You know what I could use right about now? An old-school SCTV parody of Lost, with Catherine O'Hara as Juliet, Andrea Martin as Kate, Eugene Levy as Jack, Rick Moranis as Charlie, Joe Flaherty as Locke, and John Candy as Hurley. But that's not going to happen, so let's review what did. As always, spoilerish stuff ahead.

We meet four new characters this week, the team that's come to "rescue" the Losties—or kill them, depending on who you believe, not to mention the guns and gas masks the "rescuers" are carrying. Each of these seeming misfits comest with his or her own flashback, so those take up most of the hour. It's not that they aren't interesting, and we learn a lot about how the outside world has reacted to the downing of Flight 815, but it leaves the meat of the episode to the last ten minutes. In the interim, the viewer's head spins with new information, a sensation you either enjoy—or find annoying. TVGuide.com falls into the latter group this week, complaining that characters as "smart" as Jack and Kate should have found out the "answer to the $1 million question" earlier in the show. I've watched enough network TV to realize that's not the way it works, but I'm with Locke: I want answers!

Yeah, I know. That's not the way network TV works—especially Lost.

All in all, I enjoyed the ride this week. Here's what we learned:

  • Hurley can see Jacob/Christian's cabin, too, a fact which disturbs Ben and pleases Locke.
  • Somebody went through a lot of expense and trouble to fake a wreck of Flight 815.
  • In the past, there was at least one polar bear wandering the Tunisian desert in a Dharma Initiative collar. (A time travel experiment? Evidence of multiple Dharma locations?)
  • Ben's smart mouth is going to get him killed.
  • Sawyer, of course, has the best line of the night: "Taller? Like a giant?" I also loved his reference to Locke as Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now's Colonel Kurtz.
  • TVGuide.com also complains that Claire isn't mourning enough. Just because she isn't sitting on the beach in a catatonic state for a days on end, a la Rose, doesn't mean she's not grieving. And I, for one, don't need a soap opera storyline about Claire's sorrow.
  • Ah, Naomi. You understood Murphy's law but your boss didn't, and now there's a dysfunctional rescue team running around the island without your guidance (unless you turn out to be one of the undead).
  • Ben's mole on the freighter? Odds are on Michael.

Questions:
  • Are the rescuers angry relatives of slaughtered members of the Dharma Initiative, unknowingly brought together by the creepy Mr. Abbadon for his own nefarious purpose?
  • Where did the picture of Ben come from? Did he leave the island at some time as an adult—or did someone else carry the photo out?
  • Is anybody watching Eli Stone? Is it as awful as it looks?