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


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 2 more credits »




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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Release Date:

8 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pounding on a chest, like Jack does to Charlie, is only found in cinema. As it does absolutely nothing, a doctor would not do that. This was an attempt to depict a precordial thump, which is used during v-fib or v-tach. See more »


When Sawyer is talking to Walt, a boom microphone is visible in one of the shots. See more »


Sawyer: Who got taken by what?
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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »


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"That's all they wanted"
24 October 2010 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Lost has always been great at delivering good episode endings (the Locke revelation in Walkabout springs to mind), but few cliffhangers are as chilly as that of the tenth episode, with Charlie and Claire running into Ethan Rom (William Mapother) while Jack and Hurley find out he wasn't one of the passengers on Oceanic 815. It's inevitable that the follow-up should be equally satisfying, and All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues doesn't disappoint for a second.

With Claire and Charlie missing, a rescue team is quickly assembled in the form of Jack, Kate, Locke and Boone. As they venture into the jungle, they split into two groups: while Jack and Kate make some horrifying discoveries about the abduction and the presence of "Others" on the Island, Locke and Boone find something else in the jungle, and decide to take a closer look.

Jack's actions in the episode are partly dictated by past events, seen in the flashbacks: while operating on a woman, he tried to save her life when she flat-lined, with no results. The situation only gets worse when his father Christian (John Terry), who was in charge of the surgery at first, lies to the hospital board to cover up the fact that he'd been drinking before the operation. Realizing it could cost him his relationship with his dad, Jack has to make a tough decision.

All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues is the third Jack-centric episode of the season, after the pilot and White Rabbit, and the script makes a good effort in depicting yet another aspect of his surprisingly dark past. John Terry, no stranger to playing doctors with issues (see the first season of ER), provides riveting support in those scenes, establishing a father-son bond that is the ideal subject for future episodes as well.

Most importantly, though, this conclusion to the first half of the season (the original broadcast was followed by a four-week hiatus, and the DVD release consisted of two separate box sets at first) adds plenty to the show's mythology, finally revealing something - not that much, but it's all right - about the Others and, in the final scene, setting up what promises to be another compelling plot thread. Also, that casual remark about Star Trek? It has an eerie feel of foreshadowing...

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