Season 6 Episode 14

The Candidate

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 04, 2010 on ABC
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Jack's suspicions about Locke make his decision more difficult after he is asked to complete a difficult task.

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  • The Lost Titanic

    Since the Titanic, never has the sinking of a ship made me so sad. It's hard not to draw parallels between the ill-fate Jack and Rose and the even more unfortunate Jin and Sun, who had only just reunited after almost two seasons (three years) apart.

    Yes, other things happened and other important characters died - here's to your sacrifice Sayid - but amidst the ever-complicating plot, the simplicity of Jin and Sun's love stood out. We've buried quite a few people on the island, but not like this. The Kwon's desire to spend their last moments together, their mutual acceptance of death, is a great precursor to what will likely happen next on the island and a reminder of what has already happened to several characters in the alternate reality. They've moved on.

    While I wish Jin could have met his daughter and the Kwon's could have had more time together after their long separation, their end was satisfying because they were finally together.moreless
  • mustn't post links here..

    didn't realize that.. now reading the submission FAQ I removed it...

    I started watching lost when season 5 was aired and I watched all lost episodes from season 1 to 5 during about 2 weeks..

    I loved the show. I was also reading two books about quantum physics and string theory. Now I really found it great to have a relating phantasy story.

    Season 6 now actually doesn't impress me anymore. Maybe the first three episodes still were leaving something to hope for. But close to the end I am realizing that it's not gonna work out as I was hoping.

    Now that's a bit of a pity that there are people who don't want to hear negative opinions about their holy TV show.

    I shall think those are opinions- no trolling intended!moreless
  • can any one ask for more !

    what an episode ( amazing , emotional , magnificent , outstanding , Breathtaking ) . and That's it Matthew Fox and Terry O Quin for best actors in 2010 Emmys that's for sure and MUST ! , there performance were the best of the series ! .

    so many things happened in this episode . 1) Sun and Jin died . maybe sayid ? 2) Evil Locke !! .

    3) Jack is back in the game . 4) Kate get shot . etc . and Yeah the last 30 Sec i Just Cried . one of the emotional scenes that Lost handles perfectly. with Jack looking at the beach and Hurly drop a tear and Kate Cry from Heart . Lost Deliver there best Yet in this season . 10/10moreless
  • The race to the finish line begins, who will win Jack or MIB?

    First of all I was kind of pi$$ed off when I heard Lost was going to have a break after The Last Recruit but this episode is worth the wait. The episode was full of explosions, fire fights and sadly character deaths. How badass was MIB's double kill at the plane. The flash sideways where interesting with some good acting from Terry O'Quinn and Mathew Fox but it was a bit of a forgettable side story this week, playing second fiddle the action packed and emotional original timeline.

    The three deaths of Sayid, Sun and Jin where unexpected (I believe Frank is still alive) but the show was due some real drama this season, now it feels as if no one is safe. I can't wait to watch the final few episodes.moreless
  • As we get close to the end Lost begins thinning the herd.

    Let's dive straight into the main event in this episode: the death of four main characters (although there is a slight question mark over Frank). I'm all for killing off main characters as, when handled right, it adds to the drama, can be very emotional and is a great way of provoking an emotional response from your audience. That is of course when it's handled right; here however it wasn't.

    I can't help feeling that the main reason for killing off these characters was simply to thin out the numbers so the other characters can be focused on in the last few episodes. This for me completely undermines the deaths. Sun and Jin had been mainly just sitting around this season with their main purpose being to find each other. So now that they have it seems the writing staff have no other ideas for them and so kill them off. They don't even get one full episode together before they're unceremoniously drowned. Of all the characters on Lost you really wanted these two to have a happy ending, especially after fake killing Jin about three times, to finally do it seems bad form. Of course you could argue that as I'm clearly so annoyed by this decision then it did its job in creating an emotional response. However after rewatching the episode and giving it a few days it still didn't work for me. Jin's decision to stay felt more than a structural thing than a character thing. By which I mean the logical thing would've been to leave her to survive for their child; but the two have been apart from each other and come back again so many times that doing it again would've been retreading old ground.

    Then there's Frank who (assuming he is dead) seems to have gone out the same way as Illana. He had no real contribution to the season and so it only seems like he was a main character because he would've been sitting around anyway. As a nice guy dragged into the plot killing him off in this manner was very poorly done as well as a waste of a good character. That said I will concede that Sayid's death was cool. After acting funny for most of the season to have him go out in a fireball of redemption was a good way to end his story.

    Of course there was 40 minutes of this episode before the killing spree, most of which was good. This week's flash-sideways was another Jack story. The twist being that it was really Locke's story just seen through Jack's eyes. The reveal of how Locke ended up in a wheelchair in this reality was nicely done. While it was a shame we didn't get to see the actual plane crash, seeing his catatonic father was a great and very sad visual. It gave enough without needing exposition that Locke could fill in the rest later and the fantastic performance from Terry O'Quinn was just the icing on the cake. Also it's interesting to note that Lost is such an impressive show that they can get a fairly big TV actor like Kevin Tighe to come to Hawaii just sit in a chair for a single scene. This is one of those times where being a big budget show really helps as using a body double for that scene really wouldn't have worked.

    On the island there was a lot to like too. Sun and Jin did get a couple of nice scenes together, even if they are undermined by their poorly executed deaths. Also we got a bit more black smoke action which, while not as impressive as some earlier actions scenes this season, was cool to see. And we now know Locke's end game is to find a way to kill all of the candidates. And then there was the shootout on the pier which had Kate get shot. It was probably meant to work as a way of showing that at this stage in the show no character is safe, although funnily enough I think actually showed that she'll survive. It'd be a bit daft to have her take a bullet that'll probably put her out of action for a while only to kill her shortly afterwards.

    And despite my extreme dislike of how the scene ended, the stuff on the sub was very tense and very well done. I knew Jack was right about the bomb, but you couldn't blame Sawyer for not trusting him. We have the benefit of having seen the dynamite scene with Richard from earlier this season, Sawyer's seen nothing like that to make him believe in the island. And just to bring the review full circle I'll finish with one last word on the deaths. I can see the argument that having Locke kill off three of the candidates shows how dangerous he is and ups the stakes for the final few episodes, but I don't buy that myself. He's the bloody smoke monster! We already knew how bad-ass he was without needing to get rid of Sun and Jin without any decent emotional pay off.moreless
Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

Sayid Jarrah

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Claire Littleton (Seasons 1-4 & 6)

Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey

Frank Lapidus (Season 6, recurring in Seasons 4 & 5)

Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox

Jack Shephard

Jorge Garcia (I)

Jorge Garcia (I)

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway

James "Sawyer" Ford

Maile Holck

Maile Holck


Guest Star

Casey Adams (II)

Casey Adams (II)


Guest Star

Ken Elliott

Ken Elliott


Guest Star

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Charles Widmore

Recurring Role

Kevin Tighe

Kevin Tighe

Anthony Cooper

Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Bernard Nadler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • At the end of the episode, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Claire (and possibly Rose, Bernard, Vincent, Cindy, Zack, Emma and others who defected to "The Others") are the only remaining survivors from flight 815.

    • The warning klaxon in the submarine is the same sound from the Swan.

    • When discussing Locke's father's condition, Jack tells Locke, "Whatever happened, happened." This is also the name of a fifth season episode.

    • In the flash-sideways, Jack tells Locke that his surgery was difficult because his dural sac had ruptured. In the first episode of the series, Jack tells Kate about an incident early in his career when a patient's dural sac ruptures (as the result of his mistake) and about how he forced himself to deal with the consequences and remain calm.

    • When Jack gets the C-4 out of the backpack, the countdown goes from 3:55 to 3:52. It then beeps 10 times (one beep per second), leading the countdown to 3:42. However, the scene after, the countdown is at 3:45.

    • Jack buys an Apollo Bar from the vending machine at the hospital.

    • Hurley says he cannot find the First Aid Kit. The Kit can be seen in the control room next to Frank.

    • The Numbers:
      There are 4 bricks of C-4.
      The Apollo Bar is located at E3 in the vending machine. E is the 5th letter in the alphabet. 5+3=8. Also, 5x3=15.
      Four people escaped from the sinking submarine.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Locke: You sure you won't reconsider, Jack?
      Jack: Yeah, I'm sure.
      Locke: Whoever told you you needed to stay had no idea what they were talking about.
      Jack: John Locke told me I needed to stay.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Fred Koehler (Seamus) appears as a guest star, where in all other appearances he was credited as a co-star.

    • According to Jorge Garcia's "Geronimo Jack's Beard" podcast, in the script, Locke also said "It's a two men job" in his sleep.

    • This episode breaks the record of most main character deaths with 3 (Sayid, Jin and Sun). This record was previously held by "Exposé" with 2 (Nikki and Paulo).

    • There is no "Previously on Lost" in this episode.

    • As of this episode, there have been 14 episodes this season and Desmond only appeared in 5 of them. This breaks the record of Michael in Season 4 and Nikki in Season 3 who only appeared in 6 episodes out of their 14 credited episodes.

    • A Jack/Locke-centric episode.

    • Though credited, Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben), Ken Leung (Miles) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) do not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 4, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: May 5, 2010 on 7TWO
      United Kingdom: May 7, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Portugal: May 11, 2010 on FOX/FOX HD
      Spain: May 11, 2010 on FOX
      Finland: May 20, 2010 on Nelonen
      Norway: June 2, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: June 16, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: June 30, 2010 on TV4
      Czech Republic: July 5, 2010 on AXN


    • Pillsbury Doughboy: Sawyer calls Seamus "doughboy", after this advertising icon and mascot of The Pillsbury Company.

    • Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Sawyer calls the submarine captain "Hoss", a nickname he has used before to label characters who he needs to do something for him.