Lost: Season 1, Episode 21

The Greater Good (4 May 2005)

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After burying one of their own, tempers flare as the castaways' suspicions of each other grow -- and an unlikely survivor vows revenge. Meanwhile, Claire and Charlie struggle to calm her newborn.

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After the death of Boone, tempers flare as the castaways' suspicions of each other grow, while an unlikely survivor (Shannon) vows revenge against Locke, unfairly blaming him for Boone's death leading her to steal the keys to the late marshal's briefcase containing the guns. Meanwhile, Claire and Charlie struggle to calm her newborn baby boy. Sayid meets with Locke in the jungle and learns of the existence of the mysterious hatch, leading to more of Sayid's background story about why he came to Australia and was blackmailed by the CIA to nab an old friend whom was a terrorist suspect. Written by Anonymous

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This episode's original title was going to be "Sides". See more »

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Sayid walks into the room and sees two men playing Half-Life 2. There are two people holding controllers while Half-Life is a strictly single-player game. See more »

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Charlie: [singing to baby Turnip Head] The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the spout. Down came the rain and drowned the spider out!
Hurley: Dude, it's washed. Washed the spider out. Unless there's some kind of British version.
Charlie: Oh ok. Down came the rain and washed the spider... oh bollocks.
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"No more lies."
7 November 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Given the show's nature and ensemble cast, it was to be expected that Lost would lose a major character during its first season, so it shouldn't come as a big surprise that Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder), one of the less intense and mysterious people on the Island, met his demise at the end of the previous episode, an event that nevertheless had a huge emotional impact and is used by the writers to set up the proper season finale.

Thinking Boone was murdered, Jack sets off to find Locke, but is convinced by Kate to return to the camp and rest after his search proves unsuccessful. While the other survivors bury their departed comrade, Locke shows up and tries to explain, but Jack refuses to listen and is determined to take matters in his own hands. The thought is shared by Shannon, who asks Sayid to take care of Locke for her. Elsewhere on the Island, Claire reluctantly allows Charlie to take care of her newborn baby, with some help from Sawyer and Hurley.

As Sayid ponders what to do with Locke, his presence in Australia prior to the plane crash is explained: having become an informant, he was sent to Sydney to infiltrate a terrorist cell in exchange for Nadia's whereabouts. Upon completing the mission, he was given a plane ticket to Los Angeles, and the rest, as they say, is history...

After an episode that was heavy on personal tragedy (part of which is retained in this offering's flashbacks), The Greater Good returns to the show's main themes and escalates the conflict in view of the imminent finale, with a first glimpse of the strained Jack/Locke relationship. In the acting department, Andrews gets to do his usual best, and Maggie Grace turns in a truly believable, grounded performance, finally letting go of the "California chick" stereotype of earlier episodes in a permanent fashion. Yet another sign of the series having found its feet as the end of the first season approaches.


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