Trans 2009-10-25: Season Three – Episodes 10-12


This episode of “The Transmission” looks back at the next three episodes of Season 3 of “LOST”: “Tricia Tanaka is Dead,” “Enter 77,” and “Par Avion.” We recap the episodes in eight minutes, then share our take. Next, listener feedback in “You All Everybody.” Special thanks to Nikki Stafford, author of “Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide,” for donating a copy of her latest book to our rewatch giveaway. We share another song by The Others LOST Band (performing live at The New England Fan Experience on Nov. 13). Finally, we report on the last three weeks of production here on The Island.

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  • 0:00:00 Introduction
  • 0:01:23 “LOST” in 8 Minutes
  • 0:09:37 Discussion
  • 0:41:11 You All Everybody
  • 1:04:12 “Roger Workman” by The Others LOST Band
  • 1:07:56 The Forward Cabin
  • 1:21:50 Closing

Next: We’ll cover Episode 13, “The Man from Tallahassee” (Locke), Episode 14, “Exposé” (Nikki and Paulo), and Episode 15, “Left Behind” (Kate). We’d love your feedback! Email us at, call the LOSTLine at (815) 310-0808, or leave a comment below by Friday, Nov. 6.

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16 Responses to Trans 2009-10-25: Season Three – Episodes 10-12

  1. bluedog1121 says:

    Haven’t listened to the whole podcast yet, but of course, had to skip ahead to listen to the Forward Cabin. 😉 I was especially excited to hear details of the scene I got to observe that I wasn’t able to see first-hand. So tantalizing!

    Hey, I’m the first commenter!

  2. ewu says:

    you guys are fantastic. I love your podcasts, and I can’t wait for you to analyze seasons 4 and 5. i love your sense of humor and your professionalism. of course the spoiler section is awesome – great respect for Ryan who risks his own life to follow the Lost crew all around Hawaii. looking forward to your next “transmission”. namaste!

  3. Jake says:

    You guys are awesome as always! Thanks so much for keeping us up to date and giving us something to listen to especially over the hiatus!

  4. Jesse Again says:

    Hey Ryan and Jen, long time no talk.
    I’ve been reading up on some “news” and apparently Hurley has the ability to see someone special. The images I’ve seen have all pointed to Hurley and Jacob.
    Now if you remember, back during the season finale I mentioned during the podcast that Hurley is connected to “the goodside” more than he knows.
    Jack = cady bar from jacob
    Kate = money from jacob
    Sawyer = Pen from jacob

    What does hurley have when he leaves prison? Candy, money, and a pen.

    Everyone important in the series has been “touched” by jacob in some way (even hurley gets touched on the chest before Jacob leaves him with the guitar).

    1. The guitar is obviously important …besides just for getting back to the island.
    2. Hurley is the key to stopped AJ
    3. This is all, like many people have mentioned: a giant game of backgammon. Black vs White. Good vs Evil.
    All strategy and planning ahead. AJ thought it outwitted Jacob, but i think it’s clear that Jacob has a bigger plan.


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  6. bluedog1121 says:

    That Damon interview is a really good one!

    Love those new set reports over at the blog. Of course, I may be biased! 😉

  7. Bonita in Atlanta says:

    Ep 13:Man from Tallahassee:

    Great episode that hints at a much larger picture. The way the characters motives are brought up and questioned. How the same result can be achieved for very different reasons. For example: making the Isalnd more difficult to find.

    Love how Ben spells out Locke’s central driving force: his fear of returning to “the chair”. And how John points out Ben’s Hypocracy: the others are
    “cheating” by using electricity, etc.

    Stuff of much debate since: Ben claiming to be born on the Island.

    One of the best thuds I can remember: Anthony cooper appears on the Isldand. Which leaves a BIG Question: How?

  8. Bonita in Atlanta says:

    Ep. 14 Expose

    I actually liked this episode. It gave us brief touchstones on most of the characters at midseason and hinted at where they were headed and let us look back at characters we’d lost, too. You can see how they would have padded out the series if they had not chosen an End date.

    There was a lot of amusing punch lines: and foreshadowing: “Paulo lies”, Sawyer wondering if Paulo stepped on something (much as he does), Sawyers sacasm showcased even as the group tried to shut down his nickname factory.
    My favorite Sawyer quote, “Oh I see what this is, the villagers got themselves torches.”
    Loved it when John said to Paulo: “things don’t stay buried on this Island.”

    I was also fascinated to learn Juliet knew much less than we realized which helped make the rest of Season 3 more believable.

  9. Bonita in Atlanta says:

    Ep. 15 Left Behind

    Kate not being sorry is underscored and makes me wonder if repentence is not one of the categories on the ‘lists’. The lists could be what the others use to determine how to manipulate the Losties (and anyone else) for the bigger picture.

    Kate and Juliet chained together was a clever metaphor for the way the fate of the others and the Losties is linked as well.

  10. bluedog1121 says:

    The Man from Tallahassee:

    I remember being so shocked at the reveal of how John ended up in a wheelchair.

    But this episode brings up a bigger mystery, which John points out. Why isn’t Ben healing faster? And really, why did he get a tumor in the first place? To me, this links into Something Nice Back Home from S4. Jack gets appendicitis. Ben and Jack are the only people (besides Aaron with his mystery fever back in S1, I think it was) who have gotten sick on the island. Does that link them somehow? Is the island (or Jacob, or the other guy) angry at both of them? Or maybe they’re given their illnesses as a means to an end for the island? Ben is given a spinal tumor so Ben and Jack will be brought together, perhaps. Jack is given appendicitis to… I don’t know. Shippers would probably have theories. LOL Just brainstorming here! 😉

    Also, this episode provides one of my favorite lines ever: “No, John, unfortunately we don’t have a code for ‘There’s a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter’s head.’ Although we obviously should.”

  11. Rich in Cleveland says:

    On “The Man from Tallahassee. If you listen carefully, you can hear an episode of Expose on in the background in Locke’s apartment. The dialogue describes the master villain The Cobra” which was my first name for the unknown evil presence we now recognize as Anti-Jacob. In the episode Expose, Hurley mentions that the audience doesn’t even discover the identity of “The Cobra” until season 4 (S5, close enough.) The clues have been there all along if we just had a few more of the missing pieces to put it all together.

    Consider this line from Kate on Jack, the compliant prisoner. “That’s not him. That’s not Jack. He wouldn’t just forget.”

  12. Rich in Cleveland says:

    oops. hit submit before I was finished.

    continuing the previous paragraph:

    Consider this line from Kate on Jack, the compliant prisoner. “That’s not him. That’s not Jack. He wouldn’t just forget.” This definitely foreshadows the transformation that results from the Incident. Are some characters changed while others retain an awareness that reality has changed for the worse? Or will there be a Jack and a Jack X, so to speak, from the title of ep. 1? This line also very much echoes Rousseau’s comment to Kate about Jack in “Par Avion.” “Imagine years from now you were told he’s still alive, but in your heart you know he wouldn’t remember you. He wouldn’t even know that you ever cared about him.” The pattern is clear.

    “Picture a box…” Definitely one of the most iconic moments in the Lost pantheon, the culmination of all the numerous box references over the years, especially when Hurley allegedly opened this box by using the numbers.

    I love the way Ben and Locke play mind games with each other in Ben’s bungalow. Ben doesn’t have his customary success though which makes me wonder if he’s actually dealing with Locke here. This will become more evident later in “The Brig.” But consider why Locke is on his “blow up all means of escape” tour. Is it really to insure purity as he claims or is it to prevent anyone else from reaching the island thereby ending the trial of humanity/existence? It was the arrival of the Black Rock that made AJ declare his desire to kill Jacob. If AJ can prevent renewal from either reproduction or repopulation, he can use his abilities to corrupt the rest and turn them against one another until he rids the wellspring of the island of all humanity. And checkmate.

  13. Tom in NJ says:

    The Man From Talahassee was definitely one of my favorite Locke flashbacks, even if the on-island action was a little frustrating. This element of Locke’s backstory was so tragic, it really adds depth to his character and makes you feel for him. For some reason I always remember the image of him sitting at home eating a TV dinner and looking lonely. It’s very affecting, and of course things only get worse for him from there.

    Then they go and test our sympathy for Locke right away by having him blow up the submarine for no apparent reason! I guess it makes sense… Locke is against the idea of “cheating” by using modern conveniences like refrigerators and submarines, and at the end of season 4 he does tell Jack outright that he doesn’t want him to leave the island, but still, it seemed like a bit of a clumsy way for the writers to keep Jack on the island.

    Moving on, I will say that I, like Ryan, am an Expose apologist! I remember being a bit frustrated that this episode interrupted much more interesting plotlines that were unfolding, but taken on it’s own merits it is a good little story, pulpy and silly but entertaining. That said, I’m not gonna try and defend Nikki and Paulo. They really were annoying characters, sort of reminiscent of Boone in Shannon in that they both kinda seemed like they came out of some soap opera. Very obnoxious and catty…

  14. says:


    I know I’m in the minority, but I liked this episode, even the first time around. I really liked the way they integrated Nikky and Paulo into the storyline like they were there all along. The little touches like Boone asking Nicky for a pen during the initial crash and them being there for Jack’s “Live Together, Die Alone” speech were really well done.

    Seeing more of Dr. Artz and even Ethan showing up like he was there from the beginning were great touches.

    And I thought Sawyer throwing the diamonds in with them before they were buried was just one more step on his road from bad guy to good guy.

    Then of course the fact that they were mistaken for dead and buried alive was like something out of a Twilight Zone episode.

    Thanks for the season 3 review, I”m really enjoying it!

    Mike R.

  15. chris says:

    The Man From Tallahassee has to be one of my all time favorites, at least in my top ten. There are shocking moments galore! Jack is so cold to Kate when he goes in to tell her he is leaving, I was right there with her thinking “What is WRONG with him!” I am a sworn Jater, but, you know, Kate kind of deserved that…

    That Anthony Cooper, I miss that character, he was so evil. I remember my jaw DROPPING when he pushed John out the window. John looking at the wheelchair for the first time, with his bruised up purple face, the expression he had looking at that chair knowing he’d never get out of it… so heartbreaking… I kind of hope that if the season five plan was successful and takes us back to when all our Losties are alive again, that would mean that Anthony Cooper would be alive again, and he can die ANOTHER horrible death!….

    The magic box, I sooo hoped that there was a real magic box on the island, and it wasn’t just a metaphor. In a way there is a real magic box, because how the heck did they find Anthony Cooper and bring him to the island SO QUICKLY!?

    The next few episodes are also some of my favorites, can’t wait hear your comments on these and the next. About Nikki and Palo, even the worst LOST episodes are better than any other show’s best episodes!

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