Season 3 Episode 19

The Brig

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 02, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Anthony Cooper says he believes the island is hell. All theories that the island is some form of afterlife have been denied by the producers.

    • When Sayid is digging, the bandage on his arm is small. In the next scene when he visits Naomi, it is bigger, but in the scene following that when he is fixing the satellite phone it goes back to being a smaller bandage again.

    • Numbers:
      -According to Naomi, the wreckage of Flight 815 was found in an ocean trench 4 miles deep.
      -According to Cooper, he conned Sawyer's father and took $38,000 from him. 38=15+23.

    • Island events in this episode take place on 18th December, 19th December, 20th December and 21st December 2004.

    • On Naomi's satellite phone it shows its position as being on the West Coast of North America.

    • Among the pages in the file Richard gives to Locke, there is one written in French from the French Military Police (Gendarmerie Nationale) saying "Ford, James (aka Sawyer)".

    • Locke's line "Don't tell me what I can't do" is once again used in this episode. This time it is said by Ben.

    • Continuity: In the episode "Outlaws", the name of Sawyer's mother was Brooke Ford (per credits), but in this episode her name is now Mary.

    • With this episode Sawyer has crossed paths with the parents of four of his fellow flight 815 survivors. (Kate, Locke, Jack, and Claire) He's met one in each Season.

  • Quotes

    • (Kate trying to sneak out of Sawyer's tent after they spent the night together)
      Sawyer: Where are you going?
      Kate: I can't sleep if I'm not in my own tent.
      Sawyer: Fine. Let's go to your tent.
      Kate: It's nothing personal...old habits, you know?

    • (Locke wakes up and everybody is packing)
      Locke: Ben! What's going on?
      Ben: We're moving.
      Locke: Moving? Where are we going?
      Ben: We are not going anywhere, John. You are going to stay behind. You both are going to stay behind.
      Locke: What? You're not taking him? (Pointing at Cooper)
      Ben: It's your own mess John, why would we clean it up?
      John: Ben if you're trying to put me in my place or embarrass me...
      Ben: Where did you get a ridiculous idea like that?
      Locke: Well you can't leave me. After everything you can't...
      Ben: Don't tell me what I can't do, John.

    • (Rousseau enters the Black Rock, where Locke is sitting outside the brig)
      Locke: Rousseau!
      Rousseau: Locke.

    • (Cooper is tied to a column. Ben hands John a knife)
      Cooper: You're kidding me, right? You expect him to kill me?
      Ben: John, the hesitation that you're feeling is just the part of you that still feels like he has a perfectly good explanation for stealing your kidney, throwing you out of an eight story window. Don't you wanna be free from him?

    • Cooper: You're wasting your time, bug eye. Me and him have been through all this. All he wants is his daddy.
      Locke: "Shut up," I said! Shut up!
      Cooper: You really haven't figured it out yet, have you?
      Ben: Let go of him, John.
      Locke: Why are you doing this to me?
      Ben: You're doing this to yourself. As long as he's still breathing, you'll still be that same sad, pathetic little man that was kicked off his walkabout tour because you couldn't walk.
      (Locke puts the knife to Cooper's neck but pulls it away)
      Cooper: I'll be here the rest of the week, John, if you change your mind.

    • Alpert: Ben knew you weren't gonna kill your own father. He put you in front of everyone in our camp just so they could all watch you fail.
      Locke: Why?
      Alpert: Cause, when word got back here that there was a man with a broken spine on the plane who could suddenly walk again, well, people here began to get very excited because that, that could only happen to someone who was extremely special. But Ben doesn't want anyone to think you're special, John.
      Locke: And why are you telling me this?
      Alpert: Ben has been wasting our time with novelties like fertility problems. We're looking for someone to remind us that we're here for more important reasons.
      Locke: What do you want from me?
      Alpert: I want for you to find your purpose. And, to do that, your father has to go, John. And since you're not gonna do it, I'm gonna suggest someone else. (He hands Locke a folder and Locke opens it)
      Locke: Sawyer! Why would Sawyer kill my father? He doesn't even know him.
      Alpert: Keep reading.

    • Cooper: (Reading the letter) "You don't know who I am, but I know who you are and I know what you done. You had sex with my mother, and then you stole my dad's money all away, so he got angry and he killed my mother, and then he killed himself-" Blah, blah, blah, blah. So, what? Is this supposed to be you? You wrote this letter? Hey, wait a second. Did you take my name because you were on some kind of revenge kick?
      Sawyer: Keep reading.
      Cooper: Easy, easy, don't get all worked up. Look, I ran that con two dozen times. If your mother was one of the-
      Sawyer: Mary. Her name was Mary.
      Cooper: Mary from Jasper, Alabama. Yeah, I remember her. She practically begged me to take her $38,000 and to rescue her from her sorry little life.
      Sawyer: You finish the letter.

    • Sawyer: You ever been to Jasper, Alabama?
      Cooper: Why?
      Sawyer: Have you, or haven't you?
      Cooper: Yeah I been to Jasper. Don't tell me I'm your daddy.
      Sawyer: No... you killed my daddy. (Sawyer pulls the letter out of his pocket and hands it to Cooper) Read it.

    • Kate: Yeah, you know what, [Juliet] should stay. Seems only fair considering that she's the reason that no one wants to tell you that there's a woman in Hurley's tent who parachuted onto the island yesterday.
      Jack: What!?
      Kate: A woman. She jumped from her chopper before it crashed, she says that the boat that she took off from is about eighty miles off the coast and that, if she can find a way to contact it, we'll all be rescued.
      Jack: Why didn't anyone tell me this?
      Kate: Nobody told you, because they don't trust you.

    • Sawyer: Why did you throw Locke out a window?
      Cooper: He was becoming a nuisance. I conned him into giving me one of his kidneys. He never got over it.
      Sawyer: Conned?
      Cooper: Yes, sir. Conned.
      Sawyer: What's your name?
      Cooper: Hmm?
      Sawyer: Your name.
      Cooper: A con man goes by many names, friend. I've been Alan Seward, Anthony Cooper, Ted MacLaren, Tom Sawyer, Louis Jackson, Paul--
      Sawyer: Tom Sawyer?
      Cooper: I was young and Huck Finn was taken. And the ladies loved that one. Made me charming.
      Sawyer: Well how 'bout that.
      Cooper: How 'bout what?
      Sawyer: Sawyer's my name too.

    • Hurley: What about the other part? The part about they found the plane and we're all dead?
      Sayid: One thing at a time.

    • Naomi: My company was hired by a woman named Penelope Widmore. I don't know why, I never met her. She gave us a set of coordinates. We've been conducting a differential GPS grid-search ever since.
      Sayid: You knew about the island?
      Naomi: Island? We were given coordinates in the middle of the bloody ocean. We thought it was a fool's errand... 'til three days ago. I was flying back for the ship when all of the sudden the clouds cleared and I saw land. The instruments started spinning, I realized I was going down, so I grabbed my chute and I bailed.

    • Sayid: Naomi, from where, exactly, did you take off?
      Naomi: A ship, a freighter, about 80 nautical miles west of here. I'm part of a search and recovery team.
      Sayid: You told my friends the wreckage of flight 815 was discovered; did you mean the partial wreckage?
      Naomi: No, they found the entire plane off the coast of Bali in an ocean trench four miles deep. They sent down cameras in these little robots to survey the wreck. The bodies were all there.
      Sayid: Well, obviously we're not dead.
      Naomi: Obviously.

    • Sawyer: (to Locke) How stupid do you think I am? I already been conned by Ben once. Maybe you heard about it, "Bunny With a Number Painted On It?" You think I'm just gonna follow you through the jungle?

    • Sawyer: So what else is in it?
      Locke: In what?
      Sawyer: The file they got on me.
      Locke: Not much. That your parents died when you were very young. But, it doesn't say why your father shot your mother or why he turned the gun on himself. That must've been hard for you.
      Sawyer: What else?
      Locke: High school transcripts, a criminal record, all the con jobs you were arrested for. I guess that's why you use an alias, huh?

    • Ben: Could you pass me that, please? (Locke hands him the cane and Ben stands straight up) I believe I have you to thank for this, John.
      Locke: Me?
      Ben: A week ago, I couldn't move my toes, but the minute you showed up, I started to feel pins and needles.

    • (Locke sees some people staring at him)
      Cindy: Don't mind them. They're just excited you're here.
      Locke: Excited?
      Cindy: We've been waiting for you.

    • Sawyer: You want [Ben] dead, you kill him.
      Locke: I'm not a murderer.
      Sawyer: Neither am I!
      Locke: Except for the man you killed in Sydney. They got files on us, James. All of us.
      Sawyer: Yeah, well, their files got their facts wrong.
      Locke: Then I made a mistake coming to you. Please don't tell anyone that I was here.

    • Sawyer: Hey. Is it true?
      Locke: Is what true?
      Sawyer: That he threw you out a window. That you were a cripple.
      Locke: Not anymore.

    • Charlie: We have to tell Jack [about Naomi].
      Hurley: Yeah, I mean, shouldn't he check out her wound?
      Desmond: Can you give me your word that Jack can be trusted, that he spent ten days with those people and that nothing happened to him? And that woman he's spending all this time with?
      Charlie: Juliet?
      Desmond: Aye, Juliet. Two weeks ago, she had your friends in cages. Naomi, I mean you heard everything that she said. If we keep her safe, she's our way off this Island. So given that, do you trust Jack or don't you? (pause) Right. So, we better bring in someone we can trust.

    • Sawyer: What the hell are you doing here?
      Locke: Looking for you, actually.
      Sawyer: Okay, Tarzan. So, now that you're back from your "Blow Up Everything That Could Get Us Off the Island Tour," how bout you tell me why you joined up with the damn enemy?
      Locke: I didn't join 'em. I infiltrated 'em.
      Sawyer: (Sarcastically) You're undercover with the Others?
      Locke: That's right.
      Sawyer: But how 'bout you give me one reason to believe that?
      Locke: Because a few hours ago I snuck into Ben's tent and kidnapped him. I tied him up, dragged him off into the jungle.
      Sawyer: And you came all the way back here to tell me this because?
      Locke: Because this is the same man who tortured you, beat you, humiliated you. And I want you to kill him.

    • Locke: Dad? What is this?
      Ben: You tell me. You brought him here.
      Locke: I didn't bring him here.
      Ben: I'd be careful about getting too close to him, John.

    • Ben: No, John, you're not [ready]. You're still crippled by the memories of the man you used to be before you came to this island, and you'll never be free until you release the hold that your father has over you. Why do you think you brought him here?
      Locke: Oh, oh, oh, the magic box. Okay Ben, how about you show me the-
      Ben: "Magic box" is a metaphor, John. I can't show you anything until you can show me that you're ready and willing to be one of us. When people join us here on this island, they need to make a gesture of free will, of commitment. That's why you're gonna have to kill your father.

    • Locke: What's that? (indicates tape recorder)
      Ben: Juliet is gathering information for us at your former camp. She determining if any of the women are pregnant. Then we're gonna go in and ... take them.
      Locke: Take them?
      Ben: This is not the first time we've done this, John. Trust me, no one will get hurt.

    • Sawyer: How did you get here, to the Island?
      Cooper: Island? Okay. I'm driving down I-10 through Tallahassee when bam, somebody slams into the back of my car. I go right into the divider at seventy miles an hour. The next thing I know, the paramedics are strapping me to a gurney, stuffing me into the back of an ambulance and one of them actually smiles at me as he pops the I.V. in my arm. And then, nothing. Just black. And the next thing I know, I wake up in a dark room tied up, gag in my mouth, and when the door opens, I'm looking up at the same man I threw out a window, John Locke. My dead son.
      Sawyer: And he's dead cause you threw him out a window?
      Cooper: No, he survived that, but it paralyzed him - permanently. He's dead because the plane he was flying on crashed in the Pacific.
      Sawyer: Well I got bad news for ya pops, cause I was on that plane with your son. He sure as hell wasn't crippled. And we didn't crash in the Pacific, we crashed here on this island.
      Cooper: You sure it's an island?
      Sawyer: Well, what else is it?
      Cooper: Little hot for heaven isn't it?
      Sawyer: (Sarcastically) Oh, okay, so we're dead?
      Cooper: They found your plane on the bottom of the ocean. One minute I'm in a car wreck and the next minute I'm in a pirate ship in the middle of the jungle. If this isn't hell, friend, then where are we?

    • Sawyer: I'm pointing my gun at you John-boy. You got three seconds to open this door!
      Locke: You're not gonna shoot anyone, James.
      Sawyer: One! Two!
      Locke: If there were any bullets in that gun, why would you hold a knife to my throat?
      Sawyer: Aargh! Son of a bitch!
      Cooper: Guess I didn't raise no dummies.
      Sawyer: What the hell does that mean?
      Cooper: It means that bald-headed bastard outside the door is my son.
      Sawyer: Come again?
      Cooper: My son. As in I'm his father. You do speak English?

    • Locke: Ben, if you're trying to put me in my place, or embarrass me -
      Ben: Where would you get a ridiculous idea like that?
      Locke: Well, you can't leave me. After everything, you can't just -
      Ben: Don't tell me what I can't do, John.
      Locke: But I thought I was special?
      Ben: Well, everyone makes mistakes. We're leaving now. We'll leave a trail, one you can track. And John, unless you're carrying your father's body on your back, don't bother.

    • Sawyer: You want me to walk you home?
      Kate: It's five tents, I think I'll make it.
      Sawyer: You sure? I gotta pee anyway.
      Kate: That is so romantic.

    • Cooper: (About the island) Don't you know, John? Don't you know where we are?
      Locke: What did he mean?
      Ben: I'm afraid we don't have time to deal with that right now, John. We're leaving first thing in the morning. All of us.
      Locke: Where are you going?
      Ben: We're going to a new place. Well, an old place, actually. Would you like to come with us?
      Locke: Yes.
      Ben: Good. We're holding Kate a few buildings over from here; maybe, you'd like to say goodbye.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - Night.

    • Although they are credited, Yunjin Kim (Sun) and Emilie de Ravin (Claire) do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: November 2, 2007 on Net 5
      Belgium: November 5, 2007 on VT4
      Spain: Monday November 19, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Finland: Thursday, December 20, 2007 on Nelonen
      Macedonia: Thursday, January 10, 2008 on A1
      The Czech Republic: Sunday, January 13, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: Monday, January 28 2008, on Pro7
      Denmark: May 30, 2007 on Kanal 5
      Middle East: Feruary 15, 2009 on MBC action

    • Naomi's name is revealed on screen in this episode, although ABC had placed it in press releases for the previous two episodes. She even mentions her full name as being Naomi Dorrit.

    • Locke is the third character to get three flashback episodes on a single season. Both Jack and Kate got three in season one.

    • This is the fourth episode to have all events occur on the island. The previous three are "The Other 48 Days," "Maternity Leave" and "Three Minutes". It is also the first of only two episodes of Lost not to feature any new characters, the other one being "This Place Is Death".

    • Episode Title: A brig is a military jail or prison aboard a ship. The title refers to the brig on the Black Rock, the slave ship found in the jungle, and also where this episode's climactic scene takes place.

    • A Locke-centric episode.

  • Allusions

    • Tom Sawyer: Anthony Cooper used the alias Tom Sawyer, a reference to the fictional character in several books by Samuel Clemens (pen name Mark Twain). Cooper jokes that he took the name because "Huckleberry Finn" was already taken.

      Also, Sawyer leaves with Locke without putting his shoes on, most likely an homage to the fictional character who was almost always barefoot.
      One of the best-known episodes from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the scene where Tom tricks other people into doing his work for him (painting a fence). Appropriately, in this episode Locke is the one playing the same kind of trick on Sawyer.

    • Little Dorrit: The helicopter pilot's name is revealed to be Naomi Dorrit. Amy Dorrit is the name of the protagonist of this serial novel by Charles Dickens published originally between 1855 and 1857. It is a work of satire on the shortcomings of the society, government and corrupt patent offices of the period.

      This is the fourth reference to Dickens in the series. The others are Our Mutual Friend, A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist.

    • The Waltons: Sawyer calls Locke "John Boy" after the very sensitive young man in this American television series (1971-1981). John-Boy is a bit of a wimp, very family orientated but stubborn enough to do what he feels is right.

    • Sawyer strangles Anthony Cooper with a chain, the same way Princess Leia kills Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Producer Damon Lindelof is known to be an avid fan of that series of films.
      Also, Ben pushing John to kill his own father was reminiscent of the Emperor taunting Luke Skywalker to kill Darth Vader (his father) in the same film. The aim was the same, to turn Luke/John over to the 'Dark Side'/'Other side'.

    • There is a book in Ben's tent called The Oath.

      The Oath is about a doctor who murders seriously ill patients for financial gain.

    • When Locke emerges from the jungle, Sawyer calls him "Tarzan". Tarzan is a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels.

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