In turns out that Jughead does not refer to Penny and Des’s beautiful baby boy. No it’s a bomb. Literally it’s a hydrogen bomb from the 1950’s. It takes us almost an episode to get there so let’s get started with the recap, followed by thoughts and questions.
Des and Penny:
In the last episode Desmond had a vision/dream which he says is a recollection of an actual event. He “saw” Dan Faraday knock on the hatch door to give him a message about going back to Oxford, England to find his mother. Desmond is so sure this really happened that he tells Penny he must go there to fulfill Dan’s request lest all the people they know will die. Some time later we see Des land at an outpost island place where he finds a doctor. Turns out Penny is about to have their baby, which they name Charlie (in honor of Charlie Pace, of course, who saved them all from a surprise attack from a mercenary group sent by Charles Widmore in Season 4).
After the birth, Des goes to Oxford trying to find Dan’s mom. He retraces his steps to the physics department (after talking to someone there who claims no knowledge of Faraday). Des finds a locked door, and kicks it in to reveal Dan’s old lab (including a picture of Dan and an old “girlfriend” (maybe) named Theresa. He is surprised by a caretaker (reminded me of the head monk who Desmond knew) who was there to burn the lab equipment who tells Desmond that Faraday did work their but was considered kooky for trying to send a mouse’s consciousness through time. But he gives Des an address for the real Theresa’s location. Des tracks it down and finds her in a bed unconscious. She is a time traveler by the likes of it. She wakes up talking about memories of her past and then goes out again. Before he leaves Des finds out that Widmore has been funding Dan’s research and has been paying for Theresa’s care since Dan took off years ago (not to return).
Des goes to Widmore’s office and asks for Dan’s mom address. He gives it to him. It’s LA (another clue that the mom is Ms Hawking). Widmore warns him not to pursue her, that there are forces beyond Desmond’s control and he would be better off leaving well enough alone. Go back to your hiding place, but Des walks out not convinced. When he gets back to Penny he lies to her. She knows that Des will not allow his friends to be in danger so she agrees to go with him to LA.