Lost: Season 3, Episode 7

Not in Portland (7 Feb. 2007)

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Sawyer and Kate struggle to escape the island while Jack sabotages Ben's surgery, and Juliet's plan to make a deal with Jack to kill Ben on the operating table is exposed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed 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)
Paulo (credit only)


Jack successfully deals the freedom of Kate and Sawyer along the surgery of Ben, and Alex helps them to escape from The Others in her boat. Meanwhile, Juliet recalls her life in Miami, when she developed a successful research of pregnancy treatment having her own sister as guinea pig. Then she recalls when she was invited to lead a research team in a laboratory in Portland. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the beginning of the episode Juliet is going to visit her sister to give her some experimental medicine. On her sister's night stand is a feng shui lamp. It is recognizable as the "Dharma Symbol". See more »


In the operating room scenes with Jack, Juliet's surgical cap moves up and down her forehead. During this time, her gloved hands are bloody, so if she had made an adjustment to her surgical cap manually, there would be blood visible on the cap like the blood that is visible on her surgical mask from when she pulled that down off her face. See more »


Edmund Burke: [Talking on phone] Because you're insufferable and you're mean. Well you asked for the truth Mom.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


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"We're not quite in Portland"
8 December 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

If you listen to podcasts and interviews with the head writers of "Lost" recorded before season three's opening six-episode mini-season/pod the intention behind those episodes becomes clear. They were excited to do a pure action/adventure story, a captivity/escape tale much like films and television they grew up with and enjoyed. We got something in that vein, but it never really came together, never blossomed into anything more than cheap, predictable melodrama. What's most remarkable about "Not in Portland", in many ways the final chapter of the Hydra island pod of stories (since "Stranger in a Strange Land" doesn't exist), is that it represents the Hydra island storyline FINALLY becoming what the writers must have had in their heads while planning it out.

"Not in Portland" doesn't lack some brilliant character-based writing, particularly for Juliet but also for Jack and even Ben, but it also doesn't lack the sort of thing the entire Hydra island pod should have had: loads of well-executed action within the established genre format of the jungle captivity/escape story. I can't think of anything that could have been done better here- "I Do", the previous episode, milked everything for cheap soap-opera tension. "Not in Portland" features very similar situations with lives hanging in the balance, dramatic attempts at escape, 'shock moments', etc. but it's all in the great "Lost" tradition of keeping everything deeply connected to the overall story and to the characters and mythos of the series. Everything here is worthwhile. Kate and Sawyer's escape and Ben's surgery are handled superbly, with a shift of focus in the writing to Juliet, already a compelling character, and in this episode proving to be one of the show's most intriguing and conflicted characters.

The flashback sees Juliet attempting to get her sister, who has cancer, pregnant through experimental science. Due to previous experiments and presumably this as well, The Others (naming themselves 'Mittelos Bioscience) led by Richard Alpert attempt to recruit Juliet and bring her to the island. This sort of thing can go horribly wrong if done without subtlety and grace (*cough*"Cabin Fever"*cough*), but it's all very strongly-written here by Carlton Cuse and Jeff Pinkner.

A massive return to form after an uncertain (to be kind) start to the season, this 'spring season debut' introduces us to the superb bulk of season three which would keep us on the edge of our collective seat until the spectacular, jaw-dropping audacity of the finale.

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