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"Fire + Water"

25 January 2006
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"Fire + Water" ("Fire Plus Water") is the twelfth episode of Season 2 of Lost and the 37th episode of the series as a whole. Charlie comes to the conclusion that Aaron must be baptized and be "saved", prompting him to recall his past of trying to save his brother. Meanwhile, the first signs of Hurley and Libby's relationship begin to show.



Previously on Lost

  • Sayid shows Charlie the downed beechcraft and shows him how the Virgin Mary statues are filled with bags of heroin. ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • Eko smashes Charlie's statue and shows Claire what's inside. She confronts him, leading him to deny that he knew about the drugs. ("The 23rd Psalm")
  • Eko and Charlie burn the plane. Back at camp, Claire tells Charlie she doesn't want him sleeping near her and Aaron anymore. ("The 23rd Psalm")
  • Charlie brings another Virgin Mary statue to a hidden stockpile of them in the jungle. ("The 23rd Psalm")


We see a pair of slippered feet whisk a young Charlie down a flight of stairs. It's Christmas morning and his brother Liam is already hard at work ripping open his presents. But while Liam continues to unwrap gift after gift, Charlie finds nothing at all for him. That is, until his mother leads him over to a brand new piano. Charlie is thrilled, but before he can even begin to enjoy the gift, he learns it comes with a price, with his mother wanting him to become successful so he can "save them".
Charlie and Karen in the hospital

Years later, Karen, Liam's wife, has just given birth to their daughter - Megan, who is named after Liam and Charlie's mother. While Liam is not seen in the hospital, Charlie is there, and tells her that her husband is delayed because he blew a tire on the way to the airport. When Karen asks if Liam is okay, Charlie responds "He's great. He's a dad."

Charlie returns to his apartment where the Kinks are playing "He's Evil" (the same song he was singing to Jin in "The 23rd Psalm") and finds Liam lying on his couch, "fixing" himself. Charlie encourages Liam to get to the hospital as soon as possible to see his new baby, but Liam is still in his own world, saying to Charlie "I left you some".

Drive Shaft advertising Butties diapers

Drive Shaft is filming an advertisement for Butties baby diapers. They are lip syncing to the song "You All Every Butties", a reworked version of their hit "You All Everybody". In order to save the band, he needs his brother to do some long overdue growing-up, as he falls through the bars of the big child's crib they are filming in. Sadly, as the diaper he is (literally) wearing will attest, Liam isn't up to the task.

Charlie singing the untitled song he wrote

Charlie tries to reach inside Liam and shake him back to life. If they take a stand - if they fight with everything they've got - they just might be able to get through this together. But even after Charlie and Liam share a moment by singing together Charlie's new song about their comeback (Together Now), about how they both "can be saved", Liam only has one question to Charlie, does he have any heroin.

When Liam's family seems to be in a crisis, he sells Charlie's piano and uses the money to build a new life for his family in Australia. He leaves Charlie alone in London, still trying to find an answer; what about his family?

On the Island

Charlie has a dream where he is playing his piano on the beach. Suddenly, he hears Aaron's cries from inside the piano. Charlie tries to open it up, but can't. The incoming tide then tips the piano over onto its back and it begins to drift away, apparently carrying Aaron out to sea. Charlie wakes up and checks to make sure Claire and Aaron are alright, and finds them with Locke.

Charlie tries to get closer to Claire, but Claire asks for some space, for now. He leaves, telling Aaron to take care of his mom.

Hurley approaches Sawyer and Kate and asks Sawyer about "the Tailies," Libby in particular. Sawyer asks if Hurley has a love connection growing there. Hurley denies this and leaves, embarrassed. Kate and Sawyer both see Ana Lucia and Jack coming out of the jungle, talking to each other. Sawyer mentions it's the third time he sees them together. It doesn't make either of them particularly comfortable.

While Charlie plays his guitar on the beach, he hears the faint cries of a baby and follows the sound to the ocean, where he sees Aaron's cradle being tossed on the waves. He struggles to swim out and bring little Aaron back to shore, where he discovers both Claire and his mother kneeling on the beach in robes, in angelic poses from a religious painting. It appears that what Charlie is seeing is a 2-Dimension painting that is similar to a religious painting shown at the beginning of the episode during the flashback at Charlie's house when he was a little boy. Only the painting now depicts Charlie's Mom and Claire in angelic poses. They continually state that "The baby is in danger" and that Charlie "has to save him". At the same time, a plane is seen crashing in the background. He sees a dove fly out of the sky, through the jungle, and past him out to sea, before seeing Hurley approaching him, also wearing robes. He then wakes up standing in the ocean holding the baby, realizing it was just a dream. He tries to explain to Claire (and everyone else) that he was only trying to save him, but Claire slaps him across the face.

Libby smiling at Hurley

Sawyer gives Hurley a small push towards a relationship with Libby, and the two of them do laundry together. Hurley watches her the whole time, thinking he remembers her from somewhere. She distracts him by changing her shirt in his presence. At the same time, she tells him that he stepped on her toe on the plane when he boarded last. They then flirt.

Charlie tries to enlist Locke as an ally, only to discover that Locke suspects Charlie is using heroin again. Charlie defends himself by saying that he and Eko burned the plane, and none of the Virgin Mary statues are left. Locke says trust is a hard thing to win back, and Claire needs her time.

After unsuccessfully trying to enlist Locke, Charlie goes to Eko, who is marking trees for an unknown reason. Eko suggests that Charlie's dreams mean something and could be a sign that he has to protect the baby. Eko suggests that the baby be baptized. Charlie goes to Claire with the idea, but is dismissed by Kate.
Charlie tries to persuade Locke of his innocence (promotional still)

Locke sits close by, watching Charlie, just like he did in his first days on the Island.

In the jungle, Charlie finds his stash of heroin but is surprised by Locke. Charlie claims he came to finish the job and get rid of them all. But Locke doesn't believe him. He takes away all of the statues.

Claire talks to Locke about a safer place for her and the baby to sleep. He suggests moving his things closer to her tent, and she agrees. She asks him about baptism and how much he knows about it. Locke tells her his view, calling it "spiritual insurance" so the baby will go to heaven. He confirms that there is no danger to her or the baby.

Claire being baptized by Eko (promotional still)

Charlie starts a fire near the survivors' camp, attempting to distract Claire from Aaron's crib. While Sayid leads an attempt to put out the fire, Charlie grabs Aaron and runs with him to the ocean to baptize him.

Locke and several other survivors run over after they hear Claire's cries.
Charlie holding and trying to baptize Aaron
Locke tries to convince Charlie to hand him the baby, but Charlie refuses, saying, "Aaron's not your responsibility. Where were you when he was born? Where were you when he was taken? You're not his father. You're not his family." Locke replies that neither is he.

Charlie gives Locke the baby, who hands him to Claire. Charlie tries to apologize, only to be attacked by Locke, who punches him three times in the face. Charlie stumbles and falls into the water.

The next day, while Jack is nursing Charlie's wounds, Eko agrees to baptize Claire and her baby, to make sure that they will always be protected together. Locke puts the seven statues in the gun vault of the hatch.



  • When Charlie imagines his mother and Claire on the beach, the Drug Smugglers' Plane can be seen about to crash into the jungle.
  • In a Catholic baptism, a godparent is required during the ceremony. Only under extreme circumstances, such as imminent death, would the requirement be waived. Claire and Aaron are baptized with no godparents. This is likely because the only acknowledged Catholic character eligible to serve as a godparent is Charlie. Moreover, Catholic doctrine forbids the baptism of an adult (such as Claire) unless they have professed faith in the basic truths of Christianity, but Mr. Eko did not ask Claire anything about her beliefs.
  • Eko's description of the baptism of Jesus is slightly incorrect. The Catholic Church (along with most other Christian denominations) teaches that Jesus was born without sin. Although he was telling the story from John the Baptist's perspective, it still goes against the views of Catholicism. Perhaps these errors were added to the script deliberately, since Eko has had no formal religious training (as far as we know), and is therefore not fully versed in the traditions of the church.
  • When Hurley and Libby are doing laundry in the Hatch, Libby wonders if the washer and dryer are newer than anything else in the hatch.
  • A Widmore Construction banner can be seen on Battersea Power Station in flashback, making this the first reference to Widmore in the series.

Production notes

  • A deleted scene from this episode is an extended version of Hurley and Libby's laundry scene. Hurley asks what Libby did before the crash and she tells him that she was a psychologist specializing in marriage and children. Libby asks Hurley what he did before the crash and he informs her of his lottery winnings. Hurley is amazed to see that Libby believes him and leads Hurley to ask Libby for a walk across the beach one time; their first date.
  • A deleted scene from this episode shows Ana Lucia and Eko having a conversation about the Others. Ana Lucia informs Eko of Jack's plan to venture in the jungle after the Others. Eko doesn't agree with the idea, thinking they are safer where they are. Ana Lucia asks what happened to the Eko that killed two of them the night of the crash, he tells her he is sitting next to her, leaning on a tree.
  • Michael does not appear in this episode.
  • The original idea for the Butties diapers commercial was to have Drive Shaft appear on the famous Abbey Road pelican crossing in diapers, but they couldn't get the permit from the city to do it.
  • The commentary on the Season 2 DVD reveals an Easter Egg is visible for those who are viewing the episode in widescreen format. As Charlie is on the beach in his dream, looking at the angels of Claire and his mother, the Nigerian Drug smugglers' plane can be seen in the background, just over the tops of the trees on the left and is coming in for a crash landing. The sound effect from Deus Ex Machina of it crashing can also be heard.
  • The traditional flashback woosh is used in this episode to signify the end of Charlie's dreams also.

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
  • Hurley says "Do I know you from somewhere?" to Libby, but he can't remember from where. (Character connections)
  • Charlie starts a fire as a distraction so he can kidnap the baby. (Deceptions and cons)
  • In Charlie's place, a Drive Shaft "Drive Across America Tour" poster hangs for their concert on 8/15/2000. (The Numbers)
  • In the first dream sequence, Charlie is wearing the words "FATE" on his left hand. (Fate versus free will)
  • In a dream sequence, Charlie is told he has to "save the baby". (Life and death)
  • Charlie's strange behavior worries Claire that he is going to hurt her baby. (Life and death)
  • A stuffed polar bear can be seen in the giant crib in which Drive Shaft shoots their Butties diapers commercial. (Animals)
  • Charlie wears a T-shirt featuring two foxes. (Animals)
  • Charlie's father disapproved of Charlie's musical ambitions and of Drive Shaft. (Parent issues)
  • Liam misses the birth of his daughter Megan while out getting a fix. (Parent issues)
  • Liam drops Megan and is kicked out of his home. (Parent issues)
  • Throughout the episode, Charlie tries, but usually fails to be a surrogate father for Aaron. (Parent issues)
  • One of Charlie's songs includes the words "I'm crying in the rain". (Rain)
  • Charlie tries to redeem his previous drug use by saving the baby. (Redemption)
  • Mr. Eko says: "It is said that when John the Baptist baptized Jesus the skies opened up and a dove flew down from the sky. This told John something -- that he had cleansed this man of all his sins. That he had freed him. Heaven came much later." (Redemption)
  • After pressure from Charlie, Claire agrees to let Eko baptize Aaron. Baptism is ritual purification by water, and a form of redemption (according to Christian theology, Man is inherently born with sin). This definition of Baptism is the Catholic definition. This definition is not held as truth by all Christian denominations. Most of the Protestant faiths holds Baptism as a metaphor for Christ's death, burial and resurrection. This Baptism is done not by sprinkling of water, but by full immersion into water and then coming out of it. Most Protestant faiths do not Baptize babies, they baptize when a person accepts Christ. (Redemption)
  • Charlie's family repeatedly urge him to "save them" in his first dream. (Salvation)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Charlie fears that Locke is taking his place as Aaron's surrogate father. (Rivalries)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • The Baptism of Christ. The painting hanging on the wall in Charlie's dream is The Baptism of Christ by Andrea del Verrocchio and assisted on by Leonardo da Vinci. It depicts the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Charlie's vision on the beach is based on this painting, with Claire and her mother assuming the positions of the angels to the left. Claire is the one that in the original painting was executed by Leonardo. Although Jesus and John do not appear in Charlie's vision, the angels appear (Claire and his mother), as does the dove that flew toward Charlie. In the painting, the dove is released from God's hands. (Art)
  • The Bible. Mr. Eko tells the story to Claire of the events surrounding John’s baptism of Jesus. (Literary works)
  • Fahrenheit 451 The title is a reference to this classic dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury. In the book, it states

His mind would well over at last and he would not be Montag any more, this the old man told him, assured him, promised him. He would be Montag plus-Faber, fire plus water, and then, one day, after everything had mixed and simmered and worked away in silence, there would be neither fire nor water, but wine. Out of two separate and opposite things, a third.

  • Star Wars. Sawyer calls Hurley "Jabba", a character from the film franchise. (Movies)
  • Pink Floyd. The famous Battersea Power Station featured on the album cover from Pink Floyd's Animals can be seen in the background of one of Charlie's flashbacks. (Music)
  • Yesterday and Today. The scene where Charlie's father chops off the doll's head (as a butcher in his flashback) was an homage to this Beatle's album, "Yesterday and Today" (where band members were featured among slabs of meat and decapitated dolls). (Music)  (Season 2 DVD)
  • "He's Evil". This song by the The Kinks is heard playing in Charlie’s apartment when he comes home. It was also heard being sung by Charlie in "The 23rd Psalm". (Music)
  • "Papa Loves Mambo". This song by Perry Como is heard on the record player when Hurley and Libby do their laundry (Music)
  • Bonanza. Sawyer calls Hurley "Hoss". Eric “Hoss” Cartwright was a big man, the warm and lovable middle son of Ben Cartwright in the TV cowboy show that aired from 1959 to 1973. (Movies and TV)
    • In "Homecoming", it was Jack who was called "Hoss" by Sawyer.
    • In "Adrift", it was Michael who was called "Hoss" by Sawyer.
  • Love Connection. When Hurley asks Sawyer if Libby is cool, Sawyer asks him if he has a love connection brewing. Love Connection was a popular American talk show television series/game show (1983-1994). (TV and Movies)
  • The Beverly Hillbillies. Sawyer teases Hurley about doing his laundry with Libby and refers to him as Jethro. Jethro Bodine is a fictional character in the 1960s television sitcom. (Movies and TV)
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe. For Christmas, Liam receives a Voltron toy, based on the animated television series. (Movies and TV)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • In Charlie's dream-vision, his mother tells him that he is "special." (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • When Locke watches Charlie being dragged out of Claire's tent by Kate, the same camera movement is used as the one from "Tabula Rasa"'s ending. It is used on the same person and for the same purpose. (Juxtaposition)
  • Charlie's mother gives him a piano and tells him, "Someday you're going to get us out of here," foreshadowing Charlie's actions at the end of Season 3 in "Through the Looking Glass", when Charlie plays "Good Vibrations" on a keyboard, in order to help get the survivors off the island. (Foreshadowing)

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