Maybe There is Nothing Nice Back Home
Sure was good to see Lost in top form last night. I totally did not see Jack’s proposal coming at all! Christian Shepherd was sure busy. That guy is starting to give me the creeps.
As always, here are some trivia points and pieces of crucial information that might have been overlooked. The following was taken from Lostpedia.com.
- By virtue of the Yankees/Red Sox and Indians/Mariners scores in the newspaper article, only one date is viable for the publication of the paper: August 31, 2007. Article states Yankees finish their sweep of the Red Sox with winning pitcher Cheng Mei Wang beating Curt Schilling 5-0. The only occurrence of this game is the date above. Whether this is meant to be canon, or simply a production oversight, remains to be seen.
- Early in the episode Claire mentions her relief at not “seeing things anymore”. This is a reference to a scene cut out of the previous episode where Claire has a prophetic . [source needed]
- This is the first time in the series that, while the mysterious whispers are heard, the listener doesn’t get startled — Miles is a psychic and consciously tries to extract information from what he hears. It is implied that his approach might have its merits, since he gets Danielle’s and Karl’s names and burial sites from the whispers.
- The Yankees/Red Sox newspaper article is by “Gregg Bilson, Staff Writer”. Gregg Bilson is the founder of Independent Studio Services, a company that produces props for the film and television industry (Bilson brand cigarette props appear in Lost). The email address firstname.lastname@example.org also appears in the article. The address studiographics.us is used by Independent Studio Services. Much of the text seen in the article appears in a real New York Times article here.
- Ben, Desmond, Locke, Michael, and Sayid do not appear in this episode.
- John Terry appears as Christian Shepard but was not listed ahead of time in the offical ABC press release.
Bloopers and continuity errors
Jack does not have an appendectomy scar in the future, although this may be a result of the Island’s healing powers.
- The episode starts with a close up of Jack’s closed eye. (Eyes)
- Rose calls Charlotte “Red”. (Nicknames)
- Sawyer calls Miles “Donger”. (Nicknames)
- Kate says that Jack never says anything good about his father. (Parent issues)
- Jack proposes to Kate. (Relationships)
- Jin figures out that Charlotte speaks Korean. (Character secrets)
- Miles finds Karl and Danielle‘s dead bodies (Life and death)
- Aaron has a black and white whale doll. (Animals) (Black and white)
- Jack’s life is threathened if his appendix ruptures. (Life and death)
- Jin pledges to do everything to get Sun of the Island. (Sacrifice)
- Jack has his appendix removed. (Missing body parts)
- Rose questions if Jack’s infected appendix is caused by the Island. (Fate) (Healing properties) (Faith versus science)
- Claire and Jack both see their father. (Visions)
- Claire seemingly leaves Aaron in the jungle. (Parent issues)
- Jack is sedated for the operation against his will. (Fate versus free will)
- Frank alerts Sawyer and his pack to hide so they won’t be seen and killed by Keamy and the other mercenaries. (Deceptions and cons)
- Jack pretends to be unconscious while Juliet and Kate talk about love. (Deceptions and cons)
- Jack is awaken by his assistant calling him up, saying she has to do so because Jack has problems with dates. (Time)
- Star Wars: Jack steps on a Millennium Falcon toy. (Movies and TV)
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Jack reads a section from the beginning of this book to Aaron. (Books)
- Hurley mentions more visits from Charlie than the ones seen in previous episodes. (Unseen character)
- Even after the events portrayed in previous episodes, Jack and Kate eventually develop an unexpected off-Island romantic relationship. (Plot twist)
- Claire is mysteriously missing, apparently having abandoned Aaron at the end of the episode. (Cliffhanger)
- Jack, the surgeon, comes out as a stubborn patient in an operation performed on him by someone else. (Irony)
- Jack is seen taking self-prescribed pills both on the Island and in his flash-forward. (Juxtaposition)
- Juliet tells Kate that Jack kissed Juliet to try to prove to himself that he wasn’t in love with someone else. (Rivalries)
- Jack is incapacitated and Juliet and Bernard must perform surgery on him. (Leadership)
- Juliet and Bernard knock Jack unconscious during the surgery against his wishes. (Leadership)
- Sawyer imposes himself as the leader of his pack by imposing a restraining order against Miles. (Leadership)
- Kate tells Jack to “let it go”. (“A Tale of Two Cities“)
- Richard Malkin convinced Claire to give up her child for adoption to a couple in Los Angeles, who he said were “good people“. (“Raised by Another“)
- Jack gets the same medication (Clonazepam) as Hurley does/did. (“Dave“)
- A nurse shows jack X-rays of someone’s L4 vertebra. Ben’s tumor was on his L4 vertebra. (“Every Man for Himself“)
- There is a ladybug on Jack and Kate’s refrigerator, just like the one in Santa Rosa hospital. (“The Beginning of the End“)
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Something Nice Back Home/Theories
- What was Kate doing for Sawyer?
- Why did Sawyer decide to stay on the Island?
- Why is Jack not supposed to raise Aaron?
- How is Christian appearing to Jack?
On the Island
- Where did Christian lead Claire to?
- Why did she leave Aaron behind?