Whatever The Case May Be
Episode 12 of 25 within Season One. Item 12 of 151 overall.
Production number 111.
Jennifer Johnson - Writer
Damon Lindelof - Writer
Jack Bender - Director
278 votes

Jack, Kate and Sawyer fight over possession of a newly discovered locked metal briefcase which might contain insights into Kate's mysterious past.

Meanwhile, Sayid asks a reluctant Shannon to translate notes he took from the French woman, a rising tide threatens to engulf the fuselage and the entire beach encampment, and Rose and a grieving Charlie tentatively bond over Claire's baffling disappearance.

original airdate: January 5,2005     rating: 21.59 million


song--"Main Title" (Composed by J.J. Abrams)

  1. "Navel Gazing"  by Michael Giacchino
  2. "Beyond the Sea" by Robbie Williams
  3. "La Mer" by Charles Trenet' sung by Shannon


Flashback: Kate Austen
  1. to find Kate at a bank, opening a new account, when three armed men enter and order everyone on the ground.
  2. to the bank, where the robbers are getting violent.
  3. to the back room of the bank, where in order to make it look good, Robber #1 slugs "Maggie" across the face.
  4. to the cage, where Robber #1 pockets bundles of cash.

Trivia--As part of a recurring theme, "815" is the safe deposit box that Kate needs access to.

Goofs: When Kate and Sawyer are discussing what to do with the case. Sawyers hair is constantly changing. Watch the gash on his head.

Title Meaning: Sawyer and Jack spend much of the episode wondering what exactly is in the case that Kate wants so much. Flashbacks feature Kate's attempts at retrieving the contents of another case, a safe deposit box in New Mexico. The title also plays on a common phrase, which means "whatever situation".


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regional titles

Wat het geval kan zijn
Whatever The Case May Be
Quel que soit le cas échéant
Was der Fall sein kann
Cibé rud a bheidh
Il mistero della valigetta
Cualquiera que sea el caso puede ser