Season 4 Episode 8

Meet Kevin Johnson

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

After Sayid encounters Michael, the story of how Ben's spy got to the freighter is finally revealed. Back at Locke's camp, Ben sends his daughter, Alex, to a safer place so that she may survive an approaching attack.

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  • about the episode

    It had great sound mixing.
  • Highly Underrated Episode

    I started watching Lost a few months ago on Netflix, shortly after finishing 24. Ever since the end of Season 1, Michael and Walt have been my favorite characters. I find their relationship touching, with Michael willing to do ANYTHING for Walt, even murder.

    This episode is basically one giant flashback telling us what Michael has been doing since the end of Season 2, since he was absent in all of Season 3 and up until last episode this season. It's believable how the others played off of Michael's emotions and suicidal additude.

    For those complaining about it being unrealistic, well was Lost ever realistic? Mysterious island? Pandas? Polar bears? Horses? Ability to see the future (later revealed to be time travel)...seriously, it's Sci-Fi with hints of Realism. And it's insanely entertaining.

    Michael's return is awesome. This is a very underrated episode and it answers the main question that has been on my mind since the end of Season 2: what the hell happened to Michael and Walt?

    Great episode, highly underrated.moreless
  • A Michael-centric episode.

    Let me just start out by saying that I didn't like this episode at all since I absolutely hate the character Michael and he's my least favorite character on the show. I was glad when he left in season two, and I would have preferred to have never seen him again on Lost. The show was doing just fine this season without him, and I don't see why it was necessary to bring him for anymore episodes, let alone this episode. In closing, I absolutely hated the story line for this episode and this episode as whole. That being said, I'm really looking looking forward to watching the rest of season four of Lost.moreless
  • my classification is based specially for the end of the episode wich made no sense to me honestly and also I think that the explanation of how and why michael was on the boat was pretty lame they could have come up with something better.moreless

    my classification is based specially for the end of the episode wich made no sense to me honestly and also I think that the explanation of how and why michael was on the boat was pretty lame they could have come up with something better. Hopefully they;ll make it up. my classification is based specially for the end of the episode wich made no sense to me honestly and also I think that the explanation of how and why michael was on the boat was pretty lame they could have come up with something better. Hopefully they'll make it up. Peacemoreless
  • Meet Kevin Johnson

    A powerful episode here where we saw Ben try to protect his daughter Alex from the impending attack. We saw the Ben character really become three dimensional for his relationship with his daughter and it was one of the most shocking moments in show history, one of the few good ones after Season 1, when she ended up dying.

    We knew Kevin Johnson would end up being Michael, but that does not mean this was not a good moment in the show. His exit from Lost was disappointing and I kind of wish he would could have stayed around for a long time.moreless
Galyn Gorg

Galyn Gorg


Guest Star

Jill Kuramoto

Jill Kuramoto

Female Anchor

Guest Star

Starletta DuPois

Starletta DuPois

Mrs. Dawson

Guest Star

Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde

Alex Rousseau

Recurring Role

Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan

Danielle Rousseau

Recurring Role

Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Michael hears whispers and sees Libby just before he activates the bomb on the freighter. This is the first time the whispers are heard off the Island.

    • Goof: When Michael arrives at the port in Suva, Fiji, the taxi is a left hand drive vehicle. However, in Fiji vehicles are right hand drive.

    • According to Libby's badge, Michael is in (the fictitious) Manhattan Springs Hospital.

    • In "Catch-22", Naomi's helicopter crashes in the water, but in the subsequent episodes the freighter crew still has a helicopter, which implies that they had two before Naomi crashed. However, only one helicopter is present on the pad in this episode: *During the scene where Naomi is arguing with Frank Lapidus. *During the scene where Frank is talking to Kevin.

    • It turns out that the noise Sayid and Desmond heard in "Ji Yeon", and that Sayid knew wasn't coming from machines, was Michael bouncing a tennis ball.

    • The bomb Michael is given has a button that says "Execute", much like the computer in the Swan.

    • Numbers:
      -When Michael activates the bomb the countdown timer has 15 seconds on it. The camera cuts away from the timer when it's at 8 seconds and goes back into a close up just as it hits 4 seconds.
      -The clock in the Barracks's house marks 8 pm.

    • The water bottle in Karl's hand in the final scene has only one hole. The bullet entered the bottle, but did not exit.

    • When Alex is ambushed, Tania Raymonde's left eye contact can be seen slipping out of place.

    • On the freighter, when Tom hangs up the phone after he speaks with Michael, a dial tone is heard. Only landline telephones give dial tones.

    • According to Tom being off the Island, Michael's flashback takes place between day 74 ("Stranger In A Strange Land") and day 80 ("Par Avion" and "The Man From Tallahasse).

    • When Karl gets shot, and there is a closeup of his face, you can clearly see he is wearing earplugs.

    • Island events take place on December 26 and 27, 2004. It's day 96 and 97 for the survivors.

    • Goof: When Alex and Karl are talking just before Karl gets shot, you can see a headphone hanging off Alex's ear. You can see the headphone much more clearly a few seconds later when Rousseau is talking to Alex.

    • This is the first episode in which the "Previously on Lost" segment does not contain any footage from the current or previous season (all was from seasons 1 and 2). It is also the first episode other than season premieres in which all the footage is from previous seasons.

    • Just before Michael presses the execute button on the bomb, you can see legs moving in the upper left corner of the screen, behind the suitcase.

    • Korean inscriptions on back of the Rolex watch Michael is trading in for a gun (given to him by Jin) translate to: "congratulations", "mutual cooperation", "business development", and "Mr. Paik".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Captain Gault: What the hell is this?
      Sayid: This man is not who you think he is. He was a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815. I spent two months with him on the Island before he betrayed us. This is the man who sabotaged your radio room. He destroyed the ship's engine, and his name isn't Kevin Johnson. It's Michael Dawson, and he's a traitor.

    • Ben: I want you to compile a list of names... every person on your boat. When I call again, you'll give me that list. Then you will disable the radio room you're sitting in. When the crew is disoriented by their lack of communication, you'll take out the engines, too. That way, the boat can never get to this island, and your friends will be safe. Will you do that for me, Michael?
      Michael: Yeah.
      Ben: Then consider yourself one of the good guys.

    • Ben: There are people on your boat who are innocent. They have no idea that the man they work for is a monster, a killer without conscience or a greater purpose. I had to show you the difference between him and me. When I'm at war, I'll do what I need to do to win, but I will not kill innocent people.
      Michael: Ana Lucia and Libby... they were innocent.
      Ben: You killed them, Michael. No one asked you to. I don't blame you, Michael. We did have your boy. And what wouldn't a man do for his son?

    • Michael: Walt?
      (The voice is not Walt's, but it's familiar.)
      Ben: I'm so sorry, Michael, but he's still in New York. So I'm afraid you're stuck with me. Michael? Are you still there?
      Michael: You put me on this boat, talked me into blowing it up, and when I push the damn button, a flag pops up.
      Ben: You actually activated the bomb?
      Michael: (Shouts) It's not a bomb! It's a...It's a joke

    • Michael: Nobody even knows I'm here.
      Minkowski: Well, you're the only Kevin Johnson on board, so somebody knows you're here. Said he really needs to talk to you. His name's Walt.

    • Minkowski: What, are you going Nicholson on us?
      Michael: What?
      Minkowski: You know, Jack Nicholson in The Shining, when he's bouncing that ball against the wall? Next thing you know, you're gonna go after your wife with an ax.
      Michael: I'm not married, man.

    • Alex: Wait! Wait! Don't! I'm Ben's daughter! I'm his daughter!

    • Tom: (On the phone with Michael) Oh, you met some of them now. Got some names and faces and you're gettin cold feet, huh?
      Michael: Yeah, actually I am.
      Tom: Well here are a few more names for ya, Sun, Sawyer, Jack, Claire, her baby, and the only way you're going to save their lives is if you man up and get on that boat. Or maybe you wanna come back and explain to your kid how you let all of them die too. It's game time, are you in or out?
      Michael: I'm in.

    • Nurse: You want me to call Walt?
      Michael: What?
      Nurse: The note pinned to your chest. It was written to "Walt." You want me to call him?
      Michael: No.

    • Captain Gault: Nobody leaves this ship without my say-so! I'm not beating these men to scare you. I beat them to save your lives! Do you remember what happened to the last two men who took off in this boat? You remember what happened to Minkowski? As soon as we get the engines fixed, we're back in the hunt. In the meantime, everybody just hold on.

    • Miles: We're here for him. (indicates Ben)
      Hurley: Um, we kind of, like, knew that forever ago.
      Sawyer: Well, all right then. Problem solved. How soon do we turn him over?
      Locke: We can't turn him over.
      Sawyer: And why the hell not?
      Ben: Because once they have me, their orders are to kill everyone else on the Island.

    • Claire: (About Ben) Wait. So... what, he's one of us now? You're--you're gonna protect him? He tried to kill you, John.

    • Hurley: He won't even tell us who his spy on the boat is.
      Ben: It's Michael.
      Hurley: What?
      Ben: My spy on the freighter is Michael.
      Sawyer: I'm sorry. You mean the same guy that killed two women in cold blood to set this little bastard free? And then sold all of us out so he could get off the Island? That Michael?
      Locke: Yes, James ... That Michael.

    • Locke: Thank you all for your patience. I know it's taken me a few days to... figure out our next move, but I didn't want to do anything until I knew more about our situation. You deserve to know everything that I do, so... no more secrets. As you all know, Miles here and three of his people came to the Island about a week ago. So I brought him up from the boathouse to share with us exactly why they're here.

    • Alex: These people you said they're dangerous. More dangerous than you?
      Ben: Yes. But your mother will protect you.

    • Miles: Your name isn't Kevin. (Michael looks guilty) Don't worry; 80% of the people on this ship are lying about something.

    • Tom: You told him didn't you? You couldn't carry the guilt of what you did to those two women all by yourself, so you shared it with a ten year old kid. Is that why you want to kill yourself Michael? Because that's the way he looks at you now? Because he knows you're a murderer?
      Michael: Go away!
      Tom: I've got some bad news for you amigo, you can't kill yourself. The island won't let you!
      Michael: What'd you say?
      Tom: No matter how bad you want to, no matter how many different ways you try, it won't happen. Give it a shot if you don't believe me. You've got more work to do Mike.

    • Sayid: Hello, Michael.
      Michael: Not now man.
      Sayid: Yes, right now. Why are you on this boat?
      Michael: I'm here to die.

  • NOTES (10)

    • Music featured while Michael attempts suicide is "It's Getting Better" By Mama Cass Elliot.

    • This episode has the second longest flashback to date.

    • This episode won the 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (one-hour).

    • Kevin Durand and M.C. Gainey also worked together in the movie Wild Hogs.

    • This is the first episode of season 4 where Matthew Fox (Jack Shephard), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke) and Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday) don't appear.

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: September 22, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: March 23, 2008 on Sky One
      Ireland: March 24, 2008 on RTE Two
      Sweden: April 2, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: April 23, 2008 on TVNorge
      Finland: May 1, 2008 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: May 4, 2008 on Net 5
      Czech Republic: May 25, 2008 on AXN
      Spain: June 16, 2008 on FOX TV
      Denmark: April 11, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Italy: August 18, 2008 on Rai 2

    • Cynthia Watros is the first ex-regular actor that is not credited as a "Special Guest Star".

    • First appearances by Harold Perrineau (Michael) and Cynthia Watros (Libby) since "Live Together, Die Alone".

    • Although they are credited, Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Jeremy Davies (Daniel), Matthew Fox (Jack), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) and Yunjin Kim (Sun) don't appear.

    • A Michael-centric episode.


    • The Great Escape

      Michael throwing on the ball against the wall references Hilts doing the same whilse in the cooler in this 1963 film.

    • The Hotel Earl, where Tom is staying, was also the name of the Hotel in the film Barton Fink , In the film, the hotel is like purgatory, a popular Lost theory is that the Island is purgatory.

    • Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse Five, is once again mentioned. This time as an answer on the game show Michael is watching on TV.

    • Karl says "I've got a bad feeling about this." This is an allusion to the Star Wars films where that quote is used in every episode.