Season 5 Episode 10

He's Our You

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 2009 on ABC
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Everyone on the island is at risk when one of the survivors decides to go against them and take matters into their own hands.

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  • ben vs sayid

    Why doesn't Ben remember Sayid, he was shot by him in childhood!!!?
  • More pain and torture leading to a brutal death --- right?

    Sayid has always been, in my mind, the most fascinating character of the original cast. Locke's stories have been more emotional, and Kate's have been more revealing, but Sayid's work because of the contradictory parts of his nature--- at once a very brutal and ruthless man (we see as much in the scene where he cold-bloodedly kills the last man on Ben's list after the first commercial break), yet compassionate and loving at the same time. As we see as we finally learn the reasons why Sayid was on Ajira 316, that's the part that got him into trouble.

    In all his flashbacks, we've never gotten a clear picture about Sayid's family. In 'He's Our You' we get little more than a glimpse, but it's enough to tell us everything. His father tried to force his brother to kill something to prove his manhood. Feeling compassion for him, he hugs his brother, and snaps the neck of a chicken. When his father praises his brother, he quickly credits Sayid, and his father says "At least one of you will be a man." Sayid is a torturer. He says that he doesn't like hurting people, and what we know about his past, that's true. But Ben has him pegged right, too --- "he's capable of doing things that other people can't do," and given what we saw him do ever since he got off the island, that's also true. We have no idea how many people Sayid ended up killing for Ben --- dozens, at least--- but he seemed able to compartmentalize, even when the pain was deep. What finally caused him to hate Ben is very simple--- after the killing, we see in this episode, Ben turns to him and simply says: "You're done," and has the gall to say "Get on with your life." The fact is Ben used Sayid like he used so many other people, and then, after all the horrors he put him through, had the nerve to use a murder (which we now know he committed himself) to play the exact same trick on Sayid to get him involved in the first place.

    Sayid no doubt left the rest of the Oceanic 6 planning never to see any of them again, but then he decided to get drunk (on McCutcheon's, no less). Then he happened to meet Ilana, who basically played the same act on him that Elsa did in 'The Economist'--- run into him accidentally, run a short con, and then reveal that she was working for the enemy. In actuality, Ilana was not working for the law or for Ben, but she still had an idea when she took him on that plane that they were going to end up on the island.

    The only member of the passengers who would have violently resisted getting on that plane, he no doubts doesn't understand why he was supposed to come back Then he was served lunch by a young Ben Linus. Four years after he ran into the jungle and met with Richard (who really cleaned himself up in 1974, based on 'The Man Behind the Curtain) he is still being very patient. Nevertheless, he seems to be a kind, compassionate child, who is being horribly abused by a brutal father. Maybe another character--- Hurley or Kate, who have seen Ben's sufferings and thought maybe he could be redeemed. Sayid doesn't see it that way, and when you consider that this Ben had no problem lighting a Dharma bus on fire and driving it into the compound, with no concern for anyone else's well being, he probably has a point. The Ben we know had no room in his heart for innocent bystanders, and this one doesn't seem to either.

    So now Sayid seems to have one purpose--- the only reason he could have been sent to the past--- is to kill Ben before he becomes the monster that we all know. Considering that this is basically the execution of a fourteen-year old boy, it's amazing that the fanbase, never mind the censors, were okay with this. But then again, they know Ben the way we do. However, here's the question that makes no sense: if Sayid really thought his purpose was to kill Ben, why didn't he finish the job? Hell, he's ex-military, he knows you always go for the head shot. Instead, he shot Ben in the chest, and as we know from past experience, that doesn't necessarily kill. Was there some part of him that, in the end, blanched at killing an innocent man? Did the heart that got him into so much pain--- with his brother, with Shannon, with Elsa--- betray one more time? Given what we saw, sure looks that way.

    We seem to be getting a better feeling of the Dharma Initiative with each episode, and this one reveals that they weren't exactly noble themselves. They seemed more than willing to allow the exile of their own, and didn't have much problem with enforced interrogation. (Which leads us to the weakest part of the episode: Oldham. While I'm glad to see William Sanderson in just about anything, for all the buildup we got--- and considering how afraid of him everyone seems--- I expected him to do more than just put a solution in a sugar cube and force it down Sayid's throat. I mean, it worked, but still...) And in many ways, they seemed more of a democracy than the Others or the Oceanic bunch ever did--- though it wasn't much of one, with the weasel-like Radzinsky again stampeding the opinion that Sayid saw his precious Swan, and now he must die. And 'LaFleur' seems more than willing to let all this go on to protect the little patch of grass he's currently maintaining with Juliet. Juliet, however, has clearly begun to think that her time with James is about to reach and it. James may think she's worried about losing their home; he still doesn't see much more than that. After shooting Ben, Sayid has a noticeable grimace of pain before running off into the night. But the question is: running where? There's no safety for him in the jungle, anymore than there was protection among the Dharma folk. But then, as we've come to realize the more we learn about him, Sayid has always been a prisoner, always been alone And he doesn't believe redemption for him is possible, if he ever did. He thinks once again, that he's done. But is he? Is it possible than once again he misunderstood his purpose? Ben's last words to Sayid were: "You're a killer," as if he never forgot the last words Sayid spoke to him after shooting him. Was Sayid here to slay the dragon, or to make sure that it was born? And now that he has, will he stay around longer to find out?

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  • Could someone explain me?? I still don't get why the Ocean six should go back. Everything was OK on the Island after Lock left, for 3 years!!

    Could someone explain me?? I still don't get why the Ocean six should go back. Everything was OK on the Island after Lock left, for 3 years!! (No flashes, no bloody noses, no flying arrows, Looove) Everybody seemed comfortable on his role at Dharma, now that Ocean five (where are Desmond and Aaron?) are back, they are treated like unwanted guests, weren't they the savers??!! Lock died to bring them back and I still don't see the point, I really hope to see why they should go back before season end, otherwise, I'll be really disappointed.

    By the way, off course that Sawyer thinks more than Jack, He lives in a house with a pretty blond girlfriend who cooks for him. Jack lived in the beach, always dealing with Ben, Lock, the smoke monster, Widmore's assassins. NO time for reading, time for action (or reaction)!! That's why I just answered to Sawyer "OK".moreless
  • SWEET SHOW PPLS!!!!!...

    SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the best episodes.Like the time Sun PRETENDED to trust Ben but ended up whacking him in the back of the head with an oar!Though I'm sad that Sun and Jin are seperated.:[And she though he was dead.....and Jack,Hurley,Kate,and the rest of them joining the Derma Initiative?Wacky!!I give it an A+!!!!And Sayid [however you spell it]was found and Sawyer had to pretend he was a savage or something!!!I cant wait for the next episode!As my classification says "Exactly why I watch this series!"I hope no one disagrees with me [but you still can, I'm not forcing you]and I hope they enjoyed it!moreless
  • This Season 5 has been THE BEST season I've ever watched of television thus far. Yes, that is how strongly I feel about how terrific this season has been. I will confidently say that this season has been wonderful. Except for tonight's episode.moreless

    You know, I have watched this show since the pilot episode. I have never missed a new episode, and I consider myself a tremendous fan of LOST. I know anyone who reads this will feel the same. Well, at least I believe that to be true.

    This Season 5 has been THE BEST season I've ever watched of television thus far. Yes, that is how strongly I feel about how terrific this season has been. I will confidently say that this season has been consistently wonderful. Except for tonight's episode.

    Now, please let me explain why, without other users here simply marking my ranking of this episode as a 'thumbs-down' simply because they LOVE LOST and would never give an episode anything less than a perfect score, because, well, that would hurt this amazing show's overall score here on this website. But if we all rate each episode as PERFECT, than what are we truly judging? If anyone says that "LaFleur" or "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" aren't in the top 10 episodes of the show ever, then they aren't true fans. That is simply the truth. Those episodes are absolute 10s in every regard. "Namaste" last week? Pretty damn good, too. On to tonight's episode - it was disappointing. How could it not be after how amazing this season has been! I adore Sayid, but this episode did NOTHING to advance how amazing this season has been. It flat-lined, in many ways. It was almost boring at times, which I can only ever say about a few other episodes ever. I LOVE this show, but I honestly think the TRUE fans of this show, who have followed it devoutly from the beginning and genuinely adore the characters, KNOW that this episode was poor. I cannot (as always) wait for next week's episode. It cannot help but be a huge improvement upon this week. Even the ending, as all of us true fans know, was a joke. We know Ben lives on. I wish the writers and producers would stop trying to make us feel like idiots - we DO know the score!moreless
William Sanderson

William Sanderson


Guest Star

Sayed Bedreya

Sayed Bedreya

Sayid's Father

Guest Star

Xavier Raabe-Manupule

Xavier Raabe-Manupule

12-year-old Iraqi boy

Guest Star

Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison

Horace Goodspeed

Recurring Role

Zuleikha Robinson

Zuleikha Robinson

Ilana Verdansky

Recurring Role

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Russian man told to Sayid before he killed him (translated from russian): "Wait, wait, wait! Don't shoot. 300 or 400 thousand euro. This is all yours. Please, Please!"

    • Numbers:
      -When Sayid leaves the Moscow building, the reverse writing above the door reads "Oldham 32 Pharmaceuticals", not russian but an english words, just written in cyrillic letters. 32 reversed is 23.
      -The license plate of the car in front of which Ben waits for Sayid is "E 608 PC 158".
      -Young Ben told Sayid that he first met Richard 4 years ago.
      -Sawyer reports on the walkie-talkie that Building 15 is on fire after the flaming DHARMA van plows into it.

    • Before Sawyer goes into Sayid's cell the first time, an Apple Lisa can be seen behind Phil. This computer would not be on the market for another 6 years.

    • During the DHARMA meeting about Sayid, they mentioned Ann Arbor. That city is home to the University of Michigan, the same college that DHARMA founders Karen and Gerald DeGroot work at. Also, Pierre Chang was the professor of theoretical astrophysics from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    • Next when Jack approached Hurley, Sayid saw Kate sitting in a chair before standing up and go, however, in "316", Kate passed through to the terminal gate long before that.

    • When Sayid looks at Hurley at the airport, the female ticketing agent that Hurley debated with is obviously not Nalini who was seen in "316".

    • The small CCTV camera we saw in the cell holding Sayid was a modern CCD camera. The only CCD cameras available in the 70s looked more like... 70s video cameras: large and metallic.

    • A prayer flag can be seen at Oldham's camp. On such a flag, each color represents a different element (sky, air, fire, water, earth), and those colors are arranged in very specific patterns. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.

    • Sayid orders MacCutcheon whiskey, the same mentioned previously in the series.

    • The food pyramid seen on the wall of the cafeteria was not created until 1992.

    • This is the very first time in the whole series, that we see any reference to Sayid's family.

    • When Sayid shoots the Russian in the beginning of the episode, it is daylight out. When he goes outside the door (beaming with sunlight) to meet Ben, it is instantly nighttime.

    • After Ben is shot by Sayid, his body goes from being sprawled out, to a more push-up position, to being sprawled out again between shots.

    • The scene in this episode, where Sun holds a gun to Ben's face is slightly different than in episode 5 "This Place Is Death". Kate's fight with Jack can't be heard and after Sayid turns around he says: "If I see you (pointing at Ben) again, it'll be extremely unpleasant for us both", whereas in episode 5 he says: "If I see you (pointing at Jack) or him (Ben) again, it'll be extremely unpleasant for all of us."

    • Sawyer uses a hand-held TASER to stun Sayid but the year is 1977 and the touch kind of TASERs that used compressed air instead of gunpowder were not invented until 1994.

    • A large map of The Barracks can be seen on a wall in the security office.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Hurley: Together. Like they live together. Like not as roommates.

    • Ben: Because, Sayid, to put it simply, you're capable of things that most other men aren't. Every choice you've made in your life, whether it was to murder or to torture, it hasn't really been a choice at all, has it? It's in your nature. It's what you are. You're a killer, Sayid.

    • Sayid: A twelve-year-old Ben Linus brought me a chicken salad sandwich. How do you think I'm doing?

    • Sayid: You're going to be killed.
      Horace: How exactly would you know this, Sayid?
      Sayid: Because I am from the future.
      Oldham: Maybe I should've used half a dropper (truth drug). Oops...

    • Sayid: Are you working for Benjamin Linus?
      Ilana: What?
      Sayid: Are you working for him?
      Ilana: Who's Benjamin Linus?
      Sayid: He's a liar, a manipulator, a man who allowed his own daughter to be murdered to save himself, a monster responsible for nothing short of genocide.
      Ilana: Why would I work for somebody like that?
      Sayid: I did.

    • Sayid: Do me a favor. Can we get the next plane?
      Ilana: Why?
      Sayid: I'm very superstitious when it comes to flying.
      Ilana: I'm going to buy you a rabbit's foot at the gift shop.

    • Jack: What the hell happened?
      Sawyer: Three years, no burning buses. You all back for one day ...

    • Sawyer: Hit me in the face.
      Sayid: What?
      Sawyer: Go on, you owe me one anyway. So make it a good one. I want you to take these keys out of my pocket and let yourself out. Guard outside is Phil. He's a dimwit. So I reckon you can get his gun before he even realizes you're out. Just promise me you won't shoot him.

    • Oldham: Why were you in handcuffs when we found you?
      Sayid: Because ... because I am a bad man.

    • Sayid: Are you a professional?
      Ilana: A professional what? You think I'm a prostitute. I'm not a professional anything. I just thought you looked sad. I like sad men.
      Sayid: I'm sorry to hear that.

    • Sayid: Who is that man?
      Sawyer: He's our you.

    • Roger: What I can't figure out is how the hell you got caught. You Hostiles are supposed to be the kings of the jungle. How dumb are you that you got captured by these idiots.
      Sayid: And yet you're the one who mops up after them.

    • Sawyer: You got yourself a choice, Chief. Either you cooperate and join the party in Dharmaville or you're on your own.
      Sayid: Then I guess I'm on my own.

    • Horace: I just spoke to the prisoner. We have a problem.
      Sawyer: Why, what did he say?
      Horace: Nothing. Which is what worries me. We need to find out why he violated the truce. Why the hell he would come into our territory. I'm just going to have to have Oldham do his thing on him.
      Sawyer: That psychopath? No way.

    • Juliet: It's over isn't it?
      Sawyer: What's over?
      Juliet: This. Us. Playing House. All of it.

    • Sayid: Where to now?
      Ben: Nowhere. You're done.
      Sayid: What do you mean, I'm done?
      Ben: We're done. Andropov was the last one. You've taken care of everyone who posed a threat to your friends. It's been a pleasure working with you, Sayid.

    • Young Ben: (to Sayid) Four years ago I ran away into the jungle and Richard found me. I said I wanted to leave, that I wanted to join you. So I've been patient. And if you're patient too, I think I can help you.

  • NOTES (6)


    • The Silence of the Lambs: Sayid waits, hands crossed at the cell wall looking straight ahead as young Benjamin Linus enters the holding room.

      This scene is quite similar to the character introduction scene in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal Lecter is shown restrained behind thick glass panels and windowless stone walls waiting for Clarice Starling.

    • Yet another allusion to Geronimo Jackson, this time we can see a poster on the wall in the cafeteria.