Now that takes brass ones.
Of all the episodes this season thus far, "LaFleur" was the one that I thought has come the most wild out of left field. Maybe even ranking up there with "Flashes Before Your Eyes" and "The Constant" as among the most unorthodox of Lost episodes. But oh so spot-on for this most exceptional of television series.
This was one of the best Sawyer-centric episodes yet. Seeing him in tonight's show, and then looking back on what kind of man Sawyer was in Season 1, there's a great sense of appreciation of how much he has grown and matured: from the vindictive con man, to a real nurturer and protector. But he hasn't forgotten how to pull a fast one when he has to. For some reason I thought Sawyer's best scene was when he was laying the smack down on Richard Alpert: it was like "I know who you are so don't mess with me."
Lots of good new DHARMA Initiative stuff ('specially good to see Horace again) and intriguing hints about the Hostiles. And hey, we finally got to see the rest of the Four-Toed Statue, if only for about three seconds. Granted it was only the back of it but hey, at least we know there really was more to it, aye?
The reunion at the end: we saw that coming, but it made it no less powerful. And so television's most-discussed love triangle has become... a quadrangle. Should be fun to see where this goes.
Not as tense or hurried as last week's "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham", but I thought "LaFleur" held its own very well. No new Lost next week, but we'll do this again on the 18th! :-)