Lost/House of the Rising Sun

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House of the Rising Sun
Season 1, Episode 6
Airdate October 27, 2004
Production Number 105
Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Directed by Michael Zinberg
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House of the Rising Sun is the sixth episode of the first season of Lost, and is the sixth episode overall.

Jin, a Korean castaway who speaks no English, assaults Michael, seemingly without provocation. Sayid resolves the conflict by handcuffing him to the wreckage. Jack's decision to move to the caves causes division among the castaways, and Sun, Jin's wife must decide whether or not to free her husband... at the cost of revealing a long-hidden secret.

Starring: Naveen Andrews (Sayid), 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).

Co-Starring: Sora Jung (Decorator).


Plot Overview

The Island

  • Jack, Locke, Kate, and Charlie leave the beach to collect water from the caves. Kate and Jack discover two decayed bodies in the caves, one male, one female. One of them is carrying a pouch with a white and a black stone in it. Jack thinks they have been there for 40 or 50 years.
  • Jack thinks everyone should move to the caves in order to be safer and have easily accessible fresh water. Sun, Jin, Charlie, Locke, and Hurley, along with some of the other survivors, decide to move there. The rest stay at the beach.
  • Locke confronts Charlie about his heroin addiction. He tells Charlie that he will run out soon, and it would be better if he chose to quit, instead of being forced into it. He asks if Charlie wants his guitar more than his drugs, and Charlie says he does. Locke tells him if he wants something from the Island, he must give the Island something. Charlie gives Locke his drugs, and Locke immediately shows him where his guitar is.
  • Jin assaults Michael on the beach, nearly drowning him. Sayid and Sawyer split them up, and they handcuff Jin to a piece of the wreckage. Michael says he did nothing to Jin. While talking to Sun, Jin says he will not explain himself to a thief. Later, Michael walks into the woods, and Sun follows him, where it is revealed that she speaks fluent English. Michael's monocle pops. Sun explains that the reason Jin attacked him is because of the watch Michael is wearing. It was her father's, and it is a question of honor to Jin that he protect it. She then asks him for help. Michael later walks up to Jin with an axe, yells at Jin about staying away from him and Walt, and cuts the chain on the handcuffs, freeing Jin.

The Flashback

  • Flashback: Sun

Sun is shown at a fancy party, where Jin is a waiter. They both sneak off at one point. Jin gives Sun a flower, which she cherishes. Sun tells Jin she wants to run away to America to get married. Jin says he wants to do it properly by asking Sun's father. Sun does not think it will work. Jin asks her father, and he gives his permission, as long as Jin works for him. Sun doesn't seem happy about that. They get a nice apartment, and Jin gets Sun a puppy. Sun recalls a time when he could only afford to give her a flower.

Many months later, Jin rushes in to the apartment, and runs into the bathroom. Sun follows him, and discovers that Jin is covered in blood, and is washing up. Sun asks what happens, but Jin doesn't answer. She keeps asking him questions, and finally asks whose blood it is. She then asks what Jin was doing. He says he was working. Sun asks what he does for her father. Jin says he does whatever he is told to do.

Later, Jin and Sun are at home with an interior decorator. Sun and the decorator go back in to the bedroom, where it is revealed that Sun is planning to leave Jin. Sun is supposed to be going on a flight with Jin in the near future. Sun will make an excuse to leave Jin's side at 11:15, walk out the front door to a waiting car, and disappear until her family thinks she is dead. When the time comes, Sun begins to walk away, but seems reluctant. She looks over at Jin, who holds up a flower like he used to. Sun walks back to Jin, and gets on the flight, which happens to be flight 815.



  • Who are the two corpses in the caves?
  • What is the significance of the black and white stones found on one of them?


Arc Advancement


  • People begin to move to the caves.
  • Sun reveals that she can speak English to Michael.
  • Locke begins helping Charlie with his addiction.
  • Jin and Michael fight, and reach a truce.


  • Jack doesn't think they will be rescued any time soon, and is planning for the long haul.
  • Kate is being pulled in multiple directions by different men in the group.
  • Kate refuses to tell Jack what she did to get arrested, saying he missed his chance to know.
  • Charlie begins his withdrawal.
  • Locke begins to show a strange faith in the Island as an entity, rather than a place.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Missing in Action: Boone, Shannon, and Claire do not appear in this episode.
  • Location, Location, Location: The scene where Jin proposes to Sun was filmed at the Byodo-In Temple, located in the Valley of the Temples on Oahu.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

  • Charlie freaks out while standing on a beehive and accidentally breaks it. Everyone scatters, and both Kate and Jack take their shirts off. Gratuitous.


  • Charlie: {to Kate and Jack} If you guys have finished verbally copulating, we should get a move on.
  • Charlie: {holding up a shirt} Someone left this.
    Kate: {takes shirt} It was full of bees.
    Charlie: I'd have thought C's, actually... Sorry.


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