Lost (2004–2010)
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Whatever the Case May Be 

Kate and Sawyer discover a briefcase and the race begins to win ownership of it. Charlie is still depressed over Claire, and is given a sharp talking to by Rose.


Jack Bender


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Maggie Grace ... Shannon Rutherford
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walt Lloyd
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle
L. Scott Caldwell ... Rose Nadler
Victor Browne ... Shooter


Jack, Kate and Sawyer fight over possession of a newly discovered locked metal briefcase which might contain insights into Kate's mysterious past. More of fugitive Kate's background story is revealed, showing her participating in a bank robbery in New Mexico just to uncover something hidden in one of the safety deposit boxes. Meanwhile, Sayid asks a reluctant Shannon to translate notes he took from the French woman. A rising tide threatens to engulf the fuselage and the entire beach encampment, and Rose and a grieving Charlie tentatively bond over Claire's baffling disappearance. Written by Anonymous

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English | Korean | French

Release Date:

5 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Kate is in the bank vault, the safety deposit box she opens is 815--the same as the flight number (Oceanic 815). See more »


When Kate undresses to get in the lagoon, her hair is braided. When she's swimming and emerges from the lagoon, her hair is loose. See more »


[Sawyer has climbed a tree in attempt to break the briefcase]
Sawyer: Impact velocity. Physics my ass.
[He drops the case but it doesn't break open]
Sawyer: Son of a... Unbelievable!
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References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Oh dear...
8 July 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"Whatever the Case May Be", written by Jennifer Johnson and Damon Lindelof, is just an awful, almost unwatchable mess. The flashbacks are utterly embarrassing as opposed to simply boring like most other Kate flashbacks, with the whole bank robbery feeling extraordinarily fake and clichéd and the reasoning behind it being so amazingly sappy and ludicrous that I wonder if the writers wrote this one as an intentional joke.

If there's one real positive in the entire episode it is Jack Bender's work as director. Very good. We also thankfully have some scenes on the beach with Sayid, Jack, Shannon, and some others. These scenes are definitely not anything special but they really are a relief from the nausea-inducing dialogue and excruciatingly, insultingly obvious attempts to further set up the romantic geometry on the show. Oh, I nearly forgot the only excellent scene in the whole episode, Rose's discussion with Charlie, very nicely-written that.

"Whatever the Case May Be" deserves no discussion or analysis. It is perhaps the worst sort of filler in all four seasons of "Lost" thus far and generally completely worthless. One need not look beyond the hilariously awful swimming scene with Kate and Sawyer to see this.


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