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Season 6 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sayid faces a difficult decision, and Claire sends a warning to the temple inhabitants.

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  • Damn no more pattern.

    Sayid faces a difficult decision, and Claire sends a warning to the temple inhabitants. Wow what an episode. The tops Locke's episode a couple of weeks ago as the best of the season. Like The Substitute the flash sideways are nothing speacil, Seeing Keamy and co. again was cool even if it was only for one scene before he was killed again and the part with Jin was intresting but we will have to wait for his episode to find out I guess. Other than that one scene Sayid's story was a bit boring, but his story on the island was exciting. I enjoyed the fight between Sayid and Dogen near the start that was fun, I noticed Sayid was fighting a lot differently than we have seen in the past he was faster, I think that this could be due to the his re birth. He is going down a dark path and I like it, the character really grabbed me again in this episode, last week I thought Sayid was boring but now he is really intresting I'm looking forward to seeing what him, Claire and MIB get up to in the future episodes.

    L ike I said last week the new Claire is awesome Emelie is doing a great job with the sudden change in the character and I'm really enjoying seeing this character have a bigger role in the series. The obvious stand out moment of the episode is the ending all I can say is WOW! I can't wait til next week.moreless
  • Sayid ! ..

    Sayid , remember this name because he will be the next evil for Fake-Locke . this episode deliver one of the best thriller scene ever the Sayid and Fake-Locke scene was really speechless . Clarie craziness still amazing , Sin & Ben are finally back what a good feeling i had . Sayid acting in this episode was really one of the his best performance ever as always ! . first mins in the episode Sayid was cool and clam and at the last very ending of the episode she changes 180 degree and that's what make him an Emmy award winner . and his face impression when he kill the Egg guy and said " i don't " was breathtaking .

    10/10 .moreless
  • One of the most memorable episodes of all time and without a doubt the best episode of the season 6.

    Lost has come to it's final season and it seems that every episode now has what are in my understanding are called ''Flash Sideways'' Which is like a flash back if Oceanic flight 815 had landed in Sydney. Every episode has had a different characters flash sideways such as Locke (smokey), Kate, Jack, Ben, etc. This episode was about Sayid's life. The episode moved me from start to finish and Sayid seemed cooler than a villain! I didn't really understand the quote he said to Ben when Ben said come on Sayid theirs still time ''Not for me'' ????

    No idea whats in store but at the moment season 6 is living up to every bit of the hype and hopefully will continue!moreless
  • What an episode

    That was good. That was really good. I loved that dark and very dangerous undertone this episode had.. Sayid has always been mysterious and those acts on the island only made it deeper. I mean: that chinese man trying to have others kill him over and over again. I so loved the moment on the pool room where Sayid decided to get rid of him. I never liked the chinese man at all.. so, him out of the picture, that great. but his hippy friend.. He looked more intriguing but if to get rid of that chinese man, it was necessary to get rid off him, it's all fine by me.

    Claire also has some great developments. I mean.. what they are really up to? Do we know? There starts to be more and more bipolar atmosphere.. so.. will it all end in clash? and if it does, who wins?moreless
  • Hard to break the chain of 10s with this review...

    Overall this was probably up there with "The Substitute" as the best episode of season six so far.

    A "perfect" rating is probably stretching it quite a lot, of course, but this episode was a big game-changer -- Jacob's forces are now in disarray, the temple is crushed, and sides have been drawn. Sayid and Claire have become consumed by The Sickness, and temple-protectors Dogen and Lennon have fallen at the former's hands.

    The episode was skillfully paced; leading us gradually through a methodical build-up to an epic showdown at sundown. And when the showdown came, it was worth it. Lost doesn't often do action-sequences, and sometimes is unfairly criticised for it -- this episode demonstrates masterfully why epic-but-rare is far more dramatically satisfying than little-but-often. When Lost does action, it does it memorably. The final 10 minutes' action-piece of this episode sits alongside the incident (in the episode of the same title), the freighter explosion, the beach showdown with the others (in Through The Looking Glass), the hatch implosion, and several others, as another memorable and heart-pounding blaze of glory for the show.

    The flash-sideways, comparatively, still move slowly and focus more on character enlightenment. It would be easy to mistake the purpose of the alternate reality to simply be a "Oooh look at what could have happened! Oooh, look what's changed!" scenario, but I think it's pretty obvious that there's far more to these stories than that. In this episode, on the island, Locke suggests to Sayid that if he follows him he will be able to see Nadia again... Perhaps the alternate reality is influenced by Jacob and his adversary; it's too early to tell. It is curious, however, that the two characters who have had flash-sideways who followed Locke at the end of the episode (Kate and Sayid) are still relatively miserable, struggling to find redemption and struggling to move beyond their previously-explored demons... A complete contrast to the Jacob followers (Jack and Hurley), who are relatively happy and apparently clear of the demons that plagued them in the original-timeline.

    I'm not sure what this all means, or whether it's relevant. But the Jacob followers are happy; the Locke followers are miserable. There have been arguments over which side is truly "good" and which side is truly "bad" -- the flash-sideways may or may not serve a greater purpose than is currently visible, but if nothing else, they seem to be providing some enlightenment to the reality of one of the most important and mythologically-central debates on the show. And for that reason alone they are serving a crucial purpose.moreless
Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada


Guest Star

John Hawkes

John Hawkes


Guest Star

Cas Anvar

Cas Anvar


Guest Star

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand


Recurring Role

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Omar/Arabic man

Recurring Role

Andrea Gabriel

Andrea Gabriel

Noor "Nadia" Abed Jaseem

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Omar and Keamy are the first two characters to be killed on screen in both the original timeline and sideways timeline.

    • When Sayid meets Nadia and they hug, she places her left arm on his shoulder to show viewers her wedding ring, in the next shot her arm is not on his shoulder.

    • When Keamy is making his fried eggs, there is clearly a piece of toast on the plate he places them on, along with several strips of bacon. However, when he moves the plate to the table, the toast has vanished.

    • In medicine, the term "Sundowning" refers to the phenomenon where people with psychosis or dementia become very agitated at dusk. At this time they are more likely to go wandering off away from safety when they are very confused.

    • At the hospital after Omar's mugging, Sayid and Nadia pass Jack, who is in his hospital scrubs, in the hallway.

    • Omar wakes up Sayid at 2:30 am. 23 is one of The Numbers.

    • When Sayid is fixing the vase, he goes to pick up the broken piece, the camera switches and shows him putting down the glue instead.

    • The minivan parked outside Omar's house has the same license plate as Jack's jeep (2SAQ321).

    • Based on the episode title and previously followed pattern of Season 6 matching Season 1 centricity, the producers may have intended us to anticipate this as a Sun centric episode, when in fact it was centered around Sayid.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sayid: Who are you?
      Jin: No English.

    • Miles: Oh, that Australian chick's back.
      Kate: Wait, what?
      Miles: You know that blonde, with the baby.
      Kate: Claire?
      Miles: Right, Claire. She just strolled in here couple hours ago, acting all weird... Still hot, though.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Music:

      Catch a Falling Star - this 1957 song (originally sung by Perry Como) is sung by Claire in The Hole and played after the temple is destroyed.

      This song appeared in one form or another several times, always connecting Aaron and Claire.

    • Andrea Gabriel (Nadia) becomes the second guest star to appear in all 6 seasons of Lost, after L. Scott Caldwell (Rose).

    • Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), and Josh Holloway (Sawyer) do not appear in this episode.
      Matthew Fox (Jack) only appears in the Flash-sideways storyline without any lines. Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) only appears in the Flash-sideways storyline.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 2, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: March 5, 2010 on Sky1
      Portugal: March 9, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: March 9, 2010 on FOX
      Australia: March 10, 2010 on 7TWO
      Latin America: March 16, 2010 on Canal AXN
      Finland: March 25, 2010 on Nelonen
      Norway: April 7, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: April 24, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: May 5, 2010 on TV4
      Czech Republic: May 10, 2010 on AXN

    • This is the second episode name that has a character combined with down. The other one was the season 2 episode Lockdown.

    • A Sayid-centric episode.


    • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: Sayid is recruited by the Man in Black when the latter says he will be able to see Nadia again if he joins him. Sayid's first act after being recruited is going to the temple and killing Dogen which allows the Man in Black to enter killing the others. This is similar to when Anakin is told he will be able to save Padme if he converts to the Dark Side. Anakin's first act as a Sith is to go to the Jedi temple and to kill the younglings.

    • Shen ring: the hieroglyph tile on the wall in the temple hallway that Ilana pushes to open the secret passage is a Shen ring. The Shen ring is an ancient Egyptian symbol of eternity and protection. In ancient Egypt, the Shen Ring also represents dual concepts of time; the cyclic line of periodicity and lineal time (into infinity).

    • Temptation of Christ: Sayid is approached in the jungle by the Man in Black who offers to reunite him with Nadia if he follows him. After being baptized, Jesus enters the wilderness and is approached by Satan who offers him dominion over the world if he follows him.

    • The Ten Plagues of Egypt - Passover: With Sayid warning the Temple people about the coming of the Man in Black, they can choose to stay or leave. Those who would leave would be spared, but those who stayed would die. The final plague in the Bible talks of God sending the Angel of Death to Egypt and would kill the firstborns, but would pass over those who stayed true to Him and obeyed him.