December 12, 2008

Not in Portland.

Let's talk about LOST! Not in Portland.
Juliet's back is to us as she sits on a beach looking out over the water at dawn. She is holding a case and crying. We see her get up.

We see her walk the hallway and pass by a man who says "Hello." {Ethan! And this hallway looks very familiar.}

Juliet takes the needle off a record that has ended; there are candles burning. She's still holding the little black case. Her sister Rachel is sleeping.  There is a Ying/Yang Bagua lamp on the nightstand; the book Carrie by Stephen King and lots of prescription bottles too.   Juliet opens this case to reveal it is a syringe and medicine/vaccine.
Rachel wakes up.
Juliet-"We don't have to keep doing this you know."
Rachel-"Are you saying this because you don't think it's gonna work? Or because you're afraid he'll find out."
No answer.
Juliet injects her in her lower belly and tells her she doesn't like her living there alone.  But Rachel likes living on the beach. They are in Miami were every thing's on the beach. {We see out the window an Oceanic plane flies over.}

Juliet stands staring at focused Jack who is talking to Kate via the walki talki about their escape to safety.
Jack-"Kate, listen to me, just listen to me. Do you remember what I told you on the beach? Do you remember what story I told you when you were stitching me up? Do you remember it?!"
Kate-" Yes, yes, I remember."
Jack-" When you get safe, you radio me and you tell me that story."
Kate-"Jack, please."
Jack-"If I don't get a call from you in the next hour I'm going to know something went wrong and he dies!"
Kate-"I can't leave without you!"
Jack-"Yes you are. Go."
Kate-" Jack, I can't!"
Jack-"Go! Now!"
Kate-"No, I can't!"
Jack yells- "Kate, damn it, run!"  {lol! He actually gives her permission to run.}

Kate and Sawyer find new strength and fight off the two Others.

Tom demands Juliet stop the bleeding and stitch Ben up, but she can't fix this; she's not a surgeon. {How convenient!}

Sawyer punches Danny in the nose again and rams his head into the RED button in the cage.  The 3rd smash shocks/zaps Danny. Kate and Sawyer lock the two men in a cage and run.

Tom asks Juliet suggestions on what to do.   Juliet tells the other doctor in the room to find Danny, "Tell him to find Austen and Ford and bring them back."
Jack threatens if they do that then Ben dies; this is not a bluff!
Juliet –"No Jack, you won't."
She instructs them to go "get them" and if they have to "Kill them."

Juliet is walking up to an entrance to a university research lab that requires a key scan access card to enter.  The sign on the door says ACCESS INTO THE BIO-RESEARCH BUILDING THE BIO RESEARCH BUILDING IS AT SECURITY LEVEL 5. It also says 'For those without access, use the intercom system
Juliet enters using a card. {Miami Central University Medical Research Lab. RESTRICTED ACCESS CARD. RESEARCH LAB A-4}
As she walks down a long hallway her cell rings and Dr. Burke answers it.
The call is from Diane of Mittelos BioScience, confirming her appointment with them at 2:00.  Diane goes on to say Dr. Alpert is very much looking forward to meeting. {Doctor Alpert!}
Juliet enters a lab and takes two bottles of medicine for injections and {They are labeled Test Samples} she puts them in her large bag.  All of a sudden the lights go on!  Someone is coming in. Juliet hides. A man and a tall beautiful woman enter; he is showing her around, {or making out…whatever they call it these days. lol}
Juliet's cell rings again and on the 2nd ring she disrupts the call.
"Hello Juliet", says the man standing near her. He asks why she here. Juliet makes up a story about inverting some numbers.
This is Edmund her ex hubby. Edmund introduces Juliet to Sherry.
Edmund says, "Juliet's leaving."
Juliet starts to leave but Edmund stops her and asks, "Jules. Could you please turn off the lights?"
Juliet leaves and turns out the lights.

Back in the O.R. Juliet tells Jack he hasn't thought this through, "Your plan's not gonna work…Your friends aren't going to make it back to your side of the island...Because we're not on that island. We're on a smaller island two miles off shore."
This shocks Jack. Juliet wants to see if they can come up with some kind of peaceful resolution.
Jack laughs, "A peaceful resolution? Is that what you call asking me to kill Ben while on the operating table? Make it look like an accident."
Juliet denies Jacks accusation. Tom looks dumbfounded.
Jack insists she wants Ben to die. The two bicker and yell.
Tom finally yells, "ENOUGH! Get out." {Talking to Juliet.} Tom feels she can't stitch him up so she doesn't need to be there, "Go Julie."
Juliet walks up to Tom and says, "Don't let him fool you. He'll never let a patient just die." She exits.

Danny is yelling for someone to get them out of the cages and they are released.

Sawyer and Kate run through the jungle and they arrive at a beach. Kate sees another island across the way; she is shocked.  Now they need a boat.
Sawyer sarcastically says, "Yeah. A couple of towels and a buffet lunch."
Kate suggests, "We'll just keep following the beach. There's got to be one around here somewhere. How else do they get back and forth?"
Sawyer-"Why don't we just stop and ask for directions?"
Kate calls Jack on the walkie talkie and tells him they need a boat.
In the O.R. Jack yells to Tom, "How do they get off this island?"

Kate and Sawyer are shot at! The walkie is shot out of Kate's hand. It's Danny and a few Others. They have a little shootout.
Kate and Sawyer run back into the jungle and hide. Sawyer shoots two times and runs out of ammo. Kate hears a twig snap, it's Jason! He gets hit with something and falls. It's Alex; she is packing her sling shot!
Alex guides Sawyer and Kate, "This way."
They run and hide underground in a hidden pit. Danny and the guys are right over head but don't find them in their hiding place.
Sawyer–"Nice to meet ya, Sheena."

Juliet in white scrubs, is outside; She is upset and pacing. Tom comes out to tell her Ben's awake. Juliet is shocked and asks "How?"
Tom-"Shephard says he's a spinal surgeon. Not an anesthesiologist. Ben's asking for you."

Kate, Sawyer and Alex exit the underground pit.
Sawyer asks Alex, "This a hobby of yours, under dog? Digging holes?"
Alex-"Yep. That and basket weaving. Want one?" {like in the nut-house?}
Sawyer-"You happen to have a tunnel to the mainland?"
No she doesn't, but she has a boat.  Alex says they can have it but they have to go get her boyfriend first; he is being held prisoner. If they promise to help her, she'll get them back to the other island. So they go get Karl. {NOTE: Alex's EYE COLOR has changed FROM BLUE TO BROWN!}

Jack tells drowsy Ben that he stopped the surgery.
Ben-"I know, I've been able to hear you for a minutes now. It was very cleaver of you. I should've seen it coming.
{Is this part of the game? Are they playing Stratego?}
Juliet comes in to talk with Ben but he wants to talk to her alone; Jack won't allow it.
Ben-"Please. I'm asking you. One gentlemen to another. It won't hurt you to give me three minutes. Will it? I've only got 27 left."
{Like they are playing a gentleman's game! This one's on a timer!}
Jack warns Juliet about touching him or trying anything…She says she won't so Jack grants permission, "You can have three minutes."
Jack watches them from the observation room above.

Juliet and Ben talk. {We see Ben via the mirror.}
Tom joins Jack in the observatory and officially introduces himself to Jack.  We see Juliet put her head in her hands.
Tom shares, "They've got history."

Juliet comes out says to Jack, "I would like for you to go back in there, put Ben under and finish the surgery….Because I'm going to go help your friends escape."   {Note the ring that we have been seeing Tom wear the past few episodes!}
Jack looks up at Tom.

Alpert makes his pitch of Mittelos. Mittelos Bioscience is based in Oregon. We're just outside of Portland.
He is showing images of the "people" of Mittelos. "These shots may seem a little cheese ball, but our people really are this happy. We're privately funded. Privately funded means freedom."
He goes on to show her images from their organized outings in and around the Portland area.  Images of people hiking, biking, river running. {Note we see his reflection in the table.}
Dr. Burke -"When you, your company reached out to me, I was flattered. I don't really know why your company would really want me."
Richard- "You successfully impregnated a male field mice."
Dr. Burke- "He didn't carry to term."
Richard shows her MRI images and asks her what she sees.
Dr. Burke checks it out, "Well, it's a human womb judging from the decomposition of the endrometrium I would say that the woman was somewhere in her 70's."
Alpert- "Well, actually, she's 26."
Dr. Burke wonders, "What happened to her?"
Alpert-"What if I told you, you could have complete freedom and money to find out? We think you're special Dr. Burke. And we want you to lead a team of highly trained people, because we think you're just that good."
Juliet says she can't; her ex husband doesn't want her to have anything.
Alpert asks if they should reach out to him on her behalf.
Alpert wonders, "There must be something he would respond to."
Dr. Burke-"If he were hit by a bus. How bout that? That would work."
She realizes that was a totally inappropriate outburst and turns to say she's sorry, "Whatever you think I am. I'm not. I'm not a leader, Mr. Alpert. I'm a mess."
She leaves crying. {Love the fact that the image of the MRI/womb is on Juliet.}

Juliet walks down a hall and opens the door to the monitor room. She sees where Kate and Sawyer are and also sees that Alex is with them.

A guard/Aldo is outside another building. He's reading a Brief History in Time.
Alex is hoping Karl is in there.
Kate has an idea how they're going to get by with one gun and no bullets.
Aldo is making notes in his book.

Alex, with Kate and Sawyer at gunpoint, marches them up and tells Aldo to open the door. Alex tells Aldo they must have gotten out of their cages; she found them in the jungle.   So Aldo tries call Ben, via Danny, to verify that her prisoners were to be taken there; Alex is not supposed to be there.
{Aldo doesn't know Ben was in surgery today?}
Aldo tells Danny that Alex, Austen and Ford are there. Before he can say much more  Sawyer tackles Aldo.
You can hear Danny saying "Don't believe what she says".
Alex breaks the walkie!
Sawyer holds the rifle over Aldo and says, "Don't get mad at me just cause you were dumb enough to fall for the ol Wookie prisoner gag."
Alex wants to know where Karl is but Aldo isn't telling. Kate tells Sawyer to shoot him in the knee because they don't have time for this!    She takes the rifle from Sawyer and knocks out Aldo. {Not shoot him in the knee.}

Karl is down the hall in room 23.
Sawyer-"Damn good con Freckles. I almost believed you were gonna shoot that boy."
Kate says it wasn't a con.

They find room 23. There is loud Techno beat/music coming from the room.
Sawyer says to the girls, "I ain't feeling this."

Once inside they see it's a brain washing room.
Karl is there with Funky eye wear, and I.V., the music is pumping and the video imagery is playing.  All of them stop for a minute to look, but Sawyer is hypnotized. He's watching the images. {Is this familiar to him? Or memory of a bad rave?}

Here' only a few images…eyes, Plant a good seed and you will joyfully gather fruit, Asian dolls, Ancient coins- one is dated 1921, "everything changes", CD/DVDs, sailboat, compass, a keyboard, flower, moon, (gun chamber Or clock parts? I can't tell), bugs, "We are the causes of our own suffering", fish, nest, speedometer, "God loves you as he loved Jacob", building with Alvar Hanso, Think about- with tribal masks, fireworks at night, Gerald Degroot?… {And a few very interesting and important flashes!} Sawyer carries Karl out.

 Danny slaps awake knocked out Aldo. Juliet informs Danny they are "letting them go."
Danny's shocked, "Ben's in surgery. I was just there!" {He was? Hmmm}
Juliet says that Ben woke up.
Danny-"Woke up? Huh?"
Juliet explains that Shephard won't finish the surgery unless he knows his friends are off the island.
Danny- "I know Ben would rather die than let them go!"

Dr. Burke is at Rachel's apartment. She shares with her sister the job "isn't for me."  She also feels it's to far away; it's in Portland.  Rachel wants to know if she said no because of her.
Dr. Burke wonders, "Why would I want to go all the way to Portland for research that doesn't even work?"
Rachel- "Because it does work.
Rachel is pregnant; she took a blood test too. {Note on her table is 'Glass Patterns quarterly' Widmore pregnancy test.}
It worked!
All Rachel's life she's wanted to have a baby and now because of her sister she is.
Rachel-"Now I just need to get healthy so I can see the little bugger get into an Ivy League school."
Rachel tells her to tell her ex husband of hers what he can do with his ethics.

Edmund is walking outside and talking on his cell with his mother; "Because you're insufferable. And you're mean. Well, you asked me for the truth, Mom." 
 Dr. Juliet Burke tells him that Rachel's pregnant.  Edmund needs to see her labs to verify the data.  Juliet's not interested in publishing because it's her sister.   Edmund  steps off the curb and gets hit by a bus {with an Apollo Bar ad on the side}right there in front of Dr. Juliet Burke.
{And a whole bunch of school kids with backpacks on! WTF is that about?!}

Jack is working on Ben. Tom doesn't like blood.
Jack taunts him with a lovely piece of tumor {I guess}.  Jack asks if they really can get on and off the island why didn't they just take him to a facility.
Tom tries to explains that since the sky turned purple…Oops! Jack has nicked an artery.
Tom-"Isn't that what you already did?"
Jack says yeah, "That was on purpose." {HA!}
Tom wants to know if he can fix it.

At the {outrigger} boat, Sawyer, Alex, Kate and Karl are about to get away.
Sawyer asks Alex, "So, you're the bosses daughter, huh? I never saw that coming."
As they/Sawyer get loopy Karl into the boat Karl says, "Danny."
Sawyer-"No, Sawyer."
Karl was warning him that Danny is behind him.  Danny points the gun at Sawyer and Juliet shows up shoots Danny with three shots.

Jack needs Tom's help with Ben's bleeding situation.

Juliet tells Kate, Sawyer and Karl they can leave but Alex cannot leave.
Juliet tells the girl, "We both know your father. And the only way he'll let Karl live is if you're here when he wakes up."
Alex and Karl share a moment; they've missed each other. {How long have they been kept apart?}

Jack is working on Ben with Tom's help. {They are helping each other. Ben's monitor shows 239.}
Kate's voice comes over the walkie. Jack wants Tom to hold the walkie up for him.
Tom asks, "What about the suction?"
Jack- "Just do it!"
Kate tells them they have a boat and their letting them go. Kate calls Juliet 'The blond woman' {no name}.
Kate goes on to retell the story Jack shared with her the day of the "crash".
"You were doing surgery on a girl and you messed up. You made a mistake. You tore something on her back and all the nerves came loose.  And you said you were so afraid. And you said the fear was so real. And you didn't know what to do, so you counted to five. And then you weren't afraid anymore. And then it was just gone. And you fixed her. You saved her."{Go back and listen to Kate tell the story.}
Jack tells Kate to promise never to come back for him.
 Kate-"Jack, where are you?"
Jack just tells Tom to turn of the walkie.  {Kate never makes the promise.}
Ben is fixed.   Kate gets away.  {Jack "saves" Kate…Maybe.}

Sawyer mentions "The trades are coming" so they shove the boat off and sail away.

In the morgue we see dead Edmund covered in a white sheet, not in a black body bag. Juliet is there because she needs to sign some paperwork. She puts her head in her hands and cries.

Back in the O.R. we see sleeping Ben. Jack watches over him from the observatory. Juliet shows up. Jack informs her he was able to remove the tumor and they have to biopsy it. Jack wants to know what happens now, "I just go back to my cell?"
Juliet-"Until they figure out what to do with you."
Jack feels he is owed an answer; he wants know what she and Ben spoke about in the O.R., what did Ben say to make her want to save his life. {She wanted to want to save his life!}

Richard and Ethan show up in the morgue as Juliet is crying. {That's convenient.} There are a lot of bagged bodies in there.
Richard saw what happened on the news so he's there to express condolences and offer her the job before he goes back up to Portland. Juliet realizes that in her interview she said she wanted him to get hit by a bus, and he was.
Richard realizes she's shook up, but this is just a tragic accident, "I don't even remember you saying that."
The timing is horrible but they really want her to go to work with them, "Just give us six months. If you need to, you can be back before your sister gives birth…. We are very thorough in our recruitment process." {Of course they are!}
Juliet wants her sister to come.
Richard tells her that won't work, "We're pretty remote. She wouldn't have access to the treatment that she needs."
Richard admits at that point they're actually not quite in Portland.

In the observation room Juliet tells Jack, "I've been on this island for three years, Jack. 3 years, 2 months and 28 days. He said that if I let him live and I helped you, that he would finally let me go home."
She cries and leaves. {But we all know Ben's version of what home is, isn't what we think it is.}

It's time for me to bring two very important things out to you…
As I have researched all my clue words and notes throughout these many blogs, I have talked about the Lostie's being in sleep states/altered consciousness, Flashes not being in linear in time or "off",  game, and maybe a couple of Flashes could be a look at life 'after/off' this "Island" and blurring of things.   I've also made mention that there is a possibility some things aren't real.
With that said, this episode added a whole other dimension for me.
When the MRI image came up in this episode I thought back to 'The Hunting Party'; Jack's MRI episode. Although there are many aspects of that episode that show me it could be 'life after/off this Island' for Jack, i.e. the beginning of Jack's marriage falling apart after a long absence, etc… Couldn't it be possible that all Flashes we see are really taking place on the "Island".

That brings me to room 23.
Could that be the very room these contrived memories/images are given to the Castaways/Tailies/Others/whoever.  What if there are five other rooms that do just that. 4 8 15 16 (23) 42.  That would make those numbers bad.  If this is the case, how many people have been in those rooms? How often?

We see Sawyer in room 23 and he is mesmerized-hypnotized!  Are we seeing that he/they have been in that/those rooms?!!  Have we finally seen proof of drugged induced brain washing.?  This would make the idea of manipulated memory and/or imagery on the "Island" fact.
Here it was an IV that drugged Karl with funky glasses.  Other ways to induce this state could be, hypnosis, mediation, mind control, drugs, drugs in food or water, injections or even an implant.  Are images from room 23, or any other rooms/reasons related to any of the Castaway's Flashes?!
AND…EYE COLOR CHANGES! EYE COLOR CHANGES ARE ALL OVER THIS EPISODE!  If you are a veteran reader of my notes you know I've been talking about EYE COLOR differences since season 1!  Changes from one color to another, also the intensity of the blue eye color. Could it mean eye color changes when they are in state of some sort of hypnosis or altered state of consciousness?   Or are we seeing a 'twin'? Or different…. What??

Things to note...Questions to ask...
* Juliet can't stitch up Ben. She's not a surgeon.
* Every-thing's on the beach!

* Jack and Juliet have performed medical "miracles" of sorts.
* Juliet feels she's not a leader. Jack feels he's not a leader.
* Everyone is making deals.  Trades.
* Recruitment.
* Events in Flashes are reflected/blurred on the "Island".
* 2 sets of Losties???  More than one set of Others???  Imagery. Or...
* Trying to impregnate a woman who's actively going through cancer treatments…WHAT?! Is this reality? NO!
* Clues to "creating life" where there shouldn't be/isn't.
* Clues to bugs. What kind? Insects or electronic? A bug in the system?
* Juliet is called Juliet, Jules and Julie in this episode.
* We're on a smaller island two miles off shore….
* "We are the cause to our own suffering"…
* Black and White Bagua lamp.
* "He'll never let a patient just die."… Jack did let Boone go.
* Sawyer asks about a tunnel to the mainland.
* Ethan being in the same place as Juliet.
* Edmund getting hit by a bus. Was that the product of a wish?
* "Make it look like an accident."   Jack cutting Ben or Edmund getting hit by a bus?
* I wonder how many other things are made to look like an accident? Hmmm?!
* Alex hides Sawyer and Kate out in a pit. Ana Lucia kept prisoners in a pit.
* 3 Minutes. The episode '3 minutes' was the episode we went back and forth between different days. This was when Michael was out looking for Waaaaalaaaalt. That episode ends when Sun sees Desmond's boat out in the water. 3 minutes is also associated with Chess.
* Juliet and Ben have history. How long is Juliet really on the island? How old is Juliet? I'm just curious!
* Lab-Research lab-Labrador retriever. Is this "Island" a "lab"?
* Are the Others/Islanders keeping a long line of secrets for the Island, just like the Knights Templar and the Freemasons do? {Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple French- Ordre du Temple or Templiers.}

Vocabulary AND Research...
* DNA-
a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information. DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints, since it contains the instructions needed to construct other components of cells.
* Richard Aplert
-aka Baba Ram Dass. Born April 6, 1931.  A contemporary spiritual teacher and author.  He is very into Buddhism.  Along with his friends Timothy Leary and  Ralph Metzner, the three men took a lead from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, authored and participated in experiments investigating the therapeutic and religious possibilities of drugs such as mescaline, psilocybin and LSD.  That project became The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead (commonly referred to as The Psychedelic Experience) is an instruction manual intended for use during sessions involving psychedelic drugs

NOT IN PORTLAND MEANS…THE "ISLAND". {Or one of their "Islands"}

Love to all who are "LOST"™

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Disclaimer: I never claim to know everything about the show and my thoughts by no means make me right! The things I share here are my views and/or opinions. I don’t claim to catch every single detail either! You all know I hate spoilers! And I stand clear of reading certain sites as to not take me off my own course of research. The one thing I don’t need to do here is rehash all of the obvious clues from an episode, we all know what they are. Understood? Good! Let the fun begin! I’ll only note things that I know come up as clues later, but need to be noted when they first show up and things I find that will be of importance! It will get very exciting as we progress into the story.

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