Follow along! The episode guide for “All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” (a.k.a. longest title EVER) is in Finding Lost, pp. 70-75.
You know what I said about Christian being a sympathetic character in “White Rabbit” if you watch it in light of season 5? Not so sure about that. I think the writers really wanted us to dislike the guy, though even with that said, he’s certainly not painted in a black or white kind of way.
Fun stuff I noticed:
• Any theories on what Hurley meant when he says he’s a bit of a warrior himself? Is he referring to his lottery win or something else? Perhaps he’s a master at Pong?
• How did Locke know the time? He had to have reset his watch for the different time zone, but how does he know what time zone he’s in? Is he basing it on the sun?
• Ethan is like the bully in “White Rabbit” who tells Jack to stay down, and of course, Jack doesn’t. What I really enjoyed about this episode is that it was pro-Jack, and showed that sometimes, tenacity is a good thing. Had he given up on Charlie when Kate told him to, Charlie would have died.
• That said, Jack turning to Kate and snapping at her about her tracking skills STILL baffles me, and I’ve seen this episode a gajillion times. Why then? Why was he suddenly on her case? Is it because he’s remembering his father lying to him? It just seems like the wrong time for that.
• I remember being absolutely convinced Charlie was dead. This is one of the only times on television that someone has come back to life and it completely shocked me. I love how they played with it. Even if they did kill Charlie two seasons later. :::sniff:::
Things that have new meaning:
• It’s so strange to see Locke actually helping out with the group. This is the man who dumped Boone’s body at Jack’s feet and slunk back into the woods. The man who threw a knife into Naomi’s back before disappearing into the jungle again. The guy who mutters that he’s doing his own thing for the greater good, but doesn’t seem preoccupied with making friends on the island in any way. But here, he realizes Claire’s been taken, and dashes off into the jungle to find her. It was a refreshing change to see him focused on something other than his “purpose.” But that all changes when he discovers the hatch.
• Locke says he’s going to travel north, and tells Michael to go south. We know from season 3, when he sees the etching on Eko’s stick that says, “Lift up your eyes and look north” that the north has a significance to the island, and it’s where one finds New Otherton.
• At the time I didn’t notice it, but after “Special,” where we find out Walt can visualize something and make it happen, we realize he was willing the dice to roll in those numbers.
• Hurley tells Walt that he’ll give him his $20,000, and we know now that he really can afford that. So… considering Hurley and Walt are two people who made it off the island, didn’t Hurley owe Walt some cash? Har har…
• Christian’s touch seems like Jacob’s – Jacob has marked them all in some way that’s as yet unclear, and similarly here, Christian’s hand on Jack’s shoulder seems like a 10-ton weight to him.