"Adrift" is the second episode of Season 2 of Lost and the 27th produced hour of the series as a whole. Occurring at the same point as the previous episode, emphasis shifts to Kate and Locke's perspective and what happened to them before Jack joined them down inside the Hatch. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Michael try to come to terms with what happened to them on the raft.
Previously on Lost
- Michael, Walt, Sawyer, and Jin say goodbye to the other survivors and set sail on the raft. ♪ ("Exodus, Part 1")
- The raft is ambushed by a group of people on a small boat, who abduct Walt and destroy the raft with an explosive. ("Exodus, Part 2")
- Locke blows open the hatch with dynamite from the Black Rock, disturbing a mysterious occupant inside. ("Exodus, Part 2") ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
- Jack tells the others that hiding in the Hatch is no longer an option. Locke says he is going down to explore before morning. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
- Kate offers to go down before Locke. When she is nearing the bottom on a rope held by Locke, a bright light shoots out from the hatch, and she is pulled forcibly down the rest of the way. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
Michael insists on fighting for custody.
Michael visits his lawyer about fighting for custody of Walt. The lawyer says giving up Walt for adoption so Brian Porter can become his legal father would mean Michael would have no rights at all. Michael wants to fight all the way, but the lawyer tells him the proceedings will cost a lot of money, asking if he's sure. Michael is adamant, however, that he is going to get his son back.
A hearing takes place between the Michael and Susan Lloyd, accompanied by their lawyers. Susan's staff begin to nitpick at Michael's history as a father, culminating in the conclusion that "for someone who wants to retain his parental right you don’t know very much about your son." Michael, however, stands firm that he is Walt’s father.
Michael says his farewells to Walt.
At another conference room, Susan speaks to Michael alone. She says she thinks Michael will win in court, but cannot understand why he is doing this when he does not even know Walt and could never provide what she could. She pleads for Michael to let Walt go, and hands him the adoption forms. ♪
At a park, Susan and the toddler Walt arrive to meet Michael. Michael finds it hard to call himself Walt's father but hesitatingly tells Walt that he will have a great life with his mother and Brian. He also promises that "your daddy" loves you very much, and "I" always will. Before leaving, he gives Walt a toy polar bear, asking Susan one day, at least, to tell him who it was from. ♪
On the Island
Locke is "forced" to push the button.
At the Hatch, Locke shouts down the shaft for Kate, who has vanished. Tying himself a line of rope, Locke heads down after her. Locke reaches the bottom of the shaft and wanders round to discover he is in fact in some kind of concrete bunker. He removes his shoes and tiptoes further inside. He finds a kitchen and discovers Kate dazed on the floor. A man suddenly appears behind him, holding a gun, and asks Locke, "Are you him?"
Claire finds the statue.
Locke pretends that he is indeed "him." However, when the man asks, "What did one snowman say to the other?" and Locke can't answer, he realizes Locke is lying. The man orders Kate to tie Locke up, but Locke says Kate is more dangerous as she is a fugitive. The man allows it; Locke ties her hands and also secretes a pocket knife in her trousers. Desmond locks Kate inside a darkened room.
Jack waits at the caves, deciding to head after the others down the Hatch. Claire and Charlie watch from afar, but Claire suddenly notices a Virgin Mary statue in his bag. He brushes it off as nothing important.
Gagged with her hands tied tightly behind her back, Kate attempts to free herself, but the bindings on her hands are tight. Kate maneuvers her arms in front and uses the pocket knife to free herself. She finds a light switch, discovering that she is actually in a pantry full of food with "DHARMA" labels. She notices a ventilation shaft, but before she climbs up, she notices Apollo candy bars on a shelf and cannot help eating one. Moving up inside the vent, she begins to crawl through. Nearby, Locke is explaining to the man about the plane crash. He says his name is Desmond, and asks how many of the survivors are sick. A buzzer begins to sound. Desmond orders Locke up, takes him to a computer and tells him to enter the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 and to press "Execute." After Locke does, the buzzing stops and a timer on the wall resets to 108:00.
Kate finds a pantry full of food.
Jack shouts for Kate and Locke; Desmond observes him through the Mirror Scope he has set up. Kate see Jack through an air vent, but Desmond plays loud music and Jack can't hear Kate call out for him. Desmond confronts Jack, ordering him to drop his weapon before Jack realizes that he knows the man.
On the raft
Sawyer begins to perform CPR and manages to revive Michael, but is forced to restrain him to stop his struggling for Walt. He refuses to give up shouting even though the fishing boat the kidnappers used is long gone. ♪
Michael and Sawyer on their raft pieces.
Meanwhile, Sawyer screams for Jin, and Michael asks Sawyer if he feels guilty for making them fire the flare. The two argue, and Michael orders him to get off his raft, but not before they hear noises and are attacked. Sawyer’s bleeding shoulder has attracted a shark. Sawyer decides to try and swim for another piece of raft wreckage after his argument, managing to hold on to a small piece. As Michael looks on, Sawyer tells him he was trying to save Walt when he was shot, contrary to what Michael may think about him saving himself.
Some time later, Sawyer decides to pull out the bullet in his shoulder with his bare hand, as Michael insists he will not be able to do it. Nevertheless, Sawyer is successful, coldly asking Michael for a Band-Aid afterward.
Still struggling at sea, Sawyer surmises that the kidnappers' boat was small, so it could only be local. Rousseau had said that the Others were coming for the child, and while at the time they believed this meant Aaron, Sawyer believes they were after Walt all along. Michael splashes water at Sawyer for saying his son’s name, causing Sawyer’s piece of wreckage to break apart. He returns to share Michael’s section, and the two grudgingly sit together.
Michael and Sawyer find that the current has brought them "home."
Michael and Sawyer discover one of the pontoons from the raft, which is much sturdier than their current piece of wreckage. Handing Michael the gun, Sawyer heads after it. The shark emerges from the ocean and Michael violently fires four rounds, venting his rage. Both manage to get to the pontoon, and they lie down exhausted. As the sun rises, Michael promises to get back his son as the two realize that the current has brought them back to the Island. ♪ "We're home," adds Sawyer. The two wash up on shore and immediately hear Jin. He runs out to them, shouting. They finally realize he is saying "Others!" as a group of strangers carrying weapons ominously appear, advancing on the three.
Octagon logo found on the tail of the shark.
- A DHARMA Logo can be seen branded on the tail of the shark that attacks Sawyer and Michael.
- The mats in the cabinet where Kate was kept have octagonal holes like the DHARMA Logo.
- When Michael is talking to his lawyer, we get a very brief glimpse of the World Trade Center towers. This was added in the second airing of the episode to establish the flashback's timeframe.
- The episode was originally going to be a Sawyer flashback. StarTrek.com announced that Jolene Blalock had been cast and that some scenes were partially shot before being scrapped in favor of a Michael-centric episode. It is unknown if filming was completed, but some pictures surfaced online in July 2008. One of them has Kevin Dunn, who played Gordy in what would be the eventual Sawyer flashback episode in Season 2, "The Long Con".
This happens all the time in both film and TV, scenes or storylines are shot that just don’t work out as you hoped. We’ve been fortunate to have a really high success rate on Lost. In fact, that was the only time we dumped an entire storyline. No fault of the actors — it just wasn’t properly conceived. We have no plans to put it on the DVDs because unlike most deleted scenes, which just don’t fit into the body of a particular show, this storyline was not at the quality bar we have for the show.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje makes his debut as Mr. Eko; he becomes a regular in "Everybody Hates Hugo".
- Bernard, Cindy, and Libby were portrayed by extras in the final scene when attacking the raft survivors. This could have been done for budgetary reasons as to not pay the actors for a full episode or because they had not been cast yet in the case of Bernard and Libby. The extras can be clearly identified in this screen-shot. The most different is undoubtedly Bernard's extra who has a moustache and looks nothing like him.
- This is the first episode not to credit Malcolm David Kelley (Walt), although his name will be restored to main cast for his guest appearances this season.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- In the previous episode, as the second verse of "Make Your Own Kind of Music" is playing, you can briefly hear Kate shout to Jack. In this episode, she is shouting as the chorus of the song plays.
- Jack's first lines to John in the hatch are slightly different than in Man of Science, Man of Faith
- Desmond holds Locke at gunpoint with a pistol. In the same shot in Man of Science, Man of Faith, Locke is held with Desmond's rifle.
- The shot of a young Walt holding Susan's hand before and after Michael gives him a toy polar bear is exactly the same.
|Animals • Black and white • Character connections • Children • Coincidence • Death • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Economics • Electromagnetism • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Games • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Leadership • Life and death • Literary works • Mirrors • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Pairings • Parapsychology • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Psychology • Rain • Redemption • Relationships • Religion • Revenge • Salvation • Secrets|
- Michael and Sawyer encounter a shark in the water. (Animals)
- Michael gives Walt a stuffed polar bear before Walt and Susan depart for Rome. (Animals)
- Desmond locks Kate inside the pantry. (Imprisonment)
- Locke pretends to be the "him" Desmond speaks of. (Deceptions and cons)
- When Michael finds out that he will have Walt taken from him he tries his best to prevent it from happening; in order to do so, he tries to file an injunction against his former lover, Susan. (Parent issues) (Relationships)
- Desmond enters the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 into the computer; when he enters the Numbers into the computer the timer on the wall flicks to 108. (The Numbers)
- Sawyer calls Michael "Hoss" and the bearded man "Bluebeard". (Nicknames)
| Cultural references|
(direct references only)
|Art • Automobiles • Games • History • Literary works • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
- Bonanza: Sawyer calls Michael "Hoss." Eric “Hoss” Cartwright was a big man, the warm and lovable middle son of Ben Cartwright in the TV cowboy show that aired from 1959 to 1973. (Movies and TV)
- In "Homecoming", it was Jack who was called "Hoss" by Sawyer. Sawyer has called other people this as well.
- The Bible: Michael’s attorney references the biblical story of David and Goliath. (Literary works) (Religion)
- Bluebeard: Sawyer refers to the bearded man as "Bluebeard," the title character in this famous fairy tale about a violent nobleman and his over-curious wife. It was written by Charles Perrault and first published in 1697. (Literary works)
- "Make Your Own Kind of Music": This song by Mama Cass Elliot, is playing on the record player when Desmond is holding Locke hostage in the Swan bunker. (Music)
|Comparative: Irony • Juxtaposition • Foreshadowing Plotting: Cliffhanger • Plot twist Stock characters: Archetype • Redshirt • Unseen character|
Story: Flashbacks • Flash-forwards • Flash sideways • Framing device • Regularly spoken phrases • Symbolism • Unreliable narrator
- Sawyer and Michael are brought back to the Island by the currents, and discover that Jin has been there for some time as his hands have been bound by "the Others". (Plot twist) (Cliffhanger)
- Despite the fact that the raft had been traveling for a day and a half at night, the currents still carry Michael and Sawyer back to the Island, the place they were hoping to escape from, and the place that they now wish to return to, in order to rescue Walt. (Irony)
- In keeping with the title of the episode, both sets of events shown in this episode present Michael at times when he is "adrift" in his life, with no sense of direction or purpose, other than "get Walt back". In his past, this spiritual emptiness probably continued until the events of "Special"; in the present, he finds his way back to solid ground, giving him a solid direction and purpose again. (Juxtaposition) (Symbolism)
- Desmond asks Locke: "Are you him?" In Michael's flashback, Susan tells him to "let him [Walt] go." (Regularly spoken phrases)
- When Locke tells Desmond their plane crash was 44 days ago, Desmond pauses on the thought. (Foreshadowing)
- Locke tells Desmond that Kate is a fugitive. ("Tabula Rasa")
- In the flashbacks, Michael is still recovering from being hit by a car. Susan's lawyer also refers to the fact that all his medical bills were paid for by Susan. ("Special")
- Sawyer says Rousseau said the Others were coming for the child. ("Exodus, Part 1")
- Michael and Sawyer discuss Walt's kidnapping. ("Exodus, Part 2")
- The events in the Swan are the same as those in the previous episode, this time from the point of view of Locke and Kate. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
- Walt once asked Michael what would happen if a shark attacked them on the raft. ("The Greater Good")