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.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), (created by) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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)
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

23 March 2010 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The white rock the man-in-black is carrying in the final scene is not the same white rock that Richard Alpert put into the man-in-black's hand earlier. Near the end of the show, Jacob told the man-in-black, "I see you got my present." See more »

Quotes

Jacob: [to Richard] Imagine that this wine is what you keep calling hell. There are other names for it. Malevolence. Evil. Darkness. And it's all down here swirling at the bottom. Unable to get out, because if it did it would spread. Now, the cork is this Island.
[puts a cork in the jug, trapping the wine]
Jacob: And it's the only thing keeping the darkness where it belongs.
See more »

Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

End Title
(uncredited)
Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The best episode
25 March 2010 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Richard Alpert has been my favorite character since I found out that he doesn't age. I've been waiting for this episode for years, and I have to say it didn't disappoint me in any aspect. The narrative was perfect. The story was perfect. The shoots, the cameras, the script, the performances, the clothes... Everything was perfect. Nestor Carbonell showed how good he is as an actor. And the bottle metaphor... Just amazing. This episode showed the essence of Lost. The most important answers that the series was carrying "What's this place?", "Who's Jacob?", "Why the Smoke monster kills people?", the most important questions have been answered. I wish I could vote this episode a 20 out of 10.


28 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just starting to watch this series Series 1 episode 7; have a question writetopcat
Least favorite part of the show? micholeon-18825
The finale my explanation mrjamesinnes-ji
Dr. Jack Shephard? delphia2014
Most confusing show blueyes0112
My Absolute Favorite Character & Annoying Characters jackieroseb
Discuss Ab Aeterno (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page