For the musical piece, see The Last Recruit (composition).

"The Last Recruit" is the thirteenth episode in Season 6 of Lost and the 116th produced hour of the series as a whole. It was broadcast on April 20, 2010. As Jack's and the Man in Black's camps merge, alliances are forged and broken.


Previously on Lost[]

On the Island[]

6x13 IWasYourFather

The Man in Black reveals to Jack he was Christian.

"Locke" says that he was hoping Jack would come and invites him to "catch up". Jack tells Hurley it was his idea and asks if it is okay that he goes to talk to Locke, then goes after receiving approval. The Man in Black sits on a log and Jack squats in front of him saying that he looks just like Locke. Jack says that what bothers him is that he has no idea what the hell the Man in Black is. The Man in Black says he chose Locke's body because John Locke was stupid enough to think he was on the Island for a reason, and he pursued that idea until it got him killed. The Man in Black adds that he needed Locke's dead body to look like him. The Man in Black goads Jack by asking whether he thinks he may have impersonated anyone else in the past. Jack asks whether the Man in Black had ever impersonated his father Christian Shephard. The Man in Black says that he did, simply because the castaways needed to be shown where water was located. The Man in Black adds he was only ever trying to help the plane survivors leave the Island, but Jack had always been trapped because Jacob had chosen him. But since Jacob is now dead he's no longer trapped and could fly away, but that can only happen if it's "all of us." He adds that John Locke was not a believer but a sucker.

6x13 HeyBrother

Jack and Claire reunite as brother and sister.

On the way back to his camp the Man in Black notices Claire is following them. Jack and Claire greet each other, and the Man in Black leaves them to catch up. Claire says that as she never had much in the way of family it means a lot to her that Jack is coming with them. Jack says he hasn't decided yet but Claire is clear that Jack decided the moment he let the Man in Black talk to him and whether he likes it or not he is now with the Man in Black

At the camp Sawyer says to Hurley they are going to use Charles Widmore's submarine to escape the Island, and as Sayid is with the "dark side" he is not invited. Kate is explaining the plan to Sun nearby. Just as Sawyer tells Hurley to keep the plan secret, Claire interrupts.

6x13 Boom

Zoe demonstrates the Man in Black what he is "up against."

The Man in Black addresses his camp saying how nice it is to have everyone back together again. Kate joins Jack who again says he is not sure whether to leave with the Man in Black. Zoe arrives to ask the Man in Black to return what he had taken. The Man in Black says he doesn't know what she is talking about. Zoe uses a two-way radio to confirm they have a fix on her position and asks for them to show the Man in Black what they are capable of. A mortar round flies overhead and explodes nearby. Zoe gives him until nightfall to return what he took and leaves the radio for him to make arrangements. Zoe leaves and the Man in Black smashes the radio with his completed wooden pole before saying "Here we go."

6x13 HereIsAMap

Sawyer shares his secret plan with Jack.

The Man in Black says to his camp their hands have been forced by the Widmore group who are provoking a confrontation. He tells the camp to gather their things to go to Hydra Island and get on the plane. He gives Sawyer a rough map to get a boat and to bring it to collect them all and take them to Hydra Island. Sawyer asks Kate to come with him. The Man in Black calls Sayid over and takes him aside. Sawyer whispers to Jack that he isn't going to rendezvous with the Man in Black but wants Jack find a way to sneak off with Sun, Hurley and Frank to meet them at an old dock. They will then all go to Hydra Island to meet Widmore, who he has a deal with. When Jack asks about Sayid and Claire, Sawyer explains that "Sayid's a zombie and Claire is nuts" and gave up her ticket when she tried to kill Kate.

6x13 SittingInAWell

Sayid prepares to kill Desmond.

The Man in Black tells Sayid to go to the well and kill Desmond. Sayid hesitates prompting the Man in Black to check that he still wants what he asked for. Sayid says that he does and heads to the well. At the well Desmond is sitting in water at the bottom as Sayid points his gun. Desmond calmly asks what the Man in Black offered Sayid. Sayid says he him he could get the woman he loved back, even though she was dead. Desmond asks why he would believe the Man in Black could help and Sayid says that he was dead, but was brought back. Finally Desmond asks what Sayid will say to his beloved when she asks what he had to do to be with her again.

When Sawyer and Kate arrive at the coast, Kate expresses her doubts about going to get the Man in Black, and Sawyer reveals his plan and that instead they would meet with Jack, Hurley, Sun and Frank. Kate asks about Claire but Sawyer says that the Claire that Kate came for is gone and that she is dangerous. They swim fully clothed to the Elizabeth.

6x13 ReadyToGo

Jack gathers Sun, Frank and Hurley to join Sawyer on the yacht.

The Man in Black leads his 23 strong troupe toward the rendezvous point. Claire tells Jack that she trusts the Man in Black because he is the only one who didn't abandon her. The Man in Black drops back, concerned that Sayid has not joined them. He asks Sun whether she has seen Sayid, but when she doesn't respond he thinks she is ignoring him. She then writes a note saying that he did this (her inability to talk) to her. The Man in Black stomps off saying he didn't do anything to her. He tells Cindy he is going to find Sayid and runs off. Jack takes the chance and gathers Hurley, Sun and Frank but Claire observes and follows them.

The Man in Black finds Sayid and wonders why he took so long. Sayid tells him he just shot an unarmed man and that he needed a moment. There is tension as the Man in Black asks if he killed Desmond, and Sayid confirms that he did and insists that the Man in Black could go and check if he wishes. Even as the Man in Black leaves Sayid holds back a moment.

6x13 RelaxClaire

Kate calms a hostile Claire and invites her to join them.

Jack's group runs to the coast following the map and arrives at the dock where the Elizabeth is anchored. They join Kate and Sawyer and prepare to leave, but Claire emerges from the jungle with a rifle. Kate bravely talks to her about the fact that they are not going with John because it is not John. She asks Claire to join them and when a confused Claire says that John made her a promise, Kate says that she is making the promise and that the only reason she came back to the Island was to reunite her with Aaron. Claire relents but adds that when he finds out that they have left "he's going to be mad."


Jack reclaims his position as a man of faith and refuses to run.

They make their way to Hydra Island under power. Sawyer tells Frank that the plan is to get in cosy with Widmore and take the submarine to go home. Frank likes the plan and tells everyone he found food inside and everyone but Jack, Sawyer and Kate follows him. Jack and Sawyer have a tête-à-tête. Jack tells him that it doesn't feel right leaving the Island because last time when he left it was like a part of him was missing. He believes that they were brought to the Island to do something, and if that thing wants them to leave he may be afraid of what happens if they stay. Sawyer tells Jack to get off the boat and not talk that "crazy talk." When Jack reaffirms that leaving is a mistake and that the Island is not done with them yet, Sawyer says he is done with the Island and that if Jack wants to take a leap of faith he should take it. Jack says that he was sorry he got Juliet killed and jumps into the water to swim back to the main island. Kate sees him in the water and says they have to go back and get him but Sawyer says that they are done going back.

6x13 TogetherAgain

Jin and Sun reunite after three years apart.

Sawyer's group arrives at Hydra Island and swims ashore. Widmore's people confront them with guns but lower their arms when Zoe says that she knows Sawyer. As Zoe requests for the fences to be turned off Jin arrives, spots Sun and runs to embrace her. She regains her voice and says aloud that she loves him and Jin promises her that they will never be apart again. Zoe radios Widmore and then tells Sawyer's group to put their hands up and kneel down. Sawyer asks about his deal but Zoe says the deal is off, she checks that Widmore has a sightline on the Man in Black and orders to fire when ready.

6x13 WithMeNow

The Man in Black tells Jack that he is now with him.

Jack swims back to the Island and arrives on a beach where the Man in Black and seven Others await on shore. The Man in Black makes light of Jack's swim and confirms with him that Sawyer has taken "his" boat. Widmore fires the mortar, its rounds land in their midst and throws Jack and some of the others through the air. The Man in Black runs to Jack who is prone in the sand and carries him inland as another shell hits. He puts Jack down and says to him that he should not worry, because: "You're with me now."

Flash sideways[]

6x13 WhatIsYourName

Locke tells of his future plans with Helen.

Locke is rushed to the hospital after being hit by Desmond. In the ambulance the paramedic says to Ben that Locke is exhibiting no responses and no reflexes in his lower body. Ben informs the paramedic that he knows that Locke is a paraplegic but he barely knows him so doesn't know who his next of kin is. Locke is able to mumble that he was going to marry Helen Norwood and that his name is John. As they arrive at the hospital Sun is also arriving. She looks over as their gurneys pass and recognizes Locke. She is frightened and says to Jin in Korean, "It's him, it's him."

6x13 AnApple?

James interrogates a captive Kate.

In the police station, James asks the uniformed officer for a minute with Kate. He checks her file saying she does not strike him as a murderer. She says that is because she is not. James talks to Kate about the coincidence of them being on the same flight and a week later she smashes into his car. She exclaims that he is hitting on her. She asks why he didn't arrest her at LAX. She says that she thinks he didn't arrest her at the airport because he didn't want anyone to know he was in Australia and asks whether she should tell the Feds that. James considers what Kate said and says that he likes her. Miles calls James over about the multiple homicide at a restaurant of Keamy and three of his goons and that there was a witness who doesn't speak English. Miles shows James a surveillance camera record which shows the suspect. Sayid is the suspect seen leaving the scene.

6x13 ThereYouAre

Claire is warmly welcomed by Ilana.

Claire, still pregnant, arrives at a high rise to see the adoption agency on the fifteenth floor. The guard asks her to sign in and as she does, Desmond arrives and re-introduces himself. Claire tells him he was right; a scan has shown that her baby is a boy. Desmond suggests that adoption is a complex legal arrangement and that she should have legal representation. He offers to arrange it with his lawyer whom he is about to see. Claire is hesitant, especially about the expense, but Desmond convinces her to see the lawyer, saying she (the lawyer) owes him a favour. At the law office, Desmond informs the receptionist that he here to see Miss Verdansky. Ilana Verdansky emerges, greeting Desmond warmly, and Desmond introduces her to Claire Littleton. Ilana asks Claire if she's from Australia and when Claire confirms that she is, explains that they have been looking for her.

6x13 Gotcha

James apprehends an escaping Sayid.

Sayid arrives at Nadia's and rushes to pack. He tells her he is leaving and will never be able to come back. The doorbell rings and when Miles identifies himself as being an LAPD officer and is let in, Sayid has gone. Sayid runs out the back door where Sawyer trips him and makes the arrest.

Jack and his son David Shephard arrive at the same office tower to hear Christian's will read. David says that he is sad for Jack. In the attorney's office Ilana Verdansky greets them saying that she has a surprise and asks whether they believe in fate. Claire is there, waiting. Jack asks how she knew his father. Claire says he was her father too. Jack is speechless. He receives a call from the hospital and apologizes for having to reschedule.

6x13 IKnowHim

Jack recognizes his patient.

At the hospital, Sun awakes. She is worried about the fate of her baby, but Jin tells her she and the baby will be fine. He says that it is over and they will all be okay. Outside their room, Jack and David walk down the corridor and discuss Christian. David asks if his grandfather's secrecy was passed down to his son, and Jack laughs and says "probably." Jack then had David wait as he goes into surgery. A surgeon tells him of the patient's condition, noting that this man was already in a wheelchair. Jack notices his dural sac has been "obliterated", but thinks he has the situation under control. As he begins the operation, he sees Locke's reflection in the surgery mirror and is taken aback. The surgeon asks Jack what the problem is, and Jack says, "I think I know this guy."


  • Trailers for this episode featured the Pendulum's song "Through the Loop". The song features samples of "The Rowing Song", as performed by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. "The Rowing Song" was adapted from "The Rowers", a 1959 poem by Roald Dahl. In the movie, the song is part of the selection process of choosing a candidate to succeed Willy Wonka. The factory tour seems an uncontrolled journey (as this song alludes to), yet it weeds out those who are not worthy, leaving Charlie, who almost falters at the end, yet succeeds through selflessness and doing what is right. (Music)  (Movies)
  • This is the first time that Jack and Claire have met each other since knowing about being siblings.
  • This is the first episode we learn of Ilana's surname, "Verdansky".
  • This is the first multi-centric episode that isn't a premiere or finale.
    • Technically, The Other 48 Days is first, but that episode did not feature any actual flashes: it was all set in the past.
  • This episode is Rated TV-14-LV.

Production notes[]

Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • The EMT shows ignorance of Locke's paraplegia, yet just seconds later says that his wheelchair is "smashed to pieces". Furthermore, in "Everybody Loves Hugo", the wheelchair is shown intact, standing upright after the accident.
  • There appears to be some time date discrepancy between the events depicted in this episode and those in "Sundown" and "The Package". Sun and Jin could not arrive at the ER at the same moment as John Locke, as the events of "The Package" take place just a day or two after the arrival of Oceanic 815, whereas Desmond's attack on Locke took place about a week after, due to Desmond telling Hurley it had been a week since their flight in "Everybody Loves Hugo". Some fans have tried to explain this mistake by saying that Keamy busted Jin and Sun one week after Oceanic 815, but that was not apparently the fact.
  • In Ilana's conference room, Jack's necktie reveals his shirt's top button, but in the next shot the necktie is again tight so the button is not visible.
  • When the Man in Black smashes the two-way radio with his wooden pole it appears that his shot will miss the radio, before the close-up shows a direct hit.
  • Jack's chat with the Man in Black—and later with Claire—takes place at night. They come back from the chat in bright daylight.
  • When Sawyer is steering the sailboat, from one angle there is a trailing wave, and in the following angle there is none.
  • As Sawyer walks to the front of the boat to talk to Jack, the boat is shown moving quickly through the water. As soon as he begins to talk to Jack the boat is obviously not moving, just bobbing in the water.
  • When Sawyer is talking to Jack on the sailboat, his hair changes position between the face and over-the-shoulder shots.
  • After Jack is bombed he has blood on his neck, but after the Man in Black carries Jack inland there is almost none left.
  • Jack first saw Christian on the fifth day after flight 815 crashed in "Walkabout" and not the third day as he recalled it to the Man in Black.
  • When Sayid is talking to Desmond in the well, Desmond has blood around his mouth. It suddenly disappears in the following shots.


The Season 6 soundtrack includes the following tracks from this episode:


Recurring themes[]

Cultural references[]

  • Star Wars: Sawyer and Hurley discuss how Sayid has gone to the dark side, but Hurley claims someone can be brought back from the dark side, using Anakin Skywalker as an example. (Movies and TV)
  • Burt Reynolds: Sawyer compares Lapidus to someone that "looks like he stepped off the set of a Burt Reynolds movie." (Movies and TV)
  • "Drinking the Kool-Aid": Sawyer tells Kate that Claire can't come with them because she "drank Locke's Kool-Aid." which is a reference to the cyanide laced drink taken by 900 followers of cult leader Jim Jones at the People's Temple in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978. (History)

Literary techniques[]

  • Sayid claims the Man in Black brought him back to life, contradicting previous indications that "dead is dead." (Unreliable narrator)
  • The Man in Black asserts that John Locke was merely a sucker, not a "believer." Ben eulogized at Locke's burial that John was a believer. (Juxtaposition)
  • Jack mentions that the Island isn't done with them yet. (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Zoe demands that the Man in Black return the person he took from Widmore's group. The Man in Black denies any knowledge of this, mirroring his confrontation with Widmore in "The Package". (Juxtaposition)
  • Zoe gives a deadline of nightfall to the Man in Black, who used the same deadline in "Sundown" for the people at the Temple. (Juxtaposition)
  • After Jack jumps off the Elizabeth to swim back to the Island, Kate says that "we have to go back", which she disputed when Jack said the same thing to her at the end of Season 3, when he realized they should have never left the Island. (Irony)  (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Those who are with the Man in Black on the beach are bombed. (Redshirts)
  • The paramedic suggests Locke's wheelchair probably saved his life. (Irony)
  • Jack expresses doubt about life away from the Island, to which Sawyer counters there are "pills" for that. Upon leaving the Island previously, Jack became addicted to such pills. (Irony)
  • Jack is saving Locke's life in the flash-sideways timeline, while in the original timeline, the fake Locke is saving Jack's life. (Juxtaposition)
  • Jack speaks with David's mother on the phone, but her identity remains unknown. (Unseen character)
  • James jokes to Kate that a cop and a fugitive could never form a relationship. Kate married an officer in the original timeline. (Irony)
  • Kate tells Claire that Locke is not "one of us." (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Desmond warns Claire not to fall into "a situation that's irreversible." (Irony)  (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Jack and Sawyer's discussion on the boat about leaving the Island is very similar to Locke and Jack's discussion in the Orchid but with roles reversed. (Juxtaposition)
  • Jack and Claire greet each other for the first time as brother and sister, in both the original timeline and the flash sideways. (Juxtaposition)
  • Sun regains her ability to speak English the moment she reunites with Jin, the only other person on the Island who can speak Korean. (Irony)
  • Sawyer's group is held at gunpoint by Widmore's, and Jack is saved by the Man in Black. (Cliffhanger)
  • In both timelines, Jack leaves Claire for Locke, shortly after having met her as his sister for the first time. (Juxtaposition)

Storyline analysis[]

  • Ben goes with Locke in the ambulance. There, Locke tells him his first name is John and that he was going to marry Helen. (Relationships)
  • Zoe warns the Man in Black to return what he took from them or else he would be attacked with missiles. "Locke" breaks the radio and sets out to confront Widmore directly. Later, missiles are fired at the group. (S-Missions)  (O-Missions)
  • Claire, still attempting to give her baby up for adoption, is intercepted by Desmond who takes her to his lawyer, Ilana. She has been looking for Claire on behalf of Jack and David Shepherd, Claire's half-brother and half-nephew and Ilana's clients. (Relationships)
  • Sawyer, Sun, Kate, Frank, Jack, Claire and Hurley commandeer the boat and sail to Hydra Island to join up with Widmore. Jack goes along with Sawyer's plan but reconsiders and is forced to leave mid-voyage. (A-Missions)  (Leadership)  (Rivalries)
  • Sawyer's group breaks from "Locke". Widmore reneges on his deal with Sawyer so Zoe takes the Losties at gunpoint. (Economics)
  • Sayid is arrested by Detective Ford for the shootings at the restaurant. (Crimes)
  • Detective Ford questions Kate after arresting her. (Crimes)

Episode connections[]

Episode references[]

  • Jack tells the Man in Black about how he saw his father after he crashed on the Island. ("Walkabout")
  • The Man in Black tells Jack that when he was following Christian's apparition he was being led to water. ("White Rabbit")
  • The Man in Black says Locke was stupid to think he was brought to the Island for a reason. ("White Rabbit")  ("Exodus, Part 2")  ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
  • Kate reminds Claire that she was there when Aaron was born. ("Do No Harm")
  • Jack recalls the last time he left the Island, and how it made him feel. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 2")  ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 3")
  • The Man in Black mentions Jack bringing Locke's body back to the Island. ("316")
  • The Man in Black says Locke pursued his belief in the Island until it got him killed. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")
  • Sawyer recalls the DHARMA Initiative only reaching the Island by sub in the three years he was there. ("LaFleur")
  • Kate tells Claire the only reason she came back to the Island was to bring her back to Aaron. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
  • Jack apologizes to Sawyer for Juliet's death. ("LA X, Part 1")
  • James talks to Kate, having recently arrested her, and they discuss meeting at the airport. ("LA X, Part 1") ("Recon")
  • Jack says that he thinks that he knows Locke. ("LA X, Part 2")
  • Claire tells Desmond about her pregnancy scare. ("What Kate Does")
  • Locke tells Ben he was going to marry Helen in the flash sideways. ("The Substitute")
  • The Man in Black asks Sayid if he still wants what he asked for. Later Sayid tells Desmond about their deal. ("Sundown")
  • On a surveillance tape, Sayid is seen escaping from the restaurant kitchen after shooting Keamy. ("Sundown")
  • Sawyer tells Zoe he had a deal with Charles Widmore. ("Recon")
  • Sun is hospitalized due to her gunshot wound. ("The Package")
  • Desmond reminds Claire of their meeting at the airport. ("Happily Ever After")
  • Locke is hospitalized after Desmond hits him. ("Everybody Loves Hugo")

Episode allusions[]

  • Sawyer tells Jack to "get off his boat". Michael once told Sawyer to "get off his raft". ("Adrift")
  • Jack jumps off the boat en route to a potential way home, for the good of the group. Sawyer jumped off the helicopter taking them to a potential way home for the good of the group. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
  • When Kate, Jack and Sawyer were on a helicopter, Kate yells "Sawyer!" after he jumps out. In this episode, Kate, Jack and Sawyer are on a boat, and Jack jumps out, with Kate yelling after him. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
  • When Jack surfaces on the beach after jumping out of the boat, the Man in Black tells him it is a "nice day for a swim." When Sawyer arrives on the beach after jumping out of the helicopter, he says this to Juliet. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 3")
  • Jack's ears ring after being near a large explosion, just as Kate's did after Jughead was detonated. ("LA X, Part 1")
  • Claire tells Jack that he decided to join Locke the moment he allowed him to talk. Dogen warned Sayid that he shouldn't allow the Man in Black a chance to speak. ("Sundown")
  • The Man in Black's answer when Zoe asks him for Desmond - "I have no idea what you're talking about" - mocks Widmore's answer when he asked for Jin. ("The Package")

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