Lost: Season 1, Episode 12

Whatever the Case May Be (5 Jan. 2005)

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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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(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 »


When Shannon takes off her top to sunbathe, she has a bottle of water and a bottle of sun lotion next to her on her right hand side. During the scene with Sayid, the positions of the bottles change repeatedly between shots and in one shot the lotion disappears completely. See more »


Charlie: Why are you smiling?
Rose: Am I?
Charlie: You look happy.
Rose: Well, I guess I must be then.
Charlie: There's no reason to be happy. Things are awful.
Rose: They're not that awful.
Charlie: We're stranded on an island. Nobody's coming for us.
Rose: You don't know that.
Charlie: Well, what I do know is there's something in that jungle that eats people. Just because we haven't heard from it in a few weeks doesn't mean it won't get hungry again. And I know there's a person or people that are trying to hurt us and ...
Rose: Charlie! Nobody blames you.
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La Mer
Written by Charles Trenet
Performed by Maggie Grace
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The Dark Past of Kate Austen
9 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Kate Austen is plucking and picking fruits and seeds in the woods, and James "Sawyer" Ford meets her. They find a beautiful lake with a waterfall and decide to swim. They find on the bottom of the lake a wallet, and Kate, while recalling her past, tries unsuccessfully to take the wallet from Sawyer. Meanwhile, Rose helps Charlie Pace to recover, and Sayid Jarrah asks Shannon Rutherford to translate some French maps he stole from Danielle Rousseau.

"Whatever the Case May Be" discloses the dark past of Kate Austen, but the reason for the dispute for the wallet sounds silly, at least at this moment of the story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Whatever the Case May Be"

Note: On 20 March 2013, I saw this episode again.

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