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"LA X, Parts 1 & 2" is the 1st episode of Season 6 of Lost and the 104th/105th produced hours of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on Feb 2, 2010.

Synopsis

Previously on Lost

At the Swan construction site in 1977, Jack awakens to find Kate pulling Sawyer away from the shaft that Juliet fell into. At the bottom, Juliet awakens, pinned beneath several tons of wreckage, and begins to cry. Seeing the Jughead core nearby, she grabs a rock and begins slamming it, yelling at it to go off. Finally, she appears to be successful, and a white flash envelops everything.

Flashsideways Timeline

(See Differences between flashsideways timeline and original timeline)

6x01RoseJack

Jack and Rose greet again near each-other on the plane.

Aboard a different Flight 815, a different Jack Shephard gazes out the window at passing clouds (the wing is not visible, unlike the first time). Similar to the experience from the first episode, Cindy, a flight attendant, asks him how the 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 (not 2 bottles, which occurred the first time).

Suddenly, the plane begins shaking, and the pilot announces that they're running into some turbulence ahead. Rose, the woman across the aisle, assures Jack that it's normal, and that her husband 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.

6x01Desplane

Desmond is on flight 815.

Jack gets up to go to the lavatory, and inspects himself carefully in the mirror, noticing a bleeding sore under his shirt collar. Going back to his seat, he meets a man named Desmond in the seat next to him. Both characters struggle to remember whether they have met before. The view then shifts out the window and down into the ocean, where the remains of the Island are shown, now completely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean and crusted over with sea life. Underwater, the DHARMA Barracks and Tawaret's four toed foot are visible.

Jack heads to the forward lavatory, where a U.S. Marshal waits for his "friend." Kate bursts out of the door and runs into Jack, apologizing before the Marshal hauls her back to her seat. Jack stares after them, fascinated by the woman.

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's. 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: he says he's the luckiest man alive.

Smiling, Sun gazes at Rose and Bernard a few rows ahead; she tells Jin that they look so happy together. In response, Jin reminds her to button the top of her sweater.

John Locke reads a safety brochure, leading Boone, sitting nearby, to say that it won't be any use if the plane goes down. John replies that a good pilot could negotiate a water landing, and the fuel tanks would keep survivors afloat until they were found. 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 that if the plane does crash, he'll stick with Locke.

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, they force open the door to find Charlie Pace, who is sitting unconscious on the toilet. Jack can tell that something is blocking his airway and cannot reach it, he then tries to use the pen in his pocket to perform a tracheotomy and 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 isn't happy when he realizes that his drugs have been found.

As Charlie is led in handcuffs to his seat, he angrily tells Jack that he was supposed to die. Jack returns to his seat, and notices that Desmond has gone missing. Rose and Bernard, having been asleep, don't know where he is, nor do they remember anyone sitting next to him. They buckle up as the plane begins its descent into Los Angeles. Sayid looks at a photo of Nadia, while Jin inspects the watch he is supposed to deliver. Finally, the plane touches down; police come to escort Charlie away, while the others gather their belongings and disembark. Jack and Locke are the last two passengers on the plane, and Jack watches as two airline employees bring a wheelchair onboard and lift an apparently paralyzed Locke into it.

After landing, Jack is paged to come to the Oceanic desk where he is told that Oceanic Airlines can not find his father's coffin that was checked in the cargo hold. Jack is clearly upset and is back and forth on the cell phone with his mother, who apparently has told Jack she had never wanted to hold the funeral that quickly (in two hours) and we hear Jack say he just wanted to get it over.

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, they lead Jin away for questioning. An attendant advises Sun that if she knows some English and can explain it would clear things up, but Sun feigns not to understand.

Jack meets Locke in a small office while waiting for news of the coffin. Locke's bag containing the knives was misplaced and he finishes up filling out the paperwork. 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 conditions and offers him a free consultation, gives him his business card and holds the door open for Locke to wheel out.

Meanwhile Kate talks the marshal into letting her go to the bathroom, where she attempts to pick the handcuffs with a pen, that she pickpocketed from Jack during their encounter outside the lavatory. When the marshal discovers the spring to the pen on the floor, he demands she come out and Kate shoves him down and he hits his head on the sink and passes out. Kate escapes with the marshall's gun, but is seen by ladies 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 Kate stole after knocking him unconscious. Two TSA employees come on the elevator and are alerted there's been a security issue. Sawyer presumes Kate is involved, and 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 the marshal's attacker. Kate sneaks into an employee's only area. From there, Kate runs outside and tries to get a cab. She is told by an angry Neil (Frogurt) that there is a line, and Kate gets in line behind Hurley. She eventually hops in the back of someone else's cab. When the cab driver says he already has a passenger, Kate pulls a gun on him and tells him to drive. Sitting beside Kate in the back seat of the cab is Claire.

At the Swan site

Following the incident, Jack drops the bomb into the hole, but nothing happens. Juliet's hand slips from Sawyer's and she falls down the hole and then detonates the bomb. Everything goes white.

Out of the white, Kate's eye opens. The sound is muffled, she falls, but grabs on. She's in a tree, and climbs back onto the tree. She yells and then shakes her head and messes with her ears. She climbs down out of the tree. She yells, "Hello?" and it echoes. She finds Miles. They trek back to the Hatch to find it completely obliterated, as it was after Desmond turned the fail-safe key in the season 2 finale. 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!". Kate tries to hold him back.

Hurley and Jin are 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 imforms Hurley he has just found a flashlight. He also adds that they must have time-traveled, as the experience was very similar. 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 the bomb had actually gone off. Juliet is suddenly heard screaming from underneath the amassed wreckage. The survivors attempt to move the wreckage, but there is a huge bar blocking the way. Sawyer orders Jin to return to the van in order to use it to lift the bar 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 (which he gave to Hurley in the previous episode) 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, whose last words are "I have to tell you something 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 he can help. 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 informs Sawyer that the news was "It worked".

The remainder of the group make their way to the Temple and enter via a hole at the base of the wall. Inside they find a skeleton missing an arm (one of Rousseau's companions) and take the skeleton's book/notebook. While making their way through the tunnels beneath the Temple, the survivors are captured one by one in the darkness by the Others. This group of Others take the captured group to the Temple proper, where they are introduced to Dogan, 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 Dogan orders them to be shot. Hurley quickly tells Dogan that Jacob sent him and told him to bring the guitar case. The guitar case is opened, revealing a large wooden ankh which Dogan promptly smashes. Inside the ankh is hidden a piece of paper, which must have the survivors names written on it, as Dogan asks for 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. After informing Jack that there are risks, Dogan orders his followers to submerge Sayid in the water. After several minutes, in which it appears that Sayid is revived but then drowned, the Others bring him out. Dogan announces to the shocked group that "your friend is dead". He leaves the survivors alone to mourn Sayid. Sawyer and Miles are also brought to the Temple at this point, after being caught in the jungle. Cindy enters along with Zach and Emma, the children from the tailsection, and asks them to give the survivors some food.

Hurley visits Dogan, 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 Dogan and Lennon who rush out of the room. The Others are suddenly panicked, and lay the black powder around the Temple as well setting off rocket flares, which are seen from the beach. They reveal that they are not keeping the survivors in, but rather keeping "him" out.

While trapped in the Temple, Lennon wants to speak with Jack in private but Jack argues and fights several of the Others, they suddenly stop and turn to see Sayid, sitting up and very much alive. He pauses, confused, and says "What happened?" (Notice that he spoke in an accent distinctly different from his own. It was closer to Jacobs voice.)

At the Statue

Inside the statue, Jacob's Nemesis (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. Jacob's Nemesis 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. Jacob's Nemesis states that it is between himself and Richard.

Meanwhile, outside, Ilana and Bram discuss entering the statue, Richard tells them firmly that they cannot see Jacob. Ilana replies that she and Bram where brought to the island by him. Ben comes out and is immediately set upon by Ilana and her men, after a brief discussion she orders her men to enter the room with Ben. Inside, the four men including Bram enter the room and point their guns at Jacob's Nemesis. They ask him where Jacob is, and upon informing them that Jacob is dead, they become enraged and fire several shots at Jacob's Nemesis. One shot appears to strike him, after which he disappears behind a column. As one of the men investigates the room, he finds the bullet that was thought to of hit Locke lying on the ground. Confused, he turns around, just as the Monster enters the room.

There is a brief fight, but the monster quickly overpowers the four men, killing them. Ben cowers in the corner before going to leave, however, Jacob's Nemesis (once again as Locke) reappears behind him and states that he is "Sorry that you had to see me like that," thus revealing the link between the Monster, Jacob's Nemesis, and the post-Ajira 316 Locke.

The flares from the Temple are seen from the beach as Ben and Nemesis leave the statue. Richard confronts them and Nemesis says that it is good to see "you without your chains". Richard is stunned and replies "You?!", Nemesis promptly knocks Richard out and hoists 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.


Trivia

General

  • Damon and Carlton promised that a new device would be introduced at Comic-Con. This appears to be the "flash sideways" (as Carlton Cuse calls them[1]) to a timeline where 815 never crashed introduced in this episode.
  • Cindy, Zach and Emma appear for the first time since the Season 3 episode "The Brig".
  • Claire appears for the first time outside of stock footage since Season 4's episode "There's No Place Like Home, Part 2", after a 17 episode absence.
  • The flashback "whoosh" is different this season. It is similar to the time flashes of season 5.
  • Unusually, there was no guest cast list given before the airing of the episode in the ABC press releases, to avoid spoiling the episode.
  • As of this episode, Jack and Kate are the only character to appear in every season premier of the series.
  • Sayid's passport, shown at LAX, is an Iranian passport instead of being Iraqi.
  • This is the second and only season premier to pick up directly where the previous season final left off, from someone else's POV, in this case Jack. The other being season 2, from Desmond's POV. Season 3, 4 and 5 all started out in a different time period.
  • Michael Dawson and Walt Lloyd are not shown--perhaps because they are not on the plane in this alternate timeline, or perhaps because both are one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Walt is 10 in 2004 so the role would have to be played by someone else since he would be 16 in 2010.
  • The first episode of season 1 and 6 starts from Jack's POV.
  • This is the first season premier since the Pilot where Jin actually appears with speaking lines. He did not appear in season 2,3 and 5's opening episodes, and had no lines in season 4's opener. Making him the only original cast member credited in all seasons to appear the least in season premiers.


Production notes

  • As of this episode, Jack and Kate are the only two characters to appear in every season premier of the series.
  • Emilie de Ravin rejoins the main cast. Nestor Carbonell, Jeff Fahey and Zuleikha Robinson are promoted to main cast. While Henry Ian Cusick was not named a member of the main cast prior to the episode's airing, he is credited with them.
  • This episode features three former regulars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Dominic Monaghan and Ian Somerhalder.
  • This is the first season premier since the series pilot episode where every main credited cast member appears.
    • This is the first season premiere since "Pilot, Part 1" to feature Jin in a speaking role.
  • Shannon is explained to not be on the plane by Boone. Originally, Shannon was set to make an appearance, but Maggie Grace was unable to film any scenes due to her busy schedule. Thus, the backstory was rewritten to accommodate this. [2]
  • Greg Grunberg is heard as pilot Seth Norris.
  • Ana-Lucia Cortez who was in the tail section was not shown to be on the flight.
  • This is the first episode to begin the opening credits with "An ABC STUDIOS PRODUCTION". This is now becoming a standard for all ABC shows.


Bloopers and continuity errors

  • 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 Sawyer finds Juliet at the Swan site, her hands move into various positions between shots, though she is obviously unconscious at the time.
  • The door to the stall Kate is in at LAX is the only stall with a hinge that allows the door to swing out (piano hinge along the outside)
  • The seat layout inside flight 815 is 3-4-3 and it is only available in B747 or A380. But when it lands on LAX, it is a twin engine plane which resembled a B777 or A330.
  • Sayid tells Hurley that he has tortured more people than he can remember. In the episode Enter 77, Sayid said that he can remember every face of every person he interrogated.
  • When Charlie is beign 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.
  • When Sayid is being taken down the steps in the temple to the water, a background extra removes the stretcher twice between the shots.

Recurring themes


Recurring themes
AnimalsBlack and whiteCharacter connectionsChildrenCoincidenceDeathDeceptions and consDreamsEconomicsElectromagnetismEyesFate versus free willGamesGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLeadershipLife and deathLiterary worksMirrorsMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersPairingsParapsychologyParent issuesPregnanciesPsychologyRainRedemptionRelationshipsReligionRevengeSalvationSecrets
  • Juliet dies. (Life and Death)
  • Sayid dies and comes back to life. (Life and Death) (Rebirth)
  • Kate cares for Sawyer. (Relationships)
  • Charlie nearly dies from choking (i.e. he could not breathe), but is revived. (Life and Death) (Irony)
  • 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)
  • Jacob's Nemesis is wearing a black shirt throughout the episode. (Black and White)
  • Kate comes across the corpse of Montand whose arm is missing. (Missing body parts)
  • Jacob's Nemesis speaks to Richard about being in chains. (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. (Secrets) (Religion)
  • The monster kills Ilana's group. (Life and Death)
  • When Desmond sits down next to Jack, row number 23 is visible behind him. (The Numbers)
  • Jacob's Nemesis says he wants to "go home." (Imprisonment)
  • When they enter the hole in the wall, they find a book on the dead french man's body. (Books)
  • In the alternate reality where Oceanic 815 does not crash, 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)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalriesS-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)
  • Jack's decision to drop the bomb is questioned, particularly by Sawyer, and even by himself. (Leadership)


Cultural references

Cultural references
(direct references only)
ArtAutomobilesGamesHistoryLiterary worksMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Earth X: The "X" in 'LA X' stands for an alternate reality. It's common use in comic books, Marvel Comics have an alternate history/timeline called "Earth X". (Books)
  • 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". (Books)
  • Fear and Trembling: The book encountered in the Temple is "Fear and Trembling" (original title: Frygt og Bæven), an influential philosophical work by Danish philosopher, theologian, and psychologist Søren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio (John the Silent). The title is a reference to a line from Philippians 2:12, "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." (Books)



Literary techniques

Literary techniques
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash sidewaysFraming deviceRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • In the alternate timeline, Boone tells Locke "If this thing goes down, I'm with you." In the alternate reality, this lead to his death. (Irony)
  • In the alternate timeline, Jack offers John Locke help with his disability and shakes his hand. (Irony)(Juxtaposition)
  • 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". (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 Jacob's nemesis. (Plot twist)
  • Sayid is revealed to have survived his treatment by the Others, despite the initial suggestion of his death. (Plot twist)


Episode references

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: LA X, Parts 1 & 2/Theories
  • Is the "Alt. reality" really an Alt. reality??
  • Why was Kate hanging from a tree directly after the bomb?
  • Why is the imploded Swan station still there?
  • How does Juliet know "it" worked?
  • Why is Jacob's nemesis disappointed with the Others?
  • How does Jacob know about Jin's meeting with the French team in 1988?
  • Why does Charlie try to kill himself?
    • Why does he think he was "supposed to die?"
  • To whom are the Temple Dwellers sending the signal?
    • What exactly do the flares signal?
  • Why do the Others think that Jacob's nemesis is coming to the Temple?
    • Why couldn't he enter the Temple while Jacob was alive?
  • What is the significance of the blood on Jack's neck in the plane bathroom?
  • Where is the coffin containing Christian Shephard?
  • What is the significance of the hand-carved ankh inside the guitar case?
    • How did Dogan know that the ankh contained a message?
    • What did the message say?
    • How did the translator know what Jacob's letter meant without looking at it?
  • What is the significance of the water in the Temple?
    • Why is it no longer clear?
    • Did the water not being clear have something to do with why Sayid died?
  • What are the "risks" that Dogan mentions?
  • Why do the Others wait for the hourglass to run out when holding Sayid under water?
  • What is the ash?
  • What is Miles contemplating when he looks at Sayid's body?
  • Where does Richard recognize Jacob's nemesis from?
    • When, where and why was Richard in chains?
  • Why does Jacob's nemesis want to go home?
    • What is "home?"
  • Where is Jacob's nemesis taking Richard?
  • How did Desmond end up on Flight 815, and where did he go?
  • Why didn't Jack remember Desmond inside Oceanic 815, whereas he did remember him instantly at [Swan|the Swan]] station?
  • What are the specific causes of the changes in the alternate reality?
    • Why is the Island underwater?
  • Why are the Others at the Temple in trouble if Sayid dies?
  • What exactly does Desmond really know?
  • How was Sayid resurrected?

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