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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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Did You Know?


When Daniel approaches young Charlotte on the swing, the first thing she says to him is, "I'm not allowed to have chocolate before dinner." These were adult Charlotte's last words before dying in Daniel's arms in a previous season 5 episode. See more »


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 J.J. Abrams
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"For the first time in a long time, I don't know what's going to happen."
25 August 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Daniel Faraday is one of my favourite characters. He has been portrayed by Jeremy Davies so well. I am surprised that he hasn't been nominated for an Emmy award. While we didn't really find out why he was crying when they showed the finding of flight 815, there are several more revelations. The one about his father especially. The ending of this episode is not a happy one. It is a shocker. And now we know why Eloise (Wheezy as I call her) was crying in the flashback, and why Daniel came to the island. But still . . . Daniel Faraday fan girls who want to see him happily married with children next season?! (if you have not seen the 2009 Lost panel at Comic-Con, you will not know what I am talking about) I guess if they like zombie weddings.

Meanwhile, Penelope grapples with Desmond's shooting while speaking to Eloise at the hospital. And when Eloise is waiting for a taxicab, we find out Daniel Faraday's daddy issues. Apart from the shocking ending, it was a great episode.

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