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Juliet is a crafty Other, to be sure, but this episode tells us the story of how she ended up on the island, after a career in fertility research with her ex-husband (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) in Miami. It’s a sympathetic portrait, as we learn that she is as much a victim of Ben’s deceptions as anyone else. (Richard Alpert told her that she was applying for a job at a facility in Portland, Ore., hence the title of the episode.) On the island, Juliet’s loyalty to Ben is tested when she assists Jack in removing Ben’s spinal tumor. It’s revealed that Ben has agreed to let Juliet leave the island, after three years, if he survives the surgery.
There have been plenty of episodes that demonstrate why Sawyer is such a shifty opportunist, and also why he needs to atone for his past actions. But it’s “LaFleur” that shows the con man assuming one more pseudonym to become a good man when he assumes a prominent position of power within the 1970s-era Dharma Initiative. It’s also in this episode that we learn that James and Juliet have, in the absence of the Oceanic 6, made a love connection as pure and as beautiful as those hand-picked flowers he brings her. Just as things couldn’t appear more perfect, the members of the Oceanic 6 arrive on Ajira Flight 316, ready to wreck homes.
Source: TV GUIDE