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The Cost of Living
Season 3
Episode 5
Air Date November 1, 2006
Writer(s) Alison Schapker
Monica Owusu-Breen
Director Jack Bender
Flashback Eko Tunde

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Eko goes on a journey through the jungle to find Yemi. Desmond presents a fact about the computer that sends him along with Locke, Nikki, Paulo and Sayid to the Pearl Station.


The episode begins with a flashback from Mr. Eko's childhood: he is stealing from the church to get some food for his brother Yemi, but he is caught in the act by a nun. She immediately takes him into the church so Eko can make his confession for the sin of theft, though Eko believes that he was only stealing so he could get some food for his brother, but the woman persists. Eko appears to have trouble with this.

It fades back to Eko, who appears to be in a comatose state, as Sayid, who has returned from the two-day trip to the other side of the island, is checking on him. As he, Hurley, and Charlie are leaving, Eko is snapped out of his trance when his brother Yemi appears to him, telling him that it is time for Eko to confess his sins. Meanwhile, as Sayid, Hurley, and Charlie are walking away, the hut that Eko is in has somehow caught on fire. Sayid races to put it out as Charlie pulls Eko out of the fire. Once the fire is put out, they are surprised to find that Eko is gone.

Meanwhile, Jack is invited by Ben to attend the memorial service for Colleen, the woman Jack could not save. Jack takes this opportunity to talk to Ben about his spinal tumor, having figured out that the x-rays he saw are Ben's. Jack asks him if he has had any symptoms, but Ben claims that he does not know what Jack is talking about. As the service continues, Ben asks Juliet, who has also attended the funeral, why she told Jack about his x-rays. She replies that she did show him the x-rays, but she never told him that they were Ben's.

Back at the camp Locke and Desmond discuss how they will rescue Jack, Kate and Sawyer, when Desmond reveals to them that the hatch could be used not only for pushing the button, but also for communication, and that they can use it to make contact with the Others. Sayid points out that the hatch exploded, and Locke suggests that they go to the other station, The Pearl, and see if they can get it to work there. When Sayid mentions that Eko has disappeared, Locke asks if he said anything before he disappeared. Charlie says that Eko was mumbling something about his brother. Locke immediately figures out that Eko is going back to the plane where his brother's body was left, right on top of The Pearl, and that they are all going to the same place. Locke asks if anybody else would like to join them on the mission, Nikki volunteers to come along, and Paulo joins as well at the insistence of Nikki.

As Eko is struggling to find his way through the jungle, he faints and tries to stand up. Flashback to Eko, who has just been driven back to the village by soldiers after the incident at the plane. He walks into the church, taking a moment to stare at the crucifix and then walking over to the confession box, where he picks up a Bible, containing a picture of him and Yemi as kids. As he is looking at it, a woman and a young boy walk into the church looking for Father Yemi. Eko tells them that Yemi has been called away and that he will be taking Yemi's place. Flash to Eko passed out on the island. As he is getting up, the smoke monster whisks by him. Eko turns and sees several men, bloodied and beaten, asking him not to kill them. As he goes to strike one of them, it turns into a small boy, the one who was asking about Yemi in the flashback, and Eko stops himself. Eko becomes frightened and confused, and his hallucinations vanish.

The smoke monster appears behind Eko once again and then vanishes into the forest. Locke and his group catch up with Eko, and they go to the Pearl together. Once they get there, Locke asks Eko about what he saw, saying that he has seen it as well, that to him it looked like a beautiful bright light. Eko replies that was not what he saw at all. Eko climbs into the ruined plane where Yemi's body was, but it isn't there anymore. Eko remains sitting outside while Locke and the others climb into the hatch. Inside the hatch, Sayid tinkers with the communication lines with little success. Nikki then notices all the monitors in the hatch, and suggests they try to use those to pick up a visual image from one of the other stations. Sayid tries this, and on the second attempt, establishes a live video feed of what appears to be another hatch. The camera slowly pans right, revealing a man with an eyepatch staring directly into the camera, which he then destroys. Locke then says, "He will be expecting us."

Back at the Others' camp, Juliet brings Jack his lunch, a cheeseburger. As they are talking Ben walks into the room and asks Juliet to let him speak to Jack in private. Juliet leaves after much hesitation. Ben tells Jack that they had a perfect plan to "break" Jack; that is, to convince Jack that the Others are not his enemies so he would want to perform spinal surgery on Ben. The plan failed, however, when Jack saw the x-rays and realized that he was captured for the whole purpose of operating on Ben. Ben asks Jack if he believes in God, after which he explains that he found out about his tumor two days before the plane crashed.

Later, when Jack is in his cell, Juliet brings Jack a movie, saying it is To Kill a Mockingbird. While the movie is playing, Juliet talks as though she is trying to convince Jack to do the surgery, that Ben is worth saving. The movie, which faces away from the security camera, sends an entirely different message:

  1. "Ignore everything I'm saying"
  2. "Ben is a liar"
  3. "And he is very dangerous"
  4. "Some of us want change"
  5. "But it has to look like an accident"
  6. "It has to look like we tried to save him."
  7. "And that's up to you. Jack"
  8. "It's a complicated surgery. No one would ever know"
  9. "And I would protect you"
  10. "Now tell me to turn off the movie"

Outside of the Pearl, Yemi appears once more and leads Eko into a clearing in the jungle. Yemi tells Eko it is time for him to confess his sins, but Eko says he did not choose the life he was given and that he is not sorry for the things he has done, saying that he did his best with what was given to him. Yemi is angered, saying that Eko is talking to him "as if I am really your brother", and leaves. Eko chases after him, yelling and asking him "Who are you?!" The smoke monster suddenly appears and snatches up Eko, smashing him into the trees and finally slamming him into the ground. Eko, bloodied and beaten, is found by Locke and the others, who have rushed out to see what's wrong. Just before he dies, he whispers something into Locke's ear. Locke later reveals to Sayid and the others who are with him that Eko said that they are "next."

Memorable QuotesEdit

"He said we're next."

- John Locke

"The toilet works."

- Paulo

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Read Lynnette Porter's review Rationalizing Death, which looks at a recurring theme on Lost.