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Lost, Season 1, Episode 22: Born to Run

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 Title:Born to Run

Overall Episode Grade: D-

In the interests of everyone reading this, and especially myself, I’ve decided to keep this post as short as possible. Prior to “Born to Run,” Lost completed perhaps it’s best three-episode arc with “Deus Ex Machina,” “Do No Harm,” and “The Greater Good.” Following this episode we’ll have “Exodus,” the three-part season finale. “Born to Run” feels like a webisode sandwiched into one of the most important spots in Lost history.

We’ll break it down Q&A-style, because it feels fast.

How does this episode start?
Kate’s on the run. Incognito, she pulls up to a motel, switches her car’s plates from the large selection in her trunk, and slips into a recently unoccupied room. What we learn: Kate makes a lousy blonde, but a killer freeloader.

Why’s she in Iowa?
Presumably to check in on her sick mother, who is being treated for cancer.

Isn’t Kate a fugitive? How does she get past the law?
She looks up her old friend Tom, who happens to be a doctor who can reserve an MRI machine at 5 a.m.!

Does Tom have a too-convenient tie to a previous episode?
Yes! He was the owner of the toy plane Kate goes to so much trouble to get in “Whatever the Case May Be.” You’ll remember in the episode she confessed to Jack: “It belonged to the man I killed. It belonged to the man I loved.”

Soo… can you put a bow on this?
Wait. First the “love” angle. The two were childhood friends, and buried a time capsule (which included aforementioned plane) underneath the Tree of Life in an Iowa field. Also in the lunchbox? A tape they recorded when they buried the capsule. On the tape, Tom swears they’ll be married some day. Kate says she’s going to drive away. Guess which happened? In truth, the most interesting part of the time capsule is the New Kids on the Block lunch box. We’ll see it (and young Tom) again in a faraway episode, in a scene with much higher stakes for the series as a whole.

Do they make out?
Well, yeah. But Tom is married with a kid, so it’s more doomed than the average Kate romance. It’s more of a “Hey, here’s to our lost youth” kiss than anything else.

Soo… now can you put a bow in this?
Yeah. After Kate’s mom’s MRI, Kate steals a moment with her. Wonderful Diane promptly starts screaming–they’re estranged for reasons we’ve yet to see–and Kate flees. For some reason I’ll never figure out, Tom–a doctor–runs with her after giving her his keys. She drives through a police line, and they open fire. Then they run into a Gold Pontiac, and she sees Tom has been hit. He’s dead. She grabs the plane from the back seat and runs.

Will Tom figure, even in the slightest way, into any future Lost storylines?
Other than being with Kate in one flashback scene in Season 6… no. Kate’s Story 1 flashback arc is conveniently closed.

Does this flashback help the on-island storyline?
Not really. Kate is listening to her flee-happy tendencies and jockeying for a spot on Michael’s raft, Sawyer’s spot to be exact. The two have some testy exchanges, with Sawyer eventually outing Kate as the fugitive who was planning to scram the minute they reached land. Meanwhile, Jack and crew suspect one of the two when Michael is poisoned. The overall effect is a ridiculously timed whodunnit? episode, when what we need is some momentum to the season finale.

Who DID poison Michael?
Oh, that was Sun… at Kate’s bequest. The bottle was meant for Jin, so that he would have to stay with Sun and Kate could have his spot.

So did anything of consequence happen in this episode?
Charlie got a haircut.


Anything else?
Two things. One, we meet Leslie Arzt, an annoying turnip of a science teacher who tells Michael that if he doesn’t leave “yesterday” the raft will never get north to the shipping lanes and instead float south to Antarctica. Two, Sayid and Locke show Jack the hatch. Jack wants to open to look for supplies or shelter. Locke smiles. Sayid is angry.

That’s it?
That’s it.

Episode: “Born to Run”

Director: Tucker Gates

What the title means: Obviously Kate was “Born to run.” This is also the title of one of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits.

“Baby this town rips the bones from your back
Its a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run”

Best Scene: Arzt, Michael and Sawyer talking about the strategy for leaving the island. Some funny lines, and more importantly it addresses the logistics of sailing, which no one seems to have given much thought to.

Worst Scene: I can buy the idea of Tom–a doctor in his own hospital–giving his keys to an old friend to get away. But getting in the car with her and letting her drive through a police blockade? I’m not saying he deserved to get shot, I’m just saying.

Best Line: “Because I’m a doctor, and you’re a hillbilly.” Arzt when Sawyer asks why anyone should listen to him.

Best Throwaway Moment: No conversation between Jack and Locke is “throwaway” but their haggling over keeping secrets (Jack the guns and Kate’s fugitive status, Locke the hatch’s existence) is a harbinger of larger arguments over the next several seasons.

Revelations: Kate’s childhood friend is the one she “killed” accidentally trying to escape in Iowa; Jack wants to blow open the hatch, Sayid does not; Sun tried to poison Jin to keep him on the island; everyone now knows Kate was the fugitive.

Next Episode: “Exodus (Parts I, II and III)”

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

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