Season 2 Episode 7

The Other 48 Days

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 16, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The harrowing first 48 days in the lives of the tail section survivors are revealed. Flashbacks reveal the point of view of Ana Lucia, Mr. Eko, Bernard and Libby and other survivors as they landed on the other side of the island on the beach. As the days progress danger hits their camp as well when "The Others" start taking people against their will. As the survivors race inland, trying to stay a step ahead of The Others, they realize that someone among them wasn't on Flight 815.moreless

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  • The Tailies

    A fresh new beginning brings an intense foray into the lives of the Tailies and some truth behind the Others.
  • An episode done without new scenes by the cast we've come to know turns in one of the best hours of this fantastic show.

    Doing something that's virtually unheard of, the writers left all of last season's main cast, save Daniel Dae Kim, seen in some very brief new footage, at home, instead focusing on what the tail section survivors endured during the first 48 days following the crash of Oceanic 815. The result: one of the show's best episodes.

    Revealing that those in the tail section have been through much more horror than we people we came to know last year, we really come to see how large the presence of the "Others" on the island is, while also getting to see that even without the aid of guns, they are defeatable. And left to survive without the benefit of having a doctor, a trained soldier, or supplies from a wreckage, we get a sense of appreciation for the struggle and the will to live of the "tailies". From the paranoia of correctly suspecting that they have an Other in their midst, to believing Boone's fateful transmission to be a trick, we see just how emotionally wounded they are and how distrustful they've become as a result. Most of all, we really understand why Ana Lucia shot as hastily as she did.

    Both Sam Anderson, usually seen in minor authority-figure type roles, and Cynthia Watros, who's spent the past several years on "Titus" and "The Drew Carey Show", show themselves to have true dramatic acting in them and left me impressed.

    In the end we're left with both a great set-up and understanding of the 4 remaining tail section survivors heading towards their likely integration into the rest of the survivors, and something to look forward to seeing again on the season 2 DVDs.moreless
  • The shocking story of the 'Tailes"(the people of the flight 815 plane in the tail section)

    We get to see the crash from another point of view, a poit of view from people who already wern't like their plane trip and we all know who those kinds of people are because we are sometimes those people, I'm talking of course about the people who sit at the tail secon of the plane, the worst setting area ever!

    Now their section of the plane doesn't landon the beach or in taked, it lands in the water close to shore but its deep enpught to sink it. Our Tailes friends must swim up from their sinking broken plane fragment and then swim afew long yards to reach the beach. It is not surprising that most of the surviors end up drowning before they can reach the beach, due to the lack of engery that they used up trying to get out of their fasen seat belt seats, swim upwards to escape reaching the bottom the the sea all of this while getting over the shock of being ripped apart from the rest of the plane and falling i don't know how feet while also dealing with jetlag and effects from turbulance.

    the surviors don't know what to do. half of them want to explore the jungle and look for food and suplies but that might take awhile es speaically since their are so few of them. The other half think it wise to light a signal fire and have someone standing at it at all time. The debate is setteled when a flightattended (the only surviving flight attended) informs them that the pilot lost contact so he doibled back over Fiji to get their headings right, so that means that rescue will be looking for them in the wrong location, all the more reason for a signal fire.

    As the day goes by the Others constintly attack them and kidnap almost half of them, forceing them to venture into the jungle abanding the singnal fire (their only means of rescue) and into a DARMHA outpost station which we saw as their camp a few episodes back.Ana Lucia and Mr. Echo show the most charecter develompent as the leaders of the tail surivors, while struggling with personal issues and past mistakes (like the other main charecters of Lost). Mr. Echo who is priest, which shocked me because i have never known a man ofGod to have the streghth tobeat up anyone on earth (If he was thepriest at my church I listen to his surmans and remeber them word for word like my life depended on it). Mr. Echo says a prayer to puthis fellow passangers who didn't make it to rest, then when the Others show up he kills one without breacking a sweet although he is clearly schock up about it and takes an oath of silence for the rest of the 48 days. I'm really interested in his back story.Ana Lucia, blames her self for everything and try's to make it right by helping everyone survie. She did a great job tricking the Other who suck into their camp and prtended to be one of them (Like Ethan Rom) I was so glad she killed him es speially when he was giving her that bull that those who were taken were the good onesand the rest of them were animal who kill mindlesssly (oh really, well mr hippocrit what do you call killing that Tailes guy just to cover your own tracks!).

    The last scenes are them finding Sawyer, Michael and Jin and makeing the treck to their camp and ending with the scen were Shannon is accidently shot.

    Now I was starting to like Shannon I don't like how the writters killed her off. but i do not blame the Tailes. I mean given that the Others like to move really fast in the dark jungle without making a sound, and given that they are capabe ofkidnaping someone or killing them in a blink of the eye, and given what happened in the last episode where their was definatly something following them and also given the fact that the Others are humans and when Ana Lucia saw Shannon (who shes never meet) appear out of no where, she assumed she was anOther and shoot her. Wouldn't you do the same in her position and if you've been throu what shes been thru these past 48 days, i would.

    This was a great episodes one of Lost best, and one where Flashbacks are acually needed.One thing i need to point out which has really been eatting at me. The front secionof the plane(First Class) crashes in the jungle completly in taked but everyone inside is dead. the middle section of the plane (middle class) crashes on the beach nearly destroyed with some surviors. the tail section of the plane (Lower class) crashes in the ocean and sinks and only a few survie. Now both survior camps deal with harsh survialissues, the Tail people really got the shart end of the stick here! The other surviors had airplane food to began withafter the crash, they also found a water hole convently close to camp, They also have a hunter who has the skill to hunt the wild boarin jungle plus he's got his own suitcase full of knives!And resectly they also found a DARMH station just like the Taile people did, only differece here is that theres is an underground hatch filled with all the food they need for mouths and their own water supple plus medical equitment!(and a button you have to press every 108 min or world dies or something)Not to metion their their Other imposter (Ethan Rom)didn't do anything to them except kidnap the pregnate girl, Claire, only to lose to the psyco french women, Daneil, then he threted them to give Claire back to him and kills one random red shirt to make his point, all which ment nothing because the survior's camp had five loaded guns and they corrnered him into a trap. (of which he is killed)Now Ikinda get thatthe reason Ethan and his people didn't attack them eariler was because their were too many of them in the camp, but still I just had metion this because it has really been bugging me that the Tail people went thru a much worse hell then our surviors (and i like those surviors) and no one in first class survied. Are writers trying to tell us that its ok being middle class, or that you should never book a flight seat in first class or Middle class?

    Just thought i point that out. great episode.moreless
  • Awesome.

    The first 48 days after the plane crash are shown from the tail section survivors' point of view. Over the course of many nights, the Others infiltrate their camp and kidnap many of the survivors, forcing the remaining survivors to take refuge at a Dharma station. Wow - best episode so far this season I loved every minute of it, I love the tail end storyline. I love it when the others come and take the people at night so scary the way they don't make a sound. Mr Eko is my favourite tail end character he is too awesome. I like the way Goodwin was a 'other' but made out to be a survivor, I also love the scene when Ana Lucia kills him, she is also awesome. I love the part where Boone is on the radio and Bernard is trying to talk back to him - awesome the way they linked that up.moreless
  • Full Flashback Episode!!!!!

    Since we don´t saw exactly what happened with the TailPlane characters, the producers decided to show us in this episode, since everyone want to see Sayid reaction, that was a smart move by the writers, to delay this situation.

    For the first time in Lost, the episode is a flashback episode, the entire episode cover what happened to them.

    The weak point of this episode is that you already know who is the villain or the "Others" and you know what happened.

    So, with no element of surprise and shocking value, the producers had to focus on details and emotional moments only. This was well done and since this episode is better than the previous episode and the fillers, a 8 is suitable.

    Overall, good details, dialogues and some emotional moments make this episode be worth watching.moreless
Josh Randall

Josh Randall


Guest Star

Glenn Lehmann

Glenn Lehmann


Guest Star

Jon Sakata

Jon Sakata

Man on Beach

Guest Star

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Bernard Nadler

Recurring Role

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen


Recurring Role

Kiersten Havelock

Kiersten Havelock


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • Before Shannon is shot whispers can be heard. They decode as:

      "Relax dude, I think she likes the guy"
      "You're life"
      "Ich weiß nicht" (German for 'I don't know')
      "Look out"
      "Ana's the trigger"
      "You're gonna kill her"
      "Move on"
      (Gun shot)
      "See ya"
      (Like a chorus singing just after the gunshot)

      "She likes the guy, she likes the guy"
      "Your life and time is up"
      "Help me"
      "Shannon, meet me on the other side"
      "Her song" ('Ana Lucia' when reversed)
      (Gun shot)

      "Relax dude, she likes the guy, she likes the guy"
      "I know it all I know it all..."
      "Dying sucks"
      "I don't think you should tell her when she comes"
      "Obviously she likes you"
      "Who's the guy?"
      "I want to see Shannon"
      "Eye to eye"
      "Who's the guy?"
      "Fire Lucia"
      "The brothers that help us"
      "Are you done with it?"
      "Her song" ('Ana Lucia' when reversed)
      (Gun shot)

    • On the inside of the door to the Arrow station can be seen the word "Quarantine", just like on the inside cover of the hatch of the Swan station.

    • It turns out that an Other was killed by a Survivor, before the other way around, like we all thought (Mr. Eko killed 2 of them on the first night).

    • Cindy said "we were flying for 2 hours in the wrong direction". This contradicts the pilot, Seth Norris, who said that it was 6 hours. However, it's possible that Cindy was told only 2 hours before the crash that they were flying in the wrong direction. Also, in "Eggtown", it was noted that the perception of time by people on or near the island may differ from the actual reality.

    • We see Mr. Eko's stick for the first time.

    • Right after the plane's tail crashes on the water, one of the monster's sounds can be heard.

    • Mr. Eko didn't speak for 40 days. he stopped talking on September 23, 23 is one of the mystery numbers.

    • Mr. Eko didn't speak for 40 days. 4+0=4. 4 is one of the Numbers.

    • Numbers: 15

      When they bury the guy who had the broken leg, there are fifteen people standing around.

    • Numbers: 4

      When Goodwin comes to talk to Ana, he says that she's had Nathan in the pit for 4 days now.

    • Numbers:: 23

      There were 23 survivors from the tail section.

    • Goof: (Crew or equipment visible) When Goodwin and Ana Lucia are taking their sit down before their fight, you can see the top of a white car drive from right to left in between them in the background.

    • Goof: Ana Lucia says that she never saw Nathan in the two hours the plane was in the air. However, the plane had been in the air for closer to eight hours before it crashed, as the pilot says in "Pilot" - six before the radio died, two before the crash.

    • Number: 23

      Goodwin breaks Nathan's neck on the 23rd day.

    • Numbers: 4 and 8

      This episode covers the first 48 days the tail section survivors have spent on the island.

    • Numbers: 4

      Libby says that, if Donald dies, he'll be the 4th to go.

    • Goof: In the scene when Ana-Lucia starts crying and Mr. Eko starts talking, when Mr. Eko embraces Ana Lucia we can see a mistake. First, his left arm is under her right arm, but then, a second later, her arm changes position out of nowhere and it's under his arm.

    • The date of the crash, as revealed by Locke, was Wednesday, September 22, 2004 (the same date that Lost premiered). If the 48 days is inclusive, this episode ends on Monday, November 8, 2004.

    • When Eko first begins to speak after his vow of silence, he is wearing two arm bands: one black, one white. This adds yet another item to the good/evil/black/white motif seen throughout the show.

    • It is noted that even though Rose said that Bernard went to the bathroom before the plane crashed, he was found in a seat with the belt buckled. This is not a goof. It is possible that when Bernard went to the bathroom, on his way out the plane was crashing and so he grabbed the first available seat. It is unlikely that the writers would ignore such an obvious fact, that Bernard is Rose's husband. It should also be noted that this is what happened with Charlie when he went to the restroom near the front of the plane and then quickly buckled into a nearby seat as the plane began to crash.

    • When Eko rescues the boy at the beginning, he's not holding anything. He spots his sister and puts him down, and he's suddenly holding a teddy bear that appeared from nowhere.

    • The station in which the tailies lived in was the "Arrow" station.

    • Bernard's reply to Boone's transmission does not match up (or sound like) the one we previously heard in Deus Ex Machina. One obvious mistake is that Bernard does not say the word "Oceanic" when replying, even though this is clearly said in "Deus Ex Machina."

    • Ana Lucia finds an army pocket knife that she estimates to be at least 20 years old. This begets the question, how familiar is she with army weaponry and how did she acquire this knowledge? Also, how did the army knife wind up in the hands of "The Others"?

    • The teddy bear we saw carried by one of "The Others" a few episodes back (i.e. "...And Found") belongs to one of the children from the tail end section of the plane. Both of those children were taken in this episode.

    • It is revealed in this episode that it was Bernard who was talking to Boone over the radio transmission when Boone was in the plane before his tragic accident with Locke ("Deus Ex Machina"). This explains when Boone said over the radio that they were the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, while Bernard said, "No, we're the survivors."

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Boone (via radio): Hello. Hello, anybody out there? Mayday. Mayday.
      Bernard: Is there someone there?
      Boone (via radio): Hello! Hello!
      Cindy: Who is that!? Oh my God!
      Boone (via radio): Can you hear me?
      Bernard: Repeat your transmission, please.
      Boone (via radio): Hello. We're survivors of the crash of Oceanic flight 815. Please copy
      Bernard: We're the survivors of flight 815!

    • Ana Lucia: They have satellites... the black box... we don't need a fire for them to find us.
      Cindy: Yes, we do. Before the crash, the pilot said we'd lost communication, we were turning back. We were flying for 2 hours in the wrong direction. They don't know where to look.

    • Ana~Lucia: They're out here in the jungle with no shoes, nothing in their pockets, no labels on their clothes. These people were here before us. We need to get off the beach. We need to find a safer place.

    • Libby: Nah, it's not that bad. I broke my leg skiing up at Stowe in Vermont. I was on this run... going pretty fast, I was racing this cute ski patrol guy. I went off this mogul, lost my edge and, bam! (she twists the guy's leg to try to set the bone.) - Snapped my left leg. Now that ... that was bad.

    • Nathan: I don't remember seeing you on the plane, Ana Lucia.
      Ana Lucia: That's because you weren't on it!

    • Goodwin: I'm worried about you, Ana. You've had him down there for four days.
      Ana: I promised that little girl that I would get her back home to her mom.

    • Nathan: Hey, calm down, let's figure this out.
      Ana: Calm down? Let's figure this out? Here are the names of every single person they took, all nine of them, what they were wearing, what they look like, one of them had a list of us.

    • Bernard: (about Eko taking the dead bodies out of the water) Because my wife - I can't find her.
      Eko: I will pray for her.
      Bernard: Where the hell are the rescue planes?
      Eko: I will pray for them, too.

    • Ana: What are you, a boy scout?
      Goodwin: Grown up version - I'm in the Peace Corps.
      Ana: They still have that?
      Goodwin: I'm just happy somebody your age actually knows what it is.

    • Ana Lucia: Five minutes break.
      Bernard: We've been walking for three days straight, Ana.
      Ana Lucia: And, you're still here. Five minutes

    • Ana Lucia: What? You're talking now?
      Mr. Eko: It has been forty days.
      Ana Lucia: You waited forty days to talk?
      Mr. Eko: You waited forty days to cry?

    • Ana-Lucia: (on Nathan) Did you kill him?
      Goodwin: Nathan was not a good person. (leans over) That is why he wasn't on the list.
      Ana-Lucia: What about the kids? Did you kill them too?
      Goodwin: Children are fine. They are better off now.

    • Goodwin: We should let him go, we're not savages.
      Ana-Lucia: If I was a savage I would've cut off one of his fingers by now. That's tomorrow.

    • Ana-Lucia: They didn't take you?
      Goodwin: I guess they changed their plan after two of them got killed.

    • Ana-Lucia: Yea, they just drag us into the jungle every now and then, no harm done.

    • Libby: Do you really think it's possible that one of us, is one of them?
      Ana Lucia: Why do you think I'm digging this hole? (reveals Ana-Lucia digging in the ground)

    • Ana Lucia: (speaking to Mr Eko) Now's not a good time to talk? What will it take, to make you talk?

    • Goodwin: What is that?
      Ana Lucia: It's a list.
      Libby: A list of what?
      Ana Lucia: Nine...of us.

    • Ana Lucia: I heard a pig or something out there, maybe we can have bacon tomorrow.

    • Ana Lucia: You couldn't find matches?
      Goodwin: Dry ones?

  • NOTES (11)

    • This is the first episode in which Jack and Hurley do not appear. Consequently, as of this episode, there is no character who has appeared in every episode of the series.

    • This was Maggie Grace's last main cast credit as Shannon. She was credited as a special guest star in the next episode.

    • Kimberley Joseph (Cindy) passed from receiving the "Co-Starring" credited, to the "Guest Starring" credit.

    • A deleted scene showes the Tailies pulling a large parcel from the ocean. Zach & Emma hope that food will be inside, but they're disappointed when the only thing inside are Australian boomerangs.

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: March 1, 2006 on Kanal 5

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement.

    • This is the first episode not to show one scene off of the island.

    • Although credited, Emilie DeRavin (Claire), Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Yunjin Kim (Sun) Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) and Terry O'Quinn (Locke) didn't appear. It's the first time Jack and Hurley don't appear, which means there will never be an actor that will appear on every episode. Also, Josh Holloway (Sawyer) appeared, but only in archive footage.

    • The Polish premiere was on September 28, 2006 on TVP1.

    • This is the first episode with no flashbacks to life before the crash. However, since it finishes with the same shot as the previous episode, the entire story is a raconteur, which is a long flashback.

    • On its original airing this episode aired for an extended 5 minutes past its usual 9-10pm time to 10:05pm with 65 minutes in total.


    • Religion: 40 Days

      On the 40th day anniversary since the crash, Ana Lucia breaks down, and Mr. Eko begins to talk again. Mr. Eko said he would pray for many things and perhaps this is when he will stop as 40 days has a very significant religious meaning, and he now gives up hope. The same goes for Ana Lucia, implying that she also has/had religious faith.