"Something Nice Back Home" is the tenth episode of Season 4 of Lost, and the eighty-second produced hour of the series as a whole. It was first broadcast on May 1, 2008. When Jack's health is seriously compromised, Kate and Juliet must work together to save him while something goes wrong as Sawyer, Claire, Aaron and Miles continue their trek back to the beach. In flashforwards, Jack's relationship with Kate and his mental health begin to deteriorate as he is given a prophetic message from Hurley and sees visions of his dead father.
After Juliet repeatedly attempts to awaken Jack from his slumber, he finally regains consciousness, although he seems disoriented. After standing up, he exits the tent with Juliet to find a group including Rose, Bernard, Sun, and Jin arguing with Daniel and Charlotte. Bernard confronts Daniel regarding why the satellite phone fails to get a signal, whereas it had apparently worked fine the night before when contact was made with the freighter. Jack intervenes and acknowledges that Daniel and Charlotte have been lying to everyone. He reassures the survivors, saying eventually the freighter people will come for Daniel and Charlotte and when they do the survivors will be ready. Jack tells everyone to just remain patient and that he will keep his promise to get them off the island. He then suddenly faints onto the sand.
Soon after, Jack comes to as Kate rushes towards him. She worries, feeling his forehead and commenting that he has a fever, but he brushes it off as need for rest.
Later, Jack is in a tent taking more antibiotics when Juliet enters. He dismisses the stomach pain as food poisoning and dehydration, but she disagrees. Jack tries to deter her, but after insisting to and feeling his abdomen, she tells him that the pain he is feeling is from his appendix. He tells her it hasn't ruptured yet, but Juliet says their only option is to take it out before it does rupture.
Juliet speaks to Sun and gives her a list of medical supplies needed for the appendectomy and asks her and Jin to go to the Staff to retrieve them. When Sun tells Juliet that she doesn't know what the instruments look like, Daniel offers to help, and states that he has performed animal autopsies in the past and has experience with the tools needed. Sun immediately distrusts his offer, but Charlotte responds antagonistically. Daniel berates Charlotte about being distant and pessimistic. He then repeats his offer of aid, assuring that he and Charlotte are only scientists and want everyone to be safe. Juliet accepts their help, but also gives Jin a gun and tells him to shoot Daniel or Charlotte in the leg if either of them try to run. Juliet then tells a group to prepare a sterile environment for the surgery.
While washing down a table for the surgery, Bernard sees that Rose looks unsettled. The couple discuss why Jack got sick; Bernard chalks up Jack's illness to bad luck, but Rose thinks that it isn't a coincidence that Jack is ill because "people do not get sick on the Island".
An apprehensive-looking Jack is having his stomach shaved by Juliet in a tent where she is preparing him for surgery. He asks her if she has experience with this type of procedure, and she informs him that this is not her first time performing an appendectomy (having done "a lot of them" in her residency), but it does not seem to appease him. He asks her if she is certain, because she is shaving two inches above where the incision would have to be made, and Juliet assures him yet again. Jack instructs that he doesn't want to be unconscious during the operation so that he can walk Juliet through it, calling for local anesthesia to be used and for Kate to hold up a mirror that would let him see the surgery's progress. Juliet visibly doesn't like the idea, and counters that if anyone should be in the tent with them during the surgery, it should be someone with medical experience, like Bernard. Jack insists that he wants Kate to be there, and Juliet concedes.
Jin, Sun, Daniel, and Charlotte arrive at the Medical Station to retrieve the supplies for the appendectomy. As they enter, Daniel offers to go in front of Charlotte to make sure that it is safe. They exchange a grin and a nod while Jin asks Sun in Korean if Charlotte realizes Daniel likes her. Sun replies that Charlotte knows, because she is a woman. Charlotte coyly looks back at them and smiles as they all walk into the station, which does not go unnoticed by Jin.
After entering the hatch, Daniel looks around and wonders aloud where all the power for the station is coming from. Sun, looking emotional, goes over to a bed, and Jin asks what's wrong. They share a conversation in Korean about how this was where Juliet brought Sun and where she saw their baby for the first time. Sun expresses her concern for wanting to get off the Island, realizing that Charlotte and Daniel and their people are not here to rescue them. Jin promises her that he will do everything to get her and their baby off the island. During the conversation Charlotte and Daniel load various medical supplies into a bag as Charlotte continually glances back at the Korean couple.
Back at the beach, Juliet runs into Kate, and asks her for an "extra set of hands", saying that she could "use them" for Jack's surgery. Kate doesn't think this is a good idea, then Juliet tells Kate about Jack wanting to watch the surgery, expressing embarrassment. Kate laughs, and Juliet asks why, and the two joke about Jack's stubbornness (Kate saying she's surprised he's not taking it out himself). Bernard and a fellow Lostie have taken a stretcher to Jack's tent, when he stumbles out of it. Seeing the stretcher, he starts walking towards the surgical tent. Juliet and Kate protest, but Jack dismisses them, saying he can "walk 50 feet." Kate offers to help him, and he accepts it, as Juliet walks off to prepare. Kate walks Jack over to the surgery tent, saying it looks like she will be his nurse. Jack tells her that "it wouldn't be the first time" ("Pilot, Part 1") ("The Moth"). Jack then starts to tell Kate, "If something should happen to me during surgery...." Kate cuts him off with a "Shut up, Jack" to which Jack laughs and replies "Fair enough."
Later that night when the group returns from the medical station, Jin calls Charlotte over. He says to her in Korean, "I know you understand me." While she tries to pretend that she doesn't understand him, he tells her that he knows she speaks Korean because he saw her smile when Sun was speaking to him about her at the medical station. Charlotte still acts as if she doesn't understand until Jin says that if she does not stop lying he will break Daniel's fingers one at a time. In Korean, Charlotte asks what he wants and Jin answers that he wants Sun on the helicopter when it leaves the Island. Charlotte asks, "What about the others?" but Jin cuts her off, saying his only concern is for Sun and the baby. She nods and Jin leaves; as he leaves, she smiles.
In the surgical tent, Juliet, Kate, and Bernard prepare for the operation. Bernard suggests that he knock Jack out with chloroform that was brought back from the medical station (saying "Wouldn't you rather be dreaming about something nice back home?") but Jack refuses. Bernard locally numbs the area on Jack's abdomen and Juliet makes the first incision while Kate holds a mirror enabling Jack to see. Jack grunts and yells as Juliet begins to spread the incision. Kate becomes increasingly upset, as Jack repeats her name, at first to get her to adjust the mirror's position and then without a clear purpose. Kate starts to cry, but Juliet takes over, ordering Bernard to knock Jack out and Kate to get out of the tent. Bernard places a chloroform rag over Jack's mouth and he passes out.
Outside the tent after the surgery is finished, Bernard tells Kate that everything went fine, that Juliet did well, and is now allowing Kate back inside. She enters the tent while Juliet is stitching Jack up and she reassures Kate that he will be fine. She tells Kate that Jack kissed her the other day, and Kate looks upset. Hardly looking from her work, Juliet continues to tell Kate that the kiss was nice, but it wasn't for her, but for himself (Jack), and that he was trying to prove that he "doesn't love someone else." Kate thanks her for saving Jack's life before walking out. Juliet tells Jack that she knows he's awake and he opens his eyes.
Sawyer, Claire, and Miles are walking through the jungle when they reach a clearing. Claire tells Sawyer she's feeling much better, but that she still has a headache. "At least I'm not seeing things anymore," she says. Miles asks her what she used to see, but Sawyer puts a stop to that conversation. Suddenly, Miles slows and looks uneasy as whispers and flashes swirl about. He stops walking, listens, and asks, "Who's Danielle and Karl?". He starts pushing aside the leaf litter to find both of their bodies semi-buried in mud, flies swirling. Sawyer asks Miles how he knew about the two but Miles gives no reply. Sawyer accuses Miles' team of killing them, but he denies that he is on the same team with Keamy and his men. Miles seems upset to discover the bodies as he "didn't sign up for this". Claire just wants to leave and Sawyer escorts her away, promising that everything will be fine once they make it back to the beach.
Later, Claire is caring for Aaron as Miles watches them. Sawyer approaches and tells Miles he isn't to talk to Claire, look at Claire or even think about Claire, and that he officially has a 20-foot restraining order. Miles listens to Sawyer, and retreats.Later, while walking through the jungle, Miles tries to persuade Claire to let him help out with Aaron, because he is "good with kids". Sawyer begins to remind Miles of the restraining order command, when a sudden rustling comes from the brush. As Sawyer goes to investigate, Frank Lapidus runs out carrying his satellite phone and a first aid kit. He's very startled and addresses Miles first, while Sawyer seems surprised that the men know each other.
That night Claire awakens to find Aaron isn't beside her. She looks across the campfire to see Christian Shephard holding him. Claire recognizes him and asks, "Dad?".
The next morning, Sawyer notices that Claire's sleeping area is vacant. He asked Miles where she is and Miles says he saw her take off into the jungle. Sawyer doesn't believe that Claire would wander off alone but Miles says she wasn't alone, she was walking with someone she called 'Dad'. Sawyer demands to know why Miles didn't try to stop her and Miles mentions his restraining order. As Sawyer is about to rough Miles up, he hears Aaron crying. He leaves Miles and rushes off to find Aaron on his blanket at the base of a tree by himself. He picks the child up and yells around for Claire, who is nowhere in sight.
Jack is in bed when the phone rings. It is his receptionist, Jane, reminding him of an 11 a.m. consult with Ms. Berenberg which was moved up the previous day. She indicates that she called since she knows he's not good with his calendar. He thanks her and gets out of bed, wrapping a towel around his waist. A pair of peach lace panties are lying on the floor beside the bed. Jack picks them up, smiles, and then tosses them into the clothes hamper. He proceeds downstairs to the kitchen where he steps on a Millennium Falcon toy. He reels back, curses, and puts it on the counter. He then places two partially full wine glasses in the sink, and begins making coffee. He then picks up the newspaper sports page on the counter which features a story about the Yankees sweeping the Red Sox, causing him to scoff.
Jack enters the bathroom; a woman is in the shower. Looking in the mirror, Jack's appendectomy scar is faintly visible. He opens the shower door to greet her, and she tells him that she bought him a new razor. He replies, "Oh, you don't like the scruff?" The shower turns off, and Kate steps out into the towel Jack is holding for her. She smiles brightly, Jack says, "Good morning," and they kiss.
Later, Jack is reading Aaron a story from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as Kate looks on from the doorway. Jack realizes Aaron is asleep, so he turns out the light. In the hall Kate tells Jack that he's "a natural." Jack reminisces that his father used to read him that book. Kate says that it's nice to hear Jack say good things about his dad. Jack tells her, somewhat wistfully, that his father was a good storyteller. Kate tells Jack that she loves seeing him with Aaron, and that she's glad he changed his mind and glad he's there with her. Jack replies, "Me, too," picking her up. She wraps her legs around him as they kiss, and he carries her down the hall while she laughs.
At some time a day or so later, Jack is finishing the consult with Ms. Berenberg, giving her instructions for her surgery the following day, and they part in the hospital lobby. Jack suddenly does a double-take, seeing Christian Shepard (wearing the same blue suit Jack repeatedly saw him wearing on the island) walking through the lobby. Jack's co-worker, Dr. Erika Stevenson, calls his name twice to get his attention, wanting his opinion on a spinal x-ray, an L-4. The receptionist then tells Jack that a Dr. Stillman from Santa Rosa Hospital is calling about "a friend of yours".
Jack goes to the hospital to meet with Dr. Stillman, who says that the patient has been refusing his medication and has stopped sleeping. Jack asks about therapy, but Dr. Stillman says therapy is now out of the question because the patient believes Dr. Stillman isn't real. Jack opens a door and enters a room in which Hurley sits on the bed. Hurley says he isn't taking his medication because he believes that he and the rest of the Oceanic 6 are actually dead, having never escaped the island, and are now stuck in "heaven." Hurley asks Jack about his day, and Jack describes his life with Kate and Aaron. Hurley points out that Jack didn't want to be with Kate and Aaron before, to which Jack replies that he changed his mind after Kate's trial. Hurley says that Jack's happy life with Kate and Aaron is proof that they're in heaven, as are his visits from Charlie, who regularly talks to him on a bench outside on the hospital lawn. He tells Jack that when Charlie visited him the day before, he had told him of Jack's visit and also gave him a message for Jack, which he made Hurley write down so he would get it exactly. Hurley reads off a scrap of paper, "You're not supposed to raise him, Jack". Hurley asks if "him" means Aaron. Visibly disturbed, Jack abruptly tells Hurley to just take his meds. Hurley then tells him that Charlie also said Jack will soon be getting a visitor of his own.
Later that night, Jack sits in his truck outside the Santa Rose Medical Center, looking at the bench Hurley described. Later that night Jack comes home to a sleeping Kate and wakes her up. She asks if he was working late, but he says he was out doing errands. Seemingly troubled, he asks her about the other night when she said he was "a natural" with Aaron. Jack asks her if she really thinks he is "good at this," to which she assures him emphatically. After a long pause, Jack emotionally asks Kate to marry him. He pulls a box with a diamond ring from his pocket and places it on Kate's finger. She tearfully replies, "Of course I will, yes!" and they embrace.Jack is reviewing Ryan Laker's x-ray, stating into a tape recorder that there is an osteoblastoma on the posterior area of the lumbar and he is recommending a biopsy. He is interrupted by the persistent beeping of a low-battery warning on a smoke detector. He goes to the reception area, climbs onto a chair, and pulls out the battery. After climbing down, Jack is startled to hear his name called out by his father.
The next day, Kate comes home to find Jack drunk, sitting in the living room with empty bottles of wine and beer. He confronts her about where she was and why Veronica, the nanny, was still at the house later in the day, when Kate should have been home. Kate replies she was out running errands. He presses her, and she kneels by him, asking him to just trust her. Jack tells her about his visit with Hurley, saying that he went without her because Hurley might have upset her because he's "crazy." He then demands that Kate tell him where she really was. Kate begs Jack to leave it alone, but Jack persists. She finally admits that she was doing something she promised Sawyer she would do. When Jack asks why she would keep this secret from him, Kate tearfully tells him that it's because she knew Sawyer wouldn't want her to tell Jack. Angry, Jack yells that that he is the one who's there for her and who saved her, not Sawyer, who made his choice to "stay" while Jack came back. Kate becomes upset and says she can't have Jack drunk and acting like this around her son. Jack yells at her that she isn't even related to Aaron, just as Aaron toddles in. Crying, Kate picks up Aaron and looks at Jack as he turns and walks away.
|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
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|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|