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Lost, Season 1, Episode 12: Whatever the Case May Be

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 12: “Whatever the Case May Be”

Overall Episode Grade: D+

I’m way behind on blogging–or rather, I’m moving way too slowly on the writing part of this to keep watching as fast as I’d like–so I’m going to bust through these next two recaps, which pertain to episodes that truthfully don’t make or break Season 1, this episode in particular.

“Whatever the Case May Be” is, literally, the story of what’s inside a case that Sawyer and Kate find while swimming in their skivvies in a beautiful Island lagoon. The case, we find, was being carried by the Marshal (now dead). It contains guns and… something else that we can tell Kate badly wants.

Naturally her vagueness prompts Sawyer and Jack to re-engage their season-long manhood-measuring contest, and it’s all really annoying. Eventually Kate and Jack DIG UP THE MARSHAL to get his key. They open the case to find some automatic handguns… and a toy plane. Yup. Kate’s explanation? “IT BELONGED TO THE MAN I LOVED!” Jack’s not buying it: “Tell me the truth!” Kate: “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

Okay, not really: “It belonged to the man I killed!” Well, now she’s a murderer? Oh. Okay.

The flashback is a little redundant, showing us how Kate coerced another foolish, foolish man into helping her steal the plane from a safety deposit box (box number 815, nonetheless) in New Mexico. Seriously. Kate must be a complete wildcat in the sack because I can’t think of a woman, fictional or real, who has ever made more men do more stupid things on her behalf. I’m sure Doc Jensen spent 1,000 words comparing Kate to Helen of Troy at some point, but I’m not gonna.

The rest of the castaways duck their heads in periodically. Charlie has PTSD from getting hung by Ethan. Rose doesn’t feel bad for him, but prays with him anyway. Sayid and Shannon have their meet cute (and, truthfully, their chemistry is more believable than Jack and Kate’s). Boone and Locke are still out in the wood trying to dig up Tommyknockers.

Welp. There you go.

Episode: “Whatever the Case May Be”

Director: Jack Bender

Best Scene: Kate sells the reveal of the toy plane. With only a few sentences and some tears we know that she killed the man she loved, and we feel sorry for her. Still, between the last two episodes I’ve had enough of Kate bawling for one season.

Best Line: Rose to Charlie as she’s hauling laundry: “Oh, you’re not talking much these days. Doesn’t mean you get to be rude … You think you’re the only person on this island with something to be sad about?”

Best Throwaway Moment: Let’s hear it for Sayid and Shannon! Everyone’s favorite contrived couple!

Moment 1: Shannon translates the French words on Rousseau’s map: They’re the words to “La Mer,” which Americans know as “Beyond the Sea.” “Across the Sea,” die hards will remember, was the name of the third to last episode of the entire series. These two facts are, unfortunately, in no way related. On a side note, you can totally sell Maggie Grace used to do some musical theater in high school.

Moment 2: Sayid expresses concern for Shannon getting to much sun. Shannon: “I have a pretty good base.” Sayid’s smirk says it all. Shannon has nothing if not a nice base.

Revelations: Kate is suicidally bent on retaining possession of a certain toy plane; Rousseau was writing gibberish song lyrics on her maps.

Next Episode: “Hearts and Minds”

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

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