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"Pilot, Part 2"

29 September 2004
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"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 notices Cindy and her fellow co-workers approaching him.

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 gets high in the bathroom of the plane.

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.


Mars taunts Kate about her captivity.

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.

On the Island

Jack, Kate, and Charlie trek back to the beach.

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.

Shannon refuses to help the other survivors

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.

Sun buttons the top button of her shirt.

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.

Michael scolds Walt for wandering off 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.

Sayid and Sawyer brawl.

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.

Sayid and Hurley introduce themselves to each other.

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.

Sun finds Kate bathing by the shore, and notices that she can reveal her skin freely.

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.

Micaehl attemps, yet fails, to raise Walt's spirits.

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.

Sawyer reads his letter.

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.

Walt stumbles upon Locke, who plays backgammon by himself.

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.

The group standing over a dead polar bear

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?"

Shannon attempting to translate the French signal

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?"



Charlie's size 8 shoe.
  • Throughout "Pilot, Part 1" and "Pilot, Part 2", it is only shown what Jack, Charlie, Kate, Rose, Locke, Boone, Shannon, and the Marshal were doing on the plane.
  • If Sayid's estimation of the French transmission being on a loop for sixteen years and five months is correct, then the recording was most likely made in April 1988.
  • J.J. Abrams won an Emmy for the directing of this episode.
  • Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Jeffrey Lieber received an Emmy nomination for the writing of the episode.
  • Sawyer can be heard using a more typical American accent in some scenes. In reality this was Josh Holloway masking his southern accent while filming the pilot. It wasn't until J.J. Abrams explained a couple of weeks into shooting he was hired for his southern accent that he realized this. Some of these scenes have been left in the episode. This is mentioned in the season 1 DVD's making of the pilot feature.
  • When Sayid and Sawyer are fighting, Sayid says "Ibn Al-Kalb" to him. This translates as "son of a dog".
  • Charlie's shoe is size 8, and made in China.

Production notes

The fake stuffed polar bear originally used for visual effects in the pilot test screening looked ridiculous when freeze-framed. ("Welcome to Oahu")
  • The scene where Sawyer shoots a polar bear became very problematic, as discussed on the Season 1 DVD special "Welcome to Oahu". The original test screening preview of the episode showed a stuffed bear that looked unrealistic when frozen in screen capture (image at right); this was later replaced with a much more realistic CGI animation.
  • The French transmission was dubbed in German for the French version of the series.
  • This episode was originally supposed to open with the scene involving Shannon and Claire on the beach, however the producers changed this, feeling it should open with the jungle story where the first part of the pilot ended. (Season 1 DVD commentary)
  • At a length of 40:24, this is the shortest episode of the series, and is a full 1:20 shorter than the second shortest episode, "Homecoming."
  • An audio commentary by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk is available for this episode on the Season 1 DVD.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • During the plane flashbacks, the audio of the voice of Cindy through the speakers say different words. In Jack's flashback, Cindy says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Pilot has switched on the fasten seatbelt signs." In Charlie's flashback, Cindy says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seatbelt signs." In Kate's flashback, Cindy says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has switched on the fasten seatbelt signs."
  • When Cindy decided to chase Charlie, the roll number of the plane that next to her was 22, but at that time she was at the tail section.
  • A woman sat in the tail section was seen wearing an ornaments, but in the next scene she didn't wear anything.
  • Between Jack and Charlie's flashbacks, the order of Rose's "Guess he really had to go" line and Cindy's "Excuse me" doesn't match up.
  • Both Sawyer's hair and Sayid's facial hair are noticeably longer in the final scene of the episode than it had been in previous scenes despite only being set a few hours apart.
  • After the fight between Sawyer and Sayid, Boone asks Jack (who has just returned with Kate and Charlie) whether or not there were any survivors in the cockpit. Jack says no. Later, right after Sawyer shoots the polar bear, Boone asks, "You think that's what killed the pilot?" He shouldn't have known about the pilot.

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

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Green Lantern and Flash: Walt is reading a Spanish translation of Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends Part One that he found in the wreckage. (Pop culture references)
  • Backgammon: Locke explains to Walt the rules and origin of this board game. (Games)
  • Jesus Christ: Locke puts the age of backgammon (5000 years) into context for Walt, mentioning that it is older than Jesus Christ. (Religion and ideologies)
  • Mesopotamia: Locke mentions that backgammon sets were found in the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia, widely considered the cradle of civilization.

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Walt finds handcuffs on the ground. (Foreshadowing)
  • Walt is reading a comic book with a picture of a polar bear. (Foreshadowing)
  • The secret that Locke told Walt would be revealed to the audience in "Walkabout". (Foreshadowing)
  • When the plane shakes for the second time, Shannon drops her inhaler. This would become problematic for the survivors later on. (Foreshadowing)
  • The Black Rock is first mentioned in this episode on the French transmission, but Shannon does not pick up on it in her translation. (Foreshadowing)
  • Kate says that she does not know how to use a gun, a reference to her bank robbery crime where she used the same lie. This would be revealed in "Whatever the Case May Be". (Foreshadowing)
  • Charlie is shown to have a heroin addiction. (Plot twist)
  • Sawyer is shown reading a letter. (Foreshadowing)
  • The polar bear introduces an unexpected new element in the story. (Plot twist)
  • The polar bear introduces the DHARMA Initiative plot line. (Foreshadowing)
  • The French distress signal says, among other things: "I'm alone now. On the Island alone." (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • The French woman heard on the distress signal would not be revealed until "Solitary". (Unseen character)
  • Sawyer takes the Marshal's badge, which features a five-pointed star, just as his Dharma patch will appear when he is posing as LaFleur. (Foreshadowing)
  • During the Kate flashback scene Ray says to Annie, "Everyone deserves a fresh start." The title of the next episode is Tabula Rasa (blank slate.) (Foreshadowing)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Sawyer and Sayid fight because Sawyer suspects Sayid of having crashed the plane. Later, they argue about checking the reception of the transceiver, and Sayid accuses Sawyer of being the prisoner on the plane. (Rivalries)
  • Sawyer backs off his name-calling and acquiesces to Jack, calling him the "hero". (Leadership)
  • Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Charlie, Shannon and Boone try to acquire a signal and send a transmission to the outside world. (A-missions)
  • Kate is shown to have been the one in the handcuffs. (Crimes)


Main article: Musical score
Main article: Musical themes

"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".

Episode references

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