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"The Incident, Parts 1 & 2" are the 16th and 17th episodes of Season 5 of Lost, the finale episodes of Season 5 and the 102nd/103rd produced hours of the series as a whole. It broadcasted on May 13, 2009. 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, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.





Jacob discusses with a man their rivalry back in the 1800s.

Sometime in the 1800s, Jacob is in an stone-columned room beneath the four-toed statue. He is spinning thread to use for a tapestry he is weaving. He is wearing handmade clothing, including a long white tunic, and using a long-bladed knife. Outside on the beach, he snares a red fish in a wicker fish trap, then fillets and cooks it on a rock over a fire. As he eats, he watches a large sailing ship on the horizon. Another man, wearing a handmade black shirt, approaches him. He asks how the ship found the Island and accuses Jacob of having brought it there. The man claims that people brought to the Island always bring destruction and corruption, but Jacob replies that anything before that, brings progress. The unknown man tells Jacob he wants badly to kill him and that one day he will find a "loophole" which will allow him to do so.



A young Sawyer accepts a pen from Jacob at his parents' funeral.

In 1976, a young James Ford sits on the steps of a church, on the day of his parents' funeral. He has just seen his parents' coffins loaded into a hearse. He is writing a letter to Anthony Cooper, known to him as Tom Sawyer, stating his intent for revenge. He is approached by Jacob and given a pen to replace his own which has just run out of ink. Jacob tells James that he is very sorry about his mother and father. Immediately after Jacob's departure, James' uncle Doug, prompts him to get ready to leave for the cemetery. He reads what James is writing and tells him he shouldn't seek revenge but move on saying, "What's done is done." He makes James promise he won't finish writing the letter. James agrees and is handed back what he had already written.


Juliet's parents tell her and Rachel that they're getting a divorce. They say that they love each other but it is just not meant to be. Juliet is enraged at her parents and runs off, refusing their offers to help her cope with it. She cannot understand how two people can love each other yet not stay together, to which they reply that she'll understand it when she's older.



Kate is saved by someone, who asks her not to steal again.

A young Kate and Tom attempt to shoplift from a small convenience store. Kate's friend distracts the store clerk while she steals a lunchbox. She's caught on the way out, and the clerk threatens to call the police and her parents. Jacob offers to pay for the lunchbox, which satisfies the clerk. He then makes Kate promise to never steal again, and touches her nose.



Following a heated discussion with his father, Jack answers to someone.

Jack is in surgery, operating on a teenage girl. He accidentally nicks the patient's dural sac and goes into a panic. He is told to count to five by Christian, who tells him if he doesn't calm down, he will take over for Jack. After the surgery, he speaks with Christian, angry that he was "put in a time-out" and disrespected in front of his team. As he walks away, Jacob offers him the Apollo Candy Bar Jack tried to get out of a broken vending machine. Jacob touches Jack's hand for a moment and says, "Maybe all it needed was a little push."

Sun & Jin


Sun & Jin are greeted and blessed by an attendee on their wedding day.

At Sun and Jin's wedding, Jacob tells them both in Korean to cherish the time they have together and never let it go. He gently pats them each on the shoulder. After he leaves, Sun and Jin are both perplexed at who exactly he was, though Jin notes that his Korean was excellent.



Locke is greeted by a stranger, immediately after his fall from an 8-floor building.

Jacob is sitting on a bench outside a building reading Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge. Behind him, John Locke falls to the ground after being pushed out the eighth story window by Anthony Cooper. He appears to have died on impact, but after Jacob touches his shoulder, Locke gasps and opens his eyes. Jacob tells him everything will be fine and he is sorry this has happened to him.



Sayid is distracted by a lost man, causing Nadia to be hit dead by a speedy car.

In 2005 Sayid and Nadia are celebrating their one year anniversary and discussing how to celebrate. As they start to cross the street Jacob asks Sayid for directions, touching his shoulder as he does so. Nadia continues across the street and gets hit by a car. Sayid runs to her and she tells him to take her home.


Ilana is in a hospital, heavily bandaged. A nurse tells her that despite the nature of her injuries, she has a visitor. Jacob comes to her and speaking in Russian, asks her for help.



Hugo is tipped the info he needs to get back to the Island.

In 2007, Hurley is being released from prison. He tries to convince the guard that he shouldn't be released because he is a murderer. The guard says he's been discharged and should go to the cab stand in front of the building. Hurley shares a cab with Jacob, and on the seat between them is a guitar case. Jacob asks Hurley why he won't go back to the island. Hurley says he believes he is cursed and has caused all of the death and tragedy that has surrounded him. Jacob tells him he is blessed to have the ability to speak with the dead and that he is not crazy. He tells Hurley about Ajira 316 and tells him all he has to do is be on that plane. As Jacob leaves the cab Hurley tells him he left his guitar. Jacob says it's not his guitar.

On the Island


Kate, Juliet and Sawyer are on the submarine leaving the island. Kate convinces Juliet and Sawyer they need to stop Jack from detonating a hydrogen bomb on the island. They force the captain to surface so that they may leave and instruct him to continue on his course. When they arrive on the island, they are greeted by Vincent the dog, who has been in the care of Rose and Bernard for the past three years. Rose explains to the trio that she and Bernard are now retired and live a quiet life near the beach, scavenging food and avoiding detection from the Dharma Initiative.On Kate's request to show them where the barracks are, Rose points them in the direction of the barracks and they leave.

Meanwhile, in the tunnels under the Dharma Initiative's barracks, Jack and Sayid dismantle the hydrogen bomb in order to remove its core (which itself consists of a small nuclear bomb). Sayid explains that the bomb core has been modified so that it will detonate on impact. Richard Alpert and Eloise Hawking assist Jack and Sayid in entering the barracks via the basement of one of the houses. When Eloise is about to enter the basement to secure the area, Richard knocks her out to prevent her traveling with them to detonate the bomb because she is pregnant. Afterwards, he leaves Sayid and Jack on their own. As a plan to remain undetected, Sayid dons a Dharma jumpsuit in order to fit in at the barracks, but Roger Linus recognizes and shoots him. A gun fight emerges, but Jack and Sayid escape with Jin and Miles in a van driven by Hurley, who drives toward the construction site of the Swan station while Jack treats Sayid's wounds. Hurley has to stop the van when he sees Juliet, Sawyer and Kate standing in his way.

Jack and Sawyer discuss the situation away from the other survivors. Sawyer expresses his opinion that "what's done is done" and that they shouldn't try to change the past. Jack claims that it his destiny to change the past and that John Locke has always been right about the island. Jack and Sawyer get into a fist fight, which is broken up by Juliet, who now agrees with Jack that they must detonate the bomb. When Sawyer asks why she's changed her mind, she tells him it was the way he looked at Kate. She tells him that although they love each other, they are not meant to be together, and that if they never meet then she will never have to lose him. With everyone now on the same page, Jack enters the construction site of the Swan station at the same time that security officer Phil arrives with a team of armed men. On the orders of Radzinsky, Dr. Pierre Chang continues drilling into the energy source beneath the construction site. A massive gunfight ensues, wherein the survivors gain the upper hand, allowing Jack to drop the bomb into the pit at the same time the drill hits the energy source. The bomb, however, does not detonate and suddenly all metal items are being pulled into the pit, causing Phil to be stabbed by a rebar, Dr. Chang's arm is trapped by a falling beam and Juliet is dragged into the chasm by a metal chain that while being pulled into the magnetic chasm somehow wraps itself around Juliet's mid-section. Miles manages to lift the beam and release Dr. Chang's injured hand. Meanwhile Sawyer grabs falling Juliet's hand. His and Kate's efforts to save Juliet are futile. After a tear-jerking goodbye where Juliet realises Sawyer's deep love for her, she lets go of Sawyer and falls to the bottom of the pit.Severely injured, Juliet hits the hydrogen bomb with a rock 8 times until it detonates.


Locke, Ben, Sun and the Others follow Richard toward the remains of the four-toed statue, where Jacob resides. Locke assigns Ben the task of killing Jacob and provides motivation by reminding Ben of the all the bad things that have happened to him. The group stops to take a brief break at the survivor's old campsite. Sun sees the crib Locke made for Aaron, and when she turns it over she finds Charlie's ring with "DS" engraved on it.

At the same time, a group of survivors from Ajira Flight 316, including Ilana and Bram paddle a canoe to the main Island, with Frank Lapidus and a giant metal crate from the cargo of the plane. When Frank wakes, they tell him he may be a "candidate" and could be a friend to them. They reveal the contents of the crate to a dismayed Frank. The group travels to Jacob's cabin where they find the ring of ash around the cabin disturbed. Ilana enters the cabin and finds it deserted except for a scrap of cloth bearing a picture of the Statue. Ilana tells the others that Jacob hasn't been to the cabin for a long time and that someone else has been using it. She orders the cabin set on fire, and the group proceeds to the Statue.

At the remains of the statue, Locke demands to be led to Jacob, and brings Ben with him against Richard's wishes. Richard pushes a stone door open, and Ben and Locke enter a chamber in the base of statue. Locke hands Ben a knife, telling him that "things will change" once Jacob is gone.

Outside, the Ajira group arrives, and Ilana asks for "Ricardus." Richard identifies himself and Ilana asks, "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Richard replies in Latin, "He who will protect/save us all." Ilana reveals the contents of the crate: John Locke's dead body.

Inside the chamber, Jacob deduces that Locke represents his rival and that he has tricked Ben into coming there. Jacob tells Ben that whatever he has been told, he still has a choice. When Ben asks Jacob about all the times he has been neglected, putting to him the question, "What about me?" Jacob's only reply is, "What about you?" Ben stabs Jacob repeatedly. Jacob whispers to Locke, "They're coming," and Locke rolls Jacob into the fire pit in the center of the room.



  • Richard Alpert responded to the question of "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" with "Ille qui nos omnes servabit" - “He who will protect/save us all.”
  • The camera movement that reveals Locke's body in the crate is exactly the same as the camera movement used to reveal Locke's body in the coffin at the end of season 4.
  • This episode continues the tradition of having a significant plot device of the season be blown up in the season finale.
  • Jacob becomes the sixth guest-starring character in the series to have his or her own flashback episode (the others being Rose, Bernard, Desmond (who later joined the main cast), Frank, and Naomi). He is also the fourth character (after Juliet, Miles and Charlotte) to be introduced in a flashback before being introduced the main story timeline.
  • Jacob touches all to-be-passengers of Oceanic 815 he visits in his flashbacks in one way or another.

Production notes

5x16 Inverted lost

The inverted title

  • Daniel and Desmond do not appear in this episode.
  • The ending title appears inverted from its usual color, with a white background and black lettering.
  • This is the first finale in which Walt does not appear.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • The straps on Jack's surgical mask appear both above and below his ears in different shots during the surgery scene.
  • During the final scene the blood around Juliet's mouth and face keeps disappearing and reappearing.
  • In the gun-fight at the Swan site, Kate's gun is shown as out of ammo, but the next shot shows her continuing to shoot, then she replenishes the magazine.
  • When Sayid is dismantling the bomb, he is shown wearing gloves, and then not wearing gloves.
  • The shot of the Statue when Sawyer's group see it is opposite than what we see when Jacob is at the beach. The legs are in an opposite stance and the lines on the loin cloth go a different direction.

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

Cultural references

Cultural references
(direct references only)
ArtAutomobilesGamesHistoryLiterary worksMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • "ΘΕΟΙ ΤΟΣΑ ΔΟΙΕΝ ΟΣΑ ΦΡΕΣΙ ΣΗΣΙ ΜΕΝΟΙΝΑΣ", which means, "may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires"
  • "[ΘΕΟΙ ΔΕ] ΤΟΙ ΟΛΒΙΑ ΔΟΙΕΝ", which means, "may the gods give you happiness." (Religion and ideologies)

  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Sawyer refers to Miles as Enos, the deputy on the show.
  • Psycho: This film is referenced as Ben stabs Jacob. Both his hand motions and the music refer to the famous shower scene.

- *The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring: Jacob's "They are coming" is the same phrase found in the Book of Mazarbul, found and read by the Fellowship in the Chamber of Mazarbul in Moria. Shortly after reading this account of the demise of the Dwarves of Moria, the Fellowship loses one of their company when Gandalf is dragged into a chasm by the whip of a Balrog, a scene which Juliet's own fall recalls.

  • Blondie: Sawyer refers to Juliet as Blondie, a reference to the comic strip character.

Literary techniques

Literary techniques
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash sidewaysFraming deviceRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 

Episode references

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: The Incident, Parts 1 & 2/Theories
  • Who are "they" that are coming?
  • How does Jacob "bring" people to the Island?
  • Why did Jacob choose to visit each person at pivotal moments of their lives?
    • What is the significance of each of these times?
    • Why does he make sure to physically touch each one of them?
    • How does he get off the island?
  • What happened when Juliet detonated the hydrogen bomb?
  • Why did Jacob leave his cabin?
    • Who did Locke and Hurley see/hear previously at the cabin?
    • Has Jacob's rival been using the cabin?
  • What is Christian's relationship to Jacob?
  • Who are Ilana and her crew, and why are they referring to themselves as "the good guys?"
  • Why did Ilana order the cabin to be burned?
  • What does Ben know about the destruction of the statue?
  • Who is Jacob's enemy?
    • Why does he want to kill Jacob?
    • What is the loophole?
  • Why did Jacob arrange events to lead up to different people returning or reaching the island?
  • Why did Jacob refuse to meet with Ben?
  • What does it say above the loom that Jacob is using in the opening scene?
  • What is Ilana's connection to Jacob?
    • Why is she heavily bandaged?
  • Why did Richard say he does not age because of Jacob?
  • How did Jacob come to be on the Island?
  • Who is "Pseudo-Locke"?
  • Is the crater from Rousseau's map, the crater created by the bomb?

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