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"Dead Is Dead"
Lost episode
Benjamin Linus faces the smoke monster.
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 12
Directed byStephen Williams
Written byBrian K. Vaughan
Elizabeth Sarnoff
Production code512
Original air dateApril 8, 2009
Running time42 minutes[1]
Guest appearance(s)
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"Dead Is Dead" is the 12th television episode of the fifth season of ABC's Lost.[2] The 98th episode of the show overall, "Dead Is Dead" aired on April 8, 2009, on ABC in the United States and aired on April 12, 2009 on Sky1 in the United Kingdom. It was the least watched episode of the series during its run in the US. The episode was written by editor Brian K. Vaughan and co-executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff and directed by Stephen Williams.[2]

In 2007, Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) summons the Monster in order to atone for his sins. In flashbacks, the origins of the strained relationship of Ben and Charles Widmore (Alan Dale) are revealed.



In 1988, Ben kidnaps Alex as a baby from her mother Danielle Rousseau (Melissa Farman), whose life he spares. Before leaving, Ben tells Rousseau to run the other direction if she hears whispers. He returns to the Others' camp with the baby, which disappoints their leader, Charles Widmore (Alan Dale), who wanted Ben to kill both mother and daughter. Some time later, Charles is banished from the island for breaking the rules by leaving the island frequently and fathering a daughter with an outsider. Before he leaves the island by submarine, Charles tells Ben that Ben will ultimately be banished as well, because he was unable to sacrifice Alex's life. Following Alex's death and his leaving the island, Ben confronts Penny Widmore (Sonya Walger), Charles's daughter, and shoots her husband Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick). Ben states his intention to kill Penny in retribution for his own daughter's death, but hesitates upon seeing Penny's son, Charlie. Ben's hesitation allows Desmond to recover and severely beat him.


Following the final scene of the previous episode, "Whatever Happened, Happened", Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) wakes up after having been knocked unconscious by Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim) in the episode "Namaste". He is greeted by John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), whom Ben previously murdered. Ben tells Locke that he (Ben) has broken "the rules" by returning to the island after he left it in the episode "There's No Place Like Home", and that he must be judged by the smoke monster. Locke agrees to accompany him to the main island. Before leaving, Ben retrieves a picture of his adopted daughter Alex (Tania Raymonde) from his old office at the Dharma Initiative Hydra Station. Ben also tricks one of the other survivors from Ajira Flight 316, Caesar (Saïd Taghmaoui), and steals his shotgun. When Ben and Locke try to leave the smaller island on a canoe, they are halted by Caesar, whom Ben suddenly shoots in the chest.

Upon arriving on the main island, Ben and Locke travel to the Dharma Initiative's barracks, where they find Sun and Flight 316 pilot Frank Lapidus (Jeff Fahey). Sun shows him the photograph of Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) and Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia), who have traveled back in time to 1977 and joined the Dharma Initiative. Sun also tells Ben that Christian Shephard (John Terry) instructed her to wait for Locke because together they will be able to rescue the others from the past. Frank decides to return to the smaller island where he is taken hostage by Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) and several of the other 316 survivors, who ask him if he knows "what lies in the shadow of the statue." Meanwhile, Ben, Locke and Sun travel to a temple belonging to the island's native population, called the Others. Underneath the temple, Ben is separated from Locke and confronted by the smoke monster, which replays several of Ben's memories of Alex. The smoke dissipates and a manifestation of Alex appears to Ben, telling him that she knows of his intention to kill Locke again. She warns him to follow Locke's lead without question if he wishes to live. Ben agrees and his life is spared.


  1. ^ "Lost - Netflix". Netflix. Retrieved 24 November 2017.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Lost (4/8)" (Press release). ABC Medianet. March 23, 2009. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009.

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