Lost

Season 3 Episode 4

Every Man for Himself

7
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2006 on ABC
9.1
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Sawyer's rebellious attitude causes Ben and the Others to conjure a plan to keep him in check. At the beach, Desmond starts to mysteriously seek certain items for some kind of construction.

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  • Awesome.

    9.5
    Colleen dies and her husband Pickett takes out his anger by beating Sawyer. Sawyer is deceived into thinking that a pacemaker has been implanted in him and that his heart will explode if his heart rate exceeds 140 bpm. Ben reveals to Sawyer that trying to escape is futile because they are on a separate island off the coast of the island where the survivors' camp is. In flashbacks, Sawyer cons his way out of prison and finds out that he has a daughter. After claiming that he doesn't care about her, he anonymously gives a large sum of money to his daughter. I love Desmond in this episode. We learn that he kind of knows the future. I love the Jack scenes and the Sayer and Kate scenes too. I love the way Danny's wife dies and he wants revenge so he takes it out on Sawyer. I love Sawyer's backs tory. I love the Ben and Sawyer scenes - awesome. I love the way Jack walks through the yard of Kate and Sawyer - awesome scene. I also love the Juliet and Jack scene, there awesome together I think.moreless
  • Some interesting twists, but not as good as we've been getting

    7.5
    The last couple of episodes have shown us that Sawyer seemed more than a little used to being in prison. Now, in this Sawyer- centric episode we find out that this was indeed the case. We also find out even there, he managed to keep up his cons. It also tells a little more about his character then we thought we knew.



    While he was in prison, Sawyer learns that there was a man with a lot of money. And being Sawyer, he managed to run a con to do it, even if this time, he was on the side of the angels But that's not the only part of the story we get. We also meet the victim of his last con--- Cassidy, who Sawyer ran a long con on in order to get her life savings. She retaliated by pressing charges against him. And then a little later, she had a daughter named Clementine. A popular fan theory was that Cassidy was running a con of her own on Sawyer, and this was the second part of it, in order to get even more of his money. It's an interesting theory, but later episodes will reveal that she was being honest. So at least Sawyer could take solace in the fact that he was doing right by his daughter. Not that it probably made him feel much better at the time (if that last expression on his face in the final part of his flashback is any indication) Now Sawyer tries to get a chance to break for it when Colleen is brought back to the Others camp. Sawyer tries to use it as a way to get out, but he doesn't know about the cameras. As a result, he gets beat the crap out of by Ben (are we ever going to learn why the Others get their super strength) and they tell him that they've placed a pacemaker in his chest. One that will cause his heart to explode if he over exerts himself. Sawyer has no reason to doubt them which once again demonstrates how easy it is to con him However, it doesn't answer the bigger question: what the hell kind of games are the Others playing? Is this some kind of experiment?



    As for Jack, he gets pulled into another part of the camp when Juliet's efforts to operate on Colleen end up going nowhere, and she goes over the head of Ben in order to do it? Nevertheless, Jack does his level best to save Colleen, but fails. When he finishes though, he makes an effort to try and comfort Juliet, who seems genuinely upset about what's just happened. Of more interest are two other revelations. First of all, Juliet says that she is a fertility doctor. Since I sincerely doubt there's a medical school on the island, that would seem to imply that Juliet hasn't lived here as long as Ben. Once again, how did she get here? And why is a fertility doctor on the island? Is there some problem with reproducing we don't know about?

    Secondly, Jack sees a set of X-rays while scrubbing up. He know enough to recognize them as belong a man in his forties with a tumor on his L4 vertebrae. This seems to indicate that someone on this island does need his help But if that's the case, why all of this espionage? Why not come to them on the island, introduce themselves as longtime inhabitants, and say they need your help? Of course, we know from Rousseau that the subtle approach is not used in their arsenal, but why not ask? And why go through all this manipulation? There's a larger plan here, but even now, I'm still not sure what it is they're trying to pull.



    Kate also reveals that she can escape her cage, and does so with no apparent repercussion, even though we know that Ben is watching them. Maybe, it's because after Danny Pickett, taking out his vengeance against Sawyer for the death of his wife, beats the stuffing out of him, forcing her to say she's in love with him She later tells Sawyer she lied, but Kate is very good at keeping her cards close to the vest. Is there more to it? This at least, we'll get some leverage on



    The final revelation occurs when Ben removes Sawyer from his cage, and shows him that they are not even on the same island that they were. The idea of the second island is intriguing, and does play to the idea of where the Others are coming from, but there are a lot of other questions that arise. For starters, how come Sawyer and Michael never noticed the other island when they were on the raft near the end of Season 1 Why didn't Sun, Jin and Sayid see it when they were trying to track the Others? For that matter, why didn't Desmond notice it when he was on that same boat a few weeks earlier? And even if they are on a separate island, what about the little commune that we saw at the opening flashback in 'A Tale of Two Cities'? There the writers seemed to indicate that they were on the same island. Is this is in fact where the Others live, or are there more points too it?? There are a lot of inconsistencies that have never been truly cleared up by this even near the end of Season 5.



    And while were focusing almost all of our interest on the Others, what the hell is happening on the other island? About the only thing we see doesn't make much sense--- Desmond tries to get Claire to move from her tent, borrows a golf club from Paolo, constructs a makeshift lightning rod, and just like Locke did in Season 1, predicts when it's going to rain, just before the lightning electrocutes Claire. Has Desmond truly become psychic? And why is that the only story we get?



    'Every Man for Himself' isn't a bad episode--- it reveals quite a bit more about Sawyer's dynamic (along with the fact that he's always been something of a reader), and some interesting questions, but it doesn't do much to illuminate what's happening with the rest of the castaways, or where Sayid, Jin and Sun are, or a lot of other questions So far in Season 3, the writers seem to be having trouble balancing what's going on between the groups. Furthermore, we don't seem to be getting a lot of info as to why so many of these Others have the attitudes they do. All we know now for certain is that making a run for it is pointless Bt considering where they are, is there any kind of escape for these people?

    My score: 7.8moreless
  • Interesting but not Great!!!

    7.0
    Logic/Details - » Another episode that not only is predictable, has some filler scenes with it. It makes sense to center in Sawyer and with this another Flashback, however, this time his flashback are below from the previous one, simple because the writers tried to copy "the long con" and made a bad copy, since the flashbacks was predictable.



    Sawyer situation on the island with the pacemaker was well done, until Ben revealed that pacemaker was not real and made this episode just pure filler, since Ben could tell Sawyer from the beginning that why they could not escape from this Island.



    Like the previous episode, the producers think that is better to only focus on Jack, Kate and Sawyer. It was not a bad idea, but this could transform this episode in a failure, but all the scenes have some quality on it. The psychology game was interesting and Desmond predicting the future was nice to see.



    Progress -» Nothing really happened, which is bad. Desmond continues to predict the future, Sawyer was conned and someone from the Others died.



    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» The interesting thing here was the psychology game made by Ben. Was interesting to see Sawyer behavior. The flashback give us a little information about Sawyer. Sawyer been beaten up was a nice drama, when Kate is forced to say that she loves him. Jack discovering what he suppose to do was interesting to see too.



    Ending - » The last Scene was good, but made all the episode seems like a pure filler, since the important information was revealed only in the last scene.



    Overall - » Not great, but still watchable and is interesting to see that Sawyer has a heart and how he was manipulated.moreless
  • InnerWar

    9.5
    Cada personaje que aparece en esta temporada se me antoja interesantísimo y esto hace que la serie vuelva a despegar una y otra vez. Benjamin y su arte del distraer, la ex de Desmond y su cínica bondad, Desmond himself y su don de saber lo que va a pasar.

    Mataron a Colleen, lovely Sun did it, y la guerra empezó... empezó? La isla revela más secretos: el sólo verla desde afuera nos introduce en un nuevo plano.

    Qué es ese submarino? Realmente perdieron contacto with the outside world? Entonces no está todo bajo control? Bueno, al fin y al cabo son humanos y tienen errores como cualquiera de nosotros.moreless
  • Season 3 shifts another gear with its best episode so far.

    9.5
    Sawyer's episodes(like Locke's) are the most entertaining and smart episodes of Lost. And this one is no different. With Sawyer in charge of the running time, you can expect many twists and turns and this one delivers. The final denouement this time round is that there are two Lost islands, not one. The last Sawyer episode twist was that Charlie was part of a con Sawyer implemented against the other survivors so he could gain access to the armory guns from the Hatch. This episode's twist is much grander and also stems from a con implemented not by the con-meister himself but by the Others, namely Benjamin Linus. Despite this twist working to shock the audience, it initially has many flaws. Hopefully the series or its creators can clarify how none of the survivors have noticed this second island before whilst on the raft or Desmond's sailboat. Twists only work in the long-run if they make sense. This one has great potential but some imminent problems still exist that harms its potential future as one of Lost's great twists.

    It is quite strange that this twist occured, though, considering that I had a theory that the Losties and the Others wern't on an island at all but on a very remote stretch of mainland somewhere. To back up my theory, I went to the tip of the Northern Scottish coast, a year ago, and there was this extended area of land that was only generally used for the military as a training ground and base camp. This extended mainland was called Cape Wrath and could be reached only by foot across a beach or alternatively by a boat and then a tour bus across to the other side where stood a lighthouse. I remember thinking that if a plane crashed here, it would not occur to many instantly that they were on the mainland. I thought that this could be where our 815 survivors could be.

    Not since Do No Harm back in Season 1 have we been subjected to such a harrowing hour of television. You can't help but feel every blow that poor Sawyer has to take from Danny. Woah, that was truly brutal, and I remember thinking how the censors allowed this scene to be shown. It is surely the most violent moment of television. But it doesn't stop with Danny's outburst. Ben gets his two-penny's worth with him too and so too does a white rabbit (a reference to both Alice and Wonderland and Stephen King's memoir, On Writing). For a moment there I thought that Lost would have to face the Animal rights activists, but then the Rabbit survived...or did it? I think the writers are stepping on shaky ground here and certainly the tortury toward the bunny, whether it killed it or not, is nonetheless very unpleasant to watch, making this the most controversial moment of Lost to date.

    As controversial, harrowing and overtly violent as this episode is, it does help to retain the creepiness of the Others, that was sadly dissipated once we knew that they lived in a tranquil suburbia, and they seemed, on the surface, to be like us. This reminds audiences of how creepy, menacing and mysterious they were meant to be in earlier episodes. We also get a clue as to the reason/s why Jack has been held captive by The Others - his medical/surgical skills. The blatant presentation of a tumor-infected spinal X-Ray to Jack was there to pique his attention and his curiosity and now believes, with good reason, that he was brought here to operate on The Others. Maybe there are many on the island in need of a doctor with skills that Jack has. But then Juliet did tell Jack that they've never had any medical emergencies before Colleen's gunshot wound. So the X-Ray is not a medical emergency? Is it an X-Ray of someone that is not an Other? Maybe Locke? As with every question raised we are forced to wait patiently for an answer.

    The flashbacks were okay, and served the story well, despite not being that exciting or revelatory, save for the fact that Sawyer has a Daughter! Unless that is a con by Cassidy.

    Overall this episode was a solid hour of television and the best of the season so far. However, despite the consistent quality of the season so far, no episode has yet found the perfect mark just yet. Season 2 had 2 already by now and Season 1 had 3. This one was close but not close enough, I'm afraid.

    The next batch of episodes will be interesting, as this where Season 2 lost momentum, not regained until past the half-way mark.

    Let's hope things get going much quicker this time around.moreless
Bill Duke

Bill Duke

The Warden

Guest Star

Paula Malcomson

Paula Malcomson

Colleen Pickett

Guest Star

Ian Gomez

Ian Gomez

Munson

Guest Star

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Tom Friendly

Recurring Role

Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Danny Pickett

Recurring Role

Kim Dickens

Kim Dickens

Cassidy Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (23)

    • Ben tells Sawyer the island they are held captive on is roughly twice the size of Alcatraz. Alcatraz is 22 acres of island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, United States. This would make the Hydra Island on LOST about 44 acres in size...a very small island.

    • Ben interrupts Juliet and Jack. He tells Juliet that the sub is back and that they have a situation. This means that a submersible of some sort was used by The Others to allow them to steal the sailboat from Sun, Jin and Sayid.

    • Number 4: When Juliet enlists Jack to help save Colleen, she takes him to a medical facility. Jack notices x-rays hanging which Juliet points out are not Colleen's. He then states that a patients x-ray shows a tumor on the L-4 vertebrae.

    • Numbers: Jack begins CPR on Colleen, but it is too late and she begins to crash. As her heart rate drops the number 16 can be seen on the heart monitor.

    • Numbers: Ben tells Sawyer the watch will beep when his heart rate is within 15 beats of the danger zone.

    • Numbers: Munson and another inmate fight in front of cell block number 15.

    • Pacemakers don't actually work the way Ben described. Rather than giving a "kick-start" to the heart when it's excited, pacemakers apply a small shock during every cardiac cycle to regulate heart rate.

    • Unlike what Juliet said in "A Tale Of Two Cities", the intercom in Jack's cell works. Jack heard Sawyer's screams, and part of a discussion between two unknown Others, talking about Karl and someone else (most likely Alex) and how "it was a mistake bringing those two here".

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

    • Goof: Speakers are shown on the background when Ben and Sawyer goes up to see the Island's view.

    • After days of being in the cages, Kate realizes she fits in the bars so she can escape. She just looked up and climbed the rocks. Why didn't she do it before? It looked so easy.

    • It is revealed that Jack, Kate and Sawyer are on a different island than the one the plane crashed on.

    • The others reveal that they at least are unaware that the hatch has imploded, as they refer to it as "the day the sky went purple".

    • The white rabbit in this episode has the number 8 painted on its back. 8 is one of the Numbers. It also symbolizes infinity, appropriate as it is part of the "con" by which Ben convinces Sawyer there will never be an escape from imprisonment.

    • Munson's hidden money was in storage facility off 441 in unit 23-C.

      4x4x1=16

      16 and 23 are two of "The Numbers".

    • The "crash cart" refers to defibrillator which is not used to start the heart, but stabilize its rhythm.

    • In his flashback, it is revealed that Sawyer has a daughter with Cassidy Phillips. Her name is Clementine. Sawyer sets up an account for his daughter, in a bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It seems quite likely that this is the same New Mexico bank Kate robbed in episode 1.12, "Whatever the Case May Be".

    • Ben demonstrates the potential effects of the pacemaker they've allegedly placed in Sawyer by shaking a bunny to death in front of him; his choice of a bunny is appropriate, considering that Sawyer read "Watership Down," an allegorical novel about rabbits, during his first days on the island.

    • With Michael gone, the only remaining 815 survivors who have children are Claire and Sawyer; they seem to be the only islanders, except Rousseau, who are parents (although Sun is in the early stages of pregnancy).

    • Sawyer's prison ID was 840. Munson's hidden money was in storage facility off 441 in unit 23c.

    • It was revealed that Danny Pickett and Colleen were married.

    • Juliet is revealed to be a fertility doctor.

    • It's been one day since both "Further Instructions" and "The Glass Ballerina" according to the timeline.

  • QUOTES (44)

    • Ben: You ever been to Alcatraz? Take the tour? Right now you're standing on a small island roughly twice the size of Alcatraz. And that over there? That's your island, the one you've come to know and love. I just wanted you to know there's nowhere to run.

    • Sawyer: How do I know that's the same bunny? That you didn't just paint an 8 on another one?
      Ben: You don't.

    • Kate: I've been checking out my cage. And I think if I climb to the top I can squeeze through those bars. They're spaced farther apart up there.
      Sawyer: Don't bother.
      Kate: What are you talking about?
      Sawyer: I'm talking about being smart! I think we should just chill out here a while...get the lay of the land.

    • Ben: You know what a pacemaker is?
      Sawyer: What?
      Ben: They stick them in the tickers of people who've had bypass work, whose hearts need just a little jump. A kick start. The rabbit had a small pacemaker set to deliver its kick start should it get too excited. Or anxious or frightened. Or should it try to escape. Assuming that you were telling the truth about your age and weight your resting heart rate should be about 70 beats per minute. Your active heart rate, however...that would be about 140. Which is the point at which your pacemaker...will cause your heart to explode. Which is how I know that you're going to start behaving now. The watch monitors your pulse. If you get within 15 beats of your danger zone it'll start to beep. If and when it beeps you're going to want to relax yourself. Do some deep breathing. Some yoga.

    • (They are about to give Sawyer a shot)
      Ben: God, I hate needles.

    • Picket: Do you love this guy?
      Kate: What?
      Picket: (beating Sawyer) I said do you love him!? Do you love him?! Do you love him!? Do - you - love - him!?
      Kate: Yes, I love him! I love him, please.

    • Sawyer: You did all this just to, just to keep me in a damn cage?
      Ben: We did all this because the only way to gain a conman's respect is to con him. And you're pretty good, Sawyer. We're a lot better. Funny thing is, us telling you about the pacemaker wasn't what kept you in line. It was when I threatened her. You work so hard to make her think you don't care - that you don't need her, but, "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. It don't make no difference who the guy is, long as he's with you. I tell you, I tell you a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick."
      Sawyer: What the hell are you talking about?
      Ben: It's from Of Mice and Men. Don't you read? Come on, let's get you back to your cage.

    • Sawyer: Bring me up here to kill me? Make that thing you put inside of me blow up my damn heart?
      Ben: Your heart's not going to blow up, James. The only thing we put inside you was doubt.

    • Sawyer: What's up there?
      Ben: Something I want you to see.
      Sawyer: That little place you always wanted, George?
      Ben: Sorry?
      Sawyer: What, don't you read? It's from Of Mice and Men. You'd like it, puppies get killed.

    • Kate: (referring to Pickett beating up Sawyer) Why did he do that?
      Sawyer: Hell if I know. These people ever make any sense to you?

    • Sawyer: (to Munson) 10 mil's a lot of greenbacks, Killer, tends to change things. That's why you never get attached, because once you care, that's when they can come at you.

    • Jack: What did you do to Sawyer?
      Juliet: Nothing.
      Jack: I heard him yelling. You've got blood on your clothes.
      Juliet: Jack. Jack!
      Jack: What did you do to him?!
      Juliet: It's not his blood.
      Jack: Then whose blood is it?
      Juliet: It's the blood of a woman who's dying. Jack, I, I need your help

    • Sawyer: What's this?
      Cassidy: This is your daughter.
      Sawyer: What do you want?
      Cassidy: Well, first I wanted you to know.
      Sawyer: Then what? You think I'm going to take one look at this picture and turn into Father Knows Best?

    • Sawyer: (About the pacemaker) If you want me dead, why don't you just shoot me and get it over with?
      Ben: Because we're not killers, James. Oh, and one other thing, Kate...
      Sawyer: You touch her, I swear...
      Ben: You tell her what we did, what we put in you, that we're watching you, you tell her any of these things, we'll put one in her too.

    • (Jason,an other,approaches Sawyer with a stick about 8 inches long.)
      Jason: Bite down on this please.
      Sawyer: You bite down on it.

    • Warden: Hey.
      Sawyer: Well, howdy, warden.
      Warden: He bothering you, Munson?
      (Munson shakes his head.)
      Sawyer: So what brings you to the sewing shop, Boss?
      Warden: Don't think I can't extend your stay, Ford. All it takes is one call. One call.

    • (Ben approaches Sawyer's cage)
      Sawyer: (whispering to Kate) Oh, yeah, the big kahuna.

    • Sawyer: (To Munson) Advice is free, Murgatroid. Last 9 months that warden's made my life a living hell. He gets that 10 mil you ain't got? I might just have to kill myself.

    • (Sawyer and his fellow inmate are boxing)
      Prison Inmate: The problem is I was following your hands, not your eyes.
      Sawyer: The problem is you're old and dumb.

    • Sawyer: Watch and learn, little lady. There's juice pumping into this box from somewhere. Next time someone comes to pull me out, I'm going to wait until they step in my little swimming hole, and I grab them. Zap! They fall back from the shock, I snag the keys. Bet the bears never thought of that.
      Kate: You're both going to get electrocuted.
      Sawyer: Yeah, I felt the jolt. I can take it. The other guy, he ain't going to be ready for it. What, you think I'm crazy?
      Kate: No, I'm actually impressed.
      Sawyer: Well, wipe the stars out of eyes, sweetheart because we're going to do this.

    • Cassidy: Hello, Sawyer.
      Sawyer: It's James Ford. And I know you know that cause you got it right when you pressed charges.

    • (Kate is taking off her shirt, and Sawyer's watch starts beeping.)
      Kate: What's that?
      Sawyer: It's just my watch, its busted.
      Kate: When did you get a watch?
      Sawyer:(yelling) Look, I don't tell you everything! Just leave me alone, damnit. Put some clothes on!

    • Jack: Time of death... She's gone.

    • Cassidy: I just thought you could write her a letter.
      Sawyer: What the hell am I gonna write? "Dear gugu gaga..." she's a BABY!!!

    • Sawyer (to Munson): Think the warden's breakin' up those fights 'cause you're cute, Costanza? He's makin' a play for that 10 mil. First step, butter you up. Give you a plum job. Step two, reach out to your wife, use her against you. Textbook con.

    • Kate: Are you ok?
      Sawyer: Dandy. Guy fights like a girl. No offense.

    • Sawyer: If you want me dead, why don't you just shoot me and get it over with?
      Ben: Because we're not killers, James.

    • Ben: How old are you?
      Sawyer: Thirty-two.
      Ben: Don't lie.
      Sawyer: Thirty-five.

    • Kate: So what about Jack?
      Sawyer: What about him? We don't even know if he's here. Hell, we don't even know if he's alive! We gotta take care of us. It's every man for himself, Freckles.

    • Kate (seeing injured Colleen on the stretcher): What happened?
      Sawyer: We happened.
      Kate: What?
      Sawyer: Been on this rock long enough to realize it ain't the business of shootin' each other. We did it. Our team.
      Kate: You smiling?!
      Sawyer: Damn right I'm smiling. 'Cause we just got our ticket outta here.

    • Prison Warden: Congratulations, Ford. You just lied and cheated your way out of prison. You're a free man.

    • Sawyer: Did you just kill that bunny?

    • Juliette: How are you doing today, Jack?
      Jack: Great.
      Juliette: You seem frustrated.
      Jack: Am I gonna keep watching cartoons, or are you gonna tell me why I'm here?

    • Juliet: I shouldn't have, ah…I should have come to get you sooner.
      Jack: It wouldn't have mattered. There wasn't any more that you could have done. She was dead before you put her on the table.
      Juliet (voice cracks): Are…are you just saying that to make me feel better?
      Jack: I don't…I don't care about making you feel better.

    • Pickett: Time for work!
      Sawyer: Sounding a little stuffy there, ChinaTown. You need to blow your nose?
      Pickett: (wants to hit Sawyer) Just give me an excuse
      Sawyer: Thought I just did, what do I gotta do, talk about your mother?

    • Claire: What was all that about?
      Charlie: (about Desmond) I don't know. We're gonna have to give that guy another button to push.

    • Charlie: If there's a problem, I'll fix it. I'm quite handy. I was building a church before Eko exploded.

    • Kate (to Sawyer): I don't know what they did to you, but I know you're scared enough to lie about it, and that scares me more than anything else that they have done to us before.

    • Jack (to Juliet): Whose x-rays are those, outside? Those are spinal x-rays and they belong to a man about 40 years old. And whoever he is, he has a very large tumor on his L-4 vertebrae. And I just happen to be a spinal surgeon. So you tell me, who am I here to save?

    • Sawyer: You gotta leave me!
      Kate: What?
      Sawyer: Run!
      Kate: What did they do to you?
      Sawyer: You gotta go! (his heart monitor starts beeping)
      Kate: What is that thing?!
      Sawyer: Run, just go! It's every man for himself.
      Kate: Why didn't you fight back?! Tell me the truth for once in your life!
      Sawyer: If you really love me, go.
      Kate: I only said that so he'd stop hitting you. (she walks away)
      Sawyer: Run! Hurry! (Kate starts climbing back into the cage) What the tell are you doin'? Kate! Damnit Freckles, go! Every man for himself!
      Kate: Live together, die alone.

    • Desmond: Hey, you might want to, um square your shoulder a bit more.
      Paulo: You play golf?
      Desmond: I'm Scottish...cheers.

    • Hurley: (to Desmond about his structure) Is that art?
      Desmond: Nope, just an experiment.

    • Jack: Should I talk to Benjamin?
      Juliet: What?
      Jack: Should I talk to Benjamin? Because I'm starting to think you're just the person who brings me my food.
      Juliet: You can talk to him all you want. But he won't tell you anything.
      Jack: You work for him.
      Juliet: I don't work for him.
      Jack: He's in charge.
      Juliet: It doesn't work that way over here, Jack. We make decisions together.
      Jack: Really? (Juliet nods) Because when I was holding that plate at your neck, he seemed happy to just let you die. I mean, it felt like he made that decision on his own.
      Juliet: You don't know what you're talking about. I don't answer to him. (Ben enters the room)
      Ben: Juliet, I need you.
      Juliet: Can it wait?
      Ben: The sub is back, we have a situation. So come with me now. (she leaves with him)

    • Sawyer: (in Jail) C'mon I got license plates to make.
      Cassidy: (lays picture on a table)
      Sawyer: Who the hell is this.
      Cassidy: This is your daughter.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Michael Emerson and Josh Holloway both submitted this episode for consideration on their behalves in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" at the 2007 Emmy Awards.

    • Though credited, Adewale Akinnuoye-Abgaje, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Terry O'Quinn and Kiele Sanchez do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark - Wednesday December 27, 2006 on Kanal 5
      The Netherlands - March 23, 2007 on Net 5
      The Czech Republic - September 23, 2007 on TV Nova
      Spain - Monday September 17, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany - Monday November 5, 2007 on Pro7
      Macedonia - Thursday October 11, 2007 on A1

    • A Sawyer-centric episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Gidget: Ben is called "The Big Kahuna" by Sawyer. Kahuna is a Hawaiian word, defined as "Priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession". In the 1959 film Gidget, 'The Big Kahuna', played by Cliff Robertson, was the leader of a group of surfers. The term then became commonplace in beach party films of the 1960s, where the "Big Kahuna" was the best surfer on the beach. Eventually, it was adopted into general surfing culture.

    • Father Knows Best: Sawyer asks Cassidy what she expects from him, to turn into Father Knows Best?. This was a popular American TV and radio sitcom of the 1950s and 1960s, which portrayed an idealized vision of middle-class American life of the era.

    • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft: The white bunny numbered 8 is a reference to Stephen King's autobiography and writing guide. King describes a caged white rabbit with the number 8 painted on it as an example of the power of words to transmit pictures and ideas.

    • Sawyer calls Munson "Murgatroyd" in reference to the cartoon character Snagglepuss, who in turn is a reference to Bert Lahr's character The Cowardly Lion in the 1939 film version of the Wizard of Oz.

    • The name Munson could be a reference to Thurman Munson who wore #15 for the New York Yankees, and died in a plane crash.

    • The cartoon that plays in Jack's cell is the second half of Looney Tunes' A Corny Concerto, entitled The Blue Danube. It prominently features swans--perhaps an allusion to the now vaporized Swan Hatch?

    • Sawyer: Sounding a little stuffy there, Chinatown.

      Sawyer is alluding to the movie Chinatown (1974), in which Jack Nicholson's protagonist has his nose slit and wears a bandage much like Danny's.

    • Sawyer: What? Don't you read? It's from Of Mice and Men. You'd like it. Puppies get killed.

      Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck, set during the Great Depression about two farmhands looking for ranch work in the hope of getting enough money to buy their own farm. Sawyer is quoting the book where George is about to shoot Lennie.

    • When one of the "Others" is preparing to inject a syringe full of fluid into Sawyer's heart, another "Other" tells him to "go through the sternum, like in the movie"--from the way he counts down from three hesitantly, it seems that the movie he's referring to is "Pulp Fiction," and the scene in which John Travolta's character, Vincent Vega, must give Uma Thurman's character Mia Wallace a direct injection of adrenaline to the heart after she overdoses by snorting heroin.

    • Kate: Live together, die alone.

      This is once again a reference to Jack's now famous line from season one, "if we can't live together, we're gonna die alone". It is also the episode title of the season two finale. The line is also a reference to Jack's speech in episode 1x05, "White Rabbit" when he says that "'every man for himself' is not going to work!" It is also a line from the English language version of the famous socialist, anarchist, communist and social democratic anthem, "The Internationale".

    • Seinfeld
      Sawyer: You think the warden's breaking up those fights cause you're cute, Costanza?

      George Costanza is the short bald character on Seinfeld that Sawyer is inferring Munson resembles.

    • The episode title "Every Man for Himself" is an allusion to episode 205 "...And Found". In this episode, Sawyer says to Jin, "In case you haven't noticed, it's every man for himself".

      Also, early in Season 1 in one of Jack's speeches he says "Every man for himself is not going to work. If we can't live together, we're going to die alone".

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