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"The Glass Ballerina"
Lost episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 2
Written by Jeff Pinkner & Drew Goddard
Directed by Paul Edwards
Production no. 303
Original airdate October 11, 2006
Guest stars

M.C. Gainey
Tania Raymonde
Michael Bowen
Tony Lee
Byron Chung
Paula Malcomson
Joah Buley
Sophie Kim
Tomiko Okhee Lee
Teddy Wells

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"The Glass Ballerina" is the second episode of the third season of the TV series Lost and the fifty-first episode overall. The episode was written by Jeff Pinkner and Drew Goddard and directed by Paul Edwards, and premiered on October 11, 2006 on ABC. The characters of Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim) and Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) are featured in the episode's flashbacks.

It was originally scheduled to air on October 18, 2006, but was swapped with the episode "Further Instructions."[1] When the episode first aired, it was the seventh most watched episode of the week in the United States, with 16.892 million viewers and a 6.9 rating in the key demographic of adults ages 18–49.[2]

Plot summary

In flashback, Sun-Hwa Kwon, as a child, breaks a glass ballerina and blames it on the maid, who will be fired by her father, Mr. Paik (Byron Chung).

Later, Sun as an adult is shown having an affair with Jae Lee (Tony Lee), who attempts to give her a pearl necklace. She refuses, afraid that her husband would see it. Then, to her shame, Mr. Paik barges in and finds them in bed together. Mr. Paik later summons Sun's husband, Jin, telling him to "send a message" to Jae (implying that he is to be killed), saying that Jae has been "stealing" from him. But when Jin ambushes and beats up Jae, he still cannot bring himself to kill, and instead orders Jae to leave the country. However, as Jin gets into his car, Jae's body suddenly lands on his windshield. Jae's corpse hand is clutching the pearl necklace, implying that he was thrown from the window. At Jae's funeral, Sun runs into her father. She asks if he would ever tell Jin about the affair, but he says that it was not his place to tell Jin.

On the sailboat, Sun, Jin-Soo Kwon, and Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) worry because Jack Shephard's (Matthew Fox) party has not shown up. They argue about what to do; Sayid wants to sail to a new location, but Jin refuses. Sun goes against her husband to agree with Sayid. They find the Others' dock, which appears to have been abandoned and disused for some time. They come ashore to build a signal fire to try and lure the Others into an ambush.

Meanwhile among the Others, Colleen (Paula Malcolmson) reports to Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) that Sayid (referred to as "the Iraqi") has a boat, and Ben orders her to put together a team and capture it. Her team avoids Sayid and Jin, and instead sneaks aboard the boat, where they encounter Sun below deck. Colleen calls Sun by her full name, telling her that the Others "are not the enemy", and that Sun will not shoot because she is a "good person", but Sun accidentally shoots Colleen in the abdomen when the boat jerks upon start up and narrowly manages to escape overboard.

Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) and James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) are forced to work in a quarry, digging and carrying rocks. Alex (Tania Raymonde), hiding in the bushes, asks Kate about Karl (Blake Bashoff). Sawyer creates a distraction by kissing Kate passionately, and steals a rifle, but is forced to relinquish it when Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) threatens to shoot Kate.

Back in their cages, Sawyer tells Kate what he learned about the fighting abilities of the various Others. He says that Juliet would have shot her without a problem and criticizes the other Others. He admits his real name is James and that Kate tastes like "strawberries". They start discussing plans to escape, not knowing Ben is monitoring their conversation via security cameras.

Ben then visits Jack, telling him his real name, and that he has lived on the island all his life. He offers that if Jack cooperates, he can be sent home. Jack believes the Others are also stranded just as he is, but Ben informs him of the exact time and date of his plane crash and that 69 days have since passed (making the date November 29, 2004) and insists that they are in contact with the outside world. He shows this by citing various current events, such as the re-election of George W. Bush to the American presidency, the sudden death of Christopher Reeve and that the Boston Red Sox have won the 2004 World Series. Once Ben tells him about the Red Sox, Jack starts laughing and says that proves he is lying. Ben then proves it by playing a recording of the final play in the game as Jack watches in shock. He tells Jack that if he cooperates, he will take him home.


Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim submitted this episode for consideration on their behalves in the categories of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" respectively at the 2007 Emmy Awards.[3]




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