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Rose Nadler
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The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
In Australia...
...on honeymoon with Bernard
On the plane... return home.
On the island...
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Bernard Nadler - Husband

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

Rose Nadler (née Henderson) is one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. She was on the plane with her husband Bernard and was separated from him for 48 days following the crash. Rose is a well-meaning, caring woman who was apparently healed from her fatal cancer after arriving on the Island, similar to Locke.


Before the crash


Meeting Bernard

Rose introduces herself to Bernard. ("S.O.S.")

Born Rose Henderson on November 20th in the Bronx, New York City, little is known about Rose's early life before the crash. It is known, however, that she developed a terminal form of cancer several years prior to the crash. Shortly after discovering that her life was coming to a close, she met Bernard Nadler while stuck in a snow drift. After he helped her pull her car out of the snow, she spontaneously asked him to join her for a cup of coffee. After knowing each other for only 5 months, Bernard proposed in a restaurant at Niagara Falls. Rose admitted to him that she had a fatal illness, but Bernard insisted it didn't matter, and Rose accepted the proposal. ("S.O.S.")

Supposed recovery

Isaac attempts to heal Rose. ("S.O.S.")
Rose eventually made peace with her fate, but Bernard did not. While honeymooning in Australia, Bernard took Rose to see Isaac of Uluru, a faith healer. Skeptical that she could be cured at all, let alone by a faith healer, Rose agreed reluctantly to see Isaac anyway for Bernard's sake. After attempting to heal her, Isaac stopped, telling Rose that she could be healed, but she wasn't in "the right place" yet. He offered to refund Bernard's donation, but Rose told him to keep the money, revealing that she was going to lie to Bernard that she had been healed so that they could enjoy the little time they had left together, without his constantly trying to save her. ("S.O.S.")

Flight 815

Rose and Bernard at Sydney airport. ("S.O.S.")

At the Sydney Airport gate, Rose dropped a bottle of pills and John Locke retrieved them for her from his wheelchair. Inside the plane after take-off, Rose saw a man sitting near her get almost knocked over by another man running down the aisle to the bathroom, being chased by members of the cabin crew. Rose and Jack started chatting while Bernard was using the bathroom in the tail section of the plane. (Rose, Jack, and Bernard all had seats in row 23 - Bernard in Seat E, Rose in Seat D, and Jack in Seat C, though he originally sat in Seat A.) Rose revealed that she always held her husband's wedding ring while flying, because his fingers swelled. Upon hitting turbulence Rose admitted her fear of flying. Jack attempted to reassure her that it was all normal, but shortly Oceanic Flight 815 began to shake harder and broke apart. ("Pilot, Part 1") ("S.O.S.")

On the Island

Days 1-22 (Season 1)

Jack revives Rose, shortly after the crash. ("Pilot, Part 1")

After the crash, Jack found Boone standing over Rose. Her heart had stopped beating, and Jack took over administering CPR, since Boone was doing it incorrectly. Boone suggested they make a hole in Rose's trachea and insert a pen to help her breathe to which Jack agreed, telling Boone to find a pen so that he would be out of the way. Jack managed to revive Rose. On their first night on the Island, the first time the survivors heard the sound of the "Monster" in the jungle Rose notably mentioned that it sounded "awfully familiar." ("Pilot, Part 1")

She was also present during Jack's speech after the cockpit trek to find the transceiver. She asked Jack to look at "the man with the shrapnel". ("Pilot, Part 2")

After the crash Rose sat on the beach away from the camp staring out into the sea holding Bernard's wedding ring. Boone suggested that Jack check on her. Jack did so, expressing his grief that her husband died in the tail section. Rose adamantly contradicted him that her husband was dead, saying "they're probably thinking the same thing about us." Her faith that Bernard and other tailies were still alive turned out to be correct. ("Walkabout")

Rose renews Charlie's faith, and prays for Claire's safety. ("Whatever the Case May Be")

Later, when the camp was packing to move down the beach, Rose saw that Charlie was upset over Claire's kidnapping and his own attempted murder by hanging, both acts committed by Ethan Rom. Rose said hello to Charlie, but Charlie didn't reply. Rose admonished him, saying there was no need to be rude and everyone else was helping to move the camp up the beach but him. Charlie asked why Rose was smiling despite everything that had happened to the survivors. Rose replied "nobody blames you" and comforted him, understanding that he felt responsible for Claire's kidnapping. Helping him come to terms with it and hold out faith that Claire was still alive, Rose told Charlie that her husband was still alive, and said "There’s a fine line between denial and faith. It's much better on my side." Charlie began to cry, and Rose comforted him and began to say a prayer for them both. ("Whatever the Case May Be")

Days 46-63 (Season 2)

Rose helps Hurley do inventory in the Swan. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
After the Hatch was blown open and the Swan station had been investigated, Hurley saw Rose doing laundry on the beach and chose to reveal to her over all the other survivors the existence of the station and its washer/dryer and stocked pantry. Inside the Swan Rose once again expressed her conviction that her Bernard was alive and well. She sympathized with Hurley's worries that he would lose friends on the island by not sharing the food in the pantry that Jack asked him to inventory and guard. She wisely convinced Hurley not to use dynamite to blow up the pantry. During the inventory, she also took an Apollo Candy Bar for her husband, commenting that Bernard had "a mouth full of sweet teeth". ("Everybody Hates Hugo")

She was later seen briefly with Hurley hanging up clothes, when Shannon asked after Walt and Michael's luggage. She commented about how terrible it must be to "lose the one person you love on the Island," implying again that her husband was not dead. ("Abandoned")

Bernard and Rose are reunited after almost 50 days apart. ("Collision")

The next day, while Jack was getting water, Rose approached him and said that she was pleased he wasn't in the hatch, when suddenly a golf ball fell into the water. Eventually, Bernard, Jin and Libby made it to the camp, with Rose and Bernard reunited after 48 days apart.

Rose and Bernard later attended Shannon's funeral, and poured a handful of sand into her grave with the other Losties. ("Collision") ("What Kate Did")

A few days later, Rose and Bernard bickered about Bernard's forgetting Rose's birthday, with Bernard claiming he didn't even know what day of the week it was. During the argument, the couple stumbled upon a sick Sun, who was later revealed to be suffering from morning sickness. Bernard and Rose asked if she was okay, to which Sun replied that she was just light-headed. ("The Whole Truth")

Rose and Bernard argue during the SOS building meeting. ("S.O.S.")

Following the DHARMA food drop, Rose took control by organizing the food; Bernard commented that she was acting like she had "just got back from the store." Bernard came up with the idea of making an S.O.S. sign to display on the beach and got the group together for a meeting about building it. In the meeting, Bernard said that they had given up on getting rescued. Rose interrupted Bernard and said that he should ask Jack before getting started, to which Bernard got angry and said that Jack was only a doctor. Rose replied that Bernard was only a dentist, embarrassing him in front of the group. ("S.O.S.")

Despite Bernard's attempts to build the SOS sign, Rose showed little interest in being rescued, as did most other Losties. Bernard later approached Rose at the water trough,
Rose and Locke have a meaningful conversation. ("S.O.S.")
telling her that no one was helping him and asked why she wasn't supporting him. Rose criticized Bernard by saying "You always have to do something!" to which Bernard replied that "If I didn't always have to do something you wouldn't be here!," implying that his idea to take her to Isaac of Uluru saved her life. Rose walked away. Later she approached Locke, and they began to discuss Bernard’s S.O.S. sign. Locke's leg was injured at the time, and Rose told him that they both knew his injury would heal faster than normal. Later Rose approached Bernard, who was struggling to build the sign by himself. Rose apologized to him, and revealed that Isaac hadn't healed her, but the Island did with the same properties that also cured John Locke's paralysis. Rose guessed that if she left the Island, the cancer would return. Bernard told her that they would never leave in that case, and the two embraced lovingly. ("S.O.S.")

Days 90-91 (Season 3)

Rose scolds Jack for his response regarding Bernard's safety. ("Greatest Hits")

Following the implosion of the Swan station and the capture of Jack, Kate, and Sawyer on day 67, Bernard and Rose were not seen on-screen until day 90, so little is known about what they did during this period of time.

After Rousseau retrieved dynamite from the Black Rock, Rose (with a different hairstyle) and Bernard searched through the plane wreckage to find wire in order to detonate the dynamite. The pieces of wire had to be strongly knotted together into longer lengths, something Bernard seemed to have trouble doing well. Rose, who was much more adept at the task, showed Bernard how to knot them correctly. She was later concerned for Bernard as he planned to be a shooter of the explosives during the Others' beach raid, but didn't stop him doing so. Jack stated that only the shooters are staying behind, which followed by Rose's objections. She asked him if he can promise her Bernard will be safe, only for Jack to promise that if they don't kill the Others, it's not going matter where Bernard is. Rose sarcastically responds that Jack almost became an optimist since he returned. ("Greatest Hits")

Rose threatens to punch Jack in the face. ("Through the Looking Glass")

Before leaving with the others for the radio tower, Rose reminded Bernard that he was "not Rambo" and warned him that he should be careful. At night, after leaving the beach, Rose and the other survivors heard only two of the three expected explosions, and Rose grew deeply concerned, and angry at Jack, saying "If you say 'Live together, die alone' to me, Jack, I'm gonna punch you in your face." Before reaching the radio tower, Rose and Sun were delighted to hear that their husbands were alive and well. She reached the tower with everyone else and was overjoyed when Jack finally made contact with Naomi's ship. ("Through the Looking Glass")

Days 91-100 (Season 4)

Rose declares that on the Island people do not get sick. ("Something Nice Back Home")

Rose celebrated with the other survivors, while waiting for rescue. She even jokingly implied to Claire that she should have sex with Charlie upon his return, because he saved the day. After journeying to the cockpit, she reunited with Bernard. When Locke showed up to recruit people for his side, Bernard offered to go with Locke, because Rose had vowed never to leave the island. However, Rose's contempt for Locke made her stay with Jack, and Bernard followed. ("The Beginning of the End")

A week later, Rose and Bernard hassled Charlotte and Daniel, wanting to know about the freighter. Their bickering was interrupted by Jack, who needed emergency surgery to remove his infected appendix. While washing down a table for the surgery, Bernard saw that Rose looked rather unsettled. Rose then questions Bernard as to why Jack was sick. Bernard chalked up Jack's illness to bad luck, but Rose thought that it wasn't a coincidence that Jack was ill, because people do not get sick on the Island.
Rose scolds Miles for taking peanuts for himself. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
Bernard tells her that sometimes people simply just get sick, to which she replies "Not here". Here, they get better." ("Something Nice Back Home")

The next day, Rose, along with some other survivors, discussed what to do following the discovery of the satellite phone, just dropped from the helicopter. Later that day. Rose watched some of the other survivors leave in the Zodiac, heading for safety on the freighter. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")

Later, she berated Miles for taking food from the survivors' supply without permission. Miles belatedly asks permission, and she warns him that she'll be watching him. Rose did not leave for the Kahana on either of Daniel's raft trips; she remained on the Island when it was moved. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

Season 5

Time Flashes

Rose and Bernard meet up with Sawyer and Juliet, after the Island has moved. ("Because You Left")

After the Island was moved through time by Ben, Bernard ran out of the woods yelling for Rose. Rose then ran out of the woods as well, and the two were reunited. Both then asked what the loud noise was and why the sky lit up. Sawyer told them not to panic and just head back to camp, but Bernard said they couldn't go back to the camp because there was no camp anymore. He says that the kitchen, tents, and everything was gone. ("Because You Left")

At camp that night, Bernard tried get a fire going, with Rose critiquing his technique nearby. Neil and Rose promptly argued, as Neil was being stubborn and whiny about the lack of fire and food. Shortly afterward, the camp was attacked by flaming arrows. Everyone ran into the jungle, agreeing to meet up by the stream when they reached safety. Rose and Bernard were among those who survived and continued running to safety. Cunningham, the Other, seemed certain the missing survivors were either captured or murdered by the Others. ("The Lie")

In 1977

Rose and Bernard are discovered after spending 3 years by themselves in the jungle. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Rose and Bernard later reappeared when Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet escaped from the submarine. Rose, initially, appeared unhappy that they had been discovered. The couple revealed the small cabin in which they had been living with Vincent for the past three years. They expressed that they were happy living peacefully on their own, away from the violence and drama that the other survivors had always been involved with. Although unstated, the middle-aged couple had obviously been left alone by the Monster. Rose, whose cancer clearly was no longer affecting her, showed no signs of concern about a nuclear weapon on the island, and promptly directed the group towards the Barracks, saying farewell. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Flash-sideways Timeline (Season 6)

Aboard Flight 815

Rose and Jack on the plane to LAX
Rose is seen on the plane next to Jack. She appears calmer than in the original plane trip. Bernard returns from the bathroom near the tail of the plane. While in the flight, Sun sitting a few rows down observes the happiness the couple share and questions her own relationship with Jin. Rose and Bernard were asleep for the rest of the flight, and Jack asks Rose if she saw Desmond sitting next to him, which she didn't while being alsleep. Rose and Bernard are later seen leaving the plane arriving at LAX. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")

After the Flight


  • Rose was the eighteenth character to ever have a flashback.
  • She and her husband were the first minor characters to have a flashback.
  • Rose is the only minor character that was inside the hatch.
  • Rose is one of the only recurring characters to appear in every season of the show, since the Pilot.
  • Rose has met all the main characters except Richard, Ilana and Lapidus.
    • She has not met Ben formally, but she has seen him and knows who he is.
  • Rose's episode count so far is 23 (as of "LA X, Parts 1 & 2").
  • Rose along with Bernard, Desmond, Frank, Naomi, Jacob, and Ilana are the only recurring characters that received flashback episodes other than the characters comprising the official main cast. Desmond, Frank, and Ilana later joined the main cast.
  • During the DVD audio commentary on "The 23rd Psalm", the producers talk about the moment in the pilot where Rose says the "Monster" sounds familiar. They reveal that while searching for monster sounds for "Pilot, Part 1", they came across the sound of a New York City taxi fare printer, and decided to use the sound for the "Monster." This sound would obviously be familiar to Rose, as an inhabitant of the Bronx.
  • The flight manifest from the German website states Rose's full name as "Rose Bernstein". 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're to be considered non-canonical.
  • In the 05/21/07 podcast, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse joked that Rose & Bernard would later have their own romance-themed spinoff show entitled "Rose & Bernard's Love Island", with Charlie as a pool boy.
  • In the graphic novel Watchmen, a newsstand vendor named Bernard started his newsstand after his wife, Rose, died of cancer.
  • Both Rose and Frank are from the Bronx.

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