Season 1 Episode 23

Exodus (1)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2005 on ABC
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Rousseau arrives at the camp with the warning that the Others are coming, meaning that everyone is in danger. To protect the group, Rousseau leads Jack and a team of survivors to the Black Rock, where there is dynamite. Jack hopes that with it they can blow open the Hatch, and hide inside until the threat passes. Back at the camp, the survivors prepare the raft for launching.moreless

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  • Exodus (1/2)

    The season finale approaches and questions are answered as tensions rise with the survivors that join Danielle in the jungle and the survivors who seek rescue on the launched raft.
  • Awesome.

    Rousseau arrives at the beach to warn the survivors that the Others are coming, and tells them more of her own story. She was pregnant when she came to the island sixteen years ago but the Othersâ€"their arrival heralded by a column of black smokeâ€"came and kidnapped her baby, who she has not seen since. A column of black smoke is soon seen in the distance. Jack, Locke and Sayid tell Rousseau about the hatch, and their need to open it, perhaps with dynamite. Rousseau offers to take them to the Black Rock to get some dynamite. Jack, Locke, Kate, Hurley, Arzt and Rousseau arrive at the Black Rock, a large slave ship stranded inland. Meanwhile, Charlie gathers messages to put in a bottle and the raft sets sail. In flashbacks, several of the survivors are shown in the final hours before the flight. I love this episode, I love the start where Walt is hiding from the French chick. The Others are coming, Run Hide Or Die! I love the scene where everyone is trying to move the raft, and then the black smoke starts. I love Jack and Sawyers scene on of the best scenes ever when Sawyer tells Jack about his father. I love the scene where Walt gives Vincent toShannon and when Vincent tries to follwo the raft - so sad. I also love the Jin and Sun scene.moreless
  • The first part of the Exodus Season Finale doesn't leave a dry eye in the house. Powerful, emotional and epic.

    Exodus Part 1 is a truly impressive opening to the final 3 hours of Lost Season 1. What first makes an impression is how the flashbacks are altered for this episode, which makes watching this and the next episode that much more enjoyable. All the characters get a flashback moment and that is a good move by the writers. If the flashback structure was getting a bit tiresome this set will feel fresh and interesting. All the flashbacks are set on the day that Oceanic 815 took off on its fatal flight. We see how many of the characters connected themselves with each other, even before the crash, like Sayid and Shannon, which was kinda of weird, looking at that now as they are almost lovers. Like "Numbers", this episode feels like an Indiana Jones movie in miniature. A mission group, consisting of Jack, Kate, Locke, Hurley, Artz and Rousseau, journey to the Dark Territory, to find dynamite from the Black Rock. The purpose of this journey is to find the only means to blow open the Hatch. The reason: the Others are coming!

    After most of the episodes focusing on character relations and their personal issues and vendettas, often with frustrating results, Danielle walks into the survivor's lives and forces the issue that danger faces them on the island and that they'd all better wake up and face up to it.

    It is this episode that makes you understand why the writers chose to focus on the characters alot of the time previous to this. It suddenly shocks the survivors who have been rather blaze about the whole "mystery island" concept since their arrival, and gets them all to focus on the problems of the island rather than themselves.

    It is great to see Danielle back after Numbers. She is such an enigmatic character and adds to the mystery of the island. She also gives the survivors the dilemma of whether to believe her or her interpretation of events on the island.

    This episode is full of little revelations but most importantly begins to connect the dots between past mysteries and current ones, offering some kind of closure on many issues. One closure relates to character when Sawyer opens up to Jack about his conversation with Jack's father, Christian, which we saw in Outlaws. Sawyer was a surprise in this episode. He may be redeeming himself. He certainly seems to be becoming more helpful and offers to help with the Raft. There could be an ulterior motive, of course, but some of Sawyer's behavior seems quite genuine. When the raft launches the sight of Sawyer and Michael shaking hands in jubilation is emotional and unexpected.

    We get an answer for what the Monster could be, though we don't see it. Danielle says it is a security system protecting the island. Even though we don't know why the island needs protecting, it still makes sense.

    And we discover that the Black Rock is actually a ship, washed ashore.

    For all the character and plot line revelations, the real highlight of this episode are the final moments when the Raft is launched. The first couple of times I watched this I was almost crying. It is beautifully constructed to epic proportions that you refuse to believe that you're watching a 45 minute TV episode. This moment could almost be the final moment of the series, and it almost feels like the weiters were backing themselves up with a couple of episodes that felt like the end of the series, rather than the end of Season 1, just in case they couldn't do any more episodes. I think they knew that there would be more prior to making this episode but still feels that this was the anti-climax to the series.

    This was an impressive first part. The second part may blow it out of the water but this episode stands on its own very well.moreless
  • Season One Finale Part One!

    There are flashbacks of various people before they got onto the plane. Jack meets Ana, Shannon and Boone cross with Sayid, Sawyer is taken on the flight as punishment, Kate is with the marshall, Sun and Jin get a bite to eat, and Walt and Michael have a little trouble getting along.

    Danielle comes to the camp to warn everyone about "the Others." They are coming to kill them. She says that at the sign of black smoke, it means they're coming. Sure enough, black smoke rises. Jack, Locke, Danielle, Hurley and Artz make their way towards the ship with dynamite, in order to open the hatch. On the beach, Michael and everyone else help get the raft into the water. Sun and Jin make up. Jin, Sawyer, Michael and Walt set sail.

    This was a great episode! I love the ending sound of the Lost logo! I'm glad Jin and Sun made up! This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • More flashbacks of the survivors' of plane crash lives.

    Let me just start off by saying that I really liked this episode. It was definitely a very exciting episode and a great way to start the two part season one season finale. I loved the all of the flashbacks of everyone's lives, especially the flashbacks of Sawyers life. Since Sawyer is one of my most favorite characters on the show, I really enjoyed his storyline in this episode. Jack's storyline was also very interesting to me. I really enjoyed Jack's flashback of the day that they all boarded their plane that crashed. All of the flashbacks in this episode were great. As a whole, I thought that this was a very well written, well acted and well made episode by everyone involved, and I'm looking forward to watching part two of the season one season finale.moreless
Kylie Dragna

Kylie Dragna


Guest Star

Wendy Braun

Wendy Braun


Guest Star

Ruz Rusden

Ruz Rusden

Airport Cop

Guest Star

Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan

Danielle Rousseau

Recurring Role

Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck

Dr. Leslie Arzt

Recurring Role

Christian Bowman

Christian Bowman

Steve Jenkins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • Storyline Goof:In his flashback with Ana Lucia, Jack tells her his seat is 23B. However, in an earlier episodes he asks Rose if she remembers him, and calls himself "Seat 23A". 23B is actually the seat he changes into in order to keep Rose company while her husband is in the bathroom.

    • When the group spot the black smoke for the first time, a close up of Claire is shown with rather large bushes behind her. However, when we see a wide shot of the scene, Claire is amongst a crowd of people and there is one, single tree behind her.

    • The raft ended up leaving with 4 people: Sawyer, Walt, Jin and Michael. 4 is one of "The Numbers".

    • Walt is watching Power Rangers: SPD. However, that show premiered on February of 2005, while the flashback is from September of 2004.

    • Numbers: 23 and 42

      Jack and Ana Lucia are sitting in seats 23 B and 42 F respectively.

    • In the pilot Walt had really short hair when he came to the island, but in their flash back he has longer hair and that's the day before they got on the plane.

    • GOOF: At 7:49-7:50 of the episode you can clearly see members of the film crew. Specifically the cameraman.

    • During this two-part episode, there were 2 flashbacks that were cut. In one, Claire talks to the pilot about why she is traveling (she mentions the adoption and the psychic), and he ends up saying "I'll make this a pleasant flight". In another, Sayid is picking a tie to wear for when he sees Nadia. He has a little chat with the female clerk, and she chooses a yellow one, but the security guards that talk to Shannon take him before he can buy it. He remembered that after he sees Sawyer using his tie to tie something to the raft.

    • Rousseau had 4 scratches on her arm, just like Ethan had in "Homecoming". 4 is one of "The Numbers".

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 4th 2004.

    • Goof: When Walt and Michael are arguing in the hotel corridor, the "Exit" signs are the wrong color for Australia. They should be white letters on a green background.

    • Goof: As the camera flies over and around the raft, you can clearly see the cable which is towing it.

    • It is revealed that Sawyer headbutted Warren Truss, the Minister for "Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries" in Australia. There is a Warren Truss who was the Minister for "Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries," but since this episode was aired, Truss was elected deputy leader of the "National Party," the junior coalition government party, and has moved on from that portfolio to become Transport Minister.

    • Jack finds out about his father talking to Sawyer back in Australia when Sawyer tells him about a doctor he met in the bar and what he wished he could tell his son, but didn't have the courage to do so.

    • At the beginning, when Walt wakes Michael up, the time on the clock is 5:23! Yet another instance of Hurley's numbers popping up.

    • Before the raft sets off, you see Locke, Jack, Kate, Hurly, Artz and Danielle walking off to the Black Rock. In the following scene, you see Locke help Michael, Walt, Jin and Sawyer push the raft into the water. Locke is in two places at once.

    • In a flashback scene, Sawyer is with the police and the police place his airline ticket on top of a file with a State Police emblem. There is no such force called the State Police in NSW. police.nsw.gov.au shows the actual emblem and title of the NSW Police which would really exist.

    • While at the airport, Shannon complains about not getting a first class seat and says, "Excuse me for not being pathetic enough to want to sit next to a crying baby for 15 hours." In the episode "Do No Harm," Jack's father complained about being stuck next to a "screaming kid" in first class.

    • Sawyer tells Jack about the night he met Jack's father at a bar in Australia. He specifically mentions his name (Christian). If you go back to the "Outlaws" episode in which they meet, Jack's father does not give his name to Sawyer at any point.

    • When it shows Shannon's flashback when she and Boone were at the airport, it shows Boone with a black eye. He received it in Australia from Shannon's boyfriend. However, there is one little problem: Boone never had the black eye after the plane crashed!

    • What Rousseau called "Territoires fonces" should be pronounced "Territoires foncés", and it should have be called "Territoires sombres". "Foncé" would be used to describe a color for example.

    • As the dog jumps in the water, you clearly can see the cameraboat on the right side of the raft.

    • The radar that Sayid gives them to put on the raft is a forward looking (ie one direction) phased array radar that is probably from the nose of one of the planes. However, the radar display is a PPI display showing a full 360 degrees.

    • In the scene where Danielle first arrives at the camp and is telling her story to the survivors, Claire's baby alternates from being wrapped in an airplane blanket, to not being wrapped in anything, to being back in a blanket again.

    • The dog shown in the flashback at the hotel room is clearly much older (about the same age as is this episode) and not as young as the dog that arrived to the island when it was a puppy.

    • When the black smoke appears everyone is moving to the back of the raft. In the next shot they are all located at the side of the raft.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (Kate walks up the beach. She heads over to Jack, who is packing his backpack)
      Kate: So you're heading out?
      Jack: Yeah.
      Kate: (hesitantly) I was thinking that I might go with you...for old times' sake. I want to help.
      Jack: You won't be here for the raft launching.
      Kate: Yeah, well, I'm, I'm not very good at goodbyes.
      Jack: Grab your stuff.

    • Sayid: Danielle, what are you doing here?
      Danielle: The others are coming.

    • Arzt: You want to keep a secret, don't tell the fat guy.

    • Shannon: Excuse me, sir?
      Airport cop: Yes, ma'am.
      Shannon: Hi, um, some Arab guy just left his bags in the chairs downstairs and then just walked away.
      Airport cop: Can you describe him, please?
      Shannon: Um, Arab.

    • Shannon: Excuse me for not being pathetic enough to not want to sit next to some crying baby for the next 15 hours.

    • Hurley: Uh, where's Arnzt?
      Arzt: It's 'Arzt', you idiot.
      Hurley: Dude, I thought you were dead.

    • Dr. Arzt: (to Hurley) And some of us have actually lost weight while we were here. Now, would you mind telling me where you're hiding the cards because I can't figure.

    • Hurley: He just... exploded... in front of us.

    • Sawyer: About a week before we all got on the plane I got to talking to this man in a bar in Sydney. He was American, too. A doctor. I've been on some benders in my time, but this guy - he was going for an all time record. It turns out this guy has a son - his son's a doctor, too. They had some kind of big time falling out. The guy knew it was his fault even though his son was back in the States thinking the same damn thing. See, kids are like dogs, you knock them around enough they'll think they did something to deserve it. Anyway, there's a pay phone in this bar. And this guy, Christian, tells me he wishes he had the stones to pick up the phone, call his kid, tell him he's sorry, that he's a better doctor than he'll ever be. He's proud, and he loves him. (Jack starts to tear up) I had to take off, but something tells me he never got around to making that call.

    • (After part of the raft breaks off)
      Michael: I can't believe this (giving Sawyer a dirty look.) Can't believe it.
      Sawyer: What are you looking at me for? It's not my fault.
      Michael: You missed a lever.
      Sawyer: Because you couldn't keep the raft going straight.

    • (We see Sawyer chopping down a bamboo pole. Jack enters.)
      Jack: Lumberjack.
      Sawyer: Excuse me?
      Jack: I never asked you what you did back in the real world, so I'm taking a wild guess—lumberjack.

    • Walt: I think you should take Vincent.
      Shannon: Are you serious?
      Walt: He'll take care of you.
      Shannon: What makes you think I need a dog to take care of me?
      Walt: Vincent took care of me when my mom died and nobody would talk to me. They pretended like nothing happened. So I had to talk to Vincent. He's a good listener. You could talk to him about Boone if you want.
      Shannon: All right, but only until you get us rescued, okay.

    • Hurley: Whoever named this place Dark Territory.... genius.

    • Locke: Where did you get those marks?
      Danielle: Bush.
      Locke: Mean bush.

    • (Sawyer singing Bob Marley)
      Michael: You singing Bob Marley?
      Sawyer: No. (little pause) Why? You like Bob Marley?
      Michael: Man, who doesn't like Bob Marley?

    • Charlie: (describing the "message in a bottle" theory) You know-'Dear Mom', I'm on the island, everything's fine-unless, of course, the black smoke people turn up-love, your-name-here. It's for when they get rescued, so they can contact your family.

    • Ana-Lucia: Your dad died.
      Jack: I thought you didn't hear what I was yelling about.
      Ana-Lucia: I was being polite.

    • Locke: Where did you get your explosives?
      Danielle: Dynamite, at the Black Rock, in the Dark Teritory.
      Hurley: Well that's three reasons to go there.

    • Cop: You're a blight. A stain. You prey on the weak and needy. Tell me James, how do you live with yourself?
      Sawyer: I do just fine.

    • Danielle: You have only three choices; run, hide or die.

    • Arzt: You know what? I'm going back.
      Jack: Hey. I thought you wanted to help.
      Arzt: Yeah, I wanted to help, but that was before Montand lost his frickin' arm.

    • Hurley: So, Arnzt.
      Arzt: Arzt.
      Hurley: Yeah, Arnzt. Your name's hard to pronounce.
      Arzt: Well, I know a bunch of ninth graders who have no trouble saying it.
      Hurley: Fine. I'll just call you by your first name. I know it from the passenger manifest.
      Arzt: No.
      Hurley: Why not? I think Leslie's a bitchin' name.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Sawyer's real name is revealed to be James Ford. James Ford was an American civic leader and business owner in southern Illinois at the turn of the 19th century. Despite his clean public image, he was also secretly a river pirate and the leader of a gang that would come to be known as "Ford's Ferry Gang". They would hijack ferries and flatboats with tradable goods from local farms coming down the Ohio River.

    • Gina and Jeff notice Sun spilling coffee on Jin. As Sun then jumps up to help him, Gina remarks that it is Memoirs Of A Geisha come to life. This is a novel by Arthur Golden, published in 1997, that later became a 2005 movie.

    • The TV show that Walt watches in the Sydney hotel room is Power Rangers SPD, a popular children's program.

    • Episode title: Exodus

      Exodus is the second book of the Torah (the five books of Moses. The Exodus refers to the departure of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt and its Pharaoh under the leadership of Moses. As a result of this meaning the term "an exodus" has come to mean a departure of a great number of people.

    • The Black Rock being revealed as a slave ship raises some interesting questions. From what era did it come? Looking at the ship it appears to be a multi-masted steamer from the late 19th or early 20th Century, when ships used a combination of sails and coal powered engines. It is way too modern to be from the "classical" period of African slave trade, which was mostly on the west coast of Africa and had been outlawed by most countries by the early 19th century (The US in 1864). According to Locke it was probably headed from the East Coast of Africa to a mining colony. There is still slavery practiced in remote areas of Africa but one wonders if they are exporting to the Indies. Also, if the ship is truely over 100 years old, how did a wood and steel vessel survive the heat and humidity for that long? It is true that older vessels have been kept in use in poorer areas of the world well past their primes (Galveston, TX features the "Elissa" which was an early 20th century sailing vessel that had been used as late as the 80's as a cigarette smuggling boat in the Adriatic). I would guess that the Black Rock probably wrecked sometime during the 1930's - 1950s.

    • Event: Jin and Michael fixing the raft

      Michael scolding Jin when he was fixing the raft; "No, no, no; this one goes here, that one goes there". This is probably a reference to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In the docking bay on Hoth, Han and Chewie have a similar dialogue when Chewie incorrectly repairs something on the Millenium Falcon. Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith premiered at midnight the same day that this episode premiered.