"The Cost of Living
" is the 5th episode of the third season
, and the 54th episode overall. It aired on November 1, 2006 in the US and on December 17, 2006 in the UK. The episode was written by Monica Breen
and Alison Schapker
and directed by Jack Bender
. The character of Mr. Eko
) is featured in the episode's flashbacks.
The episode begins with a flashback of a young Eko and his brother Yemi, breaking into a church shed to get food to eat because Yemi said he was hungry. They are caught by a nun. The nun takes Eko and Yemi inside the church and tells Eko that he must confess for the sin of stealing.
Another flashback to Eko's past in Nigeria begins just after he has been driven back to the village by soldiers after the incident at the plane. He walks into the church, taking a moment to stare at the crucifix, and then walks over to the confessional, where he picks up a Bible in which he finds a photograph of himself and Yemi as children. As he is looking at it, a woman and a young boy walk into the church looking for Father Yemi. The woman says that she works at the clinic, and her son is Father Yemi's altar boy. Eko tells them that Yemi has been called away and that he will be taking his place and also going to London in his place in a week's time.
Another flashback shows that Eko's brother Yemi had negotiated a deal with a militia band in the area that allowed 20% of a vaccine shipment to go to the villagers in... Read More