SEE YOU IN AN ALTERNATE LIFE, BROTHER: Best episode of Lost this season, for my money, and it's no coincidence that the show delivered when it went back to the beach, focused on the mythology, and did a flashback of something we didn't know about someone we actually care about. Also nice to know: Charlie's middle name is Hieronymous, as in Bosch, as in 15th- and 16th-century painter of the freakish (and freakishly before its time -- coincidence, or not?) Garden of Earthly Delights, a nightmarish depiction of purgatory, and Ship of Fools, a finger-wagging caricature of the seven deadly sins (off-topic: the main panel of Ship of Fools was broken in half at some point, and scholars, working only from the top half, completely misunderstood its meaning for hundreds of years; only after the other half was found in a church basement did people figure out what was going on). Sounds like Cuse and Lindelof are egging on the island-as-purgatory theorists.
Incidentally, who cuts bangs on the island?