Season 4 Episode 11

Cabin Fever

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 08, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Before Frank places the satellite phone in the bag, he wraps it in a yellow cloth; when Jack pulls the phone out of the bag, he does so without any motions of unwrapping.

    • When Locke's grandmother goes to light up in the hospital you can see lipstick marks on both ends of cigarette.

    • Right before Horace introduces himself for a second time, we see a close-up of John Locke but his trademark scar is on the wrong eye.

    • Keamy and Captain Gault wear keys around their necks, much like Jack and Kelvin did in "Live Together, Die Alone".

    • One of the items Richard shows Locke is the Book Of Laws. In "What Kate Did", Eko tells Locke the story of King Josiah who restored the Temple after finding the Book Of Laws.

    • Both Locke and Ben have been "chosen" by Jacob. Both had physiological problems with their spines, both have mothers named Emily whom they never really knew, and both were born prematurely.

    • Locke was born 3 months early. All of the women on the Island seem to die 3 months before they give birth.

    • When Richard visited 5-year-old Locke, you can see pictures of birds on the wall, which are the same in Walt, Susan and Brian's house in "Special".

    • A solid black centered logo appears in this episode on a corpse in the pit.

    • The comunicating device from Kahana, that fell from the chopper, landed in Claire's tent.

    • Richard Alpert has appeared in several occasions. In the present (2004), when he recruited Juliet (3 years ago) and when Ben was 10 (30 years ago, give or take). He always looked the same. Now, we can see that when Locke was a child (probably a few years before he saw Ben) he already had that look, wich makes him even older.

    • The current events took place on December 28 and 29, 2004, which are the 98th and 99th days for the survivors. The first and second flashback events took place on May 30, 1956. The third flashback events took place a couple of weeks later. The fourth flashback events took place between 1961 and 1962. The fifth flashback events took place on Spring of 1972. The sixth flashback events took place between 2000 and the plane crash.

    • This episode is a record for the longest time period between the earliest and latest flashback to date (it starts on the day of Locke's birth and ends not long before the island, making the span about 45 years)

    • The single of "Everyday" by Buddy Holly, that Emily is playing the night of John's birth, was recorded in May of 1957 and not released until 1958, over one year after Locke's birthdate of May 30, 1956.

    • This is the first episode since "D.O.C." to only feature conventional, pre-crash flashbacks of an Oceanic 815 survivor.

    • The Delerue Center for Rehabilitation is where Locke received physical therapy for the injuries he sustained in his fall.

    • Cowin Heights High School is the school in Tustin, California that Locke attended as a teenager. It is the home of the "Cowin Heights Knights".

    • The "second protocol" mentioned by Keamy shows the exact same DHARMA symbol from Ben's Coat on the episode "The Shape of Things to Come".

    • Horace Goodspeed is wearing a suit with the DHARMA logo from The Arrow Station.

    • Horace Goodspeed, in Locke's dream, mentions that he has been dead for 12 years. This places the date of the Purge on December 19, 1992 (December 19 being Ben's birthday).

    • In the locker that teenaged John Locke was locked in, there was a poster for the Geronimo Jackson album Magna Carta. The same album had been found by Charlie and Hurley in the Swan hatch in "All Things Musical". When Locke picked up Eddie in "Further Instructions", he was also wearing a Geronimo Jackson T-shirt.

  • Quotes

    • Hurley: Who builds a cabin in the middle of the jungle anyway?
      Locke: That's a good question.
      Hurley: So? How about answering it?
      Locke: I don't know.

    • Horace: I'm not making any sense, am I?
      Locke: No.
      Horace: That's probably because I've been dead for twelve years.

    • Ben: He actually thinks staying was his idea. Not bad, John. Not bad at all.
      Locke: I'm not you.
      Ben: You're certainly not.

    • Locke: I forced you to come with us at gunpoint, and I'm sorry, Hugo, but I was led to believe that we needed you to find this place.
      Hurley: Oh, I get it. Now you got your magic map, you don't--you don't need me anymore.
      Locke: I'm offering you a chance to leave. I don't want to put you in harm's way against your will.
      Hurley: And you think walking through the jungle at night by myself is gonna be any safer?
      Locke: I'm not sure it is.

    • Sayid: Michael--is he dead?
      Gault: No, but not for lack of bloody trying, which is precisely why you two need to be hiding before Keamy comes back on this deck.
      Sayid: Hiding is pointless. Give us your Zodiac raft so we can start ferrying people back here from the beach. The only way to save our lives is to get our people off that Island.

    • Hurley: I thought we didn't know where we're going, dude.
      Locke: We do now.
      Hurley: Hmm.
      Ben: I used to have dreams.

    • Keamy: Get your ass in the cockpit and fire up the chopper, Frank.
      Frank: I'm not taking you.
      Keamy: I'll kill you, Frank.
      Frank: Yeah, well, you do that, you'll never get back to the island 'cause I'm the only pilot you got.
      Keamy: Sorry, Doc.
      (Keamy cuts Ray's throat)
      Keamy: That change anything, Frank? Huh? Another 30 seconds goes by and someone else's turn...
      (Gault fires a gun)
      Gault: I fixed your gun. Now stand down, Martin, or I will fire.
      Keamy: I don't think you want do that, Captain.
      Gault: What's that on his arm? What's that on his arm?
      (Keamy shoots Gault)

    • Juliet: Hey! What did I say to you?
      Jack: You told me not to leave my tent. I was hungry.
      Juliet: Jack, you have to rest. You can't run around. I know that is hard for you to ask for help, but if you tear your stitches...
      Jack: Okay. Okay. I got it.
      Juliet: Doctors make the worst patients.

    • Locke: Are you Jacob?
      Christian: No. But I can speak on his behalf.
      Locke: Well, who are you?
      Christian: I'm Christian.
      Locke: You know why I'm here?
      Christian: Yeah, sure. Do you?
      Locke: I'm here... because I was chosen to be.
      Christian: That's absolutely right.

    • Christian: We don't have time for this. The people from the boat are already on their way back, and once they get here, all of these questions won't matter one bit. So why don't you ask the one question that does matter?

    • Ben: Did he tell you what we're supposed to do?
      Locke: He did.
      Ben: Well?
      Locke: He wants us to move the island.

    • Gault: Martin, we need him. He's the only one who can fix the engines.
      Keamy: And what makes you so sure about that?
      Gault: Because he's the one who broke them.

    • Keamy: Do you know who I am?
      Michael: What?
      Keamy: My name. Do you know my name?
      Michael: Keamy. Martin Keamy.
      Keamy: Did you give it to him?
      Michael: Who?
      Keamy: Benjamin Linus...did you give him my name?
      Michael: Yeah.

    • Ray: What did this to him?
      Keamy: A black pillar of smoke threw him 50 feet in the air... ripped his guts out.

    • Locke: It hasn't moved, because I was told that this is where it would be.
      Ben: I was told a lot of things, too, that I was chosen, that I was special. I end up with a tumor on my spine and my daughter's blood all over my hands.
      Locke: I'm sorry those things happened to you, Ben.
      Ben: Those things had to happen to me. That was my destiny. But you'll understand soon enough that there are consequences to being chosen, because destiny, John, is a fickle bitch.

    • Ben: The Island wanted me to get sick, and you to get well. My time is over John.

    • Hurley: I thought you were the leader.
      Ben: Not always.

  • Notes

    • Locke's school scene was filmed at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa.

    • This isn't the first time Matthew Fox (Jack), Nestor Carbonell (Richard) and Kevin Durand (Keamy) appear together. They all had roles in the 2006 movie Smokin' Aces.

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: May 14, 2008 on TVNorge
      Australia: May 15, 2008 on Network 7
      Denmark: May 16, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Sweden: May 21, 2008 on TV4
      Spain: July 10, 2008 on FOX
      Latin America: June 16, 2008 on AXN
      Italy: August 25, 2008 on Rai 2
      Czech Republic: September 21, 2008 on AXN
      Hungary: September 21, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: October 6, 2008 on VT4
      Germany: March 23, 2009 on Pro7

    • This is the first episode with 4 actors portraying one character in the same episode. Terry O'Quinn, Charles Henry Wyson, Caleb Steinmeyer and an uncredited baby played John Locke.

    • Although being credited, Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte), (Jeremy Davies) Daniel and Ken Leung (Miles) don't appear in this episode. Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), (Evangeline Lilly) Kate and Yunjin Kim (Sun) appear but have no lines.

    • This is a flashback episode.

    • A Locke-centric episode

  • Allusions

    • The Myth Of Sisyphus

      Horace is seen cutting down a tree, only to have that tree reappear uncut, which he then cuts down again in a seemingly repetitive loop. This is an apparent reference to the myth of Sisyphus, whom the gods punish by forcing him to push a boulder up a hill, only to have the boulder roll back down for him to push again in a eternally repeating loop.

    • Cabin Fever:

      Is a term used for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a party is isolated and/or shut in, alone or together, for an extended period.

    • The X-Men:

      Richard Alpert's line "I'm Richard, John. I run a school for kids who are... extremely special, and I have reason to believe that you might be one them." is almost word for word what Charles Xavier (Professor X) says when recruiting young mutants.

    • The Bible:

      As the nurses wheel out Emily's premature baby, she yells out, "His name is John!", just as in Luke 1:63, when Zechariah and Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist.

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