Season 5 Episode 16

The Incident (1)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 13, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him. Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

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  • Flawless, Superlative!

    All of these words describe this episode of LOST. But the bottom line is as follows: LOST equals perfection!!!!! What a phenonemal season finale; perfect finale!

    A-OK, absolute, accomplished, aces, adept, beyond compare, blameless, classical, consummate, crowning, culminating, defect less, excellent, excelling, experienced, expert, faultless, finished, foolproof, ideal, immaculate, impeccable, in-defectible, matchless, out-of-this-world, Paradise, paradisaical, peerless, pure, skilled, skillful, sound, splendid, spotless, stainless, sublime, superb, supreme, ten, unblemished, unequaled, unmarred, untainted, untarnished, Utopian, abstract, airy, ambitious, Arcadian, chimerical, dream, fanciful, fantasy, grandiose, hopeful, idealist, idealistic, ideological, illusory, impossible, impractical, lofty, otherworldly, perfect, pie-in-the-sky, pretentious, quixotic, romantic, transcendental, unfeasible, visionary, bright, clean, error less, exquisite, faultless, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable, neat, pure, snowy, spotless, spruce, stainless, taint-less, trim, unexceptionable, unsoiled, unsullied.moreless
  • Now that's how you leave viewers on a cliffhanger...

    Wow! Ridiculously good episode. From the first scene in which we finally SEE Jacob to the heartbreaking Sawyer-Juliet death scene to the Jughead detonation scene which is sure to have us all dying for Season 6. Lost once again knows how to close out a season in style. So Jacob's dead, Jughead is detonated, "They're coming", a war is imminent, Locke is not Locke, and something in Latin lies in the shadow of the statute. I don't know about you, but this 8 month wait for Season 6 is going to be tough. But until then, I'll be satisfied with rewatching "The Incident" until our final season arrives.moreless
  • 9 months to Season 6…Let the countdown begin

    Let me say that I am still trying to figure out my feelings for this episode. It was a very action-packed episode that answered questions and asked us even more. It thoroughly set up Season 6, by killing off Jacob, stating that war was imminent, and giving us one of the biggest cliffhangers I think I have ever experienced during the show. However, they seriously dropped the ball when it came to the Jacob storyline. It was cool for the first two flashbacks to see that Jacob had interfered with the lives of the Losties, but soon it became dull and boring. Jack performing his first surgery and Jacob shows up and hands him an Apollo Bar. We already knew what happened during his first surgery!!! We don't need to see it again and add Jacob into the mix. The problem was that all of Jacob's scenes were handled like this. They show us something we already knew, and Jacob does something minor to influence the events so they end up on the island. Other than that I can't complain about much since Season 6 will come no matter what, but it was basically setting the stage for Season 6 and nothing else. This is turning into a rant so I'll end it with saying some positive things about the episode. Juliet's "death" scene was very emotional, the conclusion to the Locke storyline and the resolution that we received, and all the action scenes had me on the edge of my seat.moreless
  • Jack and others set off to detonate the bomb on the island while John, Ben and other set off to meet Jacob if he exists.

    Entertaining first part of the finale.

    Jacob's appearences for the survivors-Some say this cheapened the episode. Others feel differently.

    I guess it depends how convinced you feel that Jacob has really known all the survivors all along.

    The one thing I did find was a real stretch was for Rose and Bernard to survive by themselves for three years on the island especially after the flaming arrow attack. The rest of the episode was exciting. John ordering around Ben is just delicious to watch. Ben has been getting a taste of his medicine that has been coming for a long time. It's just sweet to watch this unfold. I nearly died laughing when Locke had the grin on his face when Ben told him that his dead daughter said to do everything he says.

    I wasn't surprised by Kate and Juliet's actions to go back to the island. It's expected. Sawyer's attitude is excruciatingly annoying and contradictory. You can't say it's better for nobody to have come back to the island and then change your mind a sec later. The fight that he and Jack would have in hour two really quenched my thirst to see him actually shut up for once.

    The shootout with Jack and Sayid was exciting. Jack is a man of science but now we've seen him develop a more macho persona that coupled with a new faith makes him quite possibly the most interesting character on the job aside from Locke. There is no way the Jack of past would do what he did in this episode. With that said, again not surprised that Kate, Sawyer, Juliet were there to stop Jack's plans temporarily.

    It's clear that these characters don't quite have the faith that Jack has. This of course sets up that big finale in hour two. Hour one was entertaining.moreless
  • A Jacob-centric episode.

    Let me just start off by saying that all things considered, I absolutely loved this episode. This was such a shocking and exciting season finale! All of the storylines were great, especially Sawyer's storyline which was my favorite storyline of the episode. All of the flashbacks of Jacob interacting with various members of flight Oceanic 815 were great. It was really exciting to finally find out what the Incident was. I have to say that I absolutely loved Juliet in this episode. I found the whole reveal about Locke extremely shocking. I didn't see that coming at all. In closing, I thought that this was a very well written, well acted, well made episode of Lost from everyone involved, and I can't wait for the sixth and final season of Lost to start so I can find out what happens next.moreless
Alice Evans

Alice Evans

younger Eloise Hawking

Guest Star

Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman


Guest Star

Emily Rae Argenti

Emily Rae Argenti

young Kate

Guest Star

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Rose Nadler

Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Bernard Nadler

Recurring Role

John Terry

John Terry

Christian Shephard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • The statue that Jacob lives under is of the Egyptian goddess Taweret (goddess of birth, rebirth and the northern sky).

    • Black and white:
      -At the beginning of the episode, Jacob wears a white shirt with black pants, and his nemesis wears a black shirt with white pants.
      -Sun's wedding dress is white and Jin's tuxedo is black.
      -The book Jacob reads when Locke falls down the building has a white dove being struck with a black arrow.
      -Locke's face is half shadowed in various parts of the episode.

    • Bram refered to Frank as "Yahoo". Sawyer also did it to him in "There's No Place Like Home: Part 1", the previous season finale.

    • The New Kids on the Block lunchbox Jacob purchases for Kate and Tom is seen in season one episode "Born to Run" as their time capsule.

    • The wedding scene is the first and only scene in the season where Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim share a scene. This scene is also out of continuity with Sun and Jin's season 1 wedding flashback. In the wedding flashback from season 1 we see that their wedding was indoors while the season 5 flashback clearly shows that the wedding was held outside. Sun's wedding dress is also completely different in both flashbacks.

    • In the opening scene, Jacob saw a ship coming to the Island, this being the infamous Black Rock, which puts this flashback around 1845.

    • Jacob's tapestry contains phrases written in ancient Greek, both from Homer's Odyssey 6:180 and 8:413:
      * "ÈÅÏÉ ÔÏÓÁ ÄÏÉÅÍ ÏÓÁ ÖÑÅÓÉ ÓÇÓÉ ÌÅÍÏÉÍÁÓ", which means, "may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires."
      * "[ÈÅÏÉ ÄÅ] ÔÏÉ ÏËÂÉÁ ÄÏÉÅÍ", which means, "may the gods give you happiness."

    • In the scene at the beginning with the unfinished tapestry, the Greek letters are wrong. Xi "Ξ" is used for epsilon "Ε" and zeta "Ζ" for the last sigma "Σ". This was corrected for the later scenes with the finished tapestry.

    • The first time we see the complete statue in "LaFleur", the right leg is forward and the left leg is back with the stripes on the loin cloth going left to right diagonally. The next time we see the complete statue in this episode the legs are in the opposite stance and the stripes are going right to left diagonally.

    • When the young versions of Kate and Tom are about to steal from the shop, the car they were standing besides has the plate number "XA7 023". 23 is one of "The Numbers".

    • During Kate's flashback, bottles of Malibu Tropical Banana and Absolut 100 Black can be seen on the shelf. Both products were not introduced until 2007.

    • The stone wall through which Richard smashed and the house it leads to is actually Ben's future house. He later has an engraved door with egyptian symbols on it as seen in the episode where he summons up the smoke-monster against Keamy and his men.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Bram: We are the good guys.

      Frank: In my experience, the people who go out of their way to tell you they're the good guys are the bad guys.

    • Frank: Who the hell are you people?
      Ilana: We're friends.
      Frank: So you smack all your friends in the face with a rifle, shove them in a boat and kidnap them?
      Ilana: Only the ones we like.

    • Sun: Who's Jacob?
      Ben: He's in charge of this island.
      Sun: You said John was in charge.
      Ben: No, I said he was the leader. A title that I have discovered is incredibly temporary. But everyone answers to someone and the leader answers to Jacob.

    • Richard: Over 20 years ago, a man named John Locke, he walked right into our camp and he told me that he was going to be our leader. I've gone off the island three times since then to visit him, but he never seemed particularly special to me.

    • Sawyer: You ain't hearing me, Kate. I made a choice and I'm sticking to it. I decided to leave and I'm leaving.

    • Bram: How long have you been listening to us?
      Frank: Long enough to wonder what the hell I'm a candidate for.

    • Ben: Why do you want me to kill Jacob, John?
      Locke: Because despite your loyal service to this island, you got cancer. You had to watch your own daughter gunned down right in front of you. And your reward for those sacrifices? You were banished. And you did all this in the name of a man you've never even met. So the question is, Ben, why the hell wouldn't you want to kill Jacob?

    • Locke: Do you mind if I ask you a question?
      Ben: I'm a Pisces.
      (Locke smiles)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2009 Emmy Awards in the categories "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series" and "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)".

      Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof received a nomination for "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series" for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      *United Kingdom: May 17, 2009 on Sky One
      Australia: May 27, 2009 on Network 7
      *Norway: June 3, 2009 on TVNorge
      Finland: June 18, 2009 on Nelonen
      *Latin America: June 29, 2009 on AXN
      *Denmark: July 10, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: July 20, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: July 23, 2009 on FOX
      Belgium: October 12, 2009 on VT4

      *Aired along with Part 2.

    • Music:
      "Three Cigarettes (In an Ashtray)" by Patsy Cline (playing in the convenience store when Kate tried to steal the lunchbox.)

    • The opening credits list Part 1 as being written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse, and Part 2 as being written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof.

    • A Jacob-centric episode.

    • Though credited, Jeremy Davies (Daniel) and Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) do not appear in this episode.