Season 5 Episode 5

Out of the Box

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2005 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Look closely: When Tom blows up the van outside Renée's apartment, you can clearly see wires attached to lift it in the last shot.

    • Marseille is incorrectly spelled "Marseilles" with an S in the end. Although English allows the use of an S in the end of this word, there is no romanization problem (it is written using latin/roman letters without accents) and Marseille is a proper name (town name) and has only one correct spelling in French. In this case, the episode editor should have used the unique French spelling for this town name.

    • Although this episode aired October 2005, it is set in 2006; as Renée told her father the present year is 2006.

    • In the scene when Renée's father is bleeding from the ears, Syd said his pulse was all over the place. There is no way she could have known this in such short time.

    • Is it really a surprise that the body in cryo-stasis is Renée Rienne's father? Father issues are a recurring motif in J.J. Abrams series, like Lost. In Alias, we have Sydney and Jack, Nadia and Sloane, Sark and his father, as well as Vaughn's search for his own father last season.

  • Quotes

    • (Tom's at the shooting range eagerly firing at the targets)
      Jack: Think you got him?
      Tom: My mother always said if someone's worth shooting once, it's worth shooting twice.
      Jack: I'm sorry I never met her. She sounds like my kind of woman.

    • Jack: You seem to be enjoying your freedom.
      Sloane: I was hoping to offer you more than prison food.
      Jack: I must confess I'd grown rather fond of the shepherd's pie... I'm assuming you didn't bring me here simply for the cuisine.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Marshall: I hope none of you suffer from arachnophobia, 'cause this little six-legged freak (picks up the small robot he created) is not pretty, but she gets the job done. I call her Charlotte, for obvious reasons.

      Reference to Charlotte's Web, a children's book by acclaimed American author E. B. White. First published in 1952, it tells the story of a barn spider named Charlotte and her friendship with a pig named Wilbur. The story has been adapted for film three times: 1973, 2003 and 2006.