Season 3 Episode 3

Further Instructions

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Moving back to the other side of the Island, the fates of Locke, Eko and Desmond are revealed. Meanwhile, Hurley returns to camp to deliver the message from the Others.

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  • As usual, the episodes that feature John Locke seem better than the rest.

    I don't know if the material for John Locke's storyline is better or if it's the acting, but the episodes of Lost that feature Locke seem just a bit better than the rest, and this is no exception. I was a little bored by the Sun flashbacks of the last episode, not that they were bad, just not as gripping as usual. This episode made up for it. Desmond seems to have the ability to know the future before it happens and perhaps might even be indestructable, considering the explosion blew off his clothes but didn't leave a mark on him. Locke has a great flashback storyline where he is living in a commune with his new "family". The actor who portrays Locke is stellar and never plays a false note. I hope Locke features prominently in the rest of this season.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Locke, Desmond, and Eko survive the implosion of the hatch. Locke sees a vision of Boone and goes with Charlie to save Eko from a polar bear. Hurley discovers that Desmond can see the future. In flashbacks, Locke accidentally brings in a cop to the marijuana planting community he was a part of. Yay - so we learn what happens to the hatch people - amazing. I love the Charlie and John scene, I love the way John can't talk and he has to use pen and paper. I love John's back story. I love Locke in this episode, I love him in all the episode but he is awesome in this one, I love the way Boone is in his "talking to the island", my best scene with them are when they are in the airport, I love it. Hurley is back, I find the Charlie and Hurley scene so funny even when it's not meant to be. I also love the Hurley and Desmond scene - extremely funny.moreless
  • This Strange and Mysterious Episode managed to be good, but it´s Flaws and focus could put this episode as a failure!!!!!

    Logic/Details - » After 2 weeks plus 3 months waiting, was time to show us what happened to some out favorites characters, but what could be a great episode, show that the writers had no idea how to make this episode better, forcing some things that not make any type of sense.

    First, if Locke can communicate with the Island, ok, why I didn´t do that in Season 2 when he Lost his faith? Second, (aside of how could Eko survived to the Polar Bea) we had clunky dialogues, that avoided the main question about how they survived? Third, what was that explosion/implosion about?

    Not only that, you have a forced Locke Flashback, that try to appear impressive (since Jack and Sun dark actions revealed), with a nice twist, but unfinished. Two new characters have been introduced and this was bad, the writers assumed that they have been there all along.

    Speaking of talking with the Island, there is something sinister about that, and how the Island communicate with Locke and talked about reunite the family.

    Progress -» More information, all the character survived to the explosion/implosion, something happened with Desmond and Hurley is back to the camp.

    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» This episode is about more information, you feel a relief, knowing that one of your favorites characters are ok. There are the usual mysteries when Locke can´t speak and how you try to guess how they survived to the explosion/implosion. You have some funny scenes like when Locke throw his knife that almost hits Hurley (all the funny scenes is with him) and funny comments that Charlie made. The strange and creepy Island communication to Locke and the effects of the explosion/implosion of the Hatch did to Desmond which is very strange, mysterious and mind blowing.

    Ending - » Desmond Stole the final scene.

    Overall - » This is not a great episode, it focused solely in Locke and how he need to fix what he did. There are some good and interesting scenes, but we don´t get any type of important answers yet. Even with the flaws, this episode managed to be good, however, is the weaker episode in this season to date.moreless
  • Finally! Some answers about the hacth, and a whole other quest emerges

    Well, it took us three episodes but we finally learn what happened to everybody who was in the hatch in the season finale. And if that wasn't good enough, we get a Locke flashback, whose stories are also fascinating to learn about It also seems kind of fitting, considering what happened in the hatch is his fault. But let's go step by step.

    Locke awakes in the jungle, unable to speak. We get a brief look at Desmond, who also seems to have survived (albeit stark naked) and Eko's staff which now seems to have a lot more scripture on it. It's been a day since the explosion (which means this episode is happening simultaneously with 'The Glass Ballerina') and Locke takes his inability to speak to figure out he has lost his communion with the island Makes sense, considering what happened to him last season. In order to get his groove back, he builds a sweat lodge, eats a bizarre kind of paste, and goes inside, hoping for a sign.

    He gets one: Boone, who guides him through a hallucination of an airport. In this airport, he is told someone is in danger that only he can help. Naturally, he is in his wheelchair. He runs across almost all of the characters he knows from the island seen the way he sees them (with the noted exception of Walt and Michael; does he somehow intuit that they are no longer there?) Each time, he wonders who needs help, and the answers he gets are full of foreshadowing.

    Charlie, Claire and Aaron are together, acting like a family. Boone says they'll be fine--- "for awhile" All three will very soon be in significant danger.

    Sun and Jin are arguing, but Jin's speaking English and Sun is speaking Korean, Sayid is trying to help them, meaning he knows what they're doing right now. Boone says "Sayid's got it, meaning he can handle the dispute they're currently having.

    Hurley is the is helping everyone on the plane, entering the numbers into the computer, and pushing the button, meaning Locke has finally connected him to the numbers. Boone: "Not Hurley," which is a safe bet, considering that the Others have just let him go.

    Desmond is the pilot, someone who is in control of his own destiny, which makes sense as he wasn't on the plane. Boone says "he's helping himself," surprising, but logical considering just by being there, he is bringing forth health, a major theme of Season 3.

    Kate and Sawyer are in the line, acting like a couple, while Jack stands off to the side alone. Pretty accurate description of what the next few episodes are going to be like. All three are being guarded by Ben, who is acting as airport security., meaning Locke thinks he's is protecting the island, but is simultaneously a threat to his friends. Boone says there's nothing he can do for them: "Not yet."

    Finally, Boone appears at the top of an escalator, and Locke climbs his way to the top, where he says Boone and Eko's 'Jesus Stick' covered in the blood, while Boone says he has to clean up his own mess---- save Eko He regains the ability to talk, and goes off to save Eko, who has been dragged away by a polar bear. Charlie points out that Sawyer killed a polar bear, meaning he never knew about the bear that threaten Walt and Michael in 'Special'. Same bear? Could be

    Charlie, who has been on the outs with Locke ever since 'Fire +Water', nevertheless decides to help him. En route, they discovery Hurley whose finally made it back to the other side of the island. Hurley eventually finds Desmond in the buff (his reaction is hysterical) and we finally learn what happened to the hatch after Desmond turned the key: it imploded. As to what happened to Desmond after the implosion (or explosion, the writers are maddeningly vague about what happened), something has changed in him. How will not become clear for a little more episode, why won't become clear for longer still, but it seems Desmond has a glimpse of destiny as well.

    And then there's Locke's flashback. There isn't anything earth-shattering, but it's a good one nonetheless Apparently after going through the hell of the last two, Locke joined a commune of hippies, who seemed to have taught him patience and treated him warmly. They also had a lot of guns, and a huge amount of fertilizer. They think (and the viewer does too) that they are some kind of cult; in actually, there merely growing marijuana. But Locke, as is always the case, trusts the wrong people and brings a young man who is eventually revealed to be an undercover cop. Locke tries to handle the situation, but unlike Sun in the previous episode, when push came to shove , he was not a killer, and once again he blew his chance for happiness

    And now he realizes that he's done it again. By losing faith in the island, he nearly led to the deaths of everybody on it. Even after he rescues Eko, and begs for his forgiveness, it's still not clear whether he's lived up to his potential to become a hunter.. He'll start shifting towards, but his determination will nearly destroy everything in his path?

    This was a much more entertaining episode than the last two. For one thing, Charlie seemed a lot more pleasant than he was last season, and he had some witty lines in doing so (My personal favorite, after Locke takes out hairspray to make a flamethrower of sorts, Charlie says: "John, I hate to be the one to tell you this) The flashback is interesting if not as revelatory as the last ones we got, and it was interesting to see what Desmond night be turning into. (The episode also introduced Nikki and Paolo, two characters who were loathed by the fan base, and were all but unnoticed by me Really, were they that obnoxious? Stay tuned.) I'm slightly annoyed that given what he went through to save Eko, what happened a couple of episodes later, but I'll get to that in time. And Locke, with Jack gone, takes up the mantle of leadership. As we will see very soon, it's not something he's really suited for.

    All in all, 'Further Instructions' is a good episode. It's a bit surprising that all of the character in the hatch survived, but as we will see, none emerged intact. There is more danger ahead, and considering what might be going on with Desmond, maybe there's more than we think.

    My score:9.2moreless
  • John save us all

    Todo vuelve a girar alrededor de John y la gente que todavía no sabe lo de la super ciudad y se anda preguntando qué corno es lo que está pasando. Otro chaman experience, Boone que dice lo que hay que hacer, Eko que es salvado de las garras de un oso polar, John y... pero ese de la comunidad sectaria no es ese que está...?

    Y Hurley... todo nace de él: ese lapsus espacio tiempo de Desmond, que sé creo será determinante en la serie nace con Hurley como pasó en episode Dave. Todo tiene una razón de ser, si no me creen pregúntenle a Hugo.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (22)

    • Numbers: Mr. Eko's stick is inscribed "4:8:15:16".

    • Locke goes into the beach camp and shows Charlie a note that reads "I need u 2 stand guard". Later, at the sweat lodge, Locke picks up the same notebook and shows Charlie what is supposedly the same page. The handwriting is different and "Guard" is misspelled as "gaurd"

    • According to Locke's weapon license in the red notebook, his name is actually Johnathan.

    • Continuity: In the "Previously on Lost" recap, when it shows the video of Jack in the hatch when Locke and Eko are in the Pearl hatch, the footage of the video is different from the ones previously shown.

    • Locke was born on November 15th. 15 is one of the Numbers. Plus, 1+1+1+5=8. 8 is another Number.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 29th 2004.

    • John Locke was born in 11/15/1946 according to his driver license in the flashback. Since the date on the Island is 11/29/2004 (as Ben stated in episode 302), John Locke is 58 years old.

    • Continuity: Eko does not have the same haircut that was shown in "Live Together, Die Alone." His beard is also shorter.

    • Continuity: In the flashback, the birthdates do not match on Locke's gun license and driver's license, one of which has him at 48 (1956), and one which has him at 58 (1946). If Locke were 58, this would mean that his mother gave birth to him when she was six, according to the information from her Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute papers; her birthday is 1940 there.

    • When Locke wakes up after the implosion, and picks up and examines Eko's Jesus stick, Locke is suddenly wearing his backpack and then it is gone the next second.

    • Locke is driving a Dodge Ram in the beginning of this episose. The Licence plate of the vehicle is 5Q49938

    • During Locke's hallucination you can hear Sawyer saying, "Well, wipe the stars out of your eyes, sweetheart," to Kate. He says this to Kate in the episode "Every Man for Himself."

    • Continuity: If Hurley didn't tell anyone what happened, why are none of the people back on the beach asking about Michael or Walt? There would be no other way of Michael's betrayal getting back to anyone, or the fact that he left the island with Walt. As far as they knew, he was still with the group.

    • Goof: When Locke is driving towards the ranch, you can see him with Eddie in the car and then Eddie has vanished. In the next shot, he is in the car with Locke again.

    • Charlie: You don't get to tell me what I can't do.
      This is yet another character saying, a slightly altered version, of Locke's famous line "Don't tell me what I can't do".

    • In Locke's dream, Kate, Jack, and Sawyer are in line to go through airport security, where Ben (formerly known as Henry Gale) is the security agent. This is a reference to their being trapped by the others. Although at the point in the episode when he had the dream, Hurley hadn't yet revealed that they were being held captive, this could have in fact been due to the island speaking to Locke, and not to a continuity error. Also, Desmond is shown walking along in a pilot's uniform, perhaps because he's the one who was responsible for the plane crash.

    • So far, every season's third episode has been a 'Locke-centric' episode.

      (Editor's note: originally the pilot was filmed and aired as one continuous episode)

    • When Locke finds Eko's stick there is new writing on it. It says, "Lift up your eyes and look north"

    • Three of Hurley's numbers, 8, 4 and 23, can be found on Officer Eddie's id card.

    • In the cave, you can spot an old Pearl Station DHARMA shirt.

    • According to the timeline, this episode happens concurrently with the events in "The Glass Ballerina". Both episodes take place a day after the season 2 finale.

    • The discussion regarding the Geronimo Jackson t-shirt at the meal (in John's flashback) is a reference to the Geronimo Jackson album found by Charlie and Hurley in the Swan hatch in "The Hunting Party".

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Locke: It's an active kill... meaning that whatever was eating this is going to be back for more.
      Charlie: If you want to say polar bear you can just say it.
      Locke: Alright, polar bear.

    • Locke: He was dragged this way.
      Charlie: Dragged? By what?
      Locke: By the polar bear.
      Charlie: Sawyer killed the polar bear.
      Locke: He killed a polar bear.

    • Charlie: You're mute, John? Oh, I am sorry. Where are Eko and Desmond, are they off being mute and building structures as well?

    • Charlie: Now that we've survived this suicide mission are you going to tell me what you saw?
      Locke: What I saw?
      Charlie: In the spirit tent.
      Locke: I saw Boone.
      Charlie: Boone? What did he have to say for himself?
      Locke: He told me I had to clean up my own mess.
      Charlie: Well, dead as he may be, I agree with Boone. If you kept pushing that button like Eko told you to...
      Locke: We wouldn't have had to save him in the first place. Yeah, Charlie, that's what cleaning up your own mess means.
      Charlie: Spoken like someone who's had a few too many messes to clean.

    • Hurley: You're not going to, like, turn into the Hulk, or something. (Desmond sort of chuckles) So is that what made the blender noise? And the sky turn purple?
      Desmond: I'm afraid I missed that, brother.
      Hurley: Right, you were failsafing. Well, FYI, the whole island vibrated. And Kate and Jack and Sawyer saw it, too, right before they got bags pulled over their heads.
      Desmond: Don't worry. Locke's going to go after them. He said so in his speech.
      Hurley: What? What speech? All he said was he was going to go save Eko and kill bears.
      Desmond: Right. Right, of course. I'm sorry. I'm just a bit shook up.

    • Charlie: (to Locke) You really think Eko's in there? Let's hurry up and do this, maybe the bear's out finishing his lunch.

    • Hurley: Wait, where are you guys going?
      Charlie: The island told Locke he has to save Eko.
      Hurley: Save him from what?
      Charlie: Well, apparently, a bear's got him. It's just made an active kill. You may want to hustle.

    • (Locke writes "at the sweat lodge" on the paper.)
      Charlie: What the sodding hell is a sweat lodge?

    • Locke: I'm gonna find our friends. I don't know how yet but I will. We're gonna find them, all of them. And then we're gonna bring them home.

    • Locke: I'm sorry. Sorry I ever doubted you. Sorry I gave up on my faith in the island. I messed up. And now our people are captured. If I had just listened to you, if I had just let you keep pushing the button. I could have gone with 'em, protected 'em. I coulda saved 'em.
      Eko: You can still protect them, you can still save them.
      Locke: I don't even know where they are.
      Eko: You will find them. After all, you are a hunter, John.

    • Locke: Stop. Stop!
      Eddie: I'm sorry, John, but you're not gonna shoot me. You're not a murderer. You're a good man. You're a farmer.
      Locke: Nope, not a farmer. I was a hunter. I'm a hunter.

    • Desmond: Are you alone, brother?
      Hurley: Huh ... Yeah. (a naked Desmond comes out of the bushes he was hiding in) Wow, dude! I'm not alone.

    • Locke: Thank you Lord, thank you for the food and the friends. And for me thank you for helping me stop being so angry. And for helping me find a real family. Because they're a hell of a lot better than the one I used to have, so let's eat.

    • Charlie: What are you doing, John?
      (Locke grabs his knife)
      Locke: I'm going to save Mr. Eko's life.

    • Boone: (to Locke) I'm gonna help you find your way, so you can bring the family back together.

    • Boone: Hey John, it's good to see you again. (Locke tries to speak.) What's that, John? (Locke mouths "I'm sorry") Oooh, you're sorry. That's ok. I was the sacrifice the island demanded. Don't worry, you'll speak when you have something worth saying.

    • Charlie: I know you can't speak. What? You need to speak? (John nods.) Who do you need to speak to? (John points at different things.) Church? Sky? Island? (John points at him in agreement.) Island? You need to speak to the island?

    • Charlie: So you're gone for a whole day, after a massive hatch explosion ... You don't call, you don't write ... Sorry, am I interrupting something? (Locke points at his throat to explain that he cannot talk.) What, you can't speak John? You're mute? (John nods)

    • Boone: John, someone in this airport is in serious danger. You're the only one who can save them.

    • Charlie: Not a bad speech.
      Hurley: Wow.
      Charlie: Wow what?
      Hurley: I just got hit with, you know ... (Hurley looks at Desmond) Déjà vu.
      Charlie: Okay ... Well, when that wears off, can you get bandages, from the kitchen? (Hurley nods)

    • Charlie: You know when I used to get high. I watched nature programs on the Beeb. Polar bears are meant to be quite clever. Very clever. They are like the Einsteins of the bear community.

    • Charlie: (to Locke) Well amusing as the mute game invariably is, you are aware, John, that I detest you, aren't you?

    • Charlie: Hairspray? I hate to be the one to point this out to you but...
      Locke: It's not for me.

    • Locke: I'm gonna go on alone, Charlie. You go back to Claire.
      Charlie: Nah, I'll take my chances.
      Locke: You don't wanna go with me, Charlie. Bad things happen to people who hang around with me.

    • (Desmond is standing in some bushes, naked.)
      Hurley: So, like, the hatch... blew off your underwear?
      Desmond: Fine! You want to discuss in great detail right now? Then let's do it! (He starts walking out of the bush)
      Hurley: No! No! That's fine.

    • Charlie: (to Locke)You're not taking drugs are you? I only ask because there is a zero tolerance policy on the island and I wouldn't want you to have to punch yourself in the face.

    • Charlie: I know, I get it, you're going to go into your little magic hut, and I'm going to stand guard and make sure you don't devolve into a monkey.

  • NOTES (11)

    • There was a scene deleted from the episode in Locke's flashback after his confrontation with Eddie in the forest. Locke returns to the commune to find the final stages of a police raid. Mike, Jan and the other members have all been arrested. As Locke peers at the scene from the edge of the forest, Eddie looks toward him, but it is not clear if he is spotted. Locke turns and escapes into the forest.

    • Naveen Andrews, Michael Emerson and Matthew Fox had no speaking lines.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement.

    • Although her name appears in the opening credits, Elizabeth Mitchell does not appear in this episode.

    • International airdates:
      Denmark - Wednesday December 20, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Portugal - March 25, 2007 on RTP 1
      Finland- August 30, 2007 on Nelonen
      The Czech Republic - September 16, 2007 on TV Nova
      Spain - Monday September 17, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Spain - Monday October 29, 2007 on Pro7
      Macedonia - Thursday October 4, 2007 on A1

    • Featured Music: "Feel Like Going Home" by Corey Harris from the album Between Midnight and Day

    • This episode features the first appearance of Nikki (Kiele Sanchez) and Paulo (Rodrigo Santoro) on the show, even though they have been listed in the opening credits since the first episode of the season. Although it did not happen in the episode, the plot synopsis from the initial press release stated that "Claire is shocked to find Nikki and Paulo in Jack's tent" This can be seen on season 3 DVD set as a deleted scene called "Introducing Nikki and Paulo."

    • Ian Somerhalder is credited as "Special Guest Star".

    • This was originally supposed to be the 2nd episode of season 3, but was swapped with "The Glass Ballerina".

    • Like many other episodes, this one begins with a close-up of an eye.

    • A Locke-centric episode.


    • After building a sweat lodge, Locke goes on a "Vision Quest". A vision quest is a rite of passage in some Native American cultures. It may be a part of shamanism, more exactly, the learning and initiation process of the apprentice for achieving the ability for shamanizing. Shamanism refers to a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world.

    • Charlie: When I used to get high I watched nature programs on the Beeb.

      "Beeb" is the affectionate term used by British people for the TV network BBC.

    • Charlie: Talk to the trees? I heard they were good conversationalists.

      This is a reference to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, in which Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) spent most of the movie talking to a tree-like creature (Ent) named Treebeard.

    • Charlie: I'm going to stand guard and make sure you don't de-evolve into a monkey.

      This is a reference to the 1980 movie Altered States. William Hurt portrayed a scientist who takes mind-altering drugs and locks himself up in an isolation tank. He eventually de-evolves into a monkey.

    • Hurley: (to Desmond) Like, you're not going to turn into the Hulk or something, are you?

      This is in reference to the character from Marvel Comics, which was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Scientist Bruce Banner gets caught in a nuclear blast, and he gains the ability to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry. Hulk was turned into several TV series (1966: Hulk, 1978: The Incredible Hulk, 1982: The Incredible Hulk and 1996: The Incredible Hulk) and a movie was also made.