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Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
Near the end of this episode, the alarm beeps 16 times until Kelvin enters all the numbers into the computer.
This is not the first time Alan Dale(Alan Widmore) and Daniel Dae Kim(Jin Kwon) have worked together on a TV series. They worked together in 24, although they didn't share any scenes together.
Desmond told Libby that he had 8 months to get ready for the race. 8 is one of "The Numbers".
The statue found by Sayid, Sun and Jin had 4 toes. 4 is one of "The Numbers".
Libby pays for Desmond's coffee, which cost $4 dollars. 4 is one of "The Numbers".
Island events in this episode take place on November 25th 2004.
Desmond: 23 and 42
The letters that Widmore withheld from Penelope show that the house number of her street address was 23, while Desmond's (the return address) was 42.
Goof: (Continuity) When Pennys voice-over reads Desmonds letter when he's suicidal after Kelvin's death, she misses out a sentence (probably just done for flow of script), but in the next scene, the layout of the letter has changed - the missed out sentence is in a different position on the letter.
The unstable electric energy is powerful enough to pull the washing machine and fire-extinguisher towards it, however it does not effect Eko's cross! His cross is just swinging around his neck normally while he's standing infront of the magnetized wall. This is a goof as we have previously seen Eko's cross reacting to the magnets as he decided to take over the hatch.
If the others wanted Jack, Sawyer, and Kate, why didn't they grab Jack and Sawyer when they were trying to find Michael, and Kate stumbled after them? Hurley was sent back, so he was only needed as a messenger.
Goof: It is very hard to tell, but after John locked out Eko, Eko went to Charlie for help, you can see on Charlie's watch it is around 11:30, then we see Eko, then back to Charlie where his watch now says 5:20.
The swan station might not have been what they said: that it could kill everyone. The fake Henry Gale lied to Locke about him not pushing the button, which eventually lead to Locke smashing the computer. Also the Others didn't seem very concerned when the station was going into meltdown, adding to the fact that it might not be as powerful as was claimed.
That or the Others don't know about what the button actually does, which only means they are not part of the DHARMA Initiative, adding more to the mystery.
When Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, and Michael find the heap of tubes from the Pearl station, they are startled by noises that seem to be around them. Apparently, one of the voices clearly says the name "Elizabeth" which is the name of the boat Desmond came to the island with and also the Christian name of Libby.
Goof: In the last five minutes of the episode, there is a shot where The Others are helping Jack, Kate and Sawyer to get up, just after Hurley has left.
The woman who is helping Kate to stand on her feet, mistakenly grabs her breasts instead of her arms. You can even see her smile a little because of her mistake.
In yet another close instance of the repeated line, Eko tells Locke "Don't tell me what I can do." Locke is most famous for saying "Don't tell me what I can't do!," but other characters, including Jack, Shannon, Kate, and now Eko, have said this line at various points.
The system failure that caused the plane to crash happened at 4:16 AM or PM. 4 and 16 are two of the dreaded numbers.
Libby asks Desmond in the flashback what the 42,000 dollars are for. 42 is one of the numbers.
This episode had the first scene outside the island that was not in a flashback.
The hieroglyphics on the countdown indicator loosely translate to "death."
Desmond's letters to Penelope reveal that Penny lives in Knightsbridge. This is the same area of London in which Lucy Heatherton lives. Lucy, of course, was the girl that Charlie conned back in Season 1.
The two inhabitants of the monitoring station are alerted to an electronmagnetic anomaly. They turn to another terminal where the following text appears:
Delivery Subsystem 550 Requested action taken:
> Received: by 10.48.24.11 with SMTP id m12mr1134484nfg:
> Received: by 10,29.30.1 with HTTP
> Message-ID: Subject: AUTOMATED TEST
> MIME-Version: 1.0
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
> Content-Disposition: inline
AUTOMATED TEST -
1bbybby 77111790v****systems normal**** 76555-222-0
zzzzzzz330 7711346 ****systtems normal**** QX10022005-CHI
Delivery Subsystem 550 Requested action taken:
> Sent: by 10.28.224.18 with SMTP id m11mr1134484nfg
> Sent: to 10,49.31.1 with HTTP
Klugh's (pronounced clue) real name is apparently Bea.
It is finally confirmed that Flight 815 did in fact crash on September 22 2004. There were speculations beforehand that it may have been a different date between fans, which was the day the "Pilot" episode aired. Also, it has been 65 days since the plane crashed, which would make the date of this episode set on November 25 2004, Thanksgiving.
The number that appears on the computer screen at the end of the episode is 7418880. 4 x 8 x 15 x 16 x 23 x 42 = 7418880
In an earlier episode, "Fire + Water" where Charlie kept having visions one of his visions was a big flash of white light and the sky turning violet, exactly as how it happened when the button wasn't pushed.
Locke: His name is Mr. Eko.
Desmond: And why does Mr. Eko carry a stick carved with scripture?
Locke: Because he's a priest.
Desmond: We locked out a priest?
Sawyer: So, these Others, you think they're left over from the Dharma folk?
Michael: I don't know, man.
Sawyer: My theory, they're aliens. That's why they use the fake beards, their heads are made of pathetic.
Hurley: 'Prosthetic', dude.
Sawyer: You can't even spell and now you're correcting me? What do you think, Freckles?
Sawyer: When the Doc told me you all got caught in a net I thought he meant, uh...something else.
Kate: Since when did you and Jack start talking about me?
Desmond: And what did he name his boat?
Libby: 'Elizabeth'. He named it after me.
Desmond: Then I thank you, Elizabeth. And I shall win this race for love.
Jack: What's the matter?
Kate: All that stuff we found in the medical station - costumes, make-up, fake beards - what if these people just want us to think they're hillbillies?
Michael: Listen, I was there. I saw them. They are hillbillies. They live in huts; they eat fish; they're probably more scared than we are. And they have no idea we're on our way.
Sawyer: Alright, enough jibber-jabber, let's roll.
Sayid: I need to get to the North shore of the island, and quickly.
Desmond: Going to see the hostiles, are you?
Desmond: You know what, ignorance is bliss. The boat's all yours, brother, for all the good it'll do you.
Sayid: I don't know how to sail.
Desmond: Then I suggest you find someone who does.
Penny: Desmond, what are you running from?
Desmond: I have to get my honor back; and that's what I'm running to.
Jack: Black smoke, huh?
Sayid: This time they will know that we are coming!
Sayid: On the way to the funeral I told you that Michael had been compromised by the Others, and then you asked me how we might take advantage of that. I believe fate has given us our answer ... the boat.
Jack: The boat?
Sayid: This camp Michael is leading you to across the island ... that is where they will set their trap. While Michael leads you by land, I can approach far more quickly by sea. And I can go ashore undetected.
Locke: What if I told you that all those years that you and all the men before you were down there pushing that button ... What if I told you it was all for nothing?
Desmond: I'd ask you ... How the hell did you know something like that?
Desmond: When did you come here here?
Locke: Sixty...sixty-five days ago.
Desmond: The date, what was the date?
Locke: September 22nd.
(long pause as Desmond looks at log sheet of button pushes, which reads system failure on the 22nd of September)
Desmond: I think I crashed your plane.
Micheal: Hey, thanks for coming out here, risking your neck for my boy.
Jack: Live together, die alone, right?
(Jack offers something to eat to Desmond)
Jack: So, when you ran off, I guess you forgot to mention that you still had a sailboat. Why did you come back?
Desmond: (laughing) You think I did it on purpose? I was sailing for two and half weeks, bearing due west, makin' nine knots, I should have been in Fiji less than a week. But the first piece of land I saw wasn't Fiji, was it? No. No, it was here, this, this island. And you know why? Because this is it! This is all there is left. This ocean and this place here! We are stuck inside of a bloody snow globe! There's no outside world. There's no escape. Just go away, let me drink.
(in a letter to Desmond)
Penelope: All we need to survive is one person who truly loves us. And you have her.
Sun: (after Sayid protests her coming on the boat) You need someone to translate, and you need two people who can sail.
Sayid: Desmond managed by himself.
Sun: Look where he ended up.
Eko: (racing from the sealed hatch) Do you know how they opened the hatch door?
Charlie: (playing his guitar) No, but if you hum a few bars...
Locke: (to Eko) ...I was wrong.
Claire: What happened down there?
Charlie: You want to know the part where I almost got killed by the flaming fireball or the flying fork?
Claire: I want you to be serious.
Locke: (to Desmond) You wanna take a walk? I'll make the popcorn.
Locke: What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
Desmond: Smells like carrots.
(Jack hands Hurley a gun)
Hurley: No way! If I take that I'm gonna kill someone.
Sawyer: Ain't that the point?
Hurley: I thought the point was to get Walt back?
Jack: We're not even sure that Micheal has been turned by them?
Sayid: He has been turned.
Desmond: Are you still pushing it?
Jack: (smiles) Yea! I'm still pushing it.
Desmond (to Locke): See you in another life, brotha.
Sayid: (on sight of a huge statues foot) I do not know which is more disquieting, the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes.
Locke: (talking to Desmond)...I saw a light from inside the hatch, I thought it was a sign. But it wasn't a sign, probably just you goin' to the bathroom.
Charlie: John! John! Seriously, you're about to be detonated!
Jack: I would not have brought you out here if I didn't have a plan.
Sawyer: What plan?
Jack: If they don't think we still believe Michael they'll kill us all!
Desmond: (after Inman put in the code) What was all that about?
Inman: Just savin' the world.
Sawyer: Dharma nutri-bar?
Hurley: No thanks, I'm not hungry.
Sawyer: You serious?
Hurley: Did that bird just say my name?
Sawyer: Yeah it did. Right after it crapped gold.
The Australian band Elora Danan Band has a song featured on their album "In The Room Up There" named after and based on this episode.
First appearances by Alan Dale and Sonya Walger.
This two-part episode was nominated for three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.
The title of this episode is a reference to something Jack previously said. In "White Rabbit," during Jack's monologue towards the end of the episode, he said, "...and if we can't live together, we're gonna die alone." This statement has been repeated on several occasions, and has become one of the themes of the show.
Although none of the regular cast was nominated for an Emmy for season two, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) was nominated for best guest actor in a Drama for this episode.
International air dates:
Poland: November 24, 2006 (TVP1)
Germany: February 12, 2007 (PRO7)
Denmark: June 28, 2006 (Kanal 5)
According to the May 26th Podcast, the crew started writing "Live Together, Die Alone" four weeks before airing. The episode was shot in 17 days with two simultaneous crews, and was finished just five days before airing.
Although credited, Michelle Rodriguez ("Ana-Lucia") didn't appear in this episode. This is the first season finale without all the regular actors.
This episode is a two-hour season finale.
Desmond's full name is Desmond David Hume.
David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, and also a naturalist and a skeptic. His work was greatly influenced by the English philosopher John Locke.
The Odyssey: Desmond is sailing around the world in attempt to win the respect of, and return to, his true love Penelope--but he ends up stranded on an island. In "The Odyssey," Odysseus was trying to return to his wife Penelope from the Trojan War, but got stranded on several occasions en route. Also, Penelope had 108 suitors while Odysseus was gone, and Penelope becomes engaged while Desmond is in prison.
The book that Desmond plans on reading is called "Our Mutual Friend", which was the last novel Charles Dickens completed and is, arguably, his darkest and most complex.
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse got the idea that Desmond wanted this book to be the last thing he read from an interview with John Irving, where he said just that.
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