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The Variable 

Faraday returns to the island and tells Jack that his mother, Eloise Hawking, lied to them--they don't belong on the island. He then initiates a dangerous plan to get them back home.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Benjamin 'Ben' Linus (credit only)
Sun-Hwa Kwon (credit only)
John Locke (credit only)


In 1977, Faraday returns to the island where he tells Jack that his mother, Eloise Hawking, was wrong - that they don't belong on the island. At least not in this time. Faraday confides in Jack, Kate, Hurley and Miles about a radical plan to get them back home and arrange time as it should. Faraday also confides in Dr. Chang about his true origins. More of Faraday's background story shows his upbringing by Eloise, his tenure at Oxford University and his work. Back in Los Angeles in the present day, Desmond is recovering in the hospital from Ben's attack where Eloise pays him and Penny a visit. Written by matt-282

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29 April 2009 (USA)  »

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This is the 100th episode of Lost. See more »


When the young Daniel Faraday is playing the piano, the actor is only pretending to play. See more »


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Fate vs. Free Will
4 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When we saw Faraday emerge from the sub at the end of Hoth, a sense of relief came over us. Why? Without a doubt, Season 5 has given us one character that was sorely underdeveloped last season: DANIEL FARADAY! This episode focuses the relationship of Daniel and his mother, Eloise. The relationship also acts as some interesting metaphor for free will (Dan) vs. fate (eloise). The flashbacks focus on this battle, as Eloise pushes Dan towards his tragic fate, against his own will. This dynamic brought an emotional factor to a character that we never thought would bring such feelings, while explaining all of our unanswered questions on a somewhat mysterious Faraday.

On top of this, the Island stuff is tense and packed with amazing stuff. The scenes here are filled to the brim with tension, and the acting is spot on. Jack and Kate finally get some direction that was lacking after Whatever Happened, Happened.

However, the episode really knocks things out of the ball park with the ending. Although tragic, the ending reinforces the whatever happened, happened time rules. Even though Daniel thought free will was present, his actions only led him down the road to the fate his mother knew from the get go. Tragic, yet incredibly satisfying in terms of the mythology, this episode stands as a cornerstone episode of the season. I can't wait to see where the finale will take us.

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