Lost/Two for the Road
Two for the Road is the twentieth episode of the second season of Lost, and the forty-fifth episode overall.
Jack and Kate bring an exhausted Michael back to the camp, and with him, news about "The Others." Meanwhile, Ana Lucia attempts to get the prisoner to confess, and Hurley plans a surprise date for Libby.
Starring: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko), Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Terry O'Quinn (John), Harold Perrineau, Jr. (Michael), Michelle Rodriguez (Ana-Lucia), Cynthia Watros (Libby).
- Out in the jungle at night, Kate tries to wake Michael up but to no avail. Jack takes a look at where Michael appeared, thinking that the Others may have just let Michael go, but Kate dismisses the idea. Jack gets Michael up onto his shoulder and carries him back to the Swan. Michael eventually wakes up inside the Swan and tells everyone that he found the Others. He tells them that he hiked back to where the tail-section survivors were and followed the shoreline for a day when he saw an Other. He followed the Other back to his camp and discovered a group of 22 Others living in canvas tents and are worse off than the Oceanic survivors. He didn't see their boat, or Walt, or Cindy, or any kids, but believes they're inside another hatch that's being guarded by only two guards with two guns. He believes that's all the guns they have, and that most of the Others are old and half of them are women.
- Inside the Swan, Ana-Lucia cuts up some fruit for Henry Gale and asks him how long he's going to keep his hunger strike up. While questioning him, she gets too close and Henry is able to pin her against a wall inside the armory and choke her. As he's choking her, Henry tells her that she killed two of "them" - two good people who were leaving her alone - and that she is the killer. Before Henry can kill Ana-Lucia, Locke appears behind Henry and knocks him out with one of his crutches. Ana-Lucia leaves the Swan and eventually finds Sawyer by a stream in the jungle and asks him for a gun. But Sawyer refuses and tells her to scram. She tries to follow him back to his stash of the weapons, but Sawyer tells her to come out. The two wrestle for the gun and Sawyer pins her to the ground, but Ana-Lucia kisses him. The two have sex, and Sawyer forgets about his gun lying on the ground. Returning to the Swan with the gun, Jack asks about the wound to her forehead, but Locke covers for her and doesn't mention Henry's attack.
- With Ana-Lucia gone from the Swan after Henry Gale attacked her, Locke is left alone inside and he looks over the blast door that had the hidden map. He decides to have another talk with Henry, who is now further trussed up and tied down to the armory floor. Asking Henry why he didn't try to kill him when he was trapped under the blast door, Henry tells him it's because Locke is one of the "good ones." He claims the "man in charge" is going to kill him for failing his mission - to bring Locke back with him.
- On the beach, Hurley asks Sayid if he might be able to get the radio working again for Libby. However, Sayid tells him he's tried to use the radio several times and gotten nothing but static. Hurley believes that, even if it doesn't work, it'd score him major points with Libby. Sayid suggests to Hurley that he take Libby to a beautiful beach about three kilometers from the beach camp. As Hurley tries to lead Libby and himself to the beach Sayid mentioned, Hurley gets lost and they end up back at their own beach. Libby offers to have their picnic right there, but realizes Hurley didn't bring any blankets or drinks. She decides to go get some blankets while Hurley gets some wine she saw Rose and Bernard pull from the parachute drop pallet.
- After Michael gives his information about the Others, Jack, Locke and Kate leave the Swan to get the guns from Sawyer. Ana-Lucia offers to stay behind to watch over Michael. They arrive at the beach and find Sawyer reading a manuscript for a mystery novel entitled Bad Twin. Jack grabs the manuscript and drops it in Sawyer's camp fire. Sawyer fishes the remains of the manuscript out of the fire and refuses to tell the group where the guns are. Jack pulls a gun on Sawyer and again tells him to take them to the guns. Sawyer reaches for his gun, but realizes it's missing - Ana-Lucia took it. Remembering what happened between Ana-Lucia and Henry Gale, Locke tells Jack that he needs to tell him something. Back at the Swan, Ana-Lucia opens the armory and has Henry cut himself loose with the knife she got off one of the dead Others. Henry tells Ana-Lucia that Goodwin kept saying she was misunderstood, that she was worthy and he could change her. But he was wrong and it cost him his life. Ana-Lucia tells him that Goodwin was going to kill her, but Henry doubts it. She pulls the gun on Henry, but eventually locks him back inside the armory. Michael appears and finds Ana-Lucia holding the gun. She tells him that everyone went to get the guns back from Sawyer and they have an Other locked inside the armory. She tells Michael that the Other attacked her and she wanted to kill him, but couldn't. Michael offers to kill the Other for her, and Ana-Lucia hands him the gun and gives him the combination to the armory door. With the combination and gun in hand, Michael apologizes to Ana-Lucia and then shoots her in the abdomen. Libby appears with blankets in hand, startling Michael, and he shoots her twice in the abdomen. Michael opens the door to the armory and shoots himself in the shoulder.
- Flashback: Ana-Lucia
At the L.A. Police Department, Ana-Lucia parks her patrol car at the department garage. Ana-Lucia's mother, Captain Teresa Cortez, approaches Ana-Lucia and asks her where she was that night. She takes her daughter to the morgue and shows her the body of Jason McCormack, the man she murdered. Teresa tells Ana-Lucia that a gun was found in a nearby dumpster, but the registration number was filed off and there were no prints, and there were no witnesses to the shooting. Teresa believes Ana-Lucia is responsible for the shooting. She tells Ana-Lucia that it's going to be a dead-end investigation, but if she did it then she has to let Teresa help her. Ana-Lucia dismisses Teresa's offer to help, but Teresa tells her that she’s a police officer and has to respect that. In response, Ana-Lucia hands her badge over and tells her mother she quits.
After quitting her job as a police officer, Ana-Lucia takes a position with airport security and wanding people at checkpoints. Once off duty, Ana-Lucia heads to the airport bar for a tequila and tonic. While there, Christian Shephard strikes up a conversation with Ana-Lucia. She tells him she stopped being a police officer and he tells her he stopped being a doctor because his son ratted him out for drinking on the job. Christian tells her that he's heading to Sydney, Australia and asks her to come with him as he'll need a bodyguard down there. Asking for his name, Christian tells her they should pick names for one another: Ana-Lucia chooses "Tom" and Christian chooses "Sarah".
After four days in Sydney of doing nothing but drinking, Christian comes to Ana-Lucia's hotel room in the middle of the night and tells her it's time for her protection duty. He has her drive him out to a house in the suburbs. Telling Ana-Lucia to wait in the car, Christian knocks on the door of the house and a woman answers. Getting frustrated, Christian yells at the woman that he has every right to see his daughter and he’s paying the mortgage on the house. He tries to force his way inside, but Ana-Lucia jumps out of the car and pulls him back outside. Christian gets back into the car.
Driving back to the hotel, Ana-Lucia stops the car outside a cocktail bar. Asking Christian why he's there, he tells her it's because he can't apologize to his son. He tells her she's here for the same reason he is—she ran away. Realizing they're outside a bar, Christian asks Ana-Lucia to come get another drink with him, but she refuses. Christian opens his door to get out and it slams into Sawyer as he's passing by. Ana-Lucia asks Christian to go back with her, to get out of Sydney, but Christian tells her he can't ever go back.
At the Sydney airport, Ana-Lucia listens to Jack argue with an Oceanic Airlines employee about getting his father's body onto the flight so he can take him home. She decides to call her mother and tell her that she's in Sydney. Ana-Lucia tells her that she made a mistake, but now she wants to come home. She tells Teresa she’s on Oceanic flight 815, and Teresa tells Ana-Lucia that she'll be there when she lands.
- Who is the woman that Christian visits?
- Who is Jack's half-sister?
- Henry says Goodwin thought Ana-Lucia was "worthy" and "could be changed". Worthy of what? Changed in what way?
- Why did Michael shoot Ana-Lucia?
- Why did Michael let Henry go?
- Did Michael tell the truth about the Others?
- What station are the Others guarding?
- Michael said he headed north back to where the tail-section survivors were. He then followed the beaches until he discovered one of the Others and followed him to his camp. (2x11 - The Hunting Party)
- Michael said he counted 22 Others at their camp. (2x11 - The Hunting Party)
The Cursed Numbers
- Christian goes to see the woman after spending 4 days in Sydney.
- Michael fires the gun 4 times.
- In the LAPD parking lot, there's a car on the left bearing the number 04, then four cars lined up in the middle bearing the numbers 08, 15, 16 and 23, and another on the right bearing 42.
- Michael mentions that he counted 22 Others. Combined with Henry, this makes 23.
- Michael claimed that he hiked north, back to where he and the rest of the raft and tail-section survivors were before they set off to the mid-section survivor's camp. However in The Hunting Party, Locke's calculations are that Michael was indeed heading north, but the raft and tail-section group came from the east. Michael wasn't going back to where they came from, but heading somewhere else.
- Michael returns, claiming he has information about the Others. He shoots Ana-Lucia and Libby, then frees Henry before shooting himself in the shoulder.
- Ana-Lucia is shot and killed by Michael.
- Libby is critically wounded by Michael.
- Michael shoots himself in the shoulder.
- Henry Gale escapes from the Swan.
- 1x05 - White Rabbit: Jack's plea to the Oceanic employee about his father's casket is seen from Ana-Lucia's point-of-view.
- 1x19 - Deux Ex Machina: Sayid tells Hurley that he should take Libby to a beach three kilometers away from the beach camp. This is the same beach he took Shannon to in Deus Ex Machina.
- 2x13 - The Long Con: Hurley talks to Sayid about the radio he got to work for a brief moment in The Long Con.
- 2x15 - Maternity Leave: The "man in charge" Henry refers to is most likely the same as the mysterious "he" Mr. Friendly and Ethan talk about in Maternity Leave.
- Missing in Action: Even though they are credited Eko, Claire, Charlie, and Sun do not appear in this episode.
- Bad Twin: Hyperion (a division of Disney, which owns ABC, which airs Lost) plans to release Bad Twin in book form later this year. Bad Twin is the manuscript Sawyer was reading and subsequently burned by Jack.
- Call Now!: During the airing of the episode, a "commercial" for The Hanso Foundation, including the phone number 1-877-HANSORG, was broadcast. (In the UK the number is 0800 66 6640)
Behind the Scenes
- Awards: For his role as Henry Gale in this episode, Michael Emerson was nominated for an IVy Award for the 2005-06 season for Best Guest Actor or Actress in a Drama Series.
- Drunk on Lost: Some media have reported that Ana Lucia and Libby were written out of the series because actresses Rodriguez and Watros were charged with drunk driving on Hawaii after a set party , but series co-creator Lindelof said the two events were not related .
- Location, Location, Location: The LAPD parking garage is at the Dole Cannery in Honolulu. The waterfront bar that Ana-Lucia and Christian stopped outside of is the Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant on Ala Moana Blvd. in Honolulu.
- Bluescreen: The shot of Ana Lucia in her hotel room looking over Sydney Harbor was done with bluescreen. In reality, the shot took place on the 16th floor of a hotel in downtown Waikiki. The hotel room's glass door was removed and replaced with bluescreen. During the shoot a thunderstorm hit with 60 mph wind; a much different reality than the calm Sydney Harbor image in the finished shot.
- Mirror Image: Because the crew couldn't get the correct number of vehicles with the steering wheel on the right-hand side, the crew mirrored the shots of Ana Lucia and Christian Shephard stopped outside the cocktail bar in Sydney. All the signs were corrected in post-production, but the actor's clothing, rings and other objects had to be reversed on them during the shoot so they would appear to be on the correct side in the final product.
Allusions and References
- Say Anything: Hurley believes he'd score major points with Libby by holding a radio over his head. Sayid asks him why he would hold a static generating radio over his head and Hurley tells him it's because some dude in Say Anything gets a boom box and holds it over his head outside a chick's window, plays a Peter Gabriel song for her and the girl is his. Say Anything... is a 1989 movie starring John Cusack.
- Et tu, Brutus?: As Jack demands Sawyer to return the guns, Locke also asks him where the guns are. In response to Locke going along with Jack, Sawyer tells him, "you too, Brutus?" There were supposedly the last words of Julius Caesar. In 44 BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back by a group of senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar's friend. Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he supposedly spoke those words and resigned himself to his fate.
- Hurley is trying to lead Libby to Sayid's beach in an attempt to woo her, but ends up on the same beach as the rest of the survivors. Libby points this out with an apt 'Hurley, this is our beach.. look, there's Jin..'. Jin is seen behind the two preparing fish, and later gives Hurley a grin and a thumbs-up, resulting in the infamous 'Jin Approves' scene.
- Henry: If you've come to apologize, I forgive you for hitting me with your crutch. I'm so glad my head didn't break it.
Henry Gale: Now that's a broad question.
Locke: Why'd you try to hurt Ana-Lucia but not me?
Henry: I'm not sure I know what you're getting at, John.
Locke: I was trapped. Under that blast door. Helpless. You could've crushed my skull, but you didn't do a thing. Why didn't you?
Henry: Because you're one of the good ones, John.
Locke: What? What "good", what?
Henry: None of this matters. I'm dead, anyway. Doctor's gone to make a trade. And we both know he'll come back empty handed and then... I've lost my value. So either Jack comes back here and kills me or my people find out where I'm being held and they do it.
Locke: Why would your own people want to kill you?
Henry: Because the man in charge... He's a great man, John. A brilliant man. But he's not a forgiving man. He'll kill me because I failed, John. I failed my mission.
John Locke: What mission?
Henry: When that woman caught me in her trap, I was on my way here, John. I was coming for you.