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* Jack's jumpsuit's badge says 'Workman', while [[Roger]]'s said 'Work Man'.
 
* Jack's jumpsuit's badge says 'Workman', while [[Roger]]'s said 'Work Man'.
 
* After Christian Shephard shows Sun the photo of Jin in 1977, an obscured individual appears to be present in the fog entering the room. It is unclear if the individual is just a production assistant caught in the shot, or an actual character; similarly, it is unknown if the fog is intended to be related to the [[Monster]], which is heard as Sun and Frank enter the Barracks. It has been speculated by some that this is [[Claire]].
 
* After Christian Shephard shows Sun the photo of Jin in 1977, an obscured individual appears to be present in the fog entering the room. It is unclear if the individual is just a production assistant caught in the shot, or an actual character; similarly, it is unknown if the fog is intended to be related to the [[Monster]], which is heard as Sun and Frank enter the Barracks. It has been speculated by some that this is [[Claire]].
* In the scene where Juliet speaks with Amy about the baby's Name [[Ethan Rom]], Juliet is holding the baby, and then hands it over at Amy, the close up shows its a toy baby's face, then its fully covered in the blanket.
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* In the scene where Juliet speaks with Amy about the baby's Name [[Ethan Rom]], Juliet is holding the baby, and then hands it over to Amy, the close up shows its a fake baby (toy)'s face, then its fully covered in the blanket.
   
 
=== Recurring themes ===
 
=== Recurring themes ===

Revision as of 21:37, 19 March 2009

This article is about the episode. For the phrase, see Namaste (salutation).



"Namaste" is the ninth episode of Season 5 of Lost and the 92nd episode overall. It was originally broadcast on March 18, 2009. The return of his old friends to the Island forces Sawyer to struggle to keep his lie concealed.

Synopsis

On the Island

1977

Hurley, amazed that Sawyer is alive, greets him with a bear hug.

Jack, Kate, and Hurley greet Sawyer with excitement and hugs. When Hurley asks why they're wearing a DHARMA Initiative jumpsuit, Sawyer tells them that they are in 1977. Miles calls Jin on the walkie-talkie, asking where he is. Jin warns Sawyer that if he doesn’t report in soon a search party will be sent out and asks what they should do with the new arrivals. When Jack informs them that the others, including Sun were on the same plane, Jin immediately heads to the Flame saying Radzinsky would know if a plane had landed.

Back at the Barracks, Juliet asks Miles where Sawyer is. Looking on monitors in the security station, Miles sees Sawyer returning to his home. There, as Sawyer is gathering clothing to disguise the new arrivals, Juliet enters and asks him what is going on. He informs her that Jack, Kate, and Hurley have returned, and he is trying to figure a way to sneak them into the Barracks. Juliet then tells him that a submarine is scheduled to arrive that day.

Radzinsky, carefully building the geodesic dome of the Swan station's computer room.

At the Flame, Radzinsky is building a model of the Swan’s geodesic dome. Jin bursts in and begins checking instruments. Radzinsky warns Jin away, saying that only he is allowed to use these instruments. When Jin asks about a possible plane crash, Radzinsky expresses skepticism and refuses to help. However, when Jin physically threatens him, Radzinsky puts out a call to the other DHARMA stations to report in any sightings of a plane.

Juliet holds up baby Ethan.

Juliet then retrieves the submarine manifest from Amy who is relaxing with her new baby. Amy informs Juliet that two of the new recruits had dropped out at the last minute. Juliet inquires about the name of the baby, and Amy reveals that she and Horace plan to name their new baby Ethan. Afterwards Amy asks when Juliet and Jim are going to have a child; Juliet replies "I don't know. Timing's gotta be right."

Jin finds a possible Hostile to be Sayid.

At the Flame, Radzinsky informs Jin that he heard from the Looking Glass, the last station to report in, with no sighting of a plane. He tells Jin to go home, but before they can do anything an alarm sounds, indicating that a motion sensor has detected a Hostile within their perimeter. Jin races outside and into the tall grass surrounding the Flame. He sees someone moving and calls to them to stop. Getting closer he sees that it is Sayid. They greet each other happily and Jin asks about Sun’s whereabouts. All Sayid has time to do is tell Jin that he doesn’t know where Sun is before Radzinsky shows up. Jin is forced to pretend that Sayid is a Hostile and forces him to kneel at gunpoint, warning him that he will be killed if he says another word.

Sawyer drives Jack, Kate, and Hurley to the Processing Center. Along the way, Sawyer mentions that Daniel Faraday has told him certain theories on what actions are possible (or impossible) after having traveled through time; but also notes that Faraday is not there anymore.

Upon arrival at the Barracks, Sawyer informs them that they will be inducted into the DHARMA Initiative. At this point Miles arrives and informs Sawyer that Jin has a problem at the Flame. Calling Jin on the walkie talkie Sawyer discovers that Sayid has been captured and that Radzinsky is “taking care of it.”

Jack is assigned janitorial work by Pierre Chang.

At the Processing Center, Jack is being inducted by Pierre Chang. After asking him a few questions he gives Jack his new assignment, as a workman performing janitorial duties. Kate is questioned by Phil, who becomes suspicious when her name does not appear on the recruits list. Before he grows any more suspicious, Juliet appears with a new list which she claims to have gotten from Amy and which contains Kate’s information.

Meanwhile, at the Flame, Sawyer arrives to collect Sayid but discovers that Radzinsky is very suspicious of Sayid, who he believes might have seen the plans for the Swan. Sawyer collects Sayid, and takes him to the Barracks.

As the new recruits pose for a group photograph, Sawyer interrupts the ceremony, bringing a captive Sayid to the Barracks. Sawyer and Radzinsky usher Sayid into an underground holding cell.

A young Ben brings Sayid a sandwich.

That night, Jack goes to see Sawyer and is surprised to find Juliet at his house. After a heartfelt greeting, she shows him inside where Sawyer is sitting and reading a book. Jack asks him about Sayid, and Sawyer informs him that he’s thinking of a way to save him. After Jack complains that Sawyer had merely been reading, Sawyer responds that Jack "just reacted" as leader, instead of thinking things through and blames Jack for the deaths which had occurred under his leadership. Sawyer asserts that he is now the leader and sees Jack out. As Jack walks away, Sawyer exchanges a glance with Kate, who is standing on the porch of a nearby house.

At the holding cell, a polite young boy delivers a sandwich to Sayid. The boy asks Sayid if he is a hostile to which Sayid replies, "Do you think I am?" The two exchange names and the young boy introduces himself as Ben.


2008

The Island comes into view after the bright light.

Just before the crash of Ajira Airways Flight 316, the Oceanic Six contemplate their fate. In the cabin, the co-pilot tells Frank Lapidus that he recognized Hurley as one of the Oceanic Six, and marvels at Hurley's willingness to fly over the South Pacific again. Shortly afterward, the plane encounters heavy turbulence. Frank takes manual control and attempts to correct the course of the plane. There’s a flash of light and suddenly they find themselves at daylight in front of a grass-covered mountain.

Flight 316 lands on the Hydra Island's runway.

The plane begins giving them a stall warning. Frank tries to get the plane under control, but as they emerge from the clouds the Island looms in front of them. Fighting for control of the plane, Frank manages to miss hitting a hill. As he flies over the Island, the copilot sees what looks like a runway. Frank flies toward it and lands, but cannot stop the plane before the end of the runway. He blacks out, and upon awakening discovers his co-pilot has been killed, impaled by a tree branch.

In the plane's cabin, Caesar checks on Ilana, who has passed out. He wakes her and informs her of the crash. After noting that Sayid is gone, she gets up with Caesar’s help.

Frank attempts to take a leadership position among the survivors.

Frank then emerges from the cockpit to check on people. Sun calls to him and he goes to help her, asking where the other Oceanic Six members are. At this point, Ben informs them that "they are gone".

As Sun is staring out to sea, Ilana comes up and asks if she had lost someone in the plane crash. Sun replies that she was traveling alone. Frank then calls everyone together and informs them that his radio is not working, but that their best plan is to simply wait for rescue. At this point, Caesar asks where they are and expresses skepticism at Frank's claim that the Island is not on the maps. Caesar notes that there are buildings nearby and another Island visible across the water. On hearing this, Ben, who had been sitting near by, takes off into the jungle. Sun follows him, and when she catches him, Ben explains that he’s heading back to the main Island and invites Sun to come with him.

Ben is knocked-out by an oar-holding Sun.

Ben then informs Sun that he doesn’t know where Jin is but that the main Island is the logical place to start looking. He convinces Sun to come with him. At this point Frank emerges from the Jungle and warns Sun not to trust Ben. She argues that she has to, and the two of them follow Ben to where a trio of outriggers have been hidden. As Ben talks to Frank, Sun sneaks up behind him and knocks him out with a boat oar.

Christian Shephard shows Sun and Frank the DHARMA photo.

Frank and Sun arrive at the dock at night. Walking along the dock, they see debris scattered about and hear the monster rustling through the jungle near the end of the dock. Arriving at the Processing Center, they find the place disheveled and apparently deserted. The two hear the whispers, then a light goes on in one of the cabins. A door opens and a silhouetted figure greets them. He identifies himself as Christian, and when Sun asks about her husband, he tells them to follow him. Heading into the cabin, Christian locates a picture on the wall from 1977. When he shows it to Frank and Sun, they see their friends in a recruiting photo from the DHARMA Initiative. Christian says "I'm sorry, but you have a bit of a journey ahead of you."

Trivia

General

  • This is the first time Pierre Chang has been in a defined timeline or met any of the original survivors.
  • The song "Dharma Lady" by Geronimo Jackson can be heard playing when the picture of the new recruits is taken.
  • Although Ajira Airways Flight 316 travels through a time flash (going from night to day) just before landing, the plane and its remaining passengers are implied to still be in 2008 because a title card in the episode states that the 1977 scenes take place "Thirty Years Earlier".
  • As the plane's co-pilot issues a Mayday call, he picks up a transmission of a voice reading The Numbers. The origin of this transmission is a mystery, as DHARMA's original radio message was replaced by Rousseau's distress signal in 1988, and that broadcast was subsequently terminated in 2004 during the events of "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1".
  • Based on the DHARMA Initiative new recruit pictures, new recruits were still arriving on the Island in 1978.

Production notes


Bloopers and continuity errors

  • At the scene where Frank addresses the survivors at the beach, a redshirt (Jorge Garcia's girlfriend) is standing right behind Sun. The next scene she is far away from Sun, but in the next immediate scene when Sun follows Ben she is again standing behind Sun.
  • In the Barracks video that Jack and Kate watch while waiting to be processed, Pierre Chang is wearing a lab coat with a Swan logo, though it would seem that the Swan station has not been built yet.
  • Jack's jumpsuit's badge says 'Workman', while Roger's said 'Work Man'.
  • After Christian Shephard shows Sun the photo of Jin in 1977, an obscured individual appears to be present in the fog entering the room. It is unclear if the individual is just a production assistant caught in the shot, or an actual character; similarly, it is unknown if the fog is intended to be related to the Monster, which is heard as Sun and Frank enter the Barracks. It has been speculated by some that this is Claire.
  • In the scene where Juliet speaks with Amy about the baby's Name Ethan Rom, Juliet is holding the baby, and then hands it over to Amy, the close up shows its a fake baby (toy)'s face, then its fully covered in the blanket.

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 
  • Jack, Kate, and Hurley taking the DHARMA Initiative induction photo. (Foreshadowing)
  • There are several reversals of established character relationships. (Juxtaposition)
    • Sayid is now in captivity, and is visited by a free Ben.
      • Sayid claims to be a Hostile, but is not; Ben claimed not to be one, but was.
    • Sawyer is now the leader, whose actions are questioned by Jack.
    • Kate and Juliet are again in competition for the same man, but now Juliet has the upper hand in the relationship and Kate is looking in from the outside.
  • Jack laughs at the idea of him, a successful spinal surgeon, being assigned to janitorial work. (Irony)


Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalriesS-Missions


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: Namaste/Theories
  • After being overwritten by Danielle in 1988, why were the numbers still being broadcast from the radio tower in 2008?
  • Why was Christian in the Barracks?
  • Who is the person seen briefly behind Sun in the cabin?
  • What has happened at the Barracks since Locke and Sawyer left three years ago?
  • Why didn't all of the 316 passengers end up in the same year?
  • What is "the long journey" that Christian tells Sun she has ahead of her?
  • Where did Faraday go?
  • Why was Radzinsky overly-concerned about anyone seeing the Swan model and plans?
  • Why is Ethan's last name Rom and not Goodspeed?
  • Does Ben remember meeting Sayid, like Charlotte remembered meeting Faraday?
  • How did Ben know where the outriggers were?
  • When did the Others finish the Runway?
  • Did the Others know Hurley, Jack, and Kate were in the Dharma photo from 1977?
  • Why where the Dharma signs still up at the Barracks that Lapidus and Sun visited?
  • What was the Smoke Monster doing at the Barracks?
  • Why did the Smoke Monster let Sun & Lapidus go?

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