Season 5 Episode 4

The Little Prince

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2009 on ABC
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Kate discovers that someone knows the secret about Aaron's true parents. Meanwhile, the dramatic shifts through time are placing the lives of the remaining island survivors in extreme peril.

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  • This episode can be boring, mainly because it focus on Kate and even the Island scenes was pure filler with little future hints. Overall, this episode is transitional.

    Plot Details/Objective -» The writers decided to give Kate other opportunity to be the main focus, but also decided to make this episode transitional and save the best material for the next episode.

    What I Like/Disliked -» Only liked the nice surprises, more than That is asking too much.


    Presentation -» (6/10). Nothing special.

    Complication Phase -» (6/10). This time was about a trek with some emotional value for Locke and Sawyer. Kate is the main focus and her problem almost interesting.

    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (6/10). I don´t understand lost writers. You already know that she is Danielle, so what is the point. At least, we will see what really happened to her. At least, most of the Oceanic Six are reunited.

    Time and Scenes Management -» (6/10). If you skip this episode, you will lose almost nothing.

    Dialogues -» (6/10). That type of dialogues that was there to buy more time.

    Action /Adventure -» (6/10). A emotional adventure which wasn´t very interesting. Sayid action it is always nice to see.

    Drama/Emotions -» (6/10). Only if you care for Kate you will be amazed. Locke and Sawyer emotional scenes, well, didn´t care either.

    Suspense/Tension -» (6/10). Don't´ expect anything from other world.

    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (6/10). This time the hints doesn't exist. You curiosity can be overshadow by the boring scenes.

    Surprise/Twists -» (7/10). Nothing spectacular, was nice to see Danielle young version and that one old character is alive.

    This episode can be boring, mainly because it focus on Kate and even the Island scenes was pure filler with little future hints. Overall, this episode is transitional.moreless
  • A castaway fate revealed, and a familiar face returns

    The title of the episode refers to one of the most beloved books in literature, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the story where the Little Prince arrived from outer space, ends up stranded in the Sahara Desert with a pilot who has crashed there, the adventures that brought them both there, and the story of the child's fate-- until death and beyond. Though it's not spelled out this way (the writers are too smart for that) it's obvious that in this context the Little Prince is Aaron, a little boy with bright blond hair who was borne in a foreign place, and who Kate now loves with every fiber of her being. To paraphrase the novel, he has 'tamed' her. As we see in the first flashback, Kate formed a bond with Aaron not long after rescue, and while she might have been compensating for everyone they left behind (particularly Sawyer), she is willing to do just about anything to protect her child.

    This means, of course, that it's going to take a hell of a lot more than Jack's good wishes to get Kate back to the island. The attorney that came after Kate in the opener is central to the story. Kate tries to ask to meet with her client, but the attorney tells her he ahs a court order to compel her to give a blood sample. Anybody whose watched enough Law & Order over the years knows that this ludicrous given the way the legal system is maintained. They'd be in pre-trail hell for years, not instantly. But when it is reveal that the lawyer works for Ben, well, everything makes a lot more sense. Ben knows all of the secrets that Kate's been hiding, and knows which buttons to push to get a reaction. How he figured doing this would somehow make Kate pliable coming back to the island is something the show never bother to explain, but Aaron will be the reason she goes back.

    She may not be back on the island, but Kate's still affecting people there. After the first flash, Charlotte is still unconscious, and tense as the situation is, it leads the two remaining survivors of Flight 815 (well, we don't know what's happened to Bernard & Rose, but they're not here) to talk about the next move. Locke has reasoned out that perhaps the best way to stop this is to go back to where this mess started --- the Orchid. Locke also tells him that he thinks he has to bring all the survivors back to the island, particularly Kate.

    Sawyer is convinced Kate is dead, but the real effect of this doesn't occur until we realize where we've flashed back to --- around the time of 'Do No Harm', just while Claire was giving birth to Aaron. When he sees the woman he fell in love with helping Claire, the pain on Sawyer's face is unimaginable. And it causes him to open up for the first time on the show--- and to Juliet, of all people. But he's convinced what's done is done, and that he needs to find another reason to go on. Ironically, that reason is staring him right in the face.

    Of course, if the flashes keep happening, that may not be very likely. Charlotte has been showing the most serious signs of deterioration, but there are two more flashes in this episode, and at the end of them, Miles and Juliet are also getting nosebleeds. What's unclear is how these flashes are affecting them this way. Daniel surmises that it may have something to do with the length of time spent on the island, and since it was theorized that Charlotte was born there in the Season 4 finale, that makes a certain amount of sense. Ditto for Juliet--- she's been here over three years. But why Miles, who's only been here for a couple of weeks. Could there have been yet another reason why he was selected for this mission in the first place?

    The second flash seems to take some time in the future, and having seen Season 6, it's pretty clear when in the future it's been. But the next flash we get we know where we are very soon--- the smarter of us may have picked up on it the moment we heard the people speaking French. It's November 1988, and Danielle Rousseau and her team have just crashed on the island. If you were distracted from that by the lack of subtitles, there's probably a much better reason for that --- you were squealing in delight to see Jin pulled on board the raft. He survived the explosive by getting on the wreckage , and has apparently been time skipping with the survivors. Which once again begs the question--- how big was the radius of the island? The freighter was a long way from it in Season 4. Then again, it caught Daniel, so maybe it's got a big tent.

    Back on the mainland, Ben is in the middle of weaving his web, and the Oceanic 6 doesn't trust him. Sayid has just regained consciousness when once he's forced to fight off yet another attacker. It's still not clear who he works for, but he has Kate's address in his pocket. Jack goes after Kate, naturally, and they learn that the attorney is also working for Claire's mother, which makes her a blind alley. In addition, he's also responsible for getting Hurley out of jail (how'd this guy end up on Ben's Rolodex any way?). Sayid and Kate travel to the marina to meet with Ben, but they have no interest in returning. Sun is there, but definitely not for the same purpose. She's been paying for surveillance on Jack, and that has led her to Ben, who she has every intention of shooting right between the eyes. (I know, Jin's alive. Still would've been a good idea.)

    This episode seems more of one drawing people together rather than any particular focus. By now, there were some fans of the show who rather openly disliked Kate by now. I'm still not sure why, as Evangeline Lilly continued to give superb work. Particularly in this episode, we know that even though Kate may not be his birth mother, like Claire, she would do anything to protect Aaron. Her agony is just as real. It's also haunting to watch Yunjin Kim in this episode. The sweet woman we saw on the island seems to be gone, and in her place is a ruthless, manipulative woman with a killer instinct. I really hate to say this, but she is her father's daughter. And Josh Holloway continues to demonstrate his enormous range, as we see James come face to face with his greatest loss.

    'The Little Prince' is an episode about getting the character where they need to be, and despite some big time revelations, seems a little like filler. But we are going somewhere. Now that Jin's alive, will he ever see his wife and daughter? On this show, reunions are often messy, and in their case, a lot will come between themmoreless
  • amazing episode

    The Little Prince was yet another great episode of LOST. It was good for a lot of reasons such as Jack and Kate are finally back together and helping one another. Also, we learned that the person that is trying to have aaron taken away from kate is Ben. Although Hurley has a very small part, it is still extremely comical to see him not only in a jail jumpsuit but also extremely happy to be in prison. On the island the adventure through time continues and we get to see the soft side of Sawyer once again when he sees Kate in the jungle helping Claire through labor. LOST has stayed creative and is showing no signs of slowing down or letting off the pedal!moreless
  • The first 3 episodes were nothing! Lost really is JUST Begining with this episode...!! :)

    This episode was completely mind blowing and what I would like to call the real start of the 5th season. The 3 previous episodes are nothing compared to this.

    Loved every minute of it. Breath-taking, exciting and a shocking episode!!!

    I just knew that it had to be Ben, I just knew it. Everybody knew so thats why they wanted to confuse us with the lawyer going to Clair's Mother.

    Ben is smart, Very.. smart! He always WILL gets his way. lol, gotta love him. :)

    Besides this whole Kate/Aaron plot, the island parts were the best. The time travels were much more exciting than the previous time travels in the past 3 episodes. We have Jin back. Woo-hoo and Ben knows it. Now that is a totally the biggest question of this episode. How the hell does he know? He JUST got saved. Thats Lost fot you..

    And a young Danielle. Love, love it! I hope she comes back. I miss and her I loved her.

    Cant wait for next week!moreless
  • A great mix of time-traveling Island storylines and O6 storylines.

    I'll have to admit that I am far from being an O6 fan. I love those characters themselves (except for Sun), but some of the O6 storylines have been a bit wacky. Even though, I have enjoyed much more than I would have thought this episode. The off-Island parts were very well done, probably my favorite after-the-Island storyline yet, that is, with the exception of Ben's scenes in season 4. And the Island storyline, while they were less important than in 'Jughead', have been more than satisfying. The shows seems to be setting a rhythm for what the Island has yet to offer us. And, of course, how awesome was it to see Jin show up, and to meet young Rousseau? Rousseau who, I was surprised of it, does not look like as crazy as what we've seen of before, or should I say, after. Very would be the answer. I am watching this season of the show with very high expectations, and every episode has lived up to them for now. So should you watch it? Absolutely.moreless
Susan Duerden

Susan Duerden

Carole Littleton

Guest Star

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Dan Norton

Guest Star

Emerson Brooks

Emerson Brooks


Guest Star

William Blanchette

William Blanchette


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Jorge Garcia confirmed on his blog that it was him reading out the numbers in the transmission the French team picked up. However Gregg Nations explained that this was an easter egg rather than a plot point.

    • On the beach, the French castaways could hear "4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42" on their walkies, that was the original transmission that the island had before Rousseau changed it for her own transmission.

    • The first scene that shows Locke and the others paddling on the boat, a wave splash can be seen on the bottom from the boat with the camera crew.

    • The handwriting on the paper with Kate's address is different when Jack gives it to her and when Sayid finds it in Tony's wallet.

    • Sawyer is watching Kate help Claire deliver the baby. As the baby arrives, Kate holds it in her hands and you can clearly see the baby's belly button rather than a still intact umbilical cord.

    • The Ajira water bottle has a cap on it when Miles picks it up. In the next shot the cap is gone. Then in the next shot, while Sawyer is holding the bottle, the cap is back again.

    • Numbers: In the report that was messengered to Sun at the start of the episode, part of the printout read as follows:


    • Sun's surveillance report, which is partly legible, is partly adapted from a Lost-unrelated online game; as such it shouldn't be expected that some new characters referenced on the report will appear in future episodes.

    • Numbers: Ben and the Oceanic Six, except for Hurley, come together at slip 23 of the Long Beach Marina.

    • Numbers: A recording of The Numbers being read out sequentially can be heard by the French scientist team on their radio.

      This is the same recording that Sam Toomey and Leonard Simms heard while monitoring one-way radio transmissions coming out of the Pacific 16 years prior to the plane crashing on the Island. This was related to Hurley in the season one episode entitled Numbers. It was by hearing Leonard continually repeating The Numbers in the asylum that led to Hurley later using them to win the lottery.

    • Numbers: Sun receives a box of confections containing 16 chocolates.

    • The name on the side of Ben's van, "Canton Rainier" is an anagram of "reincarnation."

    • Kate lives at 42 Panorama Cres, 42 is one of the numbers

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Young Danielle: What is your name?
      Jin: Kwon Jin-Soo. Jin.
      Young Danielle: Hello, Jin. I'm Danielle. Danielle Rousseau.
      (Jin stares shockingly at her)

    • Sawyer: I saw Kate.
      Juliet: What?
      Sawyer: Last night. In the jungle. Before the last flash. She was delivering Claire's baby.
      Juliet: That was 2 months ago.
      Sawyer: Time travel's a bitch.

    • Jack: Tomorrow morning I'm going to have to convince everyone to lie. If it's just me they're never going to go for it. So I'm going to turn to you first. Are you with me?
      Kate: I have always been with you.

    • Ben: Hello Kate (Kate looks shocked to see Ben)
      Jack: It's ok, he's with me
      Kate: He's with you?
      Jack: I know this is going to be hard to understand. But he's here to help us. To help everyone that we left behind. We all need to be together again.
      Kate: (Kate isn't listening to Jack, she has a realization) It's him.
      Jack: What?
      Kate: It's him. He's the one who's trying to take Aaron.
      Jack: No. No. You don't understand
      Ben: No Jack, she's right. It was me... Sorry.
      Kate: Who the hell do you think you are? Why don't you just stay away? Why don't you leave me and my son alone?
      Ben: Because he's not your son, Kate.

    • Ben: Thank you Dan. (The lawyer who is suing Kate for paternity tests on Aaron walks away)
      Sayid: Who was that?
      Ben: That's my lawyer.

    • Jack: I understand that you feel the need to do this. But I need you to know that everything that Kate and I have done, it was for Aaron.
      Carole Littleton: Who's Aaron?

    • Jack: I can fix this Kate. I can fix it... Hey, Aaron is my family too.

    • Sawyer: (Sawyer looks up and sees the flash is going to save them from the boat chasing and shooting at them) Thank you Lord! (Flash ends and they are in a raging storm) I take that back!!!!

    • Miles: These your people?!
      Juliet: No! They're yours?
      Sawyer: Shut up and keep paddling!

    • Miles: (Ducking incoming bullets from unknown 'Other Others' on a chasing boat) I think they want their boat back!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 8, 2009 on Sky One
      Australia: March 4, 2009 on Network 7
      Norway: March 4, 2009 on TVNorge
      Denmark: March 13, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: March 23, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: April 27, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: May 14, 2009 on FOX
      Belgium: August 31, 2009 on VT4

    • A Kate-centric episode.

    • Although credited, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) didn't appear. Emilie De Ravin (Claire) appeared uncredited, but in archive footage.


    • The Godfather Part III: Sun receives a box of candy that conceals a gun just like Al Neri does while on a train to assassinate the archbishop.

    • Yoknapatawpha County: Sun's surveillance report contains a reference to a Yoknapatawpha County Library. The fictional Yoknapatawpha County of Mississippi is the setting of many of William Faulkner's novels.

    • Le Petit Prince: The episode's title refers to the novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a French writer and aviator. Though outwardly a children's book, it has varied themes on life, perception and human nature. Exupery was French, like Rousseau's science expedition, and met with disaster while travelling and disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Additionally, "Besixdouze" ("B612"),though it should be written "Bsixdouze" to make sense in French, the apparent name of the expedition's lost boat (as per the wreckage on the beach), is a reference to the asteroid on which The Little Prince lives in the book.

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