- This article is about the episode. For the in-show event, see The Incident (event).
"The Incident, Parts 1 & 2"
Special guest star(s)
"The Incident, Parts 1 & 2" are the 16th and 17th episodes of Season 5 of Lost, the finale of Season 5, and the 102nd and 103rd produced hours of the series as a whole. It was broadcast on May 13, 2009. Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the Island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.
Previously on Lost
and an unnamed man
discuss their rivalry.
Sometime before 1867, a blond man (dressed in a white shirt and black pants) is in a stone-columned room, spinning thread for a tapestry he is weaving and using a long-bladed knife as a beater. Outside on the beach, he snares a fish and cooks it on a rock over a fire. As he eats, he watches a ship, perhaps The Black Rock, on the horizon. Another man (dressed in a black shirt and gray pants) approaches him. He asks how the ship found the Island and accuses the blond man of having brought it there, and declares that one day he will find a "loophole" which will allow him to kill the blond man. The blond man appears unperturbed, promising in return: "When you do, I'll be right here." The man in the black shirt says, "Always nice talking to you, Jacob" and walks away, as the statue is finally shown in its colossal entirety, revealing it to depict Tawaret, the Egyptian goddess of fertility.
promise she will never steal again.
Sometime in the late 1980s, a young Kate instructs her friend, Tom, on their upcoming mission; The two enter a convenience store and Kate attempts to steal a lunchbox. While at first it seems as if she has succeeded, she's caught on her way out the door by the shopkeeper, Mr. Springer, who threatens to call the police and her mother. Jacob appears behind Kate, and offers to pay for the lunchbox, which satisfies the shopkeeper, who warns Kate never to return to the store without her parents. Jacob then makes Kate promise to never steal again. She agrees and Jacob teasingly touches her nose.
A young Sawyer
accepts a pen from Jacob
at his parents' funeral.
In 1976, a funeral is being held for Mrs. and Mr. Ford, while a young James Ford quietly looks on as their coffins are loaded into hearses. James is writing his letter to Anthony Cooper, known to him as Tom Sawyer. Jacob approaches James and grazes his fingers as he hands him a pen to replace his own, which has just run out of ink. Immediately after Jacob's departure, James' uncle, Doug, prompts him to get ready to leave for the cemetery. Doug reads the first half of the letter James wrote and tells him he shouldn't seek revenge but move on, because "what's done is done."
distracts Sayid while Nadia
is hit by a speeding car.
In 2005, Sayid tells Nadia they need to find the perfect place to celebrate, and suggests Paris or Berlin. Nadia jokingly remarks that she would settle for finding her sunglasses. Jacob approaches Sayid and asks for directions, mentioning that he is "lost." Nadia continues across the street and turns back to face Sayid and Jacob to say that she has found her sunglasses. A car hits her and Jacob touches Sayid's shoulder and then Sayid runs to her side as the driver drives away. As she lies mortally wounded on the street, she asks Sayid, in Arabic, to take her home.
Sometime prior to 2007, Ilana lies in a hospital bed in Russia, heavily bandaged, when a nurse arrives and informs her that a person has come to visit her; she insists that Ilana should see him as he is her first visitor. Jacob arrives, and apologizes to her in Russian, saying he should have come to visit her earlier. In English, he asks her to help him and she says she will. He is not shown making physical contact with her, but he is shown wearing black gloves.
visits John immediately after his fall from an eighth floor window.
In 2000, Jacob is reading a book while sitting on a bench outside a building in Tustin, California. Behind him, John Locke falls to the ground after being pushed out of an eighth story window by Anthony Cooper. As bystanders rush to the scene, Jacob calmly closes his book and approaches John. John appears to have died on impact, but when Jacob touches his shoulder, Locke gasps and opens his eyes. Jacob tells him everything will be all right and he is sorry this has happened to him.
Sun & Jin
At their wedding, Jin and Sun exchange vows. Jin claims that being separated from his wife would be much like the Earth being separated from the sky. At the reception, after Aunt Soo congratulates them and playfully asks when they plan to start a family; Sun plays along, saying they may start during their honeymoon. Jacob approaches and says he wants to give them his blessing. Touching each one of them on the shoulder with each of his hands, he tells them in Korean that their love is special and not to take it for granted. After he leaves, Sun and Jin are both perplexed at exactly who he was and Jin remarks that his Korean was excellent.
Following a heated discussion with his father
, Jack speaks to Jacob
Around 2001 while Jack is performing his first solo surgery, he accidentally nicks the patient's dural sac. He begins to panic, but Christian tells him to count to five and that if Jack doesn't calm down, Christian will do the surgery himself, adding that if it is done improperly the girl will be paralyzed for the rest of her life. Later, after his Apollo Bar gets stuck in the vending machine, Jack tells Christian he's angry at him because he embarrassed him in front of his team. Christian implies that Jack doesn't have faith in himself. As Jack starts to walk away, Jacob offers him the candy bar from the machine; it had fallen after Jacob purchased a second candy bar. He grazes Jack's hand as he hands it over and says, "I guess it needed a little push."
Juliet's father and mother tell her and Rachel they have to talk about something important. Juliet thinks they are going to tell them they have to move again, but Rachel is upset and tells Juliet their parents are getting a divorce. They say they love each other but they are just not meant to be together. Juliet is enraged and runs off, refusing their offers to help her cope with the situations. She cannot understand how two people can love each other but not stay together. Her mother tells her she will understand when she is older, but Juliet shouts that she does not want to understand.
gives Hugo the info he needs to get back to the Island.
In 2007, Hurley is being released from prison. He tries to convince the prison clerk that he shouldn't be released because he is a murderer. The prison clerk says he's been discharged and should go to a cab standing in front of the building. Hurley shares a cab with Jacob, and on the seat between them is a guitar case. Hurley assumes Jacob just got out of jail too, but Jacob addresses him as Hugo and says he came specifically to meet him. When Hurley assumes that Jacob must be one of the dead people he sees and talks with, Jacob assures him that he is not dead. He asks Hurley why he won't go back to the island. Hurley says he believes he is cursed and has caused all of the death and tragedy that has surrounded him. Jacob tells him he is blessed to have the ability to speak with his dead friends and assures Hurley that he is not crazy. He tells Hurley about Ajira Flight 316 and says all he has to do is be on that plane, which is leaving in 24 hours. He touches Hurley on the shoulder and reminds him that it is his choice. As Jacob leaves the cab, Hurley tells him he left his guitar. Jacob says it's not his guitar and walks away.
On the Island
Kate, Juliet and Sawyer are on the submarine leaving the Island. Kate convinces Juliet and Sawyer they need to stop Jack from detonating a hydrogen bomb on the island. They manage to break free and force the captain to surface. They tell him to continue on his course as soon as they leave the submarine. When they arrive on the Island, they are greeted by Vincent the dog, who has been in the care of Rose and Bernard for the past three years. Rose explains that she and Bernard are now retired and live a quiet life in their cabin near the beach, scavenging food and avoiding detection from the DHARMA Initiative. Bernard says all he and Rose care about is being together. When he says this, Juliet sees Sawyer look at Kate. Juliet says they need to get to the Barracks and Rose points them in the right direction. As they walk away, Bernard asks Juliet if she is sure she doesn't want some tea. Juliet says, "Maybe some other time."
Meanwhile, in the tunnels under the DHARMA Initiative's Barracks, Jack and Sayid dismantle the hydrogen bomb in order to remove its core, which itself consists of a small nuclear bomb. Sayid explains that he will be able to modify the bomb core so that it will detonate on impact. Richard Alpert and Eloise Hawking assist Jack and Sayid in entering the Barracks via the basement of Horace and Amy's house. When Eloise is about to enter the basement to secure the area, Richard knocks her out because she is pregnant and he doesn't want her traveling with them to detonate the bomb. Afterward, he leaves Sayid and Jack on their own. There is a lot of activity at the Barracks and Jack wonders how they'll get to the Swan. There is no one at the Goodspeeds' house to interfere and Sayid dons one of Horace's DHARMA jumpsuits in order to blend in. However, as they cross the quadrangle, Roger Linus recognizes and shoots him. A gunfight follows, but Jack and Sayid escape with Jin and Miles in a van driven by Hurley, who drives toward the construction site of the Swan while Jack treats Sayid's wounds. Hurley has to stop the van when he sees Juliet, Sawyer and Kate standing in his way.
Jack and Sawyer discuss the situation away from the other survivors. Sawyer expresses his opinion that "what's done is done" and that they shouldn't try to change the past. Jack claims it is his destiny to change the past and that John Locke has always been right about the island. Jack and Sawyer get into a fistfight. Juliet, who now agrees with Jack, breaks up the fight. When Sawyer asks what changed her mind, she tells him it was the way he looked at Kate. She tells him that although they love each other, they are not meant to be together, and that if they never meet then she will never have to lose him.
With everyone agreeing on the upcoming plan, although it's unclear what changed Kate's mind, Jack enters the construction site of the Swan station at the same time security officer Phil arrives with a team of armed men. On the orders of Radzinsky, Dr. Pierre Chang continues drilling into the energy source beneath the construction site.
Jack is assisted by the other 1977 survivors in taking the Swan site. As Jack sneaks into the area, he is spotted by Phil, who begins shooting at Jack. To Radzinsky's surprise, a DHARMA Van speeds into the gunfight, and Kate, Juliet, Miles, and Sawyer jump out and join the fight. Sawyer grabs Phil and holds him hostage, telling Pierre Chang to stop the drill. Chang responds that he can't, since the drill is being pulled into the shaft by itself. Radzinsky shouts that the drill has hit the pocket of electromagnetism. As the gunfire stops, Jack drops the bomb's core into the drilling shaft, but nothing happens. Suddenly, the sky begins to make a strange noise, a puff of steam shoots out of the shaft, and small magnetic objects like handguns and tools are sucked into the hole. The energy grows, and larger objects like wheelbarrows, oil drums, and iron beams are pulled in; Jack is hit over the head by a flying toolbox. The large drilling apparatus collapses, crushing Chang's hand; he is rescued by Miles and flees the site. Radzinsky and his men try to drive away in a jeep, but the magnetism topples the car and prevents them from escaping. Phil retrieves his weapon and smugly prepares to execute an unarmed Sawyer, but metal scaffolding falls on top of him and a flying rebar impales him, killing him. A heavy metal chain is pulled toward the shaft, wrapping itself around Juliet
and taking her with it. Sawyer and Kate rush to her assistance, but their attempts to pull her out of the hole are futile, and she plunges down the shaft.
A severely injured Juliet pounds Jughead's core with a rock.
Jack regains consciousness and helps Kate pull a distraught Sawyer off the wreckage of the drilling apparatus, which collapses into the shaft and falls on top of Juliet. Severely injured, Juliet sees the bomb lying next to her, cushioned by the mud. She picks up a rock and hits the hydrogen bomb's fission core eight times until a flash of white and the noise of an explosion end the episode.
Richard leads Locke, Ben, Sun and the Others toward the remains of the four-toed statue, where Jacob resides. Locke assigns Ben the task of killing Jacob and provides motivation by reminding Ben of the all the bad things that have happened to him. On the way, Richard addresses his skepticism to Locke, stating that though the Island has done miraculous things, it has never brought one back to life. Locke argues that he has never seen a man that has never aged, which Richard attributes to Jacob. Claiming he wants to thank Jacob, Locke tells Richard that they must also "take care of" the other Ajira passengers. Richard inquiries Locke, with his answer: "You know what I mean." The group stops to take a brief break at the Oceanic survivors' old campsite. Sun sees the crib Locke made for Aaron, and when she turns it over she finds Charlie's ring. As Ben sits in solitude, Locke approaches him and notes the remnant of the hatch door is seen behind them; where they first met. Ben asks why it must be he who kills Jacob. Locke reminds Ben of all his misfortunes he had in the name of Jacob, a man he has never even met: "So the question is, Ben, why the hell wouldn't you want to kill Jacob?"
At the same time, a group of survivors from Ajira Flight 316, including Ilana and Bram, paddle a canoe to the main Island, bringing with them Frank Lapidus and a giant metal crate from the cargo of the plane. When Frank wakes, they tell him he may be a "candidate" and could be a friend to them. They open the crate and Frank is dismayed by what's inside. The group travels to Jacob's cabin, where they find the ring of ash disturbed. Ilana enters the cabin and finds it in disarray, deserted except for a scrap of cloth bearing a picture of the statue. Ilana tells the others that "he isn't there" and that someone else has been using it. She orders the cabin be set on fire, and the group proceeds to the statue.
At the remains of the statue, Locke and Ben appear to be surprised when Richard tells them that this is where Jacob lives. Sun asks Ben what happened to the rest of the statue. Ben says, "It was like that when I got here." Sun does not believe him, and Ben acknowledges that he is not surprised at her disbelief.
As twilight falls, Locke demands to be led to Jacob. He brings Ben with him against Richard's wishes. Richard pushes a stone door open, and Ben and Locke enter a chamber in the base of statue. Locke hands Ben a knife, telling him that "things will change" once Jacob is gone. Ben looks up through an opening in the roof at the remaining foot of the statue.
Outside, the Ajira group arrives, and Ilana asks for "Ricardus." Richard corrects her by saying, "It's Richard, actually." Ilana asks, "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Richard replies in Latin, "Ille qui nos omnes servabit" ("He who will save us all"). Ilana reveals the contents of the crate: John Locke's dead body, which Ilana's crew found in the cargo hold of Ajira 316. Sun looks at Locke's body and then toward the statue, and asks, "If that's Locke, then who is in there?"
Inside the chamber, Jacob immediately recognizes the true identity of Locke's impersonator and remarks "Well I guess you found your loophole." The imposter replies that he had indeed, and that Jacob had no idea what he had gone through to be here. Jacob tells Ben that no matter what he has been told, he still has a choice, that he can simply leave so the two adversaries can discuss their "issues." Ben asks Jacob about all the times he was neglected and ignored despite his faithful service, complains that Locke was the favored one, and asks, "What about me?" Jacob's only reply is, "What about you?" After hearing this Ben snaps and stabs Jacob twice. Jacob whispers to Locke's impersonator, "They're coming." The impersonator rolls Jacob into the fire pit in the center of the room, and Jacob burns.
- This is the first time Jacob’s cabin is seen in daylight.
- This is the third time Sawyer is seen crying. The first time was when he witnessed the death of his parents, the second was when he killed the real Sawyer in the Black Rock.
- Richard Alpert responded to the question "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" in Latin, with "Ille qui nos omnes servabit." This could translate as: "He who will protect/save us all."
- More accurate translations might be either, "That man who will save us all," or, "That which will save us all," if the noun in question is of the masculine gender. The Latin word ille does not necessarily refer to a person. The enhanced version of this episode says the intended translation is "He who will save us all."
- Jacob physically touches each of the Oceanic 815 survivors he visits in his flashbacks.
- Kate and Sawyer are touched by Jacob as children.
- Jack, Locke, Jin, and Sun are all touched several years before Flight 815.
- Hurley and Sayid are both touched by Jacob after having left the Island.
- The only flashback scene in which Jacob does not appear is the scene featuring Juliet; she is the only one of the flashback characters who would become an Other.
- This is the first time that the Monster (in the guise of Locke) has been seen on Hydra Island.
- When Jack tries to get the Apollo bar from the vending machine, there is a candy bar with the name "Lindo's" to the right of it. This is an apparent reference to executive producer Damon Lindelof.
- The things the police officer gives back to Hurley when he gets released from the prison (money, a pen and a candy) are the same ones Jacob gives to Kate, Sawyer and Jack.
- The hieroglyphs on the panels are revealed to document many cultures that lived on the island for thousands of years according to the enhanced episode.
- According to ABC's profile of Ilana, she was in the hospital for bad burns.
- Daniel and Desmond do not appear in this episode.
- Last time Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) and Jeremy Davies (Daniel) are credited as part of the main cast.
- This is the first finale in which some of the living and credited main characters do not appear.
- This is the first finale in which Walt does not appear.
- This is the first finale since Season 1 to end on the Island.
- For the second season finale in a row, Ben stabs someone to death. The first was Keamy in "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3".
- For the second season finale in a row, a deceased Locke is revealed inside a container at the end of the episode. The first was in "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3"
- This episode has the longest guest cast list of any episode of Lost.
- The opening credits list "Part 1" as written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and "Part 2" as written by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.
- The wedding scene is the first and only new scene in the season where Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim share a scene. They previously appeared together in reused footage from "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3" in "The Lie".
- Jacob and Ilana become the sixth and seventh guest-starring characters in the series to have his or her own flashback. (The others were Rose, Bernard, Desmond [who later joined the main cast], Frank, and Naomi.) Jacob is also the seventeenth character to be introduced in a flashback before being introduced in the main story timeline (after Eloise Hawking, Richard Alpert, Danny Pickett, Beatrice Klugh, Ana Lucia Cortez, Penelope Hume, Alex, Charles Widmore, Anthony Cooper, Juliet Burke, Carole Littleton, Carmen Reyes, David Reyes, Frank Lapidus, Miles Straume and Charlotte Lewis).
- This is the third time there has been a flashback for a character after that character has died (in this case, Locke). The other two times were Naomi in "Confirmed Dead" and Locke (again) in "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" (though it can be argued that in this episode the flashback was shown from Jacob's perspective, and that in both cases for Locke it wasn't known that he was dead).
- The closing title appears as black text on a white background, in transition with the white flash. This is the first time a color-inverted title has been used.
- Of the primary speaking characters, only Desmond, Penny and Walt remain off the Island at the conclusion of the episode. The children Aaron, Ji-Yeon and Charlie Hume are also elsewhere.
- This is the first time Kate's life before she went on the run has been featured in the show. Previously, her earliest flashback took place when she killed her father.
- A Lost: On Location for this episode is available on the Season 5 DVD.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- When Richard is breaking through the wall with the sledge, there's no way possible he could have broken through a stone wall, with a block wall behind it, in only six blows. While concrete blocks are easily breakable, this is not the case once they are cemented together. Cementing them together solidifies them, and makes breaking them extremely difficult, even for a jack hammer or a kango.
- As Jack and Sayid are leaving the barracks, immediately after Roger shoots Sayid, Jack fires 11 or 12 rounds without reloading from a 1911-style .45, which typically uses a magazine that carries only 7 rounds (plus one in the chamber).
- During Kate's flashback to the 1980s, bottles of Malibu Tropical Banana and Absolut 100 Black can be seen on the shelf. Both products were not introduced until 2007. Additionally, there is visible in the background a modern looking stereo system.
- The straps on Jack's surgical mask appear both above and below his ears in different shots during the surgery scene.
- In the gunfight at the Swan site, Kate's gun is shown as out of ammo, but the next shot shows her continuing to shoot, then she replenishes the magazine.
- When Sawyer is greeted by Vincent on the beach, a treat is visible in his left hand which Vincent proceeds to eat.
- Sayid incorrectly refers to the core of Jughead as a "thermonuclear" bomb. The whole device is a thermonuclear bomb, which produces explosive energy through nuclear fusion, but the core is a nuclear fission bomb. No nuclear fission bomb in 1954 was small and light enough to carry in a backpack.
- In "Jughead" the bomb was deemed to be dangerous because the casing had cracked and the special nuclear material was leaking out; in this episode they completely ignore the loss of the SNM.
- The word "DHARMA" moves around on Sawyer's jumpsuit: in the scene of Rose and Bernard's house, it's slightly moved up, as if it was drawn incorrectly. And then, in the scene of Sawyer and Jack's "talk," it's back in its place.
- The bloodstain on Jack's jumpsuit is inconsistent. In one shot it has clear stripes, in other it's all red.
- When Jacob's enemy pushes a stabbed Jacob into the fire pit, Jacob's figure is clearly a stunt model.
- In the scene at the beginning with the unfinished tapestry, the Greek letters are wrong. Xi "Ξ" is used for epsilon "Ε" and zeta "Ζ" for the last sigma "Σ". This has been corrected for the later scenes with the finished tapestry. However the last word on the bottom line of the finished tapestry has an omicron "Ο" where there should be an omega "Ω".
- Just before Jack is punched by Sawyer, Jack walks away, yet in the next shot they are standing next to each other again.
- When Sayid, Sun and Jin see the remains of the statue in "Live Together, Die Alone", they set off from the beach camp in a clockwise direction around the Island. In this episode, Richard leads the group counter-clockwise around the coast to reach the statue, passing through the camp on their way.
- The last scene when Juliet is at the bottom of the shaft, blood pours from side of her mouth, then she coughs up blood onto her chin. At different points when the camera cuts to the bomb and back to Juliet the blood is gone then returns. When she is banging on the bomb most of the blood is gone from her mouth. In addition, when she is turning from her back to her stomach she is coughing, the scene cuts to her on her stomach, the sound of her coughing continues; however, it is seen that she is not actually coughing at this point.
- At the beginning of the episode, Jacob wears a white shirt and his Nemesis wears a black shirt.
- Sun's wedding dress is white and Jin's tuxedo is black.
- When Jacob is talking to Ben, half his face is shadowed.
- Jacob's book has a white dove being struck with a black arrow.
- The title, typically white lettering on black, is inverted at the end of the episode.
- John Locke's face is half shadowed in various parts of the episode.
- Jacob tells Ben he still has a choice: to do what his enemy says or to leave.
- Jacob assures Hurley that he has a choice with respect to returning to the Island.
- Juliet believes her love for Sawyer is never meant to be because of his affection for Kate and also because she reasoned her parents who claimed to love each other still pursued a divorce.
- Juliet claims that if they succeed at changing the past, then she will never have to lose Sawyer.
- Sawyer tells Jack that if they succeed at altering the past, then Jack and Kate will be only strangers. Jack responds by asserting "If it's meant to be, it's meant to be."
- Juliet changed her mind about leaving the Island, stopping Jack, then helping him to destroy the Swan.
- The biggest illustration of fate versus free will is the detonation of the Jughead. The cliffhanger for Season Five: is it possible for the time-shifting survivors to change the timeline, or it it the case that whatever happened, happened?
- Jack comments that the crash of Flight 815 seems like "a million years ago." Kate replies, "Or thirty years from now."
- Jacob, like Richard, doesn't seem to age.
- Regarding his tapestry, Jacob says, "It takes a very long time when you're making a thread, but I suppose that's the point, isn't it?"
- Ben says he was told that he had to wait and be patient in order to see Jacob.
- Juliet struck the Jughead core 8 times.
- When a young Kate and her friend were about to steal from the shop, the car they were standing besides has a plate number of: "XA7 023."
- AA 823 is shown on the bottom left corner of the crate carrying Locke's body.
- Sawyer tells Jack that his parents died when he was eight years old.
- When Roger shoots Sayid, it is the 4th time we have seen Sayid shot in the show. More than any other character so far.
- Jack opens his eyes in surgery after counting to 4. (The Numbers) (Eyes)
- Sawyer calls Juliet "Blondie" and Miles "Enos". He also tells Miles that there "ain't no more 'LaFleur'".
- Sawyer calls the Barracks "Dharmaville".
- Bram calls Frank a "Yahoo".
- Christian calls Jack "Kiddo".
- An encircled Eye of Horus is at the top and center of Jacob's tapestry. (Eyes)
- A close-up of Ilana's right eye is shown. (Eyes)
- A car strikes and kills Nadia. (Car accidents) (Life and death)
- Bram tells Frank, "We're the good guys." (Good and bad people)
- Bernard and Rose live by themselves in the jungle. (Isolation)
- As a young boy, Sawyer deals with his father having killed himself and Sawyer's mother, after Anthony Cooper conned them. (Parent issues) (Life and death) (Deceptions and cons)
- Young Sawyer, already having set his mind, starts a life of deception by lying to his uncle. (Deceptions and cons)
- Juliet and Rachel deal with their parents' divorce. (Parent issues)
- Jacob touches 8 people off the Island who have been, or will be, on the Island. (Character connections) (The Numbers)
- Jacob says the words "I'm sorry" in four of his eight encounters with characters off-island: Sawyer, Sayid, Ilana, and Locke; in these four encounters, death or injury is involved. He does not use these words in the other four encounters.
- Jacob seemingly brings Locke back to life. (Rebirth)
- The desire for Jacob's enemy to find a loophole to finally kill Jacob himself seems to have resulted in a massive con involving the need to deceive Richard, Ben, Locke, Jack and most everyone involved in the island at this point. (Deceptions and cons)
- Jacob's enemy is pretending that he is John Locke back from the dead, but John Locke's body was found in the cargo hold. (Life and death)
- Miles saves Dr. Chang's life and calls him "Dad" for the first time. (Life and Death) (Parent issues)
- The reason for Dr. Chang's missing hand is explained. (Missing Body Parts)
- Sayid says that nothing can save him. (Redemption)
- Hurley is released from prison. (Imprisonment)
- Eloise is pregnant in 1977. (Pregnancies)
- Jacob's home is inside the statue, not the cabin. (Isolation)
- A rebar pierces Phil's chest and kills him. (Life and death)
- In the 1800s, the four-toed statue is complete, but after 1977 it only has its four-toed foot. (Missing body parts)
- Jacob's nemesis claims that Jacob brought a ship to the Island. The nemesis then claims "...people brought to the Island always bring destruction, corruption," and "that it always ends the same." Jacob denies this and claims that there is one ending and everything else is "progress". The enemy says he will kill Jacob one day but seemingly can't without a loophole. (Life and death) (Fate versus free will)
- Taweret: The giant statue is of Taweret, the demon-wife of Apep, the original god of evil. She also was seen as the Egyptian deity of protection in pregnancy and childbirth. (Religion and ideologies)
- Hieroglyphs: Jacob's tapestry contains numerous hieroglyphs. (Science)
- Everything That Rises Must Converge: Jacob was reading this book by Flannery O'Connor on the bench before Locke fell from the building. It is a collection of short stories that was published posthumously in 1965. (Literary works)
- New Kids on the Block: As a young girl, Kate tried to steal a lunch box featuring this band. The lunch box was later used for Kate and Tom's time capsule. (Music)
- Three Cigarettes (In an Ashtray): This song by Patsy Cline was playing in the convenience store when Kate tried to steal the lunchbox. (Music)
- Odyssey: Jacob's tapestry contains two Ancient Greek phrases from Homer's Odyssey: "may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires" and "may the gods grant thee happiness". (Literary works)
- General MacArthur: a third phrase on the tapestry ("only the dead have seen the end of war") is a quote made famous by general MacArthur who misattributed it to Plato. (History)
- Thomas Edison: A passionate Radzinsky references this famous American businessman and inventor of the light bulb when he tells Dr. Chang, "If Edison was only worried about the consequences, we'd all be sitting in the dark." (Science)
- Mysteries of the Ancient Americas: This book, published by Reader's Digest in 1986, is on the table during Juliet's flashback. (Image) (Literary works)
- The Dukes of Hazzard: Sawyer refers to Miles as "Enos", the deputy on this 1970s television show. (Movies and TV)
- The Bible: Ben says Locke was brought to Jacob "as if he was Moses" after Ben spent 35 years waiting to meet him. (Literary works) (Religion and ideologies)
- Astrology: Locke asks if he can ask Ben a question, to which Ben replies "I'm a Pisces." (Religions and ideologies)
- The Great Escape: Sawyer references this book and film when he refers to Juliet pushing for "The Great Sub Escape". (Literary works) (Movies and TV)
- Gauss: Pierre Chang warns Radzinksy that the gauss readings have jumped off the charts. The gauss is a unit of magnetic flux density or magnetic induction, named after the German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss. (Science)
- Blondie is the name of a popular comic strip created by Chic Young and a the defining New Wave band from the late 1970's fronted by Debbie Harry.
- Jacob tells his nemesis that he'll be right by the statue when he finds the loophole to kill him. (Foreshadowing)
- Ilana and Bram show Lapidus something in a box which is hidden to the viewer. The next scene shows the coffins of Sawyer's parents. (Foreshadowing)
- John Locke is revealed to be an impostor, while the real Locke is still dead. (Plot twist)
- Locke is consistently told he is special, yet ends out dead in an airline crate. (Irony)
- Jack is the one who finally assures Richard to trust a future John Locke in spite of his misgivings, setting up the terrible events that take place 30 years in the future. (Irony)
- Jacob's reading Everything That Rises Must Converge as Locke falls eight stories to the ground. (Irony)
- Bram tells Frank that what's not in the crate is "a hell of a lot scarier" that what is in the crate. (Foreshadowing)
- At their wedding, Jin vows to Sun that they will always be together. (Irony)
- Sun asks Ben who Jacob is, unaware she had already met him. (Irony)
- A fight breaks out as Sawyer takes Jack's place as the man of science while Jack takes Locke's place as the man of faith. (Irony) (Juxtaposition)
- A man posing as the deceased Locke manipulates Ben. Ben once manipulated the real Locke by pretending to be someone else who was also dead. (Irony)
- Ben seems to be the only person who hadn't met Jacob yet he appeared to have all the answers. (Irony)
- Both young Sawyer and young Kate makes promises they do not keep. (Foreshadowing)
- Juliet is wearing a red shirt throughout the episode. (Foreshadowing)
- Juliet convinces Sawyer to help Jack detonate the hydrogen bomb by saying, "Live together, die alone." When she detonates the hydrogen bomb at the bottom of the shaft, she is alone. (Irony)
- The episode ends with Juliet apparently detonating the hydrogen bomb. (Cliffhanger)
- This episode continues the tradition of a significant plot element of a season blowing up in the season finale:
- Season 1, the Hatch and the second raft ("Exodus, Part 2")
- Season 2, the Swan station ("Live Together, Die Alone")
- Season 3, the Others ("Through the Looking Glass")
- Season 4, the Kahana ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
- Season 5, the Swan station again (and, arguably, Jughead)
- Juliet believes her love for Sawyer is never meant to be because of the reasons her parents who claimed to still love each other gave for their divorce, and because of his affection for Kate. (Relationships)
- Sawyer and Jack fight hand to hand. (Rivalries)
- Ben continues to be jealous of Locke's leadership of the Others. (Rivalries)
- Radzinsky ignores Dr. Chang's demand to stop the drilling. (Rivalries)
- Ben stabs Jacob to death with a knife. (Crimes)
- When Frank is shown the contents of the box, he says "terrific," mirroring the way Charlie said it. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Jack's "count to five" story, which he described to Kate when they first met, is depicted in a flashback. In addition, Jack recalls this first meeting. ("Pilot, Part 1")
- Locke looking through the flames at Jacob dying mirrors Locke looking at his wheelchair through the flames of the burning Flight 815 wreckage. ("Walkabout")
- Kate counters Jack's claim that detonating the bomb will get Aaron to his mother, mentioning that Claire was planning on giving him up for adoption anyway. ("Raised by Another") ("Do No Harm")
- The conversation between Jacob and his enemy is very similar to a conversation between Jack and Locke in season 1. ("Hearts and Minds")
- Sawyer talks to Jack about his parents' deaths. ("Outlaws")
- Kate is seen trying to steal the lunchbox that she and Tom Brennan buried as a time capsule. In addition, Tom is seen playing with his toy airplane. ("Whatever the Case May Be") ("Born to Run")
- Jack carries an explosive in his backpack through the jungle to the Swan. ("Exodus, Part 2")
- A new character opens the episode by going about his morning routine. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith") ("A Tale of Two Cities") ("Because You Left")
- Pierre Chang has his arm crushed, leading to him using prostheses. ("Orientation")
- Locke points out the Swan station's hatch door to Ben, reminding him that was where they met. ("One of Them")
- Radzinsky does not believe Pierre is right about what will happen when the pocket of energy in unleashed, just as Locke did not believe Eko about the same subject. ("Live Together, Die Alone")
- Bram's response to Frank when asked who they are is "We're The Good Guys", just like Ben told Michael. ("Live Together, Die Alone")
- The Incident directly parallels the pocket's electromagnetic control over the station as seen when Locke and Desmond do not follow protocol. ("Live Together, Die Alone")
- The Others' funeral garb is similar to Jacob's tunic. ("The Cost of Living")
- Jacob is seen reassuring Locke instants after the eight-story fall that would render him paraplegic. ("The Man from Tallahassee")
- Ben admits that he lied to Locke about Jacob. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
- Sun finds Charlie's ring in Aaron's crib. ("Greatest Hits")
- Hurley saves the day again by driving up in a DHARMA van. ("Through the Looking Glass")
- Sawyer interrupts Jack's mission to the Swan and asks for a five minute talk. In "Through the Looking Glass", Ben interrupted Jack's mission to the radio tower and asked for a five-minute talk. Both talks result in a bloody fight. ("Through the Looking Glass")
- Nadia's death is shown. ("The Shape of Things to Come")
- Jacob's enemy knows he can't kill Jacob, just as Ben says to Widmore "We both know I can't do that" according to The Rules when Widmore asks if Ben had come to kill him. ("The Shape of Things to Come")
- Frank says "I'm no tree-hugger, but isn't that a good way to torch the island?" while Ilana's groups sets fire to Jacob's cabin. Keamy told Gault they were going to torch the island. ("Cabin Fever")
- Richard mentions being off the Island three times in order to visit Locke while he was growing up. ("Cabin Fever")
- Bram calls Frank a "yahoo". ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
- The contents of a box are revealed to be the remains of Locke, with the same sweeping camera angle. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
- Ben stabbing Jacob twice to death mirrors that of Keamy. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
- Sawyer says "What's done is done," in response to Jack when he asks why he didn't stop his father shooting his mother. He said the same to Juliet when she asked him why he didn't approach Kate when he saw her delivering Aaron. ("The Little Prince")
- Kate tells Jack that she asked him never to ask about Aaron because she was angry he asked her to return to the Island. ("316")
- Ben mentions strangling Locke. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")
- Miles asks whether the detonation of Jughead was in fact the incident, much like Sayid shooting the young Ben and Jack refusing to help him led to Ben being the man who tormented them. ("He's Our You") ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
- Ben mentions that his dead daughter would kill him if he didn't listen to Locke. ("Dead Is Dead")
- The answer to "what lies in the shadow of the statue?" is finally revealed. ("Dead Is Dead")
- Kate talking to Jack near the Swan construction site is similar to them speaking near the cockpit about how events seem like a "a million years ago". ("The Beginning of the End")
- Do not answer the questions here.
- Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: The Incident, Parts 1 & 2/Theories
- Who is he?
- Why does he want to kill Jacob?
- Why does he need a loophole?
- What are his plans for the other Ajira passengers?
- How is he able to take on the form of another person?
- How was he able to acquire Locke's memories??
- Why is Jacob bringing specific people to the Island?
- How does Jacob choose these individuals?
- How does he bring them to the Island?
- What is Jacob trying to prove?
- Why did Jacob visit each person at these particular moments in their lives?
- How does he possess foreknowledge of these events?
- Why did he physically touch each of them?
- How does Jacob prevent Richard from aging?
- Why wasn't Ben allowed to see Jacob?
- Who broke the circle of ash and when did it happen?
- Who has been using the cabin?
- Why did Ilana order the cabin to be burned?
- How do Ilana and her followers know so much about the island?
- What is her connection to Jacob?
- Why was she heavily bandaged?
- Why does Ilana feel Frank is a candidate?
- What is he a candidate for?
|Jack Shephard (X)
|Portrayed by Matthew Fox and John O'Hara
"Pilot, Part 1
" • "White Rabbit
" • "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues
" • "Do No Harm
" • "Exodus, Part 1
" • "Man of Science, Man of Faith
" • "The Hunting Party
" • "A Tale of Two Cities
" • "Stranger in a Strange Land
" • "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1
" • "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2
" • "Something Nice Back Home
" • "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1
" • "There's No Place Like Home, Part 2
" • "There's No Place Like Home, Part 3
" • "316
" • "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2
" • "LA X, Part 1
" • "LA X, Part 2