Lost (2004–2010)
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Whatever the Case May Be 

Kate and Sawyer discover a briefcase and the race begins to win ownership of it. Charlie is still depressed over Claire, and is given a sharp talking to by Rose.


Jack Bender


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 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
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle
L. Scott Caldwell ... Rose Nadler
Victor Browne ... Shooter


Jack, Kate and Sawyer fight over possession of a newly discovered locked metal briefcase which might contain insights into Kate's mysterious past. More of fugitive Kate's background story is revealed, showing her participating in a bank robbery in New Mexico just to uncover something hidden in one of the safety deposit boxes. Meanwhile, Sayid asks a reluctant Shannon to translate notes he took from the French woman. A rising tide threatens to engulf the fuselage and the entire beach encampment, and Rose and a grieving Charlie tentatively bond over Claire's baffling disappearance. Written by Anonymous

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English | Korean | French

Release Date:

5 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sawyer (Josh Holloway) is trying to pick the lock on the briefcase, one can see the serial number of the lock is 206. 2+0+6=8, one of the mysterious numbers. See more »


When Shannon takes off her top to sunbathe, she has a bottle of water and a bottle of sun lotion next to her on her right hand side. During the scene with Sayid, the positions of the bottles change repeatedly between shots and in one shot the lotion disappears completely. See more »


Charlie: Why are you smiling?
Rose: Am I?
Charlie: You look happy.
Rose: Well, I guess I must be then.
Charlie: There's no reason to be happy. Things are awful.
Rose: They're not that awful.
Charlie: We're stranded on an island. Nobody's coming for us.
Rose: You don't know that.
Charlie: Well, what I do know is there's something in that jungle that eats people. Just because we haven't heard from it in a few weeks doesn't mean it won't get hungry again. And I know there's a person or people that are trying to hurt us and ...
Rose: Charlie! Nobody blames you.
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References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Another Kate episode
24 October 2010 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Amazingly enough, Lost's first 2005 episode (which at the time of its original broadcast marked a return on TV after a four-week break) feels like a so-called "filler", i.e. something that is put together in the most basic way while the better stuff is waiting behind the corner. Of course, in the case of Lost, even a filler episode is above average, since the show's mythology is consistently present in the shape of the Island.

Picking up some time after the previous episode, Whatever the Case May Be starts with Kate and Sawyer finding a suitcase while swimming. Kate knows what's inside and wants it, but Sawyer refuses to had it over, resulting in a conflict that eventually calls for Jack's help. Meanwhile, Shannon wonders what Boone and Locke are doing in the jungle every day, but soon has other things on her mind when Sayid asks her to help him translate some notes he got from Rousseau. As for Charlie, still sad because of what happened to Claire (well, that and almost dying), he gets some healthy advice from Rose (L. Scott Caldwell), no stranger to matters of the heart since her husband Bernard, who was on the plane with her, hasn't turned up yet.

As for the suitcase, hints to what it may contain are given in the Kate-centric flashbacks: while applying for a bank loan using an alias (the usual Maggie or Meg), she finds herself right in the middle of a robbery, with her own life on the line. Or not, as it turns out: the robbery was her idea all along, so that she could access a safety deposit box, numbered 815...

Aside from that final coincidence, which is never directly addressed, this is very much a character-based episode, with no real focus on the ongoing mysteries and more scenes featuring various interactions. Some of these (Kate and Sawyer) are fun but very basic, some (Sayid and Shannon) bordering on trivial, but there's real emotion in Charlie's conversation with Rose, and there's that Locke/Boone subplot which promises a good payoff. Plus, there's one revelation about Kate that is guaranteed to have long-term repercussions. In other words: textbook Lost, albeit a bit lightweight.

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