Lost: Season 3, Episode 5

The Cost of Living (1 Nov. 2006)

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After Mr. Eko has a vision of his dead brother, he sets out to return to the site of his plane crash.



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A delirious Eko wrestles with demons from his past, while Locke, Sayid, Desmond, and two other castaways, Nikki and Paolo, head back to The Pearl -- one of the Dharma Initiative's island stations -- hoping to find a computer that they can use to locate Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Meanwhile, Jack doesn't know whom to trust when two of "The Others" (Ben and Juliet) seem at odds with one another when Ben wants Jack to perform surgery on him to remove a potentially dangerous tumor whereas Juliet does not want Jack to do it. Written by patstar84

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In a flashback, when Mr. Ecko has his hands tied in the church, at about 29 minutes 10 seconds, he pulls the knife out of the the table twice. The first time he uses the knife to hit the main "bad guy". The second time it is pulled Mr. Ecko uses the knife to strike one of the supporting "bad guys". See more »


Mr. Eko: I ask for no forgiveness father for I have not sinned, I have only done what I needed to do to survive. A small boy once asked me if I was a bad man, if I could answer him now I would tell him, that when I was a young boy I killed a man to save my brothers life. I am not sorry for this, I am proud of this. I did not ask for the life that I was given but it was given none the less, and with it I did my best.
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6 November 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Mr.Eko is bound to be a favorite character of many losties. Regardless of what he did in the real world the island has seemed to be a fresh start for many of the survivors. He is haunted by a vision of his dead brother the priest and still suffering the effects of the bear attack along with the hatch explosion he takes off into the jungle heading for the plane where he left his brothers body. This ties in with Locke and his group of explorers who decide to head back to the station known as "The Pearl" to try and find an active computer or to see if there is anyway of communicating with other stations on the island. In the pearl we catch a glimpse of a one eyed man in another station but realising that he is being watched he shuts off the camera. Surely more to come from that story. If I am to have one gripe about lost it is the loose ends that really need to be tied up at some stage. We have seen characters being killed in the past who seem to have pivotal roles such as Libby and Anna Maria, cut down before they need to be. It does add to the suspense as no one is safe but why bother with the back story at all. And here's the spoiler. Why kill Eko? If there is a character on the island who was willing to follow his faith and give everyone else hope I would have thought it would be Eko. Locke is going to take this role back again I'm sure but could Locke fight off four or five of the others with his bare hands? Eko had so much more story left in Him! The maze that lost has created contains so many dead ends. I'm not going to lose faith just yet but I'm reminded of the series the X-Files. The truth was out there, or so they tole us for eight or nine years. But in the end it wasn't and we were left feeling let down.

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