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''Lost'': Your Preseason Cheat Sheet

Doc Jensen on what you need to know before the Jan. 31 season premiere. Plus: A personal reflection on how ''Lost'' helped him through a difficult time

CAR SERVICE How will Hurley's cool Camaro fit into the season 4 premiere?
CAR SERVICE How will Hurley's cool Camaro fit into the season 4 premiere?

'Lost' (S4): Preseason cheat sheet

THE BIG TEASE!
In which we usually attempt to impart some quasi-cryptic intel from Lost executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about the next new episode. However, the storytellers-in-chief are currently on strike and unavailable for comment right now on the Jan. 31 season premiere. So, to whet your appetite — and to honor their words — I present you with a line of dialogue, penned by Messrs. Cuse and Lindelof. I leave it to you to find out who says it.

''I'm thinking of growing a beard.''

Lost is back. Awesome.

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THE LOST CHEAT SHEET
SEASON 4, EPISODE 1
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Walt
Psychically enhanced son of Michael. At the end of the second season, he and his dad hopped on a boat and got away from the Island. But at the end of season 3, he reappeared on the Island, looking older and taller, beckoning a wounded Locke to climb out of the Dharma death pit. Kids say the darndest things. Especially creepy kids.

Christian Shephard
Jack's emotionally callused, alcoholic surgeon father; also sired Claire on the down-low while Down Under. Died during a bender in Sydney; Jack was bringing his body back on Oceanic 815. At one point, Jack thought he saw Christian walking around the Island, spying on him and being all creepy and stuff. Doc Boozy Jr. ultimately found Doc Boozy Sr.'s coffin, but the body was missing. (Cue dramatic music.) Whassup with Jack acting like his pops was alive in the season finale? Matthew Fox told my pal Dan Snierson that it was drugs messing with his head. You buying that?

Dave
Hurley's imaginary friend/loony-bin buddy, a tempting devil and the embodiment of his eating/control/fear-of-change/self-esteem issues. Last seen plummeting to his death on the Island. Was he real? Hallucination? Both? Freakin' questions. I hate them! I love them! Hold me?

Ghosts
A possible explanation for that aforementioned Christian Shephard sighting on the Island. Ditto Mr. Eko's brother. Ditto Ben's mommy. Personally, I don't believe in ghosts. But I would say that for anyone haunted by the past, ghosts are, like, totally real. Anyway, I have a hunch that ghosts, figurative or literal, will play a big part on Lost this season. We already got ourselves a bona fide haunted house:

Jacob's Shack
A small ramshackle cabin in the jungle, allegedly occupied by a bearded, croaky-voiced spirit named Jacob who until recently only made himself visible — and audible — to Ben. But late last season, Locke paid a weird visit to this haunted house and met its spectral tenant, fond of rocking chairs and prone to hucking junk during fits of frustration. Is Jacob bound by the conventions of time and space? How about his house?

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