"Collision" is the eighth episode of Season 2 of Lost and the thirty-third produced hour of the series as a whole. After the tragic events in the jungle, Ana Lucia panics, putting everyone's safety in danger. Meanwhile, Mr. Eko takes Sawyer with him to find the doctor, leading to the dramatic introduction of a full Oceanic Flight 815 survivor community.
Ana Lucia returns to work at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) after taking a leave of absence due to being shot by a burglar on a call. She is assigned an office job, but demands to get back into a patrol car. Her captain, who turns out to also be her mother, reluctantly allows it. On patrol, Ana Lucia responds to a domestic disturbance call, which proves to be too stressful, as the domestic shouting match causes Ana Lucia to lose her calm and draw her gun. Her partner orders her to holster her weapon, calling her by first name when she does not respond to "Officer Cortez".
Later, Ana Lucia sits in a bar having followed Jason, waiting for him until the end of the night, at which point she stalks him to the parking lot where they are alone. She draws his attention by shouting his name, and upon being asked "I know you?" she draws her gun and makes the simple statement, "I was pregnant", before shooting him three times at far range, and three more times at point-blank range.
Realizing it was Ana Lucia who shot Shannon, Sayid quickly pulls his gun on her. Eko stops him and, after a quick and muddy fight, Sayid is knocked unconscious. Ana Lucia orders Eko to tie Sayid up using vines from Sawyer's stretcher. Libby and Michael object, saying "Sawyer needs a doctor or he'll die", and Eko refuses. Ana Lucia then forces Libby at gunpoint to do so, claiming that she knows what she's doing.
Once Sayid is tied up, Eko carries Sawyer away to find the other survivors. Michael decides to give Sayid water, daring Ana Lucia to shoot him. Sayid asks Michael about Ana Lucia and Walt. Michael replies that Ana Lucia is a survivor from the tail section of the plane and that the Others took Walt. Sayid reacts strongly and angrily to the news about Walt, remembering that he would not believe Shannon when she said she saw Walt, believing him to be in the middle of the ocean.
The rest of the group confronts Ana Lucia, asking her about "her plan". Making a deal with Michael for the release of Sayid, Ana Lucia demands supplies from the Hatch (at least half of the camp's ammo, a big pack with blankets and clothes - "jeans and socks") so that she can live "alone" in the jungle, guilt-ridden and convinced that Sayid and the other survivors will not stop until they have avenged Shannon's death.
After being informed that Shannon has been killed and Sayid is held prisoner at gunpoint, Jack is furious. He demands Eko take him there, but Eko just sits in silence, telling Jack, "anything I say will only make you angrier". Michael, with Sun in tow, suddenly bursts into the Hatch and tells Jack what happened. Jack grabs a rifle and a shotgun, gives the shotgun to Michael, and starts to make his way out of the Hatch. Suddenly Eko screams "Stop!" and asks Jack what he's looking for. "Peace? Revenge? Justice?" Jack replies that he wants all his people back safely. Then Eko says, "Ana Lucia made a mistake." It's obvious from Jack's surprised reaction that he knows her. Eko agrees to take Jack out to where Sayid and Ana Lucia are in the jungle, but only Jack, and without any guns.
Ana Lucia now begins to interrogate Sayid, first asking him the apparently odd question as to whether he has children. He answers no and poses the same question to Ana Lucia, and she awkwardly replies no. He asks her if she is going to kill him, and she retorts "Should I?" Sayid now relates how almost 40 days ago on the Island he tied a man to a tree and tortured him, as he had done too many others in his lifetime, others whose voices: "I still hear at night." Clearly facing a lot of mental anguish, he says perhaps she should kill him, "perhaps you were meant to." Ana in response, relates her story, saying that during her shooting, all she heard was a pop and that by the time she hit the ground she thought she was dead. She continues saying she feels dead.
Sayid now asks what happened to her shooter, and Ana recalls the moments in her past when she shot Jason. After a long pause, however, she tells Sayid that nothing happened to him and that they never found the guy.
Ana picks up Eko's machete-like blade, frees Sayid, drops both the machete and gun she was holding, and dares him to take his revenge saying, "Go ahead, pick it up, I deserve it." Sayid refuses, saying, "What good would it be to kill you, if we're both already dead?" and walks away.
Eventually, the rest of the tail-section survivors and Jin make it back to the camp, where Bernard and Rose as well as Jin and Sun are finally reunited.
Out in the jungle, Sayid carries Shannon's body back to camp, and Ana Lucia and Jack finally meet again. The two stand apart, staring at each other.
|Recurring themes in Lost|
|Black and white • Car accidents • Character connections • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Life and death • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Rain • Rebirth • Redemption • Relationships • Revenge • Sacrifice • Secrets • Time|
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|Art • Books • Cars • Games • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
|Storyline analysis in Lost|
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries|