Now, to refresh the minds of LOST fans everywhere, I’ll remind us of how Sun and Jin came to be together in the original timeline.
Jin, born a fisherman’s son, is now a doorman at the Seoul Gateway Hotel that Mr. Paik, Jae Lee’s father, owns. Sun has just been introduced to Jae Lee, a man who, though extremely interesting to Sun, claims he does not want to get involved romantically with her, as he is soon to be leaving for America.
Jin seems to admire Sun as she leaves the hotel, and then she is gone, out of his life, seemingly forever. He goes on about his duties until the manager, a Mr. Kim, makes a few cutting classist remarks about Jin’s background prior to coming to the hotel. Infuriated, Jin quits his job, and storms away.
Shortly after, Jin bumps into Sun on a bridge, knocking her purse out of her hands. He reaches down to pick it up for her and, as he raises up, the two lock eyes and share a very realistic, however cliche, “love at first sight” moment.
After keeping their relationship private for an extended period of time, the two agree to be married, though Sun initially wishes to elope. Jin resolves to ask Mr. Paik for Sun’s hand in marriage. As he confronts Mr. Paik in his office, Paik proceeds to shoot him down, dissing his background, going off about how he should never allow him to marry his daughter, but, surprisingly, he agrees. His only condition is that Jin come onboard to work for him at Paik Industries.
Now, on to last night’s episode:
In the flashes sideways, it has become apparent that Jin brought a large sum of money with him to America, along with the watch, which wreaked a ton of havoc on the island between Michael and Jin. At the airport, the money was confiscated because Jin failed to report it especially since it was such a large sum, $25 thousand to be exact.
The two head to the hotel then, and when the desk clerk finds Sun’s room, he automatically assumes they are together. However, Jin is quick to point out that he does not have a wedding ring, “two, two rooms”, and that he has booked a separate room for the night, for they are not together.
Which brings to question, how did he come to work for Mr. Paik? With his background, in a class-based society, he would have little or no chance in acquiring such a job. Assumedly, the only reason he acquired his job in the first place was because he wished to marry Paik’s daughter. Is she now married to Jae Lee and Jin is the affair??
Jin is flustered because he was supposed to meet Mr. Paik’s associates at a restaurant, but has missed the meeting because of the hold up at the airport. He visits Sun’s room and states that he will go to the restaurant. She implores him not to, as it is already very late and no one will be there. Jin begrudgingly agrees, and Sun proceeds to unbutton the top button of her shirt, asking Jin why he asked her to keep it buttoned on the plane. Jin doesn’t tell her that this time, however, and the two fall onto the bed.
The two wake up in the morning to the sound of knocking on the door. Confused, Sun gets up and Jin hides in the bathroom. After stopping at the mirror, for perhaps too long, she answers, and none other than Keamy answers the door. Keamy, in the original timeline, led a force of brutes on the island hired by Charles Widmore, that was supposed to find/kill Ben Linus. He now works for Mr. Paik.
He and his henchman enter the room, asking about the money. Sun is unable to communicate, questioning the fact if she ever learned English in this reality as I did in my Theory article I published leading up to the episode. The two men find Jin and, once they realize communication is impossible, call Mikhail.
The last time we saw Mikhail in the original timeline was deep underwater. He killed Charlie Pace from outside the Looking Glass station with a hand grenade. He also was at the Flame station, where he was found and exposed by Sayid, Locke, Kate, & Rousseau as one of the Others. In this timeline, however, he apparently works for Keamy.
Keamy then decides that Mikhail will go with Sun to the bank, as she has offered to pay the $25,000 they lost out of her own pocket, in order to translate, while he takes Jin to the restaurant.
Upon arriving at the bank, it is revealed that Sun’s secret bank account has been closed by her father. Sun is distraught and it then dawns on her that her father must know of her and Jin’s questionable relations.
The two make it to the restaurant to find Keamy and the other men with him lying dead on the ground. We know this to be Sayid’s doing from the Sayid-centric 6th episode. Sayid has just opened a refrigerator of some sort to find Jin. He gives him a small knife in order for Jin to try and free himself, and leaves.
Meanwhile, Mikhail has drawn his gun and holds Sun close to him. Jin attacks then, pushing the gun into the back of Mikhail’s neck, demanding that he let Sun go and drop his gun. Mikhail refuses, claiming that if Jin was the one to kill those men, he would be dead already. He turns around, only to receive two bullets to his face, one piercing his eye, which is hardly coincidental because in the original timeline, Mikhail wore an eye patch.
Meanwhile, on the island, Locke leaves and Jin prepares to leave camp. (Locke also happens to mention to Sayid as he leaves him in charge, about the candidates) Sawyer stops Jin, however, claiming to be “in control”. Jin, however, just wants to find Sun. Before he can move, however, the entire camp is hit by darts, causing them to faint instantly. Widmore’s men raid the camp, then, and pick up Jin.
The reason for Locke’s leaving soon becomes apparent as we see him approach Sun in her old garden she planted when they first landed, seeking seclusion from the rest of the camp. He tells her that Jin is in his camp and that she need merely to come with him to see him again. Sun doesn’t trust him, though, and she takes off running towards the camp. Locke chases her and, in her hysteria, she runs into a tree, knocking her out cold.
She awakes at Ben’s prodding and finds she is unable to speak English. Ben takes her back to the camp and Jack begins to treat her, just as Richard shows up with a plan. Ilana gives the doubtful ones a smirk look. Sun begins spouting things off in Korean at him and Richard, perplexed, asks why. Jack explains that it should be temporary, but for now she will be unable to speak English. Sun storms off, incredibly frustrated, and the rest are left standing there. Jack approaches her much later and gives her a notepad to enable her to communicate.
Meanwhile, Jin finds himself in Dharma room #23, the same room that the Dharma Initiative used to brain wash children, which also was the room Walt was taken to. Widmore’s scientist woman, who also tried to con the con man, Sawyer, in “Recon”, walks in and begins to ask him some questions. Jin refuses and states he will only talk to Charles Widmore.
Widmore is approaches by Locke then, as Sayid and Locke venture over to the smaller, Hydra Island, but Sayid is not with him. Since they have set up the Sonar Fence, Locke is unable to cross and declares war on Widmore. Widmore then retreats back into the Dharma place, berating his scientist woman for pulling Jin out of the middle of the camp, claiming that that was supposed to happen in a couple days.
Jin is standing off to the side, and Widmore approaches him, handing him Sun’s camera. After Jin nears tears as he sees his daughter for the first time, Widmore declares that it is time for Jin to see “The Package.
Out at the submarine, a drugged-up, stumbling man is pulled out of the man-hole. The man falls over, and stares straight into the eyes of Sayid, who has apparently swam around, assigned by Locke to figure out what “The Package” is. Sayid gets a good look at him, and finally we do too. It is none other than Widmore’s own son-in-law, Desmond Hume.