Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2005 on ABC
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Michael, Sawyer and Jin find themselves prisoners after they encounter what they believe to be a group of Others. At the Hatch, the group learn more about their new surroundings, but are confused at Desmond's reaction when the strange computer equipment is broken. Flashbacks reveal more of Locke's past with the introduction of Helen (guest star Katey Segal) who shakes things up even more with her revealing personality and past.moreless

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  • Orientation

    Lost's second season continues to improve as "Orientation" serves an overwhelming boatload of some long-wanted answers, and along with it, per usual, a multitude of more questions; additionally, Locke's flashbacks further flesh out his character on the Island.
  • A pivitol episode that reveals much about the mystery of the island, but with some flaws that detract from the overall enjoyability of this episode.

    This show just keeps getting better and better in terms of plot, but somehow I think this eposode missed on many levels.

    I found it powerful when Jack cried in previous episodes, but why is Jack crying all the time now? He's standing in the forest pointing a gun at a and for no reason starts crying. And why is he so crotchety about not believing in the purpose of the computer in the bunker? He seems way too angry for no reason.

    Likewise Locke acting like Jack was the only one who could press execute was dumb. It just seemed contrived to generate a supposedly powerful "Hollywood" moment.

    I cringed when they threw Rodriguez into the mix. She's stinking up the whole thing so far. As if little 5-foot nothing 100 lb Rodriguez could punch 220 lb Sawyer and knock him down. It would be like a little kid hitting you. Now we're getting a dose of that Xena/Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe where girls are as physically tough as boys. It just isn't true and it's pure PC Marxism that grew tired years ago.

    The 1980 orientation movie also didn't look too authentic. They should have watched something from the late 70's early 80's first, like "Freedom to Choose", which would have given the little film a better feel.

    Overall it just seems like something not so good happened after the first season break. Great stuff with the storyline and the bunker thing is really excellent, but some of the execution seems flawed.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Jack and Locke discover that the hatch is a 1980's station built to control an electromagnetic anomaly on the island and learn that it was built by the Dharma Initiative, a scientific research team. Michael, Sawyer, and Jin find out that they are being held captive by the passengers of Flight 815's tail section, who have apparently survived. Flashbacks show Locke struggling with father issues and his relationship with Helen, who helps him let go of the issues with his father. Wow - I love the facy that Jin, Michael and Saywer get taken and put into a whole, I love it when Ana Lucia goes in with them. I love the hatch scene so amazing, Desmond thinks it's over because the computer crashes. Kate brings Sayid and Hurley to the hatch for the first time. Sayid fixed the computer and Desmond remembers Jack.moreless
  • A truly great episode that reveals more about the characters than you'd think.

    If you haven't figured it out already this is yet another great episode with subtle character development undertones throughout.

    First, we finally get to meet Locke's mysterious Hellen, and reveals to us how she saved him from himself and his suppressed rage against his father's betrayal. She proved to be Locke's salvation, as he was searching for hope. This explains why Locke screams at Jack that "it was never easy" having faith and why he "can't do it alone". However, this also brings up new questions. Why wasn't Locke with Hellen when he was handicapped? Was there some sort of accident that crippled him and killed her? Is that why he calls phone sex lines and speaks to another "Hellen"? Was he having problems letting go of his emotional/spiritual rock?

    Secondly we learn that Jack has SERIOUS emotional baggage when it comes to his former wife. While it was never explained what happenned to that marriage it plains to see that Jack is freaked out by the subject. Did she die? Did they divorce? If so, did Jack leave her or vice-versa? This trauma plays heavily into why Jack takes out his rage/frustration on Desmond. Does he feel that Desmond is somehow resposible for Jack marrying the girl in the first place? After all, it was Desmond who convinced Jack to go back and talk to her.

    Lastly, we learn of Anna-Lucia's fate. You remember her. The girl that Jack spoke to at the airport bar before the plane crash in last year's season finale. Yup, she's alive alright, and she (alongside with several other mystery people) have got Michael, Sawyer and Jin hostage. Is she part of the mysterious others or just another lost survivor?

    Personally, I think she and her crew are all survivors from the rear of the plane. They didn't fare as well and went all "Lord of the Flies". Why do I think this? Well to start they all look raggady as hell. Secondly, they have clubs for weapons. (The others on the boats had AK's.) Lastly, I think it would be a great plot twist of the big burly black guy Sawyer nicknamed Shaft was Rose's missing husband. That would be SWEET.

    A great show with a great plot. Keep 'em coming.moreless
  • 9. Our first look into the Dharma Initiative, and the end of the drawn-out introduction to what's in the hatch.

    I think Season 2 of Lost was the most anticipated season premiere of all time for me. Sure, there have probably been better television shows with better seasons, but the way the first season left its millions of viewers reeling, there was nothing but anxiety pumping and thrasing itself through our veins as we watched the final moments of Season 1 fade to black and the long summer hiatus to Season 2 begin. The first three episodes of Lost's second season all covered basically the same period of time, and while the first and second episodes were good in their own respects, it's the third one that was the most interesting. It took everything we were presented in the first two episodes and combined them into a continuation, where we not only learned who and what was in the hatch, but also a little bit about the supposed "Others" that Michael, Sawyer and Jin were dealing with. Perhaps it's not the most recognized episode by fans, but for me, this is one of the better episodes of the show.

    Up until this point, for me, the show had been primarily about survivors of a plane crash attempting to survive on an island that had macabre and eerie tendencies and mysteries surrounding it that hinted at some larger idea. The writers never really let on to what was coming up next, and the first season ended up revolving around survival. However, starting with this season, the mythology of the island came into the forefront, and the idea of other people living on the island before they crashed also became important. The connection between Jack and Desmond was an amazing reveal, and Desmond's first appearance on the show was great as well. The entire time I was watching the episode, I desperately wanted Jack or Desmond to acknowledge the fact that YES, they knew each other, and fortunately, they did so. This was also one of the first appearances of the lauded line: "See you in another life, brutha," a quote which takes on an entirely different meaning as the show progresses.

    The pinnacle of the episode has to be the Dharma initiation video, with Chang (here using a pseudonym)informing us of what the hatch was created for and the purpose of hitting the button every 108 minutes. I always thought the button was an odd introduction to the show, and I know I wasn't the only one tearing out my hair, wishing the timer would reach zero so we could see what would happen. It was a great way to keep suspense throughout the entire season, and Chang's eerie delivery of the rules and regulations of the hatch still stays with me to this day.

    Jack and Locke's relationship has always been a high point of the show for me, and Season 2 had some incredible interactions between the two characters, something that we cease to see as the show continues. The idea of destiny and free will begin to clash here, with Locke and Jack representing each side respectively, and as a result, we get scenes that glow with energy as the two actors act their hearts out. Locke's flashback about taking a leap of faith ties in perfectly to his argument with Jack, as he attempts to make Jack believe in pressing the button even though there's no proof that there's any need to.

    This was a dense episode, filled with character development and plot development that interwined to help push each other forward. That's the sign of a good episode, when the writers are able to focus on multiple levels of a show without it detracting from one.moreless
Curtis Jackson

Curtis Jackson

Security Guard

Guest Star

Roxanne Sarhangi

Roxanne Sarhangi


Guest Star

Jeanne Rogers

Jeanne Rogers


Guest Star

Kevin Tighe

Kevin Tighe

Anthony Cooper

Recurring Role

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal


Recurring Role

Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick

Desmond Hume

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (27)

    • Numbers: The sum of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 is 108: the number of minutes on the timer in the hatch.

    • A plate on the shelf behind Karen DeGroot is similar to the Oceanic logo.

    • The second time the clock is shown in this episode, it is at 84 minutes. 8 and 4 are two of "the Numbers."

    • While Jack and Locke are setting up the projector, Jack asks Locke if he really believes the world will end in the next 45 minutes. But in the next scene, after they watch the film, Jack questions Desmond and we see the timer is at 50 minutes. Although, it could have just been a figure of speech.

    • When Locke is typing the code, he incorrectly types 32, which is 23 backwards. 23 is one of "The Numbers".

    • The logo of the Dharma Initiative is an octagonal (an eight-sided polygon). A very similar figure can be seen in episode 14 of season 1, Special, when Michael takes the box of letters he wrote to Walt, in Brian's house. The figure is on the ceiling.

    • The orientation film was shot on a set from Alias (with help of the Alias crew).

    • Numbers: 42

      When Sayid comes into the hatch, the ticker is at 24 (a reverse 42).

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 5th, 2004.

    • According to the website, www.thehansofoundation.org, the following are the various projects the Hanso Foundation were working on.

      The Hanso Life-Extension Project
      The Hanso Foundation Electromagnetic Research Initiative
      The Hanso Quest for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
      The Hanso Mathematical Forecasting Initiative
      The Hanso Cryogenics Development Imperative
      The Hanso Juxtapositional Eugenics Development Institute
      The Hanso Accelerated Remote Viewing Training Facility

    • Numbers: 15

      Near the end of the episode, Jack is told by Desmond that, in 15 minutes, he will either be very right or very wrong about whether or not the button is real.

    • Numbers: 4 and 8

      When Locke looks at the countdown timer after Desmond runs out of the room, there are 48 minutes left.

    • Numbers: 108

      In the orientation video, Dr. Marvin Candle states that the inhabitants of the station will be there for 540 days. 540 divided by five is 108.

    • Numbers: 4

      In the orientation video, Dr. Marvin Candle says they have 4 minutes to press "Execute" after the alarm begins to sound.

    • Numbers: 4 and 8

      While Desmond is telling his story, the countdown timer is at 84 minutes.

    • In this episode Cindy, the stewardess of the flight 815 in "Pilot" appears again. It is her first appearance in the second season.

    • The hatch was placed on the island by the Dharma Initiative, an organization which started in 1970. The hatch is the 3rd station and is part of an electro-magnetic field experiement. Additionally, the Orientation film was dated 1980...10 years after the Dharma initiative began.

    • As Desmond leaves Jack towards the end of the episode he says "See you in another life, brother." Desmond says the exact same words to Jack as he leaves him in the episode "Man of Science, Man of Faith."

    • The instructor on the "Orientation" tape explained that the island was originally chosen to become a research compound where scientists could pursue research in "meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, electromagnetism, and utopian social -." The last part of that sentence was cut off by the tape.

    • Electromagnetic fields could explain why Danielle's ship crashed on the island as well as the flight 815 plane. It could also explain why Locke's compass in "Hearts and Minds" was pointing the wrong way.

    • Desmond grabs three things before leaving the bunker: Four tin cans of food, bottles of medicine (with the cursed numbers on them), and a stuffed bunny rabbit (sitting next to a Bible with an inverted cross and the book The Third Policeman).

    • The name DHARMA may be tied in with the numbers. D is the 4th letter in the alphabet. H is the 8th letter in the alphabet. R is the 18th letter in the alphabet minus the two A's which are the first letter in the alphabet and you get 16. M is the 13th letter in the alphabet add the two A's, again first letter in the alphabet, and you get 15.

    • If you look carefully you'll notice Dr. Candle possesses a prosthetic left arm.

    • In this episode, Locke's girlfriend, Helen, has the same name as the dial-a-date operator he spoke to in "Walkabout."

    • If you look closely at two of the scientists in the orientation video, they look very similar to two of the people who kidnapped Walt.

    • The man in the movie says at the end "NAMASTE". Namaste is Hindi and both a spoken greeting and a gesture.

    • If you go to the Hanso Foundation Website, and click on the Active Projects link, there is a hidden link to rewatch the Dharma Initiative orientation film underneath the link for "The Hanso Accelerated Remote Viewing Training Facility".

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Locke: Where are you going?
      Desmond: As far as I can run, brother.

    • Desmond: I remember you. Running. I know you. I met you.
      Jack: Stop.
      Desmond: Los Angeles. I was training, yeah? You twisted your ankle.
      Jack: Stop.
      Desmond: You're a doctor, right? There was this girl you were worried about. You said...you said you failed her. That was you.
      Jack: It doesn't matter.
      Desmond: Is she ok? The girl.
      Jack: It doesn't matter.
      Desmond: What happened?
      Jack: It doesn't matter.
      Desmond: How can you say it doesn't...
      Jack: I married her!
      Desmond: Right. Then you're not married to her anymore then.
      (Jack shakes his head no)

    • Jack: Don't move!
      Locke: Jack, he's unarmed.
      Jack: He just had a gun pointed at your head!

    • Locke: You want your damn thirty dollars back?! I want my kidney back!

    • Ana Lucia: Flight 815?
      Sawyer: You were on it, too?
      Michael: What? You were in the back? It broke off mid-air. How did you...
      Ana Lucia: I don't know. I don't know. The plane came apart, and somebody's fricking hardside came out of the overhead and knocked me out. I woke up under water and made my way to the top - swam to shore.

    • Desmond: (to Jack) See you in another life, yeah?

    • Jack: (to Locke) Don't tell me you believe this. This is crazy. You think that makes sense - pushing a button? You're going to take his word for it?
      Locke: His word is all we have, Jack.
      Desmond: You don't have to take my word for it. Watch the film.

    • (referring to the gun)
      Ana Lucia: How come you didn't use it when they grabbed you?
      Saywer: Guess I was too busy getting hit in the face with a club.

    • Kate: What does it look like?
      Sayid: It's a breaker box. There has to be one. Follow the conduit lines.
      Hurley: Cool, OK. Great. What's a conduit line?

    • Locke: We can fix the computer. Sayid is coming. He knows...
      Desmond: Give him my best.

    • Jack: Are you in contact with the people that made it... the film? Are you in contact with anyone?
      Desmond: (trying to fix his computer) Do you think I'd be here if I was?
      Jack: How is it that you didn't know about the crash? About us?
      Desmond: I push this button every 108 minutes. I don't get out much.

    • Jack: Stop.
      Desmond: Oh, the code yeah.
      Jack: What?
      Desmond: If by some miracle you manage to get the computer working again, you got to enter the code; 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 and press execute. Again; 4, 8, 15...
      Jack: Shut up!
      Desmond: I'm sorry?
      Jack: Nothing is going to happen. Some man takes you down there, shows you a movie and you push a button on, on faith alone. Nothing is going to happen!
      Desmond: In about fifteen minutes, you're either going to be very right or very wrong brother. You want to shoot me? Shoot me! But I'm not hanging around...
      Jack: Why are you running? You don't even know what you're running from!
      Desmond: I remember you.

    • Jack: Look, you want to get to work, you're going to tell me how you got here.
      Desmond: It was three years ago. I was on a solo race around the world, and my boat crashed into the reef, and then Kelvin came.
      Locke: Kelvin?
      Desmond: Kelvin - he comes running out of the jungle - hurry, hurry, come with me. He brings me down here. The first thing he does - because there's beeping already - he types in the code, he pushes the button, and it stops. What was all that about, I say. Just saving the world, he says.
      Jack: Saving the world?
      Desmond: His words, not mine. So I started pushing the button, too. And we saved the world together for awhile, and that was lovely. Then Kelvin died, and now here I am all alone. The end.

    • Hurley: Dude, I've got to say, I didn't think we were going to get through the night. And I wasn't even here for that baby stealing part.
      Sayid: I can assure you it was very exciting.
      Hurley: It's about time things are finally returning to normalness.
      Kate: (runs out of jungle) Sayid!
      Hurley: Oh, crap.

    • Sawyer (to Ana Lucia): Alright, here's what we're going to do - Jin plays dead, you call for help.
      Ana Lucia: Sick prisoner - are you serious?
      Sawyer: What? You got a better idea, sweetheart?

    • (Locke's trying to light a cigarette)
      Helen: Probably a good idea ... you know, if you get kidney cancer, you've only got one.

    • Francine: She stole 30 dollars. I know it may not seem a lot of money to some of you, but it's a lot to me, and I want it back.
      (Locke laughing)
      Guide: Something you want to say? ... John, you've been coming here for a month now ...
      Locke: I just don't think 30 dollars is worth being angry about.
      Guide: Well, Francine feels like 30 dollars ...
      Locke: Francine feels a little too much, if you ask me. You all do. I mean, seriously ... "So-and-so never called me back, my Mother stole 30 dollars from me ..." I never knew who my parents were!

    • (After watching Orientation video)
      Locke: We're gonna need to watch that again.

    • Locke: There was a code, he made me enter it.
      Hurley: What code?
      Sayid: You remember what it is?
      Locke: 4, 8 ...
      Hurley: Wait a minute!
      Locke: 15, 16 ...
      Hurley: Dude, I'm serious, stop!
      Locke: Hugo, this is not the time or the place!
      Hurley: Yeah well, I think it is!
      Locke: 23 ...
      Hurley: What is this thing, I mean you don't even know what it does, I mean we need -
      Locke: 32.
      Hurley: (calm) You know what? Forget it. Go ahead, do your thing.

    • Ana Lucia: Where'd you get that gun, anyway?
      Sawyer: What?
      Ana Lucia: The gun - how'd you get it on the plane?
      Sawyer: There was a Federal Marshal on the plane.
      Ana Lucia: So what, you just happened to have his gun?
      Sawyer: Yeah, I'm lucky.

    • Hurley: (After finding the storage room) Wow.
      Kate: Did you find it?
      Hurley: Hmmmm... Depends on what you mean by 'it'.

    • Kate: There's gotta be a front door to this place!

    • Sawyer: We're about to be the best thing that ever happened to you.
      Ana Lucia: How's that?
      Sawyer: Next time Shaft opens the cage, he's gonna get a surprising little howdy-doody.

    • Locke: I can't do this alone Jack, I don't want to! It's a leap of faith Jack!

    • Locke: Why do you find it so hard to believe?
      Jack: Why do you find it so easy?
      Locke: It's never been easy!

    • (Jack has Desmond on the ground and he is pointing a gun at him.)
      Desmond: Do I know you?

    • Locke: Why?
      Cooper: There is no why. You think you're the first person that ever got conned? You needed a father figure and I needed a kidney, and that's what happened. Get over it. And John, don't come back. You're not wanted.

    • Jack: ...Because the last time I saw the computer that was going to save the world, it didn't look like that.

    • Desmond: But the film says this is an electromagnetic station. And I don't know about you brother, but every time I walk past that concrete wall over there, my fillings hurt.

    • Jack: Do you ever think that maybe they put you down here to push a button every 100 minutes just to see if you would? That all of this, the computer, the button, is just a mind game, an experiment?
      Desmond: Every single day.

    • Desmond: What did you do? We're all gonna die...we're all gonna die! (after the countdown timer is shot)

    • Helen: I've got a thing for bald men.
      Locke: I'm not bald.
      Helen: I can wait.

  • NOTES (8)

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: January 25, 2006 on Kanal 5

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 Excellence in Production Design Award for Television - Single Camera Television Series.

    • Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Yunjin Kim (Sun) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) do not appear in this episode.

    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's character, Mr. Eko, was originally named Emeka but Adewale asked the writers to change the name to Eleko because Emeka was more commonly used in another region of Nigeria than his character was from. The writers changed the name to Eleko but at the last minute shortened it to Mr. Eko to make the character seem more mysterious.

    • Polish premiere was September 14, 2006 on TVP1.

    • The book The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien had sold about 400 copies a year, since 1999. It has sold nearly 10,000 since it's brief appearance on the show on October 5, 2005.

    • Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje makes his first appearance as a series regular this episode. He also appeared with Harold Perrineau Jr. (Michael) as a fellow inmate in the HBO series OZ.

    • A Locke-centric episode.


    • An allusion is made to JJ Abrams' previous television series Alias in this episode. When Locke walks into the computer room and looks up at the clock, you can see it switch from 48:00 to 47:00. The number 47 was a key and critical number in the series Alias, much like 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 are in Lost.

    • The reel with the Dharma Initiative movie is behind a book - The Turn of the Screw - by Henry James. This book tells a story about a governess who has to educate two orphan children in the 19th century. The children see two ghosts, two dead persons that are related to the children, and on and on. The governess sees the ghosts as well, and tries to protect the children.

    • A shot of the book The Third Policeman is seen. The unnamed narrator of The Third Policeman is a student of a scientist/philosopher named De Selby. De Selby is a fictitious Irish philosopher and scientist, who has quite unorthodox theories and areas of research. The scientist from the DHARMA initiative may be an allusion to the character of De Selby. Throughout the book the narrator is also introduced to various peculiar or irrational concepts, artifacts, and locations, including a vast underground chamber called 'Eternity'. The surreality of the island may be an allusion to the strange concepts introduced in the book.

    • In this episode Sawyer calls Jin, "Chewie." This is an allusion to Star Wars as well as an earlier episode when he called him "Chewie."

    • Sawyer: 'Cause next time Shaft opens the cage, he's gonna get a surprising little howdy-doody.

      Shaft is a reference to a suave black detective, the title character of the Shaft films from 1971 to 2000 as well as the short lived TV series based on the first film, which ran from late 1973 to early 1974.

    • The Hatch/B.F. Skinner
      Skinner was a behavioral scientist whose work on lab rats has become famous. Placing the rats in a "Skinner Box," each rat was trained to push a "button" to receive food pellets. Eventually, Skinner varied how many pushes each rat would have to perform to receive the food. By the end, no food was given, and the rats would simply continue ceaselessly pushing the button in the expectation that one of the pushes would result in food.

      This set up is not unlike the Hatch. A person (the rat) is placed in an enclosed space (the box) and told fatal disaster has struck. The only way to stave off destruction is to enter a code and "push" a button, all the while believing that the result has been achieved with no real proof of it.