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"Further Instructions"

18 October 2006
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"Further Instructions" is the third episode of the third season of Lost, and the 52nd episode of the series as a whole. Moving back to the other side of the Island, the fates of Locke, Eko and Desmond are revealed. Meanwhile, Hurley returns to camp to deliver the message from the Others.




Locke, making a prayer at the commune (promotional still)

After his painful breakup with Helen, Locke started to work and live on a rural commune in or near Humboldt County, California. After picking up a work-seeking hitchhiker during a rainstorm, Eddie, a local Sheriff stops Locke and asks to see his license and registration. Locke has guns in his truck. After Locke shows him the papers, the Sheriff informs Locke that he can take him in for picking up a hitchhiker. Eddie suddenly speaks up, saying that Locke is his uncle.

Arriving at the commune, Locke salutes everyone. Locke then shows Eddie their sweat lodge, where 'family members' can figure out what they have to do with their life, and to find out whether they are a farmer or a hunter. Eddie asks which one Locke is, to which Locke only smiles. At lunch, Locke introduces Eddie to Mike and Jan, the commune's leaders, and explains that Eddie has been looking for logging work. Locke says the grace, and thanks the Lord for helping him stop being angry and helping him find a real family. Eddie thanks him.

After Eddie spends six weeks at the commune, he asks Locke about his father, but there's nothing much to talk about according to Locke. He then asks Locke about the greenhouse he is never let into. He claims there are too many secrets in this "family." When Eddie observes several large bags of fertilizer being taken into the greenhouse, he says he knows what's going on, and he wants in on whatever they are blowing up. Locke laughs at this. Locke confirms him he will talk to Mike and Jan, and will try to arrange a visit there.

A farmer or a hunter?

In the greenhouse, which appears to be where the commune grows marijuana, Mike and Jan count their money and prepare to flee from the place. When Locke asks to know what happened, the two lovely leaders show their dark side, revealing to Locke the truth they learned a short time ago: Eddie is in fact an undercover cop, who has been gathering evidence for the police in the last six weeks. Locke insists that since Eddie has never entered the greenhouse, it's not too late, and that he can still keep his family together.

For fear of losing his new family, John takes Eddie hunting, with the idea that he will kill him to "cover up his mess." He learns from Eddie that the police chose Locke because he hadn't been here long and didn't have a criminal record, and was most subject to coercion. When Locke is about to shoot Eddie, Eddie tries to calm him down, saying Locke is not a murderer, that he is a farmer. Locke corrects him, saying he is a hunter. Locke cannot pull the trigger, and Eddie walks away.

On the Island

A shot of Locke's eye, then a shot of the tops of trees in a bamboo grove (in a manner very reminiscent of "Pilot, Part 1"). Locke sees a naked Desmond running through the jungle, and gets up, looking around. He is nearly hit on the head by Eko's stick, which falls from one of the trees. He makes his way to the camp. For the time being, he is mute and communicates with Charlie, first by charades, then using a pad and pen. He needs to speak to the Island. He builds a sweat lodge, in the middle of Eko and Charlie's church, and before entering, he creates an island pudding. Charlie stands guard but cannot come in.

In the sweat lodge after eating his drug, Locke sits and waits, until Boone appears sitting next to him. At this point Locke cannot speak, but mouths "I'm sorry" to Boone. Boone forgives him saying that he was a sacrifice The Island demanded and that John will be able to speak when he has something worth saying. Boone tells John that he is there to help find Locke's way again so he can bring the family back together. After Boone says he wants to show him something, Locke tries to stand up but he can't. Boone says, "John you're going to need that" pointing to Locke's wheelchair which is on the ground.

Locke pointing at whom he might have to save.

Boone then escorts Locke, confined to the wheelchair, through an airport, saying that someone in the airport needs his help. Charlie, Claire and Aaron are "fine, for awhile", and appear to be a family in the vision. He sees Jin and Sun arguing, but Boone says that Sayid can handle it. Hurley is behind the counter of the ticket agency, entering the Numbers into a computer. Desmond is a pilot and has three attractive flight attendants following him down the escalator, to which Boone responds "he's helping himself."

Boone and Locke in the airport (promotional still)

Kate and Sawyer are bantering in the waiting line at the scanners, while Jack is being scanned with a hand-held metal detector (which emits the beep of the computer timer in the Hatch) by Ben. Boone says that Locke "can't help them, at least not yet." Boone says, "first you have to clean up your own mess." Locke is seen looking up at an empty escalator, then Locke rides to the top of the escalator and finds Mr. Eko's Jesus stick, covered in blood. Locke looks at his hand full of blood and then back up to Boone, who is bloody as seen in the dream in Deus Ex Machina, saying "clean it up John, they've got him, you don't have much time." John awakens in his sweat lodge when he is about to exit when a quick flash of a polar bear appears coming out of the fire. John jumps out of the sweat lodge with Charlie looking on. He tells Charlie that he is "going to save Mr. Eko's life."

Hurley meets a knife upon his return. (promotional still)

Locke enlists Charlie's help, and the two of them go in search of Eko. During their journey, they find Eko's cross, and several signs are visible on the ground that imply Eko was dragged by a polar bear: Sawyer only killed one. Locke tells Charlie to go as "bad things happen to people who are around me." Yet Charlie continues to follow him. Along the way, they discover the Hatch has imploded; Locke, Eko, and Desmond, however, were apparently blown out of the Hatch. They also find a dead boar and polar bear fur. Seconds later, they hear a growling sound. They start running, and stop as Locke hears rustling in the bushes. As an act of protection, he throws his knife, and almost hits Hurley, who holds his canteen, murmuring "Dude..."

Hurley tells Locke and Charlie what happened when they encountered the Others, how they kept Jack, Kate and Sawyer hostages, how they sent him free so he could tell the other survivors what happened, and how the "dude we had in the hatch" is their leader. Locke orders him to do what the Others told him to do, while he is going to save Eko's life. Charlie warns him about the polar bear.

Charlie and Locke carrying Eko out of the cave. (promotional still)

As they move on, they see some more fur, and Charlie gets scared, saying that the polar bear is the Einstein of the bear community. They discover that Eko was dragged into a cave by a polar bear. Locke enters the cave, armed with a hairspray and his torch. In the cave, he finds a yellow Tonka truck and a skeleton with the Pearl logo on his clothes. He notices Eko, lying on the ground, badly bleeding. The next moment, the polar bear attacks, trying to drag Eko far more into its cave. Locke uses the hairspray and the torch as a makeshift flamethrower, and burns the bear's eyes. The bear lets go of Eko, and Locke carries him out of the cave.

Naked Desmond talking to Hurley in the jungle. (promotional still)

While Hurley is wandering back to camp, he comes across a naked Desmond, who emerges out of the bushes.Hurley gives him a tie-dyed shirt from his backpack, while Desmond tells him he just woke up naked, after the implosion. He explains to Hurley about the Fail Safe key, and Hurley asks him if the turning of that key was what "made the blender noise" and "the sky turn purple;" Desmond replies that he must have missed that. Hurley tells him the Island vibrated, and that also Jack, Kate and Sawyer saw that, "right before they got bags pulled over their heads." Desmond tries to calm him down, saying that Locke plans on going after them, just like he said in his speech. When Hurley, in confusion, says Locke only said he is going after Eko and the polar bear, Desmond apologizes, saying he is a bit shook up.

While Charlie goes to bring some water to the unconscious Eko, Locke apologizes to Eko, saying it is all his fault, that he had to let Eko keep pushing the button, and that because of him, their friends are now captured. Eko suddenly wakes up, telling Locke he can still protect them, and that eventually he will find them. After all, he is a hunter. The next moment, as Charlie arrives, Eko is still unconscious.

Nikki and Claire at camp.

As they arrive to camp, a group of the survivors ask for some information regarding Jack and Eko. Hurley tells a survivor named Nikki that Jack is not coming back, because "they've got him." Locke takes control over the group, explaining that by "they" Hurley means the Others. As Claire starts to ask about Sun, Jin and Sayid, Locke says that he is going to find their friends -- he does not know how, but he is going to. He asks Nikki, Claire and another survivor named Paulo to take care of Eko. Charlie walks away, saying this was a nice speech. Hurley says he had déjà vu for a second, then looks at Desmond, standing on the beach, throwing rocks at the sea.



  • When Eddie was first introduced to the commune he was wearing a Geronimo Jackson T-shirt.
  • During the first flashback, when the police officer is checking the paperwork on Locke's guns, the address listed is 25164 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA. This is a non-existent address. Franklin St. in San Francisco only goes up to 3199. Also, the zip code listed is 94099. This is also not a valid zip code. In addition, on the form Locke's birthday is November 15, 1946.
  • While Locke is dragging himself up the escalator using his arms, the same mechanical noise found in "Exodus, Part 2" (when Locke is being dragged through the jungle by the monster) can be heard.
  • One of the skeletons in the polar bear cave was wearing a shirt with the logo from the Pearl.
  • The Swan's main computer room appears to have been completely destroyed, leaving a large crater in the ground, with hallways leading away from it.
  • The survivors in Locke's vision are grouped together the way they are in real time, and not as they were left in the Season 2 finale when Locke last knew about them -- Jack, Kate and Sawyer with Ben (the last Locke knew, Hurley and Michael were with them and Ben had not yet gained control of them), Sayid with Jin and Sun (Locke was in the Swan when all three of them decided to leave), Desmond as a pilot alone and enjoying himself (he was missing at the time, and his flashback in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" starts when he turns the key and ends when he wakes up in the jungle), and Hurley separated from the rest (he was traveling back to the Beach at the time), typing the Numbers into the Swan computer at the Oceanic check-in -- despite Locke having no knowledge of this divide while he was locked in the hatch, the days he was missing after its implosion, or Hurley's connection to the Numbers. He doesn't see Juliet there (he's never met her), indicating limits to his psychic awareness (every other regular cast member's character appears except for her and, obviously, Eko).
  • During the airport scene, Sawyer can be heard saying "wipe the stars out of eyes, sweetheart". This audio is taken from the following episode "Every Man for Himself" during a conversation with Kate.

Production notes

  • Juliet does not appear in this episode.
  • This was the first appearance of Rodrigo Santoro and Kiele Sanchez as fuselage survivors Paulo and Nikki. Although it did not happen in the episode, the plot synopsis from the initial press release stated that "Claire is shocked to find Nikki and Paulo in Jack's tent" This can be seen on season 3 DVD set as a deleted scene called "Introducing Nikki and Paulo."
An ABC promotional still showing a deleted scene of a police raid on the commune (promotional still). This scene was revealed in the extras of the Season 3 DVD

Deleted scene

  • There was a scene deleted from the episode in Locke's flashback after his confrontation with Eddie in the forest. Locke returns to the commune to find the final stages of a police raid. Mike, Jan and the other members have all been arrested. As Locke peers at the scene from the edge of the forest, Eddie looks toward him, but it is not clear if he is spotted. Locke turns and escapes into the forest.
  • This deleted scene is presented in its entirety as an extra on the "Flashbacks" section of the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD)

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • Locke goes into the beach camp and shows Charlie a note that reads "I need u 2 stand guard". Later, at the sweat lodge, Locke picks up the same notebook and shows Charlie what is supposedly the same page. The handwriting is different and "guard" is misspelled as "gaurd"


  • While Locke's vision was shot on film like the rest of the series, it differs photographically in several ways. While shooting, Michael Bonvillain used a narrow shutter angle to create a choppy feeling, and changed the aperture during various shot several times (very unusual) to subtly alter the exposure (brightness) of the image. All other visual oddities were performed in post-production, including the high contrast and crushed blacks, which were altered in the color correcting phase of the Digital Intermediate. Lost is always heavily color corrected: it is simply more noticeable in Locke's vision because it differs in style from the rest of the show. [source needed]
    • In places it also employs multiple, blurry copies of an image, overlaid in montage (a technique also used in "Live Together, Die Alone", when Kelvin rescues Desmond). These techniques give the sequence a look that is very different to that used for island or flashback scenes.
  • Unlike most of Lost, the filming location for the polar bear cave was not on Oahu but on the Big Island of Hawaii in a lava tube, where it was filmed by cinematographer John Bartley. [1]

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 first shot of the episode is on John's eye. (Eyes)
  • Eko is on the pathway to death, but is saved by Locke. (Life and death)
  • Eddie goes undercover to infiltrate the commune. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Locke learns of Eddie's deception, and invites him on a hunting trip under false pretenses. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Eddie tells Locke, "You're not a murderer. You're a good man." Locke is ultimately unable to pull the trigger to kill Eddie. (Good and bad people)  (Life and death)
  • Locke tells Charlie outside the cave, "I'm going in there because I'm supposed to go in there." (Fate versus free will)
  • Locke saves Mr. Eko after being told to "clean up your own mess" by Boone. (Redemption)
  • Mr. Eko's stick is inscribed "4:8:15:16". (The Numbers)
  • Eddie's Humboldt County Sheriff's Department Employee number is: 84023. (The Numbers)
  • Eddie tells Locke he chose him. "Henry Gale" also says that he chose Locke. (Fate versus free will)
  • It is raining when Locke picks up Eddie. (Rain)
  • Eddie asks Locke about the greenhouse and why there are so many secrets in their "family." (Secrets)
  • When Eddie asks about Locke's father, Locke tells him there is "nothing worth talking about." (Secrets)  (Parent issues)
  • By mentioning Locke's speech before it is given, Desmond accidentally reveals to Hurley that he may be able to see the future in some way. (Premonitions)  (Time)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Vision quest. After building a sweat lodge, Locke goes on a Vision quest. A vision quest is a rite of passage in some Native American cultures. It may be a part of shamanism, more exactly, the learning and initiation process of the apprentice for achieving the ability for shamanizing. Shamanism refers to a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world. (Religion)
  • BBC. Charlie mentions watching nature documentaries on "The Beeb". This is a nickname for the BBC. (Movies and TV)
  • The Lord of the Rings. Charlie says that he's heard that trees are great conversationalists. This is a winking reference to Dominic Monaghan's role in this movie, where his character spends time talking to Ents, a race of large, sentient trees. Additionally, the scene in which John finds Eko's lost piece of jewelry is similar to a scene in The Two Towers, in which Aragorn finds the pin which was dropped by one of the hobbits. (Movies)
  • The Bible. (Religion and ideologies)
    • At the beginning of the episode, when Eko's stick falls on John and he picks it up, we can see that it has "Lift Up Your Eyes and Look North John 3:05" carved on it, which will come into play later in the season and help them find The Flame Station.
    • Mr. Eko's stick is also inscribed "Rom 6:12", which is a reference to passage Rom (Romans) 6:12 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."
    • Locke's inability to speak after the Hatch implosion alludes to the Biblical story of Zachariah (See Luke chapter 1, vs 1-20 and vs 62-64). Zachariah did not believe the angelic message that he would have a son, and was struck dumb. Similar to Locke, when Zachariah renewed his faith that he has lost, he was able to speak again. Zachariah proved his faith by naming his son John, as the angel had told him to do.
    • Toward the end of Locke's vision, he finds himself at the bottom of an escalator as Boone calls to him from the top, saying, "Come up here, John!" This may be a reference to Revelation 4:1, which says, "After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.'" The book of Revelation describes a vision of future events that was given to the apostle John.
  • I Feel Like Going Home. When Locke is driving, this song is playing. (Music)
    • Although this song has been recorded by Muddy Waters, this version is either by Corey Harris (from his album Between Midnight and Day) or by the Whiteley Brothers (track #8 on their CD titled Bluesology).
  • Altered States. Charlie says "I'm going to stand out here in case you devolve into a monkey", which is a reference to this 1980 science fiction film in which the main protagonist takes tribal drugs in sensory deprivation, causing him to regress into a neanderthal-like humanoid. (Movies)
  • The Incredible Hulk. Hurley asks Desmond if he is going to turn into the Hulk since he was involved in the implosion of the hatch and all the effects it may caused. The Hulk is a Marvel comic book character that Stan Lee created in 1963. (Books)  (Movies and TV)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 

Episode references

  • The episode begins in almost the exact same manner as Jack's introduction to the series, with he and Locke both awakening in the jungle delirious and confused. Desmond takes the place of Vincent in this rendition. ("Pilot, Part 1")
  • Charlie makes a reference to Sawyer killing the polar bear. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Locke's statement to Eddie that he was a hunter echoes a line where he tells Jack to "go be the doctor, let me be the hunter." ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
  • Charlie makes several remarks regarding Locke's beliefs that he was on drugs again and the beating he gave him after Charlie tried to save Aaron. ("Fire + Water")
  • Charlie jokes to Locke about being absent without calling or writing. Charlie had previously said this to Eko, as did Bernard. ("S.O.S.")  ("Three Minutes")
  • The episode's title is a reference a quote from the previous season, in which Eko tells Locke to wait for "further instruction," referring to a dream from Yemi. ("?")
  • Eddie tells Locke that he won't shoot him; this is reminiscent of Colleen telling Sun that she's not a murderer in "The Glass Ballerina". Here, however, Locke does not shoot Eddie, whereas Sun did shoot Colleen. ("The Glass Ballerina")
  • Boone's line to Locke where he says he will speak when he has something to say mirrors what Horace Goodspeed said to Ben. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Further Instructions/Theories
  • Who are the skeletons in the Polar Bear Cave?
  • Where did the toy truck come from?
  • How did Locke, Eko and Desmond escape the Hatch implosion?
  • Why did Locke go temporarily mute?
  • What happened to Desmond's clothes after the implosion?

External links

  • Press Release
  • Promotional photography
  • Wizard Entertainment 'TV QB' - Lost: Season 3, Episode 3: “Further Instructions”

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