, she tries with her dying breath to implicate Michael, but Jack and the others think she’s just trying to make sure he’s okay. Yeah, it’s a cliché, but it works.
Cooler: Locke and Mr. Eko find the “Pearl station” – another hatch – and realize it’s a monitoring station for the Swan hatch. The whole thing, including the button and the 108-minute countdown, seems like a big experiment. The Pearl watches the Swan to see how the inhabitants respond. And Locke sees his entire button-centric value system crumble.
Best Line: “I’m sorry I forgot the blankets.” – Hurley to Libby as she’s dying from a gunshot wound that wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t have to go back to the hatch for blankets and stumble onto Michael’s murder of Ana-Lucia.
Cool: Though Michael’s eyes, we finally see the Others’ camp. But is it all real? We already know they wear disguises. So how much of this rustic, Gilligan’s Island-style village is authentic?
Cooler: Sayid demonstrates his mastery of the Bad Ass Arts by realizing Michael has been “compromised” by the Others, which sounds all the more important when spoken in actor Naveen Andrews’ silky British accent.
Coolest: Miss Klugh gives Michael a list with four names of the people they want: Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, Kate. Creepy. How do they know who they are? And why do they want them?
Best Line: “Well at least now we get to kill somebody” – Sawyer to Jack, getting his groove on as they prepare to attack the Others and free Walt.
Rising: Charlie, showing some real backbone at long last by tossing those annoying Virgin Mary drug statues into the surf. Locke is of course on hand to bear silent witness.
“Live Together, Die Alone” (Parts 1 and 2)
Cool: Kelvin, who captured Sayid in Iraq, is the one on the island who rescues Desmond in the sailboat, trains him in the ways of the island, and later tries to ditch Desmond.
Cooler: Sayid finds the Others’ camp, but it’s abandoned, looking very much like stripped-down stage set.
Coolest: When the countdown gets down to zero, Desmond twists the failsafe key and the whole island is enveloped in some kind of weird white pulse.
Great ending: Some grubby guys in an Arctic research station notice the Desmond-failsafe pulse on their electronic gizmos and calls Desmond’s girlfriend Penelope, who’s been looking for Desmond. Weird.
Best Line: “I think I crashed your plane” – Desmond to Locke when he pieces together the timeline.