Season 5 Episode 15

Follow the Leader

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 06, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jack and Kate find themselves at odds over the direction to take to save their fellow island survivors, Locke further solidifies his stance as leader of "The Others," and Sawyer and Juliet come under scrutiny from the DHARMA Initiative.

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  • Did the writers of Lost just "make it up as they went along?"

    This and other Season 5 episodes prove that the writers of Lost did not just "make it up as they went

    The payoffs in this and other recent Season 5 episodes were set up long ago in earlier seasons.

    That proves they could not have merely ad libbed Seasons 4 through 6, as some critics have alleged.

    The only other time I watched Lost was when it was was first broadcast. At the time I too felt as if the writers painted themselves into a corner in the second half of Season 4.

    I no longer feel that way.moreless
  • I sure do love me some Richard Alpert as well as the new Jack! Yet another amazing installment of LOST

    Follow the Leader is an epic episode and a fantastic lead in to the Finale of season 5. I absolutely love the new Jack because he doesnt take crap or scrutiny from Kate. I always use to really like Kate but this season she just seems to enjoy puting Jack down and mistreating him although she is part of the reason he's not the same person he use to be. Ben and Richard vs. Locke is setting up and epic finale between two definite power hungry people and Richard who seems to believe he is the true leader. Also, i was so glad to finally see Sayid again and i'm glad to see that he is actually on Jacks side for the time being. I love LOST and although i hate to think that after next week i will have to wait yet another eight months for my next fix, it truly seem as though this finale will be extremely special just like all of the past season finales of LOST.moreless
  • Lets pause at the creators because once again they proved that they can NOT disappoint!!!

    Wow, this was an ass-kicking episode. I love that it involved 3 different story lines so there was definitely no time filler scenes, all the scenes were b*tchin!

    Lets pause at the creators because once again they proved that they can NOT disappoint. This was the perfect set up for a 2 hour finale.

    I'm starting to think that Jack's plan may work? The writers took it this far so they are definitely planning on doing something with Jack's story line. Either they DO erase the past and move on or something crazy and unexpected thing happens like them all dying? This really makes me worried. What if they all do die? Ughh!!

    The most brilliant scene was the scene that revealed to us that Locke was the one who sent Richard to himself to get the bullet out and tell him that he needs to die. Brilliant Lost scene!!!

    How did Kate get on the submarine like that? Looks like they will escape and get back to the island. Oooo looks good. Can't wait for the finale...and than we wait half a year again..NOOOOO!!!! ((moreless
  • There is so much going on in this episode that you really have to watch this to understand. What is the world is happening?

    I have no idea of whats going on but I believe Jacob is John Locke. That explains why no one can see him. I guessing that when the incident happen, the was moved. When it was moved everyone went different places. The whole point of this season is the place everyone in their rightful place. Ben is a fraud, Richard (who is he?), Widmore the supposed to be the person under Jacob, and the survivors are the Others. For some reason the Dharma still thinks research is being conducted on the island. I still dont understnad whats is going to happen in season 6. As a faithful follower of Lost, everything seems to already happened. Everthing that has taken place, has already taken place. This is weird, but its interesting.moreless
  • John is about to kill Jacob as Kate refuses to forget her son in what's perhaps the most exciting build up towarda a season finale on this show.

    Dharma 1977, Jack & Kate get caugt by Widmore just moments after Daniel Faraday gets shoots, back at Dharma, the facade is starting to fall as Dr. Chang joins his son Miles and his friends Jin and Hurley while the LaFleur experience first hand the full paranoia of one Stuart Radzinski.

    Convinced at last that Faraday's plan is the only change Jack has to save everybody Kate is alienated by the possibility to erase everything she has experienced for the past 3 years including "her son" Aaron, she ends up in the sub with Sawyer and Juliet ready to leave Jack on his own for the very first time since they met.

    However, the big shock of the evening belongs to a 2007 John Locke who has finally figured out how to stop all of this: Kill Jacob. Notice how, as of now, Jack is the only one who remains on the island ever since before this whole mess happened...moreless
David S. Lee

David S. Lee

Charles Widmore

Guest Star

Alice Evans

Alice Evans

Younger Eloise Hawking

Guest Star

Leslie Ishii

Leslie Ishii


Guest Star

Nestor Carbonell

Nestor Carbonell

Richard Alpert

Recurring Role

Francois Chau

Francois Chau

Dr. Pierre Chang

Recurring Role

Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison

Horace Goodspeed

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • When the sub is at the dock there is land surrounding it, but when it takes off from the dock the land is gone and there's open water.

    • In the scene where Jack swims through the underwater entrance into the Tunnels the very even and smooth bottom of the pool the set was built in can be seen.

    • When Widmore turns Jack around, a stunt double can be seen.

    • When Widmore gets off his horse, a hand of a horse trainer is clearly visible for a short time, and the sight and sound of a rope being thrown to control the horse is slightly apparent.

    • The picture Eloise took of Daniel and Theresa was the same one Desmond found in his office in the episode "Jughead", earlier in the season.

    • Engines 2 and 3
      Before diving, Captain Bird called for a check on engines 2 and 3, which combine to form 23, one of the Numbers.

    • The Compass
      Once again, the Compass that Richard gave Locke is a confusing paradox. Locke gave it to Richard in 1954, and more than 50 years later Richard gave it to Locke, who then traveled back in time, starting the cycle over again.

    • All right, let's get started."
      This is what Eloise said when the group made it to the cave with the bomb. It's also the exact same line of dialogue she delivered when Jack and the others came to see her in the future before she told them how to get back to the Island.

    • The leak on Jughead was moved from the tip of the bomb to the body of the bomb.

    • Charles Widmore references Eloise being pregnant, presumably with Daniel. This would mean Daniel is, at most, 19 years old in 1996 when Desmond visited him as a professor at Oxford, though he was clearly much older.

    • This is also the second time in which a character sees oneself due to time travel, the first being Miles seeing himself as a baby.

    • This episode does not contain any character flashbacks or flashforwards.

    • For the second episode in a row, a scene from the season premiere is shown in a different context.

    • Pierre Chang asks Hurley about the president of the United States back in 1977, which is Jimmy Carter, who assumed office from 1977 until 1981.

    • When Jack, Kate, and Hurley got back to the island and were told by Sawyer that the only way to stay safe was to join Dharma, Hurley is worried they were going to be asked questions to which they didn't know the answer. For example, "Who is the President of the United States?" This is what Dr. Chang asked him in this episode.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ben: I know we've had our differences in the past, John, but I'm here to follow you now. So if you need Jacob to help you reunite your people, then I'll do whatev--
      John: I'm not interested in being reunited with my people.
      Ben: What do you mean? You told Sun...
      John: I know what I told her, but that's not why we're going to Jacob.
      Ben: Then why are we going to Jacob?
      John: So I can kill him.

    • Dr. Chang: Your friend Faraday said that you were from the future. I need to know if he was telling the truth.
      Hurley: Dude, that's ridiculous.
      Dr. Chang: What year were you born? What year?
      Hurley: Uh...1931.
      Dr. Chang: You're forty-six?
      Hurley: Yeah...yes I am.
      Dr. Chang: So you fought in the Korean War?
      Hurley: There was no such thing.
      Dr. Chang: Who's the president of the United States?
      Hurley: Alright, dude, we're from the future. Sorry.

    • Richard: (to Ben, confidentially) I'm starting to think John Locke is gonna be trouble.
      Ben: Why do you think I tried to kill him?

    • Locke: What's wrong?
      Richard: Something different about you.
      Locke: I have a purpose now.

    • Ben: Your timing is impeccable John. How did you know exactly when to be here?
      John: The island told me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • A deleted scene from this episode show Locke shooting the boar he carries into The Others's camp.

    • A Richard-centric episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: May 10, 2009 on Sky One
      Australia: May 20, 2009 on Network 7
      Norway: May 27, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: June 9, 2009 on TV4
      Finland: June 11, 2009 on Nelonen
      Latin America: June 15, 2009 on AXN
      Denmark: July 3, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: July 13, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: July 16, 2009 on FOX
      Belgium: October 12, 2009 on VT4

    • Although credited, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) didn't appear. Jeremy Davies (Daniel) appeared, but had no lines, except the ones from re-used footage.


    • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Sawyer calls one of the Galaga crewmen Nemo. Nemo is the Captain of the submarine Nautilus in this book by Jules Verne.