Lost Recap: Natural Born Killer

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In a Sayid-centric episode, we learn more of the details behind how exactly he got on that flight and why exactly he stopped working for Ben. He also befriends a young Ben Linus in 1977, and Juliette, Kate, and Sawyer experience a little bit of awkwardness over the whole love triangle. (Or love square if you count Jack). It’s another pretty good Lost, right after the jump.

Episode 10: He’s our You
Full Episode Online: ABC Official Site

Sayid and Ben
Over the course of this series, one unlikely connection that keeps on popping up is Ben and Sayid, and last week’s closing scene was another smacking-in-the-face reminder, as Sayid was offered a sandwich by a young Ben Linus as he sat in his prison cell.  In a flashback, in Iraq, a child is dragged out of a house by an angry father, who demands that he kill one of the chickens, because he needs to become a man, and it’s what his father asks.  The kid refuses, and the dad says he’ll force him to stay outside until he does it, then walks back into the house.  The kid watches the chickens, and someone approaches him from behind, opening up his palm to reveal seed inside.  He walks into the chicken coop and feeds the chickens, grabbing one and twisting its neck before bringing it back outside for the other kid to take.  The father comes back outside and congratulates his son on work well done, but he says that it wasn’t him.  “Well, at least one of you will be a man,” Dad says, walking over toward the couple.   He looks the kid in the eye who broke the neck, and says, “Well done, Sayid.” Kind of a predictable opener, but it’s one of those nice little vignettes into characters’ past lives that Lost is so good at.

Ben’s friend
Sayid’s back in his cell, a camera watching his movements eternally, while in the other room Ben brings in a tray full of food to the prisoner.  The guard doesn’t really see the point, but Ben goes in anyway and hands a book and a sandwich to Sayid.  Ben asks Sayid if Richard sent him around. Sayid looks at the camera, and Ben assures him that the cameras can see but not hear.  He explains how Richard found him in the jungle three years ago, and how he told him he wanted to leave to be one of the Others. He tells Sayid that if he’s patient he can help him.

End of a life

Some guy locks himself in a room at the end of a series of hallways, and starts ruffling through his closet, unlocking a safe, pulling out a wad of cash before Sayid busts down the door and shoots him point blank as he’s offering the green out to him. Sayid heads outside and later that evening, meets up with Ben, who’s waiting by an old beat-up car. He asks Sayid how it went, and Sayid that he tried to bribe him, but it didn’t work. Sayid asks what next, and Ben says that that’s it – he’s killed everyone who posed a threat to his friends.  He smiles and says, “It’s been a pleasure working with you, Sayid.” Sayid is angry, but Ben points out that he asked for those names, not Ben. Sayid asks what he’s supposed to do now, and Ben tells him he’s free, to go live his life. Sayid doesn’t seem to like this too much either.

Cellmate Sayid

Horace comes into Sayid’s cell, cutting loose the handcuffs in two quick motions. Sayid thanks him, and Horace introduces himself. He asks Sayid his name, and about what he was doing in the jungle. Razinski, the man next to him and the one manning the station where Jin when looking for Sun’s airplane in the last episode, tries to speak, but Horace shuts him up and turns back to Sayid.  He asks why he was wearing handcuffs. Sayid still won’t talk. He asks if Sayid’s having some problems with his people, which could mean one of two things: he’s a spy, or he’s having a disagreement with them, which would make him want to help Sayid. He says he’s giving Sayid an hour, and if he still doesn’t wanna talk, he’s gonna have to “take it to the next level.”

“It’s over, isn’t it?”
Sawyer comes into the kitchen to find bacon frying without a cook on the stove, and Juliette staring dazedly out the window. Sawyer turns the stove off, and finds Juliette is staring out at Kate and the others. She says to Sawyer, “It’s over, isn’t it?”  She never thought they’d come back, and now she realizes they have to be done playing house. Sawyer denies it, and she asks him what will happen if Sayid tells them who he is.  Sawyer’s confident in Sayid’s ability to keep a secret, and he cups her cheek and tells her he has it under control. A knock on the door and Horace comes in, telling Sawyer they have a problem.  Because the prisoner’s not talking to him, he’s going to let “Oldham do his thing on him.” “That psychopath, no way!” Sawyer says. He tells Horace he’ll go to question Sayid, even though Horace doesn’t think it’ll work. He bursts into the room where they’re keeping Sayid and tells the guard to take his lunch, with a murderous look on his face. He goes into the cell and asks Sayid how he’s doing. Sayid tells him a 12-year old Ben Linus brought him lunch, how does he think he’s feeling?  Sawyer apologizes to Sayid, and then punches him in the face. Sayid stumbles back against the wall and grabs Sawyer by the scruff of his shirt, demanding to know what he’s doing. Sawyer says that he needs to make it believable that he got a confession of trying to defect from the Others out of him.  Sayid asks why he would do that – Sawyer should let him go. Sawyer tells him that he built an entire life here; these people trust him, he can’t let Sayid destroy all that, and if he doesn’t like it, he’s on his own. “Then I guess I’m on my own.” Sayid stares daggers into Sawyer’s eyes.

Together

Jack, Hurley, and Kate are eating the cafeteria, talking about Sayid. Hurley asks what’s going on, and Jack says he doesn’t know anything. Kate says she’ll talk to Juliette, and Hurley wonders aloud that if Sayid didn’t tell Jack anything, why would Juliette tell Kate?  “Because they’re together,” Hurley explains. Kate says, confused, “What do you mean, together?” When Hurley explains further, “They live together, like not as roommates?”  He babbles on for a second, oblivious to Kate and Jack all awkward. Hurley excuses himself to go make more waffles, and Kate asks Jack if he knew. Jack nods, and Kate is simply silent.

Janitor
That evening, the janitor comes into to clean the area right outside Sayid’s cell.  “What I can’t figure out is how the hell you got caught?”  he tells him. “By these idiots?”  “And yet you’re the one who’s mopping for them,” Sayid says. The janitor isn’t too happy about that, and then Ben walks in, frozen when he sees the janitor. He asks what he’s doing, and Ben says he’s bringing him a sandwich. The janitor grabs Ben by his shirt and shoves him against the bars, forcing out of him that the sandwich was made for the prisoner. He asks who told him to do it, and Ben says no one, he just thought…..The janitor cuts him off, and lets him go, shooing him away. “Go home.”  He throws the lunch tray against the wall, the dishes flying, and goes out, closing the door behind him.

Haunted
Sayid’s working at his Habitat for Humanity gig in the Dominican Republic, when Ben approaches him. He asks Ben how he found him, and Ben’s answer is simply that he looked. Sayid asks what he wants, and Ben says that Locke is dead, and he thinks he was murdered. Sayid asks why would anyone kill him, and Ben thinks it’s retribution for what he and Sayid did. If they can find Locke, they can find Ben and Sayid, the same people who have been watching Hugo outside his mental institution.  “You actually came over here to suggest that I kill this man?” Sayid says.  Ben tells him that he can do things that most people can’t – every single choice in his life that has led to violence and torture has never really been a choice. “It’s what you are. You’re a killer, Sayid,” he taunts.  “I am not what you thin I am,” Sayid says. “I don’t like killing.” “Well then I apologize. I was mistaken,” Ben says. He walks away, and Sayid merely watches him go, until a door slams open and we’re back in 1977, Sawyer coming in to give Sayid his last chance. He asks if he has anything to say, and when Sayid doesn’t answer, he gives him a solid tazer to the gut, and Sayid collapses, unconscious.  The drive him to a location in the jungle, with some music playing in front of an old, beaten-down, makeshift shelter. “Oldham!” Horace calls out, and out comes some old guy with glasses, who gathers some fluid in a syringe. Sayid asks Sawyer who this man is, and Sawyer’s answer is simply, “He’s our you.” He tells them that Sayid will need to be put in the restraints, and he struggles fiercely as they drag him over to tie him with his arms back against a tree.  “Don’t worry, they’re for your protection. There are side effects to what I’m giving you, ”Oldham says. “Open his mouth.”  They force open his mouth and shove something in, and Holden tells him that fighting it is a poor use of his energies, and he’s sure to tell them the truth no matter what.

Temptation
Ben’s on the dock, trying to convince Sun and Kate and Sayid to go back to the island, at gunpoint from Sun, when Sayid decides to simply walk off.  At a bar later, he orders an expensive drink, and a woman sitting a couple of seats down asks him why anyone would pay $120 for anything. He asks if she’s a professional, and she says that she’s not a professional anything – he just looked like a sad man, and she likes sad men. Sayid apologizes, and she scoots one seat over and asks him what he does for a living. “The only thing I was ever good at,” he says. Why did he quit, then? He was trying to change. “When you’re that good at something, there are always going to be people who tempt you to stay the same,” she says. He asks her how she knows so much about temptation, and she tells him to buy her a glass of scotch and she’ll tell him.  Later, they burst into his hotel room all hot and heavy, and as he’s unzipping her boot, she kicks him solidly in his chin, pulling out a gun and telling him not to move, and she was hired by the men of someone he killed on a golf course last year. “You’re a bounty hunter?” Sayid asks incredulously. She tells him it doesn’t matter, because he’s going to answer for what he’s done.

Exactly enough

Back on the island, Sayid wakes up, in a daze, Horace waving a hand slowly in front of his face. Oldham explains to Sayid how it will go down – he’s going to ask him questions and he’s going to answer them, and he doesn’t really have a choice. He asks Sayid his name, and Sayid responds truthfully, and then he asks about the handcuffs, and Sayid replies that he has them on because “I’m a bad man.” “Were you running away from your people? Hostiles?” “I am not a hostile,” Sayid says. “I came on a plane, Ajira Flight 316, and that’s how I returned to the island.” “You’ve been here before?” “Oh yes. The first time, I was on Oceanic Flight 815. I was here for a hundred days. How’s Sawyer?” “Who’s Sawyer?”  “Who cares!” shouts out Razinski. “Ask him about the Flame!”  Oldham asks him what Sayid knows about the stations on the island, and Sayid says he knows that the Flame was a communications station, the Pearl to observe other stations, the Swan to study electromagnetism. Razinski cuts him off and starts ranting about how he knew Sayid saw the model he had been working on – and how could he know what they were going to call the electromagnetic station, as they hadn’t even named it yet? Horace tells him to “cool it” and turns back to Sayid. “You’re all going to die, you know,” Sayid says suddenly. Everyone stares at him, and Horace asks him how exactly he knows this. “Because I am from the future,” Sayid said.  “Maybe I should have used half a drop,” Oldham says sarcastically. “You used exactly enough,” Sayid says, giggling hysterically.

Unanimous
Back at the Dharma Station, Juliette approaches Kate about her and Sawyer. She asks if Jack told her, and Kate says that no, Hurley did. Juliette tells Kate that she wasn’t sure how to tell her without sounding like she was warning her away. “It’s fine,” Kate says, smiling and nodding. Just then the blue van pulls up and the men drag out Sayid, Sawyer giving both of them a look. Inside, the members of the station wonder about what to do with the prisoner. Razinski wants to kill him, but Sawyer says that they’re not like them; they’re civilized. “We have a rule of law, and we’ve given him every opportunity to defend himself,” Horace says, shrugging. “The longer he’s among us, the more danger we’re in,” Razinski says. Amy tells them that Razinski’s right – they have a baby now, and she can barely sleep with one eye open.  “I don’t know what he’s up to, but we can’t keep him here. We have no choice.” Horace decides to put it to a vote, and everyone in favor of Razinski’s solution raises their hand; basically everyone in the room. “LaFleur?” Razinski prompts Sawyer. Horace turns to him and says, “I would really like to say it’s unanimous.” Sawyer, defeated, slowly raises his hand into the air.

Mentor

Later, Sawyer comes into Sayid’s cell to tell him that he owes him a good one, so Sayid should hit him in the face. He pulls keys out of his pocket and tells him that once he knocks him out he can take the keys from his pocket and steal the guard’s gun on his way out. “I appreciate the offer but I think I’m going to stay here,” Sayid says. Sawyer tells him that they’ve already voted – they’re going to kill him; this morning Sayid had been begging him to let him go, what happened? “When I woke up in the jungle, and I realized I was back on this island, I felt there was no purpose to it. But now I know exactly why I’m here.” “To get shot?” Sawyer practically shouts. “You’re out of your mind,” he says before turning around and leaving, slamming the cell door behind him. He walks outside and is about go into his own house when he heads across the encampment to Kate’s house. She opens the door and Sawyer asks her why they all came back. “Why, Kate?”  Kate looks at him, not sure of the answer. “I don’t know why everyone else came back. I just know why I did.” They’re cut off by a van driving int the town, the cab in flames. In crashes through the yard, overturning laundry and the lawn furniture, slamming into the side of a house and igniting the house itself. Sawyer rushes off to try to save the situation, and Jack pops out of his house and asks what’s going on. “Three years, no burning buses; y’all are back for one day!” Sawyer shouts angrily.  He hands Jack a hose to spray onto the house, and rushes off to grab some more.  He radios everyone on the station to get to Building 15 right away including Sayid’s dimwit guard Phil, who leaves the station, grabs his gun, and heads out, before Ben slips in through the open door and heads down the hall to Sayid’s cell. Sayid asks him what happened to his glasses; which look broken, and Ben replies that it was his dad. “I understand. My father was a hard man as well,” Sayid says in response. “I really hated him,” Ben says. “If I let you out, will you take me with you? To your people?”  “Yes, Ben, I will. That’s why I’m here,” Sayid replies.

Killer
At the airport before the (second) fateful flight, Sayid asks his captor if she’s sure they’re going to Guam. He sees all of his friends waiting around and asks nervously if there’s another plane they can take; he’s very superstitious about flying. “I’ll buy you a rabbit’s foot at the gift shop. This is the plane we’re taking,” the agent says gruffly.  On the plane, Sayid observes Sun from between the seats. “Sorry about the handcuffs, but at least we’re in business,” she says to him. Sayid watches as Ben walks aboard the plane, barely able to contain his rage at the sight of him. When Hurley freaks out, Sayid leans in close to the agent and asks her if she’s working for Benjamin Linus. She gives him a “who’s that” face and he tell her that he’s a liar, a manipulator, a man who allowed his own daughter to be murdered to save himself, a monster responsible for nothing short of genocide.” “Why would I work for somebody like that?” she asks him. “I did,” is Sayid’s answer. Back on the island, Ben frees Sayid and the two of them go trekking through the jungle, until they’re intercepted by a blue van. They run off into the bushes to hide, and the van pulls to a stop while they wait in the black of the jungle. Jin comes out, shining a light in the jungle, and Sayid comes out. Jin asks Sayid what he’s doing there, and Sayid lies that Sawyer let him go. Right then over Jin’s radio crackles an alert that the prisoner has escaped. “They don’t know they released me. Please, Jin, I need to keep moving.” “Okay, let me talk to him first,” Jin says, and radios LaFleur. Sayid, shaking his head, knocks Jin out cold. Ben’s about to continue forward, when Sayid says “You were right about me.” “What?” Ben asks, walking over to him. “I am a killer,” Sayid says. He looks up, points a gun at Ben, and fires once. Ben falls to his kneeds, then face forward, one bloody bullet wound glaring out from his chest. Sayid stands up and rushes off into the jungle night.

Review
It was good to finally have what happened to Sayid in the in-between time explained, and though nothing really that surprising happened, it did help us to understand better his relationship to Ben and his decision at the end to shoot  the young Ben made complete sense in context, and made for a slam-bang ending to an episode that even topped last week’s. This episode also transposed nicely scenes of Ben as a lying, murderous, older adult, with scenes of a relatively nice young Ben, showing the contrast between them as well as the similarities between Sayid’s inability to be anything but a killer and Ben’s compulsion to a similar calling. Extreme, poetic irony that the man that Ben helped to kill so many men, the man whom he manipulated through and through, was the very man to kill him so many years beforehand. Will be resurrected on the island? Will the Others find him and take him in? Faraday claimed that nothing could be change in time – that everything was just "as it was," so my guess is that this is gonna turn out to be one of those "fakeout" twist endings – where it’s just resolved in the very next episode, right away, and too easily. And speaking of too easily – when are we gonna see some fireworks erupt between Juliette and Kate and Sawyer? Juliette’s conversation with Sawyer seemed to indicate that the writers might be taking the easy way out and just have Freckles and Sawyer be together eventually with Juliette falling by the wayside, but it would be much more fascinating to see what will happen when Kate finally tells Sawyer why exactly she came to the island, and what Sawyer’s response will be. Whether Juliette sticks with Sawyer or if it turns out to be Kate’s turn, this week has handed us another solid episode of Lost that’s not as packed as these last few have been with answers to age-old riddles, but still offered some serious drama, and the exploration of Ben and Sayid’s "friendship" continues to be fascinating.

-Thomas Anderson
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