The Little Prince is a great study in Love, Revenge, Manipulation & Pain. All of the characters are motivated by one or more of these emotions.
Looking at love Kate is very torn between the love that she has developed for Aaron while acting as his parent and her feeling for Jack. She’s developed the bond to Claire through helping her during birth and then protecting her & Aaron from baby baptizing Charlie and a load of other times. There had to have been a bond developing during the time off island. And she shows it while trying to protect him from Ben’s Lawyers.
Her feelings for Jack were reemphasized further by the boat flashback where she told him that she was always with him. Plus the fact that she trusted him to visit with Claire’s Mother and figure out her motives. Now the real problem is shaping out to be her having to ether trust Jack enough to follow Ben back to the island or to protect Aaron from Ben.
That’s where the manipulation comes in. It appears that Ben is still up to the manipulation game regardless of his motives. He reveals that he was the one to sick the Lawyers on Kate for a blood test and free Hurley from the slammer. And it hasn’t been revealed yet, but possibly the hitman after Sayid knowing that he would be able to defend himself. Everything is a means to his ends.
That is one of the reasons why Sun wants revenge on him. She thinks that Ben was the cause of Jin’s death and thus is gunning for him. This actually helps Ben because it brings another member of the OC 6 to him to complete his goal. That is also something that she has in common with Desmond & Penny with Des also heading for LA & Faradays Mother. But also into Ben who wants to kill her out of revenge for Widmore because of the pain that he caused Ben by killing Alex.
Which I loved the moment that Locke & Sawyer had when Locke was telling him about pounding on the Hatch and about how he didn’t want to warn his previous self about the bad things and pain that had happened because it helped him to be who he was. Speaking of pain while it was awesome seeing Danielle as a young scientist I kept thinking of all of the pain that she was about to go through. I really hope that Darlton devotes a good episode to her story rather then 10 minutes before another time jump. I also was glad to see Jin alive again, although who knows it’s still not totally clear whether or not Claire is really dead or alive.
My favorite scene in the episode though had to have been Sawyer watching Claire give birth and realizing once again his love for Kate. I got choked up by that scene. Its great how the show is starting to connect the present with the past and not only explain mysteries but also to reminisce.