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Goof: In Locke's dad's hotel, supposedly in Tallahassee, when you look out the window you see big buildings and an ocean. However, there are no large bodies of water within a 150 mile radius of Tallahassee.
Goof: When Alex returns from retrieving Sayid's bag for Locke, the clock on the wall reads 1:40. There is a brief shot of Locke as Alex hands him the bag, and then it returns to Alex's shot and the clock now reads 4:20. Did it take her around three hours to pass over a bag?
At the beginning of the Season 3 premiere episode, "A Tale of Two Cities," the overhead view of the barracks shows them located in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, far from water. And in the episode "Enter 77," Sayid's map of the island shows that the barracks are entirely surrounded by the sonic security fence. However, in this episode, Locke and Alex are able to walk quickly from the barracks to the pier where the submarine is docked, and return to the barracks, without passing through the security fence.
Locke falls in a palm garden that is actually an octagon, which is the symbol commonly used by DHARMA.
In "...In Translation", the losties argue about whether Jin burnt the raft or not. Locke appears and says, "Why would anyone of us block an attempt to get off the island?". In this episode he does just that.
The shot with Locke looking down into the submarine is strikingly reminiscent of the end of shot of "Exodus: Part 2", with Locke and Jack looking into the hatch.
There are a large number of uses of the color red in this episode, much like in the episode "Flashes Before Your Eyes", including the whisky bottle of MacCutcheon whisky, shirts, Locke's VW Beetle, prominent flowers, prominent lights, cushions and other things.
This episode ends with Locke saying "Dad?" and looking shocked, just like in the episodes "White Rabbit" and "What Kate Did".
Numbers: 4 and 8
When Locke and Anthony are talking in the flower shop near the front register, the flowers behind Locke show $48.
Black And White("Lost"'s recurring theme):
Ben tells Locke that he has eaten all of the dark meat, leaving only the white meat for Locke.
Parent Issues("Lost"'s recurring theme):
-Locke's father tries to kill him.
-Alex once again makes her opinions clear about her father. She also thinks her mother is dead.
When Kate opens the side door to Jack's house, the entire door can be seen as all white. In the next shot, Kate shuts the door and a blue jacket can clearly be seen hanging from a hook.
When Ben goes to put the chicken back into his fridge, the contents inside have changed.
By the end of the episode, when Ben is talking to Locke just before opening the door to the room with his father, we can clearly see that Ben has contact lenses.
There is no way Locke's therapist should have lifted him out of the bed and into the chair. Before you start dealing with patients in a hospital it's drummed into you to never lift patients or do anything that could potentially hurt your back.
Island events in this episode take place on December 10th and December 11th 2004.
Locke was paralyzed for 4 years before the plane crash.
While attempting to con the Talbots, Anthony Cooper claims that he is a retired computer entrepreneur from Ontario. Interestingly enough, in "Raised by Another," Ethan, an "Other" posing as a cast-away, tells Hurley that his is from "Ontario, Canada". Nathan, a tailie, is also from Canada.
Previous Reference: In the episode "Lockdown" (season 2, episode 17), Sawyer mentions to Jack that he has been to Tallahassee.
Behind Ben's bed, we can see a picture of the island.
Previous reference: Kate was on her way to Tallahassee when she was arrested by Marshal Edward Mars. (Season 2, Episode 9: "What Kate Did")
Locke's paralyzing fall was from 8 stories.
The TV show Locke watches mentions that a Bolivian gold deposit had been stolen the night before. This is a clip from a show called Exposé, in which Nikki had a brief guest starring role.
In the episode, Peter Talbot reveals that Locke's father now goes by the alias Adam Seward. "Anthony Cooper, Adam Seward" is an anagram for "Sawyer, the con man, a poor dad."
In this episode, we see Richard Alpert serving as a personal aide to Ben. Although he was seen in Juliet's "Not In Portland" flashbacks, this is his first appearance on the island.
"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking is seen in Ben's home. It has been previously seen in the episode "Not in Portland" when Aldo is reading Chapter 7, "Black Holes Ain't So Black."
Also in Ben's room, "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King. "The Gunslinger" is part of King's "Dark Tower" series, a seven book saga that also deals with the mysteries of time and space.
Numbers: 8 and 16
Locke's government form in the flashback lists his address as 168 San Juan St., #201, Tustin, CA.
In his flashback, Locke's physical therapist says, "I don't want to hear about what you can't do." This is most likely the line from which Locke's mantra, "Don't tell me what I can't do," stemmed.
In Locke's flashback, the bottle of whiskey on Anthony Cooper's table is a 60-year MacCutcheon; this is the same drink that is featured on and off island in the episode "Flashes Before Your Eyes." Charles Widmore speaks to Desmond about it and Charlie, Desmond, and Hurley drink it on the beach.
Jack: They hurt you?
Kate: No. Did they hurt you?
Kate: What is all this?
Jack: This is where they live.
Kate: And the people they took? The kids?
Jack: They're all safe.
Kate: Safe? So, you're with them now?
Jack: I'm not with anyone, Kate.
(Kate slowly walks into Jack's house, she watches him play piano before he realizes she's there)
Kate: (emotional) Hi.
Jack: What are you doing here?
Kate: I came to get you.
Jack: Get outta here, right now! Go. (He looks around worried)
Kate: Jack -
Jack: Kate, they're watching me! Get outta here.
Kate: I'm not leaving you!
(Armed men enter screaming at Kate to get down)
Jack: Don't hurt her! Don't hurt her!
Ben: I want you to bring me the man from Tallahassee.
Locke: John Locke.
Tamara: Marital status, Mr. Locke?
Locke: Uh, single.
Tamara: Are your parents living?
Locke: I was raised in foster care. I never really knew my parents.
Tamara: Have you ever considered seeking out your biological parents?
Locke: Uhh, I don't see how that's relevant.
Tamara: It's relevant, Mr. Locke, because if the government's going to continue paying your disability insurance I have to figure out whether or not your condition has improved! So, how's your appetite?
Tamara: see you've stopped submitting your therapy bills for reimbursement.
Locke: It's because I stopped going. Waste of time.
(Tamara stamps the paper with the words BENEFITS SUSPENDED)
Tamara: It's just a temporary suspension Mr. Locke. As soon as you resume your sessions you can reapply.
Locke: You think I'm temporarily disabled?
Tamara: Depression can be temporary, yes. And since you seem fit to stop going to therapy I guess you are all better!
Locke: Guess I am...
Ben: Well, John, you've really gone and done her now.
Locke: You don't have to pretend to be disappointed anymore. We both know you wanted it to happen. That's why you left the C-4 in Sayid's bag. Because you wanted me to make it happen.
Ben: Un-cuff him please, Richard.
Richard: You gonna do anything stupid?
Locke: No, sir.
Ben: You remember earlier, John, when you called me a cheater? When you said I didn't deserve to be on this island? Well, get this, there I was shaking hands with Jack and thinking "I'd give almost anything to come up with a way to stop him from leaving." Because, to let him go would be a sign of weakness, of failure, of defeat. My people would see that, they would know it. And that, John, would be the end of me. But, to kill him, that would be cheating. Because my people also heard me make a promise. And, to break my word, that would be the end of me too. And then, you came striding out of the jungle, John, to make my dream come true.
Locke: Tell me that you didn't kill that kid!
Anthony: What, you think I had something to do with Peter's death?
Locke: I tell you to end things with his mother and the next think you know and he's dead.
Anthony: John, now calm down please. Think about what you're saying. Why would I kill Peter?
Locke: He was on to you!
Anthony: John, I've been doing this for a long time. I'm not sweating some rich kid.
Locke: Then why are you still here?
Anthony: What do you mean?
Locke: I tell you to leave. You tell me you're gonna leave town. Why are you still here!?
Anthony: Now listen, John. I'll be honest with you. I didn't end it. I was looking for an angle. I wanted to make some money before I skipped out. But, then, all this happened. Peter died and everything just went straight into the tank. She's devastated. She's called off the wedding. There's no profit in it, John. I'm a con man, not a murderer.
Locke: She called off the wedding?
Anthony: She said she couldn't deal with it. She needs to be alone.
Locke: So, if I were to call her, right now, that's what she would tell me?
Anthony: Phone's right over there, John.
Locke: What's her number?
(Anthony pushes Locke out of the eighth story window.)
Jack: Look, I know you don't owe me anything, but I need to ask you for one last favor.
Ben: You don't knock?
Jack: I need you to let my friends go after I'm gone.
Ben: And if I said, "no," would that stop you from leaving?
Jack: Of course it would.
Ben: Your friends are only here to rescue you, but you seem to be doing a good job of rescuing yourself; so, I suppose there's no reason to keep them here.
Jack: Do I have your word on that?
Ben: You have my word. I'll let them go just as soon as you've left the island.
Ben: John, before you go, you should know Jack and I made a deal. In less than an hour, he's leaving this island on that submarine and it's a one way ticket. The anomaly wiped out our communications; we have no way of contacting the outside world. Which means, when that sub leaves, it can never come back. So whether you destroy the submarine or whether you let it go, the end result is the same. No one will find this island.
Ben: It wasn't easy, you know, being in that hatch with you all that time knowing you had no business walking around, knowing I couldn't even ask you about it without telling you who I really was.
Locke: So, ask me now. Now that I know who you really are.
Ben: What is it immediate? It started the moment you got here?
Ben: And you were just walking? The feeling returned right after the crash? That day?
Locke: That's what immediate means, Ben. You're wondering why it hasn't happened for you. You're not recovering as fast as you'd like. How long's it been since Jack fixed you? Now that I think about it, how'd you get sick in the first place?
Ben: Are you afraid it'll go away, John? Is that why you wanna destroy the submarine? Because you know, if you ever leave this island, you'll be back in the chair?
Det. Mason: Do you know a man named Peter Talbot?
Locke: No, I don't think so.
Det Reed: Thin. Brown hair. Twenties.
Det. Mason: If it'll be helpful, we believe he was here in your apartment two days ago.
Locke: Oh! Oh. Oh, yeah. Yeah, he was a solicitor. I-I, uh, I sent him away.
Det. Mason: Mr. Talbot's family is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000,000; so, I'm curious, what exactly was he selling door to door?
Locke: Look, I told you I don't know him.
Det. Mason: Then why was your name and address on a piece of paper in his pocket, Mr. Locke?
Locke: Why would you be looking through his pockets?
Det. Mason: Because, Peter Talbot's dead.
Ben: What's in the pack, John? If you met Mikhail, that means you were in the communications station. Which means you found the explosives. So, you're not planning to pilot the submarine anywhere, are you? You're planning to destroy it. I know you, John Locke.
Locke: You don't know me at all.
Ben: I know you were born in California, I know you were raised in Foster Care, I know you wasted a big part of your life in Tustin pushing papers at a company that manufactured industrial boxes, I know you spent the four years prior to your arrival on this island in a wheelchair, and I know how you ended up in it.
Ben: Would you mind helping me get into my chair? No tricks, I promise. I just want some dignity. You, of all people, should understand what it means to want some dignity. (John gets up to get the chair) Thank you. So tell me, John, how do you expect to pilot our submarine? I mean, it's a complicated piece of machinery. You don't just press "Submerge."
Locke: I'll figure something out. For all you know, I was a commander in the Navy. Put your arm around my neck and I'll lift under your knees.
Anthony: Hello, John.
Locke: Gonna be a big "To-do" or just the two of you and a preacher? I guess you couldn't invite me, huh? That would make for awkward introductions.
Anthony: How did you even know that I was-?
Locke: I know because her son came to me and asked why I gave you a kidney. He's on to you, but he doesn't have any proof; so, he came to me hoping I would vouch for you.
Anthony: What did you say to him?
Locke: You're conning her, aren't you? You're gonna marry her for her money, right?
Anthony: What is it you want, John?
Locke: I want you to end it. I want you to call off the wedding.
Anthony: Why are you doing this?
Locke: Because, because it's not fair. You make people think that you're their family. And then, you leave their life in ruins. And I'm not gonna let you do it again. You're gonna call off your engagement and go or I'm gonna tell her the truth. I wanna hear you say it. You say you're gonna leave.
Anthony: Okay, John, you got it.
Locke: The submarine, where is it?
Ben: I'm not sure what you mean, John. What submarine?
Locke: The one you use to travel to and from the island. The one your man, Mikhail, told me about ... right before I killed him.
(About rescuing Jack from the house)
Locke: Sayid, you guard the front. I'll go around and cover the back. You head in through the side door.
Kate: I'm going in alone?
Locke: It's better if you're the first one he sees.
Peter: She met him two months ago. "Love at first sight," is what she said. The guy was charming, sweet, funny. His name's Adam Seward. He's a retired computer entrepreneur from Ontario. Anyway, Adam had something special. My mom just went "ga-ga" for him right out of the gate. After two months of knowing him, she agrees to marry the guy. It's something about him that, uh, something in my gut told me that he was after something. So, I-I had to check him out.
Locke: Well, I'm not sure I know what any of this has to do with me.
Peter: Well what this has to do with you, Mr. Locke, is that you donated one of your kidneys to Adam Seward. Only, his name was different back then. He used to be Anthony Cooper. All I could find were his medical records and I saw that he was the recipient of a kidney transplant from you. And I figured, "Hey, someone gave the guy his kidney, how bad could he be." Right?
Locke: Well, it was an anonymous donation. I never met him.
Locke: You've got the wrong John Locke.
Peter: How many kidneys do you have?
Sayid: So, what exactly are you saying? We simply start shooting people and hope for the best?
Kate: We came here to rescue Jack and that's what we're gonna do.
Sayid: Look, obviously, the circumstances have changed. He may not want to be rescued.
Kate: That is not him. That's not Jack. They must've done something to him. When they captured us, they drugged us.
Sayid: He didn't appear to be drugged, Kate.
Kate: They kidnapped him. Held him prisoner. He wouldn't just forget that.
Sayid: I agree, but until we know why, we're putting our lives at risk.
Kate: I'm not leaving him, Sayid.
Sayid: We may not have a choice.
Locke: It's Jack. The first time I saw him, he was risking his life pulling people out of burning airplane wreckage. If he's shaking hands with the Others, I'm sure he has a good reason. We just have to go down there and find out what it is.
Locke: What do you want from me?
Ben: I don't know how it happened, but you seem to have some communion with this island, John. And that makes you very, very important. You have no idea what you're talking about, of course. But, in time, you'll have a better understanding of things. So, what do I want? I want to help you, John.
Ben: Because I'm in a wheelchair and you're not.
Ben: I know you think you need to do this, John, but if you blow up my submarine, I have a big problem with my people.
Locke: Is that supposed to be an incentive not to blow it up?
Ben: I was born on this island. Not many of my people can say that. Most of them were recruited and brought here. And, as much as they love this place, as much as they would do anything to defend it, they need to know they can leave if they want to. The sub maintains that illusion.
Locke: So, you're lying to 'em?
Ben: No. They're here because they want to be here. Some of them are just not ready to make a full commitment yet. But you, John, you've already made that commitment. And, now, you have a choice. Because, if you stop and if you think, I can show you things. Things I know you want to see very badly. Let me put it so you'll understand: picture a box. You know something about boxes, don't you, John? What if I told you that somewhere on this island there's a very large box? And, whatever you imagined, whatever you wanted to be in it, when you opened that box, there it would be. What would you say about that, John?
Locke: I'd say, "I hope that box is big enough to imagine yourself up a new submarine."
Ben: Why are you so angry, John?
Locke: Because you're cheating. You and your people. Communicate with the outside world whenever you want to, you come and go as you please, you use electricity, and running water, and guns. You're a hypocrite. A Pharisee. You don't deserve to be on this island. If you had any idea what this place really was, you wouldn't be putting chicken in your refrigerator.
Ben: When I asked you earlier if it hurt when you suffered your injury, I think you misunderstood me. Seems fairly obvious that when a person's back smashes into a hard surface after being thrown from a building, that that's going to sting a little. But I really wasn't asking about the physical pain.
Locke: What, you want to know if it hurt my feelings?
Ben: No, John, I wanted to know what it felt like when your own father tried to kill you. He's the reason you destroyed the submarine, isn't he? You're afraid. You're afraid of him and this is the one place he can never find you. This is the one place he can never get to.
(After seeing Jack shake hands with Ben)
Locke: This is going to be more complicated than we thought.
Locke: You're not gonna start talking about the magic box again, are you?
Ben: No, John, I´m gonna show you what came out of it.
Locke: "The man from Tallahassee?" What is that, some kind of code?
Ben: No, John. Unfortunately, we don't have a code for "there's a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter's head." Although, we obviously should.
(The therapist brings a wheelchair into the room)
Therapist: Now, most people struggle with this at first, but don't worry, you'll get used to it.
John: No, no. No, please. I-I-I can't do this.
Therapist: John, you fell eight stories and survived, OK? I don't want to hear about what you can't do. Let's go. It's gonna be alright.
Alex: You know he's manipulating you, right?
John: How's that?
Alex: That's what my father does. He manipulates people. He makes you think it's your idea but it's his.
John: I'll have to keep that in mind.
Sayid: You're Alex, aren't you?
Ryan: Hey, can it!
Alex: How do you know my name?
Sayid: Because, you look like your mother.
Alex: My mother is dead.
Sayid: I'm sure that's what they told you.
Kate: What did they do to you, Jack?
Jack: I made a deal with them. They're going to let me go.
Jack: First thing in the morning. (lowers voice) I can bring back help. It's our best chance.
Kate: You trust these people? They are liars. Why would you believe a word they--?
Jack: I trust them because you told me to, Kate. When you asked me to save Sawyer's life.
Kate: Jack, what did they tell you?
Jack: I told you not to come back here for me.
Kate: I didn't think you meant it.
Ben: You've been here 80 days, John. I've been here my entire life! So, how is it that you think you know this island better than I do?
Locke: Because, you're in a wheelchair and I'm not.
Locke: Where do you get electricity?
Ben: We have two giant hamsters running in a massive wheel in our secret underground lair.
Locke: That's funny.
Jack: (to Kate) I asked you not to come back here for me and I wish ... I wish that you hadn't. But, I will come back here for you.
Ben: It's alright, John. You don't have to point the gun at me. I can tell you where Jack is.
Locke: I'm not looking for Jack. I'm looking for the submarine.
Ben: Did it hurt?
Locke: I felt my back break, what do you think?
The music that Jack plays on the piano was really played by Matthew Fox, and composed by the show's musical score composer Michael Giacchino.
Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Kiele Sanchez (Nikki) and Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo) do not appear in this episode.
Denmark: April 18, 2007 on Kanal 5
Belgium: October 15, 2007 on VT4
Spain: Monday October 22, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
Finland: Thursday November 8, 2007 on Nelonen
The Czech Republic: Sunday November 25, 2007 on TV Nova
Macedonia: Thursday December 13, 2007 on A1
Germany: Monday January 7, 2008 on Pro7
Sweden: Wednesday April 11, 2007 on TV4
Terry O'Quinn won the Emmy of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as John Locke in this episode.
During the writing of this episode, the show creators were discussing how far Locke could conceivably fall and survive. One of the writers brought up a story of a man from Toronto who crashed through a window and fell fifteen stories. (According to the story, the man and his buddies were horsing around in a hotel room when the accident occurred.)
Episode title: This episode was formerly known as "Last Man Standing."
This is not the first episode to end with a castaway asking "Dad?" when unexpectedly finding his father. "What Kate Did" ended with Walt asking "Dad?" via a computer.
Episode Title: The title comes from a line spoken by one of the characters. Ben asks for "the man from Tallahassee" to be brought to him.
A Locke-centric episode.
In Ben's house, we see this two 2 books: -The Gunslinger by Stephen King, next to Ben's bed. -A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking, in the living space. It was also seen in the episode "Not In Portland".
Locke: You're a hypocrite, a Pharisee.
A Pharisee was a Jewish scholar and religious leader in Biblical times. In the New Testament, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for their hypocrisy in following the letter of the Jewish law, but not the spirit.
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