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?
Jack: Can you hear me?
Kate: Are we...?
Jack: Yeah, we´re back
Kate: What happened?
At the end:
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.
(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?
This episode aired on February 18 in the United States. On this day there was exactly 316 days left in the year.
"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.
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