"Pilot, Part 2" is the second of the two-part pilot episode of Lost. It was originally broadcast on September 29, 2004, one week after "Pilot, Part 1". The two parts re-aired together on October 2, 2004. A group of survivors attempt to broadcast a distress signal for help, while Jack tries to save a man who has been impaled by a piece of shrapnel from the plane. Flashbacks show the events just prior to the crash from the points of view of Kate and Charlie.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Trivia
- 3 Production notes
- 4 Analysis
- 5 Episode connections
- 6 External links
Previously on Lost
- Oceanic Flight 815 crashes on an island in the South Pacific. Jack, a doctor, runs among the post-crash chaos on the beach, helping a handful of survivors, including a pregnant woman. He asks Kate to stitch his wound as it is out of his reach and she reluctantly agrees, remarking that he "doesn't seem afraid at all." ("Pilot, Part 1")
- 48 survivors make camp on the beach. Shannon expresses hope that they will be rescued; Sayid, however, believes rescue should have already come. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Hope turns to fear when the camp is interrupted by loud and terrifying noises from the jungle, accompanied by the crashing of trees. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Jack, Kate, and Charlie venture out into the jungle in search of the cockpit and its transceiver. There, they find the pilot, who reveals they were 1000 miles off course at the time of the crash, marring hopes of rescue. Charlie acts strange when Kate finds him in the bathroom. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- The still-unseen monster rips the pilot from the cockpit and leaves his mangled remains suspended in the treetops. ("Pilot, Part 1")
Charlie notices Cindy and her fellow co-workers approaching him.
Charlie sits in his seat on Oceanic Flight 815, grimacing, sweating, and impatiently tapping his ring on his armrest. Cindy Chandler, a flight attendant, approaches him warily, asking him if he is okay. Trying to act calm, he politely tells her he's fine but becomes brusque when she presses him. She goes to the back of the plane and whispers to the other attendants about his behavior. Charlie becomes paranoid, glancing back repeatedly until he sees several flight attendants walking toward him. He flees his seat and rushes to the restroom, brushing past Jack and Rose and stepping over Boone and Shannon. The flight attendants pursue, but the captain turns on the "fasten seatbelts" sign, so Cindy stops her pursuit and alerts the passengers to fasten their seatbelts.
Charlie gets high in the bathroom of the plane.
Charlie finds a vacant restroom after several unsuccessful attempts. Once inside, he locks the door and removes his shoe, from which he takes a small bag of heroin. As soon as he ingests the heroin, a flight attendant knocks on the door and demands he come out. Charlie attempts to stall the attendant and drops his bag of heroin into the toilet. As his finger rests on the handle, about to flush the toilet, the plane experiences severe turbulence, slamming him into the ceiling of the bathroom. After escaping the bathroom, he is nearly hit by a refreshment cart. Frightened, he rushes to a seat several rows back and straps himself in as the plane crashes.
Mars taunts Kate about her captivity.
On Oceanic Flight 815, Kate sits next to Edward Mars. A flight attendant offers her more juice, but she declines while Mars asks the attendant for a black coffee. After the attendant leaves, Mars begins taunting Kate, sarcastically telling her to remain optimistic that someone might "believe her story." Kate sips on her juice, and it is revealed that she is wearing handcuffs.
The plane begins experiencing some slight turbulence, and Kate tells Mars that she has one favor to ask of him. Mars is interested to hear what her favor is, but before she can elaborate, the plane's turbulence worsens, causing several people to be flung into the plane's ceiling. Luggage falls and strikes Mars in the head, and he begins bleeding profusely and falls unconscious. Oxygen masks fall, and Kate attempts to grab hers, but she cannot reach it because of her handcuffs. She then reaches into Mars' pocket for the key to her handcuffs. She unlocks the handcuffs, straps a mask on herself, and after some deliberation straps a mask on Mars as well. She then sits back in panic as the plane's tail is ripped from the rest of the plane.
Jack, Kate, and Charlie trek back to the beach.
On the Island
Day 2 After the journey to the cockpit, Jack, Kate, and Charlie trek back across the Island to the beach. Jack is trying the transceiver while Charlie pesters him about whether it works. Kate asks Charlie what he was doing in the restroom of the plane while she and Jack found the pilot. Charlie replies that he was puking from the sight of the corpses, his "one tangible contribution to the trek." Charlie says that he is a coward, something that Kate reassures him he is not. Charlie's dark expression, however, indicates that he believes otherwise.
Shannon refuses to help the other survivors.
At the beach, Shannon sunbathes in her newly found bikini. Boone approaches, asking if Shannon wants to help the other survivors sort through the clothes. Shannon, confident that rescue will arrive soon, refuses to help. Boone walks away angrily. Claire, sitting a few feet away from Shannon, asks her if Boone is Shannon's boyfriend. Shannon tells Claire that he is her brother and refers to him sarcastically as "God's friggin' gift to humanity." Looking at Shannon's trim body, Claire says that she used to have a stomach, until her pregnancy, and reveals that she doesn't know the gender of her baby. She adds that she hasn't felt the baby move since the day of the crash.
Sun buttons the top button of her cardigan.
At the seashore, Sun silently watches Jin as he picks up shellfish from between some rocks. Their silent moment is soon interrupted by Michael, who is searching for his son, Walt. Sun speaks in Korean to Michael, presumably telling him that she and Jin do not speak English. Jin starts shouting at Sun, telling her to button her cardigan. She does so, and Michael apologizes for interrupting and continues searching for Walt.
Michael suddenly appears, berating Walt for wandering from the beach, though Walt thought that the small grove was close enough to the beach. Michael asserts his authority over Walt before noticing the pair of handcuffs in Walt's hand. Walt tells the anxious Michael that he found the handcuffs on the ground nearby. Michael, visibly nervous, leads Walt back to the beach while glancing around fearfully.
Michael scolds Walt for wandering off into the jungle.
A short while later, Sayid and Sawyer are brawling on the beach. Jack, arriving back from the jungle, rushes to separate the two, as does Michael. Sawyer, who had been informed by Michael about the handcuffs, immediately suspected that Sayid, a Middle Easterner, was responsible for crashing the plane. Sayid is livid at Sawyer's prejudice. Sawyer mentions that the guy sitting next to Sayid did not survive the crash, and also that Sayid was pulled out of line shortly before the plane was boarded. The fight is finally stopped by Kate, who changes the subject and asks if anyone can help repair the broken transceiver.
Sayid and Hurley introduce themselves.
Sayid volunteers to help, much to Sawyer's chagrin. Hurley tells Sawyer to calm down, and Sawyer responds by calling him "Lardo." Jack tells Sawyer to take a break and Sawyer says "Whatever you say, Doc, you're the hero." Boone asks Jack if there were any survivors at the cockpit, and Jack, lying, says that there weren't.
A little after the confrontation, Hurley visits Sayid as he works to fix the transceiver. The two discuss Sawyer's intolerance, and Sayid simply states that "some people have problems." They trade names with a handshake. When asked by Hurley how he became so skilled at repairing things, Sayid replied that he was a military communications officer in the Gulf War. Hurley wrongly assumes that Sayid fought for the Americans, and Sayid quietly corrects him and tells him that he was part of the Republican Guard.
Sun finds Kate bathing by the shore, and looks at her enviously.
Further down the shore, Kate is bathing in the sea when she notices Sun behind her, in awe of Kate's ability to show her skin. Sun speaks in Korean and points up the beach. Kate nods and with a half smile, Sun leaves. ♪ Kate has changed her clothes and approaches Sayid to check on the progress of the transceiver's repair. It seems fixed, but there is no reception, meaning it can't broadcast a message for rescue. Sayid explains that by heading up the mountains to higher ground, they might be able to acquire a signal. Kate visits Jack, who is struggling to save the life of Edward Mars from his shrapnel injuries. She tells him that she is going on a hike with Sayid, despite the fact that they both are aware of what lay waiting in the jungle. Kate is adamant, though, since the batteries on the transceiver won't last very long.
Michael attempts to raise Walt's spirits.
By the shore, Jin prepares the raw shellfish for the survivors, though not for his own wife. As he leaves her, Sun defiantly opens the top button on her blouse. Jin gives out the food, though Hurley laughingly declines. Further up the beach, Michael talks to Walt while he flips through a Spanish comic book. Michael's parenting skills are lacking, as he tactlessly says he'll buy Walt a new dog when they get home.
Charlie finds a private space and gets his heroin stash ready for a taste. The rest of the survivors are busy with different tasks. Jack enlists Hurley to search for antibiotics, and Boone sits with a crying Shannon after she sees the dead body of the crewman who refused to put her into first class, an action that saved her life. Boone gives her little sympathy, saying she has been useless, sitting around staring at the dead bodies.
Sawyer reads his letter.
After an argument, she defiantly proclaims that she is going on the hike with Kate and Sayid. Charlie also signs up upon hearing that Shannon is going, as does Boone, grudgingly. Further away, Sawyer reads a letter that's been tucked away in his pocket that seems to trouble him for a moment. He notices Kate and the team heading out in the distance and joins them on their difficult trek up the mountain. They scale the mountain. ♪
Down at the camp, Michael talks to Jack about Walt's missing dog, and Jack tells him that he saw a yellow Labrador in the jungle after the crash. Elsewhere, Walt approaches Locke, who tells him about backgammon, explaining that the game is over 5,000 years old, referring to it as a Mesopotamian Royal Game of Ur. Walt explains that he never actually knew Michael and is only in his care because his mom got sick and died just a couple of weeks earlier. Locke then ominously asks if Walt wants to know a secret.
Walt joins Locke, who plays backgammon by himself.
Jin continues to offer his fish samples to the survivors, this time to Claire, who says no at first but then reluctantly accepts. Immediately after eating the food, Claire jumps up in emotion, having felt her baby finally kick. She comments that "he kicked," and in analyzing her own words she says she believes that the baby is a boy. ♪
The group stand over a dead polar bear.
Kate's team argues about the right time to check the radio and risk completely wasting the battery. A roaring in the distance interrupts them. Kate realizes that it might be the same thing that killed the pilot. As the creature approaches, everyone runs, but Sawyer stands firm. In the last few moments, he pulls out a gun and fires almost a full clip of bullets. The group returns to discover that Sawyer has killed a polar bear. Kate questions where Sawyer got the gun, and he reveals that a US Marshal was on the plane, and he took the marshal's badge as well as his gun. Sayid then suggests that Sawyer was the prisoner all along. Kate manages to take the gun while Sawyer's back is turned. She asks how to use it, causing Sawyer to grin. Sayid instructs her on how to disassemble it. She then gives one part to each man, though Sawyer whispers to her that he "knows her type" as she passes him the ammunition.
On the beach, Hurley helps Jack tend to Mars, having found antibiotics from the plane. As Jack removes some shrapnel, Hurley faints at the sight of the blood. Then, as Jack stitches the wound, the pain causes Mars to regain consciousness. He grabs Jack's shirt, angrily asking, "Where is she?"
As Kate and the group head out, Sayid tries the radio and hears a conflicting transmission, meaning that there is another signal already broadcasting from nearby. He manages to tap into a French transmission, and Shannon, the only French speaker in the group, attempts to translate. She hears a distress message from a woman saying, "It killed them, it killed them all." Sayid also calculates, from the counter on the message loop, that the message has been playing for approximately 16 years. The group realizes that if the message is still playing, the call for help was probably never answered.
Shannon attempts to translate the French signal.
The situation is summed up by Charlie, who asks with a worried stare, "Guys...where are we?"
Charlie's size eight shoe.
- This episode's "Previously on Lost" was not built into the episode.
- Throughout "Pilot, Part 1" and "Pilot, Part 2", it is only shown what Jack, Charlie, Kate, Rose, Locke, Boone, Shannon, and Edward Mars were doing on the plane.
- If Sayid's estimation of the French transmission being on a loop for sixteen years and five months is correct, then the recording was most likely made in April 1988.
- J.J. Abrams won an Emmy for the directing of this episode.
- Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Jeffrey Lieber received an Emmy nomination for the writing of the episode.
- Sawyer can be heard using a non-Southern accent in some scenes. Josh Holloway masked his southern accent while filming the pilot. It wasn't until J.J. Abrams explained a couple of weeks into shooting he was hired for his southern accent that he stopped. Some of these scenes have been left in the episode. (Welcome to Oahu)
- When Sayid and Sawyer are fighting, Sayid says "Ibn Al-Kalb" to him. This is Arabic for "son of a dog." Sawyer's favorite expletive is "son of a bitch", which is a female dog.
- Charlie's shoe, a Vans classic checkerboard slip-on, is size eight and is made in China.
- Bolivian television channel PAT was the victim of a hoax when shots from this episode, specifically Kate's flashback of the crash, were broadcast as "the final moments of Air France Flight 447", which crashed in 2009 over the Atlantic. 
- This episode is rated TV-14-LV.
The fake stuffed polar bear originally used for visual effects in the pilot test screening looked ridiculous when freeze-framed.
- The scene where Sawyer shoots a polar bear became very problematic. The original test screening preview of the episode showed a stuffed bear that looked unrealistic when frozen in screen capture (image at right); this was later replaced with a much more realistic CGI animation. (Welcome to Oahu)
- The French transmission was dubbed in German for the French version of the series.
- This episode was originally supposed to open with the scene involving Shannon and Claire on the beach. The producers changed this, feeling it should open with the jungle story where the first part of the pilot ended. (Lost: The Complete First Season (DVD))
- An audio commentary by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk is available for this episode on the Season 1 DVD.
- Filming for this episode was wrapped on April 24, 2004, which was also Damon Lindelof's birthday. Six years later to the day, the series finale finished shooting. 
- Kate and Sayid: Sayid tells Kate that Charlie is telling of his experiences with the monster.
- The Climb: Charlie and Shannon talk during the transceiver mission.
- During Michael and Walt's scenes, Michael would have jokingly spoken in Spanish and asked Walt about school.
- Michael would have later found Vincent and returned him to Walt within the episode itself. In the same scene, Ed Mars would have told Jack about Kate's secret with his dying breath.
Bloopers and continuity errors
Sayid's overgrown fingernails.
- During the plane flashbacks, the audio of the voice of Cindy through the speakers say different words. In Jack's flashback, Cindy says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Pilot has switched on the fasten seatbelt signs." In Charlie's flashback, Cindy says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seatbelt signs." In Kate's flashback, Cindy says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has switched on the fasten seatbelt signs."
- When Cindy discusses the issue of Charlie with her co-workers, they are seen standing at the back of the plane, and the seating number on the luggage rack for the last row next to her is shown to be "22 HIJ". However, it should be "42 ABC" instead, as that side is for seats ABC, and the last row of the plane is row 42. On the other hand, row 22 is impossible to be the last row, since Jack is sitting in row 23, which is in the middle section.
- When Charlie realizes Cindy is discussing him with her co-workers, a woman sitting in the first row of the tail section is seen wearing a bracelet on her wrist, but seconds later when Charlie gets up from his seat, her bracelet is no where to be seen.
- Between Jack and Charlie's flashbacks, the order of Rose's "Guess he really had to go" line and Cindy's "Excuse me" doesn't match up.
- Both Sawyer's hair and Sayid's facial hair are noticeably longer in the final scene of the episode than it had been in previous scenes despite only being set a few hours apart.
- When Sayid shows Kate the receiver, the shot of his hand is shown to have overgrown fingernails. In the next shot, his nails are trimmed and cut. The person holding the receiver in the second shot was not Naveen, who kept his nails long at the time to play guitar.
- During the argument after the fight with Sayid, Sawyer's shirt sleeves change from rolled up to unrolled between shots.
The most notable new theme from this episode is the march-like second traveling theme that appears on the soundtrack as "Hollywood and Vines". Though this doesn't show up again for a while, composer Michael Giacchino later uses it extensively, particularly in season finales.
A theme that plays briefly later reappears to characterize Nikki and Paulo as the track "Sweet Exposé". The episode also introduces an action motif and a motif that later appears in the season 3 track "Fool Me Twice".
|Animals • Black and white • Character connections • Children • Coincidence • Death • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Economics • Electromagnetism • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Games • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Leadership • Life and death • Literary works • Mirrors • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Pairings • Parapsychology • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Psychology • Rain • Redemption • Relationships • Religion • Revenge • Salvation • Secrets|
- Charlie lies to Kate about going to the bathroom, saying he was getting sick and not recovering his heroin. (Deceptions and cons)
- Jack lies to Boone by saying there were no survivors at the cockpit. (Deceptions and cons)
- Charlie hides his heroin addiction. (Secrets)
- Charlie's shoe is a black-and-white checker pattern. (Black and white)
- Sun pretends to not understand English when Michael asks where Walt is. (Deceptions and cons) (Secrets)
- Locke asks Walt if he wants to know a secret, presumably about losing his paralysis. (Secrets)
- Kate lies about the fact that she was the Marshal's prisoner. (Secrets) (Deceptions and cons)
- Shannon tells Boone that the Oceanic employee who wouldn't let them in first class saved their lives. (Life and death)
- Shannon tries to prove her worth to Boone by joining Kate, Sayid, and Charlie on the hike. (Redemption)
- Sawyer shoots a polar bear. (Animals) (Life and death)
- Locke explains to Walt the game of backgammon and the opposing teams of dark and light. (Black and white) (Games)
- While Locke explains backgammon, the doubling cube shows a 4, which then changes to a 16 in the same scene. (The Numbers)
- Sawyer calls Hurley "Lardo", Jack "Doc", Shannon "Sweet Cheeks", and Sayid "Chief". Hurley calls Sawyer "Chain-smoking Jackass". Edward Mars calls the stewardess "Sweetheart". (Nicknames)
- Walt and Michael struggle with their relationship as father and son. (Parent issues)
- Claire initially worries that her baby has not kicked since before the crash. (Pregnancies)
- Jin is reluctant to feel the baby move in Claire's stomach. (Pregnancies)
- Kate pretends to not know how to use Sawyer's gun he took from the Marshal. (Deceptions and cons)
- The radio transmission heard by Sayid's group has been looping for 16 years and five months. (The Numbers) (Time)
- In Shannon's translation of the French woman's distress signal, she mentions, "...On the Island alone" and "They're dead...it killed them all." (Isolation) (Life and Death)
(direct references only)
|Art • Automobiles • Games • History • Literary works • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
- Green Lantern and Flash: Walt is reading a Spanish translation of Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends Part One that he found in the wreckage. (Books)
- Backgammon: Locke explains to Walt the rules and origin of this board game. (Games)
- Jesus Christ: Locke puts the age of backgammon (5000 years) into context for Walt, mentioning that it is older than Jesus Christ. (Religion and ideologies)
- Mesopotamia: Locke mentions that backgammon sets were found in the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia, widely considered the cradle of civilization. (History)
|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
- Walt finds handcuffs on the ground. (Foreshadowing)
- Walt is reading a comic book with a picture of a polar bear. (Foreshadowing)
- When the plane shakes for the second time, Shannon drops her inhaler. This would become problematic for the survivors later on. (Foreshadowing)
- The Black Rock is first mentioned in this episode on the French transmission, but Shannon does not pick up on it in her translation. (Foreshadowing)
- Kate says that she does not know how to use a gun, a reference to her bank robbery crime where she used the same lie. This would be revealed in "Whatever the Case May Be". (Foreshadowing)
- Charlie is shown to have a heroin addiction. (Plot twist)
- Sawyer is shown reading a letter. (Foreshadowing)
- The polar bear introduces an unexpected new element in the story. (Plot twist)
- The polar bear introduces the DHARMA Initiative plot line. (Foreshadowing)
- The French distress signal says, among other things: "I'm alone now. On the Island alone." (Regularly spoken phrases)
- The French woman heard on the distress signal would not be revealed until "Solitary". (Unseen character)
- Sawyer takes the Marshal's badge, which features a five-pointed star, just as his Dharma patch will appear when he is posing as LaFleur. (Foreshadowing)
- Locke tells Walt, "Two players, two sides. One is light. The other, dark." (Foreshadowing) (Symbolism)
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries • S-Missions|
- Sawyer and Sayid fight because Sawyer suspects Sayid of having crashed the plane. Later, they argue about checking the reception of the transceiver, and Sayid accuses Sawyer of being the prisoner on the plane. (Rivalries)
- Shannon and Boone have an argument. (Rivalries)
- Sawyer backs off his name-calling and acquiesces to Jack, calling him the "hero." (Leadership)
- Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Charlie, Shannon and Boone try to acquire a signal and send a transmission to the outside world. (A-missions)
- Kate is shown to have been the one in the handcuffs. (Crimes)
- Charlie reminds Jack that the pilot, just before being ripped from the cockpit, said no one would find them unless they get the transceiver working. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Kate asks Charlie what he was doing in the bathroom. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Charlie rushes past Jack and Rose on the plane, which is seen from his point of view. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Kate and Jack tell a group at the beach that they found the transceiver at the cockpit. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Jack tells Michael that he saw Walt's dog in the jungle the previous day. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- It is revealed Kate was rubbing her wrists when she was first seen by Jack because she was wearing handcuffs on the plane. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- The Register: Bolivian TV falls for Air France crash hoax Lester Haines; 06/29/2009
- Twitter: @DamonLindelof Damon Lindelof, 04/24/2010
- SpoilerTV.co.uk Pilot Script, Scene 112
- SpoilerTV.co.uk Pilot Script, Scene 143