Season 3, Ep 17, Aired 4/18/07
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  • Episode Description
  • When Desmond has a flash of a stranger arriving on the Island, he recruits Charlie, Hurley and Jin to join him. Meanwhile, Kate seduces Sawyer after witnessing Jack and Juliet together.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephen Williams (I)

  • Brian K. Vaughan

  • Jeff Pinkner

  • Daniel Dae Kim

    Jin Kwon

  • Dominic Monaghan

    Charlie Pace

  • Fan Reviews (104)
  • Necessary Setup???

    By Dante_Edy, Jul 13, 2009

  • Another vital episode, but not for the reason we thought at the time

    By DavidB226Morris, Dec 27, 2009

  • Has rescue fianlly arrived?

    By martync7, Jan 04, 2009

  • A Desmond-centric episode.

    By Writer2000, Nov 13, 2008

  • Errrm....

    By PabloExobar, Jul 15, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • (Jack and Sawyer playing ping-pong) Sawyer: It's kinda strange, uh? Being back. (Jack starts laughing) Something funny? Jack: Kate said the same thing in the kitchen last night. Sawyer: (unsettled) She did, uh? Jack: She did. (Sawyer doesn't pay attention and loses the point) 19 point. Sawyer: So, you guys ate together, huh? Jack: No, Juliet and I had dinner together last night.

    • Sawyer: What? My doorbell busted again? What the hell are you doing? Kate: Shut up and don't talk. (Kate kisses Sawyer) Sawyer: You cryin'? Kate: I said shut up! (Kate kisses Sawyer again) Sawyer: You got it. (Sawyer and Kate make out)

    • Kate: What's this? Sawyer: Your mix tape. (pause) Well, you gonna take it, or ain't ya? Kate: The Best of Phil Collins, huh? Sawyer: Don't get picky. And, if Bernard asks, I don't know a thing about it. Kate: Thanks, James.

    • Charlie: (picks up a hula doll) It can't be Rousseau's; if it was Rousseau's, a massive rock would be flying at my head right now.

    • Charlie: Why you lying to me, mate? Desmond: Look, mate, I've saved your life three times now. If that hasn't bought me your trust, I don't know what will.

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    Notes (4)

    • Though credited, Michael Emerson (Ben), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Terry O'Quinn (Locke), Naveen Andrews (Sayid), and Yunjin Kim (Sun) do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates: Denmark: May 16, 2007 on Kanal 5 The Netherlands: October 19, 2007 on Net 5 Belgium: October 29, 2007 on VT4 Spain: Monday November 5, 2007 on FOX TV Spain The Czech Republic: Sunday December 23, 2007 on TV Nova Macedonia: Sunday December 30, 2007 on A1 Germany: Monday January 21, 2008 on Pro7 Italy: Monday January 28, 2008 on RAI 2 Middle East: Sunday February 1, 2009 on MBC action

    • This was the first episode of LOST available for download in widescreen, 16:9, format from iTunes.

    • A Desmond-centric episode.

    Trivia (21)

    • When Hurley tells Desmond he can't move much faster because he's "not exactly the Flash", a lens flare briefly appears on screen at exactly the same time the word "flash" is said.

    • The flashback should have been taken place in 1994, because in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" Desmond says to Mr. Widmore that he and Penelope have been together for 2 years, yet that conversation occurred in 1996 which is only one year later.

    • Jin's Korean language ghost story translates as: "And the girl turned to the man who saved her and said, 'Thank God. I was afraid you were the Hook Man.' And the man looked at the girl with a smile and said, 'Don't worry, little girl. My hook is....STILL IN YOUR FATHER'S HEAD!".

    • In Desmond's flash just after they've seen the crash and the parachute, a voice shouting "Hey, can you hear me?" can be heard in reverse. This is most likely Hurley's voice as he says this later when they cut the parachutist down.

    • In this episode we find out where Desmond got his mania of calling everyone "brother".

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    Allusions (8)

    • "Catch-22" is a reference to the novel Catch-22 written by Joseph Heller and published in 1961. It is a satirical fiction that tells the story of the US army in World War II, and centers around the experiences of a soldier, Yossarian. The phrase 'Catch-22' is used to denote a situation that's outcome depends on a contradictory thing happening, thus making the first thing impossible to happen. In this episode, Desmond's vision suggests he cannot find the parachutist without Charlie but, if Charlie comes along, he will be killed by one of Rousseau's traps and they won't find the parachutist.

    • Arrow of time The arrow that was first seen in Desmond's glimpse of the future killing Charlie, and later missed killing Charlie through Desmond's intervention, might be representative of the Time's Arrow. This is an idea which was first brought up by British astronomer Arthur Eddington and made popular by Stephen Hawking's "A Briefer History of Time". There has been a novel of the same name written by Martin Amis, as well as an episode of the Sci Fi shows "Sliders" and "Star Trek: TNG". The idea behind the Time's Arrow revolves around the movement of time in one direction, but allowing it as well to move in the completely other direction. Originally when Desmond saw the arrow kill Charlie, he saw that he would be reunited with his love Penny. That was Desmond's driving force behind looking for the parachutist. When Desmond stops Charlie from getting impaled by the arrow, he changed time, or changed the direction of "Time's Arrow". Considering Desmond may have affected time before, this representation may be accurate.

    • Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze: Sawyer claims the ping pong table fell from the "purple haze" - referring to the implosion of the Swan - a reference to this song recorded in 1967 by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

    • The mix tape Sawyer gives Kate says "The Best Of Phil Collins". Phil Collins is an English singer-songwriter, drummer and actor.

    • Hurley: Have you heard the one about the Chupacabra? Chupacabra is a cryptid that has been reported to inhabit both parts of the Americas, but more specifically Puerto Rico and Mexico. It is a creature that reportedly attacks and drinks the blood of livestock, especially goats. According to descriptions, it is the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.

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