1. A Tale of Two Cities
First Aired: Wednesday October 4, 2006
Writer: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof
Director: Jack Bender
Story: Damon Lindelof
Alexandra Morgan (Moderator), Sonya Seng (Receptionist), Sally P. Davis (Teacher), Julie Ow (Nurse), Blake Bashoff (Karl), Julie Adams (Amelia), Stephen Semel (Adam), Isabelle Cherwin (Little girl), M.C. Gainey (Mr. Friendly), William Mapother (Ethan), Brett Cullen (Goodwin), John Terry (Christian Shephard), Julie Bowen (Sarah)
We're back...in the middle of a suburban home as a woman puts on a CD and prepares her house for guests.Who is this woman?And why is she upset?She sings along to cheer herself up as she prepares muffins for her book club meeting.During the meeting, just as a debate gets heated, the room starts shaking.Is it an earthquake?The book club members run outside to investigate -- and we see they are a part of a small community of houses.Everybody tracks the noises upwards to see a plane tear apart in mid-air.The fuselage falls in one direction while the tail section falls in another.A familiar face, Henry Gale, gives orders and we realize what we've just witnessed: the crash of Ocean Flight 815.
Don't let suburbia fool you -- this is the Others' home.We've been on the island all this time.Welcome to Season Three, folks.We're still LOST.
Jack awakes on a dark steel table in a room with Plexiglass dividing it and a harness hanging from the ceiling.He tries to get out but the room is secured and locked.
Somewhere outside, Sawyer awakes in a cage with a mysterious food dispenser.In a locker room, Kate awakes to find Mr.Friendly standing over her.He offers her a shower to freshen up and a new dress.
Jack is visited by the woman running the book club.She introduces herself as Juliet.She tries to reason with him but Jack stubbornly refuses, demanding to know where his friends are and what's going on.She offers him food if he cooperates in an attempt to gain his trust.But Jack isn't playing by her rules and lies when she asks him questions about himself.
In the past, Jack has trouble with his divorce.He can't let go of Sarah without knowing for whom she left him.He attempts one last reconciliation, but it fails when he demands the name of Sarah's new love.He even goes as far as cold-calling numbers from an old cell phone bill of hers, trying to identify the new man.Unfortunately, he discovers one of the numbers to be Christian's, his father.Jack immediately assumes the worst -- that the new man in Sarah's life is his father.
Sawyer works out the gizmos in his cage and gets a reward: a fish biscuit, water and grain.Mr.Friendly locks Kate in the nearby cage, mocking Sawyer on his way out.Sawyer throws the biscuit to Kate, and they reconnect over their meal.
Jack is again visited by Juliet.Beginning to get an idea of what kind of situation he's in, he decides to play by her rules.He sits with his back against the far wall so she can enter his "room" and bring him food.When she enters, Jack jumps her, threatening to cut her neck with a shard from a broken plate and demanding to be let go.Henry appears and tells Jack if he tries to leave through the door Jack's trying to open, they will all be killed.Jack throws open the door anyway, unleashing thousands of gallons of water.Henry escapes into a room before Juliet can make it.This forces her and Jack to work together.They fight their way into another room and hit an emergency button that begins to drain the water.Once safe, Juliet immediately punches Jack and knocks him out.
Flashback to the hospital where Jack overhears Christian on his cell phone.Thinking it's Sarah that Christian is talking to, Jack follows Christian.He bursts in on his AA meeting, confronts his father, loses control and physically attacks him.Jack is bailed out of jail by Sarah.Embarrassed about his behavior, Jack follows her outside trying to explain.Then Jack sees a man stands next to her car waiting.Jack asks if that's him.Sarah doesn't answer but tells Jack his father was so drunk when he called her that she barely understood him.Now Jack has something new to fix.
Jack wakes up back in his "room."Juliet is on the other side of the Plexiglass waiting for him.He intuits where they are: underwater in an aquarium.Juliet nods.It's another Dharma Initiative station: the Hydra.Juliet holds a folder thick with information on him.She explains that she knows a lot more about him than she previously let on.Broken by this revelation, Jack follows her orders so she may enter with food and crosses to the opposite side of the room.
As she steps into the hallway, Henry greets her with a congratulatory "Good work."She replies with a simple "Thank you."
At the beginning of the episode, Jack is listening to the song Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller.
Season three of Lost begins in the UK on 19th november which will air for 6 weeks on sundays. It then will return on 11th February (four days after US showing). Also note that season three and four will be shown on Skyone instead of channel 4 due to outbiding channel 4 for season three and four of lost.
This episode marks the only episode so far in the series with the least regular cast members appearing, and the most absences of characters ever.
A Jack-centric episode
Goof: In the first few seconds in this episode, Juliet's top mysteriously changes color from orange to purple.
At the beginning of the episode, the song that Juliet listens to is "Downtown" by Petula Clark.
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Even though they are credited, Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Terry O'Quinn (Locke), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko), Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo) and Kiele Sanchez (Nikki) do not appear in this episode.
Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) is officially credited as a main cast member for the third season beginning with this episode.
During Jack's flashback when he follows his father, Jack's father's car was a 2007 Mercedes-Benz.
Interestingly enough Juliet has been publicly announced to be Jack's new "heart throb" in the show and having a character named Juliet like one of the young lovers from "Romeo and Juliet" is an allusion to that new character romance.
In "Maternity Leave," Claire is in the nursery with Ethan when Ethan steps out into the hallway to speak with Tom (Mr. Friendly) and Tom says to Ethan, "You were supposed to make the lists and then bring her in." The Lists alludes back to the beginning of this episode when Ben tells Goodwin and Ethan to have lists in three days and bring them back to him.
Jack says the aquarium he is being held in was probably used for sharks, and Juliet confirms this. The shark in "Adrift" had a Dharma Initiative symbol on its tail. This new information seems to explain that.
Why did Christian have his cell phone turned on while he was inside the hospital? He (of all people) should have known how they can interfere with life-saving machines.
The bears that Tom refers to with Sawyer that used to be in the Skinner Box that he's in, in this episode, could be the Polar bear that the group shot and the other one that attacked Walt.
The number on the locker that Kate takes the dress from is 841.
During Jack's first flashback, a pager and a crossword puzzle can be seen in his car. The time on his pager is 7:15:23AM. On the crossword puzzle, the answer to 42 across and others are of relevance to "Lost."
The nurse that was in the operating room with Jack is the same nurse that looked after Locke after he donated his kidney.
When Kate is just exiting the shower and heading for the lockers, there are wet footprints already leading from the shower to the locker.
When Jack is talking into the intercom, we hear a message come through: "Let it go, Jack!" This is exactly the same audio we hear spoken by Jack's dad in a flashback. Although, Juliet says the intercom hasn't worked for years. But, is she telling the truth? Is Jack's father a part of all this than originally expected? Or was Jack hallucinating from his dehydration?
We see some more parallel quotes in this episode. In the Hydra station we hear "It's not important who you were, but who you are.", and then in the flashback "It's not important who he is, but who you're not."
The song Jack listens to in his car radio while watching Sarah at her school is "Moonlight Serenade", the same song Hurley and Sayid picked up on the radio in second season episode "The Long Con".
The "Other"'s home is finally revealed to be located within an hour's walk/run from the tail section crash site.
It seems to be revealed that Sawyer is being kept in a large Skinner Box, which is commonly used on lab animals who get a food reward for pushing a lever or some other task; which they learn to modify their behavior in the contrapment.
The book at Juliet's book club is "Carrie", written by Stephen King.
It is revealed that "Henry Gale"'s real name is Ben.
The opening shot of the season begins, yet again, with the opening of a human eye.
Jack is being held in the Hydra Station, which was used for holding dolphins and sharks.
In the opening scene, an "Other" can be seen putting a CD in a CD player, and "Downtown" by Petula Clark begins to play, but the case can be identified as, the DualDisc version of, "Speaking In Tongues" by the Talking Heads.