Season 3 Episode 12

Par Avion

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.