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"LA X, Parts 1 & 2"

Feb 2, 2010
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"LA X, Parts 1 & 2" is the 1st episode of Season 6 of Lost and the 104th/105th produced hours of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on Feb 2, 2010. The aftermath from Juliet's detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed.




Previously on Lost

Parallel timeline (2004)

(See Differences between flash-sideways timeline and original timeline)

Jack and Rose greet again near each-other on the plane.

Aboard Oceanic Flight 815, Jack Shephard gazes out the window at passing clouds. Cindy, a flight attendant, asks him how his drink is, then smiles when he admits it's not very strong. She gives him a small bottle of vodka and asks him to keep it between them.

Suddenly, the plane begins shaking, and the pilot announces they are running into some turbulence ahead. Rose, the woman across the aisle, assures Jack it's normal, and jokes that her husband always says planes are meant to be in the air. They chat for a while before the turbulence worsens, and Jack grips the armrests with an expectant look. However, the plane passes through, and Bernard returns safely from the bathroom commenting "Remind me to hold it next time, will you. I almost died in the bathroom. Now I know how laundry feels in the dryer." Rose replies: "I missed you." Bernard responds, I missed you too, beautiful" and kisses her.

Desmond appears on Flight 815.

Jack gets up to go to the lavatory, and inspects himself carefully in the mirror, noticing a small cut on his neck, like he had cut himself shaving. Its bleeding slightly, and he appears to not have known it was there. Going back to his seat, he meets a man named Desmond Hume in the seat next to him. Jacks struggles to remember whether they have met before. The view then shifts out the window and down into the ocean, where the remains of the Island are shown, now submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. Underwater, the remains of the DHARMA Barracks are visible, and a DHARMA shark is seen swimming near Tawaret's four toed foot.

Sawyer warns Hurley about his lottery win.

Jack heads to the forward lavatory, where Edward Mars waits for his "friend." Kate bursts out of the door and runs into Jack, apologizing before the Marshal hauls her back to her seat.

Kate receives her meal, but the Marshal won't allow her a knife or fork. Just then, Sawyer brushes past the Marshal, and Kate hides her hands under her tray table, presumably to conceal her handcuffed wrists. Sawyer shares a meaningful look with Kate before apologizing and moving on. Sawyer goes back to his seat, where Leslie Arzt is pestering Hugo Reyes to do an impression of a character in his Mr. Cluck's commercial. Arzt finds it hysterical, then asks how a guy like him came to own a major corporation like Mr. Cluck's. Hurley replies that he won the lottery and happens to like chicken, leading a downcast Arzt to quickly excuse himself. Sawyer warns Hurley not to share his lottery win with strangers, saying it will make them try to take advantage of him, but Hurley brushes it off: can't happen, because he's the luckiest man alive.

Boone and Locke exchange their reasons for being in Australia.

Smiling, Sun gazes at Rose and Bernard a few rows ahead; she tells Jin that they look so happy together. Jin tells her to button the top of her sweater.

John Locke reads a safety brochure, leading Boone, sitting nearby, to say it won't be any use if the plane goes down. John replies a good pilot could negotiate a water landing, and the fuel tanks would keep the plane afloat until the survivors could get onto the liferafts. They strike up a conversation: Boone explains he was in Australia to get his sister out of a bad relationship, but she didn't want to come back with him. Locke says he went on a walkabout for ten days in the Australian outback, which greatly impresses Boone. Boone remarks if the plane does crash, he'll stick with Locke. Frogurt is sleeping in the seat next to Locke, between him and Boone.

Charlie is revived by Jack, wondering if he is alive.

Cindy makes an announcement asking for any doctors on board to press their call buttons, and eventually comes over to ask Jack for help: one of the passengers has been in the lavatory for half an hour and is no longer responding to any knocks. With the help of Sayid and a flight attendant, they force open the door to find Charlie Pace, who is sitting unconscious on the toilet. Jack can tell something is blocking his airway and cannot reach it, he then tries to use the pen in his pocket to perform a tracheotomy and realizes it is mysteriously gone. After a few minutes, Jack and Sayid manage to clear his airway, which was blocked by a baggie of heroin, and revive him. However, he isn't happy when he realizes he is still alive.

Oceanic Flight 815 lands safely in Los Angeles.

As Charlie is led in handcuffs to his seat, he angrily tells Jack he was supposed to die. Jack returns to his seat, and notices Desmond has gone missing. Rose and Bernard, having been asleep, don't know where he is, nor do they remember anyone sitting next to him. Rose remarks to Jack to buckle up, as they buckle up as the plane begins its descent into Los Angeles. Sayid looks at a photo of Nadia, while Jin inspects the watch he is supposed to deliver. Finally, the plane touches down; police come to escort Charlie away, Boone shakes hands with Locke before leaving, while the others gather their belongings and disembark including Rose and Bernard very much happy as a couple, followed shortly by Sun and Jin whom both appear very unhappy, and Kate in handcuffs with Edward, Jack and Locke are the last two passengers on the plane, and Jack watches as two airline employees bring a wheelchair on board and lift an apparently paralyzed Locke into it.

Jin and Sun run into trouble involving Jin's money.

At Los Angeles International Airport, Jack is paged to an Oceanic Airlines desk, where a company representative informs him that his father's coffin apparently was not put onto the plane in Sydney, and they are uncertain of its current location. Jack is clearly upset.

Jin and Sun attempt to go through customs and the officials are frustrated at their language barrier. They find the watch Jin is transporting, and, failing to understand it is a business gift, continue to search his bag. Finding a pouch containing stacks of undeclared cash, Inspector Smalley leads Jin away for questioning. Inspector Anne advises Sun (referring to her by her maiden name, Ms Paik) that if she knows some English and can explain it would clear things up, but Sun appears not to understand.

Claire is frozen in fear as Kate hijacks her taxi.

Meanwhile Kate talks the marshal into letting her go to the bathroom, where she attempts to pick the handcuffs with a pen she pick pocketed from Jack during their encounter outside the lavatory. When the marshal discovers the spring to the pen on the floor, he demands she come out and Kate shoves open the bathroom stall door, knocking him down and causing him to hit his head on the sink, knocking him unconscious. Kate escapes with the marshal's gun, but is seen by two women who enter the restroom and call for help as Kate tells them that he had tried to attack her. Kate runs into an elevator, and finds Sawyer inside. Sawyer notices her handcuffed wrists, despite Kate's attempt at concealment with the marshal's coat Kate stole after knocking him unconscious. Ganson and Calhoun, two TSA employees, come on the elevator and are alerted there's been a security issue. Sawyer presumes Kate is involved, and the next time the elevator opens, Sawyer holds the door and says "ladies first" so that Kate can get away before the TSA employees realize who they're looking for. Once out of the elevator and in baggage claim, Kate notices airport employees looking for the marshal's attacker. Kate sneaks into an employee's only area. From there, Kate runs outside and tries to get a cab. She is told by an angry Neil "Frogurt" there is a line, and Kate gets in line behind Hurley. When Edward Mars sights her, Kate hops in the back of someone else's cab. When the cab driver says he already has a passenger, Kate pulls a gun on him and tells him to drive. Sitting beside Kate in the back seat of the cab is Claire.

Jack hands Locke his business card for a free consultation.

In an small Oceanic Airlines office, Jack speaks back and forth on the cell phone with his mother, who apparently has told Jack she had never wanted to hold the funeral that quickly (in two hours) and we hear Jack say he just wanted to get it over. Jack meets Locke, who is finishing up filling out paperwork on his case of knives, which the airline had also misplaced. Jack tells Locke Oceanic lost his father because they can't locate his coffin. Locke tells Jack Oceanic has no idea where Jack's dad is; the airline lost his dad's body, not his dad. Seemingly grateful to hear this perception of the ordeal, Jack notices Locke's condition and asks him about it. "My condition is irreversible," Locke says. "Nothing is irreversible," Jack replies. He offers him a free consultation, gives him his business card and holds the door open for Locke to wheel out.

Original timeline (2007)

At the Swan and the Temple

Kate awakens following Jughead's detonation.

Out of the white, Kate's eye opens. Upon awakening, she nearly falls from the tree branch she's on, which is a considerable distance from the ground. She climbs back onto the branch. Her hearing is muffled. She yells and then shakes her head and messes with her ears but her hearing does not return. She climbs down out of the tree. The only sounds are those of her breathing, a high pitched ringing sound and her shuffling down the tree. She yells, "Hello?" and her hearing finally returns. She finds Miles who is also having trouble hearing, "I can't hear you! Are your ears ringing?" and he is talking louder than normal. They trek back to the Hatch to find it completely obliterated, as it was after Desmond turned the fail-safe key three years before - making it clear they are now in the present time. Kate sees both Jack and Sawyer lying in the grass. She chooses to go to Jack's aid. Jack shakes his head and wakes up. Sawyer kicks him and he falls down into the hatch hole. Kate climbs down into the hole and Sawyer yells at Jack, "You were wrong!", clearly furious the attempt to detonate the Jughead in 1977 only resulted in them returning to the present. Kate tries to hold him back.

Jacob appears to Hurley an hour after his murder.

Hurley and Jin wake up next to a Dharma van with Sayid, who is bleeding from the bullet wound in his stomach. Jin steps out of the van. Hurley points out that the sky turned from day to night. Jin informs Hurley he has just found a flashlight. Jin explains that they must have time-traveled, as it was similiar to his own previous experience. At the remains of the Swan Station, Jack concludes that the bomb must have gone off, but Sawyer yells back that they wouldn't still be here if a nuclear explosion had occured. Juliet is suddenly heard screaming from underneath the amassed wreckage. The survivors attempt to move the wreckage, but there is an I-beam blocking the way. Sawyer orders Jin to return to the van in order to use it to lift the I-beam away. Meanwhile, at the van, Hurley is tending to Sayid when Jacob appears from the Jungle. He tells Hurley that he died an hour ago. Jacob then tells Hurley he needs to take Sayid and the guitar case he had given him previously to the Temple.

Juliet succumbs to her injuries, before delivering her message to Sawyer.

Jin, together with Hurley and the injured Sayid, return to the Swan where they manage to remove the wreckage covering Juliet. Sawyer climbs into the hole beneath the wreckage and briefly talks to Juliet. Juliet mumbles something about getting coffee sometime and smiles as she says, "We can go dutch." She then seems to realize where she is, and her last words are "I have to tell you something important." She then dies from her injuries.

Sawyer vows to Kate that he will kill Jack for being responsible for her death. After tending to Sayid, Jack realizes that he will die, until Hurley tells them that Jacob told him that they can save Sayid by bringing him to the Temple. Jack asks, "Who's Jacob?" The group leave for the Temple -- guided by Jin -- and leave Sawyer and Miles behind to bury Juliet. After she is buried, Sawyer orders Miles to communicate with her, in order to find out what important news she wanted to give him. After a brief commune with Juliet, during which engine and turbulence sounds from the Alternate 815 are heard, Miles tells Sawyer her message: "It worked."

Dogen is introduced.
The content of Hurley's guitar case is revealed to be an Ankh.

The remainder of the group make their way to the Temple. The group enters the temple via a hole at the base of the wall. Inside they find a skeleton missing an arm (Montand) and take the skeleton's book, a French copy of Søren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. While making their way through the tunnels beneath the Temple, the survivors are captured one by one in the darkness by the Others. This group of Others take the captured group to the Temple proper, where they are introduced to Dogen, the Japanese leader of this particular group, who talks through his interpreter Lennon. Cindy informs her fellow Others that Hurley and crew were on Oceanic 815, as she was. She doesn't seem at all flustered when Dogen orders them to be shot. Hurley quickly tells Dogen that Jacob sent him and told him to bring the guitar case. The guitar case is opened, revealing a large wooden Ankh which Dogen promptly smashes. Hidden inside the ankh is a piece of paper. Dogen reads it and asks for each of their names. Hurley demands to know what the paper says and Lennon tells him that the Temple dwellers will all be in trouble if Sayid dies.

Dogen covers Sayid's eyes after his death.

The Others bring Sayid into the Temple, where a large spring bubbles in the center, Lennon comments that the spring is not running clearly. Dogen approaches the water, cuts his hand and then submerges it in the water, noting that the water did not heal it. After informing Jack that there are risks, Dogen orders his followers to submerge Sayid in the water and turns over a hourglass. As Sayid appears to be revived the Dogen refuses to lift him out of the water until the timer is finished. It soon appears that Sayid is drowning. Jack protests but when he tries to stop them he is prevented. After the last sand grains fall Sayid is lifted lifeless from the water. Dogen announces to the shocked group that "your friend is dead." He leaves the survivors alone to mourn Sayid. Later, Cindy enters along with Zach and Emma, the children from the tail section, bringing the survivors some food. Miles and an unconscious Sawyer are also brought to the Temple at this point, after being captured by Others in the jungle.

Sayid is mysteriously brought back to life.

Hurley visits Dogen, where it is revealed that he understands English, but refuses to speak it as he dislikes "the way it tastes on my tongue." After a brief conversation, Hurley reveals that Jacob is dead, which shocks Dogen and Lennon who rush out of the room. The two issue orders to the rest of the Others, who hurriedly pour lines of ash around the Temple, barricade the entrances, and launch a rocket flare. Lennon reveals that they are not keeping the survivors in, but rather keeping "him" out.

While waiting in the Temple spring room, Hurley and Miles sit near Sayid's body, as Hurley says goodbye to his friend. Sawyer awakens and affirms to Kate that he doesn't plan to kill Jack, because "he deserves to suffer on this rock just like the rest of us." Lennon enters and asks to speak with Jack in private, but Jack argues and scuffles with several of the Others. The fight is interrupted when all present are shocked to see Sayid sit up, very much alive. He pauses, confused, and says "What happened?"

At the statue

The Man in Black sends Ben with a message.

Inside the statue, The Man in Black (as Locke) picks up the bloodied knife Ben had used to stab Jacob. He tears off a piece of fabric from the floor and uses it to clean the knife. He tells a visibly disturbed Ben that he can stop staring at the fire and that Jacob is gone. Ben asks why Jacob didn't fight back. The Man in Black replies that Jacob must have known he was beaten and asks Ben to go outside and tell Richard that he needs to talk to him. Ben inquires as to what they have to discuss. The Man in Black states that it is between himself and Richard.

Ben comes face-to-face with the real, dead John Locke.

Meanwhile, outside, Ilana and Bram discuss entering the statue with Richard. Richard tells them firmly that they cannot go in, and that only those summoned by Jacob may enter. Ilana replies that she and Bram were brought to the island by Jacob, and thus should be allowed inside. Ben comes out and is immediately set upon by Ilana and her men. When he informs Richard that he is summoned by Locke, Richard becomes furious with Ben, and shoves him onto the beach next to Locke's corpse, revealing to Ben for the first time that Locke is indeed dead. After a brief discussion, Ilana orders her men to enter the room with Ben, despite Richard's protest.

The Man in Black taunts Bram and the rest of Jacob's followers.

Inside the statue, the four men including Bram enter Jacob's chamber and point their guns at The Man in Black. They ask him where Jacob is, and upon being informed that Jacob is dead, they become enraged and fire several shots at The Man in Black. One shot appears to strike him, after which he disappears behind a column. As one of the men investigates the room, he finds the bullet that was thought to have hit The Man in Black lying on the ground. Confused, he turns around, just as the Monster enters the room.

Bram faces the Monster inside the statue.

There is a brief firefight, but the Monster quickly overpowers three of the four men, killing them. Bram produces a container of ash which he proceeds to hurriedly spread around himself in a circle. This circle protects Bram from the Monster's direct advances towards him, so the Monster dislodges a chunk of rock from the statue interior, which knocks Bram out of the circle of ash. Bram, now vulnerable, is grabbed by the Monster and thrown through Jacob's loom (not Jacob's tapestry, which can be seen hanging on a stone wall during the battle), where he is impaled on a piece of wood, and killed. During the entirety of the fight, Ben cowers in a corner, looking on in shock. At the conclusion of the fight, The Man in Black (once again as Locke) reappears behind Ben and states: "Sorry that you had to see me like that," thus definitively revealing the link between the Monster, The Man in Black, and post-Ajira Flight 316 Locke.

The Man in Black tells Ben he just wants to "go home."

Ben, noticeably shocked, finally manages to ask The Man in Black, "what are you?" He only answers that he's not a "what" but a "who." The Man in Black then tells Ben that John Locke was very confused when Ben killed him and his last thought was "I don't understand." As Ben grapples with these revelations, The Man in Black goes on explaining how sad and pathetic Locke's life was. He continues that Locke's only redeeming virtue was to have been the only one of the Oceanic 815 survivors not to want to go back to their worthless pre-Island life, but rather to stay on the Island. He finishes his speech to Ben by reflecting on the irony of this situation, because unlike Locke, he just wants to go "home."

Richard and The Man in Black face each other.

The flares from the Temple are seen from the beach as Ben and The Man in Black leave the statue. The remaining Others lift their guns to shoot at The Man in Black, but are promptly halted by Richard from taking action. Richard confronts The Man in Black, who responds to Richard that "it's good to see you out of those chains." Richard is stunned and replies "You?!," indicating some familiarity with who The Man in Black is. The Man in Black responds "Me," and knocks Richard out, hoisting him onto his shoulder. He turns to the rest of the Others, including Sun and Frank, and shouts angrily that he is "very disappointed with all of you," before making his way past the real John Locke's body.



  • Claire, Shannon, Michael, Walt, Nikki, Paulo, Scott, Steve, Sullivan, and other characters from previous seasons known to be on board Oceanic 815 were not seen on the plane in the alternate timeline, although Shannon was referenced by Boone and Claire was seen in the cab Kate hi-jacked at LAX.
  • Desmond was seen by Jack to be on the flight, but he was not on it originally. In the original timeline he was on the island, working at the Swan Station. It's not known whether Desmond was actually on the flight as he appears and disappears with only Jack actually noticing him. Desmond is seen wearing a wedding ring.
  • Ana Lucia Cortez, Eko, and Libby who were in the tail section, were not shown to be on the flight.
  • When viewing the address shown on Jack's business card (8444 Wilshire Blvd) on Google Map's Street-View, you can see a film crew. It is not clear if this is a Lost-related shoot. The Street-View image at the intersection of Wilshire and Hamilton also appears to have been recorded at a different date than the surrounding four sections, as evidenced by the changing text on the nearby marquee and the disappearance of the crew. At this location, there is a bronze statue of John Wayne upon a white octagonal base that resembles a DHARMA Initiative logo on the Google satellite image. The oval structure next (downwards and left) to the statue resembles a submarine.
  • One of the Ankhs the four toed statue was holding is now visible to its right, underwater.
  • When Jack is successful in reviving Charlie on Flight 815, his first words are, "Am I alive?". This is the same message actor Dominic Monaghan had scrawled on his palm in black marker that he held up to the audience at Comic Con 2009.
  • The Police code "341" heard in the elevator is "Discharging Firearms".
  • The shark in front of the sunken four toed statue had a Dharma Logo on its tail.

Production notes

  • This is the first episode to begin the opening credits with "An ABC STUDIOS PRODUCTION". This is now becoming a standard for all ABC shows.
  • Unusually, there was no guest cast list given before the airing of the episode in the ABC press releases, to avoid spoiling the episode.
  • Emilie de Ravin (Claire) rejoins the main cast. Recurring guest stars Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Jeff Fahey (Frank) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) are promoted to main cast.
  • While Henry Ian Cusick was not named a member of the main cast by ABC prior to the episode's airing, he is credited with them. He is credited during Part 2 in the separated episodes, making the situation non-episode specific and as peculiar as the case of Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro in season 3 (or Jeremy Davies, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader in season 4), being deemed guest stars by ABC but regulars in the on-screen credits.
  • Emilie de Ravin (Claire) only appears in the second half of the premiere while Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) only appears in the first.
  • This episode features three former regulars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Dominic Monaghan and Ian Somerhalder.
  • Greg Grunberg is heard as pilot Seth Norris. He recorded his voice over in L.A., where he films Heroes.[1]
  • Originally, Shannon was set to make an appearance, but Maggie Grace was unable to film any scenes due to her busy schedule. Thus, the backstory was rewritten to accommodate this. [2]
  • This is the first season premiere since the series pilot episode where every main credited cast member appears.
    • This is the first and likely final time that Jack, Kate, Locke, Sawyer, Sayid, Hurley, Jin, Sun, Claire, Boone, Desmond, Charlie, Ben, Juliet and Arzt have appeared in the same episode since season 3's "Exposé."
    • Jack and Kate are the only two characters to appear in every season premiere of the series.
    • This is the first season premiere since "Pilot, Part 1" to feature Jin in a speaking role.
    • Claire appears for the first time outside of stock footage since Season 4's episode "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3", after a 17 episode absence.
    • Cindy, Zach and Emma appear for the first time since the Season 3 episode "The Brig".
    • Claire and Desmond only appear in the alternate timeline, leaving Island Claire's status still unknown despite her rejoining the cast.
  • The flash sideways "whoosh" is different from the previous flashback sound. It bears a striking resemblance to the noise heard during the time flashes in Season 5, with hints of the noise heard when Juliet detonated Jughead.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When Sayid is removed from the spring, his hair is soaking wet. Just a few seconds later, when he's being laid on the ground, his hair is much drier.
  • When Sayid is being taken down the steps in the temple to the water, a background extra removes the stretcher twice between shots.
  • Sayid's passport that is shown in this episode is Iranian, when Sayid is from Iraq.
  • When Sawyer finds Juliet at the Swan site, her hands move into various positions between shots, though she is obviously unconscious at the time.
  • Oceanic 815 is supposed to be a Boeing 777. The approaching scene showed a correct 777, however:
    • The sequence where you can see the landing gear on touch down shows four wheels on the main landing gear. A Boeing 777 has six wheels.
    • The plane approaching the gate has four engines (you can see the engine shadows). The actual plane at the gate is an Airbus A340.
  • When Charlie is being taken from the plane by policemen, he looks left to Jack and all the passengers are facing him. In the next image, Jack looks right, but all the passengers faced opposite.
  • Jack is carrying one side of the stretcher up until the time when Kate moves out of sight under the Temple wall. When Jack becomes concerned for her, he grabs the flashlight from Hurley and goes after Kate. However, he never set down his side of the stretcher or handed it off to anyone else.
  • When the plane shakes for a second time, footage from the previous storyline can be noticed as luggage starts to fall out of the overhead compartments, the next shot the luggage is no longer falling, and the latches of the compartments are still closed.
  • When Hurley and the others enter the tunnel under the Temple, after Hurley says "this is gonna be awesome", a can of soda can be seen on a ledge behind Kate's torch.
  • When Sawyer throws Miles over Juliet's grave to "talk to her", Miles' face is covered with dirt. In the next shot his face is clean.
A Kino Flo Diva-Lite can be seen to the right of the van
  • At 25:14 into LA X Part 1 when Hurley is backing up the DHARMA van to the hatch site, a Kino Flo Diva-Lite can be seen to the right of the van helping to light the scene.
  • In countries outside of the US, where this episode is broadcast as two separate episodes (i.e. two lots of credits) a scene change creates a continuity error in Part 2. The flash-sideways where Jack is called away from the customs queue to the courtesy desk is moved later into the episode so that it does not appear in the teaser. This means that Kate's flash-sideways scene at the customs desk is shown first, and she escapes shortly after. However, in Jack's scene Kate is still waiting in line with the Marshal and being directed to the desk, where her scene should continue from.
  • In the airport bathroom scene where Kate kicks out the door to knock out the Marshal you can see that the door to her stall has been modified so that the door opens outwards, however in the next shot you will see that all the other doors in the washroom open the normal way, inwards.

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
  • Juliet dies. (Life and Death)
  • Sayid dies and comes back to life. (Life and Death) (Rebirth)
  • Kate cares for Sawyer. (Relationships)
  • Charlie nearly dies from choking (i.e. he could not breathe), but is revived. (Life and Death) (Irony)
  • Sawyer threatens to kill Jack. (Revenge)
  • Sawyer calls Juliet "blondie." (Nicknames)
  • Sawyer calls Cindy "Earhart" on the plane. (Nicknames)
  • The scene with Kate on the tree opens with her eye. (Eyes)
  • Sawyer tells Hurley he shouldn't tell people he won the lottery because people will take advantage of him. (Deceptions and cons)
  • While Jacob's Nemesis explains his motivations to Ben, he leans infrequently back into the darkness and forward into the light cast by the hole in the roof of the statue base. (Black and White)
  • Kate comes across the corpse of Montand whose arm is missing. (Missing body parts)
  • Jacob's Nemesis speaks to Richard about being freed from his chains and to Bram's group that they are free now Jacob is dead. (Imprisonment)
  • Charlie says that he was "supposed to die". (Fate versus free will)
  • The secret hidden in the guitar case was an ankh which secretly contained a piece of paper. The ankh is a symbol of eternal life. (Secrets) (Religion) (Life and Death)
  • The monster kills Ilana's group. (Life and Death)
  • Jacob's Nemesis says he wants to "go home." (Imprisonment)
  • When they enter the hole in the wall, they find a book on the dead french man's body. (Books)
  • In the alternate reality where Oceanic 815 does not crash, many of the main characters past and present still make contact with each other. (Character connections)
  • Jack's father's coffin was lost and never landed in Los Angeles. (Parent Issues)
  • Locke explains to Jack that his condition is irreversible. Jack responds that nothing is irreversible and offers him a free consultation. (Fate versus free will)
  • Locke gives Boone a detailed description of a walkabout he never took. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Kate steals a pen from Jack, which she attempts to pick the lock on her handcuffs with. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Kate and Edward Mars go through security at LAX at a booth labeled 4F. (Numbers)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Kate attacks US Marshal Edward Mars. (Crimes)
  • Sawyer blames Jack for the death of Juliet and threatens to kill him. (Rivalries)
  • Charlie is arrested for bringing drugs on the plane. (Crimes)
  • Jin is revealed to be smuggling undeclared money into the US for unknown purposes. (Crimes)
  • Jack's decision to drop the bomb is questioned, particularly by Sawyer, and even by himself. (Leadership)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Earth X: The "X" in 'LA X' stands for an alternate reality. It is commonly used in comic books including Marvel Comics which have an alternate history/timeline called "Earth X". DC Comics also had two parallel earths with similar names, Earth-X, introduced in 1936, and Jimmy Olsen's Earth-X, introduced in 1966. (Books)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories: Desmond is reading this book by British Indian writer Salman Rushdie. "It is a phantasmagorical story set in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name". It is an allegorical story about a 10 year old boy in an imaginary world called "Kahani" and his father is the story teller. After his mother leaves his father, the father is unable to tell stories anymore. There is a water genie who controls the Ocean of the Stream of Stories. Haroun is the Arabic for Aaron. (Books)
  • Fear and Trembling: The book encountered in the Temple is "Fear and Trembling" (original title: Frygt og Bæven), an influential philosophical work by Danish philosopher, theologian, and psychologist Søren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio (John the Silent). In the book, through alternative re-tellings of the Biblical story of the Binding of Isaac, Kierkegaard examines the role of faith and its relationship with morality and ethics. The title is a reference to a line from Philippians 2:12, "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." (Books)
  • "Crocodile" Dundee: Boone compares Locke to the main character of this 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback. (Movies)
  • Amelia Earhart: As Cindy rushes to the back of the plane with medical supplies for Charlie, Sawyer asks "What's goin' on back there, Earhart?" Amelia Earhart was the noted American aviation pioneer who went missing in 1937 during a circumnavigational flight of the globe over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
  • Kumbaya: As Sayid is taken out of the Dharma van and Hurley takes the guitar case out, Miles asks "Are we gonna sing Kumbaya on the way?" "Kumbaya" is an African-American spiritual song from the 1930s that enjoyed newfound popularity during the folk revival of the 1960s and became a standard campfire song in nature-oriented organizations. More recently it is cited or alluded to in sarcastic or cynical ways. (Music)
  • The X-Files: When Bernard returns from the lavatory, Rose flips over the fictional magazine she has been reading, Weekly Woodsman, to reveal the phrase, "The truth is out there..." accompanied by a picture of a UFO. This same phrase and a similar picture was often seen on a poster hanging in Fox Mulder's office. It was also featured in a season 4 episode of Supernatural, a show that also features Mark Pellegrino. (Movies and TV)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • At Comic-Con 2009, Damon and Carlton promised that a new device would be introduced. This appears to be the "flash sideways" (as Carlton Cuse calls them[3]) to a timeline where flight 815 never crashed, introduced in this episode. (Flash-sideways)
  • In the alternate timeline, Boone tells Locke "If this thing goes down, I'm with you." In the original timeline, this led to his death. (Irony)
  • In the alternate timeline, Jack offers John Locke help with his disability and shakes his hand. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
  • On the alternate Flight 815, a calm Rose reassures a nervous Jack. Rose says "You can let go now," a substitute for the original "I'm letting you off the hook." (Irony)
  • Ben was healed at the temple after Sayid shot him. Now Sayid is healed in the pool after he has been shot by Ben's father. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
  • Boone asks Locke if he's just "pulling his leg." Boone seems to be unaware that Locke cannot walk. Meanwhile, the injuries to Boone's leg, indirectly caused by Locke, contributed to Boone's death on the island. (Irony)
  • A character named Bram is killed by being impaled by wood, like how a vampire is killed by a stake. (Irony)
  • "Locke" is revealed to be the Smoke Monster, who is one and the same with Jacob's nemesis. (Plot twist)
  • Sayid is revealed to have survived his treatment by the Others, despite the initial suggestion of his death. (Plot twist)
  • In order to be brought to life, Sayid must be fully immersed in water in a scene that looks in some ways like a Christian baptism. Since water in baptism represents purification from sin, the dirty water might suggest that he hasn't been fully cured of what ails him. (Symbolism)
  • Charlie says he was supposed to die. So although it is an alternate reality the notion of destiny is still intact. Desmond attempted to save Charlie multiple times and failed and ultimately Charlie resigned to the fact that he must die. In this alternate reality Charlie references this same theme.
  • Jack tells Locke that "nothing is irreversible". Jack seems to be unaware that he himself managed to change the course of time, even if in an alternative timeline. (Irony)
  • The apparent motivation behind Jacob's Nemesis actions is to go back "home". To do so, he took the guise of John Locke, who wanted to remain in the Island and never go back. (Irony)
  • Hurley believes the deceased Jacob to be alive when he walks out of the jungle, whereas the the last time they met he believed the still living Jacob to be dead. (Irony)
  • Jacob confirms that Hurley does see and talk with the dead and that this ability is not related to any mental illness. (Irony)

Episode references

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: LA X, Parts 1 & 2/Theories

Parallel timeline


  • What differences are there in this alternate reality?
    • What are the specific causes of these changes?
  • Why is the island underwater?
    • When did it submerge?
  • If, in the orginal timeline, Oceanic 815 crashed on the island while being 1000 miles off course. How did they manage to stay on course and still fly right over the island?

Flight 815

  • What is the significance of the blood on Jack's neck in the plane bathroom?
  • How did Desmond end up on flight 815, and where did he go?
  • Why does Charlie think he was "supposed to die"?
  • Why is the unmarried Sun travelling with Jin?


  • Where is the coffin containing Christian Shephard's body?
  • Where is John Locke's luggage containing his knives?

Original timeline


  • Why does Juliet say "it" didn't work, as they were still on the island, when she was alive?
    • Why does Juliet change her mind after she dies and tell Miles "it" worked?
    • What is "it?"
  • Did the bomb actually explode?
  • How could the Dharma van have jumped though time with them? In past time jumps the characters and their belongings were the only thing that jumped through time.


  • Why is the water no longer clear in the Temple?
  • What is the significance of the water in the temple?
  • What are the "risks" that Dogen mentions?
  • What is the significance of the sand timer?
    • Why is there a specific amount of time that they must hold Sayid under water?
  • Why are the Others at the Temple in trouble if Sayid dies?
  • Why do the Others think that Jacob's nemesis is coming to the Temple?
    • Why couldn't he enter the Temple while Jacob was alive?
  • What exactly do the flares signal?
  • What does Lennon want to talk to Jack about?
    • Why is it so important that they talk alone, in private?
  • Why did it take Sayid so long to revive?

Jacob's Nemesis

  • Why is Jacob's nemesis disappointed with the Others?
  • Why does the Jacob's nemesis want to go home?
    • Where/When is home?
  • Where does Richard recognize Jacob's nemesis from?
    • What chains was Richard in?
  • Where is Jacob's nemesis taking Richard?

External links

  • ABC Medianet press release
  • February 3, 2010 Interview with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

This article uses material from the "LA X, Parts 1 & 2" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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