Sideways - Jin2 and Sun2
The sideways storyline bridges the gap between where we left Jin2 and Sun2 in "LA X," and where we later found Jin2 in "Sundown."
Sun2 waits for Jin2 outside customs. He is discharged, but the big packet of money is still being held until he formally declares it. He is upset to have missed the meeting at the restaurant. As he and Sun2 turn to leave, he tells her he has no idea what the money was for, but he doesn’t ask Mr. Paik2 questions.
They arrive at the hotel, and learn (as many suspected given their lack of jewelry in "LA X") that Jin2 and Sun2 are not married! Which is not to say they're not together. Indeed, Jin2 visits Sun2 in her room at 11:30 pm (his room, incidentally, is 842, which is cool, especially because 42 is the number assigned to Kwon in the cave...)
Jin2, still worried about his missed meeting, reminds Sun2, "your father sent me halfway around the world to deliver a watch, so I’m going to."
Sun2 invites him in, and insists nobody will be at the restaurant so late. She says the man Jin2 was meeting works for her father, and everything will be fine. Sun2 unbuttons her top button, and playfully brings up Jin2's telling her on the plane to close it up. The flirtation continues until her sweater is off, as Jin2 slowly approaches her. Finally, they embrace.
Aside #1 - so by now we know that these 2 found each other in Sideways world, but here they concealed their relationship from Daddy. Nevertheless, Jin2 managed to course correct himself into Paik2's employ, and, indeed, the lack of an openly acknowledged relationship seems to leave these two in a more tender time with each other than their island counterparts enjoyed.
Jin2 is already awake when Sun2 wakes up, and he looks guilty... until she smiles at him. She suggests they run away together, and says she has an account set aside. He asks if that was her plan all along. He’s not angry, but it’s "forbidden." Sun2's revelations continue, or, that is, they almost do: "There’s something you need to know…" she begins, but then there’s a knock at the door. Jin2 hides, and says to tell whoever it was that she was sleeping. As she examines herself in the mirror (obligatory mirror shot!)…the knock comes up again. Keamy2 is at the door. He says he’s a friend of her father’s, then invites himself in. "I believe you’ve got something for me."
I also love Ben as the caregiver. Even if Ilana quipped this week that she doesn't trust Ben whenever he opens his mouth, Ben's conversion to her cause - whatever that may be - seems complete.
Flocke retursn to his camp and finds his peole knocked out. About this, he is clearly not happy. He pulls the dart out of Sayid, then shakes him awake. Sayid says they were attacked, but he doesn’t know by whom. Flocke’s big concern? “Where is Jin?”
For that matter, when Jacob told Ilana she needed to protect 6 people, we didn't see which 6 people. Given that Locke would be dead before she went to the island, isn't it just as likely that Jacob gave her Kate's name instead, so that Smokey wouldn't know there's another Skywalker, er, candidate? (If she turns out to be Jack's sister, I'm quitting).
Sawyer asks why Flocke needs a boat, but Flocke says he can’t just turn into smoke and fly over water. He says he’s going over to Hydra island because they took one of his men.
Jin is brought to Widmore, and tells the former Other he knows who he is. Jin pointedly asks, "why did you bring me here?" Widmore gives him Sun’s camera, recovered from the Ajira plane. Jin sees pictures of Ji Yeon, his first ever look at his daughter (and if you didn't tear up just a little at this sight, then you must have been "claimed" by the darkness like Sayid was). Charles says he knows what it’s like to be kept apart from a daughter. He tells Jin their reunion would be short lived if Flocke got off the island, because, if that were to happen, everyone they love would cease to be. He says it’s time for Jin to see the package, only it’s not a what. It’s a who.
Aside #15 - I wonder if the Swan station, in some way, was part of what kept the monster bound to the island. This occurs to me because, the last time we heard such a dire warning, it came from Eloise Hawking, telling Desmond they would all die if he didn't fulfull his button pushing destiny. What's still unclear, though, is whether only those touched by the island would die, or would the whole world cease to exist? What, really, are the consequences of Smokey getting loose? And do those consequences, in some way, explain sideways world?
Kate is joined by Sawyer. She wonders why he isn’t worried. He is, but he thinks Widmore must have killed Locke. What if he didn’t? "Then we’re screwed." Sure enough, Flocke comes back. "Aw hell," a disappointed Sawyer says. Sawyer approaches Flocke, and asks where Sayid is. Locke responds, "remember you said about the room on the sub? I don’t like secrets."