Win One for the Reaper

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"Win One for the Reaper"
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©2006 Varèse Sarabande and Michael Giacchino

"Win One for the Reaper" is an orchestral piece on the Season 1 soundtrack. It plays during a closing character montage, after Jack's "Live together or die alone" speech.

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Charlie and Hurley pour out water to distribute. Sun thanks Jin for finding water for earlier. Michael lowers a cup of water to a thirsty Vincent. Sawyer asks Boone, guilty of hoarding water, of taking Sawyer's place on the camp's "most hated list".

Kate asks Jack where he was during the day. Jack doesn't tell her, but he tells her about Christian's death. Kate says she's sorry, to which Jack simply says he's sorry as well.


The piece is a variation on the life and death theme.

Title significance

"Winning one for the Reaper" is a humorous euphemism for death.[1] The title links Jack's speech with coach Knute Rockne's speech to Notre Dame football players at the 1928 Army game. Like Knute Rockne, Jack inspires his people to work together and succeed by referring to the death of one of their own. Rockne's speech, made famous by the film Knute Rockne, All American, contained the oft-quoted line " one for the Gipper". Rockne asked players to unite for deceased player George Gipp; Jack asks the camp to unite for their own survival, or to fight the Reaper.[2]


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