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"Further Instructions" is the third episode of the third season of Lost. It aired on October 18, 2006, making it the fifty-second episode of the series. The episode was written by Carlton Cuse and Elizabeth Sarnoff and directed by Stephen Williams. The character of John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is featured in the episode's flashbacks.

The episode was originally going to air October 11, 2006 as the second episode of the third season, but was swapped with "The Glass Ballerina".


John Locke wakes up in the jungle and sees a naked Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) run by, but Locke cannot speak. Mr. Eko's (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) stick falls from above nearly hitting him. In the frame of Eko's church, he builds a sweat lodge and convinces Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) to stand guard. Locke takes a hallucinogenic drug and enters the lodge in order to "speak with the Island." There, Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder) appears to help him "find [his] way again, so that [he] can bring the family back together". Locke (mutely) apologizes for the day Boone died, and he accepts the apology, however, in a taunting and seemingly sarcastic manner. Locke's hallucination takes him to Sydneymarker airport. Boone wheels Locke through the airport where he tells him someone is "in serious danger." He first sees Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin) and Charlie together with Claire's baby Aaron, who Boone says will be okay "for a while." He later encounters Desmond, who is accompanied by three unidentified, identical women and Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) in separate incidents but Boone deems Locke unable to save any of them. Locke then sees Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), and James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) going through a security check run by Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) but is told there is nothing he can do for them yet; first he must "clean up [his] own mess." Locke finds Eko's stick covered in blood and Boone tells him "they have him, you don't have much time." Upon exiting the sweat lodge he sees a flash of a polar bear. He recovers his ability to speak and tells Charlie that he is going to save Eko.

Locke and Charlie track Eko, who Locke believes has been captured by a polar bear. They pause at a large pit in the ground where the hatch imploded. They encounter Hurley, and Locke, mistakenly believing Hurley's approach to be a polar bear's, nearly kills him by throwing a knife that luckily hits Hurley's canteen. Hurley then tells them that Jack, Kate, and Sawyer were kidnapped by the Others, and "Henry Gale" is their leader.

While continuing back to the camp alone, Hurley finds Desmond naked and lends him an enormous tie dyed t-shirt. Desmond says the electromagnetic anomaly may have been destroyed, and Hurley questions why Desmond was not destroyed. Desmond mentions Locke's speech and his plan to save Jack, Kate and Sawyer. However, Hurley responds, "What speech?", as Locke has yet to give any such speech. Desmond seems confused, and drops the whole matter.

In flashbacks, Locke is a member of a commune in Humboldt County, California. He considers its members his new family. One day Locke picks up a young hitchhiker, named Eddie Colburn (Justin Chatwin), who tells him he is leaving home. They are pulled over by a patrolman and the officer finds a duffel bag full of guns in the truck, but Locke provides the paperwork for them. Eddie joins the commune, but after six weeks, he asks Locke why he is never allowed to know what is going on in a greenhouse (into which he sees an exceptional amount of fertilizer going). Eddie expresses his discontent with being kept out of the secret and affirms to Locke his desire to be in" on "whatever you guys are trying to blow up." Locke laughs and says he will talk to the commune leaders, Mike and Jan.

Upon entering the greenhouse some time later, in which marijuana is grown, Locke finds Mike and Jan in the midst of a frantic preparation to flee. They blame Locke for bringing Eddie, who they have discovered is an undercover police officer. Locke promises to fix the situation. He takes Eddie hunting and holds Eddie at gunpoint. Eddie says that Locke was chosen because his psych profile said he would be "amenable for coercion." Eddie walks away, stating that Locke will not shoot him because he is "a good man," though Locke insists that he is a hunter, not a farmer.

Locke finds a toy truck, bones, and a pearl station shirt in the polar bear's cave. He rescues Eko from the polar bear by building a makeshift flame-thrower from a torch and a can of hair spray. While Charlie fetches water from a stream, Locke apologizes to an unconscious Eko for his lack of faith. Eko appears to briefly awaken and tells Locke that he must rescue Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Upon arriving at camp, Hurley informs the camp that Jack and the others have been captured. As an explanation, Locke announces to the survivors that he plans to rescue Jack, Kate, and Sawyer, as Desmond indicated to Hurley earlier. Hurley mentions to Charlie a sense of déjà vu.


Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro make their first appearances as Nikki and Paulo in this episode. The producers of the show were often asked what the rest of the plane-crash survivors were doing because the show only focuses on approximately fifteen of the survivors, and the characters of Nikki and Paulo were created in response.White, Cindy, (January 22, 2007) " Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse Promise That They Have Found the Plot Twists That Will Bring Lost's Viewers Back," Sci Fi. Retrieved on April 1, 2007. Reaction to the characters was generally negative because of their abrupt introduction onto the show.

Nikki and Paulo's original introduction onto the show was deleted for time from the final cut of the episode. They were supposed to be accidentally found by Claire Littleton in Jack's tent having sex in the middle of the episode. They were instead introduced at the end of the episode when Locke makes a speech.


16.31 million American viewers watched this episode live. Chris Carabott of IGN wrote that the episode was "an entertaining hour of television. The episode certainly offers its fair share of excitement, but as with any typical Lost episode we are presented with more questions than answers" and called it an improvement over the preceding episode, "The Glass Ballerina."


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  2. Catlin, Roger, (January 30, 2007) " Nikki and Paulo Rising," Hartfort Courant. Retrieved on April 1, 2007.
  3. Veitch, Kristin, (October 19, 2006) " Where the Hell was Nikki's Story? Bloody Good Lost Redux," E! Online. Retrieved on June 15, 2007.
  4. Fordis, Jeff, (October 2, 2006) " ABC Television Network Lost October 18, 2006 Episode "Further Instructions" Entertainment Press Release," ABC Medianet. Retrieved on June 14, 2007.
  5. Jensen, Jeff & Snierson, Dan, (February 8, 2007) " 'Lost' and Found," Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on April 3, 2007.
  6. |IGN "Further Instructions" Review

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