Season 5 Episode 7

The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Charles Widmore is seventy years old when he encounters John Locke off the Island. In this episode, he tells Locke he was 17 when they first met (that was 50 years before the plane crash, and their current conversation takes place 3 years after the plane crash).

    • Locke's fake Canadian passport, issued 12 December 2007, gave his birthdate as 15 February 1948. In "Jughead," Locke told Richard he was born in Tustin, California, May 30, 1956. In "Further Instructions", Locke's gun registration gave his birthdate as November 15, 1946. Also, Terry O'Quinn's birth year is 1952.

    • When John is hanging from the ceiling, you can see the shadow of a cable behind the shadow of John, and you can faintly see the same cable behind John's neck, as it is suspending him.

    • The passport Matthew Abbadon gives Jeremy Bentham (Locke) is from Canada. However, Canadian passports only last 5 years, not 10 as the one forged does. Also, the passport number usually contains letters not just numbers. Lastly, since Canada is bilingual the months on the passport should be in English and French even though the three letter notation may remain the same.

    • The same "New York" extras walk behind Locke and Abaddon twice, each time headed in the same directions.

    • Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute is portrayed in earlier episodes as a place Jack can stop by after work to visit Hurley. However in this episode, the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute is identified as being in Santa Rosa, Cal. which is over 400 miles from the hospital where Jack works in Santa Monica, Cal.

    • As Abaddon is driving Locke down the road to the airport in Tunisia, an American 45MPH speed limit sign can be seen briefly outside the passenger window.

    • Widmore's surveillance photo of Sayid shows Sayid working on the exact same house in the exact same spot he is still working on when Locke comes to see him despite the time it takes Locke to travel from Tunisia to Santo Domingo.

    • The newspaper that Charles Widmore shows Locke is a copy of the fictitious London Daily Tribune. Dated January 14th 2005, the return of the Oceanic Six dominates the front page. Stories on a car crash and the Dollar/Euro exchange rate are also featured.

    • The Numbers:
      Walt goes to a school on the corner of 8th Ave and W 67th St when Locke visits him in New York.
      Helen Norwood's gravestone gives the date of her death as April 08, 2006. April is month 4. 4 and 8 are two of the Numbers.
      On "Jeremy Bentham's" passport, his date of birth is 15 Feb 4-8.
      The license number of the Tunisian car that brings Locke to the hospital is 342-6346.
      Charles says that if Locke ever needs to contact him, all he has to do is dial 23 on his new phone.

    • When Locke and Walt meet in New York City, they are standing on the corner of 67th and 9th. These streets do not intersect. Above 59th street, all avenues are renamed and are no longer referred to by their numbers. 9th Ave street sign should have read "Columbus Avenue." Also, the subway sign at least in part reads "Columbus" - the closest subway is the Lincoln Center subway on Broadway - the Columbus Circle subway is 8 blocks south.

    • Locke gets the power cord he was going to use to kill himself from Angel's Hardware.

    • As Hurley is being led away by the two nurses at Santa Rosa, they switch places between shots.

    • Caesar finds an edition of LIFE-magazine dated April 19, 1954. The title story is "The awesome fireball - color pictures of hydrogen test".

    • Locke's car in New York City uses license plates that had been retired in 2001.

  • Quotes

    • Locke: (Visiting Hurley at the asylum.) Hello Hugo!

      Hurley: (Stares at Locke for a few seconds then goes back to his painting.) So you didn't make it, huh?

      Locke: Pardon me?
      Hurley: You didn't make it. It's cool, no biggie. You're not the first person to visit me, you know. But what's up with the wheelchair?

      Locke: Uh, I broke my leg falling down a hole.

      Hurley: Is that how you died?

      Locke: Hugo, I'm not dead.

      Hurley: Sure you're not.

      Locke: No. I, I promise you, I'm very much alive.

      Hurley: (Turns to a nurse.) Hey Susie. Am I talking to a dude in a wheelchair right now?

    • Ben: I'll miss you John, (Pause) I really will.

    • Locke: No, Ben was never even there when I left, he was already gone. I wasn't exhiled; I chose to leave.
      Widmore: Why would you do that, John? You've come to bring them back? The ones who left.
      Locke: No.
      Widmore: I understand you lying to me, I do, but there's something you should know. All your friends who left the island, they've been back three years.
      Locke: Three years?
      Widmore: They've gone back to their normal lives, and none of them has spoken a word of truth about where they were.
      Locke: I have to bring them back.
      Widmore: And I'm going to do everything in my power to help you do that.
      Locke: Why?
      Widmore: Why?
      Locke: Why would you help me?
      Widmore: Because there's a war coming, John. And if you're not back on the island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win.

    • Locke: We have to go back.
      Jack: Goodbye, John.
      Locke: Your father says hello.
      Jack: What?
      Locke: A man... the man who told me to move the island, the man who told me how to bring you all back... He said to tell his son hello. It couldn't have been Sayid's father and it wasn't Hurley's, so that leaves you. He said his name was Christian.
      Jack: My... my father is dead.
      Locke: Well, he didn't look dead to me.
      Jack: He died in Australia three years ago. I put him in the coffin! He's dead.
      Locke: Jack, please, you have to come back. You're the only one who can convince the rest of them. You have to help me, you're supposed to help me.
      Jack: John, it's over! It's done. We left. And we were never important. So you...you leave me alone. And you leave the rest of them alone.

    • Abaddon: No matter what you did or what you do, your path leads back to the island.
      Locke: You say that like it's all... inevitable.
      Abaddon:Mr. Widmore told me Richard Alpert said that you were going to die. So you tell me John, is that inevitable, or is it a choice?
      Locke:What, do you think I want to die? How was that... how could you possibly think that's a choice?

    • Jack: Have you ever stopped to think that these delusions that you are special aren't real? That maybe there's nothing important about you at all? Maybe you are just a lonely old man that crashed on an island? That's it. Goodbye John.
      John: Your father says hello.

    • Kate: Have you ever been in love, John?
      Locke: What?
      Kate: I think about you sometimes. I think about how desperate you were to stay on that island... And I'd realised that it was all because you didn't love anybody.

    • Widmore: John. John! Wake up. You had a compound fracture. The doctors here did their best, but I had a specialist flown in to reset your leg properly. It's nice to see you again, John.
      Locke: Do I know you?
      Widmore: Yes. I understand you being confused; imagine how I feel. I met you when I was seventeen, now all these years later, here we are and you look exactly the same.
      Locke: Who are you?
      Widmore: My name is Charles Widmore. Tell me John, how long has it been for you since we first met? Since you walked into our camp and you spoke to Richard?
      Locke: Four days.
      Widmore: That's incredible.
      Locke: The camera in the desert, that was yours?
      Widmore: Yeah.
      Locke: How did you know I'd be there?
      Widmore: Because that's the exit. I was afraid Benjamin might fool you into leaving the island; as he did with me. I was their leader.
      Locke: The Others?
      Widmore: They're not the Others to me; they're my people. We protected the island, peacefully, for more than three decades, but then I was exhiled, by him. Just as you were.

    • Caesar: (about Ben) You know him?
      Locke: Yeah. He's the man who killed me.

    • Jack: Why would someone try to kill you?
      Locke: Because they don't want me to succeed. They want to stop me. They don't want me to get back because I'm important.
      Jack: Have you ever stopped to think that these delusions, that you're special, aren't real. That maybe there's nothing important about you at all. Maybe you are just a lonely old man that crashed on an island. That's it.

    • Locke: I think this suit is what they were going to bury me in.
      Ilana: Sorry?
      Locke: You asked what I remembered. I remembered dying.

  • Notes

    • For the first time, Josh Holloway (Sawyer) didn't appear in two consecutive episodes.

    • Terry O'Quinn (Locke) appeared in every scene.

    • The opening scene of this episode was originally intended to be used for the opening of the season premiere.

    • A Locke-centric episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 1, 2009 on Sky One
      Norway: March 25, 2009 on TVNorge
      Australia: March 25, 2009 on Network 7
      Latin America: April 13, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: April 16 2009 on Nelonen
      Sweden: April 28, 2009 on TV4
      Denmark: May 15, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: May 18, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: May 28, 2009 on FOX
      Belgium: September 14, 2009 on VT4

    • Although credited, Jeremy Davies (Daniel), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ken Leung (Miles), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) and William Blanchette (Aaron) didn't appear.

    • This episode and "316" were written at the same time by executive producers Lindelof and Cuse. "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" was originally meant to be aired first, but the order was switched because Lindelof thought it would be "cool".

    • This episode lasts six additional minutes.

  • Allusions

    • Watchmen: Locke vomits after he arrives in the desert. Whenever Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II is teleported by Dr. Manhattan, she experiences nausea and vomits.

    • Sphinx: When Locke visits Hurley at the Santa Rosa Mental Institute, Hurley is seen painting a picture presumably of the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. Ironically, the word "sphinx" derives from Greek and translates as "strangler".