Season 2 Episode 22

Three Minutes

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 17, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As the survivors mourn the loss of Ana Lucia and Libby, Michael continues to mount pressure on his peers to join him in a mission to rescue Walt from the Others. Meanwhile, the events that happened to Michael after he left are finally revealed.

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  • Awesome.

    Michael convinces Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley to help him rescue Walt. At the double funeral for Ana Lucia and Libby, Sayid tells Jack his worry that Michael has been compromised by the Others. Flashbacks reveal Michael's time being held captive by the Others, during which he made a deal to release Henry and trade Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley for Walt. Sun spots a sailboat floating towards the beach. Wow - amazing episode. I love Michael, I loved watching what happened to himwhile he was gone amazing storyline, I loved every minute of it - one of my favourite scenes was when The Others had Micahel and Kate but we seen it in the Others eyes. I also love the scene with Walt and Michael - I love them both.I love the scene with Claire and Charlie. I love the scene with SAwyer and Jack and Sawyer thinks Jack and Kate had sex - so funny. I love the funeral scene too. Amazing ending by the way.moreless
  • Can Someone Shoot Micheal in the Heart? >=((

    We have in this episodes, answers to anticipated questions such as the death of Ana Lucia and Libby -- Now we know that Libby's death was a mistake but Ana's death was so totally unfair -- Michael had to kill her to let Henry Gale go so that they can give back to him, his son, and make a trade. Ommmmgggggggg this just made me so mad and made me hate Michael even more... it shouldnt had to cost Ana Lucia's life to save his stupid little brat son. >=((

    Will miss AnaLibby and haateeee Michael forever!!! Anyways besides annoying Michael, it was awesomee seeing Claire & Charlie back together.

    And at the end, there was the boat that Michael wanted from the others....leading up to an umbelievable Season Finale -- cant wait! :)moreless
  • Just enough time to get a horrifying look

    Walt's been missing, save for the occasionally mysterious flash, since the beginning of Season 2, and Michael disappeared into the jungle after him in 'The Hunting Party', which for the first time we are given a date of reference for--- 13 days ago. We've had no idea what has happened to either for the bulk of the season, and Michael's actions in 'Two for the Road' muddied the waters even further. Now, in this episode, we finally learn some of what happened, and a little about the Others -- and what we learn is surprising.

    First, what should've seemed obvious earlier is now clear---- Michael was mislead when he was looking at the computer. Someone (perhaps at the Pearl station) lured Michael out with fake directions. When he showed up, 'Mr. Friendly' and a rough looking fellow named Pickett were waiting for him, and took him prisoner. It's hard to tell how many of the Others grabbed him, cause we only see three Pickett, Friendly, and the dark-haired girl from 'Maternity Leave'--- who is identified as Alex. We're still not clear what her role is, but it's interesting that she is the only one who treats the castaways with compassion. She doesn't go along with bringing out Kate when she catches up with them, and her one violent action--- hitting Michael in the head with her gun--- is preceded by an apology. Why is she given this freedom? We're still not clear.

    Turns out Michael's description of the village was accurate--- small huts by the water, two guys standing guard by a door, salted fish. What Michael doesn't know is that this wasn't their only hideout, and it was a false front. There still seems to be some kind of hierarchy among the Others, and right now the woman in charge is Miss Klugh, a straightforward, condescending torturer who keeps Michael and Walt apart. She then asks some pertinent questions about Walt, which I would go into detail with, except that Walt's not really going to be a factor in the series not longer. They do seem to be implying that he has some kind of telepathic ability (which we already knew) and still doesn't answer how he was able to manage to project himself and why. No explanation here either.

    They keep Michael apart from Walt till the end of the episode (which is roughly a week later) and the scene between the two is heartbreaking. We can tell Michael really did believe that his son was dead. Michael can not touch or talk to his son privately, and his assurances are so pathetic sounding that Walt has to comfort him. What he hears, and seems to even more shocking about the supposed torture Walt was being put through. (This we'll actually learn something about in Season 3) By the end, it's pretty clear that Michael would walk through fire to save his sons life--- which is pretty much what he's done. They want him to save the man in the hatch, and bring four people--- Kate, Jack, Sawyer, and Hurley. (If they wanted these people before, why not take Jack, Sawyer and Kate prisoner when they had them at gun point? And if they wanted Locke--- granted 'Henry' isn't the most reliable source of information--- why not ask for him? We won't get a clear idea until season 3, and even then, it's pretty vague.) Back in the present, Michael's behavior is irrational and panic-stricken. It's hard to believe that Jack would not have noticed how strange he's acting or the people he wants to come with, but he chalks it up to the behavior of a panic-stricken. He also lessens his rigid leading posture, and acts more democratic. Right idea; wrong time. Two men see through the facade. Eko, who has returned to the hatch like he said he would in the last episode, and has his first real conversation with him. He tells a subtle parable about an incident that happened when he was in a parish in England, which means, just like with 'Henry', he has seen through the false faces Sayid also sees through the smokescreen, when he isn't asked to join the army, and realizes that he has been compromised. His reaction is more pointed--- he wants to find a way to get at the Others.

    We also see Charlie for the first real extended period since he went out with Sayid and Ana looking for 'Henry's' balloon to see that he is trying to earn redemption, but like everything else he's done this season, it seems ham-handed. First, he takes a vaccine and gives it to Claire, trying to earn forgiveness--- without talking to Jack first. Then, he shows his mean streak when Eko--- who has abandoned the building of the church to take up residence in the hatch--- with disdain and ill humor. Finally, he comes face to face with the statues filled with heroin, and manages at last to overcome the monkey that he's had on his back the last few weeks. (It's also significant that Locke sees this). The main thing people do during this episode is plan and mourn in there own ways. Sawyer's helps plan a chance to 'kill some people' as he puts us, but also opens up to Jack, and admits he screwed Ana Lucia, and that the good doctors the closest thing he has to a friend. Hurley takes the loss extremely hard, and seems defeated for most of the episode, and his intent to come along the hunt for Walt may indicate he needs a purpose (or maybe that they've awakened the sleeping giant) Sayid and Jack try to find a way to use Michael's behavior to his advantage. And the island's disciples--- Locke and Eko--- both stand apart from the funeral. Eko, even though he knew Libby and Ana longer, thinks that he now has a higher purpose, while Locke, perhaps feeling ashamed in what he assumes is his part in their deaths, watches from a distance. (Perhaps the island is giving him a purpose, though--- by the end of the episode his injured leg has healed.)

    But by far the most significant event of 'Three Minutes' occurs at the very end, when a sailboat appears on the horizon. The castaways will not find rescue from the boats occupants--- not yet, anyway--- but the boat will signify a critical factor, not just for the season finale, but for the series as a whole.

    My score:8.5moreless
  • Great Setup and Interesting Flashbacks!!!!

    Logic/Details - » This episode should be more slower and dedicated a little to the deaths and Michael, this was the mindset for this episode. Also they made all the setups.

    The writers use another perspective to show us what happened in the other side in episode 11. Michael attitude make logical sense, but no one of the Others said to him about killing other people on the island. His flashbacks are simple, but interesting, his best flashbacks to date.

    Finally someone notice the strange Michael Behavior, since Jack is so driven by the recent events and the desire to delivery payback., so he´s blinded, make a little sense.

    Progress -» There is not any type of that advances a lot, just setups and some explanations. The objective here was deliver Michael Flashbacks, arrange all the trope that will go with Michael, and make Sayid suspicious about Michael.

    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» This episode has many highlights scenes. For example: 1 – Michael Flashbacks (curiosity and satisfaction + drama), 2 – The Funeral (Sadness), 3 – interactions: Michael and Eko, Jack and Sawyer, Miss Klugh and Michael, Walt and Michael.

    Ending - » good and very mysterious.

    Overall - » This setup is very good and created some great emotional moments, curiosity because of Michael flashbacks and a ending that make you want more.moreless
  • Todo sobre mi hijo

    Michael nos cuenta qué fué de él al salir a buscar desesperadamente a su hijo Walt. Obviamente los otros lo habían agarrado buscándolos. Lo llevan a su campamento (tan rudimentario...?) y lo interrogan acerca de su hijo. (Paréntesis) Me pregunto: si "The Others" la tienen tan clara respecto a vida y obra de cada uno cómo es que no sabían que Michael apenas conocía a su hijo? (Cierro paréntesis).

    Estos lo obligan a volver al campamento y a traer a 4 de los "buenos" vaya a saber uno para qué... Para tener una excusa por la cual liberar a Henry mata a Ana Lucía y todo lo que ya vimos. Merece la horca? No creo.moreless
April Grace

April Grace

Ms. Klugh

Guest Star

Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde

Alex Rousseau

Recurring Role

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Tom Friendly

Recurring Role

Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Danny Pickett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The piece of paper that Mrs. Klugh gives to Michael with the four names, is seen twice in this episode. The first time is just before it is burned. If that image is reversed and compared to the scene later in the episode, it is clear that the handwriting is different.

    • Goof: When Charlie is throwing the statues filled with heroin into the ocean, he is shown throwing seven statues; however, there were only seven stored altogether in the armory (as shown in a previous episode), and one was broken to give Libby some relief from her pain.

    • Numbers:
      -The list given to Michael has 4 names in it.
      -The case that Charlie brings to Claire has 8 vials of the vaccine in it.
      -When Jack comes in the hatch to find Mr Eko, the number on the timer is 35 minutes. 35=23+8+4.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 25th 2004. November 25th is Thanksgiving Day in the USA.

    • Although we were shown Alex in "Maternity Leave" and her identity was hinted, this is the episode where we are actually told that the girl is indeed Alex Rousseau, the daughter of Danielle Rousseau (aka 'the French Chick/Woman').

    • When you see Michael and Mr. Eko mopping up all the blood it is still red. It has been on the floor for more than a day, wouldn't it have gone brown by now?

    • When Zeke is chasing Michael, a tattoo of something (possibly the DHARMA logo) can be seen on the right side of his chest.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Michael: John. I was hoping I could uh ... borrow one of these guns.
      Locke: Is it supposed to be a secret?
      Michael: Jack's asleep.
      Locke: Oh. More target practice?
      Michael: Yeah, well you know, just want to stay sharp. (Michael looks down at his watch)
      Locke: You got a date?
      Michael: No. Old habits, you know.
      Locke: Yes, I do.

    • Hurley: (At Libby's funeral) Libby was - she was, she - Libby was a psychologist, or psychiatrist, one of those. Either way, she probably helped a lot of people. She helped me. She was my friend. It's not fair that this happened to her. It's not. (to Michael) I'm going with you. Goodbye, Libby.

    • Jack: You were supposed to come right back. You were out in the jungle all night. What happened?
      Eko: We were unable to find Henry's trail.
      Jack: Yeah, I got that.

    • Michael: Hey, you're not coming.
      Sayid: Welcome back, Michael.
      Michael: Look, I know Sawyer told you, all right. But, it's not going to work. You're not coming.
      Sayid: And why is it that I'm not coming?
      Michael: Because you're going after the guy that escaped. And I'm going after my son.
      Sayid: Are you implying I'd let a desire for revenge compromise Walt's safety?
      Michael: I'm implying that I decide who stays and who goes; and you stay!

    • Michael: Ow, damn it!
      Pickett: Relax, just taking some blood.
      Michael: Taking some blood for what? Who are you people? Where's my son?
      Pickett: That's it; all done. See you in the funny pages.

    • Sawyer: Yeah, I told Sayid.
      Michael: You shouldn't have done that!
      Sawyer: Oh, well I'm sorry. I just figure if we're going to war, we'd want the one guy who's actually been in a war. That a problem?

    • Sawyer: (to Michael) Got some good news for you. Captain Arab's in too. Calvary rides at sunrise.

    • Eko: Charlie, would you do me a favor? I was hoping you could bring my things from the beach here.
      Charlie: What for? You moving in here? Fancy yourself a little bachelor pad?

    • Jack: It's Michael's call. He knows where we're going.
      Sayid: It is not his call, Jack. It's ours.
      Sawyer: (Handing Sayid a gun) Welcome aboard.

    • Pickett: (entering with Kate in a hood) Hey, look at what I found! She was following her friend about a half a click behind us.
      Tom: (To Michael) You make one sound, you'll never see your boy again.

    • Michael: You don't get to decide this. It's my son. It's my call. And that's the way it has to be.
      Jack: Then that's the way it'll be.

    • Jack: Michael, you sure you're in the best place to be making decisions for all of us right now?
      Michael: You got a son, Jack?

    • Jack: How long will it take us to get to their camp?
      Michael: We leave now, move fast? Middle of the night tomorrow. Look, they have no idea I know where they are. They won't be expecting us. So we get the guns and we go. Right now. Just the five of us.
      Jack: No, no, five is not enough. You said there's at least 20 of them. They've got our guns and we're not even sure if what you saw was ...
      Michael: Hey, I know what I saw! We take too many people, they'll hear us coming. I'm not taking a damn army across the island, Jack.

    • Michael: When ya gonna do it?
      Ms. Klugh: When am I going to do what?
      Michael: Kill me ... I've seen where you live, I know how to get here. You have been asking me questions I don't know the answer to for a week! I don't think my son is alive and ...
      Ms. Klugh: He is alive, Michael. He's standing outside right now.

    • Mr. Eko: (helping Michael clean the blood): For a brief time I served in a small parish in England. Every Sunday after Mass, I would see a young boy waiting in the back of the church. And then one day, the boy confessed to me that he had beaten his dog to death with a shovel. He said that the dog had bitten his baby sister on the cheek; and he needed to protect her. And he wanted to know whether he would go to hell for this. I told him that God would understand - that he would be forgiven, as long as he was sorry. But the boy did not care about forgiveness. He was only afraid that if he did go to hell ... that dog would be there waiting for him.

    • Jack: You're not coming, Sayid.
      Sayid: Excuse me?
      Jack: Michael wants to keep it small. Me, Kate, Hurley, and him.
      Sawyer: Yeah, well "him" says that even though Pippi Longstocking and the damned Grape Ape are ideal candidates for the Dirty Dozen - I'm just saying we might want to bring the Red Beret.

    • Michael: I have to get my son back.
      Jack: We're going to help you do that, Michael.
      Michael: It's got to be the way I said it, man. Just the five of us. Otherwise it won't work, it won't work.
      Jack: I promise, we're going to figure that out.
      Michael: No, I have already figured it out. It's got to be just the people who already know. You, me, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, that's it. Anybody else... look, it puts them in more danger.

    • Sawyer: (holds up a bottle of booze) How 'bout it, Doc? (Jack ignores him). C'mon, I thought the Irish drink when someone dies.
      Jack: I'm not Irish, Sawyer.
      Saywer: (takes a drink) Neither am I.

    • (Michael reading list)
      Michael: Who's James Ford?
      Ms. Klugh: I believe you know him as Sawyer.

    • Michael: Don't be scared, it's gonna be over real soon, I'm gonna get you outta here, okay?
      Walt: They're not who they say they are.
      Ms. Klugh: Walt!
      Walt: They're pretending!
      Ms. Klugh: You want me to put you in the room again?
      Michael: Pretending? Pretending what?
      Ms Klugh: That's it; we're done.

    • Sayid: I think Michael has been compromised... (Jack stops walking) Let's keep walking, Jack.
      Jack: What do you mean, "compromised?"
      Sayid: His actions are not those of a man who is telling the truth.
      Jack: Why would he lie to us?
      Sayid: Because I believe a father would do anything for his son, because I believe Michael may have freed Henry and because I believe he's leading you into a trap.
      Jack: You believe a lot, Sayid.
      Sayid: I also believed that Henry was one of them.

    • Sawyer: So what happened out there in the jungle?
      Jack: Exactly what he said happened. He found a camp...
      Sawyer: I ain't talking about Mike. You and Freckles. Before you found him, you were gone all night.
      Jack: We got caught in a net.
      Sawyer: What is that supposed to mean?
      Jack: It means, we got caught in a net.
      Sawyer: That what they're calling it these days?

    • Sawyer: (about Ana) I never even knew her last name. Ana-Lucia.
      Jack: It's Cortez.
      Sawyer: Cortez huh? Well there you go. I screwed her.
      Jack: What?
      Sawyer: That's how she got my gun, Ana. She jumped me. We got "caught in a net".
      Jack: Why are you telling me this Sawyer?
      Sawyer: Cause you're about the closest thing I got to a friend, doc. Cause she's gone. Well at least now we get to kill somebody.

    • Jack (about Michael): Alright, let's go talk to him.
      Sayid: No, he must continue to believe he's in control.
      Jack: Why the hell would we wanna do that?
      Sayid: So we can create an advantage.
      Jack: How?
      Sayid: I don't know yet, but we have one more night to figure that out.

    • Michael: If I do all this, if I do what you said...
      Ms. Klugh: You get your son back, and you both go free.
      Michael: And I want the boat!

    • Ms. Klugh: After you release our man, I'm gonna need you to do something else.
      Michael: Whatever you want.
      Ms. Klugh: I'm writing four names down, four of your friends. We need you to bring them here. You have to bring only these four people, Michael, just them. If you don't bring all the people on the list, you'll never see Walt again.
      Michael: Okay, okay.

    • Eko: Hello.
      Michael: (surprised) I didn't hear you come in, man.
      Eko: I left my shoes outside, they were muddy.
      Michael: Did you find him, Henry?
      Eko: No.

    • Charlie: (to Vincent after he brings him a Virgin Mary statue) Are you kidding me? Did someone put you up to this?

    • Sun: (looking at the graves/bodies) Who?
      Michael: Ana-Lucia and Libby.
      Sun: What happened?
      Michael: They were murdered.

    • Charlie: So you wake up in the middle of the night...grab your Jesus stick...you don't call, you don't even write!
      Eko (smiling): Sorry.. I had to work.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Watchmen: After taking a sample of Michael's blood, Pickett tells him, "See you in the funny pages." This is a direct reference to a line spoken by The Comedian in the graphic novel Watchmen.

    • The Dirty Dozen: Sawyer refers to possible members for an A-Mission as the "Dirty Dozen", after a group of unconventional and/or criminal heroes in this 1967 war film.

    • Special forces: Sawyer refers to Sayid as the "Red Beret". Red Berets are highly-trained military units that conduct specialized operations such as reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, and counter-terrorism actions.

    • Moby-Dick: Sawyer refers to Sayid as "Captain A-rab", a variation on Captain Ahab, a character in this 1851 novel by Herman Melville. Ahab is the tyrannical captain who is driven by a monomaniacal desire to kill the whale that maimed him.

    • The Great Grape Ape Show: Sawyer refers to Hurley as the "Damn Grape Ape". The Great Grape Ape Show was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that was broadcast from 1975 to 1978.

    • Pippi Longstocking. Sawyer refers to Kate as this main character from a series of popular children's books by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a nine-year-old girl, who lives with a complete lack of adult supervision. She is very unconventional, assertive, and extraordinarily strong.