Three episodes into Lost Season 4, and like Locke, I'm in so deep I'm beyond compromise. If last week's show saved the meaty stuff for the last ten minutes, tonight's goodies were more evenly spread throughout (though they saved a doozy for the very end, all right). I personally prefer stories based on the island, but the flash-forward and the surprising reveal that . . . well, let's get spoilery after the jump. Let's just say it all kept me on the edge of my seat — and no, I didn't see it coming.

Lots of crazy stuff happened both on and off the island tonight:

  • For starters, there's a discrepancy of 31 minutes and 20 seconds between the island and its immediate surroundings, which makes the prospect of time travel an ever more probable storyline.

  • Not only is Sayid a member of the Oceanic 6, he's working as an assassin and Ben (Ben!!!!) is his boss.

  • Who doesn't love a double-crossed affair? Especially since today is Valentine's Day. Also, gotta love the beeper.

  • Ben has a drawer full of foreign currency and passports, one of which has the name Dean Moriarty under Ben's photo. Dean Moriarty = one of the main characters in Jack Kerouac's On The Road; Kerouac also wrote The Dharma Bums. Moriarty = Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes's arch-enemy.

  • When Sayid and crew found Hurley in the closet, I starting thinking my impression last week that Locke was pleased with Hurley's apparent ability to see Jacob was wrong. After the reveal (Hugo = bait), I'm back to my original interpretation.

  • Island Sayid removes Naomi's bracelet (inscribed "N, I'll always be with you, R.G."). Future Sayid fingers a similar bracelet on Elsa's dead wrist. Is it the same one?

  • How has Ben manipulated Sayid into working as his killer? And who else is on the list Ben has given to Sayid?

  • Who is The Economist?

  • Best Line: Hurley, after Miles calls him "Tubby": "Oh, awesome, the ship sent another Sawyer."

  • Honorable mention: Miles, to Frank: "In case you zoned out while you were tweezing your goatee . . ."

  • Favorite New Theory: The island is a giant lump of super-magnetic holmium.