Season 3 Episode 4

Every Man for Himself

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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.


      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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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".