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第4季 第8集 Meet Kevin Johnson, originally broadcast on March 20, 2008. Sayid confronts Ben’s spy on the freighter, and Ben urges daughter Alex to flee Locke’s camp in order to survive an impending attack.

Synopsis编辑

Flashback编辑

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Late at night, a visibly distraught Michael sits in a rundown Manhattan apartment, scribbling furiously on a scrap of paper. After he finishes transcribing his message, he spares a tearful glance at a picture of him with Walt as a baby. Michael exits his residence, enters his car, and pins the message he just wrote to his lapel. He turns on the radio to hear Mama Cass singing "It's Getting Better" and accelerates down the road, tires skidding rapidly. He careens down a pier at this high speed before intentionally crashing his car into a shipping container.

Michael awakens in a hospital room he is sharing with an older man. An unseen nurse enters and offers him an extra blanket, but when Michael looks at her, he recognizes her as Libby, whom he fatally shot while negotiating his release from the Island. Michael begins screaming, but wakes up to realize the vision was not real. The actual nurse enters and explains that he was found badly hurt with no identification, only a letter addressed to someone named Walt. She asks if she should call Walt, and Michael shakes his head "no", too ashamed to make eye contact.

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An unspecified time later, Michael visits his mother's home, which is decorated for Christmas, and asks to see Walt, citing his long-held claim that it is a "father's right". She refuses, saying that Michael gave up his rights as a father when he refused to explain where he and his son had been for the past two months, only to return, going by false names, and leaving Walt in the care of his mother. She then adds that Walt has nightmares every night, awakening with screams, and it is she who must comfort him - what should be a father's duty. She fiercely decrees that until Michael is willing to answer for what he did to Walt to scar him so badly, he has forfeited his parenthood. Distraught, Michael leaves and sees Walt (not much older than when he left the Island) through a window. Walt returns his gaze with a mixture of complacency and contempt, only to shut the blinds.

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Michael goes to a pawn shop and exchanges the Rolex watch Jin gave him for a gun and ammunition, and then stumbles into a back alley to commit suicide. Pointing the gun to his temple, just moments before he pulls the trigger, he is suddenly approached by a man asking for the time. Michael quickly hides the gun from sight and begins to answer "no," but the man emerges from the shadows of the alley into Michael's vision, retorting, "C'mon, not even for an old friend?", and Michael recognizes him as Tom, the man chiefly responsible for kidnapping Walt on the Island.

Newly invigorated, Michael stands and fires a shot, but is disarmed and overpowered by Tom. When Tom offers a truce, Michael takes advantage of the timing and breaks a discarded champagne bottle over Tom's head. Just as Michael is about to thrust the shards of the bottle into Tom's neck, Tom aims his own gun at Michael's head, forcing the two into a stalemate. Michael begs Tom to shoot him, only to be scoffed at. Tom soon realizes Michael is driven to commit suicide because he lost his relationship with Walt after confiding in him that he killed Libby and Ana-Lucia to rescue him. Tom informs Michael that the Island won't let him kill himself, because Michael still has "work to do." Tom hands Michael the gun and tells him he can try killing himself again if he doesn't believe him, and that he will be in the penthouse suite of the Hotel Earle when he's ready to talk, saying that Michael's help is needed. A short while later in his apartment, Michael tries to shoot himself in the head but the revolver does not fire. He checks to make sure it's loaded, and though the cylinder has 6 bullets in it, none even have an indentation from a firing pin. As he raises the gun to try again, he is interrupted by a television news report concerning the discovery of the Oceanic 815 wreck, confirming all 324 passengers dead.

Confused by this, he goes to the penthouse suite where Tom is enjoying the company of Arturo. After asking Arturo to leave, Tom explains to Michael that the wreckage is a fake, staged by "a man named Widmore" to keep others from looking in the right place where the real plane crashed: the Island. Widmore wants to keep the Island for himself and will kill everyone on it if he isn't stopped. With Michael's help, Widmore's freighter, the Kahana, can be stopped and all occupants of the Island can be saved.

Michael asks for proof and Tom gives Michael a file with documents that show exhumed graves in Thailand and a purchase order from Widmore's company for an old 777 plane. Tom then tells Michael that he has a job on the freighter and that his alias on the boat will be Kevin Johnson, and hands him a U.S passport. Michael questions why he would go back to work for "you people," and protests that he won't go back to the Island. Tom sells it as his only opportunity to redeem himself for what he did and says that he won't be going back to the Island. His mission will be to get on the boat and "kill everyone on board."

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While boarding the freighter at the Port of Suva, Fiji, Michael meets Minkowski and Naomi, the latter of whom informs him that he received a crate that will be delivered to his room. Michael/Kevin then meets Miles, who says he "knows" that Kevin is not his real name. Miles laughs at Michael's shock and says not to worry, as 80 percent of the people on the boat are lying about something. Michael begins to have second thoughts about killing off everyone on board as he has now "put faces with names," but a phone call from Tom reminds him to follow through if he wants to save the remaining survivors living on the Island. When the ship is underway, Frank and Naomi argue over who will go on the first trip to the Island. Frank reminds her he is the trained pilot, but Naomi says she is taking the first trip and he doesn't need to know why. Frank then introduces himself to Michael. After Michael says he is looking for adventure, Frank shares his belief that the Oceanic 815 wreckage is a huge fake, similar to the way people believe the moon landing was faked. Frank says that Charles Widmore is interested in finding the real wreckage and discovering what happened to the passengers, with the hope of rescuing them. Frank seems excited about meeting survivors from the crash.

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Days later, at full sea, Michael hears guns being fired. He goes to the deck and sees Omar and Keamy, amongst others, laughing while target practicing with machine guns. Shocked to discover this, Michael says he thought this was supposed to be a rescue mission, but Keamy only brushes off the remark. Back in his room Michael opens his crate and finds a case in it. He takes the case to the engine room and finds a bomb inside. Michael inputs the combination for the bomb, but hesitates to push the EXECUTE button to set off the bomb. Suddenly, he hears the same Mama Cass song he was listening to in the car when he tried to commit suicide. He sees another vision of Libby who tells him not to do it, then disappears. Michael says, "I love you Walt". and pushes the button. The bomb's 15-second timer expires, but the bomb doesn't explode. Instead, a flag pops up with a note around it that says "NOT YET".

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Later on, Michael is throwing a ball against the wall when Minkowski tells him that the he has a phone call from the mainland from a person named Walt. After Minkowski gives Michael some privacy in the radio room, it turns out that "Walt" is actually Ben, phoning from the Island. Ben informs Michael that there are innocent people on the freighter, and that the plan was never to kill them all, because Ben isn't that kind of person. He gave the fake bomb to Michael to show him the difference between a man without a conscience, namely Widmore, and himself. He claims that even in a war he does not want to kill innocents. Michael tells Ben that Libby and Ana-Lucia were innocent, but Ben replies that Michael himself killed them and the Others didn't ask for their death. Ben then orders Michael to get him a list of everyone on board, report the list back to him, and then disable both the radio and engine so that they cannot get to the Island, therefore saving the people on it. Michael is obviously shaken up, but Ben tells him that he can now consider himself "one of the good guys".

On the freighter编辑

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Sayid and Desmond are awakened by a shrill alarm and run out on deck to find Captain Gault stopping two of his men from getting on the tender by beating them up. He throws the first crew member down and repeatedly punches the second man, saying the rules of desertion still apply. The Captain tells the crew he doesn't beat the men to scare everyone but to save everyone's lives. He says the crew should remember what happened to Brandon and Minkowski after they left the freighter.

After the fight, Gault instructs crew member "Johnson" to clean up the mess. Sayid approaches him to talk. When Michael indicates that now is not a good time, Sayid insists, asking why he's on the boat. Michael answers, "I'm here to die."

Later, Sayid and Desmond, after having asked a crew member, discover Michael is in the engine room. The two men go down to the room to confront Michael regarding his presence on the boat. Michael then asks Jeff, the other man in the room, to leave. Michael begins telling his story: the information contained in the flashback. When he is finished, Sayid asks him if he is truly working for Benjamin Linus. Michael confirms this. Sayid grabs Michael and drags him into Captain Gault's room, revealing Michael's true identity as the saboteur, a spy, a traitor, and a survivor of Oceanic 815.

On the Island编辑

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Locke holds a meeting with everyone at the Barracks, and tells them he is sharing everything he knows with them. Miles confirms that the people from the freighter are after Ben Linus. Sawyer suggests they just turn Ben over to the freighter people. Ben says that the orders of the freighter people are to capture him, then kill everyone else on the Island; Miles does not deny it.

Later, Ben persuades Alex to go to a location he calls "the Temple" with Karl and Danielle, and he tells her that the rest of the Others are already there. He provides them with a map. Ben tells Alex that she is in danger because the people that are coming to the Island would use her to get to him. He assures her that her mother will protect them. Karl and Danielle agree that they should go.

Some time into their journey, Danielle, Alex, and Karl take a water break. As Alex and Karl sit next to each other, a silenced gunshot can be heard and a bullet strikes nearby, then another punctures Karl's water bottle. Just a second later a third bullet rips through his chest. Danielle urges Alex to leave Karl and take cover. The two hide behind a tree and assess the situation. Alex wants to go to Karl, but Danielle grabs her and tells her that she loves her and that they need to make a run for it. They get to their feet, but Danielle is immediately hit by gunfire and falls to the ground. Alex stands up, puts her hands in the air and yells, "I'm Ben's daughter!"

Trivia编辑

General编辑

  • Michael's flashback is suggested to have taken place sometime between Days 68 (November 28, the day Michael and Walt leave the Island, as Michael is estranged from Walt since he revealed what he did on the Island) and Day 82 (December 12, the day Ben and his people leave the Barracks).
    • Likewise, Tom's appearances would seem to have been set between Day 74 (December 4) and Day 80 (December 10) as he was at the Hydra before Day 74 and at the barracks on Day 80.
    • There were Christmas trees visible in Michael's flashback, which suggests this happened in or near the month of December.
    • The Kahana left port in Fiji prior to Day 87 (December 17, the day Naomi arrived on the Island).
  • Korean inscriptions on back of the Rolex watch that Jin gave to Michael translate to "congratulations," "mutual cooperation," "business development," and "Mr. Paik."
  • Michael hears whispers and sees Libby just before he activates the bomb on the freighter. This is the first time the whispers are heard off the Island.
    • On the ABC Lost website, this scene is shown in the Lost: Revelations 408 clip. In this clip, the whispers are incoherent. However, in the actual aired episode, the whispers begin with the Mama Cass song that played on the car radio when Michael tried to kill himself the first time. The lyric heard says "it's getting better"
  • This episode's flashbacks featured four deceased characters: Libby, Minkowski, Naomi, and Tom.
  • Danielle calls Alex by her full name, Alexandra.
  • The title of this episode was spoken by Tom to Michael.
  • "Kevin Johnson" and "Dean Moriarty" share the same passport number: HNS012153. (4x03)
  • According to "Libby"'s badge, Michael is in Manhattan Springs Hospital.

Production notes编辑

  • Charlotte, Daniel, Jack, Jin, Juliet, Kate, and Sun do not appear in this episode.
  • Cynthia Watros is the first former cast member to return to the show as a guest star to not be credited as a "special" guest star.
  • Kewalo Basin, the small commercial harbor in Kaka’ako, was transformed into the Port of Suva, Fiji’s largest port and gateway to its capital city, for this episode.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the series to take place almost completely in flashback. This is the longest flashback to date, exceeding "" by just a few seconds.
  • Malcolm David Kelley confirmed in an interview [1] that he was the actor playing Walt in his brief appearance.

Bloopers and continuity errors编辑

  • On the freighter, when Tom hangs up the phone after he speaks with Michael, Michael can hear a dial tone. Only landline telephones give dial tones.
  • Karl's water bottle springs only one leak, whereas a bullet passing through it should have created two holes.
  • At the end of the episode, Tania Raymonde's (Alex's) left eye contact can be seen slipping out of place, showing her naturally brown eye underneath.
  • In the ambush scene at the end of the episode, character Karl's actor Blake Bashoff reacts to the first shot by turning his head towards the source of the sound at the same time the shot can be heard. The sound effects appear to be edited into the scene too late.
    • After that, as the water bottle is hit by a bullet, Bashoff turns his head looking at the bottle even a second before the actual shot can be heard. Even if this looks like a blooper, bullets do travel faster than sound, so the bottle should be hit BEFORE the sound of the shoot reaches it.
  • Blake Bashoff's hearing protection is visible after Karl is shot.

Recurring themes 编辑


Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsSacrificeSecretsTime
  • Michael said that he's on the boat to die. (Life and Death)
  • Michael tries to kill himself 5 times in the episode: once in a car accident, once in the alley with a gun, twice in his apartment with the gun, and once again on the freighter. (Life and Death)  (Sacrifice)  (Car accidents)
  • As he is about to kill himself in the car, Michael says "I'm sorry." (Regularly Spoken Phrases)
  • A game show is on TV during Michael's suicide attempt in his apartment. (Games)
  • Ben told Michael that he can consider himself one of the good guys. (Good and bad people)
  • Michael is on the boat to redeem himself. (Redemption)
  • Sayid reveals Michael's status as a "traitor" to Captain Gault. (Deceptions and cons)  (Secrets)
  • Ben needs Michael to get him a list of the people on the boat. (Lists)
  • Karl and Danielle are attacked and left for dead by unknown assailants. (Life and Death)
  • Michael "sees" Libby twice. (Dreams and visions)
  • Michael's mother is upset with Michael for his behavior toward his son, Walt. (Parent issues)
  • Walt won't talk to Michael over disappointment due to Michael's murders. (Parent issues)
  • There is a closeup of Michael's eye as he wakes up in the hospital. (Eyes)
  • Ben pretends to be Walt to get Michael on the phone on the freighter. (Deceptions and cons)
  • The bomb Michael is given via a care package is a fake. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Hinted at in "" it is revealed that Tom is gay. (Relationships) (Secrets)
  • Tom tells Michael, when trying to kill himself, "the Island won't let you." (Fate versus free will)
  • Miles guesses Michael's name isn't Kevin, and says that 80 percent of the crew is lying about something. (Secrets)
  • The bomb timer counts down from 15 seconds. (The numbers)
  • The clock in the Barracks' house marks 8pm. (The numbers)
  • Michael came back to civilization anonymously and with minimal contact with his family, living by himself in poor shape. (Isolation)


Cultural references 编辑

Lost中涉及的文化
(只包括直接提及的)
艺术书籍汽车游戏电视和电影音乐哲学宗教和意识形态科学
  • Kurt Vonnegut: The author of Slaughterhouse Five is mentioned as an answer on the game show Michael is watching. (Literary works)
  • The Shining: Minkowski remarks that Michael reminds him of the main character from this 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. (Movies and TV)
  • Star Wars: Before he is shot, Karl says, "I've got a bad feeling about this." This is a line that is spoken in every episode of Star Wars. (Movies and TV)
  • Cass Elliot: The song playing in the car when Michael tries to kill himself is "It's Getting Better" by Cass Elliot, who also recorded "Make Your Own Kind of Music." (Music)
  • The Hotel Earle: This is the former name of the Washington Square Hotel. [2]
    • In the 1991 Coen Brothers film Barton Fink, this is the name of a fictional hotel, which is a metaphysical manifestation of hell for an awkward, isolated New York City writer. (Movies and TV)
  • Star Trek: The second sneak peek for this episode featured the "red alert" sound effect from Star Trek: The Next Generation as the freighter's alarm. This was altered for the broadcast version. (Movies and TV)
  • Hinduism: When we see Ben talk to Michael on the radio, at the beginning of the shot there is a statue of a Hindu deity in the foreground. (Religion and Ideologies)
  • The Great Escape: Michael throwing on the ball against the wall references Hilts doing the same whilst in the cooler in The Great Escape.

Literary techniques编辑

Lost中的文学技巧
ComparativeIronyJuxtaposition
PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist
Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlashforwardsForeshadowingRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Michael trades Jin's Rolex watch for a handgun with which to kill himself. On the Island, Jin tried to kill Michael over the same watch. (Irony)
    • Right after the trade, Tom shows up asking Michael about the time. (Irony)
  • Ben says that Charles Widmore is "without conscience" even though Ben killed, among other people, his own father. (Irony)
  • When Michael attempts his automotive suicide, an optimistic song is playing. (Irony)
  • Tom tells Michael, "You still have work to do." (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Michael is seen attempting to fix the same engines that he agreed to sabotage. (Irony)
  • Ben calls Michael "one of the good guys." (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Sayid turns in Michael because he works for Ben. In the future (as seen in "第4季 第3集"), Sayid himself works for Ben. (Irony)
  • Michael made terrible sacrifices to get Walt back from the Others, only to lose him again after telling him about killing Ana-Lucia and Libby. (Irony)
  • Frank talks to Michael about the idea of finding 815 survivors alive. (Irony)
  • The episode ends with Karl and Danielle seriously wounded by gunfire but with their condition and the identity of the assailant(s) unknown. (Cliffhanger)
  • The episode employs an atypical "narrative bookends" style framing device in which Michael's flashback is revealed as if he were telling the story to Sayid and Desmond. (Flashbacks)


Storyline analysis编辑

Lost剧情分析
A-Missions罪案经济领导O-Missions关系F-Missions敌对
  • Michael attempts to detonate a bomb in the engine room of the Kahana with the goal of killing himself and everyone on board. (Crimes)


Episode references编辑

  • Michael trades the watch that Jin gave him. (1x06) (1x24)
  • Walt is living with Michael's mother. Before their plane took off, Michael called her to ask if she would take Walt. (1x24)
  • The bomb Michael is given has a button labeled "EXECUTE," much like the computer in the Swan. (2x01)
  • Michael tells his mother that he wants to see Walt "because he's my son. That is my right," just as he told Jack. (2x11)
  • Before attempting suicide, Michael says, "I'm sorry," just like he did immediately before shooting Ana Lucia. (2x20)
  • When Libby appears in Michael's vision, she is carrying blankets, just as she did when he shot her. (2x20)
  • After leaving the Island, Michael tells Walt about killing Libby and Ana-Lucia, thus making Walt hate Michael. (2x20)
  • Before pressing the "Execute" button on the fake bomb, Michael says, "I love you, Walt," echoing Desmond saying, "I love you, Penny," before he turned the fail-safe key in the Swan. (2x23)
  • Ben calls Michael "one of the good guys." Before he left the Island, Michael asked him who they were and Ben responded "We're the good guys, Michael." (2x23)
  • Ben tells Michael to make a list of the people on the freighter, just as he once told Ethan and Goodwin to make lists of the survivors of Flight 815. (3x01)
  • Tom is revealed to be gay. This was alluded to in an earlier episode when Tom remarked that Kate wasn't his "type." (3x01)
  • Tom confirms that the Island has strange properties when it comes to death, by telling Michael that he won't be able to kill himself because "...the Island won't let you".
  • Upon learning that Locke is not handing Ben over to the Freighter people, Claire asks, "so he's one of us now?" (3x16)
  • Michael guesses that Naomi is from Manchester, England. Charlie, also from Manchester, guessed that fact as well. (3x21)
  • Michael becomes depressed and suicidal upon leaving the Island, and is unable to kill himself. Later, Jack becomes depressed and suicidal upon leaving the Island, but was interrupted when trying to kill himself on the bridge. (3x22)
  • When crew members nearly take a raft off the boat, Captain Gault reminds them of what happened to the last two men to do so, specifically calling out the late Minkowski. (4x05)

Unanswered questions编辑

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Flashback编辑

  • How was Tom able to come and go from the Island?
    • Why does Tom say that only "some" of the Others can come and go to the Island?
  • How was the Island "not allowing" Michael to commit suicide?
  • Is Tom telling the truth about Widmore being behind the "wreckage" of 815 in the Sundra Trench?

On the Island编辑

  • Why is the Temple only for the Others?
    • Why does Ben permit Danielle and Karl to escort Alex to the Temple?
  • Who was shooting at Alex, Karl, and Danielle and why?
    • Are Karl and Danielle dead?
  • Who are the "innocent people" among the freighter's crew that Ben intends to spare?

External links 编辑


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模板讨论编辑
闪回剧集 第1季 第14集 第1季 第24集 第2季 第02集 第2季 第22集 第4季 第8集 
手机剧 Missing Pieces 第4集 Missing Pieces 第7集 Missing Pieces 第8集 Missing Pieces 第9集  • "Jin Has a Temper-Tantrum On the Golf Course"
闪回角色 AlexAndyArturoDagneWalter DawsonNaomi DorritFemale anchorFinneyGusHospitalized manKeamyBea KlughFrank LapidusLibbyBenjamin LinusLizzySusan LloydWalt LloydJohn LockeMichael's motherGeorge MinkowskiNurse (Meet Kevin Johnson)Nurse (Special)OmarDanny PickettBrian PorterMiles StraumeTomVincent
项目 Comic bookListMichael's bombMichael's passportRaftsVincent
参见: Main Characters

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