The Televangelist: 'Lost' episode 11

We've definitely returned to (un)necessary flashback-/character-driven mode in Lostville these days. Most of us had guessed that Kate gave Aaron to Claire's mother before heading back to the island, and that she'd been keeping tabs on Clementine Ford as well. Kate-isodes aren't typically the show's strongest, but despite a quick surfacing of the "Jate/SKate" relationship quandary, last night's offering was, on the whole, solid. The best moments may not have included Kate, but credit must be given to Evangeline Lily's excellent portrayal of anguish over leaving Aaron behind.

"Whatever Happened, Happened" had a touch of "Grey's Anatomy" to it, with two doctors battling it out over whether or not to save a young boy who will grow up to be, well, Ben Linus. In an interesting twist, Jack's refusal to help young Ben turned out (of course) to play right into the realities of Ben becoming a Hostile.  Facing certain death among the Dharmas, young Ben is transported to Hostile territory by Kate and Sawyer, looking for help from our old friend Richard Alpert. Instead of being stitched up and growing up to be the village sandwich-maker, Richard will, er "take his innocence," and Ben will become a Hostile and remember nothing. Anyone else feel like this was a cop-out? Since meeting young Ben, many speculators have started putting together the pieces of what adult Ben may remember from his Dharma days. Did he love Juliet because he remembered how she tried to save him? Did he make Sayid's life hell because Sayid had tried to kill him? Would it explain why he had that list of specifically Hurley, Sawyer, Jack and Kate to take hostage in season two?