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Recap of Lost Episode "What They Died For"

Let's Get Lost: "What They Died For" Recap

It's coming! In case the finality of Lost hasn't quite hit you yet, this week's episode surely does the trick. While Flocke continues his vengeful rampage (more deaths!), Jacob returns to discuss matters with our four remaining Oceanic survivors — Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and Hurley. As the title suggests, he explains to the gang what Sayid, Sun, and Jin died for, which means we have a few explanations nicely spelled out for us. It was great to see the major players again after last week; plus Miles, Richard, and Ben are back on the scene after their hiatus.

I'm dying for this Sunday's finale, but before we get ahead of ourselves, let's try to fully understand this one. Just


  • The episode opens with a close up of Jack's eye — just like the pilot of the show did six seasons ago. We're in the sideways, and he walks over to the bathroom mirror (mirror reference!) to realize he's bleeding at his neck, exactly like when he was on the plane earlier this season. His son enters the room to mention his piano concert later that evening, and they go to eat breakfast where Claire shows up. Finally, it seems that Jack has some semblance of a family, which sort of made me all warm inside.
  • Jack receives a call that Oceanic has located his father's coffin, but — surprise! — it's Desmond on the end of the line. Desmond is trying to bring all of the passengers together, and he mysteriously knows exactly where each of them are going to be. Who is tipping him off? Or perhaps he knows because of his ability to time travel when he has a constant. He tries to run over Locke again in the school parking lot, until Ben intervenes. When he does, Desmond hits Ben until he has a flashback (or sideflash?), and he tells Ben that he wasn't trying to kill Locke; he was only trying to help him let go (the same thing Jack told Locke after his surgery). Once Ben relays the story to Locke (after staring in a mirror), Ben and Locke both start believing in these strange coincidences. Locke even returns to Jack at the hospital to tell him that he'd like to try the surgery.
  • Ben, Miles, and Richard are back! Were they really walking in the jungle this entire time? Seems so and Ben is leading them to the rundown camp where he says he's hiding C4 to blow up the plane. Outside of the compound, Miles starts hearing things, which Richard tells Ben is Alex. Spooky. Ben seems unfazed, and they enter his old house, where he's keeping the explosives in a secret closet...a closet that just so happens to have a mysterious passageway to summon the smoke monster? Then, Zoe and Widmore arrive on the scene. Widmore explains to Ben that he's carrying out Jacob's orders. Ben doesn't believe him, so when Flocke shows up, Ben leads Flocke straight to him (in return for Flocke's promise to later give Ben the island). Flocke kills Zoe (and chucks Richard into a tree), and then he asks Widmore to tell him why he's there; otherwise, he says, he'll kill Penelope. Widmore says it's to bring Desmond to the island because of his resistance to electromagnetism. He leans in to whisper further details to Flocke, but before we find out what they are, Ben shoots Widmore to get revenge for Alex's death, saying that Widmore doesn't get to save his owndaughter. Looks like Ben is fully on team Flocke now, as he offers to kill others for him, too.
  • Kate's still getting over her gunshot wound from the submarine, so Jack has to do some handiwork with a needle — again, a direct reference to the pilot where Kate sewed up Jack's wound with thread. They agree that they have to kill Flocke, so they set out to find Desmond. On the way, Hurley spots the young boy in the jungle again. The kid asks for the ashes from when Jacob died, so Hurley hands them over, but then takes off after the child. Once he comes to a clearing, we see Jacob by a campfire — Jacob is the boy, after all! He tells Hurley that his ashes are in the fire, and once it goes out, he'll be gone.
  • After Hurley's brief encounter, the entire group comes across Jacob later. He explains that he blames himself for how Flocke is, that he made him that way (no doubt, when he threw him into the water with the magical cave). Because of this, one of them has to take over for Jacob and protect the light at the center of the island. He says that he chose each of them because they were lonely like him and not leading happy lives. As for Kate, the reason her name was crossed off is because she became a mother to Aaron! Jack offers to take the responsibility as Jacob's replacement — yeah, like we didn't see that coming — and the two men walk off together.
  • Returning to the sideways, Desmond turns himself in for Locke's hit and run. Naturally, I presumed it was to get close to Sawyer to show him the visions, but I totally forgot that Kate and Sayid are under Sawyer's watch, too. Desmond gets locked up with both of them, and they move the three to a county jail. En route, Desmond tells them that if they do him a favor, he can help both of them get free. Thinking Desmond's crazy, Kate and Sayid agree, and the police van stops, the exit door opens, and Ana Lucia(!) is the cop letting them go. Desmond pays her off with Hurley's money, and Hurley shows up to help orchestrate the break. Sayid leaves with Hurley, and Kate with Desmond — to the same concert that Jack and his son are attending. Sounds like some major stuff is going to go down when we get to that recital in the finale. Any guesses as to where Sayid is going with Hurley though? Did they maybe find Shannon, and are taking him to her?!
  • Guess who else gets together in the sideways world — Ben and Danielle Rousseau! Alex offers to give Ben a ride home, and invites him to dinner with her mom. Danielle tells Ben that Alex's father died around the time she was born (just like on the island), and that Ben is the closest thing she has to a dad. Ben gets choked up, but I'm curious if we're going to see a romance between Danielle and Ben. The scene kind of hinted that it's a possibility, and we know that there's an unexpected romance in the pipeline. Or perhaps Ben was just staring intently at Danielle because he vaguely recognizes her from the island?
  • When Jack and Jacob are alone by the creek, Jacob goes into the same ritual we saw with his fake mother last week. He says a blessing over the water and has Jack drink it, then telling him "now you're like me" — the same thing fake mom said. Jack is officially the new Jacob, but I'm still wondering what will happen if the light does go out? We've had it somewhat explained, but the details are still unclear. Also, why can you only see the cave with the light if you've sipped the water (or if you're brought to it by someone who has)?
  • Flocke leads Ben to the well where he left Desmond. Only thing is, it appears that someone helped him escape. If it's not Jack and that group, who is it? Flocke is actually happy about this news, however. He reveals to Ben what Widmore whispered to him — that Desmond was a fail-safe in case Flocke killed all of the candidates. Flocke says he wants to find Desmond so he can help him do the one thing he couldn't do himself, which is destroy the island. My guess is this somehow involves electromagnets.

So there you have it — we got a few answers, but there are still plenty of looming questions left over for the finale this Sunday. Something tells me that we'll never learn the truth about everything, though (the show has to keep some mystery). Do you think Jack will succeed in killing Flocke? Or will he be stuck spending the rest of his days warding him off? As for the sideways, I can't wait to see his ex-wife. We know she's going to be at the concert, and this build-up for her reveal better mean that she's a huge surprise. Tell me what you thought about the episode in the comments below or in the Lost Fans group in the Buzz Community.

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jannam jannam 7 years
I highly doubt there will be a new MIB. I don't really think it works that way.... unless Jack's planning on throwing Sawyer down the light hole, that's not really possible.
jannam jannam 7 years
There doesn't have to be an LA Flocke... there really CAN'T be an LA Flocke, because if you follow what Jacob said... if Flocke leaves the island he'll kill everyone. Also, the closet that Ben summons the smoke monster isn't new. He went in there in Season 4 and 5... in Season 5 he went in there to summon the smoke monster so "he could be judged." He pulled out a plug of some sort and let the water drain and then went outside to wait for smokey.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 7 years
I have a feeling that Sawyer is going to be the new MIB. His heart is completely broken and he feels gilt. When MIB became smoke monster, he was grieving as well.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Everyone assuming ( and probably right) that Juliet is David's mother, but what if it's Penny.....And I think the assumption that Saywer and Juliet are going to have coffee may be off too say Juliet is David's mother she could very well be having coffee with Jack? Finally is there a Flock in LA and if so who is it...could it be Desmond he's the only person rounding everyone up, and do we really KNOW why? Or could the LA Flocke be David, he's the only new character that's out of place in the LA timeline.
lullavonn lullavonn 7 years
Who could possibly be Jack's ex-wife? To be really surprised here, it most be someone we are already familiar with, but who?
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
suziryder -- I thought the same thing last night. Not only did they have their daughter, but they had each other too. They rekindled their love while on the island, I think their names should have been crossed off awhile ago...
Catipa Catipa 7 years
I wonder why they showed that clip in the sideways world where the island was under water-how does that fit in with all of this???
suziryder suziryder 7 years
If Kate's name was scratched off because she became a mother, why wasn't the name Kwon scratched off too? Sun and Jin were parents, and their child was actually related to them.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 7 years
thinking about it more. 2WQI (too wacky) then 3+3+2=8 =Reyes. I may be putting too much into it though.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 7 years
Does Hurley's license plate mean anything? (2WQI332)I was trying to figure it out. I thought it was funny that WQI seemed like 'wacky'.
jannam jannam 7 years
Although I want Flocke to die I don't see HOW he could die - maybe if he's thrown in the light again?! I think that Ben will listen to Flocke and kill some of the candidates =(, because the only person Flocke can actually kill is Kate and I doubt the finale will end with no one that we love dying. I think Sawyer will remember the island once he meets Juliet (remember, they're supposed to have coffee!) It seems that people who died on the island remember the island faster in the sideways world... I hope that doesn't mean Hurley dies! He was definitely looped in to Desmond's plan and seemed to remember everything. Aaron is with Claire's mom - and not all the survivors needed to come back. I think it's pretty clear that only the candidates needed to come back. That's why it didn't matter if Walt or Aaron came back.
McRiguez McRiguez 7 years
This made me totally stoked for the finale. Didn't anyone notice Hurley recognize ana lucia and then she asks "do i know you, tubby?" and desmond says "she's not ready yet" as to why she wasn't coming with them? Did I miss something? So, Hurley is in total cahoots with Desmond in the sideways world? And yeah, desmond has been my fave for a very long time now. And @ redchick152, point #2: that would have been awesome! I also agree with everyone that Ben is on his *own* side. I do love however, the sideways ben with the french just works. And I totally forgot that Juliet could be David's mother! Oh man, yep, just writing this makes me excited for Sunday!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Sawyer's line made me laugh out loud. I'm thinking, "of course it's Jack to the rescue :oy:" and then Sawyer pipes up. I'm getting nervous for the finale.
LadybugKim LadybugKim 7 years
Light on the island=Time Travel Point, that's how Jacob is able to get on and off of the island. Also where the main "magnet" is. Desmond/Hurley in alternate reality- have to get everyone in the same place in order for their "alternate" realities to become the true reality/get the Losties off the island for "good". Faraday and his mom will be there when they succeed (to get everyone in one place). The musical recital is just the means to get everyone there. Ben is sick of being pushed around by the "Losties", but is by no means on Flocke's side. He ends up dying in the finale. Sawyer-the next MIB/Smoke Monster, if it's Ben.. that's just too "easy". I also don't think Jacob is all "well meaning", either. Big details will prove that on Sunday.
akmarspice akmarspice 7 years
Awesome theories all around! I usually leave theories to others and just go along with the show, but I just noticed something (albeit a little late!) where's Claire? I've never really cared for her, and I totally forgot about her existence during the whole episode, but it just dawned on me, like 4 hours after the episode that we didn't see her on the island. Was she the one who helped Desmond out of the well? Does she even know about Desmond being in the well? She is kinda sneaky and all... Also, I really hope Richard's not dead!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
I have to disagree with the assumption that Ben is team Flocke/MIB, Ben has and it seems always will be team Ben he's up to something and I think Miles ( with the walkie talkie) is going to be a part of it. Some more things I noticed/think: Loved that we found out why Kate's name was crossed out. However I'm in the group that doesn't thing the Jack being "the one" is cut and dry, it's just too obvious and I think the writers are savvy enough to give us a little something more. I'm thinking Hurley/Sawyer, and that someone one of our 4 will become the new Smokey! As far as the recital I'm almost positive that Driveshaft will be performing, and that the Widmore family ( Farday etc) will be there too. I don't think Richard is dead, Immortal is Immortal.I think he will have a huge impact on the finale And finally other than Miles great one liners, I think when Sawyer said "I thought that guy had a God complex before." was CLASSIC!
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
Desmond is so cool... by far my favorite character.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
I think either Jack or Desmond will kill Flocke, and then Jack will become the new Jacob and Ben will become the new MIB Smoke Monster. Everyone else will go home but Jack and Ben will be stuck there forever in the same scenario that Jacob and his brother were.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I was kind of disappointed with this episode. All the exposition seemed weak storytelling to me. I mean really, you sit us down around a campfire to explain what's been going on? Really?! And some of the explanations were just contrived and too easy: oh Kate, your name was crossed off because you became a mother. Uh, what? Didn't Jacob orchestrate everything or at least he seems to be able to see the future somehow, you're telling me he didn't see the Kate-adopts-Aaron thing coming? (And what the heck happened with Aaron anyway, didn't they say that ALL the survivors had to come back to the island for this to work? They seem to have totally forgotten that the baby's still on the mainland.) I think Flocke will succeed in destroying the island - that's why it was underwater when the Losties flew over it at the beginning of the sideways world. I think Jack will succeed in killing Flocke though, probably at the last minute. And then with Flocke dead and the island sinking, the Losties will connect with their sideways selves and they'll all be permanently in the sideways (happy ending) world.
kismekate kismekate 7 years
Why are we assuming it's Juliet? Why can't it be Penny?
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
i got sooo excited seeing all the losties coming together in the alt-world! here are some thoughts: 1. jacob's big reveal seemed....too easy? i really liked his reasoning behind choosing the Losties though and the reason why kate's name was crossed off. such simple explanations, so simple that it was unexpected (at least to me). 2. now that we know jack has to stay on the island, does that mean there is a chance for kate/sawyer (although i prefer juliet/sawyer and kate/jack)?? a grieving sawyer breaks my heart EVERY TIME. in the alt-world, i thought sawyer was going to have his flash while talking to kate in the cell just before she left. just like the steamy cage hook up scene... 3. richard can't die, so that whole scene shocked me. where the heck is he? 4. and where the heck did miles disappear to AGAIN??? was he the one that helped desmond out of the well? b/c right before sayid died, he told jack des was still down there... 5. ben has his own agenda. he's proven that over and over again. he just hates widmore, so it was easy to kill him. i'm rooting for alt-world ben! the scenes with alex and danielle had me a little choked up. 6. yay, zoe is gone. she was completely pointless. 7. bring on juliet!!! can't wait for sunday! :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Yeah, David's mother is totally Juliet. No question. With all this buildup, there's nobody else that it could be. Why didn't Desmond try to get Sawyer to come with him? And was Ana Lucia not on the plane this time? If so, why didn't he try to get her too? So many questions.
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