Season 5 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The Other shot by Sawyer had a horseshoe tattoo on his upper right arm. This tattoo is popular with sailors, and horseshoes have also been considered a symbol of female fertility. The open ended side of the horseshoe represents the open womb of the woman.

    • Paul's necklace is of an ankh, a popular Egyptian hieroglyph for fertility and eternal life. The giant statue also seems to carry an ankh in each hand.

    • LaFleur was first mentioned in the Comic-Con 2008 Pierre Chang film. At the end of the film, Chang says "LaFleur, what are you doing?"

    • The Snellen chart (visual acuity chart) seen behind Amy was written by Alex Eulenberg, who was born in 1970, meaning he would have had to invent the chart before the age of 8. He is neither an optometrist nor a medical doctor, and the chart is not approved for medical use. The chart does not meet the standards of optotypes nor of Snellen charts, which dictate, for example, the ratios between line-width, letter width, and letter height.

    • At the end of the episode, when Sawyer and Kate meet again, we can hear the music that accompanied the moments in the bear cage, "Romancing the cage" (Michael Giachino, season 3 soundtrack), where the two characters have their first real romantic moment.

    • Near the end of the episode, when Sawyer steps out of his Jeep to wait for Jin to arrive, seconds later in a close-up one is able to see a small black microphone in the lapel of Sawyer's DHARMA jumpsuit.

    • The logo on the suits of Sawyer, Miles and Jin is a five point star, as a "sheriff star". This is more than likely the logo of the Security Department.

    • Jin's moustache, goatee and some bruises on his face are suddenly gone in the very first scene of the episode, even though he had a moustache, goatee and noticeable bruises at the end of "This Place Is Death" and during the recap at the beginning of this episode.

    • Along with "Meet Kevin Johnson" and "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham", this is the third Lost episode which takes its title from a main character's pseudonym.

    • Most DHARMA Initiative workclothes are labelled with a person's FIRST NAME and position (e.g. "Roger Workman" [Ben's father]). Sawyer's, however, is marked with his LAST NAME ("LaFleur Head of Security").

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Sawyer turns away from the two DHARMA guards saying "son of a b*tch" he is wearing a white T-shirt, however, when he is zipping up his DHARMA jumpsuit while heading to the door, his T-shirt is green.

    • Tire tracks can be seen before the DHARMA van reached its parked position indicating a re-shot or pre-shot director placement.

    • The Williams Cyclone pinball machine is visible in the corner of the DHARMA rec room when Horace Goodspeed is questioning Sawyer in 1974. This model was not manufactured until 1988.

    • Sawyer tells Horace that he had a son and the bad news was that he missed it, which quite familiarly echoes with Sawyer's own past.

    • A fan-based joke revolving around Richard Alpert and "guyliner" is referenced in this episode by Sawyer who explains to Horace he was referring to his "buddy out there with the eyeliner". The joke has been debunked in interviews with the actor playing Richard, who has very dark eyelashes.

    • Sawyer's beard noticeably changes between real and fake throughout the 1974 portions of the episode.

    • This episode is unique in its handling of time in two different ways. Firstly, while title cards have been used in the past to indicate times or places, this is the first episode which has used them for this purpose for both the present-day and flash segments. Moreover, while "Ji Yeon" utilized both a flashback and a flashforward, this episode was the first to have a story segment which was both a flashback and a flashforward. The 1977 scenes were a flashforward because the depicted events three years after the preceding episodes' on-Island storyline (continuing from the end of "This Place Is Death"); they were also a flashback because they immediately preceded the events at the end of "316". In a way, they were also present-day scenes because the final parts took place immediately after Jin finds Jack, Kate and Hurley in "316".

  • Quotes

    • Sawyer: Hello, Richard.
      Richard: I'm sorry, do we know each other?
      Sawyer: I'm the guy who killed your men. Heard some gunshots, saw two men throwing a bag over a womans head. Gave them the chance to throw the weapons down, and walk away. One of them took a shot at me, and I defended myself.
      Richard: That's so?
      Sawyer: That's so.
      Richard: Your people know that you're telling me this?
      Sawyer: Ain't my people, Hoss. So if you got some kind of a truce with them, it ain't been broken.
      Richard: You're not a member of DHARMA Initiative, then what are you?
      Sawyer: Did you bury the bomb?
      Richard: (disbelief) Excuse me?
      Sawyer: The hydrogen bomb, with Jughead written on the side, did you bury it? ( Richard looks shocked ) Yeah, I know about it. I also know twenty years ago some bald fella limped into your camp and fed you some mumbo jumbo about being your leader. Then, puff, he went and disappeared right in front of you. Is this ringing a bell? That man's name is John Locke, and I'm waiting for him to come back. So, you still think I'm a member of the damn DHARMA Initiative?
      Richard: No. Guess I don't.

    • Sawyer: All right, listen up. When we get there, there's gonna be a lot of questions. So just keep your mouth shut. Let me do the talking.
      Miles: You really think you can convince them that we were in a boat wreck?
      Sawyer: I'm a professional. I used to lie for a living.

    • Sawyer: You do realize it's 1974. Whatever it is you think you're going back to, it don't exist yet.
      Juliet: It's not a reason not to go..
      Sawyer: What about me? You really going to leave me here with a mad scientist and Mr. I Speak to Dead People? And Jin, he's a hell of a nice guy, but not exactly the greatest conversationalist.
      Juliet: You'll be fine.
      Sawyer: Maybe. But who's gonna get my back?

    • Sawyer: Let me talk to him.
      Horace: Excuse me?
      Sawyer: Your buddy out there with the eyeliner. Let me talk to him.
      Horace: We had a truce with these people. You don't understand.
      Sawyer: I understand I'm the one who killed his men. And I'm the one who's going to go out there and tell him why I did it.
      Horace: I can't let you do that.
      Sawyer: It's a good thing I ain't asking your permission.

    • Jin: Daniel? No more flash?
      Daniel: No. No more flash. The record is spinning again. We're just not on the song we want to be on.

    • Sawyer: Okay, swell. Until Dan checks back in, I say we head back to the beach. When Locke gets back with everybody, that's where they'll be looking for us.
      Miles: The beach? What, you didn't get enough flaming arrows shot at you?

    • Sawyer: We're not traveling through time any more? You're saying it's over?
      Daniel: Of course it's over. Wherever we are now, whenever we are now. We're here for good.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 8, 2009 on Sky One
      Australia: April 1, 2009 on Network 7
      Latin America: April 20, 2009 on AXN
      Sweden: May 5, 2009 on TV4
      Denmark: May 22, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: May 25, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: May 28, 2009 on FOX
      Belgium: September 14, 2009 on VT4

    • Music: Tony Orlando and Dawn - "Candida" (while Jerry is dancing with Rosie in the DHARMA station).

    • This is the sixth episode that takes place entirely on the island.

    • Although credited, Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben) and Yunjin Kim (Sun) didn't appear. Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley) and Evangeline Lilly (Kate) appeared, but had no lines. Terry O'Quinn (Locke) also appeared, but only in archive footage.

    • This is Sawyer's first centric episode since "Every Man For Himself", the fourth episode of the third season.

  • Allusions

    • The title alludes the alias Sawyer picked, which also means "The flower" in French.

    • The Grateful Dead: Phil and Jerry, the brownie-eating 1970s hippies, seem to be references to Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead.
      Rosie may be a reference to the reoccurring symbol of roses in Grateful Dead songs and art. In the Grateful Dead "Ramble On Rose", the protagonist's name is Rose.
      Also, the name of the band Grateful Dead has been attributed to this quote from the Egyptian Book of the Dead: "We now return our souls to the creator, as we stand on the edge of eternal darkness. Let our chant fill the void in order that others may know. In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the grateful dead."

    • Rosie is wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt. Geronimo Jackson is a 1970s band. Little is known about the group, but references to the band have been made on Lost starting in Season 2, and on the following episodes: In "The Hunting Party", Charlie and Hurley found the Geronimo Jackson album Magna Carta in the Swan's collection of LPs. Charlie, as "an expert in all things musical", said that he had never heard of them. In "The Whole Truth", Locke noticed the Magna Carta record while flipping through various albums. In "Further Instructions", Undercover police officer Eddie wore a T-shirt with the Magna Carta album cover picture silkscreened on the front. He claimed it to be one of his "dad's old shirts". In "Cabin Fever", A Geronimo Jackson poster adorned the inside door of the locker that 16-year old John Locke was locked in. In "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1" A Geronimo Jackson vinyl cover is seen next to a DJ at Hurley's surprise birthday party. In "This Place Is Death", Charlotte says 'Turn it up! I love Geronimo Jackson!' to the group during a flash.

    • The Dukes of Hazzard: Sawyer calls Miles "Enos", a reference to Roscoe P. Coltraine's deputy in The Dukes of Hazzard.

    • Coconut Telegraph: Sawyer says that Horace Goodspeed's drunken behavior will find its way out on the "coconut telegraph," referencing the content of the Jimmy Buffet song from the album of the same name.

    • Plato: Sawyer calls Daniel "Plato". Plato was a philosopher in ancient Greece, famous for creating Plato's "cave allegory" and the author of the Republic, source of the story of Atlantis.

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