Season 3 Episode 2

The Glass Ballerina

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Jae Lee falls, the hand holding the pearl necklace is at the top of the windshield. However, when Jin looks at it, his hand has moved down, closer to his head.

    • Numbers: The metronome that Young Sun is playing along with is set at a tempo of 108 BPM. 108 is the sum of the Numbers.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 29th 2004.

    • When Jin and Sun are arguing in the dining room, a crew member is visible through the reflection from the cabinet mirror.

    • The canteen that Juliet offered to Sawyer appeared to have The Staff logo on it, just like Ethan's canteen did in "Maternity Leave".

    • Goof: When Sayid, Sun and Jin are disagreeing on the boat, the weather appears to change as the camera angle changes.

    • Goof: Jae Lee's hotel room number was 1516, although Jin appears to get off the elevator on the second floor.

    • In this episode Kate says to Sawyer as the victory music is playing, "Nice alarm clock." And he replies, "I've woken up to worse." This is referring to Sayid waking up Sawyer in his tent as he is taking a nap and promptly knocking him out there after in order to tie him to a tree to get tortured in the episode "Confidence Man".

    • The scene between Kate and Alex was originally a scene between Claire and Libby in season 2, but the scene was cut due to length so it was re-written and used here.

      The original scene can be seen in the season two special features section.

    • This episode takes place on a Tuesday.

    • The name of the Others' dock, where Jack, Kate & Sawyer were bound and gagged, is the Pala Ferry dock.

    • Jae Lee's hotel room number was 1516. 15 and 16 are two of the Numbers.

    • It seems as though a young Walt and young Sun lived in houses designed by the same architect. The location house for the young Sun flashbacks was also the location house for the young Walt flashbacks in "Special (1-14)"

    • Jack finally learns that the Boston Red Sox's "Curse of the Bambino" has finally lifted, because they won the 2004 world series, which them losing was a inside joke for him and his father.

    • The survivors have been on the Island for 69 days. Ben (Henry Gale) told Jack that "today" was November 29, 2004. Ben has lived on the island his entire life, and proves to Jack that they have access to the outside world when he shows Jack that the Red Sox won the World Series.

    • It has been over a day since the ending of "Live Together, Die Alone".

    • This episode confirms that Sayid did indeed light the signal fire that Jack and company witnessed during "Live Together, Die Alone". There was confusion since it was believed Michael was leading them to the fake camp.

  • Quotes

    • Sun: I'm sorry, Jin. I shouldn't have disagreed with you. Not in front of Sayid.
      Jin: You shouldn't have disagreed with me. Period. Sun, why did you come with us?
      Sun: You know why I came. I didn't want to be without you.

    • Pickett: Hey! Shut up!
      Sawyer: Yes sir, boss.

    • Pickett: Now, if you need anything, raise your hand. You get ten minutes for lunch ...
      Sawyer: I got a question, Boss.
      Pickett: No questions!
      Sawyer: She got to ask a question.
      Pickett: If you try to run off, you will be shocked-
      Sawyer: Shot! What, we don't even get a warning?
      Pickett: Shocked. I said shocked. If you talk to each other, you're gonna be shocked. If you touch each other, you're gonna be shocked. If you're slacking, you're gonna get shocked. Matter of fact, if you do anything at all that pisses me off, you're gonna be shocked.

    • Colleen: They have a sail boat.
      Ben: How?
      Colleen: I have no idea.
      Juliet: So they have a boat? Sailing in circles should keep them busy.
      Colleen: They could find us... Ben?
      Ben: I'm thinking... How quickly can you put together a team?
      Colleen: Within the hour.
      Ben: Then don't waste time talking to us. (Colleen turns around to exit) And Colleen ... I want that boat.

    • Sun: (to Sayid) My husband thinks we have to do as he says because he's the only one who knows how to sail. But he's wrong. I can help you sail the boat.

    • Sawyer: Two of those guards got some real fight in them. The rest of them, I'm not so much worried about. That heavy-set guy - he packs a hell of a punch. The shaggy-haired kid's got some kind of martial arts training, but I think I could take him if I had to. Oh, FYI - those zapper things got a safety on them.
      Kate: (smiling) Did you see the look on their faces when you got a hold of that rifle?
      Sawyer: I'm guessing most of these boys have never seen any real action. But that blond who had a gun pointed at you? She would have shot you - no problem.
      Kate: Why'd she call you James?
      Sawyer: Because that's my name. I noticed something else, too. You taste like strawberries.
      Kate: You taste like fish biscuits. So what do we do now?
      Sawyer: Well, Shortcake, now we wait for these bastards to make a mistake.

    • Alex: Where'd you get that dress?
      Kate: They gave it to me.
      Alex: It's mine. You can keep it. It looks better on you anyway.

    • Kate: (To Pickett) I'm not doing anything until I see Jack.

    • Kate: (about Sawyer kissing her) What the hell were you thinking?
      Sawyer: I couldn't help myself. You just looked so damn cute swinging that pick axe. Chain gang looks good on you, Freckles.

    • Ben: Your fellow Americans have re-elected George W. Bush, Christopher Reeve has passed away... Boston Red Sox won the world series.
      Jack: (starts laughing)
      Ben: What?
      Jack: If you wanted me to believe this, you probably should have picked somebody else besides the Red Sox!

    • Ben: (to Jack) That´s home Jack. Right there on the other side of that glass. If you listen to me, if you trust me, if you do what I tell you when the time comes, I´ll take you there. I will take you home.

    • Colleen: Despite what you may think, I am not the enemy, we are not the enemy, but if you'll shoot me, that's exactly what we'll become.
      (Colleen starts walking towards Sun)
      Sun: Stop, I will, I'll shoot you. (Gunshot)

    • Sun: I want you to take me off this boat.
      Colleen: I can't do that.
      Sun: Why not?
      Colleen: It's not my decision to make.

    • Ben: (to Jack) You know what's crazy, Jack? A week ago you and I were exactly in the opposite situation. I was the one locked up and you were the one coming in for visits.

    • Jin: (to Jae) You will leave this country! Do you understand me? You will leave and never come back. Start a new life. And if I hear you've returned....if I hear you have any contact at all...I will finish this. Am I clear? You don't exist.

    • Sayid: Sun, if by chance they get past us, there's another gun. It's inside the blue tarp beneath the galley counter.
      Sun: If they get past you, that means my husband is dead and I won't care anymore.
      Sayid: As I said, the gun is inside the tarp.

    • Sun: Why are you lying to me, Sayid?
      Sayid: And what would you know about lying, Sun?

    • Mr. Paik: (to Jin about Jae) This man has shamed me. You married my daughter, Jin, that makes you my son. My shame is your shame. I need you to restore our family's honor.

    • Kate: Do you expect me to work in this dress?
      Pickett: That's up to you, you can take it off if you want.
      Sawyer: (Kate glances at him, he smirks. To Pickett) How dare you.

    • Jae: What's wrong?
      Sun: What's wrong is I'm married.
      Jae: Right, that.

    • Kate: Nice alarm clock.
      Sawyer: I've woken up to worse.

    • Sawyer: Havin' fun yet, Freckles?
      Kate: Quit staring at my ass
      Sawyer: Well give me something else to stare at!

    • Sayid: I'm fairly certain our friends have been captured. There are tracks all over the dock. They're fresh, as recent as yesterday.
      Sun: You said this dock was abandoned!
      Sayid: That would be part of the lying you mentioned.

    • Henry: (to Jack) My name is Benjamin Linus. And I have lived on this island my whole life.

    • Sayid: I'll take two of them hostage, and kill the rest.
      Sun: Two?
      Sayid: One to make the other cooperate.
      Sun: What do you need me to do?
      Sayid: I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to ask you to lie to Jin for another 20 minutes.
      Sun: Why?
      Sayid: Because once that fire is lit, it will be too late to go back.

  • Notes

    • Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim submitted this episode for consideration on their behalves in the categories of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" respectively at the 2007 Emmy Awards.

    • A deleted scene where Jin speaks with Jae Lee's mother at the funeral is presented as an extra in the "Flashbacks" section of the "Lost: The Complete Third Season" DVD.

    • This episode was originally planned to air as the third of season three, but it was switched with "Further Instructions" for unknown reasons.

    • International air dates:
      Portugal - March 25, 2007 on RTP 1
      Finland - August 23, 2007 on Nelonen
      The Czech Republic - September 9, 2007 on TV Nova
      Spain - Monday September 10, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Denmark - Wednesday December 13, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Germany - Monday October 22, 2007 on Pro7
      Macedonia - Thursday October 4, 2007 on A1
      The Middle East - Sunday October 19, 2008 on MBC Action

    • Michael Bowen (Danny Pickett) appeared in the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia along with April Grace, who played another "Other," Mrs. Klugh, in Season Two. Like Lost, Magnolia is about strangers with interconnected lives, and the number 8 plays a significant role in Magnolia, while it's one of The Numbers on Lost. Also in both Magnolia and Lost, Bowen and Grace played people who antagonize some of the main characters/protagonists.

    • The music that plays in Sawyer's cell is John Philip Sousa's march, "The Thunderer" (1889).

    • A Sun/Jin-centric episode.

  • Allusions

    • Sawyer telling Kate she tastes like strawberries is an indirect reference to Buffy: The Vampire Slayers episodes "Wrecked" and "Two to Go." This line is said by Rack to Willow. This episode was written by Drew Goddard who was a writer on Buffy with David Fury, who is also the Co-Executive Producer on Lost.

    • Sawyer mentions how Kate tastes like strawberries then he calls her "Shortcake."

      Strawberry Shortcake is both the name of a dessert and the name of a popular children's doll.

    • Ben mentions George Bush's re-election, Christopher Reeves' death, and Boston winning the World Series, all events that happened in late 2004.