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Lost, Season 1, Episode 10: Raised By Another

Welcome to the Lost Re-Re-Rewatch Project. In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes. This is my fourth round-trip to the Island, but my first time attempting to chronicle my thoughts on the show on an episode-by-episode basis. The mission: A post per episode. Nothing so epic and theory-heavy as Doc Jensen’s great stuff at EW.com, which I highly suggest you read (the theory game is a bit moot at this point anyway), but hopefully it will help scratch both my writing itch and my Lost itch at the same time.

Episode 10: “Raised By Another”

Overall Episode Grade: C-

I’m going to have to admit something that only people who have an understanding of the entire series of Lost will understand–I have a hard time watching any Claire-centric episode with anything but cynicism. Her story, and that of her unborn child, in the end amounts to little more than a McGuffin mixed with a Red Herring (Red McGuffin? Sounds like a Valentine’s Day McDonald’s sandwich.).

But I’ll explore that sentiment later (much later). For the time being, Claire is an engrossing character if for no other reason than she’s preggers and, oddly, the only surviving main cast member on a plane from Australia who happens to be Australian. Weird.

As an episode, this one is tail-heavy, with one of the major plot points of Season One going down. Up until then we keep track of Claire, who is having strange dreams. Really strange dreams. Check it out.

This dream–what with Locke’s black and white eyes, the foreshadowing of Claire giving her son away–have me hopes that the writers had a plan for Claire and Aaron and their place in the Lost story. “He was your responsibility but you gave him away, Claire. Everybody pays the price now.” I may or may not have been right, but it was still a pretty cool dream. Plus it gave us a chance to hear one of Claire’s signature lines. Only click the preceding YouTube link if you don’t mind slightly spoilerish scenes from subsequent seasons (with Claire there’s really no such thing as a spoiler, at least in the macro sense).

Claire awakes screaming a second time, and this time we see a flash of something metallic. A knife? A syringe? Creepy. Obviously Claire is kooky, but is someone actually trying to get her? Jack doesn’t think so. Like the good 21st century doctor he is, he thinks she needs meds. Claire disagrees. So does Charlie, who sticks up to her to Jack. What does this bravery earn everyone’s favorite island bassist once he bears his soul? That’s right… Claire shoots Charlie down. For now.

Off-Island, we learn that Claire’s pregnancy was not planned. She’s shacking up with a dickish artist named Thomas. The less said of Thomas the better, despite Claire’s assertion that he’s “awesome,” which is a really weird word to hear in an Aussie accent. Needless to say, Thomas bails, and Claire goes with a friend to see a palm-reader for fun. And if there’s one thing we have learned that pretty girls in pop fiction should never do, it’s go see psychics (right Cersei Lannister?).

The psychic’s name is Richard Malkin. At first he won’t read Claire’s fortune, and then he does. What he says begets the episode’s title: “You must raise this child. There is no happy life; not for this child, not without you. You mustn’t allow another to raise your child.” (Doc Jensen toyed with the idea, later in the series, that Malkin actually said “you mustn’t all an Other to raise your child.” Intersting, right?)

Too bad, Rick. Claire’s giving the baby up to a nice couple who already know the words to “Catch a Falling Star.” But at the signing her pen won’t work. And then the attorney’s pen won’t work. And then Claire gets cold feet and runs.

She calls Malkin, who suddenly reverses course and tells her he has a family lined up in Los Angeles, but she has to get on A CERTAIN flight, which is of course Oceanic 815. The script does a hammer-between-the-eyes job of making sure you know that (at least Charlie and Claire think) that Malkin knew the plane was going to crash, and Claire would have to raise the child. Is this true? Probably?

Back to the Island: In light of the attacks, Hurley thinks he should take a census, so he sweet-talks Sawyer out of the flight manifest and goes around asking people who they are. Turns out, one castaway isn’t on the list…

Sayid gets back to the caves from his vacation of hearing whispers and being tortured by Rousseau. He’s a little strung out…

Meanwhile, Claire has a labor scare, and Charlie tells the friendly Canadian guy, Ethan, to go get Jack. But Ethan doesn’t. Because Ethan wasn’t on the plane… He stares menacingly at Claire, Claire’s eyes get wider (if that’s possible), and *BONK* end title screen. And Lost has it’s first major cliffhanger. Hooray!

Claire-Bear Stare!

Episode: “Raised By Another”
Director: Marita Grabiak
Best Scene: I’m okay with the end. William Mapother (Ethan) is a strange looking fellow, especially when angry, and there was definitely some thrill to finally learning that, yes, there are other people on this Island.
Best Line/Scene: “I am so not moving to the rape caves.”: Shannon to Boone upon learning that Claire was attacked. Shannon actually has a few good ones in this exchange, as Hurley asks them for their name and info. “Age? 20. Address? Craphole Island.”
Worst Line: “I could be your friend.” For Charlie this is taking the side door to asking for a relationship. C’mon, Pace. Just cut to the chase and tell her you want to be the one to steal her post-partum meds every morning, okay?
Best Throwaway Moment: When Hurley is explaining to Jack that no one really knows who anyone else is, and therefore need the census, it leads to this singularly funny line:

“Hurley’s not my name, it’s Hugo Reyes. Hurley’s just a nickname I have… Why? I’m not telling.”

Revelations: The psychic set Claire on her path to the Island; Ethan wasn’t on the plane; Ethan is for some reason obsessed with Claire; Sayid makes it back to camp.

Next Episode: “All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”

(All images and ep-title links are courtesy Lostpedia.com)

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