Season 1 Episode 7

The Moth

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Charlie struggles with withdrawal symptoms after giving his remaining heroin stash to John Locke. Elsewhere, Sayid sets in motion his plan to isolate the origin of the French distress signal, in the hope that it could provide a means of finding a way off the Island. Flashbacks in this episode center around Charlie's struggles with the temptations involved with being a rockstar and also his older brother's massive ego.moreless

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  • Charlie

    Charlie's somewhat sad history is revealed in a dull fashion that still exceeds the on-island plot, partnered with low production value and over-prominent symbolism.
  • 107

    More substantial development coming from Lost this week, and we got great development to say the least. I've always been intrigued by the Charlie character and I couldn't wait for the Charlie-centric episode this season, I was quite satisfied with it overall.

    We got fantastic interactions between Locke & Charlie, and Locke is easily becoming my favorite character with all of his wisdom and help he gives to the others. This episode also showed how much Kate cares for Jack, and some possible romantic involvement between Kate & Sawyer, a very interesting triangle if you ask me.

    I loved how everyone played a part in shooting the rockets in order to get a signal. The cliffhanger was pretty intense with Sayid getting knocked out, but by who? Interested to see what happens in the next installment. Great episode.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Charlie is suffering from withdrawal and asks Locke for his heroin, and Locke says that he will return the drugs the third time Charlie asks. Charlie later asks Locke for his heroin for the third time and Locke gives it back but Charlie destroys it. Flashbacks show Charlie and his brother Liam leading their band DriveSHAFT and, eventually, Liam gets Charlie hooked on heroin. Years later, Charlie visits Liam's house in Australia and wants him to rejoin DriveSHAFT for their comeback tour but a clean Liam refuses. My favourite character episode - Charlie - I love his storyl - best one by far! I love the scenes with the transceiver. I also love the caves and what happens in the caves this episode - brilliant story. I love the way Jack helps Cahrlie and of course Locke helps too.moreless
  • Lame Salvation

    The seventh episode is all about (not) being rescued. Charlie rescues Jack from a collapsing cave and later on heroically rescues himself from drugs. Kate rescues herself from losing her beloved doc, but fails to rescue the audience from her annoying presence. Meanwhile, no one is to be found to rescue Sayid from being hit in the head with a bat. By a stranger. Just on time when he seemed able to detect the origin of the French transmission. Oh, well. -

    OK now, this has to be one of my least favourite episodes of Lost of all time. In fact, Season 3's "Stranger in a Strange Land" is the only one that outmatches this one in dreadfulness. It is a pity actually that this one is so bad because Charlie is a really likable character (at least in Season 1). His flashbacks aren't awful, but kinda unintresting. But the really annoyning stuff happens on the Island. Jack is trapped into a cave and everyone hatsen to rescue him, like he's the President or something. Meanwhile, Charlie's silly storyline involving drugs and salvation continiues, with his final "heroic" act of throwing his heroin stash into the fire consisting a MASSIVE clichi. But more irritating than Jack and Charlie together, is Kate, whose extreme eagerness to save her beloved doc from the brick of death is not only unjustified, hysterical and pointless but also extremely annoyning as well. Plain bad writing. On the bright side, Sayid gets knocked out. Don't get me wrong, I really like Sayid, but I liked that scene because it was the only truly exciting thing that happened in this episode.moreless
  • This episode bloody rocked...

    Another hugely character based episode, this time it's Charlie's turn, we see him struggle with his drug adiction and we see why he became an addict. The episode has good flashbacks that develop the character, we like him more after seeing this and hate his brother Liam. There was plenty going on in the episode to keep me on the edge of my seat like the cave in, Charlie's struggle and the attempt to get the signal. The cave in is at first a bit over the top but I forget that it would be nearly impossible to dig a tunnel of that length in an hour because its worth it, seeing Charlie save them Jack was great and he redeems himself and prooves that he can do something useful on the island. I always find it funny when Sayid is counting on Boone and Kate when it in fact is Shannon and Sawyer the two most likely people to help out on the island who successfully get the signal working shame it was all for nothing when Sayid is unexpectfully knocked out, who done it? Well it takes a while to find out.moreless
Glenn Cannon

Glenn Cannon


Guest Star

Christian Bowman

Christian Bowman

Steve Jenkins

Recurring Role

Neil Hopkins

Neil Hopkins

Liam Pace

Recurring Role

Dustin Watchman

Dustin Watchman

Scott Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Jack and Charlie are in the cave Charlie sees a moth go to the top. If a moth heads to light it would have gone to the flashlight not the top of the cave.

    • The method Sayid refers to (Triangulating) actually just requires two sensor locations instead of three.

    • Numbers: 4

      Michael says he needs 4 people working at a time to try and dig up the rocks.

    • Numbers: 8

      Charlie will be on tour for 8 weeks.

    • Numbers: 8

      Kate mentions that they crashed 8 days ago. Michael has 8 years of construction experience.

    • Island events in this episode take place on September 29th 2004.

    • Goof: When Kate reaches the caves to help Jack get out she asks Michael if Jack is alive and before he answers you can see a red ladder behind her.

    • When Charlie and his brother are arguing backstage, as his brother rushes out shouting "P*ss off," you can see a crew member move in the mirror on the left and the right side. If you watch closely you can see the producers tried blurring the mirrors, but still they weren't able to remove the crew member.

    • It is not likely for a person to get fireworks in Australia unless they have a special permit. Therefore Australia is a strange place to try and smuggle them from especially when the United States borders places like Mexico.

    • When Sayid lights the flare, it is in considerably tall grass. Wouldn't the grass catch on fire?

    • In response to Boone asking his sister: When they first heard the message in French, they told each other that they couldn't tell anyone else. So since they were making the transceiver because of this message, he couldn't have asked anyone who didn't know about it.

    • During the episode wrap-up, when Charlie and Jack are sitting at the campfire, you can clearly see Jack leaning back, resting his weight on his injured right arm & shoulder. A minute later, Kate brings him a sling.

    • When Charlie and Jack are trapped in the cave, they are both very sweaty and dirty. However when they emerge from the cave they are much cleaner and not sweaty at all.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Hurley: (while helping Jack move luggage) Dude, what's in these things, cinder blocks?

    • Jack: Call me a broken record, but caves are a natural shelter, and a hell of a lot safer than living here on the beach.
      Kate: You're mad at me.
      Jack: No, Kate, I'm -- I just don't understand why you won't come with me -- us. It's maybe a mile up there, if that.
      Kate: We crashed eight days ago, Jack. I'm not setting up house here.

    • Charlie: Where's Kate, we have to tell Kate about Jack?
      Sawyer: Sorry sport, you just missed her. Her and Muhammad headed into the woods about ten minutes ago.
      Charlie: Which way?
      Sawyer: Don't sweat it amigo, I know which way they went.
      Charlie: Yeah, but ...
      Sawyer: I'll tell her. You just keep doing whatever it is you do around here.

    • Charlie: I dunno what happened, we were just talking and it all came down on us. It all happened so fast.
      Hurley: Dude, we got to get help. Charlie, go down to the beach and get help.
      Charlie: Okay, I'm on it.
      Hurley: And make sure you tell Kate.

    • Charlie: (angry at Liam) Soundcheck. You missed soundcheck. You don't show up for rehearsal. We've got a show in an hour!
      Liam: Oh! A show. I like shows.

    • Kate: You've been hoarding like a packrat since the crash, and you don't have a single laptop?
      Sawyer: We are testy. Still upset about your little breakup? You and Jacko?
      Kate: It must be exhausting.
      Sawyer: What's that?
      Kate: Living like a parasite.

    • Kate: (to Sawyer) I get it now. You don't want off this island, because there is nothing for you to go back for. Nobody you miss. And no one misses you.

    • Charlie: If thing get too crazy, no matter what, If I say we're done, we walk away.
      Liam: We walk away.

    • Sayid: The battery in the transceiver is dead. Without the transceiver, all of this is for nothing. Something from the laptop computer would probably work, but I've been not able to find anything.
      Kate: I think I know where to look.

    • Sawyer: Hey.
      Kate: What the hell are you doing here?
      Sawyer: Easy. I just came to tell you somethin'.
      Kate: What makes you think I'm interested in anything that you would have to say?
      Sawyer: I just came to tell you that you were right about me. I don't help anyone but myself. Here I am, I came to pitch in.
      Kate: You're here to help? (Sayid and Kate walk away) Hey, don't act any more surprised, I might get offended.

    • Jack: I wish I shared your faith, Kate.
      Sawyer (walking up): I wouldn't mind sharing a few things with her myself.
      Kate: What do you want Sawyer?
      Sawyer: I heard the doctor here is vacatin' the premises, so I'd thought it'd be best to claims my new digs. (drops his bags) I could fix this place up real good. I might even find someone to share it with.
      Jack (to Kate): I'll talk to you later.

    • Walt: We should get Mister Locke.
      Hurley: Locke's out in the jungle killing stuff.

    • Sayid: (looking at Sawyer) I don't trust him.
      Kate: Who does?
      Sayid: I don't trust him with you.
      Kate: I can handle him.

    • (Kate is looking at her watch)
      Sawyer: Still ain't five, just like the last time you checked your watch.
      Kate: I just don't want to miss Sayid's signal. Remember, I'll fire the flare, you set off the antenna.
      Sawyer: I just thank the good Lord I got you here to keep reminding me.
      Kate: It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.
      Sawyer: So what is it about that guy...Jack? What is it about him that makes you all...weak in the loins?
      Kate: You try to be a pig, or does it just come naturally?
      Sawyer: Say he's a doctor right...yeah the ladies dig the doctors. Hell, give me a couple of bandaids, a bottle of peroxide, I could run this island too.
      Kate: (as if in disbelief) You're actually comparing yourself to Jack?
      Sawyer: The difference between us ain't that big, sweetheart. But I guarantee you if he woulda survived a few more weeks on this island you woulda figured that out.
      Kate: What did you just say?
      Sawyer: Ah, damn, didn't I tell you? Word in the valley is saint Jack got himself buried in a cave in.
      Kate: What?!
      Sawyer: Look at the brightside, now you have someone else to pity.

    • Jack: (to Kate) I want off this island too, but we both know that's not going to happen any time soon.

    • Jack: Want to help me grab the rest of those bags?
      Hurley: Oh, could I?

    • Charlie: You don't know me! I'm a bloody rock god!

    • Charlie: Bless me father, for I have sinned.. It's been a week since my last confession...
      Father: Go ahead, my son
      Charlie: Last night I had physical relations.. with a girl who I didn't know
      Father: I see, anything else?
      Charlie: Yea, right after that I had.. relations with another girl. Then straight after that, I watched while they had relations with each other.

    • (a small hole is made in the rocks)
      Charlie: I'll do it.
      Hurley: Charlie?
      Michael: No, man. Look you're still too shook up, I might be able to squeeze through.
      Charlie: Wait. Who's gonna take care of your son if somethings happen? (points to Sun) She's got a husband. (points to Boone) He's got a sister. I'm alone here, no one on the island. Let me do this.

    • (Sayid hands Sawyer the antenna)
      Sayid: Attach this antenna up in that tree as high as you can.
      Sawyer: Golly! Thanks boss.

    • Kate: What are we doing chasing some phantom distress signal, what are the odds of this working?
      Sayid: No worse than the odds of us surviving that plane crash.
      Kate: People survive plane crashes all the time.
      Sayid: Not like this one. The tail section broke off while we were still in the air. Our section cart wheeled through the jungle and yet we escaped with nothing but a few scrapes. How do you explain that?
      Kate: Blind, dumb luck?
      Sayid: No one's that lucky.

    • Jack: I just don't understand why you won't come with me, us? It's maybe a mile up there, if that,
      Kate: We crashed eight days ago Jack, I'm not setting up house here.

    • Locke: Nice work Charlie. You make excellent bait.
      Charlie: I'm glad I could oblige. Now give me my bloody drugs.

    • Walt: This place is cool ... can we live here?

    • Charlie: (Coughs amidst the dust. He crawls over to Jack) I'm, uh. . . I'm here to rescue you.

    • (trapped in a cave)
      Charlie: You're thinking I'm useless and a junkie to boot.
      Jack: You're not useless. That took a lot of guts getting in here and trying to rescue me. I won't forget that.
      Charlie: For the rest of our lives?
      Jack: At the rate we're using our oxygen in here, that won't be long.
      Charlie: This place-it reminds me of confession. This little claustrophobic booth.
      Jack: I wouldn't have taken you for a religious man.
      Charlie: I used to be. Hey, you want to hear my confession? It might take a while.
      Jack: Hey, I'm no Saint, either.

    • Charlie: Give them to me.
      Locke: This is the third time, are you sure you really want it?
      Charlie: I've made my choice.
      (Locke hands him the heroin and Charlie throws it into the fire)

    • Locke: What do you suppose is in that cocoon, Charlie?
      Charlie: I don't know, a-a butterfly, I guess?
      Locke: No, it's much more beautiful than that. That's a moth cocoon. It's ironic butterflies get all the attention, but moths spin silk. They're stronger, they're faster--
      Charlie: That's wonderful, but...
      Locke (pointing at the cocoon): You see this little hole? This moth's just about to emerge. It's in there right now, struggling, it's digging its way through the thick hide of the cocoon. Now, I could help it: take my knife, gently widen the opening, and the moth would be free. But it would be too weak to survive. Struggle is nature's way of strengthening it.

    • Kate: (Jack is looking at her mugshot) You know, I take better pictures than that, smaller, too. If you want some for your wallet.

    • Boone: How are we going to be able to tell that we're actually in the right position? We have no way to communicate with each other?
      (Sayid grabs a bottle rocket)
      Kate: Bottle rockets?
      Sayid: Thank God for fireworks smugglers.

    • Liam: I'm just trying to look out for you.
      Charlie: You never looked out for me! Now if you don't mind, I've got a plane to catch.

  • NOTES (11)

    • The church scene with Charlie and Liam at the church in Manchester was actually filmed on Honolulu, where the scenes on the island are filmed.

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: February 18, 2005 on Kanal 5
      - Greece: August 12, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • This episode along with two-hour pilot and "House of the Rising Sun" won a 2005 Prism Award for TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline.

    • The lyrics to "You all Everybody" from Driveshaft were originally heard by writer/producer Damon Lindelof on a television show. An angry audience member shouted "You all everybody acting like it's stupid people wearing expensive clothes!", which are the exact (and only) lyrics to the song.

    • In the commentary to this episode, Dominic Monaghan says that when Locke gives him back the drugs at the end of the episode and Charlie is holding the drugs in his hand looking intently, Monaghan was picturing himself as Gollum with the Ring in The Lord of the Rings movies.

    • Emilie de Ravin (Claire) does not appear in this episode.

    • Terry O'Quinn received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode.

    • A Charlie-centric episode

    • The music of You All Everybody was composed and writen by Jude, who also wrote a song on the City of Angels CD.

    • The tattoo on Charlie's (Dominic Monaghan) right shoulder is the elvish word for "nine", him along with 8 other cast members of The Lord of the Rings got the tattoo.

    • During Charlie's snorting scenes, Dominic Monaghan is actually snorting brown sugar.


    • Title: The Moth

      "The Moth" is a song by Aimee Mann from her 2002 album, Lost in Space.

      It was also the original title of Tennessee William's play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and comparisons can be drawn between the play and the episode.

    • Liam: And the meek shall inherit the Earth.

      Is a passage from the New Testament, Matthew chapter five, verse five.

    • Charlie's Band: Driveshaft
      Driveshaft seems to be a light spoof on the British band Oasis. Oasis is a band made up of two brothers. Charlie is a lot like Noel, who writes all the music and lyrics and cares deeply about his music, whereas his older brother, Liam (who has the same name as the older brother in Oasis) merely sings them. The band has broken up and gotten back together many times due to bitter feuds between the brothers. They have reconciled in recent years and are making their first major album in over eight years. Driveshaft's song 'You All Everybody' even has a guitar riff that sounds suspiciously like Oasis' 'Rock 'n' Roll Star.