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By: Lost, Season Four, Episode 10 « Linkmeister

Sat, 14 May 2011 22:04:21 +0000

[...] When Jack?s health is seriously compromised, Kate and Juliet must learn to work together in order to save him and something goes wrong as Sawyer, Claire, Aaron and Miles continue their trek away from Locke?s camp and back to the beach. Ryan’s post. [...]



By: LostMan

Thu, 08 May 2008 21:49:01 +0000

Tori, the Smoke Monster told me to tell you: -------------------------------------------------------- "Thanks Tori, now I can strike you off my list. Regards, Smokey" --------------------------------------------------------



By: Tori

Thu, 08 May 2008 15:13:26 +0000

Hey, I said silly is good--- and I mean it! No backhandedness intended, LM or SM!



By: LostMan

Thu, 08 May 2008 02:34:04 +0000

Told you so!



By: SmokeMonster

Thu, 08 May 2008 02:33:15 +0000

LostMan is right. Yes, I made him do it! Oh yes, Oogy Boogy Boogy! S Monster



By: LostMan

Thu, 08 May 2008 02:29:14 +0000

To “Tori”: Well, theres a backhanded (ie. mixed) compliment! Firstly claiming your comment was meant in a good way..... and then labelling it as silly! Oh well..... And I know my theory is correct. How do I know this? Cos the Smoke Monster made me type all that!



By: Tori

Thu, 08 May 2008 01:28:45 +0000

LostMan-- Sure I mean it in a good way!!! Silly is good, eh?! I reckon your guess is as good as any! :-)



By: LostMan

Thu, 08 May 2008 00:27:11 +0000

To "Tori": With the current day confusion of the given meaning of expressions and words (ie. whacked), I have to ask: Do you mean your comment in a good way? LostMan PS. Wouldnt it be incredible if my theory is right though?!



By: Tori

Wed, 07 May 2008 16:23:09 +0000

Dude-- you've got a whacked sense of humor!



By: LostMan

Wed, 07 May 2008 11:12:11 +0000

Your thoughts on my comments above?



By: LostMan

Wed, 07 May 2008 11:09:24 +0000

Everyone! You are so caught up in character references and plot conspiracies, that you are missing the glaring truth: The Smoke Monster did it! Cant you see?! I think the Smoke Monster built the electro-magnetic forcefield! Yes, I said it! And not only that.....hear me out: - The Smoke Monster sent that girl to Kobe Bryant's room! - The Smoke Monster sent that little boy to Michael Jackson's house! - The Smoke Monster killed Laci Peterson! - The Smoke Monster shot Tupac AND Biggie! - The Smoke Monster p****d on R Kelly's dates! - The Smoke Monster taped Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson! - The Smoke Monster was f*****g Paris Hilton in that video! All to get your mind off the fact that he is hiding a prime spot in the South Pacific..... until he can get his submarine shuttle service running properly, and thus have a monopoly in place before the competition finally get there! I mean, he wouldnt want to see his plans go up in Smoke (excuse the pun!).



By: Tori

Tue, 06 May 2008 22:33:10 +0000

Frank, I am totally with you in wondering about folks who disliked the show... I'd dare any critics to come up with any writing that is anywhere near as intricate, compelling and poignant as just about any Lost episode. And. btw, nice call about the whispers being from dead people! Was I the only one who was moved by the Kate and Jack get-together, and his proposal to her? Serious emotional depth-charge, in my book! For whatever it's worth, my heart goes out to ol' Jack big time.....He tries so hard and means so well, but is so stuck in his mind and convictions. I'm wondering if his emotional/mental doors are due to be blown open somehow, in an unexpected way. Interesting that Christian Shepherd seems to be playing such a big role... And interesting name, eh? Jack is sort of the island shephard-- so does a Christian Shepherd take on an even bigger meaning? Interesting observation, Jennifer re: "The way Kate said a favor for “him” was very reminiscent to the way she said at the end of Season 3 to Jack “He’ll notice I’m gone.” Are we to think the two are the same?" I'm wondering the same thing... I'm also still mixed up on whether Bridge Suicide Jack comes before or after Jack Proposing to Kate Jack. Is this still a question mark? Thanks! Tori



By: Brooke

Tue, 06 May 2008 18:02:05 +0000

Overall, I thought this was a great episode and really reflected the talent of some of these actors. It was creepy, heartbreaking, and funny. I don't know if this has been mentioned before but, one thing that came to mind was Christian Shephard's attire at Jack's office. Could the white sneakers be the same as the one's in the pilot, that were hanging off a tree where Jack wakes up? Don't know how significant it would be, but in Lost, who knows?



By: Rob

Tue, 06 May 2008 12:23:46 +0000

There was some discussion (on the pod-cast) as to Bernard and his medical and morse-code skills. Well I don't think we've had any reason to know about any military or nautical experience that would make sense of the morse code, but since he is a dentist then it probably makes sense that he should know how to handle a hypodermic (at least!). Rob



By: chelle

Tue, 06 May 2008 09:14:48 +0000

let's look beyond the obvious. the expected. the petty. the karl and danielle. the kate sawyer clementine. what about the book jack was reading aaron. the line where..."was i the same when i got up this morning...wh am i...that's the great puzzle..." listen... we look... we need to hear.



By: Lib4

Tue, 06 May 2008 04:49:40 +0000

Worst line of the entire series....Jack looks at Juliet and says "I just want Kate to hold the mirror" CHA....HEEEE.....ZEEEEE



By: mikefrommaine

Mon, 05 May 2008 04:10:54 +0000

I haven't read all of the posts for every episode so someone may have already said this, but a thought that I have for the coffin at the end of last season is maybe it's miles. The funeral parlor was in LA and I believe the house he went to when he talked to the ghost was in Inglewood, so he may be from around there. At the end of last season we were all racking our brains at who it may be and I wouldn't put it past Lost to have it be a character we hadn't seen yet. He may hold a greater significance to the island than we know right now. Anyway, just a thought



By: jim

Mon, 05 May 2008 00:34:10 +0000

This episode had a lot of crucial information, or at least hinted at said info, but it was the relatively flat pace that bored many viewers. Any other show but Lost would call this a conventional pace...but this is LOST! I have one trivial thing to note, a potential blooper. When Elizabeth Mitchell begins the scene where Juliet preps Sun for the trip to the medical hatch, I swear, she calls Sun "Jin"! I watched it over and over, and except for the fact that her words are slightly swallowed, it sounds like the first word out of Juliet's mouth is "Jin". Did anyone else hear this? Yunjin Kim, it must be added, has never been lovelier, a face that the camera simply adores.



By: snuffy

Sun, 04 May 2008 09:58:16 +0000

pretty boring epi. but this season's par is pretty high so it really wasn't bad. and yeah no podcast this week?



By: LostLou

Sun, 04 May 2008 03:18:18 +0000

Great episode. Great comments. I never have read them all before but I had to so something. Where is this week's transmission?



By: JBux

Sat, 03 May 2008 16:52:08 +0000

First, I like the Star Wars references - it is like Lost's trademark :-) Keamy & "Smokey" theory - We know that "Smokey" can be summoned. I think Keamy has a "device" to stop "Smokey" from attacking, hence the raeson Keamy is alive and the other man was only slightly injured. He probably was given this information by Widmore. I think Jack knows that Claire is his sister, which is why he is trying to make an effort to bond with Aaron.



By: HEATH (BURBANK,CA)

Sat, 03 May 2008 10:07:10 +0000

HELLO, I'M A HUGE LOST FAN AND LOVE YOU GUYS. A COUPLE OF THINGS I NEED TO TALK ABOUT. I'VE BEEN WATCHING OLD EPISODES TO GAIN INFO AND 1 CLUE CAME OUT : IN DESMOND'S BOOK, THE LAST ONE OF CHARLES DICKENS HE'S GOING TO READ, PENNY WRITES, ....."ALL WE NEED TO SURVIVE IS ONE PERSON WHO LOVES US..." DOES SHE MEAN A "CONSTANT?" DOES SHE KNOW ABOUT TIME TRAVEL AND WHAT HE MAY ENCOUNTER IN THE FUTURE? IS HER NOTE GOING TO SAVE HIM? YES. ALSO, IN THE LATEST EPISODE ON MAY 1, 2008, I BELIEVE KATE IS TALKING TO SAWYER'S OLD FLAME, WHOM KATE MET IN A FLASHBACK (FORGET HER NAME) MAKES SENSE THAT A FAVOR FROM SAWYER WAS TO TELL HER A MESSAGE DEALING WITH DAUGHTER CLEMENTINE. THE PERSON IN THE COFFIN? WELL NADIA DIED IN LOS ANGELES, THAT'S WHERE THE FUNERAL WAS. AND WHEN JACK GOES TO SEE HER, HE SAYS HE IS NOT FRIEND OR FAMILY. COULD BE NADIA. EVERYONE IS SPECULATING ITS CHRISTIAN SHEPARD BUT JACK IS HIS SON, SO IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. THIS THEORY IS SO OUT THERE CAN'T BELIEVE I'M WRITING IT : YOU KNOW HOW THE BLACK SMOKE TAKES PICTURES OF CHARACTERS INTERNAL THOUGHTS, THEN THE SMOKE MONSTER CAN RE-APPEAR AS THOSE THOUGHTS, IE. CHRISTIAN SHEPARD, KATE'S HORSE, ECHO'S BROTHER. IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY THAT JACK SAW HIS DAD IN THE LOBBY RIGHT AFTER THE SMOKE ALARM WENT OFF. LOL, CALL ME CRAZY. SARAH, JACKS FORMER WIFE, I BELIEVE WILL HAVE A BIGGER ROLE IN THE BIGGER PICTURE OF LOST. AND I BELIVE THE GUY SHE LEFT JACK FOR WAS BEN. STAY WITH ME, WHEN JULIET WAS TOLD BEN HAS A CRUSH ON HER, SOMEONE SAID, "YOU LOOK JUST LIKE HER." COULD BE SARAH. AND IN AN EPISODE BEFORE HARPER APPEARS THE WHISPERS SAY,"SARAH IS HERE OR SARAH...SOMETHING. COULDN'T MAKE OUT THE REST BUT THE NAME SARAH WAS SPOKEN. THERE IS A CONNECTION. SOME ONE HELP ME ON THIS. AND LAST, HURLEY SAYS (WHEN HE'S PLAYING RISK WITH LOCKE AND SAWYER) "AUSTRALIA IS THE KEY TO THE WHOLE GAME" COULD HE BE REFERRING INDIRECTLY TO THE THEORY OF HOW THEY WHERE MANIPULATED TO BE ON THAT PLANE FROM SYDNEY? IN THE FORM OF THE WIDMORE VS BEN GAME? SAYEED TAKING A DIFFERENT FLIGHT, HURLEY JUST BARELY MAKING IT, CHARLEY RUNNING LATE AS HE WAS IN THE ELEVATOR, SUN ALMOST DITCHING JIN AND NOT GETTING ON THE PLANE. JUST SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THANKS FOR LISTENING TO MY RAMBLING.



By: Frank

Sat, 03 May 2008 09:18:06 +0000

I'm also really surprise a few people seem to not have liked this episode. It was, indeed, much like a season 1 episode. How else are moments like last week's episode to become as intense as they do without taking time to tell the overall story? It would be a recipe for disaster (or for the show 24) if Lost somehow forgot its characters, its overall plot, and thematic episodes and just gave us "The Shape of Things to Come" each week. Aside from that, I thought it was great that a pretty major question was answered, so subtly, slyly, and under the radar: so now we finally have some type of confirmation on what the voices/whispers are. This was the first time we've heard them in a way that has been fairly audible without having to hope the dvr crowd catches and then processes the audio for us. So now we know that they are the voices of the dead (or at least, they are this in addition to whatever else), b/c we could clearly hear Rousseau's voice and dialogue from the end of Episode 8 in the whispers. With all the apparent ghosts running through the episode, they really filled out the theme of the dead/undead in this episode. Exactly how this connects with other things that have now been revealed (time travel via-consciousness shifting; island being inside of some sort of time anomaly; etc.) remains to be seen. But Lost has again demonstrated its subtlty; this tends to be how big questions are answered: they are semi-answered bit by bit and they are answered without the writers declaring to us that "We are answering a question; here is the answer!" a la lots of other stuff on tv (heroes , anyone).



By: Jo

Sat, 03 May 2008 08:01:14 +0000

Great episode, not action-packed but still moving us forward. My son and I both came up with the same question at the same time - When Hurley passes on the message 'You're not supposed to raise him' - to Jack, we both thought he could be referring to raising Christian from the dead! Probably way off, but we both thought it at the same time!



By: Sandy

Sat, 03 May 2008 05:19:00 +0000

I also loved this episode and am surprised by the negative responses. Not as action packed, but lots of questions answered, and many more posed. I am a Jack/ Kate lover though, must admit.



By: Sandy

Sat, 03 May 2008 05:17:25 +0000

did anyone else think it was strange that Danielle and karl were buried?? Why would the mercinaries take the time to bury them-



By: nerico

Fri, 02 May 2008 21:52:51 +0000

OOOOOOHHHHH! OOOOOOHHHHH! OOOOOOHHHHH! (insert Arnold Horshack impersonation here) I promised myself just one posting this week but then I had this rush of ideas while answering another post elsewhere and I think I like it. The question was regarding the point of the appendicitis? I wrote ... "It might also be setting it up so that Jack is strength/ability is compromised at the time that they have to do whatever it is that determines who and how they leave the island. Either he makes a mistake at least partly because of it or maybe even that it gets him a seat on the chopper/freighter because he needs medical attention. A possible explanation behind the Oceanic 6 is that the space is limited and a decision to prioritize has to be made (by a few or by all). 1. Sayid is already on the boat. (which opens up the possibility that Desmond is also off island, though incognito since he is not a passenger) 2. Aaron gets a spot and Hurley is taking care of him because of Claire's disappearance. 3. Sun gets a spot because of her pregnancy. 4. Jacks gets a spot because he will need further follow up to avoid infection or other complications. Kate is his nurse. This would also be a good way of putting Jack on the freighter since as the leader he would have probably felt that he should be the last to leave until everyone else gets a chance. Specially if they believe their helicopter ride to the freighter to be the first of many, he would have chosen to be on the last trip. Then again if they know it is the only trip out, then it could be one explanation of how people "chose" to stay behind. Because they chose to stay behind in other to give seats to those that needed them most. In this scenario only Sun, Jack and Aaron are guaranteed . Other people could have had a case for getting one of the other two seats. Jin obviously, maybe Sawyer could have taken Aaron, since as of yesterday he is the one taking care of him, etc... I´m sure even the red shirts could have made the case that as long as TPTB needed some random people to die for authenticity, they were all in extreme danger."



By: Bill

Fri, 02 May 2008 21:31:54 +0000

Nuckin, I thought the bloody-nose guy from next week was the character Horace Goodspeed. He brought Ben and his dad Roger to the island as a Dharma employee. He also was the Good Samaritan when Roger and wife were experiencing Ben's untimely birth alongside the road. But didn't he say, "I've been dead for 15 years." ? If he were Goodspeed, could that be right?



By: NuckinFuts

Fri, 02 May 2008 20:26:20 +0000

This episode answered some things...but don't forget how many new questions we are seeing... Wasn't the guy in the preview for next week the guy who brought Ben and his father to the island? It looked like blood streaming down his nose from after the gas attack / purge? Is he Jacob? Naah...What was his name in real life? What could possibly be up w/ him communicating w/ Ben after Ben organized his death? If Claire was already dead like some have suggested....whoa....what does that mean about anyone we've seen this whole time? NaaFlack....She clearly interacted w/ many people who do not see the dead on a regular basis...and held things ( Aaron )...though he has been carried some by Hurley and some other 815ers. He has been in a laundry basket a lot lately I thought I would point out. Isn't is Moses in the bible that was sent down a river in a basket? Although, imaginary people can throw coconuts at Hurley as we've seen from Dave...however nobody saw him run past in a robe or his shoe...hmmm. Great call on the smoke alarm...I would have never thought of that. Miles asks "Who are Karl and Danielle?" He knew all about Kate and enough it seems about Ben to know he has money and all, but seems to know little about these particular people? Danielle I can understand. But this means Widmore does not have his own complete "List" of Others. Perhaps Smokey decides who it will kill. Ben maybe called in the smoke, but obviously Smokey flashed their lives at them and decided to let people live. Ben maybe only knew it would be a distraction? Have a great weekend all - -



By: Tim

Fri, 02 May 2008 20:10:17 +0000

Anyone have a clue as to where Jack's new forearm tattoo came from? There is a great picture of it at lostpedia:http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Image:008.jpg. Am I missing something, that tattoo wasn't there in the first two seasons was it?



By: Carrie

Fri, 02 May 2008 19:58:27 +0000

I was wondering... when we see Frank run out of the jungle and meet up with Sawyer and his gang, didn't it seem like Frank was running away from something? ( Keamy and his people, perhaps?) But yet, when Keamy meets up with Frank, it's as if Frank was expecting them. Was Frank running from them, or did he just seem like he was? And why was he so concerned about Sawyer, Claire, Miles, and Aaron? Just wondering...... Why didn't Frank try to hide as well?



By: Val

Fri, 02 May 2008 19:50:03 +0000

Timeline questions: According to Lostpedia, The Yankees/Sox article WAS from August 2007. The obit Jack was reading at the end of last season (a Jack already marred by alcohol, pills, depression) was from April 8, 2007. So alternate realities? I'd say a big YES to that...unless one can get all sober and start another pill problem & grow a massive beard, repeatedly, in a four month span.



By: Bill

Fri, 02 May 2008 19:49:23 +0000

I think the storytellers went way out of their way to indicate Future Jack had no appendectomy scar.



By: Bonita B

Fri, 02 May 2008 18:58:08 +0000

Since I'm no Kate fan this episode made me impatient for the stronger talents and better stories of the other cast members. Matthew Fox definitely plays better with stronger talents, too. That said, this was a necessary balance to the previous action/packed stories and did provide a lot of good theory fodder. My favorite is Jack seeing his father and actions of Miles, Daniel and Charlotte.



By: Jen

Fri, 02 May 2008 17:57:00 +0000

Judi: I noticed that, too! I'm glad someone else saw it. I think it might have been a wayward crewmember or something.



By: Kira

Fri, 02 May 2008 17:45:10 +0000

Who else "choose to stay" on the Island? Jin? Rose? People speculated that Jin stayed after we saw the birth of Sun's baby with his funeral. I thought her grief was very real for dead, not just gone, but I guess if you know you'll never see or find someone again, they are as good as dead.. I hope Sayid isn't going to be the one to have to track down Penny and kill her..kinda think so..I really hope Desmond's happy ending isn't over too.. Like someone mentioned, Kate and Sawyer's baby Mama (forgot her name) have a history. Maybe they patched it up and she's in her babysitting circle..doesn't sound like a bunch of con artsist to me..Kate can lie like nobody's business. Didn't love the epi, didn't hate it. Fave so far was 'The Constant'.



By: Bill

Fri, 02 May 2008 17:09:30 +0000

Not a real gripping episode, but lots of characters got screen time - great direction and acting. Last week's "The Shape of Things to Come" was one of my favorites, so it had big competition. Although Jack's operation was successful, complications will arise (Juliet forgot step #48 of the procedure). Claire will be needed as a blood donor. The good Christian Shepherd is herding her to Jack. She had to travel light; leaving the baby with two unlikely dads. Boy, all kinds of wacky cuckoo things can happen with Sawyer, Miles and the baby making their way back to the beach. My theory about Jin sacrificing his ticket off the island for Sun and the baby looks stronger. Doesn't mean he's dead, just stranded. We can figure out the progression of "future Jack" (pre-beard, beard) but what about Hurley? When was his visit to Korea to see Sun? Did I miss something? Was there a reason to be shaving Jack's hairless abdomen for the pre-op? Creepy way to reveal Roseau and Carl's bodies. I remember the merciless beatings smokey gave the 815 pilot and Mr. Eko. How did any of the mercenaries make it out alive? ... alas, more questions.



By: patrik

Fri, 02 May 2008 17:01:08 +0000

In the "Next week on Lost" section last night, was that Jacob, telling Locke that he has "been dead for 12 years"?



By: Judi from Ontario

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:39:14 +0000

Not sure what happened with my typing too, excited I guess?



By: Judi From Onatiro

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:37:09 +0000

Hey! I too enjoyed the show last night. It must be hard to write a show that can stand up after the energy of last weeks action blockbuster! Thought they made a wise decision to change it up. This is just driving me crazy though: Did anyone else notice the distortion in the background while Sawyer and Miles were talking about Claire Disapearing? A figure seems to walk behind Sawyer in the background from right to left. Reminded me of The Predator (with Arnold S.) It looked like "someone" walking away from where Baby Arron is eventually found. Can anyone help my sanity? I too was intrigued when Jack said to Kate that Sawyer choice was to stay Island bound, leading me to wonder, who was it that gave our Losties the choice? Ben, Widmore? Some other factor? Which made me catch Bens line in the promo for next week, something about "it's hard bening the chossen one". Thoughts?



By: Ally

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:27:51 +0000

Oh dang! Just saw the screen caps and there does appear to be a scar. Sorry for wasting folks time before doing all the research. :o)



By: Ally

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:23:35 +0000

I haven't read all the posts, yet, so I apologize if this has been mentioned already. But - in Jack's "flash forward," he did not appear to have any kind of scar from his appendix surgery on the island. Anyone have a good screen cap of Jack in the towel? (That would be helpful for many reasons ;o) Also, from last weeks' episode, my husband pointed out how oddly similar it was they way Ben "woke up" in the desert, to the way Jack "woke up" on the island in the very first episode. I don't know where to go with that. Could all this be Jack's return to the island? And his flash forwards are really flash backs? Or time travel? My head is spinning!



By: Julie

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:23:19 +0000

Boring episode!!!!!



By: ~Michelle

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:14:57 +0000

Quick comment on my last comment (just so I'm not confused with the other poster named Michelle *grins*) If anyone wants more info on the sweep, ESPN has a full article here: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=260821102. And I agree that Kate's "errand" was probably to take care of Clementine. That whole thing was just another example of Kate not really being able to make up her mind between Sawyer and Jack and won't really tell either the truth about the other.



By: Michelle

Fri, 02 May 2008 15:02:14 +0000

I think I'm done with all this shipper stuff. The fact that I was almost sick to my stomach seeing all of the Jack & Kate cutesy stuff is probably clue enough. Did they show the date on the newspaper that Jack was reading? If it said that the "Boston Massacre" was in 2007, then that's a definite production error. The Yankees sweep of Boston was in August, 2006. (I have a newspaper from that date.) I think the best parts of the episode involved Sawyer and Jin. Maybe that has to do with my being completely over the whole quadrangle thing, but I really enjoyed seeing Sawyer's protectiveness of Claire and Jin proving that he'd do anything to get Sun and their baby off the island. It was definitely a below-average episode, especially compared to last week's. Looking forward to the podcast. :)



By: Jennifer

Fri, 02 May 2008 14:31:19 +0000

Just something I picked up that I didn't notice in previous posts...The way Kate said a favor for "him" was very reminiscent to the way she said at the end of Season 3 to Jack "He'll notice I'm gone." Are we to think the two are the same?



By: nerico

Fri, 02 May 2008 14:10:52 +0000

WOW!! So many dots connected. What a fantastic, satisfying episode! Something nice back home, or is it maybe that YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN!! I think that this is the contrast between the title and the show. All this time, most of the Losties (some do want to stay) have been focusing on how much they want to get back home. Indeed they all must have "something nice back home" to look forward to. Though what the incentive might be can be more or less obvious depending on the character. But once they get home the overwhelming reality is that whatever it was that they were looking for, it is not quite there. They are different people, the island has changed them forever and they each end up finding that "they can´t go home again". And I find it extremely interesting to see how that process plays out for each of them. I can't wait to see how all the flash forwards will eventually converge to show how they will return. And I wonder if once they return to the island, they might find that paradoxically, " you can´t get back to the Island" either. Brian wrote... "What kind of show can juxtapose these last two episodes?" Brilliantly stated! If this was just a clever action/sci-fi gig, I would probably not be writing this post. I would catch the show occasionally and enjoy it, but maybe not even enough to commit to a TIVO season pass. The genius of this show is how complete it is. The depth of the characters, the intensity of the plot, the complexity of the mythology, the literary references, the layers of meaning, the ability to switch gears from one week to the next while remaining cohesive, the easter eggs. That does not mean that there haven't been less that stellar episodes in the past. But in general, there is a consistency of quality that is rarely seen on TV. So I almost feel sorry for the people who can't appreciate the full spectrum of the show. It would be like ordering a supreme pizza and then taking all the toppings off and just eating the cheese. No matter how good the cheese is, why bother? And I don't get the Jack hate either. The interesting thing is that so far I think it is rarely seen in the absence of a proportionate amount of love for Sawyer. It reminds me of the Harry Potter fans who hate James Potter and will go to great length to vilify him simply because they think that Lily should have loved poor misunderstood Snape. Somehow anything negative about Snape is justified away no matter how clearly written in to the books while James is attributed countless defects that can´t be traced to the text. While Jack is not necessarily the most interesting character, I have enjoyed the development of his relationship with Kate. If for no other reason, for the joy of watching [...]



By: Scout

Fri, 02 May 2008 14:00:35 +0000

From Dan: "I’m pretty sure that Jack’s dad, Charlie, etc. are all manifestations of the smoke monster. We got evidence from this from Echo’s brother and a huge clue last night when the smoke alarm was going off in the hospital when Jack father appeared to him." What a subtle but huge clue. Never would have even noticed, but we all know the writers don't do ANYthing lightly purely b/c they know we'll attempt to analyze every second. Good call!



By: G-Dawg

Fri, 02 May 2008 13:58:37 +0000

Great episode. I believe Christian's appearance last night in Jack's office explain what Jack was talking about in last season's finale when he told the chief of surgery to go upstairs and see if Jack was drunker than his father.



By: bill

Fri, 02 May 2008 13:56:45 +0000

to me it would seem sawyer made the right choice to stay on the island. he has always been good at surviving. Like he said to kate when he chose to go with the john group. "I'm doing what I always do--surviving."



By: SueG

Fri, 02 May 2008 13:41:29 +0000

I liked the episode filler or not sometime we need a break in the action. Nice pick up on the smoke monster and smoke dectector as well as Claire was actually dead however being a Mom myself it would be hard to leave my child... so that is why she chose to stay on longer and help get Aaron away from Ben and Locke. I dont care for Charlotte, poor Dan is going to get his heart broken. However I do like Miles and the Medium stuff they are doing this year.. The Scar is there look closely at the 2nd picture of jack and scroll down you will see it. Brian Says: May 1st, 2008 at 8:43 pm I’m not sure he didn’t have a scar: http://losteastereggs.blogspot.com/2008/05/episode-4×10-jacks-scar.html



By: Lori in Wisc

Fri, 02 May 2008 13:23:02 +0000

Danie - That was my theory exactly...Claire actually died when the house blew up. Christian came to take Claire to the other sie (or wherever it is that he now resides!). That is the reason he did not take Aaron. All in all, I actually liked this episode. Things are beginning to come together!



By: Dan

Fri, 02 May 2008 12:58:19 +0000

Hey Everyone, I actually thought this show was great. It seemed like a filler, but I think they're starting to give us some even more answers. I'm pretty sure that Jack's dad, Charlie, etc. are all manifestations of the smoke monster. We got evidence from this from Echo's brother and a huge clue last night when the smoke alarm was going off in the hospital when Jack's father appeared to him. I've also seen some video of Matthew Abaddon leaving Hurly in the institution and appear to turn to smoke. So, anyway with this and from what we got from last weeks episode when Ben summoned the smoke monster, is Ben controlling it now and creating all these people or is someone else? And, why? To get them to go back to the island? Or to find out information? Let me know what you think, Dan



By: Dan

Fri, 02 May 2008 12:57:42 +0000

Hey Everyone, I actually thought this show was great. It seemed like a filler, but I think they're starting to give us some even more answers. I'm pretty sure that Jack's dad, Charlie, etc. are all manifestations of the smoke monster. We got evidence from this from Echo's brother and a huge clue last night when the smoke alarm was going off in the hospital when Jack father appeared to him. I've also seen some video of Matthew Abaddon leaving Hurly in the institution and appear to turn to smoke. So, anyway with this and from what we got from last weeks episode when Ben summoned the smoke monster, is Ben controlling it now and creating all these people or is someone else? And, why? To get them to go back to the island? Or to find out information? Let me know what you think, Dan



By: Danie

Fri, 02 May 2008 12:54:25 +0000

Didn't really care for this episode with the exception of the Hurley bit, and some good scenes for Juliet, Jin and Bernard. I'm not saying this a theory I ascribe to, but it's just a thought that has crossed my mind: could Claire have actually died when her house was blown up? Miles has been looking at her very funny ever since. Plus, his "I wouldn't be so sure" remark when she said, "I'll live" and his offer to carry Aaron. Then Christian shows up and she follows him off into the jungle. Just got me thinking since just about everyone on this island and off is seeing dead people these days. Oh, and totally trivial, but did future Jack have his chest waxed? He certainly looked different in that first off-island shot.



By: Daryl

Fri, 02 May 2008 12:14:37 +0000

We also find out that Sawyer decided to "stay on the island" and won't be getting killed. Speaking of Sawyer - I would have loved to seen more of a transition from jerk to protector over a few episodes. But, I love his new attitude. I thought it was a terrific episode -Probably my 3rd favorite of season 4 after last week's and "the Constant."



By: ragtopday

Fri, 02 May 2008 12:01:03 +0000

I can't believe no one has mentioned Jack's new tattoos! There was definitely a new one on his left shoulder blade - looked like two initials - R and S maybe? Who are they? It also looked like some new ones on his left fore arm. When Jack came home and Kate was on the phone, she didn't act particularly guilty, but we do know how well she can lie. I can't wait to learn more about the favor for Sawyer. I for one loved the episode, and I have to admit I loved seeing Jack and Kate together, and was distressed to know that it doesn't last.



By: cat

Fri, 02 May 2008 10:52:22 +0000

Very interesting filler episode. I really liked it. I'm in agreement that Kate is doing something for Sawyer's kid. think the appendix episode is just that and ends the Juliet/Jack story and establishes kate as Jack's only love. There has to be something behind Mile's seeing and hearing the dead. Did anyone catch what the voices were saying at the graves? This in combination with all of the dead people and themes of this episode seems to suggest that the island is a place where dead people live is as important as the time travel theme. I know that D&C have said that they aren't all dead but why as Miles been introduced with these particular skills. And...is Claire dead or alive. Why is Miles so interested in her. Why did dad take her and not aaron?



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Fri, 02 May 2008 10:02:00 +0000

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By: Crissy

Fri, 02 May 2008 09:33:13 +0000

This ep was fabulous -- but maybe I'm biased in that I appreciate it when the writers connect the dots. Seriously, I'm not getting why people are so disillusioned about "Something Nice Back Home." Sure, it got to be gag-inducing at times -- but then they'd switch to Miles I balance it out! We didn't LOSE any ground here; in fact, we learned a heck of a lot about how seriously messed up Jack was before he even took on his LumberJack guise -- and perhaps even WHY he got to be so grizzly (Kate bought him a razor, remember?). Funny, too, how both of his island ladies had him getting a little more hairless at one time or other! My favorite line? Miles (to Sawyer): "What are you, her big brother?" Ha! No, but Jack is!



By: lockeitdown

Fri, 02 May 2008 09:29:02 +0000

It wasn't a bad episode at all, I enjoyed it. I'm not big on the shipper stuff, but I don't even think this episode was just "filler" or "bridge". I always notice there's a pretty strong Jack-hating contingency in the Lost audience, I REALLY don't understand it... Anyway, on two particular points Ryan: - The psychic is the one who insisted that claire get on the plane to LA, which might have been his way of ensuring that the events that separate her from the baby take place. So I;m not sure we were consistently told that she SHOULD raise it... - Regarding Jack's "tipping point for the downward spiral". It seems to me that it was MUCH more about the haunting of his father (he's seeing dead people!), and hurley's comments, and Kate's hiding of the Sawyer errands. I don't think their relationship or his life would have taken that turn if it wasn't for those, more so than "insecurities" and such



By: helen

Fri, 02 May 2008 08:19:54 +0000

I wonder if Jack's appendix is going to grow back?



By: Mr. Z

Fri, 02 May 2008 07:46:24 +0000

I don't have much to say except, Why do the producers of the show insist in lowering the tone of the person hidden? We got the same treatment when Ben shows up in Sayid's episode, and another recent time. It's as if they want to fool us into believing that the person who is there isn't really there? Well, to be fair, I don't know how I felt about this episode. It put the season back on track, you can say. We are basically in the position where we were last seasons finally, so this episode at the least brought us close to a clever spin at the end. Overall though, not a terrific episode but a very satisfying one. -Mr. Z



By: Brian

Fri, 02 May 2008 06:43:37 +0000

I'm not sure he didn't have a scar: http://losteastereggs.blogspot.com/2008/05/episode-4x10-jacks-scar.html



By: Nels

Fri, 02 May 2008 06:27:03 +0000

One other thought that I forgot to mention. Why show Jack shirtless in bed in the opening and then walking around half-naked? Was it to point out that he didn't have any scar from where his supposedly apendectomy occured? That's not a type of operation where one would be scar free, especially considering Juliet isn't exactly the most skilled surgeon and the surgery was done under less than ideal circumstances. I think they may have done that on purpose to further either Hurley's "we're already dead" theory, alternate reality, or some other weird time anomaly. Of course, they tried to cleverly disguise it as just Jack in the afterglow but I definitely think that shirtless moment was definitely an important one given the operation later in the episode.



By: Nels

Fri, 02 May 2008 06:19:02 +0000

Slower than last week but still informative. I think this might be one of those episodes that lays the groundwork for the next or future episodes. I'm sure they thought that the viewers needed a little shift after last week's episode. We certainly learned a lot more though so I think it was a decent episode with some answers. The Yankee's sweeping the Red Sox was definitely interesting and certainly not something that has actually happened in our current past, at least not a playoff series. The camera telegraphed that one pretty obviously so it's got to be a clue of either an alternate reality or a timeline beyond 2008, as Brian mentioned.



By: vancouverISlost

Fri, 02 May 2008 06:13:22 +0000

I thought this episode was good as a bridge episode. I wonder why they made such a big deal out of Jack getting sick and having an operation. There seems to be more than meets the eye. Anyone else thinks this is odd. Looks night next week could bridge the gap between the boat people and the island people. I still don't get what the scientist want from the island. What ever it is, they don't seem to be finding it. I don't trust Charlotte - she seems to have a hidden motive. Daniel could get the short end of the stick in their relationship. And Miles doesn't seem to be doing much besides roaming around the Jungle making wise-ass remarks (I'm counting the minutes until he gets a beat-down by someone). Look forward to next week!



By: Brian

Fri, 02 May 2008 05:12:44 +0000

Amazing, absolutely necessary, creepy, thought-provoking stuff in this episode, and I too am surprised that opinion is notably negative here for it. What kind of show can juxtapose these last two episodes? For anyone not up on the Yankees/Sox, the Yankees haven't swept the Sox in any post-season "series" this decade, though they could be referring to a series within the season, but that would be something of a cheat because it's wildly misleading. Thus, assuming that they're not in some alternate reality entirely, this episode and all others set after it in the timeline are in OUR future.



By: Broadcloak

Fri, 02 May 2008 05:02:52 +0000

I don't get the 'feeling' that the island was trying to keep Jack around by making him sick. Could it be the start of 'course correcting' that brought Jack and Kate back together for some reason?



By: Bart

Fri, 02 May 2008 05:00:49 +0000

Wow! I am a bit surprised that some disliked the episode so much. A lot of information was given in this episode. Charlie regularly visits Hurley. Jack's dad clearly has been trying to talk to him. Jack isn't supposed to raise Aaron. The Losties made a choice whether to stay or not. Christian came for Claire, but for some reason not for Aaron. And finally, for some reason (likely because he was not supposed to leave) the island didn't heal Jack. Overall for me, it was a good episode.



By: Blair

Fri, 02 May 2008 04:21:49 +0000

Was it just me or was that a Millenium Falcon toy that Jack tripped over in his kitchen. Another nod to Star Wars.



By: pooljedi

Fri, 02 May 2008 04:05:26 +0000

I can't believe some of you did not like this episode! Yes it was not "action packed" but it sure did move the story along, which was needed. It was not one of the filler episodes they made in the last few seasons (i.e. Jack's tattoo, Nicki and Paulo, et al). For a bridge episode it was incredible... and emotional. Jack knows he is related to Aaron. "Your not even related to him." My wife was heartbroken to see Aaron crying and alone at the end, our baby is Aaron's age. This episode answered alot of questions without raising alot of questions Alot happened! One other thing, when Kate walked out of the shower I said, "D'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam"



By: Broadcloak

Fri, 02 May 2008 04:00:47 +0000

Bernard tells Jack that he should be knocked out for the procedure so he can "dream of something nice back home". And I noticed Charlotte's smirk...



By: Michelle

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:57:30 +0000

Ah, and also-- where exactly is the "back home" of the title? Something tells me it has a lost more to do with on-Island than off-Island.



By: Tim

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:56:22 +0000

Did anyone else notice Charlotte's smirk after Jin made her promise that she would get Sun off the island? What's up with her speaking Korean? I guess we know that Rousseau didn't survive her gunshot; I hope we get to see more of her, or at least find out more of her back story. All in all I thought it was an excellent episode and I agree that it was much needed filler.



By: Michelle

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:54:17 +0000

Not particularly exciting, no, but we did learn a few things. For one, Jorge Garcia has now rocketed up the (long) list of cast members who require Emmy attention. At least in my book, that scene in Santa Rosa was solid brilliance. It was also probably the most significant scene in the episode in terms of mythology; is it possible that the Oceanic Six are snagged in some kind of half-life? Not in physical terms, but psychologically/spiritually, perhaps? Because it seems that either they can't let go of the Island, or it won't let go of them. (Or both, I suppose.) The suddenly intense significance of ghosts surprised me; I wasn't expecting Miles to finally exhibit his genuine skills, though I was glad he did. (And Danielle is POSITIVELY dead, which strikes me as a poor choice on the writers' part... but what do I know. Maybe they didn't want her to outlive Alex?) Also interesting is that the ghosts seem, in both Hurley and Jack's cases, to initiate their spiral into darkness; perhaps they are in fact sent by the Island? Finally... lucky Charlotte. Daniel has a crush on her.



By: Broadcloak

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:44:11 +0000

This one was jam packed. I had to watch it twice to be sure I caught everything. Creepy. Funny. Inspiring. Excellent episode.



By: John Fischer

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:38:21 +0000

Come on folks. We need this bridge episodes every now and then to fill in the story. This episode really filled in the future so much. I admit I'm one who wants Kate and Jack to end up together so this episode was both happy and then sad for me. I'm wondering if they will ever be able to get back together. I suspect not unless they BOTH return to the island.



By: Stacey, NC

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:33:53 +0000

"I seriously cannot remember an episode in the entire series that has been more boring than this one." I can, Bryan - the one about how Jack got his tattoo was the worst one by far.



By: Blair

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:31:19 +0000

For me, this was more a bridge episode than anything else. It caught us up on the plot with Jack and Kate, and filled in at least some of the holes in the timeframe in the future. I can't believe how big of a difference it is when Ben isn't in an episode - it somehow feels much less intense. Anyone have any thoughts about Hurley and what might have become of his lottery winnings? With him presumed dead and then when he returns safe and sound as an Oceanic 6 member - would his estate money have been returned to him? I think it's strange how we see him tied back to the mental institution but not back to the numbers and cursed fortune. Just a thought.



By: Stacey, NC

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:29:45 +0000

For a supposedly dead guy, Christian Shepherd sure does get around.



By: Bryan

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:26:11 +0000

@Mike K I was thinking the same thing. Clementine. Sawyer probably made Kate promise him she would contact her.



By: Bryan

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:25:25 +0000

Sorry Lost producers, but as great as last week's episode was, this one was a complete snoozer. I seriously cannot remember an episode in the entire series that has been more boring than this one.



By: John Fischer

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:18:06 +0000

Greg, I totally disagree. This was a much need filler episode. It went a long way to explain how we get to that last scene of last season where Jack and Kate meet at the airport in the dark. This episode shows how Jack is slowly moving towards where we saw him contemplate suicide. I found it very sad knowing now that Kate and Jack finally get to the point where they are prepared to live together forever and then it all starts to fall apart. This episode also begins to explain how Aaron gets off the island and Claire does not. I have no idea whether her father (and Jack's father) was really there or whether it was all in her mind. What is important is that Claire will not be there to leave with Aaron and Aaron will leave. I'd bet big money that by the time we're seeing in the future, Jack somehow knows that he is Aaron's uncle especially with his remark that Kate is not blood related to Aaron. We know that we have to get to the point where in the future all of the Oceanic 6 know that they have to go back to the island to save the rest of their friends. This episode started to explain why.



By: Mike K

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:13:53 +0000

Is it possible that Kate's favor to Sawyer has something to do with Sawyer's daughter Clementine? We never heard much about her after he had that large sum of money left in her name. Love the podcast. Mike - Syracuse, NY



By: Greg

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:07:02 +0000

Snoozefest. Didn't they advertise this episode as the "best one yet this season" or something like that? Never trust the ads for this show. Looks like next week may get back on track. Just really disappointing overall tonight.