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James "Sawyer" Ford
This is the third episode this season to feature flashbacks that take place in Florida. The other two episodes were Further Instructions and I Do, which centered on Locke and Kate, respectively.
Juliet works in "Research Lab A-4". Four is one of the Numbers.
Goof: In Juliet's flashback, which takes place several years before 2006, she carries a handbag from the 2006 J. Crew collection.
Goof: The bus that runs over Juliet's ex-husband in Miami has the color scheme and unique rainbow decals found only on The Bus, the public bus system in Honolulu where the show is filmed.
Island events in this episode take place on December 3rd 2004.
The bus that hits Edmund has an ad for Apollo candy bars.
Juliet says she has been on the island for 3 years, 2 months, and 28 days, which would make her arrival time September 5th, 2001. This date is within a few months of Desmond's arrival.
The medicine Juliet tests on her sister is labeled TEST SAMPLE A4993-E3.
Jack speaks with Juliet after successful completion of the surgery. He tells her that he removed all the tumor. He then proceeds to tell her that she might want "a biopsy of the tumor to see if it's malignant."
Tumors are usually biopsied first (a small piece of the tumor is sampled) to determine the nature of the tumor, malignant, benign or indeterminate. When the nature of the tumor is clear, then the appropriate treatment is planned, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or other modalities.
When Jack is operating on Ben in the prone position, the open incision reveals vertebral bodies (appears like a straight smooth column of sections), this is apparent throughout the procedure. In that position, the vertebral spinous processes (the pokey, boney protrusions) to which the muscles of the back attach should be evident instead.
The human spine has 2 parts, the smooth bodies which stack up on each other to form the foundation of the spinal column and the bony arch of each vertebra which actually houses the spinal cord and provides attachments for the muscles of the back.
When Juliet is in her sister's apartment and opens the window to reveal that they are in Miami, a plane flies past. It is an Oceanic plane.
During Ben's surgery, when his heartbeat was back to normal, you can clearly see that the monitor says "108," once again the sum of The Numbers.
When Juliet is giving her sister an injection the plunge is at 4. Another small but deliberate placement of one of the numbers.
When we see Juliet's sister, Rachel, looking at her positive pregnancy test, and we can see that it is the same kind of test that Kate used in the flashback of the previous episode, "I Do." In fact, these pregnancy tests are manufactured by the Widmore Corporation just like the one Sun used in the episode "The Whole Truth."
When Juliet is in her sister's room, there is a book sitting on the night stand. When looking closely, one can see that this book is Carrie by Stephen King - the same book Juliet's book club was reading in the season three premiere.
The company which interviews Juliet is called Mittelos Bioscience. Mittelos is an anagram for "lost time".
The book the guard was reading was Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" which is about Big Bang, black holes, light cones and superstring theories to the nonspecialist reader. Its main goal is to give an overview of the subject but, unusually for a popular science book, it also attempts to explain some complex mathematics.
In the hospital room where Juliet first visits her sister, there is a lamp shaped like the DHARMA octagon logo and the design on the lamp is a yin yang symbol similar to the Hanso Foundation logo.
During Juliet's interview with Mittelos Bioscience, even though Dr. Alpert is using a digital projector, you can hear a 'clicking' noise when he changes slides as if he were using a slide projector.
If the audio of the brainwashing scene is played backwards, you can hear a woman repeating: "Only fools are enslaved by time and space."
During the brainwashing scene, we see two familiar images on the screen. They are pictures of Alvar Hanso behind a large office window and scientist Gerald DeGroot.
During the brainwashing scene, we see the words "God loves you as he loved Jacob". This could be another Biblical reference, but more likely refers to the mysterious Jacob that we have yet to meet. In addition, words such as: "Plant a good seed and you will joyfully gather fruit", "Everything Changes", "We are the causes of our own suffering", and "Think about your life" are seen on the screen.
In this episode we learn that Elizabeth Mitchell's character, Juliet, is named Juliet Burke.
The room Karl is being brainwashed in is room 23, one of The Numbers.
The Miami Central University's Medical Research Laboratory seen in the episode is actually the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Rachel: Jules, you didn't say no because of me.
Juliet: Well, why would I want to go all the way to Portland for research that doesn't even work?
Rachel: Because it does work. I'm pregnant. I'm preg - I'm pregnant.
Rachel: Look, look. I took a blood test, too. I didn't want to tell you until I was sure.
Juliet: It worked?
Rachel: My whole life all I ever wanted was to have a baby. And now because of you I can. Oh, God. Now I just need to get healthy. Now I just need to get healthy so I can see the little bugger get into an Ivy League school, you know.
Juliet: You will. Of course you will. You will.
Rachel: Now you can tell that bastard ex-husband of yours what he can do with his ethics.
Jack: You okay?
Tom: Yeah, I just don't like blood too much.
Jack: (holding a chunk of Ben's tissue in the air) Well, then you probably won't want to be looking at that.
Juliet: Shephard won't finish the surgery unless he knows his friends are off the island. Do you want Ben to die?
Pickett: I know Ben would rather die than let them go!
Kate: (looking at the other island) That's our island?
Sawyer: What, you didn't believe me when I told you before?
Sawyer: Happen to have a tunnel to the mainland?
Alex: No, but I've got a boat.
Kate: Can we use it?
Alex: Yeah, but we've got to hurry.
Sawyer: Hold on a second, sister. You just happen to find us in the woods? You just happen to have a boat, and you're going to let us use it, huh?
Juliet: I would like you to go back in there, put Ben under, and finish the surgery.
Jack: And why would I want to do that?
Juliet: Because I'm going to go help your friends escape.
Sawyer: (to Alex) Okay, Lollipop, you want to tell me how we're going to get by him with one gun and no bullets?
Kate: I've got an idea.
Sawyer: Of course you do.
Jack: So what now? I just go back to my cell?
Juliet: Until they figure out what to do with you.
Jack: What did he say that made you want to save his life?
Juliet: It doesn't really matter what he said.
Jack: It matters to me. After everything that I have been put through, you owe me an answer. I want to know what he said.
Juliet: I've been on this island for 3 years, Jack. 3 years, 2 months, and 28 days. He said that if I let him live and I helped you.. that he would finally let me go home.
Jack: So you're safe, you and Sawyer?
Kate: Yes, yeah.
Jack: Tell me.
Kate: Tell you?
Jack: The first day on the beach- the day of the crash, the story that I told you. If you're safe, tell me.
Tom: You think this is the best time, doctor?
Jack: Shut up!!!
Kate: (very emotional) You were doing surgery on a girl and you messed up. You made a mistake. You tore something on her back and all the nerves came loose. And you said you were so afraid. And you said the fear was so real. And you didn't know what to do, so you counted to five. And then you weren't afraid anymore. And then it was just gone. And you fixed her. You saved her.
Jack: I need you to make me a promise, Kate.
Jack: Promise me that you'll never come back here for me. Don't come back, Kate.
Kate: Jack, where are you?
Jack: (to Tom) Turn it off.
Kate: Jack! Jack, please, where are you?
Sawyer: (to Alex) So, you're the bosses daughter, huh? I never saw that coming.
Tom: Is it true? Did Juliet really ask you to kill him?
Jack: Yeah, and in about 40 minutes she's going to get her wish.
Kate: We need a boat.
Sawyer: (Sarcastically) Yeah, and some towels and a buffet lunch.
Juliet: Why don't we see if we can come up with some kind of peaceful resolution?
Jack: A peaceful resolution?
Juliet: That's right.
Jack: Is that what you call asking me to kill Ben while he's on the operating table? Make it look like an accident?
Tom: Juliet, stop the bleeding and stitch him up.
Jack: She's not a surgeon. She can't fix this!
Juliet: He's right.
Ed: Because you're insufferable and you're mean. Well, uh, you asked me for the truth, Mom.
Ben: I'd like to speak to Juliet alone please, Jack.
Jack: No. No, I'm sorry.
Ben: Please, I'm asking you. One gentlemen to another. It won't hurt you to give me three minutes, will it, knowing I have only twenty-seven left?
Ed: I read your notes. I know what you took from the lab. The only thing I don't know is: who's your guinea pig?
Juliet: Ed, I've...ugh...I've been doing my research in my own lab on my own time and I don't really see how -
Ed: It's your sister, isn't it? Jules, there's two ways this plays out - One, your research is potentially genius and the other raises some very serious ethical questions. Maybe even criminal concerns. But, if you collaborate with me, based on my reputation, all this is viewed as cutting edge science. And, we will win prizes and drink champagne and do a lot of good for people. Why don't I give you some time to think about it?
Rachel: I fell asleep?
Juliet: With candles burning; it's real safe.
Sawyer: (sarcastically) Why don't we just stop and ask for directions?
Kate: (Kate switches on the radio) Jack, are you there?
Jack: Yeah. Yeah, I'm here.
Kate: Are you okay?
Jack: I'm fine.
Sawyer: (to Kate) Tell him I said hi...get to the point!
Juliet: You haven't thought this through, Jack. Your plan's not gonna work.
Jack: Yeah? Why's that?
Juliet: Your friends aren't going to make it back to your side of the island, because we're not on that island!
Sawyer: (Climbing out of the hole) Is that a hobby of yours, Underdog? Digging holes?
Alex: Yep. That and basket weaving. Want one?
Sawyer: Don't get mad at me, just 'cause you were dumb enough to fall for the old Wookiee prisoner gag.
Juliet: Can my sister come?
Dr. Alpert: It won't work, we're pretty remote, she wouldn't have the access to the treatment she needs.
Juliet: But it's in Portland, there's plenty of clinics in Portland.
Dr. Alpert: Well, actually we're not quite in Portland.
(About Juliet's ex not letting her leave)
Dr. Alpert: Maybe we could reach out to him on your behalf.
Juliet: Don't bother.
Dr. Alpert: There must be something he would respond to -
Juliet: If he were hit by a bus, how 'bout that? That would work. (starts crying) That was totally inappropriate. No, I, uh, I'm sorry that I wasted your time.
Dr. Alpert: Dr. Burke, please you -
Juliet: Whatever you think I am, I'm not. I'm not a leader, Mr. Alpert, I'm a mess.
Juliet: Don't let [Jack] fool you. He'll never let a patient just die.
Sawyer: Damn good con, Freckles. I almost believed you were gonna shoot that boy.
Kate: It wasn't a con.
Jack: No, you do that and Ben dies.
Juliet: (to Other doctor) Go.
Jack: You think I'm lying, you think this is a bluff? I will let him die!
Juliet: No, Jack. You won't! (to Other doctor) Go, get them back; if you have to, kill them.
First appearance by Nestor Carbonell.
This is the first episode to have an Other - centric flashback.
Although they were credited, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Terry O'Quinn (Locke), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Kiele Sanchez (Nikki), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo), and Yunjin Kim (Sun) don't appear in this episode.
International Air Dates:
Denmark: January 17, 2007 on Kanal 5
Australia: April 12, 2007 on Seven
Finland: September 27, 2007 on Nelonen
The Netherlands: April 13, 2007 on Net 5
The Czech Republic: October 14, 2007 on TV Nova
Spain: Monday October 1, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
Macedonia: Thursday November 1, 2007 on A1
Germany: Monday December 3, 2007 on Pro7
This was the first episode of Lost to be aired at 10 p.m. Eastern
In this episode, we learn that Juliet's last name is Burke...which makes two doctors on Lost (Juliet and Jack) with last names that are the same as doctors on the show "Grey's Anatomy"
The episode title "Not in Portland" refers to a set of lines in the episode. Initially, Dr. Alpert tells Juliet that the research position will be in their Portland facility. Later, he states, "Well, actually, we're not quite in Portland."
A Juliet-Centric episode
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The room where Kate, Sawyer and Alex find Alex's boyfriend, is a near reenactment from the movie A Clockwork Orange where the anti-hero Alex de Large played by Malcolm McDowell is 'treated' in a psychiatric facility to abandon his unlawful ways. In the movie, Alex de Large is made to watch propaganda films and fed drugs all day.
When climbing out of the hole Sawyer calls Alex "Underdog". This is a reference to the cartoon from the mid-sixties/early seventies The Underdog Show. Underdog, a super-canine who talked in rhyme, was the alter-identity of Shoeshine Boy. He was usually called into action by his girlfriend, ace TV reporter Sweet Polly Purebred.
When putting Karl on the raft, Sawyer calls him "Cheech," a reference to his tripped out state. Cheech Marin was a part of the permanently stoned duo, Cheech and Chong. (Cheech also plays Hurley's father in the episode "Tricia Tanaka is Dead".)
When Sawyer and Kate are saved by Alex, Sawyer calls her "Sheena", a reference to the 1950's Quality Comics character Sheena, Queen of the Jungle created by Will Eisner.
Movie Reference: Star Wars
The "Wookiee prisoner gag" that Sawyer, Kate, and Alex use to fool Aldo at the Dharma facility where Carl is being held is the same trick Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca use to enter the Death Star's prison during Episode IV: A New Hope .
Karl is kept in room 23, Similarly Han, Luke and Chewbacca rescue Princess Leia from Cell Block AA23
This episode adds another reference to an Enlightenment philosopher, joining John Locke and Rousseau. In the flashback Juliet's ex-husband is named Edmund Burke, whose namesake is the famed philosopher considered one of the founders of modern conservatism, most famous for the quote, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
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