1.09 "Solitary"

Episode Title: "Solitary"

1.09 "Solitary" - LOST
Episode Number: 9

Production Number: 108

Air Date: 11/17/04

Synopsis: Focus on Sayid. In his flashback- Sayid was an interrogator in the Iraqi Republican Guard. He finds himself interrogating a childhood friend, "Nadia" who has been brought in as a traitor to the regime. He rekindles his friendship with her and risks his life to help her escape. It is unclear if she survived or not.

On the island, Sayid was knocked on the head in the previous episode and finds himself the prisoner of the French woman who made the recording that has been playing for 16 years. Ironically she is torturing him with electronic shock to get information, among other things the whereabouts of "Alex" (her daughter).

Sayid befriends Danielle Rousseau (French woman), fixes her music box, and gets her to tell him how she ended up on the island. Something about researchers, the boat's instruments going haywire, them landing on the island and everyone getting sick, including her husband, who she shot. She also references the "others". Sayid escapes and Rousseau lets him go.

Hurley builds a golf course to break the tension on the island and it's a big hit. Walt is drawn to Locke to learn survival skills against the objections of his Father, Michael.

1.09 "Solitary" - LOSTStory: Back at the camp, Jack is tending to Sawyer's wounds that Sayid inflicted upon him. Sawyer tells Jack
that the only reason that he is helping him is because he feels gulty because he stood by and watched that damn Arab torture him. Jack replies that the only reason he is
there helping him is because nobody else wants anything
to do with him. Sawyer says "She does" (meaning Kate). Jack tells him to change his own bandages and he walks
away. Jack finds Kate looking around by the ocean. Kate tells Jack that Sayid has been gone for two days now and she keeps looking around waiting for him to show up. Jack tells her that Sayid will come back when he's ready and not to worry. Jack tells Kate that he's a trained soldier and can take care of himself and he's probably looking around for the French transmission. Kate tells Jack that he's not looking for anyone and that Sayid left because of what he did to Sawyer. Jack tells Kate that it was just an accident. Kate says "Accidents happen when you torture people, Jack."

1.09 "Solitary" - LOSTSayid is sitting on the beach looking at a photo of Nadia and what she wrote on the back of it. He looks away sad and sees a cable wire and follows it into the jungle. He follows this path in the jungle when he gets caught in a trap and is hanging upside down. Sayid calls out "Hello". The net gets cut with a knife and he falls to the ground. Sayid wakes up with a bright white light bulb over his head, tied down to a bed, he hears voices of people and a woman speaking in different languages "Who is Alex, where is Alex?" Sayid asks this woman who she is and tells her that he doesn't know any Alex. She begins to torture him and Sayid cries out for her to stop. While Sayid is being tortured, Sayid begs her to listen to him. He tells her he's a survivor of a plane crash and followed a wire on the beach. He told her that it might have something to do with a transmission that he picked up on a receiver, a recording of a French woman repeating on a loop for 16 years. She tells Sayid she can't believe it's been 16 years. She doesn't believe Sayid just happened to hear her distress call and she thinks he's an Other. She hits his face with the back of her rifle which knocks him out.

When he wakes up, he sees her looking through his things, he looks over and sees on a jacket her last name. Sayid calls her Rousseau. She asks how he knows her name and she calls him Sayid. She asks him who is this picture of with his name on the envelope that he carries. He tells her that the woman's name is Nadia. Sayid asks her who Alex is and refers to Alex as a boy. She still thinks he is an Other and Sayid keeps trying to convince her that he is not one of these Others. She thinks Sayid heard her on the transmission and came looking for her for answers, he tells her that she didn't know she was alive. She calls him a liar. She asks Sayid if there are other plane survivors. He tells her more than 40. She asks him than why is he alone? Sayid tells her he did something that he's ashamed of so he left. She asks him if Nadia was on the plane. Sayid said that she wasn't on the plane and that she died because of him.

1.09 "Solitary" - LOSTThis is when she starts to believe Sayid. She tells him that she is so sorry. She stands up and tells him she wants to show him something. She comes back with a music box and it has been broken for a long time, it was a gift from her love for their anniversary. Sayid says "You mean Alex?" She replies "Robert," and it was a comfort to her for the first few years." Sayid tells her that that he could fix it for her but he needs his hands free. She gets up and starts sharpening a needle and Sayid wonders what she is doing. She asks him what was written on the back of his photo. She suggests that maybe he doesn't want to tell her because it causes too much pain, after that she injects him with a needle which knocks him out. When Sayid wakes up, he's sitting up with his hands free in front of the music box for him for him to fix. She apologizes for the sedative. While she is speaking, Sayid glances over and notices what looks like a map of the island. She asks him why he would fix this for her after she tortured him. Sayid replies that if he fixes her music box than he wants to know her first name and how she came upon this island. She tells Sayid her name is Danielle.

1.09 "Solitary" - LOSTShe explains she was part of a science team and Robert was with her. When he questions Alex, she doesn't reply but continues to speak about how their ship slammed into rocks on the island beyond repair so they began to make camp and shelter. They survived for almost two months. When they were coming back from the Black Rock, she explains this is when her team became sick, from them, the carriers. Sayid wants to know who these carriers are. Danielle says," The Others, they whisper." He says "What Others?" He asks her if she ever saw any of these people from The Black Rock, she says "No, they whisper". Sayid feels sorry for her and looks at her with pity. Danielle sees the look on his face and tells Sayid that he thinks she is insane. Sayid just thinks she's lonely. Sayid fixes her music box and tells her that some things can be fixed. She is very grateful, this is when he asks her to please let her go. She says no. Then there's a noise outside. She leaves to see what it is. She tells Sayid she hopes it's just a bear. Sayid says "Maybe it's the monster." She tells him there is no such thing as monsters. When she's gone, Sayid escapes, taking with him her rifle and Danielle's map of the island.

They meet up in the jungle and have a stand off. Sayid tells Danielle to put the gun down. Sayid warns her again, she doesn't put the gun down. Sayid fires a shot from his gun. Danielle knew it wouldn't work, she removed the firing pin from the gun just like she did to Robert's gun. Sayid didn't understand this because she said she loved Robert. She explained that he was sick and she had to kill him. Sayid tells Danielle that he is not sick. Danielle agrees but tell him she needs him. Sayid reveals what was written on the back of the photo that Nadia wrote...you will find me in the next life, if not this one. This is when Sayid tells Danielle what it is like to hold onto someone. Sayid explains that the only way off this place is to go back, he asks her to come with him and that she doesn't have to be alone. Danielle walks away but also warns him about his people who he crashed with, she says "Watch them, watch them closely." As she walks away, Sayid asks her who Alex is, she tells him that Alex was her child. Sayid heads back to camp. When he starts heading back to camp, he's walking through the jungle, he hear whispers, he looks around and then he keeps turning around to see if anything or anyone will appear. The noise of the whispers don't stop and Sayid starts to run.

1.09 "Solitary" - LOSTBack at camp, people are stressed out. Jack, being the doctor is running out of patience when they come to him for common ailments like hives. Jack tells Hurley he has better things to do than take care of hypochondriacs and that things could be worse. Hurley disagrees and tells him that they are all tense and need something to do to relax and keep their mind off things. Locke and his new hunting companion, Ethan give Hurley some luggage that they found in the jungle. Hurley says he will look through them to see if there is anything useful. Inside of the luggage, Hurley finds golf clubs which gives him an idea to build a golf course. He shows the golf course to Jack, Charlie
and Michael. Jack can't believe Hurley built a golf course. Michael tells him that with all the stuff they have to deal with he can't believe this is what he's been wasting his time on. Hurley tells them that their lives suck and that they are lost on an island, running from boars, monsters and polar bears. Hurley tells them that if they're going to be stuck here, they need some kind of relief and just have fun or everyone is just gonna go crazy waiting for bad things to happen. Hurley was right, they all had fun. Michael was so distracted that he left Walt alone at the cave. He apologizes and asks him to play. Walt felt ignored and walks away.

1.09 "Solitary" - LOSTFlashback : Sayid's past is a stark contrast to his current reality on the island. Sayid works for the Iraqi Republican Guard and is a Communications Officer, he tortures people. Sayid interrogates and tortures someone which impresses Sayid Superior Officer, Omar. Sayid becomes reassignrd into the Intelligence Division. Omar tells Sayid that there may be complications. Sayid tells him that he is willing to make that sacrifice. In that moment Sayid notices a woman being held captive. Sayid meets with her and he realizes she is his childhood friend Nadia. Sayid 's order was to interrogate and torture her for information. Instead he's having meetings alone with her. They would share stories and he would also bring her food. When Nadia wouldn't talk, Sayid was ordered to execute her. Sayid couldn't. Instead, he helps her escape by killing his Commanding Officer and shoots himself in the leg to make it look like Nadia did this
to them. He gave her instructions on what to do after she left . Nadia asks him to come with her, but Sayid refuses. He tells her he doesn't have her courage. He gives her his gun and makes her go. After she left, he sat down and read what she wrote to him on the back of her photo. After this, Sayid left the Iraqi Republican Guard to search for Nadia.

  • When Sayid is hanging upside down from the trap, he's praying a Muslim prayer in Arabic that is often said right before death to enter paradise and to not be tortured in the afterlife.
  • Sayid is asked who and where is Alex? It sounds like this question is asked 23 times.
  • He is also asked this question about Alex in French, Spanish, English, German and Italian.
  • In later episodes we see that Sayid has been to all these places expect Italy that speak these languages.
  • In Sayid's flashback, Nadia tells Sayid that nobody calls her by her real name, Noor Abed-Jazeem and that he of all people should know that.
  • The name Noor in Arabic means light.
  • First appearance of a character called Ethan.
  • Nadia's name really being Noor is interesting because Noor in Arabic means light. She either changed her name because she was considered a trader by her people and they didn't consider her worthy of the name. She also knew they were wrong and she was the one who was courageous and good.
  • Sayid told Danielle that Nadia wasn't on the plane with him and that she died because of him. This makes no sense, he knew she was alive, that's why he was flying to Los Angeles because the ASIS informed him that's where she was living.
  • Right before Sayid leaves Danielle to go back to the his camp, Sayid tells Danielle about having just a thought a blind hope of that Nadia is still alive. Once again, this still makes no sense because Sayid was told that Nadia was alive.
OMG Moment:
  • After Sayid escapes from Danielle, he hears the mysterious whispers in the jungle.
  • What illness did the researchers suffer and why did Rousseau feel compelled to shoot her husband?

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lostpleiade Best Episode 0 May 30 2007, 5:44 AM EDT by lostpleiade
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I still believe this is the best episode, or at least it's my favorite. I love the interaction between the characters Sayid and Danielle. I wish we could get more scenes like this. Plus, even after the finale of S3, there are still many unanswered questions when it comes to Danielle Rousseau.
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meganhally look at the production number 2 Mar 22 2007, 12:09 PM EDT by Anonymous
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the production number says 108. thats the number of minutes it takes before the alarm sounds after entering the numbers. could this be a clue?
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posted by nightfox   Dec 26 2006, 6:27 PM EST
Was Ethan Rom used in background for the episode "Solitary"? Look for yourself, and beleive what you want to.

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