Season 1 Episode 6

House of the Rising Sun

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 27, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Jin attacks Michael without provocation, a rivalry begins to form, much to Sun's dismay. Meanwhile, Jack proposes that everyone move to the caves, though some argue that this would be giving up on possible rescue. Flashbacks in this episode concentrate around Sun and Jin's marriage and how it was slowly falling apart.moreless

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  • Sun

    This episode gracefully and stylistically shows the other side to the Korean couple's relationship, but it otherwise doesn't have much to add to the storyline even though it does show off the writers' various styles quite well.
  • Another great one!

    Well, After a rewatch of this episode, I've realized how much that I have underrated it. It was by no means perfect, but it had a really good story; and finding out Sun and Jin's story was cool. Its funny how different those characters are now. So we meet "Adam and Eve" in this episode. I've heard Damon and Carlton before saying that they will play a part in the timeline of the island. I thought this line by Michael was interesting, "Time doesn't matter on a damn island!!" Charlie was hilarious in this episode. "I'd have thought C's actually" haha! He also cracked me up when he called Locke the "Great White Hunter". I really like Locke in this episode too. "What I know is that this island might just give you what you're looking for, but you have to give the island something." Locke- you're too awesome! I'd say everything about the episode was great, except for the ending. I really didn't like the song.moreless
  • 106

    Another superb installment of Lost with a lot of character development. I love all the story line tie ins between episodes like zooming out of Jack complaining about the casket to Sun looking at Jin behind him, it was just great to see.

    It was fantastic delving in to Sun & Jin's twisted relationship, the theme that returns is "everything happens for a reason." If Sun would have ran away, she would have never been in the plane crash. I'm liking the playful yet serious Jack & Kate relationship.

    The Locke & Charlie interactions were incredible: "Look up." We just got a very entertaining episode here with a lot of noteworthy scenes. Can't wait for the next installment.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Some of the survivors move to the caves, while some stay at the beach. Locke exchanges Charlie's heroin for Charlie's guitar. Jin attacks Michael because he has Jin's father-in-law's watch; however, only Jin's wife Sun knows this because they do not speak English. Jin is handcuffed to the wreckage. Sun reveals to Michael that she can speak English and explains why Jin attacked Michael, after which Michael frees Jin. Flashbacks show that Jin had to take a job working for Sun's father for her hand in marriage. One night, after they are married, Jin returns home covered in someone else's blood. Sun secretly plots to leave Jin; however, she changes her mind in the end. I love Kate, Jack and Charlie in the first season, they are the best - however Charlie rules over them though. So we learn about Sun and Jin. Michael and Jin have a fight - preety good one too. I love the scenes where Jack, Kate, Chalie and Locke are around the caves - so good!moreless
  • Holy crap Bees...

    That's right bees, that scene has always bothered me, how the hell did Charlie manage to miss the bee hive? Well we will never know. Other than that this episode was a lot like White Rabbit when it comes to the flashbacks they are not the best but it is important to see Jin is kind underneath all that anger and that Jin and Sun were once happy. I enjoy the episode the Adam and Eve part was cool we still dont know for sure who those two bodies actually are. Michael was great in this episode, he hasn't done much so far so this was refreshing to see him in the centre of the action, What a shocker when Sun speaks English, highlight of the episode but the fight at the start was pretty awesome as well. The caves are cool and a good set for the first season kind of missed them during season two but the hatch set took up a lot of space. I enjoy Sun and Jin's relationship development during the series and they are the couple I like the best because of how far they have come since day one. Overall a decent episode better than White Rabbit but still one of the weakest episode so far.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Near the end of the episode, when Kate is sitting alone on the beach, and Jack comes up to talk to her about moving into the caves, you can see vehicle tire tracks in the sand.

    • Sayid is from Tikrit, Iraq, the town where Saddam Hussein was born and later captured by the U.S Army.

    • At the beginning of the party scene, when Jin serves Sun a glass of champagne, the classical music playing in the background incorporates both the numbers 42 and especially 4. It is the opening of the second movement, the minuet, of the String Quartet in D minor, opus 42, by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).

      Haydn is credited with creating the string quartet as a distinct musical form, consisting of an ensemble of 4 instruments--a pair of violins, a viola, and a cello. Most string quartets, like this particular one, have 4 movements. This work's overall key, D minor, also includes the fourth letter of the alphabet. A considerably longer selection from the second movement of this same Haydn string quartet is heard again playing faintly in the background in the Season 2 episode …And Found, when Sun first meets her prospective suitor at the hotel.

    • Numbers: 8
      The time Sun is supposed to meet the car at 11:15, the four numbers added up equals 8 (1 + 1 + 1 + 5).

    • Numbers: Walt's birthday is August 24th (8/24, with 24 being a reversed 42). As Sun rejoins Jin at the airport, you hear an announcement for Flight 125 (1 + 2 + 5 = 8).

    • Numbers: 15

      Sun is supposed to make an excuse to walk out of the airport at 11:15

    • Numbers: 8

      Charlie says that he did not play the guitar for 8 days.

    • When Jin returns home with blood all over his shirt, the song that is being played is a version of the Godfather song.

    • When Sawyer joins the discussion on the beach between Michael and Sayid you can clearly see a crewmember on the right bottom frame (widescreen) holding a styrofoam reflection board.

    • During Sun's flashback(s), while he is washing his hands, Jin's shirt magically cleans itself. At the beginning of the scene it's quite bloody, but by the end of the scene it's much less bloody - most notably the right sleeve.

    • The watch that Michael is wearing, the one that is the reason Jin attacks him, alternately appears and disappears while Jin is attacking him on the beach.

    • The bees on Charlie's face disappear and reappear from shot to shot.

    • More of a nitpick, but the bees nest that Charlie steps on is actually a hornets nest. Technically 'Hornets' are not referred to as 'bees', something a would-be experienced hunter like Locke should know about.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Jack: I was thinking that if we were living at the caves, we could build a damn around that spring so that everybody could have fresh water and we could get the infirmary off the beach. You think it's a bad idea?
      Kate: No. No, it makes sense.
      Jack: But ...?
      Kate: No "but".
      Jack: Good. Because a lot of people are still hoping a rescue boat's gonna show up. They're not thinking about their own safety. We're gonna have a lot of convincing to do.
      Kate: "We"? You still haven't convinced me yet.

    • Charlie: The great white hunter's getting restless.

    • Sawyer: (approaching Kate) Well, well, well, if ain't the belle of the ball? So what's it like having both the doctor and Captain Falafel fighting over you? [Kate doesn't respond] Just call 'em how I seem 'em, Freckles. Truth be told, I'm not the only one wondering where you're going to weigh in on this whole moving off the beach thing. Are you going with the pessimists, or staying here and waiting for the rescue boats?

    • Michael: (to Sayid) Now what? I already gave you my statement, sheriff.

    • Sayid: Is there a reason you didn't consult us when you decided to form your own civilization?
      Jack: I'm only talking about moving into the valley.
      Sayid: Well, what happened to 'live together, die alone'?
      Jack: Digging in together is the only way we're going to survive.
      Sayid: Our best hope of survival is in being spotted by a plane or a ship, and for that we need to organize everyone to keep that signal fire burning while others scout the island for supplies. Digging in anywhere else is suicide.
      Kate: It is the only source of fresh water we've found, Sayid.
      Jack: And staying on the beach, in the sun without water? That's not suicide?
      Sayid: I´m not going to admit defeat.

    • Locke: (about Charlie's guitar) You'll see it again.
      Charlie: Oh yeah? What makes you say that?
      Locke: Because I have faith, Charlie.

    • Charlie: You following me?
      Locke: Yes.
      Charlie: There's no need. I'm just going to the loo.
      Locke: Is there something you want to tell me Charlie?
      Charlie: I'm going to the loo.
      Locke: It's dangerous out there. Until we get back to the beach, I'm not breaking line of sight with you.
      Charlie: Bugger off.

    • (Sun is pointing to her watch and saying something in Korean.)
      Sayid: The cuffs stay on.
      Sawyer: A little louder, Omar. Maybe then she'll understand you.

    • Michael: I'm getting tired of saying this. I was just walking the beach with my son, and all of the sudden this dude is all up on me. I didn't do anything.

    • Kate: I don't want to be Eve.
      Jack: No one's asking you to.
      Kate: I just can't...dig in.
      Jack: Why not? Someone else can stay here, keep a look out, wait for rescue. Why does it have to be you?
      Kate: That's not it.

    • Locke: I know a lot more about pain than you think.

    • Locke: (to Charlie) Just hand it to me. You're gonna run out. I guess sooner rather than later. Painful detox is inevitable. Give it up now; at least it will be your choice.

    • Jack: These caves make too good a shelter just to be used for burial. Adam and Eve, they must have lived here. Their plane crashed or maybe they were shipwrecked. Probably when they found this place, they knew they could survive here. Unlimited supply of fresh water; Tree canopy keeps the temperature down, shields out the sun; Openings are narrow, easier for protection against predators. We don't need to bring water to people. We need to bring the people to the water.

    • Michael: I don't know how it is in Iraq. But in the United States of America where I am from, Korean people don't like black people.

    • (After Kate finds two bodies, which are pretty much skeletons)
      Jack: Someone laid them to rest here.
      Kate: Who? Where would they come from?
      Jack: Didn't you guys shoot a polar bear last week?
      Kate: Yeah.
      Jack: Where'd that come from?

    • Locke: Pull yourself together, son.
      Charlie: It wouldn't be an irrational fear of bees if I could just pull myself together, would it?

    • Kate: Hey Charlie! Ask Jack about his tattoos.
      Charlie (sarcastically): Oh, you guys have an inside joke. How absolutely wonderful for you both.

    • Kate: You still haven't answered my question.
      Sawyer: You haven't answered mine. And I asked first.

    • Jack: Kate, how did you get to be this way? Just what did you do?
      Kate: You had your chance to know.

    • Jack: I'm glad you're coming.
      Hurley: Hey, man, I go where the boar's at. So...what's up with you and Kate? You guys gonna move into the caves together?
      Jack: What am I in high school?
      Hurley: Ooooh, that wasn't a denial. (Jack smiles)

    • Locke: I know who you are, and I know what you're looking for? Driveshaft, you played bass.
      Charlie: And guitar, on a couple of tracks. You really heard of us?
      Locke: Hey, just because I'm over forty doesn't mean I'm deaf.

    • (Jack is staring at Kate)
      Kate: Are you checking me out?
      Jack: What?
      Kate: There's no harm in it.
      Jack: Trust me, if I was checking you out, you'd know it.

    • Jack: Forty six people need to drink a half gallon each day. Carrying all this water back and forth is going to be a real pain in the ass.
      Kate: You're starting to make me regret voluteering.

    • Jack: What's going on?
      Locke: Shh, he's standing on a beehive.
      Charlie: What's a beehive doing down there? Beehives are supposed to be in trees.
      Locke: If he moves he'll split the hive.
      Charlie: I don't like bees, okay, I have an irrational fear of bees. I think I'm allergic.

    • Locke: Do you want your guitar?
      Charlie: Yeah.
      Locke: More than your drug?
      Charlie: More than you know.
      Locke: This island just may give you something you are looking for, but you have to give the island something in return.

    • Michael: You speak English?
      Sun: Yes.
      Michael: What... you speak English? (Sun nods) Why didn't you say anything?
      Sun: My husband doesn't know.
      Michael: Why would you learn English and not tell your husband?
      Sun: He has a bad temper.

    • Hurley: Short walk, they lied.

    • (Catching up to Kate and Jack after they were chased by bees)
      Charlie: You two run away fantastically. I'm glad my diversion spared you. I was only stung several hundred times. Uhh... someone left this. (hands Kate back the shirt she'd pulled off while running away)
      Kate: It was um, it was full of bees.
      Charlie: I'd a thought C's actually...

    • Kate: It's just that you-- and the tattoos...don't add up. Were you one of those hardcore spinal surgeons or something?
      Jack: That's me. Hardcore.
      Charlie: If you two are done verbally copulating, we should get a move on.

  • NOTES (9)


    • The Beatles:
      Charlie's shoulder tattoo reads "Living is easy with eyes closed". This is a lyric from the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles.

    • Lord of the Flies:
      Another LOTF allusion, where the survivors argue over who should be leader and where they should stay. Some stay in one area while the rest go in a better place in their opinion.

    • Episode title: House of the Rising Sun
      Whether by coincidence (or more likely not) all of the eight episodes listed so far seem to be named after songs. "House Of The Rising Sun" is a traditional song, meaning no one knows who wrote it, but it was popularized by the Animals in the 60s.