Season 4 Episode 6

The Other Woman

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2008 on ABC
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Juliet gets a surprising visit from someone from her past. She is given orders to stop Charlotte and Faraday from doing what they have set out to do. Back at the Barracks, Ben offers Locke an enticing deal.

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  • I literally fell asleep. Don't like Juliet.

    I really, really did not like this episode. I just don't buy this crap of Juliet being good. I can't stand her. Compared to last week's episode this was nothing. I mean, come on, who cares about Juliet?? I think Elizabeth Mitchell is not believable at all, at least not compared to the other actors and actresses. With them you see history in their eyes: Sayid, Sawyer, Kate, Jack, but Juliet's say nothing, they're blanc. It was a wasted episode, they could have done much better. Lets hope it doesn't get worse.

    However I still believe Lost is the best show on TV nowadays. They have us accustomed to a certain level of greatness, and this one fell short!moreless
  • A good ep!!

    In this Juliette focused episode we finally find out about those peschy helicopter people! This season has really been great after season 3 was bad this picks the show back up again! Ben actually becomes part of the group What the hell Ben is totally trickin Locks camp. The Juliette and Jacks steamy kiss was a big shock all that tension FINALLY !!! Now I'm confused as whether if they will start dating even though Jack and Kate are sooo in love. I really thought that Julliete would be part of the oceanic six! I'm really looking foward to finding out who it is. Juliettes past also is fun to have a peek at. Ohh and i now love Rebecca Madar!moreless
  • OK I made a mistake in my last review - this episode was way better than the Constant.

    OK now many will think that I'm crazy and Jack-Kate fans will be angry with me, but I'm Jack-Juliet fan so... The ending was perfect. One of the reasons that I watch LOST is the relationship between Jack and Juliet. The writers finally did what I was waitng for from the last time Jack and Juliet kissed. Only this time it was much more romatic. There was a hug too. Ahhhhhh....

    Also we found out that Penny's father is the one who hired the "boat people" and that he might be the evil, who wants to find the island. I say "might" because that tape could have been another of Ben's tricks. We will just have to wait and see.moreless
  • Something died in me while watching this episode

    I don't know where to begin... a very poor episode.

    I don't care about Juliet and her promiscuity.

    I don't care about Goodwin and his chemical burn.

    I don't care about some shrink chick that pops out of the blue. I don't care about Jack's boyscout crush.

    I don't care about "The Tempest". I don't care about releasing or not releasing the gas.

    I don't care about Claire's function and her obviously unlimited Make-Up depot.

    I don't care about watching Charles Widmore beating up some dude.

    I don't care about seeing Ben fooling Locke again and again and again.

    I don't care about horseshoes.

    I just don't care.moreless
  • Talk about a major step down

    Well, they can't all be like 'The Constant'. There is a tendency to rank this episode as one of the most disappointing and confusing of the series, and in many ways, that's an accurate description. Yet despite all that, this one seems a little more grounded than the weaker episodes of the first three seasons, and it gives a more accurate description of Juliet then we get for much of Season 4.

    In my mind, one of the bigger disappointments of Lost is that after Juliet's betrayal of the Others in Season 3, we never see any confrontation between the two. However, in this episode, we get a better idea as to some of the backstory between the two, and it's pretty interesting. It appears that even though the Others recruited her, Ben seemed to take an almost predatory interest in her from the beginning. We know from 'One of Us' that Juliet had a hard time on the island, and now we realize that Goodwin was one of the reasons that she was able to cope.

    There's an interesting psychological construct for Juliet's behavior. In 'Not In Portland', we learned that she had divorced her husband Edmund, doubtless because he was an inveterate womanizer. Despite that, it took Edmund's (Other arranged) death for Juliet to break free of him. Now on the island, she becomes, well, 'The Other Woman' in Goodwin and Harper's marriage, and even though Harper tells her that there will be consequences if she continues with the affair, she keeps up with it, long afterwards. Juliet is not the kind of woman who can end relationship even when the consequences are horrible, not only for her, but for everyone else involved.

    It's her relationship with Ben that is the most thorny. He has an obsessive relationship with her from the beginning, and now we realize it was his idea of romance. But Ben is so contorted that he can not express things openly, and so manipulative that he seems to pull strings on people even when he's nowhere near any of them. Even though Goodwin was a loyal soldier, and there were apt reasons for getting him out as a spy with the tail section, he did it anyway to punish Juliet. And now, even though he's still locked up on the other side of the island, he still has the capability (through Harper) to move her.

    Unfortunately, the whole quest for the Tempest station (yet another project for the Dharma Initiative) does seem a bit more like a MacGuffin than anything really related to the world of Lost. It seems super complicated to send Daniel and Charlotte all the way to the island to turn off the gas that could end up killing everyone on the island. We know that Ben has probably used it before (no doubt, this is where the gas for the Dharma Purge came from), but why would he use it now, if he was in captivity. It does seem as something more of an exercise than any other part of the season, especially when we learn that Ben is supposedly on the side of the angels this time. (And if you believe that one, I've got some beachfront property in Otherton to sell you)

    The more interesting part of the episode (and what makes it impossible to completely dismiss) is what's happening between Ben and Locke in the Others camp. Locke's leadership is obviously starting to fray, especially if someone as innocuous as Claire is starting to have serious doubts about his leadership. Ben (who knows firsthand what it's like when your underlings start revolting) finally agrees to tell Locke what he knows about the people on the freighter. (Curiously enough, his main source of information is found on a tape labeled 'Red Sox'. Was this Ben's favorite team? Or was he just pissed that the Yankees beat them?)

    The face of the enemy is a familiar one-- Charles Widmore. We've already known from all of Desmond's flashbacks what a piece of work this man is, and we've been able to intuit from little bits of data fed to us in those flashbacks, that he probably knows something about the island.. Now Ben says that he's determined to possess it, but claims ignorance as to why. This is another of Ben's great tricks--- hiding lies in truth. He claims to have no idea what Widmore is planning, but we shall learn--- a lot sooner than we think---- that he knows exactly who he is and what his connection to the island is. We'll soon see how ruthless he is, and that there may be a potential chess match being set up between these two devious personalities.

    This is episode also brings about Kate returning to the beach after Locke threw her out. (It's unclear why it took her and Sayid less than a day to get to the bunkers, but apparently two to come back.) This reopens the triangle (or rectangle) that seems to be developing between Kate, Juliet and Jack. It's been less than a week since Jack told Kate that he was in love with her, and now here he is making goo-goo eyes at Juliet, holding her in his arms, etc. I've already stated that I have no real position between who ends up with who in this particular tangle, and quite frankly it seems more than a little presumptuous to be dealing with it now that rescue seems to be coming.

    While the Juliet part of this episode is ultimately not as strong as many of the others, it does once again reveal how masterful a manipulator Ben is. He makes Goodwin go to the tail section even though he knows there's danger; he takes position of the children in that section even though there are objections; he makes Harper go out and send Juliet on another bombing run, and now he's finally manage to manipulate himself out of his prison at Otherton. When Harper tells Juliet at the beginning of the episode that "Ben is exactly where he needs to be", I have little doubt of that. The question is, now that we know who the enemy is, does this make Ben into one of the good guys that he has always claimed to be a part of? I don't believe it for a minute, but then again, I'm not on the island.

    My score:6moreless
Andrea Roth

Andrea Roth

Harper Stanhope

Guest Star

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen


Recurring Role

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Tom Friendly

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Charles Widmore

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • In one of the scenes of this episode Ben (Michael Emerson) tells Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) that she is his. Ironically, that would be the last scene Emerson and Mitchell shared on the show.

    • Goof: During Juliet and Ben's conversation over dinner, it is stated that Goodwin had been with the tail section survivors for three weeks and that Ethan had already been killed. However, Ethan was killed on day 29, more than four weeks after infiltrating the beach camp. Also, Goodwin actually died two days before Ethan.

    • Whispers can be heard when Juliet, Harper, and Jack are in the Jungle.

      Right before Juliet runs into Harper in the jungle:
      "Sarah is having another..."
      "Is that the other woman?"

      Right when Juliet runs into Harper in the jungle:
      "Look out"
      "Sarah is having another..."
      "Did you hear that?"
      "If she won't save us then who is?"
      "Sarah, somebody's coming"
      "There is somebody coming"
      "Hold on one second"
      "There is somebody coming"

      After Jack runs into Juliet and Harper:
      "Look out"
      "Sarah, it's someone we know. Sarah, it's someone we know"
      "I'm not answering"
      "Answer them"
      "We have our answer"
      "Can we trust her?""

      Finally, a very faint whisper can be heard right before Juliet uses the pulley door contraption at the Tempest Station.

      "It's Juliet"

    • After giving him his food, Locke told Ben that he'd come back in 15 minutes for it. 15 is one of "The Numbers".

    • As of this episode, Tom is the only Other besides Ethan that has appeared on every season.

    • The chemical gas that Daniel and Charlotte disable in the Tempest station is the same gas Ben used to purge the DHARMA Initiative in "The Man Behind the Curtain."

    • Harper appears in front Juliet and Jack sees her too. This is the first time the mysterious appearence of a character from someone's past has been witnessed by more than one person.

    • Island events take place on 24th and 25th of December 2004. It's days 94 and 95 for the survivors.

    • As of this episode we find out that yet another character has father issues. Tom/ Mr. Friendly tells Juliet that Harper had him "crying about [his] daddy".

    • When the Others watch Oceanic 815 crashing from the Barracks, Harper is standing near Goodwin. However, when the same scene was shown in "A Tale of Two Cities", no one was standing between Goodwin and Ethan.

    • The scenes in The Tempest Station were shot at the World War II bunkers on the south side of Kualoa Ranch.

    • One of Harper's diplomas displayed on the wall has the Hanso Foundation symbol.

    • Ben was listening to the same opera music that Juliet listened to while eating ice cream with Goodwin in "One of Us".

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Juliet: (pause) Because he thinks that I'm his. And he knows how I feel about you.
      (Jack walks up to Juliet, and kisses her)
      Jack: He knows where to find me.

    • Juliet: You knew this would happen. You sent him out here because you knew this would happen. You wanted this! You wanted him to die! Why?
      Ben: Why? You're asking me why? After everything I did to get you here, after everything I've done to keep you here - how can you possibly not understand...that you're mine!

    • Jack: What happened?
      Kate: Sorry?
      Jack: At Locke's, why did you stay?
      Kate: I stayed because I had to find something out.
      Jack: You gonna tell me or are we gonna keep walking through the jungle like it doesn't matter? (she stops walking and Jack walks up to her and faces her)
      Kate: I stayed to find out if the people on the freighter know who I am. If they knew that I'm a fugitive, that I'm wanted for murder.
      Jack: Do they?
      Kate: Yeah, they know.

    • Locke: You do remember what Charlie said about these people.
      Claire: All Charlie said was whose boat it isn't. Don't you wanna know whose boat it is?

    • Claire: I wanna know what's going on with Miles.
      Locke: Right now, not a whole lot. I'm... bringing him food and water until he decides to talk.
      Claire: I'd like to talk to him myself.
      Locke: And why would you want to do that?
      Claire: John, we have to find out who these people are and where they came from and why they're not interested in rescuing us.
      Locke: And you don't think I'm gonna get that out of him?
      Claire: No, I... I just think we might be taking the wrong approach. I mean, you killed one, Ben shot one, and now we're holding one prisoner. You know, it's not hard to understand why they might think we're hostile. I might be just a little less intimidating.
      Locke: It's not gonna happen, Claire.

    • Sun: He saw them going into the jungle.
      Jack: Why didn't he say anything?
      Jin: You said... they are friends.
      Sun: Aren't they?

    • Juliet: Ben, this is amazing. Seriously, you shouldn't have gone to all the trouble. I'm only gonna be here for six months.
      Ben: Right, of course. But... we want you to feel at home.

    • Juliet: Ben, I thought this was a dinner party.
      Ben: Just you and me. Oh, I guess I should've made that clearer.
      Juliet: ...No. It's fine. I--I hope you like dinner rolls.
      Ben: I do indeed.

    • Ben: Who are we to question who's on the list and who's not?

    • Charlotte: Juliet... look me in the eye and tell me you are certain that Benjamin Linus wouldn't use this gas to kill everyone on this island! We know he's used it before. If you wanna stop us, you're gonna have to shoot us both.

    • Juliet: You wanna release the gas? You'll die with the rest of us.
      Dan: No, no, no. I--I'm not trying to release them. I'm trying to--I'm trying to render it inert. Juliet, I just wanna make it safe.

    • Juliet: I would never hurt him.
      Harper: Look, I am not talking about you. I am talking about Ben.

    • Jack: Hey! Who are you?
      Harper: I'm an old friend of Juliet's. I just told her where the people you are looking for are headed. Maybe you and your gun can go too.

    • Juliet: (asks about Goodwin) You wanted him to die! Why?
      Ben: Why? You're asking me why? After everything I did to get you here, after everything I've done to keep you here, how can you possibly not understand, that you're mine!

    • Locke: How does Widmore know about the island?
      Ben: I don't know, but he does.
      Locke: What does he want?
      Ben:John, three months ago in Gainesville, Florida, the virgin mary seemed to appear in a patch of mold on the side of an old housing complex. When the word got out, over 5,000 people came to see her face for themselves. You've survived an airline crash on this island. One minute, you're in a wheelchair. The next minute, you're doing jumping jacks. If 5,000 people came out to see a piece of mold, how many people do you think would come here to see you?

    • Ben: We have a deal, right?
      Locke: How do I know you're not gonna run off and meet your people first chance you get?
      Ben: If my people still wanted me John, they would've stormed this camp long ago.

    • Juliet: (about Daniel and Charlotte) How am I supposed to stop them?
      Harper: By pointing the gun and pulling the trigger.

    • Juliet: (to Jack) Don't you understand? These people came here to wage war against Ben, and Ben's gonna win. Jack, and when he does, you don't wanna be anywhere near me.
      Jack: Why not?
      Juliet: Because he thinks that I'm his. And he knows how I feel about you.

    • (Sawyer and Hurley see Ben coming out of Locke's house carrying clothes)
      Sawyer: What the hell you are doin' out?
      Ben: (smiling) See you guys at dinner.

    • Ben: Charles Widmore wants to exploit this island and he'll do everything in his power to get to it.

    • Harper: (to Juliet) I see you and my husband have become friends. When did you start sleeping with him?

    • Harper: I came to deliver a message from Ben. The two people you're looking for, they're headed to the Tempest. And if they figure out how to deploy that gas, then everyone on the island is going to die.
      Juliet: Why don't you stop them?
      Harper: Because Ben wants you to go.
      Juliet: How does Ben know where they are if he's prisoner?
      Harper: Ben is exactly where he wants to be.

    • Jack: (regarding Harper) You people have therapists?
      Juliet: It's very stressful being an Other, Jack.

    • Juliet: I'm sure there are things from your past that you'd rather not talk about.
      Jack: Yeah, you read them all in my file.
      Juliet: Trust me, Jack, you don't wanna see my file.

    • (Ben picking at his plate)
      Ben: Rabbit tonight?
      Locke: I'm running out of chickens.
      Ben: This one didn't have a number on by chance, did it?

    • Juliet: Please don't take this the wrong way, but I really don't think I need therapy.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Though credited, Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick), Michael (Harold Perrineau Jr.), Miles (Ken Leung) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: September 15, 2008 on VT4
      Denmark: March 28, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: March 09, 2008 on Sky One
      Ireland: March 10, 2008 on RTE Two
      New Zealand: March 19, 2008 on TV2
      Norway: April 9, 2008 on TVNorge
      Finland: April 17, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: May 11, 2008 on AXN
      Spain: June 5, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      Italy: August 11, 2008 on Rai 2
      Macedonia: November 22, 2008 on A1

    • This is the fourth episode that takes place completely on the island.

    • This is the first episode of the season to be a regular, old-fashioned flashback episode.

    • Ethan, played by William Mapother is mentioned and credited but not seen, despite the fact that he's present when the Others' witness the Plane Crash. This scene was edited to include glances between Juliet, Goodwin and Harper as Ben sends them on their missions to seek the survivors.

    • A Juliet-centric episode.


    • Ben plays Un bel di Vedremo (One Fine Day) from Madama Butterfly during dinner with Juliet.

      The first lines of the song are "One fine day, we will see/Arising a strand of smoke/Over the far horizon on the sea."

    • When Jack finds Kate, he runs over to her and moves her before he ascertains what is wrong with her. As a spinal surgeon, he would certainly not risk aggravating injuries.

    • Ben is seen reading "Valis", a book by Philip K. Dick. He received it in the episode "Eggtown" from Locke. The book is about a man who thinks he's a messenger of God living in a world populated by strange people and holograms.

    • "The Tempest", which is mentioned as a control tower in this episode, is a famous play by William Shakespeare, like Lost it is about people cut off from civilization on a deserted island. A tempest is a heavy storm.