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"Three Minutes"

17 May 2006
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"Three Minutes" is the 22nd episode of Season 2 of Lost and the 47th episode of the series as a whole. As the survivors mourn the loss of Ana Lucia and Libby, Michael continues to mount pressure on his peers to join him in a mission to rescue Walt from the Others.





Michael and Walt's conversation

13 Days Ago

Michael approaches Locke in the gun vault, asking to borrow a gun for target practice. When he asks for some bullets, he knocks a box of them off the shelf. Locke stoops to pick them up, and Michael hits him with the butt of a rifle, leaving him unconscious. Michael heads to the computer, and types on the keyboard to Walt. Walt tells his father that he is being held near an unusual rock formation with a large hole in the center. Michael types that he's leaving "NOW." Jack wakes up in the next room, calls for Locke, and finds him unconscious in the vault. Michael corners him threateningly, telling Jack he's leaving to find Walt. Jack tells Michael he won't shoot him, but Michael says that he'll shoot the computer. Michael declares that it's "his right" to go after Walt. He then locks both of them in.

Running across the Island, Michael encounters Danny Pickett, back toward Michael, apparently urinating. Michael draws the rifle on him. He distracts Michael by asking if he's "Walt's old man", while the man from the boat sneaks up from behind and disarms Michael of his rifle. Running away, Michael draws his pistol. Shots are fired back and forth, but the bearded man stops the Others from shooting because they "need him." Michael is caught by the man’s bolo, and he's bagged quickly because "his friends are right behind" them.

Alex, one of the Others

Michael is dragged into a campsite where Alex is waiting for them. The bearded man takes off Michael's bag, prompting him to spit in the Other's face. The Other brings out a bagged Kate, who was caught by the Others when she tried to catch up with Jack's group. Michael is warned that if he speaks up he'll never see Walt again. The bearded man leaves to talk with "her people."

He appears to Jack, Locke, and Sawyer, and uses Kate as leverage to make them surrender and leave. Michael is gagged nearby, following the man's order to stay quiet. When the Other shouts for Alex to bring Kate out, she pleads for the male Other to take her instead. He obliges, and in the moment of privacy Alex quickly asks Michael how Claire is doing, and whether or not she's had her baby. Michael simply stands, stunned.

With the main survivors unarmed, they retreat with Kate, as the bearded man steals their weapons. Returning to Michael, he glances at Alex, who apologizes before knocking Michael unconscious.

Michael sees two Others guarding an apparent hatch

11 Days Ago

The Others' team hikes across a hillside, and Michael is struggling because he's been marching without rest. The boat captain announces that they're at their destination. Michael notes a stone formation on the top of the hill, recognizing it as the one Walt mentioned in his message. The group approach a set of huts and tents, and they walk past a set of doors with a DHARMA logo, guarded by two men with rifles, and a group of three people making a fish net.

The bearded man orders Alex to "tell her we're here", and the male Other approaches Michael, taking a blood sample. A woman approaches, and Michael demands information about Walt from her. She introduces herself as Ms. Klugh, and asks Michael questions about Walt which he can't answer, such as has he ever appeared in a place he wasn't supposed to be? She adds that "you say he was half-way around the world, but... did you see him?", and states that for someone who wants to see Walt so badly, Michael doesn't seem to know much about him -- notably the same words said by lawyers during Michael's custody battle.
Michael's list

3 Days Ago

Michael is kept tied up in a hut. Ms. Klugh brings him dinner. He asks her when she's going to kill him, as he has been kept for a week now without anything happening. He even comments that Walt probably isn't even alive, but Ms. Klugh tells him that Walt is standing right outside. She explains that one of their people has been captured, and that if Michael brings him back to the Others, Walt will be returned to him. Michael insists on seeing Walt, and Ms. Klugh calls for "Pickett" to bring him in. Pickett is revealed to be the male Other Michael encountered on his journey across the Island.

He brings Walt in, and the father and son are finally reunited. Walt tells Michael that they have been forcing him to take tests, and that the Others are "not who they say they are... they're pretending." Ms. Klugh threatens that she will put Walt in "the room" again if he doesn't stop talking about that, which causes Walt to freeze. Cutting the reunion short, Walt is removed, but not before he manages to break free and hug his father.

Michael sobs as he is torn from Walt again, and Ms. Klugh takes advantage of this by requesting something else. She gives Michael a list with four names on, telling him that he must also bring them all these four people, otherwise he'll never see Walt again. Michael agrees, looking at the list, which has the names of Jack, Kate, Hurley, and "James Ford." A confused Michael says he doesn't know a James Ford, and Ms. Klugh explains that Michael knows him as Sawyer. However, Michael has his own demand, saying that if he does all this for them, he also wants their boat.

Present day

Hurley demands they bury the dead before contemplating revenge

Michael is seen burning a small piece of paper outside the Swan. Jack calls Michael into the Hatch to talk. Michael, Kate, Hurley, Jack, and Sawyer discuss their armaments and what to do next. Jack wants to attack the Others with many people. Michael wants to leave immediately to the Others' site with just the five people present. "We're not taking a damn army across the Island!" Hurley wants to bury the dead. A decision is made to bury the dead and leave for the Others' site the following morning. Hurley will dig Libby's grave, and Kate will dig the grave for Ana Lucia.

Later, Michael is in the Hatch, cleaning blood. Eko enters, having returned from his excursion with Locke, and helps to clean. Michael asks Eko about his belief in hell. Eko avoids answering Michael's question about his personal belief in hell and instead relays a story about a boy who has beaten his dog to death. The moral of the story was that even though the boy felt justified in killing the dog to protect his sister, his biggest concern was whether he would again meet that vengeful dog in hell.

Michael leaves the Hatch because "he had to get out of there." Jack finds Michael vomiting and reassures him that they will get Walt back. Michael still insists that Jack, he, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley must be the only ones to go, and that it's his call to make. Jack concedes.

Charlie presents the case with the vaccine to Claire
Claire is tending to Aaron as Charlie approaches. Claire is still cold toward Charlie, and Charlie gives Claire a small case full of vaccine and a pneumatic injector which he found in the palette and saved for them. Charlies says he has read the instructions included with the kit, and that a shot of the vaccine is supposed to be administered every nine days. Claire is thankful and seems to be warming to Charlie, when she sees Michael walking with Jack toward the beach, interrupting the conversation.

Sun sees Michael and Jack walking. Excitedly, Jin approaches and hugs Michael, as does Sun. Sun then notices that there are two covered bodies in the graveyard, where a new grave is being dug by Kate. She inquires "Who?" Michael tells about Ana Lucia and Libby, and says that "They were murdered."

Later, Michael is petting Vincent on the beach. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Jack are in Sawyer's tent, grabbing the weapons. Sawyer asks Jack about his relationship with Kate during the previous evening. Jack says "We got caught in a net." Sawyer responds, "That what they're callin' it these days?" They head out of the tent just as Sayid approaches. Sayid asks if it's true that "Henry" is gone, and who is going after him. Jack responds that Locke and Eko left to do this, and Sawyer notes that they haven't seen either of them since. Sayid notices the guns and asks "When do we leave?" Jack tells Sayid he's not coming. Sawyer gives Sayid a pistol and welcomes him to join in the morning.

Eko enters the Numbers

Eko is in the Hatch, and notes the magnetic property near the wall just as the timer hits the four-minute mark. Eko sits at the computer and enters the Numbers, which return to 108 minutes. Charlie enters the dome and asks what Eko has been doing. Eko asks Charlie to bring his things from the beach to the Hatch, because he's moving in. Charlie is concerned about the church, and Eko tells him that "I am supposed to do something different now." Charlie declines Eko's request to get his things from the beach.

Michael is sitting by the beach as Sawyer approaches and tells Michael that Sayid is joining. Michael is upset that Sayid was told, but says it's not a problem.

However, Michael's mind soon changes, and he approaches Sayid on the beach, telling him he is no longer welcome on the mission. Michael says that it's because he's planning a rescue, while Sayid is planning revenge. Sayid shakes Michael's hand and concedes, wishing him luck.

Vincent bringing Charlie a statue

Charlie is struggling to continue putting the roof on the church, alone. Vincent approaches with a Virgin Mary statue in its mouth, dropping it at Charlie's feet. Charlie responds, "Are you kidding me? Did someone put you up to this?" Charlie takes the statue and follows Vincent to Sawyer's tent, where Charlie discovers the other Virgin Mary statues. Charlie takes them all.

Charlie is standing at the edge of the ocean, throwing a statue into the surf. He throws five more in, and contemplates the last one. He throws it into the ocean as well, and then looks over his shoulder to notice that he was being watched by Locke.

Sawyer and Jack are in the Hatch. Jack asks Eko what happened in the jungle. Eko says that they were unable to find "Henry's" trail. Jack tells Eko that they're burying Ana Lucia and Libby at sunset. Eko says that he will mourn them in his own way.

Sawyer tells Jack about his encounter with Ana Lucia

Jack and Sawyer are preparing firearms and discussing who is going to talk at the funeral. Sawyer learns Ana Lucia's last name is Cortez and says, "That figures," and reveals to Jack that "I screwed her." Jack looks puzzled, so Sawyer says "We got caught in a net." Sawyer tells Jack that he told him because he's about the closest thing Sawyer has to a friend, because she's gone.

Kate and Hurley are digging the graves as Michael approaches. Michael helps Kate with the digging and discusses the plan to attack the Others. Hurley, though sorry about Walt, refuses to go, stating that there is no reason to. Michael tries to argue that "they" killed Libby, but Kate calls him off.

Most of the survivors approach the freshly-dug graves as dusk approaches. Locke sits alone on the beach. He takes out a knife, cuts off his splint, and walks off toward the jungle with a full backpack, leaving his crutches behind.

Sayid tells Jack about his suspicions of Michael
Sayid and Jack are walking together toward the graves, and away from everyone else. Sayid tells Jack that he believes that Michael has been compromised; his actions are not those of a man who is telling the truth, because a father will do anything for his son.
The funeral
He believes Michael freed Henry, that Michael intends to lead Jack into a trap, and that Henry was an Other. Instead of talking to Michael, Sayid wants Michael to think he's in control so Jack and Sayid can create an advantage.

Jack speaks about Ana Lucia, saying few words. Hurley speaks about Libby, becoming emotional. He then turns to Michael and says, "I'm going with you." As Hurley says goodbye to Libby, Sun suddenly shouts "Boat! Boat!" and everyone turns to observe a sailboat not too far offshore.


Production notes

  • Ana Lucia does not appear in this episode.
  • Malcolm David Kelly's name is restored to the main credits.
  • This is the third episode that takes place completely on the island.
  • This is the lowest rated episode of Lost's season 2 on ABC with a total of 14.67 million viewers.
  • The font on the flashback captions ("13 Days Ago", etc.) is different from the font used regularly (as seen in The Other 48 Days, etc.).

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When Jack wakes up in "The Hunting Party", he looks at the Swan computer and seeing no one, calls for Locke. However in this episode, Michael is shown to be sitting at the computer when Jack calls out.
  • Before this episode, Locke had kept seven of the Virgin Mary statues. Later on, Jack smashed at least one of the statues for heroin (for Libby). Thus, Charlie could not have thrown seven statues into the water.
  • When Michael closes the door to trap Locke and Jack, the hand closing the door is not his.
  • The area in which Michael has his confrontation with the others and is taken is different from where Locke describes it to have taken place in "The Hunting Party". Here it is out in the open but the area Locke, Jack and Sawyer went to was in woodland where Locke tracked the clues of "a struggle".
  • When Sawyer invites Sayid to accompany the group to assault the Others' camp, he hands him a Sig Sauer handgun. Later, when Sayid is packing his bag, he has a Glock.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsRevengeSacrificeSecretsTime
  • Libby and Ana Lucia are buried. (Life and death)
  • Ms. Klugh orders Michael to bring four of his friends to the Others' camp, so he could get his son back. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Ms. Klugh wrote down 4 names of his friends. (Numbers) (Lists)
  • Michael reunites with Walt, and tells Jack he has to get his son back. (Parent issues)
  • The instructions on the pneumatic injector say to administer the vaccine every 9 days. 9 days equals 216 hours, double 108. (The Numbers)
  • Michael fired 4 rounds when he let Henry escape (The Numbers)
  • The Others question Michael about Walt's past. (Children)
  • Michael only wants the people on "the list" accompanying him, saying it's a rescue mission, anyone else just wants revenge. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Michael becomes a prisoner of The Others for several days. (Imprisonment)
  • Walt warns Michael that The Others are "pretending" and are not who they say they are. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Michael wanted to know about Hell when talking to Mr. Eko, in other words, he wanted to know if he would be forgiven for his betrayal. (Redemption)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Pippi Longstocking. Sawyer refers to Kate as this main character from a series of popular children’s books by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a nine-year-old girl, who lives with a complete lack of adult supervision. She is very unconventional, assertive, and extraordinarily strong. (Literary works)
  • The Great Grape Ape Show. Sawyer refers to Hurley as the "Damn Grape Ape". The Great Grape Ape Show was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that was broadcast from 1975 to 1978. (Movies and TV)
  • Moby-Dick. Sawyer refers to Sayid as "Captain A-rab", a variation on Captain Ahab, a character in this 1851 novel by Herman Melville. Ahab is the tyrannical captain who is driven by a monomaniacal desire to kill the whale that maimed him. (Literary works)
  • Bob Dylan's 115th Dream. Sawyer referring to Sayid as "Captain A-rab" could also be a reference to this song by Bob Dylan. The song is a surrealist adventure where the narrator, who calls himself 'Captain Kidd', discovers America prior to Christopher Columbus's visit, along with his crew and 'Captain Arab', only to find out that it's not the pure, primitive place that it at first glance seemed to be. (Music)
  • Special forces. Sawyer refers to Sayid as the "Red Beret". Red Berets are worn by the Iraqi Republican Guard and the referance is made to Jack so it is variation of the Green Berets of the US. (Military)
  • The Dirty Dozen. Sawyer refers to possible members for an A-Mission as the "Dirty Dozen", after a group of unconventional and/or criminal heroes in this 1967 war film. (Movies)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 

Episode references

  • Ms. Klugh tells Michael, "For someone who wants his son back so badly, you don't seem to know much about him, Michael." This echoes Susan's lawyer's words to him when he was fighting for custody of Walt: "For someone who wants to retain his paternal rights so badly, you don't seem to know much about your son, Mr. Dawson. ("Adrift")

Unanswered Questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Three Minutes/Theories
  • What kind of tests have been performed on Walt?
  • Why did Klugh ask if Walt had ever appeared somewhere he wasn't supposed to be?

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