The Moth (Lost)

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"The Moth"
Lost episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Directed by Jack Bender
Written by Jennifer Johnson
Paul Dini
Production code 105
Original air date November 3, 2004
Guest actors

Neil Hopkins as Liam Pace
Christian Bowman as Steve Jenkins
Dustin Watchman as Scott Jackson
Glenn Cannon as Priest

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"The Moth" is the seventh episode of the first season of Lost. The episode was directed by Jack Bender and written by Jennifer Johnson and Paul Dini. It first aired on November 3, 2004 on ABC. The character of Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) is featured in the episode's flashbacks.

Plot[edit]

Flashbacks[edit]

Charlie is in church confessing his sins, and tells the priest that he is going to quit his band because it has a bad influence on him. He comes out of confession and sees his older brother, Liam Pace (Neil Hopkins), who tells Charlie that Drive Shaft has gotten a recording contract. Charlie doesn’t want to sign the contract because he has qualms about the sex and drugs the band engages in. Liam talks him into signing, promising that Charlie can quit any time he's had enough. One evening at a show, Liam starts singing the chorus to "You All Everybody", which is supposed to be sung by Charlie. He yells at Liam after the show, and Liam assures Charlie it won't happen again.

Another flashback shows Charlie finding Liam high on heroin with groupies. Charlie kicks them out, and tells Liam that he's done with the band. Liam says to Charlie that he, Liam, is Drive Shaft, and that nobody knows who the bass player is. He goes on to tell Charlie that without the band, Charlie is nothing, which spurs Charlie to use heroin for the first time. Years later, Charlie visits Liam's house in Australia and wants him to rejoin Drive Shaft for their comeback tour. Liam refuses, but the band can't do the tour without him. He criticizes Charlie for still using drugs, and Charlie blames Liam for getting him started with drugs. Liam asks him to stay with him for a few weeks, saying that Sydney has some good rehab programs and that he can get Charlie help. Charlie angrily leaves, saying he has a plane to catch.

On the Island[edit]

It is Day 8, September 29, 2004, and Charlie is suffering from heroin withdrawal since John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) took his stash in the previous episode. Charlie is walking in the jungle, looking for Locke, when a boar suddenly appears and starts chasing him. Locke traps the boar with a net and thanks Charlie for being bait. Charlie asks Locke for the heroin that Locke has taken from him earlier, and Locke says that he'll give Charlie the drugs the third time he asks, because he wants Charlie to have the choice to quit.

Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews), Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) and Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder) attempt to triangulate the French transmission so they can find where the transmission is coming from, so they make a plan to turn on antennas at different points on the island. At the caves, Charlie searches through Jack Shephard's (Matthew Fox) medicine supply for a medicine to replace his heroin withdrawal. When Jack catches him, Charlie says he has a headache and wants aspirin.

When Jack upsets Charlie by telling him to move his guitar, Charlie confronts him in a cave. Charlie's shouting causes the entrance of the cave to collapse. Charlie escapes, but Jack is trapped inside. Using his construction experience, Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) leads the rescue attempt with Steve Jenkins (Christian Bowman) and Scott Jackson (Dustin Watchman). In the jungle, James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) goes to tell Kate about Jack's predicament, but decides against it because he doesn't like Kate's attitude. Charlie tells Locke about Jack being trapped, but reveals the real reason for his going to Locke is to ask for his drugs a second time. Locke shows Charlie a moth cocoon, and explains that he could help the moth by slitting the cocoon and letting the moth free, but it would not survive because it would be too weak. Instead, the moth needs to struggle to break free. Nature and struggle make people stronger, Locke says, indicating to Charlie that he needs to fight through his suffering.

Kate and Sawyer stay at the second triangulation point, while Sayid goes to the third. Sawyer tells Kate about Jack's situation, and she runs back to the caves, leaving Sawyer with the job of turning on the signal. Charlie squeezes through an opening at the cave and finds Jack, but while doing so, the opening collapses and traps Charlie and Jack inside.

Charlie finds Jack inside the cave with a dislocated shoulder. Jack tells Charlie to pop his shoulder back in place, which he hesitantly does. Jack correctly guesses that Charlie is suffering from withdrawal, and Charlie assures Jack he's okay. Kate desperately tries to dig them out along with the other castaways, while the two worry about losing oxygen. Charlie sees a moth which leads him to an opening and the pair dig out of the cave.

Sayid sets off his bottle rocket to signal the antenna power up process. Shannon Rutherford (Maggie Grace) sets off Boone's rocket from the beach, as Boone had gone to help rescue Jack, as does Sawyer from his location. Sayid turns on the transceiver, but before he is able to triangulate the signal, an unseen person knocks Sayid unconscious with a stick.

Charlie asks Locke for his heroin and Locke gives it back. Charlie looks at it for a moment before tossing it into the fire, smiling. Charlie and Locke see a moth flying away.

Production[edit]

The church scene with Charlie and Liam at the church in Manchester was actually filmed on Honolulu, where the scenes on the Island are filmed. Monaghan says that he feels Charlie's black hoodie is a sort of "security blanket" that he hides underneath and uses it when he feels "lost."[1]

Drive Shaft is partially inspired by Oasis. While Dominic Monaghan sung "You All Everybody" in a Prince-like falsetto on the pilot episode, since the song had not been composed yet, for "The Moth" the producers contacted Los Angeles-based singer Jude and Chris Seefried to write a full version. The song is sung by Chris Seefried, former lead singer of Gods Child and Joe 90 on the episode. The lyrics were inspired by an incident producers Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof had seen on The Phil Donahue Show, where a female audience member said, "You all everybody, is acting like the stupid people wearing the expensive clothes."[2]

Reception[edit]

18.73 million Americans watched the episode live.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Dominic Monaghan (2004). Audio commentary for "The Moth" (DVD). Lost: The Complete First Season Disc 3: Buena Vista Home Entertainment. 
  2. ^ Backstage with Drive Shaft (DVD). Lost: The Complete First Season: Buena Vista Home Entertainment. 
  3. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings Report" (Press release). ABC Medianet. November 9, 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 

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