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"Do No Harm"

6 April 2005
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"Do No Harm" is the twentieth episode of Season 1 of Lost. As Boone's condition worsens, Jack struggles to try to save his life. Elsewhere, Claire enters labor, but without Jack, Charlie and Kate are forced into a role they had not prepared themselves for. Flashbacks in this episode take place around the events of Jack's wedding with the soon to be Sarah Shephard.




Previously on Lost

  • Locke and Boone debate whether to tell the others about the Hatch they found, but Locke says they aren't ready to know about it yet. ("Hearts and Minds")
  • Locke finds a crashed Beechcraft from a vision and tells Boone to climb into the canopy and see what's inside. Boone uses a radio inside to send out a distress signal, but the plane crashes down with him still inside. ("Deus Ex Machina")
  • Locke carries Boone on his back to the caves, lying that he got hurt falling off a cliff. Jack asks for more information, but Locke has disappeared. ("Deus Ex Machina")


Jack talks with his friend Marc

Jack is helping his friend Marc tie his bow tie in a tuxedo shop. Marc is nervous about having to speak publicly, and Jack teases him that it's not too late to back out. Marc quips that 8 beers should get him through any speech, but Jack says that she'll catch him. The tuxedo shop owner then brings out another tuxedo for the groom - Jack.

At Jack's wedding rehearsal, Marc finishes up his speech and introduces Jack's bride-to-be, Sarah. Jack was right, Sarah busts Marc for drinking. She then tells the rehearsal party the story of how she met Jack; the car accident, her broken back, Jack's promise to fix her, and his miraculous success. Because of all this, she will dance at her wedding. She finishes her speech, by toasting Jack as a hero.

Jack and Sarah play together on the piano

Jack sits, playing piano in a hotel bar. Sarah walks up in her pajamas, notices the girls checking him out, and sits down to play "Heart and Soul" with Jack. Jack hasn't written his vows yet, and Sarah tries to take some of the pressure off, but Jack is determined to finish them.

Jack sits on the edge of the hotel pool, soaking his feet, with a half full bottle of alcohol. His father walks up from behind and joins him. Jack is still having trouble writing his vows. He's anxious that he may not make a good husband, and that he may have only proposed to Sarah in the first place because he saved her life. His father offers, "Commitment is what makes you tick, Jack. The problem is that you're just not good at letting go."

Sarah finishes giving her vows, and the minister turns to Jack. Rather than read a prepared speech, he speaks from the heart. He tells Sarah that she's mistaken about the accident; he didn't fix her, she fixed him. He loves her, and always will.

On the Island

Treating Boone's injuries

Jack, Sun, and Kate are working furiously to treat Boone's wounds. Sun steps in as a nurse for Jack, who sends Kate to Sawyer's stash for alcohol to sterilize instruments.

Jack rips open Boone's pants to get at his leg wound. Boone is semiconscious, and in a great deal of pain. He's lost a lot of blood, and is muttering incoherently. Jack promises to fix it; Jack promises to save Boone.

Sawyer, Michael, and Walt are taking a break from raft-building to eat some fish. Jin continues to work furiously. He wants off the Island. Kate runs up in a hurry, and demands Sawyer's alcohol. Sawyer obliges, and offers to come back to help, but Kate thinks there might be too many "cooks" already.

Jack realizes that Boone desperately needs a transfusion

At the caves, Jack is stitching up Boone's chest. Boone is muttering apologies feverishly. He needs a blood transfusion. First, Sun insists that Jack step away to regroup. Charlie is outside the operating area, and full of questions about Locke and Shannon, but Jack brushes him off impatiently.

Jack returns to Boone to examine the leg again. Sun enters with a small stick, for the pain. Jack dismisses her herbal remedies, but he's misunderstood; the stick is for Boone to bite down on. She holds Boone's shoulders down, and Jack sets the leg with a sickening crack.

Kate is sprinting top speed through the jungle to get back to the caves, when she trips and falls on a root. Her backpack opens, and some of the alcohol bottles are smashed. As she's collecting the remaining bottles, she hears moaning just off the path. Claire is going into labor, though she tries to deny it. Kate tries to get Claire on her feet, to walk her back to Jack, but Claire is too far along. Kate's not willing to leave her there by herself, so she screams for help. Jin hears from the beach and comes running, but can't be of much help. Kate conveys that she needs Jin to get Jack at the caves, and hands him the alcohol to deliver, while she stays with Claire.

Sun begs Boone to tell them his blood type

At the caves, Sun asks a deteriorating Boone to tell them his blood type before he goes completely unconscious. At the same time, Jack is trying to improvise some type of a needle, but the bamboo he's working with is just too fragile. Finally Boone answers that he is A-negative. Jack sends Charlie to find out every survivor's blood type as fast as he can, and to bring Shannon.

Shannon and Sayid arrive at a beautiful, and secluded, beach where Sayid has planned a surprise picnic.

Charlie returns, nearly empty-handed. Out of the entire camp, only 4 people knew their blood type; and Shannon is nowhere to be found. Sun returns with a sea urchin, whose hollow spines are sharp enough to pierce a vein. Jack prepares to give Boone a transfusion of his own blood, which is O-negative. It's not a match, but it might be close enough to save him.

Jin and Charlie are told that they must help delivery Claire's baby without the doctor

Jin arrives at the operating area, and informs Jack via Sun's translating that Claire is having the baby. She's okay, but she's in pain. The contractions are about two minutes apart, there's no bleeding, her water hasn't broken yet, but she can't move. Jack tells Jin to go back to Kate and Claire, and sends Charlie along with instructions for Kate to deliver the baby: when the contractions are about 60 seconds apart, Claire should start pushing until the head is clear, and then as hard as she can, then Kate needs to remember to clear its nose and mouth. Charlie ventures hopefully that Jack will be there by then, but Jack is in no position to move anytime soon. He's busy pumping blood into Boone through a tube in his arm.

In the clearing, Kate's tending a fire and Claire is resting between contractions. Thinking they might be over, Claire tries to stand and leave, but her water breaks. Claire is beginning to panic, and continues to deny that she might be having the baby, but Kate reassures her that Jack's on his way.

Boone delirious

Boone wakes up during the transfusion, and tries to tell Jack about the plane that fell on him. He mutters about how Locke told him not to tell about the hatch. Jack tries to get more information out of him, but Boone slips back into unconsciousness.

At the picnic beach, Shannon stops kissing Sayid for a moment to explain some of her complicated relationship with Boone, minus a few details. Sayid is understanding, even when she tells him that she'd prefer to take things slow. He had no expectations of the day. Hopes, he says, but not expectations.

Charlie and Jin arrive with towels and hot water at the clearing, where Claire has resumed contractions. Charlie repeats Jack's instructions to Kate, and tells her emphatically that she must deliver the baby; neither he nor Jin are up to it. Claire is afraid, despite Jin's reassurances in Korean, and Kate gets control of herself to help Claire calm down.

Hurley is sent to find Michael

Jack is examining Boone, and comes to the conclusion that the transfusion isn't working. Sun pulls the tube out of his arm, saying he's given enough. Jack thinks that the blood is pooling in Boone's leg. The wounds aren't consistent with a fall, it's more like the leg was crushed by something. Jack sends Hurley to get Michael.

Michael and Jack are at a nearby cargo container from the plane, while Sun watches after Boone, who has taken a definite turn for the worse. His right leg is filling with blood. If it isn't removed, Jack won't be able to save him at all. Jack uses the cargo door as a guillotine on a practice log. It's a clean cut.

Kate struggles in her midwife role

Kate decides the contractions are close enough that Claire needs to start pushing. Instead, Claire holds her breath. She's trying to hold the baby in. Kate sees what she's doing and tells her to stop, but Claire is afraid that the baby won't want her. She's scared that it will know she planned to give it away. She says "Babies know that stuff." Kate asks if Claire wants the baby now, and if she wants it healthy. She does, and Kate informs her that the baby must know that too. Finally she gets Claire to push. Charlie wants to run in and help, but Jin sagely waves him off.

Boone has started coughing blood. Jack and Michael move Boone to the cargo door and prepare to cut off his leg. Michael doesn't have the stomach for it, and Jack lets him walk away. Sun feels that it's already too late to make it worthwhile, considering the internal bleeding. She walks away in protest. Jack prepares to swing the door himself.

Just as he is about to, however, Boone cries "Wait, wait!". Jack explains that Boone will die if he doesn't take the leg. Boone tells him to let it go. He knows that his injuries are fatal, and that even if Jack takes the leg, he'll probably die anyway. Boone acknowledges that Jack made a promise, but he's letting him off the hook.

Claire's baby

Kate continues to talk Claire through labor. The head crowns, Claire gives one more big push, and she has a healthy baby boy. Nearby, Charlie and Jin celebrate.

Boone's last words are of Shannon, and then he's dead. Jack closes Boone's eyes.

It's morning. Claire carries her new baby out to the beach where she's warmly greeted by the rest of the camp. Hurley points out to Jack that Shannon and Sayid are returning from up the beach, and Jack walks over to tell Shannon about Boone. Shannon goes straight to the caves, and cries over Boone's body.

On the beach, Kate catches Jack as he's heading towards the jungle with a backpack and some water. She tries to talk to him about Boone's death, but Jack sees it as a murder, and he's going to find John Locke.



  • Boone's final words are: "Tell her I..."
  • As Kate is getting back up after falling and breaking the alcohol in her backpack, she can be heard mumbling the word, "f**k" under her breath.

Production notes

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When Aaron is born, Kate does not appear to clear his nose or mouth as Jack instructed earlier in the episode.
  • At the beach, after Michael asks Jin if he wants some fish, Jin waves his left hand at Michael showing that he has no handcuffs on. However; Jin's handcuffs can clearly be seen on his left hand when he hears Kate cry out for help as he is working on the raft.

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

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • "Primum non nocere": The title, "Do No Harm", refers to a phrase widely assumed to be a part of the Hippocratic Oath, while it actually does not appear there. It refers to an important rule for physicians: to always consider whether any sort of treatment could harm a patient. It notably applies to Jack's disregard for this rule in general; he tends to try to save his patients, no matter the cost. The title is in-fact taken word-for-word from the first of three tenants of the Methodist faith authored by John Wesley.
  • "The Green Hornet": Sawyer calls Jin “Kato”, a character from this TV series (1966-1967). Kato was played by Bruce Lee. (Movies and TV)
  • "Heart and Soul": Song played by Jack and Sarah on the piano. The original 1938 version was performed by Larry Clinton & his Orchestra featuring Bea Wain. The tune is very easy to play on a piano and commonly played by two people side by side. (Music)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Boone dies as Aaron is born. (Juxtaposition)
  • Jack confides in his father that he may have only decided to marry Sarah because of his commitment to her; on the Island, Jack puts himself in danger in order to follow through on his commitment to save Boone's life. (Juxtaposition)
  • As the Losties look for Shannon, the scene flashes back to the wedding reception where Sarah gets up to speak. Sarah tells of her car accident, which killed Shannon's father, Adam Rutherford. (Irony)
  • While Jack is unable to "let it go" when it comes to creating his own vows for Sarah, he yields to Boone's wishes to let him die. (Juxtaposition)
  • Jack made a promise on the plane to Rose, to keep her company until her husband comes back. She later lets him "off the hook". Jack promised Boone that he would save him, but Boone ultimately lets Jack "off the hook" as well. (Juxtaposition)
  • Kate tells Claire, "This baby is all of ours" during the delivery of Aaron. In Eggtown we find that Kate has apparently taken responsibility for Aaron, making good on her statement. (Foreshadowing)
  • Kate delivers the baby that she will raise in the future. (Irony)
  • Sun tells Jack he can't save Boone, who responds with "Don't tell me what I can't do!" (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Christian tells Jack and Jack tells Sarah that he's "not good at letting go"; Boone tells Jack to "let it go". (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Boone tells Jack that he is "letting him off the hook". (Regularly spoken phrases)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Jack is unhappy with Locke because Locke did not tell him about the plane, and Jack views Boone's death as murder. (Rivalries)
    • Presumably, Jack could have saved Boone if he had known what caused his injuries.
  • Jack, Charlie, Michael and Sun try to save Boone's life. (A-Missions)
  • Kate, Charlie and Jin safely deliver Claire's baby, Aaron. (A-Missions)

Flashback timeline

  • Sarah comments that she met Jack two years ago. This occurred in the flashback for "Man of Science, Man of Faith". The same episode established that Jack met Sarah (and Desmond) three years before the Oceanic 815 crash (which occurred in 2004); meaning Jack most likely met Sarah in 2001. Do No Harm presumably takes place in 2003.

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Do No Harm

Erin Endom

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May 1996


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10 of 18


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Star Wars Adventure Journal

Do No Harm is a short story written by Erin Endom that was originally published in Star Wars Adventure Journal 10 by West End Games in May 1996. It was later compiled in the short story Anthology Tales from the Empire which was published by Bantam Spectra in November 1997. It was later archived online at Hyperspace on September 11, 2006.

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