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Lost: The Man Behind The Curtain

Ben begrudgingly begins to introduce Locke to the secrets of the island, beginning with the mysterious Jacob. Meanwhile, Juliet's secret goes public.

A Ben-centric episode.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x20
Production Number: 320
Airdate: Wednesday May 09th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 09, 2007
Italy Nov 26, 2007
FI (MTV3) Dec 27, 2007
DE (Pro7) Feb 04, 2008

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (32 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Andrew Divoff
As Mikhail Bakunin
Doug Hutchison
As Horace
François Chao
As Dr Marvin Candle
Jon Gries
As Roger Linus
M.C. Gainey
As Mr. Friendly / Tom
Marsha Thomason
As Naomi
Nestor Carbonell
As Richard Alpert
Tania Raymonde
As Alex

Co-Guest Stars
Sterling Beaumon
As Young Ben
Main Cast
Matthew Fox
As Dr. Jack Shephard
Terry O'Quinn
As John Locke
Josh Holloway
As James 'Sawyer' Ford
Evangeline Lilly
As Katherine 'Kate' Austen
Naveen Andrews
As Sayid Jarrah
Jorge Garcia
As Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Yunjin Kim
As Sun Hwa Kwon
Daniel Dae Kim
As Jin Soo Kwon
Dominic Monaghan
As Charlie Pace
Emilie de Ravin
As Claire Littleton
Michael Emerson
As Ben Linus
Henry Ian Cusick
As Desmond Hume
Elizabeth Mitchell
As Juliet Burke
Episode Notes
Carrie Preston, who guest stars as Ben's mother, is the real life wife of Michael Emerson.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Three Dog NightShambala 

Episode Quotes
Locke: (to Ben) You said that if I killed my father, you'd tell me everything I wanted to know about the island. (dumps his father's corpse on the ground) So, why don't you start at the beginning?

Ben: We all answer to someone, John.
Locke: And, who might that be?
Ben: His name is Jacob.
Locke: Okay, then. Take me to Jacob.
Ben: I cant do that. (Locke stands up to leave) Where are you going?
Locke: Hell, Ben, if you don't want to take me, maybe someone else will. I'll just go and ask Richard.
Ben: Why would Richard take you?! He doesn't know where Jacob is, he doesn't talk to Jacob.
Locke: Well, who talks to him?
Ben: I do!
Locke: Oh, you're the only one who talks to him?
Ben: That's right!
Locke: And, no-one else knows where he is?
Ben: I was born here on this island. I'm one of the last that was. Most of these people you see, I brought them here so Jacob talks to me, John. He tells me what to do, trusts me,
Locke: And, no-one else has ever seen him?
Ben: That's right.
Locke: How convenient. You know what I think, Ben? I think there is no Jacob. I think your people are idiots if they believe you take orders from someone else. You are the man behind the curtain. The Wizard of Oz. And, you're a liar.
Ben: And, what might you base that theory on, John?
Locke: Because if you were telling the truth... your hand wouldn't be shaking.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Damon Lindelof  |  Jeffrey Lieber
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams
Apprentice EditorDavid Eisenberg
Warning: Lost season 3 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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