Season 2 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on ABC
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Emphasis shifts to Kate and Locke's perspective, and what happened to them before Jack joined them down the Hatch. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Michael try to come to terms with what happened to them on the raft. Flashbacks reveal more of Michael's troubled relationship with ex-lover Susan and their baby son Walt as they fight over custody of Walt and Michael must let go.moreless

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  • Adrift

    Besides not having much story line advancement since the previous episode, "Adrift" swings Lost back into life with an entertaining plot concerning the pulse-pounding situation out at sea and a shell shock ending, along with much more answers.
  • 1Hr wasted watching this when I could have beem having some teeth pulled.

    I'm a big Lost fan, never missed a single episode. But without a shadow of a doubt this has to be the worst episode so far. Very little new and what new footage there was didn't reveal anything earth shattering. There was maybe 30 minutes that had already been shown in earlier episodes with what seemed like a little 5 minutes of new stuff tagged on the end of each scene. To say I was disapointed is an understatement. It was like watching one of those 'oh no we're nearly out of budget' episodes you get in near end of season stargate, where a few characters sit round reminiscing on what happened earlier in the series.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Michael and Sawyer drift back to shore. Upon landing, they see Jin running out of the bushes, having been found by a group who they believe to be more of the Others. In the hatch, Desmond forces Locke to push a set of numbers, identical to Hurley's winning lottery numbers, into a computer. Flashbacks show Michael giving up custody of a two-year old Walt to Walt's mother. Wow once again - God I love Lost! This episode shows what happens to Kate and John before Jack goes into the hatch. Sawyer bring back Michael, I love the way Sawyer and Michael are on the broken raft - I love the scenes with them in this episode especially when they argue - so awesome and extremely funny! I loved the ending so good.moreless
  • Just About details and Slow Things!!!!

    This type of episode really separates who is a super fan (people who like the characters so much, that only their presence is enough to a episode to be good) from people who like the show, but also enjoy good Storylines and can see what the writers are doing.

    The producers and writers objective were simple, buy time until the end of this episode.

    So nothing really happens, since we didn´t advance on the plot. Is all about michael, sawyer and Jin.

    We all know that they are alive, but the only thing that was nice in this episode about them, was the endind.

    How to buy time with michael and sawyer? Simple, create a discussion and a uselees flashbacks and you can buy 60% of the time.

    How to buy time in the hatch? Simple, create another point of view and you ara able to do that, since we didn´t show locke and kate entering inside tha hatch.

    So this episode is all about this, and is not bad, but is the type of episode that doesn´t had anything important.moreless
  • They cover the water front, and the underground too

    And here we see another trick that the writers of Lost have worked to perfection: resolving one major cliffhanger, while keeping us in the dark about another. In 'Adrift', we finally see what happened to some of the people on the raft, though there are still more questions be raised.

    Michael has all the flashbacks, but the character who we see the greatest revelations about is Sawyer. After Michael goes under, and despite the fact that he's just taken a bullet into the shoulder, he dives into the water to help 'Mike' (perhaps the first nickname he's ever used that isn't demeaning), pulling him on to a larger piece of the boat, and performing CPR. This is the first truly heroic action Sawyer has taken on the show, and quite possibly in his entire life. It therefore comes as something of a real shock when the first words out of Michael's mouth are one's blaming him for Walt's being taken in the first place.

    But then this is a typical reaction of Michael: he tends to develop a certain instinct about people early on, and then refuses to trust them, no matter what they do. On the island, he didn't like it when Locke tried to make friends with Walt, and then, despite all the things that Locke did to earn his trust (including saving him and his son from a polar bear) he still doesn't There are some examples of him going past this--- he hated Jin's guts for a long time, and it was not until they built the raft together that he finally started a friendship with him---- but otherwise he refuses to deny his instincts. The only reason he wanted Sawyer on the boat was because he had things he needed, and even after everything that they've gone through, he's still not going to regard him as a friend. Even as Sawyer makes powerful arguments that the Others were the ones who took Walt, Michael continues to blame them.

    The flashback that we see of Michael reveals almost nothing new about his character--- Susan retains the attitude of the holier-than-thou when Michael fights for custody, Michael eventually gives up the fight for the good of his son, and now we see that he seems to be reliving the same nightmare over again, only now on the open ocean. But think back to the last flashback we saw with him and Walt at the airport. It's pretty clear that he wasn't going to make the most of his second chance, and was trying to ask his mother for help (there is definitely foreshadowing there) By the time he got Walt back, he didn't feel the same needs that he had eight years ago. Now it seems the island is cursing him to go through this over and over. Right now, of course, there's the small question of whether he and Sawyer (Jin is nowhere to be seen) will survive the night. In addition to all their other troubles, a shark has started to circle. Not just any shark, this animal has the same Dharma symbol, we saw in the hatch. The mind boggles at what this could mean, or for that matter, if the shark itself is real. It's true that when Michael nearly empties his gun into, its bleeds, but maybe that's a false lead to go; perhaps it's built on the same system as whatever the creature on the island is.

    Speaking of the hatch, this time we get to see a look at it from the point of view of Locke. We see how he managed to get down there in the first place, and how he dealt with Desmond. Even as he's trying to absorb everything, he does his best to try and protect Kate who Desmond has taken hostage already. Right now, Desmond sounds like he's gone nuttier than a fruit bat, which begs the question that Desmond doesn't answer: how long as he been down here, and how deep is he so that he didn't even notice when the plane crashed? (Later events involving the hatch will make this even harder to understand, if Desmond has truly been the only man down there for years) He has an old style record player, a lot of guns, and antiquated timer that makes a certain beeping sound until you walk to an equally outdated computer, and type in six very familiar numbers, after which a visible counter goes to 108.Unfortuantely, all of this stops at the exact moment we left Jack and the other last time, with one critical difference: now we know Kate is wandering through the hatch's ventilation system. The one thing that seems extra important is when Kate gets locked in the pantry, and sees that's it filled with enough food to stock a jumbo-mart. This raises two questions, where did the food come from, and how did it get down there if Desmond's been sealed in there for years? At some point, he has to have made contact with the outside world. Perhaps there's some kind of shifts every few months, but if that's the case, how did he not notice the plane crash? Again, we don't get answers on this for awhile. (This also leads to the funniest moment of the show, as before Kate frees herself, she gulps down some chocolate bars, and stuffs them down her pants before getting out.)

    'Adrift' is not as good as the season premiere, and it still does seem like we're shutting out half the cast, but it does feature some very critical moments (in addition to some stand out performances by Holloway and Perrineau) By the end, the current carries Sawyer and Michael, all the way back to the island, and when he sees it, Sawyer says 'We're home." A critical line , because Season 2 will be all about learning to live on thee island, making the best of a bad s situation. Sawyer and Michael think they've reached when they wash up on shore, and a find a tied-up, panicked Jin shouting others, with the appearance of five people. As we'll find out, despite their attitudes, they are not the enemy. Almost as important is Michael's spoken resole that he will get his son back. He will finally get what he wanted so badly early in season 1, but they will force him to do some truly unforgivable things.moreless
Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek


Guest Star

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Susan Lloyd

Guest Star

Jeanetta Arnette

Jeanetta Arnette


Guest Star

Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick

Desmond Hume

Recurring Role

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Mr. Eko

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Numbers:
      -The counter in Desmond's computer room is reset to 108 after the code is entered.
      -When Desmond is holding John at gunpoint and commanding him to use the computer, we see the clock counting down from 2:37 to 2:36. The first two digits displayed are 23.

    • Michael and Susan discuss matters with their attorneys in the same set where Claire was about to sign custody documents of her unborn child in "Raised By Another", although it was redressed.

    • Sawyer and Michael's lives are in danger because of a shark. In the episode "The Greater Good", when they're building the raft, Walt asked Michael "What if a shark attack us?".

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 5th 2004.

    • As the shark swims by the camera, you can see a variation of the Dharma Initiative logo on its tail. Although it looks similar, this logo is not identical to the one in hatch. Instead of picturing a swan, it shows a dark circle with a white stripe across the top.

      This was an Easter Egg that was planted by the Lost Editors but they mistimed the appearance of the shark in the scene and so the Dharma logo on the shark was more visible than they had initially wanted.

    • Michael gives his son Walt a stuffed polar bear as a gift. The polar bear was also in the comic Walt was reading and in the jungle on the island, both in season 1.

    • Continuity Error: Sawyer's hair is longer in this episode than it was in "Exodus (2)", even though this episode picks up seconds after that one ends.

    • When Michael first consults the lawyer regarding Walt, the World Trade Center Towers can be seen through the window.

    • According to Hindu culture and religion, Dharma is loosely defined as Righteous duties, divine ordinance, or holding ideals that come before mankind, justice, equity, good conduct or morality.

    • While floating on the raft wreckage, Sawyer tells Michael that "the French Chick said the Others were coming for the kid." However, not only was that bit of information not told to them, it was told to Sayid and Charlie when they retrieved baby Aaron from her, it was revealed on a remote stretch of beach while the raft crew was far out to sea. All Sawyer knew was that the Others were coming to the caves and beach when they launched.

    • There is a yacht in the background of the scene at the end of the episode just before Sawyer and Michael discover that they have drifted back to the island.

    • When Locke hits the execute button, a countdown timer is reset to 108 minutes.
      This is very similar to an episode of "The Outer Limits" titled "Dead Man's Switch." In the episode, a chosen man is buried in an underground bunker and entrusted with the task of hitting a 'dead man's switch' on the bunkers control panel. Hitting the switch resets a countdown timer and prevents a doomsday device from being initiated.

    • In the pattern on the container, one symbol:
      Means Sun in the I Ching

    • The Dharma logo seen in this episode contains various symbols from the I Ching.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Sawyer: It wasn't the flare. I said...it wasn't the flare. Those people that did this at first I thought they were fishermen or pirates or something. Then I got a good look at their boat. You know anything about boats, Mike? A boat like that wasn't built for the open ocean. Water's coming over the side with the first little squall. Maybe got a range of 100 miles. Nope, boat like that had to have left port from somewhere close. Like the island. French chick said the Others were coming for a kid. I think they came, Mike.

    • Claire: What do you suppose all that's about?
      Charlie: I reckon Jack's going to do something heroic ... What?
      Claire: You always try to be funny when you don't want to answer a question.
      Charlie: Try to be funny?

    • Desmond: Shut it. Tie him up. Do it!
      Locke: Wait. Wait. Wait. You're tying up the wrong person.
      Desmond: How's that, brother?
      Locke: It's pointless to tie me up, I'm not dangerous, but her, she's a fugitive.
      Desmond: So, what does that make you then, brother?
      Locke: I'm a regional collections manager for a cardboard manufacturer, boxes primarily.
      Desmond: All right then, box man, tie her up.

    • Desmond: What did one snowman say to the other snowman?

    • Lizzy: Well, for someone who wants to retain his paternal rights so badly you don't seem to know much about your son, Mr. Dawson.
      Michael: I'm his father.
      Lizzy: I'm sorry, could you say that louder please just for the record.
      Michael: I'm his father!

    • Sawyer: ( Sawyer tells Michael that he got shot trying to save Walt.) I was trying to save your damn kid.

    • Sawyer: (to Michael) He's the one they wanted - why I got a bullet in my shoulder. Hell, Bluebeard blew us up because they wanted your kid.

    • Sawyer:Did you suddenly forget what happened? Why I got shot?
      Michael: What?
      Sawyer: Hey, how about a little gratitude here? I'm mean - a thank you.
      Michael: Thank you? For what? For you trying to save your own ass?

    • Michael: I see you managed to hold on to your best friend there (referring to Sawyer's gun). That thing ain't going to work, anyway.
      Sawyer: It'll work.
      Michael: You were under water.
      Sawyer: What do you know about guns, anyway, Hoss. It'll work.

    • Sawyer: Mike, you should save your energy.
      Michael: They took my son!
      Sawyer: Yeah, I saw that -- onto a boat which means he's not in shouting distance.

    • Locke: You should know the gun isn't really unnecessary.
      Desmond: Oh yeah? So I should just hand it over to you then, should I?

    • Desmond: So the world is still out there?
      Locke: Yeah, as far as I know.

    • (at the hatch)
      Desmond: Are you - are you him?
      Locke: Yes. Yes I am.
      Desmond: I can't believe it. You're finally here.
      Locke: Well, here I am.

    • (Sawyer hitting Michael's chest and then performing CPR until Michael revives)
      Michael: Where's Walt?
      Sawyer: I don't know.
      Michael: Where is he?
      Sawyer: I don't know.
      Michael: Where the hell is my son? Walt!

    • Jack: Kate! Locke!
      Desmond: Who the hell is that?
      Locke: That would be Jack.

    • Sawyer: I made you fire - what, this is my fault?
      Michael: They took my son. They found us - took Walt - because you made me fire the flare.
      Sawyer: At least Walt is on a boat - probably wrapped in a blanket with a cup of cocoa - while we're on this piece...
      Michael: Get off my raft.

    • Sawyer: It's a shark. It's only a shark.
      Michael: It's only a shark? That's supposed to make me feel better?

    • Michael (incredulous): You're gonna dig that bullet out with you bare hands?
      Sawyer (glaring): You got any better ideas?

    • Sawyer (to Michael): What are you gonna do, splash me?

    • (Michael and Sawyer are floating near each other on seperate pieces of the raft wreckage)
      Sawyer: I thought we parted ways.
      Michael: We're being carried in by the same current!

    • Michael (about Walt): I'm gonna get him back.

    • Sawyer (looking out at the island after the events on the raft) Well, would you look at that. The current brought us back. Back to the island. We're home.

    • (Sawyer looks over at Mike on his raft)
      Sawyer: You got a bandaid?

    • Sawyer: I'll just stop bleeding then! (to Mike after he blames Sawyer for the shark.)

  • NOTES (11)


    • The Bible: Michael's attorney references the biblical story of David and Goliath.

    • Bonanza: Sawyer calls Michael "Hoss".
      Eric "Hoss" Cartwright was a big man, the warm and lovable middle son of Ben Cartwright in the TV cowboy show that aired from 1959 to 1973. In the episode "Homecoming", it was Jack who was called "Hoss" by Sawyer.

    • Sawyer referred to Mr. Friendly as "Bluebeard", the main character of the 1697 Charles Perrault story, which appeared in the book "Les Contes de Ma Mere l'Oye".

    • Locke takes off his shoes when he first enters the station under the Hatch. In the bible, Moses takes off his shoes when he first talks to God. They were both embracing their destiny.

    • Kate gets locked in a pantry full of food. She sees a box of Apollo candy bars and take a lot of them. "Apollo" is a discontinued candy bar from Hershey's.