The episode opens with reminders about Desmond's premonitions: Locke's speech, the lightning rod, etc. In the present, as Locke and Sayid inform everyone about Eko's death, Desmond takes off running. He manages to save Claire from drowning in the ocean, but his prescience has now become obvious to Charlie and Hurley. They use some whiskey from Sawyer's raided stash to try and find out what happened to Desmond and get an explanation as to how, as Hurley puts it, "that guy see the future, dude." When Desmond passes out drunk, through his eyes we then begin to (re)experience his past and event leading up to why he did not end up with Penny, though he obviously still loves her and wishes things had been different. Triggered when Desmond "pushed the button," the flashbacks are actually a form of time travel or a replaying of events in an alternate/parallel universe. Desmond struggles with his sense of déjà vu and glimpsed of memories of the future as we see him living with Penny several ... Written by
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The book Hurley is reading is Vladimir Nabokov
's novel "Laughter in the Dark". It is a book about a guy whose sex addiction is his undoing. See more
Desmond tells Charlie that he saved Claire from drowning because otherwise it would have been Charlie that died. However, Desmond has his "vision" while he and Charlie are a mile away in the jungle. How could Desmond have a vision of Charlie drowning saving Claire, if Charlie was standing right next to him and couldn't possibly know Claire was in the sea? See more
The Universe, unfortunately, has a way of course-correcting. That man was supposed to die, that was his path. Just as it's *your* path to go to the island. You don't do it because you choose to, Desmond; you do it because you're supposed to.
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References The Wizard of Oz
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