Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As Bernard attempts to spur the survivors into trying to get themselves rescued, Rose is surprisingly and vehemently opposed. romantic sparks are rekindled between Jack and Kate when they trek into the jungle to propose a "trade" with "The Others".

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  • Rose & Bernard

    Rose and Bernard flashbacks don't disappoint in this more traditional episode of Lost reminiscent of the first season, proving to be a slow burn with a cliffhanger that sets up the final tier of the season quite enticingly.
  • It's time to start axing some of these characters.

    This episode to me epitomized why Lost has been underwhelming in the 2nd season. You've got all these great developments happening with the island map on the door, and they barely take time to examine those mysteries. Instead, they focus on characters we don't even care about. I really don't care about Mr. Eko and his church, Anna Lucia and I especially don't care about Bernard & his wife's pathetic relationship.

    I do care about Kate, Charlie, Claire, Jack, Hugo, Jin & Sun, Sawyer, and especially John Locke. I think "the others" are cool, and the fact that they have one in their prison is riveting. I want to learn more about the others, the island, where the boy was taken to, what the black security system is, and what the code actually does. The writers are just giving us nothing. I expect things to pick up, but why waste time on extraneous characters we don't care about when there is so much better material to explore?moreless
  • Awesome.

    Bernard attempts to create an S.O.S. signal, but stops when Rose tells him that she wants to stay on the island because she thinks it has cured her cancer. Romantic sparks are rekindled between Jack and Kate. Locke continues to lose faith in the island. In flashbacks, Rose and Bernard have their honeymoon in Australia. Michael reappears to Jack and Kate when they try to trade Henry to the Others in exchange for Walt. Wow - what an awesome episode - I love this episode so much. I love the Rose and Bernard scene and back story. I love the Jack and Henry scene, I love them both. I love the scene with Saywer, Jack and Kate - Yay for Jack and Kate. I love the Jack and Kate scenes together, especially the scene where they are trapped together. I love the John and Rose scene amazing. I love Jack he is my other favourite character on the show. I love the ending where Jack and Kate are having a momeny nd then Michael runs out the jungle.moreless
  • Seems like its filler, but it reveals a couple of big secrets

    Considering that we're closing in on the end of the season, it comes as a surprise that the writers would choose to focus an episode on two lesser characters such as Rose and Bernard, who aren't even regulars. I didn't object much because Sam Anderson and L. Scott Caldwell are such fine actors that I was actually curious about their back-story. And it turns out to be more significant than you'd imagine

    Since all we've known about Rose and Bernard is that its a love that has survived incredible odds, maybe it's not a surprise that there story is more of the same. Their love is one that the other romances on the island so far haven't matched, which is interesting because it's not as old as we thought. Rose has been suffering from cancer, and when she finally finds the nerve to tell Bernard, he doesn't hesitate a second before asking her to marry him. Jin and Sun are only now beginning to restore that kind of devotion. However, this love has been a source of guilt to Bernard. In his desperation to heal her, they traveled to Australia to visit a legendary faith healer., and on their return voyage, the plane crashed. (I'll get back to this in a moment)

    Bernard is desperate to get off the island, and raises an issue that is actually very pertinent: why have there been no rescue attempts this season? In Season 1, Sayid spent the better part searching for a radio tower to try and make a transceiver work, and the rest of his time decoding maps. Michael built a raft, and after it was set ablaze, the castaway built and launched another one. But this season, everybody seems more determined to settle in. Sayid has spent the better part of the last few weeks mourning Shannon, and only came out of his stupor to begin interrogating this new prisoner that fell into their laps. Michael has been focused on getting his son back, and has been gone. Locke, we know, has no interest in leaving the island, but Jack has become more focused on the hatch then he has about life on the services. Two days ago, a parachute drop with a ton of food landed on the island. No one knows how got there. Both Sayid and Jack were there when they discovered it. Did Sayid begin scouring the skies for planes? Did Jack go to the beach and build a signal fire? No, they both turned to focus on the Other in their hatch.

    Now Bernard actually comes up with a good idea--- build a giant S.O.S sign on the beach so that a plane might pick it u[p. You'd think this idea would get a lot of support, but when he asked Eko, the man who kept him safe for seven weeks for help, he shrugs him off, saying he's building a church (?). A lot of the other castaways don't want to do the work, and when the he tries to lead his team, including Jin and Hurley, both of them give up rather quickly. This is particularly bizarre, consider Jin spent a lot of time building the second raft with a man who initially despised him. Are the castaways just giving up and deciding to accept staying on the island? Or is there more to it than that?

    Because Rose loves her husband, she does something that so far, none of the other castaways have really been willing to do--- tell the truth about something. The faith healer didn't fix Rose, but she he asked him to tell her that they did. But ever since Rose has been on the island, she has not felt the presence of her cancer, and she certainly hasn't manifested any of the symptoms. This is corroborated by the fact that she saw Locke in his wheelchair before they got on the plane. She has been healed and is now afraid that if she leaves, she will die (This is probably an ill-conceived notion given what we will later learn, but lets focus on the present.). When Bernard learns this, he immediate reverses course, and agrees that they will never leave the island. (Of course, there are people who think otherwise.)

    Meanwhile, Locke has been trying to recreate the map that he saw on the blast door, but is getting nowhere with it. This isn't surprising because he's been losing faith in the hatch, the button, and the island, all season. Not-Henry has been pushing his buttons for the last week or so (in this episode he manages to do it without saying a word), so what good is a map going to do him? His pain is so great, he actually comes out of the hatch, and sits on the beach--- something he hasn't done all season. His remark to Rose is very telling ---"it's not my hatch'., but in her own quiet way she manages to restore his faith--- though that feeling won't last for long.

    Meanwhile, Jack is fed up with waiting, and tries to do something proactive-- trade the Other for Walt. He asks for Kate's help, because he assumes that the Others don't want them (We're going to learn soon enough that was yet another lie.) This leads to the first discussion that Kate and Jack have had since the Others grabbed Michael, and they seem to be reconnecting, especially after they get caught in a net (Rousseau or the Others? We never find out, but it's probably the former.) But then, just as they seem to be reconnecting, Kate makes the mistake of telling him about the Caduceus Hatch,. and what she found there when she went out with Claire. Before you can say, self-righteous, Jack gets on his high horse with Kate about lying to him, even though that's exactly what he's been doing for the past week. This is a flashback we didn't need.

    Big surprise, the Others react to Jack's demands with a deafening silence--- or do they? Because at the end of the episode, a figure comes running back to them with his head covered--- Michael has returned after being gone half the season. His action will lead us to the climax that we've been building towards.

    Even though 'S.O.S.' ends with one of those musical montages (man, I thought we were done with them when the batteries in Hurley's CD player burned out) this remains one of the better episodes of seasons 2. It's nice to know that there's love on this island, and that someone was willing to tell the truth about it. (To themselves, not to anyone else, of course.) I would've liked to get to know Rose and Bernard a bit better. A shame they've kind of been buried in the newer group of castaways.

    My score:8.8moreless
  • Transitional Episode, but it has good Scenes!!!!


    Rose is the only character that did not have the chance to be the Main Character and her own flashbacks. So It was time to do it. Has expected, it could not be something trivial, it was necessary to do something special, like locke healed legs for example.

    Through this mindset, her Storyline was construted with a beginning and a end. Since she is not a strong character, it was best this way.

    Make sense that she is healed too, like Locke, but what was not necessary was for her husband to try to make the signal. This was only to fill the episode.

    Other events, like Jack and Kate is a setup, the hatch too.

    Emotions - » Since Rose is not a Strong Character, it was difficult to create better scenes, since the majority for the Audience would not care. All the Scenes featuring the her flashbacks is about Sadness and Hope. Typical Lost Drama.

    Progression - » Since this is a setup, nothing essential happened, so this can be considered filler. This is all about doing a closure for a character that had not time to be one of the main Cast.

    Ending - » Nothing special or impressive.

    Overall - » Good Material, but not enough to be Great. Still, is a good Setup with some good material and closure.moreless
Wayne Pygram

Wayne Pygram


Guest Star

Donna Smallwood

Donna Smallwood

Aussie Woman

Guest Star

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Bernard Nadler

Recurring Role

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Rose Nadler

Recurring Role

Michael Emerson (I)

Michael Emerson (I)

Henry Gale

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • Numbers: The list that Michael was holding had 4 names on it.

    • In the first flashback, when Rose rolls down her window to talk to Bernard, there is no ice or frost on it. But when she opens the door after Bernard falls down, the window is covered in white frost.

    • Numbers: Jack said it would take 4 weeks until Locke's leg would heal.

    • Numbers: Kate got 4 oysters.

    • When Bernard gives up on making the huge SOS sign, the camera pulls away to reveal the rocks have been filled in on only a portion of the SOS: two periods, and the bottom curve of the S, this makes a frowny face like that at the prompt of the hatch computer.

    • Bernard said that, at first, 15 people were ready to help him, and later, only 4. 4 and 15 are two of "The Numbers".

    • When Locke sees the timer, some of the numbers we can see are:
      8 and 15 are two of "The Numbers". There's also 1:02, 1:01 and 1:00, but they are not related.

    • Uluru is the aboriginal name of the central Australian rock formation usually known as Ayers Rock. Part of the formation can be seen near the "office" of the faith healer that Bernard consulted, Isaac of Uluru.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 22nd and November 23rd 2004.

    • Michael's absence is the longest a main character has ever had in the show, having missed seven consecutive episodes in total. Walt's absence does not count, as he is no longer a main character.

    • Geography Error. In the flashback scene where Rose and Bernard are heading out to see Isaac at Uluru, other mountains can be seen through the car's window on Bernard's side. These mountains are lush and full of life. These don't exist near Uluru. Uluru is in fact in the middle of the desert. Also, there was too much grass in these scenes, the area surrounding Uluru is mainly a vibrant red dirt with only wisps of grass.

    • The plates on Bernard's car are the same as the plates on one of Sayid's friend's cars, seen in a previous episode.

    • When Jack and Kate are trapped in the net, Kate takes a shot at the rope to cut them loose. Then, while Jack is aiming, he says that if he misses, they will have 13 bullets left to shoot each other with. Therefore, there were 15 bullets (13 left in clip + 1 used by Kate + 1 used by Jack) in the gun when they left. Also, in the previous episode, titled Dave, Sayid takes a shot at Henry. Therefore, there were 16 bullets in the clip at that time. Both 15 and 16 are one of The Numbers.

    • When Rose goes to see Isaac the "healer", he describes how he heals people. Quote: "There are certain places with great energy, spots on the earth, like the one we're above now, perhaps this energy is geological, magnetic."

      One of DHARMA's research topics on the Island, where Rose feels she has been healed as well as Locke, is Magnetism.

    • Rose and Bernard are most likely residents of Buffalo, New York. In the flashback, Rose says she is used to driving in the snow. In a later flashback, Rose and Bernard are dining at a restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls, which is close to Buffalo.

    • In this episode it seems Vincent is now following Sawyer. This is not the only time that Vincent has been seen keeping the loneliest person on the island company. First it was Shannon after she lost Boone then Ana-Lucia after she killed Shannon and now Sawyer who once again is the most hated person on the island.

    • Michael returns in almost exactly the same way that Claire did in episode 1-14, "Special." He does exactly what Locke described about Claire returning, stumbling through the bushes and collapsing.

    • Goof: When Jack redresses Henry's wound, he only does so to the exit wound. Shouldn't Jack have redressed the entry wound, too?

  • QUOTES (34)

    • (Right after Jack and Kate have been trapped)
      Jack: You okay?
      Kate: Yeah.
      Jack: (sarcastically) Oh good, so you can hear me.

    • Locke: I'm done with the hatch.
      Rose: Oh, now you're just frustrated.

    • Bernard: Aren't you remotely curious as to where all this came from? You're acting like we just got back from the supermarket.

    • Rose: Well, I guess I was raised to never question my blessings.
      Bernard: Well, I was raised to question piles of food with weird labels that just fall out of the sky.

    • Sawyer: (About Jack) Oh happy day, here comes Dr. Giggles.

    • Jack: When were you going to tell me this?
      Kate: When you decided to let me back in the club!

    • Isaac: You must be Rose. Why don't you have a seat.
      Rose: So, um, how does this work? I sit here and you chant, pray, or what?

    • Jack: Okay, now give me the gun.
      Kate: Are you going to waste another bullet?
      Jack: We'll still have 13 more to shoot each other with. Come on.
      Kate: Fine. You have a better angle than mine anyway.
      Jack: Oh, that's going to be your excuse when I make the shot?
      Kate: When you make the shot.
      (Jack shoots and hits the rope. They crash down with Kate on top, both smiling)
      Kate: Nice shot.

    • Bernard: If you have time to fix your hut you have time to move some rocks. Come on, we could really use your help.
      Sawyer: What, you got union trouble down at the sand factory, Norma Rae?
      Bernard: Come on, Sawyer, I need your help. What do you say?
      Sawyer: I say Pasadena.

    • Sawyer: (To Kate ) Ah, that's how it's done. Aw, well look at you. That's like four in the last half hour. Let me call the Guinness Book.

    • Rose: I had to beat back half the group to get these. I saved them for you.
      Hurley: No way. I'm on a new diet. Nothing but fish and water. And fish and water.

    • Rose: (To Bernard) Well, honey, just because you're having a bad day doesn't mean you have to raise your voice!

    • Kate: How long are you gonna wait, Jack?
      Jack: Until I get my voice back. And then I'm gonna yell some more.

    • Bernard: Have you all forgotten that we crashed on this island? It's like none of you want to go home again!

    • Bernard (tearfully, embracing Rose): I'd offer to take down the sign but, uh... we didn't get very far.

    • Jack: We're here.
      Kate: Are you sure? I -
      Jack: That's where they took the shot at Sawyer ... right over there is where they pushed you out of the jungle with a bag over your head .... right there is where I ... where I laid my guns down.

    • Bernard (to Rose): If you can't leave, neither can I.

    • Rose: You're in my spot.
      Locke: (sitting on the beach) I can move.
      Rose: Can you?
      Locke: Oh, that's funny. (Rose laughs)
      Rose: I guess your sense of humor got trapped under that door with your leg.

    • Locke: I saw your husband walking through the jungle, hauling rocks ...
      Rose: He's building a big sign in the sand, so the satellites will see it ... That man doesn't know the difference between an errand and a fool's errand ...
      Locke: Well, Rose, most of us don't ...

    • Rose: Maybe we should speak to Jack about this first.
      Bernard: Do we have to run everything by Jack? He is not the president. He is a doctor.
      Rose: You are a dentist!

    • Rose: When you're sick and you have got something inside that doesn't belong there you can feel it. And after the crash, I couldn't feel it anymore. At first I thought it was just shock, but it wasn't. It's this place!

    • Kate: I'm flattered.
      Jack: Yeah ... Why is that?
      Kate: Because you chose me to go with you instead of Sawyer.
      Jack: I asked Sayid first but he turned me down. And I only asked you because they don't want you. They grabbed you, they had you at gunpoint, they could have kept you but they didn't. Then again, they didn't really want me either.
      Kate: (smiles) Damaged goods. Both of us.

    • Rose: Have you ever stopped to think, maybe the reason people are quitting is because you got yourself a management problem?
      Bernard: What is the matter with you, Rose? I am just trying to do something.
      Rose: That's just why ... You're always trying to do. Why can't you just let things be?
      Bernard: If I didn't always have to do something you wouldn't be here.

    • Bernard: Can I at least grab some of these logs? We could surely use...
      Eko: We're using them.
      Bernard: For what exactly?!
      Charlie: A church.

    • Jack: I'm going back out into the jungle to talk to our friend with the beard. See if we can make a trade.
      Sawyer: Ah ... The old prisoner exchange. And you're inviting me along 'cause you wanna gun, huh?
      Jack: I'm not inviting you, I'm inviting Kate and I've already got a gun, but thanks for offering.
      Sawyer: How the hell did you get a gun?
      Jack: Does it matter?

    • Bernard: My God, Rose, they built a kitchen on the beach! They've given up.
      Rose: Given up? On what?
      Bernard: On getting rescued.

    • Bernard: You bunk with a guy for forty-eight days and now he doesn't call or write.
      Mr Eko: Hello, Bernard.

    • Bernard: Don't you wanna go home?
      Claire: Of course we wanna go home.
      Hurley: Dude, we like built a raft.....but..... it blew up.

    • Ana Lucia: I'm not sure trading people is their thing.
      Jack: Talking to him is getting us nowhere so maybe we can get something for him.

    • Ana-Lucia: I've pushed your button.
      Locke: It's not my button.

    • Rose: You'll be out of that splint and running around the island again in no time.
      Locke: And yet, Jack said it'd be at least four weeks.
      Rose: But honey, you and I both know it's not gonna take that long.

    • Kate: I'm sorry I kissed you.
      Jack (pause): I'm not.

    • Bernard (to Eko): I think I liked you better when you just hit people with your stick.
      Charlie: I like you just the way you are.

    • Bernard: A church?
      Eko: Yes.
      Bernard: Everybody on this island is building something. I'm trying to get us saved.
      Eko: People are saved in different ways, Bernard.

  • NOTES (7)


    • The Guinness Book of Records: When Kate struggles to pry mussels loose from rocks and succeeds in removing only four in a half hour, Sawyer remarks that it's time to call the Guinness Book. This is a reference book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of world records, both human achievements and the extreme of the natural world.

    • Norma Rae

      While Bernard is asking Sawyer's help to build the sign, Sawyer mockingly asks if he is "having union troubles down on the beach, Norma Rae." This refers to the 1978 Sally Field film of the same name, dealing with a woman's attempt to unionized garment workers.

    • Rose Bowl Parade

      Sawyer comments "Pasadena" to Bernard when asked to volunteer for a group project. Floats in the Rose Bowl Parade held every year in Pasadena, CA use hundreds of volunteers to assemble them.

    • Dr. Giggles

      Sawyer is referring to The comedy/horror film called Dr. Giggles about a psychopathic son of a mass-murdering doctor, who escapes from his mental institution to seek revenge on the town where his father was caught. The giggling doctor kills his victims with a surgical theme. His goal is to give one of the townfolk a heart transplant.

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