"House of the Rising Sun" is the sixth episode of Season 1 of Lost and the sixth produced hour of the series as a whole. When Jin attacks Michael without provocation, a rivalry begins to form, much to Sun's dismay. Meanwhile, Jack proposes that everyone move to the caves, though some argue that this would be giving up on possible rescue. Flashbacks in this episode concentrate around Sun and Jin's marriage and how it was slowly falling apart.


Previously on Lost[]



Jin giving Sun a white flower.

Sun chats at a dinner party and is offered some champagne by a waiter, Jin. He also hands her a napkin, which contains a message. She meets with him away from the party goers, and the two kiss. Sun wants to elope, but Jin tells her that her father, Mr. Paik, would not allow it. As a symbol of affection, Jin reassures her by giving her a white flower and promises that it will one day be a diamond.

Days later, Jin finds Sun outside in the garden where the party was held. He has spoken to her father and has been granted permission to marry his daughter, much to Sun's joy. However, her happiness subsides as Jin continues to explain that he would be working for her father, if only temporarily. He presents her with a diamond engagement ring, paid for with the money from his new job.

Some time after they wed, Sun and Jin live in a posh apartment in Seoul. Sun returns home to find that Jin has bought her a puppy. He sincerely apologizes for working such long hours lately, but Sun replies that in the past, all he had to do was give her a flower to express his love. She seems to miss their early relationship, when Jin was not under the command of her father. Before she can continue talking, Jin's phone rings. It is Mr. Paik.

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Sun is saddened by the fact that she has not escaped her father's world.

Later, Sun wakes up as Jin rushes into the apartment. She finds him in the bathroom, washing blood off his hands. She asks what happened but her husband simply states that he was working. Sun does not relent, however, and eventually slaps Jin across the face when he does not give her a straight answer. He said that he does "whatever her father asks" for the sake of their marriage.

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Jin gives Sun a white flower.

One day, Sun is showing a decorator around while Jin relaxes in the living room, appearing to be in a bad mood. Sun takes the woman to her bedroom, where it is revealed that the decorator is, in fact, someone Sun had hired to help her flee the country. She wanted to get away from her father and husband.

Asking twice if she's sure, the woman gives Sun fake identity documents and tells her that she will have to make an excuse to walk away from her husband at the airport. Then she will go to a car waiting for her outside and will be taken into hiding. The woman orders Sun to repeat the time of the escape over and over, "11:15".

At Sydney Airport, Jin and Sun prepare to check in for a flight to Los Angeles, as part of Jin's work. Sun moves to one side, noticing that it is 11:15. However, with tears streaming down her face, she finds that she cannot leave her love. She returns to her husband, who, with a smile, gives her a white flower. He asks her why she looks upset and she lies, answering that it is because of the flower's beauty.

On the Island[]

Day 7

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Jack and Kate flirting.

Sun opens her eyes after sniffing flowers. She looks on as Jack and Kate talk playfully about his tattoos. Kate cannot see how the spinal surgeon could have such a wild side but their "verbal copulation," as Charlie calls it, is cut short, as some of the group is preparing to head for the caves to retrieve drinking water.

Meanwhile, Sun wonders what's wrong as Jin runs toward Michael in anger. Jin violently attacks him while Sun and Walt shout for him to stop. Sayid and Sawyer pull them apart, and Sayid orders Sawyer to give him the marshal's handcuffs from the plane. He does so, and Sayid cuffs Jin to a large piece of plane wreckage to restrain him.

In the jungle, Jack leads a group to where he found the fresh water. When they arrive, Charlie sneaks away to take some of his heroin but Locke interrupts him, telling him to stay still. Charlie has stepped on a beehive. Jack and Kate run to get something to cover the hive, and Charlie is forced to stand on the spot as bees buzz around his body and crawl all over him.

Back at the beach, Michael explains to Sayid what happened. He attributes the attack to racism and when Sun points at her wrist, Sayid reinforces that the cuffs will stay on until the issue is resolved.

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Charlie stands still on the beehive.

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The stones Jack finds with the skeletons.

Jack prepares to cover the beehive with a piece of luggage, but when one of the bees stings Charlie, his movement splits the hive and the group runs away as bees scatter. Jack and Kate get to the caves, stripping off their clothes, but Kate suddenly jumps as she spots a skeleton on a ledge. Jack finds another set of remains and assesses them; the bodies have been there a long time, approximately half a century according to Jack. On one of the skeletons, he finds black and white stones. Charlie and Locke arrive. Locke wonders who the two men might have been and Jack responds that one of the two corpses is that of a female and the other that of a male, leading John to dub them "our very own Adam and Eve."

After some time, Jack and Kate head back and John stays to help Charlie look through some Flight 815 wreckage they had found nearby. Before they leave, however, Jack points out that the survivors need a lot of water, and carrying it back and forth would be extremely tiresome work. He thinks that perhaps everyone should move to the caves, where there is shelter and protection from the elements as well as easy access to clean water.

Walt asks Michael why he said Korean people do not like black people. Michael in turn asks Walt what his mother told him about his father. Walt bluntly says she never really mentioned him. Neither of them knows much about each other.

Trekking back to the beach, Kate mistakes Jack's pondering stare as an attempt to check her out. He explains that he is actually thinking about construction at the caves and Kate gets the point, forgetting about her attempt to flirt. As he talks about convincing the other survivors into moving, Kate adds that he has yet to convince her, too. At the caves, Charlie and Locke talk about Drive Shaft and Charlie's lost guitar. John promises that he will see it again, much to Charlie's confusion and disbelief.

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Michael agrees with staying on the beach.

Jack and Kate find Sayid, who fills them in on what happened at the beach. Jack is more interested, however, in his cave idea. Sayid disagrees with the plan, believing that a signal fire at the beach is the best hope of rescue. To move is to give up on the hope of leaving, and some will be less willing than others when it comes to this decision. At the shore, divisions are already starting to form, with Hurley agreeing to follow Jack, and Michael siding with Sayid. Sawyer asks Kate whether she will go with the pessimist or the optimist but she declines to reveal her allegiance.

In the woods by the beach, Michael chops bamboo but is interrupted by Sun. Before he has time to react properly, she says, "I need to talk to you" in perfect English. Michael stands stunned. She reveals Jin does not know she speaks English, which is why she has not done so publicly, and that the watch Michael found in the wreckage had been entrusted to Jin by her father. Protecting it is "a question of honor" for Jin. Sun says that she can fix the situation, but she needs Michael's help.

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Michael and Sun share fleeting eye contact.

Charlie manages to sneak away in the jungle but Locke follows him and tells Charlie he is aware of his drug problem. Locke guesses that he will be running out of the drug soon, but wants him to give it up by choice. He asks if Charlie wants his guitar more than the drugs. Charlie agrees, and as he hands over the heroin, Locke simply tells him to look up; wrapped in roots above is Charlie's guitar case.

At the beach, Jack tells Kate that it's time to head back to the caves. However, she proclaims that she can't "dig in" as Jack called it. Jack asks what had caused her to be this way — what she did — but Kate says that he had his chance to know before. Both state, "You know where to find me", before Jack leaves the beach. Meanwhile, Michael approaches Jin with an axe in his hand. He returns the watch he found and cuts him free from the wreckage with the weapon. Michael gives Sun a glimmer of eye contact in recognition as he walks away, having finished what she had asked of him.

At the caves, Jack arrives with the "new tenants," among them Hurley, Jin, and Sun. At the beach, Sawyer, Sayid, Michael, Walt, Shannon, Boone, and Kate sit by the signal fire. Kate stares into the flames, as does Jack with his fire at the caves. Hurley again turns on his CD Player and listens to this:


  • The identity of the individuals in the cave, "Adam and Eve," was revealed near the end of the series in "Across the Sea". Archive footage from this episode is used in that episode during the reveal of the bodies' identities.
  • This episode has both the lowest number of guest stars (none) and the lowest number of co-stars (one) for any episode of the entire series.
  • This episode is rated TV-14-V.

Production notes[]

  • This is the first episode where, in a flashback, the centric character (in this case, Sun) interacts with another main character (Jin) who is not the centric character.
  • Emilie de Ravin (Claire) does not appear and is not credited, for the first of several times in Season 1.
  • Ian Somerhalder (Boone) and Maggie Grace (Shannon) appear without speaking lines.
    • This is the sole time Boone appears alive without speaking lines.
  • This is the first episode to not feature every regular.
  • When the credits are rolling at the beginning of the episode, Kate, Charlie, and Locke appear in that order just as their respective actors' names appear on the screen.
  • A Lost: On Location for this episode is available on the Season 1 DVD

Cut material[]


Jack dates Adam and Eve as "centuries" old.

  • The original script has Sawyer hesitating before producing the handcuffs, only doing so when Sayid threatened to unleash Jin on him.[1] Sawyer later admits that he has no keys to the cuffs.[2] Sun therefore would have tried picking the lock with a hairpin, while Shannon and Boone watched, Shannon likening the married couple's relationship to hers and Boone's.[3] The hairpin would have poked Jin's wounds till he suggested fetching a knife so he could cut off his thumb and free himself.[4] Sun's conversation with Michael would more clearly have been about using his axe to free Jin than rather just explaining Jin's actions.[5]
  • Asked where he is from, Sayid would have replied "Melbourne," only answering "Tikrit" when Michael insisted on knowing where he was "originally" from.[6]
  • Adam and Eve were to have been entombed in niches in the caves rather than laid to rest on the ground.[7] Though Jack again would have identified their clothes as having decayed for at least 40 or 50 years, he would have later referred to the bodies having dating from "decades or even centuries" previously.[8]
  • Between Kate finding the skeletons and her showing them to Jack, the script called for a "sexually charged" scene between them in which Jack helps her stand up before realizing how little they both are wearing.[9] Jack's later scene with Hurley about the pair's relationship would have run a bit longer - Hurley would have joked that Kate would look like Wilma Flintstone living in the caves with Jack.[10] Sawyer and Kate's scene would have had additional lines as well, Sawyer identifying the ways the camp recognized Kate's leadership.[11]

Charlie blabs to Locke.

  • Locke would have referred to Charlie as "Mr. Pace," familiarity that would have gone unexplained till Locke spoke to Charlie about Drive Shaft.[8] The conversation about the band would have gone into more technical detail about Charlie's bass playing.[12] The two would have had an additional scene examining wreckage near the caves, and Charlie would have told Locke about his experiences with the monster, the polar bear and the distress signal. The script would have explicitly described Locke as getting information by exploiting Charlie's weakness.[13]
  • Michael's monologue to Jin would have run longer. In addition to Jin's attack and having to raise Walt, Michael's list of misfortunes would have included Susan's death and the crash. In returning the watch, he would have emphasized that he was returning it to prove he wasn't a thief, not in response to Jin's attack.[14]
  • Jin and Sun had a scene in which Jin explained his reasoning for moving to the caves. Sun would have walked away from him, her first direct act of assertiveness. Jin would have apologized to Michael and then to Walt, and Michael would have taught him his first English word - "Sorry."[15]

Bloopers and continuity errors[]

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Michael's watch disappearing then reappearing.

  • The gold watch disappears from Michael's wrist when Jin is trying to drown him, but reappears after the fight.
    • During the same fight, a stuntman standing in for Daniel Dae Kim is noticeable in some shots.
  • The length of the chain that links the handcuffs originally worn by Kate appears longer when used on Jin, though they may simply be different handcuffs.
  • In the scene where Michael discovers Sun speaks English, he is shown from behind with his right arm raised and the axe in his left hand. In the next shot, the axe is in his right hand and his left arm is raised. However, the watch is on his right wrist for both shots, meaning that it wasn't simply a mirror image.
  • At the airport when Jin shows Sun the flower, a man in a red shirt is standing in the background out of focus. In the next shot he walks past Sun before returning behind Jin in the following shot.
  • Jack's tattoo appears on both his right and left arm during the montage at the end of the episode, due to the episode using a mirror image for one of the shots.
  • In the opening credits, while 'Evangeline Lilly' is displayed, Kate is walking with Charlie directly behind her, but in the next cut Charlie is walking several paces with no one in-front of him, as Kate has jumped ahead.
  • In the flashback where Jin and Sun reconcile when he shows her a flower and she joins the queue, the woman behind Sun clearly looks straight at the camera 5 different times.


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Main article: Musical themes

For this episode, Michael Giacchino used an Asian-flavored theme for Jin's violent behavior that can sometimes sound beautiful but also dangerous. A separate theme for Sun and Jin plays often during the episode and can be heard on the Season 1 Soundtrack during the cue "Departing Sun".


Recurring themes[]

  • Sun's left eye was shown at the start of the episode. (Eyes)
  • Jin gave Sun a puppy. (Animals)
  • Charlie was attacked by bees. (Animals)
  • Jack and Kate found both black and white stones on the dead bodies at the caves. (Black and white)
  • Jack was seen at the airport arguing as Jin and Sun waited in line. (Character connections)
  • Sun lied to Jin about planning to leave him, deceived all the survivors into thinking she could not speak English, and persuaded Michael to play along with Jin's question of honor regarding the watch. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Charlie gave Locke his drugs rather than wait until he naturally ran out of his stash. (Fate versus free will)
  • Jin was handcuffed to a piece of plane wreckage. (Imprisonment)
  • Charlie tells Locke that he hasn't played his guitar since "8 days and 11 hours ago, give or take." (The Numbers)
  • Sun is to meet a car waiting outside at 11:15. (The Numbers)
  • Sun continually made reference to her father being a stern man whom Jin could not possibly reason with. (Parent issues)
  • While Jin is washing off the blood on his hand, Sun repeatedly asks Jin what has happened but he doesn't answer. (Relationships)
  • Sun contemplated and indeed planned to leave Jin. (Relationships)
  • The survivors faced the choice of living on the beach in the hope of rescue, or moving to the caves for self-reliance. (Fate versus free will)
  • Charlie relinquished his heroin and looked up into the sky to find his precious guitar. (Salvation)
  • Sawyer refers to Sayid as both "Omar" and "Captain Falafel". (Nicknames)

Cultural references[]

  • Adam and Eve: Locke refers to the skeletons found in the cave as Adam and Eve. These were the first man and woman created by God, according to the Bible and the Koran. (Religion and ideologies)
  • "The House of the Rising Sun": The title of the episode is also a popular American folk song. The "house" in the song refers to either a brothel or a prison, and the lyrics are either from a female or male vantage point depending on the version of the song. The female version of the song tells the story of a woman who has been led astray by a rough sort of man, and she ends up working at a brothel. The male version tells the story of a man who suffers from the vices of gambling and drinking and ends up in a prison. In both versions, the narrator of the song is ultimately tied to the House of the Rising Sun, unable to leave it. Similarly, Sun was tied to her relationship with Jin and cannot leave him.
    • A lyric from the song reads:
One foot is on the platform
And the other one on the train.
I'm going back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain.
This lyric was echoed in Sun's actions at the end of the flashback. At the airport, she was prepared to flee ("One foot is on the platform / And the other one on the train"). But rather than abandoning her old life, she returned to it ("I'm going back... / To wear that ball and chain"). (Music)
  • Star Wars: When Kate asks Sawyer if he is going to the caves during their conversation, Sawyer delivers the line: "Well, that's the real trick, isn't it?" Han Solo, a commonly sited source of inspiration for the Sawyer character, delivers this exact line in Star Wars: A New Hope during the Cantina scene.
  • "Are You Sure?": at the end of the episode, Hurley is listening to this Willie Nelson song on his CD player. The chorus of this song repeats the question, "Are you sure this is where you want to be?", reflecting the survivors' choice of the beach or the caves, as well as Sun's feelings towards the status of she and Jin's relationship. (Music)

Literary techniques[]

  • Right after Jin attacked Michael, Sun's flashback starts with a scene of the watch on her wrist. Later it is revealed that Jin attacked Michael because of the watch he wears. (Foreshadowing)
  • Sayid says he will interview Sun about Jin's reasons for attacking Michael, foreshadowing the reveal that Sayid is an interrogator. Also, during the final scene, the lyrics to the song Hurley listens to says, "You have caused so many pain and misery," as the camera leads to Sayid, foreshadowing the reveal that Sayid has been a torturer. (Foreshadowing)
  • Michael says time doesn't matter on an island. (Foreshadowing)
  • It is revealed that Sun can speak very good English, despite speaking only in Korean since the crash. (Plot twist)

Storyline analysis[]

Episode connections[]

Episode references[]

  • Sayid asks Sawyer for the handcuffs he took from the Marshal. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Jack likens the mystery of the skeletons to that of the polar bear. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Jack talks about the caves and fresh water he found. ("White Rabbit")

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