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There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3

May 30, 2008
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Wow….I just don’t know what to say other than wow!  Lost, as usual, was great tonight and surprisingly forthcoming with answers!

Who would’ve thought that Sawyer would sacrifice himself and that Jack would have ended up playing the long con on the entire world?     I just have one question: what happened to Sawyer’s shirt as he swam in the ocean?  Are he and Drunk Julie gonna hook up? Hurley can beat ?EKO? at chess?  What happened to Jeremy Bentham?

Did you catch the commercial right before the last segment in part two?  The commercial for  the Octagon  Global Recruiting?

The days listed in the commercial are actually the days of the San Diego Comic-Con where the Lost producers usually reveal something pretty big (like last year’s Orchid Video).
Ok, that’s more than one question, but that IS how Lost operates.  Answer question, raise five more!
So, here is an initial recap from our friends at Lostpedia.com! Please, leave some comments and let me know what you thought of the Season 4 Finale.

On the Island

In the Orchid’s Greenhouse

Alpert comes to the rescue

Alpert comes to the rescue

Jack and Sawyer catch up with Hurley at the Orchid. John is trying to figure out how to enter the station. Jack approaches Locke, and the two have a “leadership discussion” according to Hurley. Locke tells Jack that he has to lie when he gets off the island to protect it. Locke also tries to persuade Jack to stay on the island and fulfill his destiny, suggesting that the island is a place where miracles happen. Jack says there’s no such thing as miracles, and chooses to leave with Hurley and Sawyer for the helicopter, although John warns them that Keamy would be there.

Ben is taken by Keamy to the helicopter where they find Frank handcuffed. Kate claims to be running from The Others, and finds the helicopter. The Others surprise Keamy’s men and kill them. Richard Alpert shoots Keamy in the back, and he is left presumed dead. Kate frees Ben from his restraints. She heads back to the helicopter while Ben heads back to the Orchid.

On the beach

Dan comes back from the freighter with an empty raft. He tells Juliet about the freighter and how it is going to try to get a close as possible. Dan is going to get water whilst Juliet gets the next group ready. She thanks him for helping the survivors.

Miles, confronted by Rose

Miles, confronted by Rose

Meanwhile, Miles is helping himself to food supplies under Rose’s watchful eye. Charlotte is packing her bag. Dan arrives and tells the two of them that he is leaving in 10 minutes and they need to be on the boat. Miles tells him that, despite knowing that the situation is dire, he is going to stay. Dan then leaves.

Charlotte doesn't want to leave

Charlotte doesn’t want to leave

Miles is surprised that Charlotte wants to leave the Island, after all that time she spent “trying to get back” here. Charlotte asks what he means, but Miles is evasive.

Some time later, Charlotte approaches Dan and tells him that she is going to stay on the island “for now”. Dan points that “now” on the island could mean “forever”. Charlotte replies “Would it make any sense if I told you I’m still looking for where I was born?” They part affectionately and Daniel, now alone, goes back on the crowded raft. Juliet tells Dan that she will not leave the island until everyone is safe aboard the freighter, reassuring Dan that “we’ll still be here when you get back”. Dan seems troubled. He boards the raft with a few survivors, and they leave for the freighter.

In the Orchid

Locke and Ben at the Orchid

Locke and Ben at the Orchid

Ben finds Locke with Jack. Locke has not yet explained to Jack that they are going to move the Island but there is no time. Locke goes with Ben in the elevator, and the two descend.

Locke and Ben exit the elevator and find themselves in the Orchid Station. As they walk inside, Locke observes the various equipment and a nearby television. He looks to Ben and asks if that’s the “magic box“. Ben looks back at Locke with an absurd look and answers “no”. Ben then offers Locke a video tape to answer all his questions about the station. Locke puts it in the television and Dr. Edgar Halliwax appears. In the video, Halliwax instructs to not place metal objects inside the “vault”. The vault is seen as a chamber that holds the power to travel time to whatever is inside it. Locke looks at Ben and sees him piling metal objects inside the vault.

Keamy is still alive

Keamy is still alive

The elevator opens to reveal Keamy – still alive. Keamy pulls out a knife and carefully enters the Orchid. He begins to explain to Ben, who is hiding away, that if Ben kills him the entire freighter will be destroyed and many innocent people killed. He begins to mock Alex’s death, but suddenly Locke appears. Locke explains that he has no conflict with Keamy and that Keamy should allow the innocent people on the freighter to live. Ben, noticing Keamy is distracted, charges out with his collapsible baton and attacks, knocking the knife from Keamy’s hand. Once Keamy is knocked down, Ben grabs his fallen knife starts stabbing him repeatedly. Locke pulls him off in an attempt to save Keamy and those on the freighter, but the damage is done and Keamy is left dying. Keamy tells Ben that Widmore will find him. Despite Locke’s best efforts to save him, Keamy dies. Locke tells Ben that he just killed everyone on the freighter, to which Ben coldly responds, “So?”

Ben sacrifices himself for the Island

Ben sacrifices himself for the Island

The Island "moves"

The Island “moves”

After killing Keamy, Ben seeks to go beyond the vault. Locke stops him and demands to know why Ben killed Keamy, knowing it would end the lives of many innocent people on the freighter. Ben admits it was the wrong thing to do and that his grief over Alex clouded his judgment. Ben tells Locke not to make the same mistakes as the new leader. Locke is subsequently confused. Ben tells him that there is a price to pay to move the Island. The person that moves it must leave it and never return there. Locke is reluctant to let Ben leave but Ben offers a handshake, apologizing for all the misery he has inflicted on Locke. Locke accepts the handshake and Ben darts off into the vault.

Inside, the explosion opened a pathway into the island interior. Ben goes into a tunnel that lead to a series of stairs. After falling down and cutting himself, Ben finds himself inside a dark and icy room. There, across from Ben, is established a wall with a large wheel. Ben proceeds to turn the wheel, though with great difficulty. The more the wheel is turned, the brighter the room becomes. Outside, the entire Island emanates an otherworldly noise. Suddenly, a light envelopes the Island and everything within the light disappears. Ben, himself, is shot forward through time to the year 2005, in the Sahara Desert, where he begins the events of The Shape of Things to Come.

On the Freighter

"You can go now."

You can go now.”

The freighter is destroyed

The freighter is destroyed

Desmond, Jin, and Kevin/Michael discover the C4 rigged to the boat. Michael finds a canister of liquid nitrogen and sprays it on the bomb’s battery to freeze it and buy time before the bomb goes off. Desmond and Jin frantically search for a way to safely disarm the explosives. When Keamy dies, the bomb gets armed, but does not explode immediately due to Michael’s ingenuity in keeping the battery cool with the nitrogen. With the bomb armed, Jin tells Desmond to leave and stays behind to attempt to determine a way to disarm the bomb. When the helicopter arrives, Jin tries to run to the door, but he misses the helicopter taking off. Christian Shephard appears, and tells Michael “you can go now”, and then the boat explodes.

On the Helicopter

The helicopter leaves the Island

The helicopter leaves the Island

Sawyer jumps

Sawyer jumps

Frank, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid and Hurley board the helicopter and take off to the freighter. Along the way, Frank notices that the helicopter is leaking gas, from a stray bullet hole. Because fuel is so low, Frank doesn’t think they’ll make it to the freighter. He says they have to figure out how to drop 200 lbs. Sawyer kisses Kate, whispers something in her ear, and jumps from the helicopter, enabling the rest of the passengers to make it to the freighter. Once they find the freighter, Desmond is frantically waving at them and telling them there is a bomb about to go off. Frank lands anyway, and hurriedly starts filling up the tank and patching the leak. Everyone gets back on board, including Sun, although she begs them to wait for Jin. However, Frank takes off immediately, and Sun is frantic. When the boat explodes, Sun is distraught.

While heading back to the island, a bright light floods the sky and the island vanishes. Low on fuel and with nowhere to land, Frank tells them to put on life-jackets and prepare for impact. The survivors swim towards the life raft thrown into the water by Sayid moments before impact. Frank rescues Desmond, who is floating face down in the water. Desmond is not breathing, but Jack resuscitates him.

Back on the beach

Juliet is on the beach, alone, with a bottle of Rum. Sawyer arrives on the beach having leapt from the helicopter. Seeing the bottle, asks what Juliet is celebrating but Juliet tells him that she is not celebrating, pointing to the smoke emanating from the destroyed freighter.

After the Island is moved

The people on the life-raft arrives near the Searcher

The people on the life-raft arrives near the Searcher

Jack, Kate, Aaron, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, Frank, and Desmond continue to float on the life-raft. Everyone is quiet until Hurley observes that “Locke moved the Island”. Jack becomes agitated and disagrees. As the two argue, Frank notices a nearby light and realizes it is a ship. Everyone begins shouting and the ship begins pulling up beside the life-raft. At this point Jack suddenly remembers Locke telling him to lie about what has happened to them, realizes that it must be done, and hastily shares this plan with the others in the life raft.

To each other's suprise, Desmond and Penelope reunite

To each other’s suprise, Desmond and Penelope reunite

Onboard the Searcher, a crewman, who is actually Henrik from the listening station frantically moves back and forth and calls out for “Ms. Widmore”. Penelope exits the bridge to see what was happening. She notices Desmond and the two make eye contact. Desmond jumps onto some netting to pull himself up to the ship and rushes to meet Penelope on the deck. Reunited, Desmond quickly introduces Penelope to the others from the life raft. Jack tells Penelope seriously that they need to talk.

A week later, the Oceanic Six prepare to depart from Penelope’s freighter with a well established cover story, while Desmond and Frank stay behind. Jack tells Desmond to be careful now that they know what Widmore is capable of, then quotes Desmond — “See you in another life, brother”. The Oceanic Six get on the life-raft and head for the island of Sumba.

Flashforward

Hurley

An older Walt visits Hurley

An older Walt visits Hurley

Walt visits Hurley in the mental institute, with his grandmother standing by to make sure Hurley is “safe”. Walt asks why nobody came to visit him after their rescue. Hurley apologizes, but Walt adds that one person did come to see him: Jeremy Bentham. Walt asks why Bentham and the Oceanic Six are all lying. Hurley whispers that they are lying to protect the people that remained on the Island.

Sayid

Sayid comes for Hurley

Sayid comes for Hurley

Sayid arrives at Hurley’s mental institute late at night and executes a man in the car park who has been stalking Hurley for over a week. Sayid finds Hurley playing chess, apparently alone, opposite an empty chair. Sayid wants Hurley to come with him, “somewhere safe”. Hurley replies that he hasn’t seen him in “like forever” and doesn’t understand why he should join him. Sayid replies that “circumstances have changed”: Bentham is dead, having supposedly killed himself 2 days ago. Hurley doesn’t want to call Bentham by this alias and is about to call him by his real name but Sayid stops him, adding that they are being watched. Hurley says that he has been regular conversations with dead people, and the last thing he needs is paranoia. Sayid replies that he has just killed a man who has been watching Hurley for a week and that paranoia keeps him alive. Sayid assures Hurley that they are not going back to the island, merely “somewhere safe”. Hurley accepts, but just as he is about to leave the room, he plays one more time on his chessboard, beating the opponent supposedly in the empty chair: Mr. Eko.

Sun

Sun goes to see Widmore in London

Sun goes to see Widmore in London

Sun approaches a restaurant in London while talking to her mother and Ji Yeon, now speaking, on the phone. Charles Widmore emerges from the restaurant. Sun approaches him and presents herself as the daughter of Paik, and the managing director of Paik Industries. Widmore recognizes the name and inquires about her father. Sun confronts Widmore with the knowledge that he is aware of her true identity, adding that Widmore knows that they have been lying abput their experiences. She then suggests that she and Widmore have common interests. She gives him her Paik business card, suggesting he call when ready to talk. Finally she reminds Widmore that “they are not the only one who left the Island”. Widmore, surprised, asks why she would want to cooperate with him. Without answering, she leaves.

Kate

"Claire" in Aaron's room

“Claire” in Aaron’s room

Kate wakes in her home to the sound of footsteps, but no one is there. The phone rings: a male voice, speaking in reverse, says “The island needs you. You have to go back before it’s too late”. She hears footsteps again and retrieves a gun from her closet. Checking on Aaron, she confronts the intruder bending over his crib, only to find that it is Claire. Claire warns Kate not to bring Aaron back to the island. Suddenly Kate wakes up a second time and quickly checks on Aaron: there is no intruder and no sign of Claire.

Jack

John Locke is revealed to be the late Jeremy Bentham

John Locke is revealed to be the late Jeremy Bentham

Picking up exactly where the final scene of “Through The Looking Glass” left off, with Jack calling after Kate’s car “We have to go back!”, Kate reverses the car, gets out, and confronts Jack. She condemns Jack for wanting to go back to the Island, for calling her for 2 days straight whilst high on pills and for showing her the obituary for Jeremy Bentham. She explains that Jeremy Bentham had met with her and she knew from the first moment that he was crazy, and that she can’t believe Jack would trust him. Jack says he listened to Bentham because he was told that it was the only way to save Kate and Aaron. Kate slaps him for abandoning she and Aaron. Jack tries to apologize, but Kate tells him she spent the last three years trying to forget all the horrible things that happened in the days that they left. She tells him she won’t go back, gets back in the car and speeds away.

Jack, still apparently drunk and high, drives to the funeral parlor after hours. He breaks in and approaches the casket, noticing that no one has yet signed the release form for Bentham’s body. Ben suddenly enters the room. Jack says that Bentham had told him Ben was off the Island, Jack and Kate having spoken to Bentham about a month prior. Bentham had said that after Jack left the island “some very bad things happened” and it was Jack’s fault for leaving. Bentham added that Jack had to come back. Ben replies that he has heard about Jack riding passenger planes, hoping they’ll crash. Ben describes this as “very dark”. Ben tells Jack he is here to let him know that the Island wont let him come alone: “all of you have to go back”. Jack says he doesn’t know where Sayid is, Hurley is insane, Sun blames Jack for Jin’s death, and Kate doesn’t even want to talk to him anymore. Ben says that this is the only way: all of them have to do it together, and that Ben has a few ideas about how it is to be done and is willing to help. However he specifies that all of them must return, including the deceased Bentham, who is revealed to be none other than John Locke.

Trivia

General

  • Penelope’s boat is named the Searcher.
  • Each year the producers have a special name for a secret scene in that year’s finale. This year’s special name turned about to be literal – “Frozen Donkey Wheel”, referring to the frozen wheel Ben has to turn to activate the teleportation of the island.
  • During her flash-forward dream sequence, Kate receives a garbled phone call. When played backwards, the message states: “The Island needs you. You have to go back before it’s too late.”
  • As the Oceanic Six arrive on Membata, the scenery of the Membata’s shore is EXACTLY the same as Elliot’s second flashback from LOST: Via Domus, even the camera angle and position is the same as the game’s. This most likely was done on purpose.
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Production notes

  • This is the only episode of season 4 in which all credited cast members appear.
  • This is the second time an episode of Lost features footage filmed outside of the United States. The London scene between Sun and Charles Widmore was filmed in London due to Alan Dale performing on stage in the West End production of Spamalot during filming of the second block of Season 4. The first time was during The Shape of Things to Come.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • Jack’s beard is visibly shorter than it was in “Through the Looking Glass
  • In the scene where Ben is trying to turn the large wheel in the icy cavern, he sticks his crowbar into the hole at the end of one of the pegs. As he does so, the teeth of the crowbar face to the right from the viewer’s perspective. However, in the next scene where he’s pressing his face against it, the teeth face left. When he removes it from the hole, the teeth face right again.
  • When the Oceanic 6 wash ashore in Sumba, the natives speak in Thai, not Indonesian. One native utters the phrase “Mah Nee” which means “Come Here” in Thai.
  • Desmond explains that severing the connection from the explosive to the battery would automatically detonate the failsafe. While these failsafes do exist, freezing the battery (hence stopping the electrical connectivity) would still cause the explosive to detonate.
  • On Day 91 (“Through the Looking Glass“), Penny told Charlie she was not on a boat. On Day 100, she is on the Search,a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsSacrificeSecretsTime
  • The Oceanic Six lie about what happened during and after the plane crash. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Sawyer refers to Jack as “Sundance”. (Nicknames)
  • Desmond and Penny are reunited. (Relationships)
  • Michael dies and Jin’s fate becomes unknown in the freighter explosion. (Life and death)
  • Sayid kills a man at 8:15 (Numbers) (Life and death)
  • Charlotte has been on the island before. (Secrets)
  • Hurley says that Jack and Locke are talking about “leader stuff”. (Leadership)
  • Kate dreams of Claire after she is off the island. (Dreams)
  • Ben claims that the person who moves the island can never come back. (Sacrifice)
  • Dr. Halliwax performs an experiment with rabbits. (Animals)
  • Sun tells Michael that she is pregnant. (Pregnancies)
  • Hurley lies to Walt about Michael’s death. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Michael hears the whispers before Christian appears. (Whispers)
  • Keamy and the mercenaries hear the whispers before the others attack them. (Whispers)
  • Sawyer calls Frank “Kenny Rogers.” (Nicknames)
  • Hurley is playing chess in his room when Sayid appears. (Games) (Black and White)
  • Sawyer jumps out of the chopper so that the others can make it to the Freighter. (Sacrifice)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Sawyer calls Jack “Sundance”. (Movies)  (Nicknames)
  • Kenny Rogers: Sawyer calls Frank “Kenny Rogers”. (Music)  (Nicknames)
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: Michael using liquid nitrogen to cool the C4 battery is reminiscent of a sequence in this stealth-action video game, where the protagonist must work against the clock to freeze a number of C4 bombs planted aboard an offshore oil refinery.
  • Gouge Away: Jack is listening to this Pixies song on the way back to the funeral home. Pixies singer Black Francis was born on April 6th, the date after Jack’s newspaper was published. (Music)
  • The Stand: The scene where Michael fights to delay the bomb’s explosion is reminiscent of a scene in Stephen King’s The Stand (a professed favorite novel of the LOST writers), in which the angelic Nick Andros character finds a bomb in a closet and dies as other people try to escape.

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionPlottingCliffhangerPlot twistStock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlashforwardsForeshadowingRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalries
  • Faraday transports people to the freighter. (F-Missions)
  • The Others rescue Ben Linus from Keamy. (O-Missions)
  • Ben tells Locke the Others are ready to listen to him after his departure. (Leadership)
  • Jack breaks into the funeral parlor. (Crimes)
  • Ben kills Keamy. (Crimes)
  • Desmond and Penny are reunited. (Relationships)
  • Locke tells Jack he wants to let bygones be bygones. (Rivalries)

Episode references

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3/Theories

On the Island

  • Where and when did the Island go?
  • Why does Miles decide to stay on the island?
  • What is Charlotte’s previous experience with the Island?
  • How does Miles know about Charlotte’s previous Island experience?
  • What did Sawyer whisper to Kate before he jumped off the helicopter?
  • Why is the cave behind the vault frozen?

After the rescue

Locke

  • Why did the Island allow Locke to die?
  • How did Locke get to the mainland?
  • Did Locke recognise Richard is the man who visited him when he was a child?

The Oceanic Six

  • Where did Sayid take Hurley?
  • What is the significance of Kate’s dream of Claire warning her not to take Aaron back to the Island?

Miscellaneous

  • What happened to Faraday and those on the raft?
  • What “bad things” happened after the Oceanic Six left the island?
  • How does Ben know what is happening on the Island?
  • What is Jin’s status?
  • Why was there noone on or around the freighter when it blew, when in the previous scene there were

many onboard wearing life jackets?

  • Why can’t Ben return to the island?

People still on the island

  • How do the Others and the Losties interact now that the threat of the mercenaries is gone?


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