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Lost: Live Together, Die Alone (1)

Desmond's return to the island opens up a whole box of revelations---particularly about life prior to his "race" and what went on during his three years inside the Swan Hatch. Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley go off toward the Others in search of Walt as Sayid, Sun and Jin begin reconnaissance of the north shore.

As Locke and Eko battle over the "108 minute" button, Desmond comes to a startling conclusion about the crash of Flight 815 and the purpose of the Swan Hatch. In the jungle, Michael's betrayal is revealed as Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley are taken captive by the Others, and Sayid discovers the truth about the north shore camp.

A Desmond-centric episode.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x23
Production Number: 223
Airdate: Wednesday May 24th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Jul 12, 2006
Italy Dec 04, 2006
DE (Pro7) Feb 12, 2007


Guest Stars
Alan DaleAlan Dale
As Charles Widmore
April GraceApril Grace
As Bea Klugh
Clancy BrownClancy Brown
As Kelvin Inman
Henry Ian CusickHenry Ian Cusick
As Desmond Hume
M.C. GaineyM.C. Gainey
As Mr. Friendly / Tom
Michael BowenMichael Bowen
As Danny Pickett
Michael EmersonMichael Emerson
As Henry Gale
Sam AndersonSam Anderson
As Bernard Nadler
Sonya WalgerSonya Walger
As Penelope Widmore
Tania RaymondeTania Raymonde
As Alex Rousseau

Co-Guest Stars
Alex PetrovitchAlex Petrovitch
As Man #2
Len CordovaLen Cordova
As Man #1
Eyal PodellEyal Podell
As Young Man
Stephen PageStephen Page
As Master Sergeant
Main Cast
Matthew FoxMatthew Fox
As Dr. Jack Shephard
Terry OTerry O'Quinn
As John Locke
Josh HollowayJosh Holloway
As James 'Sawyer' Ford
Evangeline LillyEvangeline Lilly
As Katherine 'Kate' Austen
Naveen AndrewsNaveen Andrews
As Sayid Jarrah
Jorge GarciaJorge Garcia
As Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Yunjin KimYunjin Kim
As Sun Hwa Kwon
Daniel Dae KimDaniel Dae Kim
As Jin Soo Kwon
Dominic MonaghanDominic Monaghan
As Charlie Pace
Emilie de RavinEmilie de Ravin
As Claire Littleton
Harold Perrineau, Jr.Harold Perrineau, Jr.
As Michael Dawson
Cynthia WatrosCynthia Watros
As Libby Smith


Picking up where we left off, everyone rushes to the shore at the sight of the sailboat in the distance. As many of the survivors try to catch its attention, Jack, Sayid and Sawyer ditch their shoes and dive headlong into the ocean and straight for the craft...

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Episode Notes
A two-hour season finale. The episode was broadcast in one airing but constitutes two episodes.

When Desmond is being discharged, his rank and full name is revealed: Lance Corporal Desmond David Hume.

Malcolm David Kelley returns and is credited as part of the main cast again.

Michelle Rodriguez is still credited despite not appearing in this episode.

Desmond previously met Libby in a coffee shop when she paid for his coffee (which cost $4). He asks her if she has 42,000 more of those. When they talk about the boat race, he says he has 8 months to get into the best shape of his life.

Libby gave Desmond her boat which was named after her (Elizabeth) by her deceased husband, David.

Kelvin Inman, Desmond's partner in the hatch, previously met Sayid in Iraq.

Penny's letter to Desmond:

Dearest Des,

I am writing this letter to you as you leave for prison and I've hidden it in the one place you would turn to in a moment of great desperation. I know you go away with the weight of what happened on your shoulders and I know the only person who can take it off is you.

Please don't give up, Des because all we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us. And you have her.

I will wait for you. Always. I love you.


This is the first time a destination off the island is shown in present time, not flashbacks.

Episode Quotes
Sayid: I'm sorry if what I said was confusing but I asked Jin to come.
Sun: You need someone to translate and you need at least two people who know how to sail.
Sayid: Desmond managed by himself.
Sun: And look where he ended up.

Desmond: Are you still pushing it?
Jack: Yeah, we're still pushing it.

Master Sergeant: One book, Our Mutual Friend. Why didn't you bring that inside?
Desmond: To avoid temptation, brother. I've read everything Mr. Charles Dickens has ever written... every wonderful word... every book... except this one. I'm saving it so it'll be the last thing I ever read before I die.
Master Sergeant: Nice idea as long as you know when you're going to die.

Eko: Charlie, I need your help!
Charlie: Oh, now I'm back in your good graces, father?

Hurley: (after Sawyer offers him a Nutribar) No, thanks. Not hungry.
Sawyer: Are you serious?

Michael: Hey. Thanks for coming out here, risking your neck for my boy.
Jack: Live together, die alone, man.

Jack: So... when you ran off, I guess you just forgot to mention that you still have a sailboat. Why'd you come back?
Desmond: (laughs) Do you think I did it on purpose? I was sailing for two and a half weeks, bearing due west and makin' nine knots... I should have been in Fiji in less than a week. But the first piece of land I saw wasn't Fiji, was it? No. No, it was here, this-this island. And do you know why? (Jack shakes his head) Because this is it. This is all there is left! This ocean and this place here... we're stuck in a bloody snowglobe! There's no outside world, there's no escape!

Charles Widmore: You wanna ride?
Desmond: Not with you.
Charles Widmore: Get in the car!

Charles Widmore: (opening a box of cash) This is for your new life... away from my daughter. The conditions are simple. No contact, no calls, no post. You just... run away, Desmond.
Desmond: And, what makes you think I would just run away?
Charles Widmore: Because you're a coward!

Eko: But I am going to push the button. Why wouldn't I?
Locke: Because you don't wanna be a slave.
Eko: I am a slave to nothing.
Locke: You're a slave to that. Just like I was. So, I'm gonna tell you again... don't push it.
Eko: Do not tell me what I can't do.

Locke: No, it's not real! We're only puppets! Puppets on strings! As long as we push it, we'll never be free!
Eko: Well, you're free now, John. Do not come back.

Hurley: (as Jack hands him a gun) No way, if I take that, I'm gonna kill someone.
Sawyer: Ain't that the point?
Hurley: I thought the point was to get Walt back.

Desmond: The boat's all yours, brother... for all the good it'll do you.
Sayid: I don't know how to sail.
Desmond: Then I suggest you find someone who does.

Jin: (in Korean) I won't leave you. Not now.
Sun: (in Korean) You won't leave me, Jin... because I'm coming with you.

Kate: It's a trap. A net. Rousseau's got them all over the island.
Sawyer: How the hell would you know that?
Kate: I tripped one with Jack. We ended up... never mind.
(Sawyer laughs)
Kate: What?
Sawyer: The doc told me you all got caught in a net, I thought he meant, uhh... something else.
Kate: Since when did you and Jack start talking about me?

Hurley: That bird just say my name?
Sawyer: Yeah, it did. Right before it crapped gold.

Desmond: Well, maybe he knew he'd be a lousy dad. Thought he was doing what was best for ya.
Claire: He was doing what was best for him.

Penny: Desmond, what are you running from?
Desmond: I have to get my honour back! And, that's what I'm running to.

Locke: So, what did one snowman say to the other snowman?
Desmond: Smells like carrots!
Locke: Hello, Desmond.
Desmond: Hello yourself, box man.

Desmond: So, you managed to fix the computer, then, did you?
Locke: World's still here, ain't it?
Desmond: I'm not so sure about that, brother.

Locke: (to Desmond) Sober up. We're gonna get a good night's sleep and tomorrow... we're gonna find out what happens if that button doesn't get pushed.

Kelvin Inman: Are you him?
Desmond: Wha'?
Kelvin Inman: What did one snowman say to the other?
Desmond: What are you talking about?

Desmond: What was all that about then?
Kelvin Inman: Just saving the world.

Desmond: Why do you wear that suit?
Kelvin Inman: So I don't get infected out there.

Desmond: Why does Mr. Eko carry around a stick covered in scripture?
Locke: Because he's a priest.

Eko: (breathless) Charlie, do you know how they got the hatch door open?
Charlie: No, but if you hum it I can probably play it...

Sawyer: My theory - they're aliens. That's why they use the fake beards. Their heads are made of posthetic.
Hurley: 'Prosthetic', dude.
Sawyer: You can't even spell and now you're correcting me?

Jack: It's too late to go back now, Hurley. We already caught them following us once, if they don't believe that we trust Michael, they'll kill us all! I'm sorry that I didn't say anything. But you have to know that I would never bring you out here if I didn't have a plan!
Sawyer: What plan...

Claire: What happened out there, Charlie?
Charlie: Do you want to hear the part about me nearly being killed by the flaming fireball or the flying fork?

Kelvin Inman: See that brown stain there? That's Radzinski. He put a shotgun in his mouth when I was asleep. The bitch of it was I only had a hundred and eight minutes to bury the poor bastard.
Desmond: Well, if you don't want me to go crazy, next time, let me go out.

Kelvin Inman: Tell me, Desmond... why'd you leave that nice, old lady's army? Oh, I remember now, you got kicked out because you couldn't follow orders.
Desmond: And, why did you leave you army, Kelvin, huh?
Kelvin Inman: Because men followed my orders.

Charlie: John! Look, seriously, you're about to be detonated!

Eko: (after throwing Charlie's belt onto the magnetic wall) Is that a joke?!
Charlie: I'll see myself out.

Eko: John, this is your last chance to end this. Open the door and I will forgive you.
Locke: Forgive me for what?

Charlie: Eko? Wait... just wait a second. You know, I don't think it's a good idea, Eko. We're in a very confined area... Oh, bollocks!

Desmond: What was the incident?
Kelvin Inman: Electromagnetism. Geologically unique. The incident? There was a leak so now the charge builds up and every time we push the button, it discharges it before it gets too big.

Desmond: I think your friends just blew themselves up, brother.
Locke: They're not my friends.

Kelvin Inman: I was a spook for ten years, Des, I know when I'm being followed.
Desmond: What you doing with my boat?
Kelvin Inman: I'm fixin' it.
Desmond: You were leaving?
Kelvin Inman: Well, I mean not yet. She's still about a week away. You wrecked it pretty good, Des. Whaddya think? Wanna come with me?
Desmond: Come where?! What about the button?
Kelvin Inman: Screw the button, man. Who knows if it's even real.

Kelvin Inman: I lied to you because I needed a sucker to save the world after I left.

Ms. Klugh: She says she knows your beard's fake, Tom.
Mr. Friendly: Well, thanks for pointing that out, Kate. Can't tell you how much this thing itches. And thanks for telling her my name, Bea.

Henry Gale: Where's your beard?
Mr. Friendly: I think they... know.

Desmond: You've killed us. You'll kill us all.
Locke: No. I just saved us all.

Desmond: I'm sorry for whatever happened that made you stop believing but it's all real. And now I've got to go and make it all go away.
Locke: Wait... Desmond!
Desmond: I'll see ya in another life, brother.

Locke: (to Eko) I was wrong.

Desmond: (before turning the failsafe key) I love you, Penny.

Michael: Who are you people?
Henry Gale: We're the good guys, Michael.

Hurley: But... what about my friends?
Henry Gale: Your friends are coming home with us.

Man #1: Ms. Widmore?
Penny: Yes?
Man #1: It's us. I think we found it.

Episode Goofs
In Desmond's flashback, when he wakes up from the alarm, the sound of the alarm is incorrect. As Desmond approches the computer, there is less then a minute on the clock. Normally, the alarm goes off twice as fast in the last minute, where in this case the regular '4-minute' alarm still sounds.

Cultural References
"Our Mutual Friend," the Dickens book that Desmond plans to read just before he dies, was one of Dickens' final works. It it generally thought to be his darkest work.

Sawyer: Alright, enough jibber-jabber, let's roll.

The use of jibber-jabber was made popular by Mr. T.

The odd landmarks seen by Sayid, Jin and Sun on the north shore are reminiscent of actual landmarks.

The "foot" is reminiscent of the Colossus of Rhodes, which in ancient times used to stand on the Greek island of Rhodes. It was a statue of the god Helios, and was roughly the size of the modern-day Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.

The "rock with the square hole" echoes one of the many stone structures found at Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England.

The "foot" may also be symbolic, as it may be recalling the poem Ozymandias, written by Percy Shelley.

The poem detailed a traveller's visit to Egypt, where he saw a large foot and base of what had been a great statue of Ozymandias (Ramsses II). The traveller read the following inscription on the base: I am Ozymandias, king of kings / Look upon me, ye mighty, and despair!

The date of the plane crash is finally confirmed: it is September 22, 2004. Coincidentally, the series pilot premiered on that date in the US.

It has also been surmised that after 65 days, the date would be on or around November 25, 2004---near the time of the American Thanksgiving celebration.

Episode References
The episode's title is a throwback to a line said by Jack in the season 1 episode White Rabbit: "If we can't live together, we're gonna die alone." Along with Locke's famous line ("Don't tell me what I can't do!"), this is one of the more recurring quotes that crops up throughout the series.

Incidentally, both this line and Locke's are repeated in this episode. Eko tells Locke off with his own line, and Jack delivers his to Michael while in the jungle.

Jack: Black smoke, huh?
Sayid: This time, they will know that we are coming.

Sayid says this to Jack in reference to his planned signal of "black smoke" on the north shore, a throwback to "Exodus (1)" when Danielle Rousseau told the survivors that a "column of black smoke" usually signaled that the Others used to foretell their coming.

Locke: I looked down the barrel of the gun and I believed... I thought... was my destiny to get into this... place. And-and somebody died, a kid... because he was stupid enough to believe that I knew what I was talking about. And on the night that he died, for nothing, I was... sitting right up there, all alone, beating my hand bloody against that... stupid door... screaming at the heavens asking what I should do and then a light went on. I thought it was a sign. But, it wasn't a sign... probably just you going to the bathroom.

Locke is relating to Desmond the story of Boone's death, which occurred during "Do No Harm". The actions of which Locke tells him about, however, are seen at the very end of "Deus Ex Machina".

Charlie: (to Eko) Careful. Dynamite is very unstable. You don't want to end up like Dr. Arzt.

Charlie references the sad demise of Dr. Leslie Arzt, who in "Exodus (2)" tried to show his superior knowledge of handling nitroglycerin (a component of the dynamite) and ended up blowing himself up to bits in the process.

On the pier in the final scene, a sign saying "Pala Ferry" can be seen. The Pala Ferry was also referred to in the orientation video for Dharma Initiative station 5: "The Pearl" by Dr. Mark Whitman..

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Damon Lindelof  |  Jeffrey Lieber
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams
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