Oceanic Flight 815 is mysteriously brought down out of the sky, crashing on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It soon becomes apparent that they will not have to cope only with the forces of nature, but with the island's secrets.
References to Jacob
While not seen on-screen until the last episode of Season Five, Jacob has been a significant behind-the-scenes presence throughout the series with his existence hinted at as early as Season Two. Jacob appears to command a great respect among the Others who look to him as a leader who is both admired and feared. Both Mikhail and Ben referred to Jacob as a "great", "brilliant" and "magnificent" man. Jacob has also been referred to as "powerful" and "unforgiving." ("Two for the Road") Occasionally members of the Others have been seen to invoke Jacob's name as a means exercising their own authority over others - or using Jacob's name as an excuse for carrying out certain actions. Jacob is sometimes referred to as "Him."
Jacob does not appear to communicate directly with the Others, but instead provides instructions or lists he has drawn up to a few select individuals who then relay his commands to the rest of the Others. Richard Alpert implies that Jacob has some way of summoning these select individuals to him when he has orders to impart. Generally one does not seek an audience with Jacob; it is he who summons you. Audiences with Jacob are conducted alone. Many of the Others do not even know where Jacob lives on the Island. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") ("Follow the Leader") ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
Richard Alpert tells a younger Charles Widmore that Jacob wanted the young Ben saved at the Temple. ("Dead Is Dead")
Ben uses Jacob's name as an excuse for saving baby Alex from death. ("Dead Is Dead")
Ben tells Juliet that Jacob was able to heal her sister's cancer. ("One of Us")
Ben implies he was sent by Jacob on a mission to bring Locke back to the Others when he was captured by Danielle Rousseau. ("Two for the Road")
Ben tells Juliet that Jacob wanted Walt in Room 23. ("Room 23")
During a conversation between some Others, one of Jacob's lists was mentioned by Danny Pickett, who stated that Jack was not on it. ("I Do")
Jacob's name appears in the Room 23 video. ("Not in Portland")
Richard notes that his agelessness is a gift from Jacob. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
During Season Three, Benjamin Linus took John Locke to see Jacob at a cabin deep in the jungle. The room appeared empty at first, but on attempting to leave Locke heard the words "help me" that did not appear to come from Ben. Angry and believing Ben was deceiving him, Locke turned on his flashlight. Immediately the cabin began to shake, jars of liquid flew across the room and the lamp was knocked over and set aflame. Ben grabbed the apparently empty rocking chair, telling "Jacob" that he had had his fun and needed to stop before being thrown against the wall by a mysterious force. In looking back across the room, Locke briefly observed a shadowy figure with shaggy hair and tattered clothes sitting in the chair. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") Ben later confessed that he had never seen Jacob in all his time as leader of the Others. He explained to Locke that he had been putting on an elaborate deception at the cabin but was just as surprised when things started flying around the room. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2") The identity of this shadowy individual is unknown.
A figure appearing to be the Christian Shephard has been observed on several occasions in Jacob's cabin. In "The Beginning of the End" Hurley discovered Christian at the cabin along with another unidentified individual. Later on returning to the cabin in "Cabin Fever", Locke also encountered Christian who told him his task was to move the island. On this occasion Christian claimed that he could speak on Jacob's behalf.
Later in 2007, Ilana visited the cabin and implied that Jacob may have lived there, but he had not done so in a very long time. She stated: "Someone else has been using it." ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
On the Island (1800s)
At some point during the 1800s, Jacob was living on the Island in a hidden chamber beneath the statue of Taweret. Here he was seen working on the production of a tapestry with homemade thread. On venturing outside the statue, he encountered a mysterious dark-haired individual and the two of them proceeded to have a short conversation while watching a ship (likely the Black Rock) approaching the Island. The man in black accused Jacob of bringing the ship to the Island in an attempt to prove him wrong. Moments later, Jacob's unnamed nemesis asked if Jacob was aware just how badly he wanted him dead. One day, his nemesis declared, he would find a "loophole" and be able to accomplish the deed.
Off the Island (1976-2008)
Capable of coming and going from the Island, Jacob left the Island on several occasions to meet with certain individuals who would later become or who were passengers on board Oceanic 815. Jacob also met with Ilana and asked her for an unrevealed favor.
In 1976, Jacob visited a young James Ford at the funeral of Mr. Ford and Mary Ford. He spoke briefly with James and gave him a pen that was used to finish Sawyer's letter.
Sometime in the late 1980s, Jacob visited a convenience store in Iowa where he witnessed a young Kate and Tom Brennan being caught while attempting to steal a lunchbox. Intervening, Jacob offered to pay for the lunchbox instead, and instructed Kate to "be good" before tapping her playfully on the nose.
Jack's first surgery
Following a accident during his first major surgery, Jack attempted to purchase an Apollo Candy bar but was thwarted by a stuck vending machine. After a brief argument with his father, Jack was approached by Jacob. Jacob had purchased the next bar -- freeing the one Jack left behind. Jacob inquired if this bar belonged to Jack and handed it over, saying: "Maybe it just needed a little push."
Jin and Sun's wedding
Jacob was waiting in the reception line after Jin and Sun's wedding. Jacob addressed the newly married couple in Korean, wishing them the best in their marriage, telling them never to take each other for granted. Confused as to Jacob's identify, both Jin and Sun watch him depart. Jin remarks that Jacob's Korean is excellent.
In 2000, Jacob was sitting on a bench outside an apartment complex reading Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge moments before John Locke was pushed out a window by his father, suffering the accident that broke his back. Rising unhurriedly, Jacob walked over to Locke's fallen body and gently squeezed his shoulder saying: "I'm sorry this happened to you." Locke's eyes opened, staring uncomprehendingly at Jacob as he turned and walked away.
At some unknown time, Ilana, injured and heavily bandaged, lay on a bed in a Russian hospital. She is visited by Jacob, whom she seems to recognize. He spoke to her in Russian initially before changing to English. He requested her help in some unspecified way to which she nods in agreement wordlessly.
In 2005, Sayid and Nadia were walking three blocks from the intersection of North La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, discussing how to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. As they started to cross the street, Jacob approached Sayid and asked him for directions. Nadia, turning to say something to Sayid while out in the middle of the crosswalk, is hit and killed by a car that fled the scene of the accident.
Hurley was released from Los Angeles County Jail, Jacob was waiting for him outside in the back seat of a taxicab with a guitar case next to him. Stating he would only be going a few blocks, Jacob offered to share the cab with Hurley. Engaging in conversation with Hurley, Jacob asked why Hurley wouldn't return to the Island. He suggested that Hurley's "curse" of seeing dead people might actually be looked upon as a blessing instead; being able to continue to communicate with those we've lost. Jacob informed Hurley that to return to the Island, he only need be on board Ajira Flight 316 departing in 24 hours. As Jacob stepped out of the cab, Hurley warned him that he forgot his guitar. Before departing, Jacob responded: "It's not my guitar."
In 2007, after the crash of Ajira Airways Flight 316, the seemingly resurrected Locke revealed his plans to kill Jacob. The false Locke told Ben that this task would not be easy, but after Jacob's death "things will change." With Richard's help, Locke and Ben entered the hidden chamber in the foot of the statue to find Jacob sitting in an old rocking chair observing them. Jacob recognized Locke immediately as his old nemesis.
In a brief but tense conversation, Jacob told Ben he had a choice before him: to follow through on "Locke's" instructions or to leave. An emotional Ben confronted Jacob - asking questions about why he had been ignored by Jacob for so many years on the Island. "What about me?" Ben asked. Jacob, gravely looking back at Ben, and repeated quietly: "What about you?" Ben's temper flared and he responded by stabbing Jacob brutally twice in the chest. Dropping to his knees and coughing up blood, Jacob warned his nemesis: "They're coming." His nemesis looked slightly alarmed before kicking Jacob into the fire pit setting him completely ablaze.
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