LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 7: “The Moth”

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LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 7: “The Moth”

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) go Down The Hatch to talk about boars, bugs, drugs and bloody rock gods in their conversation about “The Moth,” the first ever Charlie Pace-centric episode of Lost.


In “The Moth,” Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) wrestles with heroin withdrawal, and begs John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) for his drugs back. Instead, Locke offers Charlie a three-strike system with which to choose whether or not to return to his addiction. Charlie’s faith is tested both on and off the island as he reckons with his rockstar past and his rock god present, rescues Jack (Matthew Fox) from a cave-in, and ultimately chooses to become a moth bursting forth from a cocoon. (No Wilford Brimely sightings this time, sadly.)

Meanwhile, Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) concocts an elaborate plan to triangulate the French woman’s signal, leading to yet another jungle trek alongside Kate (Evangeline Lilly). When Sawyer (Josh Holloway) catches up with them to share the news about Jack, he instead decides to lie to Kate about the doctor’s health — another instance of the confidence man inflicting pain on both himself and others, a theme that will come into focus in Sawyer’s forthcoming first flashback episode.

“The Moth” was directed by Jack Bender and co-written by Jennifer Johnson and Paul Dini. It first aired on November 3, 2004.

About Down the Hatch …

LOST: Down the Hatch is a full-tilt spoiler-filled rewatch of LOST. Every week, Josh and Mike break down an episode of LOST with the benefit of knowing the series’ full trajectory, using the following structure as a guide:

  • We Go “Fourth” – Josh and Mike begin each podcast with a deep-dive into the story both in front of and behind the camera, and they do so with the assistance of…
  • 8 Sounds – The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast, helping us guide through the story;
  • 15/16 Others – Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com
  • 23 Points – Each week, Josh and Mike hand out points for the best and worst characters of the episode in question, in a foolhardy attempt to determine the most and least valuable players in the LOST pantheon.
  • 4.2 Stars – Josh and Mike will attempt to create an official Down the Hatch ranking of every episode of LOST, by rating them all on a scale from 0 – 4.2. Josh and Mike will offer their individual scores, listeners’ scores will be averaged as a third data point, then the three points will be combined for the podcast’s official score on each episode.

Each episode of Down the Hatch clocks in at no less than 108 minutes. If the podcast falls short of that runtime, Josh and Mike have triggered a crisis! Consequences may (and almost certainly will) ensue thanks to the Frozen Donkey Wheel.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:

The 23 Points Character Tracker, as of “The Moth” …

  • Kate: 5
  • Locke: 4
  • Jack: 3
  • Sayid: 3
  • The Monster: 2
  • Sun: 2
  • Jin: 1
  • Claire: 1
  • Charlie: 1
  • The Peach Man Ray Mullen: 1
  • Bpo Bpo the Dog: 1
  • The Moth: 1
  • Michael: -1
  • Seth Norris, Brother of Chuck and John: -1
  • The Marshal: -1
  • Christian Shepard: -1
  • Margo Shepard: -1
  • Chrissy the Oceanic Agent: -1
  • Allison Janney: -1
  • Liam Pace: -1
  • The Rest of Driveshaft: -1
  • Da Boars: -2
  • Shannon: -2
  • The Gawkers of Oceanic 815: -2
  • Randy Nations: -3
  • Boone: -3
  • Sawyer: -4

The 4.2 Star Episode Rankings, as of “The Moth” …

  1. “Walkabout” (Season 1, Episode 4)
  2. “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1 + 2)
  3. “White Rabbit” (Season 1, Episode 5)
  4. “House of the Rising Sun” (Season 1, Episode 6)
  5. “Tabula Rasa” (Season 1, Episode 3)
  6. “The Moth” (Season 1, Episode 7)

Previous Down the Hatch episodes:

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