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4.14 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”

<>All of the events of Season 4 come to a head as a tragedy occurs on the freighter, the island is moved, and the Oceanic 6 escape from the island.

Written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Directed by Jack Bender

Flashforward

Around the same time that Jack met Kate outside the airport to tell her they needed to go back to the island, Sayid snuck into Santa Rosa Mental Institute after killing a man who had been parked outside for a week. He visited Hurley and informed him that “Jeremy Bentham” was dead, and offered to take him away from the hospital to a safe place to keep the same thing from happening to Hurley. Sayid stated that Bentham’s cause of death was listed as suicide, but he didn’t believe this to be true. Only after Sayid assured him that they weren’t going back to the island did Hurley agree to go with him.

Sun traveled to London, where she intercepts Charles Widmore on the street, coming out of a meeting. She identified herself as the Managing Director of Paik Industries, and Widmore greeted her warmly, recognizing her father’s name and company. Sun quickly dropped all pretenses and told him that she knew he knew who she was and where she and the rest of the Oceanic 6 had really been stranded three years ago. She told him that the two of them had common interests, and asked him to call her when he was ready to discuss them, pointing out that the Oceanic 6 were not the only ones who left the island, as he knew very well.

Late at night, Kate had a bizarre dream in which Claire appeared in Aaron’s room before warning Kate with great desperation not to bring Aaron back to the island.

After his meeting with Kate outside the airport, Jack returned to the Hoffs/Drawlar Funeral Parlor, where he broke in to finally open the coffin that held “Jeremy Bentham” so he could see the body for himself. He was distraught to discover that it was all true, and Bentham really was inside the casket, dead. But his grief was interrupted by the sudden arrival of Ben, who asked about what Bentham had told Jack when he visited him. Jack said that he had seen Bentham about a month ago, and that he’d told him that after the Oceanic 6 left the island, some “very bad things” happened. Bentham had also said that it was because Jack left that it all happened, and that Jack would have to go back to the island to set things right. Ben claimed to have come to tell Jack that the island wouldn’t let him come back alone — he would have to get all of the Oceanic 6 to return with him, and Ben offered to help Jack reassemble them. Jack agreed, but Ben had one more surprise to reveal: in addition to the Oceanic 6, they would have to bring the dead man in the coffin with them as well. And at long last, the occupant of the coffin, the man using the pseudonym “Jeremy Bentham,” was revealed to be John Locke.

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On the chopper, Jack assures Kate that they’ll go back for Sawyer after they reach the freighter and repair the fuel leak.

Down in the Orchid station, Locke frantically tries to save Keamy from dying, so that the bomb rigged to his heartrate monitor won’t cause the freighter to explode. Ben refuses to help, but it’s too late anyway. Keamy promises Ben that Widmore will get to him one way or another, and then breathes his last. The monitor strapped to his arm switches off.

On the freighter, Jin, Michael, and Desmond watch the red light blink on, indicating that the bomb has been triggered by Keamy’s death. Thanks to Michael’s freezing technique, the explosion has been stalled, but it’s not going to keep. He sends Desmond topside to evacuate the boat, but meanwhile, the Frank unknowingly brings the helicopter in for a landing. When it’s on the boat, Desmond explains the situation and Frank quickly patches the holes with duct tape while the chopper is being refueled. Sun wants to go find Jin, but she’s still holding Aaron so Kate offers to go after Jin instead herself, so Sun can get the baby safely onto the chopper. Down in the bowels of the ship, Michael’s liquid nitrogen supply runs out, and he sends a reluctant Jin away to help get Sun to safety. But while Jin runs for the top deck, Frank returns to the helicopter and starts it up, telling everyone to get onboard, as there’s no time left. Jack sees Kate heading for the ship’s interior to find Jin but he pulls her back and forces her onto the chopper. Frank, Desmond, Jack, Hurley, Sayid, Kate, Sun, and baby Aaron are all onboard, but Sun is alarmed that they’re taking off without her husband. Jin makes it to the main deck just as the chopper has already pulled away. Sun sees him standing on the deck, waving them off, and demands that they go back for him, but Frank can’t do it, knowing time is up and they’ll be lucky to escape as it is. Down in the room with the C4, Michael hears Whispers and then suddenly Christian Shephard is standing in the room with him. “You can go now, Michael,” says Christian, and the freighter instantly goes up in a spectacular fireball. Sun screams in anguish after Jin, who has seemingly perished on the ship, though we never get visual confirmation of this. Since they have so little fuel left, Jack orders Frank to take them back to the island. It’s the only place left for them to go now.

With Keamy dead, Locke is irate that Ben killed him and doomed everyone on the freighter. Ben calmly explains that he wasn’t thinking very clearly, explaining that command decisions can be compromised by emotions, and says he’s sure Locke will do better at being in command of the Others than Ben ever did. Ben throws some more metal objects into the Orchid Vault and then activates the machine. A tremendous explosion follows, after which Ben mysteriously leaves to change clothes.

On the beach, Juliet sits alone with a bottle of Dharma rum, watching as Sawyer swims in out of the ocean. He mistakenly thinks she’s celebrating their rescue, but she points out the smoke on the distant horizon, coming from the destroyed freighter. She’s not celebrating at all, she’s grieving. So he joins her impromptu ritual and has a drink as well.

Locke follows Ben and finds that he’s dressing in thick winter clothing, including a familiar-looking Dharma parka. Locke is frustrated that Ben is planning to go carry out their plan to move the island without him, when Jacob told Locke to do it. But Ben argues that Jacob told Locke but he didn’t tell him how, because he wanted Ben to do it, and to suffer the consequences. “Whoever moves the island can never come back,” Ben explains. He tells Locke to take the elevator back up to the surface and go rendezvous with Richard and the Others, who would be ready to share the secrets of the island with Locke and follow his orders. Ben bids him farewell and apologizes for making Locke’s life so miserable, and the two part ways.

Locke follows Ben’s instructions and encounters the Others waiting for him at an encampment not far from the Orchid. Richard welcomes him to his new home, and Locke is happy to finally find his destiny within his grasp.

Ben clears out the wreckage in the Orchid Vault to reveal a tunnel behind it that leads to large hole with a ladder leading further down. He descends the ladder carrying a crowbar, and finds a sheet of ice at the bottom of the hole. He breaks through it into a frigid inner chamber that’s covered in frost and ice, but he slips on a broken rung on the way down and cuts his shoulder on a protruding nail. In the small chamber is a large wooden wheel that sticks halfway out of a wall made of stone blocks. The wheel has eight spokes coming out of it, and it’s frozen solid just like the rest of the chamber. Ben grabs two of the spokes and wistfully tells an unseen, distant Jacob that he hopes he’s happy now that he’s about to be rid of Ben. The ice covering the wheel makes it hard to turn, but Ben uses the crowbar to clear much of the ice away, and finally he’s able to get it moving. With tremendous effort, he pushes the wheel forward, and everyone all over the island hears an unearthly mechanical sound coming from the Orchid. Even the passengers on the helicopter hear it. A bright yellow light begins shining from behind the stone wall that holds the wooden wheel, and as it grows in intensity, Ben continues to push the wheel until he’s swallowed in a bright white light that engulfs the entire island. As the remaining survivors and the Others watch, the light takes them all, yet it doesn’t reach the helicopter, which seems to be outside of its range.

The passengers on the chopper are blinded by the bright light, but untouched by it, and as they watch in shock, the island vanishes as the light fades, and a surge of ocean water rushes in to fill the space where the island once stood. Suddenly they are without a place to land. Hurley is the first one to realize the truth: Locke and Ben moved it, just like they planned. The chopper runs out of fuel and starts heading down. Everyone puts on a life vest and they throw out a large raft that was stowed on the chopper as well. It’s a horrific landing as the ship tumbles end over end, yet everyone manages to survive the impact. They all make for the life raft and climb onboard. But now they’re lost at sea with no way of moving in any particular direction, and no apparent means of rescue.

Later that night, Hurley again points out his amazement that Locke successfully moved the island, but Jack refuses to believe it. Frank looks up just in time to see a light from a passing boat, the survivors shout to it until it spots them and turns to come to their rescue. As the boat approaches, Jack tells his friends that they’re going to have to lie about everything that’s happened to them. His reasoning is that whoever planted the fake wreckage of Oceanic 815 on the bottom of the ocean wants the rest of the world to think that they’re all dead; their lives could be endangered by not perpetuating that same falsehood. Likewise, everyone left behind on the island could be hunted down and killed just as they almost were by the men from the freighter. The others don’t believe they could pull off such a complicated lie, but Jack reassures them by suggesting that they let him do all the talking.

As the approaching boat, which is named Searcher, nears them, a crewman onboard shouts out for “Ms. Widmore.” Desmond steps forward in disbelief as Penny appears and shouts orders to bring the survivors onboard. Desmond calls out to her and Penny looks on in shock at hearing his voice, realizing for the first time that the man she loves is right there. The raft is secured to the side of the Searcher but Desmond doesn’t wait for it to be done before he climbs up to the deck, while Penny races to him as well. Reunited after three long years apart, Desmond and Penny share a passionate kiss and a long embrace. He asks her how she found him, and she explains that she used her Antarctic tracking station to trace the phone call he made to her from the freighter. He pledges his love to her and promises on the spot never to leave her again.

The rest of the survivors are brought onboard the Searcher, and Desmond introduces each of them in turn to Penny. Penny is delighted to meet them all, but Jack is all business and says that they need to talk. A week later, a plan has been forged for Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun, and Aaron to take a small raft from the Searcher and wash up on the shores of the island of Membata. It’s all part of their cover story, meant to protect those they left behind. Frank opts to stay behind on the Searcher and quietly return to society on his own, and Desmond is of course staying with Penny. They say their goodbyes and set off, but Jack gives Desmond a final warning not to let himself be found. Eight or nine hours later, the six survivors of Oceanic 815 paddle onto the shores of Membata, and begin their journey home.

  • John Locke.
    Question: Who was the occupant of the coffin? [3.23] & Question: Who is Jeremy Bentham? [4.13]
  • After a visit from Locke a month before his death, Jack came to realize that his life had lost all sense of purpose and meaning when he left the island. He knew he had to go back, but couldn’t find a way to do it, and finding out that Locke had died only hammered home all the more the guilt he felt from not listening to Locke in the first place, all the way back when Locke warned him not to leave the island.
    Question: Why was Jack so deeply troubled and emotional by the death of the casket’s occupant?
    [3.23] & Question: What happened to Jack to convince him that leaving the island was a mistake, and they had to go back? [3.23]
  • The Oceanic 6 left the island on Frank’s helicopter with the intention of returning for everyone else. But when the freighter was destroyed and the island vanished, the Oceanic 6 found themselves stranded in a helicopter that had no place to land. The chopper crashed into the ocean when it ran out of fuel, and everyone onboard survived on an inflatable life raft until they were rescued by Penny’s boat, the Searcher, which was out in the South Pacific looking for them, having traced the phone call she received only days earlier from Desmond.
    Question: How exactly did the survivors get off the island?
    [3.23] & Question: Why did only six of the survivors escape the island? [4.01]
  • The Oceanic 6 — Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, and Aaron — escaped, along with Desmond and Frank, though their involvement was kept a secret for their own safety. Ben also left the island, having been teleported off of it after turning the frozen wheel beneath the Orchid station. John Locke left the island at some point as well, but the circumstances of his exit have yet to be revealed.
    Question: Which of the survivors escaped the island? [3.23] & Question: Did anyone else get off the island besides the Oceanic 6? [4.03]
  • There is an ancient chamber buried beneath the Orchid station that holds an enormous wooden wheel. Turning this wheel somehow causes the island to move.
    Question: How does Jacob expect Locke to move the island? [4.09]
  • No, Ben left the island by turning the wheel in the frozen room beneath the Orchid station that moves the island. Apparently anyone who moves the wheel suffers this consequence of being teleported to the Tunisian desert.
    Question: How did Ben get off the island? Did he escape on the freighter along with the Oceanic 6?
    [4.03] & Question: How did Ben reach Tunisia — and why was he so cold when he woke up there? [4.09]
  • We can deduce from what happened to Ben that a polar bear must have been used at some point to turn the frozen wheel that moves the island, and wound up being transported to the Tunisian desert.
    Question: How did one of the Dharma Initiative’s polar bears wind up in the desert of Tunisia? [4.02]

  • Who was the man stationed outside of Santa Rosa Mental Institute, watching Hurley? Who did he work for?
  • Did Locke, aka “Jeremy Bentham” really commit suicide, or was he murdered as Sayid believes?
  • If Locke’s death was a murder and not a suicide, does that mean that all of the Oceanic 6 are in similar danger?
  • Is Jin really dead?
  • Is Locke really dead?
  • Why did Locke leave the island?
  • How did Locke leave the island?
  • Charles Widmore knew of Paik Industries and even mentioned that he played golf regularly with Sun’s father. Are these two powerful men merely business associates, or do they share a deeper connection (such as an interest in the island, perhaps)?
  • What are the “common interests” Sun has with Charles Widmore? Did her comment about others who’d left the island besides the Oceanic 6 implicate a common enemy between them in Ben?
  • Why is it so cold down in the chamber where the island-moving wheel is housed?
  • How exactly does the frozen wheel make the island move?
  • What’s behind the wheel that generated the bright yellow light?
  • The island has successfully been moved. Where did it go?
  • What’s become of Daniel and the people he was ferrying on the zodiac raft?
  • Why doesn’t Claire want Aaron brought back to the island?
  • What “very bad things” happened on the island after the Oceanic 6 left?
  • How are these “very bad things” Jack’s fault, for leaving the island?
  • Since turning the wheel beneath the Orchid station sends one to the Tunisian desert, it stands to reason that the polar bear Charlotte found in Tunisia wearing a Dharma Initiative collar (in 4.02 “Confirmed Dead”) must also have turned the wheel at some point, and that’s how it wound up there. What and when were the circumstances surrounding the polar bear that turned the wheel and moved the island? Who was responsible for this, and why?

More than any other season of the show, Season 4 tells a story with a well-defined, satisfying beginning and end. Sure, this was the year we met the Freighter Folk, and Locke had some major developments too, but Season 4 was really the story of the Oceanic 6. Each one of them got their own episode (along with fellow escapees Desmond and Ben), filling in the blanks of what they were up to once they left the island, and how their lives got off-track in ways that only returning to the island could fix. Showing the escape of the Oceanic 6 was the perfect way to end the season.

Speaking of the Oceanic 6, all of them seemed to think that escaping the island was what was best for them, though all of them (but Aaron, I suppose) were proven wrong. Let’s look at them individually. Jack’s downfall is well documented, as his “fall from destiny” caused him to become addiction to drugs and alcohol. Kate received perhaps the best deal of anyone, getting her fugitive status overturned and living a happy life as mother to little Aaron for three years. But as we learned in Season 5, she was using Aaron as a crutch to compensate for the broken heart she was feeling at losing both Sawyer and Jack. Plus, the guilt she felt from lying about being Aaron’s mother all but crushed her. Hurley did okay for a while, until his newfound ability to speak to the dead sent him back to his old stomping grounds at the mental hospital. Sayid also was initially very happy in wedded bliss to his lifelong love Nadia, but his happiness was cut short and replaced by grief and a bloody quest for revenge that left him dead inside. Sun’s life was literally saved by being able to carry her daughter to full term and give birth. But her own quest for revenge against Ben kept her from discovering that Jin was still alive, and caused the two of them to lose (at least) three years of their lives together. So the conclusion is clear: for reasons we still don’t yet understand, none of them were ever meant to leave the island.

I’m hoping that we get a definitive answer on the frozen wheel and how it works, but in case we don’t, here’s my theory… Pierre Chang said in the Orchid Orientation video (essentially) that the Orchid is situated atop a pocket of energy that can tap into and manipulate time and space. I believe the wheel works by dislodging the island in time and space, sending it and the people on it to a new place and a new time.

I remember before this episode aired that Damon Lindelof promised viewers there would be an “earth-shaking kiss” they’d never forget. Many fans seemed to think he was referring to Sawyer’s farewell to Kate, but I believe he was talking about Desmond and Penny’s unexpected reunion.

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4.13 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”

Locke makes a last ditch effort to keep Jack from leaving the island. Later, he learns the true purpose of the Orchid station. Ben receives help from some old friends. Michael hatches a daring plan to stall the C4 explosion on the freighter, while most of the Oceanic 6 are on their way there.

Written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Directed by Jack Bender

Flashforward

The future airport scene that ended the Season 3 finale (“Through the Looking Glass”) was did not end with Jack shouting “We have to go back!” to Kate as her car drove away, as we were led to believe. Kate heard him shouting and backed the car up. Irate, she jumped from the car and challenged his assertion that the needed to return to the island, based on the obituary he read for someone named Jeremy Bentham. Bentham was a pseudonym used by someone they knew very well, but neither would say who it really was. Kate revealed that this Bentham had come to visit her not long ago, just as he had apparently visited most or all of the Oceanic 6, and she’d decided he was crazy based on whatever he told her. Bentham had visited Jack as well, and convinced him that going back to the island was the only way to keep Kate and Aaron safe. But Kate was hurt when Jack said Aaron’s name, because of the way things ended between them, and she slapped him. Kate tells him she’s spent the last three years trying to forget “all of the horrible things that happened on the day that we left” the island, so there was no way she would ever go back. She returned to her car and drove away.

One day at Santa Rosa Mental Hospital, Hurley received a visitor: Walt. Walt had grown three years older in the time since Hurley had seen him last. Now a teenager, Walt revealed that Jeremy Bentham came to see him too, at his home in New York. He asked Hurley why the Oceanic 6 were all lying about everything, and Hurley told him they were lying because it was the only way to protect everyone left behind on the island.

Now

Jack and Sawyer arrive near the Orchid, where they find Hurley. Hurley points them toward the Orchid station itself, where Locke is milling around, trying to find the elevator Ben told him about. Locke asks Jack to speak alone, but Jack is still angry and embittered at him. Jack finally agrees though, and Hurley and Sawyer give them some space. Locke tries to convince Jack not to leave the island because he says it’s his destiny to be there; Locke even argues that Jack knows this deep down inside, but he was fighting it with everything in him. When Jack refuses to listen, it’s Locke that gives him the idea of having to lie to the outside world about everything that’s happened here, because, Locke says, it’s the only way to protect the island and everyone still on it. Locke argues that the island is a place where miracles happen, but Jack says there’s no such thing as miracles. Locke assures him that what he’s about to do (move the island) will convince him that there is.

On the freighter, Desmond, Michael, and Jin determine that the stash of C4 is not on a timer; it’s attached to a radio receiver, which can trigger the bomb remotely. But there are tripwires everywhere to prevent tampering, with multiple built-in redundancies. There’s no way they can disarm it without setting it off.

Ben, now Keamy’s captive, is taken to the helicopter in handcuffs. Frank is still there, trying to get out of his own cuffs, but Keamy’s attempt to get answers out of him is interrupted when Kate runs into the clearing. She says she’s being chased by the Others, so Keamy deploys his men in response. Whispers precede the a stealthy attack by the Others, who take out several of Keamy’s men before they even know what hit them. A battle ensues and Kate, who’s obviously working with the Others, grabs Ben and runs. Keamy, the sole survivor of the attack on his team, gives chase, but he’s tackled by Sayid, and the two of them engage in a brutal hand-to-hand fight. Sayid manages to stab Keamy in the side, but Keamy still gets the upper hand and nearly kills Sayid before he’s shot in the back by Richard. Ben thanks Richard for coming to his aid, and Richard reciprocates, though there’s underlying tension between them. Kate frees Ben, and Richard explains that she and Sayid helped them rescue Ben because Richard told them they could leave the island if they did. Ben agrees, and allows them to leave the island.

Ben returns to the Orchid, where he finds Jack and Locke arguing about destiny, and he shows Locke the elevator. Ben tells Jack that Sayid and Kate are waiting at the helicopter, and that they’d better be on it within the hour. They both bid Jack farewell and descend inside the elevator.

Michael formulates a plan to freeze the explosives’ battery by spraying it with liquid nitrogen. He explains to Jin and Desmond that a red light on the explosives will light up when the C4 has been triggered, but if they’ve frozen the battery first, they’ll at least get a warning about when it’s coming. The problem is, they have only one canister of liquid nitrogen, so it won’t allow them to keep the battery frozen for long.

Daniel returns to the beach on the zodiac raft, and tells Juliet that things are going well and the next trip won’t take as long because the freighter is attempting to move closer the island. But he secretly grabs Charlotte and Miles and tells them that they have to be part of the next group he ferries to the freighter if they want to live. Miles says he’s decided to stay, but Charlotte agrees to go. After Daniel’s walked off, Miles comments that he finds it odd that Charlotte is so eager to leave “after you spent so much time trying to get back here.” She acts like she doesn’t know what he means by “get back here,” but he knows she’s only pretending, and that Charlotte has definitely been on the island before.

Locke and Ben descend on the elevator for a very long time until they finally reach the Orchid station, which is buried deep within the heart of the island. Whey they’ve finally reached the interior, Locke’s eyes light up at the wondrous sight of a whole new Dharma station to explore. He’s full of questions for Ben, but Ben needs to make preparations of some kind, so he gives Locke an orientation video to watch. Like the other orientation videos we’ve seen, this one features the man we know as Dr. Marvin Candle — this time posing as “Dr. Edgar Halliwax.” The video explains that the Orchid’s secret purpose is to study a pocket just beneath the station that could possibly contain a rare form of energy that can tap into and manipulate time itself. He warns the viewer not to place any metallic items into the main experimentation chamber, yet while Locke is watching the video, Ben is doing just that: filling the chamber with every piece of metal he can find. When the video ends, Locke confirms with Ben that the video was talking about something that can’t possibly be real: time travel. Ben is just about ready to activate the chamber when they hear the elevator ascending up the shaft, which can only mean that someone on the surface has called for it, and is heading down. Ben asks Locke for his collapsible night stick back as they watch and wait.

Hurley, Sawyer, and Jack get back to the helicopter and find Sayid and Kate there, along with Frank. Sawyer uses a hacksaw to finally free Frank from his handcuffs and he suggests they all get on board and head for the freighter. The chopper lifts off and the castaways get their first taste of the impending freedom it’s expected to bring.

The Orchid elevator returns to the sublevel and Martin Keamy steps off of it, alone. Keamy is injured, bleeding from the knife wound Sayid gave him, but he survived the gunshots because he was wearing body armor. His only weapon is a small knife, and he calls out to Ben in the dark, taunting him into showing himself. He reveals the electronic device attached to his arm, and explains that it’s a heartrate monitor connected to the radio transmitter on the freighter. If Keamy dies and his heartrate flatlines, the bomb is triggered and the freighter is destroyed. Locke steps forward, identifies himself, and tries to talk Keamy out of killing everyone on the freighter. Keamy refuses, and Ben suddenly appears, and beats the living crap out of Keamy with his night stick. Enraged, Ben cries out “you killed my daughter!” repeatedly as he stabs Keamy again and again with his own knife. Locke tries to stop him, but it’s too late: the heartrate monitor starts to skip, and Locke tells him he just killed everyone on the freighter. “So?” Ben replies.

At the beach, Daniel prepares to take his next group on the raft, but Charlotte reveals to him that she’s decided to stay behind. He tries to tell her that she’s risking her life by staying, but her reply is, “Would it make any sense if I told you I was still looking for where I was born?” He doesn’t understand, but she leaves him with a friendly kiss. He returns to the raft, where Juliet explains she can’t leave yet, either, because she promised Jack she wouldn’t go until she’d gotten the rest of the survivors off the island first. So he leaves with the next group, without her.

On the freighter, Michael continues to spray his liquid nitrogen on the battery, keeping it frozen. Desmond grows frustrated at his inability to find a way to disarm the bomb, and Michael tells them that they need to get everyone off the boat immediately, because he has only a quarter of a tank of nitrogen left.

The helicopter, on its way to the freighter, Frank notices that the chopper is losing fuel. There’s a bullet hole in the side of the craft, and it’s leaking fast. Frank doesn’t think they’ll make it to the freighter before they run out of fuel, and asks everyone to dump all the extra weight they can spare. They toss everything overboard they can, but it’s not enough. So Sawyer whispers a secret request to Kate and then kisses her, before he jumps overboard into the ocean.

  • The Orchid station.
    Question: What’s the Dharma station represented by the logo Charlotte found on the polar bear’s collar? [4.02]
  • In the future, three years have passed since the Oceanic 6 escaped the island.
    Question: How long was Jack off the island before his rendezvous with Kate at the airport? [3.23]
  • Ben seems to have sent a message asking for the Others to come to his rescue, which would indicate that it was part of Ben’s plan all along that he would be captured by Keamy.
    Question: What did Ben tell the Others with his mirror signal, while on his way to the Orchid? [4.12]
  • Presumably because she’s been to the island before. It would appear that Charlotte has spent a considerable part of her adult life researching the Initiative so as to find a way to get back to the island.
    Question: Charlotte recognized the Dharma logo on the polar bear’s collar. How does she know about the Dharma Initiative? [4.02]
  • The rabbit was one of several subjects used by the Dharma Initiative at the Orchid station, where they were conducting highly secretive experiments with the manipulation of time.
    Question: Why was the rabbit marked with a number? [3.04]
  • Keamy is wearing a heartrate monitor that’s wired to the radio transmitter affixed to the C4 explosives on the freighter. This “insurance policy” was meant to keep him alive no matter what, but when Ben killed him, his heartrate stopped and everyone on the freighter was doomed to die in a massive explosion.
    Question: What’s the electronic device Keamy is wearing under his shirt? [4.11]
  • Sawyer sacrificed his place on the helicopter so that its dwindling fuel would be enough to get everyone else to the freighter. He didn’t know it would be his last chance to escape the island, though he asked Kate for an off-island favor and kissed her goodbye, just in case.
    Question: Why did Sawyer “make his choice” to stay on the island? [4.10]

  • Who is Jeremy Bentham?
  • Why did “Jeremy Bentham” use a pseudonym?
  • What did Jeremy Bentham say to Kate to convince her he was crazy?
  • If Charlotte was born on the island, why did she leave it?
  • Why has she been trying to get back?

The full transcript of the Orchid Orientation film:

The film’s title screen reads “The Dharma Initiative, 6 of 6, Orientation.” A second screen shows the octagonal Dharma logo, and reads “Orientation – Station 3 – The Orchid.” The man we know as Marvin Candle appears, holding a white rabbit with a number spray painted on its side, and addresses the camera: “Hello. I’m Dr. Edgar Halliwax. This is the orientation film for Station 6 of the Dharma Initiative. As you’ve no doubt surmised, Station 6, or ‘the Orchid’, is not a botanical research unit. The unique properties of this island have created a kind of Casimir Effect, allowing the Dharma Initiative to conduct unique experiments in both space and time. [The camera follows as he tours the main room of the facility.] This is the Vault, constructed adjacent to a pocket of what we believe to be negatively-charged exotic matter. Great care must be taken to avoid leaving any organic materials inside the chamber. The electromagnetic energy within the island can be highly volatile and unpredictable. [He places the rabbit inside the chamber.] For your own safety and the safety of those around you, metallic objects must never be placed within the vault. In our first demonstration, we will attempt to shift the test subject one hundred milliseconds ahead in four-dimensional space. For the briefest of moments, the animal will seem to disappear. But in reality–” The video seemingly ends here, as the equipment Locke watched began to suddenly rewind itself at this point, and he couldn’t get it to stop.

The revelation of the Orchid and what it’s purpose was is what laid the ground work for everything that would happen in Season 5 and beyond. We would see the Orchid again in the Season 5 premiere, this time as it was first being constructed by the Dharma Initiative. Pierre Chang used a lot of techno-speak in his orientation video, as we saw in this episode, including terms like “Casimir Effect” and “four-dimensional space.” Here’s an explanation of what the Casimir effect is. As for four-dimensional space, this is a reference to time. The three primary dimensions — height, width, and depth — are followed by the fourth dimension: time.

Martin Keamy joins in the tradition of Lost villains who are wildly hard to kill, and appear to die more than once. Past members of this hard-to-kill club include Ethan Rom and Mikhail Bakunin.

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4.12 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”

The Oceanic 6 come closer to their destined escape from the island as the inevitable confrontation builds between Keamy and Ben.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
Directed by Stephen Williams

Flashforward

Not long after they escaped from the island, the Oceanic 6 — Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, and Aaron — were flown to Honolulu, where they reentered society and were greeted by their loved ones. A press conference was held, and though the survivors were less than enthused about lying publicly about what happened to Oceanic 815, they agreed to follow Jack’s lead and deceive everyone regarding how many survivors there were and what happened to them all on the island. The Oceanic rep at the press conference claimed that the Oceanic 6 washed up on an uncharted island in the South Pacific called Membata, from which they ventured out on a raft that washed up on the shore one day. Jack’s cover story named Boone, Libby, and Charlie as the three additional survivors who washed up on the island with them but didn’t survive.

Immediately after the press conference, Sayid was unexpectedly reunited with his long-lost love, Nadia, in an extremely tender moment.

Not long after they all returned home, Jack finally held a long-overdue funeral for his father. Among the funeral’s attendees were Kate, Aaron, Sayid, Nadia, and Hurley. After the service ended, Jack met Carole Littleton, Claire’s mother, who revealed to Jack that he had a sister, and that she too was on Oceanic 815. Jack was devastated at hearing this news, though he tried not to show it in front of Carole, in order to protect the Oceanic 6’s lie. On her way out of the church, Carole stopped to tell Kate how lovely “her” baby was, never realizing that the baby was her own grandson.

A few months after settling back into her normal life, a very pregnant Sun confronted her father with the startling news that she’d used her settlement money from Oceanic Airlines to buy controlling interest in his automotive company. She blamed her father for Jin’s death, because it was her father’s hatred of Jin that put both of them on Oceanic 815 to begin with. Sun also mentioned that she blamed one other person for Jin’s death, but she did not say who. Taking her father’s company from him was her revenge.

Around the same time that Sun took over her father’s company, Hurley was treated to a surprise birthday party by his parents. Kate, Aaron, Sayid, and Nadia were among the guests. Hurley’s father David took him aside and showed him the Camaro the two of them had worked on when Hurley was a boy. The car was in mint condition, having been completely restored by David in Hurley’s absence. Hurley was thrilled until he got behind the wheel of the car and saw that the odometer was displaying the cursed Numbers — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. He freaked out and ran from the house.

Now

Jack gives Daniel the satellite phone that Frank dropped out the helicopter as it passed over, and he tries to contact the freighter. But instead he intercepts radio chatter from the helicopter instead, which indicates that Keamy’s team is trying to reach something called the Orchid. Jack and Kate team up to try and find the helicopter, but Daniel is spooked, and privately tells Charlotte that Keamy has decided to enact the secondary protocol — and due to whatever that’s going to involve, the two of them need to get off the island immediately.

On their way to find the Orchid, Jack and Kate run into Sawyer, Miles, and baby Aaron. Sawyer reveals that Claire’s disappeared, and the Barracks have been ravaged by the attack from Keamy’s men. He also takes a moment to tell Jack that Locke was right: the freighter did send people to the island to kill them all. Jack declares that he’s going on after the helicopter and Keamy anyway, but he wants everyone else to head for the beach. Sawyer goes with him, while Kate and Miles take Aaron back to the beach.

Sayid reaches the survivors’ beach on the zodiac raft, and he tells them that they have to start ferrying people to the boat as soon as possible. Keamy’s team intends to kill them all, so their only escape is to get everyone to the freighter. He’s frustrated to learn that Jack and Kate are not among the castaways, having gone off chasing the helicopter. Sayid decides to go after them, so Daniel volunteers to pilot the zodiac on its ferrying mission in his place. Sayid agrees, and Juliet insists that Sun go on the first trip out, since she’s pregnant. Kate and Miles return just then, and Kate is upset to realize that Sayid and Desmond are not what Jack is going to find when he reaches the helicopter. She offers to go with him to track Jack and Sawyer, and she hands off baby Aaron to Sun to carry to the freighter.

Now that they have their marching orders of “moving the island,” Locke, Ben, and Hurley hike across the island to the Orchid, a Dharma station that serves as a greenhouse. Ben explains that this is the place where they must go in order to move the island. Hurley asks why the Others didn’t move the island before the freighter arrived, and Ben calls moving the island “a measure of last resort” with dangerous and unpredictable consequences. Ben stops at a large rock outcropping beneath which he retrieves a hidden chest. Ben takes a mirror and sends a signal to his people high up in the hills. “Now we can go,” he says once he’s done, though he won’t tell Locke and Hurley what he just told the Others.

Later, as they near the Orchid, Hurley points out the obvious fact that moving the island will not remove Keamy and his men from it. Ben assures him he’s working on that problem as they speak, but Hurley’s far from convinced. At the Orchid, they spot Keamy and his men, who’ve already arrived.

The zodiac safely reaches the freighter, and Sun and Jin board the larger boat along with several others. Daniel heads back for more survivors, but Sun and Jin are stunned to find themselves standing in front of their old friend Michael Dawson. Michael’s been working to fix the damage he did to the engines, and he reports that he’s finished. He then tries to explain to Sun and Jin about how he’s been trying to help them and the other survivors by operating as a spy on the boat. But Sun and Jin both look at him and see only a traitorous employee of Ben’s.

Desmond runs to the bridge to tell the first officer — who’s taken over as captain following Captain Gault’s death — that the engines are working, but as they prepare to take the freighter directly to the island, the captain discovers that he can’t get any readings on the underwater reefs, due to some kind of interference from something on board. It’s too dangerous to take the ship into uncharted waters without a depth reading, so he holds off while Desmond heads off to find the source of the radio interference.

Jack and Sawyer reach the helicopter, where they find Frank handcuffed to it, alone. Frank explains that Keamy’s gone off to the Orchid to find Ben, but whoever they find with him isn’t likely to survive. Sawyer tells Jack that Hurley is with Ben and Locke, so they go to find him.

Desmond finds the source of the interference on the freighter and runs to get Michael from the main deck. Sun and Jin follow them down below where Desmond reveals what he’s found: an enormous stack of C4 explosives. The explosives are rigged to a complex web of wires, meaning that this bomb is somehow the source of the radio interference.

Kate and Sayid discover that they’re being followed through the jungle, so they stop and shout to their pursuers to come out into the open. Richard Alpert steps forward, and he’s soon followed by a dozen or so Others, all with weapons, who seemingly take Kate and Sayid captive.

At the Orchid, Ben gives Locke instructions on how to find a secret elevator inside the greenhouse that goes down to the real Orchid station. Ben says that he’s going to take care of Keamy so that Locke can get in. As Locke and Hurley watch, Ben steps out of hiding and walks into the midst of Keamy’s team with his hands raised, and Keamy knocks Ben out cold.

  • Claire disappeared in the jungle, but was later spotted hanging out with her dead father, Christian Shephard. She is seemingly out of the picture for the time being, but her exact status is unknown.
    Question: It stands to reason that Claire was not one of the Oceanic 6 if Kate is posing as Aaron’s mother. So what became of Claire on the island? Is she dead or alive? [4.04]
  • Carole did indeed recover from the car accident, and the subsequent coma she was in the last time Claire saw her. She appears to have recovered completely in the three and a half months since Oceanic 815 crashed.
    Question: What became of Carole Littleton? Did she ever wake up from her coma? [3.12]
  • Yes, Jack learned about Claire being his half-sister from Claire’s mother Carole, who showed up at Christian’s funeral. Apparently, learning that Aaron was his nephew caused Jack to be unpleasantly reminded about the people the Oceanic 6 left behind on the island, so he chose to avoid the little boy as a way of not facing his guilt.
    Question: Why doesn’t Jack want to see Aaron in the future? Does he know that Claire is his sister, and Aaron is his nephew? [4.04]
  • Ben is going to the Orchid station, which houses the apparatus used to move the island. How Widmore knew that this was the exact place Ben would be going — when Ben himself didn’t know until Locke got his orders from Jacob to go there — remains unexplained.
    Question: Where is the one place on the island Ben will now be going, according to the secondary protocol? [4.11]
  • It would appear that the secondary protocol is a more severe method of capturing Ben Linus that involves killing everyone else on the island to get to him.
    Question: What exactly does the “secondary protocol” say? [4.11]
  • David Reyes kept his promise. He has remained in Los Angeles, living with his ex-wife Carmen, grieving for the loss of his son by fixing up the old Camaro the two of them used to work on together.
    Question: Did David Reyes keep his promise and stay in Los Angeles, waiting for Hurley to return from Australia? [3.10]

  • What did Ben tell the Others with his mirror signal, while on his way to the Orchid?
  • Who is the second person that Sun blames for Jin’s death?

Oh no she didn’t! Loved loved loved the scene between Sun and her father, where she finally took him down; it was beyond awesome. Talk about a long-overdue comeuppance. The vile Mr. Paik finally got exactly what he deserved, and it was handed to him by his own daughter. Sun had always been demure and respectful to her father in the past, but losing Jin made her snap, and the resulting confrontation between father and daughter was absolutely delicious.

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