Season 3 Episode 13

The Man from Tallahassee

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 21, 2007 on ABC
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As Kate and Sayid focus on rescuing a strangely placid Jack, Locke reveals his own agenda for finding the Barracks.

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  • The unraveling of some of Locke's past experiences help to define him even more in this episode.

    With what Locke endures after his father tries to give Locke the same fate as that of Peter is quite a testament to Locke and his destiny which at that moment in his life he can definately conclude that he is a cripple. But this exchange between Ben and Locke creates this sort of a two leader system even though Locke has not aware of hardly anything that is going to come to pass. Overall this episode was very revealing of what Locke thinks of the island and about anyone who tries to leave it like Jack and Juliette. And to see the man whom put Locke through 4 years of such a trial was unexpected. What is the box Ben is talking about anyways?moreless
  • A Locke-centric episode.

    All things considered, I thought that this was good episode, but it definitely wasn't the best episode ever of Lost by any means. In my opinion, the most exciting thing about this episode was Ben's story line. I'm really starting to like Ben very much. Michael Emerson plays the role of Benjamin Linus so well, and after having seen this episode, I think that the show did an excellent job of casting the role of Ben. I really wish that this episode had featured Jack and Kate more, as well as the rest of the cast because I really missed them in this episode. All in all, I thought that this was a good episode of Lost, but it was definitely far from perfect. Hopefully, the rest of the episodes for the season will be much better than this one was.moreless
  • One major revelation, a confrontation we've been expecting, and a doozy of an ender

    It's easy enough to say that this is a vital episode because it finally answers the question "How did John Locke end up in a wheelchair?". But as is the case with every episode where Locke is at the center, we get a huge insight into some vital part of the island, and in this case, we learn far more about the characters than we've ever seen.

    Locke is the island's disciple, and has been on a roller coaster of emotions since the plane crash--- his healing, his discovery of the hatch, his encounter with 'Henry Gale', his unilateral decision to stop pushing the button--- all of which have shaped. But now, he seems to have moved away from his earlier role, and is no longer taking anyone else into consideration. He seems to be following some hidden message to get the other side of the island, and is renouncing all the old relationships he had. He's acted against Sayid and Kate, he's blown up another Dharma station, killed a man, and now seems determined to destroy the only possible means of rescue these people have. He seems to be acting for himself, which means acclimating with the Others.

    Not that seems that strange at first. When the tease ends, we see Jack playing football with Tom, chatting pleasant with Juliet, shaking hands with Ben, and settling in a house with his own piano (!) What exactly has happened in the last week? I ask because the show has never seen fit to provide us with an answer. Did Jack, convinced that he was finally close to freedom, and tired of the leadership roles that had been place around his neck for the last 80 days, simply give in, and decide that he would play along? That seems to be the best explanation we have, for when Jack comes face to face with Kate, who he ordered not to come back for him in 'Not In Portland', he seems to sell her out without a second thought. The confrontation between Jack and Kate (in what appears to be the Other's game room) is especially painful because now Kate seems to feel that she has been in the wrong all along. She has been trying to save a man who didn't want to be rescued (and she's going to feel a hell of a lot guiltier by the time the episodes over), and now he seems to be telling that she might of well have stayed on the beach with Sawyer(The Others don't seem to have told him about what the anomaly has done to their communications)

    The far more important reunion is going on elsewhere when Locke appears in Ben's room for the first confrontation since Ben/Henry tried to trick him in 'Two for the Road'. The scenes are among the high points of Season 3, for even though Locke seems to hold all the cards, he doesn't seem to have realized that Ben is just as great a manipulator as his father was. Locke's probably wanted to blow up the sub since the last episode, and though Ben seems to be telling him 'I can't have you do this', everything we know about him would seem to suggest otherwise. (Is it perhaps because he knows that even without the submarine, there are ways to travel to and from the island? We won't learn about this until Season 4.) There's also the fact that Ben has some truly brilliant deadpan lines. (Still my personal favorite, Ben tells Richard to bring him 'The Man From Tallahassee'. Locke suspicious, comes out of the closet demanding: "Is that some kind of code?" Ben responds: "No John, strangely enough we don't have a code for 'There's a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter's head--- although clearly, we should.") Ben also has the same advantage he had with Jack and Sawyer--- he's read their files and has a good idea how to manipulate them. He reveals this to Locke as well, but this kind of lying is part of Ben's genius, so it's not that shocking Locke doesn't seem to pick this up.

    Locke has only one real advantage, but it's a killer: We've seen very clearly how quickly people heal from wounds and injuries, especially in Locke's case. But Ben was operated on a week ago, and he's still in a wheelchair. For that matter, how does an island where no one's gotten so much as a head cold, does Ben end up getting a fatal tumor on his spine? At one point, Ben asks Locke flat out why he thinks he has a better communion with this island than a man who's lived on his whole live, and Locke replies bluntly: "Because you're in a wheelchair, and I'm not." Locke clearly has regained his communion with the island, which is probably the reason that Ben is so desperate to keep him here, and let him complete his 'quest'.

    (Of course, there is the question as whether Locke actually did blow up the submarine. Locke is dry when he comes on tot he deck, but is soaked when Jack and Juliet walk up to him. furthermore, even though there's a terrific explosion, we don't actually see any parts of the submarine go flying through the air? Is it possible that he piloted the submarine somewhere, swam back, attached some explosives to the dock, and blew that up? It seems unlikely, but it makes a certain amount of sense from the point of view of a couple characters future actions.)

    Oh yes, and we learn how Locke ended up in the wheelchair. He learned his father was conning somebody, and tried to intervene. However, Cooper found out, and killed the son of the woman he was conning. Locke found out about and confronted him. Cooper managed to con him one last time--- long enough to push him through an eight-story window. What makes it particularly devastating was that Cooper told him just before: "I'm a con man, not a murderer." Only he could have bought it.

    Which leads to one more question: Was Ben right? Is the whole reason that Locke wanted to destroy the submarine because he had finally found refuge from his father? Was that the real cause of the message? I don't believe for a second Ben's line about a 'magic box' (we've never seen it on the series, after all) and it's pretty obvious that somehow Ben arranged for Cooper to end up on the island in order to keep Locke in play somehow. And did Ben know that Locke would be coming after him? Did he perhaps see it on one of the security cameras? Did Mikhail warn him somehow? I'm not ruling that out either. Ben has the best poker face of anybody on the island, and as he's already demonstrated to Sawyer, he's better at it than they are.

    'The Man from Tallahassee' is nothing short of superb, because Terry O'Quinn (who almost certainly won his Emmy for this episode) is such a brilliant actor, and Michael Emerson is just as good as he is. We have other flashes of skill (Evangeline Lilly has a couple of fine moments, and the expression on of pure joy on Mira Furlan's face when Rousseau finally sees her daughter for the first time is remarkable), but it's their show all the way. Ben and Locke are both (as we shall find out, but not for a while) men of destiny, and right now they have just started down a path that neither is quite sure where it leads.

    My score:9.7moreless
  • Great Interaction, with some Revelations and with Another surprise in the End make this Episode one of the Best 3 episodes to date in Lost Season 3!!!!!

    Objective - » This time the objective was very attractive: Make Ben and Locke Conversation, also Kate and Jack meeting and make Sayid captive and the indirect meeting between Alex and her mother. Get a shocking ending and a flashback revelation. Was this well done

    Flashbacks -» Locke flashbacks seemed to be random. As usual beginning was nothing special, just information, then the complication phase arrived, but one more time it was about Locke´s father, until there I was disappointed. Then the confrontation between Locke and his father and then things get more complicated and the climax, well, what a surprise, you reallu don´t expected that form Locke´s Father. The ending was the usual Lost previous episode, dramatic and Sad

    Locke and Jack Events on The Island -» This one was very good to. The beginning was about splitting the players and place everyone in their position. This allowed the complication phase be interesting, because Locke wanted to blow up the Submarine. The conversation Between Locke and Ben is one of the Top, with Ben manipulating the events for himself. Jack and Kate interaction was good, but above top but a emotional one, the same goes when Alex was found by her mother. Maybe the Climax was when Locke exploded the Submarine, Jack´s and Juliet Faces, well, beautiful. The ending phase was simply wonderful. The last five minutes guarantee a good interaction, and a shocking ending.


    1 - Plot Holes: Gold. Didn´t Notice.

    2 - Time and Scenes Management: Gold. Lost continues to deliver scenes like this and you can´t notice that scenes that are there just to stole time. The nice details about Locke and Ben conversation had a great pay off.

    3 - Surprises/Twist/Shocks/Cliffhangers: Gold. What happened in the Locke´s Flashbacks, help to build the shocking surprise at the end. 4 - Action: Just people get caught and a explosion.

    5 - Funny: Nothing that I can Remember.

    6 - Drama: Silver. The last scene of Locke´s Flashbacks and Jack and Kate interaction.

    7 - Tension/Fear: Silver. What Locke pretended to do.

    8 - Excitement Level (curiosity/Mystery/Doubt/Revelations: Gold. You will want to know if more secrets will be revealed, why is Jack with them and what will be Locke´s actions consequences.

    This episode follow the last episode quality, but manages to be better. The focus here is John Locke, both in the Island and the flashbacks. There are some scenes apart, like Jack and Kate interaction, Alex and Sayid. Revelations, Drama, interesting interactions, with a amazing, surprise at the end will make you love this episode.moreless
  • Because you're on a wheelchair and i'm not

    Locke al fin nos cuenta cómo quedó paralítico (y vaya forma de quedarlo). Él junto a Kate y Sayid van a rescatar a Jack y se dan cuenta que ya se había rescatado sólo, sin pensar en ellos.

    Ahora, de la caja mágica salió él, sí, y por un lado dije qué bueno ahí tiene su revancha pero por el otro fue un poco obvio.

    O sea que ya no tienen forma de salir? El grosso que llevaba a Ben de la silla al final podría permitirse eso? No creo. Por qué John está sanito y Ben no? Qué es lo que no pueden controlar? Qué? Qué es lo que John tiene de especial?moreless
Patrick J. Adams

Patrick J. Adams

Peter Talbot

Guest Star

Barbara Baehler

Barbara Baehler

Mrs. Talbot

Guest Star

Don Nahaku

Don Nahaku

Detective Reed

Guest Star

Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan

Danielle Rousseau

Recurring Role

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Tom Friendly

Recurring Role

Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde

Alex Rousseau

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (29)

    • 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.

    • Numbers: 4

      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")

    • Numbers: 8

      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.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Jack: They hurt you?
      Kate: No. Did they hurt you?
      Jack: No.
      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.

    • Tamara: Name?
      Locke: John Locke.
      Tamara: Marital status, Mr. Locke?
      Locke: Uh, single.
      Tamara: Girlfriend?
      Locke: No.
      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?
      Locke: Fine.
      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?
      Locke: Yeah.
      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.
      Locke: Why?
      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.
      Kate: Where?
      Jack: Home.
      Kate: When?
      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?

  • NOTES (9)

    • 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.

    • International Airdates:
      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.