UPDATED: 12 p.m. Friday with theories at the bottom
It wasn’t as fast-paced as the first three, and as far as story advancement, it didn’t do as much as the others …. except during the final scene.
So we learn that Kate is “officially” one of the Oceanic 6 (we knew she was off the island, but we weren’t sure she was one of the celebs like Jack, Hurley and Sayid). We learn that Kate is arrested once she returns (she is a fugitive of course), and we learn that ultimately, her mother won’t testify against her for killing the man who beat her.
I guess Kate’s story arc is pretty much complete … except for the really big reveal during the last minute of the episode.
We learned that Kate is now “mom” to Aaron, Claire’s son, which brings up a ton of questions now …
• Does Claire die, or does she just stay on the island and hand Aaron over to Kate? Is Claire the one in the coffin from Season 3’s finale?
• Is Aaron considered one of the “Oceanic 6” or is he one of the eight survivors Jack mentions in the trial?
• Why won’t Jack see Aaron? Is he responsible for Claire’s death?
• Why are they lying about the plane being at the bottom of the ocean?
Once again, I love this show.
• The episode is titled “Eggtown,” a pejorative term that refers to the days of bartering, during the Great Depression. A traveling salesman would have to barter his candy or tobacco or shoelaces for different commodities. A poor exchange would be for eggs, a relatively common item that is also highly perishable. Nobody wants to trade for eggs from a traveling salesman because they have their own, so the salesman who accepted an egg in exchange was forced to accept a bad deal. Salesmen would use the term like “If I were you I would stay away from Bogart. That’s an egg-town.” The term “egg-town” represents a deal with undesirable outcomes in either case.
• Claire was told in past episode by Richard Malkin that it would be crucial that she raised the child herself. Malkin also convinced Claire to get on Flight 815, to give up her child for adoption to a couple in Los Angeles, who he says are “good people”. Kate ends up with the baby, living in Los Angeles.
• Daniel Faraday (one of the “rescuers”) displays some form of memory loss when tested with playing cards. He seemed to have trouble remembering his name when first introduced.
Theories out there:
• When Miles tells Ben he wants $3.2 million, he isn’t really telling him he wants money or that he’s being blackmailed. He’s actually talking in code and telling Ben something completely different because Kate is listening. Hmmmm…..
• Jack knows that he’s related to Claire (half siblings) by the time Kate is on trial, and he doesn’t want to see Aaron (his nephew) because something horrible probably happened to Claire.
• The flash-forward must take place in 2008, because Aaron looks to be 4, and Kate’s mom says “I’ve been told I have 6 months to live for the past 4 years). Does this mean Jack’s breakdown and beard growth happen in 2008 or later?
OK, I’m done now. Gotta work.