Lost (2004–2010)
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The Brig 

Locke tells Sawyer that he needs to come with him to kill Ben. But the man Locke wants him to kill is actually his father--who also happens to be a figure from Sawyer's past.


Eric Laneuville


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon (credit only)
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Nestor Carbonell ... Richard Alpert
Mira Furlan ... Danielle Rousseau


Locke comes back to the survivor's camp and lures Sawyer, telling him that he had kidnapped Ben and wants Sawyer to kill him. He brings Sawyer to the old vessel, the Black Rock, and locks him in the brig with his father. After an ironic conversation, Sawyer realizes that Anthony Cooper is the man that deceived his mother and responsible for the destruction of his family. More of Locke's three days with the Others at their new camp is shown. There Ben urged Lock to prove his worth to them by killing his father, whom they brought to the island. But Locke does not have the heart to do it and plots to have Sawyer kill Anthony Cooper for him. Meanwhile, Desmond, Hurley, Charlie and Jin secretly bring the mysterious and wounded woman, Naomi, back to the survivors camp and hide in Hurley's tent. Hurley tells the secret to Sayid so he tries to fix her radio to contact her vessel which lies about 80 miles away. But Kate sees the device and reveals the secret to Jack and Juliet. Locke releases ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Ben tells Locke, "Don't tell me what I can't do!" It's one of nineteen times that phrase is yelled on Lost. See more »


In the previous episode, D.O.C, it is said the plane crashed outside of Bali, Indonesia. When Locke's dad tells Sawyer about the plane being found, he says it was found in the Pacific. Bali is in the Java Sea, in the Indian Ocean, which is north of Australia, not the Pacific. See more »


James 'Sawyer' Ford: Why did you throw Locke out a window?
Anthony Cooper: He was becoming a nuisance. I conned him into giving me one of his kidneys. He never got over it.
James 'Sawyer' Ford: Conned?
Anthony Cooper: Yes sir, conned.
James 'Sawyer' Ford: What's your name?
Anthony Cooper: Hmm?
James 'Sawyer' Ford: Your name.
Anthony Cooper: A conman goes by many names friend. I've been Alan Seward, Anthony Cooper, Ted MacLaren, Tom Sawyer, Louis Jackson, and Paul...
James 'Sawyer' Ford: Tom Sawyer.
Anthony Cooper: I was young and Huck Finn was taken. And the ladies loved that one. Made me charming.
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Brig tension and beach camp levity
20 May 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.

Alongside "Not in Portland", "Flashes Before Your Eyes", "Enter 77", "The Man from Tallahassee" and "One of Us", "The Brig" for me is one of the best Season 3 episodes up to this point of the season. Also feel that it is one of the best of Season 3 in general, one of the best episodes of 'Lost' up to this point and among the best of the show in general. Every aspect of "The Brig" is brilliant and with all the trademarks for a 'Lost' classic.

The episode has pretty much everything that 'Lost' is all about. It's taut and thought-provoking, also providing some answers and surprises, with an edge-of-your-seat tense subplot with the brig and the wonderfully light-hearted beach camp one.

On top of all that, it advances characters, shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler and there is some nice foreshadowing and a few shocking revelations. The on-island events are indeed enthralling, with a superb mix of mystery and characterisation and how it all relates to one another, as well as beautifully balanced and hilarious comedy that doesn't jar at all, and the character interaction keeps one on the edge of their seat.

Can't fault the performances, particularly from Terry O'Quinn understating things to deeply felt effect.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effective use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction (one of the best of the season and perhaps of the show).

In summary, brilliant and classic 'Lost'. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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2 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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