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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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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1977 Dharma personnel use Sig Sauer P226 pistols, a weapon which was not designed until in early 1980s. See more »


Daniel Faraday: You knew all along - you knew this would happen. And you sent me here anyway...
Eloise Hawking: Who are you?
Daniel Faraday: I'm your son.
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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This is what we've been waiting for
30 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

If Season 5 wasn't scheduled to run a specific (17) number of episodes, "The Variable" is exactly the kind of fare we would - and should - have gotten much sooner. Like Daniel Faraday says, "I've spent so much time thinking about the constants, that I forgot about the variables". Packed with action, conflict (the council at the barracks is a nice little homage to the councils at the beach of earlier seasons), and revelations (the Incident that made the creation of the hatch necessary, Daniel's father, the aftermath of Desmond getting shot by Ben, etc.), it's an episode that doesn't have any extraneous moments. And of course at the center of it all is the eternal battle of the series: fate ("You always knew this was going to happen") vs. free will ("We think, we reason, we make choices"). Only this time the battle is fought with a sense of urgency that, out of all the Season 5 episodes, only "He's Our You" came close to achieving. "The Variable" belongs in the Top 5 of this season, perhaps even at spot #1 (a close race with "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham"). ***1/2 out of 4.

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