Season 1 Episode 19

Deus Ex Machina

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2005 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Right before Locke finds the body of the priest, he takes out his compass. However, he had previously given his compass to Sayid saying that he didn't need it anymore.

    • Parent issues ("Lost"'s recurring theme):

      Locke was conned by his parents.

    • Locke says "Normally clothing would completely decompose within 2 years, but this is high quality polyester. Could be 2 years, could be 10". However, in "House of the Rising Sun", Jack says "It takes 40 or 50 years for clothing to degrade like this" when talking of Adam and Eve.

    • Episode title: The actual deus ex machina in this episode is Locke's dream of the crashed plane.

    • Numbers: 4

      Locke mentions that they have been on the island for 4 weeks.

    • Numbers: 16

      Boone says that the accident with his nanny happened when he was 6. Since he's now 22, the accident happened 16 years ago.

    • Island events in this episode take place on October 30th, October 31st and November 1st 2004.

    • Numbers: 8 and 15

      The footballs are placed in aisle 8 for regulation, aisle 15 for Nerf.

    • The California driver's license for Emily Annabeth Locke (Swossie Kurtz) has an expiration date of 20 March, 1994 (presumably within a year or two of the flashback sequences). She has a Los Angeles, CA address, is 5'5", 115lbs, and was born on 15 October, 1940.

    • Locke gets hit by a golden Pontiac in the parking lot at the beginning of this episode. This car is the same make and model of the car that hit Michael in the episode, "Special."

    • Locke's mother, Emily, was a former patient in Santa Rosa Mental Hospital. This is the same institution where Hurley and Libby stayed.

    • The drug that was being smuggled on the plane that Boone and Locke found is heroin. This is the same drug that Charlie was addicted to. Additionally, we later learn that the people who were flying this plane were acquaintances of Mr. Eko, a tail section survivor who appears in the second season.

    • In this episode, Sawyer is seen reading the book "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle.

    • In this episode, there is a scene in which Boone hears the words "We're the survivors of Oceanic flight 815!" over the beachcraft's radio. Later, in the episode "The Other 48 Days", we learn that the person saying this is Bernard Nadler, the husband of Rose and a tail section survivor. However, the voice we hear in "Deus ex Machina" is not the voice of Sam Anderson, the actor who plays Bernard, because he had not yet been cast.

    • John Locke, the 17th century English philosopher whom the character in the show is named after, was friends with the Earl of Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper. In the show, this is the name of Locke's father.

    • Locke gets a shard of metal from the broken machine in his right leg, but he was standing with his left side toward it when it shattered.

    • When Locke opens the door to the plane after it falls off the cliff, you can see an injured Boone with his eyes open, but after that he appears to be unconscious.

    • When Jack walks away from Sawyer the first time, his backpack changes between shots. At first, it's a normal, modern-looking backpack. When the shot changes, it shows Jack wearing an older one, made out of leather. The 'backpack switching' continues until he leaves.

    • When Boone throws the Virgin Mary statuette out of the plane, the torso and head are completely shattered. However, when Locke inspects it, the torso and head are intact and the feet are shattered.

    • As Boone is climbing up the cliff face on the vines/roots to the crashed plane you clearly see the climbing belt on the stunt man as he makes his way up the cliff face. When we have Boone in the shot there is no climbing gear to be seen.

    • Locke's mom says that Locke is the result of an immaculate conception because he has no father. The problem is that this is not what immaculate conception means. Many people believe that the immaculate conception is the birth of Jesus Christ by the Blessed Virgin Mary. This, however, is not the case. The Immaculate Conception is of Mary's birth and it is the dogma that Mary was born free from Original Sin.

  • Quotes

    • Kate: (about Sawyer) Thank you for helping him. I know it's probably the last thing you wanted to do.
      Jack: I didn't do it for him. (Jack turns to look at her and they share a moment)

    • Kate: That's it, get up.
      Sawyer: What?
      Kate: Get up. You're going to Jack.
      Sawyer: Do I get a lollipop?

    • (About Sawyer's new glasses)
      Hurley: Dude, it looks like someone steamrolled Harry Potter.

    • Boone: (in Locke's dream) Theresa falls up the stairs. Theresa falls down the stairs.

    • Jack: Have you ever had sex with a prostitute?
      Sawyer: What the hell has that got to do with anything?
      Jack: Is that a yes?
      Sawyer (reluctant): Yes
      Jack: And have you ever contracted a sexually transmitted disease? (No reply) I'll take that as another yes. When was the last outbreak?
      Sawyer: Go to hell, Doc.
      Kate: I know he deserved it, but -
      Jack: He needs glasses.

    • Boone: She was my nanny. Theresa, she was my nanny. My mother wasn't around much. I needed someone to take it out on. My bedroom was at the top of this huge flight of stairs and I would sit in bed all day calling her on the intercom. One day she took a bad step, broke her neck. I was six.

    • (Jack walks up to Sawyer while reading)
      Sawyer: If you're looking for a stool sample, you can forget it.
      Jack: You've been reading a lot since we came to the island.
      Sawyer: Okay, so what?
      Jack: (serious) You uh, you've uh, got hyperopia.
      Sawyer: (stunned) Hyperopia? That's uh, what is that?
      Jack: You're far-sighted.

    • Boone: What is a Nigerian priest doing on an island in the South Pacific?
      (Locke pulls a gun from the corpse's pocket)
      Locke: I'm not so sure he's a priest.

    • Jack: I hear you're having trouble with your head.
      Sawyer: What, now she got you making house calls?

    • (During Locke's dream)
      Locke: You're late.
      Boone: Late for what?
      Locke: Late for work.
      Boone: I think I'm done working, John.
      Locke: I'm sorry, what?
      Boone: This is useless. You can't open that thing up. You say you can but you can't.
      Locke: Don't tell me what I can't do.

    • Jack: (to Kate about Sawyer) Look, Kate, I'd like nothing more than to check the guy out and make sure he's okay, but we both know all I'm going to get for my trouble is a snappy one liner, and if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

    • Locke: (Talking to the hatch) I've done everything you wanted me to do. So why did you do this to me!?

    • (about the examination during which Jack discovered that Sawyer needed glasses)
      Kate: So did you know before or after you asked him about his latest outbreak?
      Jack: Well, I'd answer that but, you know, doctor-patient confidentiality.

    • (Jack holds up a pair of glasses)
      Sawyer: Uh uh. No way.
      Jack: Sawyer, it's not a fashion show.

    • (about Sawyer's headaches)
      Jack: You're sensitive to the light too, huh?
      Sawyer: You know what? I'm sensitive to you.

    • Boone: (to Locke) Have you been using that wacky paste stuff that made me see my sister get eaten?

    • Emily: Well, he said that was the only way you would give it to him. It had to be your idea. He told me where to find you. He asked me to go see you. I wanted to see you.
      Locke: This can't be happening. This is a misunderstanding. This can't happen to me. He wouldn't do this to me. He wouldn't do this to me!

    • Jack: You picking up on a little Korean there, Michael?
      Michael: Yeah, I'm pretty sure I know how to say: faster and idiot.

    • Boone: Oh, we're supposed to. We're supposed to find this, right? We're supposed to open it, right? Then tell me something, John, if we're supposed to open it, then why the hell haven't we opened it yet?
      Locke: The island will send us a sign.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: May 13, 2005 on Kanal 5
      - Greece: August 28, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • Although credited, Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Malcolm David Kelley (Walt) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) didn't appear. For the first time, Dominic Monaghan didn't appear, and for the first and only time, Emilie de Ravin didn't appear, but still was credited. Plus, Naveen Andrews (Sayid) appeared, but had no lines.

    • Swoosie Kurtz (Emily) also worked with Naveen Andrews (Sayid) in the 1998 TV movie My Own Country, and, with Ian Somerhalder (Boone) in the 2002 film The Rules Of Attraction.

    • For a limited time, a recap video clip could be seen on the ABC website. Within the clip, the audio had been changed for the scene of Boone contacting outsiders with the Beechcraft radio. The Audio had gone from, "...there were no survivors of..." to, "No, we're the survivors of Oceanic flight 815!"

      The idea that "...there were no survivors.." was originally supposed to be said over the radio before it was changed can be explained by the fact that we now know the outside world believes there to be no survivors of flight 815 (up until a certain point in time anyway).

    • A Locke-centric episode.

  • Allusions

    • Mousetrap:
      Continuing the show's fascination/obsession/allegory with games, we see Mousetrap, created by Milton Bradley more than 50 years ago.

    • Hurley: Dude, looks like someone steamrolled Harry Potter.

      Hurley's comment about Sawyer's glasses is a reference to the spectacled protagonist of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of books.

    • Episode title: Deus Ex Machina

      The title stems from the Latin phrase deus ex machina (literally "god from the machine"). The saying, simply put, is defined as a person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty. It is a term from ancient Greek and Roman plays where one of the gods would suddenly provide a solution. The episode title is also the title of Chapter 48 of the book "Watership Down." (In a previous episode, Boone accused Sawyer of stealing this book from his luggage.)

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