Because You Left

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 1/21/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack and Ben attempt to gather the Oceanic Six for a return to the Island while the survivors left behind begin experiencing strange time shifts.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Emerson (I)

    Benjamin Linus

  • Evangeline Lilly

    Kate Austen

  • Jorge Garcia (I)

    Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

  • Matthew Fox

    Jack Shephard

  • Naveen Andrews

    Sayid Jarrah

  • Fan Reviews (45)
  • Nah

    By gstefan22, Feb 12, 2009

  • Jack and the other oceanic survivors try to come to grips with whether to go back to the island or not. Meanwhile, John Locke and sfriends on the island experience time shifts.

    By drummer4916, Mar 29, 2009

  • Not quite sure how we'll get there, but we're on the way back

    By DavidB226Morris, Jun 28, 2010

  • Locke: What is this? Richard: A compass. Locke: What does it do? Richard: It ... points north, John.

    By Sarah_Is_Lost, Jan 30, 2009

  • YESSSSSS!!!!! YESSSSS!!! YESSSSSS!!! (takes a deep breath) YESSSSS!!!

    By thefanof, Jan 22, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Hurley: So, that dude you popped outside Santa Rosa, who is he?
      Sayid: I don't care. He was armed and he was watching you. That made him an enemy.
      Hurley: You think he was gonna kill me?
      Sayid: I'm not taking any risks after Bentham died.
      Hurley: You mean Locke.
      Sayid: Yes, I mean Locke.
      Hurley: I need a cool code name.

    • Miles: So, what was this thing before you guys blew it up? Juliet: A DHARMA station. Miles: For what? Juliet: There was a man named Desmond living down in it. He was pushing a button every 108 minutes to save the world. Miles: Really? Juliet: Yeah. Really.

    • Hurley: We never should've left that island!

    • Dan: Time is like a street. Alright, we can move forward on that street, we can move in reverse, but we can not ever create a new street. If we try to do anything different, we will fail every time. Whatever happened, happened. Sawyer: How do you know so much about this, Danny Boy? Dan: I know about this because I spent my entire adult life studying space-time. I know all this because this journal contains everything I've ever learned about the DHARMA Initiative. This is why I'm here. I know what's happening.

    • Aaron: Where you going, Mommy? Kate: We're goin' on vacation, baby.

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    Notes (8)

    • The opening scene was originally going to be used after the plane crash in "Namaste".

    • Emilie DeRavin (Claire) was removed from the main credits.

    • First appearance by William Mapother (Ethan) since the season 3 episode "One Of Us".

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: January 25, 2009 on Sky One Australia: February 11, 2009 on Network 7 Norway: February 18, 2009 on TVNorge Denmark: March 6, 2009 on Kanal 5 Latin America: March 9, 2009 on AXN Sweden: March 17, 2009 on TV4 Czech Republic: April 6, 2009 on AXN Spain: May 7, 2009 on FOX Belgium: August 24, 2009 on VT4

    • Rebecca Mader was credited as a main cast member for this episode, even though she was credited as a guest star in all the press releases.

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    Trivia (15)

    • The face of Pierre Chang's alarm clock, and "Shotgun Willie", the record he puts on, are both black and white.

    • When Locke is separated from the Others, he is left in the jungle with nothing but a knife and his wits, literally the situation he longed for in "Walkabout".

    • Goof: When the alarm clock goes off in the opening scene, the alarm itself isn't actually set. The alarm is set on the left-side of the clock and is set to 12:00.

    • Locke's climb to the Beechcraft is reminiscent of Boone's and Eko's climbs at the same location in episode "Deus Ex Machina".

    • The name of the law firm hired to get blood samples from Kate and Aaron in order to find out if Aaron really is Kate's son, is "Agostini and Norton" - an anagram for "Aaron isn't, don't go in".

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    Allusions (3)

    • Sawyer: It's the Ghost of Christmas Future! This is a reference to the Charles Dickens novel "A Christmas Carol", in which the character Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future, the last of which is chosen by Sawyer as an allusion that he's from the future.

    • Sawyer calls Daniel Faraday "Dilbert" when they're arguing about entering the Swan Station. "Dilbert" is a fictional white-collar engineer who is very smart yet socially inept and the main character of an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams.

    • Sawyer calls Charlotte "Ginger". Ginger is one of the characters from "Gilligan's Island".

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