First of all, I apologize for the lateness of this post. I was, as some of you have surmised, experiencing technical difficulties. The power went out at my house and I had to wait until recently for our internet connection to reset. I don't know what the electric company thinks they're doing. Shouldn't they know better than to deprive Lost fans of their hiatus distractions? :-)
Anyway, what an exciting day! While Juliet easily bested her competition, the showdown between Ms. Hawking and Dr. Arzt swiftly became a back and forth affair, each one taking turns holding the slimmest of leads. It was a very interesting to be able to monitor the progress and dozens of lead changes. In the end, however, Dr. Arzt just didn't explode his way into enough of your hearts. With about 5 hours of voting left, Ms. Hawking took the lead and never fell behind again, winning by 27 votes. She and Juliet will move on to the next round.
The "Hawking vs. Arzt" match got a lot of people talking, and I have a feeling that one of tonight's matchups will generate plenty of conversation as well. Tonight features a battle between one of the most despised characters from Season 3 and a very beloved non-human character. Rounding out the double-header is a battle of 2 mothers- one dead and one estranged from her child.
As per usual, place your votes and state your mind and preferences with a comment of two.
(Barring a super-tight race like this past one, I plan on ending these matchups a tad early, so we can return to our usual posting schedule.)
Status: Lostie (Alive)
Vincent was originally owned by Brian Porter. When Walt's custody was given over to Michael, Walt was allowed to take Vincent with him. Vincent miraculously survived the crash of Flight 815 and was reunited with Walt. When Walt departed on the raft, Vincent was left in the care of Shannon. Since her death, the Losties have all pitched in to take care of him.
Status: Lostie (Deceased)
Paulo worked with Nikki to steal diamonds from a television producer. Paulo poisoned the man's food, allowing them to take the diamonds. After the crash, Paulo laid low for quite a while, having secretly recovered the diamonds. When Nikki found out, she threw a paralyzing spider on him, but they were both bit. Thinking they were dead, Sawyer and Hurley buried Paulo alive alongside Nikki.
Status: Flashback Character (Deceased)
Susan was the ex-girlfriend of Michael and the mother of Walt. Her career path led her to leave Michael and take Walt with her. She fought Michael for custody of Walt and won. She married her employer and they moved to various places around the world, settling in Australia. Susan died suddenly from a blood disorder, allowing her son to finally be reunited with his father.
Status: Miscellaneous (Alive)
Rousseau was a member of a science expedition exploring the South Pacific. They picked up the original Radio Tower transmission, broadcasting the Numbers, butu pon investigating, their research vessel crashed on the Island. Her crew mysteriously died, and she gave birth by herself, only to have her daughter taken by the Others. She had lived in isolation for many years until meeting the Losties. She was last seen leading the Losties to the Radio Tower.