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"The Glass Ballerina"

11 October 2006
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"The Glass Ballerina" is the second episode of the third season of Lost, and the 51st episode of the series as a whole. Jin, Sun and Sayid worry when Jack, Kate and Sawyer make no contact with them after they have lit the signal fire. Meanwhile, the Others realize that the survivors have acquired a sailboat.






A glass ballerina flies through the air gracefully, smashing on the floor. A young Sun-Hwa Paik runs away with fright. Later, her father confronts her asking if it was she who broke the glass ballerina. Sun denies breaking the glass figurine, telling her father that it was the maid who broke it. Despite her father's threat to fire the maid as a consequence, she stands by her accusation.

Years later, an older Sun is seen lying in bed with Jae Lee, the man who offered to give her lessons on how to speak English. She admits to him that she is married and so she cannot go on further. Jae Lee still offers her a string of pearls, saying that he doesn't want to share her anymore, and offers her to go to America and start a new life. Before she can answer, Sun's father breaks into the room, and tells a deeply ashamed Sun to get dressed.


Mr. Paik talking to Jin.

Mr. Paik assigns Jin, Sun's husband, the task of "putting an end" to Jae Lee's "stealing" from him. When Jin refuses, threatening to quit if this must be his job, Paik gives a speech to Jin, referring to him as "son". "My shame is your shame" Paik tells him. Jin finally accepts.

When Jin arrives home, he is further aggravated by Sun and her risky suggestion to run away to another part of the world. He finally storms out of the room to "deliver the message".

Later, Jin waits in his car. He follows Jae Lee to his hotel room. Jin violently attacks Jae Lee and puts a gun to Jae Lee's head. Jae Lee starts to cry that he's sorry, thinking that Jin is attacking him because of his affair with Sun. Jin, who cannot bring himself to pull the trigger, warns him to leave Korea and never return. As Jin sits in his car afterwards, the body of Jae Lee suddenly falls from above onto the roof of the car, clutching Sun's pearl necklace in its hand.


Sun watches Jae's funeral from a far distance, not wanting anyone to see her. However, her father spots her and confronts her about why she is there. Sun questions her father as to whether or not he would tell Jin about her and Jae's relationship. He said that it was not his place to do so, and left, telling Sun to go home to her husband.

On the Hydra Island

Ben instructing Colleen to get the boat.

Juliet brings Jack some soup she made herself, she leaves and knocks on a door. There, Ben opens it, and we can see behind him TV monitors, with security footage. As Ben and Juliet share a moment outside Jack's cell, Colleen enters by a ladder warning Ben that Sayid has discovered the decoy village, and that he has somehow acquired a sailboat. Although Juliet states that this is not a threat - they'll just sail around in circles - Ben and Colleen seem worried that they'll find the Hydra. Ben tells Colleen to gather a team and that he wants that boat.

Later, at the cages, Sawyer wins another fish biscuit. Danny Pickett and some more others open the cages and give them lunch. They escort Sawyer and Kate along a path way. They cross paths with Colleen's team, and she asks Pickett to wait. She whispers something to him about her mission. He tells her to be careful and kisses her on the cheek. Sawyer watches with a smirk.

Sawyer and Kate are taken to a quarry where a number of others are working. Pickett tells Kate to break up the rocks and tells Sawyer to move them. He also warns them that if they attempt anything that "pisses him off" they will be shocked. When Kate demands to see Jack, Pickett shocks Sawyer as her punishment for speaking.

While Kate is working, Alex hides in the bushes and asks her if she has seen a boy in the cages. She also tells Kate that she isn't meant to be in that cage and that the dress Kate is wearing was hers.

Sawyer kisses Kate in defiance to the Others.

While Sawyer and Kate are working outside, Sawyer kisses Kate in an apparent display of romantic passion. When Pickett stepped in to separate the two, Sawyer punches him, sparking a fight. Several others, including Luke, come in and try to suppress Sawyer, but he manages to overpower them and acquires a rifle. Before he can do anything, the resistance is finally put down when Juliet holds Kate at gunpoint, calling him James.

Once back in their cages, Sawyer reveals that he did it in order to test the strength of their guards and that it seemed that the others weren't used to violence. He also says that Juliet would have shot Kate without hesitation. Kate asks Sawyer why she called him James and she tells her that it is because it is his name. But while they are talking, Ben is watching them in secrecy.

Ben shows Jack a recording of the Boston Red Sox's winning the World Series.

In the aquarium, Ben visits Jack. He jokes telling him a week ago they were in the exact opposite situation: Ben was locked up in The Swan, and Jack was the one coming in for visits. He then goes on to tell Jack that he lied about his identity because if he had of told the truth about being a member of the group that the Survivors call "the Others," it would have been right back to Sayid and his fists. Ben then tells Jack that he wants him to change his perspective on things. He then introduces himself as Benjamin Linus. He also tells Jack that he has lived on the island his whole life. He then adds that Jack's friends are close. Ben tells Jack that he will need him to do something for him in the future and he will take him home, just like he did for Walt and Michael. Jack then tells Ben that he thinks the Others are stuck on the island just like them. Ben then goes on to tell Jack about events that have happened since Flight 815 crashed, including the reelection of US President George W. Bush, the death of Christopher Reeve and the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series. Jack laughs at this. Ben then shows Jack the video of the Red Sox winning the World Series, as proof that they have contact with the outside world. Ben tells Jack that he will take him home if Jack helps him when the time comes.

On the Pala Ferry

"I can sail your boat."

Sun washes her face in the bathroom of the Elizabeth: morning sickness. Jin enters to check on her. They go to top deck where Sayid is waiting. The three of them debate over the best course of action, Sayid thinks of moving to a different part of the island because the mountains may be blocking Jack's sight of the signal fire, but Jin refuses, as he thinks he is the only one who knows how to sail. But he is wrong as Sun knows too, and she will help Sayid.

While sailing to the mountains, Jin questions Sun as to why she even came with Sayid and him in the first place. She simply responds that he knows why, she must be with him.

On the boat, Jin is trying to cook some fish but is too angry. Jin, Sun and Sayid spot the Pala Ferry dock. They believe that it is the Other's. But Sayid said that it has not been used for some time and whoever built it, "they're not here now." Sayid tells Jin that the dock is overgrown. They decide to dock it. Jin does not think it is safe but Sayid says "of course it's safe."

Sayid and Sun build the second signal fire.

As Sayid, Sun and Jin build the new signal fire, Sun questions why it is so large. Sayid says that it is so that Jack will see the smoke, but Sun asks him why he is lying. Sayid admits that he suspects that the other party has been captured, and he plans to provoke an attack by the Others in order to capture two of them as hostages and kill the rest. When Sun asks why they must capture exactly two, Sayid replies that it is to make the other one talk. Sayid thinks that Jin will be too concerned with Sun's safety to carry out this plan, and asks her to refrain from telling him for another twenty minutes, when it will be too late to change plans.

Jin later demands a gun from Sayid, telling Sun that he understands English better than she thinks he does, and he knows that she has betrayed him. Sayid gives him a gun, asking if he can handle it. But before he can finish his sentence, Jin has checked that the gun is loaded and has it prepared. Sayid looks surprised while Sun looks away, seemingly in shame. As Jin walks off, Sayid tells Sun that there is another gun hidden on the boat in the blue tarp, just in case the others get past Jin and himself. Sun tells him that if they get past, that means Jin is dead and that she won't care to live any more.

Sun holds a gun to Colleen.

Once night falls, Sayid and Jin look into the jungle from a tree, guns ready. A group of Others board the Elizabeth from the water, avoiding Sayid and Jin's trap on the beach. Sun hears noises above deck and picks up the gun. Colleen climbs down into the lower deck and sees a pot on the stove. Colleen hears a noise and turns to find Sun pointing a gun at her. Sun says that she wants them to let her off the boat. Colleen refuses saying that she can't do that. She reveals that she knows Sun's full name and that she knows that Sun is not a killer. She then states that "We are not the enemy. But if you shoot me, that's exactly what we'll become." The engine suddenly starts up, Sun panics, shooting Colleen in the stomach. Sun narrowly avoids the gunfire from Tom and Ivan, who notice her downstairs after the gunshot, managing to escape the boat by jumping overboard and swimming through the darkness. Meanwhile, Jin and Sayid realize what is happening and they run towards the Pala Ferry. Jin jumps into the water after Sun, and the two embrace after finding each other. Back at the beach, Sun sits, wet, when Jin comes to embrace her. Sayid then comes to tell how sorry he is, and then stating that they should go: they have a long walk ahead of them.



  • Ben gave the current date on the Island as November 29th, 2004.
  • Ben claimed he "sent" Michael and Walt "home", but he will "take" Jack home.
  • Jin had previously met Jae Lee before meeting Sun during the flashback events of "...And Found"
  • The gun on the dash of Jin's car was the same type of gun as Sayid gave to Jin.
  • According to closed captioning, Colleen tells Pickett that Ben wants her to take the Galaga to get the sailboat from Sayid, Sun, and Jin.
  • The monitors that show trees on the top left and right show the same shots of trees as:
    1. A scene where Sayid and Jin are waiting by the boat - pictures for comparison.
    2. A scene from the season two premiere where Walt is standing in the woods dripping wet - pictures for comparison.
  • Ben remarks to Juliet "You never made me soup" echoing what Roger once told Ben when he was a child, regarding his bringing sandwiches to the captive Sayid.
  • This episode is the first to reference Ryan, who will not actually appear until "The Man from Tallahassee".

Production notes

  • Charlie, Claire, Desmond, Eko, Hurley, Locke, Nikki, and Paulo do not appear in this episode.
  • As indicated in the press releases for this and the next episode, "Further Instructions" was originally planned to air as the second episode of season three, but it was switched with this episode for unknown reasons, possibly in order to delay the revelations of the hatch implosion aftermath.
  • A deleted scene where Jin speaks with Jae Lee's mother at the funeral is presented as an extra in the "Flashbacks" section of the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD).
  • Originally Klugh was going to be killed by Sun in this episode, not Colleen.[1]
  • A Lost: On Location for this episode is available on the Season 3 DVD.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When Jae Lee commits suicide and drops on Jin's car you can clearly see that it was not actor Tony Lee doing the stunt but a much heavier man.
    • Also during this scene, the position of the hand that Jae Lee holds the necklace in changes twice between shots.
  • When Sayid, Sun and Jin are disagreeing on the boat, the weather appears to change as the camera angle changes.

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
  • Ben reveals to Jack several news headlines from late 2004:
    • Christopher Reeve died. This actually happened on October 10, 2004.
    • America reelected George W. Bush as President. This actually happened on November 2, 2004.
    • The Boston Red Sox won the World Series. This actually happened on October 27, 2004.
      • Joe Buck, the sportscaster says "...back to Foulke... Red Sox fans have longed to hear it! The Boston Red Sox are World Champions! It has been 86 years, generations have come and gone, and for the first time since 1918 the Boston Red Sox are champions of baseball! A clean sweep for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Red Sox celebrate in the middle of the diamond here at Busch Stadium." The italicized text is omitted in the clip shown to Jack.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "You taste like strawberries" is a quotation from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer sixth-season episode "Wrecked." (Television) Writer Drew Goddard worked on Buffy, as did Lost season one writer/producer David Fury.
    • A strawberry was also featured prominently in the pilot episode of the Joss Whedon series "Firefly" which Goddard & Fury also had contributed.
  • Strawberry Shortcake. After telling Kate that she tastes like strawberries, Sawyer calls her 'Shortcake', in reference to this franchise.

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • There is a "Glass" theme:
  • The plan Sayid formulates to capture two Others and to use one to make the other co-operate mirrors Ben's plan that he has set in motion to capture Kate and Sawyer to make Jack co-operate with the surgery. Also, when Sawyer threatens the Others with the stolen rifle, Juliet holds Kate at gunpoint to convince Sawyer to surrender. (Juxtaposition)  (Irony)

External links

  • Press Release
  • Promotional Photography
  • Wizard Entertainment 'TV QB' - Lost: Season Three, Episode #2: “The Glass Ballerina”

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