Season 6 Episode 16

What They Died For

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2010 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Jack and Sawyer are walking through the jungle, the backpack strap is on Sawyer's left shoulder. Then a few seconds later it is on his right shoulder and after that it returns to the left shoulder.

    • Jack looks directly at the camera when laughing with Locke.

    • At the end of Season 2, Michael is tasked with bringing 4 Flight 815 survivors to the Others: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley. These 4 survivors would eventually become the final 4 candidates to replace Jacob as the guardian of the Island, as shown in this episode.

    • Jacob performs the same ritual with Jack that he did with Mother in "Across the Sea", part of which is in Latin. He says, "Nam non accipimus hoc quasi vulgarem potionem, sed ut ille sit quasi unus mecum" which translated is, "Because we don't accept this as a simple potion, but so that he shall be as one with me."

    • In the flash-sideways, as John Locke visits Jack in his office and comments on the picture on Jack's desk, next to the picture is an award trophy for Jack, inscribed; "Los Angeles Community Participation Award 2003. Dr Jack Shephard".

    • Miles mentioned he lived in the barracks "30 years" before Ben did, but even when he was a baby the teenage Ben Linus lived in the barracks as well. This is because he saw both young Ben and his past self while living in DHARMAville in the '70s.

    • Henry Ian Cusick accidently gave Michael Emerson a black eye while filming Desmond and Ben's confrontation at the school. The incident happened early on in filming of the episode and the black eye is visible throughout the episode in both timelines.

    • Kim Kondracki (the school nurse) treats Ben after he was beaten up by Desmond. Her character in "The Variable" treated Desmond after he was shot by Ben.

    • The Numbers:
      Ana-Lucia was bought off for $125,000, which is exactly 1/8 of a million.
      The number on the red Camaro's license plate is: 429 4+2+9=15

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This is the only episode to have more than 2 writers. Writers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Elizabeth Sarnoff are, after head writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the longest-serving writers on the show.

    • According to Jorge Garcia's "Geronimo Jack's Beard", a scene featuring Claire and the Man in Black on the Island was cut for time reasons.

    • Kim Kondracki (school nurse) appears for the first time after being mentioned in "Dr. Linus". She is played by Wendy Pearson, who previously played a doctor in "The Variable".

    • Mira Furlan, (Danielle Rousseau) appears in this episode, her first appearance since "Meet Kevin Johnson", an absence of 38 episodes.
      Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia) appears in this episode, her first appearance since "The Lie", an absence of 31 episodes.

    • Though credited, Jeff Fahey (Frank), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) do not appear in this episode.

    • This episode was first shown at "Lost Live: The Final Celebration", five days prior to its official U.S. air date.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 18, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: May 19, 2010 on 7TWO
      United Kingdom: May 21, 2010 on Sky1
      Spain: May 23, 2010 on FOX and Cuatro
      Latin America: May 23, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Finland: June 3, 2010 on Nelonen
      Norway: June 16, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: June 30, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: July 14, 2010 on TV4
      Czech Republic: July 19, 2010 on AXN

  • Allusions

    • Napoleon: Alex compares Ben to Napoleon Bonaparte because he holds his arm near his stomach as a result of the sling he wears as Napoleon was reputed to do. Napoleon I was born on the island of Corsica. Then, in the year 1815, he was imprisoned by exile to the island of Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean, 2,000 km from any major landmass, where he spent the rest of his life.