Season 5 Episode 4

The Little Prince

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.