Lost: Season 6, Episode 9

Ab Aeterno (23 Mar. 2010)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Claire Littleton (credit only)
James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Kate Austen (credit only)


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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Ab aeterno means "from eternity" in Latin. See more »


After Jacob defeats Richard, he can be seen standing over him holding the dagger that Richard was using, in his right hand. After Richard is shown while speaking his line, we can see Jacob again with no dagger in his hand. A little later, after Jacob and Richard have finished their conversation, Jacob is suddenly holding the dagger again, and proceeds to drop it in the sand. See more »


Ben Linus: [about Richard] I've known him since I was twelve years old, that should count for something.
Frank Lapidus: So you guys met when you were kids, huh?
Ben Linus: No Frank, I was a kid. Richard looked just like he does today.
Frank Lapidus: You're saying this guy doesn't age?
Ben Linus: That's exactly what I'm saying.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »


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Ricardo and his story
25 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this episode and Mirelly Taylor as Isabella. What a great story behind Richard and his way to the island. I was totally entertained and as my wife watched with me (she is totally disinterested in Lost and confused by what is going on) she commented on "who is that woman?" I just answered obviously she is some one that He cared about deeply...

OK so without spoiling the episode even though its the day later, I really like how they tied up the loose end about the boat. They have almost tied up all the loose ends, and even the statue being broken.

So I cried at the end with Richard and his wife... Though Hurly kind of got in the way. I have always thought in the back of my mind since the first season exactly what Richard said about where they were...

So I am wanting more Richard and less man in black...

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