LOST 6.11 Happily Ever After

This story reflects how love is unforgettable in our lives.  Love is a strong emotion.  The strongest in fact.

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

On the Island in 2007:

Desmond is brought to the island from his hospital bed in LA by Charles Widmore.  He is drugged and when he wakes up on the island he asks for Penny and his son.  Widmore tells him he’s sorry he kidnapped him,

but he is the only person who can help him save everyone.  Widmore tells Jin he needs his help and then tells Zoe to get

the machine ready.  When she tries it for the first time, a man calibrating the machine is mistakenly trapped inside and zapped until he becomes “toast”.  Next up is Desmond.  Widmore believes he will not be harmed by the electromagnetism.  [Desmond survived a similar dose of radiation when he turned the fail safe key in the Swan hatch, with the side effect that he now could travel in time].  The test begins, but Des wants to escape the machine, but he can’t.  The rays from the machine react with his body and he blacks out.  When he comes to just seconds later Widmore asks him for his help to save the island.  Des agrees readily because he has traveled in time again.  [He travels to Flight 815 and he meets someone soon after who tells him where he can find the woman he loves.]  Later as they all leave the machine, Des is caught by Sayid who tells him the people he is with are dangerous.  Desmond goes with Sayid, presumably to meet the Locke-Monster.

Off the Island in 2004:

Desmond is standing in front of the arrivals board where he meets Hurley. Neither man seem to know each other but they strike up a conversation.  Des then helps Claire with her luggage and guesses that her soon to be born child will be a boy.  Des works for a man named Charles Widmore (his driver is George Minkowski) who wants him to pick up a drug addict musician named Charlie Pace for a concert with his son Daniel Widmore.  On the way there Charlie tells Des about a woman he saw on the plane with blond hair, who he knew he was in love with, even though they had never really met (Claire). Later Daniel tells him the same thing.  He saw a woman at a museum with beautiful blue eyes and knew he loved her (Charlotte).

But Des first takes a detour, when Charlie drives his car into the water Des goes to save him.  In a scene that recalled Charlie’s drowning in Season 3, he puts his hand on the glass and Des remembers the message “Not Penny’s Boat”.  This leads him on a journey to find this Penny that ends with his meeting Dan Faraday Widmore.   He tells him that he woke from a dream to write in his journal an equation that is more sophisticated than anything a musician should be able to dream up.  He tells Des he knows where (and when!) he can find Penny.  Because she is his half-sister.  Des meets her at the same stadium he met her before in Season 2, but this time she is the one doing the running.  Des catches her and they plan to meet at a coffee shop.

Observations and Questions

  1. The blond woman Charlie had never met is Claire.  Did he see her as a vision while he was dying.  Or did she come to his rescue on the flight?  At first when he said he knew this woman and then said she was in handcuffs I thought he meant Kate (which is ironic since they used to date in real life).
  2. Des is readily accepted by Widmore and even allowed to drink his 60 year old McCutcheon whiskey.  Like the other sideways journeys we have seen, Des gets his wish fulfilled (just like Jack wanted to be a good dad).  But this time Eloise makes the point that now that Des’s wish (getting Widmore’s respect) is fulfilled he should not mess it up by going after Penny.  She says he is not ready.  Are there more tasks for Des to fulfill before he can have both Penny’s love and Widmore’s respect?
  3. Daniel also gets his wish in the flash sideways to become a musician.  This might be really important clue for those of us who want to know about that code in the Looking Glass station.
  4. That looked like the same marina where Des and Penny were docked in Season 5.  It also reminded me of the background of the picture Des had of him and Penny (the one Naomi brought to the island in Season 4) and the one Des had in the hatch in Season 2.
  5. Does Charlie actually die in the car just to be reborn when Des pulls him out?  Which reminds me of Claire “dying” in the house exploded by the mercenaries in Season 4 but then “comes back to life” when rescued by Sawyer.
  6. Desmond’s “mirror” moment is when he looks into the car through the glass window at Charlie and recognizes the hand message he saw from his alternate life.  “Not Penny’s Boat”.
  7. So just like we want to know who is Jack’s ex-wife, now we get to speculate on who is Penny’s mom.  Widmore is the father so who is the mother.  It can’t be Eloise so it must be… I don’t know.  What do you guys think?
  8. Des plans to meet Penny at a coffee shop.  Didn’t Juliet say she wanted to meet someone at a coffee shop when she spoke her last words to Sawyer?  Will Juliet meet “her” true love there, like Penny meets her love Desmond?

Overall I liked this episode very much with so many references to iconic scenes from Lost’s past.  But what’s not to like when our favorite characters get together and talk about those they love deeply.  Even Widmore seemed like a pretty nice guy, but one who needed to get something done in a hurry or else the end would be closing in on everyone soon.

13 Responses

  1. The only thing better than this episode is a t shirt with smokey the bear! Great quote too.

    Awesome episode. So Desmond’s on a mission to enlighten all of flight 815 to the truth.

    Does the magnetic chamber not resemble Jacob’s cabin? Desmond’s so gonna end up in Jacob’s cabin, til Hurley finds it and then things are gonna change. Anyone see the irony of Desmond starting his original story getting kicked out of a monastery and now he looks like he’s religiously inspired to bring the 815 passengers to the light?

    • I was thinking the same thing. The chair in the chamber reminded me of the chair in Jacob’s cabin. Someone also pointed out it was like those old Memorex commercials, where the guy would sit still in the chair while the speakers blew him away (literally).

  2. I have mixed emotions about this episode. I wanted more which made me annoyed about the needless scenes in the episodes. 1. The chase in the hospital and 2. The amount of time spent on the car sinking into the harbor. I was expecting lots of answers like in the Richard episode.

    When Desmond shook Penny’s hand and experienced an out of body experience, it made me think whether Jacob experienced the same thing when touching the Losties? Does the touch tell him about their past and whether they are the ONE?

    The MRI made some mechanical sounds similar to smokey. I like the similarities that Smokey scans, and so does an MRI.

    I wondered why Desmond was so fast to follow Sayid? but then again he had the greatest out of body experience, he even submitted to Widmore. Are they suggesting that LOVE can make you do funny things.

    • My guess is Des followed him because he has total faith that his mission is going to be accomplished no matter what roadblocks are tossed at him. Either that or he wanted to get caught. Remember all the scenes with Desmond and the “box man” Locke in Season 2? Now they may take on an even greater significance.

  3. Desmond centric episodes are among the best of the series and Happily Ever After followed this trend. The events in this episode move from the heavy, faith based mythology in Ab Aeterno to more classical science fiction with a giant, man-killing MRI and consciousness travel.

    One of the militia scientists notes that the bunny, Angstrom, is next to take a turn in the magnetic cabin. A brief wiki search tells us that Angstrom was a Swedish physicist from the 1800’s most famous for his study of terrestrial magnetism and his chart that expresses the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation. An Angstrom is also a unit of length used to express the size of atoms or chemical bonds. I still wanted to see a number painted on the bunny.

    It seemed like the key to view the flash sideways was a near death experience and love. This makes me wonder about the visions Keamy, Omar, and Mikhail could have had before dying in the flash sideways. And characters like Frank and Miles don’t seem to have the ability to see the other side. It does lead me to believe that we will see Sun’s vision of the other side and bring out Christians comment to her about the long journey ahead of her.

    The painting in Widmore’s office was different than the traditional timeline. In the flash sideways, it is a painting of a scale with white and black balanced.

    Eloise has insight to the future once again. This not only hurts my head but also makes me wonder about Flashes Before Your Eyes. In that episode, we saw Desmond using his consciousness travel into the past and change events. Now it seems that Desmond could have traveled not to the past but the flash sideways. A re-watch is certainly in my near future for a few episodes.

    • I knew Desmond was special because he was brave enough to turn the fail safe key, but I used to think that anyone could have survived the em pulse. Turns out that Des is the only one who could survive it… which is very sci fi. It’s sorta like Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen or the Sandman in Spiderman 3. But both of them had their bodies changed at the molecular level (Dr. M became the Man in Blue, and Sandman became well a Man of Sand). Is Desmond somehow changed physically? He (so far) does not show any outward effects.

      Eloise is like a “time cop”. She knows the rules of time and tells the travelers what they can and can not do. She is also the “voice of fate”. The first time she talks to Des she says he will go to the island and turn the key. This time she tells him NOT to do something which would mess up his currently “happy” life. Of course she is wrong about that… Des needs Penny to be happy. Why does she hate Penny so much? Or does she know that Des has a special ability and doesn’t want Des to ruin it with other distractions?

  4. Desmond had been sedated for 3 days, I wonder if that’s the time it takes to get to the island. I’m not sure what the speed of a submarine is.

    In the near death experience, I wonder why Desmond didn’t try to get Charlie out of the sun roof.

    What a terrible hospital that lets it’s patients leave without anyone chasing them down. Or leaving a MRI without question.

    The effects that Desmond is feeling after the experiment looks like the opposite of what Zombie Sayid is looking like. Why did Sayid kill two other guys and lets Zoe go? Is he not going to kill a woman? It’s very confusing coming from a camp that is lead by someone that slaps women.

  5. The biggest takeaway I got from this episode is that the “specialness” is directly related to surviving the electromagnetic event of the failsafe key. This allows Desmod to travel freely between timelines.

    However, Charlie was also in the hatch when that happened and survived as well. And he was able to see Claire in his deathbed dream and is “aware” of the other timeline. So, he is special too.

    That leaves Locke and Eko as the other 2 individuals that were in the hatch that survived the hatch implosion. Locke has obviously taken on a large role in this game, is it because he was the one that stopped the button from being pushed and the event to happen? And is an Eko return imminent?

    Lastly, perhaps there are degrees to specialness as all of our other Losties in the alt timeline has vague de ja vu etc of knowing something else is going on.

    • I am pretty sure that he isn’t going to return. They would have needed to hint about him during this season. They have hinted on a few other characters however, so stay tuned for more surprises.

  6. Another thing: Desmond tells Zoe towards the end of the episode that he changs his mind because ” a lot can happen in 20 minutes”. According to Widmore, he was unconscious for a few seconds. And following the alt timeline’s path, we saw almost a full day of Desmond there.

    20 minutes actually corresponds to the amount of elapsed episode time we watched Desmond in the alt timeline. I think this lends support to the idea that these flashes are like memory uploads, where Desmind was being fed exactly what we watched onscreen. Something to think about…

    • A memory upload. I like that. I was looking for a way to describe the way the information was being transfered in a theory I was working on. Thanks.

    • Even though I have watched every episode of Lost, I would have never guessed the memory upload idea, but I think it is fantastic!

      Do we think it’s like the Matrix where there are characters who try to keep our Losties from discovering the truth about where they really are (trapped on an island, maybe), even though they think they are in the flash sideways world?

      There is an allusion to this in The Silver Chair (Narnia series) where the hero’s are told to not believe they are trapped deep underground by the witch. But one character (Puddleglum) burns his hand causing pain which “transports” him back to the reality he is in.

      I wonder if Lost is a bit like that. The characters are suddenly awakened (in this case it’s Des by the EM pulse machine) to realize he/they are not in the reality they think they are in.

  7. Thanks, Doug. I have to give the credit to AOHORA, who has her own Lost blog and has been on Donald’s and other podcasts. I first heard her memory upload theory during the hiatus and it is as lucid of a theory as I have heard about Lost. On one level, I hope it isn’t the right one, however, as I’d feel that it would be “been there, done that” already with the Matrix.

    Nevertheless, I really think we’re in for some bomshell reveals the next few weeks.

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