"House of the Rising Sun" is the sixth episode of Season 1 of Lost. When Jin attacks Michael without provocation, a rivalry begins to form, much to Sun's dismay. Meanwhile, Jack proposes that everyone move to the caves, though some argue that this would be giving up on possible rescue. Flashbacks in this episode concentrate around Sun and Jin's marriage and how it was slowly falling apart.
Sun chats at a dinner party and is offered some champagne by a waiter, Jin. He also hands her a napkin, which contains a message. She meets with him away from the party goers, and the two kiss. Sun wants to elope but Jin tells her that her father would not allow it. As a symbol of affection, Jin reassures her by giving her a white flower and promises that it will one day be a diamond.
Days later, Jin finds Sun outside in the garden where the party was held. He has spoken to her father and had been granted permission to marry his daughter, much to Sun's joy. However, her happiness subsides as Jin continues to explain that he would be working for her father, if only temporarily. He presents her with a diamond engagement ring, paid for with the money from his new job.
Some time after they wed, Sun and Jin live in a posh apartment in Seoul. Sun returns home to find that Jin has bought her a puppy. He sincerely apologizes for working such long hours lately but Sun replies that in the past, all he had to do was give her a flower to express his love. She seems to miss their early relationship, when Jin was not under the command of her father. Before she can continue talking, Jin's phone rings. It is Sun's father.
Later, Sun wakes up as Jin rushes into the apartment. She finds him in the bathroom, washing blood off his hands. She asks what happened but her husband simply states that he was working. However, Sun does not relent and eventually slaps Jin across the face when he does not give her a straight answer. He said that he does "whatever her father asks", for the sake of their marriage.
One day, Sun is showing around a decorator while Jin relaxes in the living room, appearing to be in a bad mood. Sun takes the woman to the bedroom, where it is revealed that the decorator is in fact undercover. Sun had hired her to help her flee the country, from her father and husband. She gives Sun fake documents and tells her that "at the airport" she would have to make an excuse to walk away from her husband and get to a car waiting for her outside. She would then be taken into hiding. The woman orders Sun to repeat the time of the escape over and over, "eleven fifteen".
At Sydney Airport, Jin and Sun prepare to check in for a flight to Los Angeles, as part of Jin's work. Sun moves to one side, noticing that it was 11:15. However, with tears streaming down her face, she finds that she could not leave her love. She returns to her husband, who, with a smile, gives her a white flower. He asks why she looks upset and she lies, answering that it is because of the flower's beauty.
Sun opens her eyes after sniffing flowers. She looks on as Jack and Kate talk playfully about his tattoos. Kate cannot see how the spinal surgeon could have such a wild side but their "verbal copulation", as Charlie calls it, is cut short as some of the group prepare to head for the caves to retrieve drinking water.
Meanwhile, Sun wonders what is wrong as Jin runs toward Michael in anger. He violently attacks him while Sun and Walt shout for them to stop. Sayid and Sawyer pull them apart, and Sayid orders Sawyer to give him the marshal's handcuffs from the plane. He does so, and Jin is cuffed to a large piece of plane wreckage to restrain him.
In the jungle, Jack leads a contingent to where he found the fresh water. When they arrive, Charlie sneaks away to take some of his heroin but Locke interrupts him, telling him to stay still. Charlie has walked on a beehive. Jack and Kate run to get something to cover the hive, and Charlie is forced to stand on the spot as bees buzz around his body.
Back at the beach, Michael explains to Sayid what happened. He attributes the attack to racism and when Sun points at her wrist, Sayid reinforces that the cuffs will stay on until the issue is resolved.
Jack prepares to cover the beehive with a piece of luggage, but when one of the bees sting Charlie, his movement splits the hive and the group runs away as bees scatter. Jack and Kate get to the caves, stripping off their clothes, but Kate suddenly jumps as she spots a skeleton on a ledge. Jack finds another set of remains and assesses them; the bodies have been there a long time, approximately half a century. On one of the skeletons, he finds black and white gemstones. Charlie and Locke arrive and Jack expressed that one of the two corpses is a female and the other male, leading John to dub them "our very own Adam and Eve".
After some time, Jack and Kate head back and John stays to help Charlie look through some Flight 815 wreckage they had found nearby. However, before they leave, Jack pointed out that the survivors need a lot of water and carrying it back and forth would be extremely tiresome work. He thinks that perhaps everyone should move to the caves, where there is shelter and protection from the elements, as well as easy access clean water.
Walt asks Michael why he said Korean people do not like black people. In their ensuing conversation, Michael in turn asks Walt what his mother told him about his father. Walt bluntly says she never really mentioned him. Neither of them knows much about each other.
Trekking back to the beach, Kate mistakes Jack's pondering stare as an attempt to check her out. He explains that he is actually thinking about construction at the caves and Kate gets the point, forgetting about her attempt to flirt. As he talks about convincing the other survivors into moving, Kate adds that he had yet to convince her too. At the caves, Charlie and Locke talk about Drive Shaft and Charlie's lost guitar. John promises that he would see it again, much to Charlie's confusion and disbelief.
Jack and Kate find Sayid, who fills them in on what happened at the beach. Jack is more interested, however, in his cave idea. Sayid disagrees with the plan, believing that a signal fire at the beach is the best hope of rescue. To move was to give up on the hope of leaving, and some will be less willing than others when it came to this decision. At the shore, divisions are already starting to form, with Hurley agreeing to follow Jack and Michael siding with Sayid. Sawyer asks Kate whether she was going with the pessimist or the optimist but she declines to reveal her allegiance.
In the woods by the beach, Michael chops bamboo but is interrupted by Sun. Before he has time to react properly, she says, "I need to talk to you" in perfect English. Michael stands stunned. She reveals that Jin does not know she speaks English, which is why she has not done so publicly, and that the watch Michael found in the wreckage had been entrusted to Jin by her father. Protecting it is was "a question of honor" for Jin. Sun says that she can fix the situation, but she needs Michael's help.
Charlie manages to sneak away in the jungle but Locke follows him and tells Charlie that he is aware of his drug problem. Locke guesses that he will be running out of the drug soon, but wants him to give it up by choice. He asks if Charlie wants his guitar more than the drugs. Charlie agrees, and as he hands over the heroin, Locke simply tells him to look up; wrapped in roots above is Charlie's guitar case.
At the beach, Jack tells Kate that it's time to head back to the caves. However, she proclaims that she can't "dig in" as Jack called it. Jack asks what had caused her to be this way — what she did — but Kate says that he had his chance to know before. Meanwhile, Michael approaches Jin with an axe in his hand. Threatening him, he returns the watch he found and cuts him free from the wreckage with the weapon. Michael gives Sun a glimmer of eye contact in recognition as he walks away, having finished what she had asked of him.
At the caves, Jack arrives with the "new tenants," among them Hurley, Jin, and Sun. At the beach, Sawyer, Sayid, Shannon, Boone, and Kate sit by the signal fire. Kate stares into the flames, as does Jack with his fire at the caves.
|Recurring themes in Lost|
|Black and white • Car accidents • Character connections • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Life and death • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Rain • Rebirth • Redemption • Relationships • Revenge • Sacrifice • Secrets • Time|
|Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
|Art • Books • Cars • Games • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
|Literary techniques in Lost|
|Comparative: Irony • Juxtaposition • Foreshadowing Plotting: Cliffhanger • Plot twist Stock Characters: Archetype • Redshirt • Unseen character
Story: Flashbacks • Flash-forwards • Flash-sideways • Regularly spoken phrases • Symbolism • Unreliable narrator
|Storyline analysis in Lost|
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries|
For this episode, Michael Giacchino used an Asian-flavored theme for Jin's violent behavior that can sometimes sound beautiful but also dangerous. It can be heard on the Season 1 Soundtrack during the cue "Departing Sun".