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"Exodus" is the first season finale of the ABC television series Lost, consisting of the twenty-third through twenty-fifth episodes of the first season and the show overall. The episodes were directed by Jack Bender, and written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. "Part 1" first aired on May 18, 2005 and "Part 2" on May 25, 2005 as a double-length season finale on ABC. In the United Kingdom, the double-length "Part 2" was split in half, resulting in the last episode being called "Exodus: Part 3".

Danielle Rousseau (Mira Furlan) leads Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) and Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) to the mysterious Black Rock to get dynamite so they can blow open the hatch door. Meanwhile, Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau), his son Walt Lloyd (Malcolm David Kelley), James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) and Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) set sail on the raft they built in hope of finding rescue.

Plot

Part 1

Flashbacks

Several of the survivors are shown in the final hours before the flight. Early that morning, Walt Lloyd (Malcolm David Kelley) wakes up and turns on the TV. When an awakened Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) asks him to turn it off, Walt throws a tantrum and flees the room with his dog Vincent. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) converse with another passenger on his flight in the airport lounge, Ana Lucia Cortez (Michelle Rodriguez). James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) is told that he is being placed on Flight 815 because he is being deported by the Australian government. Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) is handcuffed and turned over to the Marshal (Fredric Lane)'s custody for the flight, and during a conversation with the customs guard, the Marshal reveals that he had baited Kate with Tom Brennan's toy airplane. When he denigrates Tom's memory, Kate attacks him, but is subdued. At the check-in, Shannon Rutherford (Maggie Grace) waits for Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder) to get them a first-class upgrade, when Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) asks her to watch his bag. She uninterestedly agrees, but when Boone returns without an upgrade, she carelessly leaves the bag. As Boone chastises her, she walks up to a security agent, telling them that "an Arab man" left his bag unattended. Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim) and Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) are eating in the airport cafe. Sun overhears insults from an American couple regarding Sun's apparent submissiveness to Jin and is forced to pretend that she does not understand their conversation.

On the Island

Early in the morning, Danielle Rousseau (Mira Furlan) arrives at the beach to warn the survivors that The Others are coming, and tells them more of her own story. She was pregnant when she came to the island sixteen years ago but the Others—their arrival heralded by a column of black smoke—came and kidnapped her baby, whom she has not seen since.

As the group resumes work on the raft, Walt notices a column of black smoke in the distance. The survivors then tell Rousseau about the hatch, and their need to open it, perhaps with dynamite. Rousseau offers to take them to a wooden shipwreck, the Black Rock, which is a British slaving ship that was found inland on the Island.

Jack runs into Sawyer in the jungle, and hands him a pistol with ammo "just in case." They share an awkward, distant goodbye. As Jack leaves, Sawyer stops him and tells him of the details of when he met a man named Christian (John Terry) (Jack's father) in a bar. He tells Jack what Christian said about his son, and Jack is visibly moved. Jack moves off into the jungle.

As Jack, Kate, John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) and Dr. Arzt (Daniel Roebuck) head toward the Black Rock, Arzt is chased by The Monster, which Rousseau says is a security system protecting the island.

As the raft prepares for launch, Sayid gives the team a radar emitter and flare gun, while Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) gathers messages from the remaining castaways to put in a bottle, and Walt leaves Vincent with Shannon. Sun says goodbye to Jin, handing him a notebook of English nautical terms. This encourages him to speak to her and they reconcile. He says that he will still go, but because he wants to rescue her from the island. After all the goodbyes, the raft team sets off, while in the distance, the column of smoke continues to rise.

Part 2

Flashbacks

Follows Sun's flashback from the previous episode, Jin goes to the bathroom, he encounters a casually dressed Caucasian man (John Walcutt) who reveals in Korean, that he works for Sun's father (Byron Chung), and knows that Jin was attempting to run away with Sun. He tells Jin to complete his delivery of a watch to Sun's father's friend in Californiamarker. In his hotel room, Charlie attempts to find the drugs and after recovering it a girl (Teresa Livingstone), whom he slept with asks if he has any left. He lies and says that he's out, but she realizes that he's lying and attacks him for the drugs. Michael and Walt await in the airport for their flight. Michael calls his mother, to whom he expresses his exasperation, and asks if she can take care of Walt, eventually even offering to pay her. Hurley's awakens late for his flight due to a short-circuit in the wall outlet that leaves his alarm clock without power. In a mad dash for the airport, he experiences several problems, including a flat tire and arriving at the domestic terminal rather than international; he manages to get to the terminal just as they are closing the gate. The boarding agent is able to get them to reopen the doors for him, and he hugs her. Airline staff tells Locke that the wheelchair that is normally used to load disabled passengers on to the plane is lost, and he must be carried on by two attendants. When he drops a pamphlet from his seat, he is unable to reach it, but struggles to maintain his dignity. The final flashback is a montage that shows the group of strangers boarding the plane. Claire struggles in the aisle to get to her seat. Kate is led in handcuffs onto the plane. Sawyer searches for his seat. Jack puts his luggage into the overhead compartment, with Locke watching right behind him. Sayid endures the glares of fellow passengers (because of his ethnicity) by looking at pictures of his lost love (Andrea Gabriel). Michael fastens the seatbelt of Walt as he plays Game Boy Advance SP, ignoring his father. Shannon frantically searches for her inhaler in her purse, but Boone shows it to her, causing her to smile. Hurley makes it on to the plane, giving Walt a thumbs-up before sitting down. Finally, Jack, about to sit down, catches Locke's eye, and the two politely acknowledge each other, unaware of what awaits them.

On the Island

After Rousseau leaves them, Locke, Kate, and Jack enter the ship through a large hole in the hull of the vessel. Skeletons are found shackled together, likely remains of slaves. Old mining equipment is also found, including the dynamite. At least two cases of highly-volatile sticks are present inside the ship's hold. Jack and Locke haul one of the cases out of the ship. While attempting to handle some of the volatile dynamite carefully, the unfortunate Arzt triggers one of the sticks and blows himself up. The remaining survivors decide to continue, wrap the dynamite in wet cloth, draw straws to see who would carry it - Kate and Locke - and leave the ship with several sticks of dynamite.

On their way back to the hatch, Jack and Kate see what seems to be a small cloud of smoke move through some nearby trees, and they hear the rumbling of the monster, which ensnares Locke's leg and drags him through the jungle. Jack grabs onto Locke to prevent him from being pulled into a hole, though Locke pleads with Jack to let him go. Jack then instructs Kate to drop a stick of dynamite into the tunnel, which causes an underground explosion, resulting in black smoke coming out of a nearby hole on the horizon, and disappearing. The hold on Locke slackens and they are able to extract him. Jack and Locke discuss the situation of the Monster, and they agree that Jack is a man of science, but that Locke is a man of faith. Locke believes everything that has occurred is to "open the hatch." Jack disagrees, and believes it is to survive.

Charlie and Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin) are alone on the beach when Rousseau runs up, telling Charlie that she needs to see Sayid urgently. When Charlie runs off to get Sayid, Rousseau asks Claire if she can hold her baby. Soon Charlie and Sayid (accompanied by Shannon) return, to find Claire exclaiming that her baby has been taken, and Sayid surmises that Rousseau intends to attempt an exchange of Aaron, Claire's baby, for her own child, Alex, with the "Others." As evening approaches, Charlie and Sayid head toward the black smoke. During their journey, Charlie is injured by one of Rousseau's traps, and they also encounter the downed drug smugglers' plane, which Sayid, unaware of Charlie's past as an addict, reveals is full of heroin. When Sayid and Charlie arrive on the beach with the black smoke, there are no other people, just a pyre, but they follow the sound of the baby's crying to find Rousseau's hiding place. She tearfully tells them that she overheard them saying that they were going to go after "the boy," and she thought that if she brought him to them, they would return her child. She returns the baby.

Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Locke and Hurley arrive at the hatch. They manage to set the dynamite up on the hinge of the hatch, and are about to set it off when Hurley notices the appearance of the numbers on the side. He yells at them not to light the fuse, but Locke does so anyway. Hurley tries to stamp it out, but Jack tackles him just in time to save him from the blast.

At night, the raft crew's radar sweep turns up a boat in the distance. They fire their single flare, and the boat approaches them. It turns out to be a group of strangers who demand that they hand over Walt. Sawyer tries to pull his gun, but he is shot by one of the boat crewmen and falls into the water. Jin jumps into the water to try and save Sawyer, while the strangers overpower Michael and kidnap Walt. As they sail off, the strangers throw an explosive on to the raft, destroying it.

Charlie reunites the baby with Claire. It is also revealed that Charlie has kept at least one of the statues filled with heroin in his bag. Shannon finds Sayid and they embrace.

The episode ends with Jack and Locke looking down into the hatch as the camera pans down to reveal a very deep dark hole with a broken ladder near the top.

Production

This is the first appearance of Ana Lucia Cortez (portrayed by Michelle Rodriguez) who would go on to become a series regular in the second season. This episode also marks the first appearance of Tom (M.C. Gainey), a recurring character in the following seasons.

The morning of the flight, Walt is watching Power Rangers SPD, which first aired in 2005, despite that the scene takes place in 2004.

The episodes were written by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, making it the second and third episodes they have written together. The team has also written the following four season finales.

Reception

18.62 million American viewers watched "Part 1" live. 20.71 million American viewers tuned in to "Part 2," making this the most watched episode in the US since the thirteenth episode, "Hearts and Minds."

Chris Carabott from IGN "loved" Tom's first appearance because "It's a great scene and our first introduction to The Others besides Ethan's infiltration of the camp." Gainey found the fan reaction to his first appearance "really tough", because "everywhere [he] went people would just give [him] dirty looks and they were like 'What are you going to do with that boy?'", but he noted this gradually improved after his appearances in season two. Erin Martell from AOL's TV Squad listed Tom in her five "most entertaining guest roles" from the first three seasons, commenting "I am counting his first episode as my favorite. For my money, there was nothing more disturbing than when Gainey showed up out of the blue and uttered the words, 'We're gonna have to take the boy.' I could not get that scene out of my head for days after 'Exodus' aired."

References

  1. Carabott. Chris, (November 20, 2008) " Lost Flashback: "Exodus: Part 2" Review", IGN. Retrieved on December 27, 2008.
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  3. Martell, Erin, (February 19, 2007) " The Five: Best Lost guest stars", TV Squad. Retrieved on December 27, 2008.



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