Season 3 Episode 12

Par Avion

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 2007 on ABC
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After noticing some migratory birds, Claire hatches an impressive plan to get the survivors of Flight 815 rescued. Meanwhile, Sayid, Kate, Locke and Danielle continue their trek to the Barracks with Mikhail in tow.

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  • Awesome.

    Claire learns about Desmond's prophecy. She later ties a rescue message to a bird and releases it. Locke, Sayid, Kate and Danielle approach a sonic barrier fence protecting the home of the Others during their mission to rescue Jack. Locke shoves Mikhail, an Other who they have captured as a hostage, into the fence and he dies. Locke, Sayid, and Kate climb over the fence without any problem. It is revealed in flashbacks that Claire shares her father with Jack. Claire meets her father for the first time after her mother goes into a vegetative state, as the result of a car accident with Claire. This episode is mostly about Claire, she isn't one of my favourite characters, so this isn't cone of the best episodes of the season. However, it's cool

    to know more things about her, like one of the most shocking moments on Lost, that Jack and Claire have to same farther that was awesome to be honest. I like what Claire is doing on the island. I love the way Desmond is always there, meaning he obviously doesn't want Charlie to die. I love the scnes between Sun and Claire. I love the way Desmond interups the bird plan. I love the scnes with Sayid, Kate, John and the French chick, oh and Mikel. I love the scenes between Charlie and Claire. I love the way Claire finds out about Charlie due to the fact that Desmond tells her the truth, the scene with Charlie and Claire after that is awesome. I love the ending it was aweosme.moreless
  • One of the biggest revelations in the series history--- who's your daddy?

    We haven't seen much of Claire this season, and the few times we have it's in connection with Charlie, so it's good that we're learning something about her. And considering that all we knew about Claire in her previous flashbacks dealt with her pregnancy, it's about time we learned some more about her past. In it is one of the biggest revelations of all, and a link we didn't expect.

    Claire (who apparently grew up as a Goth girl with her dyed brown) was raised alone by her mother. They were in an auto crash in which she was driving, and her mother ended up in a coma, kept alive only by machines. Under normal circumstances, they wouldn't have taken care of her, but someone took care of all the expenses--- her father, who Claire had lived her life thinking was dead. Even more shocking, her father is Christian Shepherd. (At last we have an idea as to what he was doing in Australia in the first place. Though I hadn't figured out he was related to Claire, the actress who played her Aunt Lindsey appeared in 'Two for the Road', as the woman he was arguing with before Ana Lucia pulled him away. Another subtle link that we haven't seen much of Season 3) Christian has come to appeal to take her mother off life support. He doesn't know the exact circumstances of the accident, but he seems to know enough to tell her that "There is hope, and there is guilt, and believe me I know the difference." This is a rather strange admission from a man who told Jack that sometime it was best to offer a critical patient some hope, but perhaps he realizes enough to know that the one who needs hope is the one who can move on with her life. She doesn't listen, though, and before she boarded Oceanic 815, her mother was still on life support. And the guilt he was speaking--- which Claire feels for causing the accident in the first place--- will probably never be relieved either. (It turns out, however, that Claire had a right to be hopeful.)

    Now, on the island, Claire has her own sort of hope to deal with, when she sees a tagged bird, she tries to seize on this as a hope of rescue, with the idea that by clipping a message to it's wing would somehow get them saved. (How exactly they would do it, seeing as they still have no idea where they are, and don't even have the vaguest geographical coordinates is another story, but you have to believe in something.) Naturally, this doesn't help matters when Desmond starts hanging around in order to save Charlie's life yet again.

    (This may have been faulty writing, but let me spin it anyway. According to Desmond's flash, Charlie would have died if he slipped on the rocks trying to get a bird for Claire, so he fired his gun to scare the birds off. But if he hadn't fired his gun, they would have trapped the birds with no problems. Is it possible whoever's sending him these flashes is sending him the wrong information? Or is he making it up as he goes along trying to save Charlie even if this does it the wrong way? Given what we later see this season, I think this may be a legitimate possibility.)

    Eventually, Desmond again does something none of the crash survivors have done, and that's reveal his problems to someone. He tells Claire that Charlie is doomed, and she decides not to accept it. She's going to stop pushing Charlie away and try and find hope. Unfortunately for her and Charlie, hope may carry the day here, but fate has a heavier hand with the destinies of both of them (though even now we're still not sure what it is)

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the island, Kate, Sayid and Locke are dealing with their own set of problems. Sayid is understandably angry that Locke blew up the Flame Station, while Locke offers half-assed excuses. Mikhail is still acting high and might, but there are definite hints that he knows far more about this island than he's telling. He certainly seems to know more about the castaways. He also mentions a 'list' which we heard Danny Pickett mention before he attempted to kill Sawyer, referring yet again to Jacob. Then they find a sonar fence that surrounds the barracks they are trying to approach. Mikhail says it hasn't function in years, but he's lying--- as Locke proves when he inexplicably grabs him and throws him to his (apparent) death. (And yes, I know, blood shot out of his ears, but there is more to this man than meets the eye)

    Now everyone has a new reason to be angry at Locke, and all he offers are even lamer excuses. What the hell is going on with him? He seems determined to isolate himself from Kate and Sayid, he's blown up the Flame, and now he's killed a man (okay, so that last one's not permanent) And now they find some C-4 in his backpack Locke seems to have received some kind of message from the island, and whatever it is, it's telling him that he has to break away. We won't see until the next episode, but it's clear he's operating on some kind of path, but we're still not sure why he considers it so important.

    Eventually, they reach the barracks, and we get to see one of the biggest shockers we've seen this season---- Jack is playing football with the Others, and it looks like he's gotten pretty comfortable there. Given what we saw happen to Cindy, it's easy to assume the worst, much like Kate does. What she doesn't know is that the worst is still to come for everyone.

    Claire and Charlie end up sending a message on one of the birds (how they fit it on one piece of paper is hard to imagine, but that's another story). Claire seems to have finally accepted that her mother is dead, and her role as the island mother. However, she still seems reluctant to let anyone into her life, even Charlie who has offered so much of himself. She seems to be willing to accept him now, but time is running out for this, too.

    The episodes on Claire are not as strong as some of the other episodes (perhaps that's because she's related to Jack ;) ), but this one uses her past far more effectively than we've seen. Maybe she can now free herself from her past, and prepare to accept herself in a new life with her child (if she gets one)moreless
  • This episode was absolutely wonderful! Love watching it :)

    This episode was very, very good for many reasons. It revealed what some people had been thinking for a while; Jack and Claire are half-brother and sister. It showed Claire when she was in her gothic teenage days and she first met her dad. It was a sad flashback about her wrecking her car just after she told her mother she hated her. After the wreck her mother went into a coma. She had an idea to get them off the island. She wanted to capture a sea bird because they were migratory birds that were tagged. So when they landed scientists would check them. She got the idea to catch one and attach a message to it. She is confused because Charlie starts acting very strange and will not help her because he says it's a lost cause. She gets angry and tells him to stay away from her. But she finally follows Desmond to a bird. She questions how he knew the bird would be there. He ends up telling her about his visions. She goes back to her tent and her and Charlie sort of make up. They write a note and attach it to the bird. The note ends with the words, "please don't give up on us". Claire then says, "I'm not giving up on you either Charlie. It's gonna be okay. You're gonna be okay. We'll get threw this together." They let the bird go and watch it fly off. The other half of the episode was about Locke, Sayid, Kate, and Danielle still on their mission to find Jack. They come to a security system thing made of large pillars. Mikhail tells them that they can go threw it because it doesn't work anymore anyway. To test this Locke pushes Mikhail into the field. He is shocked and starts foaming at the mouth and bleeding. He falls to the ground and dies. Kate decides that they will have to go over the barrier. They cut down a tree, prop it against a pillar, and each climb over. At the end of the episode they reach the Other's little town. They see Jack playing football with Tom. Then after a shot of confused stares, it fades to black.moreless
  • Another Great Claire Centric episode!!!

    Objective - » One more Claire Flashback completed, Claire knowing about Charlie condition and Sayid ,Locke and Kate find the Others place and even Jack.

    Flashbacks -» Claire Flashbacks began well and the situation became more complicated when someone paid the hospital bills. This person is a well –Know character to the Lost fans, which was predictable, but was a great surprise for other people. The story development is nothing top level, but manages to be good and the ending, like the last flashback is very emotional and sad.

    Claire/Charlie Event on The Island -» This one was good two. The beginning was nice, but the speculation arises when Claire affirm that they have a way out of this Island, but this means trouble for Charlie and Desmond continue to predict his dead and his willing to continue to risk his life to save Charlie. The conflict build was nice and can make you feel sorry for Charlie. Maybe the climax of the situation was when Claire ask for the truth. Then, the ending was beautiful.

    Locke, Sayid Kate and The French Woman -» The beginning was filled with interesting conversations, as usual, when Mikhail open is mouth, is always the part the make you pay full attention, even if your house is burning. The complication phase was interesting, since Locke appears to have his own plan with the Other and not rescuing Jack like Kate and Sayid want. The Climax of the situation was when our survivor tried to pass the Sonic Fence, nice tension there. The ending, well, simply superb and Lost Level.


    1 - Plot Holes: Gold. Didn´t Notice and I don´t Know too much about births.

    2 - Time and Scenes Management: Gold. you simple can´t notice that scenes that are only there just to buy time.

    3 - Surprises/Twist/Shocks/Cliffhangers: Silver. You will know who is Claire Father is. The cliffhanger will be amazing.

    4 - Action: None. But is wasn´t Necessary.

    5 - Funny: Nothing to Laugh here, only to smile.

    6 - Drama: Gold. Claire Flashbacks and her event in the Island have pure drama moments that are meant to make you feel sadness for sure.

    7 - Tension/Fear: Bronze. Maybe the Sonic Fence.

    8 - Excitement Level (curiosity/Mystery/Doubt/Revelations: Gold. You will want Claire to know about Charlie faith. You want to Know who her father is. You want to see how Lock and Co will find Jack. - - - » 8,2

    This episode follow the last episode quality, focusing in 3 central scenes and making all them seem interesting. Revelations, Drama, nice moments and some tension, with a amazing, simple and intriguing cliffhanger at the end will make you love this episodemoreless
  • Claire has the best episodes

    Par Avion is a truely great episode. Though I don't think it was as great as "Raised By Another" it had a certain emotional flare to it that Emily de Raven (Claire) is so good at delivering in the episodes she's in. Claire is a personal favorite character of mine and I was amazingly hyped up for a Claire epsidoe and was definately not disappointed. The big Christian-is-your-father reveal was shocking and nicely done. Finally we get a glimpse of Claire's life before she became pregnant. Episodes about Claire are scarse and before Par Avion there were only two. The first, "Raised By Another" was about the 8 months she was pregnant before coming to the island and the second "Maternity Leave" was a flashback about what happened to her when she was kidnapped by the Others. We finally get to see her for who she was before she was pregnant and we were not disappointed.moreless
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick

Gabrielle Fitzpatrick


Guest Star

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

Dr. Woodruff

Guest Star

Danan Pere

Danan Pere

ER Doctor

Guest Star

John Terry

John Terry

Dr. Christian Shephard

Recurring Role

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Tom Friendly

Recurring Role

Andrew Divoff

Andrew Divoff

Mikhail Bakunin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Like many other episodes, this one begins with the close-up of an eye. This time, it was Claire's. The shot is held for longer than it has been in the past.

    • It is unlikely that Carole Littleton would be forced to fund any medical expenses as a result of a car accident in Australia. The cost of any medical expenses would be borne by CTP, or Medicare. Naturally, any insurance company would seek to limit their exposure to cost, but Medicare is obliged to fund the life threatening medical care of a "public patient", and CTP covers the medical care of any vehicle accident victim. For Christian to fund this care, either Carole is not an australian citizen, or else the vehicle was not registered and this implies that Claire is facing criminal charges of driving an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle.

    • The message Claire and Charlie attached to the gull reads: "To whom it may concern: We are survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. We have survived on this island for 80 days. We were six hours into the flight when the pilot said we were off course and turned back toward Fiji. We hit turbulence and crashed. We've been waiting here all this time, waiting for rescue that has not come. We do not know where we are. We only know you have not found us. We've done our best to live on this island. Some of us have come to accept we may never leave it. Not all of us have survived since the crash. But there is new life, too, and with it, there is hope. We are alive. Please don't give up on us."

    • Numbers:
      -The odometer in Claire's car ends in 10.8 in black and white letters.
      -When Locke is chopping down the tree, he hits it with the axe 8 times.
      -Claire's mother is in hospital room 212. 21+2=23; 21x2=42.
      -There are 15 birds in the flock at the end of the episode when Charlie and Claire release the bird. 15 is one of the numbers.

    • The car accident is supposed to take place in Australia. Yet, the speedo in the car is a "miles per hour" version, topping out at about 120 MPH. It has an inner ring with "kilometres per hour", exactly as would be fitted to a US model. Since about 1973 any Australian car would just have kilometres per hour on the speedo.

    • Island events in this episode take place on December 10th 2004.

    • It has been established that Claire is from Sydney, however the police officer interviewing her has "State Police" on his uniform insignia rather than "N.S.W. Police".

    • Continuity: In "Raised by Another," Claire tells her boyfriend that she's scared her mother would freak out if she learned she was pregnant. By this episode, it is clear that Claire's mother was in a comatose state before, after, and during Claire's pregnancy.

    • Charlie tells Claire he doesn't want to encourage false hope as an excuse for not wanting to help catch one of the seagulls. In "SOS" (season 2, episode 19) Rose also tells Bernard that she doesn't want to encourage false hope when he tries to build the SOS sign. Conversely, in "Man of Science, Man of Faith," after Jack talks to Sarah about her condition and isn't very optimistic, Christian advises him to give his patients more hope, even if it's false hope.

    • The bird used to send a message and a plane, as hinted by the title "Par Avion" which translates into "by plane," have more than just airmail in common. In the season 2 episode titled "Fire + Water," Charlie has an hallucination in which he sees a plane immediately followed by a bird flying by.

    • The shot focuses on Claire's left eye in the flashback, while it's focused on her right eye when she wakes up on the island.

    • In her flashback, Claire should be using gloves when piercing ears.

    • After Charlie attaches the note to the bird's foot, in the next scene he appears to still have it palmed in his left hand as he touches Claire's arm.

    • After Kate and Locke climb over the sonic fence, they drop to the ground and turn left to come near Mikhail's body. However, the tree branches appear on the left side of the screen, which could have happened only if they turned right.

    • Near the end of the episode, when Charlie finishes reading Claire's S.O.S. note, he starts folding the paper right away. Nevertheless, after the camera shot shifts he starts folding the paper again and in a different way.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Christian Shephard: Do not keep your mother alive for the wrong reasons. Now there is hope and there is guilt. And believe me I know the difference.

    • Sayid: The more I learn about your people, the more I suspect you are not as omniscient as you have us believe. Don't speak to us as if you know us.
      Mikhail: Of course I don't know you, Sayid Jarrah; how could I? And you, Kate Austen, are a complete stranger to me. But you, John Locke, you I might have a fleeting memory of. But, I must be confused because the John Locke I know was para- (He is cut off by Rousseau)

    • Charlie: Yeah, uh, how do you even know this stuff about birds, Claire?
      Claire: I, uh, I watched a lot of nature shows with my mum.
      Charlie: Doesn't exactly make you an expert. It's just, I don't want to see you wasting your time, that's all.
      Claire: So, what happened to seizing the day?
      Charlie: Sorry. I don't see the point.

    • Claire (to Jin): Can you get some nets?
      Sawyer: Nets for what, Bar- (Sun gives him a look and Sawyer catches himself) Nets for what, Claire?
      Claire: Okay, five minutes ago, a flock of seabirds flew over my head. Seabirds are migratory which means they're gonna keep heading south.
      Sun: I'm sorry, I don't understand why we need to--
      Claire: They're tagged!

    • Claire: So, how are you today, Mom? You have an okay night? There's, um, something I have to tell you. Something I should've told you a long time ago. I'm pregnant. I, uh, I'm giving it away. It's for the best. I wish ... I don't know how you did it, raising me alone, it must've been so hard. And I was just awful. So horrible. (She starts crying) I'm so sorry, Mum. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry for all the awful things I said to you in the car. That I hated you and that I wished you weren't my mother and I wished you were dead. It's all my fault. The accident ... and everything. I'm so sorry, Mum. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'll see you soon, okay?

    • Claire: How did you know [the bird] was gonna be here?
      Desmond: I didn't.
      Claire: Yes, you did. You had to. That's what you and Charlie were arguing about. You knew.
      Desmond: How would I?
      Claire: I don't know but you walked straight here. No doubt at all about where you were going. You came right to this beach and right to this rock. And, lo and behold, there's the bird. What the hell is going on, Desmond?
      Desmond: See that spot over there? That's where Charlie slipped and fell in. He got pounded again and again by the rocks and broke his neck.
      Claire: What!? What are you talking about?
      Desmond: Charlie died last night.

    • Christian: Claire. Claire. Claire, listen to me! Do not keep your mother alive for the wrong reasons. Now, there is hope and there is guilt. And believe me, I know the difference.

    • Claire: Why are you here now, then? Why'd you come? You could've just paid the bills from the States.
      Christian: I came over because I wanted to help.
      Claire: Help with what?
      Christian: Claire, your mother is alive ... but she's not really living.
      Claire: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
      Christian: It means that now may be the time to look at other alternatives, other ways to relieve her pain. Now, it is illegal to turn off her machines. But, I know of ways that can achieve the same affect without the legal consequences.
      Claire: Just stop it! You didn't come here to help me! You came here to try and fix a mistake that you made.
      Christian: No, Honey, that's not true.
      Claire: You think that just paying her bills makes you noble or something? You come down here and you try and get me to kill her! You know, just go. Why don't you just go. Go back to your real family. You know, you might be my father but I don't even know your name. And I, um, I want it to stay that way.

    • Sayid: The system appears to fire a sonic pulse when an object breaks the plane between two pylons. So, as long as we don't break the plane, we should remain unharmed.
      Rousseau: Why don't you just use the plastic explosive you took?
      Locke: Be my guest. You want to go stick it on there?

    • Claire: Aunt Lindsey, uh, what's going on here? Who is he?
      Lindsey: It doesn't matter. (to Christian) Just go.
      Christian: Maybe you should tell her, Lindsey. She deserves to know.
      Lindsey: Please, just leave us alone.
      Christian: You are not the arbiter here. (Overlapped) In these circumstance, I believe that Claire has every right to know her--
      Lindsey: (Overlapped) No, you are taking advantage of my sister's condition--
      Claire: Just stop it! Are you the one paying the bills? Are you the one taking care of all this?
      Christian: Yes.
      Claire: Then, who are you?
      Christian: I'm your father, Claire.

    • (About the security perimeter)
      Locke: Just tell me how we're gonna go through this.
      Kate: We're not gonna go through it. We're going over it. Sayid, where's the axe?
      Sayid: It's in his pack.
      Locke: No, wait a minute, I got it. Here, I got it!
      (Sayid pulls a block of C4 out of John's pack)
      Sayid: I thought you didn't know there was any C4.
      Locke: Well, I stand corrected.
      Sayid: Why did you take it?
      Locke: You never know when a little C4 might come in handy.
      Sayid: You'll have to do better than that.

    • Sayid: It looks like [Mikhail] suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
      Kate: Why did you do that? We needed him!
      Locke: They were never gonna trade him for Jack.
      Kate: You don't know that!
      Locke: Well, you don't know it either. What we do know is that he shot one of his own people who didn't want to be in this exact situation. So, I'm gonna stick with my opinion.
      Kate: Yeah, well, we could've discussed it.
      Locke: Well nobody asked me about it when we brought him along in the first place.
      Sayid: All right.
      Locke: Pardon me for not knowing that they had, uh, uh, uh, a "sonic weapon" fence. I didn't know he was gonna die; how would I know that?

    • Mikhail: If you wish to waste your time, be my guest. The pylons encircle the entire barracks. There is no going around them. If you don't believe me, look at your map.
      (Sayid pulls out the map)
      Sayid: He appears to be telling the truth.
      (Locke undoes his backpack and proceeds to push Mikhail between two pylons)
      Sayid: John! John!
      Mikhail: (to John) Thank you.
      (Mikhail starts foaming at the mouth and bleeding from his ears)
      Kate: Oh my god.
      Locke: Sorry.

    • Kate: What is it? (She moves toward the pillars)
      Sayid: Don't touch it! Don't even go near it! What are these pylons?
      Mikhail: What do you think they are?
      Sayid: A security perimeter. Those sensors on the side would be triggered if anyone passed between them. It's an alarm system... or a trap. Either way, we'd be safer going around it.
      Mikhail: You are right. It was a a security perimeter. But, like everything else on this island, it hasn't functioned in years.
      Sayid: Of course it hasn't.

    • Sun: This was my mother's worst fear.
      Claire: What do you mean?
      Sun: That I would end up doing something like this - cutting bait. She had high hopes for my future, but they did not include me marrying a fisherman's son
      Claire: Well, I guess we don't always turn out like our mothers want.

    • Mikhail: I misspoke. What I meant to say is, "you're not capable of understanding."
      Kate: And why am I not capable?
      Mikhail: Because you are not on the list.
      Kate: What list?
      Mikhail: The man who brought me here, who brought all of my people here, he is a magnificent man.
      Kate: If Ben's so magnificent, then why did he need one of us to save him?
      Mikhail: Ben? Ben is not - I will try to make this as simple as I can. You are not on the list because you are flawed, (to John) because you are angry, (to Sayid) and weak, (to Rousseau) and frightened.

    • Kate: So, how'd you get here? How'd you get onto the island?
      Rousseau: Don't waste your breath. Whatever he says will be a lie.
      Mikhail: I was recruited when I was 24. I was approached by a ma--
      Kate: I didn't ask you when, I asked you how.
      Mikhail: They brought me on the submarine.
      Kate: So, your people, they can just come and go whenever they want?
      Mikhail: Go? Yes. But, two weeks ago, our underwater beacon stopped emitting its locater signal. There was an event, an electromagnetic pulse. It would be impossible to come back.

    • Kate: Can I ask you something? I told you that your daughter was living with them and you haven't asked me a single question about her. You haven't-
      Rousseau: Your friend, Jack. You care about him?
      Kate: Yes.
      Rousseau: Imagine, sixteen years from now, if you were told he was still alive, but in your heart, you know that he wouldn't remember you. He wouldn't know you. He wouldn't even know that you ever cared about him. I haven't asked you questions about my daughter because I do not want to know the answers.

    • Claire: Why are you even asking me these questions?
      Officer: These questions are standard procedure when there's a fatality.
      Claire: My mother is in surgery. She's not dead.
      Officer: Right, so she is.
      Claire: You know, this is not my fault!
      Officer: Didn't say it was. Good day, Ms. Littleton.

    • Claire: Scientists tag these birds so they can track them. So, when they eventually land in Australia or in New Zealand or wherever, somebody's gonna gather them up.
      Sun: We can send a message!
      Claire: If we can catch one. Okay, so, here's the plan. First, we gotta cut up these fish - make chum. That'll get the birds to settle in the water. And then, uh, we're gonna need to cut up some of this net.

    • Claire: I need Jin's nets and fish. We gotta hurry. And buckets, I'm gonna need those too! We have to catch the birds.
      Sun: What birds?
      Claire: They just flew over and they're only gonna be here today; so, if we're gonna catch one, we need to do it now.
      Sawyer: Oh, this sounds like fun!

    • Desmond: Boar are running thick. I was hoping you might wanna join me in a hunt.
      Charlie: Oh, well, thanks for the invite but, as you can see, we're just about to begin a picnic.
      Desmond: Well, uh, I think hunting might be a better way to spend your day, Charlie. I mean, of all the things you could choose to do today, hunting with me might be your best option.

    • Sayid: From the position of this stream we should be here. If the scale is right, these people are two miles in that direction. (He looks up at Mikhail.) I don't expect you to confirm that.
      Locke: It's an electrical wiring map, Sayid. I'm not sure it's as accurate as you think.
      Sayid: Well it's certainly not as infallible as the magical carvings on your stick.
      Locke: Hey, the stick did get us to that station.
      Sayid: Oh, the station which you accidentally blew up?
      Locke: Well, if you'd have warned me that the basement was rigged with C-4, I might have been a little more careful.

    • Charlie: Oh, look, Aaron; your mom has finally decided to wake up. The only way I could get you to sleep in was to borrow the midget.
      Claire: (About the platter on the table) And, uh, what is all this?
      Charlie: An aperitif of mysterious island fruit before the breakfast picnic I have set up, in your honor, a short walk down the beach.
      Claire: What's gotten into you, Charlie?
      Charlie: Sorry?
      Claire: It's just, you've been so depressed all week, and, now, it's breakfast in bed and picnics.
      Charlie: I woke up this morning and I thought, "It's time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and seize the day." And, I can't think of anyone I'd rather do some "day seizing" with than you. So, what do you say? Let's drop the cherub off with Auntie Sun and Uncle Jin, and you and I will go for a little stroll.
      Claire: I would love to.

    • Kate: Why don't you just tell us if we're going the right way?
      Mikhail: You're going the right way.
      Locke: Remind me why we're keeping him alive.
      Sayid: What do you suggest, we shoot him like a dog?
      Locke: No, I like dogs.
      Rousseau: He's right, they will not trade his life for your friend's. We should shoot him.
      Kate: Enough! Nobody's shooting anybody. The map says where they are and he says the map is right. Just keep moving.

    • Charlie: (reading Claire's note) To whom it may concern, we are survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. We have survived on this island for 80 days. We were six hours into the flight when the pilot said we were off course and turned back towards Fiji. We hit turbulence and crashed. We've been waiting here all this time. Waiting for rescue that has not come. We do not know where we are, we only know you have not found us. We've done our best to live on this island. Some of us have come to accept we may never leave it. Not all of us have survived since the crash, but there is new life too, and with it, there is hope. We are alive. Please don't give up on us.

    • Claire: You know, I'm not giving up on you either, Charlie. It's gonna be okay. You're gonna be okay. We'll get through this together.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return Of The Jedi:

      After a long time fighting evil, Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia found out they were brother and sister. This was told by a dead elderly person (Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi), who was like a paternal figure for Luke.

      The same with Jack & Christian, and Claire.

    • Real World Location: Claire places Aaron on a Bondi Beach T-shirt to change his diaper. Bondi Beach is a popular beach location in Sydney, Australia.

    • When addressing Claire, Sawyer begins to call her 'Barbie,' but stops himself midway through on account of his 'punishment' for losing ping-pong.

      'Barbie' is a doll that has been produced by Mattel since 1959.

    • The Fountainhead

      At the end of the episode where Charlie is reading the note, Sawyer is shown reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The Fountainhead, published in 1943, is a novel about an architect who struggles throughout his career in order to maintain his personal methods and beliefs rather than conform to the norm of the current architectural trends. The book's main character, Howard Roark, may be an allusion towards John Locke.