Lost/Pilot (2)

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Pilot (2)
Season 1, Episode 2
Airdate September 29, 2004
Production Number 101
Written by Jeffrey Lieber,
J.J. Abrams,
Damon Lindelof
Directed by J.J. Abrams
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Pilot (2) is the second episode of the first season of Lost, and is the second episode overall.

Jack, along with fellow passengers Charlie and Kate, returns to the beach camp with the transceiver they've found. Sayid, a former military communications officer, gets the transceiver working but tells the others he can get better reception if they head to higher ground. When they get there, they pick up a mysterious broadcast, prompting Charlie to ask the question everybody has been thinking - "Where are we?"

Starring: Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Malcolm David Kelley (Walt), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Terry O'Quinn (Locke), Harold Perrineau, Jr. (Michael), Ian Somerhalder (Boone)

Guest Starring: Fredric Lane (Edward Mars), L. Scott Caldwell (Rose).

Co-Starring: Kimberley Joseph (Flight Attendant #1), Jon Dixon (Flight Attendant #2), Michelle Arthur (Flight Attendant #3).


Plot Overview

The Island

  • The survivors begin sorting through the wreckage. Jack, in particular, is concerned with finding medicine.
  • Tension builds around Sawyer as he accuses Sayid of having some involvement in the plane crash, and then calls Hurley "lardo."
  • Sayid fixes the transceiver that was recovered from the cockpit. He is unable to get a signal, and states that he would have better luck on higher ground. A party sets out.
  • The Korean couple, Jin and Sun Kwon prepare some raw fish for the castaways. This gift does not go over well with Hurley. Claire is more receptive, and feels her baby kick after eating a piece of the fish.
  • The Marshal, who was critically wounded, awakes while Jack is working on his wound. His only words are "Where is she?"

The Flashback

  • Flashback: Charlie

Charlie is onboard the flight, his hands jittering. He looks back and sees a flight attendant talking to two other attendants and looking at him. The flight attendants start moving his way and Charlie gets up and quickly makes his way down the aisle, passing Jack, ducking into business class row and passing Shannon and Boone, and locks himself in a bathroom near the front of the plane. He takes out a baggie of heroin from his shoe and takes a hit, while a flight attendant asks him to open the door. Charlie dumps the baggie into the toilet and prepares to flush it, but the plane shudders violently. He quickly leaves the bathroom, dodges a runaway cart, and buckles himself into a seat.

  • Flashback: Kate

Kate is onboard the flight next to the Marshal. She drinks some juice, revealing that her hands are handcuffed. The plane shudders violently and a large case falls out of an overhead compartment, hitting the Marshal in the head and knocking him out. The oxygen masks deploy, but Kate is unable to reach them because she's handcuffed. She gets the keys off the Marshal, uncuffs herself, and puts the oxygen mask on and puts one on for the Marshal. Three rows behind them, the aircraft splits in two and the tail section plummets.



  • What was on the piece of paper Sawyer was reading?
  • What is the "secret" that Locke told to Walt?
  • Why is there a polar bear on the island?
  • What favor was Kate going to ask of the Marshal?
  • Who was the Frenchwoman that recorded the distress call? Was she already rescued?


Arc Advancement


  • The transceiver picks up a message spoken in French that is being looped over and broadcast somewhere on the island. Sayid calculates the message has been looping for 16 years. The message was, as translated by Shannon, "I'm alone now. On the island alone. Please, someone, come. The others, they are dead. It killed them. It killed them all."


  • Sawyer comes off as the confrontational type in his interactions with the others.
  • Sayid demonstrates his knowledge of communications systems and firearms. We learn he served in the Republican Guard in Iraq.
  • Hurley faints at the sight of blood coming from the Marshal.
  • Kate is revealed to be the prisoner the Marshal was escorting.


  • Charlie's flashback coincides with Jack's flashback from the previous episode where Charlie bumps into Jack while heading for the restroom.


The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Walt: What is it, like checkers?
    Locke: Not really. It's a better game than checkers. Do you play checkers with your pop?
    Walt: No. I live in Australia with my mom.
    Locke: You have no accent.
    Walt: Yeah, I know, we move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago.
    Locke: You're having a bad month.
    Walt: I guess.
    Locke: Backgammon is the oldest game in the world. Archaeologists found sets when they excavated the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. Five thousand years old. That's older than Jesus Christ.
    Walt: Did they have dice and stuff?
    Locke: [nods] But their dice weren't made of plastic. Their dice were made of bones.
    Walt: Cool.
    Locke: Two players. Two sides. One is light. One is dark. Walt... do you wanna know a secret?
  • [After Sawyer shoots the polar bear]
    Kate: Where did that come from?
    Sawyer: Probably Bear Village, how the hell would I know?
  • Charlie: Guys, where are we?


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