By Michael Ausiello
Updated November 16, 2008 at 11:24 PM EST

Reiko Aylesworth shouldn’t have any trouble keeping her trap shut when it comes to the big mystery surrounding her new Lost character, the smart and charismatic Amy. But it’s not the gag order imposed on her by Team Darlton that’s preventing her from telling all. It’s the fact that…well, she can barely straighten out the plot twists herself.

“I know the show, but I have to say, I didn’t quite understand everything [the writers] were telling me,” confesses the actress, best known for her role as 24‘s late CTU director, Michelle Dessler. “But it sounds like it’s going to be great stuff. I’m just excited to do something other than getting people files and carrying clipboards [like on 24].”

One theory making the rounds is that Amy, who’ll be introduced during the show’s fifth season (debuting Wednesday, Jan. 21), will be revealed to be someone from the early days of the Dharma Initiative. (FYI: For those playing along at home, the answer to last week’s Ask Ausiello asterisk quiz is she’s “with Dharma.) That would seem to confirm buzz that Ben (Michael Emerson) transported the island and all of its inhabitants back to the ’70s in last May’s finale.

At least Aylesworth can say with near certainty that Amy’s love life will be complicated. “There’s definitely some conflict with the suitors,” she teases. Wait a second — suitors, as in plural? How literal will the show’s depiction of the ’70s be? “Obviously, we want that to be a surprise,” says executive producer Carlton Cuse. ” Let’s just say her role will be emotional.”

Okay, time to put on your thinking caps, Lost fans. If Aylesworth’s Amy is with Dharma, and my sources confirm that she is, what purpose do you think she’ll serve on the island? What do you think the “surprise” is concerning all the men in her life? And are you as excited as I am to see Aylesworth back on the tube? Comment away!

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