Desmond travels to Oxford to find a woman who may be able to help the survivors trapped on the island stop jumping through time. Meanwhile, the island survivors encounter the 1954 versions of some very familiar faces.

Written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Paul Zbyszewski
Directed by Rod Holcomb

Flashback

For the third time in a row, a Season 5 episode kicked off with a flashback. This time it was Desmond, at some point in time during the three years he spent in hiding with Penny. He’s running like a madman through a village in the Philippine municipality Mabuhay, frantically searching for a man named Efrem Zolonga. Zolonga turns out to be a doctor, and Desmond takes him back to the yacht, where Penny is pregnant and in labor, bleeding profusely. The doctor delivers the baby safely, and it’s a boy.

Off the Island

Flash-forward to today, where Desmond is driving the yacht into England, following up on his decision two episodes ago to travel to Oxford, at the request of Daniel Faraday, to find Dan’s mother. Desmond’s young son, now seemingly around two years old, is at his side. He tells the boy about Great Britain, and particularly Scotland, where Des himself is from. Penny expresses concern about her father, Charles Widmore — who is also in England — finding out about Desmond being there. Desmond believes he can get in and out of Oxford and Widmore will never know.

Later, as Desmond is preparing to disembark from the boat, Penny states once again that she doesn’t want him to do this. She doesn’t understand why he has to do it now, if his instructions came from Daniel Faraday more than three years ago. Desmond doesn’t understand how it works either, but he knows that now is when he has to do it. He promises to be back to the boat by dark, at which point he’ll be done with all of this island business forever. Penny counters that she’d rather he promised never to go back to the island, but he simply says, “Why in God’s name would I ever want to go back there?”

At Oxford, Desmond speaks to a librarian who digs through the university’s archives for Daniel Faraday’s records of employment. The librarian tells him that there is no record of anyone named Faraday ever having worked at Oxford. Desmond goes to Daniel’s lab (which he remembers from “The Constant”), and finds a sign on the door stating that it is being fumigated. He enters anyway and finds the place deserted and locked down. But Daniel’s old equipment is still there, including the infamous rat maze that Desmond witnessed in the past. Desmond also notices a framed photograph of Daniel at Oxford, standing next to a woman we’ve never seen before.

A janitor interrupts Desmond in the lab, and explains that he covered up Faraday’s work after Dan left the university, “after what he did to that poor girl.” The janitor’s cover-up included destroying the rats Faraday used in an incinerator. The insinuation is that an experiment of Faraday’s went awry, and caused the girl seen in Daniel’s framed photograph to be harmed in some way.

Desmond goes to the home of the girl in Daniel’s photo, Teresa Spencer. He finds Teresa asleep or comatose in a hospital bed in her home, being cared for by a professional caretaker. Teresa’s sister, Abigail, informs him that Teresa is currently “away” — that when she awakens, she thinks she’s at different times in her own past. And this is Daniel Faraday’s doing, after which he abandoned her, leaving for the U.S. But Teresa is being taken such good care of because of the kindness of none other than Charles Widmore. Widmore pays for all of her medical expenses, and was also Faraday’s financial sponsor when he was at Oxford.

Whoa.

Angry, caution to the wind, Desmond storms into Charles Widmore’s London office and confronts the old man. Widmore admits that he knows Daniel’s mother and where she is, and concedes to Desmond’s demands to help him this one time, after which he’ll never see Desmond again. He tries to get Desmond to tell him if his daughter is safe, but Desmond won’t help him. Widmore says that Faraday’s mother is in Los Angeles, and that she’s a “very private person” who won’t take kindly to his seeking her out. Finally, he warns Desmond to deliver his message to Faraday’s mother, but then “get out of this mess.” He says that Desmond is involving himself in something that goes back many, many years, and will only endanger him and Penny.

Desmond returns to the yacht, and lies to Penny, telling her that Daniel’s mother is dead. She sees through the lie immediately, and he confesses that she’s really in Los Angeles. But, seemingly following Widmore’s advice to put distance between himself and affairs of the island, he tells Penny he has no interest in going to L.A. to continue the hunt. He promised her he would be done with this business by nightfall today, and it’s nighttime. But Penny knows him too well, and knows that he won’t be able to let go of this so easily. So she promises to go with him — her, and their son… Charlie.

On the Island

Daniel, Charlotte, Miles, and a few redshirts are heading for the creek, where Sawyer told everyone to regroup. Charlotte’s condition is worsening, with headaches, dizziness, and double vision, but Daniel tells her he’s going to prevent anything from happening to her. A few of the other survivors set off mines planted in the ground near the creek, and are blown to bits. But before the Freighter trio can find shelter, they’re surrounded by men and women carrying guns and bows & arrows. A woman named Ellie steps up, rifle in hand, and demands to know who’s in charge. Miles points to Faraday, and Ellie says to him, “You just couldn’t stay away, could you?”

They bind the hands of Daniel, Charlotte, and Miles, and start marching them back to their camp. Ellie claims her people didn’t plant the mines, and she believes Daniel’s people did. She demands to know where the rest of Daniel’s people are, but he won’t tell.

Not far away, Locke, Juliet, and Sawyer hold their would-be captors at gunpoint. Their uniforms indicate their names to be Jones and Cunningham. They speak to one another in a strange tongue, and Juliet surprises everyone by joining in. She explains that the language is Latin, and she speaks it for the same reason they do — they’re Others.

The other group is marching, and Miles reports to Daniel that they just walked over the grave of four soldiers from the U.S., who died just under a month ago. Three of them were shot, the fourth died from radiation poisoning. Daniel notices as they walk that some of these Others have bandages on their hands. They reach the meager camp and Ellie calls for Richard. Richard Alpert emerges from a tent, looking the same age that he always looks. He approaches Daniel and says, “I assume you came back for your bomb.”

Later, Daniel, Miles, and Charlotte are placed inside a tent at the Others’ camp. Richard comes in and accuses them of attacking the Others, invading their island, and conducting tests there. Dan realizes that Richard thinks they are members of the U.S. military, who had been to the island and left an active hydrogen bomb there while conducting tests on similar islands throughout the south Pacific. He offers to render the bomb inert. Richard wants to know how he can trust him, and Dan replies that he’s in love with Charlotte and won’t do anything to hurt her. Richard believes him.

Locke’s group is told by Cunningham that the rest of the survivors are either dead or captured by now. Juliet tries to negotiate a truce, asking to be taken to their camp to see Richard Alpert, whom she knows will be there. Cunningham agrees and tells them where to find the camp, but Jones breaks free, snaps Cunningham’s neck, and runs. Locke won’t shoot Jones because, as he tells Sawyer, “they’re my people.” Jones gets away.

Back in the tent, Daniel tells Charlotte that he meant what he said: he really does love her. Before Charlotte can respond, Ellie comes to get him and take him to the bomb. Outside, Richard explains to Dan that one month ago, 18 army men showed up on the island and set up the very camp they are now using. Richard offered them the chance to leave the island peacefully, but they refused, so the Others had to kill them. When Dan questions why they were “forced” to kill them, Richard says he was given orders by their leader (Jacob). Jones comes running into camp and reports his escape.

Locke, Juliet, and Sawyer find the Others’ camp. Locke asks how Juliet knew Richard would be here, and Juliet replies, “Richard’s always been here.” Locke asks how old Richard is, and Juliet answers that he’s old. Locke announces his intention to go talk to Richard, to finish the conversation they began back at the wreckage of the beechcraft, before the last time jump. He needs to know how to get off the island, to go convince the Oceanic 6 to return. He just has to convince this version of Richard Alpert, who has never met him nor heard of him, that he is who he says he is. Sawyer and Juliet go to save Daniel.

As Dan and Ellie walk through the jungle, Dan can’t seem to stop looking at her. She questions this, and he remarks that she looks remarkably like someone he used to know. She says that even though Richard is convinced, she doesn’t believe that Dan is who he claims to be. They arrive at the bomb, which is named “Jughead,” and is suspended inside a makeshift tower. Dan climbs the tower and finds corrosion on the bomb, evidence that it’s leaking radiation — which is the reason for the bandages on some of the Others’ hands that he noticed earlier. He tells Ellie that the bomb needs to be buried, but it will be okay. He knows it won’t go off. When she presses him to explain how he could know this, he finally reveals that he’s from the future, and the island is still around 50 years from now. So, logical conclusion: bomb no go boom.

Sawyer and Juliet appear and force Ellie to drop her gun.

Locke strolls into the Others’ camp and asks to see Richard Alpert. Richard, as expected, does not recognize him. Locke explains that “Jacob sent me,” and Richard orders his people to stand down. But the man we know as Jones doesn’t buy it, and keeps his gun aimed at Locke. Richard tells him to stand down, calling him “Widmore.” Locke, stunned, asks this man if his name is really Charles Widmore. It is.

A few minutes later, Locke gives Richard the compass that Richard gave him before the last time jump (in “Because You Left”). He asks Richard to tell him how to get off the island, but Richard says this is “very privileged information.” Locke searches for a way that Richard can confirm his claims about being from the future. He asks Richard what year it is; it’s 1954. Locke explains that he will be born in two years, and asks Richard to go visit him.

Another time jump builds, and Locke is unable to get Richard to reveal how he can leave the island before the jump occurs. After it’s over, the survivors are the only ones left; the Others and their camp are gone. Charlotte collapses, bleeding heavily from the nose.

  • Charles Widmore once lived on the island as an Other.
    Question: How does Charles Widmore know about the island? [4.06]
  • Most likely, Widmore wants to get back to the island, though it’s possible he could have other reasons.
    Question: Why has Charles Widmore been trying to find the island? [4.06]
  • They were both Others, and as Juliet can attest, one rule of being an Other is that you do not kill each another.
    Question: Why can’t Ben and Widmore kill each other? [4.09]
  • Apparently the rules preventing Others from killing each other apply to their offspring as well. Widmore gave his men clearance to kill Alex if it was necessary to get to Ben, which violated those rules, so Ben realized that with the rules broken, he was now clear to kill Widmore’s child in retribution.
    Question: What did Ben mean when he said that Widmore “changed the rules”? What rules? [4.09]
  • Richard Alpert checked on Locke as a child because Locke himself asked him to, when Locke traveled back in time to 1954. Locke explained that it was his destiny to become leader of the Others, so Richard tested Locke as a child repeatedly to determine if this was true.
    Question: What was Richard Alpert doing checking in on Locke so many times throughout his formative years? It appeared that he was trying to determine if Locke was destined to become the leader of the Others, but if that’s true, how did he know about Locke in the first place? [4.11]
  • The Others.
    Question: Who are the people in the Army uniforms that are trying to kill the survivors on the island? [5.02]
  • A very young Charles Widmore.
    Question: Who is the young man labeled “Jones”? [5.02]
  • The island was visited by a group of U.S. Army soldiers, who planned to use it to test-detonate a hydrogen bomb there, in 1954. But a conflict broke out between the Army and the Others, and the Others slaughtered them all, and then took all of their equipment and supplies to use as their own. The pocket knife very likely came from this event.
    Question: Where did the Others get a U.S. military pocket knife? [2.07]

  • Why did Widmore fund Daniel’s research? How does he know Daniel?
  • Why did Ellie remind Daniel of someone he used to know?
  • Is the young woman Ellie really Eloise Hawking?
  • Why did Jacob order Richard to kill the Army men?
  • Widmore was once an Other living on the island, so why did he leave the island?
  • Ms. Hawking likewise was once an Other on the island, so why did she leave the island?
  • Did the Others bury the bomb, as Daniel suggested? If so, where?

“Jughead” is chocked full of revelations about the history of the Others. Where does one even begin to examine it all?

How long did it take you to put together the connection between “Ellie,” the young Other in the past toting a rifle, and “Eloise Hawking,” the older woman in the present who seems to know a lot about time travel and is helping Ben and the Oceanic 6 get back to the island? Are they one and the same? Count on it. Look at the evidence: Daniel recognizes her; both women are British; Ellie is the right age; she knows Widmore in both timeframes; and they even wear their hair the same way.

All of this adds up to the revelation that the infamous Ms. Hawking is an Other who used to live on the island.

Holy moley.

But let’s back up for a second.

The big news is all about Charles Widmore, who was just brimming with surprises in this episode. First we learned that he was Daniel Faraday’s financial backer when Dan was at Oxford, sponsoring his unorthodox experiments in time travel. Why would Widmore be so interested in time travel? Obviously both Widmore and Faraday have connections to the island, and we know Widmore is personally responsible for sending Daniel to the island, so they have a history. But is Widmore equally interested in time travel? We know that his one real ambition is to regain possession of the island. Perhaps he decided to explore time travel as a way of accomplishing that.

Second, we learned that Teresa Spencer, the victim of Dan’s experiments, is being cared for thanks to Widmore’s financial aid. Why would Whidmore be so benevolent to someone in dire need, when we know him to be a cruel, ruthless man? Probably because of Teresa’s condition, which seemed to have her consciousness jumping randomly through time much like Desmond did in “The Constant.” Faraday’s experiments are still of interest to Widmore, even after all this time.

Third, Widmore knows Daniel Faraday’s mother, and he knows her well enough to know where she is currently, and that she values her privacy. If the woman in question is Ms. Hawking, and it almost certainly is, then the two of them have a history of some kind.

Fourth, Widmore is really the man in 1954 on the island wearing a uniform labeled “Jones”! Which means that Charles Widmore is an Other!

Let me say that again. Charles Widmore is an Other.

(Remember that “Other” on the show is vernacular for “the original, indigenous inhabitants of the island.”)

Holy connect-the-dots, Batman.

This is undoubtedly the biggest revelation of the episode, and it certainly puts this exchange between Ben and Widmore in a whole new light:

Notice that Widmore says that everything Ben has, he took from him. In essence, in this confrontation, Ben represents the Dharma Initiative, and Widmore represents the Others. Dharma came to the island, unwanted by the original inhabitants, and one of them became the leader of the Others. Widmore apparently thinks Jacob’s decision to make an outsider their leader was a mistake.

If Ellie really is Eloise Hawking, and you can bet good money that she is, then that’s definitely how she and Widmore know each other in the present.

A unique picture is starting to form here. Another, more pressing connection between these past Others. Do you see it?

Their children.

Hawking’s son, Daniel Faraday, went to the island on Widmore’s freighter. Charlotte Lewis, also from the freighter, claims she is on the island looking for the place where she was born, which almost certainly makes her parents Others as well. And a popular theory going around right now is that Miles Straume was the infant son of Pierre Chang and his wife that we saw in the season premiere. If these assumptions turn out to be true, that means that all three of our key Freighter Folk are the children of either Others or members of the Dharma Initiative. All three of them have past ties to the island. And all three of them are now traveling through time, putting them in the position to encounter their parents in the past. (Daniel met his mother in this very episode.) And let’s not forget Penelope Widmore, another Other descendant, who now could be on her own path to the island alongside her husband.

Another very obvious question is why Widmore and Hawking are off the island in the present, and have been for a long time? (Does this mean that Pierre Chang is off the island, too? Or did he die on the island during the Purge?) What were the circumstances of their departures, when did it take place, did they both leave at the same time, and did they go willingly or were they forced off? Maybe they both left in order to have children, since we know the island isn’t kind to pregnant mothers, and were never able to get back.

Or is it that they’re unable to go back? Consider this: Widmore sent a freighter to find the island, but tellingly, he wasn’t on it. He told Ben that he intends to take ownership of the island, but he never said anything about traveling back there himself. Hawking is helping Ben get the Oceanic 6 back to the island, but her language (“seventy hours is what you’ve got”) suggests that she won’t be joining them. Is there something preventing this older generation of Others from returning to what is presumably their place of origin?

Who were the Dharma Initiative, exactly? We know they were rooted in something called the Hanso Foundation, an organization founded by one Alvar Hanso, but we know nothing of Hanso himself. Such as how he knew about the island, and why he established the Dharma Initiative there. Could Hanso be another of these earlier-generation Others, somehow removed from the island and unable to return himself, but still using it for his own purposes?

Ahhhh, the mind could go mad trying to put all of these puzzle pieces together…

For a minute there, I was convinced that Daniel was going to tell “Ellie” that he was her son. “You really want to know who I am?” he asked, rounding on her suddenly, meaningfully. Oh, how the writers love to tease us…

Going back to Widmore for a moment… We saw a slightly new shade of him in his warning to Desmond at the end of their encounter (easily my favorite scene of the entire hour; Desmond’s barely contained fury practically jumped off the screen), when he asked him to deliver Faraday’s message to his mother and then “get out of this mess.” It felt to me like the one altruistic thing he’s ever said to Desmond. Widmore wants to protect his daughter from Ben, of course, but there was also the way he described the situation as a “mess” that had a very long history. It felt like a man of war who’s tired of fighting and wants to keep outsiders from getting caught in the crossfire. Anybody else get that vibe?

I kept watching the last-generation Others, wondering if anyone else was someone we might know. If we were to look hard enough, might we spot a young Tom or Ethan Rom running around their camp? Or were they recruited and brought to the island, like Juliet?

Did you recognize the compass being exchanged between Locke and Richard Alpert? It’s one of the objects Richard uses to test young John when he visits him as a boy.

Now that we know the Others killed these U.S. military men who came to the island to test a hydrogen bomb, it’s obvious that the Others took their uniforms, guns, tents, and other equipment and used them as their own. So none of the names on any of the uniforms the Others are wearing are their own names. They’re the names of the soldiers they killed. We’ve seen the Others take possession of the things outsiders have brought to the island before, such as the Barracks built by the Dharma Initiative. This appears to be a longtime practice.

Was it my imagination, or did Daniel seem unfazed by Miles’ statement that the dead U.S. soldiers spoke to him when they walked over their graves? Not only was he not surprised, he even asked Miles if the dead men “told him what year it is.” I wondered last week when someone would notice Mile’s ability, and up until now, we’ve been led to believe that no one has figured it out, but it looks like at least one person has.

We’ve been told by the show’s producers that this year is “the year of Sawyer,” and I don’t want to contradict them, but so far, it’s been “the year of Daniel.” Not only is Faraday driving almost all of the action on the island so far this season, but this week he publicly professed his love for Charlotte, and may have come face-to-face with a young adult version of his own mother! Sawyer’s going to have to do a lot more than run around without his shirt on, slapping people, to gain prominence over that.

Because we know that no character — even a minor one — on Lost is named randomly, I’d like to point out that the name “Efrem” means “fruitful.” A fairly on-the-nose name for the guy who delivered Desmond and Penny’s baby.

Speaking of names, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that Charlie Hume was not named after his grandfather (who apparently doesn’t even know his grandson exists). We all know he was named for the late Charlie Pace, whom Desmond was with at the time of his heroic death.

Did you notice the painting of a polar bear in Widmore’s office? The word “Namaste” was painted on it in white. Polar bears and “Namaste” are direct references to the Dharma Initiative.

The janitor told Desmond that he wasn’t the first person to come poking around in Daniel’s old lab, trying to find out about his work. So who else has been there? I couldn’t even venture a guess.

Richard told Locke that they have a very specific process for selecting their leadership, and that process begins at a very young age. We’ve already seen Ben undergo part of this process, and Richard’s travels off the island to visit young John Locke were also parts of it. I can’t help wondering who else has undergone this process. Anyone we know? Or maybe someone who lived a long time ago, and had only four toes?

When Penny promised to go with Desmond to seek out Faraday’s mother in Los Angeles, I got the distinct feeling that a little foreshadowing might be going on. Penny didn’t specifically say where she was promising to go with him, just that she would go. I’m hoping that includes returning to the island, which we all know Desmond will eventually have to do.