"Raised by Another"
Lynne E. Litt
PURE SILENCE. Then THE DISTINCT SOUND of a BABY'S CRY rises
as we PUSH THROUGH the "O" of the LOST logo onto --
A CLOSED EYE. SNAPS OPEN as we hear the CRY again and --
INT. THE VALLEY - CLAIRE'S CUBBY - NIGHT
CLAIRE BOLTS UPRIGHT INTO FRAME. And we're EXTREMELY CLOSE
on her. She's confused. Disoriented. Couldn't have heard --
The BABY CRIES again. Distant, but not too distant.
And instinctively Claire's hand falls to her belly... and her
face REGISTERS this before we MOVE DOWN to find --
Her belly is perfectly FLAT. She's not pregnant. And she's
trying to make sense of how this is possible as we REALIZE --
Claire is in one of the small caves/cubbies inside the
valley. The CRY again. Coming from outside the caves.
And whatever the fuck is going on, Claire is DRAWN TOWARDS
that sound so --
We FOLLOW HER as she leaves the caves and enters --
EXT. JUNGLE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
Moonshadows mix with mist. A WHISPERING wind. STARS
brighter in the sky than we've EVER SEEN THEM. And a baby.
Somewhere out there -- STILL CRYING.
And this is really fucking SCARY. Anything could be out
here. Claire very aware of this, but moving through the
DENSE FOLIAGE anyway. And suddenly --
A BRANCH CRACKS!
Claire spins -- SOMETHING flashes through the thick brush --
SOMETHING FAST --
Claire stumbles back -- steadies herself with one hand on the
TRUNK of a LARGE TREE. And oddly enough, embedded in its
trunk are two PINK LINES, like RINGS around the tree. They
seem to GLOW in the moonlight. And Claire is as perplexed by
them as we are but...
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The baby cries again. And it's closer now. More URGENT.
Distressed. A WAIL.
Claire lets go of the tree -- still scared, but DRIVEN now --
PUSHING THROUGH the thick LEAVES until she emerges into --
And Claire comes to a full STOP as she sees --
LOCKE. Sitting at a LARGE WOODEN DESK, eyes down, flipping
over what look like LARGE PLAYING CARDS by the light of a
PURPLE SHADED DESK LAMP.
This makes as much sense to Claire as it does to us --
Wh -- what's happening?
You know what's happening.
Locke turns over another card. Claire, FREAKED, takes a step
closer to the desk --
I don't understand -- Why are
Locke nods his head
The CRY again. Anguished. In trouble.
towards the sound --
He was your responsibility.
(turns a card)
But you gave him away, Claire.
FINALLY, Locke looks up -- And both his eyes are OPAQUE. ONE
is SOLID BLACK. One is solid WHITE.
Everyone pays the price now.
Oh. SHIT. Claire backs off, TERRIFIED as LOCKE SHOUTS AT
THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS...
EVERYONE PAYS THE PRICE NOW!!!!
And Claire TAKES OFF, running --
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Running towards the sound of the CRYING BABY. Even MORE
DIRE. The jungle even THICKER. The noises around her even
SCARIER. And we're so close on her -- SO IN HER HEAD as
she's literally being SUFFOCATED by the jungle until --
Claire BURSTS into --
And here is A BASSINET. White. Crisp linens. A MOBILE
hangs from a TREE BRANCH above it.
And the CRIES are gone. Eerily SILENT.
Part of Claire doesn't want to look inside... but she has to.
Slowly moves towards the crib, as we get a better look at the
Half winged, busted TOY AIRPLANES hang from its strings --
THE OCEANIC LOGO clear on them all.
And as Claire looks down into the crib, all we can make out
is THICK BLANKETS. And as Claire reaches for what's SWADDLED
The mobile TURNS ON. And eerie, tinkery tune -- "Catch a
Falling Star." The fractured PLANES begin to SPIN --
And Claire ignores this as her hands DIG into the blankets...
but something is wrong... something is seriously wrong --
And the JUNGLE around us is ALIVE -- SHADOWS, WHISPERS and
THINGS MOVING FAST -- The SONG in high gear, CHIPMUNKS SPEED -
- and those once white blankets are NOW COVERED IN THIS
VISCOUS DARK LIQUID until FINALLY --
The MOBILE STOPS. The jungle is STILL.
And Claire pulls a PRISTINE BABY from the blankets.
Wait. No. It's not a baby... It's a DOLL. Plastic.
Diapers. Eyes closed. And Claire just holds it. Scared.
Confused. A beat. Another beat.
And the Doll's eyes FLIP OPEN as it CRIES. An INHUMAN HOWL.
Claire DROPS it -- PETRIFIED -- STEPPING BACK -- TRYING TO
GET AWAY -- And that's when she realizes -- There is
something DARK all over her HANDS. LIQUID.
CLAIRE SCREAMS! And we --
SMASH CUT TO:
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3 INT. THE VALLEY - NIGHT 3
SUPER TIGHT ON CLAIRE AS -- SHE SCREAMS!
And we PULL BACK to find her STANDING in the middle of the
valley. Alone. Waning FIRELIGHT.
And now STIRRING. People waking up to the sound of the
SCREAMS. And it's --
CHARLIE who reaches her first -- Claire STILL screaming --
No idea what the fuck is going on, Charlie grabs her by the
shoulders -- And she WAKES up -- EYES WIDE -- AS SCARED AS
SHE'S EVER BEEN -- instinctively LASHING OUT at Charlie --
Claire -- Stop! It's me -- It's
Charlie -- It's okay!
In the far background, SUN, JIN, HURLEY and MICHAEL arrive
from other areas of the caves. They've heard the screams.
As they meet up, fast, overlapping --
(in Korean) I think it's Claire.
What's going on?
Is she okay? (in Korean)
Is it the baby?
Meanwhile, Charlie is still trying to rouse Claire --
Claire. Listen to me --
And finally Claire zeroes in on Charlie. Blinks. Confused.
You were dreaming --
And that's when Charlie's eyes drop. Sees something.
LOST "Raised by Another" (PINK) 9/23/04 4A.
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And we can feel it before we see it. Claire looks down at
her hands -- in fact all the way up to her wrists --
They're covered in blood.
END OF TEASER
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 5.
4 INT. THE VALLEY - INFIRMARY CAVE - MORNING 4
We find Claire with JACK over in his INFIRMARY AREA. He's
putting on his bedside manner as he examines her HANDS.
She's still shaken up, but putting on her best game face.
Must've been a hell of a nightmare.
Who says it was a nightmare?
Jack rips off a PIECE OF BANDAGE, delicately wraps Claire's
hand in it as we see FOUR DEEP CUTS embedded in her palm.
I'd say when someone makes fist so
tight they dig their fingernails a
quarter inch into their palms,
they're not dreaming about pony
(her eyes drop)
Y'ever sleepwalk before?
No. I mean I don't think so-- I
mean how would I know?
It'd get back to you. I had a
girlfriend once, told me I talked
in my sleep.
What'd you say?
Don't know. Whatever it was, she
didn't like it.
Claire cracks a GRIN as Jack BANDAGES her other hand --
How was your OBgyn -- in Sydney?
Good. She's good.
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She was okay with letting you fly
in your third trimester?
Something Claire doesn't wanna TELL.
There's something here.
I had a checkup the week before...
she said it would be okay.
Yeah. Very healthy.
How've you been feeling?
My back hurts. Probably from
sleeping on the ground. I get
dizzy when I stand up too fast.
And I have to pee all the time.
Boar N' Bananas, yeah.
How many weeks in are you?
(off her uncertainty)
... what was the date you found out
you were pregnant?
We're ON CLAIRE as she can't help but recall:
INT. LOFT - DAY - FLASHBACK
A small, typically messy Sydney loft of a 21 year-old guy.
Canvases and paints. CDs and clothes and posters and food
and it's comfy, but definitely a young person's first place.
There have been lots of parties here -- but this moment is
not one of them: the guy who lives here, THOMAS, is freaking
out -- as is CLAIRE -- both of them walking across the small
place, from the open bathroom door, towards the window, for
light -- she's holding a PREGNANCY TEST WAND:
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-- is it pink? -- I don't know yet!
-- Did you pee on it? -- Yes! Gimme a second--
-- maybe you didn't use it
right -- -- I can pee on a wand,
-- what color is it? Thomas--
(checking his watch) -- how long has it been?
-- sixty-six seconds...
They're at the drapeless window now, both closely studying
the wand, waiting for the result. CLOSE ON THEM (maybe
HANDHELD CAMERA?) in this tense-as-hell moment. We love her -
- and we like him, too -- for caring so much. He's such a
guy, but he's got a heart. HOLD ON THEM for a long beat.
-- oh God-- -- shh.
Suddenly Claire holds up the INSTRUCTIONS, re-reads them, as
Thomas holds the wand, checking it again:
-- okay, it's definitely two--
two lines-- -- two pink lines?
Pink? No-- these are, like, red...
(eyes on the wand)
... they're pink.
-- these? That's...
A beat... shit. She stares off... tears coming to her eyes.
But Thomas doesn't want to give up -- his mind racing:
THOMAS (CONT'D) CLAIRE
Okay, first of all, these
tests are not always -- Thomas...
No, come on: my uncle thought he
had testicular cancer -- remember
He did! He's dead!
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No, it was a-- a-- wrong, a bad
diagnosis! This thing doesn't mean
for sure that you're pregnant -- we
should go get another one--
I'm six weeks late. Six weeks.
That never happens.
(beat, then, simply)
... so, um...
-- but she's so afraid -- there's really nothing to say --
and she's staring off, her mind racing, tears streaming down
her face. What the hell is she gonna do? Thomas is freaking
too -- but he's too good a guy. So he takes her, holds her.
Okay. Okay, so this is gonna be
(not at all believing it)
... I know...
Then we're ON THOMAS as a thought comes to him. He looks
into Claire's eyes. Considers this before he says it. Then:
... if we wanted... we could do
And staring into his eyes, she starts to understand what he
means. And this moment goes from being horrifying to
being... only a little less horrifying:
No, I'm not kidding.
Can you imagine that?
My mom would disown me--
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She basically has already.
A beat. Then: she can't even consider it.
With what, my five dollar an hour
job at the Fish N' Fry?
You're not the only one with a job.
I mean... I've got my art.
(doesn't wanna go there)
You're sweet. But this isn't what
Maybe it is. I mean this could
be... I dunno, the best thing ever.
She's still, obviously, shocked at the whole situation. But
this idea -- of keeping the baby -- bends her mind. She's
never considered something like this before. But she likes
him. Christ, maybe this could work.
... you'd... really wanna...?
Claire. I love you.
And she cries a little more now as he kisses her -- a
convincing kiss -- and we CUT TO:
EXT. BEACH - DAY
And here's KATE, just standing at the edge of the ocean.
Watching as the foam of tired waves washes over her feet. He
stops a few feet from her --
This is a first.
Kate turns and sees Jack.
You. Standing still. Middle of
the day. Doing nothing. Amazing.
As Jack takes off his shoes and Kate looks at the ocean --
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I'm doing something.
Yeah? What's that?
When the water goes out, it takes
the sand with it and... you sink.
(a smile: then)
I used to do this with my Mom.
When I was a kid.
Jack is surprised by this quiet and gentler Kate -- he steps
up to the water line. Next to her.
Ah. A new plan -- sink your way
off the island. Sayid would be
Kate reacts to the sound of Sayid's name. Looks up at Jack --
He's been gone almost a week.
Something tells me he'll be okay.
Kate nods. Turns back to the ocean --
So what're you doing, Jack?
Bringing down some water. Bringing
back some fish.
Whatever would we do without you?
Jack shakes his head, smiles. A few beats pass. Jack just
looking out at the ocean. And then --
Claire's going to have the baby
Kate turns to him. And as we see the real WORRY on Jack's
face, the full implications of what that actually MEANS...
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 11.
7 EXT. THE VALLEY - ENTRANCE - ROCK WALL - DUSK 7
Claire writes in her JOURNAL. The occupants of the valley
BEDDING DOWN for the night -- starting to light their fires.
"Dear Diary -- Still on the bloody
island. Ate a bug today. Love,
Claire looks up to see CHARLIE. Smiles as he hands her a cup
of STEAMING liquid --
What separates us from these savage
Yanks if we do not have tea?
It was just a dream.
I have this dream -- craziest
thing. I'm driving a bus and all
my teeth start falling out. And my
mum's in the back. Eating
`Course I don't wake up screaming.
I'm fine, Charlie.
And it's clear from her tone that Claire clearly doesn't want
to talk about this.
Right. Well. Of course you are.
And now a somewhat awkward moment. Charlie obviously wanting
to SAY something here -- and he's a little bit NERVOUS, so it
comes out in sorta one sustained THOUGHT --
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Anyway, I was just thinking how
hard it must be for you... y'know,
being here in this... place --
without your family and your
friends and I just wanted to tell
you that we could be friend -- I
mean I could be your friend.
(off her look)
Not like we should do each other's
hair or anything -- I just mean...
If you ever needed anyone to talk
to. About anything. I'm here.
And while Claire might be touched by all this, there is also
a part of her that PULLS BACK as a result of it. Simply put:
she is uncomfortable with Charlie's affection.
Charlie, trust me. You don't...
(trying to find the words)
You'll change your mind. I'm...
Charlie's hurt, but does his best to cover with humor --
Lemme guess. Damaged goods.
Something like that.
Charlie feels like he put himself out there and got shot down
for it. He's embarrassed. Forces a smile as he gets up --
All right then.
I didn't mean you--
Sweet dreams, Claire.
HOLD ON Claire as Charlie walks off. Disappointed. Maybe,
with HERSELF. As she takes a SIP of the tea, we CUT TO:
EXT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
Claire, walks with her friend, RACHEL, towards the entrance
of a MODEST HOUSE in suburban Sydney. Rachel playfully rubs
her hand over Claire's still FLAT belly --
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-- oh yeah, it's a girl.
-- God, it just feels impossible.
Thomas cleaned out his whole
apartment -- I'm officially moving
in on Tuesday--
-- wow --
-- I know, he's the best.
Rachel goes to knock on the door, but Claire stops her, is
having second thoughts.
CLAIRE (CONT'D) RACHEL
Maybe we shouldn't --
-- Uh uh. You're not backing
out now --
It feels silly --
He's just a psychic, Claire. I
thought you were into this... all
your astrology stuff...
... is for fun. I don't need
someone telling me what's gonna
happen or how to live my --
It's not about what you need
Claire. It's about what's fun.
You'll go in, find out if it's a
boy or a girl -- I mean, the
doctors can't tell until you're at
least two months preggers...
So unless you have another
Claire doesn't have one she can articulate, so Rachel knocks
on the door and we go to:
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 14.
INT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - A LITTLE LATER - DAY - FLASHBACK
Quite a crowded place, save for the BARKING DOG, coming from
a nearby apartment. Piles of books. Dark and musty. You
can see the dust in the air. A cat may occasionally jump up
on the stacks of newspapers and mail, then back down again.
In the middle of it all, Claire sits across a table from
RICHARD MALKIN. Australian (60's). Doesn't look sharp at
all, wears a dark blazer and tie. There's something oddly
legit about how he does his thing. No evident humor from
Malkin. Not a bad guy, but a touch odd. Takes this
seriously. Rachel is in the b.g.
I need your hands. For this.
And Claire offers them, palms up. He looks at her palms.
Closes his eyes for a long beat. Leans his head back a
touch. Claire finally, subtly, turns to Rachel, who
indicates for her to turn back to Malkin. She does.
... when did you, uh...? Find out?
TIGHT ON CLAIRE as she stares. Already, this is weird.
There's a beat -- we're TIGHT ON MALKIN as he listens, eyes
closed, to whatever voices talk to him. Despite the
surroundings, this is an increasingly eerie moment...
... you know, about the baby.
And holy fuck does Claire just go still. Claire is freaked.
Christ, she almost wants to cry. She turns to Rachel --
shoots her a look -- did you tell him? Rachel shakes her
head, no -- she didn't. She's just a freaked as Claire is.
Claire turns back to Malkin.
... uh... two days ago.
Malkin listens, searches, on some kind of journey, sitting
there, he seems to encounter something that disturbs him --
creates a huge question -- something that makes him open his
eyes and check Claire's palms.
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Claire watches him closely -- what the hell is he doing?
She hasn't told her mom yet --
we're afraid she-- Shhhh!
TIGHT ON MALKIN as he studies her hands -- and apparently
sees something -- something that concerns him deeply --
What. What, should I not tell her?
Suddenly Claire wants to know what he thinks. But Malkin,
holding her wrists, staring at her hands, does the best he
can to hide the utter terror that begins to creep up on him --
he only wants to run the hell away -- but he doesn't want to
show his fear. He lets go of her -- saying:
I'm not, uh...
I'm overdue for a break --
Claire and Rachel are confounded as Malkin goes to his pocket
-- counts out and hands back the money --
What? A break? We have an -- hold on-- were you
appointment -- thinking something?
I'm not doing this reading.
But you were gonna say something--
But Malkin ushers them to the door. As he opens it and
motions for them to leave --
After a beat, Rachel snorts her displeasure, laughs.
What a freak.
And Rachel heads out -- but we HOLD ON CLAIRE, who looks off,
surprisingly troubled by what she saw in Malkin's face.
10 INT. THE VALLEY - NIGHT 10
NIGHT has fallen again. The pure STILLNESS of the valley
suggests we are in the WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING.
THE CAMERA DRIFTING THROUGH IT ALL. Something OMINOUS about
this. Quiet. Still. And CREEPY. And finally, we REST ON --
INT. THE VALLEY - CLAIRE'S CUBBY - CONTINUOUS
CLAIRE. Sleeps on her side, hand on her belly. ON HER BABY.
And the CAMERA gets EXTREMELY CLOSE until Claire's face FILLS
THE FRAME. And we just SIT here as --
We begin to hear SOUNDS. Unsettling noises. METAL AGAINST
METAL -- not unlike a SWORD BEING UNSHEATHED. Huh?
Claire's EYES suddenly POP open -- Instantly aware that
someone or SOMETHING is HERE with her -- looks down to see --
SOMEONE IS STANDING OVER HER.
The SHADOW moves quickly -- COVERS HER MOUTH with his (its?)
Maybe a man. And Claire is fucking petrified with fear,
because it's not just that he's here, it's what he's doing...
And this is highly STYLIZED -- TWENTY QUICK CUTS -- ONE
SECOND EACH -- CONFUSING -- DISTURBING -- BIZARRE --
HERE is what we catch quick GLIMPSES OF: Claire's SHIRT is
pulled up -- BARE STOMACH EXPOSED -- SHE STRUGGLES -- A WEIRD
METALLIC DEVICE pressed up against her belly -- AN OVERSIZED
HYPODERMIC NEEDLE DESIGNED BY H.R. GIGER -- CLAIRE'S FEET
KICK AT THE AIR, BUT SHE'S HELD DOWN -- A PLUNGER EXTENDS
FROM THE SIDE OF THE DEVICE -- SOMETHING PUNCTURES INTO HER
SKIN? -- All of this underscored by RAPID BREATHING --
AND THE CUTS ABRUPTLY END because in the midst of this pure,
unadulterated TERROR, the scariest thing about it is the
CRACKLY WHISPER which comes from this unseen SHADOW --
And off THE HORROR in Claire's WIDE EYES --
END OF ACT ONE
12 TOTAL SILENCE. OVER BLACK -- 12
HELP! PLEASE -- HELP ME!!!
13 INT. THE VALLEY - JACK'S CAVE - NIGHT 13
BANG! JACK's eyes fly open. Find him in his SLEEPING AREA.
And this is not just a scream, it's a SCREAM TO THE TENTH
POWER -- Jack is instantly ALERT -- JUMPS UP -- RUNS --
OTHERS awake now -- Some of them instinctively moving towards
the SHOUTS --
But we STAY with Jack because this is PURE CHAOS -- HANDHELD
AND INSANE -- as he reaches --
Literally HYSTERICAL. Charlie already at her side, turns to
Jack as he RUSHES UP --
Someone attacked her!
And this dialogue is all OVERLAPPING -- ON SPEED --
They -- they held me down --
-- Which way did he go?
-- I don't know... I didn't... he
ran... I think --
How long --
-- Just now. He just --
HURLEY, MICHAEL, ETHAN (who we remember from #108 -- even
though we haven't shot it yet) and some OTHER CASTAWAYS
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What's going on?
We should fan out -- search
the area around the caves... -- Wait... hold on --
-- He can't have gotten far.
(to some others)
Hurley -- You two -- come on!
Charlie and the others RUSH OFF through one of the cave
FINGERS as Jack puts his arm around Claire -- She's totally
PANICKED -- HYPERVENTILATING -- Jack in nurture mode --
C'mon, let's sit down. Okay?
Can you get her some water, man?
Sure. Yes -- of course.
Ethan heads off. Claire left just with Jack and Michael --
CAMERA settling down... but not completely --
Okay -- you're safe, Claire. Try
to calm down -- We're here...
Did you get a look at him at all?
It was dark -- I didn't see --
-- Where did this happen?
Here -- I was sleeping and woke up
and he was...
... he was trying to hurt my baby.
Unseen to Claire, Jack and Michael exchange a LOOK.
(all over the place)
He had a -- a thing -- it was -- I
don't know -- a needle I think --
he was... he was doing something --
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 19.
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Claire pulls up her shirt -- but her belly is completely
UNMARKED. When she talks again, it's softer:
He was trying to hurt my baby.
And for the first time, we see DOUBT on Jack's face.
14 EXT. THE VALLEY - ENTRANCE - ROCK WALL - MINUTES LATER 14
DOLLY OFF A FIRE, revealing, in the distance, CHARLIE,
MICHAEL and some of the others tending to Claire. But we
find Jack and Hurley over by one of the TORCHES -- a
conspiratorial conversation between FRIENDS.
We hoofed it around the entire
Nobody saw or heard anything?
Uh-uh. Everyone was asleep. Nada.
Jack shakes his head. Fuck. What the hell is going on here?
So I had an idea. I'm out there
looking for a psycho with Scott and
Steve right... and I'm realizing...
who the hell are Scott and Steve?
I'm not following you...
If I were a cop and some woman got
attacked, we'd canvas, right? Find
a witness. Knock on doors.
But we don't have any doors.
None of this is helping me
We don't know who's living here and
who's still at the beach. We don't
know each other.
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 19A.
14 (CON T'D): 14
HUR LEY (CONT'D)
My name isn't Hurley, it's Hugo
Reyes. Hurley's a nickname. Why?
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 20.
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HUR LEY (CONT'D)
I'm not telling you -- but what I'm
saying is, we need to start finding
out who everyone is here.
You want to start a census?
Yeah, like a registry. Names.
What people look like. Who's
related to who. We lay down the
law, maybe everyone won't go around
attacking each other. I mean --
c'mon -- It feels like someone's
getting punched or stabbed or
something every other day, man.
We gotta find who did this to her.
And Jack NODS... but there's more to it -- because that DOUBT
is still etched on his face...
INT. THE VALLEY - CLAIRE'S CUBBY - LATER
A little later. Charlie drapes a BLANKET over Claire's
shoulder. She's still WIRED. SCARED.
You all right?
She doesn't say anything -- just offers a small nod.
Don't worry... You want to shut
your eyes, I'll be here all night.
No one's gonna get near you.
(beat; intensely sincere)
I won't leave you, Claire.
And on that sentiment, we move in TIGHT on Claire's
UNBLINKING EYES as --
INT. LOFT - DAY - FLASHBACK
JOHN MAYER PLAYS on the stereo. Claire stands on a chair,
putting up drapes. The sun pours in behind her, putting her
figure in silhouette -- and her figure has changed since we
last saw her in FLASHBACK; SHE'S FOUR MONTHS PREGNANT NOW. A
cute little belly.
She turns as Thomas enters, carrying a backpack he slings
down. Gotta love Claire's smile. Sweet and heartbreaking.
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 21.
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Thomas, moving to the kitchen, glances at the drapes. He
seems a little distracted --
-- wow, we have drapes now.
I know, I sort of feel grown up all
of a sudden. Do you like them?
-- yeah, they're good.
(going through the bags)
I don't know why drapes represent
age for me, it just... feels like
something my mum would do--
Thomas pops a beer, heads to the pantry. Wants a snack.
Sasha called-- they're going out
tonight, wanted to know if we
wanted to come...
And Thomas is motionless now, staring into the pantry --
What? I didn't eat all the chips,
there's another bag --
... I can't do this.
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(moves to him, sweetly)
D'you have a bad day? You're pale.
She's being so loving... but the truth is, Thomas just isn't
here. He turns to her. And from his face, she just gets it.
... this isn't working.
She stares for a long beat. Thunderstruck. Mortified --
-- you knew that.
-- I what?
And he's walked past her, to the window, where she just hung
the drapes. He looks out. Guilty as hell, but fronting with
all the pride of a young man. Claire turns toward him -- she
barely moves, her whole being in shock. Her face wracked.
Just... so I don't over-react...
Tommy, are you breaking up with--?
The past two months, you-- you're--
there's always some plan, some
responsibility, somewhere we have
to be, someone we have to talk to--
-- like who? Like what? Am I--
being too-- I'm just trying to-- to
make sure when the baby comes--
-- and the baby! That's like not--
I mean it's like this now. Y'know?
But you said we should do this.
Yeah... well now it's real.
You can't just... change your mind.
LOST "Raised by Another" (GOLDENROD) 10/26/04 23.
16 (CON T'D): (3) 16
How the hell am I supposed to be a
dad, Claire? I've got my own -- I
mean, what about my painting, my
God, I knew this was gonna happen.
"I told you so." Perfect. Now I
get all your daddy abandonment
crap, right? That's great--
Hey, you bastard, don't justify
what you're doing by trying to make
this about --
I'm not doing anything. Okay? I'm
doing nothing. You think I don't
see what you did? You were
supposed to be on the pill.
-- you think I got pregnant
on purpose?! That this was I don't even care!
-- some scheme?! Some way to
trap you?! Are you out of -- it's over!
-- It isn't over! Look at
me! -- I'm outta here--
-- he's walked past her, grabbed his keys -- now he leaves,
SLAMMING the door behind him. Claire stands there, just in
trauma. She cries now -- and the FINAL SHOT is WIDE,
Claire's belly once again silhouetted by the window light.
EXT. BEACH - MORNING - ESTABLISHING
A new day.
EXT. BEACH - DAY
ON HURLEY in census-taking mode, jotting stuff down as he
converses with SCOTT and STEVE, on the move.
Okay, so it's Scott Jenkins...
LOST "Raised by Another" (GOLDENROD) 10/26/04 23A.
A18 (CON T'D): A18
I'm Jenkins. Steve.
Right. Steve... Jenkins.
And you dudes were on vacation in
Australia. Just the two of you...
So... Safe to assume... I mean, I
guess you're, uh... I mean, you two
...Married... Or something?
Scott and Steve share a look.
Nah. We're both single.
And my buddy's got serious
No, I don't.
(back to Hurley)
Just haven't found the right person
ON HURLEY, somewhat uncomfortable as Steve looks at him. The
ambiguity of these two guys' relationship still ambiguous.
Gratefully, Hurley then notices
HIS POV - LOCKE, laying out boar pelts to dry in the hot sun.
Excuse me, guys.
Hurley crosses to Locke, as Steve and Scott move off.
Locke peers up at him, but says nothing, continuing his work.
LOST "Raised by Another" (GOLDENROD) 10/26/04 23B.
A18 (CON T'D): (2) A18
It's John, right? John Locke?
This about your census?
Yeah, thought it'd be a good idea
to, y'know, find out who everybody
is. Get their names, places of
And who's checking to see who you
Hurley's slightly taken aback at that.
(a grin comes to him)
It was a joke.
(forcing a chuckle)
Oh... Yeah... Good one.
Well, you already know my name.
Lived in Tustin, California for
most of my life.
Uh huh. And your reason for
Locke suddenly pauses and looks at him.
Y'know... The reason you were in
After a beat, Locke looks off, pondering.
LOST "Raised by Another" (GOLDENROD) 10/26/04 23C.
A18 (CON T'D): (3) A18
I was looking for something.
Hurley eyes him for a moment.
O-okay. So, uh... Did you find it?
(looks back at Hurley)
It found me.
Hurley stares at Locke, finding himself strangely unnerved by
these cryptic answers, but without the nerve to pursue it.
LOCKE (cont'd) (CONT'D)
No. No, that's great.
Locke offers up a smile, and moves off, leaving Hurley to eye
him as he goes.
EXT. BEACH - OPEN JUNGLE - DAY
She was attacked? Is she okay?
Find KATE with Jack and Charlie.
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 24.
18 (CON T'D): 18
She'll feel a lot better when we
find the nutter responsible.
Did you see anyone leaving the
beach last night?
People come and go, but I don't
Kate looks over at Jack -- Something clearly on his mind.
I'm not sure anything happened.
Claire told Michael and me this --
"attacker" -- was trying to inject
her with something...
JACK (CONT'D) CHARLIE
... Two nights in a row she
wakes up screaming. The
first time she was -- You think this was all in
sleepwalking... her head? Did you see her?
She's terrified, man...
Look -- she said this guy was
trying to hurt her baby. Why would
someone do this now? With all of
us sleeping twenty feet away?
You think she's lying?
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 24A.
18 (CON T'D): (2) 18
No -- pregnant women have
extremely lucid -- These are -- "Lucid?" Right -- You
textbook anxiety nightmares -- just know exactly what's
happening with everyone,
The men stop fighting. Turn to Kate --
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 25.
18 (CON T'D): (3) 18
Let's say she's telling the truth.
What do we do?
Good question. And Charlie really doesn't have the answer
for it. At a loss. So Kate turns to Jack --
Okay. And if it's all in her head?
Claire's due in a little more than
a week. Maybe two.
If she stays stressed like this --
has another panic attack... it
could trigger an early labor. And
out here? With no instruments, no
monitors, no anaesthetic? That
would not be good.
And maybe because there is a ring of truth to the possibility
that none of this is happening --
It's not all in her head.
Charlie WALKS OFF. After a beat, Kate turns to Jack --
So what do we do?
EXT. COCONUT GROVE - DAY
Hurley approaches Ethan. Our first real look at him. He's
pleasant. Unassuming. But there's something INTERESTING
about him too. Something we can't quite put our finger on...
Hey -- Lance.
Your name's Lance, right?
LOST "Raised by Another" (GREEN) 9/27/04 26.
19 (CON T'D): 19
Dude. That's right. Lance is the
little skinny guy. With the
glasses and the red hair.
Ethan looks nothing like the person Hurley just described.
I can see how you'd get us
Sorry, too many names and faces.
Pretty pathetic -- I mean, you'd
think after a couple of weeks on an
island with the same people we'd
all know each other...
Yes. You would think that.
Well... it is what it is.
Hurley looks at this guy. O-KAY...
So, uh, we're doing a list, you
know, of survivors. Name, home
address. Like that.
Well you already have my name.
-- Definitely not.
LOST "Raised by Another" (GREEN) 9/27/04 27.
19 (CON T'D): (2) 19
Great. Where you from Ethan Rom?
Right on. Love Canada. Great...
Well, that covers it. Thanks for
your time, dude.
And just before Hurley walks off --
Hey, Hurley -- What's this for?
Nothing, man. Just...
Thought it'd be a good idea.
And OFF HURLEY, not the greatest liar in the world --
INT. THE VALLEY - CLAIRE'S CUBBY - DAY
CLOSE ON -- CLAIRE, writing in her journal. Eyes bloodshot.
She's shaky. Anxious. Seen much better days.
She jumps! Startled by his arrival. Looks up, DESPERATE --
D'you find him?
-- what if he comes back?
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 28.
20 (CON T'D): 20
Jack sits down next to her. He's very COMPASSIONATE here --
Claire... this situation we're in --
The crash. That no one's come for
us -- And this place...
It can mess with your head a
little. Maybe make you see things
that aren't there. And I know it
Your baby's coming. Soon. And I
can't imagine how scary that must
be... but the more upset you get,
the more dangerous it is for you...
and the baby.
I want you to take these.
Jack holds out his hand. TWO PILLS in his palm.
What is it?
A sedative. It's very mild.
Commonly used in situations like
(off her look)
It won't hurt the baby. I promise.
It takes Claire a moment to put together the implications of
You... don't believe me.
And she's already UP. Ramping from ZERO TO SIXTY --
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 28A.
20 (CON T'D): (2) 20
You think I'm making this up?
I get attacked and you want
to give me sleeping pills? -- They're not sleeping --
It's a very mild sedative...
Claire STUFFS her things into a BAG -- including her JOURNAL.
I'm leaving --
What? Wait -- I was okay at the beach --
It's not safe here...
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 29.
20 (CON T'D): (3) 20
[THE REST OF SCENE 20 MISSING]
21 INT. THE VALLEY - ENTRANCE - ROCK WALL - MOMENTS LATER 21
TIGHT ON CLAIRE as she strides out of the caves and towards
the JUNGLE PATH. CLOSING IN ON HER, feeling her
frustration.... HER ANXIETY. HER FEAR. And when we can't
possibly get ANY CLOSER --
EXT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
[ESTABLISHING ACTION MISSING]
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 30.
22 (CON T'D): 22
Now we see the REVERSE. It's Claire. Four months pregnant.
It's sort of a rainy day. She's wearing a hooded raincoat.
She pulls back the hood. Looking sweet and vulnerable.
Mr. Malkin, I met you before.
He stares at her for a long beat. Finally:
... yes, I remember.
... you wouldn't give me a reading.
I was hoping maybe you would now.
And on Malkin, staring at her, debating, nervous...
INT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
Claire sits at the table, counts out two hundred Australian
dollars. She is not accustomed to carrying this kind of
cash. She hands Malkin the money. He takes it. Counts it.
If you're a psychic, why do you
have to count the money?
That's not how it works.
I was just -- I was joking.
Malkin pockets the money. She knows the drill, so she
extends her hands, palms up. Waits. Then withdraws them:
-- are you not-- ready yet? For--?
And she extends them again. He takes her hands. Holds them.
... so... how does it work?
... I don't know.
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 31.
23 (CON T'D): 23
Then he closes his eyes, as he did before. Head tilts back
just a touch. Claire watching him hopefully. Then:
When did he leave you?
And that's all it takes; tears come to her eyes. She doesn't
sob, she's just saddened, and tries to keep it together.
Was that... why you didn't want to
do my reading? Last time?
Malkin opens his eyes -- looks at her now.
(then, back to her hands)
I saw something. A sort of...
And... blurry's bad?
... blurry's bad...
She waits. And with his eyes closed again, we PUSH IN SLOWLY
ON MALKIN as he "sees." And Claire can tell it's bad... and
Malkin almost says, under his breath, "Oh no..."
You want to know what to do. About
And we're getting CLOSER -- all SOUND FADING AWAY -- and it's
getting WORSE -- it's like he's sensing something TERRIBLE in
those palms. The more he sees, the more HE wants to cry.
Finally, he looks at her. His eyes red and worried. A beat.
23 (CON T'D): (2) 23
... I can tell you.
... this is... important.
(how does he say this...?)
It's... crucial. That you. You,
yourself, raise this child.
I'm... you mean with Thomas? -- The father of this child
Is he going to c--? will play no part in its
life. Or yours.
Then what do you mean "you,
yourself must raise..."
This child... parented by anyone
else -- anyone other than you...
(beat, this is tough)
Danger surrounds this baby.
(this is preposterous)
Your nature... your spirit -- your
goodness... must be an influence in
the development of this child.
I-- look, if Thomas and I don't--
you know, get back together, which
I don't even want... I'm putting
this baby up for adoption.
I just wanted to know -- What would
give the baby the happiest life.
This is no happy life. Not for
this child. Not without you.
Now Claire is offended. She doesn't like this at all.
23 (CON T'D): (3) 23
Listen, I don't think that--
It can't be another. YOU MUSTN'T
ALLOW ANOTHER TO RAISE YOUR BABY.
Claire just looks at him for a moment. Something authentic --
genuine about what he's saying... but she doesn't want to
hear it. She gets up --
Got it. Fantastic. Thanks so much
for taking my two hundred --
Malkin JUMPS UP, pulls out the MONEY and gives it back to
her. Now this has become important to him --
Take it-- Ms. Littleton, I'm
begging you just to consider--
I can't raise this child by myself--
I can't raise me by myself --
YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO ME-- -- thanks for your time-- and
my money back --
Ms. Littleton, please!
And she heads out -- they're both moving for the door --
Malkin now passionate, imploring:
I promise you -- the baby needs
your protection -- CLAIRE, YOU
CANNOT GIVE UP YOUR CHILD! PLEASE!
But she's gone now, through the front door, into the rain --
and just as this spring-loaded screen door SLAMS SHUT --
CUT TO BLACK:
END OF ACT TWO
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT - FLASHBACK
TIGHT ON CLAIRE, asleep on her back. Her stomach now at a
whopping EIGHT MONTHS pregnant. SLOWLY PUSHING IN on her as
the PHONE RINGS, waking her -- she reaches over -- it is (as
is everything) harder with that belly -- she answers it:
Ms. Littleton. It's Richard
Claire's reaction indicates that he has, on a number of
occasions, contacted her. She sighs, incredulous, exhausted:
-- oh my God...
-- listen to me-- I have a plan.
Something that will make this all
-- you can't keep doing this:
calling me, dropping letters in the
post box -- I know what you want,
but it's too late. I'm seeing
adoption services tomorrow, the--
I know. Do what I'm suggesting and
you'll still be able to give up the
-- what I do with my baby is none
of your business --
If you don't do what I'm
suggesting, great danger will --
-- Great danger will befall you if
you keep calling me in the middle
of the night --
24 (CON T'D): 24
I have money for you.
But how weird is this?!
She stops -- this is what she needs.
MALKIN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
Come see me. Listen to my offer --
I know what you're feeling inside,
Claire. That you're doubting your
decision to give up the --
-- good night.
She hangs up. Lies there. She won't be asleep for hours.
EXT. JUNGLE - NIGHT
TIGHT ON Claire -- unsettled by this MEMORY -- still revved
up -- anxious, upset, scared -- ALL OF IT -- as she strides
down the JUNGLE PATH (this should be the same location we saw
Locke/Charlie/Kate/Jack come through on their way to the
caves) carrying her bag.
Then -- a NOISE. She freezes.
SOMETHING COMING from behind her -- FAST -- Moving through
the DENSE FOLIAGE -- and just as she's about to SCREAM --
Charlie emerges from the JUNGLE.
Claire just looks at him sadly. A beat. Then, she turns
around. And continues walking. Charlie scampers after her --
Where you going?
Back to the beach.
What happened? Did Jack --
Jack tried to dope me up is what
happened. He thinks I'm -- I'm
making all this up. That it's not
25 (CON T'D): 25
Ah. So as proof of your sanity,
you go tromping through the jungle
alone. Well done.
Good-natured as that was intended, Claire stops. Squares off
I'm not crazy.
And she's off again. ON CHARLIE. Clearly, she wants nothing
to do with him. Nothing to do with anyone. But after a beat
-- he follows her anyway.
EXT. BEACH - DAY
BACK ON THE BEACH, we find SHANNON and BOONE in the midst of
PACKING. Hurley here with them, writing in his notebook --
You want my "information?" Name.
Shannon Rutherford. Age. Twenty.
Address. Crap Hole Island.
So where were you guys last night?
(that was the stupidest
Uh... the beach?
Boone looks at Hurley, suspicious --
What's up with the interrogation?
Y'know, you're like the twentieth
person to ask me that today. Why's
everyone so uptight about answering
a few questions?
Maybe we're not cool with you
starting up your own little Patriot
(to Hurley; simply)
He's a liberal.
26 (CON T'D): 26
Boone lets that go and refocuses on Hurley --
So why the list?
26 (CON T'D): (2) 26
It's nothing, really -- we had an
incident in the valley last night.
Claire -- the pregnant girl? Ya
know her? Yeah, she kinda got,
uh... attacked a little
-- what? Is she okay?
Yeah. She's shook up, but...
I am not moving to the rape caves.
Shannon abruptly stops packing. Boone's lost in thought for
a second, something DAWNING on him -- to Hurley --
Hey -- y'know your life would be
much easier if you just had the
manifest. We crossed off the names
of the dead after we burned the
fuselage... so it should be a full
roster of the rest of us.
What? You serious? Who has it?
... who do you think?
EXT. BEACH - SAWYER'S TENT - DAY
Hurley PLOPS down in the sand next to SAWYER. Sunning in his
"deck chair." Shirt OFF. Arm still bandaged from his
I'm gonna lay it out straight.
You do that.
27 (CON T'D): 27
I hear you have the flight
manifest. I need it and I want you
to give it to me.
Now you can do what you usually do
when someone asks you for something
and tell me to screw off...
Or you can just give it to me.
Because dude? You could use the
Gosh. You sure know how to butter
a man up, Stay-Puff.
Hurley doesn't rise to the bait of the insult. Just offers
up his winningest smile --
It's a gift I have.
Sawyer takes a beat. Then another beat. Finally --
Manifest's in the tent. Take it.
And OFF Hurley, surprised that this actually WORKED...
EXT. JUNGLE PATH - DAY
Find Claire, still making her way down the path. Charlie,
never one to quit -- and certainly even more determined given
his emotional attachment to this girl -- a few paces behind --
Please let me carry your bag...
28 (CON T'D): 28
Yes. You are. But I can still
carry your --
She stops. Turns to him --
Why'd you come after me?
Uh... well... it's probably because
I like you.
Claire shakes her head, starts walking again --
You don't like me, Charlie. You
only think you like me. Maybe
because I'm so damn... pathetic
with my big disgusting belly...
(full-on tirade now)
And yes, aren't you sweet and
affectionate -- But you'll change
your mind. Maybe it'll be a week
or a month... but it'll wear off
and you'll get on with it and I'll
be a stark raving madwoman with a
And Claire suddenly stops walking -- DOUBLES OVER in PAIN --
Claire -- ? OW -- Oh no... OW--
He puts his arm around her, nuturing. Scared. Concerned--
What's the matter?
Claire looks up, IN PAIN -- TERRIFIED and totally VULNERABLE--
I think it's coming --
And as Charlie's eyes slowly drop to her BELLY...
END OF ACT THREE
AND WE SMASH OUT OF COMMERCIAL TO FIND --
EXT. JUNGLE PATH - DAY
CLAIRE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CONTRACTION.
She's in PAIN, but this is not the anxious Lamaze breathing
of LABOR. And she's keeping it fairly well together...
Charlie, on the other hand, is PANICKED.
Was that another one?
We need to time these, right?
That's what you do -- time -- Charlie...
the contractions --
You just need to stay calm, all
right? Big deep breaths...
Aw bloody hell --
You need to get Jack.
I'll be all right...
I am not leaving you alone. I can
deliver a baby!
Charlie, please just get --
I can do this-- it happens all the
time, it must!
You don't know how to --
And Charlie is ALL OVER THE PLACE --
28 (CON T'D): 28
Listen: trust me -- I'm not going
to let anything happen -- You're
safe -- Yeah -- I may not know what
I'm doing, but I'll figure it out --
If I can kick heroin, I can deliver
And it's out of his mouth before he realizes he even said it.
Claire's just staring at him. Beat. Then --
Okay: let me explain. I'm an
addict. Was an addict. But look,
I've been clean for five days!
Another beat. Then, more than ever:
One more beat of indecision -- concern for her -- opens his
mouth to say something -- but instead, HE TAKES OFF RUNNING.
And as we sit here with Claire, another SHOT OF PAIN crosses
her face. And the WIDER we get, the more ALONE she is. HER
BREATHING the only thing penetrating the SILENCE of the
jungle as we BLAST INTO --
INT. LAW OFFICES - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY - FLASHBACK
Claire, at eight months with-child, sits alone on one side of
a conference table. EARL SLAVITT, an attorney, and his
clients, ARLENE and JOSEPH STEWART, sit across from her.
Arlene and Joseph will bring you to
Melbourne. They'll pay your living
and medical expenses.
We found you an apartment. It's a
nice place -- it has a balcony.
Slavitt slides the substantial contract over to her.
30 (CON T'D): 30
As discussed, once the baby is born
and handed over to the Stewarts you
will have no right to see the child
-- But so you know, we live here,
now, I mean, I moved from Chicago
years ago and... we'll be raising
the baby here, and...
Slavitt shoots Arlene a look -- shut up and let me finish.
You will have no right to
correspond with the child and it
will be entirely up to Arlene and
Joseph to decide whether to tell
the child anything about you.
Claire listens, considers. Then, staying strong:
Upon your discharge from the
hospital, you will be given an
additional payment of twenty
I just... just want you to take
good care of the baby.
Of course we will.
Slavitt slides documents and PEN across the table to Claire.
I'll need you to sign and date
30 (CON T'D): (2) 30
Claire lifts up the pen, but hesitates. Is she changing her
mind? Has Malkin gotten to her?
Do you know "Catch a Falling Star?"
It's a song, like a lullaby?
Catch a falling star, put it in
My father used to sing that to me.
Could you sing it for the baby?
Every once in a while?
And now, things are getting emotional. Claire opens the
documents. Finds the signature line. Puts pen to paper.
Signs, BUT THERE'S NO INK. So Slavitt offers another pen --
she takes it -- tries to sign. BUT AGAIN, NO INK. This is
fuckin' weird. Arlene hands her a pen of her own. Claire
takes it -- scribbles on a POST-IT. The pen works. And she
brings the pen to the page. Is about to sign. Everyone's
watching her -- waiting -- sensing that she's unable to do
this... finally, she stands:
I've... I'm sorry-- I'm-- leaving--
-- you're what?! You can't --
-- but Claire is up and heading out and --
EXT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
A very pregnant Claire pounds on the door. Urgent.
Finally, Malkin opens the door and --
Okay, what is it? Your "offer."
OFF Malkin, we go to:
EXT. JUNGLE - DAY
Charlie hauls ass through the jungle. SMASHES through LOW
HANGING BRANCHES as he goes. He BLASTS out of the brush and
almost runs into --
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 44.
33 EXT. JUNGLE - CLEARING - CONTINUOUS 33
ETHAN. Alone. Carrying firewood --
Hey -- Oh, thank God -- What's your
Ethan -- are you all right?
Ethan -- I need you to go to the
caves. Run back to the caves --
and get Jack... tell him that
Claire? Is she okay?
She's having the baby --
(no time to explain)
Get him. Fast. I'll be with her --
Charlie points back to where he came from --
Right through there. On the path.
Ethan stands there for a moment. Seems to process all this.
And OFF CHARLIE as Ethan turns tail and RUNS for the caves...
EXT. JUNGLE PATH - DAY
Charlie RACES through the jungle -- frantic, eyes wide,
hoping he hasn't lost his way -- and finally he sees her:
Claire, up ahead, lying there in distress.
Claire! Claire!!! He's coming!
He arrives at her side -- drops to his knees, out of breath,
LOST "Raised by Another" (YELLOW) 9/23/04 45.
34 (CON T'D): 34
CHARLIE (CONT'D) CLAIRE
Jack's on his way, he'll be -- it hurts--
here-- are you--? What's--?
Okay, okay-- he'll be here, just
breathe, keep breathing...
-- and he's holding her hand now, breathing overtly, trying
to help lead her --
Like this. Inhale, exhale, all
that-- do it with me --
And he breathes -- so does she -- and it actually seems to be
helping. Still, she's scared, in some pain, and frustrated
as hell. Under her breath and mostly to herself, she says:
... I'm not supposed to be here.
I think we've all been feeling a
bit of that--
I know... there was just... someone
who promised me I wouldn't be here.
He was wrong. Keep breathing.
(breathing, with regret)
... yeah... he was wrong...
-- and on CLAIRE, TIGHT, breathing, we CUT TO...
INT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
Claire stands in the middle of the over-crowded apartment
with Malkin. He's handed her a small manila envelope. She
pulls out six-thousand Australian dollars. Can't believe
this. Is suspicious and uneasy about it.
You've spent the last three months
telling me I need to raise the baby
myself. Now you're giving me money
and saying I don't have to.
35 (CON T'D): 35
I've found a couple in Los Angeles
who are very eager to adopt. The
baby will be safe in their care.
(starting to lose it)
What am I even doing here? I can't
believe I'm listening to --
And Malkin shakes his head. Empathizing. REAL.
I know it sounds ridiculous,
Claire. All of this... "psychic"
business. And I appreciate that
you must think I'm a madman --
But this is what must happen.
Her reaction: she doesn't believe a word.
So you're giving me six-thousand
dollars to give my baby to a pair
of strangers in Los Angeles.
Twelve-thousand. The other six
when you get to Los Angeles. And
they're not strangers -- They're
How do you know I won't just take
the six and run?
Because I know your soul. I know
your honesty. That if you promise
me you'll go... you will.
He hands her a PLANE TICKET in a ubiquitous sleeve. Off the
CLOSEUP of the ticket, and OCEANIC AIRLINES LOGO, CUT TO:
EXT. JUNGLE PATH - DAY
Charlie with Claire, still in the deep breathing exercises:
36 (CON T'D): 36
I know. I'm so embarrassed.
And after everything... he was just
full of it.
A breathing beat. A long one. Then:
(off her look)
All he wanted was that no one else
raise your baby, right?
... so maybe he knew.
TIGHT AS HELL on Claire as she turns to Charlie... just now
starting to figure out what he means. She stares at Charlie,
stares, horrified by the thought...
... I mean... if he wanted it bad
enough... if that guy really...
does have the gift... and I think
some people do...
(could this be...?)
... he could've known, Claire...
SO TIGHT on Claire -- the very idea ghastly -- and Christ, if
she doesn't suddenly remember details of the moment:
INT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
-- in the same moment that he gives her the ticket:
I can't leave tomorrow, I need a
few days to--
No. It has to be this flight. It
can't be any other. They're
already scheduled to meet you when
you arrive. Flight 815.
Claire stares at him. This man is so odd...
38 EXT. JUNGLE PATH - DAY 38
TIGHT ON CLAIRE, eyes wet, staring off as she remembers... in
... there was no couple... in Los
INT. MALKIN'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
TIGHT ON MALKIN as he watches Claire, agreeing, leaving his
... he knew about the plane...
... he knew what was going to
And Claire heads off, walking away from him -- forever --
CLAIRE (V.O.) (CONT'D)
... he knew... oh my God, he
And we're SO TIGHT ON MALKIN as he watches -- tears coming to
his eyes -- staring at this woman... who he's just put on a
flight he knows is going down.
CUT TO BLACK:
END OF ACT FOUR
AND THE SOUND OF HEAVY BREATHING POUNDS US INTO --
EXT. JUNGLE - DAY
RUNNING LEGS as they JACKHAMMER through masses of PLANTS --
scrabble over ROOTS --
SOMEONE is trying to get through the dense jungle as fast as
they can, but a LIMP from an injured leg prevents them from
reaching top speed -- and now we see -- it's SAYID -- His
clothes weathered from an ordeal (you'll read all about it in
EPISODE 108.) His face and arms TORN UP from his TWO DAY
TREK. He runs, smashes his way through the jungle.
And if this wasn't ENOUGH action to get us excited about
staying tuned for the denouement --
EXT. JUNGLE - ELSEWHERE - DAY
ANOTHER PAIR OF LEGS pounds through the foliage, running in
the opposite direction -- NO LIMP -- A different RHYTHM to
the BREATHING that accompanies them -- very different,
because we pull up and see, IT'S HURLEY.
By the way this is CUT, we get the sense that Sayid and
Hurley -- are RUNNING TO THE SAME PLACE.
And off this pure KINETIC INTENSITY we find --
EXT. JUNGLE PATH - DAY
Claire sits against a tree. CHARLIE huddles at her side with
friendly concern. The TRADE WINDS ease around them,
prompting the grass to sway with reassuring grace.
You feel another one coming?
I don't know...
Where in the bloody hell is Jack?
Claire shifts, starts to get to her feet --
I think... I think I'm all right.
42 (CON T'D): 42
Wait. You shouldn't -- the
Maybe that was the last one.
Please, let it have been the last
Jack said the stress might cause
some kind of false labor...
Are you sure you're all right?
She assesses for a beat, then --
Well, there you are, then:
Birthing emergency averted.
Told you I'd take care of you.
(a heartbreaking smile)
Thank you, Charlie.
... you're quite welcome.
And a moment of GENUINE WARMTH. Claire finally giving in to
it, too. After all they've been through, we want these two
to be together.
Any chance of you making it back to
(beat; and he means this)
I won't let anything happen to you.
And after a moment, she NODS. But lest we get too
comfortable, we CRASH BACK INTO --
43 EXT. JUNGLE - DAY 43
SAYID -- RUNNING -- LIMPING -- His breathing more RAGGED --
More DESPERATE --
44 EXT. JUNGLE - ELSEWHERE - DAY 44
HURLEY -- RUNNING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION -- A COLLISION
And we cut back and forth between the two until --
SMASH CUT TO:
INT. THE VALLEY - RED ROCK WALL - DAY
ON JACK standing with KATE as they both turn to find --
SAYID limps toward them -- And now that he's made it home,
willpower gives way to reality and he COLLAPSES --
-- Jack immediately moves for him, eases him to the ground.
Kate is close behind. Sayid is really fucking WEAK, out of
breath -- DISORIENTED -- Trying to get it all out at once --
-- Listen -- on the island -- I
found her -- the woman -- she --
-- Jack checks over Sayid's body for injuries. Sees his
rather brutal LEG INJURY.
I need some water!
What happened? Where were --?
I had to come back. I had to...
(and now, completely
We are not alone.
Find LOCKE as he approaches, more INTRIGUED than concerned --
Just then, HURLEY (the other pair of legs) bursts out of the
brush -- Gasping for breath --
45 (CON T'D): 45
We -- got -- a problem!
And HOLY SHIT this is just big-league INSANITY. Sayid on the
ground, WIPED. Jack tending to him. Hurley desperately
trying to communicate something himself --
QUICK CUTS covering all of this as (sorry, Marita) --
Hurley holds up a METALLIC CLIPBOARD --
My census -- the names of--
everyone who survived. All forty-
six of us. I interviewed
everybody. Here. At the beach.
Got everyone's -- name...
(beat; catching his
But one of them -- Jack, one of
them isn't in the manifest.
Jack. Kate. Locke (oh yes, we LINGER on Locke) all exchange
a look. Even with Sayid's arrival, Hurley's information has
take on major SIGNIFICANCE.
And we PUSH IN on Hurley just so we GET IT when he says --
He wasn't on the plane.
And now it's time to PUSH IN on Kate --
Who wasn't on the plane?
SMASH CUT TO:
EXT. JUNGLE - DAY
One of the DARKER sections of the jungle. Definitely CREEPY
as we find --
CLAIRE and CHARLIE as they make their way back along the path
toward the valley. Charlie carries her BAG in one hand.
46 (CON T'D): 46
Claire suddenly STOPS -- puts her hand on her belly. Charlie
instantly WORRIED --
Yeah -- he just kicked.
Claire SMILES and reaches out, taking Charlie's hand in hers.
Charlie smiles, abashed, as --
Charlie and Claire both JUMP. Didn't hear anyone come up.
They both look up to see --
Just kinda standing here. Arms at his sides. More than just
a little UNSETTLING.
Ethan? Where's Jack?
I didn't go and get him.
Ethan exudes a creepy calm -- he's still the same guy we've
come to know, but there is something slightly askew in his
delivery, something just... OFF.
What do you mean you didn't go?
Ethan ignores him. Turns his attention to Claire, takes a
step forward --
I know you're scared. It's okay.
What the hell are you talking
about, you git? One more step --
AND SUDDENLY, a NOISE in the DENSE JUNGLE behind them --
MOVEMENT -- NON-DESCRIPT --
46 (CON T'D): (2) 46
Charlie and Claire both turn towards it -- NOTHING. And the
instant they turn back --
Ethan is standing right in front of them --
I'm sorry it's come to this.
And as we CLOSE IN ON ETHAN'S COLD EYES -- wondering who the
hell he is -- what he wants -- and what the fuck he is GOING
SMASH TO BLACK.