"Abandoned" is the sixth episode of Season 2 of Lost and the 31st episode of the series as a whole. When Shannon sees Walt in her tent, she becomes convinced that he needs her help. Meanwhile, Sawyer's bullet wound starts to become infected, prompting the tail-section group to pick up the pace, and risk cutting across the jungle where the Others attacked them from.
An eighteen-year-old Shannon works as a ballet instructor and dreams of landing an internship with a prestigious dance company in New York. During a dance class, her friend Nora tells her about a man named Philippe who asked her to be an au pair. After her class has ended, Shannon receives a phone call from her step mother, who informs her that her father has been in a car accident. The two rush to St. Sebastian Hospital, where a doctor tells them that Adam suffered massive internal injuries, and that he had stopped breathing at the scene of the crash. He then says that they were unable to resuscitate him.
At her father's funeral, a man arrives behind Shannon, saying, "Death sucks, doesn't it?" The man is revealed to be Boone, and Shannon is very glad to see him. At the wake Boone gives her alcohol, claiming that there is always booze at wakes. At first Shannon protests, saying, "Your mom's going to freak," but gives in, taking some alcohol. Boone suggests that Shannon come and visits him in New York, but she tells him that she is planning to move there if she gets the internship at the Martha Graham Dance Company. Although Shannon says that it is a 1 in 3000 chance, she remains optimistic that she will get the internship. Boone asks if she has spoken to his mom. Shannon says that, "She's going through her thing and I'm going through mine." Shannon claims that Sabrina has hated her from the moment she met her.
Shannon eventually gets the internship at the dance company, but finds out that her rent check has bounced. She asks for help from Sabrina, or at least her part of her father's will, but Sabrina says that there was no will, because Sabrina and Adam had a living trust, and everything passed to her. She tells Shannon that she has to work for her money, and refuses to lend her money for her trip to New York. Sabrina says that from now on, Shannon is on her own.
Shannon gets kicked out of her own house, and as she's packing her things, Boone comes in. Shannon had apparently asked him to ask his mom for some money, but he comes back empty-handed, saying Sabrina knew why he asked for the money. Shannon asks if she can move to his place in New York, but he informs her that he is leaving New York, since his mom offered him a job and he accepted. He offers Shannon some of his own money, but she rejects it, asking him whether or not he believes she can make it on her own. When he doesn't answer, she rejects his money again, saying she does not need his help.
As Shannon gives Vincent water outside her tent, Sayid comes along and tells her to pack her things. He takes her for a walk, and presents her with a brand new shelter, saying that it is all hers. Shannon invites Sayid into the tent for the night, and the two share a kiss. When Sayid pulls a gun out of his waistband, Shannon asks him if he carries it around all the time. Sayid replies that he only carries it because he has someone to protect. They make love, and Shannon asks if they are serious now. Sayid playfully says that he does this "for all the girls I meet on deserted islands." Afterward, Shannon wants to leave to get a drink of water, but Sayid leaves instead to get it for her. While he is gone, Walt appears in the tent, dripping wet and speaking backwards. He says what appears to be, "They're coming and they're close."
Shannon screams at the top of her lungs but by the time Sayid gets to her, Walt has disappeared. Half the beach is awake now and they all rush over. Sayid tells her (and everyone listening) that it was only a dream -- everything is fine. The fact that Sayid publicly refutes her story leaves Shannon feeling angry and hurt.
The next day, as Locke helps Claire get the baby to sleep, she complains to him about Charlie, saying that he acts like the baby's father, but she knows very little about him; he could be a "religious freak" for all she knows. Why else would he carry a statue of the Virgin Mary around with him?
Halfway across the Island, Ana Lucia and Mr. Eko are leading their party on a trek to join the middle section survivors and unite the two groups. Sawyer is now so ill from his bullet wound that they are carrying him on a makeshift stretcher. The group manages to get the stretcher up a steep hill, only to find that while they were doing so, another of their group, Cindy, has simply disappeared. Eko and the others then hear whispers. They then run in fear.
Shannon approches Rose and Hurley hanging up clothes, asking about Walt and Michael's luggage. Rose mentions to Hurley about how terrible it must be to "lose the one person you love on the Island," implying again that her husband was not dead. Shannon has resorted to using Vincent to try and track Walt. She has Vincent sniff Walt's clothing and tells the dog to "find Walt." Vincent leads her directly to Boone's grave, where Sayid finds her and assumes she's there to mourn her dead step-brother. Feeling misunderstood and marginalized, she takes off again. When Sayid finally catches up to Shannon in the jungle, she tells him that she knows Walt is not on the raft because they found the message bottle from the raft. After running further into the jungle, Shannon trips. As Sayid tries to help her up, she angrily asks him why he doesn't believe her and tells him that she knows he will leave her as soon as they are rescued. But Sayid tells her he believes her; he promises her that he will never leave her and tells her he loves her.
As they fall into an embrace, Sayid and Shannon hear whispers and look up to see Walt, again dripping wet and this time putting his finger to his lips and saying, "Shh." Shannon goes after him into the jungle and it takes a moment for Sayid to jar himself into action. He is running after her when a gunshot is heard and Shannon stumbles out of the jungle with a bullet hole in her stomach. The tailies are seen standing, shocked, behind Ana Lucia, who is holding a smoking gun. Shannon dies in Sayid's arms.
|Recurring themes in Lost|
|Black and white • Car accidents • Character connections • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Life and death • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Rain • Rebirth • Redemption • Relationships • Revenge • Sacrifice • Secrets • Time|
|Cultural references in Lost
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|Art • Books • Cars • Games • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
|Literary techniques in Lost|
|Comparative: Irony • Juxtaposition • Foreshadowing Plotting: Cliffhanger • Plot twist Stock Characters: Archetype • Redshirt • Unseen character
Story: Flashbacks • Flash-forwards • Flash-sideways • Regularly spoken phrases • Symbolism • Unreliable narrator
|Storyline analysis in Lost|
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries|