The mysteries behind Richard Alpert's arrival to the island, his immortality, and his alliance with Jacob are revealed--plus more details about the purpose of the island and the relationship between Jacob and the smoke monster.

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Ilana recalls when Jacob asked her to protect the six candidates to replace him. Ilana asks Richard what to do next and he leaves the group telling that he has no idea. In flashback, in 1867, in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Richard, a.k.a. Ricardo travels in a stormy night to bring a doctor to help his beloved wife Isabella that is dying. However, the doctor does not accept the little money that he has and does not give the medicine for Isabella. They struggle and Ricardo accidentally kills the doctor. When he returns home, Isabella is dead and Ricardo is sent to prison to be hanged. However he is sold as slave and travels to the New World chained aboard of the Black Rock. There is a tsunami and the ship knocks in the statue in the island and stops in the woods. The smoke monster kills the survivors and the Man in Black releases Ricardo. Soon he learns that there is a fight between the Man in Black, who believes that mankind is evil, and Jacob, who believes that mankind is good. Jacon ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Co-writer Greggory Nations explains in the DVD audio-commentary that Richard's origin was not random. Nations chose the Canary Islands because: 1) They are islands; 2) They are volcanic islands and 3) The legend of the eight Canary Island (San Borondón) that shows up and disappears. Besides, it was easier for actor Nestor Carbonell speaking Spanish without faking accents, because his Cuban accent can pass for a person from the Canary Islands. See more »

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When Richard's dying wife takes off her cross necklace, you can see that it has spring ring clasp which was invented in the early 1900s. The scene takes place in the 1860s. See more »

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[the Man in Black sits on a log in the shade, holding a white stone. Jacob shows up]
Jacob: Morning.
Man in Black: Morning.
Jacob: I see you got my present.
Man in Black: Don't gloat, Jacob. It doesn't become you.
Jacob: So you tried to kill me.
Man in Black: You expect an apology?
Jacob: I'd just like to know why you did it.
Man in Black: Because I want to leave. Just let me leave, Jacob.
Jacob: As long as I'm still alive, you're not going anywhere.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

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outstanding.
27 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

one of the standout episodes of the ENTIRE series..a truly stunning look back on the life of richard and his origins.i can not praise it enough.nestor carbonell's acting raised this above just a simple story and formed it into what i believe,will be a pivotal point in the entire lost story..remember when "locke" met richard on the beach and said "good to see you out of those chains" ?...precisely what the man in black said to richard when finding him in the bowels of the black rock....i can not remember that last time i watched ANY TV show and it gripped me as much as this episode did.the story was excellent and i really think it is going to be viewed as one of THE best episodes that have ever been transmitted.


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