Follow the Leader
Season 5 | Episode 15 | Aired 05/6/09
Faraday walks into the Others' camp with his gun. Hiding in the jungle and watching, Kate says to Jack that this is a mistake, Faraday is crazy. Jack asks what if this is why they're here? What if this is their only way to put things back the way they're supposed to be? But before Kate can respond -- BLAM! They hear a gunshot. They look towards the sound and see Faraday fall over dead. Jack leaps to his feet, about to run over when Kate stops him. They'll shoot him, too! But then two men gallop up on horseback with rifles. One man swings his rifle and smashes it down on Jack's head. The other man warns Kate not to move. The first man dismounts, and we see it's Charles Widmore in his 40s. He asks Jack who they are.
Widmore marches Jack and Kate into the Others' camp. He sees Faraday's body and asks what happened. Richard explains that the man came into their camp pointing a gun at Richard and Eloise reacted. Eloise asks Jack and Kate if they came with this man. Jack says yes, and Eloise orders them to her tent. Widmore asks why the Dharma Initiative has declared war on them, and Eloise says that these people aren't from the Dharma Initiative. Widmore asks where are they from?
WHOOSH to thirty years later with Richard Alpert in his tent working on a ship in a bottle when a woman comes running in and says he's back. Richard looks out to see Locke walking into camp. It's been three years -- Richard asks what happened to Locke? Locke says he'll explain on the way. He and Richard have an important errand to run. Richard is studying Locke, and Locke asks if something was wrong. Richard says there's something different about Locke. Locke says he has a purpose now.
Behind Locke, Sun and Ben walk into the camp. Sun sees Locke talking to Richard and asks why Locke said these were his people. Ben says when he left the island John became their leader. She asks who Richard is, and he explains that Richard is sort of like an advisor. And he's had that job a very, very long time. Sun crosses over to Richard and asks him if he was on the island in 1977. She shows him the Dharma new recruits photo from 1977 and says these people were here thirty years ago with her husband, Jin Kwon. Does Richard remember any of them? Richard says yes, he remembers meeting them very clearly because the day after he met them -- he watched them all die.