Welcome back to LOST Observations! This week we focus on Ana-Lucia’s second and last centric episode, Two For The Road. This episode is famous for its major twist ending, but there’s plenty of other things to enjoy – for lack of a better word. Let’s have a look, and remember, you can scroll over the pictures for extended fun!
Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead.
“This is it.”
[tps_title]CHRISTIAN SHEPHARD (SERIOUSLY)[/tps_title]
- Ana-Lucia’s flashbacks in this episode are a direct continuation of her backstory revealed in Collision. They take place a day after Ana shot the man who had shot her, and Teresa Cortez – Ana’s mother – has no doubt that her daughter is responsible for his death. After all, Ana is the one who got him back on the streets. Oh, and she’s Ana.
- Teresa tells her daughter: “[If] you don’t want my help, you’re gonna have to get it from somewhere else!”… That somewhere turns out to be Australia, where most of the characters went for help to find what they had lost in life.
- Jack went to find his missing father. This episode reveals a lot about what happened to him.
- Hurley flew to Australia, looking for an explanation for the Numbers.
- Locke attempted to go on a Walkabout in Sydney – his “destiny”.
- Sayid went to Australia after being offered Nadia’s whereabouts.
- Charlie flew to his brother’s home to try to convince him to reform the band.
- Michael went to retrieve his lost son, Walt, after the latter’s mother had passed away.
- Boone tried to take his sister, Shannon, back home with him.
- Bernard took Rose to Australia in an attempt to save his wife’s life.
- Jin was told to start over with Sun in America after delivering Paik’s watches in Australia.
- The list goes on and on…
- Christian Shephard himself went to Australia to find something. His story is told in the first three seasons of the show, through the flashbacks of four of the show’s main characters: Jack, Sawyer, Ana-Lucia and Claire.
- Like Locke, Christian was a believer in destiny, and his body was used on the island by the Man In Black. He, too, was a man who wanted to help others out, believing it was his “destiny” to do so. His alcohol problem was the thing that held him back, until it eventually killed him. In the end, he may unintentionally have caused more damage to others than he had repaired.
- In the series finale of the show, Christian himself is the last thing to be “found” in the flashsideways by Jack. He guides the survivors to the next stage of the afterlife, “helping them out” as he was destined to do.
- Ana-Lucia meets Christian in a bar at the airport – exactly how she will later meet Jack at the Sydney Airport (see image at the top of the page)! She orders a tequila and tonic in both scenes. In the scene from Exodus, Jack told Ana about his father’s death because she overheard him talking (read: yelling) about it at the gate. This was shown in a flashback scene from White Rabbit.
- Ana-Lucia is inserted into the scene in this episode. Just so you know she was definitely there. This episode reveals that the call Ana got in Exodus was from her mother. Jack’s speech made her think of her own parental issues.
- Christian also met Sawyer in a bar (Outlaws). It’s a Shephard thing. He may or may not have met Claire’s mother the same way!
Christian: “You are here, too. You are suffering. But, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s fate. Some people are just supposed to suffer. That’s why the Red Sox will never win the damn series.” (Outlaws)
- Christian decides to call Ana-Lucia “Sarah” – the name of Jack’s ex-wife. It’s revealed in A Tale Of Two Cities that Jack at one point believed Christian was having a relationship with Sarah. It then turned out Christian was simply helping Sarah deal with Jack’s anger management problems.
- Ana-Lucia, probably thinking the name “Christian Shephard” is too on-the-nose, calls her travelling companion “Tom”, which was the name of the love of Kate’s life (Born To Run). It’s also the name of a certain bearded Other on the island, and the name of Claire’s boyfriend (Thomas).
- It’s revealed that Christian went to Australia to visit a blond, Australian woman – presumably, the mother of a younger, blond Australian woman. It’s confirmed in Par Avion that Christian is, indeed, the father who abandoned Claire in her youth, and was mentioned back in Raised By Another as the man who used to sing “Catch A Falling Star” to her.
- After believing that he’s lost Jack, visiting Claire is the only option Christian sees left. When he doesn’t get permission to see her, he drinks himself to death in the bar where he meets Sawyer – but not before inspiring Sawyer to not “end up like [him]”.
- Jack once mentioned that Christian would know a thing about crossing a certain line, romance-wise (The Hunting Party).
- The woman Christian visits turns out to be Claire’s aunt (Par Avion).
Christian: “Careful. There’s a line, son. You know it’s there. And pretending it’s not — that would be a mistake. “
Rose: “Guess you would know.”
Christian: “It may be okay for some people, Jack, but not for you.” (The Hunting Party)
- The song playing on the radio is “Walkin’ After Midnight” – a song by Patsy Cline. It seems to be another reference to Kate, who’s seen playing the song in What Kate Did and Left Behind.
I go out walking after midnight
Out in the moonlight just like we used to do
I’m always walking after midnight searching for you
I walk for miles along the highway
Well that’s just my way of saying I love you (Walkin’ After Midnight)
- Ana pushes Christian against the wall, saying “What the hell is wrong with you?!”. She did the exact same thing with Sayid in Dave, after he’d attempted to shoot Henry.
- Lindsey Littleton shouts: “You need help!”. It’s the same thing Teresa told her daughter before she left for Sydney. Christian also picks up on the fact when he first meets her at the airport; “You do need help, right?”
- When Christian opens the car door and hits Sawyer, the latter is clearly not in a good mood. That’s probably because he just paid (or is about to pay) a visit to Frank Duckett, whom he believes to be responsible for the death of his parents (Outlaws).
- Ana-Lucia tells Christian that they have to go back – a suggestion made famous by Jack in the season 3 finale (Through The Looking Glass). Christian responds that “[He] can’t ever go back”. He walks off to the bar – fittingly called “The Last Call” – escaping from his life in his death.