The Beginning of the End

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 1/31/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Feeling that their rescue is close at hand, the survivors don't know whether to believe Charlie's final message that the people on the boat are not who they claim to be.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jorge Garcia (I)

    Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

  • Evangeline Lilly

    Kate Austen

  • Damon Lindelof

  • Carlton Cuse

  • Emilie de Ravin

    Claire Littleton

  • Fan Reviews (117)
  • 401

    By thefanof, May 21, 2010

  • With "The Beginning Of The End", season four of LOST has started off with a loud bang; or is that a bump in the night? We all have our favorite moments from the episode, but for me, it would definitely have to be what I call "Hurley's Triple Nightmare!"

    By Lostifyed, Mar 26, 2008

  • Lives up to its title, and then some

    By DavidB226Morris, Feb 28, 2010

  • Strong Season Premiere!!!!!

    By Dante_Edy, Jul 14, 2009

  • Three seasons past, three seasons future. The Beginning of the End of Lost starts here!

    By martync7, May 18, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (33)

    • Hurley: Jack you there dude, beach to Jack, come in Jack. Beach to Jack Jack: Right here Hurley, whats up?

    • Jack: Yeah. Still have to sign some autographs when I go out for coffee. Thinking about growing a beard. Hurley: You'd look weird with a beard, dude.

    • Kate: Are you thinking of Charlie? Jack: (Watching inside fuselage) Feels like a hundred years ago that we came out here together. (pause) How did this happen?

    • Charlie: I am dead...But I'm also here.

    • Hurley: I wanna do a cannonball. I've been walking up and down this beach everyday and looking out at this water. And I wanna do a cannonball. Bernard: Hurley, You wanna do a cannonball? Cannonball.

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    Notes (12)

    • This is Dominic Monaghan's last main cast credit as Charlie, though he technically makes a guest starring appearance.

    • This episode marks the official death of Naomi, giving John Locke his 1st ever Kill in the show.

    • International Airdates Belgium: September 1, 2008 on VT4 Denmark: February 8, 2008 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: 6 April 2008 on AXN Spain: April 24, 2008 on FOX TV Spain Italy: July 28, 2008 on Rai 2 Qu├ębec (Canada): May 8, 2008 on Radio-Canada United Kingdom: February 3, 2008 on Sky One Ireland: February 4, 2008 on RTE Two Australia: Febuary 7, 2008 on Channel 7 Sweden: February 13, 2008 on TV4 New Zealand: February 13, 2008 on TV2 Norway: February 27, 2008 on TVNorge Latin America: March 3, 2008 on AXN The Netherlands: March 16, 2008 on Net 5 Macedonia: October 18, 2008 on A1 Latvia: November 8, 2008 on LTV7

    • Jeremy Davies, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader have been added to the main credits.

    • Harold Perrineau is once again credited as a main character having left the show at the end of season 2. Despite having his name in the opening titles he does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (22)

    • Numbers: Hurley is playing Connect 4 at the mental hospital

    • Kate joining up with the rest of the group at the cockpit marks the first time that all of the living, free survivors of Flight 815 have been in the same location at the same time since "Live Together, Die Alone".

    • Number 8: Hurley's car chase was aired on Channel 8.

    • Goof: When the detective tells Hurley that he can put him in the nut house, Hurley responds by hugging him. Over the detective's right shoulder, during the over the shoulder shot of Hurley, you can clearly see the left hand of the camera operator and most of the lens.

    • When Hurley is shown playing "Connect Four" in the mental institution, he states "How about best out of 7?" This is the same thing that Sawyer said to Hurley when they were playing ping pong on the island. "Connect Four" is also the same game that Hurley had played with Leonard when he had first heard the "numbers" and 4 is actually on of The Numbers.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The Beginning of the End is also the title of a movie in 1957, starring Peter Graves, about a swarm of giant grasshoppers that attack Chicago.

    • Star Trek Sawyer (to Desmond): Easy Scotty, everything's cool. Referencing the Chief Engineer, Montgomery Scott, on the TV show "Star Trek: The Original Series." Like Desmond the character was also Scottish and nicknamed "Scotty."

    • Abbadon Otherwise known as the Angel Of The Abyss. Abbadon was also the creature that attempted to destroy Cardiff in the season 1 finale of The Doctor Who spin off show, Torchwood.

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