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"Collision"
Season
Episode

2
08
Airdate
November 23, 2005
Running time
42:28
Production code
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Flashback
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Centric character(s)
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Episode transcript
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"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.

Contents

Synopsis

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Previously on Lost

  • Ana Lucia introduces herself to Jack at the airport bar in Sydney. They make plans to have another drink on the plane. ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • The tail section survivors, along with Sawyer, Michael, and Jin, set out for the beach camp across the Island. ("...And Found")
  • Sawyer passes out due to his bullet wound, so the others make a stretcher to help carry him. ("Abandoned")
  • In the jungle, Sayid and Shannon catch sight of Walt and run after him. ("Abandoned")
  • The tail section group hears whispers all around them. Ana aims wildly, firing off a shot - it hits Shannon in the chest, and she is killed. ("The Other 48 Days")

Flashback

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".

Ana Lucia shooting Jason in a dark alley (promotional still)
Returning to headquarters, Ana Lucia and her partner begin a discussion about her gun incident; however, it is cut short when Ana Lucia finds out the suspect who shot her has been caught. The suspect's name is Jason McCormack and, along with evidence from the crime scene and his confession, the only thing left is for Ana Lucia to identify him. She takes a look at the suspect and says, "It's not him." Despite objections by her mother, Ana Lucia stands by her claim and Jason is released.

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.

On the Island

Ana Lucia panics after realizing what she has done

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.

Jack meets a Tailie (here Eko) for the first time
At the beach camp Jack is getting water, Rose approached him saying she's pleased he wasn't in the hatch, when suddenly a golf ball fell into the water. Jack finds Charlie, Kate and Hurley playing golf. Jack challenges Kate to a game on the golf course. While playing golf, Jack and Kate encounter Eko carrying Sawyer. They enter into the Hatch to treat Sawyer, interrupting Locke in the middle of a crossword puzzle. Locke stops to ask what happened, but Jack reminds him that the timer is going off. Jack tries to give Sawyer a pill for the infection, but he won't swallow it. When Jack instructs Kate to hold Sawyer's head up, she holds him and gently and affectionately whispers into his ear until he takes the pill. Jack reacts by saying that he "never learned the whole whisper in the ear thing in med-school." Eko, walking around the interior of the Hatch, notices the DHARMA logo, likely recognizing the similarities between the Swan logo and the one that the tail end survivors found on their side of the Island. He also finds the closet full of guns and displays a disapproving facial expression. Eko runs into Locke and the two stare at each other very strangely for several seconds. Eko tells Locke "a girl was shot and killed", describing her as "tall with blonde hair" whom Locke quickly identifies as Shannon, showing a sense of grief in his face. When asked if he could take Locke to the scene, Eko takes a quick look at the gun-rack and replies: "No".
Eko stops Jack and Michael from going after Ana

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 and Sayid begin to talk

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.

Bernard and Rose are reunited after almost 50 days apart

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.

Trivia

Production notes

  • A deleted scene from this episode shows Libby talking to a tied-up Sayid. Libby introduces herself and Sayid demands she unties him. Libby tells him that she can’t and Sayid tells her that "Shannon" is the name of the woman that Ana Lucia killed. Sayid points out that Libby is afraid of Ana Lucia which is why she won't untie him.
  • Claire does not appear in this episode.
  • This episode was originally promoted as Charlie-Centric and titled "Old Habits" in order to hide Shannon's death. There were hopes that viewers would think that this episode focused around Charlie using again.
  • A podcast rehash for the episode was released on November 28th, 2005. (Official Lost Podcast/November 28, 2005)
    • Prior to the regular podcast, a special episode-length commentary was released on November 24th, 2005. This podcast was designed to be synced with a DVR recording of "Collision" and featured the episode's writers Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Leonard Dick. The recording was not included on the Season 2 DVD set and is no longer available on ABC.com, but can be found at the following link: [1]
  • The name for Jason Elder was later changed to Jason McCormack. [source needed]
  • Maggie Grace was credited as a "special guest star" for playing Shannon's corpse.
  • The hatch is featured for the first time since "Everybody Hates Hugo."
  • This is the first episode to be centric to someone who wasn't one of the original 14 main characters.
  • A Lost: On Location for this episode is available on the Season 2 DVD.


bloopers and continuity errors

  • In an earlier episode, Sawyer reveals that there is only one bullet in the gun, but Ana Lucia shoots Shannon, and then shoots a tree in this episode, showing there are more bullets.

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


Cultural references

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Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalries
  • Ana Lucia said that Danny left. She said she is one of those people that are better off alone. (Relationships)
  • Libby told Ana Lucia that the killing of Shannon was an accident, and "they'll understand." Ana Lucia had Sayid tied up, and said "I killed someone he loves." (Crimes)
  • Bernard told Ana Lucia "I just want to get back to my wife." Later, Bernard and Rose reunite and embrace. (Relationships)
  • Sayid talked about all the people he had tortured. He said that maybe Ana Lucia should shoot him. (Crimes)
  • Sayid held Shannon in his arms one last time. (Relationships)
  • Jin returned and hugged Sun. (Relationships)



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