I just re-watched the episode, and I totally appreciated all of your feedback from the last post. Here are thoughts and responses to some of your comments, as well as new questions that arose from a second viewing...
AMY & HORACE'S BABY BOY
SheilaLocke was the first of many to point out that logistically, Amy and Horace's baby boy could not have been Karl. Very true; I will blame the late hour of that post on my guess.
Doug thinks that perhaps their son could be Ethan Rom. Good call...that is far more plausible!
AMY & PAUL
If there was a Truce in place between Dharma and the Hostiles, why were they having a picnic seemingly outside of the safety zone and sonic fence? Were they being set up or tested, and if so, by whom?
WHY was Paul wearing the Ankh necklace? By the way, I think I'll start referring to him as Paul Ankh-a.
BrenKeller pointed out that in addition to Hurley's painting, the ankh necklace, the 4 toed statue and the hieroglyphics...Richard Alpert may be an immortal pharaoh. I like that idea, and Maven added that ancient Egyptians did use eyeliner (created from stones & minerals; to protect from the sun). Ashlie - it's true, I did some research too!
Barry also reminded me that there were hieroglyphics down in the Swan hatch too, on the countdown clock.
What was he trying to do with the dynamite? He wasn't throwing it at the sonic fence...
At that time (in that era), who did he report to? The same person who determined if someone was 'Dharma material?'
Why DID they murder Dharma Paul? Were they really going to shoot Amy as well, or just kidnap her? Doug aptly inquired what would have happened to her had Juliet and Sawyer not intervened, and whether or not they are indeed course correcting events.
Jin took a walkie off of the dead Hostile. Had we seen them using that kind of technology before? That they were using them at all makes me think that Alpert wasn't working with/for Jacob, given his dislike of modern communication.
I really like Doug's theory that Ben's crush on/obsession with Juliet began when he was a kid on the island; he met her while she was there for the three plus years integrated into Dharma.
As I watched the episode for a second time, I realized that Kate NEVER had Sawyer's back; her relationship with him was completely self-serving. I really hope that we're not forced to watch Kate manipulate Sawyer's emotions and life again on the island, because Juliet has both his back and his heart...and I hope we don't have to see hers break.
OLIVIA (Horace's other wife)
Doug believes that Olivia was killed shortly after the Purge that we witnessed Ben oversee in "The Man Behind the Curtain" and that her death may have caused the Truce...but why wouldn't she have been killed in the Purge along with Horace?
Both Anonymous and Rlowene think that Olivia was Horace's first wife (before Amy). Although I am openly confused by the timeline, I tend to agree.
Barry - it is just my assumption that the polar bears were used as experiments to turn the Frozen Donkey Wheel, primarily because of Charlotte's discovery of a Dharma polar bear collar at the island exit point of Tunisia.
Nurby and Ashlie want to know why people other than Alpert are leading the island, and what his relationship with Jacob is. Me too.
If he buried Jughead (as Faraday instructed in the past), did he do so under the Swan?
ROSE & BERNARD
Rlowene asks a question which I think all of us are wondering...where the hell are Rose, Bernard, Vincent the dog and the remaining 815ers while Sawyer and co. are playing house with Dharma? In that same unknown location where Flight Attendant Cindy and tail section kids Zach & Emma have been?
How DID he know about the history of the Black Rock ship?
Three years ago, Sawyer looked at and approached Kate with lust and caution. He looks at Juliet with admiration and love. It's true - I am unable to conceal my hopes for the new couple.
After they reunite, how long until Sawyer asks Kate if she followed through with that favor he whispered to her on the helicopter before jumping out? Of course I'm hoping that it was about his daughter Clementine and we get to see his baby mama Cassidy again before the series ends...
Presumably, it was created to keep the Black Smoke Monster out (because it is ineffectual on the Hostiles). So why does it seem that Smokey is unleashed from WITHIN the Barracks and safety of the sonic fence (from the secret chamber in Ben's future Dharma house)?
Earplugs. Really? That's all it takes to avoid being rendered unconscious by high-frequency sound waves? You'd think that the Others, Dharma and Losties would have figured out at some point during their time on the island that Smokey is averse to said sounds and attempted to create and implement similar sound-based deterrents.
Doug thinks that perhaps Locke's last turn of the Frozen Donkey Wheel will result in an earthquake that topples the 4 Toed Statue. That is a logical possibility, and one that we might see in an upcoming episode. Although I still believe that the dormant volcano is someone involved...
I may watch "LaFleur" yet again before Wednesday, if time permits. Thank you again for all of your comments and feedback on Facebook and Twitter!
Even though there is not a new episode of Lost this week, on Wednesday evening I will be participating in a live Lost chat on Zap2It with the awesome Ryan McGee (and possibly a podcast with DocArzt as well this week); stay tuned for details!