Lost

Season 2 Episode 16

The Whole Truth

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2006 on ABC
8.9
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John enlists Ana Lucia's help in dealing with their prisoner in the Hatch. Elsewhere, Sun begins to think that she might be pregnant.

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  • Awesome.

    10
    Ana Lucia, Sayid and Charlie search for Henry's balloon. Sun discovers that she is pregnant. In flashbacks, Sun finds out that Jin is infertile. Wow - what an awesome episode from Lost. I love the Sun and Jin scenes in this episode, mostly the ones where he ruins he garden and then he helps her fix it again - so cute. I love the way John comes to Ana Lucia, and then Anan Lucia is talking to Henry Gale - awesome scene. I also love the Hurley and Sun scene so funny. I love the scene where Ana Lucia, Sayid and Charlie go looking for Henry's balloon - the Charlie and Ana Lucia scene is awesome - I love Charlie I do. I love the ending where Jack brings Henry out for something to eat and I love the way Henry is stirring things up between John and Jack - an awesome way to end an episode too.moreless
  • Not quite what the title suggests, but there are more answers coming

    9.5
    Up until now, Sun has been one of the more sympathetic characters on the island. It's clear that after years of oppression, first from her family, then from her husband, she seems to have become one of the more trustworthy people on the island. And even though we understand Jin's problems a bit more than we did before, he still has flashes of being angry and hurtful. (How else are we to judge his reaction in the opening sequence when he tears Sun's garden to pieces?) But after we see the flashbacks in 'The Whole Truth', and learn a bit more about the story behind it, the axis of sympathy is going to start tilting away from Sun.



    In the flashback, we learn that Sun and Jin were trying to have a baby before the crash. (In retrospect, this explains a lot of Jin's actions, particularly when Claire gave birth less than a month ago) For Jin, the child was more than an expression of love, it was a possibility to get out from under Mr. Paik's fist. Sun, understandably, felt differently because even now she was considering her break. She was meeting in secret with Jae Lee, the same wealthy man her parents tried to match her with a couple of years before, to... learn English. But given the grandeur of the setting, and the clandestine nature of the lessons, was there more going on than just English lessons. I didn't want to think so, but I did think both of those flashbacks ended just a moment before something serious happened.



    Then we learn that Jin and Sun went to a fertility doctor, and he told them that Sun could never get pregnant. However, before the episode ends, we will learn that Jin was the one who was sterile, and that the doctor lied because of fear of Jin's reaction if he learned the truth. (And he didn't think that Mr. Paik would be a little upset to learn about this or that he lied? Korean society seems more backwards then we've seen). Given Jin's reaction perhaps he was right as to what might happen. Something that all but slips under the radar in this exchange: in the doctor's office, Jin angrily asks Sun if she knew about this and lied. Her response is: "Why? So I could trap the son of her fisherman?" Up until now, we've assumed that Sun has believed Jin's lie that his parents have been dead. So, either she was lying then, or she found out some other way, because we later learned her husband never told her. Quite a web Sun is weaving.



    Why does all this matter now? Because Sun is pregnant, and in a society as small as this, the news won't be secret for long? In order to find out, she has to tell Sawyer to get the test, Kate to help her take it, and Jack to ask about its accuracy. Jin ends up hearing about it from Sawyer, but because his English is still rudimentary, he doesn't process it. This leads to a very moving scene where Sun comes upon Jin replanting flowers in her garden (he tore it up out of his concern for Sun's safety), and he implores to her how much he needs her, and that he hates being like this. Sun, who has conflicting emotions about her pregnancy, finally tells her husband-- and then tells her what the real diagnosis was. It's a pretty touching moment, but the writers don't let us forget it. Sun swears she has never been unfaithful, and Jin believes her, but as he embraces her, the camera lingers on Sun's face for just a moment too long. The seed of doubt is in our hearts, and we'll soon learn, we've got good reason for it.



    Meanwhile, there's still a prisoner in the hatch, and Locke turns to an unlikely source for guidance--- Ana Lucia. Locke says he wants to get answers, but we can tell it's a way to get her on his side. Ana, however, was a cop, and sees through the shell game. Nevertheless, she talks to Henry and then plays a game of her own. Rather than tell either Jack or Locke that she's gotten a map of where Henry's balloon is, she goes to Sayid, and asks him to help her. Given what has happened between them, I'd think that she would have gone to Eko or Sawyer, but she goes the man who she later admits "has the most reason to hate her of anyone on the island." Sayid's response is interesting: he says that she was defending her people against one of them, and that there are other people to blame. It's clear that Sayid has now refocused all of his hostility towards Henry, and this can not mean good things for Henry, if he's lying.



    Speaking of Henry, the more we seem to learn about him, the less that we trust him. Yesterday, he was trying to get in Locke's head, which doesn't take much work, and now he tries to work on Jack, as if he knows that this is going to be a harder fight.. But something has changed in Jack, and they let him out of the armory for breakfast. In just a few sentences, it becomes clear that Henry has to know more about the hatch that he's letting on, and that there's a very good possibility that he may have led Ana and Sayid into a trap. We'll later find out he had no plan of doing so, and given that why go through this subterfuge. It only hurts his chances of getting out, so why is he trying so hard to guarantee that he just goes back into the armory? He's playing some game of his own here.



    'The Whole Truth' is, overall, a superb episode. Sun's pregnancy is now going to become a critical part of Jin and Sun's actions for the next three seasons, and will be one of the keys to making their relationship stronger than it was. After just three episodes, Michael Emerson has begun to reveal what a superb actor he is, and we get some good performances and the exchange between Sayid and Ana after they set up camp is a truly fine scene. This is a big leap forward from the last one, and we even see Rose and Bernard for the first time in a while Show seems to be gelling again.

    My score:9.4moreless
  • Only Bad Timing!!!

    7.5
    From the Writers/Producers Perspective:



    This episode consecutive superb and important episodes, was time to slow thing, to save the best material to the end. This Time Sun is the Main Character and the writers decided to make a logical thing, pregnancy.



    However, what may be good news for Jin is not, since the writers confused the audience, because Sun could have been unfaithful to her husband and the situation gets worse, when we know the Jin problem.



    So it is a miracle of the Island, or Sun is pregnant of Another Man, the Same man that we sae in this flashback.



    Unfortunately, the answer will be only available in season 3, sicne Jin and Sun only have one centric episode per Season.



    It was not difficult to create doubt to the audience or to create this problem for Jin.



    Henry Gale situation is more interesting, but is far for the conclusion, at least, the next episode will be crucial to discover the truth. The final Scene only show that the actor that play Henry Gale role is just Good at what he does.



    My Point of View:



    Sun Flashbacks are less interesting than Jin flashbacks, but not too much. The timing to place this episode after the last episode wasn´t a good idea, but the story is not bad, but could be better if we had a conclusion.



    Henry Gale Plot is interesting to see, and the truth will come out soon. Great Final Scene.



    Overall, a good episode, but can be considered a filler, but is only a setup, that would create a great pay off.moreless
  • Ambush

    9.0
    No se imaginan la alegría que me dió ver a Sun pisar el palito. Me temo que no es tan inocente como parecía, no? Y Jin es un nabo importantísimo si puede llegar a creer que el bebé fue inmaculadamente concebido. Volvió el pelado! La verdad, Sun, que mal gusto tenés (se me escapó otro comentario super gay).

    Y si el prisionero mintió? Y si no hay globo/carita feliz? Por lo que se pudo ver me parece que Sayid y Ana Lucía se comieron una importante. Y la que le espera al pobre prisoner, más si los excursionistas vuelven vivos. Ambush?moreless
  • The Brakes slam back on for this episode. Is Sun as innocent as it seems?

    5.5
    The last couple of episodes all had terrific momentum, a new character to add to the escalating character drama, some revelations and some good action/adventure particularly in the latter, "Maternity Leave", which is the best episode of the season to date, followed closely by "Man of Science, Man of Faith".

    Now it is obvious that things have to slow down and this episode is not surprisingly the time, particularly as this is a Sun and Jin episode. All their episodes thus far have been more character development based. In fact you can name a character and you can tell what type of backstory episode they will have. Locke's are usually very emotional and also subject to island revelations, as was "Orientation".

    Sayid's episodes can be subject to revelations and twists in the story, for example the series' defining "Solitary" from Season 1 and recently the Henry Gale introduction, "One of Them" this season. Also Sayid's flashbacks are quite gung-ho with potential for violence and action/adventure.

    On the flip side we know that characters like Sun and Jin, Kate and Charlie are more akin to character-focused episodes.

    Jack's fall somewhat inbetween. "White Rabbit" had a bit of mystery, with the visions of his father on the island. "All the Best Cowboys have Daddy Issues" was a whirlwind of strong character development, action/adventure, mystery and revelation, easily becoming one of the best of the series to date. "Do No Harm" was much more a character development focused episode, with alot of intensity. "Man of Science, Man of Faith" was full of mystery and revelation, actually in a similar vein to "White Rabbit". His last episode "The Hunting Party" was an action / adventure, much in the same vein as "All the Best Cowboys...". If Jack follows a three-episode per season arc again this year can we expect another character driven episode like "Do no Harm"?

    Aside from Jack's the tone and content of backstory episodes for every other character can be guessed. Inthat way there is no disappointment for the audience. If Locke were not to have a powerfully emotionally charged episode with plenty of ystery and revelation, as expected, there would be great consternation amongest fans. As it happens most character's episodes follow a consistent tone.

    With Jin and Sun this is also true. We know we don't expect to see any revelations or big explosions, guns firing and raised voices. So we sit back and enjoy the storyline without griping. Any additions like theabove only add to the enjoyment and make the episode more than we thought it could be. While this is not the case this time around it does bring up some interesting possibilities. One of which is the innocence of Sun. She'd obviously been meeting up with Jae Lee behind Jin's back but was she receiving more than just English Lessons. Although we haven't seen them sleeping together the assumption would be that they have. If this is the case then, can we theorise that Sun's baby is not conceived by Jin but by Jae Lee. Sun tells Jin that she hasn't been with another man but we know this to be a lie already. And with the knowledge that Jin is incapable of conceiving a baby the assumptions would be hard not to deny.

    However, we know that the island seems to have remarkable healing powers. If it could make Locke walk again surely it could heal Jin's loins. Lest usnot forget that Hurley did put a thumbs up to Jin when we rose from his tent with Sun snuggling behind him. What seemed like a moment of comic relief could actually be a major plot device!

    If the island's power is somehow responsible for Sun's pregnancy then this turns the whole dynamic of a Sun and Jin episode on its head. For the first time the mystery of the island is integrated into their plotline. While you can still expect a mainly character driven episode from these guys, now we can expect some interesting developments with Sun's pregnancy and how it relates to the island's power or of the Other's invested interest in children for reasons that remain unknown.

    As a character driven episodeit works okay but these episode with such a narrow focus don't do a great deal for me. I don'thave that much to say about this episode other than it was reasonable but nothing spectacular. But then I didn't expect anything more or less.moreless
Tony Lee

Tony Lee

Jae Lee

Guest Star

Greg Joung Paik

Greg Joung Paik

Dr. Je-Gyu Kim

Guest Star

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Rose Nadler

Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Bernard Nadler

Recurring Role

Michael Emerson (I)

Michael Emerson (I)

Henry Gale

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Jack comes out of the shower, there are 4 finger marks on the glass door. 4 is one of "The Numbers".

    • The pregnancy test given to Sun by Sawyer is made by a company called Widmore. This is the name of Desmond's girlfriend, Penelope Widmore's father's company.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 20th and November 21st 2004.

    • When Dr. Kim is speaking to Jin and Sun about her inability to have children, the subtitles refer to Jin as "Mr Kwan." However, as seen earlier, Jin is spoken to by his hotel employer and the subtitles read "Mr Kwon."

    • The book that Sawyer is reading on the beach is Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.

    • When the camera shows Dr. Kim opening his car door from the inside, you can tell that there are no other cars on the road by looking at the window but when the camera angle changes two white cars appear out of nowhere.

    • In the scene where Sawyer finds Bernard and Jin on the beach, what Jin hears as gibberish spoken by the other two (a cinematic technique used to illustrate that Jin does not understand English) is actually English, only with the sound reversed. What the two are really saying is as follows:

      Bernard: Well... well how do you know?
      Sawyer: Oh, I got my sources.
      Bernard: Well, aren't you gonna tell him that?
      Sawyer: Not my place.
      Bernard: You should tell him.
      Sawyer: Hell no. Let Sunshine tell him.

    • John Locke is eating DHARMA brand cereal with the DHARMA logo all over the box, it also has the Sequence DI 9FFTR731 written on the front of the box.

    • The map becomes slightly more detailed when shown the second time.

    • When Dr. Kim speaks to Sun regarding her ability to have children, he talks about Jin, referring to him as "your husband." The first time in the translation, it correctly spells it as "your," but the second time, the English translation incorrectly spells it as "you're" (you are).

    • The pregnancy test that Sun took was Widmore Labs Pregnancy Test. Widmore Construction was the name of Michael's employer.

    • The fertility doctor tells Sun and Jin that they are unable to have children due to endrometriosis-related scarring blocking the fallopian tubes. Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, and is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Charlie: (to Ana-Lucia about Sayid) Humor's not his strong point. (Ana-Lucia just stares at him) And I'm telling this to you.

    • Henry: Cereal? Wow, where'd you guys get cereal?
      Locke: It was down here all along. The pantry's full of food.
      Henry: How old is it? You guys don't know much, huh? I mean, I'd be asking all kinds of questions about all this stuff down here. You guys don't even seem that curious.
      Jack: Do you want the cereal or don't you?
      Henry: This must be my reward for good behavior, huh? I guess I earned myself some good will for finally drawing that map for Ana.
      Locke: What map?
      Henry: To my balloon.

    • Henry: (to Jack and Locke) Wow, you guys have some real trust issues, don't you?

    • (We see Jin fixing Sun's garden)
      Sun: What are you doing?
      Jin: I'm fixing a mistake.
      Sun: You didn't have to.
      Jin: Yes, I did. I need you.
      Sun: What?
      Jin: I hate being this way. Fighting. And I can't - I can't talk to anyone. I can't understand them. I need you, Sun.

    • Ana: Maybe you should give the gun to somebody who knows how to use it.
      Charlie: Maybe I will. As I recall, the last time you had a gun you murdered someone.

    • Ana: (About Henry) All I want to know is if this guy's telling the truth.
      Sayid: Why come to me?
      Ana: Judging from what you did to his face that's what you want, too.

    • Jin: (About Sun being unable to get pregnant) Did you know about this before we got married?
      Sun: What?
      Jin: You must have had some idea.
      Sun: Why would I keep something like this from you? Oh, yes. I was trying to trap the son of a fisherman!

    • Jack: (About Henry and Ana) How do you know he hasn't snapped her neck, John?
      Locke: How do you know she hasn't snapped his?

    • Sun: I heard that you have all the medical supplies.
      Sawyer: You heard correct.
      Sun: May I look through them?
      Sawyer (chuckling): No you may not. But if you'll tell me what you're looking for...
      Sun: Forget it.
      Sawyer: Okay, hold on. Now I'm intrigued. Tell you what, tell me what you're looking for and it's yours, gratis.
      Sun: Can't I just look myself?
      Sawyer: It's not a drugstore, sweetheart.

    • Henry: You walked across all the way here? That must have been fun.
      Ana: It had its moments. So, are you going to tell me your story, Henry?
      Henry: Why bother, I've already told it to everyone - Jack, Locke, the big black guy that cut off his beard in front of me. Oh, yeah, and my buddy, Sayid. You can see how much he liked my story.
      Ana: So how about you try me?

    • Rose: I don't have to give you anything. It's the thought that counts. You just didn't think.
      Bernard: I think all the time. You know, maybe you should think about giving me a little bit of a break here.
      Rose: Oh, just hush, Bernard. Just hush.

    • Ana: What do you want, Locke?
      Locke: What do I want?
      Ana: I've been here over a week - you've never said two words to me. And now you're sitting outside my tent?

    • Sun: Why do you care so much about a baby you wouldn't even see?
      Jin: Don't blame my work, Sun. I work so we can...
      Sun: Work? When a man comes home with blood on his hands that isn't "work."
      Jin: And why do you think I come home with blood on my hands? I have blood on my hands because of your father. Because of what he makes me do!

    • (Subtitled)
      Jin: Did you take your temperature?
      Sun: Isn't that romantic?

    • (Sun is bent over in pain next to a tree)
      Rose: (to Sun) Honey, are you all right?
      Sun: I'm, I think I'm just a little light headed.
      Bernard: Well you look as pale as a sheet.
      Rose: Well, give her some water...
      Bernard: Yes ma'am...
      Rose: Don't pay him any mind, honey. He's just mad at the world because he forgot my birthday.
      Bernard: I didn't forget. I don't even know what day of the week it is.
      Rose: It's Saturday, Bernard!

    • Sawyer: (to Jin) Yo, Dadio!
      Jin: Sawyer?
      Sawyer: Way to go, Papasan. You didn't waste much time. I'd give you a cigar, Bernie, but I'm fresh out.
      Bernard: Sun, is pregnant?
      Sawyer: Keep it down there, Suzie, I don't think Jin Sr, here knows yet.

    • Sayid: You should sleep while you can.
      Ana Lucia: Yeah, I can't sleep. People don't like me. I tried to get them to most of my life, but, I guess I just gave up a while back. I mean, I am what I am. But, you, you've got a good reason to hate me. I'm sorry, I'm sorry for what I did.
      Sayid: You were trying to protect your people. It wasn't you that killed Shannon, it was them.

    • Sayid: (pointing) That cliff there appears to be this(he points to the cliff on Henry's map)
      Ana Lucia: Score one for Henry.
      Sayid: Pointing out a geographical touchstone does not mean he's leading us to the balloon.
      Ana Lucia: Maybe not, but at least we're on the right island.

    • (Ana Lucia shows Sayid the map)
      Ana Lucia: It's to his balloon.
      Sayid: How did you get him to do this?
      Ana Lucia: I asked nicely.

    • (Jack gets out of the shower and finds Locke shaving his face)
      Locke: Morning, Jack.
      Jack: You couldn't wait til I was done?
      Locke: The steam opens up my pores. A man's got no shaving cream, he's got to improvise.

    • Sun: Please, Jack. This is private, nobody can know.
      Kate: You're not going to tell Jin?
      Sun: In time I will, it's just - it's complicated.
      Jack: As complicated as Jin being the last one on the island to find out you spoke English? Sun, my advice - and it's just that because I'm the last person to ask about this, but - you should tell him. And when you do you should tell him everything - the whole truth.

    • Charlie: Anyone want breakfast? I've got papayas and papayas.

    • Ana-Lucia: (to Sayid) It's about the hatch.
      Charlie: Oh, you mean that guy locked in the closet?

    • Sayid: This is at least a day's walk.
      Ana-Lucia: Then we should get going.

    • (About a candy bar from the hatch)
      Hurley: Hey look what I found in the middle of the jungle. Not even melted or nothin'.

    • Ana-Lucia: (to Henry Gale) Let me get this straight. You and your wife travel around the world and crash on this island in a smiley face balloon.

    • Sayid: Do Jack and Locke know about this?
      Ana Lucia: Jack and Locke are too busy worrying about Locke and Jack.

    • Sun: How's your book?
      Sawyer: Predictable ... not nearly enough sex.

    • Locke: You're running like the devil's chasing you.
      Ana Lucia: Maybe he is.

    • Henry Gale: (reading from a book) Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain. So what's the difference between a martyr and a prophet?
      Jack: Either way, it sounds like you end up dead.

    • Charlie: You looking at my bum?
      Ana Lucia: No. I'm looking at your gun.

    • Henry Gale: Of course, if I was one of them, these people that you just assume are your enemies, what would I do? There would be no balloon so I would draw them out to a really secluded place, like a cave or some underbrush, a good place for a trap. An ambush? And when your friends got there a bunch of my people would be waiting for them. Then they would use them to trade for me. I guess it's a good thing I'm not one of them, huh? You guys got any milk?

    • Sun: How long is it supposed to take?
      Kate: Uh, up to two minutes.
      Sun: I'm sorry, I'm just...
      Kate: I know. Where did Sawyer find one of these anyway? I mean, who flies with a pregnancy test, right?
      Sun: Have you ever taken one?
      Kate: Yeah.

    • Locke: (to Ana-Lucia) We've got a serious problem, Ana Lucia, all of us. I'm taking the necessary steps to solve them. I don't need Jack's permission to talk to you because right now there's a man sitting in a room in my hatch. And I want him out.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The Brothers Karamazov:
      The piece of paper Henry drew the map on has a text written on it. "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is considered one of the greatest novels ever written. This is most likely a page of the novel.

    • Sawyer is reading Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret By Judy Blume.

      This was a controversial novel when it came out in the 1970's. It is aimed towards adolescent girls, as it explores Margaret growing up, having her first period, buying her first bra and trying to decide upon a religion.

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