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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 —

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?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC

Join The Conversation
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
all those connections that were made are insane! and i was soo not expecting John's father tied up at the end.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
^I agree DeeDee. I felt so bad for John in this episode but why didn't he just turn his father in when he had the chance? He had 2 chances to expose his father (to Peter and then the detectives) and I find it hard to believe that John would still hold compassion for the father who used him for his kidney.
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
I couldn't BELIEVE what Locke's father did to him! You really didn't see it coming when he pushed him out the window.
yogini yogini 10 years
I think the "box" is just a code for Ben's "mafia". Remember how the others had Juliette's husband hit by a bus so she could join them? They seem to be able to do anything and be above the law. I love that Locke's dad is the real Sawyer! Nice call..
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
OMG I loved this episode, and i love how every little aspect of the show seems to have been planned out to give you a piece of the bigger overall picture. The magic box? AWESOME. The anagram for Sawyer? AWESOME. The philosopher thing? You get the idea. These past few episodes have marked a return to the good old Lost. :) hooray!
creamytofu creamytofu 10 years
for a long time in season three i wast lost watching lost..and just kept watching cuz i invested so much time to this show..i could not quit..but the last two episodes...were great...I LOVE LOST AGAIN....LOcke's dad is the real sawyer...I wonder who sun wacks next week...and does it have to with her being...knocked up and missing for a couple of days from previous season....cannot wait till next week..
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I love reading all of the connections between the names of the characters. It's very Harry Potter, in that way. None of the names are ever chosen at random.
Phil Phil 10 years
At first, I didn't care much for this episode, but when I had the rest of the day to ponder everything that happened, I was convinced that it was another solid episode. I figured Locke's "daddy" was the man who conned and ruined, James Ford's family but it's a total mind-ef now knowing that the original Sawyer is actually on the island! And, probably working closely with Ben (it's just too convenient to have Locke's "daddy" tied up in a room!)! I can't wait 'til Sawyer gets ahold of him. And, I hope Locke didn't really blow up that sub! If he did, he's further solidified that he's the biggest schmuck on the island! I'd like to think that he's smarter than that.
Luxifer Luxifer 10 years
Ha! I was right. Locke's "Dad" was born in 1944 and Locke was born in 1952. So I was wrong, he had Locke when he was 8.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Luxifer- I totally thought the same thing about the age difference! I actually thought his "dad" looked a little younger
Luxifer Luxifer 10 years
I totally knew that that guy was the original soon as he said, "You're a con man." I'm usually kind of slow, so I'm happy I picked that up by myself. Does anyone else think it's weird that that guy is Locke's dad when they kind of look like they're the same age? Unless I guess, the guy had him when he was ten.
mallomar mallomar 10 years
Glad to see LOST is back in top form!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Thanks for the interesting concepts/new ideas JessNess! :)
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Oh my gosh....the real SAWYER? :O WAHOOO! I luv you Lost and my faith never waivered.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy crap! Maybe he IS the real Sawyer! That's insane!!! Yay to Lost for helping to renew my faith after all was almost lost!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Dang we are just on top of things
JessNess JessNess 10 years
hahaha buzz we were thinking the same thing Also Tom's full name is Tom Hobbes like the philosopher and rival of John Locke
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Hahaha... Great minds, JessNess! That's a little spooky...
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I just saw that Lostpedia has an entire page deciated to philosophers and characters here
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Hey JessNess — That's really cool that these philosophers also influenced the Disney movies! I didn't know that. There are a bunch of names in "Lost" that correspond to famous philosophers: Desmond's full name is Desmond David Hume, and David Hume was a well-known Scottish philosopher. Also, Mikhail Bakunin (the eye-patch guy who got fried last week) was one of the fathers of modern anarchism. Cool, right? Here's some more info on the "Lost"-philosophers connection:
sashak sashak 10 years
yeah, this eppy restored my love of LOST
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Oh yeah Rousseau had the idea of a NOBLE SAVAGE which is also reflected in the Disney movie Pocahontas (People coming to a new world and finding others?????)
JessNess JessNess 10 years
There is a character named Rousseau correct? like oh I dont know Jean-Jaques Rousseau the philosopher!!!! Rousseau is most famous for his work The Social Contract where he calls on people to suboridnate their interests to a "general will" Rousseau contended that man was good by nature, when in the state of nature (the state of all other animals, and the condition humankind was in before the creation of civilization and society), but is corrupted by society.Contrary to what might be suggested by a casual reading, the idea does not imply that humans in the state of nature act morally; in fact, terms such as 'justice' or 'wickedness' are simply inapplicable to pre-political society as Rousseau understands it. Humans there may act with all of the ferocity of an animal. They are good because they are self-sufficient and thus not subject to the vices of political society. He viewed society as artificial and held that the development of society, especially the growth of social interdependence, has been inimical to the well-being of human beings.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Awesome summary!!!!! That whole thing about Anthony Cooper being a politician and mentor of John Locke is crazy!! I was looking some things up about John Locke in a book called The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker Did you know that Locke's ideas and words lead to the movie Bambi (which Disney intended to teach SELF-RELIANCE) Then on Wikipedia- *Locke believed that human nature is characterized by reason and tolerance *In a natural state all people were equal and independent, and none had a right to harm another’s “life, health, liberty, or possessions.” Just a few things I found interesting that kind goes to the themes of Lost
grys grys 10 years
yes i don´t really think Locke blew up the submarine, maybe he just wanted to see what Ben next move was...
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