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The Greater Good 

After burying one of their own, tempers flare as the castaways' suspicions of each other grow -- and an unlikely survivor vows revenge. Meanwhile, Claire and Charlie struggle to calm her newborn.


David Grossman


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
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
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
Donnie Keshawarz ... Essam Tasir


After the death of Boone, tempers flare as the castaways' suspicions of each other grow, while an unlikely survivor (Shannon) vows revenge against Locke, unfairly blaming him for Boone's death leading her to steal the keys to the late marshal's briefcase containing the guns. Meanwhile, Claire and Charlie struggle to calm her newborn baby boy. Sayid meets with Locke in the jungle and learns of the existence of the mysterious hatch, leading to more of Sayid's background story about why he came to Australia and was blackmailed by the CIA to nab an old friend whom was a terrorist suspect. Written by Anonymous

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English | Arabic | Korean

Release Date:

4 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode's original title was going to be "Sides". See more »


When Sayid goes to Essam's house, two of Essam's friends are playing the 'Half-Life 2' game on PlayStation 2. And both of them are holding controllers while 'Half-Life 2' is only a single-player game. As it is understandable, single player allows only one person to play at a time, so two people couldn't have been playing the game simultaneously on the very same PlayStation. See more »


[Sayid has Locke at gun point]
Sayid: This is one time you better *not* be telling the truth!
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Features Half-Life (1998) See more »


I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written by James Brown
Performed by Jorge Garcia
Single originally released in 1965
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More great than good
13 January 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.

"The Greater Good" may not be one of the best 'Lost' episodes, or one of the best of Season 1, but will agree that it is better than its reputation and a great episode. It may not advance the mysteries of the island as much as previous and succeeding episodes and may lack the emotional power of "Do No Harm" (a very tough act to follow). Also could have done without Hurley's "I Feel Good", that had the cringe factor and didn't add much.

Credit is due for returning to its old themes and there is foreshadowing of what will happen later conflict-wise, especially between Jack and Locke. What "The Greater Good" does, and brilliantly, is developing Sayid more, building upon what we already know about him, and finally giving Shannon something interesting to do after being underwritten for much of the season.

The flashbacks have garnered criticism from fans, to me they added a lot to Sayid's character development and benefitted from a fine guest appearance from Donnie Keshawarz. They are not subtle but they're honest.

Acting is very good, especially from Naveen Andrews and Maggie Grace, the former believably intense and the latter truly touching. Terry O'Quinn relishes his juicy scenes.

Visually, "The Greater Good" is slickly shot as ever, the island beautiful and mysterious. The music is understated and chilling, while the writing is taut, the story absorbing and the direction skilful.

In summary, not a 'Lost' classic but great all the same. Better than given credit for. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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