A more general point I've been meaning to broach...
About the recent Claire episode, the one when she had black hair in her flashbacks? In the hospital after her mom had been comatose for some time, didn't Claire visit and apologize for all the things she'd said (presumably in the moments before the crash.) I know she visited when she was visibly pregnant (and had blond hair again.) During that visit, she made the point to turn her mom's television back on (it came on to a nature show about seabirds, incidentally.) I seem to remember that she referenced the pregnancy, apologized for not having mentioned it, and said she'd be back soon. I think this was supposed to be right before the flight, right?
Was there anything to suggest that Claire was already pregnant at the time of the accident? Was there any way to determine how much time had elapsed between the accident (Christian's visit to Australia and his meeting with black-haired Claire), and Claire's final (blond and pregnant) visit to her mother?
I'm asking because I've been watching DVDs from season one and I just saw the episode with Claire's boyfriend Thomas, the unplanned pregnancy, and the psychic. I guess it's unkind to watch episodes from the past, and compare with newer data, but she definitely is freaked about about the prospect of telling her mother, being disowned or having her mother cut her off, (not speak to her?) Thomas alludes to that pretty much being the case already. When she goes to the psychic, she has a friend along and says she hasn't told her mum about the pregnancy and moving in with Thomas, yet. When the psychic is getting all weird, she asks "What, should I not tell her?"
I was just wondering about the timing of the pregnancy and her relationship with her mom, the accident, etc.
If she was fighting with her mom about the usual, mundane teen things that she later apologizes for "I hate you! I wish you weren't my mother!" (Aunt Lindsay's attitude toward Claire certainly speaks of resentment and implies that Claire had had a bumpy relationship with her mum), that makes sense. The accident pre-dated any inkling of pregnancy, or related fight. But why feel panicky-scared about telling her mother about the pregnancy if her mum was already in a coma? Claire did not have the black hair when she was with Thomas, so their situation happened after the accident/coma.
I guess it's no big deal, and the references to her mother (when with Thomas) weren't explicit enough to be entirely incompatible with her mother being comatose, but it still was a little weird.
Claire seemed almost visibly younger when she had the dyed black hair, and I thought it was a pretty convincing portrayal of a teen (even still in high school or just out) with a lot of immaturity and basic teen conflicts with her mom. It was really well done, considering that Claire's demeanor on her last visit to the hospital was so different. Older, more relaxed, casual. Obviously familiar with the hospital, used to visits, having gotten into a "groove" with her mum, able to chat. Less self-absorbed, more compassionate, able to see beyond herself and to love her mum, feel remorse. She seemed palpably older than in the earlier scenes, visually and in her demeanor, and I thought that was well done.
a nice touch that Christian mentioned visiting her as a small child, that he sang to her
. (Claire's eyes filled and she turned away at that, though Christian wasn't looking at her at the moment. And I saw in the earlier episode, when Claire asked the potential adoptive mother if she knew a particular song. Claire mentioned that her father used to sing it to her...)
Also, just a "TV-land" kind of discrepancy: when Claire, Sun and Jin were hiding and waiting to spring the trap and catch the gull, when Desmond fired the gun and scared off the birds, Aaron was nowhere in sight. Claire asked him accusingly if Charlie was with him (No, he was back at the beach, at the camp), so it's not like she'd left Aaron with Charlie. Ah, well. One of those "things," like the too-old baby and Sun's feeding him solids (maybe that bowl was something Sun was eating herself, just happened to be holding Aaron?)
Edited to add: maybe Rose was tending him!