"Pilot, Part 2" is the second of the two-part pilot episode of Lost. It was originally broadcast on September 29, 2004, one week after "Pilot, Part 1". The two parts aired together on October 2, 2004. A group of survivors attempt to broadcast a distress signal for help, while Jack tries to save a man who has been impaled by a piece of shrapnel from the plane. Flashbacks show the events just prior to the crash from the points of view of Kate and Charlie.
Charlie sits in his seat on Oceanic Flight 815, grimacing, sweating, and impatiently tapping his ring on his armrest. Cindy Chandler, the stewardess, approaches him warily, asking him if he is okay. Trying to act calm, he politely tells her he's fine, but becomes more brusque when she presses him on the matter, causing her to head to the back of the plane and whisper to her colleagues about his behavior. Charlie becomes paranoid, glancing back repeatedly until he sees several flight attendants walking toward him. He flees his seat and rushes to the restroom, brushing past Jack and Rose and stepping over Boone and Shannon. The flight attendants pursue, but the captain turns on the fasten seatbelts sign, forcing Cindy to stop and alert the passengers.
Charlie finds a vacant restroom after several unsuccessful attempts. Once inside, he locks the door and removes his shoe, from which he takes a small bag of heroin. As soon as he ingests the heroin, a flight attendant knocks on the door and demands for him to come out. Charlie attempts to stall the attendant, and drops his bag of heroin into the toilet. As his finger rests on the handle to flush the toilet, the plane experiences severe turbulence, slamming him up into the ceiling of the bathroom. Escaping the bathroom, he is nearly hit by a refreshment cart. Frightened, he rushes to a seat several rows back, and straps himself in as the plane crashes.
On Oceanic Flight 815, Kate sits next to Edward Mars. A stewardess offers her more juice, but she declines while Mars asks the stewardess for a coffee. After the stewardess leaves, Mars begins taunting Kate, sarcastically telling her to remain optimistic that someone will "believe her story." Kate sips on her juice, and it is revealed that she is wearing handcuffs.
The plane begins experiencing some slight turbulence, and Kate tells Mars that she has one favor to ask of him. Mars is interested to hear what her favor is, but before she can elaborate the plane's turbulence worsens, causing several people to be flung into the plane's ceiling. Luggage falls and strikes Mars in the head, and he begins bleeding profusely as he falls unconscious. Oxygen masks fall, and Kate reaches into Mars' pocket for the key to her handcuffs. Once free from them, she straps a mask on herself, and after some deliberation, a mask on Mars as well. She then sits back in panic as the plane's tail is ripped from the rest of the plane.
After the journey to the cockpit, Jack, Kate, and Charlie trek back across the Island to the beach. Jack, expressing exasperation at Charlie's constant questioning if it works yet, fiddles with the radio transceiver that was given to him by the pilot, but it does not work and appears to have been broken in the crash. Kate and Charlie are a short distance behind Jack. Kate asks Charlie what he was doing in the restroom of the plane while she and Jack found the pilot. Charlie replies that he was vomiting from the sight of the corpses, his "one tangible contribution to the trek." Charlie says that he is a coward, something that Kate reassures him he is not. Charlie's dark expression, however, indicates that he believes otherwise.
At the beach, Shannon takes the opportunity to sunbathe in her newly found bikini. Boone approaches, asking if Shannon wants to help the other survivors sort through the clothes. Shannon, confident that rescue will arrive soon, refuses to help. Boone walks away angrily. Claire, sitting a few feet away from Shannon, asks her if Boone is Shannon's boyfriend. Shannon tells Claire that he is instead her brother, and considers himself "God's friggin' gift to humanity." Claire then comments that she used to have a stomach, until her pregnancy, and reveals that she doesn't know what gender her baby is. She also realizes that she hasn't felt the baby move since the day of the crash.
At the seashore, Sun silently watches Jin as he picks up shellfish from between some rocks. Their silent moment is soon interrupted by Michael, who is searching for his son, Walt, who has wandered off. Sun speaks in Korean to Michael, presumably telling him that she and Jin do not speak English. Jin suddenly begins shouting at Sun, telling her to button her shirt. She does so, and a confused Michael leaves the two alone, and journeys into the jungle.
Meanwhile, Walt, holding Vincent's leash, is calling for his dog quietly. He soon notices something on the ground, and reaches down to pick it up; it is a pair of handcuffs. Michael suddenly appears, berating Walt for wandering from the beach, though Walt thought that the small grove was close enough to the beach. Michael asserts his authority over Walt before noticing the pair of handcuffs in Walt's hand. Walt tells the anxious Michael that he simply found the handcuffs on the ground nearby. Michael, visibly nervous, leads Walt back to the beach while glancing around fearfully.
A short while later, Sayid and Sawyer are brawling on the beach. Jack, arriving back from the jungle, rushes to separate the two, as does Michael. Sawyer, who had been informed by Michael about the handcuffs, immediately suspected that Sayid, a Middle Easterner, was responsible for crashing the plane. Sayid is sickened and livid by Sawyer's prejudice. Sawyer mentions that the guy sitting next to Sayid did not survive the crash, and also that Sayid was pulled out of line shortly before the plane was boarded. The fight is finally stopped by Kate, who changes the subject and asks if anyone can help repair the broken transceiver. Sayid volunteers to help, much to Sawyer's chagrin. Hurley tells Sawyer to calm down, and is promptly rewarded with the vicious nickname "Lardo." Boone asks Jack if there were any survivors at the cockpit, and Jack replies that there weren't.
A little after the confrontation, Hurley visits Sayid as he works to fix the transceiver. The two discuss Sawyer's intolerance, and Sayid simply states that "some people have problems." They trade names with a handshake. When asked by Hurley how he became so skilled at repairing things, Sayid replied that he was a military communications officer in the Gulf War. Hurley wrongly assumes that Sayid fought for the Americans, and Sayid quietly corrects him and tells him that he was part of the Republican Guard.
Further down the shore, Kate is bathing in the water, but soon notices Sun behind her, in awe of Kate's ability to show her skin, speaking in Korean and pointing up the beach. Kate nods and with a half smile, Sun leaves. Having dried and changed her clothes, Kate approaches Sayid to check on the progress of the transceiver's repair. It appears fixed, but is without any reception, meaning it can't broadcast a message for rescue. However, Sayid explains that there is one way they could acquire a signal: by heading up the mountains for higher ground. Kate then visits Jack, who is still struggling to save the life of the man with the shrapnel injury. She tells him that she is going on a hike with Sayid, despite the fact that they both are aware of what lay waiting in the jungle. Kate is quite adamant, though, that the batteries on the transceiver won't last very long, meaning that her hands are tied.
By the shore, Jin prepares the shellfish he caught to give to the other survivors, though not his own wife. As he leaves her, Sun defiantly undoes the top button on her blouse. Jin proceeds to give out the food, though Hurley laughingly declines. Further up the beach, Michael talks to Walt while he flips through a Spanish comic book. Michael's parenting skills seem to be lacking, however, as he tactlessly says he'll buy Walt a new dog when they get home.
Meanwhile, the rest of the survivors are busy with different tasks. Jack enlists Hurley to search for antibiotics, Charlie hides away to take more heroin, and Boone sits with a crying Shannon after she sees the dead body of the crewman who refused to put her into first class, effectively saving her life. Boone, however, gives her little sympathy, saying she has been useless sitting around staring at the dead. After an argument, she defiantly proclaims that she is going on the hike with Kate and Sayid. Charlie also signs up upon hearing that Shannon is going, as does Boone, grudgingly. Further away, Sawyer reads a letter that's been tucked away in his pocket that seems to trouble him for a moment. He notices Kate and the team heading out in the distance and joins them on their difficult trek up the mountain.
Down at the camp, Michael talks to Jack about the missing dog, and Jack tells him that he had seen a yellow Labrador after the crash in the jungle. Elsewhere, Walt approaches Locke, who teaches him the rules of backgammon, explaining that the game is over 5,000 years old, referring to the Mesopotamian Royal Game of Ur. The boy explains that he never actually knew Michael, and is only in his care because his mom got sick and died just a couple of weeks earlier. Locke then ominously asks if Walt wants to know a secret.
Jin continues to offer his fish samples to the survivors, this time to Claire, who reluctantly accepts. Immediately after eating the food, Claire jumps up in emotion, having felt her baby finally kick. She comments that "he kicked", analyzing her own words that she must believe that the baby is a boy.
Kate's team argues about the right time to check the radio and risk completely wasting the battery. However, a roaring in the distance interrupts them, and Kate realizes that it might be the same thing that killed the pilot. As the creature approaches, Kate orders everyone to run, but Sawyer remains behind. In the last few moments, he pulls out a gun and fires almost a full magazine. The group returns to discover what Sawyer had shot; it is a polar bear. Kate immediately questions where Sawyer got the gun from, and he reveals that a US Marshal (one of few people who are permitted to carry a gun on a flight, if with a prisoner) was on the plane, and that he took his badge as well. Sayid then suggests that Sawyer was the prisoner all along. Kate manages to take the gun while Sawyer's back is turned. She asks how to use it, causing Sawyer to grin. Sayid instructs her on how to disassemble it. She then gives one part to each man, though Sawyer whispers to her that he "knows her type" as she passes him the ammunition.
At the beach, Hurley helps Jack tend to the shrapnel man, having found some antibiotics from the plane. As Jack removes the foreign object, Hurley faints at the sight of the blood. Then, as Jack stitches up the wound, the pain causes the man to regain consciousness. Appearing disgruntled, he asks, "Where is she?"
As Kate and the group head out, Sayid tries the radio and realizes that there's a conflicting transmission, meaning that there is another signal already broadcasting from nearby on the Island. He manages to tap into a French transmission and Shannon, as the only French speaker, attempts to translate. She hears a distress message from a woman saying, "It killed them, it killed them all." Sayid also calculates, from the counter on the message loop, that the message has been playing for approximately 16 years. The group realizes that if the message is still playing, the call for help was probably never answered. The situation is summed up by Charlie, who asks with a worried stare, "Guys...where are we?"
|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|
"Pilot, Part 2" features a similar musical score to that of the first part. A march-like second traveling theme is introduced as some of the survivors climb to higher ground on the Mesa ("Hollywood and Vines" on the Season 1 soundtrack); while this doesn't show up again for a while, composer Michael Giacchino later uses it extensively in episodes such as "Exodus, Part 2", "Abandoned", "Through the Looking Glass", "Cabin Fever", "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1", "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3", "Follow the Leader", and "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2".