I’ve wanted to put this list together for a while, and I’ve tried numerous times but have always had trouble narrowing it down to 10. Again, my latest attempt failed at this too, so this is a ‘top 12’ instead, there are probably another dozen episodes that I could have included, not to mentioned the premiere and finales from each season which I’ve excluded from this list for the sole reason that they would occupy all the spots.
All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues (S1E11)
Hurley informs the rest of the survivors that Ethan wasn’t on Flight 815. Clarie and Charlie go missing, taken by Ethan. While searching Jack has a confrontation with Ethan, after which Ethan disappears again. Jack and Kate later discover Charlie’s body hanging from a tree, Jack revives Charlie and they return to camp, but Claire is still missing. In the jungle Locke and Boone accidentally discover the hatch after Locke tosses Boone his flashlight, which lands on the covered hatch making a clunk.
Deus Ex Machina (S1E19)
Locke meets his biological Mother and Father, and is promptly conned by both into giving up a kidney for his Father. Locke tells Boone that the island will give them a sign as to how they will open the hatch. Locke has a dream/vision of a small plane flying overhead crashing into the jungle and sees his mother point in the same direction. His dream ends with a blood-covered Boone. They both head off in the direction of the plane to see what they can find. They find the Nigerian drug plane. Locke sends Boone up to investigate the wreckage. Boone discovers the plane is full of Virgin Mary statues filled with heroin, but he also finds the planes radio. He makes contact with other people and says that he is a survivor of Oceanic 815, to which the voice on the other end replies the same. Then the plane crashes down from the cliff crushing Boone. Locke takes the badly injured Boone back to camp telling the others that he fell of a cliff while they were hunting. Locke returns to the jungle, and bangs on the hatch door pleading for answers when a strong beam of light comes shooting out from inside the hatch.