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Season 3
Episode 17
Air Date April 18, 2007
Writer(s) Jeff Pinkner
Brian K. Vaughan
Director Stephen Williams
Flashback Desmond Hume

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After seeing yet another set of flashes of the future which signal the arrival of a new addition to the island, Desmond leads Charlie, Hurley and Jin into the jungle to let the events unfold.


The episode starts off with Desmond, Hurley, Jin and Charlie walking through the jungle, talking about superheroes, when Charlie suddenly springs one of Rousseau's traps, and is consequently shot in the throat by an arrow. Desmond tries to mop up the blood, but Charlie tragically dies in his arms. After many more flashes, we return to Desmond fishing on the beach. He looks over to see that Charlie is still alive and well. Desmond approaches Hurley and asks him to take him to the cable. Hurley pretends not to know anything, but eventually Desmond coaxes him into telling him, and also asks him to go with him on a hike. The two visit Jack to pick up a first-aid kit "for precautions." Jack, at first, is skeptical, but eventually hands it over. Hurley then demands that Desmond tells him what he's up to. Desmond explains that he experienced more visions, but weren't shown in order, so everything needs to happen exactly as they appeared. Kate is approached by Sawyer in her tent while she is changing, and he asks her about their fling whilst in captivity. She explains that Jack saw them having sex through the surveillance monitors. Sawyer tries flirting with her, but Kate shrugs him off.

Desmond gets Hurley to speak with Jin, who comes along after being told about a "camping trip." Desmond then approaches Charlie with the same story, but Charlie sees through this and questions him about his visions. Desmond gives in and explains, but only a limited amount to convince Charlie to come along. They walk along the beach, up until the point where Hurley first discovered the cable. Desmond suggests that they camp out here until the next morning, causing Charlie to become wary. However, the four of them agree and enjoy a ghost story told by Jin, while gathered around a campfire. Charlie notices Desmond is looking at the photo of him and Penny, but as he begins to talk about it, they hear the sound of an oncoming helicopter. Thinking that they are being rescued, they suddenly notice the helicopter doesn't sound right, and they hear it crash into the ocean. Jin, however, spots a beacon flashing in the sky, landing somewhere in the jungle. Desmond is eager to follow, but Charlie suggests they wait until morning. Reluctantly, Desmond agrees.

Meanwhile, back at the camp, Kate and Jack have a talk in the kitchen, and reminisce about early days on the island. Kate tries flirting with Jack, but he fails to notice, and heads off to Juliet's tent. Kate becomes upset, and barges into Sawyer's tent. At first, Sawyer is surprised when Kate starts kissing him, but the two spend the night together. The next morning, Desmond, Charlie, Jin and Hurley venture off into the jungle. Charlie stumbles across a small Hawaiian doll, which at first was mistaken for one of Rousseau's traps. Desmond then discovers a rucksack wedged in a tree above Hurley, and retrieves it. Inside, they find a satellite phone, which has stopped working, and a book titled "Ardil-22". Inside, Desmond finds a perfect copy of the photograph with him and Penny, causing him and Charlie to suspect that Penny is the person who parachuted on the island.

Jack and Juliet talk, back on the beach, as they continue to construct her tent. They are soon confronted by Sawyer, who challenges Jack to a game of ping pong. As they play, Jack mentions that he and Juliet had dinner together. When Sawyer says how good it must feel to be back, Jack says that Kate said the same thing the night before. Sawyer confronts Kate, and gives her a cassette tape, which he took from Bernard. He then questions her about their romance from last night, asking her if she was upset about Jack and Juliet. Sawyer accuses her of using him before leaving her. Back in the jungle, Desmond and Charlie discuss his reasons for bringing them on the hike. It soon starts raining, and Desmond is eager for the group to pick up the pace. Hurley and Charlie discuss Superman and The Flash, as seen in Desmond's vision at the start of the episode. As also foreseen, Charlie activates the trap that is supposed to kill him. Desmond, however, pushes him to the ground, narrowly avoiding the arrow.

As they continue onwards, Jin and Desmond are indecisive as to which direction to go. Hurley suggests that he and Charlie go one way while Jin and Desmond go another. Charlie immediately declines and wants to go with Desmond. When they are alone, Charlie yells at Desmond for not telling him the truth about his visions, to which he responds that "it would be pointless for [Desmond] to save him, as it will keep happening over again", referring it to a 'test of God'. Jin suddenly calls for them, as he and Hurley have discovered the beacon and the parachutist hanging motionless from the trees. Desmond climbs the tree and cuts the parachute off, so Jin, Charlie and Hurley can use it as a safety net for when Desmond cuts the parachutist free. Convinced that he will be finally reunited with Penny, Desmond quickly removes the helmet, only to discover that the parachutist is a completely different woman. As the episode concludes, she spurts out Desmond's name.

Flashbacks show Desmond enrolling in a monastery. He is greeted by Brother Campbell as he is putting on his robe, who welcomes him to the abbey. The two quickly get along, and on one day they are applying the labels for wine bottles. While they are talking, a monk enters and informs Desmond of a visitor. A man then enters and punches Desmond, before leaving. Desmond decides to visit an old flame, whom he was supposed to marry after six years of dating, but jilted her to become a monk. Derek, the man who assaulted him, answers the door, but is quickly intervened by Ruth, Desmond's old love. She invites him in, where he explains that he was called to join the monastery. However, Ruth accuses him of being scared and yells at him for not having the decency to come clean when breaking up with a woman. Later that night, Desmond gets drunk on the wine that he helped label. Brother Campbell catches him and informs him that he is no longer welcome in the monastery. However, the next day, he asks Desmond to help load the crates of wine into the car of a client. As he wheels them out, he meets Penny Widmore, who offers to take him with her.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Why would the Man of Steel agree to a sodding foot race?"

- Charlie

"Did you eat those mushrooms Jack warned us about?"

- Hurley

"Dude. Seriously, I’m gonna have a coronary."

- Hurley

"Well, I believe I'm getting pissed on our lovely wine."

- Desmond

"I didn't know monks could be fired."

- Penny

Background InformationEdit

  • The backpack that Desmond discovers has a book inside called Ardil-22, which is Portuguese for Catch-22.
  • When Desmond states that he had "taped his share of ankles" to Jack, this is a reference to Man of Science, Man of Faith, when Jack tripped while running a tour de stade and twisted his ankle, which was then taped up by Desmond.
  • When Desmond attempts to convince Charlie to join in their trek, Charlie can be seen with a Pearl Station notebook.
  • Brother Campbell mentions that there are 108 cases of wine that were made by the monastry; the number having a relation to the button that needed to be pushed every 108 minutes.

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