Lost: Season 1, Episode 11

All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues (8 Dec. 2004)

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Jack, Kate, Locke and Boone go after Ethan, Claire and Charlie. They separate, and while Jack and Kate confront Ethan, Locke and Boon find another mystery at the jungle. Flashbacks reveal more about Jack's past with his dad.



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Claire Littleton and Charlie Pace are abducted by the mysterious Ethan Rom, and Dr. Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, John Locke and Boone Carlyle go after them. When the leads divide, the group split in two. Jack follows with Kate and recalls his sad past with his father. He struggles against Ethan who reveals himself not an ordinary man revealing to have super speed, agility, and near-superhuman strength. Kate and Jack later they find a near-death Charlie hanged in a tree. Things take another mysterious turn when Locke and Boone find a mysterious hatch in the jungle. Meanwhile, the nasty Sawyer confronts Sayid about torturing him, and is skeptic to Sayid's claim about other people hiding on the island. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This episode marks the survivors' first discovery of the hatch. See more »


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Sawyer: [to Sayid] Well, well, well. I don't know if you Islams got a concept of karma, but I get the sense this island just served you up a heaping platter of cosmic payback.
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30 June 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" features a Jack flashback that while effective in terms of developing his character doesn't quite gel with the rest of the episode. It is odd that Grillo-Marxuach went with another story about Jack's relationship with his father here, because a story about Jack's guilt and need to fix things (which the flashback touches on but doesn't quite fully explore) would have fit better with the events on the island, with Jack, Kate, Boone, and Locke attempting to find Claire and Charlie.

"All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" is perhaps the most utterly enthralling on-island story up to this point in the show's run (episode 11 in season one). Many memorable, classic scenes feature here- Jack's fight with Ethan, the scene involving Locke, Boone, and rain, Jack and Kate finding Charlie hanging on a tree (still one of the show's best shock moments), and finally Locke and Boone discovering the hatch. It's a jam-packed, thrilling episode with a fine script by Grillo-Marxuach, but the flashback, while strong, doesn't quite match the pace and quality of the rest of the episode and is less intriguing than "White Rabbit", the previous Jack flashback, was.

This episode marked the directing debut for producer Stephen Williams on "Lost", and also the end of a string of very poorly-directed episodes. Williams' work isn't flawless, but he has an assured sense of pacing and creates tension superbly well (see, again, the scene where Charlie is found in that state). Giacchino's work here is particularly good as well, alternating successfully between sweeping dramatic pieces and exciting, creative action/adventure music.

"All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" is a fine episode when all is said and done, packing in an admirable amount of character interaction and development in addition to the straightforward action/adventure plot.


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