Season 5 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 2009 on ABC
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After meeting old acquaintances Sawyer is forced to continue lying to protect them.

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  • We've finally back on the island, though some people have skipped around.

    Technically, this episode is the first one in a while to not be focused on any one character. Technically, it centers more on Sawyer and Jack, who after three years apart, have now fallen into very different roles. But before we get there, we might as well see what really happened to Ajira 316 right after that big flash of light.

    We get a cockpit view of what happened --- after the flash, all the power in the engines went dead, and the plane went into a drop. Despite all that, Lapidus and the forever unnamed copilot managed to do a hell of a better job landing this plane than the Oceanic crew.(Admittedly, it would have been hard to do worse considering that flight was ripped in half, but details, details...) They are helped immensely by the surprise appearance of a runway. (Those of us with long memories will remember that Juliet said the Others had kidnapped Sawyer and Kate to clear rocks for what appeared to be a runway, though if they thought a plane was going to be landing on the island, it's unclear who gave the order or who finished the work.) Frank manages to get the plane on the ground in one piece, with only one immediate casualty--- his co-pilot, who is impaled by a tree. Everyone is in a daze, especially the only member of the Oceanic 6 still on the plane--- Sun. When she turns to Ben to ask where the others are, he just says: "How would I know?" As it turns out, there's a very good reason he'd know, but we'll get to that in a minute.

    Frank tries to reassure the passengers that they're going to be okay, but refuses to let on that he knows where they are. Caesar, however, jumps the gun and breaks up by revealing the existence of bear cages and scientific equipment. Sun, in the meantime, follows Ben, who once again seems to know what he's doing --- after all, just a few minutes after landing, he no longer needs the sling he was wearing. Frank tries to warn Sun how dangerous Ben is (which would appear to be a waste of air), but she has no intention of following him any longer than she needs to --- a minute after arriving on a dock, she smashes him up the side of his head with an oar. When they make it to 'New Otherton', the place still seems a wreck from the mess that Smokey laid down when Kearny and his boys made their first attempt to get Ben. There, they run into another blast from the past --- Christian, who takes them into the Dharma building, and a photograph of new arrivals. It is here that Sun sees that the other members of the Oceanic 6 are in 1977.

    Back in 1977 (where we're going to be for the rest of this season) Jack, Kate and Hurley have just arrived, with no more idea how they got there. Considering how long Sawyer has been waiting for the Oceanic 6 to show up, it's amazing he isn't more delighted to see them. Instead, he seems to be more interested in protecting the lie that he's been holding on to for the last three years, and that his friends don't blow it for them. What he doesn't know is that he's already made a mess in his own house. He didn't tell Juliet what had happened, so she went about her duties like everyone else, checking in on Amy's son--- who they've decided to name Ethan. (Now I have to digress, cause this a hole in the plot. If this is the same Ethan that would eventually migrate to the Others, he was 27 when we encountered him first, and there's no way that William Mapother could pull that off--- he was 40 when filming started. Also, how come his last name wasn't Goodspeed? He probably was lying to the Oceanic group, but it's not like they would've been able to know the difference) Juliet then hears from Miles what happened before. She seems upset that James left without telling her the truth rather than just the fact that these people have suddenly returned. This is a critical moment for her, though James doesn't see it.

    Improvising on short notice, James manages to arrange for Kate, Hurley, and Jack to become arrivals on the most recent sub. He puts Jack as a custodian (pretty hysterical, and malicious on his part), Kate in the motor pool with Juliet, and Hurley in the kitchen. But he has a much bigger problem than that--- because Jin is present to the appearance of what seems to be a hostile in Dharma territory. In actuality, it's a just as baffled Sayid, who before he can register seeing Jin (who he really thought was dead) before he is identified as such by James, who takes him into the barracks. (By the way, the man who's notices this is Radzinsky. For those playing the home game, we heard about Radzinsky indirectly from Kelvin Inman in the Season 2 finale. He was the man who built the Swan station {and he's working on a model of it when we first see him in the flesh}, removed the footage from the filmstrip, and designed the blast door map. He survived the Purge by all counts, though from what we learned, not for much longer.) He takes Sayid prisoner in order to keep him safe, but given how Dharma regards the Hostiles, Sayid may be living on borrowed time.

    Right now, Sawyer has arranged things so that he is more of a leader than Jack. This is a position that Jack held more or less continuously all the time he was on the island. Though he was challenged by Sayid, Locke and Kate by occasion, the huddled masses seem to regard him as the sane solution for staying alive. Which is remarkable, considering his track record, and the fact that on almost every critical juncture on the island, he was wrong. Pushing the button is a meaningless exercise? Wrong. I can trust the Others to get off the island? Wrong. The people on the freighter are trustworthy? Very wrong. Leaving the island at all? Wrong As Sawyer points out, a lot of his decisions were based on reacting, not thinking, and that kind of thought led to the deaths of almost every survivor. You've got to think that Jack would've been willing to surrender to one of these challenges, especially because he never really wanted to lead in the first place. Yet he stubbornly refused to let go, even when it came back to bringing everybody back to the island. And now that he's finally there, he finally seems willing to yield to someone else's leadership.

    From day 1, Sawyer never agreed to follow Jack--- he just sat around, reading his books, making his own plans. He challenged the authority of Jack a couple of time, but never seemed set on any one plan. Now, after three years of working his way up in the Dharma Initiative, LaFleur has become a leader. The people in security look up to him. He has a respect and code that he never needed when he was just 'Sawyer'. He's been asked to lead. However, he's gotten so used to power and routine, then when the people from what he might consider his old life appear, his first reaction is to keep his old life safe. He also seems to have come around to Daniel's way of thinking that you can't change the future from the past. (Which begs the question, where is Dan?) When Hurley brings up the purge, he says quite plainly that he's not here to play Nostradamus, which would seem pretty short-sighted on his part. But now that Sawyer has become the sheriff, Jack seems more than willing to let follow. (And for the record, after this, he seems far more relaxed then we've seen him all season.)

    But there's one wild card in this, the only person who's around in both timelines ---- the young Ben Linus The revelation at the end isn't really much of one (after all, we saw in 'The Man Behind the Curtain that Ben has been part of Dharma since 1973) but it does bring up a critical point, one that Sawyer seems to have overlooked. Ben is part of the makeup of the island, and he has a critical role to play in that island's history. Sawyer might have been willing to go by the idea of 'whatever happened, happened', but considering what he was put through by Ben as an adult, will Sayid? 'Namaste' has finally managed to get us where we needed to be--- the Oceanic 6, minus Aaron are back on the island, albeit not all in the same time. (It's still not clear why Sun couldn't have made the trip to 1977 with the Others; my guess, the writers are sadists who wanted to make us wait more than we had to) There are established relationships and bonds which have formed and some which have broken, but could be reformed with not much effort. The island seemed to bring them wherever they went for a reason. Now the question is, why are they dealing with Dharma now?

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  • Wow this show was very good. It answered some questions. And i was just hooked on it I didnt take my eyes off the screen for a second. I enjoyed every minute of it.moreless

    LOST is Great! I always get the chills when I watch this show. Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST! Long live LOST!moreless
  • Confusion, Suspense, Excitement....Perfection!!! :)

    Wow, this was perfection! Loved it from begining to end. This was a perfect example of the episodes that we were waiting for since last year's finale.

    It's creepy and sad when you think about the first seasons. What they were back than...and now its survivor vs. survivor like the preview for next week announced. I wonder how all this is going to end. How this Island movement is going to be over?

    It's also weird that Ben, Sun and Locke are like in the 00's and the others are in th3 70's. Two different time periods on the same pace -- its too freaking CRAZY, love it!!! =D

    I was disappointed in the ending. I mean DUHH to the writers.. we already met young Ben. It was not a jaw dropping moment. So far, season 5 episode endings kind of suck compared to other seasons but oh well it still is the most exciting season.

    Hope the ratings come high, that Idol crap is now officially our competition ugh!!!moreless
  • Spectacular episode yet again!

    Is it just me or are the writers really spot on this season so far? I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every episode of season five. In the episode Namaste we get to see out losties reunited and three of the four placed within the dharma initiative but one of them doesnt have such luck. Sayid is caught by Jin and Radzinsky and believed to be a hostile. The episode was quite pivotal because it showed that sawyer is fully in control now, not jack and not locke. Although i dislike the idea of Sawyer having power over Jack, it's new and different. I cannot await next weeks episode to see Sayid own people left and right!moreless
  • awesomeeee as alwaysss

    Even though i loved this episode, i will say its the second weekest one so far this season next to the life and death of jeremy bentham. We saw the ajira airways crash ther first 5 minutes of the episdoe and that was amazing! But the big question is... why didn't sun, frank, ben, casear and ilana go through time too? Hm, i guess we'll have to wait longer for that. There was alot of suspense in this episode and the ending was mind blowing. I knew we would see young ben again. And i;m hope i;m wrong to say but i think Sayids days are numbered, the writers did confirm that someone was going to die this season, and that he or she was a very loved character.moreless
Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier


Guest Star

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth


Recurring Role

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler


Recurring Role

Zuleikha Robinson

Zuleikha Robinson

Ilana Verdansky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Numbers:
      -As Jin goes out The Flame, there is a barrel with the number 4 on it.
      -In the 1977 DHARMA recruits picture, there are 16 people (including Jack, Kate and Hurley).
      -Sayid's capture as a "Hostile" is referred to with the code "14-J". J is the 9th letter of the alphabet and 14+9=23

    • This is the first time Pierre Chang has been in a defined timeline or met any of the original survivors.

    • When Juliet is holding baby Ethan, there is a blanket or towel on her shoulder in the first shot, then in the next shot it is not there at all.

    • The 'Welcome New Recruits' sign at the Processing Center is first shown tied between two large trees; however, in the scene as Sawyer turns to escort Jack, Sun, and Hurley inside, just before Miles arrives, the sign is turned at a different angle and the left side is secured to the building rather than the tree.

    • Jack's jumpsuit's badge says 'Workman', while Roger's and Ben's said 'Work Man'.

    • Sawyer gives Hurley a University of Georgia Bulldogs sweatshirt. Josh Holloway briefly attended the University of Georgia.

    • When Sun was holding the picture of the DHARMA crew from 1977, Hurley is looking forward. But in the flashback, Hurley is looking at Kate when you hear the picture being taken.

    • Sayid's capture as a "Hostile" is referred to with the code "14-J." "Code 14-J" was heard on the automated phone message in "The Shape Of Things To Come", when the mercenary team arrived at The Barracks with Alex.

    • At the scene where Frank addresses the survivors at the beach, a Redshirt (Jorge Garcia's girlfriend) is standing right behind Sun. The next scene she is far away from Sun, but in the next immediate scene when Sun follows Ben she is again standing behind Sun.

    • As the plane's co-pilot issues a Mayday call, he picks up a transmission of a voice reading The Numbers. The origin of this transmission remains to be explained, since we are told we are in 2007 and DHARMA's original radio message was replaced by Rousseau's distress signal in 1988 and that broadcast was then terminated in 2004 during the events of "Through the Looking Glass".

    • Radzinsky is working on a model of one of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes as part of a larger model of the Swan Station when Jin comes into the Flame Station.

    • When Juliet is handing the baby over, the baby appears lifeless. Its obviously a prop (doll)!

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Hugo (To Jin): Dude, your English is awesome.

    • Young Ben: Are you a hostile?
      Sayid: Do you think I am?
      Young Ben: What's your name?
      Sayid: Sayid, what's yours?
      Young Ben: I'm Ben.
      Sayid: It's nice to meet you Ben.

    • Sawyer: No, we came back. So did you - it's 1977.
      Hurley: Uh..What?

    • Jack: I got us off the island.
      Sawyer: But here you are. Right back where you started. So I'm going to go back to reading my book and I'm going to think. Because that's how I saved your ass today. And that's how I'm going to save Sayid's tomorrow.

    • Jack: So, where do we go from here?
      Sawyer: I'm working on it.
      Jack: Really? Because it looked to me like you were reading a book.
      Sawyer: I heard once that Winston Churchill read a book every night. Even during the blitz. Said it made him think better.

    • Sawyer: What the hell are you talking about Radzinsky?
      Radzinsky: (about Sayid) We shoot him.
      Sawyer: Well I appreciate your input there, quick draw, but I want to talk to him first. Give me the damn keys.

    • (Sun knocks Ben out with an oar.)
      Frank: I thought you trusted this guy.
      Sun: I lied.

    • Frank: (about Ben) Sun, that boat I came here on, it was filled with commandos whose only mission was to get him.
      Ben: And, how'd that work out for everyone?

    • Sun: Ben knows where there's a boat. I'm going back to the main island with him.
      Frank: You don't think you can really trust this guy, do you?
      Sun: I have to trust him.

    • Sun: Wait.
      Ben: I'm sorry, Sun, but waiting doesn't interest me much right now. There are three outriggers near here. I'm going to take one. So you can come along and help me row or you can stay here. Frankly, it makes no difference to me.
      Sun: Why are you leaving?
      Ben: Why are you staying?

    • Hurley: What if they start asking us questions we can't answer, like who's President in 1977?
      Sawyer: It's not a damn game show, Hugo.

    • Sawyer: I ain't here to play Nostradamus to these people. Besides, Faraday's got some interesting theories on what we can and can't do here.
      Jack: Did you say Faraday? He's here?
      Sawyer: Not any more.

    • Hurley: Okay, so it's 1977.
      Sawyer: Yep.
      Hurley: And you guys are all members of the Dharma Initiative.
      Sawyer: Yep.
      Hurley: Well you do realize those dudes get wiped out, right? I mean, I saw the pit where all the bodies got dumped.

    • Jack: We need to find the rest of the people from the plane.
      Sawyer: If there was a plane, Jin'll find it. So we got about ten minutes to make Intake, or you're all going to be camping in the jungle for a long time. There aint another batch of recruits due in for six months.
      Jack: What do you think?
      Kate: I think we should listen to Sawyer.
      Hurley: I vote for not camping.

    • Kate: So the woman who told you how to get back, did she mention it would be thirty years ago?
      Jack: No. No, she left that part out.

    • Juliet: Have you and Horace settled on a name for him?
      Amy: Yeah, we have. We're going to name him Ethan.

    • Ben: Why are you following me?
      Sun: Where are you going?
      Ben: Back to our island. You want to come?

    • Radzinsky: So what are you all hot and bothered about, Kwon? Why's this plane so damn important?
      Jin: It just is.

    • Sawyer: (to Juliet about Jack, Kate and Hurley) I don't understand it any more than you do. But they're here and I've got to find a way to bring them in before somebody else finds them and they screw up everything we got here.

    • Sawyer: We're in the Dharma Initiative.
      Jack: They came back to the island?
      Sawyer: No. We came back. And so did you. It's 1977!
      Hugo: Uh... What?

  • NOTES (6)


    • The Muppet Show is playing on one of the televisions in The Flame.

    • The Eleventh Hour: Amy says that a couple "of the recruits dropped out in the eleventh hour".
      This is a reference to the parable in Matthew 20:1-16, used to describe workers who show up late to work in a vineyard.

    • Sawyer: I heard once that Winston Churchill read a book every night.

      Winston Churchill was Britain's Prime Minister during most of the Second World War. He was also quite a prolific writer, mainly of histories.

    • The Quick Draw McGraw Show: Sawyer calls Radzinsky Quick Draw when Radzinsky suggests shooting Sayid.

      Quick Draw McGraw is the anthropomorphic cartoon horse, usually depicted as a sheriff in short films set in the American Old West.

    • Nostradamus: Sawyer says he's not going to play Nostradamus to the DHARMA Initiative people when Hurley asked whether he's going to warn them about the Purge.

      Nostradamus - actually Michel de Nostredame - was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide.

    • King Kong: Sawyer calls Hurley "Kong" minutes after reuniting, after the fictional giant gorilla from several movies and narratives.