Season 1 Episode 24

Exodus (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 25, 2005 on ABC
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The castaways on the raft run into unexpected trouble. Meanwhile, the remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch. Flashbacks continue to show the survivors' final moments before boarding their fateful flight.

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  • Exodus (2/2)

    Without a dull moment, Lost's freshman season comes to an explosive conclusion with possibly the finest two hours of television of the decade. It will linger in your head for days and undoubtedly be talked about all summer. Not unlike the rest of the season, viewers will be left begging for more.
  • Awesome.

    Rousseau leaves the Black Rock, and Arzt explodes while handling the dynamite. They encounter the monsterâ€"a cloud of black smoke. Rousseau steals Claire's baby, whom she has named Aaron. Sayid surmises that Rousseau intends to attempt an exchange of Claire's baby, for her own child with the Others. Charlie and Sayid head toward the column of black smoke and along the way, they also encounter the drug smugglers' plane, which Sayid reveals is full of heroin; Charlie takes some. When Sayid and Charlie arrive on the beach with the black smoke, there are no other people, just a pyre and Rousseau and Aaron. She returns Aaron and tells them that she overheard the Others saying that they were going after "the boy". On the raft, the crew encounters a boat. The boat's crew turns out unfriendly and demands that they hand over Walt. Sawyer is shot and Walt is taken. An explosive is thrown onto the raft, destroying it. Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Locke, and Hurley blow open the hatch, revealing a very deep dark hole with a broken ladder. The survivors' time in the airport and boarding the plane continues to be shown through flashbacks. When Arzt dies I always jump, but I never expected it the first time I watched it that somebody would die like that.moreless
  • An exceptional ending to an exceptional season

    All of the final episodes of Lost are two hour affairs, which play very well live but naturally have to be slashed into two parts, which does lead to some real problems when it comes to the end. Furthermore, as is the case with many shows, but especially Lost, the good stuff comes mostly in the last hour when they're leading up to the cliffhanger. That said, there is still a lot of interesting character bits in 'Exodus, Part 2' that make it interesting in its own right.

    First of all, there's the fact that Claire, who has been getting more and more strung out the closer the raft has gotten to leaving, is now getting increasingly nervous about the safety of her son, who she still hasn't been able to name. She knows that the Others came for Rousseau's baby a few days after she gave birth, and given that they've already taken her once, she knows the odds are good they'll be back. This gets her strung out, which in turn has made Charlie, who has now assumed the position of Claire's protector, even more anxious. Of course, it doesn't help that his fears are proven correct, they just come from the person we should have expected unstable behavior from --- Rousseau herself. We don't actually see Rousseau's attack, but the image of Claire afterwards is really staggering. This is the moment when Claire stops being a scared girl, and becomes a mother. And its more than the fact that she's just named her child.

    Charlie and Sayed, who have had little to do with each other on the island, begin the search for the two of them. We know that Charlie is too emotional for something like this, and that Sayid, who is in many ways the most matter-of-fact, is probably being far too tolerant letting him come on this mission. But Sayid thinks that Charlie's ability can help prevent danger, which is ironic considering he leads Charlie to a mine field---- the airplane filled with heroin. We've known this was a potential problem ever since Boone and Locke found the plane, but now they've put the thing into his hands. The temptation will help lead Charlie into darkness as season 2 begins.

    Locke, Kate, Jack and Hurley go to the Black Rock to get the dynamite that they will made and transport it back --- though Arzt has decided to tag along in the insufferable schoolmaster type way that seems to be his only form of speech. The only part of his rant that isn't hysterically annoying comes when he finally points that of the forty-some castaways, we've only really met ten of them. One can imagine that some of the characters on the island are getting rather sick of being ordered around--- go to the caves, build a signal fire, protect yourself from the Others, etc. Jack and Locke might be trying to protect them, but they're not making an effort to know them, at least no by name. (The writers would try and remedy that it future seasons--- but it didn't work very well. Guess you can't satisfy all of the people all of the time.

    The scene with the nitroglycerin are suspenseful. You know the moment that Arzt insists on handling the dynamite, he's a dead ma, and certainly the writers buil it up that way, dragging the tension out as long as possible, until we think he's finally past it--- and Boom! And notice that after Arzt dies, Jack and Locke wait all of ten seconds before continuing on removing the explosives, and that Hurley considers this as just another sign of his curse. In his strange disconnected way the late Leslie Arzt was right.

    Then there's the raft itself, which has forced some unusual couplings. Michael and Sawyer, who've had nothing to do with each other on the island, find themselves in a small raft with no one to talk to but a child and a man who speaks no English. However, they're still not talking much because Michael holds the same opinion of Sawyer that he had a few days ago, and there's tension, even when he commits one of the few heroic acts and dives into the water to get the rudder after it beaks off. Furthermore, Jin ad Michael are beginning to communicate with each other well, and they seem to be forming a friendship, ironic considering how at loggerheads they were when the second raft was being built.

    The continuance of the flashbacks to the day of departure continue, and as was the case before, we don't learn a lot that's new, with one critical exception--- Jin. Something terrible happened between waiting at the airport and getting on the plane--- a man working for Sun's father came into the men's room, and told him that he would never be free of Mr. Pak. He seemed to be different to Sun because he was planning to leave before, afterwards he realized that he would never be free, and this tension followed him all the way to the island. When we see him on the raft, he looks happy and free for the first time in the series (remember he is a fisherman's son). But he has to know that any chance of discovery will lead to Paik finding out. (Ironically, by the time rescue does come, Paik will no longer be an obstacle.)

    Let's start with the monster. Up until now, we have no idea whether it's physical, psychological or mechanical--- we only have a marginally better idea now--- but this is the episode where we get our first real look at it, when it runs into our hardy adventurers in the opening minutes. What we see appears to be a large controlled flow of black smoke. Furthermore, if you look directly at it, it doesn't seem to have the same power as it would normally. In 'Walkabout', Locke didn't run away when it came, and he managed to survive. But when he looks at it in this episode, there is definitely an element of fear in his expression. Did he see something in the smoke that frightened him? Hard to say, but for much of Season 2, Locke seems to be greatly diminished. He clearly thought that seeing the smoke again would demonstrate his faith, which is probably why he wanted Jack to release him when the monster has him in his clutches. He might be a man of faith, as he tells Jack in the memorable conversation they have shortly afterward, but it's going to be tested severely, and this is one of the crucial parts. Jack, of course, is still the epitome of the rational man, who dismisses Locke's talk of destiny and fate, and will continue to believe so despite the overwhelming evidence. Ironically, it is not until he leaves the island that he will come to believe what Locke is saying, but by the time he does, he will be almost too damaged to accept it.

    Rousseau will lead Sayid and Charlie on a merry chase for Aaron, but when they finally catch up with her, she surrenders willingly. The reactions of the others are interesting,--- Sayid is compassionate and forgiving; Charlie brusque and angry, calling her pathetic. However, both are so convinced of the Frenchwoman's instability that they completely dismiss what she heard in the jungle--- that the Others said that they were coming for the boy. Rousseau's information will turn out to be completely accurate, but they won't realize it until it's too late to do any good for anybody.

    It is also interesting to notice what happens when the two men return to join the other survivors. After Charlie hands Aaron to Claire, she looks at the injuries that he has suffered with affection. Charlie doesn't notice this, however--- his attention is diverted to one of the Virgin Mary statues that he now has in his possession. Similarly, Shannon runs to Sayed with a similar look of anxiety as well as the fact that she is now safe. What she doesn't realize yet is that Walt gave Vincent to her for a reason, and she won't know it until it's too late.

    And on the raft, we see that Michael and Jin really have come full circle given what has happened at the beginning. When Michael tries to hand the watch back to Jin, Jin gives it to him. Of course, considering what we now know that it symbolizes to him, Jim probably would have dumped it on anybody, but it is a pretty effective moment nonetheless. Michael also reveals that he can't figure out why a jerk like Sawyer would risk his life on this trip, and it is an interesting question. The idea that Sawyer has something of a death wish would be consistent with some of his character. Yes, he wants to track down the man he blames for killing his parents, but I think that in a pinch, receiving the ultimate punishment that he thinks he's entitled to will do as well. The irony is, he nearly gets it.

    For after sunset, the radar they are carrying starts beeping. There is a huge amount of tension as the passengers argue whether or not to use their only fare gun. Ironically, Michael's misgivings turn out to be well-founded, and if they had let it go, rescue might have found them. But they give in, Michael fires, and the boat comes for them. The happiness that overcomes the passengers is joyful, but it doesn't last long. The Others have come for the boy-only they wanted Walt, not Aaron. What happens next is one of the more frightening moments in the series history. Nevertheless, it's somewhat diminished considering that after this episode, Walt would almost cease to be a factor in this series. Oh, it would be a critical element for Michael and a couple of other characters, but after the big buildup, it's something of an anticlimax, which may have been part of the reason the series lost favor in its second season.

    The other major project-the opening of the hatch --- also comes off, much to Hurley's dismay. Given his obsession with the numbers (to a spooky level; he's repeating them over and over as the team makes their way back to the hatch) when he finally realizes that they have been on the hatch all this time, he makes a pretty desperate attempt to stop the dynamite. But it's too late--- Locke, Jack and Kate have finally opened "the box". However, in true cliffhanger fashion we just see that it's a long ladder leading down, down, down, and we can hear some kind of mechanical throbbing that we have heard before, before the scene fades to black.

    This is a hell of a way to close out what has been, for the most part, an extraordinary debut season. The best dramas are lucky if they can manage four or five interesting characters; Lost has given us nearly a dozen, and there are going to be several more in coming seasons. The writing has been top-notch; the acting superb, and the level of mystery better than almost any other series that has tried to call itself mythology.(I'm looking at you, X-Files!) The job of the first season of a show like Lost is to lay out a series of mysteries, which they have done. Now comes the harder part; showing us how deep the rabbit hole goes. The answers start with Season 2

    My score:10moreless
  • Character Development First Conclusion!!!!!!!

    This episode had a little of everything needed to a Centric - Character episode.

    If you expected some revelations because this is the season finale, than probably you will hate this episode, because the mysteries are all for the long run and not about creating in every season new mysteries and than in the end resolve them.

    Continuing, someone dies and of course is very easy to guess who. Jin flashback impressed me, since we have a revelation, poor Jin, after this, you can understand better his atitudes. Equal is Michael flashback, now you can understand why walt was behaving that way to Michael before.

    Someone blowing up created the necessary tension for Jack, Kate, Locke and Hurley, but the only thing that I liked, was that we finally saw what is the monster, you can´t guess until you see it. This also explain what locke did before with this "Monster". But this time, they fight this strange thing.

    The revelation about the French Woman and Claire was nice too.

    Charlie flashback for example show how much the character evolved. But he found something that he is supossed to find. Hurley flashback was more funny.

    The interations in the Raft was nice, but nothing really special, until the near ending, with provided a great cliffhanger.

    Even the Hatch continues to be a mystery, but now is open and all this give you the reason to see Season 2.

    Overral, some reflection, reveling and informative flashbacks, with opportunity to see the "monster", someone blown up, nice interations, Twist, cliffhanger and a mystery, make this episode only deserve a 9.moreless
  • Baby Away/Fate

    Danielle se roba el baby de Claire sabemos luego para quedárselo ella (o para cambiarlo por su abducted hija Alex?). La balsa sigue su viaje hacia lo desconocido. Hugo, Jack, Kate, John y Arzt (pobre Arzt) van en busca de la dinamita. La acción se acrecienta, el final se aproxima. Walt... Walt es llevado por ese precario bote, qué será de Michael, de James? Qué habrá dentro de esa escotilla del demonio? Aaron is back, lucky Aaron. Charlie y la estatuita, el destino macabro. Redemption song, Bob Marley. Todo está por verse. Infinitas intrigas. Qué manera de terminar la temporada!! A revoir!moreless
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Terasa Livingstone


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Wendy Braun

Wendy Braun

Ticket Agent

Guest Star

Mark Kalaugher

Mark Kalaugher

Security Agent

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Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan

Danielle Rousseau

Recurring Role

Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck

Dr. Leslie Arzt

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Fredric Lehne

Fredric Lehne

Marshal Edward Mars

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (31)

    • In the shot when the four on the raft are looking at the island, Walt is wearing a yellow personal flotation device which he is not wearing in the other shots.

    • When Sawyer gets on the plane his hair is long, although in the first episodes his hair is different. It couldn't have grown in just a few hours.

    • Goof: When Locke and Sayid are walking to the hatch through the woods, the shirt Locke is wearing has sweat around the collar. Then the camera switches to Sayid, and back to Locke, and the sweat is gone, then one more camera switch happens, and Locke's shirt is sweaty again.

    • When Hurley is rushing to the gate to board the plane in his flashback, there is a sign on a door reading "Authorized Personnel Only". Since this is an Australian airport, the sign would read "Authorised Personnel Only" - with an "s" instead of a "z".

    • When Sayid is cauterizing Charlie's head wound, there is a shot of Charlie pulling the towel away from his face, which is covered in blood. The camera cuts to Sayid for a moment, then when it goes back to Charlie, his face is relatively clean, except for the blood around the wound itself.

    • Just before the fuse is lit on the dynamite, Hurley sees all six of "The Numbers" (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) on the outside of the hatch.

    • Numbers: 8

      Sawyer stated his dad shot himself when Sawyer was 8 years old.

    • Numbers: 16

      While Hurley is trying to catch his flight, he buys a scooter from an elderly man for 16 hundred dollars.

    • Airplane seats:

      Hurley is on seat 20G.
      Jack is on seat 23A.
      Rose is on seat 23C.
      Locke is on seat 24C.

    • The comic in spanish Hurley is reading when he is on the plane, is the same one Walt read on the island.

    • At the airport, Walt says he needs new batteries. He was playing with a GameBoy Advance SP, but they only use rechargeable batteries.

      Furthermore, a scene before, you could see a green light on Walt's Game Boy, which means that the battery was nowhere near empty.

    • The last scene contains no spoken dialogue whatsoever.

    • Another survivor is mentioned in this episode- Tracey (or Tracy), a housewife from Fresno who is sleeping with the survivor of the Steve/Scott duo. Walt and Sawyer argue about which one is alive when Sawyer reads the notes in the bottle while on the raft.

    • During this two-part episode, there were 2 flashbacks that were cut. In one, Claire talks to the pilot about why is she 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 for 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.

    • Numbers: 15

      The guys on the raft are 15 miles out when they spot the boat on the their radar.

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

    • While Hurley's car displays the Numbers all over, it does not on the license plate (which is out of character for the scene). The license plate however reads 327, which in ASCII code translates to "end" "escape".

    • Again, we see a flashback of Hurley as he tries to get on the plane. And again, his numbers are everywhere: On the panel of his car (42km, 16kph, 23 deg.) right after it broke down, the speed went down 16KPH to 15KPH, then 8KPH and finally 4KPH, so the digital display actually displayed all of the "cursed" numbers.

      On the screen of the Oceanic computer: "Arrival 1?:42", the obligatory 815 (flight number), departure 14:15 (hey, that 14 does not fit in there!)
      "crazy 8's" on the hat of the old man. A group of (volleball? handball? football?) players with numbers on their shirts: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and of course 42, the big sign "gates 14 through 23", "gate 23" and last, but not least: If you look closely, you'll notice exactly 42 people standing in the line where Hurley tries to pass.

      After the female sports team mentioned above, Hurley passes a group of 4 Japanese people posing for a photo (he calls "konichiwa" at them, so I assume they are Japanese,) - the person on the front is holding each hand with two fingers up making a V/peace sign, to emphasize the 4.

      This last one is a real stretch: Hurley's car has the license plate TX 327. 32 is backwards for 23. The departure time shown on the computer is 14:15 and the big sign says "gates 14 thru 23" - 14 twice. So 14 + 14 = 28, divide 28 by the extra 7 from license plate and you get 4. That's ugly, but you gotta wonder why 14 appeared twice during this scene.

    • It is explained how no one (who survived the plane crash) noticed that Locke was in a wheelchair. First, before boarding the plane Locke crossed paths with Michael, but he was on the phone facing the other way. It is also shown that Locke was one of the first people on the plane, and was sitting the whole time. He had no wheelchair near him so Jack (who saw him and nodded) couldn't have known he was handicapped.

    • Does the woman that throws the bomb onto the raft not look like the one that Charlie spent the night with before the flight?

      According to the Producers' commentaries released on the DVD collection of Season 2, the extras were used over and over again. So even though extras may have been used in various different scenes, they may not have been playing the same characters. There is nothing in the story (even in later episodes) to indicate this was the same woman Charlie was with.

    • Charlie tells Claire that the sling he makes for her baby is called a bjorn, which is Dutch for "baby carrier". It is in fact called a babybjörn, which is Swedish for "baby bear".

    • When Locke's running from the monster and when he's on the floor covered in mud, shouldn't his wound from the shot he took from Shannon be on his left not his right?

    • Goof: The airport looks quite unAustralian. In Australia, British English is pimarily used and British English does not use the word thru on official or directional notices. Gates 1 thru 23 and Gates 14 thru 23 are shown. This would not be displayed in airports in Australia. Gates 1 - 23 or Gates 1 to 23 would be the words used. Thru is American English showing that this was filmed in a US airport.

    • As Hurley leaves his hotel room, you can see that his room number was 2342. 23 and 42 are part of the 'numbers'.

    • Although Hurley is in a right-hand-drive vehicle like we use in Australia when he is rushing to get to the airport, the number plates are nothing like those in Australia.

    • In the very first episode, Charlie said "Guys, how does something like that happen?" In this final episode, Hurley says almost the exact same line.

    • The scene where Hurley is running through Sydney Airport was actually filmed in an office building in Honolulu. Just before he goes up the escalator, he passes a room with large wooden doors (on the right side of the screen). You can quickly catch a glimpse of the sign over the doors, which reads "Kamehameha" - the name of the old king of Hawaii.

    • During Sayid and Charlie's chase after Rosseau and the baby, Charlie gets caught by a booby trap and injures his forehead. Sayid then tries to seal his wound by igniting some gunpowder on top of the wound.
      But wouldn't it be a good idea to wipe away some of the powder that he accidentally poured over his eyebrows (and the rest of his face) before igniting the powder?

    • Kate and Locke are the ones carrying the dynamite (by drawing straws). Jack says that if they encounter something, they both should drop their bags and run. Yet, when the trees start popping out of the ground, it's Jack and Locke that drop their packs, and Kate keeps hers and runs. Wasn't she supposed to be the one carrying the dynamite, and not Jack? Even if - as we see later - Jack swapped bags so he was carrying the dynamite, Kate still should have dropped hers.

    • When Sawyer jumps in to get the rudder, the log that they hit jumps from Sawyer's left side to his right side to his left side again and after Jin lowers the sail, it goes back up and then down again depending on the shot.

    • As Michael stands up from having helped Sawyer back onto the boat, the camera swiftly pans up and you can see a boat on the right side of the screen for about half a second before the camera pans away from it. Who needs rescue when there's a boat with a film crew on it right there?

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Sayid: (pouring gunpowder on to Charlie's head wound) Remove the towel and tilt your head back...remove the towel!
      Charlie: This is because I hit you, isn't it?

    • Locke: You ever play Operation?
      Jack: Sure. Don't touch the sides.
      Locke: I always got nailed on the funny bone. (he picks up a stick) Bzzzt!
      Jack: You like to play games, John?
      Locke: Absolutely.

    • Michael: (to Jin) Okay, I know. You don't see anything. Okay.
      Sawyer: What the hell are you expecting to see? In case you haven't noticed, it's dark!

    • Sun: Aaron is a beautiful name. What does it mean?
      Claire: I don't know what Aaron means.
      Sun: They will bring him back.
      Claire: Don't say that.
      Sun: They will.
      Claire: How do you know that?
      Sun: Because he said he would. Charlie will bring your baby back.

    • Locke: I think that's why you and I don't see eye to eye sometimes, Jack. Because you're a man of science.
      Jack: Yeah. What does that make you?
      Locke: Me? Well, I'm a man of faith.

    • Sayid: (handing Charlie a gun) This isn't about revenge. Don't make it personal.

    • Sayid: Rousseau told us she saw black smoke the day her own child was taken 16 years ago. They took something from her and now she believes she has something that they want.
      Charlie: She's making a trade?
      Sayid: I believe she is, yes.
      Charlie: That's insane. She's insane.
      Sayid: Don't try to apply reason to her actions. She's a mother who lost her child, just like Claire.

    • (Kate argues with Jack about why he put the dynamite in his pack instead of her's)
      Jack: I made a judgment call.
      Kate: We drew straws.
      Jack: Sorry, but I'm not gonna let drawing straws make decisions like that for us, Kate.
      Kate: You had no right to make that -
      Jack: Everybody wants me to be a leader until I make a decision that they don't like. You want to keep second-guessing me, Kate? That's your call. There's something that you need to know. If we survive this, if we survive tonight, we're gonna have a Locke problem. Now, I have to know that you got my back.
      Kate: I got your back.

    • Locke: Do you really think all this is an accident? That we, a group of strangers, survived. Many of us with just superficial injuries. Do you think we crashed on this place by coincidence? Especially this place. We were brought here for a purpose. For a reason. All of us. Each one of us was brought here for a reason.
      Jack: Brought here? And who brought us here, John?
      Locke: The island.

    • Hurley: Please, for the love of all that is good and holy in this world, let me on this plane!

    • Walt: How come you and my mom didn't stay together?
      Michael: We tried, but it just didn't work out. Our lives, our interests just went in different directions.
      Walt: How come I never saw you?
      Michael: Cause your mom didn't want me to. She did what she thought was best for you.
      Walt: She was wrong.

    • Sawyer: Look, are you going to give me the damn gun, or am I going to have to take it?
      Michael: What are you going to do? Shoot me?

    • Sawyer: Hey, Han, you and Chewie want to slow down a second and talk to me here? We have to fire the flare.
      Michael: We don't know what it is. It could be anything—a piece of floating junk. We don't even know if Sayid's radar works.
      Sawyer: Have you ever known that guy to fix something up that don't work?

    • Charlie: There never were any others. You started the fires yourself.
      Danielle: No, I heard them whispering.
      Charlie: You're a nut job. You heard nothing.
      Danielle: I heard them say they were coming for the child. The others said they were coming for the boy.
      Charlie: You're pathetic.

    • Hurley: Can I have the flashlight? Because, uh, the torch with the dynamite thing, that's not making a whole lot of sense to me.

    • Jack: I don't believe in destiny.
      Locke: Yes, you do. You just don't know it yet.

    • Charlie: (to Hurley in the elevator) Some of us have a bloody flight to make.

    • Charlie: Claire, everybody's leaving.
      Claire: Okay, well, I can't go anywhere, all right? I've got the baby, and I'm so tired, I can't carry him. Now he's wet and there's sand everywhere. I don't have any more nappies.

    • Hurley: How exactly does something like this happen?
      Danielle: Are you on the same island as I am?

    • Locke: Survival is all relative, Jack.

    • Sun: Do you think all this...all we've been through...do you think we're being punished?
      Shannon: Punished for what?
      Sun: Things we did before...the secrets we kept, the lies we told.
      Shannon: Who do you think is punishing us?
      Sun: Fate.
      Claire: No one's punishing us. There's no such thing as fate.

    • Walt: Those are all the messages everybody wrote.
      Sawyer: Sure are.
      Walt: They're private.
      Sawyer: Yup. I for one never knew how much Tracey missed her hubby and two kids back in Fresno. Yet she's sleeping next to good ol' Scott to keep her warm at night.
      Walt: That's Steve. Scott's dead.
      Sawyer: Whatever.

    • Man on motorboat: (to Michael) Well, ain't that somethin'. Only the thing is, we're gonna have to take the boy.

    • Hurley: Whoever named this place 'dark territory'. . . genius.

    • Hurley: (to Kate after Arzt blew up) That was messed up.

    • Sawyer: Who the hell is Hugo and how did he get $160 million to leave to his mama?!?

    • Hurley: (to Jack) Dude, you got some Arnzt on you.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was viewed by 20.71 million American viewers, making this the most watched episode in the U.S. since the thirteenth episode, "Hearts and Minds".

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: June 17, 2005 on Kanal 5
      - Greece: September 4, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • This is a two hour long episode (1 hour, 27 minutes and 5 seconds, without the commercials). On iTunes, it appears as "Exodus (Part 2)" and "Exodus (Part 3)".

    • At the 2005 Emmy Awards Lost won the Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).
      This episode won a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program.

    • The season finale originally scheduled for May 25, 2005 was only supposed to be 90 minutes long, but due to story changes and last minute filming, the series was upgraded to a 2-hour season finale, hence the 3rd episode - "Exodus(3)" - for this particular day.

    • This is the last original episode of Lost to air in its 8 P.M. timeslot on Wednesdays. The next season, ABC moved the series to 9 P.M. on Wednesday nights.


    • Claire names her baby Aaron. That's also the name of Moses's brother, which ties in with the episode being named "Exodus" and the idea that they've been on island for 40 days.

    • Michael mentions Bob Marley, who had a song named just like the episode's title.

    • An allusion to the Game Operation.
      Locke asks Jack if he remembers the electronic game Operation as he's removing the dynamite. The game was to remove plastic body parts with metal tweezers without touching the sides of the body or it would set off the buzzer.

    • Comic Book Character: The Flash

      When we see Hurley on the plane in the end, we see he's reading a comic book about The Flash. The Flash is a comic book hero who can run at lightning speed. And if you look hard, one of the panels apparently has a polar bear in it. Since Hurley is Spanish and that was the comic book that Walt was reading in the middle of the season, then it is safe to assume that the comic book belonged to Hurley and Walt found it in the crash.

    • Locke: Hope. I think hope's inside.

      When asked what he thinks is in the hatch, Locke replies that he thinks that hope is inside.

      In the legend of Pandora's Box, after Pandora opens the box and releases various forms of evil and sorrow into the world, she discovers that the spirit of hope - whose mission was to heal the victims of the evil contained in the box - was also inside.

    • Sawyer: C'mon Han and Chewie.

      Making reference to Empire Strikes Back and the Millenium Falcon's pilot and co-pilot's repeated attempts to get the ship moving like it's supposed to be going, Sawyer refers to Jin and Michael.

      This is also a reference to the previous episode, "Exodus (1)". In that episode Michael says to Jin "This one goes here, that one goes there". This is a line that Han Solo delivers to Chewie in "The Empire Strikes Back".

      Also this refers to how Han Solo and Chewbacca are able to communicate with each other, while speaking totally different languages. Ever since working on the boat, Jin and Michael have been able to communicate, even though Michael speaks English, and Jin speaks Korean.

    • Event: Sawyer singing "Redemption Song"

      Adrift on the raft, Sawyer is singing the Bob Marley classic, provoking wonderment from Michael, who can't seem to believe that a redneck ruffian would know AND like reggae music. Bob Marley often sang of the freedom of black slaves who were forced from their homelands.