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"The Other Woman" is at a disadvantage due to the dull, obligatory,
soap-opera nature of the story being told. You can see the Jack/Juliet
kiss coming from a mile off, the characterization of Ben sounds fine on
paper (that he still has a childish attitude, but is responsible of
something so important), but comes off as trite and silly in execution,
and as affecting as Juliet's emotional journey in the episode is,
mostly thanks to Elizabeth Mitchell's performance, it's only barely
enough to make this a somewhat watchable, mediocre hour of "Lost".
The stuff with Harper is trite, the stuff with Ben is only occasionally effective, such as in the scene where he takes Juliet to Goodwin's body, but the episode has other strengths. Most of the scenes with Faraday and Charlotte are entertaining, although the showdown at the Tempest is disappointing, and it's pretty awesome when Charlotte knocks that meddling brat Kate out. "Eggtown" has more pull and power in the story, but it's also got an awful, obnoxious script. "The Other Woman" has strong enough dialogue and some decent characterization here and there, which saves it from being the nadir of season 4, though it is still mediocre. Ben's line at the end is great, as is Juliet saying "it's very stressful being an Other, Jack".
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The genius of LOST in manipulating its audience is evident in the first moments of "The Other Woman": Juliet is having a session with a female psychiatrist and says that she doesn't like being a celebrity. Oh, we're in the future and she's back in civilization, the viewer thinks. Nope. Someone knocks on the door: "Ben wants to see Juliet". We're at the fully populated camp of the Others, and this is not a flashforward, but a good old-fashioned flashback! It was about time for Juliet, by far one of the most intriguing characters of Season 3, to take the spotlight again after being a background character in the first 5 episodes of Season 4. And we get to see her in a bikini (great body!), and in an exciting fight with Charlotte (who also has her best moments so far in this episode). Elsewhere, Ben and Locke have another one of their typically intense discussions, and Ben agrees to reveal the identity of the owner of the rescue ship. Overall, it's a good, action-packed episode that both ties up loose ends from the past and opens up new avenues for the future. *** out of 4.
Charlotte and Faraday sneak out from the camping and Jack and Juliet
chase them. The former therapist of Juliet and one of The Others,
Harper, meets her in the woods and gives a message from Ben, telling
that the fugitives are heading to a plant to release gas in the island
and kill them. Charlotte and Faraday stumble in Kate and she sees gas
masks in Faraday's backpack, but she is hit in the head by Charlotte
and faints. Meanwhile, Juliet recalls her passion for Harper's husband
and the jealousy of Ben.
"The Other Woman" is another weak episode of this terrible Fourth Season, and the great loss of audience in this series proves that there are other viewers with the same opinion as mine. The mystery and thriller of the series now is shifted to an unnecessary quartet of love like in a soap opera. With regard to the important plot of the episode, if Charlotte and Faraday have good intentions, why sneaking out from Jack's camp and hit Kate? Why not telling the truth to Jack and Kate and resolve the menace with their support? My vote is seven.
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Note: On 14 April 2013, I saw this episode again on DVD.
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