Season 5 Episode 5

This Place is Death

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • On the side of the van Ben is driving, it says "Canton-Rainer Carpet Cleaning." Canton-Rainier is an anagram of "Reincarnation."

    • This is the first episode of the entire series in which Ben and Desmond speak to each other.

    • At the end of the previous episode, Danielle says "I'm Danielle, Danielle Rousseau". In the "previously on LOST" recap, she says "I am Danielle, Danielle Rousseau". This was obviously an unused take.

    • Jin says he knows how to find his camp from the radio tower. However, Jin was one of the five survivors who did not go to the radio tower with Jack in "Through the Looking Glass", staying behind at the beach to shoot the dynamite traps.

    • At the end of "The Little Prince," Sun picks up her weapon and gets out of the car; in this episode she stops to talk to Ji-Yeon on the phone first.

    • Daniel's lab rat Eloise shares his mother's name, Eloise Hawking.

    • In the opening scene Ben delivers the line "because he's not your son, Kate" after Sun steps out of the car. In "The Little Prince", this line was delivered before Sun stepped out of the car.

    • Danielle shoots Robert, turns and spots Jin. Attempting to shoot Jin, she draws back the bolt of the rifle to extract the spent casing and load a fresh round. She then fired several rounds in quick succession. Much too quick to reload the non-automatic weapon.

    • Danielle gives the date of arriving on the island as November 15th 1988. In "Pilot, Part 2", Sayid says the message Danielle left had been playing for 16 years and 5 months as of the day following the crash of flight 815 (September 23rd 2004). Furthermore in "Through the Looking Glass" we also find out that Danielle had left the message at the radio tower 3 days before Alex was born which would have been 2 months after Danielle first arrived on the island. Therefore the message had been playing for approximately 15 years and 7 months.

    • Jin's English has gotten so much better in this episode to the extent that he is able to communicate pretty clearly with others on the Island. Yet it has only been a couple of months since he could hardly speak any English at all and the events he is involved in here take place within a matter of hours or mere days since the boat blew up and he was found floating on the ocean unconscious by Rousseau's team.

    • In this episode, Locke falls and breaks his right leg. This is the same leg he keeps injuring on the Island. Previous injuries include having the hatch door crash down on it and being shot in it.

  • Quotes

    • Charlotte: (to Jin) Don't let them bring her back. No matter what. Don't let them bring her back. This place is death.

    • Danielle: Did you hear that?
      Robert: What is that?
      Jin: Monster.

    • Sawyer: Sure you don't want us to lower you down?
      Locke: Where would be the fun in that.

    • Ben: No, Sun. Jin's still alive, and I can prove it.

    • Rousseau: Who are you hoping to find?
      Jin: My wife.

    • Christian: You came to see me in the cabin. You asked me how to save the island and I told you, you had to move it. I said that you had to move it, John.
      Locke: Well, Ben said he knew how to do it and he told me I had to stay here and lead his people.
      Christian: Since when did listening to him get you anywhere worth a damn?

    • Sawyer: You're going down there?
      Locke: Uh huh.
      Sawyer: What exactly are you hoping to find?
      Locke: A way off the island.
      Sawyer: Expecting a subway?

    • Charlotte: When I was little, living here, there was this man, crazy man, and he really scared me. And he told me that I had to leave the island and never ever come back. He told me that if I came back, I would die.
      Daniel: Charlotte, I don't understand.
      Charlotte: Daniel, I think that man was you.

    • Juliet: Thank God. What are the odds we were to end up in the same time as this thing.
      (There is a flash and the ruins disappear.)
      Sawyer: You just had to say something.

    • Sawyer: (to Daniel) Flashes are getting closer together. Maybe when your nose starts bleeding, you'll realize we gotta get out of Dodge, now.

    • Daniel: So, you speak any other languages?
      Charlotte: Just Klingon.

    • Ben: Sayid. Where are you going?
      Sayid: I don't want any part of this. And if I see you or him again, (pointing at Jack), it'll be extremely unpleasant for all of us.

    • Jin: Bring Sun back? Why you bring her back?
      Locke: Because she never should have left.

    • Ben Linus: If you want to shoot me then shoot me! But let's get on with it!

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 15, 2009 on Sky One
      Norway: March 11, 2009 on TVNorge
      Australia: March 11, 2009 on Network 7
      New Zealand: March 18 2009 on TV2
      Denmark: March 27, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Finland: April 2, 2009 on Nelonen
      Sweden: April 14, 2009 on TV4
      Czech Republic: May 4, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: May 21, 2009 on FOX

    • A Sun and Jin-centric episode.

    • Although credited, Jorge Garcia (Hurley) does not appear.

  • Allusions

    • Gunsmoke: Sawyer says "we gotta get out of Dodge now". This a reference to Dodge City, Kansas, which was a favourite location for westerns in the early to mid 20th century. The phrase was made famous by the TV show 'Gunsmoke' (1950-1975), in which villains were often commanded to "get the hell out of Dodge." In the 1960s and 70s the phrase has been adopted in popular vocabulary, meaning 'to leave a dangerous situation'.

    • American McGee's Alice: The idea of Charlotte spending her childhood on the island and be later told that it was all dreamed up is reminiscent of the plot of American McGee's Alice, in which a suicidal Alice Liddell in her late teens is locked away in a mental asylum where her memories of Wonderland are considered delusions of self-hatred and guilt. Both Charlotte and Alice are threatened with death if they should ever dare to revisit the innocent magic place of their childhood.

    • Carthage: Charlotte remarks that she knows more about Carthage than Hannibal. Hannibal was a war general from Carthage from around 200 BC. He is considered to be one of the greatest military commanders and tacticians through out all of history. Carthage was located in what is modern-day Tunisia, where Charlotte was doing field work before being recruited to the Kahana's mission.

    • Daniel: So, do you speak any other languages?
      Charlotte: Only Klingon.

      Klingon is the name of a language (and alien race) from the Star Trek franchise. Lost executive producer J.J. Abrams is the director, and a producer, of the latest film in the series, on which Lost executive producer and showrunner Damon Lindelof also serves as a producer.