The Incident (1)

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 5/13/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him. Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Damon Lindelof

  • Carlton Cuse

  • Jack Bender

  • Naveen Andrews

    Sayid Jarrah

  • Michael Emerson (I)

    Benjamin Linus

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Flawless, Superlative!

    By CaptainFreedom3, May 14, 2009

  • Now that's how you leave viewers on a cliffhanger...

    By OSU93, May 14, 2009

  • 9 months to Season 6…Let the countdown begin

    By BenPotter99, May 14, 2009

  • Jack and others set off to detonate the bomb on the island while John, Ben and other set off to meet Jacob if he exists.

    By marvelfan89, May 14, 2009

  • A Jacob-centric episode.

    By Writer2000, May 14, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Bram: We are the good guys.
      Frank: In my experience, the people who go out of their way to tell you they're the good guys are the bad guys.

    • Frank: Who the hell are you people? Ilana: We're friends. Frank: So you smack all your friends in the face with a rifle, shove them in a boat and kidnap them? Ilana: Only the ones we like.

    • Sun: Who's Jacob? Ben: He's in charge of this island. Sun: You said John was in charge. Ben: No, I said he was the leader. A title that I have discovered is incredibly temporary. But everyone answers to someone and the leader answers to Jacob.

    • Richard: Over 20 years ago, a man named John Locke, he walked right into our camp and he told me that he was going to be our leader. I've gone off the island three times since then to visit him, but he never seemed particularly special to me.

    • Sawyer: You ain't hearing me, Kate. I made a choice and I'm sticking to it. I decided to leave and I'm leaving.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2009 Emmy Awards in the categories "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series" and "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)". Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof received a nomination for "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series" for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates: *United Kingdom: May 17, 2009 on Sky One Australia: May 27, 2009 on Network 7 *Norway: June 3, 2009 on TVNorge Finland: June 18, 2009 on Nelonen *Latin America: June 29, 2009 on AXN *Denmark: July 10, 2009 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: July 20, 2009 on AXN Spain: July 23, 2009 on FOX Belgium: October 12, 2009 on VT4 *Aired along with Part 2.

    • Music: "Three Cigarettes (In an Ashtray)" by Patsy Cline (playing in the convenience store when Kate tried to steal the lunchbox.)

    • The opening credits list Part 1 as being written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse, and Part 2 as being written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof.

    • A Jacob-centric episode.

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    Trivia (12)

    • The statue that Jacob lives under is of the Egyptian goddess Taweret (goddess of birth, rebirth and the northern sky).

    • Black and white: -At the beginning of the episode, Jacob wears a white shirt with black pants, and his nemesis wears a black shirt with white pants. -Sun's wedding dress is white and Jin's tuxedo is black. -The book Jacob reads when Locke falls down the building has a white dove being struck with a black arrow. -Locke's face is half shadowed in various parts of the episode.

    • Bram refered to Frank as "Yahoo". Sawyer also did it to him in "There's No Place Like Home: Part 1", the previous season finale.

    • The New Kids on the Block lunchbox Jacob purchases for Kate and Tom is seen in season one episode "Born to Run" as their time capsule.

    • The wedding scene is the first and only scene in the season where Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim share a scene. This scene is also out of continuity with Sun and Jin's season 1 wedding flashback. In the wedding flashback from season 1 we see that their wedding was indoors while the season 5 flashback clearly shows that the wedding was held outside. Sun's wedding dress is also completely different in both flashbacks.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The Great Escape: Sawyer references this book and film when he refers to Juliet pushing for "The Great Sub Escape".

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