Lost: Season 2, Episode 15

Maternity Leave (1 Mar. 2006)

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When Claire's baby falls ill, she becomes determined to find out what happened to her to regain her memory during her captivity with the Others, triggering flashbacks to her experience among the Others, and her ordeals concerning her baby. Also, Mr. Eko learns about Henry Gale and asks Jack and Loche to give him a meeting with their captive.



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A desperate Claire, along with Kate and the French woman, Danielle Rousseau, trek into the jungle to attempt a return to the scene of Claire's kidnapping where she believes she might find the cure for Baby Aaron's mysterious illness. Claire begins to recall her captivity with the "Others" of being drugged and living in a mysterious underground bunker complex where Ethan Rom, the "Others" leader Mr. Friendly, are there as well as meeting a mysterious teenage girl who helped her escape. Meanwhile, Jack and Locke must keep their prisoner a secret from the rest of the survivors. But Mr Ako finds out about Henry Gale, and has a private talk with the captive concerning his recent actions with the Others. Written by Nick

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The vaccine that Ethan gives Claire reads 'CR4-81516-23 42' written across the top. See more »


(at around 11 minutes) Mr. Eko finishes chopping down a tree. When it hits the ground, it sounds as if it lands on wooden planks or a set floor, not the land that would be in a forest. See more »


Ethan: [to Claire] A little medicine for your baby.
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Many surprising answers, many burning questions. The story wallops forward
6 March 2006 | by (Holland) – See all my reviews

This episode starts out with Claire Littleton's baby having a fever, an event which leads the young mother's subconscious to unlock more of the repressed memories she has been harboring concerning the particulars of her earlier abduction. Fearing that something might have happened to her baby, which back then was still unborn, she, Kate and Danielle Rousseau set out in order to backtrack her memories in order to find out more about what happened those faithful weeks.

It is a very interesting episode, although it is helped along the way by the fact that it reveals quite a few things. I'm not much of a fan of Emilie de Ravin and between a cast of great actors, she quite often falls short in my honest opinion, but Mira Furlan beautifully acted Danielle's weak and strong balanced personality. It is always quite fulfilling to see Rousseau and this Episode will allow you to regain respect for her, which I am happy for. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Mister Eko is a pleasure to behold, for he brings a powerful serenity to the scenes he is in, making even moments of weakness a tour de force.

In this series, which is rather male oriented, it is a nice breather to see an all girl act take a hold of the plot, although instantly femdom-symbolisms are sputtered across, most notably Sawyer's new nickname for Kate ("Thelma"). The dream-like sequences that are allegedly shooting through Claire's head are both visually and audibly powerful and do the Series proud as a magnificent depicter of dreams, visions and in some cases throughout the now one and a half seasons old series, slight rubber reality references. Welcome was seeing the cradle with the Oceanic Flight airplanes that had appeared as early as in halfway Season 1.

In the course of this Episode, you will learn some very implicit, but surprising information about the Others, some of what they are, some of what they do. However with the why, the series has been very modest. The new settings reek of abandonment and an angst inspiring solitude, providing for an excellent all through atmosphere. Especially when we can compare the visions with what we see of the place 'ourselves', later, this episode shines and makes us wonder so.

If you want to endure some minor spoilers, please desist from reading further down.

As with many other Lost Episodes, this one has quite some symbolic references, one of the most clear being the medical caduceus on the Dharma Logo of the newly discovered compound. These lovely touches allow you to be pulled in to further enjoy the mystery of the Island.

On a final note, I'd like to add that Michael Emerson's Henry Gale, the prisoner acquired in the former episode, innocent at first sight, but oh so nasty and creepy in some undefinable way, is sublimely acted.

Great episode, although not as great as my top five, consisting of 'Walkabout', 'White Rabbit', 'Numbers', 'Deus Ex Machina' and 'The 23rd Psalm' (not in that order).

4 out of 5

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