During the helicopter ride to the ship, Desmond's consciousness begins jumping back and forth between present day 2004 and 1996. He is forced to find Daniel Faraday in 1996 in order to get answers and stop the jumps.

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During the helicopter ride to the ship, Desmond's consciousness begins jumping back and forth between present day 2004 and 1996. He is forced to find Daniel Faraday in 1996 in order to get answers and stop the jumps.

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The lot number for the Black Rock journal at the auction is "2342." 23 and 42 are both in the sequence of the mythical island "numbers." See more »

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The number for Penny that Desmond retrieves is before the London area code switch over. When he dials it in the present it would have changed over. No amount of money Penny could have paid would prevent this. See more »

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Desmond Hume: I won't call... for eight years. December 24, 2004. Christmas Eve. I promise. Please, Pen.
Penny Widmore: If I give you the number, will you leave?
Desmond Hume: Aye.
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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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Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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28 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen all but maybe 4 episodes since day one of Lost, "The Constant" might be near as good as it gets. I don't like to say things like best, but if a gun were placed to my head and I were forced to name one single best episode, it would be tonights.

No other episode since the beginning has touched on this many of the themes of Lost. Rather than the showing the present with the flash-forward/backward tying in symbolically, which is the shows usual template, this episode ties the present to the flash in a very real and deadly way, also revealing a big, nay, gigantic clue as to the island's origins. Or at least lets us in on a part of the big secret.

In it's essence, tonight's show was a well told intricate yarn, exploiting all that is best about a tight story. But it doesn't stop with a great story.

The shows finale is top shelf drama. No melodrama. I've touched on this episode's writing, and it doesn't peeter out at the end, but the greatest strength of the finale is in its emotional content. Superbly acted by the part of Desmond and a stellar but brief appearance by Juliet. Paced and edited at a perfect pace, bringing this grown man to weep like I just dropped my only bratwurst.

Without giving away to much of the ending... Fans of the show, will surely know that this "encounter", was a long, long time in coming.

What a pay-off.

Great job, cast and crew alike.


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