- Locke hands Ben The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky – a book about patricide. Locke and Ben, both responsible for the death of their respective fathers, could certainly relate to the story.
- Ben draws his map to Henry Gale’s balloon on the back of the book’s title page (The Whole Truth).
- Ben tells Locke he’d rather read Stephen King. In A Tale Of Two Cities, Juliet hosts a book club about King’s first book Carrie. Ben says in One Of Us that he thinks the book is “depressing”.
- Another reference to King is Ben’s rabbit with the number 8 painted on it (Every Man For Himself). The writers of the show are known to be fans of King, and King himself has said to be a big fan of LOST. He references (and even quotes!) the show in his book Under The Dome.
“The most interesting thing here isn’t even the carrot-munching rabbit in the cage, but the number on its back. Not a six, not a four, not nineteen-point-five. It’s an eight. This is what we’re looking at, and we all see it. I didn’t tell you. You didn’t ask me. I never opened my mouth and you never opened yours. We’re not even in the same year together, let alone the same room . . . except we are together. We’re close. We’re having a meeting of the minds. GET KNIVES” (Stephen King, “On Writing”)
- Apparently, the doors to the armory aren’t that thick. Ben has been listening in on every argument between Locke and Jack, and notices that they’re trying to keep their prisoner a secret to the other survivors. In other words, he knows their weaknesses, which (as I pointed out in my observations for One Of Them), may have been the plan all along. Sayid mentions this in a deleted scene from S.O.S.
- Interestingly, Jack does the same thing Ben does while in captivity: create tension among the other group. As Ben makes Locke wonder who’s really in charge, Jack does the same with Juliet in Every Man For Himself: he tells her he thinks she’s “just the person who brings [him] food”, and asks if Ben’s the real man in charge. Both Locke and Juliet respond that “[they] make decisions together”… before turning on their respective “geniuses”.
- It’s worth pointing out that Henry doesn’t actually tell Eko that he forgives him for killing two of his Other colleagues. He simply stares, possibly wondering why someone would cut off his beard in front of him.
- Not only does Ben ask for modern books, he also asks Locke for a cheeseburger! Since this episode reveals that the Others aren’t exactly living in a muddy cave, this sadly doesn’t tell us anything about his true identity. What is worth noting is that Jack gets a surprise cheeseburger from Juliet in The Cost Of Living. I know which prison I’d rather spend time in!