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.
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).
Sun is supposed to make an excuse to walk out of the airport at 11:15
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Originally Yunjin Kim auditioned for the role of Kate. At her audition she explained she spoke fluent Korean, having been raised in Korea, where she had starred in several movies. The producers liked her so much that they created Sun just for her.
- Denmark: February 11, 2005 on Kanal 5
- Greece: August 11, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1
This episode along with two-hour pilot and "The Moth" won a 2005 Prism Award for TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline.
Emilie DeRavin ("Claire") didn't appear in this episode, nor was credited, marking this the first episode without all the regular characters. Maggie Grace ("Shannon") and Ian Somerhalder ("Boone") appear, but had no lines.
To do the bee scene, the Lost crew used male drone bees. These bees don't have stingers, so Dominic would be in no "danger".
Song featured in this episode is "Are You Sure" by Willie Nelson.
The rocks used in the waterfall cave set are made of rubber so that the sound of the actors and crew members walking about are not picked up on camera.
The scene where Sun/Jin was with the beautiful red "Asian house" is filmed at Valley Of The Temples, a grave site that includes that "house" (or temple).
This is the first Sun-centric episode.
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.