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Cindy McLennan: A | 15 USERS: A+
I Once Was Lost, But Now Am Found

Sideways: Jack enters the back of the church and lets himself in an office where there's a cross, a menorah, Buddha statuary, Christian statuary, Hindu art. It's Unitarian Jihad in its inclusiveness. Particularly striking is the stained glass window featuring six panels: Star and Crescent; Star of David; Aum; Cross; Dharmacakra (donkey wheel); Yin Yang. But most striking of all is the oak coffin, sitting in the middle of the room. Jack circumvents it -- holding his hand to his head. When he rests in front of it, he lays down his left hand and flashes to a vision of his eye opening on the Island for the first time. He jumps back, catches his breath and tries the right hand, instead. Jack runs from the bamboo grove to the beach. Jack meets Claire. Jack revives Rose. Jack revives Charlie after Ethan kidnapped him. Jack yells to Hurley to help with Claire. Jack tries to save Boone. Jack helps Shannon with her asthma. Jack and Sun bond. Locke saves Jack from falling off a cliff while chasing the White Rabbit. Sawyer and Jack have A Moment. Jack on the SAT Phone. Jack and Kate in Frank's chopper. Kate pointing a gun at Jack earlier this season. Kate comes to Jack in his aquarium cell on Hydra Island. The glass wall separates them. Always. Jack sees Kate for the first time. Jack and Kate kiss goodbye on the cliff. The flashes complete, Jack steps back before opening the coffin. It is empty, of course, as it always has been. If he climbs in it, I'm going to pull an Elvis on my TV. Whew. He's shutting the lid. Good thing, because I like my TV.

From behind he hears the familiar: "Hey kiddo." It's Christian who is here to present the writers' Apologia, so what follows is more transcript than recap. Jack doesn't understand what he's seeing. "You died." Christian: "Yes, I did." Jack: "Then how are you here right now?" Christian sighs softly. "How are you here?" He nods until his son gets it. "I died too." And then Jack cries. Um, I'm rather fond of the Jears, but this is for...himself? His death? What? Christian hugs him and tells him it's okay. As the Jears fall like rain, Jack manages to eke out an "I love you, Dad." And then: "Are you real?" Christian chuckles "I sure hope so." A beat. "Yeah, I'm real. You're real. Everything that's ever happened to you is real. All those people in the church -- they're all real too." Darlton: This defensive writing meant to cover our all-too-real arses? Also real!

When Jack asks if all the people in the church are dead, Christian says, "Everyone dies sometime, kiddo. Some of them before you, some long after you." Jack wants to know why they're all here, now. Christian says, "Well, there is no 'now' here." Jack: "Where are we, dad?" Christian: "This is a place that you -- that you all made together, so that you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That's why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them and they needed you." Jack: "For what?" Christian: "To remember. And to let go." Jack: "Kate." Speaking her name brings a smile to his lips. "She said we were leaving." Christian: "Not leaving. No. Moving on." Semantics at a moment like this, Darlton Christian? Jack: "Where are we going?" Christian: "Let's go find out." Jack nods and Christian wraps his arm around his shoulder as he leads him into the...

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