Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 2010 on ABC
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Hurley must convince Jack to accompany him on a mission, and Jin comes across an old acquaintance.

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  • More Shephard faimly Drama!

    Ok now while I find this alternate time line or as most fan's call them "Flash Sideways", to be confusing and a waste of space, this episode really showed the up's of this.I thought at first that these Flash Sideways were just to show the audiance how much the charecters lives would suck if they didn't crash on the island, But it also stands to reason that other things in their lives would be differnt do to the whole time line ripple effect that we've seen in so many time travel movies. But here we get a big change as well as some charecter development which is common among charectersaproching the series final.

    This is a Jack centric episode, but we seethe whole Shephard family playing big roles in this episode, on the island and in the Flash Sideways as well.

    I'll start with Claire Littleton who we haven't seen for a whole season (not even in Flash backs), and to sum up whats happen to her infew words. "SHE CRAZY" and a threat to the Others and survivors (Espeacially Kaite). but I got say she plays a great psyco and it's interesting to see her as the polar opposite as her usual charecter role (the sweet young Austrailan mother). This also makes me want to see a Jack Claire sibbling moment (Of course I've been wanting that since season 3).

    Hurrly convices Jack to leave the creepy Other temple and go to this lighthouse that they never knew was on the island which is conviently close to their camp bythe cave.The lighthouse has a wheel with names and numbers, Jack finds his name and spins the wheel and see's the house he grew up in, this causes him to freak out (a normal reaction to learning someone's been watching you years since you were a kid) and Jack Bracks the lighthouse. This is what Jackob wanted so that Jack can start realizing that he has purpose. (Also the Other's Temple is about to be under attack and Jackeob didn't want Jack and Hugo to die)

    In the flash sidways, we find out that Jack had a Teenaged son named DAVID SHEPHARD in this alternate reality. now i know Jack was married at one point but given Davids age I don't think it was with that women. The Shephard family (minus Claire) are dealing with the after math of Christan Shephard's Funneral (that was without Christan's body) Jack and his mom look for his will and they disscus the "father son Shephard relationship curse" that he and David are going throw, just like what Jack and his father Christian went throw and what Christian and Ray went throw.They find the will and Claire Littleton is mettioned, this forshadows a metting between the two in another Flash Sideways, one i look farward to (altough Jack's mom may not)

    when Jack comes home he find's Daivd is gone so Jack serches for him frantecly. his search leads him to Daivd school where he is preforming in the auditorium for a piano resital, Which he did not tell his dad about.Jack confrots David as leaves the school and have a heart to heart talk. According to Jack, David stopped playing the piano after he and wife divorced but David continued to practice but made his mom sware not to tell his dad, the reason for this is not because he thought he dad would disapprove of his hobbie but rather David was afraid of failing or disapointing his father because he couldn't play a song right.

    Jack Tell's David that in his eye's he could never fail, they have moment then drive home breaking the father son Shephard relationship curse.

    This is one of those last season episodes that make you think back to the first season and see the main charecters (that are still in the show) over come their personal deamons and progress. Jack's main demon has been his own father and struggling with making the right choices and making apemds for his mistakes. This episode truly show's Jack's Resolve, now the island has it's leader back!moreless
  • Jack is not boring!

    It's sad to see that many Lost fans can't appreciate Jack's importance to the show, and only find flashbacks (forward or sideways) interesting if there is an action plot going on. Sure, when we visit Jack off the island, he's not shooting people like Sayid does or running away like Kate, or conning people like Sawyer, or even eating cursed chicken like Hugo might. No, Jack's episodes are realist in orientation, and often deal with dramatic situations based on family dysfunction (father/son). But why is that boring? It's not. In fact, Jack's father/son related flashes are pivotal to understanding the driving theme of Lost -- moving on from the past, moving away from those who were most responsible for creating your identity and the issues that surround that identity. Jack's flashes help to ground Lost again and again in the real world, reminding us of the relevance of the more extreme characters and their problems, e.g., Kate and Sawyer. Now onto this particular episode: the sideways world is showing us a character arc where Jack was able to overcome his father issues via his own relationship with his son. And as is usually the case so far this season, some really great emotional resonance is created from the parallel narrative. I loved it!moreless
  • Jack Deliver ! ..

    Yea right Jack finally deliver his best performance of the show ! season 3 episode 22-23 ( Looking Glass ) . his acting where he listen to his son voice machine was one of the best in like 30 Sec and that 30 sec will make win a nomination for him at the Emmy ! that's for sure . and lighthouse scene was really amazing i felt the anger inside me . Hurley also deliver one of the best awesomeness lines and acting , and he will be BIG at the finale . Claire and "The Friend" WTF ! John , it's really shocked me , i thought the friend is Chriatin Ghost ! . i just can't wait to see who's coming , what will happened to The Temple ,

    what Claire will do to Kate if she sees her and what Fake-Locke will do ! . 10/10 ..moreless
  • What the? Jack has weekend custody of a teenage son in 2004?? How did that get missed in the past 5 yrs? Where was "David" when Jack returned to LA (Oceanic 6) the first time?moreless

    A Jack and Hurley episode, the writers always give the big man the good lines and his laconic delivery delivers the goods. Some of the stuff on this episode were a little over the top. When I saw the lighthouse I said to co-watcher, "How come we never saw that before?" and sure enough Jack asks the same thing. Good question, bad answer. A bit more continuity wouldn't hurt and leaving everything to the magic of the island is a cheat. A nutso Claire returns, funny she doesn't compliment Jin on his good English 3 yrs later. Jack and Kate meeting by the stream was like a couple of old friends bumping into each other on the sidewalk downtown. That whole David Shepherd thing is too much new plot to introduce 5/6 of the way into the story.moreless
  • Jack and Hurley find a special lighthouse on the Island; Claire shows her crazy side to Jin (and her squirrel bone baby); in the flash-sideways, Jack struggles to repair his relationship with his son, David.moreless

    This episode was not the best episode of Lost, but certainly not the worst. The highlight, by far, was seeing Claire in action once again. Emilie de Ravin is doing a great job of portraying this new, crazy Claire. She literally stuck an axe into a man's gut! It was really unexpected and so out of character for the Claire we remember from the first four seasons of the series. It is clear that this new, revamped Claire is a lot more dangerous than ever before.

    Matthew Fox kind of impressed me in the flash-sideways scenes. He's a good actor. Unfortunately, his on-Island storyline was not as exciting as I had hoped. First of all, it seemed weird to me that he and Hurley would leave the Temple without taking both Sayid and Miles with them. I understand it was necessary for storyline purposes, but it still seemed unusual. Oh well, I will not nitpick that development to death.

    Things are interesting, and there are not a lot of mysteries for the writers to explore throughout the rest of the season. I am eager to see how things unfold, especially since the finality of this season seems to be bringing out the best of all actors involved.moreless
Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

Sayid Jarrah

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Claire Littleton (Seasons 1-4 & 6)

Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox

Jack Shephard

Jorge Garcia (I)

Jorge Garcia (I)

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Jin-Soo Kwon

Ken Leung

Ken Leung

Miles Straume (Seasons 4+)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

    • There is a bottle of the LOST favorite MacCutcheon Scotch on the bar when Jack's mother offers him something to drink.

    • The yellow folder that Jack's mother pulls out of the bookshelf has Arabic writing on it. The writing seems to be "يع2;8;ب ٦٧٢". The word part reads as Ya'qub which is the Arabic version of the name Jacob and the number part either reads 672 which adds up to 15 (one of The Numbers).

    • A blue water bottle that Claire hands Jin to drink from has a DHARMA Initiative logo on it.

    • The poster in David's room has a concert dated December 19, which is the anniversary of The Purge. It is for a Swedish band called Meat Coat who were also the band DriveSHAFT were to tour with had Liam not refused Charlie in The Moth.

    • When Jack looks at the clock it features the numbers 4 and 8 which are part of the numbers list

    • This Jack centric episode aired February 23rd, Jack's number is also 23.

    • According to Jorge Garcia's podcast "Geronimo Jack's Beard", some minor things that were in the script were never shown in the episode:
      "Hey this is Brian" - There was another message on David's voicemail from a friend called Brian about having a sleep over.
      "Apollo candy is now Apollo soda" - The drink that David takes from the fridge was called an Apollo soda in the script but became unknown as he had his hand over it.
      "Claire's peanut butter" - In the description of Claire's hovel they mention that the empty peanut butter jar from Charlie is on one of the shelves.

    • There is a visual difference between the first floor of the lighthouse (built as a prop) and the rest of building (created as CGI). In the scene when Hugo gets closer to the lighthouse's door, you can see its shadow, and when you compare it to Hugo's shadow, it's clear that this shadow was cast by a building not higher than 10ft.

    • The date given for the recital is "Friday the 24th." In 2004, the 24th is a Friday in September, which would place the date of the landing at LAX on September 22nd. This confirms the date of Claire's ultrasound in "What Kate Does" which specified October 22nd, is a prop error.

    • Dogen's Japanese rant translates to "You're lucky I have to protect you, otherwise I'd have cut your head off."

    • The piece David performs at his audition (Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor) is the same piece played by Faraday in "The Variable".

    • The numbers in Jack's truck's license plate (2SAQ321) add up to 8. 8 being one of The Numbers.

    • The Lighthouse has 4 mirrors. 4 is one of The Numbers.

    • The first time we see the needle move on the lighthouse wheel it goes down from 120. Then we see the first reflection that is related to Kwon. We see the reflection related to Sawyer. And finally we see the needle at 37. As the needle went down from 120 to 37, it never passed 15, the number related to Sawyer. Also the timing of the reflection related to Kwon seems impossible.

    • During the conversation where Jacob tells Hurley that he has ink on his forehead, the ink is in a different position in one shot.

    • This episode continues the Season 6 pattern of copying Season 1's episodes' centricities.

    • The lighthouse wheel reveals the following that previously wasn't known from the Cliffside cave:
      - Rousseau crossed out at number 20.
      - (Kate) Austen at number 51. Austen is not crossed out and was not shown in the scene in the cave in "The Substitute."
      - (Juliet) Burke crossed out at number 58.
      - (Daniel) Faraday crossed out at number 101.
      - (Charlotte) Lewis crossed out at number 104, which is different from The Substitute where she has number 140.
      - Wallace crossed out at number 108. (108 is also the sum of The Numbers.)
      - (Tom) Friendly crossed out at number 109.
      - (Benjamin) Linus crossed out at number 117.
      - (Michael) Dawson crossed out at number 124.
      - (Claire) Littleton crossed out at number 313.
      - (Shannon) Rutherford crossed out at number 32.

    • The second reflection in the lighthouse mirror is of the church where Sawyer's parents' funeral was held.

    • The first reflection in the lighthouse mirror is of the temple where Jin and Sun got married.

    • The sign for David's recital reads "Welcome all Candidates."

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (6)

    • According to Jorge Garcia's podcast "Geronimo Jack's Beard", shooting on this episode began on Monday October 12th, 2009.

    • Music:

      Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor by Chopin (the piece David performs at his audition).

    • This is the 108th produced hour of Lost. The number 108 plays an important role in this episode's plot and is the sum of The Numbers.

    • Although credited, Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jeff Fahey (Frank), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Yunjin Kim (Sun) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) do not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 23, 2010 on A
      United Kingdom: February 26, 2010 on Sky1
      Portugal: March 2, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: March 2, 2010 on FOX
      Australia: March 3, 2010 on 7Two
      Latin America: March 9, 2010 on Canal AXN
      New Zealand: March 10, 2010 on TV2
      Finland: March 18, 2010 on Nelonen
      Norway: March 31, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: April 14, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: April 28, 2010 on TV4
      Czech Republic: May 3, 2010 on AXN

    • A Jack-centric episode.


    • To the Lighthouse: Hurley and Jack's journey to the lighthouse may be an allusion to Virginia Woolf's 1927 book To the Lighthouse. Large parts of Woolf's novel investigate the means of perception, attempting to understand people in the act of looking.

    • Chopin: Jack finds sheet music by the composer Chopin on David's desk. The music is Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor (the piece is later performed by David at the audition).

    • The Last Samurai: Hurley refers to Dogen as a samurai. The actor, Hiroyuki Sanada played a samurai in many films including "The Last Samurai".

    • Alice in Wonderland: Jack's son, David, is reading an annotated version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Jack refers to Alice's two kittens, Kitty and Snowdrop, one black one white. Jack also finds a key to his ex-wife's house hidden under a rabbit statue.

    • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Hurley tells Dogen (as a cover) that he likes temples and all that Indiana Jones stuff.

    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: Hurley compares Jacob to Obi Wan Kenobi in regards to how, although dead, he appears when he chooses to do so.