Season 4 Episode 14

There's No Place Like Home (3)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 29, 2008 on ABC
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As the face-off between the survivors and the freighter people continues, the Oceanic Six find themselves closer to rescue.

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  • How this episode played out, and the questions that were raised in my head afterwards made this 3 part finale yet again another favorite.

    So we got questions roaming around the forums as you may know about what happened to the island and what happened to those that were still on the island. Jack obviously has suffered from exactly what Locke told him would happen. Yet again that damn smoke monster I have yet to figure out what it is, but I do know that Keamy and his men got theirselves handed to when that thing unleashed upon them in that earlier episode. So where is Faraday and those on that small boat at now? Did they get ported with the island too? Also did Ben get ported not only with the island but also back to common land as we saw earlier when he awoke in the middle of the desert with a cut on his arm and in that jacket that he wore while turning the island, although we were not aware of why he was wearing such things out in the desert when that episode was aired. Anyways this episode was a real thrill to watch and how it played out was very well done in my point of view. And the Lost trademark for endings is that it leaves you with more questions than answers that we all debate about but they end up becoming something entirely different when the season starts back up again. So now for speculation, I'd say that the island has been moved ahead of time, some of the people left on it might have seen terrible fates like Locke discussed with Jack, Jack with the help of Ben will get all that left to agree somehow to go back and then all sorts of heck will happen from there. I really cant say what will become of Locke once he is returned there besides either he will come back to life somehow or join the ranks of Christian & Jacob.moreless
  • I'm sure I'm going to get blasted for this review, but here goes anyway: a lot of unbelievable (even for LOST) things happened here.

    While I certainly appreciated the writing in this episode where it made sense (Michael Emerson was fantastic as always, and Penny and Desmond's reunion was heartfelt), there were some things that I had inexcusable problems with.


    Why didn't Frank check the helicopter before they lifted off? They were in no imminent danger, and after having just been in a gunfight that was in the immediate vicinity of the helicopter, one would think he'd check for problems/holes. I don't buy that they were in a desperate hurry to get off the island--you'd still want to be sure you were good to go. This was simply a sloppily written way to get Sawyer off the helicopter.

    Also, when/why did the freighter move, and how did the chopper then find it? Juliet should not have been able to see the ship since they hadn't been able to see it before. Just because there's a fire doesn't mean it's easier to see. It should still have been 80 or so miles away--remember, the guy in part 1 that was manning the vessel wouldn't move it, and it was because the radio frequency of Keamy's explosive device was stopping him from seeing the reef. The human eye can't see a fire's smoke 80 miles away.

    Also, that crash into the ocean of the helicopter was very violent. How did everyone survive? The claim that "the island made them survive" seems a bit far for me--why, then, has everyone else who's died in the past seasons also perished? I think if Frank had bit the dust or someone at least been injured, it would have been more believable. And how the heck is Aaron completely okay at that point? It just isn't believable.

    Last, I understand why, in the heat of yelling at Jack, Kate would refer to Locke as Jeremy Bentham, and why Sayid would call him that as well, if they were being watched/listened to. But why would Walt when talking to Hurley? It seems the writers simply did that to keep up the guise.

    Let me be clear that I have no problem with the direction things have gone--I don't think the "move the island" thing or the mysterious wheel are problematic, so long as they're eventually explained. I do, however, take issue when these unrealistic things happen that are supposed to be "real"--not sci-fi or inexplicable. It's just a tad sloppy, especially for Damon and Carlton.moreless
  • First, the memorable Hatch shot, followed by 2 people playing chess, then we have to go back. Now, there's no place like home! The season four finale. 3 hours of absolute LOST!moreless

    Ben, Locke, and Hurley go to The Orchid, but Keamy and his men beat them there. Jack and Kate go after the helicopter, and are later joined by Sawyer. Sayid comes back to the island with a rescue boat, and then goes after them too. Ben tries to escape Keamy's custody so that he and Locke can follow through with Jacob's request to move the island. Michael tries to neutralize the explosives on the boat, while the "Oceanic 6" move closer to rescue.

    The above 83 words are the extended, un-effective way of describing 'There's No Place Like Home'.

    Tantalizing. In my opinion, that's the best way.moreless
  • A landmark in television history, and yet another brilliant twist

    We knew things were going to get bad the minute Keamy died; we just didn't know how soon. The helicopter makes it back to the freighter just as he breathes his last, and that canister of liquid nitrogen is just about to run out. Upon their order Desmond leaves the radio, but for some reason, Jin stays behind, maybe because he doesn't want to leave Michael alone.

    They plug the leak, and get Sun and Aaron on, and just as Jin starts running towards the exit, they pull out of the chopper. We then see the most heartbreaking moments on the show as Sun watches as Jin raises to the top of the freighter, and a split second later---- KABOOM!! Yunjin Kim gives the most wrenching performance of her career in this episode, from pure hysteria on the helicopter to a dull shock for much of the present, cold and calculating in the flashforward (I'll get to that in a minute)--- she's always been good, but this was Emmy caliber work.

    (A side note, before Michael dies, Christian appears and tells him: "You can go now," leaving us to believe that his work was done. Many couldn't figure out what work he had actually done. Now it seems pretty clear that his job was to stay their long enough to make sure everybody on that helicopter got out alive. All were critical to the island, though we won't see why until the last season. As for him hearing the whispers before died, there was a special irony in that, considering his fate.)

    Back on the island, Ben is giving Locke his marching orders, while telling him that it's his job alone to move the island. His job involves destroying part of the Orchid, but as was the case with a lot of the Dharma Initiative work, that was only a shell of what was really there. Ben's last few minutes on the island suddenly make the opening part of Ben's flashforward make more sense. He dons a parka, which rips as he climbs down the ladder into the icy reaches of the island. He falls, injuring his knee. Then he pushes as hard as he can on what seems to be a giant frozen wheel. The energy expended throws him out of a wormhole in Tunisia, where he expels cold air, vomits from the journey, and from then on it's all improvisation.

    What does this do? Why, it moves the island. It's still not clear whether he moved in space or just in time, but the overall effect was very close to what we saw when the hatch imploded--- a low buzzing fills the air, and the sky turns purple. And seems to cover a pretty big chunk of real estate--- Daniel and the zodiac raft are somehow pulled in with it, the smaller island goes too and it even seems to reach out to the freighter. The big question is, why didn't it touch people in the helicopter, especially if they were so important to the island? I don't think were ever going to get an answer, even now, and maybe it's far less important to the bigger questions. The consequences are immediate--- the helicopter crashes into the ocean, and somehow they manage to survive a water landing--- Frank is a great pilot, after all. Then, in the darkness, another ship, much smaller comes out to find the life raft floating in the ocean., leading to one of the most powerful moments in television history. For it is Penelope Widmore's boat, and as soon as Desmond hears her voice, he leaps out of the raft to get on board. Charles Widmore said that he was beneath Penny, so it makes sense that she runs down a level, and he climbs one in order for them to meet on level ground. This may have been as close to a happy ending as we may get for this epic love story, and even though I love Henry Ian Cusick, there was a big part of me who hoped and prayed that this was the end of his story. I knew it couldn't be--- Ben has, after all, sworn that he would kill her, and you know this is not a promise he would let go, but I wanted, right up to the end that we get one happy ending on a show that has taken so much from everybody.

    After this bit, Jack manages to convince everybody that they need to lie in order to protect their friends. It's still not clear why Jack thought this was necessary--- no one would ever believe them, and Charles Widmore, the only man who knew they were lying wouldn't act. But he does it, saying goodbye to Frank (not knowing that they have another meeting scheduled in the future, and a farewell to Des (ditto) and sails off the island in play out the story of the Oceanic 6.

    The truth comes in the flashforwards: Sayid comes to rescue Hurley out of Santa Rosa, where he kills a man watching the asylum, and liberates him, telling him "Bentham is dead. This scares the bejesus out of Hurley, and makes him leave his chess game with Eko (not seen, unfortunately). This would seem to indicated that only Hurley could see them, but he still isn't crazy.

    Kate has a dream in which she thinks that Aaron is in danger, only to see Claire standing over his bed, saying: "Don't you dare let him have him." We're still not sure who 'him' is but since Aaron was not brought back to the island, it does seem like it's going to be left mute. Still it's hard to believe Kate would willingly go anywhere

    The most compelling flashforward involves Sun. She is in London where she has a meeting with Charles Widmore. She tells him flat out that she's been lying to the rest of the world, that they have mutual interests, and most mysteriously--- "we're not the only ones who left the island." That would seem to imply that she knew that Ben was off the island, but why would she want to make a deal with Widmore anyway. Either she considers him the other man responsible for the death of her husband, or Ben is, but neither approach would seem to facilitate making a deal with the devil. Then again, Sun has the least reason to lie.

    And then poor Jack returns to the funeral home to see Bentham, and there he encounters the devil himself--- Ben. He tells Ben that things have been going wrong on the island, and that he had to come back. Ben then tell him that the island won't let him come alone --- they all have to go. What is important to understand is that's probably true, but Ben doesn't care about that. What he cares about is him coming back to the island, and if he has to maneuver everyone of the Oceanic 6 to get there--- he'll do it. And considering what he has already done to the man in the coffin--- John Locke, we know how ruthless he is willing to be. But even he doesn't understand the repercussions of what he's going to do.

    As Season 4 ended, it seemed clear that the surviving passengers of Oceanic 815--- those still on the island and those back home--- are all part of a much larger game. At the time we thought that the players in this game were Ben and Charles Widmore --- the last scene of 'The Shape of Things to Come' certainly seemed to imply that, and later episodes in the series would follow that idea. What we didn't realize is that Ben and Widmore would appear to be pieces as well--- bishops and castles instead of pawns, perhaps The island has plans for all of them, and it seems that not even death can stand between them and what the island wants. At this time, it was hard to imagine what the series could do next, considering the flashbacks and flashforwards had been exhausted. As usual, I had been underestimating Cuse and Lindelof.

    This episode puts the end on what has been one of the most explosive seasons of the show so far, but as we can tell, the island itself hadn't even begun to reveal all of it's secrets. We've gone pretty far from home, but next season the island itself will put itself front and center. As we close in on the end, it's getting close to being epic.

    My score:10moreless
  • Nobody does a season finale like Lost. Nobody.

    If you can get over the fact that Lost may never be able to top the game-changing "Through the Looking Glass" of last season, there is still enough amazing moments here to keep their perfect finale streak alive.

    Jack learns the Claire is his sister.

    Sayid and Keamy have the best fight the show has done yet! Locke takes over the Others. The conspiracy of Kate's "son" Aaron begins. Michael makes up for his guilt. Sayid is reunited with lost love Nadia. Ben avenges his daughter, but at the price of killing people on the boat, including Jin- where Yujin Kim gives her best performance to date. And of course, the big ones: Desmond is Reunited with Penny, and Ben moves the island, and Locke is revealed to be dead in the coffin. Now they have to go back! Incredible incredible stuff! So many questions were answered, yet so many more have been asked (as usual)! Can't wait for the new season!moreless
Sonya Walger

Sonya Walger

Penny Widmore

Recurring Role

Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey

Frank Lapidus

Recurring Role

Nestor Carbonell

Nestor Carbonell

Richard Alpert

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (23)

    • As the Oceanic 6 arrive on Sumba, the blocking and set dressing of Sumba's shore is similar to Elliott's second flashback from Lost: Via Domus.

    • The logo of the Hoffs/Drawlar Funeral Parlor includes a black orb, just like the Pearl Station, except that was white.

    • Since it wasn't physically possible to land the helicopter on the freighter (the blades would hit the ship) the production team worked very hard to make it look as realistic as possible without actually showing it landing. To create this illusion, they added a shadow of the helicopter on the surface of the freighter when Desmond is shouting at it. The shadow shows the helicopter perpendicular to the freighter, when in the next shot it is parallel (the natural way to land).

    • After the island is "moved", the only people left are Desmond, Lapidus and the Oceanic 6, which are 8 people. 8 is one of "The Numbers".

    • With this episode; Ben is the only non - Oceanic 6 person to have a flashforward.

    • When Penny's boat approaches the Lostie's raft, we can hear a man shouting in Portuguese:

      "É uma jangada cheia de gente. São oito deles."

      It can be translated to "It's a raft full of people. There's eight of them".

    • The helicopter in which the Oceanic Six are flying bears the number 842 on its side 8 and 42 are two of The Numbers.

    • After Ben fails to turn the wheel with his hands he uses the crow bar as leverage. During this event the scenes changes from one angle to another. When the scenes changes you can see that the crow bar is facing his face at the first scenes and on the other scene the crow bar is facing the wheel.

    • Current events take place on December 30, 2004, and, on January 5th, 2005. These are the 100th and 108th days for the survivors.

    • In the scene where the C4 detonator is activated, the light turns red. Soon after, the camera shows the gauge on the nitrogen tank, and then cuts to Jin. While showing him, the light is green again. When it cuts away and shows Michael spraying the battery, the light has turned back to red.

    • Ben is in the same condition (Orchid parka and cut arm) as he was when we saw him in "The Shape of Things To Come" appearing in the Tunisian desert. The hotel desk clerk tells Ben it's Oct 24th, 2005 even though it was almost ten full months earlier on the Island, when he pushed the Frozen Donkey Wheel.

    • During Jack's visit to "Jeremy Bentham", the Pixies' song, "Gouge Away", is playing in the car.

    • This episode follows the trend of former season finales in that a major subject throughout the season is blown up or destroyed during it. Whereas Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 featured the Hatch, Swan station, and the Others respectively, this concerned the freighter, Kahana.

    • When Ben descended into the "Donkey wheel Room" we can see tiny little wisps of CGI condensation escape his mouth. In a room where everything is frozen nearly rock solid, the condensation of his breath should be MUCH more pronounced than it was.

    • When Ben enters the cold wheelchamber crushing the glass, he steps down the stairs that break. When falling down and hitting the ground the crowbar falls away from him over an meter. Next sequence the crowbar lies between his legs.

    • When Sawyer whispers something into Kate's ear right before he jumps out of the helicopter, he says "I have a daughter in Albuquerque. You need to find her. Tell her I'm sorry".

    • When Desmond is pulled into the life-raft he is barefoot. As he steps aboard the ship he has sneakers on.

    • When Sayid takes Hurley out of the hospital, Hurley is playing chess. Another reference to the "Black And White" theme.

    • The strange phone call Kate gets in her dream with someone talking backwards translates as "The island needs you. You have to get back before it's too late".

    • The two men in Penny's boat speak Portuguese, and here is an English version of what they say:

      Man 1: Look at this! Hurry! Get some blankets. And the first aid kit. Bring it all here now.
      Man 2: There is a raft with people, Mrs. Widmore.
      Man 1: Mrs. Widmore, come down to the deck.

    • The Numbers: Sayid kills a man at 8:15 outside Santa Rosa Mental Hospital. 815 is also the flight that the Losties were on.

    • During the airing of this episode, a commercial for "Octagon Global Recruiting" aired. This organization is looking for applicants for the DHARMA Initiative. Their recruitment drive begins in San Diego on July 24th - 27th, 2008. This is the same date as ComicCon '08.

    • Penelope's boat is named "Searcher".

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jack: Why are you here?
      Ben: I'm here to tell you that the island won't let you come alone. All of you have to go back.
      Jack: Are you...Sayid, I don't even know where Sayid is. Hurley...is insane. Sun blames me for...(looks agonized) And Kate...she won't even talk to me anymore.
      Ben: Perhaps I can help you with that. This is the way it has to be, Jack. It's the only way. You have to do it together, all of you.
      Jack: How?
      Ben: I have a few ideas. (Jack turns to leave) Jack. I said all of you. We're gonna have to bring him too. (Jack turns to look into the open coffin. We see Lockes body in the coffin)

    • Ben: Hello, Jack. (Jack is startled and moves away from the coffin) Sorry. Didn't mean to scare you. (Pause) Did he tell you I was off the island?
      Jack: Yes he did.
      Ben: When did you speak to him?
      Jack: About a month ago
      Ben: And Kate?
      Jack: Yeah. Yeah, he came to see her too.
      Ben: And what did he say to you?
      Jack: He told me... that after I left the island... some very bad things happened. And he told me that it was my fault. I belive him. And he said I had to come back.
      Ben: Yes, Ive heard you've been flying around in passenger planes. Hoping that you'd crash. It's dark, Jack. Very dark.

    • Keamy: Wherever you go... Widmore, he'll find you.
      Ben: Not if I find him first.

    • Ben: I hope you're happy now, Jacob.

    • Hurley: Checkmate, Mr. Eko.

    • Hurley: I can't believe he did it.
      Kate: Who did what?
      Hurley: Locke. He moved the island.
      Jack: No, he didn't.
      Hurley: Oh really? 'Cause one minute it was there and the next it was gone so... unless we like overlooked it, dude, that's exactly what he did. But if you've got another explanation, man, I'd love to hear it.

    • Claire: Don't bring him back, Kate. Don't you dare bring him back!

    • Ben: Good-bye, John. I'm sorry I made your life so miserable.

    • (Ben puts on a parka)
      Locke: What's that for?
      Ben: I'm going somewhere cold.
      Locke: Then where's mine?
      Ben: You don't need one, because you're not going with me.
      Locke: Yes, I am going with you.
      Ben: No, John, you're not.
      Locke: Jacob told me what we had to do. You don't get to make all the decisions-
      Ben: He told you what to do, but he didn't tell you how. Because he wants me to suffer the consequences.
      Locke: What consequences?
      Ben: Whoever moves the island can never come back.

    • Sawyer: Is that our boat?
      Juliet: It was.

    • Locke: Was he talking about what I think he was talking about?
      Ben: If you mean time travelling bunnies, then yes.

    • Jack: It's been a pleasure, Frank, I hope we never see each other again.
      Frank: Roger that, Doc

    • Jack: I'll see you in another life, brother.
      Desmond: Aye, I guess you will.

    • Jack: We're going to have to lie.

    • Locke: I asked you a question!
      Ben: If I were you I would duck.

    • Michael: Who are you?
      Christian: You can go now, Michael.
      (The freighter explodes)

  • NOTES (8)


    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: Michael using liquid nitrogen to cool the C4 battery is reminiscent of a sequence in the video game, where the protagonist must work against the clock to freeze a number of C4 bombs planted aboard an offshore oil refinery.