Season 5 Episode 17

The Incident (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 13, 2009 on ABC
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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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  • We're 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.
  • Is it just me?

    Is it just me or is this show to frazzled? I've watched this show from the begining, but now Im only watching Lost because I want to know what's going to happen. I've watched it for five years now and want to see the end I'm been waiting for these past years. It's just so unreal with all this stuff. Like a bomb would prevent this whole thing that we've been watching. The writer lost his thing or what to say for three years ago. I hope that the season finale of season 6 will be good or I will regret I ever saw Lost. Overall this episode was pretty good still it was to sad in the end. Josh Holloway is the reason I watch lost ;)moreless
  • It's not just you, it's me. What the heck was THAT?

    Wow, this felt rushed, poorly acted and cheesy and I hoped it wasn't going to play like it did after the last few episodes - where it felt like the wheels were starting to come off this show. I was loving this season, it had a lot of neat moments that really seemed they were tying up nicely over the course of the season arc. The time travel / parallel timelines twists and constant back references and nods made this season really enjoyable and compelling viewing, until... We see Jacob and now all of a sudden he's EVERYWHERE, and he kinda always was, see? The Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Juliet thing finally got on my nerves, and Jack and Saywer have a argument while Sayid is bleeding to death in the van?! Seriously? What happened to Ben? He's a bloody big sook! Locke's a reincarnated a-hole and that shoehorned-in bunch from the new plane turn back up with his body... Jacob, someone who I've really only just met gets stabbed and I DON'T CARE! Also, 'they're coming...', Who is it NOW? Don't tell me the Jack/Sawyer/Kate bunch are suddenly going to appear on the beach with the Locke/Ben/Ricardus mob. Either that or it's another freighter, or aliens, or the OTHER others. Tragically a lot of the characters just seemed to be making a cameo appearance, and making really dumb decisions. I could go on but I'm pushing the number of question and exclamation marks I can use in one review. Certainly this was the one of the worst Lost moments for me, even more than some of the early episodes of Season Three.

    I love Lost, even when most people I knew had given up watching it a long time ago, I'd always cite it as being one of my favourite shows. It's only been getting better & better, with that wobbly bit in Season Three, but I'm worried that its just Jumped the Shark - maybe two at once.

    Roll on Season Six!moreless
  • Lost sets the bar even higher.

    WOW! First words that come to my mind to describe this episode are mind blowing! Words are hard to find, this is something you have to witness yourself to understand what kind of amazing ride that was.

    This episode had it all. Tension, drama, suspense, intensity, mysteries, mythology, answers, craziness,cliffhangers and hell even its sweet moments.

    Let`s start with the opener. It was an instant OMG moment. Conversation between Jacob and his,what seem to be enemy. Anyway, the conversation was cool and pretty mysterious as always. Seeing the statue again was amazing. A word on the casting choice of Jacob. I think it is a great one. I understand, people expected somebody maybe older...perhaps in line with what we saw in our first meeting with Jacob in Season 3. Chances are that it may not have been Jacob after all when Ben took Locke in the cabin. Anyway, good choice of actor in my opinion. He`s cool and the character perfectly executed.

    Meanwhile, Jack was more than decided to stick to his plan. How Jack has changed. Love the "don`t give up on Locke" line to Richard. I think that describe the character change perfectly.

    One of the very rare thing I`ve not enjoyed so much in these 2 eps is perhaps Sawyer-Julliete relationship. First off, it has not really been developed..so not really used to it. What I don`t like about it is what Sawyer has become. I love the not very likeable guy we all loved back in the days. I understand he has matured a lot and all but here the whole Sawyer-Julliete thing was underwhelming. I mean, it was like Sawyer was taking orders with the changes of mind and all.

    Now that being said, the first time that relationship felt real was of course in the closing moments of the eps, during the incident. A real tearjerker that was perfectly acted by Josh Holloway and Elizabeth Mitchell. Very moving to say the least.

    Sawyer-Jack fight was cool..just had to happen. The incident at Swan station was again perfectly executed. There was such a tensed and uncertain atmosphere. Very suspenseful and sad also. Miles made an excellent point about the possibility that the bomb going off could be the actual incident. The ending was WOW and so cruel also cause the hiatus is so long. It was a game changing event and Elizabeth Mitchell did an amazing job here.

    Now, up to Mr. "Locke" and co. Great to see Frank back...love the character. Good to see more about the Ajira survivors too. The scene at Jacob`s "home" was amazing. That was almost 3 seasons in the making. Loved it. There was a lot of shockers in the episodes but the absolute major shocker here is no doubt that Locke was actually not Locke. That`s freaking mind blowing. The revelation was perfectly handled..I almost yelled "if this is Locke, then who is in there" line along with Sun. Theories are flowing big time about this. Ben kills Jacob (which is not something I really wanted to see)...actually manipulated by Smokey/Evil/bad guy or whoever he is. Brilliant! My mind is blown! This is yet another game changer and the line "things will change when he dies" may well be a description of the future of the show.

    On now to the flashbacks/forwards. They were amazing. How ironic is it that everyone of the losties actually met Jacob. Connections were perfectly(getting tired typing this word)made.

    There were some sweet moments too in here. It was nice seeing Rose and Bernard.Very heartwarming to see how they are living a happy life in there...was also kinda funny. Nice moment too see Charlie`s ring too.

    So who`s the guy impersonating Locke?? Smokey?? Did he impersonate Christian too? Has we seen the last of Jacob? Julliet dead? If she is, doesn`t it mean they all are? Are they back to real time??? Did Jack`s plan went well? If Julliete is gone, how will Sawyer ever forgive Jack?? Did Sayid survive?? Is this whole thing god vs the devil... playing their endless game of good vs evil? ETC................. Long hiatus, full of theories and question as Lost enters its final chapter next year. Until then, thank you writers and hats off.moreless
  • Flawless, Superlative!

    All of these words describe this episode of LOST. But the bottom line is as follows: LOST equals perfection!!!!! What a phenomenal 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
Adam Bazzi

Adam Bazzi

cab driver

Guest Star

Tanner Maguire

Tanner Maguire

young Tom

Guest Star

Emily Rae Argenti

Emily Rae Argenti

young Kate

Guest Star

Jon Gries

Jon Gries

Roger Linus

Recurring Role

Zuleikha Robinson

Zuleikha Robinson

Ilana Verdansky

Recurring Role

Francois Chau

Francois Chau

Dr. Marvin Candle/Pierre Chang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Numbers:
      -During the surgery, Jack stars counts to 5, but stops at 4.
      -Radzinsky spent 8 years working on the design of the Swan Station.
      -"AA 823" is shown on the bottom left corner of the crate Ilana's group was carrying.
      -It took Juliet 8 hits to set off the bomb.

    • Juliet detonates the bomb with a "black rock."

    • Goof: During the end gun fight after everyone puts down their guns there is a shot of Kate getting out of the DHARMA van with Miles in the foreground. You can see that Miles is still firing his rifle, however no post production effects (rifle flare and gunshot SFX) are present. This shot was obviously originally intended to be used as part of the battle but instead was used after it had ended.

    • For the second season finale in a row, Ben stabs someone to death. The first was Keamy in "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3".

    • In Jack's flashback, we saw him cut a girl's sac and his father orders him to count to five to stop his fear. This is the story Jack told Kate back in the "Pilot."

    • Patsy Cline's music is heard in the convenience store. The music of Patsy Cline appears in every single one of Kate's flashbacks

    • Black and white:
      -Locke's face is half shadowed in various parts of the episode.
      -When Jacob is talking to Ben, half his face is shadowed.
      -The show's title, typically white lettering on black, is inverted at the end of the episode.

    • The camera movement that reveals Locke's body in the crate is similar to the camera movement used to reveal Locke's body in the coffin at the end of season 4.

    • Illana and Jacob were talking in Russian.

    • This is the first time the show ends with a white background and the letters "LOST" in black, inverting the usual title and appearing in transition with the possible hydrogen bomb blast.

    • Juliet: Live together, and die alone.

      This is a reference to Jack's profound words in season one, and which the season two finale was based on. Jack gave an ultimatum that if they didn't live together, they would die alone; but Juliet changed the words slightly.

    • During the final scene the blood around Juliet's mouth and face keeps disappearing and reappearing.

    • The straps on Jack's surgical mask appear both above and below his ears in different shots during the surgery scene.

    • This episode continues the tradition of having a significant plot device of the season be blown up in the season finale:
      * Season 1, the Hatch
      * Season 2, the Swan Station
      * Season 3, the Looking Glass (and the Others)
      * Season 4, the Kahana
      * Season 5, the Swan Station again (and consequently Jughead)

    • Richard's answer "Ille qui nos omnes servabit" is in latin. It means "He who will protect/save us all".

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ben: So now after all this time you've decided to stop ignoring me. Thirty-five years I lived on this island, and all I ever heard was your name, over and over. Richard would bring me your instructions. All those slips of paper, all those lists. And I never questioned anything. I did as I was told. But when I dared to ask to see you myself I was told you have to wait, you have to be patient. But when he asks to see you? He gets marched straight up here as if he was Moses. So why him? What was it that was so wrong with me? What about me?

    • Sun: (looking at Locke's body) I don't understand. If this is Locke, who's in there?

    • Hurley: (to Sayid) Don't worry, dude. Everything will be fine when Jack changes the future. Or the past. One of those.

    • Jacob: (Weakly)...Coming
      Locke: What? I can't hear you.
      Jacob: They're... coming.

    • Ilana: What lies in the shadow of the Statue?
      Richard: Ille qui nos omnes servabit. (He who will protect us all/He who will save us all).

    • Sawyer: Why you doing this, Juliet?
      (Juliet's voice breaks.)
      Juliet: I... If I never meet you, then I never have to lose you.

    • Jacob: Well, what if you weren't cursed? What if you were blessed?
      Hugo: How do you mean "blessed?"
      Jacob: Well, you get to talk to people you've lost...Seems like a pretty wonderful thing to me.

    • Juliet: Live together, die alone.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This was the first season without Emilie De Ravin (Claire), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Mira Furlan (Danielle Rousseau), Beth Broderick (Diane Austen), M.C. Gainey (Tom/Mr. Friendly) and Billy Ray Gallion (Randy).

    • 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
      *Norway: June 3, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: June 16, 2009 on TV4
      Finland: June 25, 2009 on Nelonen
      *Latin America: June 29, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: July 27, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: July 30, 2009 on FOX
      Belgium: October 12, 2009 on VT4

      *Aired along with Part 1

    • Although credited, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) and Jeremy Davies (Daniel) didn't appear. Not only it's the first season finale without all the regular characters. It's also the first season without all of them.

    • 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.


    • Before Locke fell from the building, Jacob was reading "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor.

    • The Black Swan theory: This theory, formulated by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, refers to a large-impact event that could, by it's sheer unlikeliness, change the course of history and may come as a surprise, even though in hindsight, it all appears to be plausible and foreseeable. The unlikely events during the Swan station incident, the name of the site being the Swan, and the surprising (in an empirical sense) change of the title card from black to white echo these assumptions.

    • Psycho: When Ben stabs Jacob, both his arm motion and the music mirror the famous shower scene in this Hitchcock film.

    • The Dukes of Hazzard: Sawyer refers to Miles as Enos, the deputy on this show.