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Lost: Season 4 Episode 3 Monday, February 18, 2008

Posted by PQ Crash in Lost, PQ Crash, TV.

The Economist (Sayid-centric)

I’ll admit it right now, Sayid is my favorite character on Lost. If I’m ever stuck on an island with a group of deranged scientists that refuse to state what their intentions are, I’m teaming up with the professional torturer until he waterboards some answers about the smoke monster out of them. Now Sayid didn’t torture anyone in this episode, but we saw him kick ass in a different occupation.

As Lost opened up, we saw Miles asking Jack and Juliet about Ben’s location while Sayid was praying. Sayid stood up and went over to Naomi’s body. Sayid pulled a bracelet off of Naomi. Engraved on the inside of the bracelet were the words, “N. I’ll always be with you. R.G.” After tending to Naomi’s body, Sayid struck a deal with Miles and Frank; if he could get Charlotte back from Locke’s camp, he would be taken to Miles and Frank’s freighter.

Cutting to a flash-forward, Sayid was by himself on a golf course in an undetermined location in Europe. A man pulled up in a golf cart and offered Sayid a lift to the next hole. After making a “closest to the pin” wager, Sayid and the man were commenting about the luxury of the course and how money allowed them the luxury. The man asked Sayid how he came into his money. Sayid replied that he received a settlement from a plane crash and that he was one of the “Oceanic Six.” The man looked shocked as Sayid said that. The stranger won the bet, but refused to take his winnings from Sayid and turned to leave. As the stranger’s back was turned, Sayid said, “I insist Mr. Avenue (if I heard this correctly-PQ),” and shot him. (Yes! Sayid is an assassin in the future!)

Commercial Break

After the first commercial break, we saw Sayid walk into an upscale cafe in Berlin. Sayid approached a blond woman sitting by herself. Speaking German, Sayid asked her for directions. The blond introduced herself as Elsa. As Sayid and Elsa made small talk, the two described their jobs; Sayid claimed that he was a corporate recruiter, or “head-hunter” (awww, how tongue-in-cheek) and Elsa stated that she was a personal shopper for an economist who was only in Berlin once or twice a year. Elsa and Sayid made a date for that night. Walking out of the cafe, Sayid was on the phone with an unidentified person and mentioned that he made contact. Sayid then threw the phone away.

Cutting back to the island from Sayid’s flash-forward, we saw Sayid finding the photo of Desmond and Penny Widmore in Naomi’s bag. Realizing that the freighter’s crew knew more about the island than they were letting on, Jack and Sayid realized that they needed Desmond to help clear things up. Juliette was sent to the beach to retrieve Desmond.

Locke and his group were still looking for Jacob’s cabin. Sawyer wanted to know why the cabin was important to Locke. Ben replied, “John’s looking for someone to tell him what to do next.”

While Sayid was getting ready to head to the Others’ barracks to try to rescue Charlotte from Locke’s group, Jack and Kate were joking about being left behind. Jack then suggested to Kate that she should go with Sayid and Miles. Jack suggested this because he felt that Saywer would keep her safe (and possibly because she could manipulate Sawyer in the event anything went wrong); Kate looked hurt after Jack’s suggestion.

Flashing forward, we saw Sayid in a tuxedo entering Elsa’s apartment. Apparently, they were on their fifth date and on their way to the opera. Nothing too important happened here, save for the conversation Sayid and Elsa had regarding their bosses. As Sayid drearily mentioned, “everyone has a boss.”

Back at the helicopter, Dan set up some of his equipment in an attempt to conduct an experiment. As Dan asked Frank for his phone, Frank mentioned that Dan only talk to Regina (I’m sure we’ll meet her soon) and if McKovski (again, if I heard this correctly) gave him trouble, he should just hang up. With his gear set up, Dan radioed his ship to “fire the payload.” The ship indicated that it had the proper coordinates and fired away. The payload didn’t arrive.

Kate, Miles and Sayid arrived at the Others’ barracks. Initially, there was no sign of anyone, but they heard a muffled sound coming from one of the abandoned houses. They went inside and found Hurley bound and gagged inside a closet. After being ungagged, Hurley claimed that Locke’s group left him behind.

Commercial Break

Hurley was babbling along bout how Locke tied him up, Miles interrupted him by asking where Locke’s group went. Hurley claimed that they went to Ben’s house.

The payload fired by the ship finally arrived. (This is probably going to be an important fact for Lost)The payload contained a clock that showed the time as 3:16. The time on the island was 2:45. (Remember, the producers of Lost claimed that time travel would play a part of the storyline. Do any of you remember Mittleos Science–the firm that recruited Juliette to work on the island– from last season? Well, Mittleos is an anagram for “lost time.”)

Hurley, Kate, Miles and Sayid entered Ben’s house. Sayid found a room hidden behind a bookcase that contained clothes, luggage, various foreign currencies and different passports that showed Ben’s photo. (The passport that was shown had Ben’s photo and I believe that the name read “Dean Moriarty.” I’m inclined to believe that this is yet another literary reference in Lost, but I don’t know what significance it has, if any.) As Kate was digging around a bedroom, Sawyer entered and gestured at Kate to keep quiet. Locke and his group entered and held Sayid at gunpoint.

Commercial Break

While Sayid was taken to the room that the Others used as a “holding cell” last season, Sawyer was asking Kate why she wanted to leave the island, claiming that he and Kate had nothing to go back to. In a heartfelt moment, Sawyer stated that he and Kate could make a live for themselves on the island.

Back in the “holding cell,” Sayid and Locke discussed the true purpose of the freighter’s crew. Sayid stressed the need to get on the boat to find out what their ultimate goal was; if he was able to bring Charlotte back, he’d be able to get onto the freighter. At that point, Locke revealed to Sayid that Ben had an insider on the boat.

Flashing forward, Sayid and Elsa were in bed…engaged in pillow talk. As Elsa was pressing Sayid to talk about his past, Elsa’s employer paged her, prompting her to get ready to leave. Sayid warned Elsa to leave Berlin because the authorities would start asking questions and that it wouldn’t be safe for her to stay. Elsa then shot Sayid in the chest. Elsa then called her employer and informed him that Sayid was wounded and wouldn’t give up the name of his employer (it’s obvious now that both Elsa and Sayid were pawns in a bigger game). Sayid then killed Elsa.

Desmond was pressing Frank about the photo that Naomi had of him. Frank denied any knowledge of Penny. Frustrated, Desmond claimed that when the helicopter leaves, he’d be on it (note–never argue with a psychic). Sayid returned with Charlotte, but without Miles and Kate. Sayid told Jack that Kate opted to stay behind. Frank, mildly upset that Sayid “cheated” by trading Miles for Charlotte, soon changed his mind claiming that Miles was, “a pain in his ass.” Desmond, Sayid and Frank were getting ready to leave when Dan told Frank, “Stay on the same bearing we came in on. No matter what.” (This was similar to what Ben told Michael at the end of season two when Michael left the island on the boat.)

In a watershed moment on Lost, Sayid and Desmond left the island in the helicopter with Frank.

The last scene of the episode was one final flash-forward. We saw a wounded Sayid in a veterinary clinic. As he sat down next to an operating table, we were introduced to his employer: Ben. (Ben’s been using Sayid to assassinate persons on a “list.” People that need to be killed to keep Sayid’s friends safe.)



1. Shenanigans - Monday, February 18, 2008

i think the first guy Sayid killed was named Avellino, not avenue. Probably irrelevant though

2. Jerkwheat - Monday, February 18, 2008

the reveal of Ben as the employer made me audibly gasp – so glad the writer’s strike is over so that we’ll get more episodes

3. DougOLis - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I was freaking out before they showed Ben; I thought it sounded like him and was wondering what the fuck was going on. Who do you think Elsa’s employer is? How was Ben able to blackmail Sayid into being his hitman?

A storm is coming, Frank says. A storm that will swallow the children and I will deliver them from the kingdom of pain. I will deliver the children back the their doorsteps and send the monsters back to the underground. I’ll send them back to a place where no-one else can see them, except for me, because I am Donnie Darko.

4. Jerkwheat - Tuesday, February 19, 2008


The thought of a Richard Kelly directed episode of Lost is BLOWING MY MIND

5. Eoin - Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I didn’t spot ‘Dean Moriarty’ on the passport but Dean Moriarty was a character in Jack Kerouacs’ novel ‘On The Road’. The character was based on Neal Cassady, a friend of kerouacs. I have absolutely no idea what the connection to Ben would be though.

6. t-m@n - Tuesday, February 26, 2008

moriarty was the arch-nemisis of sherlok holmes..

7. Tom - Monday, April 7, 2008

does anyone now the title of the song playing when Saïd en Elza are lying in the bed?


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