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Jeff Rosenstock (left) and Chris Farren (right) in an Antarctigo Vespucci press photo from around the time of the first episode of Back to the Island.

Back to the Island is a LOST rewatch podcast started in February of 2014. It is hosted by punk musicians Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren, usually along with a rotating third guest host. Each episode of the podcast centers around a single episode of LOST, and episodes are watched in no particular order, which only adds to the general confusion of the hosts and guest hosts.

History

The concept for the show came about in early 2014 while Chris was in New York working with Jeff on the debut release of their band, Antarctigo Vespucci. The origin was explained by Chris and Jeff in response to a listener question in episode 18 “Dave (2x18)." Chris answered,

“The genesis of it was, when we were making the Antarctigo record we started talking about how it would be cool to have a podcast together, and that it should be some sort of like, TV related podcast. Originally we were going to binge watch a show—a whole series… We were thinking Game of Thrones or Scandal… and there was like, a lot of things that we couldn’t figure out, like that Jeff hadn’t seen that I had seen, and vice versa. And we wanted to have something that neither of us had seen and then somehow that turned into something that both of us had seen.”
Jeff continued the thought,
“Then one of us said ‘back to the island,’ and then we were like, ‘That’d be a funny name for a podcast about LOST,’… That’s what I remember happening.”[1]
On episode 69 "The Hunting Party (2x11)" they offered a slightly different and expanded explanation,
"I think we were smoking weed... and we were talking about how it would be fun to do a podcast anyway. And then we just thought that 'Back to the Island' would be a good name for a LOST podcast. And then we were like, 'OK, let's do a LOST podcast.' And then, since we were stoned we decided to watch it all out of order. And then we thought of 'LOST My Report Card' which is segment where we rate the episode... I think we thought the name was a good bit, and watching it out of order was a good bit, and then we thought 'LOST My Report Card' where we rate it on a scale of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 was a good bit. And so we decided to watch 121 hours of a television show we've already watched, and then talk about it for 121 hours."[2]

Transition to Bat to the I Man

Finding time for two successful touring musicians to record together became more difficult as time went on, and neither Jeff nor Chris was happy recording remotely. They felt the quality of the episodes was suffering and it added unnecessary stress to their schedules. Early in 2020 Jeff relocated to L.A. where Chris was already living, and a few months later the COVID-19 pandemic caused tours to be canceled and live performances to be temporarily halted. This proved to be beneficial to the podcast. Jeff and Chris found themselves stuck in the same city, and with their creative options limited, they had time to focus the podcast again. Season 5 was entirely recorded during the pandemic, with Jeff and Chris regularly making reference to the fact that they're recording in person, but outside and socially distant in accordance with CDC recommendations at the time. They completed 13 more episodes, bringing their LOST episode count to 120 out of 121. However, in episode 117 they announced their decision to record the last episode of the podcast (Pilot, pt. 1) live in New York. Because it wasn’t feasible at the time due to the ongoing pandemic, plans to finish LOST were put on hold and in the mean-time they announced they would be covering different movie series in the same out-of-order style they had used with LOST.

Several series were discussed, most notably the Taken series and the John Wick series. However, while recording episode 120, and after mentioning Batman Forever in the previous two episodes, they decided at the last minute to begin covering Batman movies, starting with Batman Forever in episode 121. When the next episode was released, the new title—Bat to the I Man—was also revealed, along with the fact that they would be covering all Batman movies, not just the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman anthology. The episodes received a specific ”Bat to the I Man” theme song, but otherwise maintained the structure of previous Back to the Island episodes. The movies are even rated in a “Lost My Report Card” segment using the LOST numbers as previously done with episodes of LOST.

According to Wikipedia there are currently 14 feature-length, theatrically released Batman movies with a 15th scheduled for release in late 2021. Jeff and Chris have expressed disinterest in watching the 1966 Batman: The Movie as well as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm because as Chris said in episode 122, “I don’t wanna watch that. That’s a cartoon. Are we calling that a freakin’ Batman movie?” It’s unclear which or how many movies they will cover before transitioning to a new topic.

Feature-length, theatrically released Batman films:

  • Batman: The Movie (1966)
  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
  • Batman Forever (1995) - episode 121
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - episode 122
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
  • Suicide Squad (2016)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • Joker (2019)
  • The Batman (2021)

Segments

In addition to the main discussion of the episode, Back to the Island features several regular segments, each with their own accompanying theme music or sound effects.

Chris and Jeff Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight

This segment was created by Jeff in episode 50. Occasionally, when one of them feels like they've gone too long without discussing the episode of LOST they just watched either Jeff or Chris (usually Jeff) will start this segment in which they can only talk about LOST for at least four minutes.

There is also a version of the theme song that is slightly sped up, due to a misunderstanding the first time Jeff suggested the segment.

Lostapedia

Chris and Jeff look through the Lostpedia.com entry for interesting facts and mistakes from the episode. This segment usually ends with one or both of them annoyed with the lack of interesting trivia. They call it Lostapedia even though the website is Lostpedia.

The theme is from a 1988 Food Emporium commercial with the word “Lostapedia, Lostapedia” layered over the original lyrics “Food Emporium, Food Emporium.” Otherwise the theme is unchanged from the original.[3] There have been several variations/parodies including "Mousapedia" and "Farrenpedia."

In episode 44 Jeff stated his desire to discontinue Lostapedia as a segment, but seemed to forget by the next episode.

Lost My Report Card

Near the end of each episode Jeff, Chris and their guest(s) will rank the episode of LOST they watched on a scale of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 or 42 with 4 being the lowest score and 42 being the highest. Chris is the most frequent violator of this ranking system, rating “Expose (3x14)” a 23.5, “Collision (2x08)" an 18, ”Something Nice Back Home (4x10)" a 43, "The Little Prince (5x04)" an 18 and "White Rabbit (1x05)" a 10. Jeff has strayed from the numbers less frequently, rating "Orientation (2x03)" a 32 and "White Rabbit (1x05)" a 9.

There are special themes for when all three hosts give the same rating (“3-fr-3’s Day”) or, if there are four hosts, when all four hosts give the same rating (“4-fr-4’s Day”). There has also been a “2-fr-2’s Day” from an episode without a guest host, but Jeff called it horrendous and expressed a desire that it never be played again.[4] So far it's been used two more times, along with several other versions of a 2-fr-2's Day theme. Jeff and Chris have each contributed their own version of a “1-fr-1’s Day” theme for their solo episodes.[5][6]

Chris' Rules

Throughout the show Chris has established his own self-imposed rules on rating certain episodes. These rules are often contradictory, ignored or forgotten, and are ever-changing. Here's a list of the rules he's claimed so far in the order they were established.

  • All episodes from season 1 get an automatic 42. (episode 58)
  • All episodes featuring Sawyer automatically get a 42. (episode 71)
  • All episodes not featuring Sawyer can't get more than a 23. (episode 71)
  • All episodes featuring Sawyer can't get less than an 8. (episode 75)
  • All episodes not featuring Locke get an automatic 42. (episode 81)
  • All episodes featuring Sawyer can't get less than a 16. (episode 104)
  • All episodes not featuring Jack get an automatic 42. (episode 109)
  • All episodes that are Locke-centric can't get a 42. (episode 109)
  • All episodes that are Sawyer-centric get an automatic 42. (episode 109)
  • All episodes in which Rose and Bernard are actively in love get at least a 16. (episode 112)
  • All episodes in which Rose and Bernard are actively in love get at least an 8. (episode 113)

Back to the Mailbag

Occasionally they will check the show’s e-mail inbox and read and respond to fan emails. The theme song for Back to the Mailbag is the main podcast theme with additional vocals layered over top to change the words to “Back to the Mailbag at gmail.com.”

Apologies

Some episodes end with the hosts apologizing (or refusing to apologize) for things they said during the episode that they feel were offensive, insensitive or embarrassing. Sometimes the apologies are to the listeners in general, but often they are directed at cast or crew members from LOST. Occasionally one host will apologize to another and there is a special “Apology Accepted” theme song if the apology is accepted.

Bonus Clips

Bonus clips come at the very end of an episode and usually include a short and often out of context audio clip recorded at the same time as the episode, but not included in the main body of the episode. Bonus clips are not included in every episode.

Guest Hosts

Back to the Island has featured many guest hosts, usually musician friends of either Jeff, Chris or both. The following is a list of every guest host, along with the number of episodes they have been credited on, ordered by number of appearances.

Theme Songs

One of the hallmarks of Back to the Island is the abundance of music found throughout the episodes. Jeff and Chris are musicians so they both have the ability to easily create short themes based around topics of conversation during the episode. New themes can be called out at any time and are occasionally done by one host (usually Chris) as a joke on the other host (usually Jeff) knowing that they will now have to write and record that theme for the episode, although Jeff has gotten very skilled at deflecting these themes back at Chris.

Original Songs

The show has included over 220 different original songs and themes to date including live, improvised songs and variations on regularly used themes. The following is a list of all original songs used during the show. (Song titles are assumed, as official titles are rarely given)

  • Main
  • Main (Quiet)
  • Main *AFTER DARK*
  • Main (Chris)
  • Main (Night Boys)
  • Main (Christmas)
  • Main (New Year)
  • Main (YESSBABY Cover)
  • Main (Jonathan Lee Byrd Cover)
  • Main *AFTER DARK*: Food Island
  • Main (At Sea)
  • Main (Live)
  • Main (Jeff Harmonium)
  • Backyard to the Island
  • Lostapedia
  • Lostapedia (Chris)
  • Lostapedia Autotune
  • Lostapedia (Reverbed and Autotuned)
  • Lostapedia (In Space)
  • Lostapedia (Jeff)
  • Lostapedia (Live)
  • Back to the Mailbag
  • Back to the Mailbag (Chris)
  • Back to the Mailbag (Live)
  • End
  • End (Quiet)
  • End *AFTER DARK*
  • End (Chris)
  • End (Night Boys)
  • End (Christmas)
  • End *AFTER DARK*: Food Island
  • End (Jeff)
  • 1-fr-1's Day (Chris)
  • 1-fr-1's Day (Jeff)
  • 2-fr-2's Day
  • 2-fr-2's Day (Beatbox Improv)
  • 2-fr-2's Day (What D'ya Say?)
  • 2-fr-2's Day (YESSBABY Cover)
  • 2-fr-2's Day (Chackadoobie Cover)
  • 3-fr-3's Day
  • 4-fr-4's Day
  • Apology Accepted
  • Bonus Clip
  • Bonus Clip pt. 2
  • Bonus Clip (Fuzzy)
  • Bonus Clip (Xtreme)
  • Technical Difficulties
  • Unanswered Questions
  • Recommendations
  • Lobster Watch (Chris)
  • Behind the Magic Scene Work
  • Funky Love
  • Gettin' the Door
  • Back to the Audience
  • Answers from the Audience
  • Birthday Texts
  • Birthday Tweets
  • Beauty Tips With Christine
  • It's My Birthday, Baby (Hallelujah) *Daughtry*
  • Sisters
  • Back to Late April
  • There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
  • Requiem for Walt
  • Crab Watch (Jeff)
  • Best Cameo
  • Pooping Cough
  • Croc Rock
  • Frienemies
  • New York Thitty Seem
  • Cassie's Poppin' In
  • Drinkin' a LaCroix (Chris)
  • Go to Google (Jeff)
  • Screw You, Brian! (Jeff)
  • Stinker
  • Mousapedia
  • Grandma's Day
  • Farrenpedia
  • Questions That Can't Be Responded To
  • Roomies
  • Mystery Dust
  • Amy's Trivia Corner
  • Callin' You Out
  • Phone Bit
  • Happy Birthday Jeff
  • Little Gems
  • Anyone Can Get Along
  • Witchy Aunts
  • Bright Eyes Rocks
  • Weenie Boy Theme Song
  • Marc Maron's A Screw Ball & His Podcast is the Least Favorite One
  • Disconnections
  • Wrapping It Up (Live)
  • Do You Think That’s a Thing?
  • Frozen Covers (Chris)
  • Chris' Nicknames For Sawyer
  • Weenie Boy From Outer Space Theme
  • Our First Disagreement on the Podcast
  • Christmas Joke Theme (English)
  • Christmas Joke Theme (Spanish)
  • Thing to Say
  • Jack Back
  • Lockeabout
  • I'm In Love
  • Sound Check
  • Top 5 Blondes
  • Mozart/Shakespeare/Slipknot Supergroup ft. Chris Farren
  • Ding Ding Dong, Decade Song
  • List of Fruits Mentioned (Laura Stevenson)
  • Guards Her Body Theme (Shelby Jacobson)
  • This is an Episode of LOST Theme
  • Chris and Jeff Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight
  • Chris and Jeff Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight, Faster
  • LOST Episode Freestyle Rap
  • Controversial Opinions (Jeff's Version)
  • Controversial Opinions (Chris' Version)
  • Meat Coat (Chris)
  • Big Comeback Theme
  • Quiet Boys Theme
  • Jack Back Yourself
  • Do You Think That That's a Thing?
  • Total 180 Theme
  • Cheshire Cat (Chris)
  • Boom Boom Baby (Perfect Guys) (Chris)
  • Back to the Normal Lostpedia (Jeff)
  • Tyler the Creator (Chris)
  • Back to the Episode (Jeff)
  • Sidebar with Mike Huguenor
  • Truly Official Sidebar with Mike Huguenor
  • Celebrity Story Theme
  • My Name is Chris (Coolest Guy Around) (Freestyle)
  • Jeff & Chris' New Year's Tips
  • Chris' Frank Sinatra Impression
  • Ladies Night Theme
  • Hey Ya (Live Cover)
  • "The Undertaker" by Chris Farren by Jeff Rosenstock
  • Dead Musicians Tribute
  • Answer Me Theme
  • 4 Leather Jackets (Chris & Joyce Manor versions) (Live Improv)
  • I Don't Like 'Em & I Don't Miss 'Em
  • Gone Fishin' in Heaven
  • Gone Fishin' in Heaven (Nu Metal)
  • Memorial Theme
  • Ethan's Dead
  • Waiting for Jeff (Freestyle Rap)
  • LOST Theme Song by Chris & Jeff (Live)
  • Gun Story Theme
  • Up the Mountain and Through the Creek
  • New Year's Resolution Theme
  • Behind the Scenes: A Closer Look
  • Wedding Bells Are Ringing
  • Boyfriend Killer (The Killers)
  • Funeral March (Chris Live)
  • First Reference to Kid Rock Theme
  • Locketoberfest Theme
  • Libbypedia
  • Good Theory Theme
  • Good Thought Theme
  • B Story or C Story Theme
  • Groovy Dudes
  • Beauty Tips With Cassie
  • Hail to the Chief (Chris Live)
  • Big Bang Theory Theme
  • Chris Farren Gigs Advertisement
  • Back to the Island Super Bowl Special Advertisement
  • Theme For an Ad Free Rest of Back to the Island
  • My Life is Crazy (Chris Freestyle)
  • Jeff's LOST Music Impression
  • The Stars at Night (Are Big and Bright) (Jeff Live)
  • Information That We Put Together Theme
  • Thinking Theme Song
  • Back to the Island: A Look Back
  • Brack to the Island Theme Song
  • #WhereIsTheIsland Theme Song
  • Back to the Island Appreciation Theme Song
  • We Are the Freakin' Guys (Chris Live)
  • Jeff's Wrap-Up Background Music
  • IRL Boys Theme
  • Life's a Haze
  • The Great Eight
  • What's Your Favorite Snack: Savory Edition
  • Pincast Theme
  • Top of the Billboard Charts Theme
  • Single Ladies (Live Cover)
  • What Did We Say?
  • Back to the Island Jam Session
  • Back to the Tweeters
  • My Name is Chris and I Only Sing Now (Chris Live)
  • Ep 90 Outro Music
  • Arf Arf Baby
  • Flights to Hawaii
  • Mr. Truth Background Music
  • Chris' Rating Statement Background Music
  • 5 Timers Theme
  • Weight Training With Chris Farren Background Music
  • Hot in L.A.
  • Jeff's Wedding Vows Background Music
  • Autumn & Joseph Ad Background Music
  • Apolotigy Accepted
  • I Wonder (Chris Live)
  • Sawytoberfest Theme (live)
  • Play That Theme Song Theme Song
  • We're Facing Each Other
  • Sawyer That Trivia Theme
  • Smokestack
  • Back on the Island (Live)
  • It's Gettin' Hot in Here (Not the One by Nelly)
  • Sawyerpedia: LOST Finale Edition (Jeff Lied)
  • Modern Rock Bands (Live)
  • Something Clearly Happened
  • LOST Finale: Lizard Theme Background Music
  • Brain Stew/Come With Me (Live)
  • Jeff's Hungry Skydiving Freestyle (Live)
  • Sorry to Delay (Jeff)
  • Jeff & Chris' Little LOST AMA Jangle
  • 3-fr-T's Day
  • Difference of Opinion
  • What Do I Want in my Dream House?
  • Jeff's Taking Back Sunday Impression (Live)
  • Birthday Day (Chris Live)
  • What's in Your Bag?
  • Third Appearance of a Horse
  • Reflective Piano Outro
  • Gotcha, You're on Blast
  • Comin' Up on 2021 (Chris Live)
  • Gamer Boy (Jeff Live) (Weenie Boy Parody)
  • Decipher My Notes
  • Good Vibrations Code (Live Medley)
  • Batman Theme (Chris Live)
  • Intermission (Chris Live)
  • The Riddler's Baseball Theme (Jeff Live)
  • Intermission Pt. 2 (Chris Live)
  • Bat to the I Man (Chris Live)
  • Opening Night (Chris & Jeff Live)
  • Bane on a Plane
  • Lost x Batman Crossover Theme
  • Whole Lotta Joker (live)
  • Can't Nobody Hold Me Down (Jeff)
  • Wonderful World (Jeff)
  • Trivia (Live)

Special Episode Original Songs

  • No Show Show Theme

Non-Original Songs

Though it's rare, non-original songs have been used on the show.

  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana (eps. 2 & 5)
  • "Why, Oh Why, Oh Why (Oh Oh Oh Oh)" - Bomb the Music Industry! (ep 6 cold open)
  • "I'll Be There For You (Theme From Friends)" - The Rembrandts (ep. 11)
  • "Crack the Code" - 311 (ep. 16)
  • Marc Maron's WTF Podcast Intro Theme (ep. 40 (used in place of the main theme))
  • "Time To Pretend" - MGMT (ep 43 at the beginning of the Shannonpalooza ad, eps 44 & 45 opening and closing, ep 46 briefly after the Colgate commercial and ep 47 opening)
  • "Kids" - MGMT (ep 46 opening)
  • "VI" - Antarctigo Vespucci (ep 46 Colgate commercial)
  • "Freedom" - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five (ep. 52)
  • "Zodiac" - Boogie Boys (ep. 52)
  • "Emo Revival Christmas 2014" - Chris Farren (ep. 58 "Like a Gift From God or Whatever" commercial)
  • "Beers Again Alone" - Jeff Rosenstock (ep. 58 Jeff Rosenstock tour commercial)
  • "Living In Hell" - Antarctigo Vespucci (ep. 58 "Leavin' La Vida Loca" commercial)
  • "Serial" Theme Song (ep. 78)
  • "Seasons (Waiting on You)" - Future Islands (ep. 78)
  • "SNL Closing Theme - Waltz in A" (ep. 81)
  • "Too Much To Think" - 311 (ep. 83)
  • "White Noise" - Antarctigo Vespucci (ep. 85)
  • Goldstein Buckley Cechman Rice Purtz Classic Commercial (ep 108)

Forgotten Themes

These are themes that were specifically called out in the episode, but were never created.

  • Sawyer Theories (ep 6)
  • Interesting Kisses (ep 12)
  • Decipher my Notes (ep 122)

"The Incident"

B2TI Live

(L to R) Jeff Rosenstock, Chris Farren and Tim Daniels at the first live Back to the Island event at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY on April 25th, 2014

"The Incident" was a harrowing and uncertain time for fans and hosts alike. It spanned a total of 6 episodes from episode 27 to episode 32.

Timeline

At the end of episode 26 "Some Like it Hoth (5x13)" Chris teases a very special apology for Tim Daniels. Tim guest hosts the following episode, "The Whole Truth (2x16)," and during the apologies section Chris reveals that when he was in New York a month earlier he saw Tim on the street after exiting the subway but didn't say hi or catch Tim's attention. The episode ends with Jeff and Tim discussing Chris' duplicitous nature and calling for him to reflect on his behavior. Tim decides not to accept Chris' apology immediately and asks instead for some time to think about it.

Episode 28 "Solitary (1x09)," opens with the series' only "Previously on..." segment recounting Chris' apology from the week before. Chris then leaves Jeff a voice mail saying it's time to record the podcast and that he hasn't been able to reach him or Tim since recording the last episode. Chris proceeds to record episode 28 on his own, featuring more somber sounding acoustic versions of the theme songs. This is also the shortest episode of the series.

Episode 29 "Because You Left (5x01)" has Chris hosting with Casey Lee. For the majority of the episode Chris repeatedly redirects the conversation to Jeff and even writes him a birthday song. Chris rates this episode a 4 because, "LOST sucks," and he's, "sick of doing this podcast."[7]

Episode 30 "Happily Ever After (6x11)" begins with a phone conversation between Chris and Jeff where Jeff explains that he didn't have his phone because he was in Japan and Korea and that he's worried about Chris after listening to the last two episodes. Chris replies that he thought Japan and Korea were boroughs of New York. Jeff then further explains that Tim was also out of the country. The rest of the episode follows normally with a much more happy and energetic Chris.

Episode 31 "? (2x21)" has Jeff hosting alone while Chris is out of town. This episode is almost the complete opposite of Chris' solo episode with Jeff speaking very fast and energetically, as a stream of consciousness, for almost the entire episode.

Episode 32 "Whatever Happened, Happened (5x11)" wraps up "the Incident" story-line with Jeff and Chris hosting together with Tim Daniels as the special guest again. During the episode Tim is noticeably still upset, making almost constant, subtle, passive-aggressive digs at Chris. Chris doesn't seem to notice and recounts how he made it up to Tim by flying to New York and taking Tim to dinner at the Times Square Red Lobster, boasting that he picked up the $65 check and only made Tim pay the tip even though he only had a salad.

"The Incident" ends with everything going back to normal.

Themed Episode Blocks

Occasionally Jeff and Chris will decide, for one reason or another (or sometimes no reason at all), to carry a theme throughout several episodes. There is usually very little planning involved and most of the times these episodes are indistinguishable from a normal episode.

Shannonpalooza

Shannonpalooza was a series of episodes starting with the second episode of season 2 (episode 44) and ending with the fifth episode of season 2 (episode 47). According to the hosts, Shannonpalooza is a summer concert series centered around Shannon/Maggie Grace. Shannonpalooza was teased in episode 43 of the podcast with a commercial. The Shannonpalooza episodes feature a different opening theme ("Time to Pretend" by MGMT(except for episode 46)) and "Shannon Trivia" segments hosted by Chris (except for episode 47).

It's possible that the idea of Shannonpalooza came from an early episode of the podcast when they were complaining about Shannon and Jeff suggested that they should watch all of Shannon's episodes back to back and get them out of the way.

It's also possible that they just thought it would be funny.

LOCKEtoberfest

LOCKEtoberfest was a block of episodes centering around Locke during October 2015, beginning with episode 54 and ending with episode 57. Traditionally Jeff and Chris have showed open disdain of the character of John Locke, but during the beginning of season 2 and "Shannonpalooza" their attitudes shifted somewhat, even so far as to cause Chris to exclaim "Locke rocks!" During episode 46 Chris announced LOCKEtoberfest without consulting Jeff, and seemingly just because he liked the pun on Oktoberfest/Rocktoberfest.

So far the only unique segment has been "Shannon Trivia: Locke Addiction" which, like Shannon Trivia from Shannonpalooza, is announced by a harmonica tone. Shannon Trivia: Locke Addiction questions center around Terry O'Quinn.

Jeff also stated that there's "music everywhere" at LOCKEtoberfest and "you can't escape it," but the music only consisted of a harmonica jam between Jeff and Chris during episode 54.

Sawytoberfest

Sawytoberfest (pronounced Soy-tober-fest) was a block of episodes centering around Sawyer during October 2018, beginning with episode 98 and ending with episode 102. This block was 5 episodes long instead of the usual 4 because October of 2018 had 5 Wednesdays which was the normal release day for the show, even though the final episode aired a day late, on November 1st. Unlike previous special episode runs, Sawytoberfest didn't feature any new theme music (the first episode contains a bit of improvised music) or segments. Only the second episode contained a trivia section called "Sawyer That Trivia" and it only contained one question about how much Josh Holloway sold his house in Hawaii for.

In keeping with the underwhelming theme of Sawytobefest, the last episode they watched was LA X, pt. 2 (6x02) which as Jeff says during the episode "Sawyer's barely in this shit." It was later realized that the page listing the Sawyer-centric episodes that they had been using to base their episodes choices on may have been missing an episode, The Incident, pt. 1 (5x16), but this episode was a season finale featuring multiple central characters and may not have been any better of a choice.

LOCKEdown

Season 5 of Back to the Island started during the height of the COVID-19/Coronavirus global pandemic, during which many cities around the world were in government issued lock downs, including L.A. where Jeff and Chris were living. Starting with the second episode of season 5 (episode 109), Chris says they're starting their LOCKEdown episode block, meaning all the episodes in the block will have Locke in them, or at least reference Locke. As of episode 109 there was only one episode without Locke in it that they hadn't covered yet: A Tale of Two Cities (3x01).

Incidentally, there is also a Locke-centric episode titled Lockdown (2x17), but the podcast covered it in episode 064.

Episode List

All episodes are available to stream for free through iTunes, SoundCloud and Spotify.

Early episode air dates are estimated based on iTunes dates, Facebook posts and the idea that new episodes were supposed to premiere on Wednesdays even though that didn't always happen.

Links in the "#" column will take you to the soundcloud page for that episode of the podcast.

Links in the "Episode Title" column will take you to the corresponding Lostpedia page for that episode of LOST.

Links in the "Original Songs" column will take you to the Soundcloud page and time stamp where this instance of the song is found. Due to differences between Soundcloud on different browsers and operating systems these links may not line up exactly, but they will be close.

Season 1

Season 1 is 42 episodes long and ran from February 2014 - December 2014.

# Date Episode Title Hosts Ratings Original Songs Special Notes
001 February 23, 2014 The Constant (4x05)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 23
  • 16
  • 23
002 March 5, 2014 Numbers (1x18)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • Christine Hooker
  • 15
  • 15
  • 8
  • 16
003 March 12, 2014 The Shape of Things to Come (4x09)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 23
  • 23
  • 16
004 March 19, 2014 Exposé (3x14)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Marie Miller
  • 42
  • 23 1/2
  • 8
005 March 26, 2014 Walkabout (1x04)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 15
  • 15
  • 23
006 April 2, 2014 Further Instructions (3x03)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Dave Garwacke
  • 16
  • 4
  • 16
-This is the first episode to receive a rating of 4 by any host.
007 April 9, 2014 All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues (1x11)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
-This is the first episode to have a 3-fr-3's Day.
008 April 17, 2014 LaFleur (5x08)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • John DeDomenici
  • 23
  • 42
  • 16
  • 23
009 April 23, 2014 What Kate Does (6x03)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
010 April 30, 2014 Ji Yeon (4x07)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 23
  • 16
  • 42
011 May 5, 2014 Stranger in a Strange Land (3x09) LIVE!
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
-This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY on April 25th, 2014.
012 May 14, 2014 Greatest Hits (3x21)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Jonah Bayer
  • 42
  • 23
  • 23
-This episode was supposed to include the theme "Interesting Kisses."
013 May 21, 2014 One of Us *AFTER DARK* (3x16)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Christine Mackie
  • 16
  • 16
  • 16
-This is the first *AFTER DARK* episode.

-This episode was recorded in the early hours of April 29th, 2014 which is Chris Farren's birthday.

014 May 28, 2014 What They Died For (6x16)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Mike Campbell
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
-This episode is a 3-fr-3's Day but they forgot to play the song.
015 June 4, 2014 The 23rd Psalm (2x10)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 42
  • 42
  • 23
016 June 12, 2014 Ab Aeterno (6x09)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Laura Stevenson
  • Mike Campbell
  • 42
  • 42
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode features the only 4-fr-4's Day.
017 June 22, 2014 Jughead (5x03)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • 16
  • 23
  • 42
018 June 25, 2014 Dave (2x18)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • 42
  • 23
  • 23
019 July 3, 2014 Special (1x14)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 15
-This is the first episode to not feature a guest host.

-This is the first episode to not feature a Lostapedia segment.

020 July 10, 2014 Collision (2x08)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 23
  • 18
  • 8
021 July 16, 2014 SOS (2x19)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 8
  • 16
  • 16
-This episode is mistakenly labeled 2x10 on iTunes and SoundCloud.
022 July 23, 2014 Outlaws (1x16)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 16
-This is the first of two episodes Jeff recorded from Australia.
023 July 30, 2014 The Greater Good (1x21)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-This is the second episode Jeff recorded from Australia.
024 August 6, 2014 Cabin Fever (4x11)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Amy Glickman Brown
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
025 August 13, 2014 The Last Recruit (6x13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • Amy Glickman Brown
  • James Brown
  • 15
  • 16
  • 16
  • 16
  • 23
-This episode features the most guest hosts in a single episode.

-Despite having three ratings the same, it was determined not to be a 3-fr-3's Day because the ratings weren't unanimous, but they played the theme anyway.

026 August 20, 2014 Some Like It Hoth (5x13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-At the end of this episode Chris teased a very special apology for Tim on the next episode. This would be the beginning of "The Incident."
027 August 27, 2014 The Whole Truth (2x16)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 42
  • 23
  • 23
-This episode was mistakenly labeled 6x13 on iTunes and SoundCloud

-This episode marks the true beginning of "The Incident."

028 September 3, 2014 SOLITARY (1x09)
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
-This is the first episode to not feature both Jeff and Chris.

-This is the first episode to feature a single host.

-This is the only episode to begin with a "Previously on..." segment.

-This is the shortest episode.

029 September 10, 2014 Because You Left (5x01)
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • 4
  • 23
030 September 17, 2014 Happily Ever After (6x11)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 23
-This episode marks Jeff's return after a two episode break while he toured Korea and Japan with the Bruce Lee Band.
031 September 24, 2014 ? (2x21)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • 42
-This is the only episode Jeff hosts alone, and the only episode Chris is not featured on.
032 October 1, 2014 Whatever Happened, Happened (5x11)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 23
  • 23
  • 16
-This episode brings "The Incident," which spanned a total of 6 episodes, to a close.
033 October 7, 2014 The Economist (4x03)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 23
  • 42
  • 23
034 October 16, 2014 Left Behind *AFTER DARK* (3x15)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
035 October 23, 2014 Raised By Another *AFTER DARK* (1x10)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Jonah Bayer
  • 42
  • 23
  • 23
-Jeff has stated multiple times that this is his least favorite episode of the podcast and he'll never listen to it again.
036 October 29, 2014 Tricia Tanaka Is Dead LIVE! (3x10)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 15
  • 16
  • 42
-This episode was recorded before a live audience a Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY on October 19, 2014
037 November 19, 2014 Born to Run (1x22)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode is mistakenly labeled 1x20 on iTunes and SoundCloud.

-This episode marked the return of the show after an unscheduled 2 week break while Jeff and Chris were touring with their band, Antarctigo Vespucci. It was the longest break between episodes in season 1.

038 November 26, 2014 Not In Portland (3x07)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 23
039 December 4, 2014 This Place is Death (5x05)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 23
040 December 10, 2014 Something Nice Back Home (4x10)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 42
  • 43
  • 4
-Nothing discussed in this episode of the podcast actually happened on an episode of LOST. It's debatable whether they even watched this LOST episode before recording.

-This is the first episode to not use some variation of the main theme song to start the show.

041 December 18, 2014 LAX Pt. 1 (6x01)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Larry Kwartowitz
  • 23
  • 42
-Though he's listed in the episode title, Larry only appears in the episode as a short recording at the end giving his explanation of the final season of LOST. He doesn't give a rating for the episode.
042 December 24, 2014 The Other Woman CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (4x06)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 4
-While recording the original 42nd episode Chris' computer shut down before he saved his Logic file and his half of the episode was lost. They were forced to rerecord the episode.

-This is the worst rated episode of LOST so far based on average host ratings.

-This was not a true 3-fr-3's Day, but they played the theme anyway because "It's Christmas."

Season 2

In episode 42 "The Other Woman CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (4x06)" Jeff and Chris stated that they were taking a break, but they would probably be back in February.[8] Later in the episodeJeff jokingly said "We did 42 of these, and in four to two weeks we're gonna come back and do 42 more."[9] During his AMA, Jeff answered that the plan was for the show to return in May 2015.[10] The reason for the delay was that he "wanted to come back with some episodes that were me Chris and Tim live in the same room instead of over Google Hangouts."[11] This intention was repeated on Twitter[12].

On June 19th, Chris stated via Twitter that they recorded two new episodes, but "things have been hectic with mixing [the new Antarctigo Vespucci record] and [Jeff's] wedding so we haven't been able to edit or do more yet"[13].

On July 22, 2015 the official Back to the Island twitter account tweeted a link to a stream of the new Antarctigo Vespucci album "Leavin' La Vida Loca" with the comment "Pt. 1 of cool news today:..."[14] followed by a winky face[15] teasing the release of the Season 2 premier later that night.

# Date Episode Title Hosts Ratings Original Songs Special Notes
043 July 22, 2015 Man of Science (2x01)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Laura Stevenson
  • 23
  • 23
  • 16
-This is the second season premier of the Back to the Island, as well as the second season premier of LOST.

-This episode was released almost 7 months to the day after the previous episode

-The actual title of this episode of LOST is "Man of Science, Man of Faith"

044 July 29th, 2015 Whatever the Case May Be (1x12)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
-This episode is Week 1 of "Shannonpalooza"

-This episode is the first 3-fr-3's Day of season 2.

045 August 5th, 2015 Hearts and Minds (1x13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode is Week 2 of "Shannonpalooza"

-The poem Chris recites for the cold open was written by Rumi, and was quoted by Maggie Grace on Instagram.

-This episode of LOST follows the episode from the previous podcast, making this the first time they've watched an episode in order.

-This is the first episode to feature a song by someone not guest hosting.

046 August 12th, 2015 ...In Translation (1x17)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 42
-This episode is Week 3 of "Shannonpalooza"

-The poem Chris recites for the cold open was written by Rumi, and was quoted by Maggie Grace on Instagram.

-This is the only "Shannonpalooza" to use a different opening theme ("Kids" by MGMT). All other "Shannonpalooza" episodes opened with "Time to Pretend" by MGMT. "Time to Pretend" can still be heard very briefly after the Colgate commercial.

-This is the first episode to feature an Antarctigo Vespucci song ("VI").

047 August 19th, 2015 Abandoned (2x06)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • C+(16)
-This episode is Week 4, and the last week of "Shannonpalooza."

-This is the only "Shannonpalooza" episode featuring a LOST episode not from season 1.

-This is the only "Shannonpalooza" episode to not feature any Shannon Trivia segments.

-This episode marks the 42nd time the Lostapedia theme has been played.

048 August 26th, 2015* Confirmed Dead (4x02)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Ginger Alford
  • 42
  • 42
  • 42
-*This episode was accidentally released on iTunes late Tuesday, August 25th, followed by the tweet "Oops I thought it was Wednesday"[16]. The Soundcloud file was released Wednesday afternoon.

-This is the first episode in 23 episodes to feature a new guest host, not including episode 41 which credits Larry Kwartowitz, but who doesn't actually appear as a guest host during the episode.

-This is the first episode to feature three hosts recording from three different locations.

049 September 2nd, 2015 Dr. Linus (6x07)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
-This is the first episode of season 2 to not feature a Lostapedia segment, despite Jeff expressing a wish to end the segment after episode 44.

-This, combined with the previous episode, makes the first true back-to-back 3-fr-3's Day. Previously, episodes 13 & 14 were 3-fr-3's Days, but they forgot to play the theme in episode 14. And episodes 24 & 25 were 3-fr-3's Days, but episode 25 had a total of 5 hosts and only 3 of them had matching scores (all the scores weren't unanimous) but they played the theme anyway.

-This episode combined with the previous episode has the widest possible range of scores (all 42's last episode, all 4's this episode).

-This might be considered to be the lowest ranking episode, even though episode 44 also earned three 4's, because initially in episode 44 Chris said he wanted to give it an 8, but then changed his mind. Episode 42 also earned all 4's, but because there was no guest host, it only earned two 4's, not three.

050 September 9th, 2015 The Man Behind the Curtain (3x20)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 16
  • 23
-This is the 50th episode of Back to the Island!

-This is the second episode to feature a credited guest who doesn't actually guest host the show or provide a "LOST My Report Card" rating. The first was episode 42.

-Despite Chirs' doubts, this is the first time they've called someone during the show.

051 September 16th, 2015 The Moth (1x07)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-As Chris mentions in the episode, this is the first time both hosts have unknowingly created unique themes for the same reference. The only other similar instance was in episode 42 where Chris sang the Christmas Joke song in English and then Jeff sang it in Spanish, however they were still performing the same song other than the language difference.
052 September 23rd, 2015 I Do (3x06)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This is a special *wedding themed* episode and was released a few days before Chris' wedding.

-This is the first time a theme from season 2 has been repeated (Lockeabout).

-This marks the first time there have been two perfectly scored episodes in a row.

053 September 30th, 2015 Lighthouse (6x05)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 16
-Jeff recorded this episode from California shortly before leaving to play a series of shows in Japan with the Bruce Lee Band.

-Despite the "Chris Farren Public Decree" Chris actually has given a 42 to an episode in which Sawyer didn't appear--Ab Aeterno - episode 16.

-This is the last episode before the planned LOCKEtoberfest series starts.

054 October 7th, 2015 Deus Ex Machina (1x19)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This is the first LOCKEtoberfest episode.

-This is seemingly the first time they have unintentionally called out a theme song title that was previously used, and written a new theme for it (Do You Think That's a Thing?/Do You Think That That's a Thing?)

055 October 14th, 2015 Orientation (2x03)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 32
  • 23
-This is the second LOCKEtoberfest episode.

-This is the first time the Apology Accepted theme has been heard in season 2.

-This is the first time Lostapedia has used a new theme. Previous variations were used for other bits (Farrenpedia, Mouseapedia), but not for an actual Lostapedia section.

056 October 21st, 2015 The Brig (3x19)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 23
-This is the third LOCKEtoberfest episode.
057 October 28th, 2015 The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham (5x07)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 4
-This is the final episode of LOCKEtoberfest

-Jeff recorded this episode while on a beach in Virginia

-This is the shortest episode to feature both Jeff and Chris, and the second shortest episode overall (Chris' first solo episode--number 28--clocks in at 14:32).

058 November 4th, 2015 House of the Rising Sun (1x06)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Christine Mackie
  • Corey Mitchell (did not vote)
  • Vinnie Fiorello (did not vote)
  • Eric (the Tattoo Artist) (did not vote)
  • 42
  • 42
  • 42
-This is the first completely "on location" episode of the podcast not including live episodes.

-This is the first episode to be intentionally recorded in several sections (not due to technical difficulties).

-Chris claims that he gives every episode from season 1 of LOST a 42. That is obviously not true.

059 November 13th, 2015 The Cost of Living (3x05)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Mike Huguenor (did not vote)
  • 42
  • 42
-Jeff recorded this from a venue in Tucson, AZ on November 12th, 2015.-This is the halfway point in Jeff & Chris' quest to rewatch every episode of LOST.
060 November 26th, 2015 Eggtown (4x04)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Christine Mackie (did not vote)
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode premiered on Thanksgiving (U.S.), one day late

-This is the first episode back after No Show Show #1

-This is the first time the show has had three perfectly rated episodes in a row.

061 December 17th, 2015 The Variable (5x14)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-This was the first episode to be intentionally released on a Thursday, the new release day.

-Initially this episode was missing the Main, Lostapedia and Ending theme music, but was reuploaded later that day with the themes included.

-Chris gave the episode a 4, but Jeff said it's an 8 because Chris watched the episode twice and he agreed.

062 Decemeber 24th, 2015 Homecoming (1x15)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 23
-This episode was released on December 24th, even though Soundcloud and iTunes list the date as December 21st, because that's the day the episode was uploaded, before it was made public.

-This episode was released one year to the day after episode 42, the season one finale.

-This is their Christmas episode, but they don't mention Christmas at any point.

-During this episode Jeff and Chris announce they'll be watching The Little Prince (5x04)

-The last Mailbag segment was episode 28 (August 13th, 2014), which was Chris' solo episode. The last Mailbag episode with both Chris and Jeff was episode 25 (September 3rd, 2014). Either way Jeff is right when he says it's been over a year since they last checked the Mailbag.

063 December 31st, 2015 Everybody Loves Hugo (6x12)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 23
-This is the last episode of 2015 and was recorded on New Year's Eve of 2015.

-In the previous episode they said this episode would be The Little Prince (5x04).

064 January 7th, 2016 Lockdown (2x17)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
-Chris says that Tim hasn't been on the show for a year. His last appearance was actually episode 50, 4 months earlier, though he only appeared in a phone call and didn't rate the episode. His last appearance as a regular guest host was episode 44, about 5 and a half months earlier.

-This marks Tim's 20th appearance on the podcast.

-Chris ends up naming 24 bald actors if you count the questionable submissions like Frank Sinatra, Lex Luthor and the Six Flags Guy.

065 January 21st, 2016 Exodus Pt. 2 (1x24)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42*
  • 42*
-This episode came after a one week break, during which Jeff promised a super-sized episode[17]. This episode comes in at around 38 minutes, which is about average.

-The reason for the confusion on the episode counts is because there were 3 longer-than-usual episodes of LOST, and Netflix splits two of them into two episodes. So the actual produced episode count is 118, but Netflix has 120 listed.

-The version of the LOST series finale on Netflix used to be a shorter, edited version and it's possible it used to appear as two episodes as well, accounting for Google listing 121 episodes.

-This is the first episode to not be rated by any host.

*In episode 67 Jeff and Chris rated "The Exodus" as a whole, so those ratings have been retroactively applied even though parts 2 & 3 weren't rated in their episodes.

066 January 28th, 2016 Exodus Pt. 3 (1x25)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Daniels
  • 42*
  • 42*
  • N/A
-This is listed as Exodus Pt. 3 (1x25) though in the original airing this episode was the second half of double episode, Exodus Pt. 2 (1x24). Because of that a rating this episode was expected to cover this week, as well as the previous week's content, and that may have been the original intention, but the episode ended without a rating.

-At one point Jeff tries to throw to Lost My Report Card, but they get sidetracked and never return to rate the episodes.

-The episode description on Soundcloud and iTunes incorrectly states that this is the first time they've watched two episodes in order, but in the episode Chris says he thinks they've done it one other time which is correct. Weeks 1 & 2 of Shannonpalooza (episodes 44 & 45) followed the production order of the show.

*In episode 67 Jeff and Chris rated "The Exodus" as a whole, so those ratings have been retroactively applied even though parts 2 & 3 weren't rated in their episodes.

067 February 11th, 2016 Exodus Pt. 1 (1x23)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode completes "The Exodus" season 1 finale.

-This episode was more about LOST than any episode has been in a long time, and most of what they discussed actually happened.

-During the "Lost My Report Card" segment Jeff and Chris rated the Exodus storyline as a whole, retroactively giving ratings to episodes 65 and 66.

068 February 25th, 2016 Everybody Hates Hugo (2x04)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode is a frustrating phone call between Jeff & Chris, featuring a forgotten theme ("Technical Difficulties") and segment ("Bonus Clip").

-Though there is no official Apologies section, the episode ends with Jeff and Chris apologizing to each other while the outro music plays.

069 March 17th, 2016 The Hunting Party (2x11)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich
  • 15
  • 8
  • 4
-This was recorded while Jeff & Chris were on tour in Australia and is the first truly international episode of Back to the Island.

-This is the 69th episode of Back to the Island, but they didn't make any jokes about it.

-In episode 84 Chris calls out Kelly, claiming she wasn't actually as tired as she acted during this episode.

Season 3

The break between season 2 and 3 was unplanned and was the longest gap in episodes at the time. 2016 proved to be a very busy year for both Jeff & Chris with both of them releasing albums and touring almost non-stop, which made it difficult for them to find time to record new episodes.

There were three episodes recorded during the Summer of 2016, but they weren't released until the next year. These episodes were eventually released sporadically during season 3 (episodes 80, 81 and 84), acting as a backlog to fill in weeks when no new episodes were ready to post. Ironically, when these three episodes were eventually released they were released out of order with what was intended to be the season 3 premiere episode coming out last as episode 84, the 15th episode of season 3.

On December 21st, the day before releasing episode 70, Chris tweeted a picture of Jack taken off a TV[18]. The screenshot was quickly identified as taken from the season 5 episode "316" which was first episode they discussed on their return with episode 70.

Total there was a gap of 9 months, 5 days/280 days between the release of episode 69 and episode 70.

# Date Episode Title Hosts Ratings Original Songs Special Notes
070 December 22nd, 2016 316 (5x06)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 23*
-This is the third season premier of the podcast, though it's not referred to as that in the episode.

-This episode was released just over 9 months after the previous episode. The hiatus was unplanned.

-This is the episode of LOST where the characters go "back to the island".

-*Chris gives his rating as "thirty-..." which Jeff says is not a Number and interprets it as a 42. It's revealed in episode 71 that Chris went back and edited in his rating of 23 after the fact, which explains the reverb effect on his voice when he says "I give it a 23".

071 December 29th, 2016 Maternity Leave (2x15)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42*
-This episode was either released late on 12/28 or very early on12/29 depending what time zone you are in. Shortly after releasing it Chris tweeted that he couldn't remember if the podcast episodes normally released on Wednesdays or Thursdays.[19]

-During the "Lost My Report Card" segment Chris falsely claims that he rates all episodes featuring Sawyer a 42, and any episode without Sawyer cannot earn a 42. Jeff uses this Lostpedia page to disprove him almost immediately.

-While discussing his rating of the previous episode Chris reveals his decision to go back and change his episode 70 rating before the episode is released (which he does).

-*Chris never actually gives a rating for this episode on the podcast, but later tweeted that it was 42 when asked about it.[20]

072 January 5th, 2017 The Little Prince (5x04)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 18
-This episode was recorded on January 3rd, 2017.

-There is a forgotten theme in this episode around 5:27 where you can hear Chris and Jeff making loud noises to mark the point in the track where they would normally insert the song. It seems like the theme they intended to include was the Main theme again, so this isn't on the list of forgotten themes.

-The couples massage Jeff & Chris are discussing was brought up in episode 014 "What They Died For" (6x16). The discussion starts around the 27:15 mark and includes several "on the field" segments.

-Jeff says that Chris' rating of 18 is "unprecedented", but Chris also voted episode 020 "Collision" (2x08) an 18.

073 January 12th, 2017 Flashes Before Your Eyes *AFTER DARK* (3x08)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 23
-This episode features the second "behind the scenes" themed song. The first being "Behind the Magic Scene Work". You can hear Chris try to lead Jeff into calling out that theme instead of a new one.
074 January 19th, 2017 Catch-22 (3x17)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 15
-There are references in episode 74 & 75 that suggest they were recorded and released out of order, such as Jeff talking about driving to Washington DC the next day but that the episode wouldn't be released until the next week, as well as the inclusion of the seemingly unrelated Libbypedia theme which is explained in episode 75.

-Despite what the lyrics claim, this is the first time the Locketoberfest theme has been played.

-Jeff expresses regret that they didn't have a third chair for the possibility of having a 3-fr-3's day, so Chris pretends their friend Lindy has just arrived and wants to rate the episode. He gives it a 16, so no 3-fr-3's day theme is played.

075 January 26th, 2017 Three Minutes (2x22)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 8
-There are references in episode 74 & 75 that suggest they were recorded and released out of order, such as them discussing using the Night Boys theme so there's not two *AFTER DARK* episodes one after another. Chris also throws to Libbypedia in this episode, although they use the theme in episode 74.

-Both Jeff & Chris' wives now how "Beauty Tips" themes.

-Chris claims that no episode featuring Sawyer can receive less than an 8, which is the third time he's made false claims about his ranking rules.

076 February 2nd, 2017 The Package (6x10)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-This episode was recorded on Groundhog Day.

-Chris is correct when he said they were 63% of the way through the LOST episodes, but it seems unlikely that he calculated that himself.

-Chris & Jeff requested fans send in covers of the Main theme and an original 2-fr-2's Day Theme saying that they've never had one. Technically they've had 3 differe

077 February 9th, 2017 Across the Sea (6x15)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 16
-This episode was recorded while Jeff & Chris were in the mountains working on the next Antarctigo Vespucci project.

-Jeff has discussed owning a Blackberry Pearl in another episode where they talk about the Pearl Dharma station.

-Jeff and Chris have listened to "House of the Rising Sun" already. It was episode 58 from Season 2 of the podcast.

-This is the first episode where they mention selling ad space for $50.

078 February 16th, 2017 White Rabbit (1x05)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 9 (out of 10)
  • 10 (out of 10)
-This episode was supposed to be a "reboot" to make the podcast more popular and profitable. It ended up being a joke and they reverted to the old format the next episode.

-This episode featured the first theme song cover by a non-host.

-Chris refers to the podcast "Serial" several times when trying to figure out how to make their show successful which is why the Serial theme is used throughout the episode.

-The Lostapedia theme is similar to the regular version, but with noticeably more reverb and autotuned.

-This is the first episode both hosts have intentionally rated the episode something other than one of the LOST numbers.

079 February 23rd, 2017 One of Them (2x14)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode marks a return to the original format after their "experimental podcast".

-Jeff tells Chris to play the "Jeff and Chris Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight" theme to close the segment, but in reality about 16 minutes had already passed. That entire time wasn't spent talking about LOST, however.

-Sayid was in Operation Desert Storm.

-Jeff wonders why the Survivors don't bring Rousseau to live with them in the Dharma houses. They only occupy the houses for a short time and Rousseau is killed shortly after they move in.

-The Thinking Theme Song is a cover of the Jeopardy "Final Jeopardy" music.

-Chris wonders for the second time in this episode where Ben's accent comes from. It's a modified version of the Transatlantic accent which is not native to any place, but is learned and was a popular method of speaking for early 20th century stage and film actors.

080 March 1st, 2017 He's Our You (5x10)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 8
-This episode was released a day earlier (Wednesday) than the normal release schedule.

-This episode was one of three episodes recorded during the summer between the end of season 2 (ep. 69) and the official start of season 3 (ep. 70). You can tell by the election discussion at the end of the episode.

-Jeff mentions the badly photoshopped Lostpedia background again in this episode.

081 March 9th, 2017 Every Man For Himself (3x04)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode was one of three episodes recorded during the summer between the end of season 2 (ep. 69) and the official start of season 3 (ep. 70). You can tell by the lengthy discussion about Brexit.

-Chris states that he rates every episode without Locke a 42 (another of his bizarre rating "rules") and like his similar previous claims it is entirely false. At this point they have watched 14 out of 19 episodes that Locke does not appear in. Chris only rated 2 of them a 42, and one a 43. Even the previous episode of the podcast was an episode without Locke and he rated that an 8.

082 March 16th, 2017 Sundown (6x06)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 4
-*This was actually a "Bamboopedia" segment, but the theme only plays for 1 second so it sounds identical to the Lostapedia theme and it's unlikely that they created a new Bamboopedia theme.

-This episode was supposed to be released before the Brexit episode (episode 81), but due to some confusion with the files it was released after. Hence Jeff referencing the Brexit episode and Chris stating that it hadn't aired yet.

-Chris claims he's never seen "Idiocracy" in this episode, but in a previous episode they had a discussion about how he didn't like it.

-Jeff refers to this as a Night Boys episode because they were so tired, but the episode title and theme songs are for a normal episode.

083 March 23rd, 2017 Enter 77 (3x11)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-This is season 3 episode 11 of LOST and Chris and Jeff both watched this episode on March 11th, or 311 Day.

-The music video that Chris is watching is the lyric video for 311's song "Too Much To Think".

-Chris is right that they bring up the Lostpedia background twice in this season, but he forgot that they brought it up once before on the show as well.

084 March 30th, 2017 Pilot Pt. 2 (1x02)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This is the first episode recorded for season 3 and the last episode of their "backlog" of episodes recorded in the summer of 2016.

-This episode was recorded on Memorial Day (May 30th) 2016

-Jeff and Chris discuss how many episodes season 3 will have compared to seasons 1 and 2. Assuming no more seasons, the break down is:

Season 1 - 42

Season 2 - 27 (Seasons 1 & 2 combined - 69)

Season 3 - 52

-Jeff claims Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly were married. This is fals, they never married, but they dated for several years.

-Jeff is correct that Pilot Pt. 1 and Pilot Pt. 2 originally aired a week apart, but were reaired togetether at a later date.

085 April 7th, 2017 Tabula Rasa (1x03)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 15
-The episode of LOST discussed here followed the episode of LOST discussed in the previous episode of the podcast. This was unintentional as the previous podcast episode was recorded almost a year earlier with 14 episodes recorded between the two.

-This episode was released a day late because Jeff admitted during the episode that he forgot to bring his computer with him to the shows he played earlier in the week, so they couldn't record until he was back home.

-The end of this episode was cut off when Chris accidentally stopped recording while looking something up online. Jeff provides a synopsis at the end of the episode of what wasn't recorded, including their ratings and several themes that were played.

-In the episode Jeff makes a reference that April 8th is the day of his "certain death". In a previous episode Jeff claimed his birthday was April 8th, 1915 at 4:23:42pm, which in American date notation and 24 hour time can be written as 4/8/15 at 16:23:42 pm.

-The brief sample of a new Antarctigo Vespucci song in this episode was taken from the song "White Noise" from the album "Love in the Time of E-Mail" which would be released the following year. Coincidentally the bridge to this song is actually a reworked version of the "B Story or C Story" theme from episode 75.

086 April 13th, 2017 Meet Kevin Johnson (4x08)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 42
-This is the first time ratings have been given at the beginning of the episode instead of the end.

-They make a comment about how long it's been since they recorded an episode in person together. Episode 70 "One of Them" was the last one they recorded together, so they've released 7 episodes in between, but only record 4 because 3 of the episodes released were the ones recorded the previous summer.

-Chris reveals that the "single player video game" he was referring to in the song "Still Beating" is Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.

087 April 20th, 2017 Namaste (5x09)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 23
-This episode was likely recorded on April 17th, 2017 based on the fact that Chris tweeted a picture of this episode on Jeff's TV with the caption "I wish Sawyer was my dad" which is one of his notes from this episode.[21]-This is the first episode in the *AFTER DARK*: Food Island series. It's unclear if in the future all "Food Island" episodes will also be *AFTER DARK* episodes or not.

-Jeff is right, they have discussed the Smoke Monster sound before.

-The correct answers the the LOST trivia questions are: Michael's last name is Dawson. Jack Bender directed the series finale. Michael Giacchino composed the score for LOST.

088 April 27th, 2017 Fire + Water (2x12)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Jonah Bayer
  • 4
  • 23
  • 23
-This episode was recorded sometime between April 17th, 2017 and April 20th, 2017, while Chris was in New York working on a new Antarctigo Vespucci record with Jeff.

-This is the first and only episode to feature a sponsor. The sponsor was Back to Back to the Island and their ad was a joke about Chris' birthday which was two days after this episode aired.

-This is the first episode to feature a guest host in season 3 and this marks the end of the longest streak without a guest host: 19 episodes.

-This episode has the longest Cold Open. The theme music doesn't start until 9 minutes in.

-At the end of this episode Jeff says that the next episode the next episode they'll be watching is "Recon, season 6 episode 11". "Recon" is actually season 6 episode 8. Episode 11 is "Happily Ever After" which they watched in season 2 for episode 030.

089 May 4th, 2017 Recon (6x08)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 16
-This episode was recorded on April 17th, 2017. It can be dated by the article Jeff reads from the AP news wire[22].

-The story Chris tells about a man hiding stolen diamonds in a building & returning later to find the building is a police station is a basic summary of the 1999 Martin Lawrence comedy Blue Streak.

-At the end of the episode Chris says the next episode is "brought to you by Stumps.com". Stumps.com is not a real website and is likely a play on Stamps.com which advertises on many podcasts.

090 May 11th, 2017 DOC (3x18)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 4*
-This is an *AFTER DARK* episode.-This episode was recorded sometime between April 17th and April 20th 2017.

-This the first episode to feature the Apology Accepted theme at the beginning of the show rather than the end.

-The Sun & Jin episode Jeff & Chris can't quite remember is "Ji-Yeon" which they watched for episode 10. Sun's portion is a flash forward, while Jin's is a flash back, but they're edited in such a way that it looks to be happening in the same time to trick viewers into thinking Jin got off the island with Sun.

-Chris' "LA Voice" that one tweet mentions is referring to Chris' monologue about his car from episode 86.

-*Chris originally gave this episode a 42, then retracts his rating based on a rule stating any episode without Sawyer can't get more than a 23. As punishment he changes his rating to 4. Conversely, according to his already established rules this episode should have also earned an automatic 42 from Chris due to the fact that Locke did not appear in it.

-At the end of the episode they state that the next episode will be "The Other 48 Hours". This is a mistake, the episode title is actually "The Other 48 Days".

091 May 18th, 2017 The Other 48 Days (2x07)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode is incorrectly titled as "The Other 48 Hours" on Soundcloud and iTunes.

-This episode was recorded sometime between April 18th and April 20th, 2017.

-There is not an episode of LOST that starts on a closeup of Vincent's eye, but they have discussed it before.

-Jeff's record "Others! Others!" is available for free on his donation based record label site.

-Chris reads a statement at the end of the episode to explain why he's breaking his rule of never giving episodes without Sawyer a 42. Sawyer does appear briefly in this episode which negates his statement.

-Other false claims in his statement include the claim that Back to the Island started in 2013 (the first episode was posted in late February of 2014) and that his Sawyer-centric rule system has been in place since the beginning (the first mention of this rule is in episode 71).

092 May 25th, 2017 The Lie (5x02)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Jonah Bayer
  • 16
  • 15
  • 16
-This episode was recorded on April 20th, 2017.

-This is the last episode recorded while Chris was visiting Jeff in New York to work on a new Antarctigo Vespucci record in April of 2017.

-Despite the new theme song, Jonah Bayer has only appeared on the show 4 times. Casey Lee has appeared 5 times and Tim Daniels has appeared 21 times, but neither have gotten theme songs.

-The terrible show Jeff played at South Street Bar & Grill was discussed by Chris and Casey in episode 29 "Because You Left (5x01)", which coincidentally is the episode of LOST immediately preceding this episode.

-This is the third episode where Chris discusses the imprinting process from the Twilight books/films. The first is episode 8 "LaFleur (5x08)". The Second is episode 61 "The Variable (5x14)"

093 June 1st, 2017 Adrift (2x02)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-Jeff referred to this as "Back to the Island: Under the Weather Edition" because he was sick while recording, but he asked for no new themes so they used the regular theme.

-This is only the 3rd time they've not used any additional songs beside the opening and closing themes, however this is one episode (episode 040) in which the only theme played was the Lostapedia theme.

094 June 8th, 2017 The Incident Pt. 2 (5x17)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Amanda Fotes
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
-Before this episode the show went 24 episodes without a new guest host, the longest stretch without a new guest in the show's history.

-Before this episode the show went 29 episodes without a 3-fr-3's Day, the longest stretch without one in the show's history.

-See the corresponding Lostpedia page more information on the Ankh in Hurley's guitar case.

095 June 15th, 2017 Par Avion (3x12)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-Chris asks about the pattern of LOST opening on a character's eye. They did it 12 times in season 1, and only once in season 2 and twice before this episode in season 3. It was not a theme they relied on heavily past the first season.[23]-Jeff and Chris watch several fake commercial tie-ins including this one for the Hanso Foundation and this one for Oceanic Airlines.
096 June 22nd, 2017 Do No Harm (1x20)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-This episode was supposed to feature the ad they almost ran the week before, but they forgot and instead ran it in episode 097.

-The #feedthebeat music video they talk about is "Nausea" by Jeff Rosenstock. The Mountain Dew video is "Blast Damage Days" by Jeff Rosenstock.

-To answer their question in the episode, we are never shown Aaron as an adult.

-According to Chris' own rules this episode should have been a 42 because it's from season 1 and Locke doesn't appear in it.

097 June 29th, 2017 The Candidate (6x14)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-The ad in this episode was intended for episode 096.

-Chris calls out Jeff to make the Apolotigy Accepted theme, saying "It's been a long time since we've heard a theme from you." The last theme song that was obviously Jeff's was in episode 087 - "What's Your Favorite Snack: Savory Edition".

-Chris initially rated this episode a 4 before remembering his rule about episodes featuring Sawyer not getting less than 8 and quickly changing it to a 5, then 6, then 8 in a panic.

-Despite their promise at the beginning of the season Jeff announced the show would be taking a break while he and Chris tour to preserve the quality of the final episodes.

Season 4

Despite their claims at the beginning of Season 3 to release one episode a week until they finished the show, Jeff and Chris took a break after episode 097. The break was announced during episode 097 in which they expressed a desire to not end the show with episodes recorded while on tour or across the country from each other, because they felt it hurt the quality of the show and made recording less fun.

No date was given for a return, but on September 17th Chris tweeted a request for a fan to provide him a list of episodes that hadn't been covered on the podcast yet[24], suggesting that the podcast was going to begin recording again soon. Then on October 1st, 2018 the official Back to the Island twitter account tweeted "Happy Sawytober! (Pronounced Soy-tober). See you Wednesday!"[25], followed on October 3rd, 2018 by an image of the new episode being uploaded[26]. The first episode of Season 4 premiered later that day.

# Date Episode Title Hosts Ratings Original Songs Special Notes
098 October 3rd, 2018 Confidence Man (1x08)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 8
-This is the 4th season premiere of the podcast

-There was a break of 1 year, 3 months and 4 days (461 days) between the end of Season 3 and the start of Season 4. The longest break to date.

-Chris and Jeff recorded this episode while touring together in Europe. It was likely recorded on October 2nd due to the mention of being on a pier in Brighton, UK.

-Chris says that this episode is part of "Sawytoberfest" (pronounced Soy-Toberfest) which would make it the third character-centric month in the show's history after Shannonpalooza (July/August 2015, eps 44-47) and LOCKEtoberfest (October 2015, eps 54-57).

-Unlike previous character event months there have been no Josh Holloway themed trivia segments yet.

-Chris says it will only be Sawytoberfest if they have enough Sawyer-centered episodes remaining. After this episode there are exactly 3 remaining according to Lostpedia (The Long Con (2x13), LA X Part 2 (6x02) & The End (6x17)).

-The melody of the Sawytoberfest Theme is very similar to the melody of "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys.

-Studies have found that eucalyptus oil may have anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful for people with asthma[27].

-Chris sites his reason for giving this episode an 8 being his rule that he will never give any episode with Sawyer a 4. However he forgets two other rules that affect this episode. 1) He will give every episode with Sawyer a 42 (which would seem to override the previous rule). 2) He will give every episode from season 1 a 42.

099 October 10th, 2018 The Long Con (2x13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode was recorded while Chris and Jeff were touring Europe in the autumn of 2018.

-Mr Eko appears in 21 episodes and doesn't have any lines in his first appearance, but does have lines starting in his second episode.

-True to his word, Jeff seems to really like Mr Eko. He only gave 4 out of the 17 episodes they've watched to this point featuring Mr Eko less than a 16, and he rated all of the Mr Eko-centric episodes a 42 including the very unique "?" (2x21) that Jeff hosted solo.

-When Jeff calls for a "Getting The Show on the Road" theme song they instead play "Lockeabout". Presumably this is because they just didn't want to write another new theme for the episode.

-Cassidy only appears in 4 episodes (3 in Sawyer's flashbacks, 1 with Kate after the return of the Oceanic 6). This is the last Cassidy episode to be covered in an episode of the podcast meaning they can't do a Cassidy episode for the first episode in November like Chris says they will.

-This is the second episode during which Jeff calls for the end of the Lostapedia segment, the first being episode 44 after which he immediately forgot and Lostapedia was reinstated in episode 45.

-Jeff refers to this episode as part of season 3, but the extended break between episodes 97 and 98 seems like a break between seasons, making this the second episode of season 4.

100 October 17th, 2018 The End pt 1 (6x17)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 4
-This episode was recorded while Chris and Jeff were on tour in Europe, on October 6th while they were on their way to Dublin, and later that night while in Dublin.

-There are two versions of the LOST finale. The original version was released as a single, uncut episode that ran about 105 minutes long. Later it was split into two parts and edited down to 43 minutes each (86 minutes total). Jeff and Chris are likely watching the two-part, shortened version of the f

101 October 24th, 2018 The End pt 2 (6x18)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 4
-Chris calls this episode a special "Lemonade Edition" but no new theme was played and no special designation was made on the episode title.

-Chris confirmed on Twitter that they watched the two part, edited for syndication version of the finale, rather than splitting the original, uncut version into two episodes.[28]

-This episode is only the second time Jeff and Chris have discussed an episode of LOST that followed chronologically from the episode previously discussed on the podcast. The first time was during Shannonpalooza, episodes 44 and 45.

-Chris tells Jeff that this is the last episode during Sawytoberfest, but there were 5 Wednesdays in October 2018 and 1 remaining Sawyer-centric episode (6x02 - "LA X pt 2"), so the next episode was revealed to also be a Sawytoberfest episode.

102 November 1st, 2018 LA X pt 2 (6x02)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Laura Stevenson
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
-Although this was recorded and released a day late, this is technically still part of Sawytoberfest, because October 2018 had 5 Wednesdays in it.

-They talk in the opening of the episode about how it's supposed to be Sawyer-centric, but it seems he's barely in it. The reason being that the list of Sawyer-centric episodes came from the Lostpedia page on centric episode tallies, in which they define an episode as being "character centric" based on if that episode contains a significant flash back/forward/sideways of that character. By that definition this episode is considered many-character-centric, like most of the season premiers and finales. Additionally, since it's the second part of a two-part episode it's likely that Sawyer was more heavily featured in the first part.

-Chris does not work at a cookie shop.

-Laura talks about a cat she used to have that looked like Lapidus. She mentioned this once before, in episode 16.

-Chris says it’s been so long since a 3-fr-3’s day. The last 3-fr-3’s Day was 8 episodes ago, during ep 94, which was also they last time they had a guest host. Coincidentally episode 94 broke the streaks for both longest time without a 3-fr-3’s Day (29 eps) and longest time without a guest host (24 eps).

103 November 15th, 2018 The Man From Tallahassee (3x13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Laura Stevenson
  • John DeDomenici
  • 42
  • 42
  • 42
  • 42
-This episode was recorded backstage while Chris and Jeff were touring the North Eastern U.S. with their band Antarctigo Vespucci.

-This episode marks the first appearance of Death Rosenstock/BtMI!/Antarctigo Vespucci bass player John DeDomenici since Jeff jokingly banned him from returning in episode 8.

-This episode also features an appearance by Gaslight Anthem and Antarctigo Vespucci drummer Benny Horowitz, as well as members of the band Katie Ellen, though none of them watched or commented on the episode, nor did they give the episode a rating and were thus not featured as cohosts.

-Chris announced Bentemberfest for the upcoming month of December. It would be similar to LOCKEtoberfest or Sawytoberfest, featuring a month of episodes centering on Ben. Unfortunately there is only one Ben-centric episode remaining for them to watch: Dead is Dead (5x12).

-This is the second 4-fr-4's Day in the history of the show and only the 4th episode to be eligible.

104 November 21st, 2018 There's No Place Like Home, pt 1
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 16
-Chris states that if they stick to a weekly release schedule the last episode of this podcast will be March 20th, 2019. This is true.

-Chris says that all three parts of this season finale were aired on the same night. This is false. This episode (part 1) was aired on May 15, 2008. Parts 2 & 3 were aired together two weeks later on May 29, 2008.

-The "Lostapedia Conundrum" Jeff mentions is likely referring to his decision in episode 99 to end the Lostapedia segment. It's the second time he's made that decision (the first being in episode 44). In both cases Lostapedia reappeared in following episodes.

-Alex was killed by Keamy in "The Shape of Things to Come" (4x09). This was 3 episodes prior to this episode in the LOST timeline. This episode was covered in episode 003 of the podcast, or 101 episodes prior to this episode in the podcast timeline.

-The trivia section on this episode reveals that Ben's Morse code message spells out "seise".

-There is some confusion in the episode about Jin's death. He isn't dead in this episode, but the Oceanic 6 have to act like everyone else in the plane died. Jin and Sun die together in the submarine in "The Candidate" (6x14).

-Jeff and Chris joke about giving a shout out to the show Little House on the Prairie. There is an episode of Little House on the Prairie titled "There's No Place Like Home: Part 1".

-Chris's stated rule about giving episodes with Sawyer in them a 16 or more is not a previously established rule. The closest rule would be that any episode with Sawyer gets at least an 8 which was established in episode 75.

105 November 29th, 2018 The Glass Ballerina (3x02)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 23
-Chris refers to this episode as Back to the Island Morning Edition, but there is no new theme song and the episode title doesn't reflect that.

-It's true, Chris is not married to his mother.

-Chris and Jeff had both told their sexy stories (and more) on episode 61 of this podcast starting around the 20:29 mark.

106 December 6th, 2018 Dead is Dead (5x12)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 8
-This episode was recorded on December 4th, based on their statement that they were recording on the third night of Hanukkah.

-Chris says that it will air on the fourth night of Hanukkah which would have been December 5th, but it didn't actually get uploaded until December 6th.

-Chris introduces this episode as a Bentemberfest episode, but it's also the last Ben-centric episode they had left to cover.

107 December 13th, 2018 Live Together, Die Alone, pt 1 (2x23)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 23
-Jeff claims to be in Australia at the beginning of this episode, but later reveals that he doesn't think he'll be able to record the next episode while he's in Australia.

-Chris says in the episode that this episode should be out on December 12th, but it was actually released a day later.

-This is the second time they have questioned whether or not guns will work if they get wet; the first time being in episode 25.

-This is also the second mention of Cassie's "Live Together, Die Alone" tattoo.

Season 5

Season 5 of Back to the Island was released after a long and unexpected break. It was 461 days between the last episode of season 4 and the first episode of season 5, which is the exact same number of days between seasons 3 and 4. 2019 turned out to be a very busy year for Jeff and Chris, making it difficult to find time to record together. In the time between seasons 4 and 5, Jeff moved to L.A., making this season the first time that Chris and Jeff have lived in the same city. In the opening of season 5 Jeff and Chris promise (not for the first time) that they will be releasing weekly episodes until they're finished with the series at episode 121.

This season started during the Covid-19 / Coronavirus global pandemic, which is referenced throughout the season.

# Date Episode Title Hosts Ratings Original Songs Special Notes
108 March 18th, 2020 Live Together, Die Alone, pt 2 (2x24)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-The episode of LOST discussed here follows the episode of LOST discussed in the previous episode. This is only the third time this has happened, depending on how you look at it. Ep 65 & 66 follow each other, but these LOST episodes were originally released as one double-length episode. Eps 84 & 85 follow each other, but these were recorded almost a year apart with 14 episodes recorded in between.

-This episode was released 42 days before Chris' birthday.

-The version of the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz commercial used in the episode can be found here

-Chris predicts they've forgotten to include songs 3 times over the course of the podcast. They actually have only forgotten twice to date.

-Cyclops' name is Scott Summers

-Jeff is thinking of the movie Con Air starring Nicolas Cage.

-The first ep of this podcast covered the LOST episode The Constant (4x05)

-The total amount of time off between seasons adds up to 1,412 days or 3 years, 10 months and 12 days. An average of 353 days between seasons, which is comparable to most television shows.

109 March 25th, 2020 The Substitute (6x04)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 15
  • 16
-This is the final episode of LOST season 6 to be covered on the podcast.

-Jeff and Chris make a big deal out of Locke's boss, Randy Nations, and later "discover" that he managed Hurley at Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack. He was also Locke's manager in the normal timeline which they have discussed on ep 005 "Walkabout" (1x04).

-Chris says that this ep is the start of their "LOCKEdown" run of episodes featuring Locke in them. This is the second Locke-centric episode block after "LOCKEtober." There is only one Locke-centric episode left to cover ("The Incident, pt. 1" (5x16)) and only one episode not featuring Locke left to cover ("A Tale of Two Cities" (3x01)).

-In this ep Chris mentions that Lostpedia says this is a Jack-centric episode. In the next ep he reveals he was accidentally reading the Lostpedia entry for "The Candidate" (6x14).

-Chris states three of his "rules" for rating episodes during Lost My Report Card. One of these rules is slightly different than what was previously established. The other two are totally new rules.

110 April 1st, 2020 There's No Place Like Home, pt. 2 (4x13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 15
-This is one of several episodes that was aired as a double-length episode and then split into two episodes for syndication.

-This episode was recorded outside in Jeff's backyard, with Jeff and Chris sitting at least 6 feet apart in accordance with social distancing rules during the Coronavirus pandemic.

-Jeff references a segment called "The Knives Out Waiting Game" and says in one week he will discuss the last shot of the movie Knives Out, but doesn't mention it until Chris brings it up in episode 113. Presumably, Chris read this note and that's why he brought it up again.

111 April 9th, 2020 Two for the Road (2x20)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 8
-This episode was recorded remotely from Jeff and Chris' homes because it was raining and they couldn't record outside like the previous week's episode.
112 April 16th, 2020 The Incident, pt. 1 (5x16)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 16
-This episode was recorded outside in Jeff's backyard, with Jeff and Chris sitting at least 6 feet apart in accordance with social distancing rules during the Coronavirus pandemic.

-Vincent is a Yellow Lab, not a St. Bernard.

-Jeff was unsure if Rose and Bernard appeared in the church at the end of the series. They are among the characters in the church at the end.

113 April 22nd, 2020 Through the Looking Glass, pt. 1 (3x22)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • Tim Ruggeri (Daniels)
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
-This episode was recorded and released on April 22nd, 2020. It was recorded remotely from each host's home.

-Frequent guest host Tim Daniels returns this episode using his real name, Tim Ruggeri.

-The last time Tim was a guest host was episode 066 "Exodus, pt. 3" (1x25). A gap of 47 episodes.

-Jeff says this is the third episode in a row they've covered that is a part of a larger episode arc. It's actually only the 2nd, but they have done a total of 4 in the last 6 episodes since the start of season 5 of the podcast.

-The Knives Out Waiting Game bumper was different than the one used in episode 110.

-Chris names two rules for rating this episode. One is an established rule, the other is a modified version of a rule established in the previous episode.

114 April 29th, 2020 What Kate Did (2x09)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 42
-This episode was released on Chris' 34th birthday.
115 May 6th, 2020 There's No Place Like Home, pt. 3 (4x14)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This is one of 3 episodes of LOST that was originally broadcast as a 2 hour, extended episode. It was then split into 2 parts for syndication and home release.
116 May 15th, 2020 Follow the Leader (5x15)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 15
-This was the first *AFTER DARK* episode since episode 099.

-This is the final episode of LOST season 5 to be covered on the podcast.

-This episode covers episode 5x15 of LOST and was released on 5/15.

117 May 22nd, 2020 The Beginning of the End (4x01)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 16
-This episode features Chris and Jeff drinking a cannabis-infused sparkling water called Hi-Fi Hops by Lagunitas, but is not considered an *AFTER DARK* episode.

-In this episode Chris and Jeff outline their plan to put off the podcast finale until they can do it as a live event.

-They also outline possible plans to watch movie series out of order in the interim.

-This is the final episode of LOST season 4 to be covered on the podcast.

118 May 31st, 2020 A Tale of Two Cities (3x01)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 8
  • 16
-This episode was almost certainly not recorded on a Wednesday.

-This episode include the first new version of the main theme since episode 107 "Live Together, Die Alone, pt. 1," a year and a half earlier.

-Chris' 8.0 review for the movie Edge of Tomorrow was a reference to the Pitchfork review of Jeff's newest album "No Dream" which also received an 8.0.

-The Aquabats album Chris says is the only ska record he is very familiar with is "Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2."

-When Chris guesses it's been 42 minutes since they started recording, the time stamp on the episode is 40:24.

-This is the first time in several episodes that Jeff and Chris mention being in LOCKEdown, despite the fact that Locke doesn't appear in this episode.

119 June 10th, 2020 ...And Found (2x05)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 16
-This is the final episode of LOST season 2 to be covered on the podcast, as well as the last non-premiere or finale episode to be covered.

-This episode came after a week-long hiatus during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests and social media movement following the murder of George Floyd.

120 June 26th, 2020 Through the Looking Glass, pt. 2
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 42
  • 42
-This is the final episode of LOST season 3 to be covered on the podcast, as well as the last episode to be covered other than the Pilot, pt. 1, which is planned to be the final episode of the podcast.

-During the episode they first said they would be watching the Taken series the following episode, then the LOST Mobisodes, then eventually decided to watch Batman Forever.

Bat to the I Man

In episode 117 Chris and Jeff discuss their plan to put off covering the last remaining episode of LOST until it was safe to do it as a live show in New York. Instead of stopping the podcast until that happens, they decided to transition to covering movie series out of order. Several movie series were put forward including Taken and John Wick, but they decided to do Batman movies at the last minute in episode 120. During their time covering Batman movies, the name of the podcast was changed to Bat to the I Man and a new main theme was created for it. The episode numbering and rating system stayed consistent with their Back to the Island episodes.

# Date Episode Title Hosts Ratings Original Songs Special Notes
121 July 4th, 2020 Batman Forever (1995)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 15
-Although this was released the week following the previous episode, this marks a departure from the show's coverage of LOST, and starts a new "season" of the podcast.

-This episode was recorded on June 30th, 2020

122 July 17th, 2020 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 16
  • 16
-This episode was recorded July 14th, 2020

-This was not the first episode of the podcast that they "rehearsed." Chris lost his audio for Episode 042 when his computer shut down while recording, so a majority of that episode had to be re-recorded.

-Chris mentions that they've watched two Robin origin stories in a row. These are also the only two Robin origin stories in a theatrically released Batman film.

-Jeff calls for the "Decipher my Notes" theme, but it doesn't play. This is the third instance of a forgotten theme song, but the first instance of a forgotten theme that already existed from a previous episode.

123 July 25th, 2020 Justice League (2017)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 4
  • 8
-Christine is correct, Ezra Miller who plays Flash does identify as non-binary and queer and uses they/their pronouns.

-Shazam! was also a hit for DCEU, but the character was not included in Justice League

124 August 2nd, 2020 Batman (1989)
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Chris Farren
  • 23
  • 23
-This episode was recorded on July 31st, 2020

-The movie Mascots is a Netflix movie. It's not available on Hulu.

-Almost Heroes is the Christopher Guest movie with Chris Farley and Matthew Perry that Chris couldn't think of.

-According to this Mental Floss article, the publishers of Mein Kampf in the U.S. get the royalties, but they donate them to various causes.

No Show Show

Chris posted a series of episodes during season 2, called "No Show Show", in place of traditional episodes of Back to the Island when there were no new episodes to post. These mostly consist of Chris talking to his friends without any real direction or purpose. There is a debate over the meaning of the title. In the first episode Chris says it's called No Show Show because there was no Back to the Island show to post. Casey suggests it's called No Show Show because Jeff was a no-show.

Episode Title Date Hosts Original Songs Special Notes
No Show Show #1 November 18th, 2015
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
-This is the first special episode released in lieu of a regular episode (though it's not the first time they have missed posting an episode at the regular time).

-This No Show Show aired between episodes 59 & 60, shortly after Jeff's van had been broken into, and all the bands guitars and clothing were stolen while on tour.

-The Wing Nuts episode 9 follows directly from this recording.

No Show Show #2 December 3rd, 2015
  • Chris Farren
  • Cassandra Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • Sean Stevenson
  • Melissa Stevenson
-This No Show Show aired between episodes 60 & No Show Show #3.

-It mostly features Chris asking his friends for stories while walking around Naples in the rain and wind.

No Show Show #3 December 10th, 2015
  • Chris Farren
  • Casey Lee
  • Sean Stevenson
  • Melissa Stevenson
-This aired between the No Show Show #2 and episode 61.

-This is the first time the No Show Show has been put up in place of a regular episode twice in a row.

-This episode was recorded shortly after Chris' first Stage-It show.

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