Michael's journey from escaping the island to working as Ben's spy on Widmore's ship is revealed, as well as his mission. Ben tells Danielle and Alex to leave Locke's camp and go to the island temple, but they are ambushed on the way.

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In the freighter, Sayid presses Michael to tell him what happened to him since he left the island. In a long flashback, Michael is in despair in Manhattan, since Walt refuses to talk to him after discovering the truth about the deaths of Ana Lucia and Libby. When Michael decides to commit suicide in an alley, he is saved by Tom Friendly who convinces him to work for his people by infiltrating the Kahana freighter to save the lives of the survivors in the island. Michael commits sabotage in the radio room and in the engine of the vessel following direct orders of Ben. After the explanations, Sayid delivers the traitor to Captain Gault. Meanwhile on the island, Ben is released by Locke and convinces Alex, Karl, and Rousseau to leave the camp and move to a hidden sanctuary. But they are ambushed by unseen killers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Michael Dawson arrives at the port in Suva, Fiji, the taxi is a left hand drive vehicle. In Fiji cars are driven on the left hand side of the road so the vehicles are right hand drive. See more »

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[Michael hands the watch to the pawnbroker. The watch has Korean characters engraved on its back]
Pawnbroker Gus: Why is there Chinese writing all over it?
Michael Dawson: It's Korean, man. The guy who gave it to me.
Pawnbroker Gus: You don't look like you speak Korean.
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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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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Another great episode which does a great job of tying up loose ends
20 March 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Like many, many other Lost fans I was concerned about how the writers would explain Michael's return, but it went off without any major issues. The flashbacks were effective, explanatory, interesting, and provided a chance to encounter some faces we haven't seen in a while. Harold Perrineau did a brilliant job this episode, proving that he is a great actor when given the right material to work with, which Elizabeth Sarnoff and Brian K. Vaughan provided with an excellent script. We see barely anything of 'present-time' island events, only getting the obligatory (but nicely done) scene with the rest of the 'important' members of Locke's camp learning that Michael was on the freighter, as well as Ben sending Rousseau to the temple with Alex and Karl, which led to the pretty shocking ending, which actually felt really out-of-the-blue to me, and almost disappointing in how it was written, though not necessarily for its content.

The episode's flashback story was nicely set up, with further mythology reveals (more like hints, admittedly) and nice character-driven moments. There's some great scenes here, and overall I'd say that it's around as emotional and interesting as "Special" from season one, which I personally thought was a great episode. Stephen Williams did a fairly good job of directing the episode and it was nice to revisit some of the music Giacchino wrote for Michael's character. All in all this isn't my favorite episode of season 4, but it is still excellent, and in keeping with the generally high quality of the season, excepting "Eggtown" and "The Other Woman", and to a lesser extent "Cabin Fever", I suppose.


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