Lost: Season 4, Episode 12

There's No Place Like Home: Part 1 (15 May 2008)

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Ben, Locke, and Hurley go to The Orchid, but Keamy and his men beat them there. Jack and Kate go after the helicopter, and are later joined by Sawyer. Sayid comes back to the island with a rescue boat, and then goes after them too.



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Jack and Kate head off into the jungle to search for the helicopter landing site, just as Sawyer, Miles, and baby Aaron run into them to update them on the facts, including Claire's mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, Sayid also returns to the island on the motor raft hoping to take a few people to the freighter offshore while Desmond, still aboard, learns what Michael intends to do. In a flash-forward, Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sun, Hurley, and Claire's baby son Aaron arrive safely back in Hawaii from their ordeal where they set about trying to keep the true facts of what happened on the island to protect the ones left behind... and themselves. Written by Anonymous

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The co-pilot who is flying the Oceanic 6 to Honolulo is holding a keyring that is seen later on this episode, when Hugo gets a car from his father. See more »


In the scene where Sayid meets with Nadia, the frame gets flipped. An external shot shows Nadia and a police car is on the right side of the hangar door. In the shot that follows, Sayid exits the hangar and the car is on the opposite side. Also, the purse that Nadia is carrying changes sides and the police officer in the background is wearing his badge on the wrong side. See more »


Karen Decker: They're referring to you as the Oceanic Six. It's not the best branding as far as we're concerned, but it's catchy.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Great set-up for the rest of the finale
15 May 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I have chosen to review "There's No Place Like Home Part 1" as a different episode than the other part of the season 4 finale which aired two weeks after this because this seems to me much more like a setup episode for the events of the finale than truly part of the finale. Though it is, like "Exodus", the season one finale, an episode which is very clearly the inspiration for the season four finale, more intrinsically linked to the events of the usual two-hour "Lost" finale than "Three Minutes" or "Greatest Hits".

The press conference, which has often been criticized, was decently-written as far as I'm concerned and I'm willing to forgive its clear flaws and suspend disbelief. After all, this is TV, and compared to most TV shows "Lost" rarely puts something out there and doesn't do something with it or go somewhere with it, so I'll trust the writers here. The rest of the off-island events show us what happens in the lives of the Oceanic 6 upon their return home and shortly after. I loved Hurley's party, it was so nice to have a bit of humor in this now very depressing show. I loved Cheech asking Sayid, Nadia, and Hurley if they were thinking about making fires and hunting boar, in the midst of an island-themed party. Yep, real smart. Of course even that scene has tragic undertones thanks to what we now know.

The island events are pretty standard for this time in the season, though very well-done. Lots of running around, characters meeting others and tying up loose ends, getting all the pieces in place for the traditionally epic, explosive finale. A fantastic set-up episode really, I can't think of any major flaws.

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