Lost (2004–2010)
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All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues 

Jack, Kate, Locke and Boone go after Ethan, Claire and Charlie. They separate, and while Jack and Kate confront Ethan, Locke and Boon find another mystery at the jungle. Flashbacks reveal more about Jack's past with his dad.


Stephen Williams


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Maggie Grace ... Shannon Rutherford
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walt Lloyd
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon (credit only)
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle
William Mapother ... Dr. Ethan Rom
John Terry ... Dr. Christian Shephard


Claire Littleton and Charlie Pace are abducted by the mysterious Ethan Rom, and Dr. Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, John Locke and Boone Carlyle go after them. When the leads divide, the group split in two. Jack follows with Kate and recalls his sad past with his father. He struggles against Ethan who reveals himself not an ordinary man revealing to have super speed, agility, and near-superhuman strength. Kate and Jack later they find a near-death Charlie hanged in a tree. Things take another mysterious turn when Locke and Boone find a mysterious hatch in the jungle. Meanwhile, the nasty Sawyer confronts Sayid about torturing him, and is skeptic to Sayid's claim about other people hiding on the island. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the original outline of the episode during their search for Charlie and Claire, Kate and Jack were meant to come under a dart attack from the "Others". However it was deemed to cheesy and cut. See more »


While Jack is speaking with his dad, you hear the pen his dad hands him click, yet it is clearly a pen that needs to be twisted and you then see Jack twist it to sign the document. See more »


Jack Shephard: Charlie... you gotta talk to me. We're gonna go back out and look for Claire the moment the sun comes up. And I could really use your help. I mean, anything that you can tell me about... what you remember, where you were going. Did you... see or hear...
Charlie Pace: [woodenly] I didn't see anything... hear anything. I don't remember... anything.
Charlie Pace: [Jack turns away] Claire.
Jack Shephard: What?
Charlie Pace: That's all they wanted.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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26 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

All the episodes for me up to this point in 'Lost' were very good to outstanding. "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" is one of Season 1's best and among my personal favourite early episodes. It has a story that consistently enthrals with the mystery and suspense levels raised even more than in the previous episode "Raised By Another". As intriguing as everything with Locke and Boone (an important development) and the flashback is, there are two scenes that are particularly memorable.

One is the scene with Ethan and Jack, one of the most chilling scenes ever on 'Lost'. The other is Jack with Charlie, a thrilling scene that leaves one on the edge of their seat with tension and also leaves them welling up. The acting is great all round, but Matthew Fox (giving some of his best acting of the series) and William Mapother induces goose-bumps.

Visually, "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" is well made with the island as beautiful and mysterious as ever. The music is understated and chilling, even beautiful at times. Michael Giacchino never disappointed with his work on 'Lost', his work in this episode is some of his most inspired.

The writing still provokes thought, and is the smart and taut writing of 'Lost' at its best.

In conclusion, enthralling and a must see for die-hard 'Lost' fans or anybody getting into the show. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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8 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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