Season 4 Episode 12

There's No Place Like Home (1)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 15, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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