I was typing a longish theory about that title… I think I was on my eighth paragraph and accidentally erased it. Sigh.
Embrace brevity, people.
My theory? While obstinsably a Jack centered epsiode, my shrewd WAG is that “cowboys” (note the plural-- EVERY other episode title has had singular subjects) will significantly refer to certain other islanders, too.
Another marauder may prove to be “Ethan Rom.” We’ll see.
Locke, I predict, will be seen coolly looking on the proceedings, distant but observant, offering advice to those who will listen but ultimately uninvolved.
Finally, with the phrase, “daddy issues” the simplest explanation means this is someone with problems with their father. (Jack, Sun, Walt.) It might be more broadly interpreted as someone with problems or has had problems with male authority (Maggie, Sawyer, Sun, Sharon, Sayid, Locke.) A daddy may refer to an older man involved with a younger woman. Or issues could refer to money, or offspring, or emotional/behavioral problems, or a bodily discharge such as blood, pus – or even semen.
Or it could be this episode title doesn’t easily fall into the wordplay / pun / metaphor / homonym / slang / double entendre pattern as all the others.
I was so busy making sure I spelled Sayid’s name right this week that just completely misnamed Kate.
I love the SDMB, but it’s so much better to call yourself out on a mistake you’ve made than to have some of you snide bastards do it (I say affectionately). Nothing like having someone correct you and then add that goddamn “rolleyes” smilie.
What’s going to happen to Saayid, now that Sawyer knows he’s back?
Jack’s father really was an asshole, wasn’t he? A master manipulator. I wonder what was going through Jack’s head as he signed the document? Lose the battle, win the war?
The strife between Michael and Locke bears watching.