Lost 3.13: "The Man from Tallahassee"

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OK, our heroes have infiltrated Otherville. But it looks like Jack is now playing for the “other” team, in a manner of speaking. This looks like it could be a real good episode and we might even get a few answers as Sayid, Locke and Kate confront The Others. I’ll spoiler this, although it’s just from last week’s preview about the backstory:

We find out how Locke got paralyzed tonight.

From the ABC “Lost” website:

** The Man from Tallahassee** Ben tries to persuade a determined Locke to call off his destructive plan by offering him some of the secrets of the island, and Kate’s reunion with Jack does not go off as planned when she discovers that he has made a deal with “The Others.”

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Here are some interesting external links:

The Lost Report: A very well written summary of the most current episode often containing interesting insights. I don’t think you’ll find spoilers.

The Tail Section: Excellent site for still frame photos of key scenes, along with some good analysis. But… beware of spoilers!

Sledgeweb’s Lost… Stuff: Pretty good site, but again beware of spoilers. I use it mainly for the Timeline section, which is an incredibly detailed breakdown of “how long since…?” for almost anything you can think of (pre- and post-plane crash).

Door Map from Episode 2.17. A nicely cleaned up version of the diagram Locke saw while pinned under the lockdown doors. No spoilers.

Lostpedia: The wikipedia of Lost information. Quite a comprehensive site, but beware of spoilers!

ThEmIsFiTiShErE: The Misfit offers his whacky commentary on “Lost”. Is he a nut-case or a clever insider? Careful, though, possible spoilers.

I have such high hopes for tonights ep! I dont think they can live up to it, and I will be disappointed, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

So who do you guys think the title refers to? Anthony Cooper? One of the Others?

The podcast is very tantalizing.

I’m still bummed that Kate seems to be heading toward a pairing with Jack. (I know you non-romantics out there don’t care, but anyway). Now, I was assuming previously that Kate was not an out-and-out slut, and that she really cared about Sawyer.

Also, I think Jack felt he could infiltrate the Others on his own, and try and make contact with the outside world, then come back and save the losties and be a big hero. He didn’t count on Locke wanting to blow up all communications equipment so he could stay on the island that healed him (not caring about anyone else.).

I so hope I’m proven wrong on these feelings…

Bobby Bowden?

I was thinking it would probably be about the guy whose backstory we see tonight. Or, it could be The Marshal who was chasing Kate-- seems like she spent a lot of time in FL.

A lot of people I know have advanced some version of the “Locke wants to stay on healing island” theory, but the problem is that I can’t understand, in that case, why he’d go through so many elaborate machinations dsigned to keep the other crash survivors there with him. I mean, wouldn’t the following work just as well?

RANDOM SURVIVOR: Look! A boat! We’re saved!
LOCKE: All right, well, you all have nice lives. Bye!

But then the Island’s secret would be out. Locke is living out his dream, and he’s cured of his paralysis. Why would he want to rock that boat?

On the podcast, the producers say the The Man from Tallahassee does not refer to Locke.

The no reruns combined with a pick up in the action has gotten me excited about Lost for the first time in a while.

What are these “podcasts” of which you speak, and how do I get to them? TIA.

ETA:Thanks John Mace for starting these threads, you do a great job with them and it hasn’t gone unappreciated.

Isn’t Kate’s family from Tallahassee?

The husband she drugged and left is, I think. Her birth family is from Iowa, or at least she grew up there.

But since tonight is a Locke flashback rather than a Kate one, I don’t know if that would be relevant.

Last time we saw Locke in a flashback he was in trouble with the cops. But I thought that was in Northern California. Then again, maybe he transferred before or after that.

Or maybe the action doesn’t take place in Tallahassee, it just involves a man who’s from there.

And I’m rather certain you’re right about his last flashback taking place in Northern California.

Clearly, it refers to me. (Yes, I’m IN Tallahassee).

Tonight’s flashback features me, the Tree Crushing Monstre!


(looks up)

Dude. I thought you’d be taller.


I swear, if they don’t tell us, this week, how Locke ended up paralyzed, my head will explode. I don’t care what else happens in the episode, as long as we get that bit of information.

I like the idea advanced in last week’s thread. If I was on the island, that’s totally what would have happened.