>A woman washes up on the beach amid the wood from a wreckage. She's pregnant and wearing Greco-Roman-style clothing. She meets Allison Janney by a stream. The woman, named Claudia, asks Allison Janney some questions, in a Latin-ish language. "Every question I answer will just bring you to another question," Janney's character replies. Oh boy does this episode drive that point home.
If last episode was the one where everyone died, this is the one where lots of questions were answered. Most importantly, we learn about the origins of Jacob and the MiB (and they're way more satisfying than Richard's story):
Claudia gives birth to twins...Man in Black and Jacob are twins! Of course! How did we not see it all along? The black and white thing is really driven home in this episode, in everything from clothing to hair color.
Theory: The whole black-and-white-as-good-and-bad thing has been a ruse. Black and white instead represents the Taoist concept of yin and yang: two opposite forces (Jacob and still unnamed Brother/MiB) are seemingly opposite yet are really interconnected and complementary. We see in this episode that MiB—just like Ben and the Others, just like most other Lost "villains"—is really nuanced and quite justified in his rage and actions. If Allison Janney (playing Mother) killed my mother and lied to me about where I was from, I'd be pretty pissed too. Nice play by Lost writers after so strongly convincing us last week, with the deaths of Sun and Jin, that MiB is pure evil.