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Some Like It Hoth
Some Like It Hoth
Season 5
Episode 13
Air Date April 15, 2009
Writer(s) Melinda Hsu Taylor
Greggory Nations
Director Jack Bender
Flashback Miles Straume

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Following young Ben's deliverance to the Others, Sawyer and company are increasingly forced to explain their actions in wake of the boy's absence. Elsewhere, Miles past connection to the DHARMA Initiative is revealed as he and Hurley interact with a senior member of the Initiative.


In 1977, following the events of "Whatever Happened, Happened", Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) and James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) return from bringing Benjamin Linus (Sterling Beaumon) to the island's native population, known as the Others. Kate returns to the infirmary where Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) had been treating Ben for a gunshot wound. Ben's father, Roger Linus (Jon Gries), arrives and notices that Ben has gone missing. Sometime later, Kate approaches Roger, who has become drunk and tells him that everything will be okay; he grows suspicious of her and demands to know what happened to Ben. He later tells Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) of his suspicions, leading Jack to tell Sawyer and Juliet. After dismissing Jack, Sawyer is confronted by Phil (Patrick Fischler), who has seen the security video of Sawyer taking Ben. Sawyer knocks Phil unconscious.

In flashbacks, Miles' past life is shown. As a child, Miles discovers that he can talk to spirits of dead people, so long as their bodies are nearby. When his mother Lara Chang (Leslie Ishii), is dying of cancer several years later, Miles questions her about his father. She tells him that his father died when Miles was still a baby and that he never cared about her or Miles. Sometime later, Miles is approached by Naomi Dorrit (Marsha Thomason), who, after ascertaining that Miles is not a fraud, offers him $1.6 million to go the island on the freighter. He agrees, but is later kidnapped by a group of people who claim that the owner of the freighter, Charles Widmore (Alan Dale), is on the "wrong side" of a war. Miles says he will not go to the island if the people can provide him double the money, or $3.2 million, the amount Miles asks for in "Eggtown"). Their leader, Bram (Brad William Henke), who is later a passenger on Ajira Airways Flight 316, asks Miles the question, "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" and tells him that he won't be ready to go to the island until he knows the answer. They then let Miles go. Meanwhile, Miles has also been employed by a man to speak with his dead son. Since the boy's body was cremated, Miles lies to the man and says that the boy knew his father loved him. Miles later returns the man's money, saying that he lied and that the man should have told his son that he loved him before he died. 

Miles Straume (Ken Leung), meanwhile, is sent by Horace Goodspeed (Doug Hutchison), the DHARMA Initiative's head of research, to the construction site of the Swan Station to retrieve a dead body and bring it to Dr. Pierre Chang (François Chau) at the Orchid Station. Before he can bring the body to Dr. Chang, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) tries to take the van containing the body, in order to deliver food to the Orchid Station. Since they are both going to the same place and there are no other vans available, Miles reluctantly agrees to let Hurley accompany him. On the way, Hurley finds the body and realizes that Miles is able to communicate with dead people, an ability Hurley also possesses. After discussing the differences between their abilities, they arrive at the Orchid Station, where Miles transfers the body to Dr. Chang. It is at this point that Miles reveals to Hurley that Chang is actually his father. After disposing of the body, Chang requests a ride to the construction site from the two. On their way back, Miles discovers that Hurley is writing the screenplay for the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back, from memory, in order to sell it to George Lucas. Hurley compares Miles' relationship with his father to the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, as well to the relationship between Hurley and his father. Hurley says that the best thing he ever did was forgive his father for abandoning him, and suggests Miles do the same. Miles goes to Dr. Chang's house, and witnesses his father reading to a younger version of himself. Dr. Chang heads out of the house and takes Miles to the dock, where a submarine is arriving with DHARMA scientists arriving from Ann Arbor, Michigan. While helping the scientists unload, Miles is surprised to be greeted by a long-missing Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies).

Memorable QuotesEdit

"How do you spell 'bounty hunter'?"

- Hurley

"You're just jealous because my power is better than yours."

- Hurley

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