Lost: Season 3, Episode 8

Flashes Before Your Eyes (14 Feb. 2007)

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After Desmond saves Claire from drowning, Charlie and Hurley suspect that he can see the future. So they try to get him drunk to get some answers out of him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Linus (credit only)
Jack Shephard (credit only)
James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Kate Austen (credit only)
Juliet Burke (credit only)
Nikki Fernandez (credit only)
Paulo (credit only)


The episode opens with reminders about Desmond's premonitions: Locke's speech, the lightning rod, etc. In the present, as Locke and Sayid inform everyone about Eko's death, Desmond takes off running. He manages to save Claire from drowning in the ocean, but his prescience has now become obvious to Charlie and Hurley. They use some whiskey from Sawyer's raided stash to try and find out what happened to Desmond and get an explanation as to how, as Hurley puts it, "that guy see the future, dude." When Desmond passes out drunk, through his eyes we then begin to (re)experience his past and event leading up to why he did not end up with Penny, though he obviously still loves her and wishes things had been different. Triggered when Desmond "pushed the button," the flashbacks are actually a form of time travel or a replaying of events in an alternate/parallel universe. Desmond struggles with his sense of déjà vu and glimpsed of memories of the future as we see him living with Penny several ... Written by Jeremy Farrance

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The song Charlie is singing is Wonderwall by Oasis. Not unlike Driveshaft, Oasis is a British rock band based around two brothers, one of which is named Liam. See more »


Desmond passes an army recruitment office in London near where he and Penny pose for photo. First of all the main army in GB has been known since Cromwell's time as the "Regular Army" not Her Majesty's or Royal Army, hence the distinction of the Regular Army as opposed to the "Royal Navy" and the "Royal Air Force". A recruiting poster displayed spells "Honor", the American way not "Honour" as it would be spelled in the UK. Also, British Troops do not carry M16s, as shown in the poster. The couple's London flat is shown with stripped stonework and brick. There are no flats in London with interior walls made from rough stone, "London" brick has always been the material. Fine cut blocks of Portland limestone are often used in the exterior walls of office or public buildings bit not rough cut stone except in the North-East of England and Scotland. See more »


Ms. Hawking: The Universe, unfortunately, has a way of course-correcting. That man was supposed to die, that was his path. Just as it's *your* path to go to the island. You don't do it because you choose to, Desmond; you do it because you're supposed to.
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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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Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Dominic Monaghan
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The Intriguing Final Destination of Charlie
19 February 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While in the woods with Locke, Sayid, Charlie and Hurley, Desmond rushes to the sea and rescues Claire that was drowning. When Charlie questions his premonition, Desmond recalls that after using the key in the hatch, he traveled back in time to London, where he met Penny again. He has a Déjà vu with many situations, including his traumatic meeting with Penny's father, the arrogant Mr. Charles Widmore. In the end he discloses a secret to Charlie.

"Flashes Before Your Eyes" is an intriguing episode of Lost, centered in Desmond and his mysterious premonitions and time travel. The story is open to interpretations (has he traveled in time or just had a trip in his mind? – everything is possible in the island) and a great episode. My vote is nine.

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Note: On 7 April 2013, I saw this episode again on DVD.

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