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*The episode's title refers to the [[Flight 316|flight number]] of the plane that returns the [[Oceanic Six]] to the Island.
*The episode's title refers to the [[Flight 316|flight number]] of the plane that returns the [[Oceanic Six]] to the Island.
**[[Coincidence|Coincidentally]], the number of passengers on [[Flight 815]], subtracting those who survived and at one point escaped the Island ([[Jack]], [[Kate]], [[Sayid]], [[Sun]], [[Hurley]], [[Locke]], [[Michael]], and [[Walt]]) is 324 - 8 = 316.
**[[Coincidence|Coincidentally]], the number of passengers on [[Flight 815]], subtracting those who survived and at one point escaped the Island ([[Jack]], [[Kate]], [[Sayid]], [[Sun]], [[Hurley]], [[Locke]], [[Michael]], and [[Walt]]) is 324 - 8 = 316.
**In a sense, this episode concludes the story of the [[Oceanic Six]]'s escape from the [[Island]], which began in {{ep|3x17}} with [[Naomi]]'s arrival. The previous episode was {{ep|3x16}}, episode '''3x16'''.
*Behind the plane that the Oceanic Six are taking off from you can see an Oceanic Airlines jet.
*Behind the plane that the Oceanic Six are taking off from you can see an Oceanic Airlines jet.
*Behind the passengers being screened for departure is a poster for Oceanic Airlines.
*Behind the passengers being screened for departure is a poster for Oceanic Airlines.

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"316" is the sixth episode of Season 5 of Lost and the 89th overall. It was originally broadcast on February 18, 2009. The way back to the Island is revealed to members of the Oceanic 6, but there's trouble ahead when not all of them wish to return.


Off-Island (flashback)


In Los Angeles, Eloise Hawking takes Jack, Sun, Ben, and Desmond into the basement of the church. There she opens a blast door, revealing a room containing a map, a Foucault pendulum, and various computers. She announces that this is a DHARMA Initiative station called The Lamp Post.


The Lamp Post

Eloise explains that The Lamp Post was created years ago by the DHARMA Initiative as a way to find the Island. They knew that it existed but not where it was. Then, one day, one of the men realized that the Island was moving and worked out a series of formulas in order to predict where the Island would appear in the future. Using those calculations she has predicted where the Island will be in thirty six hours. As she was explaining this, Jack observes the room noticing the calculations on the chalkboard and a large photograph taken of the Island by the U.S. Army dated 09/23/1954. After hearing Eloise's talk, Desmond realizes that Jack intends to return to the Island and delivers the message that Eloise's son, Daniel Faraday, send him there to tell her that Daniel and everyone on the Island need her help. Desmond says they are being used and he is finished with the Island. Eloise tells him the Island wasn't finished with him before he storms off. Eloise hands Jack a binder that contains lists of flights from different airlines and their coordinates ("openings"). Eloise then informs Jack that Ajira Airways Flight 316 to Guam will be heading over the coordinates where the Island will be and that all of his friends must be on it.

Eloise asks to see Jack alone and takes him to another room of the church which appears to be her office. She gives Jack an envelope containing Locke’s suicide note. She explains that Jack must recreate the crash of 815 as closely as possible. Locke will act as a proxy for Christian Shepard, and Jack needs to give Locke something belonging to his father. Jack is skeptical, but Eloise tells him “That’s why it’s called a leap of faith.”


Jack and Ben at the church

In the main hall of the church, Jack approaches Ben, who is sitting in a forward pew with his hands together up to his nose as though praying, with his eyes open. Jack asks where Sun is; Ben says she left. Jack asks about Locke and his coffin, which Ben tells him he will pick up on his way to the airport. As Ben walks to the votive candles and lights one, both men ask each other about Eloise, but neither provide answers. Ben looks at the painting positioned above the candles: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio. Ben tells Jack about Thomas the Apostle, noting Thomas’ bravery was not his claim to fame, but his doubt was. Jack asks if Thomas was ever convinced and Ben says, “We’re all convinced sooner or later, Jack.” Ben walks toward the doors, and Jack asks where he’s going to which Ben replies, “Oh, I made a promise to an old friend of mine--just a loose end that needs tying up”. Jack turns and looks again at the Caravaggio.


Jack's grandfather, Ray

Later, while sitting in a bar with a seemingly untouched drink in front of him, Jack receives a phone call from an assisted living facility. There, an official tells Jack that the resident in question attempted to run away and that if it happens again they will have to transfer him to another facility. In a common room, Jack greets an elderly man named Ray. Ray, who is revealed to be Jack’s grandfather, had attempted to run away from his retirement home, going so far as to pack a suitcase. As Jack helps his grandfather unpack he notices a pair of black dress shoes. Ray explains that the shoes were among Christian’s belongings which Margo had sent to Ray following Christian's death. Jack asks to take the shoes, and Ray readily gives them to him.


Jack and Kate kiss and make up

Jack returns home and pours himself a drink (but does not drink it), then hears a suspicious noise. Going into his bedroom he finds Kate lying on his bed in tears. She asks if he is still planning on returning to the Island and then offers to return with him. When Jack asks why she changed her mind and where Aaron is she tells him to never ask her that question again. Kate then kisses Jack passionately.

The next morning, Jack prepares coffee and orange juice for Kate. She notices Christian's shoes, and Jack explains why he had put white tennis shoes on his father’s body back in Sydney. Kate leaves, telling Jack that she will meet him at the airport. After she leaves Jack receives a phone call from a drenched and bloodied Ben, who is calling from a pay phone at what appears to be Long Beach Marina. He claims that he has been “sidetracked” and that Jack should retrieve Locke’s body from Simon’s Butcher Shop. Jack travels to the butcher shop where he is let in by Jill. In the freezer, Jack opens Locke’s coffin and replaces Locke’s shoes with his father’s. He then places Locke’s unopened suicide note in Locke’s jacket, claiming that he’s “heard everything you have to say” and closes the casket.


Jack books an Ajira ticket

At the airport, Jack makes arrangements with the gate attendant for transporting Locke’s body. While doing so, he sees Kate arrive, apparently trying to look discrete in sunglasses and with her head down. As he heads towards the gate a man offers his condolences. He then runs into Sun, who says that if there is the slightest chance of Jin being alive she needs to return to the Island. As they head to the gate they see Sayid, apparently handcuffed, and being accompanied by a woman, apparently a federal marshall. At the gate, Hurley, who is carrying a guitar case, informs the Ajira employee that he has purchased all the remaining available seats on the flight, but not why. It is implied that it is to save innocent people from any forthcoming crash.

As the flight is about to close their doors, Ben comes running up at the last minute with his boarding pass. Hurley becomes agitated at Ben’s presence because he was told Ben "is not supposed to come" but Jack assures him that Ben is necessary. As Ben takes his seat, one of the flight attendants tells Jack that security had found something of his in the cargo hold and hands him Locke’s suicide note.


A sober Lapidus is revealed

Once the plane reached 30,000 feet, the captain turns off the "fasten seat belts" sign. Jack moves up a few rows and sits with Kate. He remarks how crazy all this is and how it's weird that they are all together again. Kate says "We're on the same plane, it doesn't mean we are together." The captain makes an announcement welcoming them to Ajira Airlines and informing them that he is Captain Frank J. Lapidus. Jack asks the flight attendant to tell Frank about his presence. A clean-shaven Frank comes out and happily greets Jack saying he "picked up this gig about 8 months ago.", but then he sees Hurley, Sayid, Sun, Ben and Kate. Upon seeing them he asks “We’re not going to Guam, are we?”

It is now night, and on the plane Ben is reading Ulysses. Jack asks him how he can read, and Ben sarcastically answers "my mother taught me. " Ben then "gives him some privacy" so he can read the letter in peace. Jack then opens and reads Locke’s suicide note, which simply states: “Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL.” Ben is then seen walking swiftly to the front of the plane and shortly afterwards, the plane encounters turbulence. As everyone buckles up, the turbulence increases and eventually the plane is engulfed in a flash of white light reminiscent of the flashes that accompany the abrupt changes in time on the Island.

On the Island

Unknown time


Jack, Kate, and Hurley are back on the Island

Jin dharma

Jin, lowering his carbine

The first and last scene starts like the opening scene of the pilot. Jack’s eye opens as he awakens in a bamboo grove, dressed in a suit. He looks around in amazement then notices he's holding a torn piece of paper on which the words “I wish” are legible. We are to assume this is from John Locke's suicide letter to Jack. Jack hears Hurley crying for help and runs through the jungle, along a stream, and to the top of a waterfall, where he sees Hurley flailing in the pool below, struggling to hold on to a guitar case. Jack dives into the water and helps Hurley out of the deep part of the water. They notice Kate lying unconscious on the side of the pool, and hurry over where Jack awakens her and informs her that they’ve successfully returned to the Island. None of them remember actually crashing and none have seen any other survivors, or wreckage of the plane. Jack suggests that they split up and search for survivors but before they can do anything they hear music. Looking at the jungle by the pool they see a new looking DHARMA van pull up. A man in a DHARMA jumper gets out and points a carbine at the three survivors. They then recognize him and the man lowers his carbine; it is an astonished Jin.



  • The episode's title refers to the flight number of the plane that returns the Oceanic Six to the Island.
  • Behind the plane that the Oceanic Six are taking off from you can see an Oceanic Airlines jet.
  • Behind the passengers being screened for departure is a poster for Oceanic Airlines.
  • The DHARMA logo on Jin's jumpsuit is mostly obscured by his collar, but appears to be a five-pointed sheriff's star.
  • A photo of the Island taken for the U.S. Army can be seen on The Lamp Post's board. It is labeled "9/23/54" (9+2+3+5+4=23).
    • This is coincidentally one day shy of being exactly fifty years before Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on the Island.
  • The book that Hurley is reading at the airport is book three of the collected comic book series Y: The Last Man, written by Brian K. Vaughn. Vaughn is one of the writers and producers of Lost.

Production notes

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When Jack goes to retrieve Locke's coffin, it's obvious that the meat locker it's in is not cold, otherwise we'd see Jack's breath as he is putting his father's shoes on Locke's body, and while he is talking to Locke's corpse.
  • While Jack is putting his father's shoes onto Locke's corpse, he is seen putting the shoes just to the left of Locke's legs at the foot of the coffin. In the next shot, Locke's shoes are seen on the table behind Jack next to his bag.
    • The shoes on the left were the shoes Jack took off of Locke's feet.
  • The Ajira Airlines aircraft is a 737-200, which is incapable of covering the distance from Los Angeles to Guam without refueling.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes
AnimalsBlack and whiteCharacter connectionsChildrenCoincidenceDeathDeceptions and consDreamsEconomicsElectromagnetismEyesFate versus free willGamesGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLeadershipLife and deathLiterary worksMirrorsMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersPairingsParapsychologyParent issuesPregnanciesPsychologyRainRedemptionRelationshipsReligionRevengeSalvationSecrets

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis

Cultural references

Cultural references
(direct references only)
ArtAutomobilesGamesHistoryLiterary worksMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Y: The Last Man: Hurley is seen reading a Spanish translation of the trade paperback Y: The Last Man Vol. 3: One Small Step. This comic book series is about the sole survivor of a deadly plague that wiped out every male on the planet Earth. It is written by Brian K. Vaughan who is also a writer on Lost. (Books)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The DHARMA Initiative station, The Lamp Post is a reference to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and The Magician's Nephew, the first and sixth books in the Narnia series (1st & 6th, in publication order, but 2nd & 1st in reading order). In the books, a lamp post marks the passage between Narnia and the real world. In the episode, The Lamp Post serves a similar function with regard to the Island. In addition, the opening scene of the episode is a reference to the first chapter of Prince Caspian, the second book in the Narnia series (2nd by publication date, but 4th by reading order). In the chapter, entitled The Island, the children in the book return to Narnia via a mysterious Island with ancient ruins. The first thing they do is play in the water. (Books)
  • Ulysses: Ben is seen reading Ulysses by James Joyce on Flight 316 before he leaves his seat. The novel is a story about the journey through Dublin on a single day (June 16, 1904) by its main character, Leopold Bloom. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told viewers to read this book on one of the Dharma Special Access videos. A quote from page 316 of the novel is also hidden in the source code of the Ajira Airways website. The final chapter is named "Penelope". (Books)
  • The Bible: John 3:16 -- John Locke on Flight 316 is bringing everyone back. This ties in to his suicide note that Jack should have believed in him. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This verse is also hidden in the source code of the Ajira Airways website.
  • The Bible: Ben tells Jack the story from The Gospel of John about Saint Thomas the Apostle, who is not remembered by the incredible bravery he modeled when he insisted that the disciples should follow Jesus to Judea, even if that meant their deaths, but rather he is remembered by his doubt concerning the bodily resurrection of Christ, a doubt only mitigated by putting his hands in Jesus's wounds. (Religion)
  • The Incredulity of Saint Thomas: Ben looks at this painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610). This painting illustrates the Biblical story of Thomas doubting Jesus' resurrection. "Doubting Thomas" is a phrase used to describe someone who is very skeptical about something. (Art)
  • The Langoliers: In the Stephen King novel, an airplane takes off from Los Angeles and while in midair in travels through a time warp, leaving only a handful of survivors while the rest of the people on board disappear. For the survivors to travel back through the warp (or window) to their own time, they must recreate several key conditions of their original pass through said window.(Books)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash sidewaysFraming deviceRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Jack dives into and rises out of the pond. Writers have used this age-old literary device to symbolize that someone has accepted another person's plea for forgiveness of their past transgressions and has granted them a chance at a new and better life. (Symbolism)
  • Sayid is seemingly under arrest on the flight, being watched by a officer similar to Kate and Edward Mars. (Juxtaposition)
  • Hugo is carrying a guitar case, seemingly in place of Charlie Pace. (Symbolism) (Juxtaposition)
  • At the bar Jack's face is split in half by blue and yellow light symbolizing his internal struggle to believe what Eloise has told him. He then gets a call from his grandfather's nursing home which eventually convinces him to do as Eloise instructed. (Symbolism)
  • Jack is still tempted by alcohol, in a parallel of Christian; however, he never drinks, symbolizing that he is making progress in his recovery, and is making different choices from his father. (Symbolism) (Juxtaposition)
  • At the airport, Hurley tells Jack, "Let's do this". (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • A Dharma worker pulls up in a new VW bus and pulls a gun on Jack, Kate and Hurley. It is shown that this worker is in fact Jin. (Plot twist)

Episode references

  • There is a Virgin Mary statue on Ms. Hawking's desk that was identical to those on the drug runner's plane. ("The 23rd Psalm")

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: 316/Theories
  • How do Jack, Hurley and Kate get to the Island from the plane?
    • What year are they in when they get to the island?
  • Where are Ben, Sun, Sayid, Frank, and the rest of Flight 316?
  • Who tells Hurley which flight to take?
    • Why does he have a guitar case and is there a guitar inside?
  • What year is it on the island?
  • Why is Sayid handcuffed and being escorted on the plane?
  • Who is the man in first class of Flight 316 with the Oceanic Six?
  • Why weren't Walt or Desmond on the plane?
  • Why is Jin wearing a new DHARMA coverall, and driving a new VW van?
  • How does Eloise Hawking know that John Locke hanged himself?
  • How does Ms. Hawking end up with Locke's suicide note?
  • How does Eloise Hawking end up running the Lamp Post?
  • Who took the U.S. Army Island photo and brought it to the Lamp Post and why?
  • Who is the man that Hawking says conceived the equations that predict the Island's movements?
    • What is his relation to Eloise?
  • What happens to Kate during the period when she left the rest of the group and reappeared in Jack's bedroom?
    • Where is Aaron and why does she demand that Jack not ask about his whereabouts?
  • Why is Ben injured and drenched?
  • What does the Island still want with Desmond?
    • Why did Eloise say "the island is not done with" Desmond?
  • Is there a significance in the numbers 316?
  • Is there a relation between the plane the Oceanic Six flew on and the Ajira bottle?
  • When the Ajira passengers end up on the island, what year are they in?
  • Was Ajira 316 crash caused by a similar incident on the island?
  • Why did Ben need to "move the Island" if, as Eloise Hawking implies, it is always moving?

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