|The others left me! They fucking left me behind!
Okay, I can understand them getting angry because I wandered off. But I thought I saw someone trailing us, so I went to check it out.
Turns out I was wrong. But I was only gone for like ten minutes! They didn't have to leave me behind. I have no idea where they went, but I guess I'd better get up off my ass and try to catch up.
"Left Behind" is the fifteenth episode of Season 3 and the sixty-fourth produced hour of the series as a whole. It was first broadcast on April 4, 2007. After the events at the Barracks reach a climax, Kate finds herself forced to team up with one of the enemy. Meanwhile, Sawyer is worried to learn from Hurley that the other survivors may be planning to banish him.
Kate is stranded in Iowa with a bad fan belt in her car. She introduces herself to tow truck driver, Johnny, as "Lucy" as he takes her to town. At the repair station, she sees Cassidy trying to pull the jewelry con that Sawyer taught her. When her mark threatens to call the cops, Kate intervenes and, saying that her father owns a jewelry store, buys one of the fake necklaces. After the man leaves, Cassidy thanks Kate for her help, and Kate asks for the money back. Cassidy says that she'd like to know why Kate would go to such trouble to avoid police attention. Noting that Kate is clearly stranded, she offers her a ride into town for a drink.
At a bar, Kate and Cassidy discuss conning. Kate says she uses the name of Lucy because she was a saint. She admits to killing her stepfather Wayne because he was "a bad guy" who beat her mother, and says she went on to escape from the Marshal after being initially caught. She tells Cassidy she's in Iowa because she wants to talk to her mother. Cassidy offers to help her get to her mother because she knows what it's like to be betrayed--she fell in love with "the wrong guy" and gave him her life savings. She says "he was a bad guy" and that one of them deserves something good.
"Kate" approaches her mother's house and knocks on the door. Diane answers and Edward Mars and his men jump out with guns pointed, addressing her as "Austen." The woman is actually Cassidy who is in disguise and "just selling Bibles." Kate watches the disgruntled Mars through binoculars from a car down the street.
Later, Cassidy comes to talk to Kate in a motel room after having been questioned for half an hour. She tells Kate that she can tell she must have done something to that Marshal to make him so obsessed about catching her. Cassidy says that, if she's going to lie to the FBI, she wants to know more about what Kate did. Kate confesses that she killed Wayne by blowing up his house, but took out an insurance policy on it beforehand, which financially would have set up her mother for life. Kate says she wants to know why her mother betrayed her when Kate had tried to protect and help her.
Cassidy orders a meal at Keith's Diner from Kate's mother Diane. She then intentionally spills her soup on Diane, who remains polite but goes to the bathroom to clean up her clothes. Kate is waiting there and asks why Diane told the authorities that Kate was responsible for Wayne's death. She says that, despite Wayne's abuse, "you can't help who you love." Kate says she did it for Diane, who retorts that Kate did it for herself. Diane says she thought Kate might be there to apologize, but Kate states that she's not sorry. Diane bluntly tells her daughter that, while she won't give her up right now to the men outside who follow Diane everywhere, if she ever sees Kate again, she'll yell for help. She leaves Kate crying in the bathroom.
Cassidy drives Kate back to her car. Kate thanks her and asks for the name of the guy who ripped Cassidy off, with the intention of returning Cassidy's kindness by helping her get revenge. Cassidy admits she is pregnant with his child, but Kate still advises her to call the cops and get him locked up. Cassidy then asks if Kate would ever forgive her own mother for calling the cops on her, and Kate admits that she won't. The two women thank each other, and when Cassidy thanks "Lucy", Kate reveals her real name.
Kate has been left in the game room at the Barracks, handcuffed and nervous. She sees someone coming and hides with a pool cue behind the door, preparing to hit them. It is Juliet, who ducks and flips Kate onto the floor. She says that she was just bringing her some food, and walks out leaving the sandwich splattered on the floor.Later, Kate is distractedly playing with backgammon chips when Locke enters the room to say goodbye. His right hand is bandaged and his face is bruised. He says he's leaving with the Others, to Kate's disbelief. She tells Locke that whatever the Others told him about taking him home, they are lying and asks if they're brainwashing him. Locke tells her he doesn't want to go home.
In the game room, flies buzz over the remains of the sandwich. Kate grabs a piece of white bread off the floor and begins eating it. She hears a commotion outside and looks out to see the Others donning large hold-all backpacks, guns, and gas masks. Suddenly, a gas canister is thrown into the game room. Trying to escape with a rag over her mouth, Kate collapses and falls unconscious.
Kate wakes up in the jungle, and realizes that she is handcuffed to Juliet, who is still unconscious. Kate spots a knife in Juliet's pocket and tries to steal it, but Juliet suddenly wakes and grabs Kate's wrist. Juliet seems as surprised as Kate to find herself there and lets go of her grip. Kate attempts to use the knife to pick the lock of her handcuffs, but Juliet tells her that the knife is too big for that, and they're unfortunately stuck together. Kate says she wants to go back to the village to get her friends, assuming that they've also been gassed, and that she saw the Others leave. Juliet says she doesn't know why "they" would just leave her in the jungle. Kate retorts, "You say 'they' like you didn't lock me in a cage and watch me break rocks all day".
Juliet leads Kate by following the track made by whoever dumped them in the jungle. Even though night is coming on and Juliet says it is going to rain, Kate insists on continuing back to the village. Juliet tells her that Ben likes to play mind games. As a thunderstorm starts, she tells Kate not to go back for Jack because Kate is the one who ruined Jack's chances of leaving the Island. Kate punches her, and the two start fighting. During the struggle, Kate accidentally dislocates Juliet's shoulder, causing her to scream with pain. Just then, Kate hears the sounds of the Monster. They run to hide in dense trees, as Kate has learned to do in past encounters. Juliet seems shocked and says, "What the hell...?" but Kate covers her mouth. As they hide, intense lights flicker from above on their faces, and they hear a mechanical grinding noise. The women shield their eyes, and then the Monster seems to move away. Juliet behaves like she's never encountered it before, much to Kate's disbelief. Juliet asks, "Are we safe?" to which Kate replies, "You tell me."
The two women spend the night hidden in the trees. When they wake up, Kate apologizes for Juliet's injury and that she didn't mean to inflict it. Juliet tells her not to flatter herself--it's the fourth time her shoulder has been dislocated. She tells Kate to help pop her dislocated shoulder back into place. Kate hesitates, and Juliet tells her that it feels like she has glass under her skin--and that it's her fault Juliet is stranded. She also tells Kate about the cameras at the Hydra station, and how Jack saw her and Sawyer together. Kate protests, saying that Jack only told her not to return to protect her, but Juliet says Jack didn't want her to come back because she broke his heart. Obviously hurt by the statement, Kate grabs Juliet's arm and forcefully puts her shoulder back in place as Juliet screams again.
The women head out again. Kate asks if Jack actually said she "broke his heart." Juliet replies, "He didn't have to." Kate tells her that she doesn't know anything about him. Juliet then rattles off a list of personal details about Jack's background, and then asks what Kate knows. Suddenly, they hear the sounds of the Monster again, and they run forward towards the sonic fence. They stumble and fall into a pool of mud, but get up again and finally they get to the barrier. Kate stops and refuses to cross, remembering what happened to Mikhail. However, Juliet somehow knows it is currently turned off, but Kate doesn't trust her and forces her back. Juliet pulls out a key to the handcuffs from her own pocket, unlocks herself from Kate, then runs through the barrier to an electronic numbered keypad. She enters a code that includes the Numbers 15 16 and 23. Juliet tells Kate she'd better join her. Hearing the Monster approach, Kate dives across the line, and they activate the barrier just as it arrives.
As Juliet stands and faces it, smoke from the Monster advances but stops at the sonic fence as though it were a physical wall. Seconds later it vanishes. Juliet admits she lied about being unaware of the creature, saying "We don't know what it is, but we know that it doesn't like our fences." Kate challenges Juliet about having the key all along. Juliet admits she didn't tell her she had a key because she wanted Kate to think they were "in it together". This way, she wouldn't be left behind again. Kate snatches the key from Juliet, removes her own cuff, and then dumps it on the ground as she walks away.
They soon arrive back at the Barracks to find the whole place practically deserted. Juliet says she'll get Sayid and tells Kate where to find Jack. Kate finds him unconscious in the house he's been staying in, which has been trashed. She wakes him and tells him that the Others all left. Because she thinks that Jack wasn't able to leave because she came back for him--and probably for other reasons--she tearfully tells him how sorry she is. Jack asks if Juliet left too; Kate tells him they left her behind, too. He decides that they should head back to the beach.
Outside, Jack meets Juliet. Sayid joins them and says he checked all the houses. He tells the other three that everyone else has gone and has left no tracks; it's as though 50 people simply vanished. He questions the fact that Juliet is coming with them, while Kate does not. Jack insists that they allow her to join them, saying, "They left her behind, too."
At the beach, Hurley tells Sawyer that there will be a vote on whether to banish him from the camp tomorrow. He suggests that Sawyer make amends to continue being part of the society, but Sawyer says, "I don't do amends."
Later, Sawyer successfully catches a fish but is unable to properly gut it. Realizing that he would have great difficulty surviving on his own, he approaches Hurley to find out how to make amends and change the vote. Hurley asks how he hasn't learned to gut a fish since they've been on the Island for so long, and demands an apology for the various names Sawyer has called him. Sawyer begrudgingly agrees, and they begin work.
That night, Hurley tells Sawyer to go over to Claire and say something nice about Aaron, giving him a blanket to give to her. Sawyer does so awkwardly (making Aaron cry, even though his voice used to apparently calm Aaron) and Claire is amused and puzzled, but appreciative.
The next morning, Sawyer and Desmond hide with guns, waiting for a boar to come by. When Desmond asks what Sawyer's "angle" is and why he's suddenly willing to be his hunting buddy, Sawyer tells him that he has "hearts and minds to change" and wants to give the people something they'll like, remarking that money has no value on the Island, while meat does. Desmond then shoots a boar that comes into view.
Later, Sawyer helps roast the boar as part of a feast for the camp. He admits to Charlie that he knows about the vote, but Charlie knows nothing of it. Sawyer then realizes that Hurley "conned" him into being "decent." On confrontation, Hurley says that with Jack, Kate, Locke and Sayid all gone, people need to be able to look to Sawyer for leadership, and thus, he needs to relate to them better if he's going to be their "temporary leader." Sawyer says that he doesn't want to be a leader, but Hurley points out that Jack didn't seem to want the role either. Hurley tells him that he's just done a good job making everyone in the camp happy. Sawyer seems to accept it, bringing food to Claire, who lets him hold Aaron. However, when Sawyer looks around and smiles at Sun, he is disappointed to receive nothing but a skeptical look.
|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|
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|Art • Books • Cars • Games • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
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|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries|
|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