Lost: Season 1, Episode 10

Raised by Another (1 Dec. 2004)

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Claire begins to have reoccurring nightmares which one night result in her turning up with bloody hands, which leads Charlie to find out what is really going on. However, Jack isn't sure ... See full summary »

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Claire begins to have reoccurring nightmares which one night result in her turning up with bloody hands, which leads Charlie to find out what is really going on. However, Jack isn't sure that anything really happened. Meanwhile, Hurley finds the flight manifest and discovers something shocking about a certain passenger. Written by Patience_Is_A_Virtue

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Despite Claire and her baby's importance to the show, this is the only appearance of Keir O'Donnell as Thomas. See more »

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During Claire's second visit to the psychic, her hair changes position several times between shots, from tucked behind her right ear to hanging loose. See more »

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Thomas: [about a pregnancy test] Okay, first of all, these tests are not always accurate.
Claire: Thomas...
Thomas: No, no. My uncle, you know? We thought he had a testicular cancer, you remember that?
Claire: He did! He's dead!
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"I know what you're feeling inside, Claire -- that you're doubting your decision to give up the baby. Look, I'm begging you, don't do it."

Raised by Another is something of a milestone episode for Lost. Before it, the series had touched on supernaturalism, but they were really just scratching the surface. Something attacking the pilot, Rousseau's mysterious past, Locke healed after the plane crash and polar bears in the jungle were certainly curious. But after this episode, the first Claire flashback, the bar for the show is raised by another few feet. A possibly-legitimate psychic in the flashback, and a mysterious kidnapper not from the plane on the island make give this episode one of the series' most intense endings. After watching it, I and many other viewers across the world couldn't wait to see the next episode, and this was the point at which many viewers were officially hooked.

The ending is one of the most brilliantly-structured moments in the series, with all the main plots from the episode, as well as Sayid's main plot from the previous episode, coming together in the end for a huge reveal. The character of Ethan goes from a seemingly unnecessary background character to the most intriguing character on the show in under a minute.

As is a strength in the brilliant season 1, while this episode has plenty of mystique that makes the plot more intriguing, the characters are not at all forgotten, and are actually developed very well. Jack is seen, perhaps for the first time, as something of an antagonist, as we watch the episode from Charlie and Claire's perspectives, and he fails to believe that Claire is in danger. Hurley's census subplot gives much of the cast--including Locke, Boone, Shannon, Sawyer and memorable newcomer Ethan--a chance to further develop, too, but the heart of this episode is in the relationship between Charlie and Claire.

Claire is not at ease on the island, and we learn through her flashbacks that she will likely soon be thrust into a motherhood she didn't intend for. Claire is a significantly more interesting and complex character before she has the baby than afterward. Her mixed feelings, combined with her realization that the psychic may have known about the plane crash make her confused about the whole ordeal.

Charlie offers her an ear and a shoulder, and, most importantly to him, protection, all with no romantic obligations. His looking out for her well-being is not only good for her, but he finds it essential for his own sanity. His words to her are not sweep-her-off-her-feet moving, they're just simple, and honest.

"It's just, I think about you in this place -- how hard it must be for you without your family and your friends. And I think we could be friends. I could be your friend. We don't have to do each other's hair or anything. I just mean that if you needed someone to talk to about anything, I'm here."

Standout performances: Dominic Monaghan, Emilie De Ravin, Matthew Fox

Standout scene: Hurley discovers that somebody wasn't in the manifest.


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