The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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 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.

  • Kate: Have you ever been in love, John? Locke: What? Kate: I think about you sometimes. I think about how desperate you were to stay on that island... And I'd realised that it was all because you didn't love anybody.

  • Widmore: John. John! Wake up. You had a compound fracture. The doctors here did their best, but I had a specialist flown in to reset your leg properly. It's nice to see you again, John. Locke: Do I know you? Widmore: Yes. I understand you being confused; imagine how I feel. I met you when I was seventeen, now all these years later, here we are and you look exactly the same. Locke: Who are you? Widmore: My name is Charles Widmore. Tell me John, how long has it been for you since we first met? Since you walked into our camp and you spoke to Richard? Locke: Four days. Widmore: That's incredible. Locke: The camera in the desert, that was yours? Widmore: Yeah. Locke: How did you know I'd be there? Widmore: Because that's the exit. I was afraid Benjamin might fool you into leaving the island; as he did with me. I was their leader. Locke: The Others? Widmore: They're not the Others to me; they're my people. We protected the island, peacefully, for more than three decades, but then I was exhiled, by him. Just as you were.

  • Caesar: (about Ben) You know him? Locke: Yeah. He's the man who killed me.

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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

  • Although credited, Jeremy Davies (Daniel), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ken Leung (Miles), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) and William Blanchette (Aaron) didn't appear.

  • This episode and "316" were written at the same time by executive producers Lindelof and Cuse. "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" was originally meant to be aired first, but the order was switched because Lindelof thought it would be "cool".

  • This episode lasts six additional minutes.

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.

  • Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute is portrayed in earlier episodes as a place Jack can stop by after work to visit Hurley. However in this episode, the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute is identified as being in Santa Rosa, Cal. which is over 400 miles from the hospital where Jack works in Santa Monica, Cal.

  • As Abaddon is driving Locke down the road to the airport in Tunisia, an American 45MPH speed limit sign can be seen briefly outside the passenger window.

  • Widmore's surveillance photo of Sayid shows Sayid working on the exact same house in the exact same spot he is still working on when Locke comes to see him despite the time it takes Locke to travel from Tunisia to Santo Domingo.

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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".