Jacob is revealed as Locke tries to manipulate Ben, while Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet try to stop Jack from detonating the bomb.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
Directed by Jack Bender

Sometime in the mid-1800s, a man on the island who we’ve never seen before works inside a large room that has a fire pit in the center. The room has a decidedly “ancient Egyptian” look to it. He works carefully at a loom, slowly weaving together a tapestry by hand. Later, he’s outdoors on the beach, and he retrieves a fish trap with a fresh catch inside. He cooks the fish over a fire and begins eating it when he sees a black ship with tall white sails not far out at sea that has to be the legendary Black Rock, just before it ran ashore on the island. Another man we’ve never seen before walks up to Jacob’s spot on the beach and asks if he can join him. (Note: since we’re never given his name, for simplicity’s sake, I’ll be referring to this individual as “the 2nd Man.”) The two exchange a few pleasantries, before the first man asks if his friend came here because of the approaching ship. The 2nd Man asks how the ship found the island. When the first man is coy in responding, the 2nd Man admits he already knows how the Black Rock found the island: the two of them brought it here. “Still trying to prove me wrong, aren’t you?” he says. “They come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same.” The first man replies, “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.” The two make eye contact, and it’s not a friendly gaze. “Do you have any idea how badly I want to kill you?” asks the 2nd Man. “Yes,” replies the first man. “One of these days, sooner or later, we’re going to find a loophole, my friend,” says the 2nd Man. “When you do, I’ll be right here,” the first man shoots back. Before leaving, the 2nd Man refers to his counterpart by name: Jacob. The camera pans up, and we see that Jacob’s beachside breakfast venue is right beneath the four-toed statue, which at this time is still fully intact. A side view of it reveals more of its facial features, which resembles an animal with a long head like a crocodile or hippo.

In the late 1980s or early 90s, a young Kate Austen and her childhood friend Tom Brennan are caught stealing a New Kids on the Block lunchbox from a small store. When the proprietor threatens to call the cops on “Katie,” a stranger approaches and says he’ll pay for the lunchbox. It’s Jacob, looking not a day older than when we just saw him over one hundred years ago, on the island. When the store owner is satisfied, Jacob turns to Kate and smiles. “You’re not going to steal anymore, are you?” She shakes her head no, and returns his smile, genuinely. “Be good, Katie,” he says, and leaves.

Next we see Jacob visit Sawyer in his childhood, who’s attending the funeral of his mother and father. The embittered boy takes a moment alone after the ceremony to begin writing his “Dear Mr. Sawyer” letter to the man he blames for his parents’ death. But when his pen runs dry, Jacob walks up and gives him a fresh one to use. “I’m very sorry about your mother and father, James.” After Jacob leaves, another man approaches, a friend or family member of Sawyer’s. He discovers the letter Sawyer is writing and makes him promise not to finish it.

More recently, Jacob travels to L.A., where Sayid and Nadia are walking down the sidewalk and talking about plans for their first anniversary. Nadia crosses the street but Sayid is stopped by Jacob, who claims to be lost and asks for his help. Nadia is suddenly struck by an oncoming SUV, which speeds away. Dying on the street and knowing it, Nadia asks Sayid to “take me home.”

In a foreign hospital somewhere, Jacob pays a visit to Ilana, whose head and one of her eyes is wrapped in a large bandage. She’s severely hurt, but unlike the others Jacob has visited, Ilana recognizes him. He says he’s sorry for not getting here sooner, and says he’s come to ask for her help. She seems to know him well, and gladly agrees to help him.

In another time and place, Jacob sits on a bench outside a highrise building and reads a book while waiting for John Locke to be pushed out of a window by his father, and fall many stories to the ground. When Locke does just that, Jacob calmly walks to him and touches his shoulder. Locke immediately wakes up. “Don’t worry, everything’s going to be alright,” says Jacob. “I’m sorry this happened to you.” Then he leaves.

At Sun and Jin’s wedding, Jacob turns up and pays his respects to the happy couple. He offers them his blessing, and says that their love is “a very special thing.” He tells them to never take it for granted, and then leaves. Neither of them know who he is, but Jin is impressed at how well Jacob speaks Korean.

Next, we’re treated to a look back at the very moment in the operating room that Jack told Kate about the first day they met, when Jack conquered his fears by “letting the fear in” for just five seconds. Christian, Jack’s father, is observing in the operating room when Jack makes his accidental incision, and when Jack begins to panic, it’s Christian who tells him to count to five. Jack does as he’s told. After the surgery, Jack tries to buy a candy bar out of a vending machine, but the candy gets stuck. Christian finds him and mentions that the patient is in recovery and showing no signs of permanent damage. Angrily, Jack chastises his father for putting him “in a time out” during his first major procedure, in front of the other doctors and nurses. “I know you don’t believe in me, but I need them to,” Jack says. “Are you sure I’m the one who doesn’t believe in you, Jack?” Christian shoots back. As Christian walks away, Jacob pulls two candy bars from the vending machine and asks if one of them belonged to Jack. Jack accepts the candy bar, mumbling that the machine got stuck. “I guess it just needed a little push,” Jacob replies.

Another flashback finds young Juliet and her sister Rachel being told by their parents that they’re getting a divorce, though they still love each other. “Just because two people love each other doesn’t mean they’re supposed to be together,” her mom says. Juliet doesn’t want to hear it, and runs out upset.

More recently in L.A., Hurley is released from jail after Ben arranges for his discharge. He hails a cab but finds someone already inside: Jacob. Jacob says he’s only going a few blocks and asks if Hurley would like to share the cab. Hurley agrees. The guitar case Hurley brings back to the island is on the seat next to Jacob. Hurley asks what he was in jail for, Jacob replies that he wasn’t in jail, he was waiting for Hurley. Hurley assumes Jacob is another dead person, but Jacob says he’s not dead at all. Jacob asks why he won’t go back to the island; Hurley says it’s because he’s cursed — he believes it’s his fault the plane crashed, some of his friends died there, and why he talks to dead people. Jacob argues that talking to people who’ve died isn’t a curse, it’s a blessing. Hurley says it’s pretty great except for the part where he’s crazy. “I’ve got some news for you, Hugo,” says Jacob. “You’re just going to have to take my word on this. You are not crazy.” Jacob tells him about Ajira 316 and tells him it’s his choice if he wants to go. Jacob asks the driver to stop the cab and gets out. Hurley points out that Jacob forgot his guitar, but Jacob says it’s not his guitar.

The Others continue their trek towards Jacob. Locke tells everyone to take a break, that they still have a long ways to go before they reach Jacob. Sun stops Ben and asks who Jacob is. Ben says Jacob is “in charge of this island.” Locke may be the leader, but the leader answers to Jacob. When Sun asks what Jacob is like, Ben admits that he’s never met Jacob.

A few dozen feet away, Richard stares warily at Locke, and finally Locke asks him what’s wrong. Richard says that Ben told him that he killed Locke, strangling him to death, and Richard can’t help wondering how Locke is alive. Locke replies that Richard’s been on the island longer than he has, and if anyone would know the answer to that question, it should be him (Richard). Richard says he’s seen a lot of things he can’t even describe, but he’s never seen anyone come back to life. Locke counters that he’s never seen someone who doesn’t age. Richard replies that he doesn’t age “because of Jacob,” and his guess is that Jacob is also the reason Locke returned to life. Locke lies, saying he agrees and that he’s taking them to see Jacob so he can thank him. He then says that once his business with Jacob is finished, they’re going to need to deal with the rest of the passengers of Ajira 316. Richard asks what he means by “deal with,” and Locke says that Richard knows exactly what he means.

A canoe arrives on the shore carrying Ilana, Bram, a few others, and an unconscious Frank Lapidus, as well as Ilana’s mysterious steel crate. Bram asks why they brought Frank along, Ilana says they might need him. Bram argues that Frank didn’t know the answer to the question, “What lies in the shadow of the statue?” but Ilana says that that doesn’t mean Frank isn’t important. “You think he’s a candidate?” Bram asks. Ilana points out that Frank’s awake, and Frank opens his eyes, asking what he’s a candidate for. Dragged to his feet by Bram, Frank asks Ilana who she is. “We’re friends,” she replies. He asks if they smack all their friends around, and she smiles, answering, “Only the ones we like.” Suddenly, Bram drops his hot-head persona and becomes much more friendly to Frank, offering him a canteen of water. Frank asks what’s in the steel crate, and they show him, though we can’t yet see. Frank is stunned by what he sees. “Terrific,” he says.

As the Others’ march continues, Locke pulls up in step beside Ben and asks why Ben hasn’t yet told Richard about Locke’s plan to kill Jacob. Ben says he assumed Locke would prefer it kept a secret, and then tells him about his encounter with the smoke monster beneath the Temple, at which time he was told to do everything Locke says or he’d be killed. Locke is thrilled to hear that Ben is willing to do whatever he tells him to, and remarks that he won’t have to convince Ben after all. When Ben asks what he means, Locke says that Ben’s going to be the one who kills Jacob, not Locke.

As Ilana and her group walk through the jungle, Frank remarks that he wishes they’d never shown him what’s inside the steel crate. He asks what they’re going to do with “it.” Bram replies that they need to show it to somebody, “so they’ll know who they’re up against.” Frank asks what they are up against, and Bram says it’s something a lot scarier than what’s inside the box. But he reassures Frank, telling him that as long as he’s with them, he’ll be safe. Frank asks again who they are, and Bram replies, “We’re the good guys.”

The group arrives at its destination: Jacob’s cabin. They find the ring of ash around the cabin has been disturbed, with breaks in the ring. Ilana tells them to wait here, and walks into the cabin alone. She finds it in shambles, but there’s a piece of burlap with a drawing on it, stuck to the wall by a knife. She takes it and exits, telling Bram that Jacob wasn’t there and hasn’t been there for a long time. “Someone else has been using it,” she says, before ordering her people to burn it. Frank expresses concern that burning the cabin could set the whole jungle on fire, but they ignore him. Bram asks what they’re supposed to do now, and Ilana shows him the burlap. The drawing on it depicts the four-toed statue, and their direction from here.

Locke’s group arrives back at the beach where the Oceanic 815 survivors lived. Locke suggests everyone take another rest. Ben sits alone on the beach, until Locke approaches. Locke points out that behind them on the ground is the door to the Swan hatch, where the two of them first met. Locke asks Ben about the day he first took Locke to meet Jacob. Ben admits that he was pretending most of it, talking to an empty chair, because he was embarrassed not to have ever seen Jacob. But he was still as surprised as Locke when things started moving around the room all on their own. “I lied,” says Ben. “That’s what I do.” Ben asks why Locke wants him to kill Jacob. Locke points out his surprise that Ben doesn’t already want to, considering everything Ben did out of loyalty to Jacob, and all of the terrible things that happened to him in return.

Nearby, Sun spots Claire’s crib that Locke built her for Aaron. Inside it, she finds Charlie’s “DS” ring (Drive Shaft), which he gave to Claire before he died. The ring reminds her of her wedding day.

Onboard the sub, sedatives are being passed out among the civilians. Kate tells Sawyer and Juliet why she came back to get them, and that they have to escape to stop Jack from blowing up the hydrogen bomb. Sawyer says they’re not going to help her.

In the Tunnels, Sayid reads through Daniel’s journal to find out what Dan’s plan was for the bomb. Dan intended to dismantle the bomb and remove the much smaller and more portable plutonium core, and take it to the Swan. Sayid says they have two hours to get the core to the Swan site, as that’s how much time is left from the timetable Faraday set forth.

At the Swan site, Radzinsky arrives to find that Dr. Chang ordered the drill to stop drilling towards the pocket of energy far below. Chang argues that with all non-essentials evacuated and the possibility of a Hostile insurrection, now isn’t the time for Radzinsky’s experiments. Radzinsky says he’s been working on this project for six years. His work is dedicated to “manipulating electromagnetism in ways we’ve only dreamed of.” He says he came to the island to change the world, and that’s what he’s going to do. Radzinsky orders the drilling to continue.

On the sub, Kate has explained everything to Sawyer and Juliet about Jack’s plan to change history. Yet Sawyer stills says he intends to leave the island. When a Dharma man brings them their sedatives, Juliet knocks him out and takes the keys to their handcuffs. She points out that they decided to leave the island together — it wasn’t his decision alone — and now they’re going to go back, because they can’t abandon all of the people there to die from the bomb.

Free and armed now, the three of them commandeer the sub long enough to have the captain surface it. They tell him to continue on course once they’re gone. To prevent them from communicating with Horace or anyone else on the island about what’s happened, Sawyer shoots their radio.

Jack locates a backpack in the Tunnels which Sayid uses to store the bomb core in. Richard picks up a large sledgehammer and carries it along. He quietly asks Jack about Locke, whom he met in the 1950s. He says he’s left the island three times to visit Locke as a child since then, but Locke never seemed all that special to him. He asks if Jack knows Locke, and Jack says yes, and that Richard shouldn’t give up on him.

Once they have everything they need, Richard leads them through the Tunnels to a particular spot, where he uses his sledgehammer to break through. Beyond lies the basement of a Dharma Barracks house. Jack volunteers to go first into the house, but Eloise stops him, reminding him that she’s in charge here and that she’ll go first. But before she can get inside the basement, Richard knocks her out from behind, and tells the others that he did it to save his people’s leader. She’ll be mad at him later, but at least she’ll be alive. With that, Richard takes his leave and carries her away.

Jack and Sayid emerge upstairs to find they are in Horace and Amy’s house, but no one’s home, and the entire Barracks compound is in an uproar. The alarm is sounding, and announcements are being constantly made about the possible Hostile incursion, telling all of the Dharma folk to be prepared to defend themselves. Jack asks how they’re supposed to get out of there, but Sayid spots one of Horace’s jumpsuits and says they’ll hide in plane sight. Outside, they stroll through the compound as if they belong there, but Roger Linus spots Sayid and recognizes him as the man who shot Ben. Before Jack and Sayid can talk him out of it, Roger shoots Sayid in the stomach. Jack opens fire on the Dharma people, killing a few of them, and prepares to fight his way out while dragging Sayid, when up drives a Dharma van with Hurley, Jin, and Miles inside, who drive away and help them escape.

At sea, Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate paddle a liferaft to shore, though they can’t tell which part of the island it is. On the beach, they’re greeted by none other than Vincent the dog, who’s quickly followed by Rose and Bernard, who aren’t entirely happy to see them.

In the van, Jack tries to stop Sayid’s bleeding, but won’t let Hurley pull over to make it easier. Jack tells Hurley to drive to the Swan, and then he remarks to Jin that he’s found a way to reunite him with Sun.

Rose and Bernard lead the others through the jungle to a small shelter they’ve built for themselves, where they’ve been living for the last three years, alone. Sawyer says he had Jin out searching the island for them grid by grid, and Rose replies that they know that, and intentionally eluded Jin’s searches. Rose and Bernard know the others joined up with Dharma, and Sawyer says he could have brought both of them in too if he’d known they were here. Rose replies that they decided to keep to themselves “because we’re retired.” They made a nice, quiet place for themselves where they could live out their days in peace, explains Bernard. When Sawyer and Kate try to explain the situation with Jack, Rose and Bernard are unmoved. “It’s always something with you people,” says Rose. “You traveled back thirty years in time, and you’re still trying to find ways to shoot each other?” Juliet asks to know which way the Barracks are, or they’re all going to be dead from Jack’s bomb. Bernard shrugs and says, “So we die. We just care about being together.” Juliet is moved by their affection for each other and tries to make eye contact with Sawyer, but he’s busy similarly looking at Kate (who doesn’t notice). Rose tells them which direction the Barracks are in, and they leave.

In the van, Sayid says he needs to modify the bomb so it will detonate on impact. Hurley suddenly stops the van, because Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet are standing in the middle of the road, blocking their path.

  • Tawaret, the Egyptian goddess of fertility.
    Question: What did the four-toed statue originally depict?
  • Richard claimed that he didn’t age “because of Jacob.” How exactly Jacob caused him to be this way remains to be seen.
    Question: Why doesn’t Richard age?
  • Rose and Bernard are alive, but they’ve hidden themselves away in the jungle for three years, at a remote location where they could live out their days in retirement, together, away from the cares of others.
    Question: Sawyer, Jin, Juliet, Miles, and Daniel have wound up in 1977 after all that jumping through time. Are they the only members of the original Oceanic 815 group of survivors left alive? Did anyone else end up in 1977 with them? What about Rose and Bernard? What’s become of them?
  • Ilana works for Jacob.
    Question: Who does Ilana really work for?

  • Who is the Man in Black, aka Jacob’s Nemesis?
  • How did Jacob and the Man in Black come to be on the island?
  • Jacob and the Man in Black have a real yin/yang thing going on. What’s the nature of their relationship? And why can’t they kill each other?
  • Why does the Man in Black want to kill Jacob?
  • Jacob appears to be responsible for bringing everyone to the island that gets there. How exactly does Jacob bring people to the island?
  • Why was an enormous statue of an Egyptian fertility goddess (Tawaret) erected on the island? And what is the significance of Jacob living beneath it?
  • Why did Jacob touch so many of the castaways in their pre-island past? For what purpose did he mark them this way?
  • What is Ilana’s history with Jacob?
  • What happened to Ilana in the past, that gave her such a severe head wound?
  • What did Jacob need Ilana’s help with?
  • If Jacob hasn’t been living in the cabin, who has? The Man in Black? Is this who Ben and Locke encountered the day they visited the cabin?

Jacob has been revealed at last. And in the very first scene, no less! How long did it take you to realize who that was?

We know that the Black Rock ran ashore on the island at some point in the mid-1800s. Which puts Jacob and his counterpart’s initial scene in this episode around that same time.

White and black have always been important symbols on the show for good and evil, and in their very first scene together, Jacob is wearing a white tunic, while the 2nd Man wears one that’s almost identical — only black.

Jacob and the 2nd Man made reference to others in the past who’ve come to the island. Yet to our knowledge, the Black Rock and whoever was on board were the earliest visitors to the island. Who came there before them? How many others in the past have come — or been brought — to the island?

We still haven’t seen the statue from the front, and I can’t help but wonder if there’s a reason for that. For example, could there be a symbol there we might recognize? But we did get a decent look at the side of its head, which resembled a crocodile. That would make the statue a dead ringer for the Egyptian god Sobek, or maybe Taweret.

Man, that kid they got to play young Kate looked freakishly like Evangeline Lilly, didn’t she? The actress even had Lilly’s mannerisms and expressions down cold.

Richard told Locke that he didn’t age because of Jacob. So I’m thinking Richard came to the island at some point in the distant past — maybe as the captain of the Black Rock, as some fans believe — and was saved or changed by Jacob. Hopefully we’ll get a full flashback on this in Season 6.

What exactly does being a “candidate” mean, as Bram asked Ilana about the possibility of Frank being one? Could it be a candidate in the same sense as Miles, who Bram attempted to recruit to their cause three years ago? Or does “candidate” designate something else altogether?

Frank’s “terrific” — his response after seeing the contents of the steel crate — reminded me of the first act of the show’s pilot episode. When everyone is gathered on the beach the night of the crash and they hear the sound of the smoke monster in the jungle, Charlie frowns, and utters the same word. I don’t believe there’s any connection between the two occurrences, but it’s always fun to see little winks at things from the show’s past.

Something itched at my brain the way Eloise Hawking took charge over the Others in last week’s episode, even ordering Richard around. But I didn’t yet make the leap that she was the leader of the Others, and not Widmore. Wow. So Widmore became the leader after Eloise, no doubt when she decided to leave the island with baby Daniel. We still don’t know exactly when or why that happened, and I’m hoping we’ll get more details on that.

I’m wondering if that was Ben’s house that Richard sledgehammered his way into from the Tunnels. It looked a lot like it, didn’t it? But then, the tiny tunnel leading from Ben’s house to the magic monster-summoning toilet drain looked very different — there were no ancient ruins or anything else but a basic cave structure.

How much did you love Rose and Bernard’s retirement? They even looked after Vincent. Much like Sawyer and Juliet, these two lovebirds settled down over the last three years and found true happiness — and even managed to evade being found by either Dharma or the Hostiles. They intentionally checked themselves out of the island’s ongoing dramas, and it’s not hard to understand why. But if the 1977 castaways somehow manage to jump themselves back to 2007, then Rose and Bernard would almost certainly be brought along for the ride. So don’t assume we’ve seen the last of them (though this was a fine swan song for them if it should turn out that way).

I wish we knew what the ring of ash around Jacob’s cabin means. It’s been speculated by fans that it was some sort of containment system, keeping Jacob inside the cabin. It seems more likely to me that it might’ve been keeping the 2nd Man out. But the fact that it was found broken in this episode was a source of great concern to Bram and Ilana, which means it’s significant.

It’s interesting to me that Jacob apologized to Ilana for not arriving at her hospital bed sooner. Did he heal her injuries? Was it a trade — “I’ll heal you if you help me?” Ilana must be pretty darn special in the grand scheme, if she is friends with Jacob. I want more backstory on her, stat. She’s poised to be a player in Season 6 for sure. How did she end up in that hospital, and had she been shot in the head as it appeared? Who shot her? And what is her prior relationship with Jacob? (I half expected her to turn out to be his daughter.)

Who else has been using the cabin in Jacob’s absence, in 2007? Christian Shephard, for one.

And what happened to the cabin? The last time we saw it was near the end of Season 4, when Locke found Claire and Christian there, it was in better condition than the husk it was here. What happened to the cabin in the three years (in story time) between then and now?

For those that like to follow Lost’s many book references, Jacob was reading Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery OConnor, while he waited for Locke to take his destined tumble out of a highrise window.