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"Enter 77"
Season
Episode

3
11
Airdate
March 7, 2007
Running time
43:19
Production code
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Episode transcript
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"Enter 77" (pronounced "enter seven seven") is the eleventh episode of Season 3, and the the sixtieth produced hour of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on March 7, 2007. While Sawyer tries to regain his stash in a game of ping-pong, Sayid, Locke, and Kate investigate a mysterious building on the Island, culminating in a confrontation with a familiar face.

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Synopsis

Sayid and Sami's meeting. (promotional still)
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Flashback

Sayid is chopping vegetables in the kitchen of the Portail d'Arabie restaurant in Paris, France. A waiter enters, calling him "Najeev," and tells him in Arabic that a man outside is waiting for him. Sayid exits to the outdoor dining area and a man sitting at a table alone compliments Sayid's cooking and introduces himself as Sami. He asks where Sayid is from and Sayid claims he is Syrian but Sami counters that he can tell that they are actually both Iraqi. He offers Sayid the cook position at his restaurant.

Later, Sayid enters Sami's restaurant, Le Jardin Croissant Fertile (literally "the Fertile Crescent garden," possibly referring to the Garden of Eden or the location of Mesopotamia, the world's oldest known civilization and the site of present day Iraq), and asks for him. Sami introduces his wife Amira, who holds his hands, revealing burn scars on her arm. One of the men grabs Sayid's arm and the rest hold him down while Sami knocks him unconscious with a kick to the head.

Sayid tries to convince Sami he does not know Amira.

Sayid wakes up on the floor of a locked room with his hands chained together. Sami enters and gives him a bowl of water, which he gulps greedily. He asks Sayid if he was a torturer in the Republican Guard, and if he recognizes his wife as one of his victims. He says Amira was held and questioned for three months for harboring an enemy of the state. Sayid admits to everything except knowing his wife, but Sami states that she recognized Sayid when she saw him at the restaurant. Sami tells Sayid that he must admit to his crimes or he will be killed.

Amira enters and Sayid tells her he doesn't know her and wouldn't torture a woman. Sami hits him. He says that Amira confessed to a crime she didn't commit when her interrogators poured boiling oil on her arms. He goes to grab a metal bar, but Amira tells him that it is enough for today.

Amira, with her cat, tells Sayid about this cat's background.

The next day, Amira enters, holding a cat. She tells him that when she and her husband came to Paris, she was afraid to leave their apartment until she heard a cat being tortured by boys with firecrackers, and she felt compelled to rescue it. She has kept him as a pet even though the cat sometimes bites her because she knows what it is like never to feel safe, because of Sayid. She asks him to show her the respect of acknowledging what he did, and that he remembers her. Sayid is stunned, and then tells her that he does remember her face, that it has haunted him ever since. He starts to cry, and tells her that he is sorry for what he has done to her. Amira forgives him and tells Sayid she will tell her husband that she is mistaken and should release Sayid. Sayid asks why and she says that she does not want to be the same as him and her cat's torturers.

At the beach

The survivors carry the ping-pong table.

Sawyer finds Hurley and some of the other survivors building a ping-pong table from materials found in the Swan remains. He asks Hurley if he's seen Kate. Sawyer sees Paulo carrying a Guns & Ammo magazine and confronts him. Paulo says they share things now and that Sawyer can have it, but Sawyer realizes it has become bathroom reading and gives up.

Hurley and Sawyer prepare to play.

Sawyer approaches the group putting together the ping pong table and holds up a whiffle golf ball. He tells them that he wants his stash back but that he's willing to play them for it. Sun tells Sawyer that if he loses, he can't call anyone by a nickname for an entire week.

At the game Hurley steps up as Sawyer's opponent. He asks if Sawyer wants to play with the mercy rule (if the score is 11-0 the leader automatically wins) and Sawyer agrees and offers him first serve. Hurley wins the first point with considerable ease, to the cheers of the spectators.

Hurley introduces himself as "Hurley" or "Hugo".

Later, Hurley finds Sawyer cleaning his glasses and sulking. He consoles Sawyer, who claims he was hustled even though he got three points. Hurley says he had plenty of practice in his basement and another place he hung out (after he cuts himself off about to give away the fact that he was in a mental institution). He gives Sawyer back his pornographic magazines and tells him he knows he's worried about Kate but he thinks that she'll be okay since she's with Sayid and Locke. Sawyer starts to call him a name but is told he must refer to him as "Hurley" or "Hugo" now. Sawyer tells him to get bent.

Sayid, Locke, Kate and Danielle discover the Flame.


At the Flame

Sayid confronts John about their plan to use the heading of 305 from Eko's stick to navigate. He goes to pick some fruit and hears a cow bell. Following the sound leads him to a cow, and Sayid is shocked to hear someone whistle for the animal. Through the bushes he spies a small building with a satellite dish on top. Outside is a horse and the same man with an eye patch that Sayid saw on the Pearl video feed in "The Cost of Living".

After circling the area, Sayid confirms to the group that the building is isolated, and that a satellite dish like that could broadcast for thousands of miles. He asks Danielle if it is the radio tower that she had talked about, but she denies ever having seen this place before. Sayid then tells Kate his plan to approach unarmed, with the other three as backup in hiding. Danielle says that she had survived on the Island for so long by avoiding such confrontations, and will wait for them by the stream.

Mikhail surrenders.

Sayid approaches the building with his hands in the air. He notices the saddle on the horse and a cat sitting on a work table. Suddenly he is shot in the arm. Kate is restrained from acting by Locke as Mikhail Bakunin points his gun through an open window, shouting at Sayid. He yells that he didn't cross the line, that he had a truce and this is his land. Sayid says he isn't who Mikhail thinks he is, that his plane crashed, and he's unarmed. Mikhail comes out, wearing a DHARMA jumpsuit with a flame logo patch. Locke and Kate rush in and force him to drop his gun. He introduces himself as Mikhail Bakunin, the last surviving member of the DHARMA Initiative.

Mikhail treats Sayid inside the Flame.

Mikhail and Kate help Sayid to the couch inside. Mikhail offers to help with Sayid's wound, having spent some time in the Soviet Army in Afghanistan getting field medicine experience. Mikhail asks Kate to get a medical kit from the kitchen and starts to patch up Sayid. Mikhail says he grew up in Kiev and joined the Soviet Army. He was stationed at a listening post in Vladivostok. His unit was decommissioned when the Cold War ended, and he later replied to a newspaper advertisement that read, "Would you like to save the world?" He joined the "very secretive, rich, and smart" Initiative and came to the Island eleven years ago. He was put in this station, called the Flame, the purpose of which is to communicate with the outside world. He says that everyone else in the DHARMA initiative died in a foolish attack they called "the purge" on a group they called "the Hostiles." Mikhail survived by not getting involved and agreeing to a truce according to which he could stay behind as long as he did not cross a designated line around the valley. He says they weren't interested in the satellite dish because it hadn't functioned in years. He doesn't know who the hostiles are, but they were on the Island for a very long time before the Initiative or anyone else.

Locke looks at a document in a typewriter written in Russian with some notes written in the margin in red. He finds another room in which there is a computer displaying a chess game, and decides to start a new game.

Sayid is unsettled when Mikhail calls his cat Nadia, the name of the woman from Solitary with whom Sayid falls in love, and who he sets free when he is supposed to be torturing her. The cat appears to be the same one that Amira had previously kept as a pet. Although Mikhail claims he told the cat "to be polite," he actually tells it to "let the carpet alone" in Russian ("Оставь ковёр, Надя"). He says he named his cat after the world famous Romanian Olympian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Her poster is on the wall, and Mikhail notes that they share birthdays. Mikhail finishes the stitches and offers them iced tea. As he goes to fetch the drinks, Sayid and Kate quickly converse, and Sayid is adamant that he believes Mikhail is actually an Other. He also thinks they should play along, as he noticed that the horse outside was saddled for someone smaller (judging by the height of the stirrups), indicating that there is another person somewhere nearby. Meanwhile, Mikhail enters the computer room telling Locke that the computer's chess game is too difficult to beat, because it cheats. Locke disagrees, sardonically claiming that computers cannot cheat; cheating is something that makes humans uniquely "wonderful."

Mikhail brings them the iced tea and Sayid asks more questions about the Initiative.
Sayid reveals the Flame's secret hatch.
Mikhail reveals that the Flame station is a communications hub with wires running underground to the other stations on the Island. One cable runs into the ocean leading to an underwater beacon that guides submarines to the Island. He suspects the Hostiles have destroyed or commandeered one. He seems surprised to hear that Sayid's group had a sailboat but that it was taken by the Others. When Sayid tries to push a reaction by mentioning killing one of them (presumably referring to Colleen), Mikhail drops his ruse and attacks Sayid and Kate. They struggle but Kate manages to subdue him as Locke comes in with his pistol.

They tie up Mikhail while Sayid explains his theory that the Others sent someone else to the station because they lost communications when the sky turned purple. Locke thinks the station is empty, but Sayid lifts the rug and reveals a hatch door.

Marvin Candle appears in the Flame's computer.

Sayid and Kate climb down the Hatch ladder while Locke watches Mikhail's unconscious body upstairs. Locke, however, hears the computer speaking and goes to it, leaving his prisoner unsupervised. He starts to play another game of chess and achieves a mate in 2, which the computer erroneously claims is a checkmate. A video clip of Marvin Candle appears and says, "Manual override achieved. For pallet drop enter 2-4. For station up-link enter 3-2. For mainland communication enter 3-8." Locke enters 3-8. A new clip is called up saying "The satellite dish is inoperable. Communications are down. For sonar access enter 5-6." Locke enters 5-6. A new clip says, "Sonar is inoperable. Has there been an incursion on this station by the Hostiles? If so, enter 7-7." Locke's finger aims hovers over the 7 key when Mikhail puts a knife to his neck from behind, stopping him from typing the second 7.

Klugh reappears in the Flame's basement.

Sayid and Kate see C-4 wired throughout the entire underground room. Sayid sees a shelf lined with binders, one of which is a food drop protocol and one of which is an operations manual. Kate investigates a closet area and is attacked from behind by Ms. Klugh. Sayid arrives and tells Klugh to drop her gun. Kate hits her, saying she helped kidnap them and she knows where Jack is. Sayid asks Klugh if there are any others there, but she acts unafraid, hardly intimidated by the rifle.

They take her upstairs and outside, where Mikhail has Locke at gunpoint. Mikhail offers a hostage exchange but John claims Mikhail wouldn't kill him. Klugh talks and argues with Mikhail in Russian while Kate, Locke and Sayid shout. Finally she orders him to "do it" and he shoots her in the heart. Mikhail is knocked over and Sayid points his gun at him. Mikhail tells him to finish it, but Sayid doesn't shoot.

Later when it's dark, Sayid takes Mikhail outside and calls for Danielle. Mikhail says that he was never a member of DHARMA but that everything else he said was true, and that DHARMA did really attack the Hostiles. Sayid tells Danielle that Locke and Kate are gathering anything useful from the station and that now he has their ticket to the Others' location, where they will find Danielle's daughter and Jack, and perhaps a way home. Mikhail refuses to lead them, but Sayid says he has a map of the cables, which leads to an area called the barracks, which he believes is where the Others are staying. Mikhail threatens to kill them the next time they let their guard down. Danielle says that since they don't need him, they should kill him.

However, Sayid takes responsibility for deciding Mikhail's fate and refuses to kill him. Locke and Kate join them and Locke says he knows why Mikhail didn't want him playing with the computer. Suddenly the station explodes. Sayid demands to know what Locke has done, and Locke tells him that the computer said if there was an incursion to enter 7-7, so he did. Sayid tells Locke that he may have destroyed their only chance of communication with the outside world. They leave the station, and Sayid notices the cat staring back at him as he turns around.

Trivia

General

  • The DHARMA binders found by Sayid have the codes “DI 90M1654-21644: Food Drop Protocol” and “DI 90M1664-21644: Operations Manual”

Production notes

  • This is the 60th produced hour of the series out of a planned 120 hours, making the end of this episode the halfway point of the series.
  • Ben, Claire, Desmond, Jack, and Juliet do not appear in this episode.
  • As of this episode and the next, Sawyer has appeared in more episodes than Jack, who prior to this held, and from "The Man from Tallahassee" onward again holds, the record for most appearances.
  • A Lost: On Location for this episode is available on the Season 3 DVD with the Wal-Mart Bonus DVD.


The entering codes

  • Enter 2-4: Pallet drop
  • Enter 3-2: Station uplink
  • Enter 3-8: Mainland communication
  • Enter 5-6: Sonar access
  • Enter 7-7: Hostile incursion

Bloopers and production errors

  • After Sayid hears someone whistling for the cow he just stumbled upon, he brings his SKS rifle up in readiness and we can hear the sound of the bolt being cycled. However, Sayid's hand is on the foregrip and nowhere near the actual bolt.
  • Locke's winning checkmate move is not actually checkmate; both white's knight at D2 and its bishop at G2 can block the attacking rook at E1.
  • During Sayid's third flashback sequence he is beaten by Sami. In the second to last shot of Sayid he is not bloodied.

Foreign dialogues

Main article: Enter 77 transcript
  • The dialogue in Russian (both characters speak with very heavy American/English accents):

Klugh: Михаил. Михаил! Ты знаешь что делать.
Mikhail: У нас есть ещё выход.
Klugh: Мы не можем рисковать. Ты знаешь условия.
Mikhail: Есть другой выход.
Klugh: Они взяли нас. Мы не дадим им пройти на территорию.
Klugh: Ты знаешь что делать. Это приказ.
Mikhail: У нас всё ещё есть выход!
Klugh (in English): Just do it, Mikhail.
Mikhail: Прости меня. (shoots)

  • English translation of Russian dialog:

Klugh: Mikhail. Mikhail! You know what to do.
Mikhail: We still have another way [out].
Klugh: We cannot risk it. You know the conditions.
Mikhail: There is another way.
Klugh: They captured us. We will not let them to get into the territory.
Klugh: You know what to do. That's an order.
Mikhail: We still have another way!
Klugh (in English): Just do it, Mikhail.
Mikhail: Forgive me. (shoots)

  • For the Russian document in the typewriter, see Mikhail's document
  • The Paris cafe dialog in Arabic (the dialect/accent used by Sami is not Iraqi; possibly from one of the Gulf countries: Kuwait/Qatar/Saudi Arabia/UAE/Oman/Bahrain/Yemen):

Sayid: I'm Syrian.
Sami: واله ياخي, انت مبين عليك كثير انك عراقي مثلي. (I swear, my brother, it's very clear to me that you're Iraqi like me.)


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
  • Locke plays a computer chess game with black and white pieces. (Black and white)  (Games)
  • Cats are found in Sayid's flashback and at the Flame Station. (Animals)
  • Bea Klugh is shot and killed by Mikhail. (Life and death)
  • Mikhail mentions that he prefers isolation. (Isolation)
  • Sayid argues with John about finding a more rational method of finding the Others than Eko's stick. (Fate versus free will)
  • The chess game Locke played against the computer would have ended with checkmate on move 42. (The Numbers)
  • Mikhail lacks an eye. (Eyes)  (Missing body parts)
  • Hurley allows Sawyer to believe no one around plays ping-pong like Sawyer, but Hurley actually does it better than he. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Mikhail pretends to be a good person to the extent of giving Sayid proper care, when in fact he belongs to the side of the aggressors. (Deceptions and cons)  (Good and bad people)
  • The whole flashback story revolves around punishment and redemption. (Redemption)
  • Mikhail mentions he has been on the Island for 11 years. (Time)
  • This episode occurs on Day 77. (Time)


Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov: The finish to the chess board was from a match between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov from the 1985 World Championship. In that match, called the "Brisbane Bombshell," Kasparov, playing black, defeated Karpov in 40 moves. Incidentally, that game did not end in checkmate, but in a yield by Karpov. The board, as shown on the show, had two valid moves for the computer. (Games)
  • Zorro: Sawyer calls Paulo "Zorro," a fictional costumed hero known for his Spanish heritage and sword fighting skills. (Movies and TV)
  • Hillbilly: Paulo calls Sawyer "hillbilly," a pejorative term for people who live in remote rural areas and are supposedly ignorant. (Pop culture misc. references)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sawyer calls Sun and Jin "Crouching Tiger" and "Hidden Dragon," referring to the Chinese language martial arts film. (Movies and TV)
  • Grimace: Sawyer calls Hurley "Grimace," the McDonald's restaurant mascot for their milk shakes known for his purple color and large size. (Pop culture misc. references)
  • Avalanche: Sawyer calls Hurley "Avalanche," a super heavyweight professional wrestler from the 1980's. (Games)
  • Number one draft pick: Sawyer calls Hurley the "number one draft pick," referring to professional sports drafting. (Games)
  • Nadia Comăneci: The cat at the Flame station is named Nadia after Nadia Comăneci. Nadia Elena Comăneci was a famous Romanian gymnast who won five gold medals at the Olympics and the first to score a perfect 10 in Olympic Gymnastics. In 1967, she joined a team called "The Flame." (Games)
  • Mikhail Bakunin: The Lost character Mikhail shares his name with a well known 19th century Russian Revolutionary that is considered one of the fathers of anarchism. (Philosophy)
  • 77: In the Bible, the number 77 corresponds to forgiveness.

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalries
  • Paulo told Sawyer "we share things now." (Economics)
  • Sawyer told Hurley "we need to do a little quid pro quo first" and then told the group "you all thought the general store was having a going out of business sale." (Economics)
  • The A-Mission to Locke's heading from Eko's stick was completed. (A-Missions)
  • The A-Mission to find the barracks begins. (A-Missions)


Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • The name of the station ("The Flame") foreshadows the climax of the episode as well as the station's fate. (Foreshadowing)


Episode references

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Enter 77/Theories
  • Why were the override functions in the Flame hidden behind a virtual game of chess?
  • Why didn't the Others deactivate the C-4 in the Flame?


External links

  • ABC Medianet Press Release

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