"LA X, Parts 1 & 2" are the first and second episodes of Season 6 of Lost and the 104th and 105th produced hours of the series as a whole. They were originally broadcast as a two-hour premiere on February 2, 2010. The aftermath from Juliet's detonation of the fission core is revealed. Meanwhile, the man impersonating John Locke reveals his true intentions.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Trivia
- 3 Production notes
- 4 Analysis
- 5 Episode connections
- 6 Unanswered questions
- 7 References
Previously on Lost
- In 1867, before the crash of the Black Rock, Jacob and the Man in Black talk at the Statue of Taweret.. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
- In 2007, within the statue ruins, the Man in Black, using the form of John Locke, tells Ben to kill Jacob. Ben submits and stabs Jacob twice. Jacob's last words are "they're coming", and then the Man in Black kicks him onto the fire. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
- In 1977, Daniel Faraday tells Jack and Kate of his plan to stop the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 from ever happening by detonating Jughead at the construction site of the Swan. ("The Variable")
- Sayid is shot by Roger Linus. At the construction site, Jack drops Jughead down the shaft. Electromagnetic energy sucks everything metal down it. Chains wrap around Juliet, and despite Sawyer's efforts to save her, she falls. At the bottom of the pit, she picks up a rock and hits Jughead eight times before it detonates. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
On the Island
At the statue
Inside the statue, the Man in Black (as Locke) picks up the bloodied knife Ben had used to stab Jacob. He tears off a piece of fabric from the floor and uses it to clean the knife. He tells a visibly disturbed Ben that he can stop staring at the fire and that Jacob is gone. Ben asks why Jacob didn't fight back. The Man in Black replies that Jacob must have known he was beaten and asks Ben to go outside and tell Richard that he needs to talk to him. Ben inquires as to what they have to discuss. The Man in Black states that it is between himself and Richard. ♪
Meanwhile, outside, Ilana and Bram discuss entering the statue with Richard. Richard tells them firmly that they cannot go in and that only those summoned by Jacob may enter. Ilana replies that she and Bram were summoned to the island by Jacob, and thus should be allowed inside. Ben comes out of the statue and is immediately questioned by Ilana and Richard. When he informs Richard that Locke wants to speak with him, Richard becomes furious with Ben, and shoves him onto the beach next to Locke's corpse, revealing to Ben for the first time that Locke is indeed dead. ♪ Shortly after, Bram grabs Ben and hauls him back into the statue with him, despite Richard's protest. ♪
Inside the statue, Bram along with Burnette, Wolfe and Salinger, enter Jacob's chamber and point their guns at the Man in Black. Bram asks him where Jacob is, to which the Man in Black responds that Jacob is dead, and, as such, they are all now "free." Upon hearing this, Bram and his men become enraged and fire several shots at the Man in Black. One shot appears to strike him, after which he disappears behind a column. As Bram investigates the room, he finds the bullet that was thought to have hit the Man in Black lying on the ground. Confused, he turns around, just as the Monster enters the room.
There is a brief firefight, but the Monster quickly overpowers three of the four men, killing them. Bram produces a container of ash which he proceeds to hurriedly spread around himself in a circle. This circle protects Bram from the Monster's direct advances towards him, so the Monster dislodges a chunk of rock from the statue interior, which knocks Bram out of the circle of ash. Bram, now vulnerable, is grabbed by the Monster and thrown through Jacob's loom where he is impaled on a piece of wood, and killed. ♪ During the entirety of the fight, Ben cowers in a corner, looking on in shock. At the conclusion of the fight, the Man in Black (once again as Locke) reappears behind Ben and states: "Sorry that you had to see me like that," thus definitively revealing the link between the Monster, the Man in Black, and post-Ajira Flight 316 Locke.
Ben, noticeably shocked, finally manages to ask the Man in Black, "what are you?" He only answers that he's not a "what" but a "who." ♪ The Man in Black then tells Ben that John Locke was very confused when Ben killed him and his last thought was "I don't understand." As Ben grapples with these revelations, the Man in Black goes on explaining how sad and pathetic Locke's life was. ♪ He continues that Locke's only redeeming virtue was to have been the only one of the Oceanic 815 survivors not to want to go back to their worthless pre-Island life, but rather to stay on the Island. He finishes his speech to Ben by reflecting on the irony of this situation, because unlike Locke, he wants to go "home." ♪
The flares from the Temple are seen from the beach as Ben and the Man in Black leave the statue. The remaining Others lift their guns to shoot at the Man in Black but are promptly halted by Richard from taking action. Richard confronts the Man in Black, who responds to Richard that "it's good to see you out of those chains." Richard is stunned and replies "You?!," indicating some familiarity with who the Man in Black is. The Man in Black responds "Me," and knocks Richard out, hoisting him onto his shoulder. He turns to the rest of the Others, including Sun and Frank, and shouts angrily that he is "very disappointed with all of you," before making his way past the real John Locke's body. ♪
At the Swan and the Temple
Out of the white, Kate's eye opens. Upon awakening, she nearly falls from the tree branch she's on, which is a considerable distance from the ground. She climbs back onto the branch. Her hearing is muffled. She yells and then shakes her head and messes with her ears but her hearing does not return. She climbs down out of the tree. The only sounds are those of her breathing, a high pitched ringing sound and her shuffling down the tree. She yells, "Hello?" and her hearing finally returns. She finds Miles who is also having trouble hearing, "I can't hear you! Are your ears ringing?" and he is talking louder than normal. Kate sees the broken airlock entrance to the Swan station but couldn't open it realizing they're back in 2007. They trek back to the Hatch to find it completely obliterated, as it was after Desmond turned the fail-safe key three years before - making it clear they are now in the present time. Kate sees both Jack and Sawyer lying in the grass. She chooses to go to Jack's aid. Jack shakes his head and wakes up. Sawyer kicks him and he falls down into the hatch hole. Kate climbs down into the hole and Sawyer yells at Jack, "You were wrong!", clearly furious the attempt to detonate the Jughead in 1977 only resulted in them returning to the present. Kate tries to hold him back.
Hurley and Jin wake up next to a DHARMA van with Sayid, who is bleeding from the bullet wound in his stomach. Jin steps out of the van. Hurley points out that the sky turned from day to night. Jin informs Hurley he has just found a flashlight. Jin explains that they must have time-traveled, as it was similar to his own previous experience. At the remains of the Swan Station, Jack concludes that the bomb must have gone off, but Sawyer yells back that they wouldn't still be here if a nuclear explosion had occurred. Juliet is suddenly heard screaming from underneath the amassed wreckage. The survivors attempt to move the wreckage, but there is an I-beam blocking the way. Sawyer orders Jin to return to the van in order to use it to lift the I-beam away. ♪ Meanwhile, at the van, Hurley is tending to Sayid when Jacob appears from the Jungle. ♪ He tells Hurley that he died an hour ago. Jacob then tells Hurley he needs to take Sayid and the guitar case he had given him previously to the Temple. ♪
Jin, together with Hurley and the injured Sayid, return to the Swan where they manage to remove the wreckage covering Juliet. ♪ Sawyer climbs into the hole beneath the wreckage and briefly talks to Juliet. ♪ Juliet mumbles something about getting coffee sometime and smiles as she says, "We can go dutch." She then seems to realize where she is, and her last words are "I have to tell you something; it's really really important." She then dies from her injuries. ♪♪
Sawyer vows to Kate that he will kill Jack for being responsible for her death. After tending to Sayid, Jack realizes that he will die, until Hurley tells them that Jacob told him that they can save Sayid by bringing him to the Temple. Jack asks, "Who's Jacob?", but Hurley responds that it's not iportant at that moment. The group leave for the Temple -- guided by Jin -- and leave Sawyer and Miles behind to bury Juliet. ♪ After she is buried, Sawyer orders Miles to communicate with her, in order to find out what important news she wanted to give him. After a brief commune with Juliet, Miles tells Sawyer her message: "It worked." ♪
The remainder of the group make their way to the Temple. ♪ The group enters the temple via a hole at the base of the wall. Inside they find a skeleton missing an arm (Montand) and take the skeleton's book, a French copy of Søren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. ♪ While making their way through the tunnels beneath the Temple, Kate and Jack hear whispers just before the entire group is captured by the Others. This group of Others takes the captured group to the Temple. ♪ There, they meet Dogen, the Japanese leader of this particular group, who talks through his interpreter Lennon. Cindy informs her fellow Others that Hurley and crew were on Oceanic 815, as she was. She doesn't seem at all flustered when Dogen orders them to be shot. Hurley quickly tells Dogen that Jacob sent him and told him to bring the guitar case. The guitar case is opened, revealing a large wooden ankh which Dogen promptly smashes. ♪ Hidden inside the ankh is a piece of paper. Dogen reads it and asks for each of their names. ♪ Hurley demands to know what the paper says and Lennon tells him that the Temple dwellers will all be in trouble if Sayid dies. ♪
The Others bring Sayid into the Temple, where a large spring bubbles in the center, Lennon comments that the spring is not running clearly. Dogen approaches the water, cuts his hand and then submerges it in the water, noting that the water did not heal it. ♪ After informing Jack that there are risks, Dogen orders his followers to submerge Sayid in the water and turns over an hourglass. As Sayid appears to be revived, Dogen refuses to allow his followers to lift Sayid out of the water until the timer is finished. It soon appears that Sayid is drowning. Jack protests but when he tries to stop them he is prevented. After the last sand grains fall, Sayid is lifted lifeless from the water. Dogen announces to the shocked group that "your friend is dead." Jack tried vainly to perform CPR. ♪ Dogen leaves the survivors alone to mourn Sayid. ♪ Later, Cindy enters along with Zack and Emma, the children from the tail section, bringing the survivors some food. Miles and an unconscious Sawyer are also brought to the Temple at this point, after being captured by Others in the jungle.
Hurley visits Dogen, where it is revealed that he understands English, but refuses to speak it as he dislikes "the way it tastes on my tongue." After a brief conversation, Hurley reveals that Jacob is dead, which shocks Dogen and Lennon who rush out of the room. The two issue orders to the rest of the Others, who hurriedly pour lines of ash around the Temple, barricade the entrances, and launch a rocket flare. Lennon reveals that they are not keeping the survivors in, but rather keeping "him" out. ♪♪
While waiting in the Temple spring room, Hurley and Miles sit near Sayid's body, as Hurley says goodbye to his friend. ♪ Sawyer awakens. ♪ He tells Kate that he doesn't plan to kill Jack, because "he deserves to suffer on this rock just like the rest of us." ♪♪♪ Lennon enters and asks to speak with Jack in private, but Jack argues and scuffles with several of the Others. The fight is interrupted when all present are shocked to see Sayid sit up, very much alive. He pauses, confused, and asks, "What happened?"
(See Timeline differences)
Aboard Oceanic Flight 815, Jack gazes out the window at passing clouds. Cindy, a flight attendant, asks him how his drink is, then smiles when he admits it's not very strong. She gives him a small bottle of vodka and asks him to keep it between them.
Suddenly, the plane begins shaking, and the pilot announces they are running into some turbulence ahead. Rose, the woman across the aisle, assures Jack it's normal and jokes that her husband always says planes are meant to be in the air. They chat for a while before the turbulence worsens, and Jack grips the armrests with an expectant look. However, the plane passes through, and Bernard returns safely from the bathroom commenting "Remind me to hold it next time, will you. I almost died in the bathroom. Now I know how laundry feels in the dryer." Rose replies: "I missed you." Bernard responds, I missed you too, beautiful" and kisses her. ♪
Jack gets up to go to the lavatory, and inspects himself carefully in the mirror, noticing, to his confusion, a small bleeding cut on his neck. ♪ Going back to his seat, he meets a man named Desmond Hume, who switched to the seat next to him while Jack was in the bathroom. Jack struggles to remember whether they have met before, but neither can place it. The view then shifts out the window and down into the ocean, where the remains of the Island are shown, now submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. Underwater, the remains of the DHARMA Barracks and security fence are visible, and a DHARMA shark is seen swimming near Tawaret's four-toed foot, revealing the island's submergence. ♪
Jack heads to the forward lavatory, where Edward Mars waits for his "friend." Kate bursts out of the door and runs into Jack, apologizing and taking his pen before the Marshal hauls her back to her seat.
Kate receives her meal, but the Marshal won't allow her a knife or fork. Just then, Sawyer brushes past the Marshal, and Kate hides her hands under her tray table, presumably to conceal her handcuffed wrists. Sawyer shares a meaningful look with Kate before apologizing and moving on. Sawyer goes back to his seat, where Leslie Arzt is pestering Hurley to do an impression of a character in his Mr. Cluck's commercial. Arzt finds it hysterical, then asks how a guy like him came to own a major corporation like Mr Cluck. Hurley replies that he won the lottery and happens to like chicken, leading a downcast Arzt to quickly excuse himself. Sawyer warns Hurley not to share his lottery win with strangers, saying it will make them try to take advantage of him, but Hurley brushes it off: that can't happen, Hurley replies, because he's the "luckiest man alive."
John Locke reads a safety brochure, leading Boone, sitting nearby, to say it won't be any use if the plane goes down in the ocean. John replies a good pilot could negotiate a water landing, and the fuel tanks would keep the plane afloat until the survivors could get onto the life rafts. They strike up a conversation: Boone explains he was in Australia to get his sister out of a bad relationship, but she didn't want to come back with him. Locke says he went on a walkabout for ten days in the Australian outback, which greatly impresses Boone. Boone remarks if the plane does crash, he'll stick with Locke. Frogurt is sleeping in the seat next to Locke, between him and Boone. ♪
Cindy makes an announcement asking for any doctors on board to press their call buttons, and eventually comes over to ask Jack for help: one of the passengers has been in the lavatory for half an hour and is no longer responding to any knocks. With the help of Sayid and a flight attendant, they force open the door to find Charlie Pace sitting unconscious on the toilet. Jack can tell something is blocking his airway and cannot reach it. He tries to use the pen in his pocket to perform a tracheotomy but realizes it is mysteriously gone. After a few minutes, Jack and Sayid manage to clear his airway, which was blocked by a baggie of heroin, and revive him. However, he is very displeased with Jack when he discovers himself alive. ♪
As Charlie is led in handcuffs to his seat, he angrily tells Jack he was supposed to die. Jack returns to his seat, and notices Desmond is no longer sitting in his row. He asks Rose and Bernard where he is, but Rose simply responds that they were asleep. Captain Seth Norris announces that they are on final approach to Los Angeles and instructs passengers to buckle up, leading Rose to remark to Jack that they are almost home. Sayid looks at a photo of Nadia as other passengers move their seats upright and buckle their seat belts. The plane touches down and pulls safely into the gate. Once there, police come to escort Charlie away, Boone shakes hands with Locke before leaving, Rose and Bernard disembark very much happy as a couple, followed shortly by Sun and Jin whom both appear very unhappy. Kate leaves in handcuffs with Edward, leaving Jack and Locke are the last two passengers on the plane. Jack shares a nod with Locke before leaving, reminiscent of a similar nod they shared when boarding in Sydney. After Jack leaves the plane, two Oceanic employees bring a wheelchair onto the plane and push a still paralyzed Locke off the aircraft. ♪
At Los Angeles International Airport, Jack is paged to an Oceanic Airlines desk, where a company representative informs him that his father's coffin apparently was not put onto the plane in Sydney, and they are uncertain of its current location. Jack is highly upset at this development, complaining that the funeral is supposed to take place in two hours.
Jin and Sun attempt to go through customs and the officials are frustrated at their language barrier. They find the watch Jin is transporting, and, failing to understand it is a business gift, continue to search his bag. Finding a pouch containing stacks of undeclared cash, Agent Smalley leads Jin away for questioning. Agent Anne advises Sun (referring to her by her maiden name, Ms. Paik) that if she knows some English and can explain it would clear things up, but Sun appears not to understand. ♪
Meanwhile after clearing customs, Kate talks the marshal into letting her go to the bathroom, where she attempts to pick the handcuffs with the pen she pick-pocketed from Jack. ♪ When the marshal discovers the spring from the pen on the floor, he demands she come out and Kate shoves open the bathroom stall door, pushing him down and causing him to hit his head on the sink, knocking him unconscious.
Kate escapes with the marshal's gun and coat, but is seen by two women who enter the restroom and call for help as Kate tells them that he had tried to attack her. Kate runs into an elevator, and finds Sawyer inside. Sawyer notices her handcuffed wrists, despite Kate's attempt at concealment with the marshal's coat. Ganson and Calhoun, two TSA employees, come on the elevator and are alerted there's been a security issue. Sawyer correctly presumes Kate is involved. The next time the elevator opens, Sawyer holds the door and says "ladies first" so that Kate can get away before the TSA employees realize who they're looking for.
Once out of the elevator and in baggage claim, Kate notices airport employees looking for her. Kate sneaks into an employee's only area, which she uses to get outside without having to use the main doors. From there, Kate tries to get a cab, however, she is told by an angry Neil "Frogurt" there is a line, and so gets in line behind Hurley. When Edward Mars sights her, Kate hops in the back of an already occupied cab and demands the driver leave at gunpoint. Sitting beside Kate in the back seat of the cab is Claire.
In a small Oceanic Airlines office, Jack speaks back and forth on the cell phone with his mother, who apparently never wanted to hold the funeral directly after his body is transported safely. However, Jack says he just wanted to get it over with soon, and explains the rest of the situation to her. Jack meets Locke, who is finishing up filling out paperwork on his case of knives, which the airline has also misplaced. Jack tells Locke Oceanic lost his father because they can't locate his coffin. Locke tells Jack Oceanic has no idea where Jack's dad is; the airline lost his dad's body, not his dad. Seemingly grateful to hear this perception of the ordeal, Jack notices Locke's condition and asks him about it. "My condition is irreversible," Locke says. "Nothing is irreversible," Jack replies, demonstrating a noticeably different attitude than the Jack who boarded Oceanic 815 in the regular timeline. He offers him a free consultation, gives him his business card and holds the door open for Locke to wheel out. ♪
- Shortly before the camera reveals the foot of the Statue of Taweret underwater, there is a DHARMA logo visible on the tail of the shark that swims by.
- Claire, Shannon, Michael, Walt, Nikki, Paulo, Scott, Steve, Sullivan, and other characters from previous seasons known to be on board Oceanic 815 were not seen on the plane in the flash-sideways timeline. Boone speaks about Shannon and Claire is seen in the cab Kate hijacked at LAX. Claire's presence on the flight is implied in the next episode "What Kate Does", and finally confirmed in "The Candidate."
- Desmond is seen by Jack on the flight, but in the original timeline he was on the Island, working at the Swan Station. Desmond is wearing a wedding ring, though this is a continuity error since in "Happily Ever After" he was not wearing one.
- Ana Lucia, Eko and Libby, as well as Zack and Emma, who were all in the tail section, were not shown to be on the flight.
- When viewing the address shown on Jack's business card (8444 Wilshire Blvd) on , you can see a film crew. It is highly unlikely this is a Lost-related shoot.
- One of the Ankhs the four-toed statue was holding is now visible to its right, underwater.
- When Jack is successful in reviving Charlie on Flight 815, his first words are, "Am I alive?". This is the same message actor Dominic Monaghan had scrawled on his palm in black marker that he held up to the audience at Comic Con 2009.
- When Arzt asks Hurley to do the Australian accent from the commercial, this is a reference to the Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack commercial also shown at Comic Con 2009.
- The police code "341" heard in the elevator is "Discharging Firearms".
- The customs officer, Agent Anne, who asked Sun if she spoke English, referred to her as "Miss Paik" instead of "Mrs Kwon". It's not until "The Package" that it is revealed that Sun and Jin are indeed not married in the flash-sideways timeline.
- These episodes are Rated TV-14-LV.
- The episode aired on Groundhog Day.
- After Sayid supposedly drowns in the Temple water, Miles is seen looking at his body strangely, which Hurley takes note of. This is foreshadowing the fact that Sayid is not actually dead, since Miles was most likely wondering why he couldn't hear Sayid's last thoughts before drowning.
- This is the first episode to begin the opening credits with "An ABC STUDIOS PRODUCTION". This has since become a standard for all ABC shows.
- Unusually, there was no guest cast list given before the airing of the episode in the ABC press releases, to avoid spoiling the episode.
- The flash sideways "whoosh" is different from the previous flashback sound.
- This is the first season premiere in which all main cast members appear, since "Pilot, Part 1".
- Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) only appears in the first episode, while Emilie de Ravin (Claire) only appears in the second episode. Both of these appearances were only in the flash sideways. This dilemma left their characters' statuses unknown in the present timeline until "The Package" and "What Kate Does", respectively.
- Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) doesn't have any lines in the second episode.
- Matthew Fox (Jack) and Evangeline Lilly (Kate) are the only two actors to appear in every season premiere of the series.
- Emilie de Ravin (Claire) appears for the first time outside of stock footage since Season 4's episode "There's No Place Like Home, Part 3", after an 18-episode absence.
- Emilie de Ravin (Claire) rejoins the main cast. Recurring guest stars Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Jeff Fahey (Frank) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) are promoted to main cast.
- While Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) was not named a member of the main cast by ABC prior to the episode's airing, he is credited with them. He is credited during Part 2 in the separated episodes, making the situation non-episode specific and as peculiar as the case of Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro in Season 3 (or Jeremy Davies, Ken Leung and Rebecca Mader in Season 4), being deemed guest stars by ABC but regulars in the on-screen credits.
- Originally, Maggie Grace (Shannon) was set to make an appearance, but was unable to film any scenes due to her busy schedule. Thus, the backstory was rewritten to accommodate this. 
- This episode featured special appearances by former main cast members Elizabeth Mitchell, Dominic Monaghan and Ian Somerhalder.
- Like Cynthia Watros (in "Meet Kevin Johnson") and Malcolm David Kelley (in "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham") before them, they aren't credited as special guest stars.
- This is the only episode in which Juliet appears and is not credited as a regular.
- Boone Carlyle, Charlie Pace and Juliet Burke become the first, second and third former main characters to appear in Season 6.
- Kimberley Joseph (Cindy), Mickey Graue (Zack) and Kiersten Havelock (Emma) appear for the first time since the Season 3's "The Brig".
- Due to the nature of the timeline, many previously dead characters reappeared in the flash-sideways.
- Greg Grunberg is heard as pilot Seth Norris for the first time since "Confirmed Dead".
- Daniel Roebuck (Leslie Arzt) for the first time since Season 3's "Exposé".
- Sean Whalen (Neil "Frogurt") for the first time since Season 5's "The Lie".
- Fredric Lehne (Edward Mars) for the first time since Season 3's "Left Behind".
- Several background extras who played dead characters return as well, including Sean Douglas Hoban ("Doug"), Jim Mazzarella ("Jerome") and Chris Candella ("Craig"). Hurley and Rose appear to have the same characters next to them as in the original flight. "Tailie 16" appears on the flight, and Nancy appears in the airport.
- On versions of the episode where it is split into two parts (non-U.S.), three scenes are shortened for timing issues. These scenes are:
- When Ben is staring at the fire and Locke tells him to stop looking at it, since Jacob is gone, it jumps right to the part where John tells Ben to go get Richard.
- Where Ben is staring at Locke's corpse on the beach the scene starts with the part in which Bram drags him to to see Jacob.
- During the closing montage of Part 1, when the 815 passengers get off the plane, shots of Sawyer and Hurley exiting are removed.
- In addition, the background music is slightly sped up in this scene. In the version that originally aired (as well as the DVD version), Giacchino's score is timed to where a note on the piano is played precisely when Jack looks at Locke, as he's being helped into his wheelchair. In the since edited versions, including Netflix, the music and the on-screen action don't sync up.
- In addition, the opening scenes of Part 2 were moved around slightly. The flash-sideways where Jack is called away from the customs queue to the courtesy desk is moved later into the episode so that it does not appear in the teaser. This creates a continuity error with Kate's scene.
- An audio commentary for Part 1 by producers/writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse is available for this episode on the Season 6 DVD.
- According to the commentary, the scene when Sawyer and Juliet are under the wreckage of the Swan had to be filmed again. The original film was ruined, so Elizabeth Mitchell was asked to come back from Vancouver to film the scene a second time.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- When Jack walks to the plane's restroom, he passes a bulkhead wall with a call-button device visible on it. When he watches Kate and marshal Edward Mars return to their seats, they enter the same bulkhead row, but no call-button device is visible on the wall.
- Mars took a fork and knife away from Kate. Silverware would not be allowed on a plane after 9/11. Later on the plane, the stewardess says that there are no sharp items on the plane because of regulations.
- When Sayid is lowered into the spring, his bullet hole is gone.
- When Sayid is removed from the spring, his hair is soaking wet. Just a few seconds later, when he's being laid on the ground, his hair is much drier.
- When Sayid is being taken down the steps in the temple to the water, a background extra removes the stretcher twice between shots.
- When Sawyer finds Juliet at the Swan site, her hands move into various positions between shots, though she is obviously unconscious at the time.
- Oceanic 815 is supposed to be a Boeing 777. The approaching scene showed a correct 777, however:
- The sequence where you can see the landing gear on touch down shows four wheels on the main landing gear. A Boeing 777 has six wheels.
- The plane approaching the gate has four engines (you can see the engine shadows). The actual plane at the gate is an Airbus A340.
- When Charlie is being taken from the plane by policemen, he looks left to Jack and all the passengers are facing him. In the next image, Jack looks right, but all the passengers faced opposite.
- Jack is carrying one side of the stretcher up until the time when Kate moves out of sight under the Temple wall. When Jack becomes concerned for her, he grabs the flashlight from Hurley and goes after Kate. However, he may have set the stretcher down off screen, while the camera panned in the direction Kate went.
- When Hurley and the others enter the tunnel under the Temple, after Hurley says "this is gonna be awesome," a can of soda can be seen on a ledge behind Kate's torch.
- When Sawyer throws Miles over Juliet's grave to "talk to her," Miles' face is covered with dirt. In the next shot his face is clean.
- At 25:14 into "LA X, Part 1," when Hurley is backing up the DHARMA van to the hatch site, a Kino Flo Diva-Lite can be seen to the right of the van helping to light the scene.
- In countries outside of the US, where this episode is broadcast as two separate episodes (i.e. two lots of credits) a scene change creates a continuity error in Part 2. The flash-sideways where Jack is called away from the customs queue to the courtesy desk is moved later into the episode so that it does not appear in the teaser. This means that Kate's flash-sideways scene at the customs desk is shown first, and she escapes shortly after. However, in Jack's scene, Kate is still waiting in line with the Marshal and being directed to the desk, where her scene should continue from.
- In the airport bathroom scene where Kate kicks out the door to knock out the Marshal, you can see that the door to her stall has been modified so that the door opens outwards; however, in the next shot you will see that all the other doors in the washroom open the normal way, inwards.
- After Ben stabs Jacob in the season five finale "The Incident, Part 2" his shirt is covered in blood; yet in this episode, just minutes later, there are no blood stains on Ben's clothes.
- When Hurley yells at Jack as Sayid wakes up, one of the Others Jack is fighting immediately spins around to look at Sayid even though he would not have known right away why Hurley yelled.
- The imploded hatch is noticeably different to when it is first shown imploded in "Further Instructions".
- The exercise bike from the hatch can be seen as Sawyer is climbing down the hole to get Juliet. However, in previous episodes after the explosion of the hatch, the bike can be seen lying in the jungle.
- When Charlie is arrested after he says "You should have let that happen," and walks off to the right of Jack, and then he says "I was supposed to die," right back in front of Jack.
- Sayid is shown with an Iranian passport, even though he is Iraqi and he states so on the customs declaration form that is also shown. His date of birth is also given on the form as April 25, 1972, even though according to Sayid, he was 23 years old in 1990 during the Gulf War. It is conceivable he was traveling under a false passport, except he states his real name on the form.
- Sayid's customs form depicts the logo of the old United States Customs Service, which was replaced in March 2003 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The U.S. Customs and Border Projection uses the logo of its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security. Updated forms would have been used by September 2004.
The Season 6 soundtrack includes the following tracks from this episode:
- "A Sunken Feeling"
- "Heavy Metal Crew"
- "Doing Jacob's Work"
- "Smokey and the Bandits"
- "Temple and Spring"
- "Locke at It This Way"
- "Richard the Floored"
- "Coffin Calamity"
- "Lie Thou There"
- "Trouble Is My First Name"
- "Death Springs Eternal"
- "The Rockets' Red Glare"
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- Juliet dies. (Death)
- Sayid dies and comes back to life. (Life and death) (Resurrection)
- Kate cares for Sawyer. (Relationships)
- Charlie nearly dies from choking but is revived. (Life and death)
- Sawyer threatens to kill Jack. (Revenge)
- Sawyer calls Juliet "blondie." (Nicknames)
- Sawyer calls Cindy "Earhart" on the plane. (Nicknames)
- The scene with Kate on the tree opens with her eye. (Eyes)
- Sawyer tells Hurley he shouldn't tell people he won the lottery because people will take advantage of him. (Deceptions and cons)
- While the Man in Black talks with Ben, he leans forward into a shaft of light as he describes how sad John Locke's life was, leaning back into shadow as he declares he wants to go home. (Black and white)
- Kate comes across the corpse of Montand whose arm is missing. (Missing body parts)
- The Man in Black speaks to Richard about being freed from his chains and to Bram's group that they are free now that Jacob is dead. (Imprisonment)
- Charlie says that he was "supposed to die". (Fate versus free will)
- The secret hidden in the guitar case was an ankh which secretly contained a piece of paper. The ankh is a symbol of eternal life. (Secrets) (Religion) (Life and death)
- The monster kills Ilana's group. (Death)
- The Man in Black says he wants to "go home." (Imprisonment)
- In the flash sideways, many of the main characters past and present still make contact with each other. (Character connections)
- Jack's father's coffin was lost and never landed in Los Angeles. (Parent issues)
- Locke explains to Jack that his condition is irreversible. Jack responds that nothing is irreversible and offers him a free consultation. (Fate versus free will)
- Locke gives Boone a detailed description of a walkabout he never took. (Deceptions and cons)
- Kate steals a pen from Jack, with which she attempts to pick the lock on her handcuffs. (Deceptions and cons) (Imprisonment)
- Kate and Edward Mars go through security at LAX at a booth labeled 4F. (The Numbers)
- In the flash sideways, Jack looks into the plane's lavatory mirror, noticing a wound on his neck. (Mirrors)
- Agent Mars looks at himself in the mirror before Kate escapes. (Mirrors)
- Zack and Emma are seen at the Temple, as are two other unnamed children. (Children)
- Drowning is again associated with resurrection, as was seen previously in the Season 2 episode "?". (Life and death) (Resurrection)
- The Man in Black reveals to Ben that he is the Smoke Monster. (Secrets)
(direct references only)
|Art • Automobiles • Games • History • Literary works • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
- Earth X: "X" is commonly used in comic books including Marvel Comics which have an alternate history/timeline called "Earth X". DC Comics also had two parallel earths with similar names, Earth-X, introduced in 1936, and Jimmy Olsen's Earth-X, introduced in 1966. (Literary works)
- Haroun and the Sea of Stories: Desmond is reading this book by British Indian writer Salman Rushdie. "It is a phantasmagorical story set in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name". It is an allegorical story about a 10-year-old boy in an imaginary world called "Kahani" and his father is the story teller. After his mother leaves his father, the father is unable to tell stories anymore. There is a water genie who controls the Ocean of the Stream of Stories. Haroun is the Arabic for Aaron. (Literary works)
- Amelia Earhart: As Cindy rushes to the back of the plane with medical supplies for Charlie, Sawyer asks "What's goin' on back there, Earhart?" Amelia Earhart was the noted American aviation pioneer who went missing in 1937 during a circumnavigational flight of the globe over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. (History)
- Fear and Trembling: The book encountered in the Temple is this influential philosophical work (original title: Frygt og Bæven) by Danish philosopher, theologian, and psychologist Søren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio ("John the Silent"). In the book, through alternative re-tellings of the Biblical story of Abraham and the Binding of Isaac, Kierkegaard examines the role of faith and its relationship with morality and ethics. The title is a reference to a line from Philippians 2:12, "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." (Literary works)
- "Crocodile" Dundee: Boone compares Locke to the main character of this 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback. (Movies and TV)
- Kumbaya: As Sayid is taken out of the DHARMA van and Hurley takes the guitar case out, Miles asks: "Are we gonna sing 'Kumbaya' on the way?" "Kumbaya" is an African-American spiritual song from the 1930s that enjoyed newfound popularity during the folk revival of the 1960s and became a standard campfire song in nature-oriented organizations. More recently it is cited or alluded to in sarcastic or cynical ways. (Music)
- The X-Files: When Bernard returns from the lavatory, Rose flips over the fictional magazine she has been reading, Weekly Woodsman, to reveal an advertisement for Morley Cigarettes featuring the phrase, "The truth is out there..." accompanied by a picture of a UFO. The Smoking Man character notably smoked Morleys, and the phrase, along with a similar picture, was often seen on a poster hanging in Fox Mulder's office. (Movies and TV)
- Airplane!: In the audio commentary for this episode, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse point out that Kate being served lasagna on the plane is a reference to this movie. When the passengers begin to get food poisoning, they try to find out if the pilot ate chicken or fish. Leslie Nielsen's character Dr. Rumack says "Yes, I had the lasagna." (Movies and TV)
- Pool of Bethesda: The pool at the Temple bears a striking similarity to this pool in Jerusalem, commonly associated with healing. The name comes from the Hebrew beth hesda, meaning "house of mercy/grace". In both Hebrew and Aramaic, it can also mean either "shame" or "disgrace". (History)(Religion)
|Comparative: Irony • Juxtaposition • Foreshadowing Plotting: Cliffhanger • Plot twist Stock characters: Archetype • Redshirt • Unseen character|
Story: Flashbacks • Flash-forwards • Flash sideways • Framing device • Regularly spoken phrases • Symbolism • Unreliable narrator
- At Comic-Con 2009, Damon and Carlton promised that a new device would be introduced. This appears to be the "flash sideways" (as Carlton Cuse calls it) to a timeline where flight 815 never crashed, introduced in this episode. (Flash-sideways)
- In the flash-sideways timeline, Boone tells Locke "If this thing goes down, I'm with you." In the original timeline, this led to his death. (Irony)
- In the flash-sideways timeline, Jack offers John Locke help with his disability and shakes his hand. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
- In the flash sideways Jack notices a cut on his neck - a wound he will sustain on the Island in "The End". (Foreshadowing)
- On Flight 815, a calm Rose reassures a nervous Jack. Rose says "You can let go now," a substitute for the original "I'm letting you off the hook." (Irony)
- When Jack clears an unconscious Charlie's throat of drugs, Charlie asks "Am I alive?", to which Jack says "yes." Both are actually dead. (Irony)
- On the original Flight 815, it was Jack who reassured Rose that turbulence was normal. In the flash-sideways, their roles are reversed. (Juxtaposition)
- In the flash sideways, Hurley now has good luck as a result of winning the lottery. (Juxtaposition)
- On the flight, Sawyer, who is a conman in the original timeline, warns Hurley that people will take advantage of him if he tells them he won the lottery. (Irony)
- Ben was healed at the Temple after Sayid shot him. Now Sayid is healed in the pool after he has been shot by Ben's father. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
- Boone asks Locke if he's just "pulling his leg." Boone seems to be unaware that Locke cannot walk. Meanwhile, the injuries to Boone's leg, indirectly caused by Locke, contributed to Boone's death on the Island. (Irony)
- A character named Bram is killed by being impaled by wood, like how a vampire is killed by a stake. (Irony)
- "Locke" is revealed to be the Smoke Monster, who is one and the same with the Man in Black. (Plot twist)
- Ben and Richard claim that "dead is dead" on the Island and there's no coming back. Yet Sayid mysteriously manages to revive after being pronounced dead by both Dogen and Jack. (Irony)
- Sayid is revealed to have survived his treatment by the Others, despite the initial suggestion of his death. (Plot twist)
- In order to be brought to life, Sayid must be fully immersed in water in a scene that looks in some ways like a Christian baptism. Since water in baptism represents purification from sin, the dirty water might suggest that he hasn't been fully cured of what ails him. (Symbolism)
- In the flash sideways, during their conversation about Locke's condition, Jack's faith now seems to exceed Locke's. While alive, Locke was the "man of faith", while Jack was the "man of science". (Juxtaposition)
- The apparent motivation behind the Man in Black's actions is to go back "home". To do so, he took the guise of John Locke, who wanted to remain on the Island and never go back. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
- Hurley believes the deceased Jacob to be alive when he walks out of the jungle, whereas the last time they met he believed the still living Jacob to be dead. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
- Jacob confirms that Hurley does see and talk with the dead and that this ability is not related to any mental illness. (Irony)
- Bram stated earlier that he is in the team of winners to Miles. Ironically enough, he is now dead, and Miles, who was originally "playing for the wrong team" is alive. (Irony)
- Arzt tells Hurley "Oh. Good. Good for you." (Regularly spoken phrases)
- Richard says "You?!" upon seeing the MiB. (Regularly spoken phrases)
- Hurley says, "I like chicken," as one of his reasons for taking over Mr. Clucks. (Regularly spoken phrases)
- Kate hijacks Claire's taxi to run from Edward Mars. Their fate is left unresolved. (Cliffhanger)
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries • S-Missions|
- Kate attacks US Marshal Edward Mars. (Crimes)
- Sawyer blames Jack for the death of Juliet and threatens to kill him. (Rivalries)
- Charlie is arrested for bringing drugs on the plane. (Crimes)
- Jin is revealed to be smuggling undeclared money into the US for unknown purposes. (Crimes)
- Jack's decision to drop the bomb is questioned, particularly by Sawyer, and even by himself. (Leadership)
- Sawyer, Jack, Kate and Jin struggle to free Juliet from the wreckage of the Swan. (A-Missions)
- Jacob tells Hurley he needs to take Sayid to the Temple, which he does. (A-Missions)
- Locke tells Boone about his walkabout. ("Walkabout")
- Boone mentions Shannon's troubled relationship. ("Hearts and Minds")
- Jin is stopped at customs for carrying the watch and money that Mr. Paik gave him. ("...In Translation")
- Hurley tells Arzt he won the lottery. ("Numbers")
- In the scene where the Island is underwater, a shark with the DHARMA logo can be seen swimming past. ("Adrift")
- The hatch crater is revisited. ("Further Instructions") ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")
- Ash is used to provide protection against the smoke monster and was seen surrounding Jacob's cabin when approached by Ben and Locke, and the Ajira air group. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") ("The Incident, Part 1")
- Jacob references Jin's meeting at the Temple with the French team. ("This Place Is Death")
- The Man in Black references Ben killing Locke. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")
- Hurley sees the skeleton of Montand in the passageway below the Temple and asks why his arm is missing, to which Jin explains that it was ripped off by the black smoke. ("This Place Is Death")
- Frank tells Sun he was knocked out by Ilana, then taken to the cabin where it was burned. ("Dead Is Dead") ("The Incident, Part 1")
- Hurley gives the Others the guitar case he received from Jacob. ("The Incident, Part 2")
- The opening scene revisits the original flight of Oceanic 815, with a great many recurring elements. ("Pilot, Part 1") ("Pilot, Part 2")
- Kate is given a lasagna on Oceanic 815. Hurley gave Claire the same meal after the plane crashed. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Kate once again starts an episode hugging a tree branch. ("Whatever the Case May Be") ("What Kate Did")
- Sawyer, the newly-assumed leader, kicks Jack, the newly-assumed Man of Faith, in the left side of the head upon realizing that his plan to undo history did not work. Previously, Jack, the formerly-assumed leader, had punched Locke, the formerly-assumed Man of Faith, in the left side of the head after Locke tried to sabotage the group's effort in making contact with the freighter. ("The Beginning of the End")
- Jack resuscitates Charlie. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
- As with Charlie's resuscitation, Kate tries to stop him from performing CPR on Sayid. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
- When the Man in Black talks with Ben he tells him that the last thought John Locke had before being murdered was "I don't understand". This phrase is also the phrase John Locke repeatedly said when Boone revealed that the Beechcraft plane was involved with drug smuggling. ("Deus Ex Machina")
- When Sawyer climbs through the rubble of the Swan station, he pushes aside an exercise bike. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
- Arzt says "I'm walking here!", like Sawyer did in Australia. ("Two for the Road")
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: LA X, Parts 1 & 2/Theories
- Why is the Island underwater in the flash-sideways?
- Why is the water no longer clear in the Temple?
- Why is Man in Black disappointed with the Others?
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