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The 'Lost' Diary -- The Substitute

2/17/2010 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

LostDaniel from TMZ here, welcome back to another edition of The "Lost" Diary.

You know that bar game where you have to stare at two pictures and touch the screen whenever you spot a difference? I think that's what this season of "Lost" is like. One minute you're yelling "Hey, Desmond isn't supposed to be on the plane" and the next week you're screaming "Claire's sonogram says October but it's supposed to be September!" What will we spot this week?

For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes: I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. I swore to myself I was going to watch "Lost" at a different place each week, but every other place is far and Ari lives five blocks away. So here we are. Let's roll.

9:00 -- I avoided promos and commercials all week, so the fact the "Previously on 'Lost'" section is Not Locke heavy has me very excited.

9:01 -- Don't tell John Locke he can't get out of a van! OK, maybe he can't, but still -- just don't tell him.

9:02 -- My jaw could not have dropped any further when I saw Helen. Is it possible alternate John Locke is ... *gasp* ... happy?

9:03 -- "And your dad ..." -- Helen. OK, now this is getting weird.

9:04 -- "Maybe it's destiny." -- Helen. Not gonna lie, we're four minutes in and it's getting a little dusty already. Locke-themed episodes never disappoint. (*knocking on wood)

9:05 -- Smokie Cam is making me a little nauseous.

9:06 -- "Alright, Richard. Time to talk." -- Not Locke

9:08 -- I love when even two-bit characters from three seasons ago show up again. How fast did the agent for "Randy" agree to do a cameo?

9:09 -- So apparently Locke "stole" his trip to Australia from his company. Not sure how he ever thought he'd get away with that one.

9:10 -- Richard just asked Not Locke what he meant when he said Locke was "a candidate." Is that the first time Richard asked someone else a question? Usually he's the man with all the answers.

9:11 -- "Come with me and I promise I'll tell you everything." Not Locke to Richard. That feels more like a Ben circa season four line. And who was the little Children of the Corn kid supposed to be?

9:12 -- Ben has had his testicles in Not Locke's purse so far this season, so watching him lie to Ilana is a step in the right direction toward getting them back.

9:13 -- If you could turn into a pillar of black smoke and fly around everywhere, would you ever walk?

9:18 -- "Here's to being dead." -- Sawyer

9:19 -- "What if I told you I was the person who could answer the most important question in the world?" -- Not Locke. Is someone finally going to tell us why Libby was in the mental institution?

9:22 -- Hurley and Locke just had their little meeting and ... dammit it's getting dusty in here again!

9:23 -- I want to get the inevitable Jin/Sun reunion out of the way soon. We all know it's coming, it's going to be great ... let's just do it already.

9:24 -- Now Not Locke is chasing the Children of the Corn threw the woods. Again, why wouldn't you just turn into smoke and chase the kid down? Not Locke is totally under-utilizing the whole Black Smoke Monster thing.

9:25 -- "Don't tell me what I can't do." -- Not Locke. Never gets old.

9:26 -- "Don't tell me what I can't do!" -- Not Locke. See? Never gets old. Oh, I am working under the assumption the Children of the Corn kid is Young Jacob till I am proven wrong.

9:29 -- Richard's warning was pretty concise, well-argued, and all around convincing -- but Sawyer is sticking with Not Locke because it makes for better television.

9:30 -- Locke wants to speak with the temp lady's "supervisor." Has to be someone we know, right? Juliet? Libby?

9:31 -- ROSE!!!!!!

9:31 -- OH NO!!! Rose still has cancer!!! There is no God!!!!

9:32 -- "A little after my time." -- Not Locke. There's a phrase you never hear.

9:33 -- As I am basking in the greatness of Terry O'Quinn, I can't help but think that odds are we will finish this episode, the third of the season, and only seen Desmond for like a minute. That better get corrected next week.

9:38 -- Sun, Ilana, Ben and Lawnmower Man are burying Locke. Ben is about to give his last words. Should be good ...

9:39 -- "He was a much better man than I'll ever be ... and I'm very sorry I murdered him." -- Ben. I just told Ari that when I die, he has to give that eulogy word for word.

9:40 -- Locke tries to call Jack, but gets cold feet.

9:43 -- Locke is explaining to Helen about getting denied on his walkabout.

9:44 -- "There are miracles, John. And the only thing I was waiting for ... was you." -- Helen

9:45 -- Not Locke starts climbing down the ladder and Sawyer follows shortly behind. Man you never would have gotten me to do that.

9:46 -- After a rejected scene from the movie "Cliffhanger," Sawyer and Not Locke make their way to some kind of cave.

9:47 -- "Inside joke." -- Not Locke. Throwing the light stone into the river, leaving the dark one behind.

9:48 -- So everyone's names are scratched into the ceiling? Interesting.

9:53 -- Locke as a high school science teacher -- I buy it.

9:54 -- I know that voice ...

9:55 -- "Ben Linus, European History." -- Ben

9:56 -- Jacob's list?

9:57 -- "Jacob had a thing for numbers." -- Not Locke. And not just any numbers ...

9:59 -- "Are you ready to go home?" -- Not Locke

10:00 -- "Hell yes." -- Sawyer, who is now Team Not Locke

One of my favorite things about "Lost" is that the show is "good" in different ways to different people. Depending on a lot of different factors -- who the flashbacks focus on, how many answers are given, whether or not Kate is soaking wet -- can influence your opinion of the show.

There have been plenty of times I have given an episode a high grade and been called crazy (or vice versa). Even though we all love the show, we all see different things in it and get our enjoyment different ways.

That being said, I woke up this morning (or rather was woken up by a text message. Thanks, Steven -- it's becoming a weekly tradition) and found myself texting, IMing and calling people to find out whether or not I was crazy.

"Last night's episode was awesome, right?"

I take my grades of "Lost" very seriously -- like a high school substitute science teacher. So, that all being said ... I give tonight's episode an A-.

I think if you love "Lost" when it's giving you a non-mythology story, you loved Locke's off-island scenes. If you love "Lost" to try and figure out WTF is going on, you loved Not Locke's scenes. To me, it was the perfect combination of everything I love about "Lost."

Doesn't hurt that I love Locke.

I am going to throw out a question here that I am not sure the answer of. Well, I am like 90% sure the answer is "no" -- but I am keeping drifting more and more towards "maybe" as I think about it. Here goes"

Are we sure -- like 100%, lock it down, no doubt about it sure -- the Man in Black/Smokie/Not Locke is really the bad guy here? Just asking.
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76.

Tallmoose    

Don't know if anybody said this already but,
An optional rule in backgammon is

"The Jacoby Rule"-Gammons and backgammons count only as a single game if neither player has offered a double during the course of the game. This rule speeds up play by eliminating situations where a player avoids doubling so he can play on for a gammon.

"Gammons and backgammons"-At the end of the game, if the losing player has borne off at least one checker, he loses only the value showing on the doubling cube (one point, if there have been no doubles). However, if the loser has not borne off any of his checkers, he is gammoned and loses twice the value of the doubling cube. Or, worse, if the loser has not borne off any of his checkers and still has a checker on the bar or in the winner's home board, he is backgammoned and loses three times the value of the doubling cube.

Also Both players have their own pair of dice and a dice cup used for shaking. A doubling cube, with the numerals 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 on its faces, is used to keep track of the current stake of the game.
dice 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64
"lost 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42"
Found this on a how to play Backgammon web page
http://www.bkgm.com/rules.html

To tired to try to figure out what it all means.

1619 days ago
77.

Janet    

Nice writeup. I, too, loved it and gave it an A-. In regards to the Man in Black, I believe that everyone has good in them, and everyone has evil in them. My belief is that Jacob is more evil than good, and the Man in Black is more good than evil. I'm going with the Man in Black saving the island and setting the future free for everyone. Jacob, obviously, was incapable of doing either thing, but the Man in Black will do both, thus saving the day. Go Team Locke!

1619 days ago
78.

JS    

Notice all the cut scenes to the encounters with Jacob, he touched everyone of them in some way, mostly on the shoulders but his finger brushed sawyer as a child when giving him the pen. Its like he gets them to the island and the Smoke/Locke thing cant kill the ones he touches because its the rule to their game. I guess Smoke/Locke cant leave until they are all dead. When he said to Sawyer about leaving together I think he was saying that Sawyer had to kill everyone and then they could leave. I like the backgammon idea. Very interesting. This show gives me a headache.................

1619 days ago
79.

Money Maker    


Are we sure -- like 100%, lock it down, no doubt about it sure -- the Man in Black/Smokie/Not Locke is really the bad guy here? Just asking.

THE QUERY YOU POSE IS VERY INTERESTING AND IF IT WEREN'T FOR THAT I JUST SPILT COFFEE ON MY CAPS LOCK, I'D GO ON, BUT I'M GONNA GO WITH A QUICK NO

JACOB/NEW CANDIDATE = GOOD (THINK GREEN LANTERN)
NOT LOCKE/MAN IN BLACK = BAD

1619 days ago
80.

Laura    

If Locke has a good relationship with his dad that means his dad isn't a conman/didn't throw him out the window so how did he end up in a wheelchair? That also means that Sawyer is happy on the plane because his parents aren't dead because of "Sawyer."

Also I think the man in black and Jacob have some sort of petty argument and that is why they hate eachother. I don't think he's necessarily evil.

Also if you look at the wall there are a lot of names that we recognize that are crossed out.

1619 days ago
81.

LJ    

it seems like most of the people in the flash-sideways scenes are happier than they were in other "flashbacks". maybe because jacob didn't touch them and change their destiny. if so, then jacob is looking more like the bad guy, and therefore notlocke the good guy.

1619 days ago
82.

Shannon A.K.A. Banana Sandwhich    

So here is what has been bugging me. When Locke is in the bath tub and Helen is talking about the wedding and that Locke's Dad is going to be there, that doesn't make sense. So if his dad is going to be at his wedding, then does that mean that he didn't con him out of a kidney or push him out of the window where he broke his back? Sorry if my dad did that I wouldn't invite him to my wedding!! To keep going, if Locke wasn't pushed out of the window then how is he paralyzed?

To continue with this train of thought, if Locke's dad didn't con Locke does that mean that he was never a con artist and never pulled the con on Sawyer's mom which never led to his dad killing him mom and himself? Which means Sawyer grows up to be happy and never known as Sawyer?

1619 days ago
83.

newbie    

Question about the smoke monster, didn't it attack Locke earlier in the first few seasons? Didn't he say it was white? Is this important in some way. Can both MIB and Jacob turn into smoke?

1619 days ago
84.

LJ    

btw, if locke couldn't get his wheelchair between those two cars there is no way in hell that hurley could've fit between them to get in or out of his car.

1619 days ago
85.

KHARVEY    

I think Not Locke is Jack's dad Christian. Jack was told to put something that belonged to his dad on Locke in his coffin, he put shoes on him. Not Locke is Christian/bad guy/ black smoke monster

1619 days ago
86.

Curt    

Seems like the Smoke Monster can only take the form of people who show up to the island already dead (Christian, Locke). If you remember many episodes ago, when Locke first went to the cabin to meet Jacob, there was a circle of dust around it. And as we saw, Smokie can't cross over a circle of dust. Then, some number of episodes later, a group returned to the cabin. The circle had been opened, and we saw Clair & Christen (Jack's sister and father) inside. I think it was Hurley that led them there, that time. Anyway, Dead Christen had apparently been the one to convince Clair to leave her baby in the woods which lead to the child being rescued & taken off the island. Maybe Smokie/NotLocke/Christen didn't want the kid around.

As for the questions about Sun & Jun's baby, she had the baby after they got back to the mainland. She left the baby with someone before Jack rounded up everyone to get them to go back to the island, much the same as Kate left Aaron with his grandma.

1618 days ago
87.

Josh    

I would like to add something about the black and white stuff.
Remember in the first season when they found that cave with the waterfall in it, they found two corpses. One corpse was holding a white stone and the other corpse was holding a black stone.
Could that be the original "Jacob" and "MIB"? Like Adam and Eve?
Just a thought.

1618 days ago
88.

hbly    

Anyone notice Jack's number was 23. Psalm 23 states the Lord is my shepherd. I wonder if Shepperd will be Lord?

Just a thought

1618 days ago
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