Lost

Orientation

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 10/5/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Michael, Sawyer and Jin find themselves prisoners after they encounter what they believe to be a group of Others. At the Hatch, the group learn more about their new surroundings, but are confused at Desmond's reaction when the strange computer equipment is broken. Flashbacks reveal more of Locke's past with the introduction of Helen (guest star Katey Segal) who shakes things up even more with her revealing personality and past.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach

  • Craig Wright

  • Jack Bender

  • Kevin Tighe

    Anthony Cooper

  • Curtis Jackson

    Security Guard

  • Fan Reviews (87)
  • A pivitol episode that reveals much about the mystery of the island, but with some flaws that detract from the overall enjoyability of this episode.

    By bbagnall, Mar 22, 2006

  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Aug 11, 2009

  • A truly great episode that reveals more about the characters than you'd think.

    By Calibach, Oct 08, 2005

  • 9. Our first look into the Dharma Initiative, and the end of the drawn-out introduction to what's in the hatch.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Feb 01, 2010

  • The end of the Introdution Phase!!!!!

    By Dante_Edy, Jun 30, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (32)

    • Locke: Where are you going? Desmond: As far as I can run, brother.

    • Desmond: I remember you. Running. I know you. I met you. Jack: Stop. Desmond: Los Angeles. I was training, yeah? You twisted your ankle. Jack: Stop. Desmond: You're a doctor, right? There was this girl you were worried about. You said...you said you failed her. That was you. Jack: It doesn't matter. Desmond: Is she ok? The girl. Jack: It doesn't matter. Desmond: What happened? Jack: It doesn't matter. Desmond: How can you say it doesn't... Jack: I married her! Desmond: Right. Then you're not married to her anymore then. (Jack shakes his head no)

    • Jack: Don't move! Locke: Jack, he's unarmed. Jack: He just had a gun pointed at your head!

    • Locke: You want your damn thirty dollars back?! I want my kidney back!

    • Ana Lucia: Flight 815? Sawyer: You were on it, too? Michael: What? You were in the back? It broke off mid-air. How did you... Ana Lucia: I don't know. I don't know. The plane came apart, and somebody's fricking hardside came out of the overhead and knocked me out. I woke up under water and made my way to the top - swam to shore.

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    Notes (8)

    • International Airdates: - Denmark: January 25, 2006 on Kanal 5

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 Excellence in Production Design Award for Television - Single Camera Television Series.

    • Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Yunjin Kim (Sun) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) do not appear in this episode.

    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's character, Mr. Eko, was originally named Emeka but Adewale asked the writers to change the name to Eleko because Emeka was more commonly used in another region of Nigeria than his character was from. The writers changed the name to Eleko but at the last minute shortened it to Mr. Eko to make the character seem more mysterious.

    • Polish premiere was September 14, 2006 on TVP1.

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    Trivia (27)

    • Numbers: The sum of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 is 108: the number of minutes on the timer in the hatch.

    • A plate on the shelf behind Karen DeGroot is similar to the Oceanic logo.

    • The second time the clock is shown in this episode, it is at 84 minutes. 8 and 4 are two of "the Numbers."

    • While Jack and Locke are setting up the projector, Jack asks Locke if he really believes the world will end in the next 45 minutes. But in the next scene, after they watch the film, Jack questions Desmond and we see the timer is at 50 minutes. Although, it could have just been a figure of speech.

    • When Locke is typing the code, he incorrectly types 32, which is 23 backwards. 23 is one of "The Numbers".

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    Allusions (6)

    • An allusion is made to JJ Abrams' previous television series Alias in this episode. When Locke walks into the computer room and looks up at the clock, you can see it switch from 48:00 to 47:00. The number 47 was a key and critical number in the series Alias, much like 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 are in Lost.

    • The reel with the Dharma Initiative movie is behind a book - The Turn of the Screw - by Henry James. This book tells a story about a governess who has to educate two orphan children in the 19th century. The children see two ghosts, two dead persons that are related to the children, and on and on. The governess sees the ghosts as well, and tries to protect the children.

    • A shot of the book The Third Policeman is seen. The unnamed narrator of The Third Policeman is a student of a scientist/philosopher named De Selby. De Selby is a fictitious Irish philosopher and scientist, who has quite unorthodox theories and areas of research. The scientist from the DHARMA initiative may be an allusion to the character of De Selby. Throughout the book the narrator is also introduced to various peculiar or irrational concepts, artifacts, and locations, including a vast underground chamber called 'Eternity'. The surreality of the island may be an allusion to the strange concepts introduced in the book.

    • In this episode Sawyer calls Jin, "Chewie." This is an allusion to Star Wars as well as an earlier episode when he called him "Chewie."

    • Sawyer: 'Cause next time Shaft opens the cage, he's gonna get a surprising little howdy-doody. Shaft is a reference to a suave black detective, the title character of the Shaft films from 1971 to 2000 as well as the short lived TV series based on the first film, which ran from late 1973 to early 1974.

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