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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Charlie Pace (credit only)
Michael Dawson (credit only)
Ana Lucia Cortez (credit only)


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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memory | consciousness


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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 »


Claire Littleton: [drinking water] Mmm, oh, it's really sour.
Ethan: Really? I hadn't noticed.
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Satisfactory answers, unsatisfactory script
4 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Coming as the resolution to the storyline regarding Claire and Charlie's abduction by Ethan, which was the focus of "Raised by Another" and "Homecoming", and to a lesser extent "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", which concentrated on the search for Claire and Charlie, season two's "Maternity Leave" is one of the most plot-driven episodes in the entire series and really does suffer from a lack of depth which keeps it from being the potentially amazing episode it could have been, and it really ends up being as annoying, over-the-top, and poorly-realized as season one's "Homecoming". It's basically the writers' room completely geeking out and forgetting that they're not writing a daytime soap.

The only episode scripted by Dawn Lambert and Matt Ragghianti, who have no other writing credits to their name on anything else. They're not good writers at all, and given a plot and storyline which are fairly solid and good resolutions which offer some great answers and interesting questions and turn it into a middling, half-baked experience. Even series regular director Jack Bender isn't on form here, with certain scenes constructed poorly at best and the transitions used to cut to the 'flashes' to Claire's time at the medical station are fairly annoying, especially the BOING sound. Ugh.

Actually, the scenes with Eko and one or two inspired moments within the main story are the only things keeping this episode afloat, as the rest of it is a noisy mess of screaming, average to terrible exposition, poor dialogue... The design for the DHARMA medical station is phenomenal too, and quite creepy.

The problem with "Maternity Leave" is that it's more fun to talk about than it is to watch, really.


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