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Elizabeth "Libby" Smith
Elizabeth "Libby" Smith
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Clinical psychologist
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Elizabeth Smith, more commonly known as Libby, was one of the tail-section survivors of Flight 815. She claimed to be a clinical psychologist before the crash, apparently dropping out of medical school sometime during her first year. After reuniting with the middle section survivors, she had short-lived relationship with Hurley. A competent and caring woman who acted as a support figure, she seemed reserved about her own life, giving out little information when asked, or avoiding answering altogether. Michael shot and killed her out of shock, as she walked in on him fatally shooting Ana Lucia. Jack desperately tried to keep her alive, but she later died of her wounds on day 65, before she could make anyone understand who had murdered her.


Before the crash


According to Libby, she initially trained as a medical student, but dropped out in her first year. She eventually became a clinical psychologist instead. ("The Other 48 Days")

Libby spoke to Ana Lucia about breaking her leg while skiing in Vermont, while trying to mend Donald's. She explained, "I was on this run, going pretty fast; I was racing this cute ski patrol guy... I went off this mogul, lost my edge, and, bam! Snapped my left leg." ("The Other 48 Days")

Libby has mentioned that she has had been married at least once; her only known husband was named David. David named his boat the "Elizabeth", after her, which she inherited after his death. He apparently died of an unknown illness, leaving Libby a widow. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute

Some time after David died, Libby was admitted to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. Libby was institutionalized after she went mad due to her husband's death.[1] In the short time she was shown, Libby was given her pill by the nurse. After taking the pill, she continued to stare into space. He didn't realize who she was when they met on the Island, but Hurley indicated that he recognized her from somewhere, most likely from their time together at Santa Rosa. The word "flight" also rang a bell. It is not yet known what were the circumstances around her release. ("Fire + Water")  ("Dave")

The Elizabeth

Libby tells Desmond about her late husband. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Around the year 2001, Libby, now with lighter hair, accidentally bumped into Desmond Hume, who was with very few UK pounds and no US dollars, placing an order at an American coffee shop. She offered to pay for his cup of coffee, which he gratefully accepted. The two sat down together to talk amongst themselves, and Desmond took the opportunity to thank Libby for her act of generosity. After reading the brochure that Desmond was carrying with him, Libby realized that he was participating in a sailing race, and Desmond expressed his confidence to her. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

When she questioned him about why he needed $42,000, he told her about his plans to sail around the world for his love, Penelope, but that he lacked a boat to race in. She informed him of the sailboat that her late husband David had bought for a trip through the Mediterranean, but that he had died just a month ago before he could set sail. Desmond declined her offer on the boat; however, Libby insisted he should take it, because she believed that her late husband would have wanted Desmond to have it. Libby gave him the sailboat, which David had christened the Elizabeth, after Libby. They presumably met up in the future for Libby to give the boat to Desmond. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Libby interrupts Eko's argument with Charlotte Malkin. ("?")

Australia/Flight 815

Libby's reason for being in Australia, as well as aboard the fateful Oceanic Flight 815, is still unknown. However, just before she boarded the plane, Libby intervened briefly during a conversation that was escalating into a heated argument between Eko and Charlotte Malkin in the Sydney Airport. She asked them if everything was all right and, although they remained silent, she was assured that things were okay. After this, it is presumed that Libby left them so that she could board Oceanic Flight 815. ("?")

On the Island

Libby shares her past injuries memories while tending Donald. ("The Other 48 Days")

The tail-section of Oceanic Flight 815 crashed just off the coast of the Island. Libby dragged herself out the water and used her limited medical skills to tend to the injured survivors, quickly emerging as their resident medic. Mr. Eko brought a very badly injured man to her by the name of Donald, who had, amongst other injuries, broken his leg in the initial crash of the plane. As she tended to him, Libby and Ana Lucia discussed their professions and Libby told her of the time when she broke her leg skiing in Vermont. Eventually, Donald passed away, as Libby was unable to save him, making him the fourth casualty the tail-section survivors. Libby tearfully told Hurley that she buried a lot of people who died as a result of the crash, specifically referencing Donald's death. ("The Other 48 Days") ("Dave")

On the first night after the crash, Libby was present when three tail-section survivors were kidnapped by the Others. Following this, Ana Lucia emerged as the leader of the Tailies, and she grew emotionally close to Libby, often looking to her for advice or support. After that first attack, Libby comforted Mr. Eko, trying to ease his guilt over killing two of the Others who had tried to kidnap him. A few nights later, a second attack and kidnapping took place. Many of the Tailies, including the children, Zack and Emma, whom Libby had become emotionally close to, were also taken.
Libby and Cindy learn of Goodwin being an Other and his death by Ana-Lucia. ("The Other 48 Days")
After this event, the group, under the command of Ana Lucia, moved further inland, to escape from the semi-frequent attacks. Due to this kidnapping, Libby told Ana Lucia of her belief that one of the members of their group hadn't actually been on the plane. She was one of the people who encouraged Ana to throw Nathan into the tiger pit after it was suspected he was the impostor. ("The Other 48 Days")

After Nathan's mysterious disappearance, the group became very wary of staying exposed on the beach. They moved cautiously across the Island, eventually discovering the Arrow station and setting up their camp there. Inside, they discover a chest, in which Libby found a glass eye. Later, Ana and Goodwin left the station in an attempt to get a signal on the radio found inside the Arrow. When Ana arrived back without Goodwin, Libby curiously inquired of his whereabouts. Ana then told the group that it was Goodwin who was the spy for The Others, making it evident to the others that she had killed him. ("The Other 48 Days")

Day 44-65 (Season 2)

Libby and Cindy recover the unconscious Jin from the ocean. ("The Other 48 Days")

Libby was with Cindy when she saw Jin wash up on the shore. They recovered his unconscious body from the ocean and carried him to Ana Lucia and Eko, who assumed that he was one of the Others. After also discovering Michael and Sawyer, the Tailies put all of them into the tiger pit. Ana Lucia, posing as another captive, entered the pit and ascertained, rather dubiously, that they were also survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. ("The Other 48 Days")  ("Orientation")

After releasing Jin, Michael and Sawyer from the tiger pit, Libby and the group trekked back to the Arrow station. During this, Libby introduced herself to Michael in a friendly manner. She told him that the tail-section survivors had numbered 23 initially; however, when they arrived at the Arrow station, Michael realized that there were only five of the Tailies left (Ana Lucia, Eko, Libby, Cindy and Bernard). ("Everybody Hates Hugo")

Libby reveals to Michael where "they come from." ("...And Found")

After the Tailies decided to go to the middle section survivors' camp, Ana ordered Michael and Libby to gather some fruit. While searching for fruit with Michael, Libby joked that Ana Lucia had trust issues. When Michael suggested that they go further into the jungle to look for more fruit, Libby immediately stopped him, saying, "That's where they" come from. She then returned to the station without Michael, and warned the group that he had run away in search of his son, Walt. ("...And Found")

When Sawyer's bullet wound from the Others' raft attack became infected and deadly, Libby used her knowledge of psychology to persuade him it wasn't as bad as he thought, similar to what she had done with Donald. Unlike Ana Lucia, she was willing to help construct a stretcher to transport Sawyer in the hopes of keeping him alive. When they were lifting this stretcher up a steep cliff, Cindy disappeared without a sound. Libby expressed great fear when they heard the Whispers right before Ana Lucia shot Shannon, as the two groups of survivors paths' collided. ("Abandoned")

Libby and Ana Lucia argue over the approach taken against a vengeful Sayid. ("Collision")

Libby's loyalty to her leader was tested after Ana accidentally shot and killed Shannon. Libby protested that dealing with a vengeful Sayid wasn't the right option, as Sawyer's life hung in the balance. It wasn't until Ana put her at gunpoint, that she complied and tied up Sayid, disgusted and feeling betrayed by her fellow survivor. Libby, along with Bernard, then decided to leave Ana Lucia alone with Sayid, not agreeing with her actions. She was then united with the middle section survivors. ("Collision") Libby later attended Shannon's funeral along with most of the survivors, minus Ana Lucia. ("What Kate Did")

After integrating herself with the middle section survivors, Libby took a liking to Hurley, who had helped her to build her own shelter at the beach camp as an act of kindness. Later in the Swan station, Hurley revealed his attraction to Libby during a discussion with Charlie about whether he had a chance with her. ("The 23rd Psalm")  ("The Hunting Party")

Libby smiles at Hurley, on her way to do laundry. ("Fire + Water")

Hurley's crush on Libby was addressed further when he asked Sawyer about the tail end survivors, in particular Libby. Sawyer perceptively asked if Hurley liked her, but Hurley denied this and left, clearly embarrassed. Libby began to bond with Hurley and engaged in playful flirting while they were building shelter and doing the laundry together. During this time, Hurley commented that Libby looked familiar; she seemed somewhat evasive about this, hastily replying with a story about how he stood on her foot after boarding the plane. This was probably a lie that she has constructed for unknown reasons, most likely because she was trying to conceal their time together at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute, as she was in the tail section of the plane, where Hurley would not have passed through to get to his seat. ("Fire + Water")

Libby helps Claire to recover the memories of her time with the Others at The Staff. ("Maternity Leave")

After Claire had been having flashes of the week in which she was abducted by the Others, she decided to go to Libby and ask for her help, having been told of her skills as a psychologist and ex-med student. Claire and Kate informed Libby about Ethan and the circumstances of her abduction. Libby used her skills as a psychologist to help Claire regain her repressed memories through a form of meditation. The two sat meditating for some time until Claire suddenly began to scream loudly, having visions of Ethan and the Staff station. Libby tried to calm Claire down, but she was unsuccessful. Kate rushed to Claire's aid, and interrogated Libby, thinking that she had tried to hurt her. Claire asked Libby to help her uncover more memories, to which Libby refused, due to the extreme reaction Claire had had previously. This led Claire on her journey with Kate and Rousseau to the Staff. ("Maternity Leave")

Libby reveals to Jack Sawyer's poker tournament. ("Lockdown")

Libby later approached Jack and told him that a sea urchin had stung her on the hand while she was in the water. When she asked for his help, he told her she should use some Neosporin. She replied that the going rate was too high as Sawyer had hoarded all the medicines, and was making people pay for them in favors. Jack challenged Sawyer to a game of poker in order to win supplies back from him. Along with Hurley and Kate, Libby bemusedly watched the card game showdown between Jack and Sawyer from a distance. ("Lockdown")

Libby learns of Hurley's problem. ("Dave")

Libby and Hurley started to do regular exercise together across the beach, helping them bond as a potential couple. While exercising one day, Hurley confessed to her about having an eating disorder. He showed Libby his private stash of food in the jungle. Despite his initial hesitation, and with encouragement from Libby, Hurley agreed to Libby's proposal, and they destroyed all the stash. Shortly after however, they learned of the mysterious food drop from Sun and Jin. At the drop site, arguments started over the food, and Libby suggested that everyone should only take what they needed. She saw Hurley run from the drop site into the jungle. Later, when she questioned him on what happened, but he was evasive with her, and said that he didn't "want to talk about it". ("Dave")

Hurley and Libby's first kiss. ("Dave")

Later that day, Libby heard of Sawyer and Hurley's fight and went to his tent to see if everything was OK. She found him packing his bag and he told her he was leaving the beach in favor of the caves. They had a minor argument where she tried to talk him out of it, but he left the beach camp nonetheless. Libby eventually followed Hurley all the way to a cliff top, where she approached him as he was dangerously close to the edge, which scared her. When she confronted him, he believed that he was imagining the current moment and everything that had happened since the crash of Flight 815. Furthermore, he believed she, along with everyone else, was a figment of his imagination. Libby was deeply saddened and angry by this, so she used real life experiences of her own to counter him. She tearfully claimed to have buried a lot of people, including numerous tail-section survivors and possibly her husband David. Libby also told him that she was insulted by what he had said. Hurley began to realize that he wasn't talking any sense, and she explained that everything she felt for him was real. They then had their first kiss, and headed back to the camp on a high. ("Dave")

Libby warns Ana Lucia not to do anything stupid, after their prisoner attempted to murder her. ("Two for the Road")

Libby was present at Bernard's speech about making an S.O.S. symbol in the sand, but she quickly lost faith in what he had to say when Rose undermined his idea. ("S.O.S.")

Libby approached Ana Lucia about the cut she had on her forehead. Ana first joked and said that she had cut herself shaving, but then confessed that the prisoner in the Hatch had attacked her. Libby, knowing of Ana Lucia's aggressive and violent nature, warned her not to do anything stupid. ("Two for the Road")

Hurley decided to take Libby for a nice picnic (to the same location that Sayid had taken Shannon the night before she died) on their first official date. However, he ended up leading her around in circles in the jungle, due to him getting lost. Libby eventually proposed that they stay on a secluded part of their own beach, and that she would go and get the blankets from the Swan, while he gets wine from Sun and Jin.
Michael shoots Libby. ("Two for the Road")

At this point, Hurley and Neil had a minor argument over their vying affections for Libby, where Hurley stated that he had a date with her. ("The Adventures of Hurley and Frogurt")

Upon entering the Swan, she witnessed Michael (whom she didn't know had returned from his time with the Others) murdering Ana Lucia. She exclaimed his name in shock, and alarmed by Libby's sudden appearance, Michael shot her twice in the abdomen, through the blankets she had collected for her date with Hurley. She then fell to the floor. ("Two for the Road")

With her last breath, Libby warns Jack of Michael. ("?")

Jack, Kate, Eko, Locke, and Sawyer returned to the Swan after being lied to by Michael. He told them that the imprisoned Other had shot and killed Ana Lucia and Libby, and shot him in the arm. Libby regained consciousness and coughed up blood, and it was discovered that Libby was alive and in deep shock, saved momentarily by the force of the bullets being stopped by the blankets. Jack battled to save her life, with Hurley at her side as he apologized for forgetting the blankets. When it became clear that she wasn't going to make it, Jack gave her morphine from Sawyers stash to numb the pain. She eventually succumbed to her injuries and died uttering "Michael" to warn the survivors who shot her, but this was misinterpreted as asking if Michael had survived. She died with a look of shock on her face, as she realized that the others had misunderstood what she was trying to say. ("?")


Hurley recounts his friends' capture at Libby's grave. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")

Libby was buried in the graveyard along with Ana Lucia, but their funeral was interrupted by the return of Desmond on the Elizabeth, the very boat she had given him years ago. ("Three Minutes")

When Michael later confessed the murders to Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley, he pleaded that killing Libby was an accident. Hurley pointed out that had Michael even had time to contemplate his action, he still would have killed Libby to protect his secret. Later that day, Michael left the Island with Walt. However, sometime after leaving the Island, Michael did something that put a stop to his and Walt's relationship, because he told Walt of his terrible crime. In New York City, Tom suggests that he told his son can't bear to look at him because he 'knows he is a murderer.' Michael neither denies or accepts this. ("Live Together, Die Alone") ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

Michael imagines a dead Libby as his nurse. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

Shortly after her death, Hurley visited Libby's grave to confess his fears and troubles, and he laid a dead flower down for her. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")

Off the Island, Michael still felt guilty for the deaths of Ana Lucia and Libby, and after an attempt at suicide, Michael ended up in the hospital. While regaining consciousness, Michael had a vision of Libby, dressed as a nurse and bringing him extra blankets. The vision was holding the blankets against her stomach, notably similar as to how Libby had been when he had shot her. She explained how he ended up there, and when Michael recognized her voice, he panicked and started to scream. Libby vanished and Michael woke up, and he realized that it was all just a dream. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

Libby warns Michael not to push the button. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

Libby appeared once again when Michael was on the freighter, which he boarded to atone for his sins on the Island. Just as he was about to set off a bomb supplied by the Others, he began to hear the same music that was playing during his first suicide attempt. When the music faded, the Whispers were heard and Libby appeared very briefly and told Michael not to push the button, before disappearing once again. Despite Libby's warning, Michael pushed the "Execute" button, but it did not destroy the Kahana, instead presenting him with a note saying 'Not Yet'. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

When Michael later received a phone call from Ben tasking him to compile a list of people aboard the freighter who were 'innocent.' Michael tried to counter Ben by asking if Ana Lucia and Libby were innocent, to which Ben replied, "You killed them, Michael. No one asked you to." ("Meet Kevin Johnson")

According to the official story of the Oceanic Six, Libby was one of the three people who survived the initial crash but died later, along with Boone and Charlie. According to Jack, she did not survive long after the initial crash. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")

When Hurley had a vision of Ana Lucia, just before she disappeared, she nonchalantly told him that "Libby says hi". ("The Lie")

Hurley said to Jacob "That's why the plane crashed, my friends died--Libby, Charlie. Now they visit me, and I can't make it stop" when asked how he was cursed. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")


  • Libby's surname, Smith, was not revealed until the memorial video at the Lost Panel during Comic Con 2009.[1] For some fans, this ended nearly four years of speculation.
  • How Libby got from being a patient in a mental institution to giving Desmond her boat and ultimately ending up in Australia was originally intended to be explored in season 3[2][3], but was not. She was then slated to appear in multiple episodes of season 4[4] to finish her backstory, and it was stated that those speculating she worked for Widmore were "barking up the right tree." Unfortunately, the writer's strike of 2007 interfered with these plans, as well as the flashbacks of Faraday, Miles, and Charlotte. Unfortunately, as of 2009, mid-way through the second-to-last season, Damon and Carlton felt that they are done with Libby's story. "We feel like we resolved Libby’s fate, and for the fans that are still obsessing about Libby, maybe at some point someone will write sort of a 'Star Wars'-like novel about the story of Libby, but we don’t consider that to be a major story thread for us."[5] Damon later said Libby's portrayer Cynthia Watros was either unable or unwilling to come back to finish Libby's backstory post-season 4 and that they felt it would be cheap to finish it in an off-hand comment from another character.[6] They later revealed in an interview the reason for her being in the institution was her going mad after her husband's death and that it will not be explained without Cynthia's presence.[1]
  • The timeline of Libby's backstory has been stated differently on two occasions. The long-standing stance was that she gave Desmond the boat before she was in Santa Rosa. However, a new interview[1] indicates she gave Desmond the boat after she got out of Santa Rosa. Since Libby stated her husband had only been dead a month, the likelihood of her going insane and recovering in that time is unlikely. However, as it is the most recent explanation, it is the one assumed to be true.
  • Libby has appeared in 3 episodes after her death: "Three Minutes" as a corpse (although was covered), "Live Together, Die Alone" in a flashback and "Meet Kevin Johnson" as an apparition.
  • Libby is one of only two members of the main cast who have not been given their own centric episode, the other being Charlotte. However, the last few moments of the episode "Dave" showed a flashback that was seen from Libby's POV; this is Libby's only flashback. The flashback lasted only for about 30 seconds.
  • Libby is the only main character of the Flight 815 passengers whose motives for going to Australia and boarding the flight have yet to be disclosed.
  • Libby's episode count so far is 19. Libby died on her 17th appearance.
  • Libby has never met Boone, Walt, Juliet, Ben, Daniel, Charlotte, Miles, Richard, Ilana and Lapidus as far as we know. However, she has met the rest of the fuselage-survivors and Desmond in LA prior to the crash.
  • Even though they met prior to the crash, Libby and Desmond never knew of each others' presence on the island. Desmond left the island before Libby and the tailies joined the mid-section's camp, and Libby died before he returned during her funeral on the boat she gave him.
  • Libby was the fourth main character to be killed.
  • Libby was the seventeenth character to ever have a flashback.
  • The flight manifest from the German website stated Libby's full name as "Elizabeth Franklin". However, that manifest is an expanded and partially corrected version of the manifest from the Lost: The Untold website, and since both versions of the manifest contain numerous details that contradict information stated on the show itself, they may not be considered canonical.
  • In each time frame she appears in, Libby has differently colored and styled hair; When she met Desmond, her hair was fairly short, and a light red. While she was in Santa Rosa, it was long, brown, and unkempt. On the Island, it was shorter, blonde, and wavy.
  • Libby states she was a medical student for one year before dropping out. She implies as she is re-setting Donald's broken leg that this one year in med school was where she learned how to perform this procedure, yet this is not something that one would ever learn until later in medical training.
  • In a deleted scene from Season 2, Libby tells Hurley that she has been married three times, though whether this is true or not is unclear given her uncertain history.

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Elizabeth "Libby" Smith/Theories
  • Why did she lie to Hurley about how he recognizes her?
  • Why was she in Australia and why was she on board Flight 815?
  • Who was her husband? What did he do for a living?


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