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Recap of Lost Episode "The Candidate"

Let's Get Lost: "The Candidate" Recap

Darn you, Lost for turning me into a weeping mess. I'm not sure if my emotions got the best of me because of my pure shock over what went down this week (three main characters died!), or if it's due to the fast-approaching finale being all the more real. All I know, is I just feel like I went through an entire catharsis, and I'm drained — but my mind is still churning.

Like, what does the change in Locke's backstory in the sideways reality mean? And is Flocke completely omniscient? I have a few theories (and I want to hear yours too, of course), so let's go over the big highlights and questions. As you may recall, the last episode concluded with Widmore taking Sawyer and his followers captive, while Flocke saved Jack. Let's pick right back up when you


  • The episode opens in the alternate world with Jack explaining to Locke that he could help him walk again, calling Locke a "candidate" for a procedure (let the allusions to the island begin!). Locke tells Jack that he doesn't want to be fixed. Also of note, when Locke is later sleeping in the hospital, he murmurs "push the button" and "I wish you had believed me" — a reference to the suicide note Locke left for Jack last season. So apparently, Locke can remember the island in a dreamlike state. His words also seem to imply that if the Oceanic castaways continued to press the button and stayed on the island as Locke originally wanted — instead of leaving as Jack wanted to — that this sideways wouldn't exist.
  • As Widmore puts his new captives in a cage, Sawyer grabs hold of a gun — so Widmore turns his weapon on Kate, saying that she's not on the list, so he doesn't need her. Sawyer knows what he's referencing, so he drops his rifle and explains the names to Kate. I'm curious as to why Kate has apparently lost her candidacy. In the third season Mikhail told her she's not the on the list because she's "flawed" — is it because of her past transgressions? But I digress, the smoke monster appears with Jack in tow, who then releases the group from their lockup. The entire group heads to the plane with Flocke leading the way.
  • Back in the sideways, Jack does some investigative work to understand why Locke doesn't want the procedure, and visits Locke's dentist: Bernard. After a quick chat, the two realize that they were both on Oceanic flight 815, and though Jack seems surprised, I'd argue that Bernard appears eerily knowing. He hands Jack the information he asks for — the name of the man who was in the accident with Locke — and says, "I hope you find what you're looking for." Perhaps like Desmond and Charlie and Libby, Bernard also knows about the island and is, in his own way, trying to help Jack along.
  • As for the man Jack's looking for, it's Locke's father Anthony Cooper. Jack tracks him down at hospital facility, where he's basically a vegetable, unable to walk or talk. In the sideways world, Locke had been flying a private plane with his father when it crashed, and Locke blames himself for his father's sorry state, which is why he turns down the surgery. Since the other characters' pasts have also changed, perhaps Locke had wished for his terrible father to be dead — which he basically is. Later, Jack tells Locke, "I wish you believed me" about getting the surgery, using Locke's words.
  • When Flocke and the gang approach the plane to leave, Flocke kills a couple of Widmore guards, and although they fire on Flocke, he appears to be unharmed. It never really dawned on me before, but I'm assuming Flocke can never be killed, only restrained, as with the wine bottle metaphor. When Flocke enters the plane, he discovers that Widmore has wired it with explosives, so he tells the group that they'll have to take the sub instead. The group climbs into the sub, as Widmore's guys open fire, wounding Kate. Jack shoves Flocke into the water, jumps in the sub to save Kate, and they push away from the land with everyone on board, minus Claire. Only thing is, Flocke planted the plane's explosives on Jack, which means they're trapped with a ticking bomb. Flocke must've known there would be explosives on the plane, hence why he knew to take the watch. I wonder if leaving with them was ever part of the plan (and if Jack just ruined it by opting to stay), or if Flocke wanted to kill them all along in order to be free.
  • Back to sideways, Claire shows Jack what Christian left for her in his will: a music box. It plays "Catch a Falling Star" (in season one, Claire tells Aaron's prospective adoptive parents that her father sang this song to her). Note also how Claire and Jack look into the mirror in the box together. It's just another mirror in the sideways — just think to when Jack looked at his appendix scar in the mirror or when Sawyer smashes the one in the police locker room. The writers seem to be using the device to hint more at the dual nature/reality of the characters.
  • As the bomb is about to go off on the submarine, Jack tells Sawyer not to panic, saying Flocke can't kill the candidates. Instead, Jack believes that Flocke is using the explosives to cause them to take out each other. Jack's logic makes sense — that's why Flocke needed Sayid, in order to do his dirty work. It's also explains why the mysterious boy in the jungle likes to taunt Flocke by telling him "you know the rules, you can't kill him."
  • Saywer doesn't trust Jack's theories, so he tries to disarm the bomb, but instead the clock counts down faster. Sayid grabs it, and runs to the other side of the sub, telling Jack about Desmond's whereabouts and saying, "It's going to be you, Jack" before it explodes. To me, this is a direct reference to Jack being the substitute for Jacob. Does this mean Flocke knows Jack is the substitute, too, and Sayid found out through him? Or perhaps Sayid just has a gut feeling. Alas, Sayid is dead now though, which came as quite a quick shock. At least he died a hero though, back on the good side.

  • With the explosion, water bursts into the sub. Sun gets stuck behind a giant block of metal, Sawyer is knocked unconscious, and the entire ship is going down. Jack sends Hurley up to the surface with wounded Kate, while he tries to save the rest. Jin tells Jack to go with Sawyer, as he stays behind with Sun. Sun pleads with Jin to go, but he tells her he'll never leave her, and the two die with the sub. Yes, it was quite melodramatic, but it gave me total flashbacks to the scene of the old people in Titanic (you know the one I'm talking about), and I was a goner. I can't believe they took Sun, Jin, and Sayid from us in one episode. We really are nearing the end now.
  • Sawyer, Kate, Jack, and Hurley are now the only ones left (is Lapidus dead, too?), and they wash up on shore. But they're definitely not safe, as Flocke tells Claire that he's going to finish what he started. How does Flocke know they're still alive? Is it because if they were dead, he'd be free? Or is he just omniscient? And how can "finish" what he started if he can't kill them?

Whew, that's enough. Please weigh in with what you thought of the episode — did you cry as much as I did? And for the love of all things Lost, send a few theories my way. Just post them in the comments below, or head over to the Lost Fans group in the Buzz Community. Plus, don't forget to vote on your favorite Lost character in my bracket. You could win an awesome ultimate fan prize package!

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redchick152 redchick152 7 years
omg.....why, why, why did jin and sun BOTH have to die? i bawled like a damn baby! i hate that the writers left baby kwon an orphan!! i'm sad about sayid too, but i'm glad that he redeemed himself by giving the other losties a shot at living. i think jack was right. MIB can't kill them, they have to kill each other. since sawyer messed w/ the bomb, he killed the others. if he listened to jack, nothing would have happened. richard explained that to jack while on the black rock getting the dynamite. speaking of richard...where the hell is he, miles, and ben?!?!? and in the sideways world we are still missing shannon and juliet.
hbrown12 hbrown12 7 years
I bawled like a little baby. I think the idea of a dual relationship between Jack and Locke in the two parallel universes. On the island it looks like Jack is going to be the new Jacob and keep Flocke from leaving the island, while in the parallel universe Jack wants to liberate Locke and free him by giving him the ability to walk. Just an interesting duality.
nextjen nextjen 7 years
I hope Jack is NOT the preferred candidate. I would like to see a likely twist - ie Baby Kwon, or someone whom we think is no longer a candidate - ie Kate, or the unlikely candidate - ie Hurley - become the island's savior.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 7 years
@samida18 - earlier in the show, Sun told Jin that she had left the baby with her mom. While the poor girl is now an orphan, at least we can take comfort knowing that she's not completely abandoned.
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
I just rewatched it and I think he said "it sunk" so nvm.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Ohh, I get it now.
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
I just watched it, Jin and Sun, I still have tears in my eyes. At the end did , I am pretty sure I heard Locke say it was Sun( meaning that she was the candidate) , how did he know this? and did anyone catch that or was it just me?
samida18 samida18 7 years
Glad I'm not the only one who teared up! When Jin and Sun died, all I could wonder is who was going to watch their little girl! Also, I think Kate is the next to die since she got shot and it has been revealed that she is no longer a candidate. Plus, I think Juliette is Jack's wife in the the sideways.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 7 years
Wow, my heart really broke last night. It's hard to believe that I'm so emotionally invested in these characters! That aside, I think the show is definitely setting us up to believe that Jack is the new Jacob, Sawyer is the new MiB, and Hurley might be the new Richard? There are so many parallels now...Sawyer is angry at Jack for killing Juliet and he wants to kill him, just as the MiB wanted to kill Jacob...and Hurley, like Richard, lost the love of his life.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 7 years
I couldn't keep my jaw closed and cried my eyes out. Why does Sayid have to die and Kate gets to live? Also, for having lived 200+ years, Flocke surely knows a lot about electrical wiring.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Loved Jack's line right before he shoved Flocke into the water. Sayid's last line gave me chills too. I was wondering same thing, is Lapidus dead too? Prob not. So relieved they didnt kill Kate yet. I love her.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I didn't cry either. I actually think I was too surprised to cry. While I do like Jin and Sun, I am not so emotional about them and I was more upset about Sayid dying. Are we never going to know about him becoming all possessed and stuff? Pistil- [I didn't understand Jack's bomb logic... If the bomb wasn't supposed to kill them, what would have been the harm in Sawyer trying to disarm it? And it detonated anyway...] I think if Sawyer didn't try to disarm the bomb, nothing would have happened. By messing with it, he actually made the bomb work and that is why the countdown changed. Sayid knew this and that's why he ran away from them.
mannylove mannylove 7 years
I did not cry at all, and I'm a huge crier. When Shannon died I was bawling, Charlie, etc, etc. I don't know why, but it didn't affect me at all. Maybe b/c there are just a few episodes left, or maybe b/c they are all still alive in the sideways world & we don't know which one is going to end up being "real"? Who knows, but I did not shed a tear. BTW, no way Hurley could have swam with Kate all the way up to the surface! That was just a little too unrealistic for me. Also, why wouldn't Sun force Jin to survive for their daughter's behalf? Jack's bomb logic is b/c Flocke can't kill them, so if the bomb went off b/c he was the one that put it in the backpack, that would mean it's his fault. It wasn't going to go off on its own, but the fact that Sawyer pulled the wire, which triggered it, that means it's really Sawyer who set off the bomb, not Flocke.
clara91 clara91 7 years
WOW! That was just, WOW! Heartbreaking and mind blowing to say the least! I can't believe they killed Jin, Sun AND Sayid! All in one episode! I'm holding on to the idea that they're still alive in the sideways reality.. otherwise I'd still be weeping! Jin and Sun's final scene was incredible and that scene in the end with Hurley, Jack and Kate in the beach made me cry even harder! LOVED that Sayid redeemed himself in the end! I guess hope wasn't lost on him, which means it's not lost on Claire either. By the way, I felt so bad for her when she was screaming "They're leaving us!" And what about the tables being turned regarding Jack and Sawyer? Juliet died beacuse Jack didn't listen to Sawyer and now Jin, Sun and Sayid (and Lapidus?) are dead because Sawyer didn't listen to Jack! My heart was racing for like 30 minutes straight! What an awesome show! It's totally becoming a reality that the show is ending :( we only have 4 more hours left!! I don't know if I can take it!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I didn't understand Jack's bomb logic... If the bomb wasn't supposed to kill them, what would have been the harm in Sawyer trying to disarm it? And it detonated anyway... I was trying hard not to cry in front of my boyfriend. Oh, Lost. I'm going to have to watch the last few episodes alone so I can shamelessly cry my little heart out.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I don't think you mean "detonate" - I think you mean "disarm" - Sawyer wasn't trying to get the bomb to explode, he was trying to neutralize it. GUH why didn't he listen to Jack?! I bawled when Jin and Sun were having their goodbye kisses and saying that they love each other. That kind of we-know-we're-about-to-die-let's-savor-the-time-we-have-left scene gets me EVERY TIME. I couldn't help but think of Titanic too. That scene in Armageddon where Liv Taylor says goodbye to her dad gets me teary too. And in Little Women when Beth is telling Jo "Now I'll be the one to go ahead..." I'm such a sap! I'm hoping Jin and Sun are somehow still alive because of the sideways world... Also, I kind of hoped that when Kate got shot, that she was killed off. I'm tired of her!
jules0701 jules0701 7 years
i was balling, cried even harder when I saw all the losties crying too. Cried for a solid two minutes after the show too. One plus Desmond is still alive.
kismekate kismekate 7 years
re: the mirrors, Sun also looked into the mirror for a while in a previous episode before she answered the door in the hotel room, as if she were recalling something. I think that we're supposed to assume Lapidus is dead. Honestly, I hope he is. That's a character that we don't need to divulge further in and his death would only leave more explanation for the main characters and some more answers.
RyanRachelFan RyanRachelFan 7 years
I wish I were still watching this show.
Blix Blix 7 years
No theories, just shock. I cried my eyes out too!
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