Lost: Season 3, Episode 8

Flashes Before Your Eyes (14 Feb. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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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)
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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 clock in the nightstand reads 1:08. A reference to the mysterious number sequence. See more »


Desmond is looking at an army poster, showing the merits to joining a Scottish regiment - and the spelling is American - "Honor * Adventure", when it should be "Honour" - the British spelling. The scene is supposedly in Britain. See more »


Hurley: Dude, I don't know about this.
Charlie: See, you're looking at this all wrong. We need to do this.
Hurley: He wants us to take his stash - yeah, that sounds exactly like Sawyer.
Charlie: Well, he stole all this in the first place. I mean people need food, they need medical supplies, they need... a shocking amount of pornography.
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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Poor attempt at England
15 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the episode but the portrayal of England was poor and un researched. It looked nothing like England/London looks like and there were multiple spelling mistakes at key points. Example : Armed Forces Career Office Honor spelt as such. British English as spoken and used throughout the majority of the world is spelt with a u - therefore, Honour.

It's the small things that irritate people and believe it or not most of my British friends have been and will be put off watching the show over something so petty. I know it's petty but a lot of non Americans see this as Americas ignorance of the rest of the world and I am inclined to believe them - it doesn't happen in foreign dramas they make sure the small things are right. To be honest I'm disappointed in the Lost research team.

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