Charlie begins a journey of withdrawal from drugs aided by Locke, whose true motive is a mystery. Jack is buried alive in a cave collapse.

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Trying to kick his drug habit with encouragement from Locke, Charlie starts to go through heroin withdrawl, struggling with his resolve. Jack is trapped in a cave-in, and Charlie becomes trapped with him when the first rescue tunnel collapses as well. Kate, Sayid, and Sawyer attempt to triangulate the position of the distress signal coming from the island. Charlie has flashbacks of his rock band, and his decent into drug abuse. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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When Charlie snorts cocaine, Dominic Monaghan is actually snorting brown sugar. See more »

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Right after Charlie offers to go in and save Jack, the camera cuts to a large, green, mountain type shot, and a fence is visible running across it. See more »

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Locke: [to teach Charlie, who is struggling through heroin withdraw, a lesson] What do you suppose is in that cocoon, Charlie?
Charlie: I don't know. A - a - a butterfly, I guess.
Locke: No, it's much more beautiful than that. That's a moth cocoon. It's ironic - butterflies get all the attention, but moths, they spin silk. They're stronger. They're faster.
Charlie: That's wonderful, but...
Locke: You see this little hole? This moth's just about to emerge. It's in there right now, struggling. It's digging it's way through the thick ...
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Charlie's hour
20 October 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

After the slightly uneventful House of the Rising Sun, Lost gets back on track with an episode that focuses on one of the more interesting characters: has-been rock star Charlie Pace, played by former Lord of the Rings cast member Dominic Monaghan (the only real "name" in the show's cast when it originally started airing) with the appropriate mix of charisma and angst.

Expanding on the pilot episode's revelation that Charlie is a heroin addict, The Moth shows him trying to kick the habit, with some encouragement from the customarily helpful Locke. In fact, he gets a chance to prove himself when Jack is trapped in a cave-in and he tries to rescue the good doctor. Unfortunately, he gets stuck as well. As for the other survivors, Kate, Sawyer and Sayid try to triangulate the origin of the freaky French radio message.

Flashback-wise, it's all about Charlie, more specifically his glory days with Drive Shaft back in Manchester, the hit song "You All Everybody" (later heard in the Season Four premiere of that other J.J. Abrams hit show, Alias) and his first contact with drugs, initiated by his brother Liam and other shady characters.

Sure, it all might look like a standard "troubled musician" thing, but what really makes a difference, both in the flashbacks and the present day scenes, is Monaghan's fun and simultaneously affecting work. It's no surprise to learn the part was originally meant for an older actor (though unnamed, a special feature on the Season One DVD suggests it was someone who had worked with Abrams in the past), nor to find out that Monaghan's audition was so convincing they retooled it to suit him. Much like in the Rings trilogy, he does charming and vulnerable with equal ease, sometimes in the same scene, and his interaction with Terry O' Quinn and Matthew Fox ranks as the episode's top moment.

Proving that there's more to it than just polar bears and a mysterious killer entity, Lost is perfectly capable of great character studies, as long as it's the right people, like Locke or Charlie. Why else would the series have such a large ensemble?


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