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The Lie 

While Ben and Jack try to round the Oceanic 6 up, Sayid and Hurley are on the run from the law. Meanwhile, back on the island, the survivors, still skipping through time, come under attack.


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume
Jeremy Davies ... Dr. Daniel Faraday
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (archive footage)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Ken Leung ... Miles Straume
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Rebecca Mader ... Dr. Charlotte Lewis
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Michelle Rodriguez ... Ana Lucia Cortez


Jack teams up with Ben to try to find the other Oceanic 6 to get them to return to the island with Locke's body. Hurley has an encounter with Ana-Luicia's ghost, and later seeks refuge at the home of his estranged father to help the unconscious Sayid. Meanwhile, Kate goes to visit Sun at a hotel to discuss their plans over Kate's predicament. Back on the island, Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Charlotte and the plane crash survivors are continuing to skip through time as they come under attack from unseen attackers wielding flaming arrows. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bad Robot, ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hurley's dad is watching Expose, the television show that Nikki was on. See more »


The amount of water in Sayid's glass changes. See more »


James 'Sawyer' Ford: Who are those people? Are they yours? Did they shoot the arrows?
Juliet Burke: You want to crawl out and ask them?
James 'Sawyer' Ford: You don't have to be a wise ass, I'm just trying...
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References Mr. Wizard (1971) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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The Lie
18 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

Season 4 was a solid season, with high points such as "The Beginning of the End", the three part finale and particularly "The Constant" and the only disappointments (though they were still decent) being "The Other Woman" and "Eggtown". "Because You Left" couldn't have been a better way to start Season 5. Definitely among the stronger 'Lost' season openers and one of the most confident and most settled.

The following episode "The Lie" is very good, but not as good. It lacks the tautness and tension of that episode and is not one of the best 'Lost' episodes when it comes to things being properly advanced. Also do not consider it a filler episode or as confused as one would think reading the summary, as the characters are still interesting and have not gone backwards and the events are eventful and intriguing, not feeling stuck.

On top of lacking the previous episode's tautness and tension generally, "The Lie" is not flawless as such. It is agreed that Frogurt's scene is overlong, and felt too that there was some over-convenience at times and parts where more clarity in plotting wouldn't have gone amiss.

"The Lie" is very funny in places, one of the funniest 'Lost' episodes in a while, while also darker and more emotional than most latter season episodes. There is a lot of charm too and the on the island events are gripping. The flashbacks are not soap-operatic and don't reiterate what is already known.

Can't fault the performances, particularly from Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies and especially Jorge Garcia showing great comic timing and every bit as great dramatic chops.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effectively understated and chilling use of music, concise and smart writing and the tightly controlled direction (one of the best of the season and perhaps of the show).

All in all, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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