Lost

The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 2/25/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Locke's fateful mission off the island as Jeremy Bentham is revealed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Damon Lindelof

  • Carlton Cuse

  • Jack Bender

  • Matthew Fox

    Jack Shephard

  • Evangeline Lilly

    Kate Austen

  • Fan Reviews (42)
  • I think the writers slept through writing class.

    By buildam2005, Feb 28, 2009

  • The best episode so far, and a sad end... or is it?

    By DavidB226Morris, Aug 02, 2010

  • Great acting, too many "loose ends"

    By jmfoobar, Jan 13, 2010

  • Quite possibly the best episode of LOST to date.

    By DerickBentham, Feb 26, 2009

  • This was Amazing. I loved it. Ben's a lying bastard.

    By ajk021992, Feb 26, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Ben: I'll miss you John, (Pause) I really will.

    • Locke: No, Ben was never even there when I left, he was already gone. I wasn't exhiled; I chose to leave. Widmore: Why would you do that, John? You've come to bring them back? The ones who left. Locke: No. Widmore: I understand you lying to me, I do, but there's something you should know. All your friends who left the island, they've been back three years. Locke: Three years? Widmore: They've gone back to their normal lives, and none of them has spoken a word of truth about where they were. Locke: I have to bring them back. Widmore: And I'm going to do everything in my power to help you do that. Locke: Why? Widmore: Why? Locke: Why would you help me? Widmore: Because there's a war coming, John. And if you're not back on the island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win.

    • Locke: We have to go back. Jack: Goodbye, John. Locke: Your father says hello. Jack: What? Locke: A man... the man who told me to move the island, the man who told me how to bring you all back... He said to tell his son hello. It couldn't have been Sayid's father and it wasn't Hurley's, so that leaves you. He said his name was Christian. Jack: My... my father is dead. Locke: Well, he didn't look dead to me. Jack: He died in Australia three years ago. I put him in the coffin! He's dead. Locke: Jack, please, you have to come back. You're the only one who can convince the rest of them. You have to help me, you're supposed to help me. Jack: John, it's over! It's done. We left. And we were never important. So you...you leave me alone. And you leave the rest of them alone.

    • Abaddon: No matter what you did or what you do, your path leads back to the island. Locke: You say that like it's all... inevitable. Abaddon:Mr. Widmore told me Richard Alpert said that you were going to die. So you tell me John, is that inevitable, or is it a choice? Locke:What, do you think I want to die? How was that... how could you possibly think that's a choice?

    • Jack: Have you ever stopped to think that these delusions that you are special aren't real? That maybe there's nothing important about you at all? Maybe you are just a lonely old man that crashed on an island? That's it. Goodbye John. John: Your father says hello.

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    Notes (8)

    • For the first time, Josh Holloway (Sawyer) didn't appear in two consecutive episodes.

    • Terry O'Quinn (Locke) appeared in every scene.

    • The opening scene of this episode was originally intended to be used for the opening of the season premiere.

    • A Locke-centric episode.

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: March 1, 2009 on Sky One Norway: March 25, 2009 on TVNorge Australia: March 25, 2009 on Network 7 Latin America: April 13, 2009 on AXN Finland: April 16 2009 on Nelonen Sweden: April 28, 2009 on TV4 Denmark: May 15, 2009 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: May 18, 2009 on AXN Spain: May 28, 2009 on FOX Belgium: September 14, 2009 on VT4

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    Trivia (15)

    • Charles Widmore is seventy years old when he encounters John Locke off the Island. In this episode, he tells Locke he was 17 when they first met (that was 50 years before the plane crash, and their current conversation takes place 3 years after the plane crash).

    • Locke's fake Canadian passport, issued 12 December 2007, gave his birthdate as 15 February 1948. In "Jughead," Locke told Richard he was born in Tustin, California, May 30, 1956. In "Further Instructions", Locke's gun registration gave his birthdate as November 15, 1946. Also, Terry O'Quinn's birth year is 1952.

    • When John is hanging from the ceiling, you can see the shadow of a cable behind the shadow of John, and you can faintly see the same cable behind John's neck, as it is suspending him.

    • The passport Matthew Abbadon gives Jeremy Bentham (Locke) is from Canada. However, Canadian passports only last 5 years, not 10 as the one forged does. Also, the passport number usually contains letters not just numbers. Lastly, since Canada is bilingual the months on the passport should be in English and French even though the three letter notation may remain the same.

    • The same "New York" extras walk behind Locke and Abaddon twice, each time headed in the same directions.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Watchmen: Locke vomits after he arrives in the desert. Whenever Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II is teleported by Dr. Manhattan, she experiences nausea and vomits.

    • Sphinx: When Locke visits Hurley at the Santa Rosa Mental Institute, Hurley is seen painting a picture presumably of the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. Ironically, the word "sphinx" derives from Greek and translates as "strangler".

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