• Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens. This is in Desmond's personal effects when he gets released from prison. He's read every work of Dickens, except that one. Wants to save it to be the last thing he reads before he dies.
  • Hume, David. Philosopher (often associated with fellow empiricist John Locke) and author of works like "Of Miracles" and "The Natural History of Religion." Don't get the wrong idea, though. He was likely an atheist.
  • The Odyssey, by Homer.

Excellent Lines

Humorous

Jack: [Kate and I] got caught in a net.
Sawyer: That what they're calling it these days?

"Even though Pippi Longstocking and the Grape Ape are great candidates for the Dirty Dozen, I'm just sayin we might want to bring the Red Beret." -- Sawyer

Locke: So what does one snowman say to the other snowman?
Desmond: Smells like carrots.
(and we confirm this was never really a mystery, just a riddle-and-password)

Sawyer: So these Others, you think they're left over from the Dharma folk? My theory? They're aliens. That's why they wear the fake beards. Their heads are plastetic." This quote has everything - crazy theories, ideas about the Others, some foreshadowing, and a messed up word by the redneck. Classic.

More Meaningful (and double-meaningful)

"What is done is done." -- Yemi, to Eko. Locke confirmed this same idea for Jack on the previous disc, and it also echoes another thematic statement from the series, "Dead is dead."

Jack: I'm sure Hurley will want to say something about Libby.
Sawyer: I never even knew her last name.
(Note: Sawyer actually is referring to Ana-Lucia here, but the line does fall like that, and Libby's last name has been one of the show's more enduring mysteries, with speculation that it's "Widmore" (or something else we'd recognize and that would give too much of the ending away)).

"Do not tell me what I can do." -- Eko, to Locke, who's former favorite line was, "Don't tell me what I CAN'T do." The characters may be opposite sides of the same token, but neither one of them wants to be constricted by the rules of the game.

Hurley: Did that bird just say my name?
Sawyer: Yeah it did... right before it crapped gold.

"With enough money and determination you can find anyone." -- Penny to Desmond in LA

Desmond: What was all that about then?
Kelvin: Just savin the world.

"All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us." -- Penny's letter to Desmond. This will be proved true later in "The Constant," and is necessary at this point in the story, after it appears that love has indirectly caused some very bad things to happen.

Characterization

Locke screams that he was never meant to do anything. Every second of his pathetic little life is as useless as pushing the button.

Sawyer tells Jack he's the closest thing he has to a friend. Which is why he confides in him about the romp in the jungle he had with Ana-Lucia.

Desmond is concerned that Locke's friends could be hurt. "They're not my friends," Locke replies. So easily Eko and Charlie - two characters with whom he has spent some of the most meaningful time - are cast aside. Ever wonder why you've had so much trouble with relationships, John?

Opening & Closing

2.21 Open - Beautiful day, construction on Eko's church coming along swimmingly. He sees Ana's ghost.
2.22 Open - Black screen, the words "13 days ago." Locke is stocking the armory, Michael comes in, knocks him out.
2.23/24 Open - Charlie's face, where we left off previously, with the arrival of the boat. "Are we rescued? Are we saved?"

2.21 Close - Zoom in slowly on Michael standing against the back wall of Ben's former cell, then cut to the cursor on the computer screen, blinking and beeping.
2.22 Close - During the funeral, Sun sees a boat on the sea, sailing straight towards their beach!
2.23/24 Close - Men in an arctic listening station. A signal comes in. They worry that they missed it again (the first time was almost surely 9/22/04). They make a call. It's to Penny, who has the photo of her and Des at her bedside. "I think we FOUND it..."

Probably Unimportant, But I've Always Wondered...

The timing seems off between Eko's story and Claire's as it inolves the psychic Richard Malkin. Eko's investigation of the miracle is shortly before 815 takes off, meaning that this would be right around the time Malkin has been frantically trying to convince Claire to keep the baby, or to get on that flight. Yet he sounds nothing like that version of himself when he talks to Eko, being much more convinced that he is a complete fraud and miracles don't exist. Can't connect this.