Some Like it Hoth
One of my favourite episode titles thus far. Much better than Eggtown — I was hoping for more babies because of that title. Sigh…
We open up in flashback — Miles-centric! Yay! — his mother is trying to rent an apartment, the landlord is not too sure. Oh this should help – Miles found a dead man who he can hear talking about his dead wife. Poor little Miles. He’s clearly frustrated by a mother who doesn’t want to believe him.
Meanwhile, back in the 70’s, Miles is in the Pearl monitoring things and reading a Sports Illustrated – I love these little details and I love how they call attention to the fact that the Dharma Initative was much more in contact with the outside world than the Others/Hostiles.
LaFleur/Jim/Sawyer calls to ask him to erase the files for camera 4 and that he is “off the grid” if anyone asks. Miles sees Kate and asks if they are going after Sayid, Sawyer doesn’t answer or deny this he yells at Miles and Miles begrudgingly complies.
Sawyer asks Kate to go back for Juliet and to find out if anyone has noticed Little Ben is gone.
Awww! They’re working together again!
Horace arrives at the Pearl looking for LaFleur – he needs someone to deliver a bag to Radzinsky and to receive something in return. Radzinsky is in Grid 334 – Hostile Territory. Horace’s response to Miles reluctance/surprise: “Welcome to the circle of trust.” Is it just me, or is Miles the laziest of our survivors? He seems to hate having to do anything at all. What a guy. It is a nice foil for the almost manic do-goodery/action & adventure seeking we’re used to with our Losties: Locke, Kate, Jack, Sawyer.
Miles’ van is met by an armed and paranoid Radzinsky who was ‘expecting Lafleur’. “I’m in the circle of trust” Miles tells him! So droll.
The bag is a body bag, Radzinsky whistles and workmen come out with a dead colleague. Radzinsky tells Miles the man fell into a ditch. Riiiighhhttt….a ditch. There is what looks like a bullet hole in his head – ‘the ditch had a gun’ is Radzinsky’s explanation. When Radzinsky and the others leave, Miles unzips the bag and asks the body: What really happened?
Kinda useful skill for him now – imagine not having to wonder? I can see how that could have some serious drawbacks!
Back to a teenaged/early 20’s Miles (who looks more like his X-Man self) who arrives at an apartment because he ‘needs to see her’. Her is his mother, and she appears to be dying.
Miles wants answers: Why is he like this? Where is his Father?
His mother doesn’t want to tell him – she insists it doesn’t matter — huh, uh what? Worst answer ever.
She goes on to tell Miles that his father is dead, that he kicked them out when Miles was just a baby because he never cared about them. Eek venemous. When Miles asks where his body is she tells him it is “somewhere you can never go.” Sounds like a challenge…She does not respond at all to the ‘why am I this way?’ question.
Miles returns to Horace who asks if he has the package. I love how Miles does not play with euphimisms: ‘by package you mean corpse’. Horace appears overwhelmed and dejected. He tells Miles to take the body to Dr.Chang at the Orchid. Miles really doesn’t want to go – more than just his reluctance to work this time – he avoids his Dad.
Miles finds Hurley loading up the van with food – right beside the corpse…yuck! Miles can’t shake Hurley who is taking lunch to the Orchid. Mmmm…secret garlic mayo! Yum!
The levity that Miles and Hurley bring to the show is awesome. When Miles doesn’t want Hurley to come with him Hurley responds: Why? We’re going to the same place. Why don’t we carpool. It will help with global warming. Which hasn’t happened yet, so maybe we can prevent it. Wait a sec, are you on some kind of secret mission?
Why yes, I am Hurley. Keep it on the downlow woudja?
Kate arrives and catches Juliet up on Little Ben’s situation – they are interrupted by Roger bursting in. They tell him that Ben is ‘gone’. In a scene reminiscent of Michael’s (MANY, way toooo many) Roger is suddenly emotionally invested in his son. He angrily shouts ‘Don’t tell me to calm down! Someone came and took my boy out of here.’ He rushes off, determined to get security involved.
Poor depressed Juliet “Well, here we go.” is her reaction. Get some fire in you girl! Come on.! Sheesh.
On their way to the Orchid Hurley is writing in a Dharma notebook (I want me one of those!) when he notices a foul odour. Miles jokes it could be the food and Hurley goes to check, he finds the body bag and naturally asks what happened. Miles tells him that a filling was yanked out of his mouth and through his brain. Ouch! and Gross!
Hurley wants to know how Miles knew this, and what the man was thinking, and realizes Miles can talk to dead people. Hurley tells Miles that he can do the same thing…
Flashback to Miles at a picnic table with an older man. This man’s son was killed by a drunk driver and he wants to know if his son knew he loved him. Despite the lack of a body, and for an extra fee, Miles squints, furrows his brow and then says: Your son says he knew you loved him. He always knew.
Miles leaves and meets Namoi at his car. She tells him her employer has been following his work and might want to contract him if Miles will come with her, she’ll tell him more. He agrees. Interestingly she uses his full name, Miles Straume — sounds like maelstrom… This chick hurts my eyes. She is too many of the same colour. I can’t understand how she is one blend of brown? It’s disconcerting.
Uncharacteristically, what with her own paternal history, Kate approaches Roger. Sullen Roger, drinking on the swingset. She tries to assure him that things will work out, that he shouldn’t give up hope. Uh-oh. Roger is not into hope – he thinks she knows something. He grabs her by the arm as she tries to leave — oh yeah, this guy’s changed — and tells her to mind her own business.
Hurley tells Miles that he ‘chats’ with dead people and sometimes ‘even plays chess’ with them — yay Mr. Eko! I have a soft spot for him. He was so protective. I digress. — Miles tells him that’s not how it works and Hurley is pleased to have tricked Miles into affirming he ‘knows’ how it works.
Hurley inadvertantly reveals to Dr. Chang that he knows about the body and that, Dude. He can keep a secret. Dr. Chang is rude to both of them and then walks away to shout down some crew members.
“Dude. That guy’s a total douche.”
“That douche is my father.”
Naomi brings Miles to a restuarant where there is a dead body laid out in the kitchen. Despite his reluctance, when Naomi throws a wad of cash at him, Miles approaches the dead man. He tells Naomi that this man, Felix, was on his way to deliver papers, photos, receipts to a Widmore. Whoa! Now, were these Widmore’s receipts or copies of Ben’s receipts?? When will we know which guy put the fake plane in the ocean??
Naomi asks Miles to come to an Island to help her find a murderer by speaking to a ‘number of deceased’.
Actually her phrasing is quite interesting : This island has a number of deceased individuals residing on it.
Residing deceased? Residing? As in Living? Mmmhmmm.
Miles answer: As much as hunting down a mass murderer sounds really safe, I’m going to have to pass.
The mouth on that guy! Priceless. Oddly, he makes an abrupt face when told it will pay 1.6 million. Yowza! What does he need all that money for?
Miles doesn’t want to tell Hurley about his Dad. Hurley sagely points out:
if you didn’t want to talk about it, why’d you tell me?
Hurley wonders how Miles will save his Dad – Miles says there is nothing he can do so why bother? Ok Juliet. Ok Daniel. Such downers!
Dr. Chang comes back and tells them to take him to Radzinsky. When Miles asks about the body Dr.Chang replies: What body?
Dunh dunh dunnnnhhhhhh
Roger finds Jack cleaning a chalkboard in the school he tells him to go – that this is his round. Jack was just being nice, like Jack does. Roger’s having none of that. As Jack leaves Roger asks him about Kate, going on a rant about how she has ‘a weird thing for mah boy’.
Jack, Jack, Jack. His need to protect Kate kicks in and he says waaayyy too much to old Roger Workman. That’s gonna bite him in the *ss later.
On their way to Radzinsky, Hurley makes kindly remarks meant to help Miles connect with Pierre. Neither man is willing.
Leaving the site Hurley sees workmen stamping the Numbers on the hatch door. He is visibly shaken. He tells Miles they are building ‘the hatch that crashed our plane’. Trippy!
Miles is walking down a suitably dark street when a van pulls alongside him. Hey! It’s burly Seth Rogen — whose name turns out to be Bram.
They snatch Miles and Bram tells him that if he will go with them to the Island, and not Widmore, that “all those things you’ve spent your life trying to find out, you’ll know. You’ll know who you are, Miles, why it is you have a gift and most of all, you’ll know about your father.”
Miles declines because he would rather have money. What the?! Soulless.
Hurley is trying to help Miles understand what a unique gift this is to be able to know his father. Furious, Miles lashes out by grabbing Hurley’s notebook so he can read his journal.
Turns out Miles isn’t the only one wanting money. Hurley is writing Empire Strikes Back, (with some improvements! ha!) with the thought that he’ll send it to George Lucas. When Miles ridicules his idea Hurley says: At least I’m not afraid to speak to my Dad.
Sawyer returns home – he looks so relieved to see Juliet. She looks the same as ever. All sad blinky eyes. Juliet! You’re making me crazy! Even still, I really feel for her and Sawyer. They seem so oddly content to live in this time bubble. I’m sad for them that it won’t last much longer – how can it?
Jack is there – he tells Sawyer about Kate and Roger. Sadly, Jack thinks Roger has been headed off by his inexpert reassurance. insert eye roll here
Jack leaves but is quickly followed by Phil – man is he annoying. He stupidly, stupidly reveals what he knows to Sawyer and follows that brilliant move up by telling him that he has told no one what he saw on the tape. Genius.
Sawyer, and the audience, have the distinct pleasure of punching Phil out. “Get some rope” is all Sawyer says to Juliet.
Miles has returned to see Mr. Gray. He is returning the man’s money. He tells him that he wasn’t able to talk to his son, that he had lied and the reason he is returning the money is because Mr. Gray should have told his son while he was alive that he loved him.
Ho ho. So it’s not all about money after all, is it Miles? Just the complexity of character I love to see revealed.
Hurley apologizes but he still wants Miles to connect with his Dad — Hurley! He has so much heart. He tells Miles about his experience with his own father, and then, even though Miles somehow knows nothing about Star Wars, Hurley compares Miles’ attitude to Luke’s.
“In Empire, Luke found out Vader was his father, but instead of putting down the lightsaber and talking about it, he overreacted and got his hand cut off. I mean, they worked it out eventually, but at what cost? Another Death Star was destroyed. Boba Fett got eaten by the Sarlacc and we got the Ewoks. It all could have been avoided if they’d just, you know, communicated. Let’s face it, Ewoks suck, dude.”
Ok but…Ewoks are adorable! And I love that song they sing at the end of Return of the Jedi. So…you had me up until you dissed those little teddy bears — come on Hurley. They are NOTHING compared to Jar-Jar! Rewrite that while you’re at it!
Hurley’s pep talk had the right effect. Miles stands outside his old home and sees his Father holding him on his knee, reading to him, snuggling him. Cynical Miles has tears in his eyes!
I’m going to say this again: Whoever is in charge of casting the children for this show does a great job! That baby Miles is a dolly!
Pierre receives a phone call and comes outside to tell Adult Miles that he needs him to go pick up Scientists from Ann Arbor that just arrived on the sub.
Miles waits on the dock. The first man out is:
He lives!! Daniel! Welcome back!
These guys totally make the same “I can’t believe I have to put up with this idiot” face!
For the record, that look Miles is giving his Dad, that’s the same look I give people who tell me they like country music too!
Hurley: How do you spell bounty hunter?
Miles: What are you doing, you writing your memoirs?
Hurley to Miles: You’re just jealous my power’s better than yours.
Dr. Chang to Hurley: Well, how do you feel about polar bear feces? Because if you breathe one word of this, I’ll have you shipped to Hydra island so you can weigh turds for their ridiculous experiments. Ahhh scientists – always running each other down — it comes down to the grant money I’m sure.
Miles from Journal: That’s when Chewbacca shows up and blasts it away with his crossbow laser. He shakes his fury fist in the sky in triumph. Chewbacca: Roar.”
Hurley: “It’s furry. Furry fist. I need a spell check.” awww poor Hurley- too bad, I kind of like fury fist!
Anything Roger said about “mah boy” “my son”. Spare us. Please.
Ditto anything Jack had to say in Kate’s defence. Too. Weak.
Who is Bram working for?
What does lie in the shadow of the statue?
Why haven’t/didn’t we see Miles talk to more dead people on the Island – that had to be my biggest disappointment with the shortened season.
How do you not like the Ewoks?
How, how, how do I get my hands on a Dharma onesie for the child I don’t have? No really. How?