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"Raised by Another"

1 December 2004
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India Dupre - voice of Rachel

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"Raised by Another" is the tenth episode of Season 1 of Lost. After experiencing terrifying nightmares two days in a row, Claire begins to think that someone is trying to hurt her baby. In response, Hurley decides to start a census of all the survivors. Flashbacks in this episode focus on Claire's struggle with accepting the fact that she has to raise her unborn child herself.




Previously on Lost

  • The survivors use a transciever from the plane's cockpit to receive a distress signal from a French woman that has been playing on a loop for 16 years. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • After torturing Sawyer for Shannon's asthma medication, Sayid tells Kate he is leaving the camp, traveling on his own to map the Island. ("Confidence Man")


Claire realizes that she is pregnant

Claire leaves the bathroom and her boyfriend Thomas asks her what the result is. She has just taken a pregnancy test, and the two panic about what it will say. Time elapses, and Claire realizes that she is indeed with child. The thought petrifies her, but Thomas convinces her otherwise. He says that he loves her, and that a baby might be “the best thing ever”.

Later, Claire discusses the situation with her friend Rachel, telling her how excited she was. They arrive at the home of a psychic, Richard Malkin, whom Rachel has convinced her friend to see. Inside, the psychic reads Claire’s palm, and immediately congratulates her on her pregnancy. His face then tightens, as though he has seen something frightening. He swiftly returns Claire’s money and refuses to continue the reading, ushering the two women out.

Thomas tells Claire that he is leaving her

Back at her apartment, Claire is busy childproofing and redecorating the place. However, Thomas quickly causes her mood to change, as he says that he cannot do this anymore. The reality of having a child has given Thomas cold feet, and he mentions Claire’s “daddy abandonment issues” in an attempt to lay the blame on her for his pulling away in the relationship. The two begin to argue, and Thomas continues with his cold comments, saying that Claire was supposed to be taking the contraception pill and insinuating that she intentionally got pregnant.

Malkin performs a second reading

The psychic opens his door to find Claire there, requesting a second reading. She jokes as he counts her cash, and the psychic notes that Claire has been dumped. He asks if she wishes to continue after what he saw last time, and she agrees. He says that it is crucial that Claire raises the child herself, and that her goodness must influence her baby’s development. Claire reveals that she will put the baby up for adoption unless Thomas returns, but Malkin insists that she must listen. As he continues to shout, Claire runs away in fear.

At night, Claire wakes up as her phone rings. On the other end is Malkin, who has apparently been calling Claire for months now. He again insists she keeps the baby, and he says he has a plan. Claire, however, does not listen and hangs up on him.

Claire faces the decision of whether to give away her child

Now at a solicitor's, Claire is finalizing details of adoption to Arlene and Joseph Stewart. They agree that Claire will have no legitimate rights to the child, and that she will be paid upon the child’s birth. Before she signs the document, she requests that the Stewarts sing the song “Catch a Falling Star” to the baby, as her father sang it to her as a child. She tries to sign, but the pen is not working. The lawyer passes her another, but again ink does not come out. As a third is passed to her, Claire begins to have second thoughts, and she runs away.

Malkin once more opens his door to find Claire, who tells him she is ready to listen to his plan. Inside, Claire is told that a couple in Los Angeles are “good people,” and that they will take good care of the child. He gives her tickets for Oceanic Flight 815, but Claire is put off by the fact that the flight is only a day away. Malkin firmly adds that it cannot be any other flight, and that the couple is waiting to meet her in America.

On the Island

Locke's eyes in Claire's dream

Claire wakes up in the night. A baby's cry is heard. Claire sits up with a confused and concerned expression on her face; she looks down and feels her stomach, noticing that she is not pregnant. She hears a baby cry again and starts off into the jungle in a daze, apparently looking for the source of the crying. Claire sees a light in the jungle and walks toward it, where she encounters Locke sitting at the table at which she received her psychic reading (in her flashback later in this episode); the psychic's electric lamp is also present. As she approaches, Locke is drawing what appear to be the psychic's cards from a deck one by one as he stares down at the table (the first one making the sound of a metal against metal, like a knife being unsheathed); they exchange a few brief words:

CLAIRE: What's happening?
Locke in Claire's dream
LOCKE: You know what's happening.
CLAIRE: But I don't understand. Why --?
LOCKE: He was your responsibility but you gave him away, Claire. Everyone pays the price now.

As Locke finishes saying this, he looks up at her with a creepy expression on his face and has one black eye and one white eye. Claire then hears a baby's cry and runs into the jungle. She finds a crib (with a plane mobile identical to the one later found in the Nursery) and pulls the blankets back, finding a thick dark pool of blood and wakes up as she begins screaming. Claire is now standing in the caves screaming hysterically, Charlie grabs her to stop her screams and fighting as she wakes up. She eventually calms down; Charlie notices her bloody hands and asks what happened.

Claire tells Jack about what happened during the night

In the morning, Jack sees to her hands, commenting that she must have had “one hell of a nightmare” to have dug her nails so deeply into her palms. Claire implies that it perhaps was not a nightmare, but Jack shrugs the event off as sleepwalking and stress.

At the beach, Jack finds Kate watching the ocean. The two begin to flirt, as Kate explains that she is sinking in the sand due to the effect of the waves. She remarks that Sayid has been gone for almost a week, but Jack says, "Something tells me he'll be okay." Then, with a concerned look on his face, he tells Kate that Claire will have the baby soon.

Charlie and Claire sit in the jungle having a quiet moment with a cup of tea. They talk about her nightmare, and Charlie says that if she ever needs anything, he is there for her. She seems touched, but does not reply, and Charlie interprets that as a hint that he should go.

Charlie promises to protect Claire

Once again at night, Claire sees a man covering her mouth and stabbing her stomach with a needle. She wakes, screaming loudly just like the night before. She says that someone attacked her, and Charlie and Hurley go to scout the area. Jack and Michael try to comfort her, but Claire is adamant that what she saw was real and that someone truly was trying to hurt her baby. The event leads Hurley to realize that none of the survivors has any idea of who their peers on the Island really are. He wants to start a census of who everyone is, where they live (in the caves or on the beach), and other information about them. Meanwhile, Charlie reassures Claire that he will watch over her all night.

Jack doesn't believe Claire's claims

The next day, Hurley asks Locke questions about his background and his reason for traveling to Australia. John answers the questions, revealing that he came to Sydney “looking for something” and that he has lived most of his life in Tustin, California. Further down the coast, Jack tells Charlie and Kate that he thinks Claire is merely dreaming. Charlie cannot believe he is suggesting that Claire is lying, but Jack attributes it to the stress and emotional imbalance of her pregnancy on the Island.

In the jungle, Hurley questions Ethan Rom. Ethan answers the questions, saying he is from Ontario. He asks what the census is for, and Hurley says he simply "thought it would be a good idea." At the caves, Jack tries to tactfully tell Claire that he thinks she should take some sedatives. Claire realizes that Jack thinks she is making everything up. Packing her things, she decides to go back to the beach, which she thinks is safer than the caves. Charlie catches up with her, and escorts her for her protection, despite her telling him to leave her alone.

Shannon mocks Hurley's attempts to make a census of the survivors

At the beach, Hurley has begun questioning Shannon, who is preparing to move to the caves. She answers his questions: her name is Shannon Rutherford, she is 20, and her address is "Craphole Island." She and Boone ask Hurley why he is making the list, and he tells them about what may have happened to Claire. Shannon suddenly drops her bags, telling Boone that they are now definitely not moving to “the rape caves." Boone shrugs off Shannon’s words, and tells Hurley about the flight manifest. He says that the names of the dead have been crossed off, so it should be a full roster of who is left on the Island. Hurley asks who has it, and Boone replies, “Who do you think?” Immediately realizing who he means, Hurley heads to Sawyer's tent. Rather than demand the manifest, Hurley uses the calm approach of analyzing the con man, pointing out that he could use the points amongst the Islanders. The tactic is successful.

Charlie tells Ethan to get Jack at once, as he thinks Claire is about to have the baby

As Claire and Charlie continue heading to the beach, Claire begins to feel contractions. Charlie offers to deliver the baby himself, but in his nervousness he reveals that he is a recovering drug addict. Claire flatly tells him to get Jack at once. Charlie finds Ethan and tells him to find Jack immediately. Charlie returns to Claire and helps her calm down. She tells him about the psychic she once visited, and while she thinks he was wrong, Charlie argues that perhaps he knew of their fate. Claire becomes convinced that Malkin put her on the flight knowing what would happen. She starts to feel better, and Charlie remembers that Jack told him about stress causing a false labor. The relationship between the two is now completely mended, and they decide to head back to the caves.

Claire stands frozen to the spot

There, Jack and Kate are shocked to see Sayid stumble in. Sayid is severely dehydrated and delirious, speaking of the French woman. He ominously adds that “we are not alone” before fainting. Before they can properly take care of him, however, Hurley shows up to talk about his list. He has cross-referenced all the names he collected with those on the flight manifest, and found that one of them was not on the latter. That person was not on the plane.

As Charlie and Claire begin their trek back, they are greeted by Ethan. Beginning to feel uncomfortable, they ask where Jack is. Ethan simply stares at Claire, and a frightened look forms on her face.



  • According to a post made by Matt Ragghianti on the linear Fuselage board in November 2004, this episode had the production number 107, while the previous episode, "Solitary", had the production number 108. It was later confirmed by the producers of the show on the Official Lost Podcast aired on April 6, 2009 that the episodes were written in that order and the ending scenes were re-edited when it was decided to switch their order. (Official Lost Podcast/April 6, 2009) In an interview, Jorge Garcia said the episodes were switched because it would be strange for the characters to start playing golf when Claire and Charlie were missing. [1]
  • Claire seems to take peculiar offense when referred to as crazy in a joke made by Charlie.
  • The title of this episode, "Raised by Another," is homophonous to an alternate titling - "Raised by An Other."
  • The mystery of Claire's nightmares and the injections won't be revealed until Season 2.
  • This is the first episode in which the number of Oceanic Flight 815 is mentioned.
  • For some reason, Hurley is not concerned when "Sawyer's" name doesn't appear on the manifest. However, Locke points out 36 days later that the name "Sawyer" was not on the manifest, but that "James" was, and asks Sawyer where he got his name from. ("The Hunting Party")
  • In 2004, one of Thomas' paintings in the apartment is seen in Charles Widmore's office in 1995/1996. ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")

Production notes

  • Walt does not appear in this episode.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Richard Malkin.
  • During a Q&A session in Israel in July 2009, Executive Producer Jack Bender revealed that director Marita Grabiak pushed for the opening sequence of Claire's dream to be shot in black and white. Despite politely refusing her suggestion she kept pushing for it and he had to overrule her. She would never work on Lost again.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • After she finds out she is pregnant, Claire claims that her mother would disown her. However in "Par Avion" it is revealed that her mother has long since been in a "permanently" vegetative state. Claire saying that her mother would disown her implies that she might still have hope of recovery.
  • The law books seen in the background of the (Australian) solicitor's office were clearly United States caselaw and code books.
  • The $20,000 offered to Claire as part of giving her baby up for adoption is illegal in Australia. People may have their medical and living expenses paid by prospective adoptive parents, but any form of "profiting" from the adopting out of a baby is expressly prohibited.

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
  • During Claire's dream, one of Locke's eyes is white while the other is black. (Black and white)  (Eyes)
  • The psychic in Claire's flashback also met Mr. Eko whilst he was in Australia. (Character connections)
  • Claire dreams about her baby being attacked. (Dreams and visions)
  • A close-up on Claire's right eye is shown. (Eyes)
  • After she finds out she is pregnant, Claire claims that her mother would disown her. (Parent issues)
  • Thomas, Claire's boyfriend, mentions in passing about her absentee father. (Parent issues)
  • Claire at one point believes that she is about to have her baby. (Pregnancies)
  • It is hinted that the psychic may have known that Oceanic Flight 815 would crash, and so gave Claire a ticket to ensure that she raised the child herself. (Premonitions)
  • Claire is warned, both by Locke in her dream and by the psychic Malkin, that she must raise her baby herself or else she will release a great evil on the world. (Apocalypse)
  • The psychic spent 4 months telling Claire to raise the child herself. (The Numbers)  (Time)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Ethan Rom is revealed to be an Other. (Plot twist)  (Cliffhanger).
  • Claire's parent issues become a major plot line in "Par Avion". (Foreshadowing).
  • Charlie told Claire that he'll "never leave" her and helps her through her false labor; Thomas also said that he'd "never leave" her before he did. (Juxtaposition)
  • Claire got angry at Jack for "trying to tell her what to do"; in Australia, after having decided to give up the baby, she accepted Richard Malkin's plan to take Flight 815 on faith alone. (Juxtaposition)
  • Claire tried to get rid of the responsibility of the baby after Thomas leaves; on the Island, she realized that she must take on this responsibility. (Juxtaposition)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Thomas ends his relationship with Claire when he finds out she's pregnant with Aaron. (Relationships)


Main article: Musical score
Main article: Musical themes

The friendship theme is introduced in the first flashback, as Claire and Thomas discuss her pregnancy. It also shows up later in scenes involving her and Charlie. None of these statements can be heard on the season 1 soundtrack, but a different statement of the theme can be heard on the track "We're Friends."

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Raised by Another/Theories
  • Why did Malkin insist that Claire must raise her child by herself?
  • Did he know that the plane was going to crash on the Island?

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