- Locke throws out a variation of his catchphrase: ”Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can’t do?” Unlike Jack, Locke seems to know a lost cause when he sees one. He wants Michael to come back, but is fully aware that he might not want to.
- Sawyer is on a quest for revenge. He’s still recovering from the gunshot wound Tom was responsible for, but he already wants to meet him again to return the favor. Jack thinks it’s payback for getting shot, which makes Sawyer’s one-liner in Through The Looking Glass all the more surprising:
Sawyer: That’s for taking the kid off the raft.
- Was Walt’s kidnapping what it was about all along? It’s been established that Sawyer has a soft spot for children (Confidence Man). He also tells Michael in Adrift that he was trying to save Walt when he got shot, rather than attempting to save himself.
- Jack has his own reasons for wanting to rescue Michael, and if he’s anything like he used to be in All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues, it has everything to do with the promise he couldn’t keep. The one where he told Michael to wait for the survivors to get ready, so they could all get Walt back together (The 23rd Psalm). Jack feels responsible, as he always does.
- Kate… Well, Kate is just being Kate. Following Jack and Sawyer around like a puppy. Like Jin, she doesn’t like to be told what to do. But it’s not just that: When Kate and Jack apologize to each other, it’s not just about the fact that Kate went against his orders (and nearly got herself killed in the process). It’s about the kiss.
- The band Geronimo Jackson is mentioned on the show for the first time. The band no one has ever heard about will be mentioned several times across all future seasons, or hidden in the background as an easter egg – not just on LOST, but on ‘sister show’ Once Upon A Time as well:
- Hurley and Charlie find the album Magna Carta in this episode, but neither of them have ever heard of the band. Neither has Sayid.
- In Further Instructions, undercover cop Eddie wore a Geronimo Jackson t-shirt. According to the commune leader from the episode, Eddie’s father had ”excellent taste” for buying it.
- Locke used to have a Geronimo Jackson poster inside his locker at school, as shown in Cabin Fever.
- A vinyl cover of the band can be seen next to the DJ at Hurley’s birthday party in There’s No Place Like Home.
- During one of her time-jumps in This Place Is Death, Charlotte says ”Turn it up! I love Geronimo Jackson!”.
- Rosie, one of the Dharma ladies, is seen wearing a Geronimo Jackson t-shirt in LaFleur.
- A Geronimo Jackson concert poster can be seen hanging in the background of the Dharma cafeteria in He’s Our You. The poster features the LOST Numbers 8, 15 (August 15), 16 and 23. Also featured are characters from Alice In Wonderland, which happens to be the base for Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis‘ future show, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland.
- The producers of the show have claimed numerous times that the band was real, but that they were very obscure, and that several band members have ”kind of gone missing”. Very convenient.
- A song by Geronimo Jackson, titled ”Dharma Lady”, was released on iTunes in 2009. The song was heard on the show two times, in 316 and Namaste. In real life, it was performed by The Donkeys, who wrote it as a variation on their song ”Excelsior Lady”.
- Locke decides to throw out another random question: What’s up with Sawyer’s name? The two men don’t know it yet, but their paths have been connected for a long time. The man Sawyer got his name from will turn out to be none other than John Locke’s father (The Brig).
- Another grand bit of foreshadowing is when Tom yells out for Alex. It’s the first confirmation that there’s a person named Alex living and breathing among the Others. We’ll find out in Maternity Leave that this ”Alex” is, indeed, Rousseau’s long-lost daughter.
- The hand we see does not actually belong to Alex. The real Alex asked Pickett to bring Kate to Tom, so she could ask Michael about Claire (Three Minutes).
- Jack didn’t want to hand guns to untrained survivors back in season 1, but when people start drawing lines, that translates to war in Jack’s mind. Wars require armies. This storyline doesn’t lead to much – the survivors aren’t interested in going to war. When Sun gets attacked in The Long Con, Ana-Lucia tells Jack that people are finally willing to act. Unfortunately, that’s the last we hear of it.
- When Ana-Lucia hears about Michael, she tells Jack there’s not much they can do about it. She’ll know, when he shoots her in cold blood to trade Henry Gale for his son.
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