(written from a Production point of view)
|There's No Place Like Home - Part 1|
|Air Date||May 15, 2008|
|Writer(s)|| Damon Lindelof|
| Prev: Cabin Fever|
Next: There's No Place Like Home - Part 2
Ben, Locke, and Hurley make their way to the Orchid station, only to discover that the freighter team has already arrived. Jack and Sawyer make their way across the island to track the helicopter. Sayid returns on the Zodiac raft, and turns it over to Daniel who begins ferrying survivors to the freighter. Meanwhile, flashforwards account for the aftermath of the Oceanic Six's rescue.
In flashforwards, the Oceanic Six — Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, Sayid Jarrah, Sun-Hwa Kwon, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and Aaron Littleton — arrive in Honolulu where they are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Paik, Margo Shephard, and Carmen and David Reyes. In the ensuing media circus, the Oceanic Six give a press conference where they tell a cover story to appease the press. Although there are several holes in their story, such as how they were able to stay so robust and healthy despite being castaways for more than 100 days, and the timeline of Kate's "pregnancy," the group manages to make the press believe their lie. Afterwards, Sayid is led outside where he reunites with Noor Abed Jazeem. Sometime later, Sun visits her father and informs him that he is responsible for her husband, Jin’s death, and that she has purchased a majority share in her father’s company as revenge. Back in the United States, Hurley’s parents throw him a surprise birthday party and his dad shows Hurley that he rebuilt their old Camaro. Hurley is excited until he notices that the odometer reads the Numbers, which causes him to panic and run away. In the final flashforward, Jack eulogizes his father, Christian Shephard, at his funeral. Afterwards, Claire’s mom, Carole Littleton reveals to him that Claire is his half-sister.
On the island, Jack and Kate follow the signal from the phone dropped from a helicopter by Frank Lapidus. They encounter Sawyer, Aaron, and Miles Straume; Kate takes the baby and Miles back to the beach. Jack and Sawyer meet up with Lapidus, who has been handcuffed to the helicopter. They are set to leave when they decide they need to rescue Hurley from Ben and Locke. Meanwhile, Sayid arrives at the beach on the zodiac raft just as Kate returns. Sayid and Kate go after Jack and Sawyer, but are instead captured by Richard Alpert and the rest of the Others. Daniel, starts ferrying people back to the freighter Kahana; Sun, Jin and, 3 background survivors arrive at the boat, only to discover a large amount of C4 on board.
Ben, Locke, and Hurley arrive at the DHARMA Initiative Orchid station, which is disguised as a greenhouse. Ben sends Locke to the “real” part of the station and turns himself in to the mercenaries, who had previously arrived.
"Hold up! You don't get to die alone."
- - Sawyer
"Jesus Christ is not a weapon!"
- - Carmen Reyes
- Esmond Chung, previously seen in D.O.C. as "Paik's Associate," was credited in this episode as "Underling."
- The title of this episode is a reference to L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. Previous references include Henry Gale and his balloon and The Man Behind the Curtain.
- Anthony Azizi as Omar
- L. Scott Caldwell as Rose Henderson
- Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert
- Byron Chung as Mr. Paik
- Kevin Durand as Martin Keamy
- Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus
- Michelle Forbes as Karen Decker
- Andrea Gabriel as Noor Abed Jazeem
- Veronica Hamel as Margo Shephard
- Lillian Hurst as Carmen Reyes
- June Kyoko Lu as Mrs. Paik
- Cheech Marin as David Reyes
- Esmond Chung as Underling
- Noah Craft as Hendricks
- Susan Duerden as Carole Littleton
- Garrett Hughes as Reporter #1
- David Michael as Pilot
- Eul Noh as Korean Reporter
- Alicia Rae as Blonde Reporter
- Joe Sikora as Co-Pilot