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"Exodus, Part 2"

May 25, 2005
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"Exodus, Part 2" is the twenty-fourth episode and 2-hour finale of Season 1 of Lost and comprises the 24th and 25th produced hours of the show overall. As with the previous episode, flashbacks show numerous characters in Sydney before they board their doomed flight. With the dynamite retrieved, the team faces the task of bringing the volatile substance back across the Island to the Hatch. Meanwhile, Charlie and Sayid set off to rescue Aaron after Danielle kidnaps the child from Claire.




Previously on Lost



Jin has a barrier of communications with a stranger.

In the airport, following Sun spilling coffee all down his shirt, Jin goes to the bathroom. Meanwhile, airport security releases Sayid and apologizes to him for the delay. In the bathroom, Jin encounters a casually dressed Caucasian man who conversationally asks him for a paper towel in English. When Jin indicates that he speaks no English, the man switches to Korean. Seeming somewhat more menacing now, he then reveals that he works for Mr. Paik, and knows that Jin was attempting to run away with Sun. He tells Jin to complete his delivery of a watch to an associate in Los Angeles. If Jin does anything else, he says, Jin will lose Sun.


Charlie holds on to his last bag of heroin.

Charlie looks for his stash before leaving for his flight. A girl from the previous night is in his bed, and is needing a fix. As Charlie finds the drugs, she asks if he has any left. He lies and says that he's out and tries to escape in a hurry while claiming he will send her a free Driveshaft album. She can tell that he's lying and attacks him for the drugs. After a struggle in the hotel room, Charlie refuses to let go of his heroin. She calls Charlie pathetic and storms out of the room.


Michael speaks to his mother regarding his custody on Walt.

Michael and Walt sit in the airport waiting for their flight. Walt is absorbed in his Game Boy Advance SP, and Michael is obviously frustrated that they can't connect. He gets up, claiming to need to call work, but he really calls his mother. He expresses his exasperation to his mother, and asks if she can take care of Walt, eventually offering to pay her. While Michael is on the phone, Locke makes a split second on screen appearance, being pushed in his wheelchair. When Michael hangs up, Walt is right next to him asking for new batteries for his game, and may have heard the whole conversation.


An exhausted Hurley begs Jenna to let him on the plane.

Hurley is shown waking up late for his flight due to a localized power outage, apparently caused by Hurley plugging too many devices into a blackened electrical outlet in his room. In a mad dash for the airport, he experiences several other problems, including a flat tire, arriving at the wrong terminal; he buys an electric scooter from an old man for $1600 and manages to get to the terminal just as they are closing the gate. At the gate, Hurley finds the doors closed, but the gate attendant is able to get them to reopen the doors for him, and he hugs her effusively. Hurley is shown to be staying in room 2342, his digital display in his car shows that it is 23 degrees outside, and he is originally going 42 km/h; when he gets a flat tire he slows first to 16, then 15, then 8, and finally 4 before the display cuts out altogether. As he is running through the airport, he passes a team of soccer players, wearing jerseys with the Numbers in numerical order. We also see Oceanic Flight 815's gate number was 23. Another revelation from this flashback is that Hurley, Charlie, Michael, and Walt all stayed in the same hotel (Charlie yells at him for holding up a full elevator, and the elevator bank looks exactly like the hotel that Michael and Walt stayed at as well).


Locke is carried onto the plane by two flight attendants.

Locke feels humiliated and vulnerable as staff report to him that they have lost the wheelchair normally used to load disabled passengers onto the plane, and he must be carried on to the plane by two attendants. When he drops a pamphlet from his seat, he is unable to reach it. He is clearly frustrated by the whole situation, and struggles to maintain his dignity.

Finally, all of the passengers board Oceanic Flight 815. They take their seats, unaware of each other, and of the relationships they will form as they casually engage in friendly smiles and gestures to the strangers. As Hurley boards, he gives Walt a thumbs up, who looks up from his Gameboy for the moment and smiles. Hurley smiles back, sitting down and settling in with his headphones and comic book. Leslie Arzt also helps Claire put her bag in the overhead compartment.

On the Island

Arzt explains the dangers on handling dynamite.
Jack, Kate and Locke go into the Black Rock and find the crate of dynamite. While attempting to handle the dynamite carefully, Arzt himself triggers one of the sticks and causes it to explode, killing him. The remaining group members decide to continue their attempt to carry the dynamite, and wrap it in wet cloth. Locke suggests that they carry a redundant backup; in case one of the carriers blows up, the other will still be able to blow the Hatch. Locke, Kate, and Jack all want to volunteer to carry the dynamite, so they draw straws for the responsibility. Jack draws the long stick, so Kate and Locke carry the dynamite. On their way back to the Hatch, Jack and Kate see what seems a small cloud of black smoke move in an unnatural way through some near trees, followed by the rumbling of the Monster. According to plan, Jack and Locke drop their packs, but Kate forgets and keeps hers on.
The Monster disappearing, after being hit with dynamite.
Locke wants to get a glimpse of the Monster, and almost ends up under it. His leg becomes caught by the Monster, which drags him through the jungle. Jack grabs onto his arm and is dragged as well, and prevents Locke from getting dragged into a deep cavern underground.

Though Locke pleads with Jack to let him get dragged under, Jack instead tells Kate to grab dynamite out of his bag and drop one down, revealing that he had in fact switched the content of their packs. Kate drops the dynamite down the tunnel, causing an underground explosion, resulting in black smoke similar to that seen before coming out of a nearby hole on the horizon, moving in a bizarre, almost supernatural way, and disappearing, all in less than a second. The hold on Locke slackens, and they are able to extract him. Later, Locke reveals that the reason he wanted to fall in the cavern is because it was his destiny and he felt the Island was testing him.

Sayid is tending an injured Charlie using gun powder.
On the beach, Sayid is leading the group back to the caves, awaiting Jack's party's return. Charlie and Claire are alone on the beach when Rousseau runs up, telling Charlie that she needs to see Sayid urgently. When Charlie runs off to get Sayid, Rousseau begins asking Claire to hold her baby, and Claire tries to make several excuses why she can't give Rousseau the baby. Claire sees a strange scar on Rousseau's arm and has a short ambiguous flashback to a struggle between Rousseau and herself. Soon Charlie and Sayid return to find Claire exclaiming that her baby has been taken, and Sayid surmises that Rousseau intends to attempt an exchange of the baby, which Claire has named Aaron, for her own child, Alex, with "The Others". Charlie and Sayid go toward the black smoke, with little daylight left. On their journey they encounter the downed drug smugglers' plane, and Sayid reveals to Charlie that it is full of heroin, ignorant of Charlie's junkie past. They also encounter a trap set by Rousseau, which injures Charlie. Charlie's wound is bleeding profusely, and Sayid orders him to go back to the camp, but Charlie refuses.
Danielle hands Aaron back to Sayid.
Sayid then cuts open a round of ammunition, pours the gunpowder into the wound, and sets it on fire to cauterize the injury. When Sayid and Charlie arrive on the beach with the black smoke, there are no other people, just a pyre burning the smoke. The sound of the baby crying alerts them to Rousseau hiding in the bushes. She cries and tells them that she overheard the Others saying that they were going to go after "the boy," and she thought that if she brought him to them, they would return her child. She returns the baby, and they reunite it with Claire. It is revealed that Charlie kept at least one of the statues filled with heroin in his bag.
The Others demand Walt from Michael.

On the raft, the crew is sailing according to plan, and Michael bonds with Walt. Walt learns about Sawyer's long term search for revenge. Jin returns Michael the watch which caused a fight between them earlier in the series. At one point, the rudder breaks off, and Sawyer dives into the water after it, risking his life. At this point, Michael discovers that Sawyer has a gun, but decides not to tell the others. That night, their radar sweep turns up a boat in the distance. They fire their single flare, and the boat approaches them. Though they think they are about to be saved, it turns out to be a group of four strangers. The boat's captain demands that they hand over "the boy." Sawyer tries to pull his gun, but he is shot by one of the other crewmen and falls into the water. Jin jumps into the water to try and save Sawyer, while the strangers overpower Michael and kidnap Walt. As they sail off, one of the crewmen throws an explosive onto the raft, destroying it.

Locke and Jack, after the opening of the Hatch

Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Locke, and Hurley arrive at the Hatch. They manage to set the dynamite up on the hinge of the Hatch, and are about to set it off when Hurley notices the appearance of the Numbers on the side. He yells at them not to light it, but Locke lights the fuse anyway. Hurley tries to stamp out the fuse, repeating "the Numbers are bad," but Jack tackles him, and the dynamite explodes. They pry open the Hatch to reveal a deep, dark metal tunnel. A partial ladder (with broken rungs) can be seen near the top of the tunnel. Jack and Locke stare down into the pit before them, with no idea of what might be at the bottom.



  • This season finale, along with Season 5 are the only seasons to end on The Island (Season 2 ends in the outside world, and Season 3 and Season 4 end in flash-forwards).
  • The story Arzt tells about the discovery of nitroglycerin is incorrect. The man who discovered it, Ascanio Sobrero, survived his experiments.
  • When Jack's group comes upon the smoke monster in the jungle, a huge bird takes flight out of a tree, making a noise that sounds something like "Hurley". This is the same bird that they come across in the jungle in the Season Two finale "Live Together, Die Alone".
  • At the airport Michael is talking to his mother. However it is not until the season 4 episode "Meet Kevin Johnson" that Michael's mother is finally seen.

Production notes

  • For the Europe and Australian markets, this episode was cut into two, one hour-long episodes, therefore making it Exodus, Part 2 and Exodus, Part 3 (episode 1x25) for the Region 2 and 4 DVD releases.
  • This was the final episode to feature Ian Somerhalder as a main credited cast member.
  • The actress playing the gate attendant reappears as Moira, a desk clerk at Oxford University, in Season 5 episode "Jughead".
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Tom Friendly.
  • This is the longest episode to date.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • Walt asks for new batteries for his Game Boy Advance SP, although SPs run on rechargeable batteries that last for nearly 2,000 charges, making it unlikely that Walt would already need his replaced.
  • The sound effects used for the video game Walt was playing was for the Atari 2600 Pac-Man game.
  • At 35 minutes 47 seconds, a motorboat (presumably being used by the film crew) can be seen a short distance from the raft.
  • Sawyer's hair on the plane during the sequence at the end is noticeably longer than it was in Pilot part 1 and Pilot part 2. As is Sun's and Shannon's.
  • After Hurley purchased a second ticket at the domestic Oceanic counter and found out that he needs to get to the Oceanic international terminal, several errors occur on his way there. First, after running down some stairs, he is seen running through a hallway past a door that sports the name "Kamehameha" above it, which is rather unusual for an airport in Australia. (The name is permanently present over the exhibit hall door at the filming location for that scene, the Hawaii Convention Center [1].) Immediately afterwards, he is seen running up an escalator (the same one Shannon and Boone were using in the previous episode). After that, he is suddenly shown entering the airport building from the outside again (at the same location he entered it before making it to the domestic Oceanic ticket counter), but with only one suitcase instead of the two he was carrying when running up the escalator.
  • After the hatch is blown, Hurley can be seen ending the sign of the cross on his chest, but in the next shot, he's shown starting it.
  • Despite the fact that Arzt's body exploded with the dynamite, nobody on the expedition has any blood on them afterward (except for a small bit of bloody debris on Jack's shoulder, which Hurley points out to Jack).
  • During the scene where Sayid and Charlie recover Aaron from Danielle, the face of the doll used as a substitute for Aaron can clearly be seen twice. Once when Sayid is given the baby and again when Charlie calls Danielle "pathetic".
  • A blue and green harness can be seen around Locke's left ankle when he is pulled out of the Monster's pit.
  • When the dynamite is blown on the hatch, pyrotechnics can be seen going off inside the hole with the hatch not just on top of the hatch.

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
  • The episode opens with Aaron's eye in view. (Eyes)
  • Hurley stays in the same hotel as Charlie, Michael, Walt, Shannon, Boone, Ana Lucia and Steve. (Character connections)
  • Hurley runs past a team of soccer players with the Numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 on the back of their jerserys. (The Numbers)
  • The number of the gate they enter to get on the plane is 23. (The Numbers)
  • The dialog between Michael and Sawyer about Sawyer being on the raft because "he's a hero, or he wants to die" mirror's Michael's initial statement about being on the freighter "to die" in the Meet Kevin Johnson episode in Season 4. (Life and Death)  (Juxtaposition)
  • The man that Hurley takes the scooter from in the airport is wearing a "Crazy Eight's" (8) hat. (The Numbers)
  • Locke refers to extracting the dynamite as the game "Operation". (Games)
  • Hurley's hotel room number is 2342. (The Numbers)
  • Hurley almost misses his plane because his alarm clock stops working. (Time)
  • Jack, Locke and Kate draw straws to choose who will bring the dynamite. However Jack refuses to give it to Kate and takes it (Fate versus free will)
  • Sun thinks they are being punished by fate, while Claire thinks there's no such thing as fate. (Fate versus free will)
  • Locke tells Jack that he thinks the Island chose them to be there; Jack says he doesn't believe in destiny. (Fate versus free will)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • The Wages of Fear: The dynamite transport scene (and Montand's name) are an homage to this movie (Official Lost Podcast transcript/May 19, 2006). The plot of the extraordinarily tense movie involves transport of dangerous explosives in a desperate situation with few safety precautions. It also featured the idea of separating into two groups that keep their distance from one another, planning for the "worst-case scenario" of one of them not making it, that the other will reach the destination with adequate explosives to accomplish the mission (much like Locke's idea). (Movies and TV)
  • "Redemption Song": When the raft is in the water, Sawyer starts to sing this song from Bob Marley. The beginning of the first verse, which he does not sing aloud, has lyrics that are somewhat prophetic towards Walt's situation: "Old pirates, yes, they rob I; sold I to the merchant ships". Exodus is also the name of a Bob Marley song and the name of this episode (Music)
  • Star Wars: When Sawyer is explaining that they need to fire the flare, he refers to Michael and Jin as Han and Chewie. (Movies and TV)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Arzt goes to the Black Rock to stop everyone else blowing themselves up, but ends up being blown up himself. (Irony)
  • Rousseau claims to have heard whispers saying the Others were "coming for the boy", who she took to mean Aaron. It is later revealed that they were coming for Walt. (Irony) (Foreshadowing)
  • Michael asks Sawyer why he is on the raft, saying it is because he either wants to die or be a hero, thus foreshadowing his own failure to be a hero and subsequent desire to die. (Foreshadowing)
  • After the hatch door is blown off, we hear a beeping sound, which turns out to be a blip on the radar on the raft. However, it is very similar to the sound indicating that the button needs to be pushed inside the hatch, which we learn about at the beginning of the next season. (Foreshadowing)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Rousseau and Jack lead Kate, Locke, Hurley and Dr. Arzt to take dynamite from the Black Rock that will blow open the Hatch. (A-Missions)
  • Sayid & Charlie try to reach the pillar of smoke in order to rescue Aaron from Danielle and return him to Claire. (A-Missions)

Episode references

  • The comic book that Hurley is reading on the plane is the same one that Walt finds on the beach. ("Special")
  • Hurley spots the numbers on the side of the hatch. ("Numbers")
  • Arzt appeared in line at the airport talking to another man complaining about a laptop computer. That laptop computer may have held the batteries used later in the transceiver ("The Moth")

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