Lost is again the only thing I am going to talk about this week, but feel free to use the comments to this post to discuss any TV you saw this week.
Like a lot of people I was annoyed by the introduction, at the beginning of season three, of Paulo and Nikki -- we are to understand they have been on the island the whole time and suddenly they are foregroundded, and we are supposed to accept them as characters of equal status as Locke, Kate and Jack. Any good screenwriting guide will warn you about a mistake called third act characters -- with very few exceptions, all your characters must be in place by the end of the third act: introduce a character later in the story and audiences will resist identifying with them. This is what Paulo and Nikki are when they first appear -- you just instantly hate them for no reason than that they were introduced late.
In this week's episode, however, we learn that their introduction was not what it first appeared -- this has all been an elaborate set up for a bit of a joke in short story form. It is quite fun, and there are some fun self-conscious bits -- the initial Nikki flashback pokes fun at what will happen later in the episode. It is a dark little Hitchcock Presents self-contained short with no relevance to any later episodes.
Or will it become relevant? Remember -- in this same episode Locke warns Paulo, when he searches for a hiding place for his treasure, that nothing on this island stays buried.
Lost is Genius.