Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2009 on ABC
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The Oceanic 6 learn the way back to the island, but there's difficulties ahead as not all of them wish to return.

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  • We're not going to Guam, are we?

    Frank Lapidus: We're not going to Guam, are we?

    Best single line of dialogue in Lost ever.
  • We finally do get there, but it's not fun for anybody

    At the time this episode aired, I was really excited about it. And after the teaser, I was beginning to think we were getting somewhere. But now that we near the end, it really seems like a lot of what we got in '316' was nothing but a great big teaser--- promising answers and giving none.

    In the opening minutes, Mrs. Hawking takes those who showed up to yet another Dharma station, located at the basement of the church: the Lamppost. Then she gives a brief lecture (done while dodging a pendulum; very impressive I'll admit) about how the Dharma Initiative founded and how they searched for the island. Problem is, we never got a follow through on any of it. How did they find about the island in the first place? How did they come with the equation? Who was the clever man who came up with it? These questions were never answered, and looking back on it, that's objectionable. Then Desmond, who's been observing this as if he were the only sane man in the asylum (which he is, actually) says he can't believe they want to go back to the island. Furthermore, when he tells Hawking that her son is in grave danger, she doesn't even look surprised. Then he tells them he lost four years of his life (actually, it's three plus a couple of months, but still...) because of this woman, and that they're just pieces in a game, and no one reacts. The only person who seems disturbed is Hawking, who tells him the island isn't done with him, something Desmond just shrugs off before storming out. I got to admit, even now, I'm still with Des, but he didn't know what was coming next for him. Hell, why is Eloise doing all this, if she never had any intention of going to the island with them?

    Finally, Hawking tells them they have to go back on Ajira Flight 316, and they must--- to the best of their ability--- recreate the flight. For Jack, this means he has to take Locke's body as a proxy for his father's and must put something of Christian's on it. Then we get yet another tease--- Jack is drinking in a bar, and he gets a call from the rest home where his grandfather Ray has just tried to make a little run from. (It should be noting, though, in this scene, Jack gets a long much better with Ray then he ever did with his father.) While unpacking he finds a pair of Christian's shoes, and takes them with him. Again, we thought that there was something significant about Ray since he was part of the Shephard line, like Aaron. But since it seems clear that Aaron was yet another red herring, it doesn't seem like this meant anything either (though through it, we did at least solve the mystery of why Christian was always seen on the island in tennis shoes)

    Speaking of Aaron, Kate shows up at Jack's house, exhausted and without Aaron. She tells Jack that she's willing to go with him, but refuses to say why or what she has done with Aaron. They have sex, but there's no passion it at all. We'll find out what shifted Kate's thinking later in the season, but her role will be that of more of skeptic--- she's becoming Jack, and Jack's starting to think like Locke.

    As always, the most memorable confrontation in this episode comes between Jack and Locke, even though at the time Locke is in a coffin. Somehow, Hawking has Locke's suicide note (again, no explanation as to how she got it) and gives it to Jack, for it is addressed to him. Jack doesn't want to open. Then, despite everything he's been through the last few months, despite everything that has led him to this moment, he has these doubts, and apparently can't resist one last chance to talk down to his greatest opponent. Even after putting Christian's shoes on Locke's feet, he can't resist the urge and puts it on Locke's body. Then, due to distraction at the claims desks, the notes ends up back in his hands again. Finally, hours later, he opens it. All it has are seven words: "Jack, I wish you had believed me." The amount of shock that just rolls over his face is astonishing. Even though he was dead at the moment of their confrontation, Locke still managed to get the last word in.

    At Ajira, Sayid and Hurley both show up, only Sayid is in handcuffs, and is being guarded by a mysterious woman. Hurley is there, carrying a guitar case (we don't know how it got there), and he is very careful to buy up every empty seat on the flight. He may not be fully committed to this, but he doesn't want anyone else to die.

    Hanging over this like a shadow, as always, is Ben. He says next to nothing at the Lamppost, and then we see him with his hands folded at an altar in the church (I'd say he was praying, but I don't think Ben believes in anything.) He tells the story of Thomas the apostle to Jack, telling him that belief is the hardest thing of all, and he may be honest about this, but I'm betting his mind is elsewhere. After all, his last words are to say that he's going to 'tie up a loose end', and since he just saw Desmond, he knows Penny Widmore is nearby. We don't see the confrontation, but judging from the condition he's in when he gets on the plane (honestly, if Ben doesn't look beat-up during a season, it just looks wrong) , things may have worked against him. But considering all the epic effort he put in to getting them to this moment, he seems remarkably blasé by the time the flight is airborne. When Jack asks him what happens to the other passengers when they hit their window, he simply says: "Who cares?" Ben has apparently stopped giving a damn about innocent bystanders after what happened to Alex. And ten hours into the flight, he's calmly and coolly reading Ulysses. (That's a book that I wouldn't read no matter how long the flight) When Jack, who is nervous as hell, asks how he can read, he answers, "My mother taught me," which is, of course, another lie. (Ben's mother died in childbirth.) Considering he's about to return to an island he's spent years trying to get back too, how can he be so calm?

    They may be trying to recreate Oceanic 815, and there are certain elements. Jack is in a suit with a body in tow. Kate is wearing a jacket that looks like the one she was wearing on the plane. Sayid is in handcuffs, which makes up for Kate being free. Sun is along, but has Jin's wedding ring (a stand in). Hurley is carrying a guitar case, which may stand-in for Charlie, and is reading a Spanish comic book, like he was on the plane (or it could be a stand in for Walt) And who is flying this particular plane? Frank Lapidus, who's cleaned up since the freighter. (He may not be a believer yet, but he knows something's up: when he sees Jack and the others on this plane, he utters the classic line, "We're not going to Guam are we?" Well put.)

    Then, ten hours in, they hit some turbulence. Hurley has the presence of mind to tell the other passengers, "you might want to buckle up." There is a flash of light--- and Jack wakes up the jungle. Hurley and Kate are there, but there's no sign of the plane, Sayid, Sun, Ben, or any other passengers. Then they hear music, and a van with the Dharma sign drives over--- and it's being driven by Jin. What the heck?

    A lot of the questions that come to mind are never going to be answered, which ultimately makes '316', despite the appearance of revelations, something of a disappointment in what has been a strong season so far. There were so many loose end, that despite the final revelation (which I have to say, was a lot more of what I'd come to expect of J.J. Abrams other show Alias) made me feel that we'd killed a lot of time, when we could've got some frigging answers. Mrs. Hawking had been such a promising character, but her role in this series would never be adequately explained. What makes the episode work at all is Matthew Fox's performance. Some people complained that Jack was always the hardest character of the group to get behind, but there are few actors who could have seemed so brilliant as him in scene after scene. From the look of hope on his face when he awakens in the jungle to the one of despair when he opens Locke's suicide note, this was Emmy worthy work. We're about to make an even longer trip than we thought, and he's not going to be at all where he thought he would.

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  • Best lost episode ever

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  • THAT was amazing!

    lost is the best and most creative show that has ever been on television. THis season is yet another example of fine acting, writing etc. In the episode 316 Jack gets an amazing letter from Locke and Ben quite possibly has killed someone. 316 brings all of the oceanic 6 back together finally and they also have an old friend back in Frank Lapidus. They are all finally back to the island thanks to eloise and ben in which is where they are found by Jin in a Dharma initiative outfit. I absolutely love lost and cannot await next weeks episode!moreless
  • Why is LOST the best show on television. oh my gosh how awesome was this episode?? so much has happened. they are back! they are Finally BACK

    This is episode was great I enjoyed every single part of it. how very unexpecting who ever thought that they are gonna be back on the island on this episode. Anywways that doesnt matter it was just perfect.

    But so many questions are running in my mind. Like how does faraday mother knows soo much? what did jacks dad mean about the letter? what made the plane crash? (lol i still dont get that) are there any other survivors of the plane? why was Jin wearing Dharma Initiative?

    But as of now all i can say is why on gods green earth is lost able to amaze me every single episode with glorious revelations of men, women and planes?moreless
Raymond J. Barry

Raymond J. Barry


Guest Star

Kavita Patil

Kavita Patil

Rupa Krishnavani

Guest Star

Rebecca Hazlewood

Rebecca Hazlewood


Guest Star

Zuleikha Robinson

Zuleikha Robinson

Ilana Verdansky

Recurring Role

Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

Eloise Hawking

Recurring Role

Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey

Frank Lapidus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (21)

    • Jack told Kate that he gave his father white tennis shoes before going to Los Angeles. These are the same shoes which hung from a tree in the opening scene of the pilot.

    • During the magic show Ray was watching, the magician made a white rabbit (an animal that has often related to DHARMA) with a black eye appear. Another reference to the black and white theme.

    • Desmond said Mrs. Hawking cost him 4 years of his life. 4 is one of "The Numbers". However, according to previous episodes, he spent 3 years on the island (he was probably refering to the previous year also).

    • In the plane, Hurley was reading the comic book "Y: The Last Man", translated to Spanish. It was just like in the first flight, where he was reading a Spanish version of "Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends Part I".

    • In the scene where Jack and Kate are having breakfast, Jack asks Kate if she still prefers milk and sugar for her coffee and she says yes.
      Jack then goes into the kitchen for the milk.
      However, while he is still in the kitchen, a bottle of milk is already on the dining table in front of Kate.

    • Ajira Airways flight 316 is aboard a Boeing 737. The range of a Boeing 737 is approximately 5500km. The distance between Los Angeles and Guam is approximately 12500km. This plane could not make the journey without stopping to refuel.

    • At the beginning of the episode we see Jack saving Hurley and Kate, in this part of the episode they have a conversation and then the episode goes back 46 hours, however almost at the end we come back to the same scene but the dialogs are completely changed.

      At the beginning:

      Jack: Kate, Kate can you hear me?
      Kate: Jack?
      Jack: Can you hear me?
      Kate: Are we...?
      Jack: Yeah, we´re back
      Kate: What happened?

      At the end:

      Jack: Kate
      Kate: What happened?
      Jack: Can you get up?
      Kate: The plane, where's the plane?

      But this is due to a different cut at the end. They make a quick recap of the scenes at the beginning so they cut directly at the time in which Kate said "What happened?"

    • On Mrs. Hawking's desk there was a Virgin Mary Statue, the same kind that Charlie found drugs in.

    • Locke's head is resting on a different pillow than in "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3".

    • This episode is the first to feature The Wilhelm Scream, a famous stock sound effect used in various popular film and television shows. It can be heard a few seconds before the "White Flash" occurs on the plane.

    • Ms. Hawking refers to the Lamp Post and the Island as "unique pocket(s) of electromagnetic energy. That energy connects to similar pockets all over the world." Isaac of Uluru also refers to these pockets, citing Uluru as one, when Rose and Bernard went to see him on episode "S.O.S.".

    • Although obviously ironically, Ben tells Jack his mother taught him to read, even though his mother died giving birth to him.

    • The photograph of the island is dated 23 September 1954, the same year that the United States military brought "Jughead" to the Island.

    • The DHARMA logo on Jin's jumpsuit is mostly obscured by his collar, but appears to be a five-pointed sheriff's star.

    • Sayid ended up on Ajira Airlines Flight 316 escorted by a US Marshall, a circumstance that is identical to Kate's being a hostage of US Marshall Edward Mars on Oceanic Airlines Flight 815.

    • Behind the plane that the Oceanic Six are taking off in you can see an Oceanic Airlines jet.

    • Numbers: While in the Lamp Post station, Jack sees a photo of the island dated September 23,1954.

    • Numbers: Ray, Jack's grandfather, has made 4 failed attempts to escape from his retirement home.

    • Numbers: Frank Lapidus had been working for Ajira Airways for 8 months before piloting flight 316.

    • Numbers: Jack is seated in row 8 on Ajira Airways Flight 316 which departed from Gate 15.

    • This episode of Jack (and the others) coming back to the Island begins the same way as this series began: In the pilot of Lost, the camera is zoomed in on Jack's eye and he wakes up in the jungle alone.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Jack finds Kate laying in his bed)
      Jack: Kate? What are you doing here?
      Kate: (toneless) Are you still going back to the island?
      Jack: Yeah. Yeah, I think I am.
      Kate: Then I'm going with you.
      Jack: Kate, what happened? Where's Aaron? Why...

    • Jack: Where are you going?
      Ben: Oh, I made a promise to an old friend of mine. Just a loose end that needs tieing up.

    • Jack And the other people on this plane-what's gonna happen to them?
      Ben: Who cares?

    • Kate: Why hold on to something that makes you feel sad?

    • Ben: Thomas the Apostle. When Jesus wanted to return to Judea, knowing that he would probably be murdered there, Thomas said to the others, "Let us also go, that we might die with him." But Thomas was not remembered for this bravery. His claim to fame came later... when he refused to acknowledge the resurrection. He just couldn't wrap his mind around it. The story goes... that he needed to touch Jesus' wounds to be convinced.
      Jack: So was he?
      Ben: Of course he was. We're all convinced sooner or later, Jack.

    • Jack: (as he is putting Christian's shoes onto Locke's body) Wherever you are, John, you must be laughing your ass off. That I'm actually doing this. Because this, this is even crazier than you are.

    • Jack: Kate, what happened? Where's Aaron?
      Kate: Don't ask questions. If you want me to go with you, you'll never ask me that question again. You'll never ask me about Aaron. Do you understand, Jack?

    • Eloise: Jack, the binder in your hands shows all the air routes that fly over the coordinates where I believe the island will be in little more than a day from now. There's a commercial airliner flying from LA to Guam, that's going to go right over our window. Ajira Airways, flight 316. If you have any hope of the island bringing you back, it must be that plane. You all need to be on it. It must be that flight. If you want to return, you need to recreate as best you can the circumstances that brought you there in the first place. That means, as many of the same people as you are able to bring with you.

    • Eloise: I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Desmond, but the island isn't done with you yet.

    • Jack: Did you know about this place?
      Ben: No, No, I didn't.
      Jack: Is he telling the truth?
      Eloise: Probably not.

    • Frank: (to Jack after he sees who's on the plane) We're not going to Guam, are we?

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode aired on February 18 in the United States. On this day there was exactly 316 days left in the year.

    • Music
      "Excelsior Lady" by The Donkeys
      (scene: Jin drives up in a Dharma van and pulls a gun on Jack, Kate and Hugo when they get back to the island.)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 22, 2009 on Sky One
      Australia: March 18, 2009 on Network 7
      Norway: March 18, 2009 on TVNorge
      Latin America: April 6, 2009 on AXN
      Sweden: April 21, 2009 on TV4
      Denmark: May 3, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: May 11, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: May 21, 2009 on FOX

    • This is a Jack centric episode.
      Incidentally Matthew Fox appeared in every scene in this episode.

    • Although credited, Jeremy Davies (Daniel), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Ken Leung (Miles) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) didn't appear. Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Terry O Quinn (Locke) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) appeared, but had no lines.

    • Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) was removed from the opening credits.

    • This episode was originally intended to be the seventh of the season, but later it was decided to switch the airing order with "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham". This is only the third time in the show's history that the order of episodes has been switched, the first being in Season One, and the second being "The Glass Ballerina" and "Further Instructions".

    • According to Jorge Garcia's personal blog, the scenes by the Waterfall were filmed on November 4, 2008, which was the day of the presidential election.


    • Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi:

      Ben says something to the affect that he has a promise to keep to an old friend.

      That is what Luke Skywalker said to the crew of the Millennium Falcon when they asked why he wasn't going to be joining the rest of the Rebel Fleet at the Solust Star system. Skywalker instead went to the Dagobah system to meet Yoda one last time.

    • Fraidy Cat: The magician mentions his fraidy-cat rabbit. Fraidy Cat is a 1975 comical children's cartoon show about an unlucky and miserable cat who has used up eight of his lives, and is now on his ninth and last life.

    • The Incredulity of Saint Thomas: Ben looks at this painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610). This story of the bible is about Thomas doubting Jesus' Resurrection. "Doubting Thomas" is a phrase used to describe someone who is very sceptical about something.

    • Ulysses: Ben is seen reading Ulysses by James Joyce on Flight 316 before he leaves his seat. The novel is a story about the journey through Dublin on a single day (June 16, 1904) by its main character, Leopold Bloom. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told viewers to read this (very tough to read) book on one of the Dharma Special Access videos.

    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The DHARMA Initiative station, the Lamp Post is a reference to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in the Narina series. In the book, a lamp post marks the passage between Narnia and the real world. In the episode, the Lamp Post serves a similar function with regard to the Island. In addition, the opening scene of the episode is a reference to the first chapter of Prince Caspian, the fourth book in the Narnia series. In the chapter, entitled The Island, the children in the book return to Narnia via a mysterious island with ancient ruins. The first thing they do is play in the water.

    • Y: The Last Man: Hurley is seen reading a Spanish translation of the trade paperback Y: The Last Man Vol. 3: One Small Step. This comic book series is about the sole survivor of a deadly plague that wiped out every male on the planet Earth. It is written by Brian K. Vaughan who is also a writer on Lost.

    • The Bible: John 3:16 - John Locke on Flight 316 is bringing everyone back. This ties in to his suicide note that Jack should have believed in him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    • The Langoliers: In the Stephen King novel, an airplane takes off from Los Angeles and while in midair it travels through a time warp, leaving only a handful of survivors while the rest of the people on board disappear. For the survivors to travel back through the warp (or window) to their own time, they must recreate several key conditions of their original pass through said window.