Season 4 Episode 2

Confirmed Dead

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Charlotte, hanging from a tree, releases her parachute and plunges into a muddy pond. The next shot shows her under the water in a crystal clear pond. In the following shot she surfaces again in the muddy pond.

    • Number 15: The number 15 can be seen on a poster in the room Miles visits in his flashback.

    • When Miles heads up the stairs to have his discussion with the ghost, the pictures on the wall can be seen in wooden frames. When Miles comes back down the stairs, the frames of the pictures have changed to (synthetic) brass. Additionally, the picture the camera centers on is bigger in the second scene. It also appears that the photos surrounding the focal point photo have also changed. Most notably the photo to the left of the focal point photo, the one that shows a young man entering a car, appears to be something completely different.

    • The Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 Hotline Number 1-888-548-0034 is seen on Frank's television. Calling this number results in an automated message, not a human operator as seen on the show.

    • When Jack and friends are helping Frank Lapidus after he passed out, a big piece of grass is stuck to the cut on his head. The camera cuts to the other side of Frank's face, and when it pans back the grass is gone, yet it has been a fraction of a second.

    • The chopper reads "N842M". 8 and 42 are two of "The Numbers".

    • Island events take place on Dec. 21 and 22 making it days 91 and 92 for the survivors.

    • This is the first episode since Exodus, Part 2 to have flashbacks from more than two people.

    • This is the second episode in which Ben fails to kill someone by shooting them. The first time was in The Man Behind The Curtain when he shot Locke.

    • This is the first episode of LOST where we see a flashback of a character that is already dead, Naomi.

    • The news broadcast supposedly showing the dead body of pilot Seth Morris mentions a quote from the NTSB. The National Transportation Safety Board is a US agency tasked with investigating civilian aircraft accidents, among other things. They typically do not investigate accidents that occur outside the US, but under certain circumstances, exceptions are made.

    • Daniel Faraday's name is based on Michael Faraday who was a famous physicist. This is interesting because Michael Faraday discovered a relationship between light rays and electromagnetism and Daniel mentions the scattered light on the island.

    • We learn in this episode that Frank Lupidus was supposed to be the pilot of Oceanic flight 815, not Seth Norris, the pilot who was killed by the Monster.

  • Quotes

    • Hurley: You don't wait with warnings. You warn!

    • Jack: Put the guns down.
      Miles: Now why would I do that?
      Jack: Because our friends are out in the jungle right holding a gun at your head and his head, so I'm gonna forget about the misunderstanding, just put the guns down!
      Miles: Come on, how stupid do you think I-
      (Several shots ring out, and Juliet and Sayid come out the bushes with guns aimed at Miles and Daniel. Kate grabs Daniel's gun and aims it at him, but Miles continues to hold him)
      Jack: I don't know, Miles. How stupid are you?

    • Juliet: We were worried when you didn't get back, so we went to the cockpit and tracked you down.
      Jack: Thanks for that, for what it's worth.
      Kate: Somebody could've told me the cavalary were here.
      Jack: I gave you that..wink.
      (Jack and Juliet look amused.)

    • Ben: I know it's not pleasant but, let's face it, you really don't stand a chance now...
      Sawyer: Chance of what?
      Ben: James. Look at yourself. Yes, on this Island you're brave, daring, handsome, you're someone, but if you left with them, back in the real world a low-life scam artist like you could never compete with a first class surgeon. I think Kate was really upset when you made your choice to come with us. Thank God she has Jack there to comfort... (Sawyer attacks Ben)

    • Ben: Mind if I ask you a question, James?
      Sawyer: Yeah I do.
      Ben: Why'd you leave Kate behind?
      Sawyer: Wasting your time, Yoda.

    • Sawyer: (to Karl) Easy kid, guy's just trying to get in your head. Go take a walk or something.

    • Kate: Listen, Naomi was killed but not by us, it was, it was a man by the name of John Locke. He's not with us anymore.
      Miles: Kate, seriously, if I have to ask you again...
      Kate: Even if I took you to her body you wouldn't know what happened...
      Miles: I'll know! Now take me to her body.

    • Dan: Miles, Miles, hey hey hey, what you doing? What are you doing? These are good people.
      Miles: Then why'd Naomi use the damn code? Yeah, you remember when she said tell my sister I love her, well she doesn't have a sister. That's what we're supposed to say if we get captured, have a gun to our heads. Like right now, Jack here would say tell my sister I love her, you get it?
      Jack: We didn't kill your friend.
      Miles: Then take me to her body.
      Dan: Miles, what about Charlotte, what about Frank?
      Miles: Take me to Naomi!

    • Miles: You're not doing your grandmother any good staying here, man. You're causing her a lot of pain. I wanna go downstairs and tell her you've gone, but the only way I'm gonna be able to do that is if you tell me where it is. So where is it?

    • Miles: So you're Kate. You wanna tell me where Naomi is?
      Kate: What?!
      Miles: Naomi! The woman you killed. Where is she?

    • Sayid: You say you are not here on a rescue mission and the world at large believes us to be dead. But here we are alive and well and you don't seem remotely surprised to see us.
      (Miles looking annoyed at Sayid)
      Miles: Ohh my God, you guys were on Oceanic flight 815. (with huge sarcasm) WOW! Is that better?

    • Ben Linus: Her name is Charlotte Lewis! Charlotte Staples Lewis. Born July 2, 1979 Essex, England. Parents David and Jeanette. Eldest of three, all girls. She was raised in Brownsgrove. Did her undergraduate studies at Kent. Took her PhD in cultural anthropology at Oxford. She's here with two other team members and a pilot. Their names: Daniel Faraday, Miles Straum, Frank Lapidus.

    • Charlotte: So you people have been living here this entire time. (to Claire) Is that your baby?
      Claire: Yeah, This is Aaron.
      Charlotte: Did you have him here on the island?
      Claire: Mhm.
      Charlotte: That's amazing!

    • Charlotte: I can't believe you're alive. How many of you are there?
      Hurley: Why do you wanna know?
      Charlotte: Why wouldn't I want to know?
      Hurley: 48 of us survived the crash. That's not counting the tail section ... They're pretty much all dead now.
      Locke: (Interrupting) Hugo!

    • Charlotte: (looks up seeing the group of survivors) Hi.
      Locke: Hi, yourself.

    • Daniel: What happened?
      Frank: We got struck by lightning.
      Daniel: Frank, where's Charlotte?
      Frank: She bailed out just b-before we went down. I don't know where she is.
      Miles: Where's the chopper?
      Frank: I saw a cow.

    • Kate: Dan? Your name's Dan, right? Listen, Dan, I know that you don't want anyone to get hurt, right? So why don't you put the gun away.
      Dan: Because Miles would kill me?

    • Kate: Don't worry, Naomi covered for us. They don't know what Locke did to her.
      Jack: You sure about that? (indicates the gun in Dan's waistband)

    • Minkowski: (on the radio phone) Dan, the chopper com went dead. What the hell happened up there?
      Daniel: Yeah, I don't know, George, there was an electrical storm. All the instruments, I think they just went down. Listen, I made contact with some of the survivors and we just, uh-
      Minkowski: Dan, am I on speaker?

    • Daniel's care-taker: So what happened? They found that missing plane? Dan? Dan, why are you so upset?
      Daniel: I don't know.

    • Locke: I'd probably be dead if I still had a kidney there.

    • Miles: We're here for Benjamin Linus.

    • Sawyer: (To Locke) It's only a matter of time before he gets us, Johnny. And I bet he's already figured out how he's gonna do it.

    • Miles: Wanna know why we're here? I'll tell you why we're here!

    • Ben: John, listen. I have information that you need. I have answers.
      Locke: What is the monster?
      Ben: What?
      Locke: The black smoke, the monster. What is it!?
      Ben: I don't know.
      Locke: Good-bye, Benjamin.

    • Miles: (To Jack) Back up handsome!

    • Daniel: Rescuing you and your people...I can't really say is our primary objective.
      Jack: Then what is?

    • ROV driver 2: Are you getting this?
      ROV driver 1: What? What's up?
      ROV driver 2: It-it's an airplane. Oh my God...it's Oceanic 815!

    • Daniel: I'm Daniel Faraday...I'm here to rescue you.

    • Zip: Magnetometer is picking up a hell of a lot of anomalies down here.
      Ron: A chest full of doubloons?
      Zip: Keep dreaming, Ron.

    • Sawyer: Anyone want to tell me why we're keeping this guy (Ben) alive?
      Locke: We're keeping him alive because he's been on this island a lot longer than any of us. Because he has information we need and because apart from his mouth, he's completely harmless.
      Sawyer: His mouth put that hole in your gut?

    • Miles: (asks about Naomi's body) What are you doing with her?
      Daniel: We're taking her with us.
      Miles: What's the point? That's... that's not Naomi. It's just meat.

    • Naomi: (talks about new partners) With respect, these are the wrong people for a mission like this. None of them have field experience, military training. You can't just drop them in unprotected. It'll be a disaster.
      Abaddon: They're not unprotected. They have you.
      Naomi: There's only so much I can do.
      Abaddon: Your modesty is positively charming.
      Naomi: This is a high-risk covert op in unstable territory. It's dodgy enough without having to babysit a head case (Daniel), ghostbuster (Miles), anthropologist (Charlotte) and a drunk (Frank).
      Abaddon: To be fair, he's also a pretty good pilot.
      Naomi: It's madness.

    • Karl: Keep your mouth shut, Mr. Linus.
      Ben: Karl. Now if you're gonna sleep with my daughter, I insist you call me Ben.

    • Sawyer: Why are we wasting our time going to some shack anyway?
      Locke: Because we're supposed to.
      Sawyer: Right, like you were supposed to throw a knife into that Naomi chick's back?
      Locke: Uh huh...
      Sawyer: You mind telling us who you're getting your orders from, Colonel Kurtz?
      Locke: I got 'em from Walt.
      Sawyer: What the hell do you mean you saw Walt? In a dream?
      Locke: No dream. It was Walt. Only ... taller.
      Sawyer: Taller? What, like a giant?

    • Locke: How do you know all this?
      Ben: Because I have a man on their boat.

    • Dan: The light... it's strange out here, isn't it, it's kind of like, it doesn't, it doesn't scatter quite right.

  • Notes

    • Zoe Bell is credited as a guest star despite not seeing her on screen. Her appearance merely consists of being a voice on a phone.

    • This marks the first episode without Dominic Monaghan listed as a regular.

    • This is the first episode to feature flashbacks of new characters on the same episode in which they first appear (except of course for the pilot episode).

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: September 1, 2008 on VT4
      Denmark: February 15, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: February 10, 2008 on Sky One Ireland: February 11, 2008 on RTE Two
      Australia: February 14, 2008 on Channel 7
      Sweden: February 20, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: March 5, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 10, 2008 on AXN
      The Netherlands: March 23, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: March 20, 2008 on Nelonen
      Poland: April 13,2008 on AXN
      Italy: July 28, 2008 on Rai 2
      Macedonia: October 25, 2008 on A1
      Germany: January 19, 2009 on Pro7

    • Although credited, Harold Perrineau, Henry Ian Cusick, Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim do not appear in this episode.

    • Ken Leung and Michael Emerson also worked together in the movie, Saw.

    • This is the first episode with Jeff Fahey, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader.

    • A Daniel, Miles, Charlotte, Frank and Naomi-centric episode.

  • Allusions

    • Monster: When the group first see Miles lying motionless near his parachute the shot resembles the classic 1963 movie adaptation of Lord of the Flies by William Golding when the shipwrecked children first spot their island's monster.

    • Essex The town where Daniel lives is named Essex and Charlotte lives in a county named Essex. Essex is also a reference to a famous whaling ship that was launched off the coast of Nantucket in 1819. The mission of the ship was to hunt sperm whales in the South Pacific. The ship sank and the crew ended up on an uninhabited island in the Pitcairn chain, where they fed on birds, fruits and vegetation, as well as water from a local freshwater spring, before resorting to cannibalism. The surviving members of the crew were rescued on Day 93. The story is the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick".

    • Star Wars
      Daniel tells Kate and Jack, "I'm here to rescue you", exactly like what Luke says to Leia in the 1977 film "Star Wars".

    • Miles.

      Miles is a character in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw who communicates with a dead person who appears throughout the story. In this episode, Miles is shown to communicate with the dead.

    • Locke says Ben has no power except his voice. Gandalf made the same comment about Saruman after removing him from power in Lord of the Rings.

    • Sawyer: You're wastin' your time, Yoda.

      Sawyer calls Ben Yoda on a clear reference to Star Wars series' character Yoda, who is introduced for the first time on the Star Wars movies while living in a hut in a jungle, much similar to what Ben looks in this specific take.

    • Apocalypse Now
      Sawyer asks Locke where he is getting his orders from and then refers to him as "Colonel Kurtz." This is a reference to Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now, as well as the novel it is loosely based on, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Kurtz was a renegade Green Beret who became insane and stopped taking orders from the military. He is played by a bald Marlon Brando in the film.

    • The character Charlotte Staples Lewis' name is derived from the late Clives Staples Lewis, better known as C.S. Lewis, the late Irish author and scholar known for his writings on Christian apologetics, and most famously, the children's series The Chronicles of Narnia.