Season 4 Episode 12

There's No Place Like Home (1)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 15, 2008 on ABC
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The face-off begins between the survivors and the mercenary team from the freighter. The Oceanic Six return to their families.

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  • Hell of a way to wrap up the party

    When we started this series back in 2004, a lot of people (me included) thought that Lost would no doubt end with some of the characters being rescued and reunited with their families. Imagine our surprise that this scene comes in the middle of the series.

    What is especially notable is the discord between what we know happened and the public story. According to lostipedia, the teaser and the subsequent opening flashback take place on day 108. (Given the significance of this number, I can't help but think this is another example of the writers messing with our heads.) The survivors have now spent 100 days on the island. None of them seem to be particularly happy that they've been rescued; if anything, the Oceanic 6 seem even more wound up then they were on the island. Same as on the island, everyone seems to look to Jack; no one talks about anything before he does.

    They are greeted by their families--- such as they are. Kate's mother didn't bother to show up (no wonder she Kate bore her such loathing). Sayid doesn't seem to have any relatives there either, and we'll later learn he did have a family. Sun goes straight to her mother, and pointedly ignores her father--- and he notices. Hurley's parents show up, but the rest of his family doesn't seem to be there.. All of this reminds us how many people on the island are alone in the world. Granted, most of them had so many parental issues, they might not have wanted to see them.

    The press conference seems to confirm that the story they are telling matches Widmore. Is Oceanic in cahoots with Widmore? Hell, could Widmore be a major stockholder, and that's one of the reason this plane went down in the first place? Then there are a whole new set of individual questions. A Korean reporter asks Sun if her husband could have survived the crash, and she said no--- after taking a pause that makes the rest of the survivors nervous. And why does the media believe that Kate is Aaron's mother. Even if the child is five weeks, how on earth does that explain who fit and fine Kate looks. (Of course, Claire automatically seemed to go back to her normal size after giving birth to Aaron, but for all we know the island did that? And why is it that Kate isn't immediately locked up the second she gets off the plane? Miles made it perfectly clear that everybody in the real work knew that Kate was fugitive, and Marshal Mars didn't work alone. So why was she allowed to walk around free, not only after this press conference, but for at least another year before anyone slapped cuffs on here?

    We also get a look at some scenes immediately after this that Nadia will be waited for him when he gets through with the conference (there's a moment to bring tears to the eyes, especially because we know what's coming) Hurley will seem to return to his normal life, Kate seems to do well with Aaron, Sun will develop the backbone to stand up to her father, and Jack will finally be able to say goodbye to his father. Which would be fine, except we also know from Season 4, Sayid will lose his beloved, and become Ben's triggerman, Hurley will lose his sanity, Kate will find stability with Jack, but Jack will blow it as he self-destructs, and Sun will start the process that turns into a cold, brutal woman.

    We get hints of it in this episode. Sun confronts her father, and tells him that he has lost control of his company--- to her. The attitude she takes is so filled with anger (even when delivered through subtitles) that we see a woman we really haven't seen either on or off the island.

    Hurley celebrates a birthday (island themed, showing that his parents never really got how hard those three months were) His father tries to engage him by showing that he believed in his son by finally fixing the Camaro we saw in 'Tricia Tanaka is Dead', and giving it to him. Then he sees the numbers on the odometer, and suddenly he freaks out. (Considering that he managed to convince himself there was no curse involving an experience with another car, there's a double irony here.)

    But the biggest shock comes at Jack's funeral, where he finally learns that his father was in Australia to see his sister --- Claire. This is obviously a huge shock, but an even bigger shock comes from who delivers the message--- Claire's mother. As we saw in 'Par Avion', Mrs. Littleton was in what was at the time an irreversible coma (Christian told us as much) and the condition was constant right up until Claire got on Oceanic 815. How did she comes out of it, not only alive, but with no apparent ill effects? Who did this? Does it have something to do with why Claire has disappeared? I'm beginning to lose hope that this question will ever be answered-- we're so close to the end of the series--- but it seems a pretty big gap.

    Meanwhile, in the present, Jack hears from the radio that Keamy's heading toward the secondary protocol, which would appear to be another Dharma station: The Orchid. Juliet clearly knows nothing about it, but Daniel does, and it alarms him enough to tell Charlotte that they had to start getting people off the island. How is it that Daniel who until a few days knew next to nothing, now seems to know everything about the island? We're still not sure of all the answers, but it's beginning to seem like he's got a bigger connection then anybody else.

    Jack (in typical Jack fashion) ignores the fact he just had major surgery and starts charging into the island with Kate. (You can just see how bitter Juliet is that's he made his choice) Even as blood starts oozing from his scar, he doesn't turn back. In the meantime, they encounter Sawyer and Miles, who are carrying Aaron. (There's a reunion neither was looking forward too) Jack continues to do his own thing, and an increasingly heroic Sawyer goes charging off after him. Even when they encounter Frank, they don't seem too happy (though it's nice to see he cares about Hurley).

    Meanwhile, Ben seems to have regained some of his purpose, now that he needs to 'move the island'. Hurley is clearly beginning to wish he'd never joined up on this crazy chase to begin with, and Locke, who seemed in control of his destiny in the last episode, now seems as scattered and he did before, especially since Ben won't tell him what's going to happen. (This is particularly true when Locke asks Ben if he was ever truthful, and he doesn't say anything.) Now Ben is confident enough to walk right into Keamy's arms. He seems confident thinks are under control, but then, that could just be another facade.

    When the first part of 'There's No Place Like Home' comes to an end it should set up a cliffhanger. But because we already know (or think we do) who's going to live and who's going to die, we're tuning in because we want to know how it's going to happen. Locke is about to enter a chamber that will let him move the island (he still has no idea how) Ben's just walked into the lion's den, and poor Hurley probably wants to run for his life. Sawyer and Jack are in pursuit of them Kate and Sayid have just been abducted by Richard and the Others. (Hi Richard! Where the hell have you been all season?) Daniel is ferrying people from the island to the freighter. Sun and Jin have just reunited with Michael (awkward!) and Desmond has just wandered into the belly of the freighter, where we've found a wall of C-4, with no possible means of escape. Do these guys know how to do a finale or what?

    My Score:10moreless
  • A great first part of the season4 finale

    Amazing episode,one of the best of the season. It was so beautiful and so emotional. I loved the scene where the oceanic6 encounter their loved ones and i also enjoyed the scene where Sun confronts her father. In addition, one of the strongest moments was when Claire's mother tells Jack about her sister. Moreover, i was happy about Sayid,finding Nandia after all this time.

    The episode consisted of a lot of suspense,drama and revelations. I want to know what will happen on the freighter,who placed the C4 explosives and how Sun will manage to be one of the oceanic6. Furthermore, i am interested to learn what will happen at the orchid station and why did Rickard and his group capture Kate and Sayid. In addition, i am glad to see Sawyer and Jack teaming up to find Hurley.

    This episode was a superb set-up for the next 2 parts of the finale. I can't wait to see what happens next!moreless
  • And thats a good average!

    (My review covers both parts of the finale)

    This was a pure joy to watch, let me make that clear, but thier just ain't no way it diserves a top score.

    I have to say there were moments I was shouting to myself caught up in the excitment, and revelations that made my mouth water, but regardless I wasn't as satisfied as I thought I'd be.

    It bores me that we see the lives of charecters put in danger when we already know they will survive, it wasted time as far as im concerned, no matter how well it was executed. I have this gripe with many shows, the fact the flash-forward confirm that beyond a shadow of a doubt makes its more annoying for me.

    I was disapointed further by a lack of 'lore.' As satisying as the ride may have been, it wasn't as if we learned much new, we were just confused further, thats fine but its not exactly thirst quenching. Its does beg the question of how much thier streching the story out.

    Everything did go very well, it was a joy to watch and I love the show. But I can't be a blind fan this finale could have been more satisfying and in places it was pointless. The problem was they gave away things they shouldn't have, it spoil a lot of well designed tension. These final two seasons have a lot to pull off. With the ever increasing amount of things we want to be fully explained. If you think about it since the very first episode, thhier still isn;t really anything significant we have yet to have been fully explained. If the current trends continues, I cant see how they have the time to explain everything. If its done all in the final few episodes, I will as if I have wated a lot of time! Still let me stress I really enjoyed it. It just wasn't that close to perfect.moreless
  • LOST Season 4 "There's No Place Like Home (1) " very great episode we learned about about life after the island and it led really good into the season finale. (Spoilers)moreless

    I like Frank Lapidus I think he is one of the good guys still not sure about Miles and Charlotte though. The episode before he dropped the phone so they could find the chopper and he helped them again in this episode.

    I'm not so sure about the moving the island, it seems like maybe it will be a bit odd even for this show, but they do a great job of explaining things that might cause some people to question the show. I think they have at least.

    They showed the Oceanic 6 when they came home, and how they were lying to protect the people still on the island, which will be explained more in the season finale as well. I figured they wouldn't show the homecoming moment until the last season I was pretty surprised.They seemed to wrap alot of things up lately, and I hope they leave some suspense for the last 2 seasons, I'm sure they will, and I'm sure there is plenty more things that will happen and that will be explained. I figured when they showed Jack & Kate that it was before the first flash foward when they were in the airport and it seems like it was they were together and split for some reason maybe? I think they touched on it in the season finale but I think there is more too it. They mentioned how Claire & Jack's Dad was still on the island and we don't know were they are yet. They mentoned earlier how they had the same Dad but didn't know it, I think Jack found out after he got off of the island. It was funny Claire's Mom was talking about how ironic it was her daughter was on the flight yet she didn't know that Aaron is her grandson. Ben & Locke are going to the Orchid and are trying to devise a plan to get in and to leave the island , they will run into a few people from the group later on who will make the trek with them and I will talk about that in the blog about the 1st part of the season finale.moreless
  • A fine build-up to what I hope to be a very mind-blowing finale.

    It seems as if the Losties will soon be leaving the island and I'm very curious to find out how exactly they do it, plus the big question, "Why were there only six people who got off the island?" It doesn't make sense for me because as of now, these six people aren't even together in the same place, so finding out how they actually end up to be the ones who are able to escape is very interesting.

    Ben just amazes me every week with what he has to offer to the show. You just never really know what he's thinking or what he wants to do next. As of now this review is basically just saying how excited I am for the finale and how this episode was just a mere build-up to what will be an amazing finale!moreless
Byron Chung

Byron Chung

Mr. Paik

Guest Star

Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin

David Reyes

Guest Star

Veronica Hamel

Veronica Hamel

Margo Shephard

Guest Star

Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey

Frank Lapidus

Recurring Role

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Rose Henderson

Recurring Role

Nestor Carbonell

Nestor Carbonell

Richard Alpert

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • In the shot of the aircraft's ramp being pulled out, Jack, Hurley, and Sun's family members can be seen standing at the end of the ramp surrounded by guards. In the next shot, they are suddenly several yards further back, surrounded by no one.

    • During the press conference when all the reporters are talking over each other, a man's voice can be heard saying, "Just a clarification, sir?" followed by some indecipherable words. A few questions later, the reporters become excited again and the same sound byte is used a second time.

    • Numbers:: As we see the Geronimo Jackson record, a kid, with the number 42 on his jersey comes in and out of frame. Another child has a jersey with the number 23.

    • Several large sea turtles can be seen on the daytime beach shots. As the turtles are heavily protected by the government, the crew must have been unable to remove the turtles from the shots before filming.

    • The mirror Ben uses is called a heliograph, or signaling mirror. They were commonly used by military forces in the early half of the 20th century. They are still included in survival kits for emergency signaling to search and rescue aircraft. They typically have directions printed on the non-reflective side.

    • Island events take place on December 29th and 30th, 2004. This is the 99th and 100th days for the survivors.

    • In the extended version of this episode, on the press conference scene, it is revealed that the other passengers who survived the crash but didn't make it off the island are Boone, Libby and Charlie. This, of course, according to the fake story told by the Oceanic Six.

    • Tripometers, where the lower four numbers appeared on Hurley's birthday car, were not standard on the 1970-1972 Camaro. Hurley's father must have replaced the original speedometer unit with an aftermarket model when he refurbished the car.

    • The logo for the Orchid in Daniel's journal confirms that the Orchid is the logo on Ben's parka in the Sahara.

    • The plane's number that takes the survivors to meet their relatives is 1717. The sum of those numbers is 16 and 1+7 is 8 another of The Numbers.

    • Sawyer tells Jack that he doesn't "get to die alone", taking from Jack's often said phrase "Live Together, Die Alone".

    • Ben's mirror morse code message translates to "seise" ("seize", presumably).

    • Numbers: 4 8 15 16 23 42

      All the numbers appear, in the given order, on the odometer of Hugo's fixed car.

    • The Oceanic 6 landed at Kalaeloa Airport, home of the Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, as indicated by the plane's markings and the distinctive air traffic control tower.

    • A Geronimo Jackson record jacket can be seen near the DJ at Hurley's party.

    • Sawyer refers to the Barracks as "New Otherton," the producers' nickname for the location.

    • "Membata," the name of the island Oceanic claimed the Six lived on, is Indonesian for "doubt" or "uncertainty".

    • The crackers Hurley eats are 15 years old. 15 is one of "The Numbers".

    • The Oceanic 6 left the island on the 108th day. 108 is the sum of "The Numbers".

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Hurley: (eating the crackers they found inside the box)
      Ben: You know those are 15 years old.

    • Ben: Listen to me very carefully, John, because I'm not gonna have time to repeat this. You're gonna go into that greenhouse through that hole there. Once inside, you're gonna turn left. Go about 20 paces until you see a patch of anthuriums on your left. They're in an alcove against the north wall. Face the wall, reach down with your left hand. You'll find a switch that activates the elevator. The elevator takes you down to the actual Orchid station.
      Hurley: Whoa. Wait. What?
      Locke: Okay, I'm sorry, Ben, but maybe I missed the part where you explained what I'm supposed to do about the armed men inside.

    • Ben: My name is Benjamin Linus. I believe you're looking for me.

    • Sun: I don't understand. How'd you get back to New York?
      Michael: Uh, Walt and I, uh, uh... we took Ben's boat and we followed his bearing. A couple of days, we came to an island, you know, with people. I sold the boat... we hopped a cargo ferry back to the States. Didn't tell anybody who we were.
      Sun: And now you're working for Ben?
      Michael: I do not work for Ben. I'm trying to make up for what I did. I'm trying to help you out here. Translate what I said.
      Jin: I understand.

    • Carole: I believe I'm the reason he was in Australia when he died.
      Jack: I'm sorry. I don't understand. Why would he have come to see you?
      Carole: Oh, he... he didn't come to see me. I was still in the hospital. I never saw him. He came to see his daughter. My daughter, Mr. Shephard.
      Jack: My father didn't have a daughter--
      Carole: Yes. He did. If you don't believe me, check his phone records. Would you like to know the--the strangest thing about all this, Mr. Shephard? My daughter was on your plane, too. She was on flight 8-1-5. You were in the air for six hours, probably just a few rows from her and you never even knew she was your sister. She was one of the ones who died when your plane hit the water. Her name was... Claire. I didn't mean to burden you with this, but... you needed to know. I'm... sorry for your loss.

    • Jack: My father couldn't stand eulogies. "The only good thing about a wake is the free booze", he'd say.

    • Sawyer: Hang on, Shaggy. You said the hit squad's gonna grab Ben Linus?
      Lapidus: Well, I don't see what's gonna stop 'em.
      Sawyer: What are they gonna do with the people that are with 'em?
      Lapidus: Nothin' good.
      Sawyer: Hugo's with Ben.
      Jack: Son of a bitch.

    • Sawyer: You know this yahoo?
      Jack: Yeah.
      Lapidus: "Yahoo"? This yahoo dropped that phone on you guys so you could find me and I could fly you outta here. So why don't you do me a favor and get that back compartment? There's a toolbox. See if you can find something to get me outta these things.
      Jack: You heard the man.
      Sawyer: Well, all right. Can I get you boys a nice, cold glass of lemonade while I'm back there?

    • Sawyer: Cut yourself shavin'?
      Jack: Juliet took out my appendix a couple of days ago.
      Sawyer: You kiddin' me.
      Jack: Nope.
      Sawyer: Well, what else did I miss?

    • Ben: John, how many times do I have to tell you?! I always have a plan.

    • Carmen Reyes: Jesus Christ is not a weapon, now, enjoy your party.

    • Locke: What am I looking for?
      Ben: Look over there on the left-hand side. Watch the plants at the back.
      Locke: I don't see any--
      Ben: They're already here.

    • Ben: We're waiting, John, because Charles Widmore, the man who's trying to capture me and kill all the rest of you, knows about this place and knows that what we need is inside.
      Locke: I thought you said you had no idea why he was trying to find the island?
      Ben: I wasn't being entirely truthful.
      Locke: Yeah. When are you ever entirely truthful?

    • Hurley: Well, what about me? I still wanna get off it!
      Locke: I'm afraid it's a little late for that, Hugo.

    • Hurley: Is this some kind of joke?
      David: What are you talking about?
      Hurley: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. Did you do this?
      David: Do what?
      Hurley: Those are the numbers! Right there! The numbers I won the lottery with!
      David: Wow. What--what a coincidence.
      Hurley: No. No, not a coincidence. I don't want this. I don't want any of it!

    • Mr. Paik: Who do you think you are? I am your father. You will respect me!
      Sun: Oceanic paid us our settlement for the crash. It was very significant. This morning, I bought a controlling interest in your company. So you will now respect me.

    • Sun: You ruined my husband's life. It is because of you we were on that plane. Two people are responsible for his death. You are one of them. I am going to have my baby. And then we shall discuss the plans for the future of the company. Our company.

    • Hurley: And why are we going to a greenhouse exactly?
      Ben: You heard John. We're going to move the island.
      Hurley: Right. And how are we gonna do that?
      Ben: Very carefully.

    • Male Reporter: What was it like giving birth on the island?
      Kate: Scary.
      Male Reporter: Your son--uh, Aaron? How old is he now?
      Kate: He's just a little over 5 weeks.
      Male Reporter: So that would've made you about six months pregnant when the U.S. Marshal service apprehended you in Australia for an outstanding murder warrant. Is that correct?
      Ms. Decker: Uh, I'm afraid Ms. Austen's legal issue is off the table. Next question.

    • Female Reporter: Over here! Over here, please! Considering the ordeal that you've all been through, you look pretty healthy having been on an island for more than a hundred days.
      Hurley: Was that directed at me, Dude?

    • Sawyer: Hold up! You don't get to die alone.

    • Sawyer: Well, you better hope it ain't Sayid, 'cause if he's with those animals that just blew up half of New Otherton, you do not wanna tussle with 'em.
      Kate: What, they tried to kill you?
      Sawyer: Just like Locke said they would.

    • Miles: Hey, long time no see.
      Sawyer: Hey, who are you talkin' to up there, Genghis?
      Jack: Where's Claire?
      Sawyer: We lost her.
      Jack: You what?
      Sawyer: She just walked off in the middle of the night. We looked for her for a day, but she was just gone. I was hopin' maybe she went back to the beach.
      Jack: She didn't.

    • Kate: You're bleeding.
      Jack: No, I'm not bleeding. I'm... I'm suppurating. It's... discharge. My body's just fighting the infection around the stitches.
      Kate: You know when most people are lying and they can't look you in the eye? You do the exact opposite.

    • Charlotte: Daniel? What's wrong?
      Daniel: Charlotte, did you hear what he said? They're going to the Orchid. They're using the secondary protocol.
      Charlotte: What are you talking about?
      Daniel: We have to get off this island. Right now.

    • Jack: You know what "the Orchid" is?
      Juliet: No. I didn't hear Desmond or Sayid either.
      Jack: Kate. Wanna take a walk?
      Kate: Absolutely.
      Jack: I'll get the guns. You get some water, okay?
      Kate: Okay.
      Juliet: You can't possibly be serious. You just had surgery, Jack.
      Jack: I'm gonna be fine.
      Juliet: If your sutures rip, you're not gonna be fine.

    • Sun: It's a phone, right? Can't we just call? Well?
      (Jack hands the sat phone to Faraday)
      Jack: Don't try anything stupid.
      Daniel: Understood.

    • Jack: We all know the story. If we get any questions that we don't wanna answer, or that we can't answer, let's just keep our mouths shut. It's okay. They'll--they'll think that we're in shock.
      Sun: We are in shock, Jack.
      Jack: Well... then this should be easy.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Carole Littleton is played in this episode by Susan Duerden in this episode. When she first appeared in "Par Avion", she was played by Arlene Newman-Van Asperen, with her part in that episode having no speaking lines.

    • Music:
      "Everyday" by Buddy Holly

    • Many guest stars return after a long period of time in this episode. In particular Jane Kyoko-Lu (Mrs. Paik) has not appeared since season 2, episode 5 and even then she doesn't have any lines in this episode. Also Veronica Hamel (Margo Shepard) has not appeared since season 1, episode 5, which is an absence of 79 episodes, one of the biggest call backs in Lost history.

    • International Air Dates:
      Ireland: May 19, 2008 on RTE Two
      Norway: May 21, 2008 on TVNorge
      Australia: May 22, 2008 on Network 7
      Denmark: May 23, 2008 on Kanal 5
      New Zealand: May 28, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: May 29, 2008 on Nelonen
      Sweden: May 29, 2008 on TV4
      The Netherlands: June 1, 2008 on Net 5
      Latin America: June 23, 2008 on AXN
      Spain: July 17, 2008 on FOX
      Italy: September 1, 2008 on RAI 2
      Czech Republic: September 28, 2008 on AXN
      Hungary: September 28, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: October 6, 2008 on VT4

    • Although credited, Emilie de Ravin (Claire) does not appear.

    • This is a flash-forward episode.

    • An Oceanic Six-centric episode.


    • Scooby Doo: When Sawyer says "Hang on, Shaggy. You said the hit squad's gonna grab Ben Linus?" he refers to Shaggy, the bearded character in the Scooby Doo cartoons and movies.

    • Gulliver's Travels:

      Sawyer calls Frank "Yahoo". This comes from the book Gulliver's Travels, published by Jonathan Swift in 1726. The Yahoos are vile and savage creatures, filthy and with unpleasant habits. They're primitive creatures that represent the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "Yahoo" has become synonymous with "cretin," "dinosaur," and/or "Neanderthal."

    • Episode Title: The title of this episode is an allusion to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. "There's no place like home" is what Dorothy says as she taps her ruby slippers in order to take her back home.