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Something Nice Back Home 

Juliet is forced to perform an emergency appendectomy on Jack, Jack's post-rescue relationship with Kate is revealed, and Sawyer, Claire, and Aaron head back to Jack's camp with Miles.



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Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Ben Linus (credit only)
John Locke (credit only)


Jack is not feeling well, believing that it was fruit poisoning; however Juliet finds that he needs an emergency appendectomy, otherwise he would die. Meanwhile in a "flashforward", Jack is living with Kate and Aaron and he proposes to her. However, the deranged Hurley questions Jack as to whether they are not dead and in Heaven, and later Jack sees his father, Dr. Christian Shephard. While heading to Jack's camp, Sawyer, Claire with baby Aaron and Miles meet the helicopter pilot, Frank Lapidus, who advises them to hide from Keamy and his men whom are there to kill all of them. In the morning, Claire has vanished and Miles tells them that she had woken up in the middle of the night calling for her father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The book which Jack is reading to a sleeping Aaron as a bedtime story in one of the flash-forwards is 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. See more »


Juliet Burke: [to Jack] I need you to wake up.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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A remarkable and very underrated episode
1 May 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly one of the most under-appreciated episodes of "Lost", and also one of the most underrated hours of television in 2008, "Something Nice Back Home" has bewilderingly attracted a large group of haters who dismiss the episode as 'the Jate episode'. I couldn't disagree more. I really think this is a fine script, and one which is quite an important one in the run of the series, very far from being a 'filler' episode.

One: Jack's slow descent into depression is executed with subtlety and grace. Those complaining that there was not some horrible violent event which led to his state in the season three finale clearly have very little emotional maturity, not that we've even seen everything which happened after this point. The beauty of the writing is that for Jack that meeting with Hurley was enough to start him on this slippery slope, to unearth the subconscious issues he was dealing with. Jack, from day one, made it his goal and his aim to get the survivors off the island. As if it were not enough that more than half of them died, he not only failed in doing so when he got the chance (and partly due to his own mistakes), but is completely unsure of what happened to those he left behind, so his meeting with Hurley is even more frightening to him. It is more common in reality for people to enter severe depression or become addicted to alcohol and prescription medication over guilt and paranoia than over a traumatic event (and while the final stages of season 4 may not seem all that traumatic to us as viewers, imagine yourself in such a situation). I truly appreciated the quality of the writing in this episode, and of the acting. If you are looking for a show which consistently does the obvious, and has no concept of subtlety nor an understanding of the human psyche, please watch another show.

Two: Sawyer, Miles, and Claire. In spite of some great one-liners when Sawyer and (according to Hurley) the freighter version of Sawyer clash, this storyline achieves a rare sort of eeriness, and Sawyer is now more than ever broken and scared. His jokey attitude is masking a terror evident in his eyes, body language, and the excellent makeup job done in this episode. I found this storyline very effective, and Christian Shepard's appearance was remarkably interesting. Love the ending. Three: The appendicitis story. Yes, the appendicitis story. It was not great, but it linked nicely to the rest of the episode thematically and was well-written. It is also basic confirmation that the island was not pleased with Jack's actions, if all you care about is the mythology of "Lost".

A great episode, although it took me more than one viewing to realize that, and tremendously affecting on many levels. A big thank you to the writers of this episode and the entire creative team behind this series for rarely resorting to the over-dramatic and displaying an understanding of the human psyche and human emotion which few shows on television do.

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