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The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham 

John Locke, now alive again and back on the island after the second plane crash, flashes back to his return to civilization, where he is brought in by Charles Widmore and asked to convince the Oceanic 6 to return to the island.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Daniel Faraday (credit only)
James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Sun Kwon (credit only)
Miles Straume (credit only)
Juliet Burke (credit only)


In the aftermath of Alija Flight 316 crashing on the island, John Locke inexplicably appears, back from the dead, and tries to bring the survivors together, two of whom include the shady Ilana (who was with Sayid on the flight) as well as a fellow man, named Caesar, who try to make sense of what is going on. Locke flashes back to the time months earlier when he moved the island and was transported to the deserts of North Africa, and was found by Charles Widmore who asked Locke to convince the Oceanic 6 to return to the island. Written by Anonymous

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This was to be the eleventh episode of the season. It was aired earlier to game the sweeps ratings with stronger episodes. (See Goofs.) See more »


Ilana tells John Locke, "There used to be three [boats], but the pilot [Frank Lapidus] and some woman [Sun Kwon] took one." This doesn't happen until Lost: Namaste. (See Trivia.) See more »


John Locke: Are those your boats?
Ilana: No, they were already here. There used to be three, but the pilot and some woman took one. They didn't tell anyone. They just ran off in the middle of the night.
John Locke: Do you have a passenger list?
Ilana: You'll have to talk to Cesar.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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"I remember dying"
26 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing how this series keeps topping itself. I thought that the previous episode, "316", was the best of Season 5 so far, but "The Life And Death Of Jeremy Bentham" is arguably on an even higher league (we're talking "The Man From Tallahassee" league here). The mythology of LOST is getting thicker and thicker, and the lines between good & evil, life & death, past, present & future, are getting blurrier and blurrier. And yet the basic format of TLADOJB is rather simple: a series of one-on-one conversations between John Locke and a number of other characters, both new and old. Terry O'Quinn has always been one of the very best actors on the show, and here EVERYONE opposite him rises to his level. This episode is unusual, shocking and brilliant. ***1/2 out of 4.

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