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Rachel Carlson
Rachel Carlson
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Episode count
3
Centric episode(s)

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Rachel Carlson
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Origin
Miami, Florida, USA
Profession
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Family members
Juliet's father - Father
Juliet's mother - Mother
Juliet Burke - Sister
Julian Carlson - Son
Edmund Burke - Brother-in-law
Connection
Juliet's sister
Season(s)

S1 - S2 - S3 - MP - S4 - S5 - S6

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Rachel Carlson is Juliet's sister.

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Childhood

A young Rachel is upset upon hearing the news of her parents divorce. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Rachel parents divorced when she was still a child. Her sister reacted badly to the news, while Rachel was upset yet calmer. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Illness

Due to chemotherapy to treat cancer, Rachel was left sterile. Juliet was secretly treating her with drugs she has stolen from Edmund Burke's laboratory. She revealed that she was miraculously pregnant, apparently after infertility caused by cancer, indicating that the medications Juliet gave worked. ("Not in Portland")

Cured

Rachel with her son Julian.

Ben Linus reported to Juliet that her sister's cancer had returned and that she would die in less than a few months. However, he also swore that if Juliet stayed he would cure Rachel. When Juliet replied you will never bring her on the Island, he replied that Jacob said he will take care of it himself ("One of Us"). On Wednesday, September 22, 2004, Ben took Juliet to see a live video feed in the The Flame of Rachel playing on a playground in Acadia Park with her son, Julian. ("One of Us")


Trivia

  • In her room, Rachel keeps an octagon with the yin / yang symbol in its center. This is part of the pattern of the bagua which inspired the DHARMA logos.
  • Additionally, there is a copy of Carrie on the same bedstand.
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Name

  • Rachel is the name of Jacob's wife in the Book of Genesis. Rachel was disgraced because she had borne no children to Jacob, but her sister and second wife of Jacob, Leah, bore six children (Genesis 30). In the end, God grants Rachel children, one of whom is Joseph (essentially restoring her honor). Rachel died in childbirth with her second son Benjamin.
  • Her last name appeared on the medical chart that Ben showed Juliet revealing that Rachel's cancer had returned. ("One of Us")
  • The name "Rachel Carlson" is similar to Rachel Carson, who is the author of "Silent Spring", a seminal work that documented the harmful effects of pesticides on birds and on the environment as a whole. Carson's research showed that pesticides like DDT caused the egg shells of birds to become too thin, among other reproductive problems.

Additional casting

Savannah Lathem depicted the young Rachel in "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2". The casting call described her as "Young Donna, Caucasian. 12-year-old brunette. Natalie's older sister. Tries to act more grown-up and stoic. Can hide her feelings while Natalie acts out. Her parents tell her they are divorcing, and Donna is upset, quietly crying." [1]

Unanswered questions

  • Did Jacob visit her off of the Island in order to heal her as Ben claimed?

References

  1. http://spoilerslost.blogspot.com/2009/03/episode-516517-season-finale-new.html



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