Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Violence ensues and a mysterious island beast makes a re-appearance when Michael and Locke clash over Walt's upbringing. Flashbacks in this episode center around Michael and Walt's first meeting after 8 years without seeing each other.

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  • Awesome.

    An annoyed Michael confronts Walt, who has been studying knife skills under Locke, and enlists his help in scavenging parts from the wreck to build a raft, but Walt wanders off. Michael and Locke track Walt into the jungle and find that he has been trapped by a polar bear. Michael risks his life to save Walt and they reconcile. Later, Locke and Boone find Claire stumbling out of the jungle. Flashbacks show that when Walt was only a few months old, his mother accepted a job in Amsterdam and took her child with her. She married a co-worker named Brian when Walt was two and refuses to let Michael speak to Walt. Years later, Susan dies and Brian does not want custody of Walt because the boy is "different". I loved every minute of this episode, i love Walt and Michael their storyline is so real and I also loved their back story too - amazing! I also love the way Michael and Locke act about each other. Michael wants to build a raft with his son Walt. Charlie is looking for Claire's diary - I love the way Charlie and Sawyer have a little fight and Charlie walks away with the diary. I also love the scene where it is just Charlie and the diary so funny and cute. Claire is back!moreless
  • The second weakest episode of the season...

    Violence ensues and a mysterious island beast makes a re-appearance when Michael and Locke clash over Walt's upbringing. Meanwhile, Charlie is tempted to read the missing Claire's diary, and Sayid enlists Shannon to help decipher the French woman's map. Lost looses it a bit during its first season thankfully this only lasts a couple of episodes. This episodes develops the father and son relationship of Michael and Walt. This episode has some great scenes between Locke and Michael, we also learn that Walt is special somehow, this was interesting but the writers never really came back to this throughout the series I doubt that we would get anything new on this storyline during season 6. Oh and the polar bear looked really fake.moreless
  • You Ain't Gonna Live the American Dream, Sucker!

    Michael did not manage to save his dignity and paternity rights from his wife, but very well saves his son from a polar bear. He should know that, on this show, the Best Daddy Ever Award could have been earned much more easily. -

    Micahel, who is not one of the most sympathetic characters on the Island, redeems himself mainly though his flashbacks where it is revealed that he actually WANTED to become a good father for Walt, but the circumstances were far from propitious. The issue is handled very well throughout the episode, and the flashbacks are really touching wheras turning Michael into a really sympathetic character (at least for now). As for the action on the Island, there's nothing special. The attack of the polar bear is pretty good, though.moreless
  • Special Episode?

    It is amazing how Locke interacts with almost all the characters in the island, from helping charlie and boone, to find claire and challenging/helping michael. Definitely he is the character with more impact in the series.

    Michael is not a strong character, so his flashbacks follow the same way, however, comparing with some flashbacks we had saw, this time michael flashback seems very complete for my taste, like he was supposed to die later in the series. As usual, michael was a present father, totally different from what goes on in the island until this episode.

    Other events in the island had little importance, since the writers tried to pass the message that the kid is special - what he imagines can appear in some way in reality.

    I hope that the writers do not spoil the plot with these things without sense.moreless
  • Not quite as special as it seemed to be

    Since the series began, Michael has been one of the characters with the clearest motivation: he wants to get Walt off the island. He has always seemed overly protective of his son (especially in relation to Locke) but in the episode he finally reaches a breaking point. Part of this had to do with the fact he has only known his son for less than a month, but in this episode we realize the circumstances were actually must worse.

    Walt was a planned child, and Michael did love his birth mother. Unfortunately, she never seemed to care much for him or his interests. She appears kind and sympathetic, but by giving the child her last name, she is marking him as hers, which is made even clear when she takes him off to Amsterdam , ostensibly for her career, but probably because she found another, wealthier man, and didn't have any more use for son's father any more. Because Michael knows that he'll have no chance in a custody arrangement, so he cedes the battle reluctantly (later episodes will reveal he didn't even do that). It makes Susan look even more reprehensible, especially when we later learn she made sure Walt never saw one of the letters or cards he wrote him over the years.

    Michael is desperate to make up for lost time, so he has been over-parenting to a huge extent. In this case, it actually inspires him, because he has the first constructive idea of how to get off the island--- build a raft, using the wreckage from the plane. It is dismissed by Jack and Sayed, but he follows through, and this will be a major theme of the rest of Season 1.

    What Michael doesn't know (and what Brian has realized all too well) is that there as far more to Walt than meets the eye. He has some psychic ability to will certain things into being, as we see with the bird in his flashback. (Are the writers breaking the rules with flashbacks here? Well, lets let it go.) This explains some of the mysterious occurrences--- his willing of a polar bear into being in the Pilot (though later evidence would seem to suggest that the bears were on the island before he got there, the way the rain suddenly stopped in 'Tabula Rasa', his uncanny ability with the dice playing backgammon with Hurley, and in this episode, when Locke trying to teach him to throw a knife, throws it perfectly into a tree. Walt doesn't seem to know this, but Locke seems to have a sense of it, which may explain why he's trying to help Walt, and why he's treating him with far more maturity than his own father seems to be. This is a very intriguing paradox, and will have important implications as the series progresses. However, considering that Walt has ceased to be a factor in the series now, it does seem like it wasn't planned well. (Then again, maybe he'll come back into play in Season 5--- but that's another story) Though most of the focus is on Walt and Michael, and their plans, a couple of major storylines: Sayed is still puzzling over the maps he got through Rousseau, and has now reached the point, where he thinks that they are points on the island, instead of around it. This doesn't come into play until another seemingly unrelated incident-- Charlie has moved Claire's luggage to the caves, and after a hysterical mental struggles, reads the diary. We learns that Claire has been dreaming about the black rock. Charlie, having heard Rousseau's original transmission (but Claire did not) knows that the black rock is a location on the island, and thinks that maybe she is being held there. This is cut back at the episode, when Claire emerges in front of Boone and Locke, looking absolutely terrified. Now that's how you close out an episode.

    There are some other notable incidents in this episodes, particularly involving Vincent, Walt's dog. It is now pretty clear that Vincent seems to be tapped into his master in a way that we haven't noticed. When Vincent is present, Walt is safe, when he leaves--- which is what happens just before Walt encounters the polar bear in this episode. Vincent is still on the island, and Walt won't be. Depending on which fan you ask, the dog is either the protector of certain people, or a harbinger of death. Well, we'll worry about the dog later.

    Apart from Walt, Locke and Michael, we don't really see much of the other characters. Though Boone is till present much of the time Locke is helping Walt, he seems far less of a factor. However, there is no doubt that the experience in 'Hearts and Minds' has fundamentally altered him. This is notable when Shannon asks after him, and he is far colder than she deserves. More important, when asked about the raft and getting off the island, he says 'No thanks.' He is a convert to the cause, and it will end up leading to his end.

    It IS also now clear that Charlie is in love with Claire, and if you freeze-frame the pages in her diary (it's all right, Charlie, you're not the only scum), she's beginning to reciprocate those feelings. Unfortunately, this island isn't going to be a great place for love. Ask almost anyone there.

    Even Jack's role is greatly reduced, and he doesn't seem to be as focused as he usually is. He is never informed about Walt's disappearance, which is probably for the best--- he probably couldn't do much except feel guilty about it.

    'Special' may not be as crucial an episode in the overall arch of the island as most fans might think, but it is a pretty significant improvement over the last two episodes. Part of which is do to the talent of Harold Perrineau, freed from the bars and wheelchairs of Oz to play a character with emotions and human issues. Michael will in many ways play the greatest price, far heavier even of those who die on the island. But that's all in the future. In any case, we're finally starting to move forward after running in place.

    My score:8.1moreless
Monica Garcia

Monica Garcia


Guest Star

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Susan Lloyd

Guest Star

David Starzyk

David Starzyk

Brian Porter

Guest Star

Christian Bowman

Christian Bowman

Steve Jenkins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Michael catches Locke teaching Walt to throw knives, Locke is holding the knife, but when Michael comes in, Walt is holding the knife.

    • When Charlie is talking to Kate about how he misses Claire, between shots his right hand goes from having two fingers touching his temple, to having his chin resting in his hand.

    • Spoiler alert!:

      When Charlie is reading Claire's diary, a part can be read:

      "...I realized I really like Charlie...".

      Claire, as an Australian, should have spelled "realized" as "realised".

    • Spoiler alert!:

      When Michael takes the box of letters he sent to Walt in Brian's house, he is standing in the middle of an octagonal room and hence under an octagonal ceiling. The octagon is the shape used for the DHARMA logos. Also, an octagonal has 8 sides. 8 is one of "The Numbers".

    • Numbers: 8

      Michael sent Walt cards every year for 8 years.

    • Numbers: 4 Boone is wearing a T-shirt with 4 aces on it.The nurse has 4 children.

    • Island events in this episode take place on October 17th and October 18th 2004.

    • Notice the pictures in the comic book. One page depicts a doomed ecosystem in the middle of nowhere with a large structure protruding from the center. The other is a polar bear but there is green vegetation in the background. The pictures are similar to the island, possibly something to do with Walt's supposed powers or another hint as to what is going on.

    • As Walt goes looking for Vincent and the camera pans through the jungle, a green box is visible just for a fraction of a second before it cuts back to Walt and we hear a growl, it looks like some kind of bin or weather box or something. The green box has a yellow lid.

    • In the Flashback scene when Walt tells Brian and his mother to look, you can see a blonde woman in the background of the living room.

    • Minor detail: When Michael is talking on a payphone approximately 9 years ago (ie 1993-1994) we see a subway station with N, R and W. The yellow W line did not exist at that point.

    • The glass between the polar bear and camera is visible when the bear's breath creates fog on it.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Sawyer: What are you two selling today?
      Charlie: Where's Claire's diary? Someone took it from her bag.
      Sawyer: Oh I get it, something goes missing and right away you figure it's got to be me that took it.
      Kate: Do you have the diary or not?
      Sawyer: (pulling the diary out) You mean this one?
      Charlie: Give it to me.
      Sawyer: Now, I'm not sure that's the best idea. Maybe missy Claire don't want you reading it.
      Charlie: I wasn't going to read it.
      Sawyer: You're not curious what she wrote about you?
      Charlie: You bastard. Did you read it?
      Sawyer: Good literature's kinda scarce around here.

    • Charlie: (To Sawyer) You hit like a ponce.

    • Walt: Am I being punished?
      Michael: What, you think working with your old man is punishment? No man. This is us taking control of our destiny.
      Walt: Feels like punishment.

    • (Kate and Charlie are walking toward Sawyer's tent)
      Kate: Sawyer! Hey Sawyer!
      Charlie: You know, I could just go inside...
      Sawyer: Trick or treat.

    • (Sawyer is pretending he is reading from Claire's diary)
      Sawyer: Dear Diary, I'm getting really freaked out by that has-been popstar. I think he's stalking me.
      Kate: Sawyer!
      Sawyer: Diary, the little limey runt just won't let up.

    • Michael: What are we talking about doing now? Looking for another excuse to get chased down and killed by the thing that lives in the jungle?

    • Hurley: (about Michael) He seems to hate it doesn't he?
      Jack: What?
      Hurley: Being a dad.
      Jack: No, it's just a lot of hard work.
      Michael (in distance): Walt! Walt!
      Hurley: Nah, he hates it.

    • Sayid: Once I realized these equations were coordinates, latitude and longitude, I assumed the French woman was trying to determine the location of the island. But it was incomplete, the notations fragmented.
      Shannon: Except for the fish song.
      Sayid: Mmhmm.
      Jack: The what?

    • Michael: Walt! Walt!
      Charlie (entering): Hey, Michael, you seen Claire's bags?
      Michael: You seen my son?
      Charlie: You seen her bags?

    • Michael: He's 10 years old.
      Locke: He's been through more than most people in their entire lifetime. Maybe you haven't spent enough time with him to see it, but he's different.
      Michael: What did you say?
      Locke: And we're not back home. As long as we're here, I think Walt should be allowed to realize his potential.
      Michael: Stay away from my son. And me.

    • Michael: You keep playing my son against me, and I'm going to have a...
      (Suddenly Boone tackles Michael, grabs the knife and is on top of him.)
      Boone: The man said calm down.
      (Michael slugs Boone and gets on top of him.)
      Michael: What are you, his attack dog?
      (Locke breaks them up.)
      Locke: Easy, easy, easy. You're the one that was waving the knife around. He was just trying to make sure you didn't hurt someone. Michael, I know it's been difficult to bond with your son. You know why he's formed an attachment to me? Because I treat him like an adult; you still treat him like a boy.

    • Michael: (to Locke) You gave my boy a knife?
      Locke: You should have seen what...
      Michael: Hey, don't tell me what I should have seen, man. If we were back home, I'd call the police on your ass. Encouraging a kid to sneak away from his parent? Giving him a knife like this?
      Locke: Walt knows his own mind.
      Michael: (putting the knife in Locke's face) Hey, don't talk about my son like you know him.
      Locke: You really need to calm down.

    • Walt: You're a jerk.
      Michael: What'd you say to me?
      Walt: Mr. Locke didn't do anything wrong. He's my friend.
      Michael: He's not your friend anymore. I'm looking out for you.
      Walt: You don't care about me. You never cared about me.
      Michael: What?
      Walt: You only showed up after my Mom died. Where were you when I was growing up, huh? Nowhere.
      Michael: Listen, Walt. It's complicated.
      Walt: I don't even care. You're not my father.
      Michael: You want to hate me? You want to punish me for something I can't change? Fine. But you will listen to me.
      (Michael takes the comic book from his back pocket and throws it in the fire. The comic book is open to the polar bear page.)
      Michael: Now, you get over there, and you stay there. Now!
      (shot of Michael looking at the comic book in the fire.)

    • Michael: Dammit! What is wrong with you?
      Locke: I was just coming to see you.
      Michael: I told you to stay away from my son.
      Walt: He didn't. I was just gonna...
      Michael: Walt, I don't want to hear from you.
      Locke: I was just giving him this pencil to give to you. I thought you could use it. Consider it a peace offering.
      Michael: (leaning in to whisper in Locke's ear) If I catch you with my son again, I'll kill you.

    • Sayid: You want to build a raft?
      Michael: Don't say it like that, man.

    • Charlie: It's weird. I barely knew (correcting himself)... barely know her...Claire. She's been missing over a week and...every day she's gone it feels like...bits of me are crumbling or... something...

    • Jack: What is that?
      Charlie: It's Claire's. Her diary.
      Sayid: You're reading her diary?
      Charlie: Yeah, I know, I'm bloody scum. Just listen to this. I had that weird dream again, the one with the black rock I can't get away from. I try to leave, but it won't let me.
      Sayid: Black rock?
      Jack: It's just dreams, Charlie.
      Charlie: No. Sayid mentioned Black Rock before.
      Sayid: The French woman mentioned something about her team returning from the Black Rock. The triangle on the map. Maybe it's the triangle on the map.
      Charlie: Maybe it's where Claire was taken. Maybe she's there?
      Jack: Maybe. Charlie, we all want to find Claire, but there's no sense going out into the jungle in the middle of the night.

    • Hurley: Yo dudes. Got a new tourney lined up. We're playing for the last of the deodorant sticks. You dawgs up for some golf?

  • NOTES (7)


    • Lord of the Flies:

      Walt is much like Simon, both are black boys and possess a "sight" that others don't have. In the book, Simon is in connection with the earth, and Walt might be similar, but we have yet to find out.

    • Walt: (in his comic book) I like the pictures. Walt's comic book appears to be a Spanish-language reprint of an issue of Green Lantern guest-starring the Flash. Translation of the Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends Part I.