Season 3 Episode 21

Greatest Hits

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 16, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • In season 1 Charlie says he can't swim,yet in this episode he swims and says he can hold his breath under water for 4 minutes.

    • Black and white:
      -The Others are looking for tents marked with white rocks, so Jack has them filled with dynamite from the ship Black Rock.
      -When Charlie jumps into the water, one of his black and white shoes floats toward the surface.

    • Goof: Charlie is in London, but road markings are not typical UK/London markings. For example, he crosses the street on a zebra crossing at a traffic light. However, in the UK these markings are used only with flashing yellow lights, not where there are regular red/amber/green traffic lights and are rarely used at crossroads.

    • Goof: When Charlie swims down to the Looking Glass station, he has the weights in his right hand. If you look closely, there is a brief shot of his right hand, but it is empty. In the next shot, the weights are there again.

    • The initials on the ring that Liam gives Charlie, DS, stand for "Dexter Stratton", the name of their great-grandfather on their mother's side.

    • Charlie used a Shubb guitar capotasto on the second fret. The actual song by Oasis makes use of the same resource.

    • When Charlie writes his #5 and #4 Greatest Hits he ends both sentences with a dot. However, when he writes his #3, the other two sentences are now dotless.

    • The London taxi is accurate, as opposed to the ones seen in "Flashes Before Your Eyes". However, it is driving on the wrong side of the road.

    • Island events in this episode take place on December 22nd 2004. This is their 92nd day on the island.

    • Alex is preparing a white rabbit for Karl's dinner when Ben comes back to the Other's camp after shooting Locke. She takes the pistol from Ben with her bloodied hand. Ben had a pet white rabbit when he was a young boy ("Man Behind the Curtain"). He also uses a white rabbit to demonstrate the 'heart monitor' on Sawyer ("Every Man for Himself"). A white rabbit is also the logo for the Dharma Looking Glass Station Charlie ends up in by the end of the episode. In the first season episode "White Rabbit", Jack follows an apparition of his dead father that eventually leads him to the caves.

    • The registration plate on the front of Charlie's van (supposedly in the UK) is yellow. This would be illegal. The front plate should be white while the rear plate is yellow.

    • Numbers:
      -When Charlie and Liam are changing the tire, one of the Drive Shaft members in the van sets the volume level to 23.
      -In the alley, before Nadia calls him a hero, Charlie says he hadn't been in a fight since he was 8 years old. Later, she says Charlie was the 4th person to pass by the alley.
      -Charlie says he can hold his breath for 4 minutes.

    • Driveshaft's van has a personalized plate "YRE2OL," which is to be read as "You're too old." (Backwards, it reads "LO2ERY" or lottery)

    • When Charlie puts away his guitar in the rain there is a sticker that reads "I was here moments ago."

    • As Charlie runs towards Hurley to give him a hug, you can see someones sandal-clad feet together with what seems to be the lens end of a camera to the bottom left of the screen.

    • Charlie wears a T-shirt with two words written in kanji above two hammers. The left two kanjis, (??), read "yuuki", and means "courage, bravery". The two right ones, (??), read "shinen" and means "belief, faith".

    • The woman Charlie saves from the mugger is Sayid's love interest, Nadia.

    • It is revealed that Naomi is from Charlie's hometown in England, Manchester. He addresses her as a fellow "Mancunian," the term for a resident of that city.

  • Quotes

    • Hurley: So, what are we gonna do?
      Sun: We have to leave now. Hide.
      Bernard: Where? It's their island. If they want to kill us, they'll find us.

    • Jack: Look, for ninety days I've been asked to make decisions for this entire camp. There you go, I just made one.

    • Charlie: We're gonna be okay, you know.
      Claire: Are we?
      Charlie: We're alive on a beautiful island! We'll sleep under the stars and, before you know it, the helicopters will come and take us home.
      Claire: You really think they'll find us?
      Charlie: Well, yeah, why wouldn't they?
      Claire: Thanks.
      Charlie: I'm Charlie.
      Claire: I'm Claire. Nice to meet you, Charlie.

    • Hurley: I heard, I heard what you're doing. I wanna come with. Everyone, they're all going to the radio tower and, I'm sick of trekking and, you know, explosions. I think I can help you guys out. I'm a really good paddler.
      Charlie: You can't go, Hurley.
      Hurley: Why not?
      Charlie: Because (pause), you're too big! You won't fit in the boat.
      Hurley: That's uncool, man.

    • Sayid: (to Jack) What are you more concerned about? Killing the Others or getting our people off this island? This afternoon you said you were our leader; it's time for you to act like one. Lead them to the radio tower Jack. And then take us all home.

    • (To Charlie after he shoos away a mugger)
      Nadia: You are a hero, sir. And don't let anyone ever tell you differently.

    • Claire: Why didn't you tell me you were gonna do this?
      Charlie: I didn't want you to worry.
      Claire: Well, it's dangerous, isn't it? Swimming in to some underwater station.
      Charlie: It's what needs to be done to get us all rescued. I'll be fine, Claire. But you gotta promise me something; while I'm gone, don't worry about me.

    • Jack: Juliet marked three tents; that means we need three guns.
      (Karl whips out his gun)
      Hurley: Whoa! (jumps behind Jack)
      Karl: Here, you can have mine too.
      Rousseau: I'll be your third.
      Jack: We'll take your gun, but you're not staying here. You're gonna lead everyone to the radio tower. Everyone!
      Claire: Radio tower!?
      Jack: Now, if this doesn't work, we can't risk losing the chance of getting in contact with Naomi's boat. So everything has to happen at the same time. Charlie, you still up for a swim?
      Charlie: Yeah, I believe I am.

    • Jack: You trust him?
      (Kate shrugs)
      Karl: You don't trust me? What about her!? She's a spy! She's supposed to mark the tents of the pregnant women so they can take them!
      Juliet: They know, Karl. But thanks.

    • Alex: You have to go. Now.
      Karl: What? Did he find out I was out here?
      Alex: No. But he's sending Pryce to their beach camp right now, you have to warn them.
      Karl: Warn them?
      Alex: You have to go, now!
      Karl: I thought they were going to just take the pregnant women.
      Alex: If you take the outrigger, you'll get there a few hours before them.
      Karl: Whoa! Wait, Alex--
      Alex: He's gonna to kill them, Karl! Austen and Ford saved your life. You owe them. You better take this.
      (She hands him a gun)
      Karl: If I get caught, your father's gonna kill me this time.
      Alex: Is he my father? Now go.

    • Ben: If you leave right now, how long will it take you to reach their camp?
      Ryan: Well, if I take my ten best, we could set up to hit 'em by nightfall.
      Ben: Then you better get going.
      Alpert: No. No, Ben. Wait, moving at this schedule, Juliet may not be ready, what if she hasn't had time to identify--
      Ben: Then we'll take all their women (pause) and we'll sort out the ones we need later.
      Ryan: And the men?
      Ben: If any of them are stupid enough to get in your way, kill 'em.

    • Sayid: Someone has to [flip the switch] or we'll never leave this island.
      Charlie: I'll do it. I'll swim down, turn off that bloody switch and swim back up. Piece of cake.
      Jack: Charlie, you don't even know what we're talking about.
      Charlie: I was junior swim champion in Northern England, I can hold my breath for four minutes; I know exactly what you're talking about, Jack.
      Jack: No. And there's no reason to do this now. We're gonna focus on the Others. And then we'll deal with this.

    • Jack: So, how are we gonna get in [to the Looking Glass]?
      Sayid: We swim in. There's a moon pool. A room with an open floor at the base of the station big enough for a submarine to dock. Even if the station's flooded, I think I'll be able to find a relay switch to disable it.
      Jack: What about swimming back out? (no response) No. No, I'm not letting you go on some suicide mission just to flip a switch.

    • Charlie: All right. Tell me.
      Desmond: You sure you wanna know? It might be easier if you just...
      Charlie: Yeah. I want to know.
      Desmond: You're inside a hatch. There's, uh, a room full of equipment. There's a blinking yellow light above a switch. You flick the switch, light goes off, and, then, you drown.

    • Sayid: Naomi's boat is only eighty miles offshore. I know if we eliminate Danielle's signal they'll hear us.
      Juliet: No they won't.
      Sayid: And why is that?
      Juliet: We're jamming it.
      Jack: What?
      Juliet: Ben is using one of the Dharma stations to block all of the signals off the island except for ours.
      Sayid: What station?
      Juliet: They call it the Looking Glass.
      Sayid: The Looking Glass?
      Juliet: Yes, but it's underwater. I have no idea where it is.
      Sayid: I believe I do.

    • Sayid: I can't transmit using this phone because Danielle's distress signal is overriding the frequency. If you tell me where the radio tower is, I can go there, switch off your message and call for help.
      Rousseau: The signal has been playing for the last sixteen years and nobody has heard it; what makes you think you'll have better luck?

    • (The band is stuck in the rain with a flat tire)
      Charlie: Oh, bloody hell! Why are we even doing this!?
      Liam: Chin up, mate. We're headlining.
      Charlie: Headlining? We're playing Clitheroe. The arse end of nowhere.
      Liam: A gig's a gig. We're building our fan base.
      Charlie: Will our fan base pay for a new sodding tyre?
      Liam: Only if we show up. So let's just get on with it, shall we?
      Charlie: You know what, Liam? You get on with it. I quit.
      Liam: You're giving up?
      Charlie: There's nothing to give up on! We're broke! The album's not selling. We're a bloody joke!

    • Sayid: While I appreciate your honesty, Jack, that doesn't explain why you brought us out here.
      Jack: (yelling into the forest) Danielle! Show 'em. (Danielle picks up two wires and when she touches them together, dynamite blows up a tree of in the distance) When Juliet told me they were coming, the first thing I thought was, 'Where the hell are we gonna hide this time?'. But hiding is pointless. They're just gonna keep coming back. And so I went out and found some help. And, for the past few days, she's been bringing dynamite back from The Black Rock. For the very first time, we know exactly what they want, when they are coming to get it, and they have no idea that we are going to be waiting for them. So, Juliet is going to mark the tents with the white rocks, just like she was told to. But there's not going to be any pregnant women inside; there's gonna be plenty of what we just used on that tree. So, tomorrow night, we stop hiding, we stop running, we stop living in fear, because when they show up, we're going to blow them all to hell.

    • Desmond: You don't have to do this, Charlie.
      Charlie: What?
      Desmond: I'll go.
      Charlie: No, your flashes.
      Desmond: Maybe I keep seeing you die because I'm supposed to take your place.
      Charlie: What about your girl, Penny?
      Desmond: What about your girl? Besides, I might be luckier than you. Keep your memories to yourself. I'll take it from here.
      Charlie: I don't know what to say.
      Desmond: Well, you can tell me where the, uh, weight belt is.
      (Charlie knocks Desmond out when he turns around)
      Charlie: You and I both know... you're not supposed to take my place, brother.

    • Charlie: (Holds out the list) I want you to give this to Claire for me.
      Desmond: What is it?
      Charlie: It's the five best moments of my ... sorry excuse for a life. My greatest hits. You know, memories. They're all I've got.

    • Charlie: So, first plane crash?
      Claire: (Sarcastically) What gave it away?
      Charlie: Ah, you can always spot the newbies.

    • Karl: They're, coming. My people.
      Sawyer: Sorry you came all this way for nothing but we already know.
      Karl: Then why are you still here?
      Sawyer: Because when your people show up here tomorrow night, we're gonna be ready for em.
      Karl: Tomorrow? No. No they're coming tonight. They're coming right now!!!

    • Sayid: Now this is the Looking Glass. (points at a blue print on some Dharma diagrams) It's an underwater Dharma station. Please, can you tell me anything you might know about this place?
      Juliet: I've never been down there. I don't know anyone who has.
      Jack: Why not?
      Juliet: There was some accident. Ben told us that the station was completely flooded.
      Jack: Well, if it's flooded, then how does it still work?
      Sayid: How it still works is irrelevant. The question is: how do we get it to stop working so we can use the satellite phone? (pause) The diagram shows the Looking Glass is connected to the island by a cable. I feel sure that this is the very same cable down the beach, which runs into the ocean. So if we follow the cable, it should lead us to the station.

    • Charlie: (to Aaron) Hey! Alright, Turnip Head. Now, you take care of your Mum while I'm away, okay? (pause) I love you.

    • Liam: Ho ho ho. It's here baby brother, Christmas is here. Oi, are these the birds from row two? Well done mate. Well as you have spent another year as the only drug-free rock star in the world, I'm gonna share a little known fact with you. Father Christmas lives just down the street from here.
      Charlie: Father Christmas lives in Helsinki?
      Liam: Indeed he does. And in case you haven't noticed, baby brother, Finland is the bloody North Pole. Therefore, a very special gift for you this year.
      (He begins to take off the "DS" ring)
      Charlie: Liam, no. Mum gave you that. You're the first born. It was her father's and his father before that.
      Liam: And it's a family heirloom, and that's why we named the band after Dextor bloody Stratton. I know. But, Charlie, let's be honest, we both know I'm a sodding mess. But you, you're different. You're gonna get married, have a family, a baby. I'll be lucky if I hit thirty.
      Charlie: Don't say that, Lee.
      Liam: The ring has to stay in the family, Charlie. So please, take it. Mum would have wanted it this way. Pass it on to your little one someday. I need to know its safe.

    • (Charlie hugs Hurley)
      Hurley: Dude, it's fine. I don't even want to go on your stupid boat.
      Charlie: Catch up with you later. Just remember I love you, man.
      Hurley: Yeah, whatever, I love you too.

    • Charlie: We're getting bloody rescued! I thought you were going to tell me I was going to die again!
      Desmond: You are, Charlie.
      Charlie: Wait, what?
      Desmond: If you don't, none of it will happen. There won't be any rescue. I'm sorry, brother, but this time - this time you have to die.

    • Rose: Bernard, this is not pheasant hunting in Montgomery county.
      Bernard: I know what I'm doing.
      Rose: No, you don't. Pheasants don't shoot back.
      Bernard: Nothing's gonna happen to me, Rose. I just have to shoot a tent and I'll be right behind you.
      Rose: Then I'm staying too.
      Jack No you're not, Rose.
      Jack: Everyone's gathering down at the South end of the beach. No one's staying behind but the shooters.
      Rose: Says who? You wanna give me your word that nothing's going to happen to my husband, then I'll go.
      Jack: I'll give you my word that if we don't kill everyone that shows up here in about an hour, its not gonna matter where Bernard is.
      Rose: I like you better since you got back, Jack. You're almost an optimist.

    • Alex: Hey, when did you get back?
      Ben: Just now.
      Alex: Where's Locke?
      Ben: Here's your gun back.

    • Claire: Look, I know Jack thinks it's best, but, you know, what if they're coming for him again?
      Charlie: Claire, listen to me. I'm going to protect you. I'm going to protect Aaron. I promise. Look, everything is going to be fine.

    • Naomi: You're from Manchester then?
      Charlie: I am. My band got its start at the Night and Day bar on Oldham Street.
      Naomi: What band?
      Charlie: Oh, we're called Drive Shaft.
      Naomi: Yeah. Yeah, I know you.
      Charlie: We had a... moment in the sun.
      Naomi: No, not that. The crash! You're the dead rock star. They made a big deal out of you when they found the plane. Huge memorial service, new album.
      Charlie: There's a new album?
      Naomi: Yeah. God, it was everywhere. The greatest hits thing. Hey, look on the bright side; you're not really dead, right?

    • Charlie: Anyone want to venture a guess as to what Jack is going to be showing us out in the middle of nowhere?
      Hurley: I don't know. Stuff? Probably secret stuff.
      Charlie: Why does everything have to be a secret? How about some openness for a change?
      Hurley: We kept the parachute lady secret.
      Charlie: Ah, that's different.
      Claire: Different how?
      Charlie: Well, because, we weren't out there playing football with them!

  • Notes

    • This is the first episode of season 3 in which Bernard and Rose appear.

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement.

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: November 12, 2007 on VT4
      The Netherlands: November 16, 2007 on Net 5
      Spain: Monday December 3, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Finland: Thursday January 3, 2008 on Nelonen
      Macedonia: Thursday January 17, 2008 on A1
      The Czech Republic: Sunday January 27, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: Monday, February 4, 2008 on Pro7
      Denmark: June 6, 2007 on Kanal 5

    • Music:

      "Wonderwall" by Oasis (sung by Charlie)
      "Carrie-Anne", by the Hollies

    • Despite being in the camp all the time, this is Rose and Bernard's first appearance this season. (Rose's last appearance was in "S.O.S.", and Bernard's was in "Live Together, Die Alone". Rose made a very brief cameo in "Exposé", but it doesn't really count since it was reused footage.)

    • While credited, Terry O'Quinn does not appear in this episode.

    • The flashbacks in this episode are different from previous ones. Usually the flashbacks tell a whole story that runs alongside the events on the island. In this episode however the flashbacks are used to show separate moments of Charlie's life and are not meant to be a stand-alone story.

    • Like "Walkabout", "Live Together, Die Alone", "Exposé", "One of Us", and "The Man Behind the Curtain"; this episode contains flashbacks that take place both on and off the island.

    • Episode Title: The title refers to Charlie's list, which he calls "My Greatest Hits" while talking to Desmond. Also, Naomi says to Charlie that, when his body was found, a greatest hits album of Charlie's band DriveShaft was released.

    • To keep fans in suspense, this episode was originally slotted as Episode 3-16, but was postponed.

    • A Charlie-centric episode. However, there's one flashback that isn't him nor anyone's point of view.

  • Allusions

    • Charlie: Never disrespect a fellow Mancunian.

      Naomi: You're from Manchester then?

      Charlie: I am. The band got its start at the Night and Day Bar on Oldham Street.

      The Night & Day Café is a real bar in downtown Manchester at 26 Oldham Street, and it does feature up and coming bands.

      Both Charlie and Naomi do have local Manchester accents.

    • Extras

      Naomi: "You havin' a laugh?"

      Naomi says this in response to Charlie's reluctance to talk about the Others.

      This is the catch-phrase from Ricky Gervais's HBO comedy Extras, in which he plays the star of a critically-panned sitcom on the BBC.

      As was noted in the Allusions for the season 1 episode, Homecoming, Ricky Gervais is a good friend of Lost co-creator, J.J. Abrams.

    • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

      The name of the "Looking Glass" Dharma station and its symbol are a reference to these two books by Lewis Caroll.

    • #4. Dad teaches me to Swim at Butlins

      Butlins is a holiday camp company that provides cheap holidays in the UK and Eire.

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