Season 4 Episode 1

The Beginning of the End

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 2008 on ABC
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Feeling that their rescue is close at hand, the survivors don't know whether to believe Charlie's final message that the people on the boat are not who they claim to be.

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    We have to go back! We have to go back! The most famous words uttered in Lost history, possibly, and after all those months we finally got to see how things turn out. Well, it was a good way to start the season, but we have to hope that things improve from year 3 of Lost. They just did too many things (people in cages, seriously?) and deviated it too far from the plot. Season 4 needs to show us why these people are here and explain how they will get home, and why they have to go back.

    Good start, let's hope the season is great.moreless
  • With "The Beginning Of The End", season four of LOST has started off with a loud bang; or is that a bump in the night? We all have our favorite moments from the episode, but for me, it would definitely have to be what I call "Hurley's Triple Nightmare!"moreless

    Hurley's Triple Nightmare!

    With "The Beginning Of The End", season four of ABC's highly popular series "LOST" has definitely started off with a loud bang; or should I say a bump in the night? We all have our favorite moments from the episode, but for me personally, it would definitely have to be what I have come to refer to as "Hurley's Triple Nightmare!".

    The "nightmare" consists of three consecutive scenes which occur when dear Hurley gets lost while on a nighttime trek through the jungle with James Sawyer's team. After roaming around lost for a while, Hurley suddenly comes upon Jacob's cabin. What?! Hurley can now see it too?! What does this signify for Ben Linus and John Locke? Is Hurley now the Special One?

    It has become apparent that Ben can no longer hear Jacob's voice, or even find his cabin for that matter. As we saw in the season three episode, "The Man Behind The Curtain", Ben had his last conversation with Jacob the night that he, (Ben), took John Locke to see Jacob, and Jacob became extremely upset with Ben, even throwing him against the wall. All evidence seems to point to the fact that it was during that event that the mantle was passed to John Locke. Who can possibly forget Jacob's eerie plea to John of "Help me!"?

    Sadly, after being such a man of faith and wisdom, and a character who I have greatly enjoyed, it seems that John Locke has failed Jacob as well. Not only has John resorted to force and violence in order to promote his personal agenda, (all the while believing in his heart that he is doing what is best for everyone), but at the time when his strong faith was needed the most, he clearly doubted Jacob's presence. It seems that this failure on Locke's part has resulted in Jacob abandoning John, just as he did with Ben. This is evidenced by the fact that Locke can no longer find Jacob's cabin. Obviously realizing that he has been forsaken by Jacob, and feeling frustrated and humiliated at the same time, Locke has now resorted to even more force and violence in order to get his way, and I don't believe that Jacob condones this kind of behavior.

    But returning to dear Hurley, overcoming his initial fear, he decides to approach Jacob's cabin, and peers inside through a broken window; probably the very same window that Jacob broke in "The Man Behind The Curtain" episode. The last person that Hurley expected to see was Jack's father, Christian Shephard, yet there he is in Jacob's cabin, nonchalantly rocking away in a chair, half-obscured by the shadows.

    Barely over that shock, Hurley is totally freaked out when an unknown face suddenly peers right back at him through the broken window. Is it possible that Hurley has just had an unexpected encounter with Jacob himself? Folks, place your bets!

    Poor Hurley, totally spooked, decides that he has seen enough, and so he makes off like he is trying to break the world record for the fifty-yard dash. Fearful that he might be pursued, he turns around; but instead of seeing Jacob's cabin, he is met by a wall of jungle vegetation. Jacob's cabin has disappeared; or has it?

    Turning back around, Hurley can hardly believe his eyes. Jacob's cabin has reappeared right in front of him! Worse yet, as if the eerie whispering voices aren't nerve-racking enough, it seems that Hurley is being given a personal invitation to come in and join the nighttime party, as the front door of Jacob's cabin slowly creaks open, revealing a golden light within.

    "Thanks, but no thanks!" thinks Hurley. He wants it all to just be a bad dream; so he closes his eyes tightly and wishes it away. When he opens them again, the cabin is gone, and all he sees is an open field semi-obscured by the dark! Does this mean that Hurley too has failed his test of faith? If so, the question is, who will Jacob test next? Will he find a worthy partner to help him?

    That was one freaky episode, and the suspense level of the show continues to rise as we slowly make our way towards the season finale. Along the way, we are being introduced to new characters, new plot twists, and new dangers. We are also starting to get more answers, but along with those answers come more questions. But did we really expect any less? After all, that is the LOST tradition. -- Lostifyedmoreless
  • Lives up to its title, and then some

    Considering that all three previous seasons have been focused on Jack, it's somewhat surprising that Season 4 isn't centered around him. But then again, we're doing flashforwards now, and we know what Jack's future holds, so maybe there's some logic to in. (And it's not like this episode gives us nothing. In the opening teaser, we see Jack watching the news before going out. He has orange juice and spikes it with vodka. When he learns a minute before us whose involved in the high speed car chase that he's hearing about, he says: "Damn." Somehow, it doesn't sound like the voice of a concerned friend.)

    But even if the episode didn't focus on Jack, Hurley would not seem like the obvious choice for a follow up. But the writers again know exactly what they're doing. On the island, Hurley has taken on the role of everyman, but as the series has unfolded, his role seems to be more critical. The numbers that led him to Australia in the first place seemed meaningless--- until we saw that they were on the hatch door and were the numbers we entered prior to pushing the button. There was talk that everything that happened on this island might have been a hallucination until 'Dave' in Season 2, which would seem to have repudiated that idea. The VW van that he ended up repairing in Season 3's 'Tricia Tanaka is Dead' seemed to be something of a throwaway, but as we just saw, Hurley used the van to take care of the Others and emerge a hero. Add to this the fact that Hurley was closest to Charlie of everything else on the island, it makes a certain amount of sense that we focus on him.

    It is therefore somewhat sad when we the teaser ends and we see the man that has led LAPD through a high speed chase is Hurley, and the first words out of his mouth are "I'm one of the Oceanic 6!" (It's also a little hard to believe that Hurley's behavior was, by itself, enough to merit all the attention. Maybe there are answers we don't see.) Hurley then goes from the police to the mental institution again, convinced that he has gone crazy because he has seen Charlie again.

    But then maybe Hurley was always prepared for this. In the opening minutes, he feels free for the first time on this series. His money is gone, he's saved the day, Charlie's alive. So--- he does a cannonball right into the ocean. The expression on his face is one of pure joy, and it takes us a moment to place it because--- well, no one's ever really looked happy on this island. And the minute he emerges from the sea, everything goes straight to hell. Charlie is dead, the people on the freighter aren't there to save them, there's just more madness ahead. It's probably the most gut wrenching moment so far.

    Then we get signs that there's more to Hurley than meets the eye again. The people on the beach go to meet up with Jack, and as they hike through the woods, Hurley gets separated, and while he's away from them, he sees the cabin. He walks right up to it, understandably puzzled and sees everything Locke saw. Only this time, there's someone visible in the rocking chair, and though he doesn't know it, it's Christian Shephard. He sees something in the cabin, and runs screaming--- but he can't get away from it for some reason. In the flashforward, he has a bizarre encounter with Charlie, who seems to be telling him that he needs to go back to the island. We're still not sure why Hurley is seeing him, but this is the first of many dead people he will see in the second half of the series. Is it possible Hurley has a far greater connection to this island than even he know? That's one of the questions the series has to answer as it closes in on the end.

    As fascinating as this, there's more going on than just Hurley. When we left our friends at the radio tower, Jack had just made contact. Now Locke has disappeared into the underbrush, bad enough, but a few moments later Naomi, who we're pretty sure got killed, manages to stagger off into the jungle. Then it seems that Naomi has left behind a dummy trail, but Jack, continuing his path of denial, refuses to admit that this is a possibility. And once again demonstrating that she'll never be able to listen to him, Kate goes into the jungle after her, and takes the SAT phone with her. It's very telling that even though Jack has just led his people to what seems to be certain rescue, she still doesn't have faith that he's making the right choice. Eventually, the two groups end up meeting, and Locke reemerges.. Quite frankly, no one's happy to see him. But now Jack's rage again Locke goes to a whole new level. They've always been violent, but now Jack completely snaps, grabbing Locke's gun, and pulling the trigger---- only to find it's empty. Suddenly, it's a whole new ballgame. Locke may be a cold-blooded killer, but the only reason Jack isn't was is because there were no bullets left.

    All through his leadership, Jack has refused to accept that the island is anything other than an island. When the hatch was discovered, he refused to see pushing the button as anything other than an exercise--- he was wrong. He spent a good part of the first two seasons trying to defend the survivors against the Others, then in Season 3, he made a Faustian deal with Ben to get off the island--- Locke may have thwarted this attempt to escape, but he was wrong to trust Ben. And right now, it seems absurd to believe that the people on the freighter are anything other than their salvation. But given what we saw Charlie do in his last moments, there's a very good chance that's he wrong again. And now he refuses to believe that in extremis Naomi would do anything other than leave a false trail---- wrong again. Jack refuses to accept anything he can't understand, so Locke's idea that the island is so much more than an island repulses him. The irony is, we've seen Jack's future, and he now seems to have completely come around to Locke's point of view. We just don't know why yet.

    When the group reunites not far from the fuselage of the plane crash, Locke makes his case, and tells the people they have to find rescue, and that he's taking them back into the lion's den--- the barracks where the Others had holed up in Season 3. When he makes his pitch, Hurley then tells his reasons for going with Locke, and a real divide emerges. Claire and Aaron join them (she believes in Charlie) Rousseau, Alex and Karl follow (well, they have no reason to leave the island). Then Ben says he wants to with Locke (even though, theoretically he shouldn't have a choice, but then again, Jack wants to deal with him even less than Locke) The biggest shocker is Sawyer. Considering all the effort that eh put into this (and that he tried so hard to get off the island in Season 1), it's kind of astounding, but then again considering what we saw of him in the last couple of episodes, maybe Sawyer doesn't think there's anything out there worth it for him anymore.

    Equally surprising is who goes with Jack and Kate. Rose, who said she'd never leave the island, elects to go with Jack because Locke is a murderer. Bernard goes with her, so do Jin, Sun, and Sayid. But the most telling person is Desmond. He got the message from Charlie that Penny was not on the freighter, and yet he elects to go with them. Why? Probably for the same reason, Juliet goes with them--- she's been on this island far longer than she wanted to be, and right now, any escape looks good to her.

    We don't know yet what's going to happen, but it's pretty clear that it will be epic. And yet, in the final flash Hurley apologizes to Jack for electing to go with Locke. What happened in between? And what kind of story are the Oceanic 6 telling to the rest of the world? Hurley is interviewed by Mike, the cop we saw Ana Lucia partnered with in her flashbacks. He asks about Ana when he's interrogating her, and Hurley simply says he doesn't know her. What kind of facade are they putting up? And why is it serious enough for Jack to be worried? There are also a buttload more questions--- who is this Matthew Abaddon who comes to ask ever Hurley when he's institutionalized? Who are the other members of the Oceanic 6? And who is that mysterious man who jumps out of a helicopter onto the island asking for Jack?

    'The Beginning of the End' is both literally and figuratively an accurate title for this episode. If nothing else, it will be the beginning of the real brilliance of Jorge Garcia as an actor, as Hurley will be taken to his limits as a man. But for some of the characters on the island, this isn't even the beginning of the end, but really the end of the beginning.

    My score: 9moreless
  • Strong Season Premiere!!!!!

    Plot Details/Objective - » The complication was Set in the Season Finale, so this time was about management Jack and Co timing. Take for Example the sudden Naomi revival, just a distraction for Jack and CO, until the climax arrived, When Jack and Locke get their fight and Everyone decide in which side they want to be. Hurley Flashback was a Smart Move by the writers, since Hurley was (besides Desmond) Charlie Best Friend. His Flash Forward's is the highlight of this episode, since only one thing happened with the tribe – Division. Now someone new Arrived in the Island.

    What I Like/Disliked -» Hurley Flashbacks was the Highlights of this episodes. The tribe division was nice and Hurley finding the Supposed Jacob Cabin was a nice Hint.


    Presentation -» (9/10))Strong, not has strong like Season 2 and 3 which was impressive, still, the presentation of this episode is like other season premiere of Lost, information and surprises.

    Action -» None. Wasn´t Really necessary. Maybe you can count Jack fight with Locke?

    Adventure -» (8/10). Hurley finding the Jacob Supposed Cabin.

    Drama/Emotions -» (9/10). Charlie Dead was more sad than this, but the reunion was great, even if they were separated for a little time. Hurley speech was beautiful. His way of Showing emotions was touching.

    Suspense/Tension -» (5/10). Hard to say, maybe when you want to Know what Jack will do with Locke.

    Surprise/Twists -» (7/10). There are the shocking Scene when Charlie appear to Hurley, simply shocking. The ending have a surprise, not unexpected.

    Complication Phase -» (7/10). Nothing bad here, very attractive since Charlie dead could change everything. What I didn´t like was Naomi unnecessary disappearance.

    Climax -» (8/10). Is always great to see when the tribe have their conflict and from which side they will choose.

    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (7/10). Nothing for other world, just something to feed the audience until the next episode.

    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (9/10). Hurley flash Forward´s was with some hints. Only six escaped from the Island. There is a strange Man after Hurley. Jack is ok in the future, so what happened to him later is unknown. Hurley regrets to join Locke? Hurley find Jacob Cabin with Jack´s Father inside and with someone that appear to be Locke?

    Thoughts Changer -» (9/10). The Jacob Cabin. What Hurley said to Jack in the Future. Time and Scenes Management -» (7/10). Naomi problem could be avoided. All Hurley Scenes was very well placed.

    Flash-forward's -» (10/10). I think that Hurley scenes in the future hade everything.

    Strong Season Premiere, but I don´t Rate it 9 yet, until I see the next episodes!!!moreless
  • Three seasons past, three seasons future. The Beginning of the End of Lost starts here!

    After the game changing thrill ride that was the Season 3 finale, Through the Looking Glass, arguably the best episode the show has produced [at least of what I have seen so far, at the time of writing - I am still playing catch-up]. Unfortunately, for me, i am a huge spoiler junkie and I can't seem to shake it off. Season 5 has just reached its conclusion here in the UK and I promised myself that I wouldn't spoil the finale until I watched it. I went against my promise. Then again that could be said about the rest of Season 4 and 5 together. The interesting thing, however, when you know what essentially happens, in the future, is that you can watch the show calmly analysing how events led to things further down the line and how things would get even more complicated than they are right now. When "Through the Looking Glass" first aired the entire Lost community erupted onto the forums and message boards the world over, furiously speculating over the unexpected first flashforward device, not to mention Naomi's mysterious boat people, Charlie's death and the demise of the Others.

    It was a compelling chapter in the Lost saga, which couldn't have come at a better time. Halfway through Season 3 the series was in the doldrums, but somehow, the writers pulled it back, with some fantastic stories. The final four of the series, in particular, were arguably some of the best episodes the series had produced so far. Following that reboost of creative energy could have been a tough task, but "The Beginning of the End" does an admirable job of being the most appropriate continuation of the story. Some fans would grumble that it was a little low key, but remember, the very first episode aside, every premiere episode has been quite low key. In fact this Season 4 premiere reminds me alot like the Season 2 premiere, "Man of Science, Man of Faith". Much of the storyline was shot at night, flaming torches included and alot of the events were quite creepy. Instead of visions of Walt though you had Jacob's cabin and visions of Christian Shepherd and possibly the infamous Jacob himself, who gets a second of screen time as his eye pops into frame freaking out Hurley and the audience. Another nice parrallel between the Season 2 and Season 4 premiere is that two seasons on and nothing has really changed in the survivors camp, when things get tense. Locke and Jack continue to bivker, although in this episode it has escaulated into violence and murderous intent. All the survivors remain paranoid, yet at the same time, seemingly unprepared and clueless as to what to do or how to react to the problems that surround them.

    Another parrallel to times gone past was how the survivors camp was split, just like it was when some survivors went to live in the caves and the rest remained on the beach. Again this proves that the characters haven't changed too much. They may have changed as individuals but as a team they still resort to the same decisions. Surprisingly, the first centric episode of the season goes to Hurley. The first three seasons all began with Jack and we kind of got used to that fact, so much so as people immediately assumed it was to be a Jack episode during the months beforehand. Seeing as how the final episode of S3 was Jack-centric, it seemed unfair for Jack to have another one, unless they were to have only Jack and Kate leave the island. So now we know that others did survive and leave the Island, despite what ever danger awaits them from the offshore freighter. Some might find the flashforward device a bit like reading spoilers in a way. Now you know that Hurley gets off the island at some point, we cannot be allowed to get concerned if Hurley ends up in a "life and death" situation during the continuing island story. Prior to the end of Season 4 people were worried that the rest of the show would be about linking up the closing moments of Season 3's flashforward with the current island events of this episode and it would go roughly linear in both the island and the flashforwards. The writers would over time show us that that would not be the case and that the flashforwards would not be the intended conclusion of the show.

    If the flashforwards are spoilery to some extent they netherless allow for an interest on how events on the island lead to the rescue and that's how the enjoyment should remain. Hurley's flashforward tells us little more about the current psychology of the characters. Hurley, like Jack, later on, wants to return to the island, in order to save the remaining people on the island, who couldn't get off. The fact that not everyone leaves the island, is also a way to prove that the flashforward device will not become a spoiler. the question as to who will become a member of the so called "Oceanic Six" would be the hot debate for many during the first half of the season. On reflection it might have been nice if we didn't know who all of them were so soon, to keep the speculations up for the remainder of the season. One of the more interesting parts of Hurley's forward-story, was the introduction of the shadowy, Matthew Abbadon, whose identity and purpose would not be revealed until Season 5, although speculation would prove to be correct.

    Abbadon's presence, would seem to suggest that even off the island, the survivors are not safe, and that their celebrity status has warrented them unwanted attention. Though, not everyone was happy, I liked that we didn't get the Freighter Folk thrown at us from the get-go. We needed a set-up from the beginning of the season, an episode to get us back into the show gently, following such a mind-bending finale and an 8-month wait for new episodes. It felt like a good old fashioned Lost episode, something that was needed before things would evolve into something very different.

    A decent beginning to a show nearing closer to its conclusion.moreless
Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Detective Walton

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Steven Neumeier

Steven Neumeier


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Grisel Toledo

Grisel Toledo


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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Bernard Nadler

Recurring Role

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Rose Henderson Nadler

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Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan

Danielle Rousseau

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (22)

    • Numbers: Hurley is playing Connect 4 at the mental hospital

    • Kate joining up with the rest of the group at the cockpit marks the first time that all of the living, free survivors of Flight 815 have been in the same location at the same time since "Live Together, Die Alone".

    • Number 8: Hurley's car chase was aired on Channel 8.

    • Goof: When the detective tells Hurley that he can put him in the nut house, Hurley responds by hugging him. Over the detective's right shoulder, during the over the shoulder shot of Hurley, you can clearly see the left hand of the camera operator and most of the lens.

    • When Hurley is shown playing "Connect Four" in the mental institution, he states "How about best out of 7?" This is the same thing that Sawyer said to Hurley when they were playing ping pong on the island. "Connect Four" is also the same game that Hurley had played with Leonard when he had first heard the "numbers" and 4 is actually on of The Numbers.

    • Blood covers Bernard's right cheek just before he hugs Rose but when Rose looks at his face after the hug, the blood disappears. Furthermore, earlier on in the episode there was no blood on his right cheek while he was talking with Hurley about the cannonball.

    • Jack has lost a lot of weight between "Through The Looking Glass" and this episode despite only taking place minutes apart. In reality this was because actor Matthew Fox was filming "Speed Racer" during the summer hiatus.

    • The scene at Jacob's cabin was also filmed with Hurley in the rocking chair. This might have been a red herring, to prevent leaks by the crew. Likewise, Hurley's underwater vision was filmed in an aquarium (the same set used for The Looking Glass's moon pool), but Charlie was later added in.

    • Randy Nations, who is a middle management boss for whom both Hurley and Locke have worked, is seen filming the end of the car chase with a camera. This despite its cap still being on.

    • When Hurley is in Jacob's cabin, whispers can be heard which decode as:

      "You have to believe it's me, Nikki"
      "Did anyone say something?"
      "I said nothing"
      "You better not say a f**king thing or talk about Desmond"
      "It's Me"
      - Man: "Come to me, I need you. You're an alchemist and uh..."
      Woman: "I need-"
      Man (Sounds like Christian Shephard): "Sarah, Is somebody coming?"
      Woman: "They must be coming, you-"
      Man: "Hush! One of these-"
      (Shushing- shhh, shht!)
      Woman: "Richard!"
      Man: "Come with us."
      Woman: "Here's the recipe."
      Man: "Oh thank you, I thought I'd lost-"
      Hurley: "Uh oh."

    • It's revealed that 6 people from the crash left the island. In "Exodus: Part 1", Rousseau said that (with her) was 6 people from her team that arrived to the island.

    • When Matthew Abbadon visits Hurley, there's a chess set on the table where they sit. Another reference to the "Black And White" theme.

    • Randy Nations and Walton (Ana Lucia's ex partner) become the second and third characters (after Sarah, Jack's ex-wife) to appear in flashbacks and flashforwards without ever appearing in the present.

    • This is the first season premiere to begin off the island (though initially we are led to believe its on island).

    • Island events take place on Dec. 21, 2004. It is day 91 for the survivors.

    • As of season 4, Jack (Matthew Fox) has appeared off-island (in flashbacks and flashforwards), in every season opener and season finale so far.

    • During the scene where Hurley is talking with Matthew Abbadon a drawing of an island, shark and boat can be seen behind them. These are all staples of the show.

    • Jorge Garcia did the painting that Hurley has outside the hospital ground before Charlie appears.

    • The letters "H" and "O" come up several times in this episode. This is interesting because "H" is the 8th letter of the alphabet and "O" is the 15th (815). Charlie first appears to Hurley in this episode near the "Ho-Ho's." When Hurley is in the mental institution "H" and "O" can be seen in the background. Also, when Hurley and Jack play Horse in the gym they stop after Jack gets the first to letters, "H" and "O."

    • Christian Shephard is seen in Jacob's cabin wearing a single white tennis shoe - the other shoe was seen hanging from a branch on the beach in "Pilot, Part 1".

    • During Hurley's car chase in the beginning of the episode, you can see a sign that says "ALOHA". It is from an ALOHA gas station, which can be found in Hawaii, where "Lost" is recorded.

    • The Camaro Hurley was driving in his flash forward was the same Camaro he had worked on previously with his absentee father.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Hurley: Jack you there dude, beach to Jack, come in Jack. Beach to Jack
      Jack: Right here Hurley, whats up?

    • Jack: Yeah. Still have to sign some autographs when I go out for coffee. Thinking about growing a beard.
      Hurley: You'd look weird with a beard, dude.

    • Kate: Are you thinking of Charlie?
      Jack: (Watching inside fuselage) Feels like a hundred years ago that we came out here together. (pause) How did this happen?

    • Charlie: I am dead...But I'm also here.

    • Hurley: I wanna do a cannonball. I've been walking up and down this beach everyday and looking out at this water. And I wanna do a cannonball.
      Bernard: Hurley, You wanna do a cannonball? Cannonball.

    • Kate: Thunder's getting louder.
      Jack: That's not thunder.
      (they see that the sound is a helicopter)

    • Hugo: I'm not listening to this. NO! Cause you're not here.
      Charlie: I am here, you're being a baby.

    • Jack: Where is it?
      Ben: Ok I probably should have told you that I saw her take the phone but you beat me up, Jack. I owed you one.
      Jack: What are you talking about?
      Ben: Kate took it when she hugged you. ... She found the right trail too but you wouldn't listen to her, so I guess she's taken matters into her own hands. But look on the bright side, at least somebody around here knows what the hell they're doing.

    • Jack: You're telling me she stopped bleeding here?
      Rousseau: No. I'm telling you that she fooled us. Doubled back.
      Ben: Better call the boat. Tell 'em she's getting a real big bundle of firewood.

    • (The phone rings)
      Kate: That's our ride.

    • Desmond: We need to get to Jack. We can't let him get in touch with that boat.
      Sawyer: Easy Scottie, everything's cool, boat's on the way.

    • Mike: You wanna know a funny coincidence?
      Hurley: Sure.
      Mike: I knew someone on your plane.
      Hurley: Really?
      Mike: Her name was Ana-Lucia Cortez, she was my partner before I made detective. Dark hair, gorgeous. Maybe you knew her... maybe you met her on the plane, before it took off?
      Hurley: Sorry, never met her.

    • Hurley: I'm gonna close my eyes and count to five, and when I open them you'll be gone.
      Charlie: I am here.
      Hurley: One!
      Charlie: Don't do this.
      Hurley: Two!
      Charlie: They need you.
      Hurley: Three!
      Charlie: They need you, Hugo.
      Hurley: Four!
      Charlie: You know they need you!
      Hurley: Five!
      (Charlie disappears)

    • Charlie: (To Hurley) I am here, you're being a baby.

    • Locke: She didn't cover for anyone. She wants her people to come here. And trust me, when they go we had better be far away from here. I'm going to the Barracks. The Others abandoned them. It's the only place on the Island with any form of security right now. It'll have to do until I can think of something else. Until then, if you wanna live, you need to come with me.
      Jack: No-one's going anywhere with you, John. Because they're not crazy.
      Hurley: He's not crazy. What about Charlie? Charlie went down to that place so we could all be rescued. And whatever he did down there, it worked. But then something must have happened. He must have heard something before he... (Pauses) I don't know why, but he changed his mind ... Because the last thing he did was to warn us that the people on that boat are not who they said they were. So I'm not listening to you. I'm listening to my friend. I'm listening to Charlie.

    • Sawyer: I'm gonna head up and tell em to slow down.
      Hurley: I can keep up.
      Sawyer: All right ese... Just holler if you need me.

    • Sawyer: You wanna talk about it?
      Hurley: Talk about what?
      Sawyer: Charlie. I mean, you two were buddies, I just thought...
      Hurley: We'll probably get to Jack faster if we don't talk.

    • Locke: I know I, I have a lot of explaining to do. But, I never did anything to hurt any of you. I even risked my life to tell you there was a traitor in your midst. (He points to Juliet).
      Jack: She helped us, John. All you ever did was blow up every chance we had of getting off of this island. You killed Naomi.
      Ben: Well, technically, he didn't kill her, yet.

    • Parachutist: Are you Jack?
      (Jack and Kate look with apprehension)

    • Sawyer: Look, we gotta call the Doc.
      Sayid: Did you listen to Desmond? Charlie wrote on his hand.
      Sawyer: Look I'm sorry he's dead. But I don't even know what the hell "not Penny's boat" means.
      Sayid: Calling Jack accomplishes nothing.
      Juliet: It would accomplish warning him.

    • Kate: Are we really going home?
      Jack: Yeah, we're really going home.

    • Sun: I can't believe I'm going to have my baby in a hospital!
      Claire: Oh, rub it in why don't you.

    • Ben: Jack, with your permission, I'd like to go with John.
      Jack: He's all yours.

    • Sawyer: What the hell's gotten into you, Hugo? They'll all be back in the morning. If we just wait...
      Hugo: You don't wait with warnings. You... warn.
      Sawyer: (taking his rifle) Here I was thinking I was gonna get a good night's sleep.

    • Hurley: I don't think we did the right thing, Jack. I think it wants us to come back.
      Jack: Hurley.
      Hurley: And it's going to do everything it can...
      Jack: We're never going back!
      Hugo: Never say never, dude...

    • (Sawyer is going to Locke's group)
      Kate: What are you doing?
      Sawyer: Same thing I've always done, Kate... surviving.

    • Charlie: I wanna talk to you. Come on. Don't do what you did in the store. OK? There's no need to... freak out.
      Hugo: No need to freak out? I'm trying to buy some jerky and a slushee, and suddenly you're standing there over by the ho-hos. You're dead. What do you expect me to do?

    • Hugo: Did I ever tell you I won the lottery? I got, like, $150 million. Worst thing that ever happened to me.
      Bernard: Oh, yeah, who needs $150 million, right?
      Hugo: Now it'll all be gone, cause they all think I'm dead. When we get rescued, and I go back... I'm gonna be free.

    • Ben: Everyone who stays here is going to die. Now get Alex and get away right now. I don't care where you go. just go. I will not have my daughter...
      Danielle: (punches Ben in the face) She's not your daughter!

    • Locke: All I have ever done, has been in the best interest of all of us.
      Jack: Are you insane!?!

    • Claire: You know you must be very proud with Bernard, I hear he's quite the hero.
      Rose: But everyone up here knows, that the real hero is your man, Claire. If Charlie didn't turn off that gizmo, we'd still be getting a busy signal on that fancy phone. So you better make sure you treat him real good, when he get back.
      Claire: Rose!

    • Kate: (About Naomi) Why would Locke kill her, he hadn't even met her?
      Jack: Cause he's crazy.
      Kate: So, what if he comes back?
      Jack: If he comes back, I'm gonna kill him.

    • Hurley: I'm one of the Oceanic 6!

  • NOTES (12)

    • This is Dominic Monaghan's last main cast credit as Charlie, though he technically makes a guest starring appearance.

    • This episode marks the official death of Naomi, giving John Locke his 1st ever Kill in the show.

    • International Airdates
      Belgium: September 1, 2008 on VT4
      Denmark: February 8, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: 6 April 2008 on AXN
      Spain: April 24, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      Italy: July 28, 2008 on Rai 2
      Québec (Canada): May 8, 2008 on Radio-Canada
      United Kingdom: February 3, 2008 on Sky One
      Ireland: February 4, 2008 on RTE Two
      Australia: Febuary 7, 2008 on Channel 7 Sweden: February 13, 2008 on TV4
      New Zealand: February 13, 2008 on TV2
      Norway: February 27, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 3, 2008 on AXN
      The Netherlands: March 16, 2008 on Net 5
      Macedonia: October 18, 2008 on A1
      Latvia: November 8, 2008 on LTV7

    • Jeremy Davies, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader have been added to the main credits.

    • Harold Perrineau is once again credited as a main character having left the show at the end of season 2. Despite having his name in the opening titles he does not appear in this episode.

    • First appearances by Lance Reddick and Jeremy Davies.

    • Although credited, Harold Perrineau, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader do not appear in this episode. Daniel Dae Kim appears but has no dialog.

    • This is the first season premiere that was not Jack-centric, although it can be argued that his brief scene watching Hurley on television constitutes a flashforward. It's also the first season premiere that didn't open with a shot of someone's eye.

    • This episode introduces yet another "flash-forward". This marks the second episode so far to have a flash-forward. The first was the season three finale: "Through The Looking Glass".

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 3, 2008 on Sky One
      Ireland: February 4, 2008 on RTE Two
      Australia: Febuary 7, 2008 on Channel 7 Sweden: February 13, 2008 on TV4
      New Zealand: February 13, 2008 on TV2
      Norway: February 27, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 3, 2008 on AXN
      The Netherlands: March 16, 2008 on Net 5

    • A Hurley-centric episode.

    • The title references Ben's line in the season three finale. He says to Jack, "Making that call is the beginning of the end."
      It can also been seen referring to the end of the series. Lost will be 6 seasons long, so after the beginning of season 4 the show has less seasons unaired than aired.


    • The Beginning of the End is also the title of a movie in 1957, starring Peter Graves, about a swarm of giant grasshoppers that attack Chicago.

    • Star Trek
      Sawyer (to Desmond): Easy Scotty, everything's cool.
      Referencing the Chief Engineer, Montgomery Scott, on the TV show "Star Trek: The Original Series." Like Desmond the character was also Scottish and nicknamed "Scotty."

    • Abbadon
      Otherwise known as the Angel Of The Abyss. Abbadon was also the creature that attempted to destroy Cardiff in the season 1 finale of The Doctor Who spin off show, Torchwood.