4.03 “The Economist”

The fourth member of the Oceanic 6 is revealed when Sayid strikes a bargain with Frank to visit the freighter, but to accomplish this, he’ll need to reach out to a distrustful Locke.

Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Directed by Jack Bender


In the off-island future, Sayid was revealed to be the fourth member of the Oceanic 6 (after Jack, Kate, and Hurley). Sayid’s life had changed radically by the time we caught up with him, several years in the future, where he was working as an assassin, taking out people whose names were on a list given to him by his employer. After he killed a man named Mr. Avellino on a golf course in the islands of Seychelles, he traveled to Berlin, where he met a woman named Elsa and struck up a romantic relationship with her, even developing real feelings for her. But their pairing was not as random as it appeared, on either of their parts. They were both playing each other, hoping that the other would lead them to the men they worked for. In Sayid’s case, that man was none other than Benjamin Linus, who was also off the island in the future, just like the Oceanic 6. Elsa’s boss was never revealed, but Elsa herself lost her life after she revealed her subterfuge and attacked Sayid, nearly killing him. Sayid was later patched up by Ben, who he informed that their enemy would be looking for them now. Ben shot back that he was glad for that, but that Sayid shouldn’t have fallen in love with Elsa, which was a mistake he’d made once before. Sayid bitterly pointed out that Ben used that incident to recruit Sayid into killing for him.


At the site where Frank landed the helicopter, Miles argues with Jack about both Ben, who he was sent to find, and Charlotte, who Locke’s group has taken captive. Sayid steps forward and asks Frank to fly him off the island to the freighter, so he can verify that it’s real and can carry the survivors to rescue. But Miles won’t hear of it until Charlotte has been released, so Sayid proposes that he can get her back without needing to resort to violence. It’s a trade: Charlotte’s safe rescue for Sayid’s passage to the freighter.

Sayid finds Naomi’s photo of Desmond in her belongings, and suggests that the Freighter Folk aren’t being entirely truthful about their intentions — namely, that they’re solely here to find Ben. Jack asks Juliet to hike back to the beach and ask Desmond what he knows about Naomi, hoping that Des might be able to shed some light on their visitors. Meanwhile, Sayid takes charge over the mission of retrieving Charlotte, and Miles says he’s coming along. But Jack secretly asks Kate to accompany them as well, because he believes Locke can’t be trusted.

In the jungle, Locke leads his group back to the place where Jacob’s cabin once stood, but finds that it’s no longer there — though the ring of ash surrounding the site remains intact. Hurley and some of the others want to release Charlotte before they reach the Barracks, but Locke refuses, stating unequivocally that he’s in charge.

While they wait at the helicopter, Jack and Frank watch Daniel conduct a strange scientific experiment involving some kind of miniature rocket. He calls the freighter and asks Regina to “fire the payload,” after deploying a beacon to guide it to his location. But there’s a problem: Regina reports that the payload has reached the beacon, but nothing has arrived on the island. Thirty-one minutes later, the tiny rocket finally arrives, and Daniel is distraught over the odd time discrepancy. Juliet arrives just then with Desmond in tow, and Desmond grills Frank on why Naomi had a picture of him and Penny. When Frank and Miles both are less than forthcoming, refusing to acknowledge that they’ve never heard of Penelope Widmore, Desmond declares that he’s going with Sayid to the freighter when the helicopter takes off, so he can find someone there to give him his answers.

Sayid, Kate, and Miles arrive at the Barracks and go looking for Locke, but all they find is Hurley, alone, locked in a closet in one of the houses, claiming that the others went somewhere else and left him behind. He reports that they “said something about stopping by Ben’s house” before they took off, so they go to inspect it. Sayid finds a secret door that leads to a hidden room — a room containing dozens of changes of clothes, suitcases, international currency, passports, and other supplies one might need when regularly traveling around the world. While he and Kate continue to inspect the house, Locke, Danielle, and Sawyer suddenly appear. They’ve been trapped, and Hurley was in on it all along.

Sayid is escorted to the Others’ rec room, where he is locked up along with Ben. Locke visits him there, and Sayid asks that Charlotte be turned over to him. He explains that he’ll be allowed to visit the freighter if he can deliver Charlotte back to her friends, but Locke, predictably, has little interest in this.

Kate is kept in Ben’s house by Sawyer, who questions her desire to leave the island with Jack. He explains that he’s decided not to leave, because he has nothing to go back to. He asks her to stay with him.

Sayid returns to the helicopter with Charlotte, but no Kate or Miles. Kate decided to stay behind, he explains, and Miles was traded to Locke in exchange for Charlotte. Frank is less than pleased with Sayid’s “cheating,” but agrees to honor their bargain. Before he takes off, Daniel warns him to follow the exact bearing they arrived on to get off the island, no matter what. Since there’s room for one more passenger and no one else is interested in going just now, Sayid suggests they take Naomi’s body back to the freighter. So Frank, Desmond, Sayid, and their cargo take off in the chopper and watch the island go by as they head out to sea.

  • Why did Naomi have a picture of Desmond if she wasn’t there to rescue him?
  • What’s the significance of the time difference of thirty-one minutes between the island and (presumably) the rest of the world?
  • What was Ben doing with international travel supplies? How often has he come and gone from the island in the past, and what business was he conducting off the island?
  • How did Sayid end up working as an assassin in the future?
  • How did Sayid end up working for Ben in the future?
  • How did Ben get off the island? Did he escape on the freighter along with the Oceanic 6?
  • Did anyone else get off the island besides the Oceanic 6?
  • Who is the Economist that Elsa worked for?
  • What was the incident that Ben used to recruit Sayid into killing for him?
  • Why does Ben have a list of people he’s having Sayid kill in the off-island future?
  • How will killing the people on Ben’s list protect Sayid’s friends (presumably meaning the rest of the Oceanic 6)?

There’s only one word to describe Sayid’s future scenes: awesome. Come on, who doesn’t want to see Sayid go all Jason Bourne, jet-setting around the globe and assassinating mysterious targets, international super-spy style. Just wicked cool. That scene on the golf course totally blew my mind the first time around.

Interesting, is it not, that Kate used the phrase “playing house” to describe shacking up with Sawyer in one of the Barracks houses. This is the same phrase Juliet later used to describe her living arrangements with Sawyer when they are in 1977 in the Dharma Initiative.

In retrospect, Locke just becomes more and more of a sad, misguided character. Watching him take charge in this episode, determined to protect his charges at all cost from the invading Freighter Folk, I was reminded that once again, he was being duped the whole time. Ben had convinced him — along with some help from “Walt,” who may or may not have been another avatar of Jacob’s nemesis — that the people coming to the island were coming to kill them all. And while it’s true that Keamy and his men would later prove to be willing to mow down anyone who got between them and Ben, they weren’t actually there to target the survivors. Locke was once again acting on his faith in what he believes to be the island and/or Jacob, but which more and more appears to be Jacob’s nemesis, manipulating Locke all the way to his bitter end.


4.02 “Confirmed Dead”

The freighter sends four very unique individuals to the island, but the survivors quickly discover that rescue isn’t their reason for coming.

Written by Drew Goddard & Brian K. Vaughan
Directed by Stephen Williams


An unspecified amount of time ago, an undersea salvage operation located what appeared to be the wreckage of Oceanic 815, in the Sunda Trench, off the coast of Bali. There were even bodies found with the plane.

Daniel Faraday, in Essex, Massachusetts, watched the footage of the supposed discovery on his television set, while in a strangely fragile state of mind. He was unable to stop himself from crying, though he didn’t know why. Daniel would later travel to the island on board the Freighter, for unknown reasons, where his mind was seemingly healed and he was revealed to be a brilliant scientist.

Around the same time that Daniel watched the news footage on TV, Miles Straume met with a client named Ms. Gardner, who wanted him to talk to her murdered son. He asked for $200 before venturing up to the boy’s room, where he deployed a strange device made from vacuum parts. The device seemed to enable him to talk to the boy, and he asked the kid to move on, but not before demanding to know where the boy hid a stash of drug money his mother knew nothing about. Miles took the money and went back downstairs, and reported to Ms. Gardner that it worked and her son had moved on.

In Tunisia, Charlotte Lewis traveled to an archeological dig site with a friend, where she found a newspaper telling of Oceanic 815’s discovery on the ocean floor. She told her friend she didn’t believe the discovery of 815 was legitimate, before she used a large wad of cash to buy entrance to the “closed” dig site. The site was built around the skeleton of a polar bear, buried in the dirt. Charlotte dug into the ground around the partially-buried bear and found a collar that was around its neck when it was alive — a collar with a Dharma Initiative logo on it. The logo was for a Dharma station we’ve never seen before, and Charlotte was very excited to see it.

Frank Lapidus was working at a travel agency in the Bahamas when the television report about Oceanic 815 came on. He got a look at the body of the pilot — Seth Norris — in the cockpit, from his TV, and he knew immediately that something was wrong. Frank was longtime friends with Norris, and knew that the image shown on TV couldn’t be him, because he wasn’t wearing his wedding ring. Frank called the special Oceanic hotline set up for friends and family members of the crash victims, and tried to tell them that the pilot of the plane they were showing on TV couldn’t possibly be Seth Norris — and Frank knew this because he was originally supposed to be the pilot of Oceanic 815.

Naomi Dorrit was an experienced soldier, hired by Matthew Abaddon — or rather, Abaddon’s mysterious employer — to command the freighter mission. The two of them met before the freighter set sail to discuss the team that had been assembled, and Naomi wasn’t pleased about any of them. She asked what she was to do if they found survivors of Oceanic 815, but Abaddon insisted that there were no survivors of the crash. He explained that all four of these team members were selected for a specific purpose, and her job was to protect them.


The helicopter sent to the island by the freighter carries four passengers: a physicist named Daniel Faraday, a biologist named Charlotte Lewis, a medium named Miles Straume, and the pilot, Frank Lapidus. The chopper nearly crashes on the island, causing the three main passengers to jump, but Frank manages to set it down safely. As a result, each of these four “Freighter Folk” lands in a different spot on the island, separated from one another. Daniel is the first to be found by Jack and Kate, who witness his parachute falling to the ground near their position at the downed cockpit of Oceanic 815. Daniel carries a gun, though he tried to keep them from seeing it. Daniel reveals his name to them and explains that he’s there to rescue them.

The rain stops and Daniel asks for Jack’s satellite phone. He contacts George Minkowski on the phone, but George refuses to talk on speakerphone where Jack and Kate can hear. Daniel explains that he can use the sat phone to track the GPS markers each of the Freighter Folk are carrying, and asks Jack and Kate for their help in finding his friends. Later, they come across a steel crate that fell from the chopper and inside, Jack finds biohazard gear, including gas masks. Daniel’s a terrible liar, so Jack asks why he has a gun. Daniel finally admits that he and his friends aren’t really there to rescue the survivors. Jack asks what their true purpose is, but the sat phone picks up Miles’ GPS just then, and Daniel leads them to it.

Out in the jungle, Locke leads his group to the Barracks, but decides to detour to Jacob’s cabin first. Hurley chimes in that the cabin isn’t in the direction they’re going, but then shrugs it off when Locke presses him about it. Ben and Locke both take special note of Hurley’s words. Sawyer, displeased as usual at Locke’s erratic behavior, asks where Locke is getting his orders from, and Locke casually explains that his orders came from Walt, who told him he had to stop Naomi from bringing her people to the island. When he reveals that Ben had shot him and left him for dead, Sawyer wants to know how he’s alive and well. Locke raises his shirt and shows him that the bullet went straight through, in the exact spot where his stolen kidney used to be, and that if it was still there, he’d probably be dead now. Everyone is awed by this.

At the beach, Sayid and Juliet talk about the coming freighter, and why Ben said earlier that the Freighter Folk intend to kill them all. Juliet points out that Ben’s a liar, though there’s always the chance he could have been telling the truth this time. The two of them decide to gather their remaining weapons and be ready, just in case.

Out at the bluffs, Jack, Kate, and Daniel find Miles’ unconscious on the rocks, still tethered to his parachute. When Jack attempts to revive him, Miles suddenly jumps up, gun in hand, and says he knows that Naomi’s death wasn’t an accident because her final words — “tell my sister I love her” — were a code. He demands to be taken to the place where Naomi lies dead. When they arrive, Miles “talks” to Naomi. Meanwhile, Daniel notes that “the light out here doesn’t scatter quite right.” Miles reports that Jack and Kate were telling the truth, that they didn’t kill Naomi. Charlotte’s GPS blips onto the phone’s screen just then, but Jack and Kate suddenly refuse to help anymore unless Miles and Daniel put down their guns. When Miles argues, Jack explains that his friends are in the woods nearby holding guns to Miles & Daniel’s heads, and right on cue, Sayid and Juliet appear with weapons pointed at the two of them.

Out in the jungle, Locke’s group stops at a creek for water. Ben tries to talk to Alex, wanting to tell her something, but Karl uses a gun to threaten him into being quiet. Ben tries to get Karl riled up, but Sawyer comes to his rescue. So Ben turns his attention to Sawyer, playing with Sawyer’s unrequited feelings for Kate until Sawyer starts hitting him. Locke stops him, pointing out that they need Ben because he’s been on the island longer than any of them, but Sawyer’s had enough of the mind games and washes his hands of Ben for good, leaving him in Locke’s care alone.

Charlotte Lewis wakes up, dangling upside down from a tree that her parachute has gotten tangled in. She’s hanging over a river, so when she frees herself, she falls into the water. Wading out of the river, she’s ecstatic at the sight of the island around her, until Locke and his group arrive at the river’s edge. The group stops to talk to her, and she tells them about the GPS devices and suggests they all sit tight until rescue arrives to cart them all back to the freighter. But Locke and the others are suspicious of her, pointing out that none of them want to be found by Charlotte’s friends.

Juliet explains that she and Sayid grew worried when Jack and Kate didn’t return to the beach, so they went out to the cockpit and tracked them from there. As they walk towards Charlotte’s signal, carrying Naomi’s body on a stretcher, Sayid tries to interrogate Daniel and Miles about why they seem unsurprised to find survivors from Oceanic 815, when the rest of the world believes everyone on that plane died. Miles is cagy and sarcastic in response, but confirms that they weren’t surprised to find the survivors alive. Sayid tries to use the satellite phone to contact the other members of Daniel and Miles’ team, but the phone blinks to life, showing that Charlotte’s GPS is on the move. They give chase and quickly catch up to the signal, but it’s not Charlotte they find — it’s Vincent, who’s been given the GPS by Locke.

Frank wakes up on the island and finds his sat phone broken. So he sends up a flare to signal his friends.

Charlotte sees the flare and wants to go find her friend, but Locke refuses to allow it. Charlotte turns to go anyway, but is shot by Ben, who’s lifted the gun Karl had tucked in his pants. But it turns out Charlotte was wearing a bullet-proof vest, and she’s okay.

Jack’s group tracks down Frank’s flare and asks him what happened to the helicopter. He says the chopper was struck by lightning, but it didn’t crash after all. He managed to land it safely, and the survivors are thrilled to discover he’s telling the truth. Sayid inspects the chopper and finds it to be intact. Miles asks for the sat phone back, but Jack wants to know the real reason Miles and his friends have come, in exchange. But Miles is unable to reach Minkowski on the boat when he calls in, because “he can’t come to the phone right now.” In a secluded spot, Juliet patches up a gash in the forehead Frank suffered when the chopper went down, and as they talk, he realizes that she was not on Oceanic 815. He calls out to Miles to tell him this, and Miles comes running. Miles finally explains what the Freighter Folk have come for, as he pulls out a photo of Ben. “We’re here for Benjamin Linus,” Miles says.

As Charlotte recovers from her near death experience, Sawyer holds a gun to Ben’s head and slams him up against a tree. Locke tells Sawyer he was wrong, that they shouldn’t be keeping Ben alive after all, and asks for the gun so he can end Ben’s life at last. Ben tries to bargain for his life by offering answers about the island. Locke immediately asks him what the black smoke monster really is, but Ben says he doesn’t know. As Locke is about to pull the trigger, Ben shouts to the entire group a detailed biography of Charlotte, including her name, birth date, collegiate information, and facts about her family. Ben knows the names of her three companions as well, and he knows that they’ve come for him. Locke asks how Ben could possibly know all this, and Ben reveals that he has a double agent on their boat who’s been feeding him intel.

  • The woman who parachuted onto the island was a professional soldier for hire named Naomi Dorrit. She was commanding a mission to locate the island and either abduct or kill Benjamin Linus, on the orders of someone yet to be revealed. She did not work for Penny.
    Question: Who is the woman who parachuted onto the island, and how did she find it? Why did she come? Does she work for Penny? [3.17]
  • The presumed-fake Oceanic 815 wreckage was found in the Sunda Trench, off the coast of Bali.
    Question: Where was Oceanic 815’s wreck supposedly found? [3.18]
  • Most likely, they aren’t. This was another half-truth from Ben, who was trying to keep the Freighter Folk from finding him. The island doesn’t seem to be in any immediate danger from the freighter, though it remains to be seen the lengths the Freighter Folk will go to, to get to Ben.
    Question: Why are these people that Naomi works for such a threat to the island? [3.23]
  • The island isn’t under assault — Ben is.
    Question: What is the “assault” that the island is under, according to Ben? Is this related to the freighter? [3.22]
  • The Freighter Folk haven’t come to the island to rescue anyone. They’ve come to find Benjamin Linus.
    Question: If the people on the freighter aren’t there to rescue the survivors, then why are they there? [4.01]

  • Who owns/sent the freighter to find the island?
  • Why did Daniel Faraday cry when he saw the television footage of Oceanic 815 found in the Sunda Trench?
  • Why is Daniel Faraday so interested in the island?
  • What happened to Daniel’s mental stability in the past?
  • How did Daniel join the freighter’s crew?
  • What is Daniel’s mission on the island?
  • Is there a scientific reason Miles Straume is able to contact the dead, or is his gift merely an inexplicable trait, like Walt’s odd abilities?
  • How did Miles join the freighter’s crew?
  • What is Miles’ mission on the island?
  • How did one of the Dharma Initiative’s polar bears wind up in the desert of Tunisia?
  • What’s the Dharma station represented by the logo Charlotte found on the polar bear’s collar?
  • Charlotte recognized the Dharma logo on the polar bear’s collar. How does she know about the Dharma Initiative?
  • How did Charlotte join the freighter’s crew?
  • What is Charlotte’s mission on the island?
  • If Frank was originally supposed to be the pilot of Oceanic 815, why was he replaced by Seth Norris?
  • How did Frank join the freighter’s crew?
  • What did Daniel mean when he said that the light in the jungle didn’t “scatter quite right”?
  • How did the Freighter Folk know that the Oceanic 815 survivors were alive?
  • Why was Minkowski unable to come to the phone when Miles called?
  • Why are the Freighter Folk out to get Ben?
  • Who is the double agent on the freighter who’s working for Ben?

I love the boldness of this episode. It positively crackled with electricity, energy, and momentum. The producers set an end date to the show midway through Season 3, so by this point, they’ve charted their exact course intricately. Lost’s storytellers are so confident here, plowing dead ahead with exciting new storylines, and I think you can feel a faster pace in this episode as well — a portent of things to come. The character development and mythology elements have become so entwined at this point that they are inseparable. This is the show at its best.

Sadly, this episode represents the one and only Charlotte flashback we ever got. Of the four flashbacks in this hour, hers was by far the one that really jumped out at me. A polar bear from the island in the Tunisian desert? Holy crap! I was hoping we’d eventually get a full hour devoted to Charlotte, outlining her entire backstory, but it never happened. Probably because of the writer’s strike that famously shortened Season 4. Instead, the most vital parts of her history were crammed into one brief scene in the Season 5 episode “This Place is Death.”

At the time of this writing, we have yet to get a proper Frank flashback episode, either. Hopefully this will be rectified at least a little in Season 6. I’m still curious to know why he got bumped aside as the captain of Oceanic 815.


4.01 “The Beginning of the End”

As the survivors prepare for the arrival of the freighter, Hurley joins forces with Locke to convince everyone that the freighter isn’t there to rescue them.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
Directed by Jack Bender


In the off-island future, Hurley was revealed as one of the “Oceanic 6,” six survivors of Oceanic 815 who escaped the island. Jack watched from his apartment as a high-speed chase unfolded on television, and seeing the vintage Camero involved in the pursuit, he realized who the occupant was: Hurley. Hurley crashed his car into a used car lot but was finally apprehended by the police chasing him, though he tried to get out of it by proclaiming himself “one of the Oceanic 6.”

At the police station, the cop questioning Hurley — Ana-Lucia’s former partner, Mike Walton — reviewed a security tape showing that he had been at a convenience store, where he saw something off-camera that spooked him so badly that he ran, leading to the car chase that got him arrested. Walton asked Hurley about Ana-Lucia, but Hurley lied and said he’d never met her. The cop left to get a donut, and while he was gone, the room’s two-way mirror turned into an underwater window, where Charlie briefly swam up and placed his palm against the glass, causing it to shatter. Written on Charlie’s palm, and visible for only a fraction of a second, were the words, “They need you.” Hurley went berserk, believing the room to be flooding, so Walton returned and threatened to send Hurley back to the mental hospital where he was once a patient. Believing the offer to be genuine, Hurley gratefully accepted.

In the mental institution, Hurley was visited by a man named Matthew Abaddon, who claimed to be an attorney for Oceanic Airlines. He offered to have Hurley placed in a better facility, but Hurley declined. When Hurley suspected that Abaddon wasn’t telling the truth about who he really was, Abaddon asked, “Are they still alive?” referring to the rest of the Oceanic survivors. Knowing that no one but his friends are supposed to know that there were any other survivors of Oceanic 815, Hurley freaked out and demanded that the hospital staff remove Abaddon from the facility.

Some time later, Hurley received a second visitor in the form of Charlie, his deceased friend. Hurley was stunned and suspicious of his own mental faculties, as we learned that seeing Charlie was what sent Hurley into his panicked escape from the convenience store that started all this. Charlie explained simply that he really was dead, but he was “also here,” now, talking to Hurley. Charlie urged him to do what he secretly knew he must, and even inferred that the real reason Hurley ran from the sight of Charlie at the store was because he already knew this and was hiding from it. Before he vanished, Charlie repeated the message written on his hand at the police station, saying, “They need you, Hugo.”

Hurley received his third visitor in a few days’ time: Jack. After the two of them sparred over a game of basketball and engaged in some small talk about settling back into life away from the island, Hurley asked why Jack really came. Jack claimed he was only concerned about his friend, but Hurley saw the truth, that Jack was worried that Hurley’s mental state might lead him to reveal that the Oceanic 6 weren’t the only survivors of the crash. Instead of answering, Hurley apologized for not trusting Jack on the island, the day the freighter people arrived. He said he should have stayed with Jack instead of going with Locke. Hurley suddenly blurted out that they should never have left the island, and that the island would do everything it could to get them to return. Jack angrily replied that they were never going back, but Hurley warned him to “never say never.”


At the beach, Hurley radios Jack and finds out that Jack was successful in contacting the freighter, and that they were all about to be rescued. Hurley spreads the news to everyone else, and then tells Bernard that he believes his luck has finally changed. The money he’d won in the lottery will be gone by now because everyone believed he was dead, so when he gets home, he’ll be free. Hurley does a cannonball dive in celebration but when he reaches the surface, he sees Desmond returning to the beach alone, without Charlie. Desmond, remembering Charlie’s warning that the freighter is “not Penny’s boat,” quickly warns the others that Jack can’t be allowed to contact the freighter, but they tell him it’s too late. Hurley demands to know where Charlie is; Desmond apologizes that he couldn’t save him. Aside from Hurley, Sawyer and Sayid — the two who’ve known Charlie the longest — are most profoundly affected by the news.

Kate returns from a sweep around the radio tower, and reports to Jack that Locke has seemingly disappeared. They talk about Locke’s murder of Naomi, and Jack vows that if Locke returns, he’ll kill him. Nearby, Ben asks Danielle to take Alex and get as far away from everyone else as possible, because he believes the people on the freighter intend to kill them all. But Danielle isn’t interested in his rantings.

Later, Jack receives a call on the satellite phone from George Minkowski on the freighter, who asks to speak to Naomi. Jack makes up an excuse about Naomi’s unavailability, but Kate quickly alerts him that Naomi’s body has vanished from where she fell when Locke killed her. Ben is still tied to a nearby tree, but when Jack asks about what became of Naomi, Ben feigns ignorance. As the survivors prepare to leave the tower, Danielle reports to Jack that she’s found Naomi’s blood trail, and believes that she didn’t yet die from her injury and has crawled away. She wants to follow the trail, and Jack agrees but wants to bring Ben along because he doesn’t want to take his eyes off of the deceitful man. But Kate locates a second blood trail and suggests that Naomi may have made a decoy trail to throw them off. She says they can’t afford to take that chance and volunteers to follow the second trail. Jack disagrees, but Kate goes off to follow the second trail on her own anyway.

Sayid argues with his friends about contacting Jack over the walkie-talkie to give Charlie’s warning. Sayid believes such a plan to be folly, since the people on the freighter are no doubt monitoring all communications, and would be alerted to the survivors’ suspicions about them. Sawyer disagrees, but before he can make the call to Jack, Hurley grabs the walkie and tosses it into the ocean, saying that they need to get going to catch up with Jack and the others before the freighter people arrive. The group loads up with guns leftover from the Others’ attack, and heads out to intercept the rest of their friends. As they trek through the jungle later that night, Sawyer catches Hurley alone and offers an uncharacteristic moment of sympathy. But Hurley prefers to suffer in silence. He stops for a moment, lost in thought, and suddenly loses track of his friends. He wanders in the dark until he stumbles across the cabin where Locke recently “met” Jacob. There’s a light burning inside, and Hurley hears Whispers all around.

Danielle and Jack discover that the blood trail they’re following was a dummy trail, which means Kate was right. Jack finds that the satellite phone is missing, and Ben points out that Kate took it when they embraced before leaving the radio tower, and now she’s out following the correct blood trail.

Alone, Kate is still following the trail when the satellite phone rings. She answers it and talks to Minkowski, who’s nonplussed to discover that Naomi is missing. Running out of things to say, Kate abruptly ends the call. But Naomi jumps from a tree branch overhead and holds Locke’s knife against Kate’s neck. Naomi demands the phone, which starts to ring again, while Kate explains that she and her friends were not responsible for Naomi’s attack — that was Locke, who believes that Naomi isn’t who she claims to be. Kate hands over the phone, but Naomi lies about her injury and tells Minkowski that she was impaled by a tree branch when she parachuted in. Minkowski promises her they’ll be there soon to get her, but Naomi dies, with her last words to Minkowski being “Tell my sister that I love her.”

Hurley approaches the cabin and peeks in through a window. He sees a man in Jacob’s rocking chair (a man who looks like Christian Shephard), before another pair of eyes appear right on the other side of the window and peer at him. Spooked, Hurley flees into the jungle, but quickly finds himself staring right back at the cabin again, as if it’s been moved. But the cabin soon disappears, and Hurley instead runs into Locke. Hurley tells Locke about what happened to Charlie, and about Charlie’s warning that the people on the freighter aren’t who they claim to be. Locke agrees that Jack shouldn’t have contacted the freighter, and the two of them decide to team up to try and convince Jack and everyone else that the freighter isn’t here to rescue anyone.

Hurley and Locke catch up with the group from the beach at the place where the Oceanic plane’s cockpit came to rest. Sayid is angry at Locke’s arrival, still holding a grudge against him for destroying the Others’ submarine. Jack and his people arrive just then, and while everyone is reunited, Claire wanders around looking for Charlie. Desmond steps forward to deliver the news, but Hurley stops him and says he’ll do it. Unable to keep his emotions in check any longer, Hurley very emotionally reveals to Claire that Charlie’s dead, and the two of them share an embrace of mutual grief. Jack, Danielle, and Ben suddenly arrive, and Jack viciously attacks Locke. Jack takes Locke’s revolver, and even though Locke says he knows Jack won’t shoot him, Jack shocks everyone by pulling the trigger. But the gun isn’t loaded. The others break up the fight, and Locke addresses everyone, promising that everything he’s ever done has been in the best interests of them all. Kate returns and informs everyone that Naomi is dead, but Locke says that when the freighter people arrive, all of their lives will be in danger. He announces that he’s going to the Barracks, because there’s some security in place there, and he implores them to come along. Jack argues that no one is crazy enough to go with Locke, but Hurley speaks up, reminding everyone of the warning Charlie died to give them. He’s decided to listen to his friend’s warning instead of Jack, and agrees to go with Locke to the Barracks. Sawyer (over Kate’s objections), Claire, Danielle, Alex, and Karl also move over to Locke’s side, along with a few other survivors. Ben asks Jack if he can go with Locke too, and Jack agrees, handing over his prisoner. A downpour falls, and Locke’s group departs, and so do the survivors headed back to the beach.

Jack and Kate stay behind and stare into the cockpit, thinking about Charlie and how the three of them came out to the cockpit together the day after the crash. But soon they hear a helicopter overhead, and see someone jump from it. They run toward the falling parachute and quickly find him on the ground. The man removes his helmet, spots the two of them, and asks, “Are you Jack?”

  • Six.
    Question: How many of the survivors escaped from the island? [3.23]

  • Who are the Oceanic 6?
  • Why did only six of the survivors escape the island?
  • What’s become of the survivors who didn’t escape the island?
  • Why do the survivors left behind on the island need Hurley (and presumably the rest of the Oceanic 6) to go back?
  • Who is Matthew Abaddon?
  • How does Matthew Abaddon know that the Oceanic 6 were not the only survivors of the plane crash?
  • Who did Hurley see in the rocking chair in Jacob’s cabin?
  • Who was the second person Hurley saw in Jacob’s cabin (the one that appeared at the window)?
  • If the people on the freighter aren’t there to rescue the survivors, then why are they there?

As if the whole flash-forward thing didn’t bring home the fact that the rules of the show had suddenly changed, the clever narrative structure of this episode did the job very well. When Hurley revealed to Claire on the island that Charlie was dead, and then we immediately saw the flash forward where Hurley was visited by dead Charlie… And when Hurley made his impassioned speech on the island in defiance of Jack, and then we saw Hurley apologize to Jack for that very action after they’d escaped from the island… This was when I realized the depth of just how drastically the show’s storytelling structure had been altered, and strengthened. No longer were we relegated to viewing vaguely-relevant flashbacks that informed the characters’ current actions on the island. Now, the writers were free to jump around in the story’s timeline to convey their stories in a whole new way.


3.23 “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”

Jack engages in a battle of wills against Ben with potentially dire consequences, while Charlie faces his destiny.

Written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Directed by Jack Bender


Using the obituary he pulled from the newspaper on his Oceanic flight, Jack tracked down Hoffs/Drawlar Funeral Parlor, where the body was being prepared for burial. Inside, he found the casket along with a room set up for a funeral service, but the funeral director informed him that Jack was the only person to show up. When asked if Jack was friend or family, Jack replied “neither.” Jack refused the director’s offer to open the coffin so he could see the body, but he paid his respects in private nonetheless.

Jack ran out of his Oxycodone and tried to refill them at a drug store, but his prescription had ended and he was forced to leave the store in frustration, his mental spiral downward accelerating.

Having failed at procuring his drugs by any other method, Jack broke into the hospital stores and stole Oxycodone there. He was soon confronted by Dr. Hamill, who knew Jack was under the influence. Hamill told him that the woman Jack saved from the wreck woke up in recovery and reported that she crashed because she was distracted by a man who was about to jump off the bridge. Hamill knew it was Jack, and asked how much alcohol Jack had today. In his stupor, Jack demanded that Hamill call Jack’s father, saying that if he is more drunk than his father is right now, that Hamill can fire him right now. He stormed off.

At his apartment, Jack had world maps scattered all over the floor, as if trying to find something. He called someone and begged to see them, despite “what you said,” presumably about Jack ever contacting this person again. Jack and his mystery friend made arrangements to meet just outside the airport, at the end of the runway.

In the dead of night, Jack arrived at the rendezvous location, while his friend pulled up behind him. Out of the other car stepped none other than Kate! But these two didn’t know each other in the past — so this can only mean this isn’t a flashback at all, it’s a flash forward! We’ve been watching Jack in the future, after he’s escaped from the island, all this time. Jack showed Kate the obituary, and then revealed that he’d been flying a lot, using a “golden pass” given to him by Oceanic Airlines to fly across the Pacific and back. She asked why he would do this, and he said he wanted the plane to crash back on the island. His life had fallen apart completely since they left the island, and he desperately wanted to get back. Kate said she had to go, because “he” would be wondering where she was. Jack told her they made a mistake and that they had to go back to the island.


Danielle tells Jack that they have about an hour until they reach the radio tower. She then informs him that she’s happy to take him there, but she’s not leaving the island with the survivors, because she believes there’s no place for her in society anymore. The hiking survivors suddenly pull up short when the crest a rise and find Ben and Alex standing in their path. Ben informs Jack that they need to talk. Kate immediately takes off running into the surrounding woods, while Jack angrily and forcefully stares Ben down, considering whether or not to have this conversation Ben wants. Kate runs up from behind and says that she only found two sets of tracks: Ben’s and Alex’s, which means Ben is alone. Jack agrees to give Ben five minutes, but he takes the walkie-talkie out of Ben’s pants. When they reach a secluded spot, Ben claims that Jack is about to be responsible for the deaths of the survivors, because Naomi Dorrit is not who she appears to be. Ben says that Naomi represents some people who have been trying to find the island, and that these people do not have good intentions; he says that if Jack contacts the freighter, every single person on the island will be killed by the people on the boat. Ben wants the satellite phone, but Jack won’t hand it over. Ben asks for his walkie-talkie, and calls Tom at the beach. He tells Jack that Sayid, Jin, and Bernard are being held at gunpoint by the Others who weren’t killed by the explosions at the camp. He tells Tom to kill all three of the survivors unless he hears from Ben in one minute, and then he orders Jack to give him the phone. The time counts down, the rescue of all of the survivors at stake, and Jack refuses to hand over the phone. When the minute is up, three gunshots are heard over the walkie-talkie, and Jack flies into a blind rage. He tackles Ben and beats him mercilessly, nearly killing him. But he stops himself, picks up Ben’s walkie-talkie, and calls Tom. He tells Tom that he’s going to call the freighter to come rescue his people, and then he’s going to find Tom and kill him.

On Ben’s orders, Mikhail exits the communication room of the Looking Glass station and shoots Bonnie and Greta at point-blank range. Greta falls into the moon pool, but Bonnie’s wound is less immediate, and will take time to end her life. Mikhail stands over her and prepares to shoot her again, but Desmond steps out of his hiding place and shoots Mikhail in the chest with a spear gun. Desmond takes Bonnie’s gun and is about to kill her too until Charlie warns him that they need the code she has to turn off the jamming equipment. Desmond frees Charlie and Charlie asks Bonnie for the code. He talks her into giving up the code, but her answer is to mention the Beach Boys’ song, “Good Vibrations.” She says that the keypad represents the notes of the song, and that if he enters the melody to that song, it will turn off the jamming equipment. “It was programmed by a musician,” she explains, and then breathes her last. Charlie suddenly realizes why this was his destiny all along: he’s the only musician among the survivors, and he alone would be able to interpret the song as a code.

Jack drags Ben back to the survivors and tells them to tie Ben up and bring him along. Alex kneels to look at her father’s broken face, and Danielle steps forward to get a closer look at her daughter. “Alex, this is your mother,” Ben tiredly explains. Mother and daughter are reunited at long last. Meanwhile, Jack retreats to a private spot to collect himself, and Kate follows, wanting to know what happened. He finally breaks down and tells her that Ben had Sayid, Jin, and Bernard killed. He says that they can’t tell Sun or Rose yet, because he promised Sayid he would see this through. Kate asks why he didn’t just kill Ben, and Jack says that he wants Ben to see it when Jack successfully radios the freighter and that Jack beat him. Then, he says, he’ll kill Ben.

Back at the beach, Ryan and Tom argue about Ben’s viability as their leader, and how Ben’s questionable behavior lately made them hesitate; they didn’t kill Sayid, Jin, and Bernard after all — they merely shot the sand.

Sawyer and Juliet watch the beach camp from nearby and lament the fact that they’re outmatched by the Others and have no way of changing that. While they talk, they hear an engine approaching, and are stunned when Hurley appears in the blue Dharma van he got working weeks ago, and bursts into the camp, running down Ryan. Sawyer runs up, grabs Ryan’s gun, and is about to shoot the third man dead, when Sayid uses his legs — the only part of him not tied up — to knock the man down and break his neck. Only Tom is left, but Juliet gets his gun and holds him in place. Sawyer approaches and stares Tom down, the history between them boiling to the surface. Tom surrenders, but Sawyer shoots him in the heart anyway. “That’s for taking the kid off the raft,” he says.

As the survivors near the radio tower, Ben’s walkie-talkie suddenly goes off and it’s Hurley calling out to the Others with an announcement that he and his friends had defeated the Others at the beach. Jack replies to Hurley’s call and Hurley explains that everyone’s fine and well — including Sayid, Jin, and Bernard. The survivors celebrate the good news, but Claire grabs the radio and asks about Charlie’s status. Hurley tells her he hasn’t seen Charlie yet, but not to worry.

Down in the Looking Glass, Desmond locates some diving gear for escaping while Charlie goes to shut down the jamming equipment. Desmond notes that he’s had no new visions, and Charlie allows himself to hope that maybe they’d beaten destiny. In the room with the yellow blinking light, Charlie taps out “Good Vibrations” on the keypad and shuts off the jammer. The yellow light stops blinking and Charlie knows he’s succeeded, but immediately a transmission comes in. He answers the call and a video screen comes to life. It’s Penny! Charlie recognizes her and tells her who he is and that Desmond is alive and nearby. Penny’s overjoyed to learn that her man is okay, but has no idea what Charlie’s talking about when he asks if she’s calling from the freighter. Out in the main chamber, Desmond is startled to see that Mikhail’s body is no longer there, but there’s a blood trail that leads into the moon pool. Just then, there’s a knock from the window next to Charlie, and he turns to see Mikhail swimming out there, and holding a live grenade up to the window. As Desmond runs to help, Charlie grabs the hatch door to the communication room and slams it shut, sealing it off. Mikhail’s grenade explodes, the window bursts open, and water rushes in. Desmond tries to break the door open but it’s no good. Charlie quickly realizes that this is it, and writes the words “Not Penny’s Boat” on the palm of his hand. He shows Desmond the writing on his hand through the hatch window, and the two of them say a silent goodbye before Charlie floats off and succumbs to drowning.

Naomi gets a signal on her phone and reports that Charlie was successful. She turns on the phone and hears Danielle’s distress call, which is still blocking the signal. Danielle announces that they’ve arrived at the radio tower. They enter the tiny room adjacent to the tower and Danielle turns off the message she recorded sixteen years ago. Back outside, Naomi makes her call. Ben warns Jack that if they do this, it will be “the beginning of the end,” but Naomi gets a signal just then. As she’s about to answer the call, Locke appears, bloodied and injured, and throws a knife into Naomi’s back, apparently killing her. He pulls out his gun and orders Jack to step away from the. phone. Locke says he had to do this, for the island, but Jack grabs the phone anyway. A standoff ensues while the phone rings; Locke swears he’ll shoot if Jack doesn’t put the phone down, but Jack informs Locke that “you’re done keeping me on this island.” Jack calls Locke’s bluff and Locke drops his gun, but he wearily tells Jack that he’s “not supposed to do this.” The phone is answered on the other end by someone named Minkowski, and Jack verifies that he is talking to the freighter. Locke retreats as the rest of the survivors look on in excitement and hope. Jack explains who he is, and Minkowski says he can lock onto the phone’s signal and come rescue everyone. Jack feels the burden starting to lift from his shoulders from the promise he made to get everyone off the island, and the survivors embrace one another, rejoicing that rescue has come at last.

  • Who was the occupant of the coffin?
  • Why was Jack so deeply troubled and emotional by the death of the casket’s occupant?
  • Who are the “people who have been trying to find the island” that Naomi and her freighter represent?
  • Why are these people that Naomi works for such a threat to the island?
  • Who was the musician who programmed the jamming device’s code in the Looking Glass station?
  • How exactly did the survivors get off the island?
  • How many of the survivors escaped from the island?
  • Which of the survivors escaped the island?
  • What happened between Jack and Kate in the future that they wound up on such bad terms?
  • What happened to Jack to convince him that leaving the island was a mistake, and they had to go back?
  • Why did Jack end up taking drugs and drinking so heavily?
  • How long was Jack off the island before his rendezvous with Kate at the airport?
  • Who was the “he” that Kate said would be looking for her?

“Through the Looking Glass” is the eighth Jack-centric episode of the series.

With the death of Charlie Pace, the survivors’ numbers have fallen to 43.

Matthew Fox has never been my favorite actor on the show. I think he does a fine job, but his character is rather lacking in layers, on a show where most of the characters are defined by their many layers. But Fox’s performance in this two-parter was a revelation. His raw, broken intensity in the flash forwards and the brutal scene where he faces off against Ben back on the island both let Fox stretch his acting muscles in ways we’ve never seen before, and he hit the fences in both cases. Utterly gripping, amazing work.

I noticed a trend as Seasons 1-3 played out, and I’m curious if any of you picked up on it as well. The Others started out as a menacing group of island natives who eventually were revealed to be a more benevolent “family” type group — if still obsessively, dangerously protective of the island. As this shift from seemingly-evil to mostly-good occurred, the show slowly shed all of the Others that we’ve seen behaving cruelly. Big bad Ethan? Shot dead by Charlie. Goodwin the tailie spy? Killed by Ana-Lucia. Cold, conniving Bea Klugh? Killed by Mikhail to keep her secrets. Mean ol’ Danny Pickett? Killed by Juliet to help Kate and Sawyer escape. Mikhail Bakunin? Drowned/blown up by his own grenade. Ryan? Dead thanks to Hurley. Bonnie & Greta the Looking Glass gals? Dead. Even Tom, who was later shown to be not such a bad guy after all, was killed by Sawyer for kidnapping Walt. Slowly, these more vicious-flavored Others were replaced with a new, kindler/gentler variety. Folks like Richard Alpert, Alex Linus/Rousseau, Karl, Cindy the flight attendant, Juliet, and more.

And here we go: the flash forwards begin! What an insane shock this was, at the end of Part 2. It was shocking less because it happened to the survivors, and more because it happened to us, the viewers. It was the ultimate rug-pulling-out, and it was brilliantly executed. It’s so different to watch Jack’s “flashback” scenes now, knowing that they weren’t visions of the past at all, but of the future. They were already emotionally compelling, but peeling back this extra layer transforms them into entirely new scenes. Jack’s attempted suicide, for example, mirrors Michael’s Season 4 flashback attempt to do the same thing, when he was told that the island wouldn’t let him kill himself. The same went for Jack, here.

Until this episode, Lost was following a fairly rigid storytelling format, slowly unspooling mystery after mystery with the occasional answer. What’s most impressive to me about “Through the Looking Glass” is the way it changed all those rules. After this, the show kicked into overdrive, and every episode was loaded with so much happening, it became appointment television. And it made up new rules as it went along, introducing flash forwards and time flashes and who knows what else that’s still to come. Comparatively, Seasons 1 through 3 were crawling at a snail’s pace, following a simple formula, over and over. Seasons 4 and 5 (and presumably, 6) were bullet trains, taking bold, thrilling chances and barreling ahead with developments we never thought we see. This was the turning point.


3.22 “Through the Looking Glass, Part 1”

Jack enacts his daring plan to defend the camp against the Others, turn off the jamming equipment in the Looking Glass, and contact the freighter, in a bid to finally get the survivors rescued.

Written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Directed by Jack Bender


On a different Oceanic flight than 815, Jack was drunk and despondent for unknown reasons. As the plane was about to land, he found a newspaper obituary that named someone he knew as the person who died, and it caused him tremendous anguish. He called an unidentified someone on his phone and left an incoherent message before hanging up. He was so traumatized by the newspaper story that he pulled over on the side of a road and tried to commit suicide by jumping off of a bridge. But while he stood there on the ledge, a car on the bridge was in a terrible accident very close to where he stood, so he got down to go save the passengers: a woman and her eight-year-old son.

Jack brought the two victims to the ER, after pulling them from their wreck. He was visited there by his ex-wife Sarah, who was visibly pregnant. Sarah saw that he was strung out and hung over, and wanted to know what he was really doing when the crash occurred. But he didn’t answer her question.

The next day, while reviewing the chart of the woman from the crash, Jack took a powerful narcotic called Oxycodone just before he was met by a Dr. Rob Hamill, the new chief of surgery. The woman had a severe spinal injury and Jack wanted to perform her needed operation, but Dr. Hamill refused his request, because the surgery was already scheduled and another doctor was handling it.


The survivors depart from camp as planned, escaping before the imminent arrival of the Others. Sayid, Jin, and Bernard stay behind to detonate the dynamite. Sayid makes Jack promise not to come back for his team if anything should go wrong, because he’s willing to give his life if it means everyone is rescued. Rose and Bernard say their own emotional goodbyes, as do Sun and Jin.

As they walk, Naomi shows Jack how her satellite phone works in case anything should happen to her.

Charlie is captured by the two female Others down in the Looking Glass. They tie him to a chair and hit him repeatedly, trying to find out how he got down there and how he even found out about the place. He tells them that Juliet has switched sides, so they go to a nearby communications room to call Ben. Charlie watches them enter the small room and notes that there’s a blinking yellow light inside — just like the light Desmond saw in his vision of the place Charlie is supposedly going to drown.

As night falls, Ben gets a call out at the Others’ camp from the more temperamental of the two Looking Glass women, Bonnie. Bonnie reports that Charlie is there thanks to Juliet’s betrayal, and Ben orders them to do nothing until Mikhail gets down there. He asks Mikhail to go, but Mikhail points out that Ben has been lying to his own people about the Looking Glass having supposedly been flooded. Mikhail agrees to go, but notes that Juliet may have compromised more than the underwater station — like Ryan’s plan to abduct the Oceanic survivors’ pregnant women. Ben tries to contact Ryan to warn him, but Ryan has his radio switched off. So the Others enter the camp quietly and prepare to carry out their plan, as Sayid, Jin, and Bernard watch with their guns ready to fire. When the Others are in optimal positions, Sayid, Jin, and Bernard open fire, and kill all but three of Ryan’s team, including Tom and Ryan himself. The remaining Others get the upper hand, though, and the three survivors are taken captive.

From up in the hills, the survivors watch the beach in the distance, realizing that something’s gone wrong. Sun and Rose want to stay behind and wait for their husbands to be sure they’re okay, but Jack won’t allow it. So they keep moving.

Bonnie and her friend Greta continue to interrogate Charlie, who tells them everything, including his plan to turn off the jamming equipment in the room with the blinking yellow light. He’s not worried about revealing his plan to them because he knows from Desmond’s vision that there’s nothing they can do to stop him from eventually succeeding. But Bonnie points out that there’s a code needed to turn off the jammer, and only the two of them have it. He’s still not worried, suggesting that he’s going to flood the station so he won’t need the code, and the two women are unnerved when he calmly says he knows that he’ll die along with them when his job is done.

Tom radios Ben to give him the bad news, that they’d been duped and that seven of their people were dead. Their captives won’t talk about where the survivors have gone, until Ben orders Ryan to kill Jin. Bernard cracks as Jin is about to die, and reveals that the survivors have gone to the radio tower to try and contact the freighter. He also tells them about Karl’s betrayal, and Ben immediately knows that his daughter Alex has turned on him as well.

The next morning, Ben decides to go off on his own to intercept the Oceanic survivors at the radio tower. He orders Richard to carry on without him and take all of the Others to the Temple. But Richard argues, revealing that Ben’s leadership of the Others is falling apart all around him, thanks to the events of the last week. Alex volunteers to go with her father, and he agrees, spitefully pointing out that he knows Karl is with the survivors, thanks to her.

Out in the jungle, the survivors stop to refill their water bottles at a creek. Kate and Sawyer talk privately about how Sayid, Jin, and Bernard should have caught up with them by now. But Sawyer is too busy brooding over his murder of Locke’s father to care. Kate calls him on it, but it doesn’t seem to do any good.

Desmond wakes up out on the outrigger canoe and realizes that Charlie knocked him out and dived down to the Looking Glass. Mikhail appears at the shore and starts shooting at him, so, seeing no other choice, Desmond dives into the water and swims down to the station as well. While Bonnie and Greta argue in an adjacent room, Desmond pops up from the moon pool and Charlie warns him to hide. Bonnie and Greta hear him and come out to ask who he’s talking to, but Charlie tries to cover by singing to himself. Meanwhile, Desmond has hidden himself away out of sight.

After some time to think about what Kate said to him, Sawyer declares that he’s going back to the beach to check on their missing friends. Kate wants to go with him, but he refuses her, saying he doesn’t want her help. Jack says there’s no point in going without guns, but Juliet steps forward and says she knows where there’s a hidden cache of weapons that could be used. She asks to go with him, wanting to purchase a little redemption of her own, and Jack agrees. Juliet kisses him as they go, and Kate watches, jealous.

Mikhail swims into the Looking Glass station and greets Bonnie and Greta, saying the two of them were thought by everyone else to be “on assignment in Canada.” Greta explains that Ben ordered them not to tell anyone of their true whereabouts. Mikhail tells them he saw Charlie’s friend Desmond dive into the water, but Charlie turns the tables by telling Mikhail about Ben’s deception of his own people: that Ben ordered Bonnie and Greta down here to jam all transmissions off the island. Ben calls down, and Mikhail answers it so he can find out from Ben what’s going on. Ben answers back that “Jacob told me to” lie to his own people, because the island is under a very dangerous assault, and they have to protect it. Ben convinces Mikhail to kill Charlie and keep the jamming going, and then to take out Bonnie and Greta so the rest of the Others never find out about any of this.

Jack and Kate stop to talk for a moment as the hike continues, and Jack tells Kate that Sawyer didn’t mean what he said about not wanting Kate to join him. Jack says Sawyer was just trying to protect her. Kate asks why Jack is defending Sawyer, when Sawyer would never do the same for him. Jack’s reply: “Because I love you.”

As they walk to the hidden cache of guns, Sawyer passes the time by asking Juliet about what the Others were up to out on Hydra island. He asks about how he and Kate were put to work moving rocks around, and Juliet replies that the Others were building a runway. She jokes that the runway was “for the aliens,” but Sawyer’s not amused. When he asks how far away the guns are, she reveals that she lied about there being any guns because she knew it was the only way Jack would let them go. Hurley suddenly catches up with them and offers to help, still feeling stung from the way Charlie refused his assistance on the Looking Glass mission and wanting to be useful. But Sawyer’s reaction is similar to Charlie’s, telling Hurley that he’ll only get in the way. So Hurley sadly turns to go back and join up with the survivors.

As they hurry to intercept the survivors, Alex asks Ben why he allowed her to come. Ben’s explanation is that he intends to let her join the survivors, because she betrayed him. Furious, Alex defends herself by reminding her father that he locked Karl in a cage and then tried to brainwash him. He says he didn’t want his daughter to get pregnant. Alex doesn’t understand why Ben won’t let the Oceanic survivors leave the island, but Ben merely says that he can’t allow it.

In the pit where the Dharma Initiative members were tossed after the Purge, Locke is severely wounded and slowly dying from the wound in his abdomen. He spots an old revolver in a holster, attached to one of the bodies, and painfully moves to get it, intending to use it to end his suffering. But as he’s about to pull the trigger, he hears Whispers, and then a very familiar voice says, “Don’t, John.” Locke looks up at the rim of the pit, where he sees Walt, who looks several years older than Locke remembers him. Walt orders Locke to get up, but Locke says he can’t, he’s been shot. Walt tells him he can do it, and he must, because he has “work to do.”

  • The Others are headed for a location on the island known as “the Temple.”
    Question: What’s the “very old place” the Others are going to? [3.19] & Question: Where are the Others planning to go now that they can no longer live at the Barracks? [3.15]
  • Ben took drastic measures against Alex’s boyfriend Karl because he didn’t want Alex to get pregnant — a turn of events that would endanger her life, since pregnant women die on the island.
    Question: Why was Karl locked up? [3.01] & Question: What was the purpose of what was being done to Karl in Room 23? [3.07]
  • According to Juliet, the Others were building a runway.
    Question: What are the Others building near the Hydra station? [3.02]

  • What’s at the Temple?
  • Where is the Temple?
  • Who built the Temple, and when?
  • Kate was a potential target of the Others, just like Sun. Is she pregnant too?
  • What is the “assault” that the island is under, according to Ben? Is this related to the freighter?
  • Why were the Others building a runway on Hydra island?
  • Who or what was the Walt that Locke saw from the Dharma burial ditch?

“Through the Looking Glass” is the eighth Jack-centric episode of the series.

Isn’t it funny how every season finale has included some kind of major trek across the island? What’s more, the same survivors tend to be involved in said trek just about every time. Season 1’s finale, “Exodus,” featured Jack, Kate, Locke, Hurley, Danielle, and Dr. Arzt on a trip out to the Black Rock to get dynamite, as well as a foot chase across the island by Sayid and Charlie to get back baby Aaron. Season 2’s “Live Together, Die Alone” saw Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, and Michael head off on a deceit-filled mission to get Walt back. Season 3’s finale (this very episode) had all of the survivors on a big walk up to the radio tower. Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, and others were back-and-forth all over the island in Season 4’s “There’s No Place Like Home,” in their attempt to secure rescue. While Season 5’s “The Incident” saw Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet making their way across the island in 1977 to stop Jack from detonating the hydrogen bomb (though they later agreed to go through with it), as well as Locke, Sun, Richard, and most of the Others on a mass march to the statue, to see Jacob. It’s no wonder the season finales have always been filled with so much storytelling momentum — the cast is literally on the move the entire time!