Lost: Season 4, Episode 1

The Beginning of the End (31 Jan. 2008)

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Charlie's dying message casts doubt on the intentions of the people that Jack believes to be their rescuers. A power struggle ensues between Jack, who wants to leave the island, and Locke, who thinks that they're supposed to stay.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Straume (credit only)
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Desmond returns to the castaways' camp on the beach where he relays Charlie's message which casts suspicion and doubt about the rescuers that are approaching the island on a freighter 80 miles away. Meanwhile, Jack and Locke argue about Jack wanting to leave the island, while Locke wants to stay and build a new life for them. Meanwhile, flash forward into three years in the future show a mentally disturbed Hurley having visions of the dead Charlie telling him to return to the island. Written by Anonymous

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Jorge Garcia did the painting that Hurley has outside the hospital ground before Charlie appears. See more »


When the detective tells Hurley that he can put him in the nut house, Hurley respond by hugging him. Over the detective's right shoulder, during the over the shoulder shot of Hurley, you can clearly see the left hand of the camera operator, and most of the lens. See more »


Jack Shephard: Where is it?
Benjamin Linus: Okay, I probably should have told you that I saw her take the phone, but you beat me up, Jack. I owed you one.
Jack Shephard: What are you talking about?
Benjamin Linus: Kate took it when she hugged you... She found the right trail too, but you wouldn't listen to her, so I guess she's taken matters into her own hands. But look on the bright side - at least somebody around here knows what the hell they're doing.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Absolutely BRILLIANT
4 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

well this was great. it never had the shocker at the start like season 2 and 3, but i still think that start was great and baffling.

and i didn't like the start episodes as of season 2 and 3 as much as this, nothing happened in them apart from the shocks.

this had great confrontation, emotion, story.

and whoever said Smallville makes good television, HA, don't make me laugh. They aren't going to answer all the series question in the opening episode of season 4.

I cant believe Locke tried to kill Jack as well, i like Locke more than Jack and Locke wouldn't have done that

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