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Whatever the Case May Be 

Kate and Sawyer discover a briefcase and the race begins to win ownership of it. Charlie is still depressed over Claire, and is given a sharp talking to by Rose.



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Jack, Kate and Sawyer fight over possession of a newly discovered locked metal briefcase which might contain insights into Kate's mysterious past. More of fugitive Kate's background story is revealed, showing her participating in a bank robbery in New Mexico just to uncover something hidden in one of the safety deposit boxes. Meanwhile, Sayid asks a reluctant Shannon to translate notes he took from the French woman. A rising tide threatens to engulf the fuselage and the entire beach encampment, and Rose and a grieving Charlie tentatively bond over Claire's baffling disappearance. Written by Anonymous

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5 January 2005 (USA)  »

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(Episode #1.12), Shannon describes having been in France and seeing a children's animated movie about "computer fish" that ends with the song "La Mer" (known as "Beyond the Sea" in English). Although Shannon doesn't know the name of the movie, it is clearly Finding Nemo (2003), although the French dub of Finding Nemo, like the original American movie, ended with Robbie Williams's English cover of "Beyond the Sea" instead of the French source. This show and Finding Nemo are both products of the same parent company, Disney. On the DVD region 2 release (Eurpoe/france) the french track does have the french version of Beyond The Sea, this may have only been changed on the DVD release as Williams recorded a french language version for a disc being released of combined hits for a international market, and so may not have been available for a theatrical release. See more »


The position between shots of the pink blanket wrapped around Shannon changes when she's sitting next to Sayid. See more »


[Sawyer has climbed a tree in attempt to break the briefcase]
Sawyer: Impact velocity. Physics my ass.
[He drops the case but it doesn't break open]
Sawyer: Son of a... Unbelievable!
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References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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8 July 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Whatever the Case May Be", written by Jennifer Johnson and Damon Lindelof, is just an awful, almost unwatchable mess. The flashbacks are utterly embarrassing as opposed to simply boring like most other Kate flashbacks, with the whole bank robbery feeling extraordinarily fake and clichéd and the reasoning behind it being so amazingly sappy and ludicrous that I wonder if the writers wrote this one as an intentional joke.

If there's one real positive in the entire episode it is Jack Bender's work as director. Very good. We also thankfully have some scenes on the beach with Sayid, Jack, Shannon, and some others. These scenes are definitely not anything special but they really are a relief from the nausea-inducing dialogue and excruciatingly, insultingly obvious attempts to further set up the romantic geometry on the show. Oh, I nearly forgot the only excellent scene in the whole episode, Rose's discussion with Charlie, very nicely-written that.

"Whatever the Case May Be" deserves no discussion or analysis. It is perhaps the worst sort of filler in all four seasons of "Lost" thus far and generally completely worthless. One need not look beyond the hilariously awful swimming scene with Kate and Sawyer to see this.


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