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"Lost" Episode 13: "The Man From Tallahassee"

"Lost" Episode 13: "The Man From Tallahassee"

"Lost," I'm warming up to you again. I love most things Locke-related — even if they break my heart every time — and this episode did not disappoint. I hope there is some kind of peaceful redemption waiting for Locke at the end. Anyway, on to the episode...


"The Man From Tallahassee" is Not Locke
Locke is from Tustin, Calif., and received disability payments for depression, which stopped when he stopped his therapy. A man named Peter Talbott paid Locke a visit to talk about "Andrew Seward" (an alias for Anthony Cooper, Locke's father). According to Talbott, Anthony was engaged to Peter's mother, and Peter suspected that Cooper was marrying her for the money. Locke played dumb but later approached his father and told him to call off the wedding, but that's, uh, not exactly how things happened. To find out more — spoiler alert — read more

Soon after Locke's chat with his father, Peter Talbott was mysteriously murdered. Locke went to confront his father, who denied killing Talbott just before shoving Locke out the window. Locke fell eight stories (a "Lost" number) and thus ended up in the wheelchair (for 4 years before the plane crash, another "Lost" number).


Jack Plays the Piano
Kate goes inside the barracks to talk to Jack, but gets handcuffed in the cool game room. Jack tells Kate that he made a deal with the Others and will be going home before whispering that he'll come back for her. Jack asks Ben to let his friends be let go. Ben gives Jack his word that he will free them as soon as Jack gets off the island.

Ben Is an Evil Little Man
Locke finds Ben and demands to know where the submarine is and makes Alex bring him Sayid's bag with the C-4 in it. Ben deduces that Locke wants to blow up the submarine because Locke doesn't want a way off the island that cured him.

Ben reveals that he was born on the island, but most of his "people" were brought to the island, and he says he needs to uphold the "illusion" that they can go home at anytime. Yet when Locke suggests that he's lying to them, Ben insists he's not. So what's the illusion?

Locke asks Ben where his electricity comes from and gets a snippy little answer. Locke then calls Ben a Pharisee (more on that below), saying, "If you knew what this place really was, you wouldn’t be putting chicken in the refrigerator."


Locke, unbelievably, blows up the submarine! However, there is some talk in the LOST Fans group about whether Locke just blew up the water nearby. funnybunny raises a good question: Why is Locke all wet just before the explosion? This all works out splendidly for Ben, who now looks like he kept his promise to let Jack and Juliet go home, all the while ensuring that Jack will have to stay on the island.

Ben then takes Locke to his "magic box" — which sounds seedy, now that I'm writing it — where he says Locke will see whatever he wishes for. Ben says that Locke has some "communion" with the island and that makes Locke "very important," and the door opens to reveal Anthony Cooper, bound and gagged.

Anthony Cooper, Andrew Seward
Thanks to trusty lostpedia for pointing out that "Anthony Cooper, Andrew Seward" is an anagram for "Sawyer, the con man, a poor dad." Thus: Is Anthony Cooper the real Sawyer, from whom Sawyer stole his name?

While on the topic of names, Anthony Cooper was an English politician in the 1600s who "was the mentor and patron of real-life philosopher, John Locke... he also credits philosopher Locke with saving his life from a medical condition (liver infection)." Subtle, huh?

Some Other Stuff

  • There are many references to "cheating," as well as much strategizing on Ben's part, all of which reminds me of chess.
  • Speaking of chess, Cooper pours two glasses of MacCutcheon whiskey, which we saw in the Desmond episode. Alternate meaning: In chess, the "MacCutcheon" is a variation of the French Defence opening.
  • Locke's use of the word "Pharisee": in Hebrew, Pharisee means "separated one," and more specifically, the Pharisees were people who claimed to be the most pious but who didn't live by Christ's preachings. Apparently, "eventually they became so devoted and extremist in very limited parts of The Law...that they became blind to The Messiah when He was in their very midst."

    Also, interesting tidbit from Wikipedia: "the Pharisees believed that people have free will but that God also has foreknowledge of human destiny."

  • In Ben's room, there is a copy of A Brief History of Time, along with an astronomical chart on the wall — so, more starry stuff.

Father Issues, Anyone?
Sheesh. In recent episodes there were issues with Jack and Claire's father, as well as Hurley's. We've seen all the craziness surrounding Sun's father, and Kate's dad has played a major part in flashbacks. Penny's father, Mr. Whidmore — who almost, but didn't quite become Desmond's father-in-law — was a bit of a prick, though a hugely important prick. Any others I'm forgetting? JJ Abrams... are you working something out there, buddy?

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