(written from a Production point of view)
|The 23rd Psalm|
|Air Date||January 11, 2006|
|Writer(s)|| Carlton Cuse|
|Director||Matt Earl Beesley|
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After discovering Charlie's Virgin Mary Statue, Mr. Eko demands that Charlie take him to the plane where he found it and Michael receives a second haunting message from Walt via the computer.
When Eko learns about the Virgin Mary statues, he reacts violently and smashes one open, revealing its contents to Claire. Claire won't speak to Charlie, reminding him that he's an addict. But Charlie lies and says he didn't know that there was heroin inside. Their conversation is interrupted by Eko, who demands to be taken to the place where the statues were discovered - the plane.
And in FLASHBACK, we learn that Eko knows all of this because this is the very plane that he intended to use to smuggle the drugs from Nigeria, his homeland.
It seems that when Eko was a young boy, the Nigerian militia came into his town, interrupted an innocent game of soccer, shoved a gun into his little brother Yemi's hand and demanded that Yemi shoot a man or they would kill him instead. Eko steps up and spares his little brother this horror by killing the man himself. The thugs recognize his bravery and call him "a born killer," initiating him as one of their own. They rip a gold cross hanging from Eko's neck and lead him away. His little brother Yemi picks up the cross and puts it around his own neck.
Eko continues down this path into adulthood, becoming a drug dealer, while Yemi grows up to be a priest. Eko devises a plan in which he will buy 300 Virgin Mary statues from the church and smuggle his drugs out inside them on one of the church's relief planes - all the while disguised as a priest. Yemi refuses the deal, but Eko reminds him that the money can be used to buy polio vaccine for the village and finally resorts to blackmail, threatening to burn down the church if his brother doesn't approve the plan.
Yemi attempts to stop Eko from taking the fateful flight, but gets shot in the process and is pulled on board, leaving Eko behind. When the military police arrive, Eko assumes his brother's identity as a priest.
Eko's past is brought to life when he and Charlie trek out to the plane, and in a strange island twist of fate, discover the body of his brother onboard, identified by the gold cross adorning his neck. Eko weeps over Yemi's body, says a prayer, then burns the plane and all of its contents - except for one statue, which he gives to Charlie in return for the one he broke. On the way to the plane, Eko has a face-to-face encounter with the "smoke monster," which is the first time we see it in its entirety.
Meanwhile, as the new people settle in, Locke feels the need to secure access to the guns and locks them in the armory. But Michael has other ideas - he wants to learn how to shoot. And though Locke knows Michael intends to go out in search of Walt (with whom he has been communicating over the computer) he obliges.
When Charlie returns to camp, he swears to Claire that he isn't using and that he doesn't want to be kept away from Aaron. But that night, he treks out into the middle of the jungle and hides his statue amongst several other statues, his demons ever present…
"What if I don't? You're gonna beat me with your Jesus stick?"
- - Charlie
"So are you a priest or aren't you?" "Yes, I am."
- - Charlie and Mr. Eko
- The jar of ranch dressing that Michael uses for target practice is labeled "Dharama Initiative Salad Dressing Ranch Composite".
- If you look closely and play back frame by frame, the face of an angel can be seen in the "smoke monster."
- Ronald Revels as Goldie
- Pierre Olivier as Olu
- Cynthia Charles as Nigerian Woman
- John Bryan as Thug Captain
- Ellis St. Rose as Priest
- Moumen El Hajji as Tough Moroccan
- Lawrence Jones as Lead Soldier
- Achraf Marzouki as Moroccan no. 2.
- Kolawolfe Obileye, Jr. as Young Eko
- Olekan Obileye as Young Yemi