My 100 Favorite Moments on Lost…So Far


Well, in less than month, it’s the beginning of the end for us Losties. No more theories. No more speculation. Either our questions will be answered or we’ll be forever disappointed.

Actually, no matter what happens, I’ll be happy and thankful that Lost existed (unless the screen goes black like The Sopranos). As is clear from my many posts and lists, I’ve always enjoyed television but Lost made me love television in a way no other show has. After Lost, I found it hard to watch procedural, one-and-done shows like CSI.  I needed every episode to matter.  I wanted to be rewarded for my patience, loyalty and vigilance. I took more notes on Lost than I did for any class in college (which explains a lot about my station in life).

That said, I’m kinda glad Lost is over.  I don’t know how much longer I could be obsessed with a TV show. After it’s over, I’ll feel like I’m getting a part of my life (and brain) back.

So in honor of the final season, here is a list of my favorite 100 moments on Lost so far. I tried to find a picture for each one (via Lost Media and Lostpedia). Obviously, spoilers galore.

  1. The opening chaos of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 (“Pilot”)
  2. The first time they hear the monster in the trees (“Pilot”)
  3. The monster snags the pilot out of the plane (“Pilot”)
  4. Kate hiding in the trees counting to five (recalling Jack’s surgery story) to steel herself to go look for Jack (“Pilot”)
  5. Seeing the pilot’s bloody body in the trees (“Pilot”)
  6. After Shannon and Sayid translate Danielle’s 16-year-old message, Charlie asks “Guys…where are we?” (“Pilot”)
  7. When everyone is arguing about how to get food on the island, Locke throws a knife five inches or so away from Sawyer’s head and says, “We hunt” (“Walkabout”)
  8. In his flashback, when Locke rolls away from counter revealing his paraplegia and yells “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” (“Walkabout”)
  9. In Jin and Sun’s flashback, at the airport when Sun, preparing to leave Jin once and for all, looks at Jin while he’s waiting in line and he pulls out a white flower like the one he gave to her when he promised he’d give her a diamond one day (“House of the Rising Sun”)
  10. When Ethan corners Charlie and Claire in the woods right as Hurley is telling Jack, Kate and Sayid that he wasn’t on the manifest (“Raised By Another”)
  11. Jack and Kate discover Charlie hanging in a tree by his neck blindfolded (“All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”)
  12. Locke asks Boone what he felt after his vision showed him Shannon getting killed by the Monster and he replies, “I felt relieved” (“Hearts and Minds”)
  13. While Kate and Sawyer are playing “I Never” in the woods, they both drink on “I never killed a man” (Outlaws)
  14. To protect Jin from an island lynching over the raft being burned, Sun reveals to everyone that she can speak English (“…In Translation”)
  15. During the montage at the end of the episode, the batteries in Hurley’s CD die midway through Damien Rice’s “Delicate” (“…In Translation”)
  16. After Boone’s accident, Locke bangs on the hatch asking the island what he’s supposed to do and the light turns on (“Deus Ex Machina”)
  17. Sun gives Jin the notebook of words in English he might need on the raft and they make up (“Exodus”)
  18. In his flashback, Hurley races through the airport in an electric scooter while we see the Numbers show up in a variety of ways (“Exodus”)
  19. Leslie Arzt blows up while trying to explain how volatile the dynamite is (“Exodus”)
  20. Hurley to Jack: “You’ve got some Arzt on you” (“Exodus”)
  21. The Others shoot Sawyer, kidnap Walt and blow up the raft (“Exodus”)
  22. The opening sequence showing the inside of the hatch set to “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Mama Cass Elliot (“Man of Science, Man of Faith”)
  23. Desmond is revealed to be the man in the hatch (“Man of Science, Man of Faith”)
  24. After Michael and Sawyer make it back to the beach, Jin runs out of the woods tied up and screaming. When he catches up to them, he says: “Others! Others!” (“Adrift”)
  25. After Jack and Locke watch the Swan orientation video, Locke turns to Jack and says, “We’re going to need to watch that again.” (“Orientation”)
  26. In the Arrow station with the Tailies, Bernard approaches Sawyer, Michael and Jin and asks if there’s a woman named Rose where they came from and if she’s okay (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
  27. While Jin and Mr. Eko hide in the bushes, a bunch of dirty feet walk by, the last dragging a teddy bear attached to a string (“…and Found”)
  28. Shannon chases Walt into the woods, gets shot by Ana Lucia and dies in Sayid’s arms (“Abandoned”)
  29. In her flashback, Ana Lucia follows the man who shot into a parking garage, tells him “I was pregnant” and shoots him several times (“Collision”)
  30. Bernard and Rose are finally reunited (“Collision”)
  31. After Jin and Sun emerge from their tent hugging (presumably post-coital), Hurley throws Jin a thumbs up (“What Kate Did”)
  32. Eko’s first confrontation with Smokey with the flashes of his backstory in the body of the smoke (“The 23rd Psalm”)
  33. Jack, Locke and Sawyer are confronted by the Others in their search for Michael.  When Jack thinks that they are bluffing about their numbers, Tom yells out “Light em’ up!” and they are surrounded by torches (“The Hunting Party”)
  34. Sawyer reveals that he had tricked Locke and Jack, stole all the gun and announces to the camp: “There’s a new sheriff in town, boys. Y’all best get used to it.” (“The Long Con”)
  35. After to revealing to Jack and Locke that he drew Ana Lucia a map to where the balloon he claims he crashed on the island in was, “Henry” tells them what he would do if he were on of The Others while pouring his cereal: “Of course, if I was one of them — these people that you seem to think are your enemies — what would I do? Well, there’d be no balloon, so I’d draw a map to a real secluded place like a cave or some underbrush– good place for a trap — an ambush. And when your friends got there a bunch of my people would be waiting for them. Then they’d use them to trade for me. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not one of them, huh? You guys got any milk?” (“The Whole Truth”)
  36. During the Hatch lockdown, Locke sees the hidden DHARMA stations map on the blast door (“Lockdown”)
  37. When Sayid tells Henry who he figured out he was lying: “We did find your balloon, Henry Gale, exactly how you described it. We also found the grave you described — your wife’s grave. The grave you said you dug with your own bare hands. It was all there. Your whole story — your alibi — it was true. But still I did not believe it to be true. So I dug up that grave and found that there was not a woman inside. There was a man. A man named Henry Gale.” (“Lockdown”)
  38. In Hurley’s flashback, it’s revealed that Libby was in the asylum with him (“Dave”)
  39. As Locke freaks out over “Henry” telling him that he didn’t push the button when the timer ran out, “Henry” gives this ultra creepy smile (“S.O.S.”)
  40. After getting the gun and combination for the room “Henry” is being held, Michael shoots Ana Lucia, shoots Libby after being startled by her, opens the door for Ben and then shoots himself in the shoulder (“Two for the Road”)
  41. When Sayid, Jin and Sun sail around the island and see the foot of the statue: “I don’t know what is more disquieting: the fact that the
    rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes.”
    (“Live Together, Die Alone”)
  42. Desmond while reading the print logs from the Pearl station realizes that he may have been the reason Flight 815 crashed (“Live Together, Die Alone”)
  43. While the Hatch is imploding, Eko and Locke look at each other and Locke says, “I was wrong” (“Live Together, Die Alone”)
  44. Seeing the plane crash from the perspective of The Others (“A Tale of Two Cities”)
  45. Ben shows Sawyer that they are on a separate island so escape is impossible (“Every Man For Himself”)
  46. While telling him why he should perform the surgery on Ben, Juliet plays a tape for Jack of her holding cue cards (like Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” or INXS’ “Mediate” depending on how old you are) telling him to make a mistake during the surgery and kill Ben (“The Cost of Living”)
  47. During Ben’s surgery, Jack purposely cuts a small incision in his kidney sac, knocks out an Other, gets a radio from Tom and demands Kate and Sawyer’s release or he’ll let Ben die.  (“I Do”)
  48. After Kate doesn’t want to leave without him, Jack screams at her, “Kate, dammit, RUN!” (“I Do”)
  49. After Juliet tells Richard Alpert that her ex-husband would never let her go unless he was hit by a bus, he gets hit by a bus (“Not In Portland”)
  50. Reliving his life after the hatch explosion, Desmond tries to change his past by buying an engagement ring for Penny when he is told that that’s not what is supposed to happen by the woman in the store: “Well, I know your name as well as I know that you that don’t ask Penny to marry you. In fact, you break her heart. Well, breaking her heart is, of course, what drives you in a few short years from now to enter that sailing race — to prove her father wrong — which brings you to the island where you spend the next 3 years of your life entering numbers into the computer until you are forced to turn that failsafe key. And if you don’t do those things, Desmond David Hume, every single one of us is dead. So give me that sodding ring.” (“Flashes Before Your Eyes”)
  51. In Locke’s flashback, Cooper pushes him out of an eight story window (“The Man From Tallahassee”)
  52. Locke blows up the sub just as Juliet and Jack were about to get off the island (“The Man From Tallahassee”)
  53. Nikki opens her eyes right before the dirt hurts her in the face ending the noble but failed experiment of Nikki & Paulo (Exposé)
  54. After Hurley tells a just-woken Naomi that they are the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, she tells him that it’s impossible because “They found the plane” and that, “There were no survivors. They were all dead.” Hurley, dumbfounded, replies, “What?” (“D.O.C.”)
  55. Sawyer kills Cooper a.k.a the original Sawyer in the Black Rock (“The Brig”)
  56. In his flashback, Ben kills his father and assists in wiping out the entire DHARMA camp (“The Man Behind The Curtain”)
  57. In Jacob’s cabin, Locke sees the silhouette of a man and hears “Help. Me.” (“The Man Behind The Curtain”)
  58. Hurley saving Bernard, Sayid and Jin with Roger’s DHARMA van (“Through the Looking Glass”)
  59. Sayid killing one of the armed Others with his hands tied (“Through the Looking Glass”)
  60. Sawyer, making good on his promise in “The Hunting Party,” shoots Tom:
    Sawyer: That’s for taking the kid off the raft.
    Hurley: Dude it was over, he surrendered.
    Sawyer: I didn’t believe him.
    (“Through the Looking Glass”)
  61. Before he drowns, Charlie writes “Not Penny’s Boat” on his hand in Sharpie and shows it to Desmond through the door’s window (“Through the Looking Glass”)
  62. In his flashforward, Jack meets up with Kate at the airport runway and tells her: “We have to go back, Kate! We have to go back!” (“Through the Looking Glass”)
  63. Jack sneaks up on Locke, knocks him to the ground, grabs the gun, points it at Locke’s head and releases the safety. Locke says, “You’re not gonna shoot me, Jack. Any more than I was gonna shoot…”, and Jack pulls the trigger, only to a click on an empty chamber. (“The Beginning of the End”)
  64. Daniel’s rocket experiment reveals a 31 minutes and 18 seconds discrepancy in time (“The Economist”)
  65. In his flashforward, Sayid’s assassin boss is revealed to be Ben (“The Economist”)
  66. Penny answers the phone call that Desmond promised he’d make her in eight years (“The Constant”)
  67. Daniel flips through his journal until he comes to a page that reads: “If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant.” (“The Constant”)
  68. While playing horseshoes, Sawyer and Hurley see a previously imprisoned Ben walking around the camp and Ben says to them, “See you guys at dinner!” (“The Other Woman)
  69. Keamy kills Alex while Ben watches through the window (“The Shape of Things To Come”)
  70. Ben unleashes Smokey on Keamy and his team (“The Shape of Things To Come”)
  71. At Christian’s funeral, Jack meets Claire’s mother and finds out that a) Claire is his half-sister and b) Aaron is his nephew (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  72. Sawyer kisses Kate and jumps from the helicopter (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  73. After Ben kills Keamy:
    John Locke: You just killed everybody on that boat.
    Ben Linus: So?
    (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  74. Right before the freighter blows up and Christian appears to Michael and tell him, “You can go now, Michael”. (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  75. Sun screams as the freighter blows up with Jin on it (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  76. Ben pushes the wheel and moves the island banishing himself (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  77. A boat named the Searcher intercepts the life raft and it’s Penny’s boat (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  78. The late Jeremy Bentham is revealed to be John Locke (“There’s No Place Like Home”)
  79. Around the year 2001-2, Faraday knocks on the Swan door and Desmond comes out in a HAZMAT suit.  Faraday tells Desmond that he’s special and he has to seek out his mother in Oxford (“Because You Left”)
  80. The most of the remaining extraneous 815ers are killed by flaming arrows from the Others starting with Frogurt (“The Lie”)
  81. Richard Alpert response to Locke telling him that Alpert himself told Locke he’s going to be the leader of the Others 50 years into the future: “I certainly hate to contradict myself.” (“Jughead”)
  82. Locke meets a young Charles Widmore:
    Locke: “Your name is Widmore?” Charles Widmore?”
    Young Widmore: “What’s it to you?”
    Locke: “Nothing. Nice to meet you.”
    (“Jughead”)
  83. Desmond telling his son about his time on the island reveals his son’s name to be Charlie (“Jughead”)
  84. Jin meets a young Danielle Rousseau (“The Little Prince”)
  85. Lapidus comes out of the Aijira Airlines cockpit, talks to Jack and sees Kate, Sayid, Sun and Hurley then says to Jack: “We’re not going to Guam, are we?” (“316”)
  86. Jack reads Locke’s suicide note which says “I wish you had believed me “ (“316”)
  87. On the island in 1977, Jack Kate and Hurley are confronted by a Dharma with a gun who is revealed to be Jin (“316”)
  88. After convincing him to not commit suicide, Ben strangles Locke to death (“The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”)
  89. When a newly-revived Locke enters the infirmary where an injured Ben is, Caesar asks if Locke knows him and he replies: “He’s the man who killed me.” (“The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”)
  90. Sawyer talks Juliet into staying on the island: “You’re really going to leave me with the mad scientist and Mr. I-speak-to-dead-people? And Jin? Don’t get me wrong, a hell of a nice guy but not the greatest conversationalist.” (“LaFluer”)
  91. After he helps him escape from the DHARMA jail, Sayid shoots young Ben Linus in the chest (“He’s Our You”)
  92. In the present, Ben wakes up and sees Locke sitting at his bedside who welcomes him back to “the land of the living” (“Whatever Happened, Happened”)
  93. In a flashback, Ben is beaten up by Desmond when he threatens to kill Penny (“Dead Is Dead”)
  94. Daniel talks to a young Charlotte and tells her to leave the island just like grown up Charlotte remembered right before she died in “The Place Is Death” (“The Variable”)
  95. Young Eloise shoots Daniel in the back and before he dies he realizes his mother always knew this was how it was going to end:
    Daniel: “You knew. You always knew, but you sent me here anyway.”
    Eloise: “Who are you?”
    Daniel: “I’m your son”
    (“The Variable”)
  96. The conversation between Jacob and the man in black on the beach while watching a ship (presumably The Black Rock) approach:
    Man in Black: “They come, fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same.”
    Jacob: “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that, it’s just progress.”
    (“The Incident”)
  97. Kate, Sawyer and Juliet run into Rose and Bernard (and Vincent!) and they wants nothing to do with whatever they are doing: “We traveled back 30 years in time, and you’re still trying to find ways to shoot each other.” (“The Incident”)
  98. Ilana reveals the contents of the crate to Frank and Richard and it’s the body of John Locke (“The Incident”)
  99. Despite Sawyer’s best efforts, Juliet is pulled down the hole (“The Incident”)
  100. While at the bottom of the shaft, a not-dead-yet Juliet detonates the hydrogen bomb by pounding on it with rock (“The Incident”)

Well, that’s it.  What are your favorite Lost moments?

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11 thoughts on “My 100 Favorite Moments on Lost…So Far

  1. When Kate tells Jack “I liked you better before” (paraphrasing) and Jack replies with “You didn’t like me then”

    When Ben says: “I lied”

  2. –Sawyer attempting to find the boar that has a grudge against him (Outlaws)

    –Rose confessing that the island healed her; Bernard vowing to stay with her (S.O.S.)

    –Sawyer asking if he needed to make Kate a mix tape and then giving her a Phil Collins cassette (Catch-22)

    –Crazy girlfight between Juliet and Charlotte (The Other Woman) and the awesome throwdown between Sayid and Keamy (There’s No Place Like Home)

    –Miles explaining time travel to Hurley (Whatever Happened, Happened)

  3. Great list. I always liked the moment where they find the notebooks from the Pearl Station in the field. Also, you may have given short shrift to some of the flashback reveals, like Kate being part of the bank robbery…

  4. Great list, but HOW do you leave out Sawyer picking the rose then bringing it in to Juliet?? Have you no heart??

  5. –Ben showing Jack the last out of the 2004 World Series.
    –Jin’s thumbs up to Hurley
    –“You’re gonna die, Charlie”
    –The Ben/Widmore confrontation
    –The Arctic Station crew calls Penny

  6. -i love you scene w/ penny and desmond (the constant)
    -when ben shows the recording to jack of the red sox winning the series (the glass ballerina)
    -the brainwashing room w/ carl (not in portland)

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