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Hearts and Minds 

When Locke learns that Boone wants to share their secret with Shannon, Locke plans to teach him a lesson.



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Boone Carlyle is jealous of Sayid Jarrah, because he becomes close to his half-sister Shannon Rutherford. Boone tells John Locke that he wants to reveal the secret about the hatch in the woods to Shannon. Locke hits Boone, heals his head with a medicine and fastens him with a rope in a tree, living him alone in the forest. Boone's background story reveals his complicated relationship with the irresponsible Shannon, and about why he ventured to Australia to rescue her from a bad relationship, while in the present he tries to save her from the unseen forest creature. Meanwhile, Kate questions Sun's behavior and learns that she can speak English, while Hurley faces the language barrier to repay Jin for teaching him how to fish. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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12 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Carlton Cuse's first script for the series. See more »


In Boone's flashback of the Sydney hotel, the image seen from the hotel window looking at the Opera House would place the hotel exactly where the Harbour Bridge is located, which is impossible. See more »


Charlie: [to Jack] Locke? Guy's a freak of nature, highly disturbed. Chances are he probably killed all his mates at the Post Office the day his mum forgot to put a cookie in his lunch tin.
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Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Boone and Shannon, sitting in a tree...
24 October 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Of all the characters seen on Lost up to this point, the least interesting have been Jin and Sun, closely followed by Shannon and her brother Boone. While he has earned some meatier material via his association with Locke, Shannon's "spoiled girl" routine was beginning to grate. And so we are treated to the first episode centered around the two, which also gains importance in hindsight for being the writing debut of Carlton Cuse, who eventually came to share show-runner duties with Damon Lindelof.

The trigger of the episode is jealousy, as Boone isn't all too happy to see his sister getting closer with Sayid. However, he is soon reminded of his more important duty on the Island, that is his trips with Locke to the mysterious hatch in the jungle that no one else knows about so far. Then, when Boone suggests telling Shannon about it, he is knocked unconscious and tied to a tree, while Locke returns to the camp. Meanwhile, Kate finds out Sun can speak English, Hurley tries to bond with Jin, and Jack and Sayid discover a magnetic anomaly when trying to use a compass.

The flashback section is entirely devoted to the complicated relationship between Boone and Shannon: he comes to Sydney to help her get through some boyfriend trouble, but soon discovers it's all part of a ruse she has used before in order to get money. It is also revealed that they are not biologically related, and that there's some kind of slightly inappropriate attraction between them.

Even with incest out of the picture, the Shannon/Boone romance is quite awkward, and makes for one of the less intriguing flashback twists. Nevertheless, the episode deserves kudos for introducing a new element in the game, namely the fact that some of these people may be connected by off-Island events (Sawyer briefly shows up in the Boone flashback), and giving us a new glimpse of the dreaded Smoke Monster. That last part is in fact one of the scariest bits in the season so far, reminding us that everything isn't as it seems in this kind of show and slightly upping the threat level after the previous episode's lack of any real danger. And then there's that unsettling final twist: genius.

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