i'm so glad this episode happened.
let's be honest though, the back story rated a high 7 on the EHHHH meter. EHHHHH. but you know, cheech was in it. CHEECH! but the whole mom having needs and cheech being a suckass dad and more of hurley moaning about his horrible luck? yeah, i was over all of that. give me this episode sans back story, and we've got the semblance of a winner.
to recap: sawyer & kate return to the island and the regular favs plus the random extras (that sometimes get lines they inevitably butcher and float in and out of episodes) were there to greet them. kim is learning english which results in high hilarity when sawyer gets ahold of him. desmond is kinda broody, charlie is kinda mopey (per usual) and hurley is all about a finding the source of a dead skeleton arm with a lucky rabbit's foot 'round it's crispy wrist. thanks to vincent's super sniffer skillz, that is. and locke & sayid are, unfortunately, all too quiet until the very end.
so the main character of this episode is ACTUALLY the mystery van (a la little miss sunshine). hurley finds it when he follows vincent the dog (i feel i have to qualify who the hell vincent is because he's been missing from my psyche for 8 years). so, there’s an overturned VW/dharma bus thing with a crispy-fried "roger workman" at the helm. i can’t believe they didn’t find this earlier, because hurley barely breaks a sweat following vincent to it, and i have to imagine hurley doesn’t go very far very fast and it just seems like it’s in a location close to camp and well.. ok i’m over that plot hole. where were we? hurley finds a bus, but can’t turn it over himself so... he enlists a naive kim to help him on this seemingly ill-fated mission, and they decide to remove/decaptiate roger's skeleton in the process. eventually sawyer arrives to make the van mission a little more fun. and then they all drink some beer they found in the old musty van (ew) and it's all fun and games until charlie arrives to make this a little more serious. and now it's time to muster up a lil faith and get this rusty bucket movin'.
with a little faith, elbow grease and EXTREME DISBELIEF SUSPENSION, the van gets growling and they all go for a joy ride. it sounds a hell of a lot worse than it actually was, i promise. i liked the idea of hope, is all. WHAT? i’m a sap. sue me!
ok ... so the van works, hurley and charlie don’t die despite everyone expecting/wanting them to and etc.
back to kate.. she’s gone on a solo mission to “get help” which we can all guess is going to be the french woman who might have a name but its been so long since we’ve seen her i can’t remember what it is. so yeah, kate goes to find help, locke & sayid trail her and it turns out... yes, yes, it’s the french woman. and why would she want to help kate locate the CAMP OF THE OTHERS? because she thinks the young girl, alex, IS PROBABLY THE FRENCH WOMAN’S DAUGHTER. i totally saw this coming, but i’m also a psychic that gets paid to tell people what they want to hear, so you can just do with all that whatever you want.
ps. LOST + WINE = AWESOME.