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Frank Lapidus
Frank Lapidus
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Frank J. Lapidus
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The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Captain, Ajira Airways
Helicopter pilot, Kahana
Captain, Oceanic Airlines
In Australia...
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On the island...
Hired to locate Ben (2004)
Piloting Flight 316 (2007)
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Frank J. Lapidus is an aircraft pilot who was originally scheduled to pilot Oceanic Airlines Flight 815. Frank is one of the few people in the world who believe that the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815 found at the bottom of the Sunda Trench was staged. Matthew Abaddon described him as a "pretty good pilot", but Frank may be an alcoholic with some past issues. Frank was hired to be the lead chopper pilot on the freighter Kahana to ferry the science team to the Island, but after the death of Naomi, he was forced to transport the mercenary team as well. When Frank learned that Oceanic Flight 815 passengers were alive on the Island, he agreed to help them escape. In 2007, he began piloting for Ajira Airways. Frank piloted the Ajira flight that returned the Oceanic Six to the Island. Ilana's group has described him as a "candidate" for something as yet unknown. Frank is currently at the Statue of Taweret along with Sun, Jacob's Nemesis, Ilana, and the Others.


Before the Island


Before the freighter

Frank reveals that he was the originally intended pilot of Oceanic 815. ("Confirmed Dead")

Frank Lapidus grew up in the Bronx in New York. He was the original intended pilot of Oceanic 815, but was replaced by Seth Norris under as yet unknown circumstances. He came to work for Caribbean Dreams Island Travel and Tours in Eleuthera, the Bahamas. When Flight 815 was reportedly found in the Sunda Trench, Frank contacted the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board's 'Oceanic hotline' and said he did not believe the body identified as Seth Norris actually was Norris since since Frank knew that Norris never takes off his wedding ring and corspe wasnt wearing one. ("Confirmed Dead")

At some point after contacting the NTSB, Frank was recruited as a pilot by the organization to which Matthew Abaddon belonged.
Frank shares his theories with Michael. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

In a meeting between Matthew and Naomi, Frank was described as "a drunk." ("Confirmed Dead")

On the freighter

Before arriving at the Island, Frank told Naomi he should be the first to go to the Island, but she denied him. He introduced himself to Michael and asked him why he was on board. When Michael said he was looking for adventure, Frank told him the biggest adventure was that the Oceanic wreck found at the bottom of the ocean is a fake. He said Mr. Widmore believed him and that if they ever found a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 it would be cataclysmic. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

On the Island

Days 91-108 (Season 4)

Frank launches the flare. ("Confirmed Dead")

Frank piloted a helicopter from the freighter to the Island. On approach, the electronics failed and the rest of the members of Frank's team bailed out by parachute. Frank managed to bring the helicopter down without any significant damage. Although he landed safely, he sustained head injuries and the satellite phone he was carrying was destroyed. When he awoke, he climbed to the top of a hill and was approached by one of the cattle that lived at the Flame. When he tried to get up, he found out he was having trouble standing, so he loaded up his flare gun and fired it.

Desmond demands answers from Frank. ("The Economist")

Frank passed out, but was awoken when Jack and his team found him. As Juliet was tending to the wound on his forehead, Frank asked her what her name was. After hearing it, he realized that she wasn't on Flight 815. He had memorized the entire manifest and was able to identify her as a "native." ("Confirmed Dead")

Sayid vowed to bring Charlotte back safely in return for a spot on the helicopter. When Sayid had gone, Frank watched Daniel conduct experiments, telling Jack, "he does it all the time." Desmond arrived from the beach and confronted Frank about the picture of himself and Penny that he had found with Naomi's things. Frank stated he wasn't very high up in the freighter's rankings and knew nothing about it. Sayid returned with Charlotte and Frank agreed to take Sayid, Desmond and Naomi's body to the Kahana. They lifted up and headed toward the freighter. ("The Economist")

More than a day later, those on the Island discovered Frank, Sayid, and Desmond had not yet made it to the freighter. ("Eggtown")

Frank and Sayid exchange a gun for a satellite phone. ("The Constant")

While on course toward the freighter, the chopper entered a thunderhead. The group experienced turbulence, and as it became worse, Frank was unable to follow the bearing Daniel had instructed him to stay on. Eventually , he landed the helicopter. Once on deck, Keamy and Omar approached Frank and asked who Sayid and Desmond were. Frank explained they were survivors of the crash. Later, after an argument with Keamy, Frank swapped the phone for Sayid's gun. After this, they headed down to the sick bay and gave Desmond the phone to talk to Daniel, who was on the island and gave Desmond the information he needed. However Ray pushed the alarm button, and Keamy took the phone from Desmond. Omar also told Frank the captain wanted to speak with him. ("The Constant")

That night, Frank was seen carrying a bag as Keamy approached him. He reminded Frank not to be late upstairs and Frank said he would be there. He brought the bag to Sayid and Desmond and encountered Regina reading in front of the door. He mentioned that her book was upside-down and she grunted, apparently angry at him. She let him in and he dumped the bag containing cans of Lima beans on the sick bay bed. He told Sayid the kitchen was having problems.

Frank pleads Keamy continue their trek to the chopper. ("Something Nice Back Home")

Shortly thereafter, Frank ostensibly flew Keamy and his men to the island to capture Ben. It is not yet known where Lapidus was during the attack. ("Ji Yeon") ("The Shape of Things to Come")

Running through the jungle the day after the monster attacked Keamy's team, Frank stumbled upon Miles, Sawyer, Claire and Aaron. Holding a sat phone which showed the locations of the mercenaries, he warned Miles, Claire and Sawyer that Keamy was heading in their direction. He urged them to hide and they did so. When Keamy's team arrived, Frank was concerned about an injury one of the men had sustained, but Keamy warned him just to do his job and get them back to the helicopter. Keamy heard Aaron cry, but Frank distracted him before he could figure out what the sound was. They left the area, leaving Claire, Aaron, Sawyer and Miles safe. ("Something Nice Back Home")

Michael warns Frank of Keamy. ("Cabin Fever")

The next day Frank flew back to the freighter with the mercenaries. Later he helped a locked up Michael off the floor. He asked why Michael never told him he was a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, and that he was one of the only people who would have believed him. Michael told Frank that it was because Widmore, Frank's boss, was the one who staged the wreckage, but Frank thought it was a conspiracy. Michael begged Frank not to take Keamy and his team back to the island, thinking he would kill everyone. Frank told him not to worry about it. They left the room and saw Omar strapping a device to Keamy's arm. ("Cabin Fever")

That night, Frank told the mercenaries he would not assist them, emphasizing that his job was to fly scientists to and from the island, not them. In response to this, Keamy slit Ray's throat and chucked his body overboard. He then warned Frank that if he didn't fly them back, he would kill someone in the next thirty seconds. Captain Gault interrupted their conversation by firing the gun Keamy gave him to fix. Gault asked what was strapped to Keamy's arm, but he pulled a gun and shot the captain.
Jack and Sawyer rescue Frank, who was handcuffed to the chopper. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
Shocked by this, Frank reluctantly agreed to fly Keamy back to the island. Just as they were taking off, Frank wrapped a satellite phone up and when they reached the island, he threw it onto the beach below them. ("Cabin Fever")

Frank landed the helicopter five kilometers away from the Orchid Station and Keamy's men left him handcuffed inside the helicopter before moving out. Some time later, Jack and Sawyer found Frank and gave him the toolbox so he could free himself, and he told them where Keamy was headed. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")

While attempting to escape, Keamy returned to the chopper with a captive Ben and questioned Frank on how he reached the tool box. Before Frank had the chance to explain, Kate ran out from the jungle, claiming she was being chased by Ben's people. A fight immediately ensued, with the mercenaries being attacked by the Others. Frank took cover, and was the only Kahana crew member to survive the ambush. Shortly after, Sawyer, Jack, Hurley, Kate and Sayid reached the chopper, and Frank flew them off the Island towards the Kahana. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

A fuel leak, caused by the gunshot battle, forced Frank to lighten the load, and after Sawyer jumped from the chopper to save the others, Frank landed on the Kahana, patched the hole and refueled the helicopter. The Oceanic Six, along with Desmond left shortly before the Kahana exploded, leaving Jin behind. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

Frank witnesses the formation of the cover story. ("The Lie")

Much to Frank's amazement, the Island disappeared as the chopper headed toward it. Because of the lack of fuel, he had no choice but to crash the helicopter into the ocean. Although visibly hurt, Frank helped Jack to carry an unconscious Desmond to the life raft Sayid threw from the chopper. The survivors drifted in the lifeboat for hours, until they were rescued by the Searcher, a ship owned by Penny. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

During their time aboard the Searcher, the Oceanic Six, Desmond, and Penny formulated the lie they would tell upon returning to the mainland. Frank agreed to cooperate with whatever they chose to do. ("The Lie")

One week following the rescue, the Oceanic Six prepared to leave the vessel on a life raft to maintain the story they would tell to the public. Frank and Jack said their final goodbyes - both joking that they hoped to never see each other again. After the six departed on the life raft headed for the island of Sumba, Frank remained on The Searcher with Desmond and Penny. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

After the Island

Season 5

Lapidus begins to notice the Oceanic Six onboard his flight. ("316")

After being rescued, Frank took a job working for Ajira Airways. After eight months on the job, Frank was assigned to pilot Flight 316, on which the Oceanic Six were passengers to return to the Island. After Jack, who recognized Frank's name over the airplane PA, requested a meeting, a clean-shaven Frank came out to speak with Jack. Upon looking over the passengers in the forward cabin (who consisted of the Oceanic Six, minus Aaron, plus Ben, Caesar, and Ilana), Frank concluded that the intended destination of the flight, Guam, would not actually be the destination of the plane. ("316")

Minutes later, the plane experienced extreme turbulence. Frank and the co-pilot struggled to maneuver the plane safely, as the Island soon came into focus out the window. Frank noticed a runway off in the distance, and proceeded to land the plane, nearly running out of space. ("Namaste")

Back on the Island

2007 (Season 5)

Frank discovers his co-pilot died in the crash. ("Namaste")

Upon coming to a complete stop, a tree branch jutted through the window and killed the co-pilot instantly. After the crash, Frank attempted to gather all of the survivors together, yet Caesar took a leadership role, revealing to all the existence of buildings and cages on the island. Frank noticed Ben and Sun's departure from the camp, and decided to follow them.

Frank, Sun and Ben make their way to the outrigger canoes. ("Namaste")

Finding three outrigger canoes, Frank decided to join Sun and Ben on their trip to the main island. After Sun knocked Ben unconscious using an oar, Frank and Sun paddled the canoe from Hydra Island to the main Island, where they heard the sounds of the monster. They walked into the Processing Center, which seemed completely abandoned. Soon, a door creaked open, and Christian introduced himself to Frank and Sun. Christian took them to one of the houses, where he showed Sun a picture of DHARMA's new recruits in 1977. Sun was shocked to see Jack, Kate, and Hurley among them. Then, Christian informed her that she had a long journey ahead of her. ("Namaste")

A short time later, Ilana informed Locke that Frank took off with Sun in one of the three outriggers. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")

Frank is knocked unconscious by a hostile Ilana. ("Dead Is Dead")

Christian told Frank and Sun to wait in the Barracks for John Locke, and to do what he says. When Ben went to investigate his old home he stumbled upon the two. They explained to him why they were there, but they did not believe Locke was alive, until Ben told them to look out the window. Locke came into the house and they talked about what to do next. Frank said he was returning to the Hydra Island to fix the jet radio and see if he could get help, with or without Sun. She decided to stay with Locke so she could find Jin, and Frank returned to the the Hydra Island in the outrigger. Upon his return, a flight 316 passenger named Jed told him that three of the survivors have found guns and claimed leadership of the group. When Frank confronted Ilana, she held him at gunpoint and asked: "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Bewildered, Frank replied he had no idea what she was talking about, prompting her to knock him unconscious with the butt of her rifle. ("Dead Is Dead")

Frank discovers the content of Ilana's crate. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Frank woke up in an outrigger, as Bram, Ilana, and three other survivors arrived at the Main Island with a large metal crate. Frank overheard Bram and Ilana discussing whether or not he was a "candidate." When Frank asked them what he was a candidate for, they did not answer him, although Bram told him not to worry, because they were "friends." Ilana and Bram revealed the contents of the crate to Frank, who was deeply disturbed upon seeing Locke's dead body, since he had seen him alive and seemingly resurrected only hours before.

Frank accompanied Ilana's group to Jacob's Cabin. Along the way, Bram assured him that they were the "good guys," although Frank was skeptical of this claim. At the cabin, Ilana discovered it was abandoned and proceeded to torch it. Frank said he was no "treehugger," but lighting the cabin on fire seemed like a good way to burn the whole jungle down.

Frank arrived at the statue with Ilana's group that night, where Richard gave Ilana the correct answer to the question "what lies in the shadow of the statue?" They then showed Richard, Sun, and the Others the contents of the crate. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

2007 (Season 6)

Frank and Sun discuss Ilana and her group. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")

On the beach outside the Statue of Taweret, Frank explained to Sun-Hwa Kwon everything he knew about Ilana and her group. He ended by telling that they profess to be the good guys and, reading the expression on her face, added "I'm not buying it, either."

The following morning, he stood alongside Sun as they watched in shock as the now-revealled Man In Black emerges from the statue in the form of Locke, as the corpse of the real Locke lay nearby. Frank summed up the general sentiment of the group when he muttered, "I'm seeing it, but I'm not believing it." Frank watches as Richard and the Man in Black have a short arguement before the Man in Black knocks Richard out and hoists him on his shoulder. The Man in Black expresses his disappointment in the Others and, presumably, Frank and Sun as well. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")


  • He was the fourth minor character to have a flashback. He was the second of three guest stars to have a flashback before becoming a regular, along with Desmond and Ilana.
  • Frank is one of the six characters to have their first flashback in the episode they first appeared in. The other five are Charlotte, Miles, Jacob, Juliet, and Jack.
  • Frank has met all of the main characters except Locke, Jin, Walt, Charlie, Shannon, Boone, Ana Lucia, Libby, Eko, Nikki, and Paulo.
  • Frank is a New York Yankees fan, whereas Jack is a fan of the Boston Red Sox.
  • Frank's cosmetic injuries, minor dizziness, and situation mirror his counterpart pilot Seth Norris' initial condition upon arriving the Island.
  • Frank is the only crew member of the Kahana to have escaped the vessel's destruction and leave the Island, after Ben turns the FDW.
  • Frank and Miles Straume are the only surviving members of the Kahana crew.
  • Both Frank and Rose are from the Bronx.
  • Even though Frank was credited as a guest in season 4, he appeared in more episodes than Miles, Michael, and Desmond, and as many as Claire, Jin, Sun, and Charlotte.
  • Jeff Fahey was promoted to the main cast for Season 6 after being appearing as a guest star in 16 episodes over the course of 2 seasons.


  • Lapidus might be derived from the Latin word 'lapideus,' meaning 'made of stone.' (From the Latin lapis, lapidis meaning stone.) It could also be derived from the Latin adjective 'lepidus' meaning pleasant or charming.
  • The 3rd largest moon of Saturn is 'lapetus' (named for a Titan in Greek mythology), and has dark/light sides producing a yin-yang visual effect (physically, as in dirty/clean from space dust and particles that form the newly discovered ring, 11/2009. It orbits within this ring, but in the opposing direction).
  • A "Rick Lapidus" is credited in the Exposé script. The name "Lapidus" was appreciated by Lost writer Edward Kitsis, who inserted the name onto the Exposé script and later insisted the character of the chopper pilot be given the name.
  • Marcus Lepidus was a Roman general and a member of the Second Triumvirate. He worked alongside Octavian and Mark Antony and had complete control of Roman Africa. Latin has been used frequently on Lost (e.g., on the blast door map). Lepidus is also a character in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Caesar is the name of the other LOST character who leads the passengers of the 2nd crash.
  • A physician named Lapidus developed a technique for treating a condition of the big toe (bunions) caused by excessive bone growth.
  • Lapis is a Latin word for stone, and "Lapidus" is sometimes used in the names of rocks, like "Lapidus Granite". Also, the Latin word became the word for pencil in Spanish (Lapiz). Lapis is a synonym for Latin petra, the source of the English name Peter and the French first name of Pierre Chang.
  • Laputa is a fictional flying island from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. It can be maneuvered by its inhabitants in any direction using magnetic levitation.
  • "Lapidus" could be from the Hebrew name Lapidoth, who was the husband of Deborah in the Hebrew (Torah) and Christian Bible. The Hebrew word lapid means "torch".
  • In Woody Allen's Sleeper, he is told that if he is captured by the government, his mind will be "electronically simplified". Allen replies: "Then I'll talk like Mr. Lapidus, who was struck by lightning

Unanswered questions

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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Frank Lapidus/Theories
  • Why was he replaced by Seth Norris as the pilot of Oceanic 815?
  • Why was he specifically recruited by Abaddon?
  • What were Ilana and Bram referring to when they discussed whether or not Frank would make a good candidate?

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