Lost (2004–2010)
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The Cost of Living 

After Mr. Eko has a vision of his dead brother, he sets out to return to the site of his plane crash.


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


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


A delirious Eko wrestles with demons from his past, while Locke, Sayid, Desmond, and two other castaways, Nikki and Paolo, head back to The Pearl -- one of the Dharma Initiative's island stations -- hoping to find a computer that they can use to locate Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Meanwhile, Jack doesn't know whom to trust when two of "The Others" (Ben and Juliet) seem at odds with one another when Ben wants Jack to perform surgery on him to remove a potentially dangerous tumor whereas Juliet does not want Jack to do it. Written by patstar84

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Release Date:

1 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance in the series for Mikhail. See more »


In a flashback, when Mr. Eko has his hands tied in the church, at about 29 minutes 10 seconds, he pulls the knife out of the the table twice. The first time he uses the knife to hit the main "bad guy". The second time it is pulled Mr. Eko uses the knife to strike one of the supporting "bad guys". See more »


Ben: Do you believe in God, Jack?
Jack: Do you?
Ben: Two days after I found out I had a fatal tumor on my spine, a spinal surgeon fell out of the sky... and if that's not proof of God, I don't know what is.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Living coming at a cost
30 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.

Personally on the most part like three of the previous four episodes, the exception being "Further Instructions". "The Cost of Living" is Season 3 at its best up to this point for many reasons and definitely for me one of the best of the season's early half. It may not be 'Lost' at its best, a not easy thing to manage for a show with a lot of very good to classic episodes, but it nearly is.

My only drawback for "The Cost of Living" is the characters of Nikki and Paulo, to me they feel shoehorned in and useless, with personalities that grate and don't interest at all.

"The Cost of Living" is terrific everywhere else though. Eko will be sorely missed, one of the show's best and most interesting characters that left too soon. A great job is done with him though and it is a final episode that does him justice. Of the five episodes of Season 3 up to this point, this episode has the best flashbacks. Ones that are illuminating and add a lot to Eko, are relevant to what he goes through in the present and pretty refreshing, instead of being ones that just reinforce what is already known, not engaging or pointless. There is a lot of emotional impact as well.

On top of that, the island goings on are never less than riveting. The Smoke Monster confrontation is one of the season's most shocking moments, certainly the most shocking one of the five episodes up to this point, while Juliet and her subplot provide a lot of chills. There is a good deal of momentum and things feel like they're moving forward.

All the acting is very good, with especially powerful acting from Elizabeth Mitchell and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

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

Altogether, terrific. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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