Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 29, 2006 on ABC
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Locke finds himself trapped in the Swan during a resupply lockdown, forcing him to rely on Henry Gale for help. Out in the jungle, Ana Lucia, Sayid, and Charlie search for the balloon which would prove Henry's alibi.

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  • Lockdown

    The riveting main plot is a test for both Lost fans and character John Locke himself, teasing their prior knowledge and provoking what's to come.
  • #217 'Lockdown'

    What an interesting episode. All of the "Locke-centered" ones have been so far. I love the way they continued his father's storyline here. The man had to fake his own death because these two guys were after him and his money. John and Helen (guest star Katey Sagal) went to his funeral which gave John a chance to finally move on, but his papa was following him and needed the last favor. John went to the safe with his key, got dad's money for him to leave the country. But it all ends terribly for John (who had to lie to his girlfriend all the time), daddy got his money and left and Locke was alone again - Helen followed him to the motel and left in shock when she saw John with his supposedly dead father. Very good flashbacks in this one. Meanwhile there was some sort of lock down in the hatch and Henry is not really Henry. 9.5/10

  • Awesome.

    The hatch suddenly traps Locke, who is forced to ask Henry to enter the numbers into the computer. Ana Lucia, Sayid, and Charlie return and reveal that "Henry Gale" is lying and that he is one of the Others. In flashbacks, Locke's marriage proposal to Helen is rejected, because of his inability to let go of the pain his father caused him. Wow - my favourite episode of the season and the last season, I guess. So amazing - I love hte storyline. The scene with John and Henry are amazing. I love the way Jack is in this episode. I love the scene with the poker, Jack knows his stuff - I love the scene with Jack, Sawyer, Kate and Hutlry, and then there is just Sawyer and Jack left - I love them. I love the way the hatch shuts down awesome storyline I loved every minute of it. I love the way Henry has to push the buttons - amazing, I love the tension. The ending is awesome too.moreless
  • The hatch starts going haywire, some major secrets are revealed, and oh, what a denouement

    This episode takes place mere seconds after 'The Whole Truth' ended, and shows how the tension between Locke and Jack continues to build. But this episode is completely (as the title says) focused on Locke, and sets a whole new set of mysteries about the hatch, reveals the single biggest prop used in the series, and ends with one of the greatest twists since 'Walkabout'.

    Even those he's only been in the armory for two days, it's pretty clear that Henry is starting to convince Locke that he is who he says he is. Minutes later, however, the situation between them takes on dire straits. Remember those blast door that Michael pointed out? A countdown is heard over the speakers (it's hard to tell whether it's live or a recording) and down they come, sealing Locke in. Realizing they're trap, Locke has no choice but to turn to Henry for help in getting out of their trap.. However, Henry convinces Locke that he will be on his side when Jack' comes back.

    They try to pry the door open, but in the process a metal rod goes through one of Locke's legs. There's a look of sheer horror on his face when he realize what might have happened, but he can't even stop to focus on it, because there's something else he has to deal with--- the button. Once again, he is forced to put his trust in Henry. as he tells him to crawl through a grate in the pantry and get to the computer.. The suspense in these sequences is thrilling even if you know how it's going to end, but more important is the interaction between Locke and Henry. The scenes between Locke and 'Henry' are among the richest and most thrilling parts of the entire series. In almost all of them, Henry is trying to convince Locke, even though horrible things have happened to him because of what he did, his actions were the right ones. No matter where they are, no matter the circumstances, Locke will always try to prove his superiority in regard to the island, and almost always Henry has outmaneuvered him. Why does this happen? Because, as we see in the flashback, Locke can not avoid being conned. He is finally approaching happiness with Helen (who we met in 'Orientation'), when he learns that Anthony Cooper has died. He thinks he's finally gotten past, when a few days later Cooper pops up, saying that he fakes his death to get $700,000 from a couple of guys. Once again, he manages to convinces Locke to help him, in exchange for a cut of the money. Yet again Locke has been fooled, and this time when Helen learns, she will not forgive him. She turns away from his proposal, and leaves his life for good. (In the it's a small world after all category, we also see Locke doing a house inspection for a woman in California. I missed it the first time, but the woman is Nadia, Sayid's beloved, who the CIA said was living in California.)

    The timer finally runs out, and we wonder what's going to happen next, when something out of left field comes: a black light goes on, and we see that written on the blast door is a map of the island. The map is so complex that three years later we are still trying to divulge information from it. To try and sum up what we learn in a few words would be impossible, but suffice to say the writers have really been trying to test the will of the fans with this particular prop.

    I will therefore pose another question: why did the lockdown happen so close to the timer going off? Weren't the Dharma officials afraid that something like this could keep people from entering the code? More importantly, why did it happen now? Does it have something to do with another event? Was it arranged by the Others? Did the Dharma Initiative program it, and that's still going on twenty to twenty five years later?

    Another possibility occurs near the end. Kate and Jack are walking back to the beach, when they see a flashpoint flicker. A few feet onward they come to a parachute, and there's food in it (as well as other supplies? Was the lockdown connected to this parachute drop/ And more importantly, how a plane find the island? This kind of gets lost in the shuffle, and we don't answer it, either.

    Above ground, there are some more light-hearted events taking place. Sawyer is fleecing some of the locals at poker (a game all about bluffing, which is right up his alley), and Jack comes up, and is lured in. Again the game begins, and once again the con man gets play. This time Jack manages to win the medicine back. The macho posturing proves that at least ere, Jack will always out maneuver Sawyer. However, this doesn't exactly do much to make him a good leader, just someone who won't let anything go.

    Meanwhile, Sayid, Charlie and Ana finish their search of the wreckage, and find Henry Gale's balloon. (We also see that the balloon came from somewhere Widmore Labs, which if you were paying attention--- I wasn't--- also showed up on Sun's pregnancy test and in Charlie's flashback. We'll learn some of its connection soon enough.) Yet despite all the evidence, Sayid didn't believe his eyes, so he goes searching further. And when he digs up a grave, he doesn't find a woman, but a man: Henry Gale. Now every action that 'Henry' has taken must be seen in a new light, and we find ourselves wondering again: who is this man?

    'Lockdown' features everything that you expect from Lost--- superb writing, fine acting, several great props, and a whale of a kicker. John Locke thinks that he has the answers, but yet again he has been proven wrong. The consequences of this episode will be far reaching, even as yet another lockdown begins.

    My score:9.7moreless
  • Strong since the BEginning, Only the Flashbacks are the Weak point!!!

    From the Writers/Perspective:

    Another Satisfatory episode, sicen the producers decided to reveal the truth about Henry Gale, so how could they bring this ia a great way and make a twist? The first Scene is Strong, When Sayid and Cia found the Ballon.

    The endind is strong either, since nobody expected Sayid to found out the truth the way he did.

    With a beginning and a ending planned, the hard part was to make a interesting event in the Island.

    The Lockdown make this interesting and because locke is inside the Hatch, he is the Main Character and we have another Locke sequel of Flashbacks.

    Other mini Events just are there to distract.

    My Point of View:

    This episode is very interesting, with a both strong beginning and ending.

    The Lockdown is intriguing and the Locke situation is interesting to see, since Locke's legs are trapped under one of the blast doors and he have to trust Henry.

    OVerall, this episodes builds up you trust regarding Henry Gale since the beginning of this episode, and the Lockdown only favor him. The Lockdown place another mystery and a amazing ending make this episode deserve at least a 9. Only the flashbacks are not strong, since this Locke drama about his father became tiring and repetitive.moreless
Geoffrey Rivas

Geoffrey Rivas

Father Chuck

Guest Star

Theo Coumbis

Theo Coumbis

Jimmy Bane

Guest Star

Andrea Gabriel

Andrea Gabriel



Kevin Tighe

Kevin Tighe

Anthony Cooper

Recurring Role

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal


Recurring Role

Michael Emerson (I)

Michael Emerson (I)

Henry Gale

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

    • Goof: When Locke is approaching the faulty loudspeaker for the first time, he is on the same level as the speaker. In the next shot, Locke needs a chair to reach up to the speaker.

    • Goof: At the funeral, Helen is sitting at Locke's left during the entire service, but as he looks towards the man with the lawnmower, she is sitting at his right.

    • Right when he was interrupted by Sawyer, Hurley was about to bet 4 papayas. 4 is one of "The Numbers".

    • The alarm sounds 24 times before it gets louder (which means there's not much time left). 24--->2x4=8. 4 and 8 are two of "The Numbers".

    • When Henry falls down, the alarm starts. It sounds 4 times before the scene ends. 4 is one of "The Numbers".

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 21st 2004.

    • Although "blast doors" or steel panels slid down over the doors and windows (which I presume were just light panels since it is supposed to be underground), apparently there is nothing to prevent things from passing through the air vent. If the "blast doors" were designed to contain radiation or an explosion, it would seem they would have made a provision to prevent "it" (whatever "it" might be) from passing through the air vent between the protected area.

    • When Locke looks at the countdown just before the lockdown the time before reset is 47 minutes. This is another "numbers" input (8 plus 16 plus 23 equals 47).

    • Sawyer mentions he's been to Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. Kate was on her way there after committing her big crime in the flashback episode of "What Kate Did".

    • On the door of John Locke's Truck it says:

      Welcome Home
      Professional Home Inspectors
      John Locke, Owner

    • In John's flashback he visits a Motel, as he gets out of his car we clearly see an Oceanic Plane fly past in the background, we know this as the Oceanic Logo is on the tail of the plane.

    • A map/diagram of the island is revealed during the hatch lockdown. It is full of information regarding the experiments on the island including the other hatch locations, the reason for the experiments and the locations of other important island elements. There is also Latin that other websites have translated that lead us to more clues about what is going on on this island. There are things such as a zoological experiment, gene therapy and climate control discussed on the map. A fourth DHARMA Logo is indicated on the map/diagram Locke sees on the door: a flame. We have had no previous knowledge of this logo. The other logos that have been revealed are the Swan, the Arrow, and the Staff.

    • Henry Gale's drivers license has his address listed as 815 Walnut Ridge Rd., Wayzata, Minnesota. We can see the 8 and the 15, two of The Numbers here too.

    • In addition to the other posts about the numbers showing up in the episode, here are more places where the numbers show up. When Hurley and Sawyer are playing cards a shot of Sawyers cards are shown. If you add the 3, 4, and 8 of clubs up you get 15. If you add the 6 of diamonds and the jack of hearts up you get 16. That's assuming that in some card games the Jack is worth 10. Also, if you look at the license plate on Locke's fathers car, you can see the number 4 and the number 19, which add up to 23. Also, if you add the numbers in the zip code up on Henry Gale's license, you get 23 (5+5+3+9+1).

    • When Locke gets stuck under the blast door, he tells Henry to climb through the vent. So if the vent was open the whole time why did he try to pry the door open? For that matter, why did Locke try to slide under the barely propped-open door when he could go for the vents himself?

    • In the flashback where Locke gets the thousands of dollars for his father from the safe deposit box at the bank the safe deposit box number is 1516 which is two of The Numbers - 15 and 16.

    • The woman whose house Locke inspects in one of his flashback sequences is none other than the Sayid's love interest from his flashback, Nadia.

    • When Hurley, Sawyer, and Kate are playing cards it shows 5 cards. Two of those cards are a 4 and an 8. These are two of the numbers

    • Locke's father had an Oceanic Airlines flight bag when he left the Motel.

    • The Macaroni & Cheese Supper has the number DI-9FFTR731 with a swan logo.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Kate: I'm glad you beat Sawyer.
      Jack: (They both smile happily) You know what? The hatch can wait until morning if you like me to walk you back to the beach.

    • Jack: I'm all in.
      Sawyer: That's a move of a man who wants me to lay it down.
      Jack: You're not gonna lay it down.
      Sawyer: I'm not, huh? Why is that?
      Jack: Because there is a bunch of people watching us right now and you don't want them to see you lose, again. (Cut to Kate, Hurley, and Libby who are watching from afar)

    • Helen: You lied to me!
      John: I...no...please I can-
      Helen: You lied to me! You looked me right in the eye and you lied to me!...you've made your choice John you need his love more than mine.

    • Libby: What's going on?
      Hurley: Jack and Sawyer are finally going to beat each other up.

    • Sawyer: Fun time's over, Mongo. Why don't you go hit the buffet?
      Hurley: But, I want to...
      Kate: Come on, Hurley. (referring to Sawyer and Jack) Let's go leave these boys to their sandbox.

    • Sawyer: Think you're in my head, Doc?
      Jack: You've still got three papayas - call or fold.
      Sawyer: Well, you're in trouble now, Cool Hand. Pocket queens makes me the set.
      Jack: (showing his cards) King's wired.
      Hurley: Whoa, dude.
      Jack: But at least I'm not in your head.

    • Henry: I'm going to need your word that you won't let your people do anything to me.
      Locke: Well, if you're who you say you are, then what are you worried about?
      Henry: Things have happened to them - things that I have nothing to do with. But they've got no one to blame except for me. So I'm going to need your word that you'll protect me, no matter what!

    • Kate: What about me? What do I got?
      Jack: Hard to say, but you're just playing for the fun of it.
      Kate: Well, fun's not bad. You should try it sometime.

    • Hurley: I bet four papayas.
      Sawyer: You can't bet; I just bet. You can either call or raise or lay 'em down, Muttonchops.

    • Sawyer: Okay, I'll call you with the aspirin and raise you with a bottle of Amoxicilin.
      Jack: Do you even know what Amoxicilin is?
      Sawyer: You may have been to Phuket, Doc, but I've been to Tallahassee. (Jack looks confused) Let's just say something was burning and it wasn't from the sunshine.

    • Jack: How about you deal again?
      Sawyer: What?
      Jack: This time from the top of the deck.
      Sawyer: (smiling) Well, I had to try.

    • Sawyer: So, where'd you learn to play cards, Doc?
      Jack: Phuket.
      Sawyer: What the hell were you doing in Thailand? (Jack doesn't answer) What? You don't think I know where Phuket is? Just because I dropped out in ninth grade, don't make me an idiot.

    • Jack: Saywer, you're busted, I got it all, and it wouldn't be fair for you to go and pick more mangos.
      Sawyer: Oh, I've got a hell a lot more than mangoes. You want to play for real stakes, name em?
      Jack: (laughing) It's a pile of fruit, man.
      Sawyer: And, I want it back.
      Kate: Should I go and get a ruler?

    • Sawyer: Hey, Amarillo Slim, you think that because you watch poker on tv that you can tussle with the big boys?
      Jack: I've got to head back to the hatch.
      Sawyer: The hatch ain't going nowhere, Doc. How about you put your mangos where your mouth is?
      Jack: I guess I could play a hand or two.

    • Libby: Doctor still in? (shows him a wound on her hand) I was grabbing for mussels in the tide pool and pissed off a sea urchin.
      Jack: Well, it doesn't look infected. A little neosporin wouldn't hurt.
      Libby: Yeah, right, neosporin. (motions towards Sawyer) I think the current rate of exchange is ten loads of laundry for a tube.
      Jack: Right.

    • Helen: Where are you taking me?
      Locke: I'm not telling, so just quit asking.
      Helen: Can I be of any help?
      Locke: Just read your obituaries and drink your coffee and I'll take care of everything.
      Helen: Don't knock the obits, it's the nicest part of the paper. No one ever says anything mean about people once they're dead.
      Locke: Mmm! And here I thought the funnies were the nicest part of the paper.

    • John: Maybe... Maybe if the two of us...
      Henry: You want me to help you?
      John: Yeah.
      Henry: And if I do help you get these doors up, then you just gonna lock me back in here aren't you?
      John: That's right.

    • Priest: (At Cooper's funeral) Do you wish to say anything, John?
      John: I forgive you.

    • Jack: Hurley, have you seen Ana Lucia?
      Hurley: She took off to the jungle with Charlie and Sayid yesterday.
      Jack: Yesterday? They say anything about where they where going?
      Hurley: Well, that would like, assume, that anyone actually tells me anything. Maybe if I were in the loop, I could be more helpful.
      Jack: There is no loop, Hurley.

    • Locke: I met my real father, great news right? He pretended to love me just long enough to steal my kidney!

    • Henry: Couldn't you find my balloon?
      Ana Lucia: Yeah, we found it.
      Sayid: We did find your balloon, Henry Gale. Exactly how you described it. We also found the grave you described. Your wife's grave. The grave you said you dug with your own bare hands. It was all there, your whole story, your alibi. It was true. But still I did not believe it to be true.. so I dug up that grave. And found that there was not a woman inside. There was a man. (shows dead man's drivers license) A man named Henry Gale.

    • Cooper: I killed myself off because there are two men out there who were gonna beat me to it.
      Locke: What'd you do, steal their livers?

    • (After Jack wins medical supplies in a hand of poker)
      Sawyer: Hey, when I asked what you wanted for stakes, why didn't you say the guns?
      Jack: When I need the guns, I'll get the guns.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Cerberus: We learn from the map notes Locke saw on the blast door that the black smoke "monster" is called Cerberus. This could be a reference to the creature of Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, the three-headed watchdog who guards the entrance to the lower world, Hades.

      If this is true, it is unknown what Cerberus is guarding.

    • Sawyer calls Jack "Cool Hand" as they are playing poker. He is referring to Cool Hand Luke, a movie where the character, Luke, is known for his bluffing skills when playing poker.

    • Sawyer calls Hurley "Mongo". Mongo was a character in the movie Blazing Saddles, who Hurley resembles due to his large size, out of control hair and affinity for candy.

    • Sawyer refers to Jack as "Amarillo Slim." Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Jr., is the name of a professional poker player.