White Rabbit (Lost)
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|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Kevin Hooks|
|Written by||Christian Taylor|
|Original air date||October 20, 2004|
|Lost (season 1)
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"White Rabbit" is the fifth episode of the first season of Lost. The episode was directed by Kevin Hooks and written by Christian Taylor. It first aired on October 20, 2004 on ABC. The character of Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) is featured in the episode's flashback.
A young Jack (John O'Hara) and a friend are being beaten up. One bully gives Jack the chance to leave, but he decides to help his companion, causing him to be further assaulted. When Jack's father (John Terry) sees his son's beaten face, he tells Jack he shouldn't be a hero because "he doesn't have what it takes."
Many years later, Jack's mother (Veronica Hamel) tells him that his father has left for Australia. She wants him to bring his father back and Jack reluctantly agrees. Jack flies to Australia and while searching the hotel at which his father was staying, the manager informs Jack that his father has not slept at the hotel for several days following an incident at a bar.
Jack is shown at the morgue, where the coroner tells Jack that his father died of alcohol poisoning. Jack identifies the body and prepares to fly his father's body back home. While at the airport, the airline refuses to put his father's body on the plane because he does not have the proper documentation.
On the Island
It is Day 6, September 27, 2004, and Joanna, one of the crash survivors, is drowning in the ocean. Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) reveals to Jack that he does not know how to swim. Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder) swims out but can't reach her, and Jack rescues Boone. Jack is distraught that he failed to save her and sees the mysterious man in a suit again.
Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) and Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) want Jack to decide how to handle the lack of water. On the island Jack once more sees the man in the suit, and chases him. He catches up and discovers it's his father. Frightened, he calls out "Dad?" to the man, who silently turns and walks away.
Jack deliriously stumbles through the jungle looking for his father. On the island, Jack falls off a precipice while running after his 'father.' He hangs on to a branch, but cannot climb up. Fortunately, Locke appears and helps him up.
Locke tells Jack that the others need a leader, and it should be him. Jack reveals that his father is a hallucination. Locke claims the island is "special," and everything that happens on it does so for a reason. He says, "I looked into the eye of this island and what I saw was beautiful." They split up; Locke looks for water and instructs Jack to follow his hallucination, saying "You need to finish what you started."
That night, Jack discovers caves with an abundance of fresh water. More wreckage from the plane is at the caves, including a coffin. Jack opens the coffin expecting to find his father's body -- but the coffin is empty, and Jack angrily destroys it.
Jack appears and tells everyone about the caves, telling them they need to work together; introducing the show's well-known phrase "live together, die alone."
16.82 million American viewers watched the episode.
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