'Lost': Zeke's been moonlighting

Wondering why you haven’t seen much lately of Zeke, a.k.a. Mr. Friendly, the stage-bearded leader of the scary Others on Lost? Maybe it’s because M.C. Gainey, who portrays Zeke, has been busy elsewhere on ABC. In fact, he popped up just this past Sunday as Claude, the sinister Sexaholics Anonymous sponsor of Bree’s crush object Peter on Desperate Housewives.

Is the castaway drama making me paranoid? In what may be a coincidence (then again, there are no coincidences in the world of Lost, are there?), I also spotted a bespectacled man walking down Eighth Avenue in Manhattan last Tuesday, a man I could swear was Michael Emerson, who plays Zeke’s presumed cohort Henry Gale. Not only is it freaky and surreal to see these performers out of Lost‘s tropical-island context, but to see them working (or walking) somewhere other than Lost‘s Hawaiian set makes me fear for their safety, or at least the safety of their characters.

Does this mean that Zeke and Henry have already been killed off, or are they just finished for the season, since the remaining episodes through the May 24 finale have presumably completed filming by now? I don’t know, but I’ll be on the edge of my seat watching tonight’s Lost, especially since, with Michael’s return, a confrontation with the Others is looming, and since (warning: mild spoiler ahead) tonight’s episode reportedly sees trigger-happy Ana Lucia interrogating Henry one more time.

By the way, if you want to see something really creepy, rent last year’s Dukes of Hazzard movie and see Gainey’s performance as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. Unlike the TV Rosco, played by James Best as a giggling buffoon, Gainey plays the character as a competent and corrupt cop, a heavy no less menacing than Claude or Zeke. Make of that what you will, Lost conspiracy theorists.

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  • Matt

    Or rent “Sideways” where Gainey runs full frontal toward the camera. May Locke and co. never have to witness this.

  • Maidy

    I saw Henry Gale walking down 8th Ave. too!!! Cosmic coincidence? I think not.

  • Laura

    I know that the woman who is Michael Emerson’s real-life wife is currently on Broadway in the show Festen. They’re based in NYC as a couple (aparently he’s a big theatre actor), so I am sure he’s here when they’re not filming. Or maybe I am just saying this because he’s my favorite character and I don’t want him to leave Lost!

  • Jess

    I’d be very surprised if Zeke and Henry both met their end this season. In fact, I’d hate to see them go! They’re both good at playing bad, especially Henry, who is oh-so-creepy. And we’re really just learning what’s up with them, if we’ve learned another true at all. Wouldn’t it be interesting if one of them got a flashback episode?
    If anybody dies, it needs to be Ana Lucia’s supposedly-never-makes-the-same-mistake-twice-but-is-always-doing-something-downright-IDIOTIC butt. And what with Rodriquez’s legal trouble and overall bad attitude (not to mention a largely negative fan reaction)… I’d say she’s a goner.

  • Karen

    I saw Henry Gale in the audience of a show on Broadway on April 19. Every time he laughted, I shuddered.

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