"Man of Science, Man of Faith" is the Season 2 premiere of Lost, and the 26th episode of the series as a whole. With the Hatch now open, Kate and Locke ignore Jack's warnings and venture down the shaft without him.


Previously on Lost



Jack rushes to save Sarah.

Early in the morning, at St. Sebastian's hospital two victims of a head on collision are brought in. The female victim is first pushed through the ER on a stretcher with a piece of steering column sticking out of her chest. Jack walks in and the surgery immediately turns to action. The paramedic informs Jack what had happened; "Tire blew, car jumped the divider, went head on with an SUV". As Jack asks where the driver of the SUV is, a second stretcher containing Adam Rutherford is steered into the ER. Jack has to make a decision; operate on Adam or the woman? Jack focuses his attention on the woman and as he saves her life, Adam dies on the table with the time of death at 8:15am. The woman is saved and after Jack is about to leave the ER she mumbles. The interns question what she said and Jack informs them that "she said she has to dance at her wedding". Jack leaves and the woman continues to mumble the same words.


Christian tells Jack to give patients hope.

Later Jack returns to Sarah, the woman, she asks the fate of the man she hit, and Jack coldly tells her that "he died in the ER". Sarah begins to cry. She is confused as to why she can't feel anything and matter of factly, Jack tells Sarah the probability of her regaining her ability to walk is "extremely unlikely". Christian Shephard, the chief of surgery interrupt the two and calls his son over to have a word with him. Christian chastises Jack's inability to give good news to people, "people are more inclined to hear that one percent chance that everything is okay". Jack tells his father that he is not prepared to give patients any false hope.

Jack has a word with Sarah's fiance, Kevin and they discuss the future of Sarah. Sarah's fiance asks if the two will be able to ever make love. Jack informs him that Sarah may need professional care for the rest of her life of which Sarah's fiance doesn't take lightly.

Jack is getting prepped for Sarah's surgery when Sarah calls him over. Sarah informs Jack that she knows she's never going to dance anymore. She then jokingly reassures Jack that she may be able to roll around instead and then invites Jack to her wedding. Jack is taken aback by the sudden invite and tells Sarah he is going to fix her.


Jack meets Desmond for the first time.

Jack has finished the surgery and takes a jog in an empty stadium. He notices another man who is jogging up the staircase next to him. Jack tries to catch up to him but rolls his ankle as a result. The man comes to Jack's aid and introduces himself as Desmond. After taking a look at Jack's ankle, Desmond reveals that he was almost a doctor. After Desmond asks why Jack was "running like the devil was chasing him" he discusses Sarah's procedure and how he made a promise he couldn't keep. Desmond wonders out loud whether he actually did save her, but Jack tells Desmond that that'd be a miracle.

Jack talks to Sarah just before he discovers she can move.

Desmond leaves with a final bit of advice; "lift it up". He's referring to Jack's ankle.

Early, the next morning Jack is sitting next to the sleeping Sarah. She wakes up and asks whether she is alive or not. The two have a brief conversation which then leads to Jack delivering the devastating news; he wasn't able to fix her. Sarah asks if Jack is "yanking her chain" and asks why she can wiggle her toes if her bottom half is immobile. Jack starts to put pressure on her legs and asks if she can feel it. The emotions rise as Sarah gives confirmation that she can feel every pressure placed on her legs.

On the Island


The computer

The episode begins with a man rising from a bunk bed and entering "The Numbers" into an Apple II computer. He then gets dressed and begins his day, as the camera moves about the surrounding rooms, which contains an assortment of objects from the 1960s to the present. He puts on some music, and begins an exercise routine, has a shower, makes himself some breakfast, and injects himself with something from one of the shelves. He is then suddenly interrupted by what seems to be an explosion, and his whole home shakes, stopping the record player.


Jack and Locke look down into the Hatch

The man rushes to arm himself and uses some kind of security system which seems to be made up of a series of mirrors to look down a hallway. As his gaze reaches further and further through the complex, it continues up a shaft, that reaches high up, and eventually to the faces of Jack and Locke, who are peering down, sitting around the now-open hatch.

Jack expresses reservations about entering the shaft, noting that they should wait for the sun to come up before anything is done. Locke, on the other hand, feels that their entry should not be delayed, even after Kate points out that the back of the Hatch door reads "QUARANTINE". At the same time, at the caves, Shannon and Sayid search the jungle for Vincent, who has run off. The pair find the dog in a clearing, and attempt to catch him, but he runs off. The two are separated, and, while alone, Shannon hears the whispers of the jungle. Walt appears, dripping wet and speaking backwards he says, "Don't push the button. Button bad." When Sayid returns, he finds Shannon on the ground, but Walt has disappeared.


Kate disappears into a bright light

During the walk back from the Hatch, Hurley shares with Jack his story about the Numbers inscribed on the outside of the Hatch, but is disappointed by Jack's response. Upon reaching the caves, Jack explains the situation to the survivors, promising them they will be all right, as long as they stay together. No sooner does Jack finish this speech than Locke appears, carrying cable and saying he is going into the Hatch. Soon after, Kate follows behind him. While Locke is easing her down the shaft, Kate realizes that there is something in the Hatch, and in a sudden burst of light from within the Hatch, Kate mysteriously disappears.


Jack inside the Hatch

Back at the caves, Jack arms himself, deciding that he is going after Kate and Locke, and, upon reaching the Hatch, finds no one there. He rappels down the shaft to look for Kate and Locke, and finds a maze of passageways. He comes across a colorful mural painted on the wall, featuring the Numbers, including their sum, 108, prominently in the center of a sun. He also discovers a spot where the key to the Halliburton case (the "Gun Case") that he carries around his neck is pulled up, as if attracted by a strong magnetic force. Finally, after being surprised by a bright light and loud music (specifically, Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass),

Desmond holding up Locke at gun point

he enters what appears to be an underground geodesic dome, which contains an array of computer equipment from various decades, including an Apple II computer, its prompt glowing. As Jack is about to use it, Locke appears and tells him not to touch it. Jack raises the gun and asks, "Where's Kate?" Locke does not answer, as the resident of the Hatch has a gun pointed at the side of his head.

Back in the underground dome, Locke tells Jack to put the gun down. The gunman threatens that he will shoot Locke if Jack doesn't surrender. Jack refuses, instead taunting Locke about his destiny. Finally, the gunman steps out, and Jack recognizes him and says a single word: "You..."

It's Desmond.



  • During the opening scene, Jack and Locke can be seen in the lens of the telescopes and then in the reflection of the mirror before the big reveal of the camera panning around toward them.
  • When Kate is being lowered into the hatch she says "1, 2, 3, 4" and is cut off before 5. This is a reference to the story that Jack recited to her in "Pilot, Part 1". She also did so in that same episode when being chased by the smoke monster.
  • The Swan Mural was painted by episode-director Jack Bender.
  • The huge electromagnetic force in the Hatch is introduced when the key around Jack's neck is pulled toward it. (Electromagnetism)
  • Kate can be faintly heard yelling for Jack over the music as is shown in "Adrift".

Production notes

  • Michelle Rodriguez joins the cast as a regular in this episode as Ana Lucia.
  • This is the first appearance of Desmond, who is in 4 more episodes of the season before becoming a regular from season three on.
  • A deleted scene shows Sun talking to Shannon about seeing Walt in the jungle.
  • A deleted scene shows Charlie reminding Jack that Kate may have wanted him to tell her not to go into the jungle to Locke.
  • Malcolm David Kelley's name is restored to the main credits for his guest appearances this season as Walt.
  • With 23.47 million viewers, "Man of Science, Man of Faith" is the highest rated episode of Lost on ABC so far, which is 14.44 million viewers more than "He's Our You" which is the lowest rated episode of Lost so far.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • The set dressing of the Swan is somewhat different between the opening scene of this episode and subsequent appearances. This included things such as the computer being next to the bed, the type and placement of lamps, the style of record player and arrangement of records and the relative cleanliness of the living quarters. These discrepancies led some fans to conclude that there were two separate timelines. In reality the producers simply decided to dress the Swan differently between its first appearance and subsequent ones.
  • Desmond types in spaces between the numbers using the space bar at the beginning of this episode, but in the next episode when he directs Locke to enter the numbers, there is no space bar used (the computer automatically puts them in).
  • While Charlie is telling some survivors that nobody is coming to get them, one of the survivors looks briefly to the camera.
  • After Shannon claims to have seen Walt and heard "whispers", Charlie is adamant that there are no "Others." However, in the Season 1 episode "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues," it's Charlie himself who revealed that "all they wanted was Claire."

Recurring themes

Recurring themes
AnimalsBlack and whiteCharacter connectionsChildrenCoincidenceDeathDeceptions and consDreamsEconomicsElectromagnetismEyesFate versus free willGamesGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLeadershipLife and deathLiterary worksMirrorsMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersPairingsParapsychologyParent issuesPregnanciesPsychologyRainRedemptionRelationshipsReligionRevengeSalvationSecrets

Cultural references

Cultural references
(direct references only)
ArtAutomobilesGamesHistoryLiterary worksMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience

Literary techniques

Literary techniques
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash sidewaysFraming deviceRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • A man named Desmond was revealed to be living in the Hatch. The opening of the episode set up the audience to believe that the events shown (Desmond in the Hatch) were occurring in the past, off the island. (Plot twist)
  • Shannon sees Walt in the jungle, soaking wet and speaking backwards. (Plot twist)
  • Jack tried to fix Sarah, thought he had failed, and she was miraculously saved; on the Island, Jack risked his own life going back to the Hatch to save Kate and Locke, but found himself in over his head, when a man from his past miraculously turns up there. (Juxtaposition)
  • This episode shows us Jack's inability to just "let it go" and his urge to "fix" things. (Foreshadowing)
  • At the end of their conversation, Desmond says: "See you in another life, yeah?" (Regularly Spoken Phrases)

  • Desmond plays the song "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Cass Elliot when living in the hatch. This alludes to the fact that Desmond will be special and can see future events happening and that the rules don't apply to him. (Foreshadowing)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis
  • Jack and Locke's rivalry continues with Locke wanting to enter the Hatch and Jack disagreeing. (Rivalries)
  • Jack reasserts his leadership over the Losties when he returns from the Hatch, telling them everything's going to be alright. (Leadership)

Flashback timeline

  • Jack met Sarah and Desmond three years prior to the crash of Oceanic 815.
  • Jack and Sarah's wedding in "Do No Harm" took place two years after the events of Man of Science, Man of Faith.

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: Man of Science, Man of Faith/Theories
  • How is Walt able to appear to Shannon?

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