Follow along! The episode guide for “Dave” is in Finding Lost, pp. 283-288.
There’s no “previously on Lost” segment at the beginning of Dave, which usually indicates a standalone episode, and it pretty much was. For all the conspiracy theorists who had been suggesting from the beginning of the series that maybe the entire series was simply the figment of one character’s imagination, this was the answer the writers gave to them. The relationship between Libby and Hurley is significant, including the crazy moment at the end where we see her in the mental hospital, and as of last season the writers said they weren’t going any further with Libby. Really? That’s one loose end you’re going to leave open? On the one hand, we could simply assume she lost her husband, gave the boat to Desmond, had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the hospital. But that’s too easy: I like to think that Libby is much more than that, and that maybe she was in the hospital “watching,” like Cindy says she and the kids are doing in season 3. I love Evan Handler, who plays Dave here and the lovable Harry on Sex and the City, and he’s without a doubt a big highlight in this episode. What saves this episode from being a mere standalone is the Benry situation happening in the hatch. Michael Emerson is, once again, glorious.
Fun things I noticed:
• While Charlie is a Grade-A d-bag through most of the season, his, “No, but I saw a polar bear on rollerblades with a mango” comeback is priceless.
• So, funny story… I gave my son, who turned two today, his first Oreo cookie a couple of weeks ago. He looked at it, his face broke out into a huge grin, and he held both sides of the cookie, twisted it, and instinctively pulled it apart to eat the icing. Unbelievable. So… he’s got one up on you there, Sawyer. Even a TWO-YEAR-OLD knows how to eat an Oreo. ;)
• Jin just standing back and laughing for a while as Hurley beats the snot out of Sawyer is what completes that scene for me.
Things that have new meaning:
• If we want to continue in the vein of looking for clues that Libby is an Other, check out her pointing out the irony of the pallet. “Wow, Hurley. Check it out. You totally just wrecked your food stash and… ohmygod… here’s a pallet of food that’s dropped to the island. Coinkydink? I think not!”
• I watched the Benry scenes completely differently when they first aired, and even when we were in season 3, but at this point, I’m convinced that Ben didn’t get caught unawares. I think the shock and horror and fear on his face is entirely calculated, even as they’re tying him up and beating him. I just don’t think you catch Ben off-guard… unless you’re Keamy and you shoot his daughter in the back of the head.
• I’d completely forgotten that Sayid takes a shot at Ben and Ana Lucia deflects it! SHOULD he have hit Ben there, and he didn’t, and destiny sent Sayid back to give it another shot? (Literally?) And YET, because Ana Lucia saves Ben’s life, and Ben stays alive, SHE will die. D’oh.
• I remember being very surprised in season 4 when the Santa Rosa hospital is shown to be in the middle of nowhere, and that Sayid could just sneak up and pop a guy right there. I always assumed it was in a downtown location… and now I know why. Dave jumps out of the window and you can hear the traffic, and he’s talking about hitting a taco stand. There are no taco stands in the vicinity of the institution we later see in S4.
• Oh, how much do I love Ben’s comment, “God doesn’t know… he can’t see this island any better than the rest of the world can.” Season 2 has a lot of religion in the first half of it, and Ben sort of puts an end to it with that line.
• Ben: “I’m done lying.” Me: “HAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”
• So… did Ben press the numbers or didn’t he? Obviously by the end of the season I think it’s safe to say he did, but he knew what was going to happen, and he needed to mess with Locke for a while.
• Here’s a question: if Locke walks into the camp and declares himself leader in 1954, two years before he’s born, and Alpert follows through on checking up on him, and keeps dibs on him for a while, and then Ben becomes leader… wouldn’t Alpert at some point mention Locke to him? If that’s the case, is THAT the reason Ben comes to the armory, because his main goal seems to be effing with Locke.
• Libby’s face changes completely when Hurley reminds her that he knew her from somewhere. I really hope the writers are sort of joking on this, and we find out what she was doing in the hospital. She really wants to hide it from him, and if they were both in the institution, why hide it from him?