Season 2 Episode 11

The Hunting Party

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2006 on ABC
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Jack faces tension as he wakes to find a gun-toting Michael, who leaves to find Walt. With the help of Locke and Sawyer, Jack heads out to bring Michael back before the Others kill Michael.

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  • Michael Dawson

    Michael Dawson, a well-written, well-acted, and thoroughly detestable character.

    Talk about being a slave to one's emotions. Talk about being a loose cannon on deck. Michael Dawson is a raging bull for whom anything and everything is a red cape.

    If I were stuck on a desert island with him, I would have strangled him within a week.
  • Pathetic. Let's go to war. Sure, great solution. It's worked so well for the U.S. hasn't it?

    Considering how excellent the prior episode was, this one was just terribly boring. I don't think Jack is much of an actor, and I'm tired of seeing his backstory when there are so many other characters I'd like to know more about. And I don't get why no one seems able to communicate, everyone has secrets, and too many people just cannot resist trying to control each other. I sure hope this episode was an exception, as many others have been a total blast, exciting and unexpected.

    a few more words wasted here so I can be done with this.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Michael leaves the survivors in search of Walt. Jack, Locke, and Sawyer pursue Michael but encounter the Others in the jungle. In flashbacks, Jack's wife leaves him. Wow - what an awesome episode I love the way Michael goes after Walt. I love the scene in the hatch with, Jack, Sawyer, Locke annd Kate. I also love the way Jack doesn't want Kate to go with Locke, Sawyer and himself. Sun and Jin are awesome - there characters and storyline is so real. I love the scene where the other talk to the gang for went looking for Michael, it's awesome the way they have Kate. Jack really loves her. Charlie and Hurley are so funny I love their scene talkign about women. Jack's back story is awesome too.moreless
  • This episodes has it´s issues, but overall as some interesting scenes!!!

    Ok, why this episode deserve a 8? Instead of 9 or 9,5?

    From Writers/Producers Perspective:

    Jack is the main character, so he needs at least 3 flashbacks per Season, which means that the audience may feel bored. The writers insist with Jack Story through his marriage, which make sense, since Michael go after his son, to rescue him, so Since Jack is the leader, he go after Michael too.

    So, The writers tried to tie the flashback to Jack situation on the Island and his necessity to fix everything. Here the writers forced the flashback into a situation that doesn´t needed to be done in that way.

    What worked in this episode, is the fact that the writers did the unexpected. The Others appeared, and the confrontation and the conversation was great. This is the Key moment of this episode.

    The Producers know that a episode only need a story that in the end or even in the middle, has something that feels great to see. So this was the case and was well executed.

    My Point of View:

    What I think that was great was the confrontation, even the dialogues was interesting, and it was unexpected that they would found them in the jungle. What I expected was more delays, not the case.

    Jin and Sun share their time on screen, nothing bad or boring.

    The endind was good, but not great, just interesting, since this can make more deaths in the way.

    So, what sell this episode for 8, is the appearence of the others and the nice conversation Between Jack and one of the Leader of the Other.moreless
  • Another merry chase, but this one really doesn't go anywhere

    Because so much of the series is centered on Jack, his flashback episodes are traditionally the weakest, partly because he wears his heart in his sleeve, partly because we learn less about him as a person in these episodes. This is pretty much the same when we see his story in 'The Hunting Party'. He's under the thumb of his father when it comes time to perform the same kind of miracle surgery that he did on Sarah, who we see in this episode as well. He failed, he took it hard, and in a moment of weakness he kissed the man's daughter. As always, he couldn't keep these feelings bottled up, so he told Sarah, promising to be a better husband, only to find that she, too , had run out of patient with him. Jack may have loved her once, but as she puts it, he will always need someone to fix.

    Jack might not like Christian, but the fact is he is a lot more alike him then he would care to admit. In the season 2 premiere, he told Sarah that she'd probably never be able to walk again, and Christian told him that he needed to hold out some degree of hope. Now that he has pulled off a miracle, his ego flares up, and he can't help but gloat, which makes his fall even more devastating.

    Now that he's finally beginning to establish his leadership on the island, he faces the worse crisis to date, when Michael takes some guns and locks Jack in the armory while he goes after Walt. Why Michael has decided that he has to act now is hard to fathom; we won't get an answer till the end of the season.

    Jack forms a party, aided by Locke and Sawyer (who has sure healed up, considering he was near death less than three days ago) Kate wants to help, but the reemergence of Sawyer seems to have regressed their relationship yet again. Now he's treating her like a child, and she brazenly defies him. Only time the consequences are far more devastating.

    But then again Jack's behavior is particularly pig headed. He knows from what happened to the tailies how organized and careful the Others can be. He knows because he dealt with Ethan how deadly they can be. And he has to know after a point that Michael is not on his own anymore. Nevertheless, he keeps charging ahead, arguing all the while.

    And than what night falls, we get the episodes high point. They run straight into the bearded man who took Walt (who the writers have inexplicably nicknamed 'Mr. Friendly'). He seems to know as much about them as Goodwin did in 'The Other 48 Days', and this time things are far more chilling. And when Jack, not wanting to let things go, tries to press them, we learn that there are a lot more of them than we originally thought. The speech he gives is chilling, particularly the section where he tells them "This is not your island." He then tells them to give up the weapons they're carrying and walk away, which Jack and the others do very unwillingly.

    But Jack's attitude is particularly unsettling. He used to blame himself for his downfalls, but ever since he came to the island, he's been finding scapegoats everywhere. He blamed Locke for the death of Boone; he blames Kate for losing Michael, and now he has a whole other bunch of scapegoats to turn to. He is blind to his own failings. Sayid is conspicuous by his absence--- Jack never even thought to ask him around, even though he might have had a far better way to handle the search. Sayid ends up learning about it from Charlie and Hurley, for God's sake. And when he comes up with his idea to train an army, eh goes to Ana Lucia, even though he knows that Sayid has more experience, and is frankly, more trustworthy than someone who killed a woman the moment she brought her people here. But Jack can not communicate, which is one of the reasons this group of people who could make a decent group of warriors, will never become unified. (It's also the best explanation as to why this potential story never goes anywhere.)

    Indeed, everyone seems disconnected. Locke has lost his past because of the hatch. Kate and Jack seem to be moving two steps forward and one step back, Charlie is heading down the path to heroin again, Sawyer seems focused on having revenge than anything else (why else does he look at Mr. Friendly with promises that this isn't over?). and Michael didn't think enough of any of the people he's been on an island with for seven weeks. to ask for help on what otherwise might be a suicide mission. Only Sun and Jin are actually making progress with their relationship, and that's because Jin is willing to listen to his wife (then again, she still is the only person that he can talk to.) Despite Jack's remarks that they need to live together or they'll die alone, this episode seems to demonstrate that's exactly what's starting to happen.

    Compared to some of the other episodes this season, ' The Hunting Party' isn't nearly as strong. Part of this is because of the focus of the flashback, aprts of it has to do with the disconnect from later episodes, mostly it's because we are edging up to a mystery but we don't gain nearly as much about The Others than we thought. There's more information here, but we're not getting it.

    My score:7.5moreless
Monica Dean

Monica Dean


Guest Star

Ronald Guttman

Ronald Guttman


Guest Star

Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen

Sarah Shephard

Recurring Role

John Terry

John Terry

Christian Shephard

Recurring Role

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Tom Friendly

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Mr. Friendly: You know, somebody a whole lot smarter than anybody here once said: "Since the dawn of our species man's been blessed with curiosity".

      Alvar Hanso, who had ties with the DHARMA Initiative, said this in his 1967 address to the United Nations Security Council.

    • Gabriela & Angelo Busoni have strong American accents when they speak in Italian.

    • Mr. Friendly is using a Luger P08 pistol, which is famed for it's usage by the Nazis during World War II.

    • The numbers:
      -Locke estimated that, according to the shifts, he and Jack would've been locked in for 4 hours.
      -Jack states that they currently had 11 guns, and that the Others had taken 5 from them already. That makes a total of 16 guns.

    • The X-rays Jack looks at in the flashback show the following date "16 Nov 2005". This is probably a production error.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 12th and November 13th 2004.

    • Goof: During their journey to find Michael, Sawyer still holds his arm rigid as though in considerable pain (indeed, he still needs bandages and medication). Yet in several long shots of the group, he swings his arms while walking as though in no pain whatsoever.

    • "Alex", who brings Kate to the bearded man, bears the same name as Danielle's daughter, who was kidnapped by the Others 16 years ago. In the Lost podcast, the producers confirm that this is indeed the same person.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Kate: I was just trying to help Jack. When you told me not to go I just - I made a mistake. (Jack ignores her until she stops him by grabbing his arm and forcing him to face her) Hey! Could you just talk to me for a second? I'm sorry.
      Jack: (in a sad tone) Yeah. I'm sorry, too.

    • (After Shephard sees Jack with Gabriela)
      Shephard: Careful. (Jack looks at him questioningly) There's a line, son. You know it's there and pretending it's not? That would be a mistake.
      Jack: Guess you would know.
      Shephard: Maybe okay for some people, Jack, but not for you.

    • Kate: You got a gun for me?
      Jack: You're not coming.
      Kate: Excuse me?
      Jack: You're not coming. Someone has to be here to take care of the button.
      Kate: So why should that person be me? I can track, carry a gun -
      Jack: (forcefully) You're not coming! You're staying. Allright?

    • Sayid: (about the music Charlie and Hurley are listening to) This music is quite depressing.

    • Jack: She kissed me. Yeah, she ... she kissed me and I kissed her back. I ... I don't know ... I don't know how it happened. I made a mistake. I made a mistake and ... and this is my fault. It's my fault that you and me ... I haven't been here, Sarah, I mean ... we don't even talk anymore. I hate what's happening to us and I promise you that things are going to be different. I'm gonna ... I'm gonna work less. I'm gonna be here for you. Okay? I'm going to fix this. We're going to go back to the way things were. I'm going to fix this. I'm going to fix this.
      Sarah: Jack. Jack. I'm leaving you.
      Jack: What?
      Sarah:(crying) I was already leaving you. That's why my mother was here. She was helping me pack. I've been seeing someone ... someone else. I have to ... I can't stay.
      Jack: Sarah.
      Sarah: You ... you will always need something to fix. Goodbye.

    • Jack: Just find the trail, John.
      Locke: I've lost the trail.
      Jack: You don't just lose a trail! You just don't want to find him.
      Locke: Yeah, that's right, Jack. I've been running in the jungle toward the sound of gunfire because I don't care about Michael.

    • Jack: Shell casings. How many?
      Locke: Three, Michael's.
      Sawyer: You boys deaf? I heard at least seven shots. (to Locke) You heard, Daniel Boone, what's your count?

    • Kate: Where is everybody? Jack! John!
      Sawyer: Maybe they went out for ice cream.

    • Sawyer: (about changing his bandages) Why can't you do it for me?
      Kate: Because I'm not your nurse, and Jack's got the bandages.

    • Locke: (looking around) Are you sure nothing looks familiar?
      Sawyer: Oh, look. There's my favorite leaf. How could I ever forget this place?

    • Jack: I don't believe you.
      Mr. Friendly: You don't believe what?
      Jack: I think you got one guy up there with a gun. I think there's more of us than there are of you. (Points to Locke and Sawyer) I think if you had any real strength, you wouldn't have sent a spy. Ethan.
      Mr.Friendly: That's an interesting theory. (shouts) Light'em up!
      (Torches light up all around Jack, Locke, and Sawyer)

    • Jack: He's close.
      Locke: Yeah, and if he was shooting at someone you want him to come back?
      Sawyer: Personally, hell yeah.

    • Sawyer: Are you sure Mike went this way?
      Locke: Why do you ask?
      Sawyer: Oh, I don't know, Mr. Clean, I probably would have gone around Mt. Vesuvius.
      Locke: Why'd you pick that name?
      Sawyer: Ain't it obvious? All you need's an earring and a mop.
      Locke: No, your name. Why'd you pick Sawyer?
      Sawyer: What do you mean, pick?
      Locke: After the census Hurley gave me the flight manifest. Your name is James, right? James Ford.
      Sawyer: What's it to you?
      Locke: Just an interesting name to choose, is all. Who'd you get it from?
      Sawyer: Who says I got it from anybody?

    • Kate: (throws a banana at Sawyer) Good morning.
      Sawyer: Did you just throw a banana at me?
      Kate: Couldn't find any rocks.
      Sawyer: I can think of a better way to get a man up in the morning.

    • Sayid: Where's Jack and Locke?
      Hurley: Oh, they went after Michael.
      Sayid: Michael?
      Charlie: Yeah, he's run after Walt again. Everyone's gone to bring him back.
      Sayid: Who's everyone?
      Hurley: Everyone. Jack, Sawyer, Locke...Oh, and Kate.

    • Michael: Stay in there. Stay...
      Jack: Michael, what are you...?
      Michael: Stay in there, Jack!
      Jack: Hey, whatever's going on...
      Michael: Look, I'm going after my son. I'm going after my son, and nobody is going to stop me, okay? Okay, that is my right. That is a father's right.
      Jack: There's another way to go about this...
      Michael: Get in the damn room!
      Jack: You going to shoot me, Michael?!
      Michael: No, but I'll shoot your damn computer. That thing is not what you think it is anyway. You don't understand, man. You don't have any idea. Now get in there!
      Jack: Michael, listen, we can do this together, okay? I'll come with you.
      Michael: No, I have to do it. Now. I have to do it alone.

    • Sawyer: What'd she do to ya?
      Jack: What?
      Sawyer: Kate? What'd she do?
      Jack: She didn't do anything.
      Sawyer: Riiiight. You yelling at her cause she wanted to help get Mike back makes a lot of sense.
      Jack: Why don't you go back and see if I hurt her feelings?
      Sawyer: Just sayin'.
      Jack: Yeah. I know. You love her.
      Sawyer: What you say?

    • Sawyer: (to Kate) If he'd told me to stay behind, I'd done the same damn thing. Don't beat yourself up, Freckles.

    • (Jack is about to help wash the dishes)
      Sarah: You don't have to.
      Jack: It's therapeutic, cheaper than a shrink.

    • Charlie: Do you think Claire misses me yet?
      Hurley: Man, it's been like a day.

    • Jack: Where's Michael?
      Mr. Friendly: Don't worry about Michael, he's not going to find us.

    • Jack: You out here for Michael or is this payback for getting shot?
      Sawyer: Why are you out here Doc? You got your reasons, and I got mine.

    • Jack: Is he still heading north?
      Locke: Yes.
      Jack: Do you think he's lost?
      Locke: No. Trail's as straight as the interstate.

    • Jack: What are you doing?
      Sawyer: I'm coming with ya.
      Jack: You're still on antibiotics.
      Sawyer: Well, it's a good thing I'm travellin' with my doctor then.

    • Sawyer: This place still creeps me out.
      Kate: You'll get used to it.

    • Locke: No one is coming down here.
      Jack: We better hope Sawyer shows up for his band-aid change.

    • Jack: Is it true that you killed one of them?
      Ana Lucia: One of who?
      Jack: Them. (Ana Lucia nods head) Sayid tells me that you're a cop.
      Ana Lucia: I was a cop.
      Jack: Can I ask you something?
      Ana Lucia: Shoot.
      Jack: How long do you think it would take to train an army?

    • Jin: Michael is my friend.
      Sun: I am your wife.

    • Jack: Look, you said you wanted to talk. So talk.
      Mr. Friendly: Let me ask you something. How long have you been here on the island?
      Jack: 50 days.
      Mr. Friendly: Oooh, 50 days. That's what, almost 2 months, huh? Tell me, you go over a man's house for the first time, do you take off your shoes? Do you put your feet up on his coffee table? Do you walk in the kitchen, eat food that doesn't belong to you? (he looks at Locke) Open the door to rooms you got no business opening? You know, somebody a whole lot smarter than anybody here once said: "Since the dawn of our species man's been blessed with curiosity". You know the other one about curiosity, don't you, Jack? This is not your island. This is our island. And the only reason you're living on it is because we let you live on it.

    • Hurley: (to Charlie) Libby's kinda cute--in a 'I've been terrorized by the Others for 40 days' kind of way.

    • Locke: (to Jack) Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can't do?

  • NOTES (5)


    • When Jack, Locke and Sawyer hear the gunfight ahead of them and then find the shell casings left behind, they find only three, yet claim to have heard seven shots fired. This is likely to be a reference to the Warren Commission of the John F. Kennedy assassination, which concluded that three shots were fired, and three shells were found in the Book Depository, even though more are audible of video evidence of the event.

    • Daniel Boone: Sawyer calls Locke "Daniel Boone", after the American pioneer and hunter whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.

    • Mr. Friendly: You know the other one about curiosity.
      He is referring to the saying, "Curiosity killed the cat." (The other part of this saying is, "Satisfaction brought him back.")

    • Sawyer referred to Mr. Friendly as "Zeke." Most likely the Zeke reference was to the book of Ezekiel in the Bible, about a prophet in exile. The allusion is that as Ezekiel spoke for his people, Mr. Friendly spoke for the Others. Or maybe he's just referring to Mr. Friendly as "Zeke" because it is one of the stereotypical names for "redneck" characters. Mr. Friendly and the others seem to be "mountain men" like the ones from Deliverance.

    • Hurley: He went all Commando.
      This is in reference to the 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie where he played a one man fighting machine against an army.

    • When climbing a hill, Sawyer compares it to climbing Mount Vesuvius. Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano, east of Naples, Italy. The volcano is known for its destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D.

    • Episode title: The Hunting Party

      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1971 western movie about a man who kills out of revenge for his wife's abduction.

    • Mr. Clean: Sawyer called Locke Mr. Clean, a popular cleaning brand. Mr. Clean is a man who resembles Locke, since they both have no hair.