Season 6 Episode 11

Happily Ever After

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2010 on ABC
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Desmond wakes up and discovers he has returned to the island.

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  • Desmond !

    this episode answered the biggest question of this season as i see it ! , that there is a connection between the two worlds . and what a connection that as always can connect with a hand from Daniel Faraday the man is a Genius . and Charlie as always it's all about Love , his scene when conformed Desmond about his so called love from the first sight WAS speechless ! . Eloise as always mysterious as Hell ! there were few very good emotional scenes when Desmond meet Penny and the way he was smiling , amazing scene . at last the most impoment line of the episode was " I Just need to show them something " .

    Happily Ever After was Epic and the show still delivers there best season ever .moreless
  • One of the best, if not, the best episode of LOST EVER!

    I had immense chills running down my spine. Not only did these chills impact greatly, but they lasted long too. Charlie, Daniel Whitmore and eventually Desmond (at the end) "FELT IT." They felt love. This episode made me forget reality. It made me not care about what happened in the past of LOST or what could happen in the future. This episode was simply an "in the moment" episode. What I'm trying to say is that the episode was so amazing I did not care about anything else, but this episode. I completely zoned out about all external things. Why? Why did I feel this way? I'll tell you why. Because I "felt it." This episode made me feel love. I don't know what, or who, or why, but I guarantee you that I felt exactly what the characters in this episode felt. That is exactly why I had a constant chill down my spine that didn't go away long after the episode finished. This is the reason TV was created. This is the reason fans of LOST love LOST. I don't even write reviews for LOST, but the impact this episode had on me was phenomenal. To watch such an episode after 7 seasons of LOST, it is truly, well, it's a life changing experience during that moment. To feel something which the characters feel, which you know is unreal, but you still feel it. That is extraordinary. I cannot go on to explain how well this show is constructed. My 2 favourite TV shows are 24 and LOST. I chase 24 because of the tension and twists, and Jack Bauer and I watch LOST simply because of moments like this episode had. I will be traumatized to see my two favourite shows end in the same year =(moreless
  • I liked it but it all still feels a little pointless...

    Is it just me? Am I the only one who thinks the show has gotten kind of pointless? I really like Desmond and his character is one of the best but his story in the other universe just seems a little pointless. Everyone's does. I know they'll probably explain what they mean before or at the finale and we saw here that the worlds are connected...but seriously I need some answers to make it less pointless and confusing.

    I do like Desmond and Penny and it was sweet ho they found each other at the end. It's also interesting how we see him talk to (normal) Claire, Charlie and Daniel Faraday. I mean why did they do that shock thing to Desmond on the island...you just don't know enough...hopefully we'll get some answers as we go on.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Convincing performance, weird and inspiring story, unbalanced dual arcs and conventional editing, disappointing pace but intriguing ending

    In my humble opinion The Constant, season 4 5th episode, is by far the best Lost episode. In fact it's the only one I rated 10 out of 10 with Sundown. So at the end of The Package when Sayid and us saw Desmond my heartbeat went on a tribal rate that lasted until now. One week to remember what happened. One week to think about him and Penny. One week to feel in love, again.

    Happily Ever After wasn't as strange as The Constant but it was definitely an excellent installment. First Henry Ian Cusick's performance was impressive and his charisma astounding. Considering his appearances are rare comparing him to Matthew Fox wouldn't be appropriate but they definitely play in the same league, right with Terry O'Quinn and a few others. Second watching the episode was as intense as riding a twirling roller coaster. From the characters he met to the alternative situations my jaw was sweeping most of the time. Third even if I found the story a bit naive, probably because I'm not obsessed by romance, it was quite inspiring.

    But I can't help thinking that it could have been better, even if its fourty minutes felt like seconds. I found the island and urban arcs weren't well balanced and the transitions between the two not as creative as in Dr. Linus for example. An other issue is that Desmond hadn't been featured a single second since LA X and it was already ten episodes ago ! So I think his coming back should have been better planned, with some sort of prequel episode or something. Moreover even if some moments were intense it didn't reach The Constant's level, far from it.

    Last but not least the most disappointing element was probably the pace. It's like nothing much happened. I think some parts could have been shortened to give some space to more important ones. The first half wasn't that surprising for example when the other one was astonishing. But don't get me wrong the last seconds confirmed that the remaining episodes should be captivating. Considered as a standalone episode Happily Ever After was just great but if you try to comprehend it as a whole then it could be the gear wheel that controls them all. A first step toward the inevitable end of Lost.moreless
  • Have you ever experienced Spectacular Love?

    Epic, riveting, rapturously beautiful love? The most purest expression of something you would only drown yourself into, slip into, sink as if to die from it only so that something would rip you apart at the very last minute.

    No, I'm not talking about Sawyer and Juliet but what Charlie experiences without Claire, Faraday without Charlotte and last, but not least, Desmond Hume without Penny during this episode in which the flash-sideways life plays the ultimate cosmic joke as they are forced to live without them, so it was only natural these three men would be the ones most likely to question that maybe this is not how things were supposed to be.

    It's almost poetic how the three of them collide in this episode trying to explore the very nature of their respective losses: Charlie in an autodestructive way, Daniel in his own particularly erratic way and Desmond in the most sublime way possible. I just can't spoil the ending, much like Charlie, Daniel and Desmond you'll have to figure it out all by yourselves.moreless
Kayren Butler

Kayren Butler


Guest Star

Ben Cain

Ben Cain

MRI tech

Guest Star

Grisel Toledo

Grisel Toledo

Nurse Tyra

Guest Star

Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan


Recurring Role

Jeremy Davies

Jeremy Davies

Daniel Faraday

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Charles Widmore

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Desmond's stubble is inconsistent. He is clean-shaven at the airport, but has a stubble in Jax bar.

    • Hurley tells Desmond that their bags are at carousel 4, but when Desmond picks up his bag he is at carousel F-2.

    • Penny asks Desmond to meet her at a coffee shop on Melrose and Sweetzer in Los Angeles. There is no coffee shop on Melrose and Sweetzer. However, there is an antique shop called "Thanks for the Memories."

    • Despite having parked directly in front of the police station, Desmond's car can not be seen in the reflection on the police station door.

    • When the technician throws the switch to the breaker which activates the electromagnetic field, he pulls the lever down. However, after being ordered to turn it off, he pulls it down again.

    • Charlie tells Desmond that Kate and Edward Mars were sitting two rows in front of him. However, Charlie was sitting two rows behind Jack, just as he was in the original timeline and it's not until after Charlie is arrested that he is moved to the same area of the plane as Kate and even then it was much further than two rows.

    • There is a painting of balanced scales in Charles Widmore's office featuring something white on one scale and something black on the other.

    • The Numbers:
      Hurley tells Desmond that the bags are on Carousel 4.
      The Oceanic flight schedule contains all six of the Numbers in various places.

    • On episode "LA X, Part 1", Desmond wears a wedding ring on Oceanic 815. However in this episode he is not wearing one.

    • This is the second episode, after "Not in Portland", to have no scenes on the main island.

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  • NOTES (8)

    • Despite both being former main cast members, Jeremy Davies (Daniel) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) are credited as guest stars and not special guest stars, continuing the Season 6 trend of one entirely alphabetical guest cast list.

    • Music: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor by Frédéric Chopin (played once again on the piano by Daniel.)

    • This episode does not feature a "Previously on Lost" segment at the beginning.

    • Fisher Stevens (Minkowski) makes his first appearance since "Meet Kevin Johnson", after a 32-episode gap.

    • Though credited, Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jeff Fahey (Frank), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ken Leung (Miles), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Terry O'Quinn (Locke) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) do not appear in this episode.

      Thus, this episode only features six of the fifteen main cast members of Season 6, a season record low.

    • This is Hurley's 100th episode of Lost. With this appearance, Hurley became the third character to appear in 100 episodes, following Jack and Kate.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 6, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: April 9, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Portugal: April 13, 2010 on FOX/FOX HD
      Spain: April 13, 2010 on FOX
      Australia: April 14, 2010 on 7TWO
      Latin America: April 20, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: April 29, 2010 on Nelonen
      Norway: May 12, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: May 26, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: June 9, 2010 on TV4
      Czech Republic: June 14, 2010 on AXN

    • A Desmond-centric episode.


    • John Milton: Penny's last name is Milton in the flash-sideways timeline, which is likely a (recurring) reference to John Milton, the author of Paradise Lost, a 15th Century poem which deals with themes of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It further touches on fate and predestination.

    • Caltech: Daniel references this university in Los Angeles.

    • Harold C. "Rabbit" Angstrom: The white rabbit's name is Angstrom. Harold C. "Rabbit" Angstrom is the main character in five of John Updike's novels (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; Rabbit Remembered). The novels follow the human themes of life, death, and redemption.