- Nikki and Paulo’s story was originally intended to be a lot longer, but was ultimately cut short due to the huge fan backlash against those two characters. As revealed in the Season 3 DVD audio commentary for this episode, the original plan was to have an entire episode devoted to flashbacks for Nikki, only to reveal at the end of the episode that those “flashbacks” were all just part of the TV show Exposé. In the actual episode, that revelation already occurs at the end of the first flashback scene.
- The writers originally intended to have more gags. For example, one gag would have Nikki and Paulo finding Shannon’s asthma inhaler and then discarding it. Another was to have them meeting Locke and Boone by the lake (they have shovels, as they were excavating the hatch) before they both carry on with their business.