4.12 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”

The Oceanic 6 come closer to their destined escape from the island as the inevitable confrontation builds between Keamy and Ben.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
Directed by Stephen Williams


Not long after they escaped from the island, the Oceanic 6 — Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, and Aaron — were flown to Honolulu, where they reentered society and were greeted by their loved ones. A press conference was held, and though the survivors were less than enthused about lying publicly about what happened to Oceanic 815, they agreed to follow Jack’s lead and deceive everyone regarding how many survivors there were and what happened to them all on the island. The Oceanic rep at the press conference claimed that the Oceanic 6 washed up on an uncharted island in the South Pacific called Membata, from which they ventured out on a raft that washed up on the shore one day. Jack’s cover story named Boone, Libby, and Charlie as the three additional survivors who washed up on the island with them but didn’t survive.

Immediately after the press conference, Sayid was unexpectedly reunited with his long-lost love, Nadia, in an extremely tender moment.

Not long after they all returned home, Jack finally held a long-overdue funeral for his father. Among the funeral’s attendees were Kate, Aaron, Sayid, Nadia, and Hurley. After the service ended, Jack met Carole Littleton, Claire’s mother, who revealed to Jack that he had a sister, and that she too was on Oceanic 815. Jack was devastated at hearing this news, though he tried not to show it in front of Carole, in order to protect the Oceanic 6’s lie. On her way out of the church, Carole stopped to tell Kate how lovely “her” baby was, never realizing that the baby was her own grandson.

A few months after settling back into her normal life, a very pregnant Sun confronted her father with the startling news that she’d used her settlement money from Oceanic Airlines to buy controlling interest in his automotive company. She blamed her father for Jin’s death, because it was her father’s hatred of Jin that put both of them on Oceanic 815 to begin with. Sun also mentioned that she blamed one other person for Jin’s death, but she did not say who. Taking her father’s company from him was her revenge.

Around the same time that Sun took over her father’s company, Hurley was treated to a surprise birthday party by his parents. Kate, Aaron, Sayid, and Nadia were among the guests. Hurley’s father David took him aside and showed him the Camaro the two of them had worked on when Hurley was a boy. The car was in mint condition, having been completely restored by David in Hurley’s absence. Hurley was thrilled until he got behind the wheel of the car and saw that the odometer was displaying the cursed Numbers — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. He freaked out and ran from the house.


Jack gives Daniel the satellite phone that Frank dropped out the helicopter as it passed over, and he tries to contact the freighter. But instead he intercepts radio chatter from the helicopter instead, which indicates that Keamy’s team is trying to reach something called the Orchid. Jack and Kate team up to try and find the helicopter, but Daniel is spooked, and privately tells Charlotte that Keamy has decided to enact the secondary protocol — and due to whatever that’s going to involve, the two of them need to get off the island immediately.

On their way to find the Orchid, Jack and Kate run into Sawyer, Miles, and baby Aaron. Sawyer reveals that Claire’s disappeared, and the Barracks have been ravaged by the attack from Keamy’s men. He also takes a moment to tell Jack that Locke was right: the freighter did send people to the island to kill them all. Jack declares that he’s going on after the helicopter and Keamy anyway, but he wants everyone else to head for the beach. Sawyer goes with him, while Kate and Miles take Aaron back to the beach.

Sayid reaches the survivors’ beach on the zodiac raft, and he tells them that they have to start ferrying people to the boat as soon as possible. Keamy’s team intends to kill them all, so their only escape is to get everyone to the freighter. He’s frustrated to learn that Jack and Kate are not among the castaways, having gone off chasing the helicopter. Sayid decides to go after them, so Daniel volunteers to pilot the zodiac on its ferrying mission in his place. Sayid agrees, and Juliet insists that Sun go on the first trip out, since she’s pregnant. Kate and Miles return just then, and Kate is upset to realize that Sayid and Desmond are not what Jack is going to find when he reaches the helicopter. She offers to go with him to track Jack and Sawyer, and she hands off baby Aaron to Sun to carry to the freighter.

Now that they have their marching orders of “moving the island,” Locke, Ben, and Hurley hike across the island to the Orchid, a Dharma station that serves as a greenhouse. Ben explains that this is the place where they must go in order to move the island. Hurley asks why the Others didn’t move the island before the freighter arrived, and Ben calls moving the island “a measure of last resort” with dangerous and unpredictable consequences. Ben stops at a large rock outcropping beneath which he retrieves a hidden chest. Ben takes a mirror and sends a signal to his people high up in the hills. “Now we can go,” he says once he’s done, though he won’t tell Locke and Hurley what he just told the Others.

Later, as they near the Orchid, Hurley points out the obvious fact that moving the island will not remove Keamy and his men from it. Ben assures him he’s working on that problem as they speak, but Hurley’s far from convinced. At the Orchid, they spot Keamy and his men, who’ve already arrived.

The zodiac safely reaches the freighter, and Sun and Jin board the larger boat along with several others. Daniel heads back for more survivors, but Sun and Jin are stunned to find themselves standing in front of their old friend Michael Dawson. Michael’s been working to fix the damage he did to the engines, and he reports that he’s finished. He then tries to explain to Sun and Jin about how he’s been trying to help them and the other survivors by operating as a spy on the boat. But Sun and Jin both look at him and see only a traitorous employee of Ben’s.

Desmond runs to the bridge to tell the first officer — who’s taken over as captain following Captain Gault’s death — that the engines are working, but as they prepare to take the freighter directly to the island, the captain discovers that he can’t get any readings on the underwater reefs, due to some kind of interference from something on board. It’s too dangerous to take the ship into uncharted waters without a depth reading, so he holds off while Desmond heads off to find the source of the radio interference.

Jack and Sawyer reach the helicopter, where they find Frank handcuffed to it, alone. Frank explains that Keamy’s gone off to the Orchid to find Ben, but whoever they find with him isn’t likely to survive. Sawyer tells Jack that Hurley is with Ben and Locke, so they go to find him.

Desmond finds the source of the interference on the freighter and runs to get Michael from the main deck. Sun and Jin follow them down below where Desmond reveals what he’s found: an enormous stack of C4 explosives. The explosives are rigged to a complex web of wires, meaning that this bomb is somehow the source of the radio interference.

Kate and Sayid discover that they’re being followed through the jungle, so they stop and shout to their pursuers to come out into the open. Richard Alpert steps forward, and he’s soon followed by a dozen or so Others, all with weapons, who seemingly take Kate and Sayid captive.

At the Orchid, Ben gives Locke instructions on how to find a secret elevator inside the greenhouse that goes down to the real Orchid station. Ben says that he’s going to take care of Keamy so that Locke can get in. As Locke and Hurley watch, Ben steps out of hiding and walks into the midst of Keamy’s team with his hands raised, and Keamy knocks Ben out cold.

  • Claire disappeared in the jungle, but was later spotted hanging out with her dead father, Christian Shephard. She is seemingly out of the picture for the time being, but her exact status is unknown.
    Question: It stands to reason that Claire was not one of the Oceanic 6 if Kate is posing as Aaron’s mother. So what became of Claire on the island? Is she dead or alive? [4.04]
  • Carole did indeed recover from the car accident, and the subsequent coma she was in the last time Claire saw her. She appears to have recovered completely in the three and a half months since Oceanic 815 crashed.
    Question: What became of Carole Littleton? Did she ever wake up from her coma? [3.12]
  • Yes, Jack learned about Claire being his half-sister from Claire’s mother Carole, who showed up at Christian’s funeral. Apparently, learning that Aaron was his nephew caused Jack to be unpleasantly reminded about the people the Oceanic 6 left behind on the island, so he chose to avoid the little boy as a way of not facing his guilt.
    Question: Why doesn’t Jack want to see Aaron in the future? Does he know that Claire is his sister, and Aaron is his nephew? [4.04]
  • Ben is going to the Orchid station, which houses the apparatus used to move the island. How Widmore knew that this was the exact place Ben would be going — when Ben himself didn’t know until Locke got his orders from Jacob to go there — remains unexplained.
    Question: Where is the one place on the island Ben will now be going, according to the secondary protocol? [4.11]
  • It would appear that the secondary protocol is a more severe method of capturing Ben Linus that involves killing everyone else on the island to get to him.
    Question: What exactly does the “secondary protocol” say? [4.11]
  • David Reyes kept his promise. He has remained in Los Angeles, living with his ex-wife Carmen, grieving for the loss of his son by fixing up the old Camaro the two of them used to work on together.
    Question: Did David Reyes keep his promise and stay in Los Angeles, waiting for Hurley to return from Australia? [3.10]

  • What did Ben tell the Others with his mirror signal, while on his way to the Orchid?
  • Who is the second person that Sun blames for Jin’s death?

Oh no she didn’t! Loved loved loved the scene between Sun and her father, where she finally took him down; it was beyond awesome. Talk about a long-overdue comeuppance. The vile Mr. Paik finally got exactly what he deserved, and it was handed to him by his own daughter. Sun had always been demure and respectful to her father in the past, but losing Jin made her snap, and the resulting confrontation between father and daughter was absolutely delicious.


4.11 “Cabin Fever”

Locke‘s destiny comes into focus as he, Ben, and Hurley finally reach Jacob’s cabin. Back on the freighter, Keamy activates the “secondary protocol,” a deadly backup plan for capturing Ben.

Written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Kyle Pennington
Directed by Paul A. Edwards


Locke’s mother Emily was struck by a car when she was almost six months pregnant with him. The accident sent her into an early labor, causing Locke to be born prematurely.

A few months later, Emily visited her baby at the hospital alongside her mother, where they learned that baby John had fought off numerous infections and even pneumonia, and was doing very well. Emily was offered the chance to hold the baby for the first time, but she had an emotional meltdown and ran away crying that she couldn’t do it. Suddenly, Emily’s mother and the nurse noticed a man standing at the window looking in on the child — a man who turned out to be Richard Alpert!

When he was a boy, John Locke lived in a foster home, where he was visited one day again by Richard Alpert. Richard gave Locke a cover story about running a school for special children, and believing that Locke was one of them. Richard noticed hanging on the wall was a crayon drawing of what looked like a man being attacked by the smoke monster, and young Locke confirmed that he had drawn it. Richard tested Locke by laying out in front of him a number of seemingly random items: a baseball glove, an old book titled Book of Laws, a small vial containing some kind of sand, a compass, a Mystery Tales comic book, and a very old hunting knife. He asked Locke which of the items belonged to Locke already, and he picked the vial, the compass, and the knife. Richard was pleased with the first two choices, but became agitated when Locke chose the knife. He took back all six of the items, and abruptly left without an explanation.

As a teenager, Locke was the unpopular kid at school who was teased and beaten up by the other kids. His guidance counselor took him aside one day and told him that a company from Portland called Mittelos Laboratories exploring new fields of science. A “Dr. Alpert” had called and offered Locke a chance to go to Mittelos’ summer camp for bright young students, but Locke adamantly refused, arguing that an offer from a science camp was the very kind of thing that got him picked on all the time. His counselor advised him to be who he really was and not waste his time trying to become things he never could, but Locke’s reply was his famous phrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.” He refused the Mittelos offer.

After his attempted murder, when he fell out of a high-rise window, Locke endured months of grueling rehabilitation at the hospital. At the end of his session one day, he was wheeled back to his room by an orderly that turned out to be Matthew Abaddon (the man we saw earlier in the season working for Charles Widmore to help assemble the crew of the freighter). Abaddon told him that the very fact that he survived the fall was a miracle, but Locke didn’t believe in miracles. Abaddon told him he should believe in miracles, because Abaddon had experienced one himself. It was Abaddon who told Locke about going on a walkabout, and what that is: a journey of self-discovery in the Australian Outback. Abaddon said he’d gone on a walkabout himself, convinced that he was one thing, but knowing he was something else when he got back.


Locke, Ben, and Hurley are in the jungle at night, searching for Jacob’s cabin, hoping Jacob can help them defend the island against Keamy. But Hurley can’t remember where to find the cabin, so they make camp for the night. As he sleeps, Locke has a dream of Horace Goodspeed — the man from the Dharma Initiative who brought Ben and his father Roger to the island. In the dream, Horace is building the cabin that will eventually become Jacob’s home. Horace intends for the cabin to be a “little getaway” for himself and his wife. He instructs Locke to find him, Horace, and that will be the key to finding Jacob, who he says has been waiting for Locke “for a real long time.” Locke wakes up and tells Hurley and Ben that he knows where to go now, and Ben, noting that Locke had received his instructions from a dream, wistfully points out that he used to have dreams, too.

The helicopter returns to freighter, carrying Keamy and his men following their attack by the smoke monster. Keamy is irate and demands that Sayid tell him how many people are currently living on the island, but Sayid refuses. Keamy then turns to Captain Gault and threatens him, believing that Gault had given Ben information about him and his men. Gault says it wasn’t him, but he knows who did, and takes Keamy to see the guilty man: Michael. On the spot, Keamy tries to shoot him in the head, but his gun jams — as before, the island is somehow intervening, refusing to let Michael die.

As they trudge through the jungle, Hurley reveals a theory about why he, Locke, and Ben are the only people on the island who seem to be able to see Jacob’s cabin: it’s because they’re the craziest ones. Locke doesn’t care much for this theory, and changes the subject to the Dharma Initiative and how they all died. He points out that they’ve arrived at the pit where the bodies of the “hundred or so” members of the Dharma Initiative were all buried — the same pit where Ben shot him and left him for dead. Hurley’s appalled at the sight, and even more unnerved when Locke tells him that Ben is responsible for every one of them being dead.

Locke crawls down into the hole and begins searching the Dharma jumpsuits for one with Horace’s name on it. Hurley asks Ben about shooting Locke here, and Ben says that he should have realized that shooting Locke was pointless, but he “really wasn’t thinking clearly” at the time. Ben is offended when Hurley asks why he killed everyone in the Dharma Initiative, saying that it wasn’t his decision. It was the decision of the Others’ “leader” to carry out the massacre, not his, he says, insinuating that he became leader of the Others sometime after the massacre took place. Locke finds Horace’s body, and locates a folded-up schematic inside Horace’s pocket, which includes a small map that points out the location of the cabin.

On the boat, Keamy tells Frank to gas up the helicopter because he intends to go back to the island. Frank isn’t happy about it, but he crumbles under Keamy’s threats. Keamy then takes Gault’s key to the ship’s safe, and retrieves a red folder from inside detailing a “secondary protocol,” which explains where Keamy can next find Ben. Gault wonders how Widmore could possibly know Ben’s movements in advance, but Keamy points out that Widmore merely knows where Ben would go since he knows that Keamy intends to “torch the island.”

Captain Gault heads straight to the top deck, where he warns Sayid and Desmond to go hide below deck. Sayid argues that hiding is pointless; what they should be doing is getting the survivors off the island before Keamy and his men kill them all. He convinces Gault to let him use the ship’s small zodiac raft to ferry people to the freighter from the beach. Sayid gratefully takes the boat from Gault, but he’s surprised when Desmond doesn’t join him on it. Desmond explains that he’s been stuck on the island for three years, and he’s never setting foot on it again. Not now, because he knows Penny is out there, looking for him. Sayid understands, and departs, promising to be back soon with the first group of survivors.

As they near the cabin, Locke offers Hurley the chance to leave them and head back to the beach, but Hurley refuses, believing it wouldn’t be safe to travel alone. When Hurley moves on along their path toward the cabin, Ben quietly notes that Locke just pulled off an impressive move, convincing Hurley to stay by making him think it was his own idea. But Locke argues that his offer to Hurley was genuine; he was never trying to manipulate Hurley, because he’s nothing like Ben.

Frank goes down to the tiny room where Michael is being held and frees him to take him down to the engine room to help with repairs. But before they go, Michael warns Frank not to take Keamy back to the island, because Keamy will kill everyone there if he does. As they leave the room, they see Keamy down the hall being outfitted with some kind of electronic device attached to his upper arm, directly on his skin.

Desmond watches as Keamy’s men load up the helicopter with tons of heavy artillery. The ship’s doctor helps out by loading medical supplies as well. Frank arrives and refuses to take Keamy on a mission to massacre the inhabitants of the island. Keamy quickly realizes it’s pointless to threaten to kill Frank, as he’s the only pilot on the ship who can fly the chopper. So instead he grabs the doctor, slits his throat, and tosses him overboard. He threatens to do it again with someone else on the ship if Frank doesn’t cooperate, but Captain Gault arrives and levels a gun on Keamy, ordering him to stop. But Keamy gets the drop on him and shoots Gault instead. Gault drops to the deck, dead. In the face of so much death, Frank agrees to take Keamy and his men back to the island, but he grabs one of the satellite phones, turns on its GPS locator, and hides it in his bag when no one is looking. The helicopter lifts off and heads for the island.

At the beach, Juliet is frustrated to find Jack up and about, eating food in the kitchen tent. She warns him to go lay back down and rest, fearing he might tear his stitches. They hear the helicopter approaching, and run out to the beach to see it coming. The survivors are all happy and excited by the sight of it, but it flies right over them, not stopping. Frank’s bag is tossed out of the chopper and it lands in Claire’s tent, where Jack and the others retrieve it and find it blinking to indicate the chopper’s location.

Locke, Hurley, and Ben arrive at the cabin, right where Horace’s map indicated it would be. Locke suggests they all go in, but Ben refuses. He explains that the island meant for him to get sick (referring to the tumor that grew on his spine), just like it meant for Locke to get well (when he was healed from his paralysis). Ben says that his time as custodian of the island is over; it’s Locke’s time now. Hurley also decides to stay outside, because he’s afraid to go into the cabin. So Locke goes it alone.

Inside the cabin, Locke finds not Jacob, but Christian Shephard, Jack’s father. Christian says that he’s not Jacob, but he speaks on Jacob’s behalf. Christian asks if Locke knows why he’s here, and Locke says he’s here because he was chosen to be. Christian says that’s absolutely right. Locke hears a creak in the floor nearby and turns to see Claire sitting alone in a corner of the cabin. She looks quite serene and happy to be there, and when Locke expresses confusion at seeing here there, she calmly explains that she’s there because she’s with Christian. Christian warns Locke not to tell anyone he saw Claire in the cabin, but before Locke can argue, Christian gets back to the point of Locke’s visit. Locke asks how to save the island, and gets his answer.

Locke exits the cabin and reports to Ben and Hurley what he was told to do to protect everyone from their attackers. Jacob “wants us to move the island,” he explains.

  • The occupant of the rocking chair was Jack’s dead father, Christian Shephard.
    Question: Who did Hurley see in the rocking chair in Jacob’s cabin? [4.01]
  • He was killed by Keamy on the freighter and tossed overboard.
    Question: Why did the freighter’s doctor wash up on the island, dead? [4.09]
  • This apparent discrepancy can be chalked up to the difference between time on the island and time off of it.
    Question: How is the freighter’s doctor still alive on the boat if he’s washed up dead on the island? [4.09]
  • Based on what we saw in this episode, it looks like it’s been Locke’s destiny all his life to come to the island and become the leader of the Others. They’ve been waiting on him to seize that destiny.
    Question: Why have the Others been waiting for Locke? What exactly do they expect of him? [3.19]

  • What was Richard Alpert doing checking in on Locke so many times throughout his formative years? It appeared that he was trying to determine if Locke was destined to become the leader of the Others, but if that’s true, how did he know about Locke in the first place?
  • What was the meaning of Richard’s “item test” on Locke as a small boy? Why would Locke telling him which of the items “already belonged to him” help him determine Locke’s destiny?
  • Why did Richard decide that the test was a failure when Locke picked the knife?
  • If Ben was telling the truth about not being directly responsible for the Purge, then who was the leader of the Others at that time, who did make the decision?
  • What exactly does the “secondary protocol” say?
  • Where is the one place on the island Ben will now be going, according to the secondary protocol?
  • What’s the electronic device Keamy is wearing under his shirt?
  • What was the miracle Matthew Abaddon experienced?
  • Why is Claire with her father Christian in the cabin? He’s dead; is she dead too?
  • Why didn’t Christian want Locke to tell anybody he saw Claire at the cabin? Why does Claire’s status need to be kept a secret?
  • How does Jacob expect Locke to move the island?
  • How is moving the island even possible?

This is the first time I can remember ever hearing a number given to explain how many Dharma Initiative folks lived on the island. According to Locke’s best guess, there were around 100 of them.

So I believe the conclusion we’re meant to make, now that we know that Charles Widmore was the leader of the Others immediately before Ben took over, is that it was Widmore’s decision to enact the Purge and wipe out the Dharma Initiative. Assuming Ben was telling the truth, and he wasn’t primarily responsible for the Purge himself (and that’s a big if), then Ben’s hands are hardly clean regarding the matter. He had to have been involved somewhat; having been a member of the Initiative himself, perhaps it was Ben who told the Others about the Tempest station and its poison gasses. Taking this thought further, maybe the Others (or just Widmore) saw the very existence of the Tempest as a threat so serious that they felt the need to preemptively destroy Dharma to keep them from ever using it.

My theory: the reason Locke continually failed Richard’s tests and postponed his supposed destiny is that he never was meant to be the leader of the Others at all. It was all a scam on the part of Jacob’s nemesis, to get Locke to the island and use him against Jacob.

What?! “Move the island?!” I remember my mind being completely blown by that little phrase. If there was any doubt left in me that Lost was done carrying on with business as usual, this pretty much hammered home the fact that nothing was the same anymore. I knew immediately that this was something that was going to play out in the season finale, just as I suspected that its ramifications would take a lot longer than the season finale to play out. This was Season 5 setup, no doubt about it, and it was mind-boggling. The very idea that the island can be moved? I don’t think anyone saw that coming.


4.10 “Something Nice Back Home”

Jack needs an emergency appendectomy, and Juliet is forced to perform it. In the jungle, Miles notices something odd about Claire just before she sees a startling sight.

Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Directed by Stephen Williams


After Kate’s trial in the future, Jack had a change of heart and decided to take her up on the offer to become part of Aaron’s life. So he moved in with Kate and everything was coming up roses, even to the point that he proposed marriage to her and she accepted. But their happiness didn’t last. Jack began to emotionally unravel after seeing visions of his father.

Jack was called in to consult by a doctor at Santa Rosa Mental Hospital about Hurley, who had descended into a form of dementia where he questioned everything about the reality around him. He told Jack that he had been getting visits from Charlie often, who told him about things that would happen in the future. Charlie’s latest visit was to pass a message along to Jack: “You’re not supposed to raise him, Jack,” a statement clearly referring to Aaron. Charlie also told Hurley that Jack would be receiving a similar visit himself, and soon.

Jack went through with his plans to get engaged to an overjoyed Kate, even though he was troubled by Hurley’s warning. Things got worse when he saw another glimpse of his dead father at his medical practice late one night. Immediately after, he asked a colleague to write him his first prescription for the same potent drug he would later become addicted to. When he got home, he found Kate talking on the phone with someone she lied to him about.

His sudden paranoia over Kate’s secret grew until he confronted her one night while he was drunk, because she had been gone for several hours. She begged him to let the matter drop, saying it had nothing to do with the two of them, but it was a secret she needed to honor. When he pushed her, she admitted that she was doing something that Sawyer had asked her to do shortly before the Oceanic 6 escaped the island. Jack was outraged, pointing out that Sawyer chose to stay on the island, but Jack was here with her and he deserved her trust and loyalty more. He blew up in about how she’s not actually related to Aaron, and the two of them suddenly spotted Aaron standing nearby, having heard the whole thing. Kate rushed to Aaron’s side but with a single look between them, Kate and Jack both knew that things had just ended between them. Jack left the house, and never went back.



Jack’s abdominal illness worsens, and he passes out after breaking up an argument between the survivors and Daniel & Charlotte. He later tries to play it off as food poisoning, but Juliet has enough experience as a doctor to know appendicitis when she sees it. And it’s in danger of rupturing. So Juliet will have to take it out.

Jack can’t be moved, so Juliet makes plans to send Sun to the Staff station for surgical supplies. But when Sun says she doesn’t know how to recognize most of the stuff on Juliet’s shopping list, Daniel volunteers to help. He manages to convince Juliet of his sincerity, but Charlotte and Jin will both go as well, and Juliet gives Jin her pistol with orders to shoot them in the leg if either of them tries to run.

As Sawyer, Claire, and Miles trek through the jungle on their way back to the beach, they come upon the place where Karl and Danielle were killed, and Miles’ abilities as a medium lead them to a pair of shallow graves where the two have been buried. Sawyer angrily points out that it was Miles’ “buddies” from the freighter who must’ve done this, but Miles replies that Keamy and his men are not his friends, and slaughter is not what he signed up for.

Miles keeps a curious eye on Claire, observing her from nearby. A suspicious Sawyer notices and gives him a “restraining order” of not getting within twenty feet of Claire. Later, Frank comes running out of the jungle straight at them, and he’s shocked to see them there. He quickly tells them that Keamy is right behind him, and he warns Sawyer, Claire, and Miles to hide before Keamy gets there. They do so, and Keamy comes running in with what’s left of his team, who are still smarting from their encounter with the smoke monster. Frank wards them off back toward the helicopter before they can discover the castaways, reminding them that the plan is to get off the island and back to the freighter before dark.

Rose expresses great concern to Bernard about Jack’s illness, reminding him that people on the island don’t usually get sick. She finds it remarkably coincidental that Jack has come down with a life-threatening problem immediately before all of the survivors are about to get rescued.

Jack asks Juliet to use a local anesthetic so he can remain conscious during the surgery, because he wants to talk her through it. Juliet argues that there’s no way he can see what she’s doing, but he says to get Kate to be there to hold a mirror up so he can see — and he wants Kate to do this, and no one else. This action sends sparks through the love triangle between Jack, Kate, and Juliet, since Jack seems to be choosing Kate over Juliet for the first time in a long time.

Sun’s group arrives at the Staff station and she and Jin notice that Daniel has feelings for Charlotte. They confer with one another in Korean on the subject, but Charlotte seems to notice what they say, and Jin picks up on this. That night, when they get back to camp, Jin confronts Charlotte and gets her to confess that she really can speak Korean. He asks her to ensure that Sun makes it onto the helicopter when it comes back for her and Daniel, and he threatens Dan to ensure she’ll cooperate.

As Juliet preps for surgery, Bernard injects Jack with an anesthetic to numb the incision spot. Juliet tries to abide by Jack’s wishes to stay conscious, but the pain becomes overwhelming for him, and he’s unable to remain still enough for her to perform the surgery. So she has Bernard knock him out, and she orders Kate out of the tent.

Kate goes back inside the tent once the surgery is complete, and Juliet reports that it was a complete success and Jack will be fine. After the two of them have a friendly moment, Juliet confesses to Kate that Jack kissed her a few days ago. She says it was nice, but he didn’t do it for her; she sure he was trying to prove to himself that he wasn’t still in love with Kate. But Juliet’s explanation makes it clear that Jack was unsuccessful, and he is indeed still deeply in love with Kate. Kate thanks Juliet and leaves, after which Juliet tells Jack that she knows he’s really awake even though he’s pretending to still be asleep. He opens his eyes, having heard Juliet and Kate’s entire conversation.

Claire is alarmed to wake up in the jungle in the middle of the night and find that Aaron is missing. But she finds him nearby being held by her dead father, Christian Shephard. When morning comes, Sawyer is shocked to hear from Miles that he watched Claire get up in the middle of the night and walk off into the jungle with someone she called “Dad.” He says he didn’t follow her because of his “restraining order.” Sawyer hears baby Aaron crying in the distance and runs toward the sound, and finds Aaron alone, laying in his blanket at the base of a tree. But Claire’s gone.

  • Jack and Kate came close to achieving domestic bliss, even getting engaged and planning to raise Aaron together. But Jack ruined the whole thing by refusing to trust Kate when she wouldn’t confide in him a secret task that Sawyer had asked her to perform before she left the island.
    Question: What happened between Jack and Kate in the future that they wound up on such bad terms? [3.23]

  • Why was Miles so interested in Claire? Did something about her set off his abilities as a medium? Could Claire possibly be dead, having not survived the explosion of her house at the Barracks after all?
  • Is Rose right about Jack having done something to cause the island to make him sick? If so, what did he do? Is it his relentless plans for escaping the island? Could the island be trying to keep him from leaving?
  • Is Hurley really seeing visions of dead people, or is it all in his head?
  • What was the favor Sawyer asked of Kate?
  • Why did Sawyer “make his choice” to stay on the island?
  • What’s become of Claire? Where did she go with her father Christian? Why did she leave her child behind?

I suppose this is the episode where the Jack/Juliet relationship was officially scuttled, as the two of them never really had any further romantic overtones after this.

Jack/Kate shippers got everything they ever wanted between the two characters — sex, a marriage proposal, domestic bliss — and then saw all that happiness utterly destroyed, all in a single episode. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and ultimately, it was a tragedy. The two of them clearly are still madly in love, but they both have issues — Jack in particular — that need sorting out before they can achieve genuine contentment. Not the least of which is finding their destinies on the island.

Of all the Jack/Kate action in this episode, my favorite scene between them was actually the little moment after Kate finds out she’s going to help during the surgery by holding Jack’s mirror, and the two of them quietly walk down the beach together arm in arm. So much more goes unsaid than said in this brief moment, so much history between the two of them, and it perfectly underscores their entire relationship.

Dead Charlie’s message that Jack isn’t supposed to raise Aaron is a nice bit of continuity that goes all the way back to Season 1, when Claire learned that “danger surrounds” her child, and that she alone must be the one to raise him. Could there be more to this? Could Aaron somehow be at the heart of every major mystery related to the island?

So what really caused Jack’s mental breakdown? Was it his own control freak tendencies and trust issues? Or was it his stubborn refusal to listen to the island when it wanted him to come back? He definitely knew that the island wanted him back, but not listening to it caused him tremendous anguish, as we saw in “Through the Looking Glass.”

Going back to our ongoing discussion about Jacob’s nemesis, and my theory that it can take the shape of dead people like Yemi and Christian Shephard… If the Christian we saw in this episode — as well as the Charlie that appeared to Hurley in the Season 4 premiere — was a manifestation of Jacob’s nemesis, then wouldn’t that mean that it was Jacob’s enemy and not Jacob himself that wanted the Oceanic 6 to return to the island? This notion is validated throughout Season 5 when “unLocke” was seen as the one instigating this notion that the Oceanic 6 all had to come back to the island together, in order to save it. We still don’t know what they were supposed to have saved it from, and I’m wondering if this was just a lie on the part of Jacob’s nemesis in order to get them back to the island for some other purpose that’s yet to be revealed. By that same token, it would mean that Jacob’s nemesis was ultimately responsible for Jack’s mental breakdown, and the end of Jack’s relationship with Kate — all for the purpose of getting the Oceanic 6 back to the island.


4.09 “The Shape of Things to Come”

Keamy and his men attack the Barracks and demand that Ben turn himself over, and the results of their standoff change Ben’s world forever.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan & Drew Goddard
Directed by Jack Bender


Sometime in the future, Ben woke up wearing a winter parka — which had a Dharma logo and the name “Halliwax” embroidered on it — freezing cold, yet laying flat on his back in the Tunisian desert. He was completely alone and seemed to have somehow just arrived there, and he was sporting a deep gash on his arm. A pair of Bedouins found him, riding on horseback and threatened him, but he handily took both of them out thanks to his retractable night stick. He took their weapons and one of their horses and rode off to Tozeur, Tunisia.

In Tozeur, Ben checked in at a hotel, where he told the desk clerk that this was not his first time in Tunisia, “but it’s been a while.” He was already registered at the hotel as a preferred guest under the pseudonym Dean Moriarty, and he had a passport to prove it. When he asked, the clerk told him that the date was October 25, 2005. But on his way to his room, he spotted a television in the lobby that showed Sayid — famous now thanks to his status as one of the Oceanic 6 — who was being hounded by reporters after his wife had died. Ben seemed to sense an opportunity in what he saw.

Ben traveled to Tikrit, Iraq where he witnessed the funeral for Sayid’s wife: Nadia. When he made contact with Sayid, he told him that he used Desmond’s old boat, the Elizabeth, to leave the island (which had to have been a lie, given his sudden appearance in Tunisia), and that he’d come to Iraq to find a man he believed to be responsible for Nadia’s death — a man he claimed worked for Charles Widmore. Nadia was killed by a hit-and-run in Los Angeles, and Ben said that this man working for Widmore was the driver that ran Nadia down. Sayid was convinced, and with Ben’s help, he found the man and killed him. But when Ben tried to part ways, Sayid stopped him and asked who else worked for Widmore, who else they might track down for revenge. Though Ben tried to talk him out of going down this path, secretly he was manipulating Sayid the whole time, getting him to act as his personal assassin.

Ben next went to London, where he made a surprise visit to Charles Widmore’s home, where he learned that Widmore had been having nightmares lately. The animosity and history between them was thick with hate, with the main topic of discussion being Alex’s murder. Each man blamed the other for her death, but Ben made a promise that he would kill Widmore’s daughter, Penelope, in retaliation for Alex. He again accused Widmore of having “changed the rules” by killing Alex. Widmore said that Ben would never find Penny, but he asserted that the island belonged to him, and always had, and it would be again. He also accused Ben of stealing everything he had from him. Ben said that Widmore would never find the island, so now a race was on between them, to see who could find what they were after first.


Kate notices that Jack is favoring his let side, and he explains that he’s fighting a “stomach bug.” They hear Bernard calling for help and run out the doctor from the freighter has washed ashore, dead with his throat slit. Daniel and Charlotte recognize him and explain who he is. Jack is suspicious at his throat being sliced open, but Daniel and Charlotte say they know nothing about it. Juliet asks if Dan’s had any luck repairing the satellite phone, and he says that at best he might be able to get it to transmit Morse Code. But Jack is still suspicious, and takes Bernard aside to ask him a favor.

Later that night, Daniel attempts to contact the boat with his makeshift Morse Code device, and tells everyone he’s asking about the doctor. A reply comes that Dan translates to mean that Desmond and Sayid are fine, and are returning the next day on the helicopter. But Daniel is lying, and Bernard busts him; it turns out, Bernard knows Morse Code. He explains that the message actually said that they didn’t know what Daniel was talking about, because the doctor was still alive on the boat. Jack is outraged, and he grabs Daniel and asks if the freighter was ever planning to rescue the survivors at all. Daniel admits that rescue was never part of their mission. As Jack reacts to this, the pain he’s feeling in his abdomen intensifies and he nearly keels over.

As expected, Alex is captured by Keamy and his men, who take her and head straight for the Barracks. When they reach the sonic fence, they have Alex turn it off, but instead she triggers a silent alarm.

At Locke’s house, Locke, Sawyer, and Hurley are playing a board game when the phone suddenly rings. Locke answers and hears a recorded voice say “Code 14J.” He hurries to Ben’s house and tells him what he heard, and Ben is immediately alarmed. Ben grabs a shotgun, hands it to Sawyer, says they need to return to Locke’s house and get ready, because Widmore’s people are here, and an attack is imminent.

When Locke, Ben, and Sawyer reach Ben’s old house to fortify it against the attack, Sawyer detours to go get Claire — who’s been taking a nap while Hurley watches Aaron. But Ben insists that Locke stay close to him, because he’s too important to the island to lose. Widmore’s people won’t risk hurting Ben, so staying close to him is Locke’s best chance for survival. He later explains that the two of them are eventually going to need to go to Jacob together to get Jacob’s help. Outside, before Sawyer can reach Claire, the attack begins, and three survivors are cut down right in front of him from distant gunshots. He makes a mad dash for Claire’s house, but a rocket launcher is fired against it and it explodes before Sawyer can reach it.

Moments later, Sawyer runs into Clare’s destroyed house and finds her buried under some rubble, but she’s alive. He takes her back to Ben’s house, where Hurley breaks out a window so they can get in. Miles is the next to arrive, and they let him in. He’s carrying a walkie-talkie that he’s been instructed by their attackers to give to Ben. But Ben refuses to take walkie and talk to Keamy, until Miles reveals that Keamy has a hostage: Alex. He finally takes the radio and is instructed by Keamy to look out his window. There, he sees Keamy standing alone with the radio to his mouth. When Ben refuses to come out peacefully, Alex is brought out and knelt before Keamy. Keamy holds a gun to her head and warns Ben to come out now or she’s dead. But still Ben refuses. Keamy gives the walkie to Alex, who tells him that Karl and Danielle are dead. She begs him to save her, but Ben tells her he’s got everything under control and that she’ll be fine. Keamy starts a countdown from ten; Ben tries to convince Keamy that Alex isn’t really his daughter, explaining that he “stole her as a baby from an insane woman.” He again refuses to leave the house, but this time Keamy fires his gun, and Alex collapses to the ground, dead. As Keamy walks away, Ben is left in abject shock, unable to believe what’s just happened. “He changed the rules,” he mutters to himself, and suddenly marches across the house to his hidden room full of travel supplies, where he uncovers another hidden door, this one ancient and covered in hieroglyphs.

A few minutes pass, during which Claire wakes up and reports that she’s okay. Ben emerges from his secret room, covered in dirt, and tells everyone that when he gives the signal in a few moments, they’re all to run from the house and get as far away from Keamy and his men as possible. The ground begins to shake and everyone looks outside, where night has fallen. The smoke monster thunders into the Barracks moving like a freight train, Ben gives the signal, and everyone runs outside. Just beyond the tree line, the jungle is in chaos, with the smoke monster writhing about everywhere, attacking Keamy’s men. The survivors quickly realize that Ben somehow summoned the monster, and they flee the Barracks in fear. Ben tells them to head for the creek and he’ll catch up after he says goodbye to Alex. He kneels over her body and weeps for her in genuine grief.

Ben follows through and meets everyone at the creek. Locke offers condolences over Alex, but then points out that Ben lied a few days ago when he said he didn’t know what the smoke monster was. Ben counters that when they get to the cabin, Locke can ask Jacob to explain it. Sawyer declares that he’s had enough of all this mystic stuff and that he’s taking Claire and Aaron back to the beach. Miles goes as well, and Hurley tries to, but he can’t because Ben and Locke need his help to find the cabin, since Hurley was the last one to see it. Sawyer swears to kill Locke if Hurley gets hurt, but then leaves with his friends, while Locke, Ben, and Hurley head off in search of the cabin.

  • Sayid tried to numb his pain over losing his wife Nadia by killing those he held responsible for her death.
    Question: How did Sayid end up working as an assassin in the future? [4.03]
  • Ben cleverly manipulated Sayid’s grief and rage, convincing Sayid that it was his own idea to join up with Ben in his war against Charles Widmore.
    Question: How did Sayid end up working for Ben in the future? [4.03]
  • Nadia’s death.
    Question: What was the incident that Ben used to recruit Sayid into killing for him? [4.03]
  • Based on what we learned in this episode, the Economist who’s “not really an economist” that Elsa worked for is Charles Widmore.
    Question: Who is the Economist that Elsa worked for? [4.05]
  • The people on Ben’s list would appear to be people who work for Ben’s archenemy, Charles Widmore.
    Question: Why does Ben have a list of people he’s having Sayid kill in the off-island future? [4.03]
  • Ben implied that Widmore’s war against him had spread to the Oceanic 6 and everyone they knew and loved.
    Question: How will killing the people on Ben’s list protect Sayid’s friends (presumably meaning the rest of the Oceanic 6)? [4.03]

  • Why did the freighter’s doctor wash up on the island, dead?
  • How is the freighter’s doctor still alive on the boat if he’s washed up dead on the island?
  • How did Ben reach Tunisia — and why was he so cold when he woke up there?
  • When was Ben last in Tunisia? Under what circumstances? Did he travel there the same way that he did this time?
  • Why didn’t Ben know the date when he arrived in Tunisia?
  • Why would Charles Widmore have Nadia killed? Why would he want her dead?
  • What was behind the ancient door hidden beneath Ben’s house?
  • Why was the door covered in hieroglyphs?
  • What did Ben mean when he said that Widmore “changed the rules”? What rules?
  • What did Ben do behind the door to summon the smoke monster?
  • Why does Ben have such a bitter rivalry with Widmore? What’s their history?
  • Why has Widmore been having nightmares?
  • Why can’t Ben and Widmore kill each other?
  • What did Ben take that was once Widmore’s? The island?

What a wild, unpredictable ride of an episode this was. Ben got to be an action hero, Ben and Widmore shared a game-changing scene together, and we got our one and only appearance by the smoke monster — and it was a doozy. The ep was so huge, it could have been a season finale.


4.08 “Meet Kevin Johnson”

Michael‘s post-island fate is revealed, along with an explanation of how and why he joined the crew of the freighter.

Written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Brian K. Vaughan
Directed by Stephen Williams


After the two of them escaped from the island back to New York, Walt distanced himself from his father because Michael told him about his murder of Ana-Lucia and Libby. Michael fell into a deep depression and repeatedly tried to take his own life, but his attempts were unsuccessful every time. Libby also haunted him in disturbing visions. He turned Walt over to his mother to raise, feeling unfit to do so himself, but he refused to tell her anything about the island or his escape from it. He swore her to secrecy about the two of them and told her she couldn’t tell anyone that they were alive.

After one suicide attempt where he tried to shoot himself, he was confronted by Tom, who explained that the Others had been keeping tabs on him since he left the island. Tom gave him a piece of particularly shocking news: Michael couldn’t kill himself because the island wouldn’t let him. No matter how many different ways he tried, Michael would always be unsuccessful at committing suicide, because he “still had work to do.”

At his apartment later, Michael tested Tom’s assertion by pointing a fully-loaded gun at his head and pulling the trigger. But it was no use; the gun refused to fire every time. It was then that a news report came on his television about the discovery of the faked wreckage of Oceanic 815.

Confused and devastated by the news report, Michael returned to visit Tom at the hotel where he was staying, and asked about what he’d seen on television. Tom explained that the Oceanic 815 wreckage was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Charles Widmore, because Widmore wanted the location of the true wreck to be a secret that only he knew, because Widmore wanted to find the island and keep it for himself. Tom said that Widmore dug up a cemetery in Thailand to get the 324 corpses needed to pull off the hoax, he bought an old airplane and painted it to look like Oceanic 815, and funded a freighter expedition to drop the plane and its corpses into the Sunda Trench — a place so deep that none of the remains would ever be identifiable. Tom went on to explain that Charles Widmore’s freighter, the Kahana, was going to be departing from Fiji in a few days, and that Widmore had finally acquired the coordinates of the island. It was Tom that set Michael up with the fake Kevin Johnson ID, and arranged for him to join the crew of the freighter as a deck hand. Tom explained that this job was Michael’s chance at redemption, because he could be responsible for saving the lives of everyone on the island from Widmore’s invasion. It was an undercover mission where Michael’s sole purpose would be to kill the entire ship’s crew.

Michael ventured to Fiji and reported for duty at the docked freighter, where he discovered a large crate had been delivered for him. Tom called him and explained that inside the crate was a bomb, which he was to detonate two days after the ship was far out at sea.

While out at sea, Michael met Frank, who shared a conspiracy theory with him about the Oceanic 815 wreckage being faked. He explained that he signed up for duty on the freighter because Charles Widmore believed his theory.

After meeting several of the crew members and deciding they were good people Widmore was deceiving about his purpose for the trip, Michael wrestled with the decision of whether or not to destroy the freighter and kill everyone on board. But after he met Keamy and his bloodthirsty mercenaries, Michael made his choice. He went to his bunk and opened the crate Tom had sent. Inside was a briefcase, which he carried to the engine room and opened to find several blocks of explosives inside. His vision of Libby returned and warned him not to do it, but he did it anyway. Yet instead of a detonation, a little printed message popped out that said, “Not yet.”

Michael was frustrated by this deception, but he shortly received a call over the ship’s radio that turned out to be from Ben, who explained that the bomb was a fake because Ben wanted to demonstrate the difference between himself and Widmore. Ben claimed he was unwilling to take innocent lives — like some of those on the freighter — whereas Widmore wouldn’t hesitate. Ben asked him to compile a list of names of everyone on the ship, give it to him when he called again, and then sabotage the radio room, as well as the engine. Ben claimed this was how he would save his friends’ lives, by preventing the freighter from ever reaching the island. Though he agonized over the choices he’d made and all the ways he’d been manipulated by the Others, Michael eventually agreed.


An uneasy meeting is held at Locke’s Barracks house, where he’s convened Sawyer, Hurley, Claire, Ben, Danielle, Alex, Karl, and even Miles. Locke tells them everything he knows about the freighter, including the fact that they’ve come for Ben. Sawyer is gung ho about just turning Ben over to them, but Ben points out that if he’s captured, the people on the freighter will kill everyone else on the island. Ben also reveals, much to their shock, that his spy on the freighter is Michael.

After the meeting, Ben gives Alex and Karl a map to the Temple, which he says is a sanctuary that’s effectively the last safe place on the island, and he asks them to go there, for their protection. The rest of the Others are already there, and Ben believes that the people coming for him would use Alex to get to him if they could. Karl and even Danielle agree with Ben’s suggestion, and the three of them set off for the Temple.

On the freighter, Sayid and Desmond are awoken in the night by a blaring alarm. They run up to the main deck where they find several members of the crew trying to run escape from the ship. Captain Gault puts a stop to it, telling everyone to sit tight until the engines are fixed and then everything will be okay. He calls on “Kevin Johnson” to clean the deck, and Sayid and Desmond stay behind to talk to have a much-needed conversation with Michael. Michael’s not interested in talking right now, but when Sayid presses him to explain why he’s on the ship, Michael’s response is, “I’m here to die.”

The next morning, Sayid and Desmond find Michael in the engine room, trying to help fix the damage. Michael warns them that the shouldn’t be there, but Sayid grabs him and demands answers. Michael tells him his entire story, including how and why he left Walt behind in New York to join up with the freighter, because Ben convinced him he could save his friends’ lives by sabotaging the ship (see below). Sayid is nonplussed to discover that Michael is working for Ben. He grabs Michael and drags him straight to the captain’s quarters, where he rats Michael out as a spy.

While traversing through the jungle toward the Temple, Danielle, Alex, and Karl are attacked by Keamy and his men, who are on the island now, presumably brought by Frank in the helicopter. Karl and Danielle are both shot and killed by an unseen sniper, leaving Alex alone and terrified. She shouts into the jungle at her unseen attackers that she is Ben’s daughter, and therefore more valuable to them alive than dead.

  • Walt went to live with his grandmother after learning of his father’s murderous sins. Michael had a harder time reentering society, falling into a deep depression over what he’d done and attempting again and again to kill himself.
    Question: How will Michael and Walt reintegrate into society without revealing anything about the crash of Oceanic 815? [2.24]
  • The Oceanic 815 wreckage found in the Sunda Trench is a massive hoax, meant to deter rescue searchers from ever finding the true location where Oceanic 815 went down.
    Question: How can the wreckage of Oceanic 815 have been found elsewhere if it’s really on the island? [3.18]
  • It does indeed. Charles Widmore is the mastermind behind the fake wreck.
    Question: Since Widmore knows that Oceanic 815 didn’t really crash in the ocean, does this mean he is responsible for the faked wreckage in the Sunda Trench? [4.06]
  • Frank signed up for the freighter mission to the island after finding that Charles Widmore shared his belief that the Sunda Trench wreckage of Oceanic 815 was a fake. Frank had no idea that Widmore himself was responsible for the hoax.
    Question: How did Frank join the freighter’s crew? [4.02]
  • Widmore raided a cemetery in Thailand to acquire the 324 corpses he needed.
    Question: Whoever staged the fake wreck of Oceanic 815 — where did they get their hands on 324 dead bodies to plant among the wreckage? 4.07
  • The “errand” is in actuality the true mission that the freighter has been sent for: finding and retrieving Ben Linus, and taking out anyone who gets in their way.
    Question: What is the errand Frank is taking Keamy to the island for? [4.07]

As you may or may not know, the appearances in this episode by Cynthia Watros as Libby were meant to be the first of several. Watros had signed on for a multiple episode arc in order to resolve the lingering mysteries about her character. But when the writers’ strike occurred — the same event that condensed Season 4 from 16 episodes to 14 — the Libby storyline had to be scrubbed until later, making this episode her sole post-Season 2 appearance. Sadly, the show’s producers have stated repeatedly that Watros has expressed no interest in returning a third time to finish things up, even though they continue to extend an open invitation to her.

As some of my readers have pointed out, there seems to be a discrepancy with the timeline in this episode. Michael and Walt left the island at the same time that the Swan station imploded, the electromagnetic shockwave of which destroyed the Others’ ability to come and go from the island at will. Yet here we see Tom off the island after the Swan detonation, confronting Michael in New York City, and we know that he returned to the island because Sawyer shot and killed him there. It was impossible for him to have left the island and returned within this timeframe. Likewise, Ben should have been unable to contact Michael from the island at this time, because the Others’ communications abilities with the outside world were ended with the Swan’s detonation as well. A pair of inconsistencies that can probably be chalked up to oversights on the part of the writing staff. Unless you can come up with a logical explanation…?

The Michael stuff was interesting, but I remember the biggest takeaway I got out of this episode was the tragic, shocking deaths of Karl and Danielle. Danielle especially deserved a better fate after all she had been through, all she’d endured. Living on the island had turned her into a warrior, and she should have gone out fighting instead of being cut down by some faceless sniper (who I’m thinking was most likely Keamy himself). If anyone on the show deserved a happy ending, it was Danielle Rousseau, but she was a tragic character from the start, and ended tragically as well.