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Maternity Leave 

When Claire's baby falls ill, she becomes determined to find out what happened to her to regain her memory during her captivity with the Others, triggering flashbacks to her experience among the Others, and her ordeals concerning her baby. Also, Mr. Eko learns about Henry Gale and asks Jack and Locke to give him a meeting with their captive.


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Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace (credit only)
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson (credit only)
Michelle Rodriguez ... Ana Lucia Cortez (credit only)
Cynthia Watros ... Libby Smith
Michael Emerson ... Henry Gale


A desperate Claire, along with Kate and the French woman, Danielle Rousseau, trek into the jungle to attempt a return to the scene of Claire's kidnapping where she believes she might find the cure for Baby Aaron's mysterious illness. Claire begins to recall her captivity with the "Others" of being drugged and living in a mysterious underground bunker complex where Ethan Rom, the "Others" leader Mr. Friendly, are there as well as meeting a mysterious teenage girl who helped her escape. Meanwhile, Jack and Locke must keep their prisoner a secret from the rest of the survivors. But Mr Ako finds out about Henry Gale, and has a private talk with the captive concerning his recent actions with the Others. Written by Nick

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This is the first episode to have each flashback set on the island itself. See more »


(at around 11 minutes) Mr. Eko finishes chopping down a tree. When it hits the ground, it sounds as if it lands on wooden planks or a set floor, not the land that would be in a forest. See more »


Claire Littleton: My baby's sick and they did something to him.
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Maternal instinct and memories
23 February 2018 | 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.

Season 2 of 'Lost' to me was very solid with many good to outstanding episodes (with a notable exception being "Fire + Water", which took strangeness too literally). "Maternity Leave" is not one of the best episodes of the season and a little bit of a let down after the brilliant "One of Them". It is still very good, just not outstanding and missing the extra something that the best Season 2 and 'Lost' in general episodes had.

"Maternity Leave" may not have the tautest of writing in the present day Claire scenes, particularly when the scenes between the men and the memories with The Others are so strong.

Furthermore, while Emilie De Ravin is still good, and gives some of her most heartfelt acting at this point of the show, she pales a little in comparison to the rest of the cast who have stronger characters to work with.

However, the men's scenes and chemistry have a lot of compelling power and advance the story and raises some interesting points. Henry is getting more fascinating as a character all the time. Meanwhile the memories are beautifully shot and have real urgency and tension, providing necessary answers to necessary questions and again raising points that one cannot wait to see being explored.

It's a very well acted episode, with a touching Mira Furlan, sincere Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson giving intensity to the proceedings being most impressive. De Ravin is not as strong but is still good and one does care for Claire.

Visually, 'Lost' continues to be stylish, atmospheric and beautiful in "Maternity Leave", as always making the most of the island setting. The music is as always chilling and understated, most of the writing is very well written and the direction handles everything with great skills.

Overall, very good while falling short of being outstanding. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

1 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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