Whatever Happened, Happened

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"Whatever Happened, Happened"
Lost episode
An injured Ben is brought to Richard Alpert.
An injured Ben is brought to Richard Alpert.
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 11
Directed byBobby Roth
Written byDamon Lindelof
Carlton Cuse
Production code511
Original air dateApril 1, 2009
Running time42 minutes[1]
Guest appearance(s)

Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert
Kim Dickens as Cassidy Phillips
Doug Hutchison as Horace Goodspeed
Susan Duerden as Carole Littleton
Sterling Beaumon as Young Ben Linus
Patrick Fischler as Phil
Jon Gries as Roger Linus
William Blanchette as Aaron
Jim Templar as Baxter
Sebastian Siegel as Erik
Candace Scholz as Debra
Susan King as sweet young woman
Miko Franconi as Sam
Scott Moura as Manager
Olivia Vickery as Clementine Phillips

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"Whatever Happened, Happened" is the 11th television episode of the fifth season of ABC's Lost.[2] The 97th episode of the show overall, "Whatever Happened, Happened" aired April 1, 2009, on ABC in the United States. The episode was written by executive producers/show runners Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse and directed by "The Man Behind the Curtain" director Bobby Roth.[2]

In 1977, Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) goes to extreme measures to save young Benjamin Linus (Sterling Beaumon) when Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) refuses to help. In flashbacks, Kate takes care of Sawyer's (Josh Holloway) favor and begins to tell the truth to protect Aaron (William Blanchette).



Kate develops a friendship with Sawyer's ex-girlfriend Cassidy (Kim Dickens) and Sawyer's daughter Clementine (Olivia Vickery). Kate tells Cassidy the truth about everything that happened on the island, including that baby Aaron (William Blanchett) is not her son. Cassidy eventually leads Kate to realize that the reason she took Aaron as her own, is because Kate needed him in order to get over her emotional attachment to Sawyer. After this realization, she decides to return to the island with the others who left. She leaves Aaron in the care of Carole Littleton (Susan Duerden), Aaron's biological grandmother. Kate also tells Carole that she is returning to the island to find Carole's daughter, Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin), and bring her home.


Following the events of the previous episode, "He's Our You", Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) wakes up and notices that Ben Linus (Sterling Beaumon) has been shot by Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews). He brings Ben to the barracks so that his injuries can be treated by Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell). Juliet is unable to perform the necessary surgery on Ben and sends James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) to retrieve Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), a spinal surgeon. Meanwhile, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) and Miles Straume (Ken Leung) debate the nature of time travel, a particular point being why older Ben after meeting Sayid again in 2004 (as seen in "One of Them"), did not seem to remember being shot as a boy, by Sayid. Jack, knowing what Ben does in the future, refuses to help. This drives Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) to do everything she can to help Ben.

Kate goes to the sick bay where Ben is being treated and donates her blood because she is a universal donor. She strikes up a conversation with Ben's father, Roger (Jon Gries), who is upset that Ben stole his keys and freed Sayid from the jail. Once it becomes clear that Ben will succumb to his injuries without further intervention, Kate decides to take Ben to the Others, the island's native population. Sawyer comes to Kate's aid and they bring Ben to Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell), who warns them that if he treats Ben, he will not remember what has happened and will never be the same again. They agree anyway. Richard carries Ben into the temple seen in "This Place is Death". Another Other urges Richard to inform "Ellie" of his intentions and implies that "Charles" will not be pleased if he finds out, but Richard says he doesn't answer to either of them.


Ben (Michael Emerson) awakens from being knocked unconscious in "Namaste" and is greeted by John Locke (Terry O'Quinn).


  1. ^ "Lost - Netflix". Netflix. Retrieved 24 November 2017.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Lost (4/1)". ABC Medianet. March 16, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009.

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