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The Shape of Things to Come 

The team from the ship attacks Locke's camp looking for Ben, with Alex as a hostage. Meanwhile, the doctor from the ship washes up on shore at Jack's camp, and Daniel Faraday provides some distressing news to Jack.



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Desmond Hume (credit only)


Bernard finds the body of a man on the beach and Daniel identifies that he is the doctor of their ship. Meanwhile, Alex is captured and forced to shutdown the defense system of the housing compound, releasing a warning code. Ben organizes the defense of house and when Alex is executed by her captors, he releases the smoke monster to destroy the enemies. Meanwhile, in the future, Ben escapes from Tunisia to Iraq where he helps Sayid in the funeral of his wife Nadia; later Ben has an unexpected meeting with Charles Widmore in his suite late night in London. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The bottle of Scotch that Charles Widmore keeps next to his bedside when Ben visits him is the same McClutcheon's brand Scotch that Widmore had told Desmond was too good for him to drink. It is also the same brand that Charlie & Hurley use to get Desmond drunk in Lost: Flashes Before Your Eyes (2007). See more »


As Ben enters Widmore's building, he leaves a door open. However, when he enters the lift, we can see at the back that both doors are shut. See more »


Sayid Jarrah: I have no life. They took it from me.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


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Ny Favourite Ben Episode
17 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a Ben-centric episode and it's one of the few great episodes of a somewhat crap season 4. This and the episode The Constant are the top two episodes of season 4 and if you're watching them on DVD, you can't skip them.

It's about a year into the future and Ben wakes up and finds himself in the middle of the Sahara Desert. How did he get there you might ask? The answer is revealed later down the track.

I never trusted Ben when I was watching the show on TV but now I appreciate him and he's just an awesome character. If you love Ben, then I guarantee you'll love this episode.

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