Lost: Season 3, Episode 1

A Tale of Two Cities (4 Oct. 2006)

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Jack, Kate and Sawyer are kidnapped by the Others, who reveal themselves as more sophisticated and savvy than anyone guessed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Eko (credit only)
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Claire Littleton (credit only)
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Sun Kwon (credit only)
Charlie Pace (credit only)
John Locke (credit only)
Nikki Fernandez (credit only)


Jack, Kate and Sawyer are kidnapped by "The Others" and put in different environments. Kate has a shower, gets a dress and is invited to have breakfast on the beach with the leader Henry Gale (who identifies himself under his real name of Ben Linus); Sawyer is locked in a cage for wild animals and without food or water, being "awarded" when he hits a lever as if he were an animal; and Jack is locked in a sort of aquarium, being interrogated and controlled by his handler and the Others doctor, Juliet, who has a complete report about his life. Meanwhile, Jack recalls his divorce process with Sarah and how his desperation and rapid meltdown affected everyone around him, including his father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This was the first episode that J.J. Abrams was directly involved in since the show's first season. See more »


In the last episode of season 2, Locke is shown to be caught in the explosion of the hatch, hence leaving a doubt whether he is alive. However, in the opening credits of this season debut, Terry O'Quinn is mentioned even if he doesn't appear in the episode, therefore telling the viewer that he is still alive even if we are not supposed to know See more »


Kate Austen: Where am I?
Tom Friendly: You really don't think I'm gonna answer that do you?
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References Happy Days (1974) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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11 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best, most unusual, most emotionally intense episodes shown thus far.

From its dazzling opening, the tension is ratcheted up and the tone darkens to the final scenes, which hint that things will get far worse for our friends before they get better -- if they get better at all.

For all its range, the episode is really about Jack and the surprisingly ugly and dark corners of his psyche. Matthew Fox, who has been excellent throughout the show's run, really shines here. He is performance is quite powerful and extremely moving. If this episode is an indicator of where the series is headed this season, we're in for quite a ride.

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