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Lost Episode: "Across the Sea"

Season 6, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Locke's motives become clear in an episode tracing the early years of Jacob and the Man in Black, who are raised on the island by the woman (Allison Janney) who delivers them minutes after their shipwrecked mother (Lela Loren) washes up on the island. She names the firstborn Jacob. As for the second, "I picked only one name," she tells her midwife.
Original Air Date: May 11, 2010
Guest Cast Lela Loren: Claudia Allison Janney: Woman Ivo Nandi: Oldest Hunter Kenton Duty: Teenage Boy
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Season 6, Episode 15
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Length: 43:06
Aired: 5/11/2010
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Lost Episode Recap: "What They Died For" Season 6, Episode 15

On Thursday's episode of Lost, two surprising deaths let us know that the end is nigh. Jacob finds his replacement, a very familiar Ben chooses to betray the other castaways and Locke has a new plan for escaping the island. Meanwhile, in the sideways universe, Desmond has some success in gathering his former flightmates for his mission, Locke makes a life-changing decision and Ben discovers true love.

SIDEWAYS

JACK AND LOCKE

Jack spies a bleeding cut on his neck again, and I think you all know by now what I think that's all about. In the end, we'll see Island Jack get that cut on the island just before his island and sideways existences merge. Don't ask me how they merge, but watch for the cut.

Jack sits down to a family breakfast with David and Claire. David exposits that "Mom" will be at the concert that night — any guesses? My money is still on Juliet. Jack gets a call from Oceanic Air saying that they've found his dad's coffin, but it's actually Desmond on the other line. I guess Jack is next on his list, but as we'll see, Des has some other stuff to take care of first.

Locke returns to school, and Desmond is there. Ben sees him and tells someone to call the police. Desmond beats him up and as he's getting punched, Ben has flashes of Desmond beating him up on the dock, which I guess is Ben's version of having visions of his true love.

Ben tells Locke what happened, and Locke says he's going to call the police — that is, until Ben says that Des was trying to get Locke to "let go," which triggers something for Locke and he hangs up.

Locke goes to see Jack and tells him about Desmond wanting Locke to "let go," which is the same thing that Jack said to him to try to convince him to have the surgery. Locke is connecting the dots, but again he's faced with a man of science, who says that he's mistaking coincidence for fate. Nevertheless, Locke agrees to have the surgery.

AT THE POLICE STATION

Desmond turns himself in to Sawyer. He's put in a cellblock with Sayid and Kate, and soon Sawyer says they're all going to be transferred to county jail.

In the van, Desmond tells the other two that he's going to get them out of this mess, but that they have to promise him to do something. Since they think he's crazy, they agree, but soon enough, the van door opens, and it's Ana Lucia. "Where's your friend with the money?" the corrupt cop asks.

It's Hurley, and though he recognizes Ana Lucia, Des says she's not coming with them because she isn't ready yet. Instead, Sayid goes with Hurley and Kate accompanies Desmond. "We are going to a concert," Desmond announces, by which he appears to mean the one taking place at the Widmores. But wait, is that what he means? Did all this really happen in one day? I guess so. Oh, time, you fickle mistress.

BEN AND ALEX

Alex sees Ben in a sling and offers to give him a ride home. Rousseau, Alex's mother, invites him over for dinner — in fact, they insist, "even if they have to kidnap him," the former crazy island lady says. She tells Ben that Alex's dad died when she was 2, and that he's the closest thing to a father she's ever had, which is actually quite touching, especially considering the choices that Island Ben makes in this episode.

ON THE ISLAND

JACOB and the CANDIDATES

Jack is stitching up Kate's gunshot wound, a nice echo of the pilot episode when she did the same for him. Kate is mourning Jin and Sun, and says that Locke did this to them, and that they have to kill him.

"I know," Jack replies. But first, Jack says, they have to find Desmond before Locke kills him.

Hurley sees Little Jacob, who says he wants his ashes back. He snatches them and Hurley chases him, which leads to a clearing, where he finds Adult Jacob. He has tossed the ashes into the fire, and says that when they burn out, we'll never see Jacob again. "You should get your friends; we're very near the end, Hugo," Jacob says. And how!

The candidates gather, and they can all hear and see Jacob. Kate, like the audience, wants some answers. Are their friends dead because he wrote their names on the wall? Yes, he says. Kate wants to know why.

"I'll tell you why I chose them, and why I chose you," he says. "By the time the fire burns out, one of you is going to have to start protecting the island."

He says he brought them all there because he made a mistake; he made his brother a monster. He says he chose them because they were all flawed and alone and they needed the island as much as it needed them.

He tells Kate he crossed her off the list because she became a mother. But! "It's just a line; the job is yours if you want it, Kate," he says. He tells them they all have what he never did: a choice.

Jack says he'll do it because it's what he's supposed to do. "Then it's time," Jacob says. He takes him to a stream and replicates the process we saw his mother go through with him last week — the incantation, the cup. Jack drinks, and his face registers a change. "Now you're like me," he says. Is anyone at all surprised by this development?

BEN and LOCKE

Ben, Miles and Richard are trying to find New Otherton. Ben carps that he thinks he knows where it is since he lived there for so long. "I lived there 30 years before you did," Miles counters, "otherwise known as last week." Heh. He always gets the best lines.

They're headed to Ben's secret room, where Ben has some C-4 hidden, presumably to blow up the plane. Miles hears something because he gets "wonky around dead stuff," and Richard realizes it's Alex, who he buried her after Ben left.

They find the C-4 in the safe, but soon they're joined by Zoe and Widmore. Widmore tells Zoe to go to the dock, get their equipment from the outrigger and sink it. But it's too late; Locke is already coming.

Widmore says Jacob visited him after the freighter sank and told him what to do. They decide to camp out in Ben's hidden room, all except for Ben and Richard, who want to confront Locke.

Smokey appears suddenly and drags Richard away, presumably to kill him. (But can he die?) Then Locke appears and tells Ben that he needs him to kill some people for him. He tells Ben that once he leaves the island, he can have it all to himself.

That's enough for old devious Ben to resurface and tell Locke where they're hiding. He even tells Locke he wants to see him kill them.

"How nice to be able to talk without those fences between us," Locke says to Widmore. Almost instantly, Locke slits Zoe's throat and she falls to the floor. Locke wants to know why Charles returned, and says that if he doesn't, when Locke leaves the island, he's going to kill Penny.

Widmore tells him about Desmond's special gift, but then says he's not saying any more in front of Ben. So Widmore whispers something to Locke. Very mature, Charles. Ben, who often acts out when he feels slighted (see: Jacob), shoots Widmore without hesitation. "He doesn't get to save his daughter," he says coldly. Locke says Widmore already told him what he needed to know, so ... no biggie.

Ben asks Locke, "If you can turn yourself into smoke whenever you want, why are you walking?" He likes feeling his feet on the ground; it reminds me that he was human. This brings up an interesting question: Can the Man in Black continue to exist in Locke's body off the island?

Ben and Locke arrive at the well, but obviously Desmond isn't there. (By the way, where is he?) Ben asks what Widmore told him, and Locke says that Desmond is a failsafe, one final way to make sure he can never leave the island in case he kills all of Jacob's "beloved candidates."

That's why, he explains, he needs to find Desmond, so he can help him do the thing he's never going to be able to do himself: destroy the island. Thump!

So what did you think of "What They Died For" Was Jacob's explanation sufficient? Were you surprised by the sudden deaths of Widmore and Zoe? How do you think it's all going to play out on Sunday's finale?

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On Thursday's episode of Lost, two surprising deaths let us know that the end is nigh. Jacob finds his replacement, a very familiar Ben chooses to betray the other castaways and Locke has a new plan for escaping the island. Meanwhile, in the sideways universe, Desmond has some success in gathering his former flightmates for his mission, Locke makes a life-changing decision and Ben discovers true love.

SIDEWAYS

JACK AND LOCKE

Jack spies a bleeding cut on his neck again, and I think you all know by now what I think that's all about. In the end, we'll see Island Jack get that cut on the island just before his island and sideways existences merge. Don't ask me how they merge, but watch for the cut.

Jack sits down to a family breakfast with David and Claire. David exposits that "Mom" will be at the concert that night — any guesses? My money is still on Juliet. Jack gets a call from Oceanic Air saying that they've found his dad's coffin, but it's actually Desmond on the other line. I guess Jack is next on his list, but as we'll see, Des has some other stuff to take care of first.

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