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The Greater Good 

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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All scenes with major characters that depict Australia are clearly not shot in Australia. In the scene where Sayid is met outside a suburban Sydney shop the 'no parking' sign is on the wrong side of the road (or facing the wrong direction) and it is not a standard Australian traffic sign. Scenes depicting iconic Australian locations either do not have close-ups of major characters (eg in the scene where Sayid is playing soccer with his old University mate the Sydney skyline is only shown on long shots where the actors are not clearly recognizable) or they are clearly CGI'ed in (eg in the scene where the Opera House visible from Shannons hotel room.) The electrical outlets and lights switches shown in all indoor "Sydney scenes" are not Australian outlets or switches. Car license plates (called "number plates" in Australia) are clearly faked to look Australian, and whilst the vehicles depicted are right-hand drive vehicles they are consistently not models generally available through car dealerships in Australia. See more »


Locke: [to Sayid] Okay, I'll tell you something you *don't* know.
Sayid: Please do.
Locke: The first week after the crash, there was a cave-in. Jack was trapped. Do you remember that?
Sayid: Of course.
Locke: You, Kate and Sawyer went out into the jungle to triangulate a signal.
Sayid: [suddenly worried] Yes.
Locke: You were hit from behind, knocked unconscious. When you woke up, the transceiver, your equipment was destroyed.
[long pause as both men look at each other and Sayid realizes what Locke is telling him]
Locke: That was me.
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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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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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