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Naveen Andrews: Hi, this is Naveen Andrews, and you're listening to the Official Lost Podcast hosted by abc.com.

[Opening Lost theme]

Kris White: In this podcast, Naveen Andrews sits down with us to talk about Arabic, in English, and enlightens us on corpsing, which sounds like something that involves the fabled seventh season of Lost, but it's not. We'll let him explain. Speaking of corpsing, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse will also join us to discuss last week's shocking episode. And they'll be talking about this week's enigmatic episode, "Question Mark," which airs Wednesday, May 10th from 9-10pm only on ABC.

[soundtrack music]

[sound clip of Sayid talking to Ana Lucia in "Collision"]

Kris White: Naveen Andrews has found himself in the desert many times, first in his breakout role from The English Patient and most recently in the remake of the biblical epic The Ten Commandments. However, it's his role as a former Iraqi soldier Sayid Jarrah that's broken down the most cultural barriers and gained him quite a following in the process.

Naveen Andrews: Well, it's completely unheard of. You've- I, for one, have never seen an Iraqi character, let alone one from the Republican Guard, as a main character on you know, on a, on a network TV, or even in Hollywood generally, and being fair to America, the rest of Europe. It just never happens, especially a character of almost heroic dimensions, you know, one that's also been seen to be romantic. It just doesn't happen, and, you know, I have to, I have to give credit, you know, where it's due. J.J., Bryan, and Damon, you know, had the courage to actually put this character forth because when I first, you know, saw the first script, I couldn't believe it really, and I still can't, you know, long may it last.

[sound clip of Sayid's final conversation with Joe Inman in "One of Them"]

Naveen Andrews: Arabic was really hard. What makes it complex is that there's classical Arabic, and there's the Arabic that people speak in various regions in the Middle East, and everyone's got a different idea about how you should speak colloquially, you know. The Syrians have a different idea, Egyptians have a different idea, and, you know, when we were actually shooting scenes, some of my fellow actors were either Syrians or Egyptians, so it would, it could get quite confusing and sometimes, we wouldn't have what would be deemed authentic Arabic as spoken by an Iraqi, until we did the ADR, you know. I would say that was true of the recent episode. It was like right until the very end, you know, it wasn't quite there, but what can you do, you just do the best you can.

Kris White: For Naveen, the toughest scenes to shoot weren't those in Arabic but those final raw moments with Shannon, played by actress Maggie Grace.

[sound clip of Sayid shouting as Shannon is shot in "Abandoned"]

Naveen Andrews: It was very tough, because, actors, much as it might surprise anyone, do have feelings and, you know, I- we kind of known that Maggie was going to leave the show, maybe about I think three months before it actually happened, so it was this long buildup to that, and it was hard, it was really tough because, you know, you build relationships, and you have a lot of affection for people, and it seemed so brutal, you know, when their tenure, if you like, is suddenly cancelled. So that last scene was very tough for lots of reasons because, you know... It was very hard for her, you know, and I was aware of that and... Apart from it being very sad, you know, it was, it was a difficult episode as well to shoot because it was very emotional and, you know, again when you're working with directors who are coming from the outside, it's- it can be a bit difficult, and- but we got through it, you know. We got through it, and I think it's a good piece of work and I th- it was a great way for her to go out if she had to go out, you know. Um, yeah, it was tough.

Kris White: The emotional work required for the show definitely takes its toll, especially with 15 hour days. That can only result in one thing: corpsing.

Naveen Andrews: There have been so many good times, you know, that we've had as a cast, just having a laugh, you know. Um, I particularly like corpsing. You- uh, I guess it's an English theatrical term, but in England, basically when you cannot stop laughing, when you're saying a line, and you can't get it out, and you just keep crying with laughter, and you just cannot carry on and everyone has to stop and take a break -- that's what corpsing is. I think it comes from the stage, where people would do it on stage, which is really the end, you know, and I guess it means you become a corpse -- literally, the drama is dead. I think that's where- what it might mean -- maybe I'm wrong. But there have been several times with Dominic, where, you know, it's usually a situation where we're very tired, usually over-tired, and like, Dominic's got one line to say, and I've got to say it to him, and he has to turn straight into camera, and I'm right there looking at him, and you've got to try and be, you know, 'cause everyone, look, it's Friday, it's about, you know, 9:30 at night, and everyone wants to go home man, you know. They're not interested in you giggling and laughing, and we all just lose it, and it would become hysterical and won't be able to get through it, and that can be heavy, you know, but we don't care 'cause it's funny.

Kris White: So there you have it. Corpsing is, well, laughing, which many people aren't after last week's episode, mainly because they're still sitting in shocked silence at the surprise betrayal by Michael. Here to discuss the matter further are executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

[podcast theme music]

Carlton Cuse: I'm gonna let you go first this morning, Damon.

Damon Lindelof: But you just went first.

Carlton Cuse: No, go ahead, you go first.

Damon Lindelof: But you just went, you just went first.

Carlton Cuse: Okay, well then don't go first.

Damon Lindelof: Hello, my name is Damon Lindelof.

Carlton Cuse: Hi, I'm Carlton Cuse, and welcome to... our podcast.

Damon Lindelof: Another podcast.

Carlton Cuse: Yes. So today we're going to talk about "Two for the Road," which was a very dramatic episode, was it not, Damon?

Damon Lindelof: It was one of our most dramatic episodes, and, you know, obviously, you know, the fans of the show listening to these podcasts, we actually record these podcasts sometime before the episode is aired. So you should know that we are recor- We are talking about the episode before it's actually hit the airwaves, but we're anticipating that a lot people are probably talking about the last three minutes of the show...

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: ...in which, you know, we see Michael basically ask [Carlton: "shoot"] Ana Lucia for the gun [Carlton: "yeah"] just so he can kill Henry, but then he turns the gun on her and shoots her... and surprised by Libby and then opens up Henry's jail cell, as it were, the armory and turns the gun on himself and pulls the trigger. So that's sort of where we're at, and, you know, that's probably what a lot of people are talking about, but maybe we can take this opportunity to talk a little bit about Michelle [Carlton: "Right"] and Ana Lucia's character and probably people are curious as to how and when we came to this decision to do this.

Carlton Cuse: Right, I mean, you know, I know there probably will- We anticipate a lot of speculation that this has to do with her, you know, legal issues, involving having gotten a DUI in Hawaii, but in fact, when Michelle Rodriguez came in to join Lost, um...

Damon Lindelof: And we met with her in March-

Carlton Cuse: A year ago.

Damon Lindelof: In March of '05, you know, we were still, we were shooting the- maybe the 17th or 18th episode of Season 1 when we first met her.

Carlton Cuse: Right, and when we sat down with her, you know, the plan was that she was gonna come in to do the show for one season, and we set out and created a story arc for her. At that time, it was a one season long story arc, and this is the culmination of that, and, you know, whatever else happened during the course of that year, and, you know, her personal issues, you know, that came up had nothing to do with our decision to kill her.

Damon Lindelof: I remember, it was 'cause it was sort of really interesting that we were talking, you know, about midway through the season and saying wow, we're still sticking to the plan, but then when the DUIs happened, you know, we're saying oh now everybody's gonna think when we actually pull the trigger, as it were, on our plan that it was in response to that, and that actually made us think maybe we shouldn't do it, maybe we should abandon the plan, but we sort of looked at it, we talked to Michelle, and we all decided the original plan was the best plan.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, I mean, it just felt like, you know, at a certain point, these sort of, you know, temporal news of these DUIs would fade away, and what would be left would be the show, and the show will live on, and all that won't ever become a part of the history of it. What will live on is the actual show itself, and we really felt that this was the best story and the best version of the story, and we, you know, we really decided that, we would not be- it would be a greater injustice to not actually do the story as we had planned to do it, we had really, you know, we plan out the season extremely carefully, and this was, you know, always designed to be this sort of big kind of climactic moment that was going to launch the sort of May sweeps episodes.

Damon Lindelof: Right and also, you know, we always- we knew that Ana Lucia was gonna be killing Shannon, and we knew that, you know, we had this bigger story to tell involving Michael and Michael's search for Walt, and that she-

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: Was gonna intersect with that story, so, you know, and then obviously, you know, not to be cheeky or playful at all, but, you know, that isn't to say that Ana Lucia isn't gonna be in the "Question Mark" episode that airs this week, you know.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: Or, you know, or, Libby, I mean, that episode starts, you know, approximately ten seconds after last week's ends, so this whole story might not have entirely played out yet is really all I'll say.

Carlton Cuse: I think that is fair to say and, you know, I think that obviously Michael's return and the fact that he has now done this, you know, is- We're clearly trying to setup a lot of mystery and intrigue about what exactly is going on with Michael and obviously, you know, Michael's quest to get Walt back is, you know, we've said publicly that that is something which we're going to resolve by the end of the season, and I think now that whole story has been kind of colored and complicated in a way that, you know, hopefully people are finding entertaining, but it's very much a part of our whole plan for how this story is gonna play out through the rest of the episodes this season.

Damon Lindelof: It's dark stuff.

Carlton Cuse: It's a little dark, yeah.

Damon Lindelof: So-

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: But this-

Carlton Cuse: No time for joking around about you sitting here without your pants on.

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, well, you know, maybe I should put some pants on. Then we wouldn't joke about it.

Carlton Cuse: Okay.

Damon Lindelof: So, the "Question Mark" episode is this week's episode and, interestingly enough, although we're immediately picking up, you know, as we said, where we left off, there's some big time Locke and Eko action going on this week, which is something I think that we as story tellers have really been looking forward to and certainly the audience has sort of been promised. These are the two kind of mystical forces on the Island, and what's been interesting over the course of season 2 is Locke, who started off in a place of, you know, sort of devout faith in the Island and what it had in store for him is gradually sort of gotten away from that and is getting more and more frustrated with what he feels his purpose is, and Mr. Eko, who we learned in "The 23rd Psalm" is actually sort of a warlord pretending to be a- who gets mistaken for a priest and the end of that story is actually sort of becoming more and more religious, so I'm sort of interested to see, you know, how they are going to, you know, talk to each other and what they talk about.

Carlton Cuse: Right. As sort of an interesting aside, the actual- the title of this episode is just the symbol question mark, not unlike Prince.

Damon Lindelof: Or the movie Pi.

Carlton Cuse: Exactly, or the movie Pi. You know, this was originally the episode that Darren Aronofsky was go-

Damon Lindelof: Or Carlton's actual birthname, which is "semicolon" Cuse. [Carlton giggles.] It's just- it's just the semicolon and Cuse.

Carlton Cuse: You know, and part of the problem is that-

Damon Lindelof: It's bizarre.

Carlton Cuse: Yes, I know-

Damon Lindelof: The WGA would not let you- You had to use the name Carlton for some reason.

Carlton Cuse: We actually had a lot of issues about this because a lot of the TV systems in which titles have to be recorded won't accept question mark as a title, so in certain places, it has to be written out as "The Question Mark" because, for instance, on like some of these listing services, they can't enter it as question mark, it completely screws up all the computers, so-

Damon Lindelof: We wouldn't want to screw up anybody's computers.

Carlton Cuse: It's kind of ironic that our title is, you know, kind of, you know, is screwing up computers when in fact, this episode has to do with a computer, doesn't it?

Damon Lindelof: It is, in my opinion, the most appropriately titled episode of the show ever.

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: Just in terms of, you know, what it's about, and it- you know, obviously, we've seen the symbol of the question mark, on this door that Locke was trapped under, and that's sort of what's driving things, but then there's several things that happen over the course of this episode that make you go, "Oh, that's why it's called question mark... Oh, THAT'S why it's called question mark."

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: "Oh, maybe it's called question mark because of this."

Carlton Cuse: Right, and you know, it's one of the most rewarding things that we experience as writers is when we can actually kind of get that layering, where, you know, the title has a lot of meaning. Course, in the case of this title, you know, it can basically be used as a substitute for utter confusion as well, so-

Damon Lindelof: There is always that.

Carlton Cuse: As a writer, it- you know, pretty much anything we write could be huh? question mark...

Damon Lindelof: If the episode makes no sense, that's our fall back position. We can be like, it's called question mark-

Carlton Cuse: Exactly.

Damon Lindelof: You know, what were you expecting?

Carlton Cuse: Reminds me of, you know, my 7th grade English teacher putting an exact mark next to certain passages in certain papers I wrote, but I don't want to get into that right now.

Damon Lindelof: Yes, you do.

Carlton Cuse: Especially when you don't have pants on.

Damon Lindelof: Especially when I'm not wearing pants right- Okay. I thought we were going to be somber today.

Carlton Cuse: Oh, well, we did do the somber part, um...

Damon Lindelof: All right, well, can I start with the questions, Carlton?

Carlton Cuse: Okay, sure.

Damon Lindelof: Our favorite part. Do we still do the fanfare? Time for questions!

[fanfare]

Carlton Cuse: Are we still playing, by the way? Are we gonna change that theme music?

Damon Lindelof: Apparently, there has been a lot of complaints about the theme music, the werewolf by night with the talking car-

Carlton Cuse: Car thing. We're working on that. We're working on those stories over the hiatus, and we hope to get back to you next season with many more details about our werewolf car show.

Damon Lindelof: I'm still hoping to get some suggestions for what the title of that show might be.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, maybe you could write those in, just any, uh, any ideas you have about that show, please send them into the website.

Damon Lindelof: So, Carlton, I'd like to start by asking you a question with the subject heading "Socks" and this is asked by ajbazark, "On yesterday's podcast, did I hear Damon and Carlton refer to the background survivors as socks? Where did that term come from? Guess it's kind of the Lost equivalent of redshirts, but why socks?"

Carlton Cuse: It is actually the equivalent of redshirts and the origin of that is what we refer to the background players as, and it's, you know, it could seem as though it was a deragatory term, but it's actually a term of great affection-

Damon Lindelof: It certainly is.

Carlton Cuse: But it's like sock puppets, you know, they are the people in the back who, you know, who you sort of see, but they're kind of ND, non-descript.

Damon Lindelof: That's right, like socks. I mean, you know, you open up your sock drawer, and there they are, and you don't really develop any specific affection for one pair or the other, I mean, I don't really spend a lot of time choosing what pair of socks I'm gonna wear.

Carlton Cuse: You don't?

Damon Lindelof: No, not at all.

Carlton Cuse: Wow. That's another difference between you and I.

Damon Lindelof: As evidenced by the fact that I'm wearing brown shoes and grey socks today-

Carlton Cuse: Wow.

Damon Lindelof: Evidence furthered by the fact that I'm not wearing pants.

Carlton Cuse: This is a little bit like you not liking tomatoes and me liking tomatoes. It's...

Damon Lindelof: Not liking them is one way to say it. Another way to say it is hating them, and if I- if one of them was in my mouth, it would cause me to have intestinal- I would puke essentially, but- and you love them.

Carlton Cuse: I love them.

Damon Lindelof: You're eating a tomato right now, like an apple.

Carlton Cuse: So that's why they're called socks.

Damon Lindelof: Okay.

Carlton Cuse: Um, Damon?

Damon Lindelof: Yes, Carlton.

Carlton Cuse: So uh, podcast question by Sawyer220.

Damon Lindelof: Excellent.

Carlton Cuse: Who's posted 119 times in the last 90 days, okay?

Damon Lindelof: Alrighty then.

Carlton Cuse: "Around the outsi-"

Damon Lindelof: That's almost a post a day.

Carlton Cuse: Exactly. "Around the outside of the DHARMA symbol, there are markings that are different from each other. The other day in school, I was watching a movie about China, and I saw the same markings. Do the markings around the DHARMA symbol have anything to do with what I am talking about?"

Damon Lindelof: There is a, you know, there is a connection to, not to the country of China, but the Chinese culture. I believe it's- these are uh...

Carlton Cuse: Bagua symbols.

Damon Lindelof: Bagua symbols-

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: And they are elemental.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: The DHARMA Initiative, for whatever reason, hopefully we'll be learning about it someday, basically used fire, air, water, you know, to build their DHARMA hexagon, and every- in the center of every station that we would potentially discover, you know, in the Swan, we see a swan. In the Arrow, we see an arrow. Uh, what else, we saw the sort of caduceus symbol in the medical station.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: But we don't know what the name of that station is-

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: And-

Carlton Cuse: I guess we'll learn what the question mark station is.

Damon Lindelof: Is it gonna be a question mark?

Carlton Cuse: Um, my guess is no.

Damon Lindelof: Interesting, 'cause that would be predictable.

Carlton Cuse: That would be a little- that would be like "Oh, come on."

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, duh.

Carlton Cuse: You know, they have a question mark, and they get there and- by the way, who would name a hatch with a question mark?

Damon Lindelof: It's sort of-

Carlton Cuse: Well, I guess the DHARMA people are pretty-

Damon Lindelof: I don't know why they call the station with the, you know, with the glass eye in it the Arrow.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, that's true.

Damon Lindelof: I mean, there's not a lot of sense there.

Carlton Cuse: That's true.

Damon Lindelof: Um...

Carlton Cuse: So...

Damon Lindelof: Is it my turn to ask you a question? You just asked me about the bagua. You're already eager to ask me-

Carlton Cuse: I know. You know, that is a lot I learn, you know, from you in these podcasts, frankly.

Damon Lindelof: Um... "Does Locke work for the government," uh, this is from harryfeatdb1, 252 posts in the last 90 days. That's a more respectable number. That's like, that's an average of three posts a day.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: Uh...

Carlton Cuse: I like people who are obsessive.

Damon Lindelof: "There is no way that a few hunting trips with dad can make Locke that good of a hunter, not to mention he was never using knifes, so where'd he learn this? I remember in the episode 'Walkabout,' he was in his office, and he got a phone calling saying, 'Is this line secure?' So while he was crippled, who was he working for? Was it the government, or could it even be the Others?"

Carlton Cuse: Okay.

Damon Lindelof: So it feels like there's a couple questions in there.

Carlton Cuse: All right, can you just kind of lay back on the attitude a little bit, okay? 'Cause I'm sensing a certain level of hostility in the reading of that question, and I don't know whether that's, you know-

Damon Lindelof: I'm just trying to, you know, I'm just trying to capture the spirit of harryfeatdb1 who obviously, with his lack of punctuation and run-on sentences, I feel, I just- he's eager to know the answer to this question.

Carlton Cuse: Well it is-

Damon Lindelof: If in fact it's a guy, I'm just going with that hunch.

Carlton Cuse: Okay, yeah, um, it's a good question, and, you know, back stories on all these characters are like mosiacs, there- we show you parts of them, and other parts are yet to come and I think that it would be fair to say that the part of the story in which we learn how Locke got to be as proficient as he is is yet to come. We did, however, see that with his father, you know, there was- in that story, it was implied he had a relationship with his dad, and during that time, he learned how to hunt and shoot, and his father taught him some stuff about the outdoors before he stole his kidney, [Damon snickers] but, um, there is more to why Locke is as proficient as he is-

Damon Lindelof: Just borrowed his kidney.

Carlton Cuse: Yes, that's true, he could be getting it back in season 3.

Damon Lindelof: That's true, he could.

Carlton Cuse: Um, so, yeah, that's pretty much uh...

Damon Lindelof: And...

Carlton Cuse: Oh, and the other part is working for the government-

Damon Lindelof: Well, my recollection of "Walkabout" and, you know, it was a long time ago, when he picks up the phone and says "Is this line secure?" he's just getting a call from his buddy who he plays games with-

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: During his lunch hour, so they're goofing around, so, you know, he certainly does not work for the government or the Others.

Carlton Cuse: Or unless by government, you mean box company in Tustin, California.

Damon Lindelof: There are those who believe that the government is a box company, but I'm not one of those people, and that doesn't make any sense to me.

Carlton Cuse: Okay, so, Damon?

Damon Lindelof: Yes, Carlton?

Carlton Cuse: On one podcast we mentioned the Widmore Construction company name to keep an eye out for. I'm not sure anyone has pointed this out yet, but the pregnancy test that Sun got from Sawyer in "The Whole Truth" said Widmore Labs on it. Also, Kate had a line that reads something to the gist of "How did Sawyer get one of those, I mean who carries a pregnancy test on a plane, really?" Is this an easter egg plug to the fact that the test says Widmore Labs? Are we supposed to watch out for Widmore? Is there gonna be more Widmore? Is Widmore therefore connected to DHARMA as well? And that further connects Oceanic Airlines to DHARMA? So what- how does- how does all that work, Damon?

Damon Lindelof: I'm gonna just say more Widmore, not less Widmore, but more Widmore.

Carlton Cuse: There will be more Widmore.

Damon Lindelof: More Widmore.

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: Or Widless, more Widless.

Carlton Cuse: Right. You might want to check out the book Bad Twin too.

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, there are, there- certainly going to be some- and obviously, I'm not- I can't really be sure about this, but the name Widmore might be popping up in the finale.

Carlton Cuse: It might indeed.

Damon Lindelof: It's possible

Carlton Cuse: Right. I actually heard a rumor that there are two branches of the Widmore family.

Damon Lindelof: Really?

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: Their family tree as it were?

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: (???) two branches?

Carlton Cuse: Yes, exactly, and there's a British branch and an American branch.

Damon Lindelof: Interesting, so, they're just related, and one of them lives in the States, and the other one lives in the UK?

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: Is- So which branch makes the pregnancy tests?

Carlton Cuse: Uh, well, I don't know. I don't think I can say.

Damon Lindelof: [giggles] Is that because you don't know?

Carlton Cuse: No, it's 'cause I'm not saying.

Damon Lindelof: All right, we should talk about this-

Carlton Cuse: Okay.

Damon Lindelof: After the podcast because I'd like to know.

[Carlton laughs]

Damon Lindelof: Carlton and I each keep secrets from each other, which is sort of how we get through our day.

Carlton Cuse: It is actually amazing when you realize that actually we just divided all the secrets of Lost in two, and Damon has half of them, and I have the other half, and it's incredible when we actually learn what the other one knows about the history and secrets and mythology of Lost.

Damon Lindelof: Yesterday, I told Carlton while he was eating a tomato like a piece of fruit, I said, "Carlton, do you want to know how Locke ended up in his wheelchair?" And he said, "Boy, would I!" and I-

Carlton Cuse: And I said, "I'll trade you what the Monster is if you tell me what Locke is doing in that wheelchair."

Damon Lindelof: So then I didn't know if I could trust Carlton, and he didn't know if he could trust me, and then we said okay, on three, I will say it, and then you will tell me what the Monster is.

Carlton Cuse: Right, exactly.

Damon Lindelof: And I went, "One, two" and then Carlton didn't say anything so-

Carlton Cuse: Well, I thought you meant like three and then say it, not like on three.

Damon Lindelof: But it was quite obviously a ploy, so I'm gonna hold onto that information for a little while longer, and I've got some theories about what the Monster is.

Carlton Cuse: Okay, well, we'll talk about that later.

Damon Lindelof: Excellent, all right.

Carlton Cuse: Um...

Damon Lindelof: I better- you better go put down that tomato, and I better go put my pants on.

Carlton Cuse: One last question?

Damon Lindelof: Oh, ok, uh... "Is Michael brainwashed?"

Carlton Cuse: [quickly replies] Yes.

[Damon giggles]

Damon Lindelof: Uh, dsombrio, "Did the Others do something to Michael's head? His face was pretty strange when he crash [sic] in front of Jack and Kate, like an OD kind of thing, like he was drug [sic] up, so my thinking is are the Others messing with Michael [sic] head to make him go back to the beach and go get everybody to go after them, and by doing that, the losties will cross the territory line, and then all the losties get captured and put in some kind of experiment, like an underwater hatch? Am I getting lost or not? Please let me know what you guys think of this."

Carlton Cuse: Oh my god, I cannot believe you would just give away the finale and read all that, the underwater hatch part, I mean, how d-. That must have leaked out. We're gonna- we're-

Damon Lindelof: Is that a pun? The underwater hatch leaked out? That's very clever.

Carlton Cuse: Um, you know, Michael had a long trek back across the Island. I mean, he isn't gonna walk out and go, "Hey, what's going on, guys?"

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, I know.

Carlton Cuse: And then go *ksh*, Lost card. That wouldn't be too dramatic.

Damon Lindelof: He had some brambles in his hair too.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, he needs a haircut.

Damon Lindelof: But the reality is now Michael has done what he's done, so I think it's sort of fair to assume that perhaps what he said happened while he was gone, you know, is different than what actually happened, but-

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: It's not like- Will you tell me what happened for real?

Carlton Cuse: Not a chance, 'cause I know you won't tell me anything.

Damon Lindelof: I'll- on three, I will tell you, um, let's see, what can I tell you? I can tell you... Oh, I'll give you the Rose and Bernard love scenes if you tell me [Carlton laughs] um, if you tell me why, what happened to Michael for real.

Carlton Cuse: Okay, well, unfortunately, before we get to that, looks like we're out of time for today.

Damon Lindelof: [mock disappointment] Oh...

Carlton Cuse: Darn.

Damon Lindelof: (???)

Carlton Cuse: Oh, jeez, well, guys, thanks for listening.

Damon Lindelof: To our somber podcast.

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: Um, stay tuned, all new Lost coming up the next three weeks.

Carlton Cuse: All new Lost Wednesdays-

Damon Lindelof: Wednesday, Wednesday-

Carlton Cuse: Wednesday.

Damon Lindelof: Thanks for letting me go first tonight- today, Carlton.

Carlton Cuse: [laughs] You're welcome.

Damon Lindelof: All right.

Carlton Cuse: So we'll see you later.

Damon Lindelof: Bye gang.

Kris White: That brings us to the end of this podcast. Be sure to checkout abc.com, where you can submit your own fan questions and also stream this week's episode of Lost after it ends. Just go to lost.abc.com. "Question Mark" airs Wednesday, May 10th, from 9-10pm, only on ABC.

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