Episode Title: "Jughead"
Brian's Deeper Meaning Guess: After two pretty straight-forward episode titles to start the season, we now find ourselves with one of the more mysterious ones in quite some time. "Jughead" isn't a commonly used word (at least not in my lexicon), but it does have two official definitions in the dictionary:
- Noun (slang) - a stupid or foolish person.
- Noun - an acronym for Jonzy's Universal Gopher Hierarchy Excavation And Display.
What the heck does that second one mean? According to the Internets, Jughead is a search engine for Gopher sites. Apparently, a “Gopher” is a system that pre-dates the World Wide Web for organizing and displaying files on Internet servers, presenting its contents as a hierarchically structured list of files. Over time, as the Web became more popular, many gopher databases were converted to Web sites which can be more easily accessed via Web search engines.
So - it sounds like it's a Google for old fashioned websites.
A quick Google search also reveals the most popular “pop culture” reference to “Jughead”…
Forsythe Pendleton "Jughead" Jones III is a fictional character in Archie Comics, first appearing in December 1941. In the earlier comics, Jughead's real name was a running gag mystery, and many episodes involved various characters trying to discover his real name, and Jughead thwarting their efforts. He is named after his ancestor who is an American hero. Jughead started to use his given name for a brief time in honor of his ancestor, but after learning that he was married nine times, reverted to his nickname.
Lastly we have Wikipedia informing us that "Jughead" is a 19th century slang term meaning a mule - or the nickname for a Mark 17 Nuclear Bomb.
We're clearly all over the map with the episode title. None of the options I found really jump out and grab me, but I could easily stretch some into a pseudo-logical reference to something currently going on in the Lost Universe. For example…
- In Faraday's eyes, someone like Sawyer could be called a "jughead" since he's not as brainy. Or, this could easily be some nickname that Sawyer would use on another character… but that's not very deep. I doubt they’d pull the episode title from that.
- Ms. Hawking's crazy "search engine" for finding the Island might be called "Jughead", as it could be sorting through Gopher site information that pre-dates the good ol' WWW… more relevant to the current storylines on the show - but that seems a little nerdy, even for Lost.
- Desmond himself could be a "jughead", a nickname for a nuclear bomb, because with his time-traveling abilities, he could accidentally destroy the world - just like a nuke… but that seems to be a bit of a stretch, even for me.
In the end, the best comparison might be to the silly comic book reference. The fact that "Jughead" in Archie Comics wasn't the character's actual name, but was used to hide his real name could easily be applied to a character on Lost. Remember, we spent all of last season wondering who “Jeremy Bentham” was before finding out that it was John Locke. Last episode, we had the reappearance of Ms. Hawking - who might really be Ms. Faraday if some of the Internet theories prove true. Once again, the Lost writers may have been using a fake name as a way to disguise who the character really is for a few episodes.
That’s a decent deeper meaning guess, but I think I’ll take this same concept one step further.
If you recall during the preseason commercials, there were definitely some shots of what appeared to be Penny giving birth to a baby. The preview clip for this week's episode again featured the scene, and by the looks of the guest stars, and the way "The Lie" ended, I'm guessing this episode will be very Desmond-centric, even if true "centricity" of episodes no longer exists in Season Five.
As skilled as Desmond is, I don't see him being able to deliver Penny's baby by himself on a boat floating around in the middle of the ocean. I would think they would need the help of medical professionals. Unfortunately, since they both went undercover to keep "The Lie", their reappearance would draw the attention of Widmore and possibly the wrath of one Benjamin Linus, who promised to Widmore he would kill Penny - although it's unclear if Penny and Desmond are aware of this. So, if they are going into the “real world” to deliver this baby, they would likely need to use fake names at a hospital… just like “Jughead”.
Wow – this is a stretch, even for me. I’m not proud of this work. But I think this is the best “deeper meaning” I can come up with for this week. I'm sure it will end up being something that there would be no way of predicting ahead of time - or it might even be one of those episode titles we don't understand after it airs (like "Eggtown"). But I did my due diligence and gave it the old college try.
However, this does raise a more interesting question - when is Penny pregnant?
If you look at the scene of Penny from last week's episodes, she seemed very non-pregnant (and mega-hot):
And as Lisa pointed out in the Comments section of last week’s analysis, this scene was taking place three years after getting off the
This would also mean that Lost is kicking it up a notch in complexity, and this episode might feature the Survivors on
Episode Description: Desmond goes in search of a woman who could be the key to helping Faraday stop the island's erratic movements through time, and Locke discovers the identity of the unknown forces who have been attacking the survivors.
Guest Stars: Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Sonya Walger as Penelope "Penny" Widmore, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, Tom Connolly as Jones, Alexandra Krosney as Ellie, Imelda Corcoran as Abigail, Matthew Alan as Cunningham, Dan Hildebrand as custodian, Mary Ann Taheny as Moira, Raymond Ma as Efren Salonga, Sarah Farooqui as Theresa and Tuli Roy-Kirwan as secretary.
Guest Stars Breakdown: Not a lot of surprises here. We’ve got Penny and Widmore for the Desmond storylines, Alpert for the Locke storyline, and a slew of new characters who will probably be featured in minor roles.
The two most interesting characters are probably Jones and Cunningham, two of the soldiers who attacked Sawyer and Juliet last week before getting ambushed by Locke. Here’s hoping that we find out some answers about who they are. As I theorized in last episode’s analysis, I’m pulling for them to be a part of Widmore’s original crew to takeover the
Episode Breakdown: Well, this episode preview seems to confirm that Desmond decides to follow Faraday’s advice and find his mother in
Let’s pretend that Ms. Hawking does end up being Faraday’s Mom. After his freaky encounter with her in “Flashes Before Your Eyes”, wouldn’t Desmond turn around and run away immediately after meeting her? Or wouldn’t she try to kill Desmond on the spot, if he really is a “wild card” capable of destroying the world by changing the past? It just seems like it would be too easy to have it all tie together like that. But if it’s anyone else, how could they possibly be able to help with the
Your guess is as good as mine at this point. We do have a few other guest stars who could end up being Faraday’s Mom – Abigail, Moira, or Theresa (all of which sound like they would go well with a last name of “Faraday”), but there’s nothing that points to one any more than the other.
The other portion of the episode preview deals with Locke discovering the identity of the “unknown forces” that have been attacking the Survivors. As I mentioned above, the Soldiers seem like likely candidates to be working for Widmore… however, the flaming arrows raining down on our Survivors last week? That certainly smacked of Island Originals, since the Soldiers had more advanced weaponry. We also see a brief clip of the potential arrow-firing culprits in this shot from the episode preview:
I think the ideal situation would be for Locke to find out about both. Discovering that the Soldiers are working for Widmore would confirm how long he’s been working to capture the
…and that’s it. No mention of the Oceanic Six or their antics, although I’m sure we’ll get at least one or two scenes with them. Pretty short and sweet post this week – but something tells me that the episode analysis will be anything but.
One final note – a big shout out to Molly and the Digital Team at Empower MediaMarketing for making this sweet Dharma Cookie Cake for the Lost Season Premiere. I wish my co-workers were this fun. An even bigger shout out for sending me the delicious Dharma-y center of the cake to eat. Let this be a lesson to the rest of you out there. If you want to make the Blog, all you have to do is provide me with delicious foodstuffs! Or cash, of course :)