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The Other Woman

March 8, 2008

Maybe it is because last week’s episode, “The Constant”, was so awesome, but this new episode of Lost (entitled “The Other Woman”) really didn’t do much for me….Maybe I need to watch it again and my opinion will change, I don’t know.

I was excited when I heard that someone from Juliet’s past confronts her….until we find out that character is a brand new character we’ve never met before! I thought I was ripped off!! The whole kissing scene between Jack and Juliet felt forced. And then we find out Lewis and Farraday are good guys? huh? And we still don’t know who’s on the boat. I know it is probably Michael, but I’d like to find out soon!

Anyways, I’m heading to Lostpedia.com to find some information for you guys:

  • Juliet’s flashbacks fill in gaps between her previous flashback episode, One of Us.
  • One of Harper’s diplomas has a Hanso Foundation symbol.
  • This is the third time we’ve seen the crash of flight 815 from the Barracks‘ point of view, each time adding new footage or information. (“A Tale of Two Cities“) (“One of Us“)
  • After the countdown, the computer screen has the following text:

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MASTER CAUTION & WARNING
NEW ALARM
TES3/31 VAPOR PRESSURE 100%
CONTAINMENT BREACH IMMINENT!
EVACUATE NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
>: SET VALVE BC22 = open
VALVE NOT RESPONDING
  • The title of this episode has a double meaning, in that Juliet is both “the other woman” whom Goodwin is seeing, while also being a woman who was one of the Others.

Production notes

  • Desmond, Michael, Miles and Sayid do not appear in this episode.
  • Ethan, played by William Mapother, is mentioned but not seen, despite the fact that he’s present when the Others’ witness the Plane Crash. This scene is edited to include glances between Juliet, Goodwin and Harper as Ben sends them on their missions to seek the survivors.
  • The scenes of The Tempest Station were shot at the WOII-bunkers on the south side of Kualoa Ranch.

Bloopers and continuity errors

When Daniel Faraday is trying to neutralize the gas, the timer displays and audio messages do not correspond with the actual time passing in those scenes. This is most blatantly evident when the display on the computer screen shows that 20 seconds are left, and then it takes at least 17 seconds (including lots of dialogue) until a recorded audio message announces that there are still 10 seconds left. This is not necessarily an error; in fact this device is used very frequently in scenes involving countdowns in action films.

Recurring themes

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  • Sawyer and Hurley were playing horseshoes. (Games)
  • Ben refers to Zack and Emma while talking to Juliet. (Children)
  • Locke is seen cutting up a dead rabbit and then giving it to Ben to eat. (Animals)
  • Ben knew that Goodwin would be killed when he sent him to the crash site of the tail section. (Character secrets)
  • Goodwin and Juliet were seeing each other in secret. (Character secrets)
  • Ben tells Locke the safe combination: 36 15 28. (The Numbers)
  • Juliet is seen as “the other woman” coming between two people, first Goodwin and Harper, then Jack and Kate. (Relationship Issues)
  • Jack and Juliet are searcing for Daniel and Charlotte in the rain. (Rain)
  • Ben says Zack and Emma were taken because they were on the list. Juliet says that now they have everyone from the tail section that is on the list. (Lists)
  • Ben tells Locke about leadership. (Leadership)
  • Black and white stones are seen in Harper’s office. (Black and white)
  • Ben gives a up his “last bargining chip” to be free. (Secrets)(Cons)

Cultural references

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ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • VALIS: Once again, this Philip K. Dick novel is seen, as Ben is reading it while imprisoned by Locke. (Literary works)
  • Boston Red Sox: Ben opens a secret locker and pulls out a tape entitled “Red Sox“. When Locke asks him about it, Ben explains he taped the footage of Widmore over the game. (Games)
  • The Tempest: The name of the DHARMA station comes from the play written by William Shakespeare, which was first published in 1623. It tells the story of the sorcerer Prospero and his daughter Miranda, who are stranded on a mysterious desert island that has mystical properties. Prospero raises a storm, or tempest, which causes a passing ship containing his enemies to run aground. Using magic, spirits and a man-beast creature named Caliban, he separates and manipulate the survivors of the wreck for his own purposes. The play ends with Prospero restored to his former glory. (Literary works)
    • Tempest is also the name of an 3-Dimensional arcade game produced by Atari in 1981. (Games)

Other works with similar content

  • Bible: King David sends Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah the Hittite, into battle so “that he might be struck down, and die” just as Ben sent Juliet’s lover, Goodwin, in harms way for an extended period of time among the tail section survivors to die. (Literary works)
  • Empty Cradle: The name of Harper Stanhope could be a reference to the book Empty Cradle by Karen Harper. In it, a woman wanting a baby heads to a fertility clinic in New Mexico run by a Dr. Stanhope, a feminist embryologist who is stealing the eggs of her patients and using them in experiments with drugs that can cause birth defects. (Literary works)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird: The name Harper may be a reference to Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Literary techniques

Harper tells Juliet that Ben is “exactly where he wants to be”, echoing Miles’s comments to Kate in “Eggtown”. (

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