"There's No Place Like Home, Part 1" is the twelfth episode of Season 4 of Lost and the first part of its 2-part, 3-hour season finale. It originally aired May 15, 2008.
At the beach
The survivors are busy discussing what to do following the discovery of the satellite phone dropped from the helicopter. Jack hands the satellite phone to Daniel, they listen to a conversation on the helicopter. They hear Keamy speaking to Frank Lapidus. Keamy orders Frank to land the helicopter, and Keamy tells his men, "Soon as we hit the ground, we deploy to the Orchid." Jack is determined to follow the helicopter because he thinks it is the ticket to rescue. Against the wishes of Juliet, who wants Jack to rest after his appendectomy, Jack asks Kate if she wants to track the helicopter. Jack and Kate run into the jungle after the signal of the phone.
Meanwhile, Dan searches through his journal for a page containing information about the Orchid and warns Charlotte that they must leave the Island immediately.
In the jungle
In the jungle, Kate notices Jack's wound is bleeding, but he insists that it is a normal part of the recovery phase. Suddenly, a noise is heard in the jungle and the two draw their weapons. Miles comes out of the bush, followed by Sawyer carrying Aaron. Kate and Sawyer exchanged uneasy stares before Kate asks where Claire is to which Sawyer replies that they lost her in the jungle, and even after a day's search, they could not find her. He informs them that The Barracks was attacked by the people from the freighter.
Jack wishes to continue into the jungle and tells Kate to take care of the baby and head back to the beach with Miles. Hesitantly, Sawyer catches up to Jack to help him. The two follow the signal on the satellite phone until the reach the helicopter where Frank is hand-cuffed.
Sawyer is uneasy about approaching Frank, but Jack assures him that he is trustworthy. The two proceed to find a way to un-cuff Frank who promises to fly them off the island as soon as they do. He lets them know that with the soldiers on the island, it is the last place they want to be and that the freighter is the safest place. He says the men are at The Orchid waiting to capture Ben and do terrible things to whoever is with him. Sawyer realizes that Hurley is with Ben, to Jack's frustration, and they decide they can not leave yet. The group continues into the jungle on a venture towards The Orchid.
After returning to the beach, Kate and Sayid, who has returned to the island on the Zodiac raft from the freighter, return to the jungle to hunt Jack and Sawyer's tracks. Instead, they find a different fresh set of tracks, and Sayid calls for whoever is following them to reveal themselves. Richard Alpert emerges from the jungle, and Kate and Sayid draw their guns and tell Richard to stand down. He asks them to calm down and continues moving towards them until a large group of Others come out of the bush and aim rifles at the pair. Richard disarms the two and brings them into his group.
At the beach
Sayid arrives at the beach and offers to ferry people, six at a time, back to the freighter. Kate comes out of the jungle with Aaron and tells Sayid what has happened with the helicopter and the sat-phone. Sayid wants to run off after them to warn them about the freighter mercenaries, so Daniel offers to ferry people to the boat in his place. Juliet says that Sun is pregnant, so should leave first. Kate wants to go with Sayid to help track Jack and Sawyer, so she gives Aaron to Sun. Sayid and Kate head off into the jungle and Daniel takes Sun, Jin, Aaron and three other survivors on the raft.
On the freighter
Daniel arrives on the raft with Jin, Sun, Aaron and three other survivors. Desmond helps them aboard and Daniel heads back to get more people to ferry. Michael arrives and informs Desmond that the engines are fixed. Desmond leaves.
In the bridge, Desmond has a crewman try the engine, which works. However, they can't move closer to the Island because of some RF interference which prevents them from being able to see the reef and that the RF interference is coming from the boat. Desmond says he'll find the source and shut it off.
Jin and Sun are talking to Michael who explains his situation. Sun is surprised to see him working for Ben and he replies that he's not working for Ben, he's trying to atone for what he did. Desmond bursts out of the ship calling for help. Michael, Jin and Sun (carrying Aaron) follow him, and he leads them to a room full of explosives. Jin tells Sun to leave and she heads above deck.
Traveling to the OrchidBen leads John and Hurley through the jungle. He explains that if, as Jacob told John, they need to move the Island, then there's only one place to do that: the Orchid station. Along the way, Ben stops at a rock formation and pulls out a hidden case. Inside is a signaling mirror, a DHARMA Initiative cracker tin and some binoculars. Locke gives the tin to Hurley, who opens it up and starts eating the crackers that are inside. Ben takes the mirror and uses it to reflect light in order to signal something to someone on a nearby cliff. The person on the cliff responds with more reflected light. Locke takes the binoculars and asks Ben what he said with the signal. Ben replies that it's personal before informing Hurley that the crackers he's eating are 15 years old.
Later, the three reach the Orchid, only to find that Keamy's team have made it there first. Ben gives Locke very specific instructions on what to do once inside the station, hands him his telescopic baton, then walks out into the open where Keamy's team can see him. Keamy comes out and Ben surrenders to him. Keamy holds a gun to Ben's head for a second, before knocking him unconscious.
Two pilots are at the helm of a transport plane. One chastises the other for clinging to his lucky charm; the one holding the rabbit's foot says he has to be extra vigilant considering the cargo they are carrying. Karen Decker, an Oceanic Airlines representative, is strapped into the jump seat immediately behind the pilots. The pilots tell Decker they're approaching the runway.
The Oceanic Six are aboard an US Coast Guard transport aircraft enroute to a military facility just west of Honolulu. Decker tells them that their families are waiting for them and that they don't have to speak to the press. Jack insists that they're alright with speaking to the press. The woman leaves and Jack tells the rest of the Six to stick to the story and if they don't have an answer to a question to just stay quiet and the press will assume that they're in shock. Sun replies that they are in shock.
The Six exit the back of the transport. Carmen and David Reyes, Mr. and Mrs. Paik, and Margo Shephard are all waiting for them. The three families are overjoyed to see each other. Sayid and Kate have no one greeting them. Hugo jumps back after hugging his mom hello and introduces Sayid, who gets the full family hug treatment. Kate just holds on tight to baby Aaron and looks around, alone.
Later, Oceanic Airlines holds a press conference with the Oceanic Six. Karen Decker presents the story of how the Oceanic Six survived, and then the Six take questions from the press. Jack is asked what it was like when the plane hit the water and responds by saying that it all happened very fast. He and a few others made it to one of the doors and got out of the plane, and stayed afloat using life jackets and seat cushions until the tide brought them ashore. Kate is asked what it was like giving birth to Aaron on the Island, to which she replies that it was terrifying. One reporter suggests that, for having been trapped on an Island for the amount of time that they were, they look in remarkable health. Hurley asks if that question is directed at him, and the reporter asks him what it will be like to get his money back. He says that he doesn't want it back. Another reporter asks Sun a question in Korean. Karen asks for a translation, and Sun translates the questions: whether was Jin one of the passengers who made it out of the plane. She responds that no, he died in the crash.
After the press conference, Karen tells Sayid that there's a woman outside who claims to know him: Noor Abed Jazeem. He heads outside, where he sees Nadia. They embrace.
Some time later, Sun goes to her father's office. When she arrives, two men are there explaining about an upsetting incident involving five different banks; he sends them away. Sun asks if anything is wrong and Mr. Paik replies that it's company business, and she wouldn't understand. She then accuses him of having hated Jin, and tells her father that she considers him to be one of the two people responsible for his death. She reveals that Oceanic Airlines has given her a significant settlement, which she has used to purchase a controlling interest in Paik Industries. She then tells her father that, once she has her baby, she has some plans for what direction to the company will be taking in the future.
Later, Hurley is shown walking through his house, which appears empty. However, he is startled when he sees a coconut on the ground and begins to hear whispers. He picks up a small statue of Jesus Christ to use as a weapon and slowly moves towards the voices. As he opens the door, the whispers are revealed to be a large group of friends and family surprising him with a birthday party. His mother scolds him for contemplating using the statue as a weapon. At the party, Sayid, Nadia, Kate, and Aaron are present. Kate mentions that Jack is running late. Hurley's father takes him aside to show him his birthday present, which is the Camaro they had worked on previously. He mentions that once he thought Hurley was dead, he began to finish working on the car as a tribute to his son. He gives Hurley the keys, which are on a rabbit-foot keychain. Hurley and his father enter the car to take it for a ride, but Hurley immediately notices the numbers in the odometer and trip counter. He immediately exits the car and is seen running down the street, away from the party in fear.
Ten months after the crash, Jack delivers a eulogy at his father's funeral. He expresses remorse over not having his body present, saying he loved his father. After the ceremony, Carole Littleton approaches him. She explains her story, revealing to Jack that Claire - whom she believes he never met - was his half-sister and was also on the plane. Carole then approaches Kate, complimenting Aaron, unaware that he's her grandson.
- "Membata" the name of the island Oceanic claimed the Six lived on, is Indonesian for "doubt" or "uncertainty".
- Sawyer refers to the Barracks as "New Otherton," the producers' nickname for the location.
- A Geronimo Jackson record jacket can be seen near the DJ at Hurley's party.
- The mirror Ben uses is called a heliograph, or signaling mirror. They were commonly used by military forces in the early half of the 20th century. They are still included in survival kits for emergency signaling to search and rescue aircraft.
- At Hurley's surprise birthday party, Sayid is seen sporting a wedding band, implying that he and Nadia have been married by this point.
- Claire does not appear in this episode.
- The Oceanic 6 were aboard a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Lockheed HC-130 search and rescue transport aircraft being flown by two USCG Lieutenants (O-3).
- The Lockheed HC-130 number 1717 was acquired by the USCG under an US Air Force (USAF) aircraft purchase contract addendum in 1986.
- The Oceanic 6 landed at Kalaeloa Airport, home of the Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Barbers Point, as indicated by the plane's markings and the distinctive air traffic control tower.
- The press conference was most likely held in the CGAS hangars.
- Several large sea turtles can be seen on the daytime beach shots.
- Carole Littleton is played by Susan Duerden in this episode. When she first appeared in "Par Avion", she was played by Arlene Newman-Van Asperen, since her part in that episode was that of an "extra" with no speaking lines.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- In the scene where Jack and Kate bump into Sawyer and Miles, Kate is seen talking to Jack with only Sawyer in the background. After a quick shot of Jack turning around, the camera returns to Kate which suddenly has Miles prominently in the background.
- The lower four numbers, "2342", should not have appeared, since the 1970-1972 Camaro lacked a trip meter. These did not appear on the dashboard instrument cluster until 1984.
- Hurley's father did work on the car and could have installed his own dash instrument panel.
|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|
- The Oceanic Six lie about what happened during and after the plane crash. (Deceptions and cons)
- According to the fabricated story, the Oceanic 6 found rescue on Day 108. Coincidentally, this falls on January 8, 2005, or 08-01-2005 - 815. (The Numbers)
- The sum of The Numbers are 108. (The Numbers)
- The numbers are on the odometer of Hurley's new car. (The Numbers)
- Hurley's dad blames it on coincidence. (Coincidences)
- Kate is questioned about her "pregnancy." (Pregnancy)
- Jin tells Sun "I told you I would get you off the island" while they are on the raft. (Salvation)
- Jack finds out that Claire was his half-sister. (Relationships) (Coincidences)
- Michael says that he wants to make up for what he did. (Redemption)
- There is a Jesus statue in Hurley's house. (Religion)
- Sun's father asks about her pregnancy. (Pregnancy)
- Ben is taken hostage by Keamy's team. (Imprisonment)
- Kate and Sayid are captured by the Others (Imprisonment)
- Sawyer refers to Miles as "Genghis". (Nicknames)
- Sawyer refers to Frank as "Shaggy". (Nicknames)
- Pilot of the Coast Guard plane rubs a rabbits foot. (Animals)
- Hurley's car keys have a rabbits foot on keyring. (Animals)
- There is a boy at Hurley's party with a shirt bearing the number 42 (The Numbers)
| Cultural references|
(direct references only)
|Art • Automobiles • Games • History • Literary works • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
- Hurley's dad gives him a Camaro. (Cars)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The episode's title, "There's no place like home," is a quote from L. Frank Baum's fantasy The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Near the end of the film, the song's melody plays in the underscore as Dorothy repeats the phrase that transports her back home to Kansas, mirroring the theme of this episode. (Movies) (Books)
|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
- The title of the episode foreshadows the return of the Oceanic 6, while juxtapositioning their bittersweet emotions. (Foreshadowing) (Juxtaposition)
- One of the USCG pilots is rubbing a white rabbit's foot, foreshadowing Hurley's encounter later in the episode with the same charm. (Foreshadowing)
- Before Hurley is aware of the surprise party, he hears whispers reminiscent of those on the Island that often foreshadow unfortunate situations. (Foreshadowing)
- Claire's mother compliments Kate about how cute Aaron is, unaware that Aaron is her grandson. (Irony)
- Six of the Losties arrive on the freighter looking for saftey, only to find it is rigged with explosives. (Irony)
- Sawyer yells at Jack telling him he doesn't get to "die alone". (Regularly spoken phrases)
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries • S-Missions|
- Jack and Kate go into the jungle after the chopper, then it's Jack and Sawyer, and later Kate and Sayid. (A-Missions)
- Faraday becomes a surprise leader by offering to take the Oceanic 815 Survivors to the freighter when Sayid has to go after Jack. (Leadership)
- Keamy subdues and assumingly captures Benjamin Linus. (F-Missions)
- Sawyer tells Jack that he "doesn't get to die alone." ("White Rabbit") ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")
- Hurley picks up food from Mr. Cluck's before his surprise party. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
- Jack mentions that Christian thought wakes were only good for free booze, similar to Boone. ("Abandoned")
- Ben tells Locke to take a hidden elevator in The Orchid hidden behind anthuriums, the same flowers the Yemi apparation appears in. ("The Cost of Living").
- One of the USCG pilots is rubbing a white rabbit's foot for luck. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
- Hugo's dad gives him the Chevy Camaro. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead") ("The Beginning of the End")
- The Lost have been lost for 108 days.
- Hugo picks up the Jesus statue. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
- Hugo reacts to the full set of Numbers on the odometer as he does when seeing them on the Hatch before it is blown. ("Exodus, Part 2")
- Carole Littleton reveals the truth about Claire. ("Par Avion")
- The Orchid Station logo in Faraday's journal is the same logo that Ben had on his parka. (The Shape of Things to Come)
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: There's No Place Like Home, Part 1/Theories
On the Island
- What is the nature of the Orchid station?
- What is Ben's plan?
- Who left the lock box that contains the crackers and the mirror?
- Who was Ben communicating to with the mirror and what did he say?
- How does Daniel know about the Orchid station?
- What is Richard's purpose for taking Kate and Sayid prisoner?
- Why were the Others wearing their "disguises"?
- How did Daniel know about the "Secondary Protocol"?
- How did Daniel already have the Orchid symbol in his notebook?
- How did Ben get his baton back from Locke?
- When Jack and Sawyer leave the helicopter, is Frank still handcuffed to it?
On the freighter
- Why is there a room filled with armed explosives?
- Who put it there?
- What is the trigger for their detonation?
- What is causing the interference on the freighter's reef monitor?
- What does Jin say to Sun as she walks out of the room with explosives?
After the rescue
- How much money did the Oceanic Six receive in their settlement?
- What plans, if any, does Sun have for her father's company?
- Who was the second of the two people Sun claims is responsible for Jin's death?
- It is mentioned that 8 initially survived the crash, who are the 2 (or 3 depending on how you count Aaron as a "crash survivor") that didn't make it?
- Does Hurley hear "the whispers" as he is walking through his house and mistakes them for the sounds of his surprise party guests?
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