Wednesday, March 19, 2008

2.16 The Whole Truth

In flashback, Sun joins Jin in bed, looking beautiful in her light green negligee. Their kissing is interrupted by Jin asking if she took her temperature. It seems they have been trying to have a baby for a year. Tempers flare, with Sun still angry about the violent side of Jin’s job, while Jin blames her father for ordering him to do those things. Jin apologizes for losing his temper, saying he had hoped that if they have a baby, her father might give him a safer job.

Jin finds Sun in her garden and gets angry that she is there alone. His fear that she will get taken again leads him to destroy the garden.

Locke tells Ana about Henry. He wants her to talk to Henry, to determine if he is one of the Others – he feels as an ex-cop who has had experience with the Others, she is most qualified to do so. It’s also Locke’s way of usurping Jack’s authority.

Sun arrives at the beach, out of breath. Rose and Bernard stop arguing long enough to give her water and show concern for her health.

In flashback, Sun looks guilty as she keycards her way into a hotel room and posts the Do Not Disturb sign. She has been seeing Mr. Lee, but only for English lessons. Lee thinks Jin would be proud to know she is learning English.

Locke asks Jack what he thinks about Ana Lucia talking to Henry. Jack isn’t overly enthusiastic but says he will talk to her. Locke tells him she is already in the armory now.

Ana Lucia tells Henry about the mistake she made with the man whom she thought was not on the plane, says she won’t make the same mistake twice, and asks Henry to tell his story once again.

Sun approaches Sawyer and asks to look through the medical supplies. She obviously doesn’t want to tell Sawyer what she wants, and he won’t give her what she wants until she tells him. So she tells him: she wants a pregnancy test.

Ana comes up with a good strategy: she tells Henry to draw a map to where the balloon is. Ana will follow the map, find the balloon, and prove that Henry’s story is true. Henry hems and haws about drawing the map, first saying that because he is an air traveler, he is not good at drawing land maps. But Ana insists that he must draw it, or he will virtually be admitting he is a liar.

Hurley and Sun cross paths in the jungle – he is guilty about his stolen candy bar, and she is hiding the pregnancy test behind her back.

In flashback, Jin and Sun are talking to a fertility doctor. The tests show scar tissues blocking her fallopian tubes. He says even with surgery, the chances of pregnancy are impossible. Jin accuses Sun of knowing about this all along and hiding the information from him. Sun retorts by sarcastically saying she hid the info so she could trap the son of a fisherman. Jin storms out of the office, scattering papers and slamming doors.

Ana emerges from the armory, saying that she needs to talk to Henry again tomorrow. Jack tells her that he told no one about Henry (as a way of explaining why he did not tell her).

Ana shows Sayid (and Charlie) the map, and invites them to come with her to see if it is true. They head off, their destination about a day away, according to Sayid. Landmarks on the map are matching up to the terrain they are traversing: they are on the right track. Ana notices Charlie’s gun and suggests he give it to someone who knows how to use it (meaning herself). Charlie makes a jab about her being a murderer, and gives the gun to Sayid. Sayid suggests they make camp for the night at the base of the cliff.

Kate sits with Sun while she waits for the results of the pregnancy test, which is positive. They check with Jack, and he confirms that positives are positive. When he hears that Sun wants to keep it a secret, even from Jin, Jack gently suggests that she tell him and not repeat the ‘speaking English’ incident, where quite a few people knew she spoke it before Jin did. Jack says he is heading back to the hatch, and Kate wants to know why he is spending so much time down there, but Jack gives nothing away.

In flashback, Sun tells Lee that she cannot get pregnant, and she is glad about that. Lee asks why she is learning English. She says she is moving to America and leaving Jin. He reveals that he was not in love with the woman he returned to America for when he and Sun first met. He asks her not to go to America, but not because he wants her to stay with Jin – it is because he is in love with her.

Around the campfire, Ana apologizes to Sayid for killing Shannon. Sayid it wasn’t her who did the killing, it was them, and if Henry turns out to be one of them, something will need to be done. In the morning, Sayid looks at Ana’s sleeping body with something other than hate. They reach the clearing but cannot see any balloon. A quick glance is enough for Sayid, but Ana insists they search more before condemning Henry to death. Grudgingly, Sayid gives in, dividing the area into three search grids.

On the beach, Jin helps Bernard with a net he is using to catch oysters. He is hoping to find a pearl for Rose. Jin tells him there are no oysters there, and Bernard is suitably depressed. Sawyer wanders by to tell Bernard the news the Sun is pregnant. Jin cannot understand what is being said.

Jin is in Sun’s garden, repairing the damage he caused when he got angry. Sun finds him there and, after he is through apologizing, tells him she is pregnant. She also says there is something else she must tell him.

In flashback, Sun is walking their dog when the fertility doctor drives up and tells her that it is Jin, not her, that is infertile. He was scared of what Jin would do if he had shared that news directly with him.

Sun tells Jin this news now. Jin wonders how he could be the father, but Sun swears that she has never been with another man. Jin accepts that it is a miracle and is happy, as is Sun. Jin says that if it is a boy, he would like to use a character from his father’s name for the boy’s name. They wonder is there is anyone left to tell about the pregnancy, since most people seem to know already. Sun asks to stay on her own for a few minutes, and Jin heads back to the beach.

Henry’s reading is interrupted when Jack opens the armory door. Jack lets Henry join he and Locke for cereal breakfast, and Henry mentions off-handedly that he drew a map to the balloon for Ana.


People (Jack, Charlie, Locke, Jin) are all starting to go nuts. Notice that Jin is getting rough with Sun, Locke refers to the hatch as ‘my hatch’, Sawyer took all the guns, and Charlie bashed Sun.

Sun’s choice for an English language teacher is revealing, as we know or suspect that she was in love with him the first time around.

At the same time as Henry played Locke against Jack, Locke has now made an alliance with Ana, and played Ana against Jack.

My gut feeling halfway through this episode is that Henry is one of the Others, and the balloon map is a trap of some kind.

The island seems to have healed Sun as well, since she was not supposed to be able to get pregnant. We later find out that it is Jin that it may have healed.

Jack tells Sun to be honest, then immediately lies to Kate about why he has been spending so much time in the hatch.

Now Henry has successfully played Ana against Jack and Locke.

So what do you think? Is Henry an Other? Or is he just a guy who likes to play people against each other? I say Other – but I’ve been fooled before, most notably on Nathan.

Jin and Sun should be doubly careful since the Others kidnapped Claire when she was pregnant.

What if someone did crash in a balloon, but it wasn’t Henry? What if Henry based his story on the fact that he found the remnants of a balloon? If this is true, Ana will find the balloon and believe that Henry is telling the truth. But the two items do not correlate.

The ‘is he or isn’t he’ theme for Henry really is making me hungry for the next episode.


If Henry has told his story to Jack, Locke, and Sayid, they each should have taken notes, then compared notes to see if there were any discrepancies. That’s how interrogators break down lies.

If the balloon isn’t there, then there is the possibility that it is a trap. And if that is a possibility (which seemed obvious to me), then splitting up to search is not a good idea.

Memorable Moments

  • Sun in a variety of outfits (light green nightwear, dark gray business suit)

  • The slight glimmer of admiration on Sayid’s face when he finds out Ana got Henry to draw a map

Quotable Quotes

"We got a serious problem, Ana Lucia – all of us. I’m taking the necessary steps to solve it. I don’t need Jack’s permission to talk with you, because right now there’s a man sitting in my hatch, and I want him out."
- Locke to Ana

"You draw up that map, Henry. I’ll find your balloon. But if you don’t, things are gonna play out just like you said."
- Ana

Jin: Did you know about this [that you were barren] before we got married?
Sun: What?
Jin: You must have had some idea!
Sun: Why would I have kept something like this from you? Oh yes. I was trying to trap the son of a fisherman.

Ana: It’s [a map] to his balloon.
Sayid: How did you get him to do this?
Ana: I asked nicely
Sayid: Do Jack and Locke know about this?
Ana: Jack and Locke are a little too busy worrying about Locke and Jack. All I want to know is if this guy’s telling the truth.
Sayid: Why did you come to me?
Ana: Judging by what you did to his face, that’s what you want too.

Charlie: You lookin’ at my bum?
Ana: No, I’m looking at your gun.
Charlie: My what?
Ana: Maybe you should give the gun to somebody who knows how to use it.
Charlie: Maybe I will. As I recall, the last time you had a gun you murdered someone.

Henry: This must be my reward for good behavior, huh? I guess I earned myself some good will for finally drawing that map for Ana?
Locke: What map?
Henry: To my balloon.
Jack: [to Locke] Did you -
Locke: No.
Henry: Wow, you guys have some real trust issues, don’t you? Guess it makes sense she didn’t tell you, I mean, with the two of you fighting all the time. Of course, if I was one of them, these people that you seem to think are your enemies, what would I do? Well, there’d be no balloon, so I’d draw a map to a real secluded place, like a cave or some underbrush – a good place for a trap. An ambush. And when your friends got there, a bunch of my people would be waiting for ‘em. Then they’d use them to trade for me. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not one of them, huh? [pause] You guys got any milk?

1 comment:

  1. Ana: Maybe you should give the gun to somebody who knows how to use it.
    Charlie: Maybe I will. As I recall, the last time you had a gun you murdered someone.

    The last time Ana had a gun before this episode, she accidentally killed Shannon. The last time Charlie had a gun, he had murdered Ethan Rom. It's amazing that Charlie's hypocrisy blinded him to this truth. I'm amazed that many fans had forgotten.