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A Tale of Two Cities 

Jack, Kate and Sawyer are kidnapped by the Others, who reveal themselves as more sophisticated and savvy than anyone guessed.


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Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Mr. Eko (credit only)
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume (credit only)
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton (credit only)
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon (credit only)
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace (credit only)
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke (credit only)
Kiele Sanchez ... Nikki Fernandez (credit only)


Jack, Kate and Sawyer are kidnapped by "The Others" and put in different environments. Kate has a shower, gets a dress and is invited to have breakfast on the beach with the leader Henry Gale (who identifies himself under his real name of Ben Linus); Sawyer is locked in a cage for wild animals and without food or water, being "awarded" when he hits a lever as if he were an animal; and Jack is locked in a sort of aquarium, being interrogated and controlled by his handler and the Others doctor, Juliet, who has a complete report about his life. Meanwhile, Jack recalls his divorce process with Sarah and how his desperation and rapid meltdown affected everyone around him, including his father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | Turkish

Release Date:

4 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Emerson who plays Ben Linus (in season two known as Henry Gale) was originally contracted to appear in just three episodes but the producers were so impressed by him that they contracted him for a further five episodes (making eight in total). In season 3, he is a regular cast member. See more »


In the opening scene, Juliet is seen putting the Talking Heads CD "Speaking in Tongues" into the CD player, but "Downtown" by Petula Clark is heard instead. See more »


Juliet: Hi Jack. I'm Juliet.
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Crazy Credits

The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References Happy Days (1974) See more »


Moonlight Serenade
Written by Glenn Miller
Performed by Glenn Miller & his orchestra
Single 1939
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A promising tale
22 March 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 3 gets off to a promising start with "A Tale of Two Cities", a very good and nearly great episode in its own right and one of the better episodes for me to deal with this particular storyline. It is though something of a let down after Season 2's brilliant finale "Live Together, Die Alone" and not in the same league as the pilot episode(s) and "Man of Science, Man of Faith" as far as previous season openers go. Nothing is done terribly exactly, it is mainly because there are a couple of elements that have been done better in other episodes.

Jack's flashback scenes are where "A Tale of Two Cities" is at its least successful. They do a laudable job at making Jack more interesting and are well acted (Matthew Fox does give some of his best acting to date here in a powerful turn). On the other hand they are not exactly illuminating on Jack's character, generally reinforcing and slightly building upon what we already know and other episodes do better at having flashbacks that feel relevant with the rest of the episode and gel well.

However, the island events/mysteries, centred solely on the captives and the Others is where "A Tale of Two Cities" really engages. Kate and Sawyer don't have as much to do as the rest and are underused somewhat.

But the opening scene is very suspenseful, loved the development of The Others and there is a major revelation involving a major character's real identity that is well handled and is suitably surprising. It is the tautly written and superbly acted interaction with Jack and Juliet and the character of Juliet (only introduced here and already fascinating) that come off most successfully.

All the acting is great. Have already mentioned Matthew Fox and Michael Emerson is suitably chilling, but the best performance is given by the knockout that is Elizabeth Mitchell.

Can't fault the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effective use of music, mostly taut writing and the tightly controlled direction.

Overall, promising Season 3 opener. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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