Advertisements I don't think that the flashsideways is a "simulation" or a fake life. When Daniel explained my theory to Desmond, I said to my wife, "I wonder how everyone on the forum is going to conclude that that's not what's happening this time..." I guess this "in the matrix" idea is it. But I don't buy it. There were two big clues in this episode to refute it: Daniel telegraphing basically my theory, and how Desmond's consciousness jumping worked. (Eloise's mysterious dialogue seems to fit too, but it also could be taken the other way as well, so I'm not counting it.) However, I'm starting to think an alternative to my original theory is the (ahem) mirror image: maybe the flashsideways is the current storyline, and the thing we've been calling the current storyline is actually the flashforward. The bomb did do what it was supposed to do, and at some point, all the people in their alternative lives will undo its effects. Same idea, just reversed. In some ways this variant is more compelling than the original, particularly in the sequencing of how we saw it back in the season opener. That Desmond's consciousness was able to be jumped between these "two timelines" seems like proof to me that they are different points along one timeline, further corroborating my theory even more than Daniel telegraphing it does. It just doesn't make clear which one comes first. My wife and I thought that the MRI machine was going to be what jerked Desmond's consciousness back to the island -- as it would have been the same kind of thing as what sent it to the flashsideways -- but it didn't go that way. Interesting. Amazing that they were able to get appearances by not one but two actors who have big roles on other shows, in the same episode. The scheduling must have been challenging. (Though it could have been worse. Neither of them appeared in the island scenes so they could have had their scenes done in California; and they didn't appear together.) I had to pause to explain the significance of this to my wife (ditto for the scotch), but I think she said "what" not "whatever". Angstrom! Did he have a number on his back?