...In Translation

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"...In Translation"
Lost episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 17
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Leonard Dick
Featured music "Delicate" by Damien Rice
Production code 115
Original air date February 23, 2005
Guest actors

Byron Chung as Mr. Paik
John Shin as Mr. Kwon
Joey Yu as Byung Han
Chil Kong as White suit
John Choi as Butler
Kiya Lee as Mrs. Han
Angelica Perreira as Byung's daughter
Tess Young as Sun's friend

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"...In Translation" is the 17th episode of the first season of Lost. The episode was directed by Tucker Gates and written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Leonard Dick. It first aired on February 23, 2005 on ABC. Jin-Soo Kwon is featured in the episode's flashbacks. The episode title is a reference to the phrase "lost in translation", where a phrase or idiom loses its meaning when translated between languages.



Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) visits Sun's (Yunjin Kim) father, Mr. Paik (Byron Chung), to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage. Mr. Paik interviews Jin, asking him about his dreams and his family. Jin states that he would like to own his own restaurant and hotel, and that his father is deceased, as well as telling Mr. Paik that he would do anything for Sun. Mr. Paik asks him if he would work for his car company, to which Jin immediately responds in the affirmative. Mr. Paik asks why he should allow his daughter to marry someone who would throw his dreams away so easily. Jin tells him that Sun is his dream. Jin and Sun share a romantic moment while she is dressing. When asked about taking a honeymoon, Jin tells Sun that they will be able to go after he does some management training. Jin gets promoted and Mr. Paik assigns him to go to Mr. Byung Han's house and deliver a message. There, he tells Mr. Han that Mr. Paik is displeased with him. Mr Han's daughter is watching television in the background with Hurley being featured in a news report about his recent lottery win. As a way to make Mr. Paik happy Mr. Han gives Jin a puppy, the same dog seen earlier in Sun's flashbacks. Sun prepares a candlelit dinner for her husband. After being interrupted by phone call from Mr. Paik, Jin goes to see him. Mr. Paik's factory has been closed, he says, so Jin has not delivered the message properly. He sends Jin, along with a mercenary companion, back to Mr. Han's house. Before the other man could kill Mr. Han, Jin wildly beats him up, telling him in the end that the factories must open tomorrow and that he just saved his life. Then Jin looks at the scared family and leaves. Again, Jin is shown washing blood from his hands in the bathroom and Sun slapping him, but this is now followed by Jin crying for what he has been forced to do. Jin visits his father, who is still alive and working as a fisherman. Jin helps him work and apologizes for being ashamed of his family. They talk about Sun and Jin's marital difficulties, and Jin expresses his wish to "start over". In the end, Jin's father tells him to go to America with Sun to start a new life.

On the Island[edit]

On Day 32, October 23, 2004, Sun is wearing a bikini, but Jin rushes to cover her as they argue. Jin takes her by the arm and drags her. She falls in the sand. Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) rushes to her aid and threatens Jin. Sun slaps Michael in the face. He stands there shocked as Jin and Sun walk away. As Sun dresses, Jin asks if she is involved with Michael and she says no.

Sun apologizes to Michael for slapping him while he is working on the raft. She said that she did it to protect Michael, because he doesn't know what Jin can do, implying her slapping him saved him from a far worse beating.

Shannon Rutherford (Maggie Grace) and Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) flirt, while Michael works on the raft. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) comes over and Michael tells him the raft can only fit four people. Jack asks about the available spots on the raft and Sawyer says that he bought one in exchange for some building materials. At night the raft is on fire and they all blame Jin. Sun then finds Jin covered with burns and he does not speak to her.

Sayid informs Shannon's stepbrother, Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder), that he may be dating Shannon, and Boone warns him that she might use him. They next day, Sayid tells Shannon that it might not be a good idea for them to date. Shannon goes to confront Boone, but runs into Locke instead. He advises her to start a new life rather than confront Boone. Sawyer ambushes Jin while he is gathering water and knocks him out with a kick to the head. He ties Jin up and escorts him to the beach.

Back at the beach, Michael beats Jin up. Sun (for the first time speaking publicly in English) then tells him to stop and that Jin did not burn the raft. Jin burned his hands while trying to put the fire out. Everyone is surprised that she speaks English. She goes on to attest that Jin is not a liar. Locke then says that it would be unlikely that one of the survivors burned the raft.

Michael concedes the raft is gone and decides to make a new one. Sun goes to see Jin and says (in English) that she was going to leave him and that he changed her mind about leaving. Speaking Korean, she asks him if they can "start all over". However, Jin tells her that it's too late to start over.

At night, Shannon decides to stay with Sayid even though Boone does not like Sayid around her. Also, Locke asks why Walt burned the raft and he says that he doesn’t want to move anymore, that he likes it on the island.

The next day on the beach, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) listens to Damien Rice's "Delicate" on his CD player but the song cuts off midway when the batteries die. Meanwhile, Sun goes into the ocean in a bathing suit as a free, but lonely woman and Jin helps Michael build the new raft.


The episode had 19.49 million American viewers.[1]

In a 2009 list of his favorite Lost moments, Zap2It's Ryan McGee praised "...In Translation" for "recontextualiz[ing] Sun's flashbacks in "House of the Rising Sun", calling this "storytelling of the highest order."[2]


  1. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings" (Press release). ABC Medianet. March 1, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ McGee, Ryan (2009-04-25). "100 things I love about 'Lost', Part 1". Zap2It. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 

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