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  • Season 5 Episode 15: Follow the Leader

  • The Compass
    Once again, the Compass that Richard gave Locke is a confusing paradox. Locke gave it to Richard in 1954, and more than 50 years later Richard gave it to Locke, who then traveled back in time, starting the cycle over again.

  • All right, let's get started."
    This is what Eloise said when the group made it to the cave with the bomb. It's also the exact same line of dialogue she delivered when Jack and the others came to see her in the future before she told them how to get back to the Island.

  • The leak on Jughead was moved from the tip of the bomb to the body of the bomb.

  • Charles Widmore references Eloise being pregnant, presumably with Daniel. This would mean Daniel is, at most, 19 years old in 1996 when Desmond visited him as a professor at Oxford, though he was clearly much older.

  • This is also the second time in which a character sees oneself due to time travel, the first being Miles seeing himself as a baby.

  • This episode does not contain any character flashbacks or flashforwards.

  • For the second episode in a row, a scene from the season premiere is shown in a different context.

  • Pierre Chang asks Hurley about the president of the United States back in 1977, which is Jimmy Carter, who assumed office from 1977 until 1981.

  • When Jack, Kate, and Hurley got back to the island and were told by Sawyer that the only way to stay safe was to join Dharma, Hurley is worried they were going to be asked questions to which they didn't know the answer. For example, "Who is the President of the United States?" This is what Dr. Chang asked him in this episode.

  • Season 5 Episode 14: The Variable

  • The password to deactivate the fences is 1-4-1-7-1-7.

    14+17+17=48

    4 and 8 are two of "The Numbers".

  • The Numbers
    Young Daniel counts 864 beats on the metronome, or, the sum of the numbers times 8.

  • During the shootout Jack blows up a barrel full of petrol by shooting it so that they can get away. Despite popular theory a barrel full of any flammable substance will not explode when shot. The only way it could have possibly blown up is if a second shot had been fired that perfectly went through where the first one hit to cause a spark and ignite the petrol. As Jack clearly only fired one shot at the barrel that couldn't have happened.

  • Goof: Graduation ceremonies at Oxford University take place at the Sheldonian Theatre. This is not what was pictured in the background after Daniel graduated.

  • Daniel wears a jumpsuit with the name of "Joe" and job description of "Constructor".

  • The music Daniel is playing on the piano, both as a child and an adult is Chopin's "Fantaisie-Impromptu", which also was used as the basis for the song "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", which was a hit both in the early and mid 1900s (1918 and 1946). The title of the adapted song may refer to the futility of what Dan's trying to do.

  • In the continuation of the scene from "Confirmed Dead" in which Daniel reacts to the news of the faked Oceanic Flight 815 crash, Daniel's hair is shoulder-length, whereas in that episode, he has short hair.

  • Widmore moves over a copy of a WIRED Magazine to sit on Faraday's couch. JJ Abrams guest-edited a recent edition of Wired, issue 17-05.

  • The revelation that it was Charles Widmore who staged the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815 had been also given the previous week in the recap episode "Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 6".

  • In this episode we learn that Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan) is/was one of the Others. Coincidentally, Fionnula Flanagan starred with Nichole Kidman in a 2001 movie called "The Others."

  • Season 5 Episode 13: Some Like It Hoth

  • Black and white:
    -Hurley's notebook has those colors.
    -Miles's black hair has a white stripe running through it when he visits his ailing mother.

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epic adventure, ensemble cast, destiny, coping with death, alcoholism