Lost

Season 1 Episode 13

Hearts and Minds

8
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2005 on ABC
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Locke and Boone continue to uncover the mysterious metal that they had found in the woods. When Shannon begins to investigate, Locke put Boone's feelings and strengths to a deadly test. Flashbacks center around Boone's and Shannon's past right before the plane crash.

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  • One of the Best episodes of this Season, however, it can be misunderstood by some people.

    9.5
    This episode is Boone/Shannon centric, but with locke participation, could have been even a Locke centric too.



    In 40 minutes, you have what i and my buddies call - Key Moments - can be funny moments, surprises, shocking moments, twists or cliffhangers, it doesn´t matter, in 40 minutes, only a few minutes (maybe 3 to 5 minutes), make a episode worth watching. It is what make the diference. The Rest is only details, that are necessary to understand a story.



    However, in this episode, they produced a minimum of 20 Key Moments. We have some funny moments with Hugo and Jin, Kate discovers Sun Secrets, we see how charlie is feeling, we see boone take a unique experience with twists and some suspense (and "that" thing, they call a monster), and the flashbacks had some Key Moments too, as usuals.



    The dialogues between the characters in this episode was very well done too.



    It is like nothing was left to be done in this episode. However, the finals scenes of Boone/shannon flashbacks, produced some controversy, even when you know what happened to boone in the island, you can be disappointed. However, I liked almost moment of this episode. One thing is sure, this episode entertains enough, with high quality Scenes.moreless
  • Awesome.

    10
    Shannon's relationship with Sayid gets more personal. Locke and Boone try to get into the hatch they found. Boone wants to tell Shannon about the hatch and Locke gives him a drug that causes him to hallucinate and let go of Shannon. In flashbacks, Boone tries to get rid of Shannon's abusive boyfriend by paying him off, only to find out that it was all a scam perpetrated by Shannon, who proceeds to sleep with Boone. Wow - this episode is just wow. I mean this episode was/is awesome! I loved every minute of it. Locke and Boone are amazing. I love Boon and Shannons back stpry and the "story" in this episode. I just love Boone. I love Jack and Hurleys scene. Sun has made a garden. Kate finds out that Sun speaks English. I love Jin and Hurley in this episode so funny. I also love the Jack and Charlie scene too.moreless
  • A solid episode...

    9.0
    When Locke learns that Boone wants to share their "secret" with Shannon, Locke decides to teach him a lesson. This leads to Shannon's life being placed in what seems like peril. Boone and Shannon's dark past is revealed in a shocking backstory that recalls their relationship right before the plane crash and presages the return of the beast. Kate, who has become a confidante to the soft-spoken Sun, is puzzled by Sun's mysterious behavior and the revelation that she can speak English. A hungry Hurley must convince Jin to share his fish by making up for offending Jin by rejecting his offer of raw fish early on, or he'll continue to suffer digestive problems from the limited island diet. Hearts and minds is a solid episode of Lost, it was bound to be after the dissapointment of the last episode. We learn more about Boone and Shannon its intresting but still kind of predictable backstory with no real importance to the series. The Boone and Locke story was finally developed more the scene between Boone and Locke were the best, I loved the final scene where they had a arguement but soon went back to the Hatch. This was a entertaining episode even if it developed only small parts of the the hatch story and the monsters scenes where great but looking back they didnt mean anything because it was just an allusion.moreless
  • Give Me Sweet, Sweet Hallucinations

    9.0
    Boone gets beaten up and tied up by Locke –a fact, and a surprising one providing they 've been BFF since the Hatch discovery– and then hunted by the Monster and witnesses Shannon's death –a hallucination created by the Island. Still, pretty awesome. -



    Although I was never a big fan of Boone or a fan of the actor portraying him, I must admit that his was one of my favorie episodes of the season. However, it wasn't appreciated by some mainly because Shannon's death was revealed to be a hallucination in the end. Still, the scenes involving Boone and Shannon being chased by the Monster where superb, wheras the flashbacks were also excellent and full of twists and turns. The episode ended with a gripping cliffhanger that had me asking for more.moreless
  • A little betetr, but this is one heart that needs to know its mind

    6.5
    Despite Jack's warning: 'live together, die alone, it's becoming increasingly clear that the castaways are beginning to fragment. Jack, Kate, and Sun seem to be involved in the concept of survival and escape, with Sayid and Michael nominally on their side. On the other side or Locke, Charlie, Walt and now apparently Boone who are more interested in trying to figure out the mysteries of the island. Locke seems to be aware of this; when Boone tries to tell Sayid to stay away from Shannon, he says that "they're going to want to have him on their side". He doesn't mean the caves, which is the only split we've seen so far (and which he and Boone elected to be a part of) he means something far deeper. This becomes a lot clearer in 'Hearts and Minds'



    It's been a week since Locke and Boone began excavating what they refer to the first time as 'the hatch'. Unearthing it seems to be only part of what Locke has in mind, it's clear that he believes the island is testing him somehow, and this test seems to presume that he can take whatever actions he wants. He has to know at some point this discovery has to be share with his fellow castaways, but is instead going to all efforts to make sure as few people as possible know. He's been lying to the others saying their hunting boars, but since they're not coming back with any, Hurley, Jack and Shannon are becoming suspicious. Furthermore, he's not even trying to coordinate his stories: when both Syed and Jack ask where Boone is, he tells conflicting stories that he has to know will come back to bite him. Eventually, his lies do catch up to him, and the results are fatal--- just not to him. This episode is a trademark example. Just as he did when he put Charlie through hell to kick his heroin addiction, he puts Boone through a painful and excruciating experience--- knocking him out, tying him up, and applying what we eventually learn is some kind of hallucinogenic substance to his head in order to help bring Boone to an epiphany. Not surprisingly, it involves Shannon. The two of them have been disagreeing since they got here, and its clear that their problems clearly predate this. In fact, that's the whole reason Boone was in Australia to begin with: to get Shannon out of trouble. The situation that unfolds is so convoluted we're not sure who was trying to play who, but Boone was bailing his stepsister (as we learn for the first time their true relationship) out of another jam. However, as messy as this was, it's clear their relationship was even more complicated. It's not clear whether they had been having sex before what happened in Sydney, but Boone's been carrying a torch for her for some time. For one thing, his girlfriend is almost exactly identical to Shannon. For another, he is far angrier at Syed for pursuing Shannon on the island then the situation deserves. Yet in his heart, he knows that his obsession with Shannon is unhealthy. Granted, it takes her (fake) death for him to realize this, but Boone is probably better off getting her out of his heart.



    Life is going on, though like in the previous episode, it seems really odd that everyone's not only given up looking for Claire, but doesn't seem concerned about the possibilities that there are other, unfriendly people on this island. For that matter, a lot of people seem a lot out of characters with how things were last episode. Jack and Kate are acting friendly again, even though he was practically at her throat in the last episode, and Charlie seems a lot more normal considering everything's that happened to him. Furthermore, no one seems to be considering the unbelievable. When Syed finds out that the compass Locke has given him is not working properly, he and Jack write it off as simply being defective rather than attributing it to the island. As it turns out, there's an excellent reason the compass isn't working, but we won't find out why until next year.



    In the meantime, everybody's trying to contribute to something like surviving. Jin has been continuing catching fish for the islanders, and has been gradually appearing more and more human. The scene between him and Hurley is the funniest between them, but it is clear that Jin is making more of an effort to try and help. When he gives Hurley a fish, it's the first real nice things that he's done since we've met him. However, he won't become truly sympathetic for a little while longer.



    Sun, in the meantime is continuing her effort to plant a garden, this time trying to grow fruit. As Kate helps her with it, she realizes the secret that she has been keeping, and we also learn that she's not doing it because she's afraid of him, she's afraid that it will hurt him. She is still in love with her husbands, despite everything she thinks that he has done.



    'Hearts and Minds' is a step forward compared with the last episode, but it does still seem that we aren't making much progress. It is never entirely clear how this experience that Boone went through was supposed to help him survive the island, nor did it help them get any further with their problems. We still seem to be running in place, and the character development doesn't seem quite up to what we have seen before (particularly as Shannon comes across as being even less sympathetic, if such a thing were possible).However, things are about to get started again, in directions we didn't expect.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • NUMBERS: 15

      Boone's flight to Sydney took 15 hours.

    • Numbers: 4 The camp is 4 miles west of the hatch. In Locke' story, Michelangelo looked at the block of marble for 4 months.Bryan, Shannon's boyfriend punched Boone 4 times.

    • Island events in this episode take place on October 15th 2004.

    • Numbers: 108
      Boone is wearing a t-shirt with the Chinese characters for 8 (""ª"), 10 ("\"), and 4 ("Žl") written vertically down the chest. In the Chinese writing system, 14 is written by combining the characters for 10 and 4, as in "\Žl". 8 and 14 are of course two of the Lost numbers. Coincidentally, 14 in Chinese sounds very close to "'‰Ž€", which means "certain death" and alludes to Boone's fate later on in the season.

    • Goof: When Boone is tied up, his right hand is tied to his chest and his left hand is tied around his back. However, when he reaches for the knife with his right hand, you can see in the shots of his back that his right hand is tied behind his back.

    • In the scene in which Boone is denouncing the ill-treatment that Shannon suffers, a few policemen lead a handcuffed Sawyer by.

    • The seeds Kate collected are not passion fruit seeds but papaya (also known as mamão, tree melon, or pawpaw) seeds.

    • When Shannon and Boone are talking right before the "monster" jumps out Shannon's hair is wet and down, but when they are running in the next shot it's in a bun and dry.

    • When Kate is talking to Jack about Locke not catching any boars, Kate switches her rationale for why he isn't bringing any back in mid-sentence. First, she suggests that the herd of boar isn't really thinning out, and that Locke has decided not to catch any for them; then, seconds later, she follows this up by asking why Locke should catch boar for them if the herd is thinning out.

    • In the scene where Locke throws the knife in front of Boone, the knife disappears from his hand as he raises it above his head, then reappears just before he throws it.

    • The scene where Boone is bribing Shannon's boyfriend, it's supposedly in Australia, but it is very obviously the yacht harbor in West Waikiki. Both the Ilikai and Hilton Hawaiian Village can be seen in the background.

    • After getting the compass Sayid puts it down right next to a magnet! Not the best way to use (or abuse) a compass.

    • Sunset is not at true west, rather in the northern hemisphere it's actually south west - the norther you go, the souther it is. (And vice versa for the southern hemisphere.) Based on how Jack and Sayid pointed when talking about the compass, this would place them quite far to the north (explaining the polar bear). However this contradicts the episode Solitary which placed them somewhere near Tahiti, which is due East of Australia. However there is another variable here, which Sayid should have known, and that is Magnetic Variance (declination), this is the difference between true north and magnetic north. In Tahiti it's more than 10 degrees. Which is exactly the difference the compass showed! (As far as I could see.) So perhaps Jack correctly figured out North from the sunset, but they simply forgot about the declination.

    • When Locke is putting the "stuff" on Boone's head the camera cuts to the back of Boone's head, the stuff is dripping in his hair, and when it cuts back it's gone, and cuts back and it's there again... probably the usage of different takes.

    • During a flashback, Boone's Sydney hotel room has a window view of the Sydney Opera House. However, the view is a geographically impossible one. The hotel would have to be in a position where the Sydney Harbour Bridge currently is, or built somewhere on the water.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Kate and Sun are kneeling by Sun's garden)
      Kate: Can you believe we've been here for over three weeks? I was on my way to Bali. I travel a lot. I was looking forward to exploring the island. Somehow I ended up on a flight to LA instead. I guess that falls under the category of "Be careful what you wish for." (Sun smiles and then looks at Kate) You understood me. (Sun gets worried look on her face) You did, didn't you? You just understood what I said. You speak English?
      Sun: Please... don't tell anyone.

    • Hurley: You want to wish something on your worst enemy? Hope they step on a sea urchin.

    • Boone: I'm going to give you 25,000 U.S. Dollars.
      Bryan: I love her.
      Boone: How much?
      Bryan: My love for her? It's worth closer to $50,000.

    • Boone: We've been coming here for two days, just staring at this thing. I'm not really sure what we're supposed to be doing.
      Locke: Ludovico Buonarroti. Michelangelo's father. He was a wealthy man. He had no understanding of the divinity in his son, so he beat him. No child of his was going to use his hands for a living. So Michelangelo learned not to use his hands. Years later, a visiting Prince came into Michelangelo's studio and found the master staring at a single 18-foot block of marble. Then he knew the rumors were true that Michelangelo had come in every day for the past four months, stared at the marble, and gone home for his supper. So the Prince asked the obvious, "What are you doing?" And Michelangelo turned around and looked at him and whispered, "Sto lavorando". "I'm working." Three years later, that block of marble was the Statue of David.
      Boone: We're not going to stare at this thing for four months, are we?

    • Kate: I can see you there you know.
      Jack: I wasn't hiding, just didn't want to disrupt you from whatever it is you're doing.
      Kate: It's not like it's a secret.
      Jack: Hard to tell with you sometimes.

    • Hurley: (About Jin) I'm not kidding. He offered me something to eat right after we, you know, got here, um, the thing with the spikes?
      Jack: Sea urchin.
      Hurley: Yeah. When I turned him down it's like I soiled his family honor or something. He hasn't looked me in the eye since. The guy holds a serious grudge.

    • Boone: John, people are talking about what we're doing out here everyday, especially since we never come back with anything.
      Locke: You mean boar.
      Boone: Yeah.
      Locke: Plenty of fruit and fish to go around. What we're doing here is far more important.

    • Sun: You don't know what my husband is capable of.

    • (After Boone tried to bribe Shannon's boyfriend to leave her)
      Boone: You set me up, this whole thing was a setup.
      Bryan: She's just getting what she's owed.
      Boone: What'd you just say?
      Bryan: She told me that your mum screwed Shannon over after her daddy died. Kept all of Shannon's father's money for herself. What a sweet mom you got there.
      Boone: This isn't the first time you've done this, is it? (Shannon doesn't answer) Oh, you little bitch.

    • (Jin says something in Korean to Hurley then walks off)
      Hurley: You just said something mean, didn't you?

    • Shannon: Boone. What're you doing here?
      Boone: 15 hours - I just spent 15 hours on a plane. "Happy to see you", "Glad you're here", somethin' like that might be nice.

    • Boone: Stay away from my sister.
      Sayid: To me that sounds like an order.
      Boone: It's just a friendly suggestion.
      Sayid: A suggestion?
      Boone: Yeah. And if I were you, I'd listen.
      Sayid: What if I don't?

    • Hurley: (to Boone) You and Locke are going out everyday huntin' boar, how come you're not comin' back with any? We haven't had fresh pork on our plates in a week, dude.
      Boone: It's not like they're domesticated.
      Hurley: Maybe you're not trying hard enough.
      Boone: We're hunting, alright?
      Hurley: I hope so, because people need food, man - solid food. This isn't a game, man.

    • Jack:Mind if I join you? It's been awhile since you and I talked, John.
      Locke: Well, you're a busy man.
      Jack: So are you. Where's Boone?
      Locke: I haven't seen him today.
      Jack: Yeah? You two have been attached at the hip all week.
      Locke: Well, let me just check my hip ... nope, no Boone.

    • Boone: (About his vision of Shannon) I saw her die.
      Locke: How did you feel when she died?
      Boone: I felt...I felt relieved.
      Locke: Yes, time to let go.

    • Shannon: You brought the money because you're in love with me.
      Boone: You show up here plastered -
      Shannon: You've always been in love with me.
      Boone: You've always been a self-centered little bitch, but now you're delusional.
      Shannon: I've always known it.
      Boone: You're sick.
      Shannon: No...Boone. (they start to make out)

    • Boone (to Shannon): So the player got played. Poetic, don't you think?

    • Jack: What do you think his story is?
      Charlie: Who, Locke? Guy's a freak of nature. Highly disturbed. Chances are he probably killed all his mates at the post office the day his mum forgot to put a cookie in his lunch tin. That was my first impression, anyway. Then he saved my life.
      Jack: Then you trust him?
      Charlie: Trust him? No offense mate, but if there was one person on this island that I would put my absolute faith in to save us all, it would be John Locke.

    • Hurley: (to Jin) Are you sure you don't speak English? There's a rumor that you do....your wife's hot! (Jin doesn't respond)

    • Sun: I took English lessons in Korea. [Jin] doesn't know...it's complicated.
      Kate: So why don't you tell him now?
      Sun: I can't.
      Kate: Why?
      Sun: Because I love him.
      Kate: I don't...
      Sun: Have you ever lied to a man you loved?

    • Jack: Locke. Where did you see Locke?
      Sayid: About a mile east of here, walking through the jungle. At least, I think it's east.

    • Jack: Put out your hand. (Kate looks at him in a wary way)
      Jack: You'll like it, I swear.
      (Kate reaches out her hand and Jack puts his cupped hand over Kate's and opens it up slowly. leaving his hand on top of hers)
      Kate: Hmm, gross little greyish yellow thingies?
      Jack: No, these are slimy little blueish black thingies. (Jack removes his hand and Kate looks down)
      Kate: Guava seeds.
      Jack: What's a garden without guava?

    • Charlie: How am I doing? With week two of heroin withdrawal? Or how am I doing with Claire being abducted by the freak who tried to kill me?!?
      Jack: I gave you asprin for the heroin withdrawal.

    • Locke: Hi.
      Sayid: I didn't hear you.
      Locke: Sorry, I'm sneakier than I give myself credit for.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Locke: (to Sayid) Well you made a compass. I haven't seen one of those since I was a Webelos.

      "Webelos" is the highest rank a Cub Scout can achieve, the last step before becoming a Boy Scout. The requirements include familiarity with the requirements of being a boy scout, as well as the completion of various physical tasks.

    • Episode title: Hearts and Minds

      Hearts and Minds was 1974's Oscar-winning documentary, a provocative look at the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Expression was based on the military pacification program, "Winning the Hearts and Minds" of the Vietnamese villagers.

    • Hurley: "I saw it on TV once!"

      Hurley either saw an episode of Friends where Monica gets stung by a jellyfish and Chandler has to pee on it or he saw an episode of Survivor where the same thing happened.

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