|Written by||Jeff Moss|
|Publisher||Festival Attractions, Inc.|
This article is about the episode. For other uses of "special", see Special (disambiguation).
"Special" is the fourteenth episode of Season 1 of Lost. Michael becomes extremely angry/jealous at Walt's friendship with Locke, leading to tension between father and son. Michael also decides that he needs to get his son off the Island, and proposes constructing a raft. Flashbacks in this episode center around Michael and Walt's first meeting after 8 years without seeing each other.
Michael and his partner Susan shop in a store for baby supplies. The two are soon expecting, and are extremely excited. During their discussion, Michael mentions that he wants to call the baby "Walt", after his father.
Some time later, baby Walt sits playing as Michael argues with Susan. She has been offered a prestigious position with a law firm in Amsterdam, and wishes to take Walt with her. Susan says that they had talked about taking time apart, and that she does still love him, but has already accepted the position. Michael promises to fight her, but Susan points out that they are unmarried, and as a mother with a steady income in comparison to Michael, he would not stand a chance of winning a custody battle. Michael simply looks at his young son as he plays with his toys.
Months have passed since Susan left Michael, and he calls her from a pay phone asking to speak to Walt. She tells him that it is not a good time, but Michael hears a man’s voice. Susan reveals that she has been seeing someone else, her boss Brian Porter. Michael says he is coming to Amsterdam, not for Susan, but to take his son back. Hanging up, Michael storms away but, forgetting to look, walks out into the middle of the road and is hit by an oncoming vehicle.
In hospital, Michael draws a picture of an injured man in a cast. The nurse comments how good his work is, and he tells her that the picture is for his son. As she leaves, Susan appears, and tells Michael that she’s covering all his medical costs for him. Michael is immediately on guard, and Susan admits that she will be marrying Brian, and that he wants to adopt Walt as his legal son. Michael point-blank refuses, but Susan questions his motives, suggesting that Michael is holding on for his own stubborn principle rather than love for his son.
Emphasis now shifts to Walt, who sits staring at Vincent as Susan and Brian talk about their job. The three are in Australia, with Susan dealing with an important case. Susan suddenly starts to feel faint, and as Brian gives her attention, the two start to ignore Walt. He tells them to look at the birds in his book with him numerous times, but they continue to pay him no notice. At that moment, a small bird crashes into the window. Both Brian and Walt go to look at the now lifeless body. A stunned Brian watches as Walt simply returns to his book, looking at more bird pictures.
In America, Brian Porter knocks at Michael’s door. He informs Michael that Susan died the day before. Susan had a blood disorder, and began to feel symptoms about a week before her death. Michael asks where Walt is, and is shocked to hear that Brian has left him with the nanny at such a time. Brian tells Michael that before her death, Susan said she’d wanted Michael to have custody. Michael soon sees past this, and realizes that Brian does not care for Walt, only proceeding paternal rights in the past to please Susan. He offers Michael plane tickets to and from Sydney, inviting him to take Walt. Michael is livid that Brian would willingly abandon Walt, but is confused when Brian says that the boy is different, and that "things happen when he is around".
In Sydney, the nanny lets Michael in, giving him some of Susan’s effects. She also produces a box. As she excuses herself, Michael walks down the hallway, opening the box. Inside he finds all the cards and letters he had ever sent, which had been intercepted by Susan. Michael hears the nanny tell Walt that someone is here to see him, and Michael follows the voices with apprehension.
Making his way to the porch, Michael finally meets Walt again. He tells him that he is his father, and tells him he’s sorry about Susan. Walt asks where Brian is, and Michael reveals that he’s taking him home with him. Walt is reluctant to go with such a stranger, and Michael is forced to lie. He tells Walt that it is not Brian’s decision, and as Michael is his legal guardian, he has to go with him back to America. Walt asks about Vincent, and Michael says that Brian said they could have him.
Michael wanders the jungle shouting for Walt. He finds Charlie, who is also searching for something, Claire’s luggage. Neither can help each other, nor can Jack or Hurley whom Michael sees next. As Michael leaves to find his son, Hurley comments to Jack that he seems to hate being a dad.
Walt is actually with Locke and Boone, learning how to throw knives. After being told to focus the task in his mind’s eye, Walt shows an unusually natural proficiency. However, Michael finds them, and scolds John for what he was doing. Locke comments that Walt is "different", but Michael flatly tells him to stay away from him and his son.
As night falls on the Island, Sun notices Michael’s distant expression as he stares into the fire, and asks him if he’s OK. He curtly replies that he’s fine, but discloses that he just doesn’t understand how to communicate with Walt. Locke had said that Michael should stop treating Walt like a child, but having never been there during that time, Michael does not know what else to do.
Elsewhere, Sayid and Shannon explain to Jack about Rousseau’s map, which he has been critically analyzing. He’s discovered that there is a point on the map, or rather the Island, highlighted on all the notes. The three surmise that this could be the location of the transmitter and its power source. Michael interrupts them, telling them that they have to get off the Island. He proposes building a raft out of wood and wreckage from the plane. Their pessimism does not stop Michael, who says he will do it with or without their support.
Walt sits reading a "Flash" comic book in Spanish, and Michael tries to take the opportunity to get to know his son more. However, Walt’s unenthusiastic responses cause Michael to slip back into his ordering parent role, as he commands Walt to come with him.
Meanwhile, Michael and Walt arrive at their destination, a clearing full of bamboo and pieces of plane wreckage Michael has moved. Walt asks if he’s being punished, but Michael tells him that they are taking control of their destiny.
Back at the beach, Kate and Charlie go to their first suspect, Sawyer. He jokes that he is automatically the prime suspect when an object goes missing, but sure enough does have the diary on his person. He toys with Charlie over what Claire wrote, resulting in the two coming to blows, and forcing Kate to break it up.
As Michael continues to sift through wreckage, Walt spots Locke and Boone heading into the caves, and pretends to go for water to escape Michael’s supervision. Inside the main area, Shannon and Boone exchange verbal abuse, and Shannon suggests they help Michael build a raft. Boone declines. Meanwhile, Locke tells Walt that he should start respecting his father’s wishes, though Walt disagrees. Michael then spots the two together again, and shouts at John in front of everyone. Walt suddenly shouts himself, calling Michael a jerk and asking him where he was all his life, and telling him that he is not his father. In response, Michael throws Walt’s comic book into the fire, further increasing Walt’s loathing.
Not long later, Hurley tells Michael that Walt took Vincent and left. Michael comments that he knows where he’s going, and immediately heads after Locke. However, Walt isn’t there, leaving Michael shaken as to where his son might be. Locke offers his services, and the two head out to find him.
Charlie thanks Kate for her help, and admits that while Claire is gone, he’s crumbling inside. As she leaves, Charlie looks at the diary, and after numerous times of almost doing it, he removes temptation by running away from the book.
Walt is out in the jungle, walking Vincent, when the dog suddenly barks madly, running away. Walt chases after him, dropping the dog’s leash in the process. However, instead of his dog, Walt finds something else in the jungle, which roars as it approaches.
Locke and Michael find the leash, and hear Walt screaming in the distance. They find him trapped between tree stumps behind vines, as a polar bear on the outside thrashes against the confined safe space. With Locke’s guidance, the two climb up a nearby tree, and maneuver themselves above Walt’s location. To help him, Michael even gives Walt John’s knife, signifying his changing attitude. Tying his son to a vine, Locke pulls him to safety, while Michael single-handedly fends off the bear.
As night falls, Michael finds Walt, giving him the box of letters he got back in Australia. Walt asks why his mother never gave them to him, but Michael objectively points out that she never got rid of them either. The two look at the cards, and laugh together at the cheesy jokes inside them.
Meanwhile, Charlie reads Claire’s diary, in which she writes how much she likes him. He then notices something, and tells Jack and Sayid what it says; a dream about a black rock. Sayid recalls that Rousseau said something about the Black Rock, and Charlie believes that this is perhaps where Claire was taken.
Out in the jungle, Locke uses a home-made dog whistle to find Vincent. However, instead of Vincent, a figure emerges from the jungle. As Locke and Boone stand in their tracks, a shaking Claire reveals herself.
|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
Puncture. 25% Drain.
Shock. 100% Drain.
Sever. 55% Drain.
Cleave. 25% Drain.
Shatter. 25% Drain.
Rampage. 100% Drain.
Sweep. 30% Drain.
Shove. 25% drain.
Clobber. 100% Drain.
Powerstab. 60% Drain.
Slice and Dice. 50% Drain.
Energy Drain. 50% Drain.
Quick Smash 50% Drain
Quick Smash 50% Drain
Sanctuary. 100% Drain
The Enhanced Excalibur is an upgraded version of the Excalibur that can be obtained after completing the Seers' Village Diary. It has an enhanced special attack that, in addition to better boost in defence (15% boost), heals the player 4 hp every 2 seconds for up to 5 times for a total of 20 hp.
Weaken. 50% Drain.
Impale. 25% Drain.
Retainer. 10% Drain.
Retainer. 10% Drain.
Backstab. 75% Drain.
Sunder. 50% Drain.
Liquefy. 75% Drain.
Favour of the War God. 100% Drain.
Smash. 35% Drain.
Feint. 25% Drain.
Spear Wall. 50% Drain.
Saradomin's Lightning. 100% Drain.
Shove. 25% Drain.
The Judgment - 50% Drain.
Warstrike - 100% Drain.
Healing Blade - 50% Drain.
Ice Cleave - 60% Drain.
Snap-Shot. 55% Drain.
Powershot. 35% Drain.
Powershot. 35% Drain.
Chain Hit. 10% Drain per hit.
Soulshot. 100% Drain.
Snipe. 75% Drain.
Defiance. 50% Drain.
Descent of Darkness. 65% Drain.
Hamstring. 50% Drain.
Phantom strike. 50% Drain.
Aimed Shot. 50% Drain.
Enchanted, gem-tipped bolts for the series of crossbows have a special effect which occurs randomly, differing for each type, similar to the Barrows specials.
Down to earth
Each set of Barrows armour comes with a special effect. The set effect will only activate if you have the complete armour set worn. It should be noted that the special attack of each Barrows set is not voluntarily invoked but rather occurs at random, with the exception of Dharok's effect, which is activated at all times.