Lost: Season 2, Episode 20

Two for the Road (3 May 2006)

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Jack and Kate bring an exhausted Michael back to camp where he has news about "The Others". Meanwhile, Ana Lucia attempts to get the prisoner, Henry Gale to confess to being a spy for the Others, and he attempts to kill her. Also, Hurley plans a surprise date for Libby.

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Jake and Kate find an exhausted Michael in the jungle and bring him back to the hatch for dehydration and medical treatment. Henry tries to kill Ana Lucia, but she is saved by John Locke in the last moment. Ana Lucia tries to convince Sawyer to give a weapon to her for killing Henry, and she has sex with him. She recalls her troubled relationship with her mother leading to the end of her career in the L.A. police force and her short connection with Jake's father Dr. Christian Shephard, who took her to Australia for his own agenda. Meanwhile, Hurley invites Libby for a picnic in a secret spot. When Ana Lucia is unable to shoot Henry, Michael offers himself for the assignment... but instead executes her in a stunning betrayal. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Christian and Ana-Lucia are in the car in Sydney, he opens his door into a man - that man is Sawyer. See more »

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When Michael shoots both Ana Lucia and Libby, he uses a Beretta 92. But when he faces Ben and shoots himself in the arm, he is now using a Sig Sauer. See more »

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[first lines]
Kate Austen: Michael. Michael. What's wrong with him? Michael. Michael? Michael.
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Kate Austen: Jack? Where are you going?
Jack Shephard: Maybe they just let him go.
Kate Austen: Let him go - he's alone! They didn't just push him out into the jungle, Jack. He's alone!
Jack Shephard: Okay. Let's go.
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A powerful episode, and not only for the ending
17 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Given my (justified, I think) writer-centric view of television shows in general and "Lost" in this case, it is rather frustrating, but also oddly pleasing, that I find myself unable to explain how Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim, far and away the two worst writers on "Lost" as far as I'm concerned, managed to write something as powerful and effective as "Two for the Road". As a result of my frustrating inability to explain this phenomenon to myself, I won't bother trying to explain it in this IMDb comment. I'll just have to settle for giving Kim and Sarnoff credit for writing a script with real depth and quality, and one which features so much great dialogue.

"Two for the Road" boasts one of the most interesting flashbacks on "Lost", with Ana-Lucia meeting Christian Shepard at a bar and agreeing to go to Sydney with him as his 'bodyguard'. It's sheer class as a concept, given what the two characters have just been through, and whether or not it was planned when Ana-Lucia was introduced or not is irrelevant to its quality. The characters choose not to use their actual names for the trip, and what ensues is a rather phenomenally well-written several scenes with the pair, who play brilliantly off each other. It's not just the clever dialogue that's impressive here, it's the depth of characterization, the fact that every action is not only consistent with what we know about the characters and what we've seen them do, but is driven by their previous actions. It's remarkable characterization, and this is almost certainly Christian's best and most definitive episode as a character, and John Terry's performance here is brilliant.

On the island the events are mainly concentrated on the hatch, Fenry Gale, and Michael's return. This isn't a recap, so I'm not going to go into much detail but the key scene here in relation to Ana-Lucia is her encounter with Fenry Gale. His psychological manipulation of her is almost brutally hard to witness, given what the flashback does for Ana-Lucia and how well Michelle Rodriguez conveys Ana's emotions on the island. Watching her first few appearances for the third or fourth time recently annoyed me as much as they usually do, but once you see the full plan the writers had for the character completed it's hard not to see her arc as one of the most effective character arcs on the show. The shocking ending to the episode, which I don't think anybody saw coming at the time, is surprisingly executed very tastefully, and I credit director Paul A. Edwards for that, as well as Harold Perrineau and Michelle Rodriguez. It's a heartbreaking ending to a heartbreaking episode, especially given the subplot with Hurley preparing a date with Libby, on the surface before the final reveal a light, bubbly portion of this otherwise almost relentlessly bleak episode, after the final reveal some of the most devastatingly tough to watch scenes on "Lost".

"Two for the Road" was nominated for a WGA award for 'Writing for an Episodic Drama', and it's a deserved nomination given the excellence of the structure and pacing of the script, and of the dialogue and characterization. Although it might be remembered most for its shocking (and tastefully-executed) ending, the episode as a whole is worthy of just as much praise as its last five minutes. To top it all off, we even get one of the best jokes aimed at fans in the entire series when Sawyer is reading the final ten pages of the "Bad Twin" manuscript and Jack yanks it right out of his hands and burns it. They just love torturing us.

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