Episode Title: “Happily Ever After”
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: Oh crap. There is something that really worries me about a Desmond-centric episode entitled “Happily Ever After” – after all, he is the ONLY character on Lost thus far that has had a truly happy ending, and it came way back in the Season Four finale. When Desmond finally reunited with Penny on the Searcher, after years of being apart, it was the pinnacle of happiness for Lost. Their lives were perfect, they had everything they ever needed or wanted, and were truly living “happily ever after”. Desmond promised Penny that he would never return to the Island – even though he had been warned by Eloise Hawking that “the Island is not finished with you”… and as we saw at the end of “The Package”, she was right.
No good can come from this.
So is this episode title an ironic tease? Will this episode be the ultimate in tragic endings for our star-crossed lovers?
I don’t think so – at least not yet. Although he is listed as a “star” this season, to this point Desmond has spent a whopping two minutes on screen thus far this season. To re-introduce him only to have him die seems like cruel and unusual punishment – the kind that would result in death threats against Damon and
Like I said earlier, I can’t help but feel that Desmond’s return to the
I always found it strange that Desmond got his happy ending so early in the overall Lost timeline. I mean, think about it – the writers have been keeping Sun and Jin apart for going on two years. It’s pretty clear that they’ll reunite at some point, but they are taking their sweet time to wait until the very end to do so. Why reunite Desmond and Penny so early on? I get the feeling it’s a case of having it both ways. By saving Desmond and Penny’s tragic ending for the end of Lost, it will make it all the more powerful… yet by giving them the past two years of happiness, it makes it a little easier to swallow. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.
What about the episode title?
Like I said, something tells me Desmond is the key to this whole season. He’s going to be the one to save our Survivors, the world, and all of existence. I would bet that at some point in this week’s episode, probably while trying to convince Desmond to carry out this mission (whatever it is) to save the world, they’ll make some reference to it being necessary for him, or the Survivors, or everyone in the world, to live “happily ever after”.
I could see it going down like this:
DESMOND: “So if what you’re saying is true, I do this, and I save everyone?”
SOMEONE: “That’s right – you do this, and we all live happily ever after.”
Guest Stars: Dominic Monaghan as Charlie, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Fionnula Flanagan as Eloise Hawking, Sonya Walger as Penelope “Penny” Widmore, Fisher Stevens as George Minkowski, Sheila Kelley as Zoe, Fred Koehler as Seamus, Kayren Butler as doctor, Ben Cain as MRI tech, Grisel Toledo as Nurse Tyra, Sundra Oakley as lawyer, Haley Williams as assistant, Jonathan Arthur as Simmons, Gerard Elmore as clipboard guy, Hannah Bell as nurse, Christopher McGahan as techie #1 and Steve Boatright as goon #1.
Guest Star Breakdown: Holy crap. I was already excited for this week’s episode – but now I’m officially more excited than I was for the Alpert-centric episode two weeks ago. The combination of Daniel Faraday and Eloise Hawking in a Desmond-centric episode might mean we’ll get an explanation for all this Flash Sideways stuff, what happened when the Jughead detonated, and if it really was possible for our Survivors to alter the past to change the future.
Keep in mind, Eloise Hawking was the first character to introduce any of these crazy concepts about the impossibilities of changing the past and how the “universe has a way of course correcting itself”. At the time (way back in Season Three) we assumed that she was some sort of other-worldly spirit talking to Desmond as a spiritual guide – but now we know that she is a flesh and bones former-Other who would later live Off-Island and give birth to Daniel Faraday… who she would then send to his death on the Island, even though she knew exactly what would happen – that she herself would actually be the one to kill him.
Who better to finally give us some explanations than the person that brought all these wacky concepts in the first place?
Then there’s Daniel Faraday, who has plenty of dangling storylines of his own. He disappeared from the Island for three years in the 1970s and came back full of theories about changing the past and knowing a whole lot about the
As if that weren’t enough, we have Charlie, Penny, and Minkowski making guest starring appearances. Again, keep in mind that Desmond was the one who unsuccessfully tried to change the past first – back in Season Three when he tried to prevent Charlie from dying. In “LA X” we saw a scene with Charlie being dragged off the plane while crying “I was supposed to die”. Coincidence? I’m betting that our Charlie scenes are limited to seeing the “LA X” scenes from Desmond’s perspective – since I can’t figure out how he could be on the Island or interacting with Desmond in the Flash Sideways, since he’ll be sitting in jail.
On the other hand, Penny’s inclusion could mean one of two things:
- Desmond is married to Penny in the Flash Sideways. It’s likely, since Desmond was wearing a wedding ring in “LA X” – and could represent “happily ever after” for Desmond in the Flash Sideways storyline. In fact, maybe this is how the episode title will come into play. Instead of it just being Reality #1 that comes ripping apart, Reality #2 might cease to be as well – meaning Desmond’s happy endings in both realities could be at risk.
- We’re going to see the scenes between Desmond resting in the hospital and arriving on the
Island– also known as the world’s most complicated episode, featuring flashbacks, flash sideways, and On-Island “present” at the same time.
Lastly, there’s Minkowski, who I kinda feel is going to be relegated to the token “cute guest star appearance” in the Flash Sideways, like Patchy last week. Keep in mind, there is a pretty strong connection between Minkowski and Desmond – one died from the lack of a Constant, and the other barely survived thanks to one of Lost’s most touching scenes involving Desmond, Penny, and a Christmas Eve phone call.
There’s a bunch of other guest stars as well – the token members of Team Widmore, some hospital workers from the flashback, and other random background characters – none of which are worth much analyzing here. Although something tells me that “Clipboard Guy” is going to be of huge importance. I mean, he is going to have a clipboard!
Episode Description: Desmond wakes up to discover he's back on the island.
Episode Breakdown: I want my money back. For the first time in Lost history, this episode description actually describes what happens at the end of last week’s episode – when Desmond woke up to discover he was back on the Island, staring at a wet, soulless Sayid in the water.
So how did Desmond end up on the
What is his purpose on the
I think there are a number of possibilities, any of which could result in saving the world.
There’s the “Desmond can jump between realities” theory – that Desmond is going to need to provide the “mission” to all our characters in the Flash Sideways so that they can meet up and defeat “Flash Sideways Anti-Jacob” or something. This would mean that the death of a character in the Flash Sideways would somehow result in the death of the same character in Reality #1. Possible, but a little sci-fi for my liking.
There’s the “Desmond is the only one who can hurt Anti-Jacob” theory – that Desmond has become “one” with the unique electromagnetic properties of the
Then there’s the “Desmond can jump back and forth between realities” theory – that Desmond can affect change by going back into the past with his knowledge of the future to prevent this all from happening in the first place. Or, taken the other way, he can see what the future holds and act to try and prevent things from happening. I’m a fan of this theory since we’ve already seen it proved possible. Faraday gave a message to Desmond in the past that he “woke up with” in the present, which lead to him seeking out Eloise Hawking in an effort to bring the Survivors back to the
Or it could be something totally different. The sky is really the limit with this episode since Desmond is a wild card, and there are plenty of supporting characters to support nearly any theory, regardless of how far out there.
As if you needed any other reason to be jacked up for this episode, I’ll leave you with this – check out who is responsible for the episode:
“Happily Ever After” was written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof and directed by Jack Bender.
That’s pretty much the All-Star team when it comes to writers and directors. I would bet these same three are responsible for the series finale at the end of this season. If Lost was ever going to make a huge reveal about some huge plot point and storyline, they would be the ones to make.