The Substitute

Season 6, Ep 4, Aired 2/16/10
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  • Episode Description
  • Locke goes in search of aid to further help his cause.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jean Higgins

  • Tucker Gates

  • Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • Nestor Carbonell

    Richard Alpert (Season 6, recurring previously)

  • Matthew Fox

    Dr. Jack Shephard

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  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • So is John Locke's life better by never going to the island?

    By petef20, Feb 23, 2010

  • Loved this locke centric episode

    By thedankman, Mar 03, 2010

  • John Locke !!

    By Yasser-24, May 24, 2010

  • For people who hated last week's episode, this one should be a return to form.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Feb 17, 2010

  • The new Locke and the old Locke in the parallel time lines. Old Locke in LA, c.2004 is great Lost, wry humour, bittersweet, meetings with familar faces, intriguing storyline developing.

    By polsixe, Feb 17, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Lapidus: This is the weirdest damn funeral I've ever been to!

    • Sawyer: I don't give a damn if you're dead. Or time travellin' or... the ghost of Christmas past. All I care about is this whiskey. So bottoms up! Get the hell out of my house.

    • Ben: John Locke was a believer. He was a man of faith. He was...a much better man than I could ever hope to be. And I'm sorry I murdered him.

    • Locke: Hello, James. Sawyer: I thought you were dead. Locke: I am.

    Notes (7)

    • Original International Air Dates: Canada: February 16, 2010 on A United Kingdom: February 19, 2010 on Sky1 Portugal: February 23, 2010 on Fox Spain: February 23, 2010 on FOX Latin America: March 2, 2010 on AXN New Zealand: March 3, 2010 on TV2 Finland: March 11, 2010 on Nelonen Norway: March 24, 2010 on TVNorge Germany: April 7, 2010 on FOX Sweden: April 21, 2010 on TV4 Czech Republic: April 26, 2010 on AXN

    • Music: "Search and Destroy" by The Stooges. James Ford is listening to The Stooges' "Search and Destroy." Which offers in the refrain the lyrics, "I am the world's forgotten boy; the one who searches, searches to destroy," plus reference to nuclear/hydrogen bombs. The lyrics also plead "Somebody better save my soul."

    • Katey Sagal (Helen) appears for the first time since the Season 2 episode "Lockdown". Suzanne Krull (Lynn Karnoff), appears for the first time since the Season 3 episode "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead".

    • Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Matthew Fox (Jack), and Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) only appear in archive footage from "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2". Also, Mark Pellegrino appears as Jacob in archive footage from "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2".

    • Although credited, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Ken Leung (Miles) and Evangeline Lilly (Kate) do not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (16)

    • A photo seen on Locke's desk of Locke and Anthony Cooper is actually a still from "Deus Ex Machina".

    • Lynn Karnoffis the same person Hurley's father hired to convince Hurley that The Numbers weren't cursed in "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead".

    • While substituting at the school Locke is teaching the students about human reproduction from Chapter 4 of the textbook. 4 is one of The Numbers.

    • Hurley's Hummer was parked too close to Locke's van, which would not have allowed Hurley enough room to exit his vehicle from the driver's side door.

    • Locke uses the same brand of alarm clock as Desmond in Flashes Before Your Eyes.

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    Allusions (5)

    • The Dark Tower: In the final book of this series by Stephen King, several of the protagonists share a vision of a bleeding teenage boy symbolizing the damage being done by the antagonists.

    • A Christmas Carol: After the Man in Black confronts James, he claims that James is not so put off by him being there, to which James no longer cares if Locke (as The Man in Black) is dead or if he were the Ghost of Christmas Past.

    • Jacob's Ladder: Sawyer and Jacob's Nemesis "Jacob's Ladder" and arrive at a cave formerly inhabited by Jacob. A Jacob's Ladder has significance in both the Jewish and Christian religions, having many interpretations, among them that it is a bridge between heaven and earth. Saint John Climacus (also known as John of the Ladder) wrote a book called "Ladder of the Divine Ascent" which uses Jacob's Ladder as an analogy for the ascetic life. It is frequently read by Orthodox Christians during the Lent season before Easter. The episode "The Substitute" originally aired the night before the start of non-Orthodox Lent (Ash Wednesday) (which does not coincide with Orthodox Great Lent).

    • Plato's Allegory of the Cave: The cave that the Man in Black takes Sawyer to can be a reference to this philosophical concept attributed to Plato. The idea that people live their lives and form ideas that are not indicative of reality is mirrored in the Man in Black's view that Jacob manipulated everyone he brought to the Island into believing certain ideas.

    • Of Mice and Men: James wanted to kill the Man in Black the same way in which George killed Lennie in the novella, after pointing to Steinbeck as author of the books he most liked to read.

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