The Cost of Living (Lost)
|"The Cost of Living"|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Jack Bender|
|Written by||Alison Schapker
|Featured music||"Eko Lagos" by Femi Kuti|
|Original air date||November 1, 2006|
Michael Bowen as Danny Pickett
|Lost (season 3)
List of Lost episodes
"The Cost of Living" is the 5th episode of the third season of Lost, and the 54th episode overall. It aired on November 1, 2006 in the US and on December 17, 2006 in the UK. The episode was written by Monica Breen and Alison Schapker and directed by Jack Bender. The character of Mr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is featured in the episode's flashbacks.
Shortly after the death of his brother Yemi, Eko is driven back to the village and enters the church. Inside, Eko meets the altar boy Daniel and his mother Amina, who works at the clinic. Eko says that he will be taking Yemi's place at the church. When Amina also inquires about Yemi's upcoming trip to London, a surprised Eko states that he would take Yemi's place there, too.
Some time later, after Eko has become established in his new role as priest, he is confronted by militiamen, who as Amina reveals, had a deal with Yemi to get 80% of the clinic's vaccines. Eko soon develops a plan to sell the vaccine on the black market before he leaves the country that coming weekend.
As the militiamen learn of Eko's deal, they attack him inside the church, but end up getting killed by Eko. The villagers respond by closing the church as they felt it was desecrated. Amina calls out Eko, saying she had been aware of the vaccine deal, and advises him to repent and make his peace with God, telling Eko that he "owes" Yemi one church.
On the Island
A delirious Eko has a vision of his brother Yemi (Adetokumboh M'Cormack) holding a cigarette lighter, who says that if Eko is ready to confess, he knows where to find Yemi. Afterwards, Eko's shelter catches fire, and Eko is rescued by Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) and Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia). As John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) arrives to ask what happened, Eko has vanished.
The next morning, Locke suggests to Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) that he visit the Pearl station. Joined by Charlie, Sayid, Nikki and Paulo (Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro), the group finds Eko on their way to the Pearl. Upon arrival, Eko does not find Yemi's body on the airplane atop the entrance, and decides to remain outside while Locke and the others climb into the hatch. Inside the hatch, Sayid tinkers first with the communication lines, and following a suggestion from Nikki, the monitors. Then one of the screens gets a live video feed of what appears to be another hatch, revealing a man with an eyepatch (Andrew Divoff) who then turns off the camera.
Meanwhile, outside the Pearl, Eko sees Yemi and follows him into an opening in the jungle, where Yemi tells him it is time for Eko to confess his sins. Eko says he has not sinned, having not chosen the life he was given and that Eko had only done what he needed to do to survive. An angry-looking Yemi replies, "You speak to me as if I were your brother." as he retreats into the jungle. Eko follows him asking "Who are you?!", and then finds the smoke monster. An arm of smoke reaches out, grabs Eko, and smashes him into the trees before slamming him into the ground.
Locke and the others rush out, to find a bloodied Eko lying motionless on the ground. Eko breathes his dying words in Locke's ear and has one last memory of he and his brother when they were children, and when Sayid asks what Eko said, Locke replies, "He said...'we're next.'"
On Hydra Island
At The Hydra, Jack is invited by Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) to attend a memorial service being held for Colleen. On the way, Jack asks about the symptoms of Ben's spinal tumor, particularly pointing out that it will kill him. Ben professes not to know what Jack is talking about. Privately, Ben asks Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) why she showed his X-rays to Jack. Juliet replies that she never told Jack whose X-rays they were, and remarks that Ben must have inadvertently confirmed Jack's guess.
The following day, Ben tells Jack that they had a perfect plan to convince Jack to operate on Ben's spine, but it failed when Jack saw the X-rays. Afterwards, Juliet brings to Jack's cell a movie, which consists of Juliet speaking through cue cards. As Juliet discusses how the surgery will proceed, on the tape she tells Jack that Ben is a liar and very dangerous, and thus the surgery should be intentionally botched to kill Ben, and that she will protect Jack if he does so.
This episode attracted 16.07 million American viewers. Eko's death was ranked #1 in IGN's list of Top 10 'Lost' Deaths. The website later ranked it the 25th best episode of the series, saying that while early Season 3 "might have dragged a bit", "The Cost of Living" "saw the excitement and drama ramp up considerably. The only thing marring this otherwise excellent episode was the presence of Nikki and Paolo."  On the other hand, a similar list by The Los Angeles Times ranked it 96th, considering that despite being "actually a pretty good piece of TV", the episode was "just marred by the fact that the show was forced into killing Mr. Eko, a character whose story was far from over."
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