Season 1 Episode 21

The Greater Good

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 04, 2005 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • It's revealed that Sayid was on his way to see Nadia when the plane crashed. However, he told Rousseau that Nadia died and it was his fault. The only explanation is that he was trying to relate to Rousseau, who was asking about "Alex", whom Sayid presumed was her husband.

    • When Charlie is holding the baby and talking to Sawyer, he is standing so that the baby is in bright sunshine. But in the close-ups of the baby, he's in Charlie's shadow.

    • When Sayid is praying at the mosque, before the prayer is ended, he looks to his friend Essam directly. This will not happen normally, since the "Quibla" or direction of Mecca must be faced at all times during the prayer. Also, when the imam is seated after the sujud (head on the ground) we can hear "Allahu Akbar" wich is wrong, since this is the last part of the prayer and "Allahu Akbar" serves as a separation betwen two sections of the prayer.

    • It was revealed that Locke was the one who knocked Sayid out during the mission to triangulate Rousseau's signal in "The Moth".

    • The number 815 (like the plane's flight number) appears on the window of a building Sayid leaves. 8 and 15 are two of "The Numbers".

    • The phrase "the greater good" has been used once before in the series. In episode #11, "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", Jack's father uses it in reference to his son's surgical profession.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 2nd 2004.

    • Goof: (Errors in geography) Sayid and Essam are sitting in a plaza, and you can see newspaper boxes over their shoulders. Australia doesn't have newspaper boxes.

    • In Islam life is considered sacred. The fundamentals of Islam states that the fastest way to go to hell is by committing suicide. It is forbidden for a Muslim to take his own life by his own hands. However, it is also said that if you did something for the "greater good" you'd be presented with 72 virgins when you die.

    • Sayid was traveling from Sydney on CIA business to L.A. so he could find Nadia.

    • Sayid wound up on Oceanic Flight 815 because he insisted on staying an extra day in Sydney to claim Essam's body.

    • When Sayid exits the van type vehicle in Sydney the registration plates do not display in which Australian State the vehicle is registered. This would not be the case in real-life, but I suppose you had to assume that it was NSW, the state in which Sydney is located.

    • At the start of the episode, Sayid is being escorted through London's Heathrow Airport and there is a large sign displayed behind him which in real life would not appear at the airport. On a dark green background with white letters is displayed "Heathrow Express, The fastest way to Central London". BAA, which owns Heathrow, displays all of its directions in black on a yellow background. If the sign had been placed there by the private railway Heathrow Express, the Company would have displayed their logo on it as shown on their website (www.heathrowexpress.com). There are no other organizations that would place this type of notice at Heathrow.

    • Locke has far more blood on him when he returns for the funeral then the last time we saw him (when he was running out on Jack and Boone in the previous episode). Where'd the extra blood come from? He shows no sign of injury.

    • In the shooting scene, we first see Sayid with wet, dangling hair. In the next shot of him, it is neatly combed behind his right ear. Next shot, dangling again.

  • Quotes

    • (In the jungle Kate finds Jack, exhaustion in his blood-shot and tired eyes)
      Jack: Kate, what are you doing out here?
      Kate: Looking for you.
      Jack: Well, you found me.
      Kate: You're walking in circles. You need to come back.
      Jack: Not without Locke.
      Kate: You haven't slept. You gave Boone your own blood -
      Jack: Locke lied.
      Kate: Well, now you're -
      Jack: He lied, Kate! Boone did not fall off any cliff. His leg was crushed. And I based my medical treatment on his lie! (He turns around and heads out again)
      Kate: People are scared and upset. (Jack stops) They don't know what's going on. We need you to come back, Jack. Please?

    • Walt: What if a shark attacks?
      Michael: A shark's not getting anywhere near us, man.
      Walt: What if we die?
      Michael: We are not going to die.
      Walt: Boone died.

    • Locke: Okay, I'll tell you something you don't know.
      Sayid: Please do.
      Locke: The first week after the crash there was a cave in. Jack was trapped. Do you remember that?
      Sayid: Of course.
      Locke: You, Kate and Sawyer went out into the jungle to try and triangulate a signal.
      Sayid: Yes.
      Locke: You were hit from behind... knocked unconscious? When you woke up your transceiver, your equipment was destroyed. That was me.

    • Sayid: Why would I interrogate you, John?
      Locke: Jack called me a liar in front of every man, woman and child I've come to know over the past month. Maybe there's a part of you that thinks maybe there isn't a plane out here at all.
      Sayid: I know when I'm being lied to. There's a plane.

    • Sayid: At the funeral you said your leg was injured.
      Locke: It was just a charlie-horse....a cramp.
      Sayid: I know what a charlie-horse is, John.

    • Sawyer: Hey, Chuckie, want to keep that kid quiet? Baby Huey's like nails on a chalkboard.
      Charlie: (the baby is quiet) You happy now? (the baby starts crying)
      Sawyer: I was. If you're going to play nursemaid, at least do the damn job. (the baby quiets at the sound of Sawyer's voice)
      Charlie: Hey, say something else. Just say something, say anything.
      Sawyer: Okay, fine. I liked that thing a lot better inside than I like it outside.

    • Sayid: What is the hatch?
      Locke: The hatch?
      Sayid: Boone mentioned it before he died.
      Locke: A hatch? Two hatches on a plane, Sayid, could be foreward or aft.

    • (We see Charlie walking the beach with the crying baby.)
      Hurley:What's the matter, man?
      Charlie: Well, I can't get the bloody thing to stop crying.
      Hurley: Maybe it's hungry?
      Charlie: Nope, Claire nursed him five times.
      Hurley: Any deposits? You know, diaper-wise?

    • (We see Shannon sitting alone on the beach. Locke enters and sets down Boone's stuff.)
      Locke: This was his. I didn't go through it.
      Shannon: Thank you.
      Locke: Welcome. Storm coming. I should have said no—the first time he offered to hunt with me I should have said no.
      Shannon: He would have gone anyway.
      Locke: Yeah, I suppose he would have. I know how confused and angry you must be right now. I can't say I understand what you're going through, but I know what it feels like when you lose family. I hope you can forgive me. I'm sorry.

    • Sayid: I didn't know Boone very well, and for that I am sorry. On our sixth day here a woman named Joanna died. She drowned. And Boone was the first one into the water. I didn't know him, but I remember his courage. And I know he will be missed.

    • Charlie (singing to Turniphead): The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the spout, down came the rain and drowned the spider out...
      Hurley: Dude, it's washed. . . washed the spider out. Unless it's some kind of British version?

    • Kate: Hey, brought you something to eat.
      Jack: What's in it, chloroform?

    • Locke: (about Boone's death) ...It happened because he was trying to help us. He was a hero.

    • Kate: You couldn't let her kill Locke. You had no choice.
      Sayid: There's always a choice.

    • Shannon: You asked if you could do anything for me.
      Sayid: Anything.
      Shannon: John Locke killed my brother. Would you do something about that?

    • Sayid: How's your head?
      Locke: It'll heal.
      Sayid: Another war wound.
      Locke: I know what it cost you to do what you did. Thank you.
      Sayid: I did it because I sense you might be our best hope of surviving here. But I don't forgive what you did. And I certainly don't trust you. And now, you're going to take me to the hatch.
      Locke: Hatch? I already showed you the ...
      Sayid: John, no more lies.

    • Charlie: You get some rest, and I'll take care of Turniphead.
      Claire: Turniphead?
      Charlie: Yeah, it's what I'm calling him until you name him. His head looks like a turnip.

    • Kate: I crushed up some sleeping pills and put them in your juice.
      Jack: Why would you...? You drugged me?
      Kate: Yeah.
      Jack: (taken aback but also amused) Okay.
      Kate: (watches over him as he slowly drowses off) Good night.

    • Hurley: (after singing "I Feel Good" to the baby) Dude, that's all I got.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: May 27, 2005 on Kanal 5
      - Greece: September 1, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • Naveen Andrews received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode.

    • Ian Somerhalder is still credited as a regular even though Boone died in the episode "Do No Harm." He appears as a corpse when Shannon says goodbye to him.

    • This episode's original working title was "Sides," but was later changed to "The Greater Good."

    • A Sayid-centric episode.

  • Allusions

    • The song Hurley sang to the baby was "I Feel Good" by James Brown.

    • The video game the terrorists are playing is Half-Life, the popular first-person shooter, presumably the Playstation 2 version, due to the fact they are playing it on a TV set. Contrary to what is stated, you can defeat the Vortigaunts with the crowbar....you just have to be really, really good.

    • Sawyer :Hey, Chuckie, want to keep that kid quiet? Baby Huey's like nails on a chalkboard.

      Baby Huey was a '70s soul singer who fronted the group Baby Huey & The Babysitters. The group is known to be influential to hip hop music. Baby Huey also happens to be a cartoon character from the 1950s. It was a giant, naive infant duckling.

    • Turnip Head is also the name of a character in the Japanese animation, "Howl's Moving Castle," in which Turnip Head is a scarecrow who has had a spell cast on him.

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