Goof: The DHARMA Ranch Composite shows the word "DHARAMA" on the label, instead of "DHARMA"
Mr. Eko's mini-airplane reads "5Z-GWN6".
In Eko's second flashback, the man who played the Moroccan, (Moumen El Hajji) is the caterer for the Lost crew. Also, his son plays the servant boy.
In the Region 2 DVD Commentary the writers reveal that several elements of Eko's character were actually Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's original ideas.
His "Jesus Stick" was totally Adewale's idea which he suggested to the writers as well as his characters name and the adding of the "Mr".
On the DVD Commentary for this episode on the Region 2 set, the writers reveal the "sound effect" for the black smoke monster is that of a printing receipt roll inside a taxi cab specifically in New York.
Island events in this episode take place on November 10th 2004.
All of Eko's African flashbacks are shot with a yellow tinted lense, to give an odd third-world look.
Even though the line is supposed to be "the valley of the shadow of death," in Psalm 23; both Charlie and Eko clearly say, "the shadow of the valley of death." When the writers created this scene, they made that mistake, but upon reflection believed that the error was appropriate as Eko was never a proper priest.
Among several other things, Mr. Eko carves the word "Revelations" on his staff. As well as being the last book of the Bible, "Lost: Revelations" was a recap episode of Lost that debuted on the same night right before this one.
Goof: In their attempt to make Mr. Eko look like a priest carving Bible references into his staff, they made the mistake of putting the word "Revelations" on it, rather than the correct title "Revelation." There is no "s" on the end of the title of the last book of the Bible.
Continuity: Mr. Eko has a quite large silver teardrop-shaped earring in his right ear. Between shots, it changes location to his left ear and back again later to his right one.
Continuity: When Eko returns to his brother's church for the last time, he has an earring in his right ear. Once he enters the church the earring is gone.
-The title of the episode is "Psalm 23".
-At one point, we hear Psalm 14:1. 14+1=15.
The scriptures Mr. Eko had carved into his "Jesus stick" were not clear, but here are some possibilities. Psalm 14:1 says "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good." Verse 4 "Will evildoers never learn...?" Titus 3 begins, "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men." It's not clear which passage in Colossians he has carved. Revelation 3 is letters to churches from Jesus, but how it relates to Mr. Eko is unknown.
Mr. Eko is the second person facing "the monster" without fear. The other one was John Locke in "Walkabout" from season one. Both seem to be people that have a lot of faith and no fear of the "monster."
When Mr Eko faces the smoke-monster, it appears like the sound is a slow motion of a voice. It actually is, but the voice only says "Wah-Wah-Wah", so it's not a secret hidden in there but just special effect.
A parallel is demonstrated between the African men who come to take children (Eko) away in Nigeria and the "others" who come to take children away on the island.
In order to leave the country disguised as a Roman Catholic priest, Eko tries to get his brother to sign "ordination papers." Catholic priesthood is conferred in a ceremony officated by a Bishop only, and his brother's signature, as a simple parish priest, would be worthless. Since they were fakes anybody's signature could have been on them. It is not like his brother's would have made them any more legit.
The first dealer expresses his opinion regarding Eko's proposition by exclaiming to the second dealer, "utla haram" which means "son of a bitch." The second dealer concurs with him though it is a bit unclear what word he says-- perhaps "in sha'ah Alla", meaning "God willing." Then, the first dealer says, "sayidna" which means "he will help us".
This episode reveals a couple of parallels between Mr. Eko and Charlie. Both characters attribute the mistakes of their past (Charlie and his drug habit, Mr. Eko and his joining the African gang) to circumstances due to their brothers, rather than their internal motivations. Additionally, both reveal they were religious children.
While Eko remained still, facing the "Monster," You could hear whispers.
Mr. Eko & the Smoke Monster
From 'The 23 rd Psalm'
(Facing off with Mr. Eko)
Who are you and why are you here?
Saw Charlie with him
Go to hell
(Within the smoke)
He's trying here
Now try him from here, okay
Those are the roles (or rules) you accept
Go to hell
(said with Eko's accent)
He's hiding something
He's hiding from me
Inside the smoke monster, there seems to be an electromagnetic storm. When examined more closely, you can see pictures of Eko's past within the flashes of light. In order, the pictures are: Yemi's church; Eko's face as a boy; one of the two women who were sitting in the pew when Eko walked in to the church; Yemi; the old man Eko shot and the gun he used to shoot him; a young Eko holding on to Yemi; the woman whose confession Eko interrupted; the man who named him Mr. Eko; Eko holding a dying Yemi; Eko watching the plane; Eko on the beach after the Oceanic crash; the crucifix from Yemi's church.
Hurley: Yo, Sawyer, glad you're back man.
Sawyer:(quietly so Hurley won't hear) Yo, yourself. Pillsbury
Charlie: (singing) He's got wit. He's got charm, but when he gets rough he'll break your arm. He's got taste in manners and grace, but when he gets rough he'll slit your face. He'll buy you jewels, expensive shoes, uh.....Hey Jin, do you like the Kinks?
Charlie: No, Kinks. With a 'k' at the end.
Claire: (to Eko) So you're religious, huh? You should speak to Charlie. He doesn't want to admit he's religious, but he carries around a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Mr. Eko:(Praying) The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Charlie: (looking for the Nigerian plane) Uh, I'm lost. It was dark. I was following Sayid. Right afterwards a big bag of rocks fell on my head so I'm sorry if I'm a bit spotty with the geography.
Kate: You know, you don't have to be belligerent just for belligerent's sake. Everyone loves you now.
Sawyer: Bull puckey.
Charlie: (to Eko) How'd you know about the plane? It's old, you know. It's been out in the jungle for years. Of course, you would know that, you know everything.
Charlie: Hi, Claire. What happened to the statue?
Claire: Don't play stupid, Charlie.
Claire (pulling baggies of heroin out of her pocket): What's this? Because this was in your little statue. And, unless I'm mistaken I seem to remember you saying you're a drug addict.
Charlie: I didn't know. Look, it's sealed up inside a statue, how would I know? Claire, I'm not using. (Charlie starts breaking open the baggies and dumping the heroin in the sand) Look, you believe me now? I don't care.
Charlie: (Charlie is singing, Jin says something in Korean) Oh, thank you very much, Jin. I do have a beautiful voice, don't I?
Locke: (Locke is changing the combination) With the new folks joining us I figure we better limit people's access to the guns. Can't have just anyone who wants one walk in and help themselves, which I'm guessing is why you're here, Michael.
Eko: Why did you choose it - Aaron?
Claire: I just liked it.
Eko: Aaron was a great man. Moses had great difficulty speaking so it was Aaron who spoke for him.
(on the beach, Kate is cutting Sawyer's hair)
Kate: Would you please turn your head?
Sawyer: Why, you ain't got a clean enough shot at my neck?
Gangster: Look at Mr. Eko, no hesitation. A born killer. Come...(puts arm around Eko and rips off his necklace of the cross) You won't need that anymore.
(Yemi signs the ordination documents)
Yemi: My signature does not make you a priest, Eko. You could never be a priest.
Mr Eko: I have some merchandise that I need to get out of the country. I would like to use one of your church relief flights to transport it.
Yemi: Merchandise? You mean drugs.
Mr Eko: It is not my normal business, Yemi. We are moving the drugs out of Nigeria so that they cannot be used by our people. And the money you'll have all the money to buy your vaccine. God has given us this opportunity; we should not turn our back on it.
Yemi: God did not bring you here, Eko. Your own greed did.
Mr Eko: I come to visit you for the first time in three years and you won't hear my confession? You know, Monsignor would have said he failed to raise a proper Catholic boy.
Yemi: Well, why waste your time confessing. It won't help you.
Mr Eko: It won't?
Yemi: No, for confession to mean something you must have a penitent heart.
Mr Eko: You and your guilt, Yemi. I've only done what I needed to do to survive. How is that a sin?
Yemi: You may live far from here, but that doesn't mean I haven't heard of who you are and what you have done.
Charlie: (to Mr Eko) Well done with Claire, mate. You got me in a lot of trouble there, so thanks for that. Hope you're happy. Oh, that's right, you don't do happy.
Micheal: I know people are talking, thinking I'm going to go running off after Walt again.
Locke: If people are talking I'm not hearing it. But if I was, I'd say it's not a very smart plan.
Micheal: Yeah, it's not.
Locke: I used to love those old silent movies where the robbers would crack a combination lock with their ear pressed up against the safe, and the money they stole was always in a white bag with a big dollar sign on it.
Micheal: Silent movies, huh? You're not that old, man.
Locke: I'm old enough.
Claire: So you're Eko, huh?
Mr Eko: Yes.
Claire: Claire; and this is Aaron.
Mr Eko: Aaron? The brother of Moses?
Claire: Yeah, that must have been tough to live up to, right? The pressure of everyone saying, why can't you be more like your brother, Moses?
Mr Eko: Yes, I'm sure it was.
Eko: Did you see it?
Charlie: Yeah, I saw it. What the bloody hell did you do?
Eko: I did nothing.
Charlie: Most people, when they see a creature made of swirling black smoke, they run.
Eko: I was not afraid of it.
Charlie: (to Eko, who is touching one of the corpses) What do you think you're doing? (Eko doesn't reply) You know this guy?
Eko: This man...saved my life.
Michael: Where did you learn all this stuff?
Locke: My dad used to take me hunting.
Michael: Hunting for what?
Locke: Yeah! Only, birds don't shoot back.
Yemi: (to Eko) I will always love you, but I will not help you.
Mr Eko: We are both sinners now.
Yemi: Perhaps we are, but God will forgive me, Eko.
Mr Eko: Climb that tree, maybe you might get your bearings or see the plane.
Charlie: What if I don't? You're gonna beat me with your Jesus stick?
Claire: What are you writing?
Mr. Eko: Things I need to remember.
Drug dealer: (to Eko) It is true what they say about you.
Eko: And what is that?
Drug dealer: You have no soul.
"He's Evil" by the The Kinks (Charlie sings this song).
-Kate asks Jack for scissors and Jack tells her that if she sees Sawyer she needs to remind him that he has to get his bandages changed. Jack leaves while Kate looks on after him.
-Claire asks Sayid, who's on the rocks at the shores edge, if Charlie knew that the drugs were in the Virgin Mary statue before he "found it". Sayid asks why Claire is asking and Claire states that she has to know because Charlie is taking care of her baby and could be a danger.
-Michael asks Locke whether he thinks the computer in the Hatch could be connected to other stations around the island or a main power source. Michael points out that the amount of machinery in the Hatch couldn't just be for the computer. Locke agrees to the possibility but reminds Michael that the computer is just for the button and not for communication.
- Denmark: March 22, 2006 on Kanal 5
This episode was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Although credited, Naveen Andrews ("Sayid") didn't appear in this episode, except for a deleted scene.
The Polish premiere was on October 12, 2006 on TVP1.
This is the first Mr. Eko-centric episode.
Sawyer: (mutters) Yo yourself, Pillsbury.
The Pillsbury Doughboy is the advertising icon and mascot for the Pillsbury Company. Created in 1965 to pop out the crescent roll can in television advertising, he appears to be living dough, is always cheery, blushes when kissed and giggles when poked in the stomach.
The episode's title alludes to the 23rd Psalm found in the Old Testament of the Bible. It describes depending on God through the struggle with death. In a direct reference to Eko, it mentions a "rod" and "staff" which provides comfort; Eko's staff has been his constant companion on the island.
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want...
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
...I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
...Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."
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