Lost – S05E14 – The Variable

Tonight’s episode – The Variable

It’s the 100th episode of Lost and – what will all the guns being pointed and the yelling in the trailer – it looks like everything comes to a head tonight.

Personally, I’m hoping for a lot more Daniel Farraday in this episode. I can’t get enough of that guy.  Not only has he heaped another level of tragedy and heart break onto a show already piled high with it, but he has a really entertaining bit of mad genius quirkiness that really sets him apart from the other characters.

The action gets underway tonight whenever the proceedings in Washington end.  I’m already anticipating a big mess on my DVR when I get home tonight.

Speculations, theories, reactions, live blogs, you know the drill.


  1. when’s it on over there – how many more hours? i’m guessing I need to wait about 3 hours til I can download it (can’t remember)

  2. ….That’s a very odd picture you provided conor lol

    But yeah I am more focused on Daniel back on the show then anything else. Here’s to another 100 episodes!!!……Oh wait…

  3. This is TNC reporting for duty btw

    Who else is here for duty?

  4. Gold Leader standing by.

  5. @Kreider: Stole my joke 😛

    Come on Obama….dont spill into the Lost timeslot

  6. Whew…

    It’s on everybody!!!

  7. Whoa….I thought Desmond was fine

  8. Guess he had enough strength to beat the shit out of Ben

  9. Is Benjamin your son?

    ‘Good lord no!’ lol

  10. what show was on that tv in the waiting room?

  11. Another shot of Jack in a towel

  12. Uh-oh

  13. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    "Damnit, Mom!  You screwed up time!"

  14. That’s a big……fucking thing…

  15. Another person with parent problems lol

  16. Another creepy kid

  17. Little Faraday is creepy like The Omen child creepy

  18. Wrong!


  19. Mama Faraday is a bitch lol

  20. "i can make time."

  21. ‘I gotta pull my pants up, wait up!’-Jack

  22. We’re uh…..playing Roman Polanski’s house…

  23. I hate 2 weeks off, i completely forgot how last episdode ended

  24. Looks like we’re back at the beginning of the season

  25. Nice Season Primiere flashbacks

  26. I’m so happy that Dr. Chang has somewhat of a bigger role

  27. I forgot, who was that on the stretcher?

  28. does faraday create the button?

  29. @conor: Some random dude

  30. "Im from the Future" – Awsome

  31. Yeah daniel….that doesnt make you sound crazy…

  32. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    "I’m Daniel fuckin Faraday, that’s why."

  33. @Paul: Might I add…..*headbutt!*

  34. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    It’s actually refreshing for a time traveling hero to actually admit to being a time traveler instead of someone’s cousin from out of town.

  35. anyone wondering about the "what did you see comercials"?

  36. haha so obvious

  37. Yeah Daniel is making this sound so sane…

  38. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Cheek swab!  Cheek swab!

  39. for the smartest guy on the island, dan doesn’t know how to make very convincing arguments.

  40. ooo nice a college sweetheart

  41. Is this a graduation or a funeral?

  42. im likeing the long hair

  43. I’m gonna call that Eloise is the villain of this season

  44. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    She’s a science groupie.  

  45. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Good and evil are myths.  

  46. Theres the Charles Whildmore refrence, everyone take a shot….

  47. ‘Wow a copy of the Point Break special edition!’

  48. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @TNC – It was clearly a journal…

  49. @Paul: i know….the site didnt refresh in time for me to post it

  50. heh heh ‘Twitchy’

  51. New Sawyer nickname, awsome "Twitchy"

  52. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I want to see an episode where Sun and Jin get separated in a Target. 

    "I’m not leaving the juniors department until I find my husband." 

  53. You got to wonder why he didnt do that 3 years ago….

  54. @Tony: He’s only doing this now cause Jack and the others suddenly appeared.

    @Paul: I would love to see that

  55. What did i see?   No idea

  56. oh my god….this gameshow is still on the air!?

  57. FINALLY ive been wondering about this for 2 years now

  58. Widmore has been going around the world lately

  59. Is there a reason Daniel is this crazy? I’m a little lost

  60. Yeah i am confused too, didnt help my girlfriend called, even though i told her to never call during LOST time

  61. Oh okay; I was confused on why Daniel is not this crazy on the island

  62. OMG Faraday is Charles son (mabey)

  63. So wait…Daniel’s a brother from an other mother?

  64. I loved Sawers character but i hate how GUNGHO he is on staying with the DHARMA folk

  65. This is much calmer I thought them leaving would be

  66. and the lines are drawn again. I love how this show continues to regroup and disband these little ‘teams’ if you will. Gives so many ways to have characters interact and through that develope them all. Such great writing.

  67. wow crazy english accent

  68. There’s that creepy chocolate line

  69. Nevermind of this being a calm exit…

  70. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Monty’s rules to survival #337 

    Never get shot in the neck.   

  71. @Paul: I think he got shot in the shoulder….but as close to the neck you could get

  72. @p-money: wow, numbers 1-336 must really be important for that to be so far down on the list.

  73. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Fine, the trapezius.  

  74. What did I see?

  75. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Kreider – In my experience, there are tons of ways to die.  

  76. I really want to more about this lady

  77. P-Money: Touche, however couldn’t you just have one rule: Don’t Die. then? Sorry the editor in me is coming back after almost a year of dormant slumber.

  78. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I’m pretty sure Grant Morrison was born on the Island.  

  79. It’s just a flesh wound

  80. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Kreider – Variety is the spice of demise.  

  81. @P-Money- Well played sir.

    Best line of the series? "I just got shot by a physicist!"

  82. Sounds like a sitcom moment coming up

  83. Yeah…..this anit gonna work

  84. well that sounds kinda of dumb….

  85. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:


  86. Next thing you know Faraday will die and then Kate will have to mindwipe Jack the shapeshifter to think he is Faraday…..oh wait this show will never get that dumb 

  87. 4 hours before the incident and 4 hours left of Lost this season.  Coincidence?

  88. @Tony: Ha! Well said

  89. Yeah this plan isnt the most sound

  90. Quickest dramatic tension ever

  91. awsome this episode is bookended by Desmond scences

  92. Snap!

    He is his father!


  94. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:


  96. @P-Money : What # rule is don’t get shot in the back by your own mother?

  97. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:



  99. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    He’s dead.  

  100. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    …..he’s dead 🙁

  101. yeah hes done for, which sucks.  Penny didnt even know she has a brother….  So is His mom, pennys mom too?

  102. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Probably a different mom.  

  103. Same dad, different moms.

  104. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Every Lost script probably has to pass an incest check. 

    "Yeah, these two can’t be making out. She’s his grandmother."

    "That’d be neat. If he was his own grandfather."

    "Neat, but gross."

    "How about Vincent?"

    "The dog? Eww."

    "So you’re confirming that he’s really a dog?"

    "No comment." 

  105. where the hell is Vincent?

  106. Could Wednesdays get any better?  New Comic book day, Lost and it’s hump day!

  107. So, if really Daniel’s mum sent him back to the island to die… why did she do that?

  108. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Why did she shoot him?  She had no idea it was him. That happened before the flashback with young Daniel at the piano. 

    Why did she push him along the path to go to the island?  She believed it was his destiny and knew she couldn’t change it.  

    The message she wrote in the front of the journal she gave him is very telling.  

  109. That is really disturbing to me. That Eloise pushed and pushed and pushed Daniel so much…..just so he can travel back in time to 1977 and get shot….by her!! I guess the point is that while Daniel felt you could, somehow, change aspects of the past/future; Eloise feels you need to keep the same path without second guessing.

    Very good episode, I am very pissed Daniel is most likely dead. It doesnt help the preview for next week shows Jack with a bloody face….probably trying to revive Dan. But things are getting heavy; and what would Lost be without an epic/action packed finale?

  110. I’m sure we’ll see more Faraday, even if in flashbacks.  His memory wipe problem and the accident at Oxford seem like something that we’ll eventually see played out.  Possibly not until next season.

    Obviously Eloise didn’t want to send her son back to be shot by her.  You have to wonder what is so important that she felt she had to do it.  

     I really want a Richard-centric episode. 

  111. Damn this was a great episode. No gripes. Thoughts though:

    If they don’t go back to the future(lol) soon, I guess that A) one of the main survivors will leave the numbers on the broadcast that brings Russo’s boat in and/or B) Adam and Eve in the cave will be 2 of our survivors.

  112. OK…so some questions. Help me here anyone. The button that Desmond, and then later Locke, had to keep pushing is a button designed to release some of the energy that builds up? So when Desmond fails to push it, the energy causes the plane crash. OK, so far so good. When Locke fails to push it, Desmond pushes a fail safe button. Do you think the fail safe button casues the hydrogen bomb that was buried to negate the energy? I’ve never understood what exactly happen in that episode many moons ago with the fail safe switch…

    And I really don’t think Ben believed in the button either. He was an Other before the hatch was created and only went back to Dharmaville after the purge. The incident casued the creation of the hatch and Ben wasn’t involved. What did he gain by having Locke not push the button? 


  113. @Target242- I have a headache now,

  114. I have a headache now,

    Sorry about that! My wife gave up on the show a long time ago so I am sorely lacking on good, intelligent conversation regarding LOST.

    It is neat to go back and rewatch this episode after you know that Daniel is going to be shot. You really see the sadness on Eloise’s face when she talks to him for the last time. She also pointed out in her conversation with Penny that "for the first time she didn’t know what was going to happen…" Do you think that perhaps she sent him back hoping that maybe he could change the past becasue of his gifts and that maybe he would not be shot afterall…

    More stuff to give you a headache over….


  115. I don’t think that it is Daniel’s death that is so important more so the events that happen as a result of his death.

    Would Eloise be so adamant in getting Daniel to the right place an time just to be killed for no reason? I expect the events over the next couple weeks will be due to Daniel’s death and these are what are important to Widmore and Eloise.

     @target242 good theory about the fail safe switch detonating the hydrogen bomb. Daniel said the bomb would negate the energy under the island and the fail safe stopped the overload so I reckon you’re right.