Lost: Season 5, Episode 14

The Variable (29 Apr. 2009)

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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:
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Ben Linus (credit only)
Sun 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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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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The Tragic End
19 April 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Daniel returns to the island and he has a plan to fix time and bring the group back home. However, he needs to meet his mother that belongs to the hostiles and explode the hydrogen bomb. When Jake, Kate and Daniel are ready to go, they are surprised by Radzinsky and his men but they succeed to escape. However Sawyer and Juliet are hold in the Dharma village and kept captive by Radzinsky. When Daniel arrives in the hostiles' camp, he is shot by Eloise.

"The Variable" is maybe the best episode of this Season of "Lost". The story is dramatic and also full of action and unfortunately Daniel Faraday is gone. As usual, there are time paradoxes and inconsistencies in the plot. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Variable"

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