At the Temple Jack tells Sayid about the infection. Jacob appears to Hurley and gives him instructions on helping someone find the Island and Hurley writes it all on his arm like he was cheating on a test. When Ghenghis Khan catches Hurley trying to sneak into a secret passage, Hurley declares his candidacy and tells him to stuff off. He then recruits Jack for his Jacob adventure. They run into Kate who tells them she's not going back to the Temple but looking for Claire. Jack tries to talk her out of it. It doesn't work. Hurley and Jack have a heart to heart as the ystomp through the jungle - just like old times. Hurley admits to seeing Jacob and the reason why he came back to the Island. When asked by Hurley, Jack grudgingly admits that he came back in hopes of being fixed seeing as he was a drunk and broken man. They finally come to a lighthouse where up top is a mirror and dial with names next to numbers (BIG surprise). Jack notices his name and goes ape shit demanding to know why Jacob has been watching him and what Jacob wants with him. When he doesn't hear what he wants to (which is what? Jacob is the daddy he never had? Jacob will fix all his problems?) he smashes the mirror and stalks off. Hurley learns that once again he was a pawn in trying to move Jack. Jacob wanted Jack to start along the faith path. And the best way was to show him that he was being watched.
In the Jungle Claire helps Jin out of the bear trap and is not at all bitter about being left alone for three years to go crazy-like infected ala Danielle Rousseau. Like Miss French Woman Who's Not Actually French, she believes the Others took her son. Difference naturally being that they actually didn't do the baby napping this time. She captures an Other bent on trying to get information on where Aaron is by whatever bloody, violent means possible. And Jin, who can't stand to watch someone get beat up and not be part of the fun, confesses that Kate took Aaron off the Island. Claire sticks the Other on her axe anyway. Jin tries to play off the admission that Kate was raising Aaron when he saw the crazy eye from Claire and especially when she insisted that if it were true, she'd kill Kate. I believe her. Then MIB/un-Locke/Smokey drops in for a spot of tea. Jin is shocked to see who he thinks is Locke. Only to have the disturbing revelation from Claire that it's not Locke but her friend ala MIB/Smokey. If they are indeed friends, this does not bode well for a good ending for Claire.
Flash Sideways Jack's a daddy. They clearly aren't close. And the circle of father-son issues continues. I'm guessing David is his son with Sarah. His son is as intimidated of him as he was of his dad. Jack also notices a scar from having his appendix removed that he doesn't seem to remember.
Things We Learned 1. Claire is most definitely crazy. And in cahoots with MIB/unLocke/Smokey. 2. Jacob is playing his own game, moving his pieces into place as MIB/unLocke/Smokey does the same.
Living with a man is not always easy. He leaves cups everywhere. Leaves lights turned on. Likes to warm his ice cold feet on my legs. I could go on.
With DF in Costa Rica this weekend, it was a weekend of living by myself again. Bliss. The dishes got put away correctly. The bed got made how I like it. And once again I was able to watch the morning news as I got ready for work in the morning.
I spent Saturday getting a massage and a facial and doing some shopping. Then it was Girls' Night Out at a hookah lounge. The best me day in the history of ever. And Sunday was my first bridal shower.
It was a great weekend. Full of pampering and fun wedding stuff.
Even though it was a fantastic time, I am looking forward to having to share the bed again with those ice cold feet.
I loved loved LOVED seeing Bailey - or Mandy - as an intern. Before she became the Nazi. And see kind of how she became the rough, a bit brusque and critical resident who demanded the best from her interns. It was fantastic insight into Miranda Bailey the person and the doctor.
Great casting of the younger Richard and Ellis. I thought they did a great job of capturing the younger essence of those characters. The mutual attraction, mutual respect. Ellis' demands to be taken seriously as a woman and as a woman surgeon. Richard's conflicting emotions over his desire for Ellis and doing the right thing.
Fascinating to see how the doctors in 1982 dealt with GRID (I had no idea that GRID was the original name for AIDS). I had always thought of it as a scary, unpredictable time in medical history. But seeing a case that very much could have happened that way for more than one person in the 80s made it very real.
When Richard started repeating what I can only presume is the Hippocratic Oath, I expected the doctors to stand up kind of like the ending to Dead Poets Society.
So I was disappointed when it didn't happen. But at least there was a slow clap.
There's a poo issue in our house. Yes. I am going there.
Cooper has started eating his poo. And not the dried out, crunchy crap. The freshly-made-from-his-butt shit. Actually he also eats duck poo when we go on walks. I guess he just likes the poo.
(I know. I'm so grossed out just writing this. I wouldn't blame you if you leave now and come back tomorrow when I hopefully won't be talking about poo.)
He comes back inside, so excited and wanting to play. I don't notice it until he tries to lick my face and then I get a whiff of his breath. And I throw up a little in my mouth.
We have no idea why he's started doing this recently. Though DF suspects it's that we changed him from puppy food to the grown up, adult kind. But I did learn an excellent tip recently to help with the poo flavored breath.
Raw carrots. Helps with doggie bad breath. No idea why or how. But it does. And Cooper loves it. Bonus points!
So if your dog eats his poo - or other dogs' poo because let's face it, they're not always picky - raw carrots are your best friend. And cheaper than taking him to the vet for a teeth cleaning and easier than trying to brush his teeth yourself. You're welcome.
MIB-UnLocke-Smokey Interesting run around the Island from Smokey's point of view. According to Ilana, he's on a recruiting mission. For what, probably something about ruby slippers and going home. He attempts to get Richard to go with him and Richard's all TEAM JACOB FTW! Then MIB-UnLocke-Smokey sees a boy with what looks like bloody hands and freaks out. Visibly.
And moves on to Sawyer who first of all KNOWS that it's not Locke he's talking to. (How did all these people go a whole season practically and have NO idea, and Sawyer spends all of five minutes talking to Locke and is all YOU'RE NOT LOCKE; WHO ARE YOU?) Then he decides "whatevs, I've got nothing better to do than get drunk on grief" and follows MIB-UnLocke-Smokey. Stomping through the jungle, they both see the boy with clean hands this time. MIB-UnLocke-Smokey chases him down. Boy tells him to follow the rules and that he can't kill him (WHO'S HIM? Sawyer? Richard?) and the real Locke shines through when he screams out "Don't tell me what I can't do!"
Meanwhile, Richard scampers out and tries to get Sawyer to follow him to the Temple with the reveal that MIB-UnLocke-Smokey is going to kill him. Stubborn Sawyer's all been there done that. So when MIB-UnLocke-Smokey returns, Sawyer does what Sawyer does best and pulls a gun on him. And then he gets talked into following along again with the promise to the Ultimate Question. Who shot JR? Ok, actually Why Am I On The Island?
They climb down a cliff on wooden and rope ladders down to a cave in the cliff, where MIB-UnLocke-Smokey shows Sawyer a bunch of names written and mostly crossed out and reveals that the uncrossed ones are Candidates for the job of Protector. There's also a joke about how Jacob has a thing for numbers. Sawyer has three options: 1. Do nothing and see how it plays out. 2. Step up and take the Protector job. 3. Get off the Island and go home. Sawyer picks door #3 and joins Team MIB-UnLocke-Smokey.
In the Shadow of the Statue Ben is still lying and manipulating telling Ilana Locke killed Jacob. What's he playing for? Information? Power? Probably some of both. Ilana scoops up some of the Jacob ash, stuffs in it a bag and insists that they all go to the Temple. Sun digs her feet in and demands that they bury Real Dead Locke. And Ben confess to murdering John. And expresses regret.
Flash Sideways Locke and Helen sitting in a tree... Sideways Locke apparently let go of most of his daddy issues and didn't lose Helen. Though Sideways Locke seems to be lacking any and all faith. Original Locke would have seen it as a sign from destiny that he met a spinal surgeon. A couple things haven't changed. Locke still has a major chip on his shoulder. And Box Company Bossman Randy is still a douche canoe.
After getting fired, Hurley offers to help Locke out and hooks him up with his staffing company, where Rose works. Locke gets major attitude and shoots for something he can't reach from a wheelchair - a construction job - and Rose gives him a touch of reality. He confesses to Helen his real intention for going to Australia and then insists that miracles don't happen and gives her an out to leave him if she wants. Helen argues that yes, miracles do happen and reaffirms that the only thing she ever wanted and waited for was Locke. Kissy faces. He seems to have found some satisfaction/happiness in his life as a substitute teacher and MEETS BENJAMIN LINUS IN THE TEACHER'S LOUNGE! WTF??!!
What We Learned 1. Jacob was the Island Protector - or at least he thought was. And the reason why Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on the Island was because Jack, Locke, Sayid, Hurley, Jin or Sun and Sawyer were candidates to take over as Protector. 2. There is something that freaks out MIB-UnLocke-Smokey. A boy. 3. Numbers have something to do with Jacob. 4. MIB-UnLocke-Smokey is confined to the Island. Trapped in someway for some purpose.
More Questions 1. Jacob also touched Kate. When and why was she cut as a Candidate? 2. Who or what was the Boy? A season ago, I would have said without a doubt Smokey. But Smokey is Locke. So that's not it. 3. Where is home for MIB-UnLocke-Smokey? How did he come to the Island? For what purpose? How is he trapped? 4. What is Jacob (and his successors and predecessors) protecting the Island from? Or what do they think they're protecting the Island from?
Several months ago, DF came home and started filling me in on the details of his all-hands meeting at work that afternoon. Bad economy. Slower growth. Blah blah blah. And we're going to Costa Rica.
His company is taking all of the employees on a free vacation. Again. Employees are allowed to bring guests but they have to be spouses. The trip is this weekend. And since DF and I are not married yet, I'll be staying home while he frolics in the jungles of Costa Rica.
Ok frolics is probably not how he'd describe it.
I know what you're going to say. If I really wanted to go, why didn't we just elope? Well, for several reasons. But mostly because I didn't want to. And also because I wasn't ready.
Yes, when we got engaged, I knew that at the end of it we would be married. I was ready for that. For the 9 months of engagement and planning. Not to run down to a JP for a quickie wedding for a vacation six months premature.
Even though I'm confident and comfortable with this decision, I'll be home and having spa days and bridal showers (which on a side note, YAY! I'm looking forward to it.), while DF goes to Costa Rica. Without me. Bastard.
I know in Baltimore and other parts of the Northeast it's Snowmaggedon with ridiculous amounts of snow. Our 10 or so inches while record-breaking for us seems paltry in comparison.
Still for us in the Dallas-Fort Worth it's a lot of snow. And unfortunately, roads didn't ice bad enough for a full snow day. Just a delayed start. Well, it's still pretty, powdery and perfect for throwing at certain dogs and DFs.
Cooper loves it. He scampers and jumps and even eats the snow.
Deep stuff from the Pretty Eyes, whatshisname. I didn't know he was capable of such deep thought.
Funny thing about marriage and relationships in general. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do because your significant other needs you there. Meredith is learning that lesson.
A relationship does not always have to be filled with conversation. The silences can be just as fulfilling and sometimes even more so. Because it takes a certain level of comfortableness to not be concerned about filling every moment by talking.
Derek makes a great leader. He's willing to teach the people others have cast aside. At first I was a little surprised to see whatshername Mercy Wester after she had been fired for not paying attention and accidentally killing a patient. But then Derek showed part of what makes him great. And that's his belief that mistakes happen but don't make the surgeon.
How cute was Bailey getting all flustered over Ben (and how hunky is Ben?)? Very would be the answer. Love that Bailey's getting her a little love life going on. Even if that means bringing her personal life into the hospital which traditionally she tries to avoid at all costs.
Wedding planning is full of decisions. Big and small. Of little significance or importance and of incredible meaning. Essential and non-essential.
Some decisions are incredibly easy to make I don't even really think about it. And some decisions I stress over and debate and go back and forth on for days and even weeks (unfortunately).
It turns out some times even when a decision is made I still think about it second guessing myself. Did I make the right decision?
Up until a few weeks ago, I was wondering if my decision to not wear a veil was the right one for me. Would I feel like a bride without tulle draped from the top of my head? From the beginning, I have said I didn't want a veil. I don't really know why, just that it didn't really feel like me. And until my good friend Jennifer got married, I never even realized it was an option NOT to wear a veil. (Thanks for that Jenn!) For some reason though recently I had been thinking maybe I was wrong. I wasn't so convinced that I went out and bought a veil. But wonder I did.
The day of my bridal portraits was a perfect day. I had great time getting ready. Spending the morning with my mom and then my dad and sister joining us. The weather cooperated. I felt beautiful, blessed and bridal. Perfection. I have not felt more like a bride in this whole planning process so far than that day.
I guess there's a reason why people say to trust your gut.
At the Temple Everyone is surprised at Sayid's miraculous recovery. Genghis Khan demands to speak to Sayid alone. Jack, predictably, denies them the chance and instead demands answers (get in line Jack!) Sawyer's still got angry face. Pulls a gun on everyone and says adios. The Others want him back. Why exactly? Don't know. But Kate and Jin offer to go find him and bring him back. Only they both have other intentions. Kate still wants to find Claire, and Jin wants to find Sun.
Kate and Sawyer have a heart-to-heart about why Kate came back to the Island. Sawyer reveals his guilt over Juliet's death and through his tears admits that he was going to ask her to marry him. I may have lusted after the man from the beginning of the show. But that scene is the one that sealed my crush. A man professing his love and crying over his grief at her death is incredibly sexy.
Genghis Khan runs some tests on Sayid. Because he's living. After he died. Turns out he's infected. And they enlist Jack to help him take a magic pill. After Sayid professes his undying loyalty and trust in the good ole doc, Jack goes to have his own heart-to-heart with Genghis Khan. And when he tells Jack that he was brought to the Island, Jack still refuses to believe that the Island is his destiny. So he rashly swallows the pill to call their bluff. Genghis Khan admits to it being poison after forcing Jack to cough it up. He then reveals that the infection will remove all semblance of that person. And it happened to Claire.
And then Island Claire makes a return appearance. And girlfriend needs a spa day.
Flash Sideways Kate gets away from the marshal and kicks Claire out of the cab. Claire's still pregnant. I almost half-expected her to not be given all the other changes in the Losties' lives. Kate feels bad for leaving a pregnant Claire on the side of the street and goes back and makes nice. They go to find the couple adopting Aaron-to-be. And Claire starts to have contractions when she learns the couple will no longer be adopting the baby (which is kinda funny given how long it took her to go into labor on the Island and you could argue that was considerably more stressful). Claire freaks out in the hospital, and Kate grabs a doctor, who turns out, is Ethan (oh hai Ethan!). Now that's kinda creepy. Especially loved the line about how he didn't want to stick her with needles. Claire lies to the cops about Kate. And Kate says she's innocent. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen.
What We Learned 1. The infection was real. Rousseau wasn't crazy. Well she was. But there was a method to her madness. (How did her team get infected? Were they submerged in the spring? Or is there another way to get infected?) 2. Claire is meant to raise Aaron. Plane crash or no. 3. Island Claire is infected. And probably no longer actually Claire. But she's alive. I think. 4. So not so much an answer as another question: Was Ben put into the spring? Does that mean he was infected? Seems not since The Others would have noticed it. And he's not living wild in the jungle. Still curious though.
Yesterday morning when Cooper and I were out for a run, we came across a dog with no leash and no owner. Only he didn't turn back around after they played for a bit. I mean it was like he was obsessed with Cooper. He followed us home. The whole mile plus. And wouldn't leave him alone. It made running difficult.
We tried to call the number on his tag only no one answered. So we brought him as I couldn't stand the thought of him wandering around the street. Plus I wasn't sure if he could find his way back home. I mean how many Lassies are there in the world?
After a day of playing, play that was quite, well, er, amorous, and both dogs were passed out on the floor as I cooked dinner, I began to entertain far-reaching dreams of having a second dog to wear out Cooper.
And then the phone rang.
Dirk went back home shortly after that. (Really his name was Puppy, but I thought Dirk fit him much better.) And our house is very quiet once again.
Dawn of a new era. What brought Derek to Seattle in the beginning has finally come true. He's Chief of Surgery. Okay interim, but still Chief. Of course his relationship with Richard could very well be beyond fixing as a result of his ambition. But he's convinced himself he was acting in the best interests of the hospital (you could argue this is true) and his becoming Chief was just a happy result.
Meredith has come so far. A few years ago, when things get hard and she gets mad, she would have left. But now she stays and works through it with Derek.
Alex is also leaps and bounds from where he started out. Remember when he freaked on the elevator and George had to perform an emergency procedure on a patient? Tonight he didn't hesitate. Not only that, he stood up to a patient without getting physical. He's been destined for peds since almost the beginning. Addison thought so. Bailey thinks so. And now so does Arizona.
Owen was definitely trying to use sex to ignore their problem. Except it only worked for so long.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Lexie and Mark BROKE UP. Yes. He is allowed to be hurt that she slept with Alex. Just like Lexie is allowed to be hurt that he had sex with Addison. But you lost the right to act superior over the other because he/she slept with someone else when the relationship ended.
Hilarious that Cristina burned her ass on a vent. Reminds me of graduate school when one of my roommates was so drunk she burned her ass on the radiator pipe in the bathroom. I was the only one willing to bandage it for her. True story.
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion to do this review.
The Heretic's Daughter is a historical fiction novel centered around Martha Carrier, one of the women accused and hanged for witchcraft in Salem in 1692, and her family, told from the perspective of her daughter Sarah. Deeper, it's about the relationship between mother and daughter, a coming of age story resulting in deeper understanding, compassion and respect.
But this story is more than just history, it's family legend. Martha Carrier is grandmother nine generations back to author Kathleen Kent. Stories of Thomas and Martha Carrier have been passed down in her family through the years.
Martha was one of the few women who refused to plead guilty to being a witch. She even went so far as to call out the judges and shame them for believing a group of hysterical teenage girls. She was courageous sticking by her convictions during a time when women didn't stand up for anything. She was outspoken, brash, independent... a ferocious woman who got into multiple disputes with her neighbors. And in the eyes of 17th century New England that equaled witch.
The descriptions were incredible. The emotion so real I cried when they lead Martha out of the jail to be executed. I highly recommend it. Especially if you are - or ever have been - even remotely interested or curious about the Salem witch trials.
My book club had the enormous honor and pleasure to have Kathleen Kent at our discussion of her book (she lives in the area). (P.S. I don't include anyone else's opinion in these book reviews but my own. Yes I wait until after my club's discussion before I post it. Most often because I get a deeper impression of the book - good or bad - during the meeting.) There's something about being able to talk to author about the parts that spoke to you. That you loved. That moved you. For this bibliophile, it is truly a great treat to be able to share those thoughts with the person who created the story.
Hatch Explosion Crew Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Jin, Hurley and Sayid find themselves on the Island still, guessing that that the shoestring hydrogen bomb plan didn't work. Only now it appears that they're back in "present time" sometime in 2007. Sawyer has angry face. Like really angry face. Angriest face. "You did this Jack you stupid doctor you." "I'm sorry. I'm an idiot who can't think for myself and don't have a lick of faith in me." Juliet calls out from the rubble in the hatch crater (WAH? I thought this at the end of last season and I still wonder... How the hell did Juliet survive that fall?). They dig her out only for her to die in Sawyer's arms *tear*.
Jacob appears to Hurley and gives instructions on how to save Sayid. (Sayid gets taken to the Temple to get healed from a fatal gunshot wound. Exactly what happened to Young Ben after Sayid shot him. Interesting. Poetic justice? Tragic irony? I can never remember the difference. Still. Highly interesting.) They all take off for the Temple except Sawyer and Miles who stay behind to bury Juliet and Sawyer asks Miles to find out what she wanted to tell him just before she died. Apparently it was "It worked." Presuming that's about the shoestring hydrogen bomb plan.
Crew gets to the temple and creep down into it and see One-Armed French Guy. They get taken by the Others deeper into the Temple. Hey it's Chichen Itza. The Island is Mexico! Ghenghis Khan orders them shot. But wait Jacob sent us! Okay put him in the spring. Oops. We killed him. Shit. Sawyer and Miles join the gang in the spring room. Gotta keep the gang together of course. They request a private audience with Hurley who's like yeah, Jacob's 6 feet under. Didn't ya know? They promptly freak the fuck out. Alarms sound. People are running about securing the Temple-Chichen Itza. They set off a firework and pour ash (gunpowder?) around the edges. To keep Him out. Then they want to talk to Jack privately. Stubborn Jack. Scuffle ensues. Wait. Sayid's alive. Oh double shit.
In the Shadow of the Statue Ben's in disbelief that he actually killed Jacob. ManInBlack-un-Locke demands to see Richard. Ben relays the message to Richard only to learn that there's a dead body outside the statue that is also Locke. The Aljira Jacob Faithful drag Ben back into the statue to confront MIB-un-Locke, who then turns into the Smoke Monster and throws them around like rag dolls and kills them. MIB-un-Locke-Smokie and Ben have a little chat about what he wants. To go home. And where is that?? Then Richard sees the fireworks from the Temple-Chichen Itza and gets the look of fearest fear in his eyes that grows exponentially at the sight of MIB-un-Locke-Smokie coming out of the Statue. "You?" "Oh hai Richie." And then he beats up Richard and takes off presumably into the jungle towards the Temple.
Flash-whats? After some major turbulence, Oceanic Flight 815 manages to stay in the air. Wait this looks familiar. But different. We see most of our Losties. Jack. Rose and Bernard. Kate. Hurley. Locke (the real one. I think.). Sawyer. Sayid. Jin and Sun. Plus those that had gone on but wait are still alive. Boone. Charlie (who almost suffocates on a bag of heroin and Dr. Fix-It Jack saves him. Charlie's bitter "I was supposed to die." Yes, you already did Charles.)
Love that they brought back Dr. Arzt. And Frogurt had a cameo! Wonder if we'll see Steve again, er, I mean Scott. Or was it Steve? Hell I can't remember.
And Desmond! Wait!! He wasn't on the original flight. Why would he be on it this time? Not necessarily because he's supposed to be pushing a button (no Island, no button). It just seemed odd. The whole thing. How he appeared suddenly, then disappeared suddenly.
They don't appear to have any memory of the Island and what had happened. Probably more of a bit of deja vu feeling.
Plane lands. At LAX. How fitting it was that Locke and Jack were the last ones off the plane. Oceanic lost Jack's daddy's coffin. Still with those daddy issues. Locke and Jack meet up later and have a conversation about how it was the body and not really his dad who they lost. That was deep, Locke. Then Jack asks him about how he was paralyzed. Locke replies sadly that it's irreversible. According to Jack, nothing's irreversible. Maybe he's finding a bit of faith after all.
Jin and Sun get caught up in customs because Jin can't speak English to explain his business and Sun refuses to admit that she can speak English since she kinda fears her husband. Kate escapes from the Marshal, and we get the briefest of brief glimpses of Claire (Hai Claire!).
Wonder if the shoestring hydrogen bomb plan created an alternate reality.
Things we learned 1. ManInBlack-un-Locke is the Smoke Monster. And you don't want to piss him off. 2. Thou must fear ManInBlack-Smokie. 3. A wooden ankh - an Egyptian hieroglyphic character that means "eternal life" - was in the guitar case and hid a note from Jacob to Ghengis Khan, head of the Temple-Chichen Itza with some instructions. 4. Young Ben was saved from a fatal gunshot wound by drowning in a spring first. 5. I'm sure some other things but right now my mind. is. blown. And I can't think of anything else.
Attempts to come up with topics for posts not related to the wedding are coming up futile.
This is not a wedding blog. I have no intentions of it being a wedding blog. And yet it seems like that is all I write about other than the usual weekly posts.
It's just because that is pretty much all I have on my mind. Which I should. There's less than three months left to go. And while I'm done with all the big decisions and what's left I know what direction I want to go in, but there's still a matter of executing and making sure everything comes together.
But I've been staring at a blank screen for an hour trying to come up with anything else to say. Turns out, the wedding is all I'm capable of talking about.
I'm sure DF and my family and friends would agree with that statement. Well. Maybe not to my face.