This episode opened with a shot of Kate in the game room at New Otherton, prior to her visits from Juliet and Locke. Just before Juliet's arrival, Kate grabbed a cue stick and hid behind the door, waiting to ambush her (just as Jack had done when Juliet brought him a sandwich in the Hydra station). In the background as Kate hid behind the door was a game of Mouse Trap. It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that this represented Kate's precarious situation, or even that it was meant to call attention to Juliet's role in Ben's game of manipulation. I'm guessing, however, that it may have had more to do with John, and the loophole that was awaiting him.
The fact that Kate and Juliet awoke to find themselves handcuffed to each other hints, IMO, that they will be shown to be 'linked' in some way. My favorite theory along these lines is this one
, by LadybirdKate.
Juliet, despite what I believe is a heartfelt desire to be accepted by the lostaways, has been working with Ben all along, as evidenced by her refusal to tell Kate that she had a key to the handcuffs (until Smokey forced her hand). As Ben told Jack, "It doesn't matter what she's done, no matter what you think, she's one of us". And like Ben, she has been judged
by Smokey, and granted a temporary stay in her death sentence. I'm guessing that Ben knew all along that Juliet must play her role in the Incident, but I'm equally confident that he "always has a plan", and that we will find out just what that involves during season six.
Originally Posted by CrimsonRabbit
What's really interesting is a case can be made that if not for Kate, Sawyer wouldn't have ended up in jail. I'm not sure how to interpret Cassidy's reaction to what Kate told her at the end of the episode... but considering she did eventually call the cops on Sawyer, I assume her meeting Kate was a catalyst for that. But because of this Sawyer gets the opportunity to make amends to Cassidy and their child by using his get out of jail agreement to get them money. In a roundabout way then Kate opened the door for Sawyer to gain a measure of redemption.
This is so true. I think Kate knows more than she's letting on. Like Ben, she may have some idea that the only way out of the mess they are in will involve facing their fear rather than running from it (and she knows a thing or two about running).