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The Incident
The Incident
Season 5
Episode 16
Air Date May 13, 2009
Writer(s) Damon Lindelof
Carlton Cuse
Director Jack Bender
Flashback Jacob

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Following the acquisition of the hydrogen bomb, Jack and Sayid attempt to destroy the energy source buried beneath the Swan site, despite opposition from other time-displaced survivors. In present day, Locke is led by Richard and the Others to Jacob's location, despite Locke's hidden ulterior motives.


The episode opens as Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) sits on the beach of the island near the large statue of a four-toed figure, where he is visited by another man (Titus Welliver). The man comments on a boat in a horizon, suggesting that Jacob has brought it to the island. The man states that no matter who comes to the island the same thing happens over and over and that the man will find a loophole and find a way to kill Jacob.


Jacob talking to his brother.

Throughout the episode, several of the characters have flashbacks in which they meet Jacob. As a little girl, Kate is visited by Jacob when she shoplifts a lunchbox. At age eight, Sawyer is visited shortly after the funeral for his parents. Sayid is visited at the same time that his wife Nadia (Andrea Gabriel) is killed. Sun and Jin are visited on their wedding day Locke is visited immediately after being pushed out of a window by his father. Jack is visited after performing his first solo surgery on a young girl (a story he recounts to Kate in "Pilot - Part 1"). Ilana is visited while she is recovering in a hospital and Jacob asks her to go the island. Hurley is visited after he is released from prison, between the events of "The Little Prince" and "316". Jacob tells him that he is not cursed, but blessed and that his ability to see dead people is a gift. He tells Hurley to board Flight 316 and leaves a guitar in his possession. In one final flashback, Juliet's parents tell her that they are getting divorced, greatly upsetting her; she is not visited by Jacob.

Following the events of the previous episode, "Follow The Leader", Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) and James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) are on a submarine leaving the island. Kate convinces Juliet and Sawyer that they need to stop Jack from detonating a hydrogen bomb on the island. They force the captain to surface so that they may leave, instructing the captain to continue on course away from the island. They arrive on the island, where they are greeted by Vincent the dog, who has been in the care of Rose (L. Scott Caldwell) and Bernard (Sam Anderson) for the past three years. Rose explains to the trio that she and Bernard are now retired and live a quiet life near the beach, scavenging food and avoiding detection from the DHARMA Initiative. Rose points them in the right direction and they leave.

Meanwhile, Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) dismantle the hydrogen bomb in the tunnels under the DHARMA Initiative's barracks, in order to remove its core. Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) and Eloise Hawking (Alice Evans) assist Jack and Sayid in entering the barracks via the basement of one of the houses. Richard knocks out Eloise to prevent her traveling with them to detonate the bomb because she is pregnant. Sayid dons a DHARMA jumpsuit in order to fit in at the barracks; they almost escape before Roger Linus (Jon Gries) recognizes him and shoots him. Jack and Sayid escape in a van driven by Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia), along with Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) and Miles Straume (Ken Leung). Hurley drives to the construction site of the Swan station, while Jack treats Sayid's wounds. However they are stopped by Juliet, Sawyer and Kate.

In present day, Locke, Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson), Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim) and the Others travel to 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. At the same time, a group of survivors from Ajira Flight 316, including Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) and Bram (Brad William Henke) travel towards Jacob's cabin, with Frank Lapidus (Jeff Fahey) and a giant metal crate from the cargo of the plane. They find the cabin deserted, and set it on fire, after realizing that they must travel to the statue. Their group arrives shortly after Ben and Locke enter a chamber in the base of statue. Ilana asks Richard the question, "what lies in the shadow of the statue", and 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. Inside the chamber, Jacob correctly deduces that Locke is really the other man from the opening flashback and that he has tricked Ben into killing Jacob. Ben stabs Jacob repeatedly and the man pushes Jacob into a fire.

Jack and Sawyer discuss the situation away from the other survivors, with Sawyer expressing his opinion that "what's done is done" and that they shouldn't try to change the past. Jack claims that it's his destiny to change the past and that John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) has always been right about the island. Jack and Sawyer get into a fist fight, which is broken up by Juliet, who now agrees with Jack that they must detonate the bomb. Juliet then breaks up with Sawyer, claiming 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 now on the same page, Jack enters the construction site of the Swan station at the same time that security officer Phil (Patrick Fischler) arrives with a team of armed men. On the orders of Radzinsky (Eric Lange), Dr. Pierre Chang (François Chau) continues drilling into the energy source beneath the construction site. A massive gunfight ensues, wherein the survivors gain the upper hand, allowing Jack to drop the bomb into the pit at the same time that the drill hits the energy source. All metal items are suddenly pulled into the pit, causing Phil to be stabbed by a rebar, Dr. Chang's arm to be gravely wounded and Juliet to be dragged into the chasm by a metal chain. Sawyer grabs her hand, but is unable to save her and she falls to the bottom of the pit. Severely injured, she hits the hydrogen bomb with a rock repeatedly until it detonates. A white screen appears as it explodes and LOST appears, ending the season.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Well, you've found your loophole..."

- Jacob

"What, you got a compass?"

"No do you?"

-Sawyer and Kate

Background InformationEdit

  • This is the only episode in the series where the final sequence deviates from the standard LOST logo appearing in white on a black background to signify the end of the show. After the detonation of Jughead, the image is reversed, with LOST appearing black on a white background.
  • This is the final episode to contain flashbacks from characters who were on Oceanic 815.

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