The Substitute

February 16, 2010
Alternate timeline
John Locke
Written by
Elizabeth Sarnoff and Melinda Hsu Taylor
Directed by
Tucker Gates
Guest starring
L. Scott Caldwell as Rose Nadler
Katey Sagal as Helen Norwood
Billy Ray Gallion as Randy Nations
Suzanne Krull as Lynn Karnoff
Kenton Duty as young Jacob
Eddie L. Cavett as courier
Joshua Smith as school kid

The Substitute is the fourth episode of season 6 of Lost. John Locke is the focus of the episode's alternate timeline.

ABC press release

Locke goes in search of help to further his cause.

Former spoilers and rumors

  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Hurley and Rose have a connection, which helps Locke. Rose is not long for "this" world, possibly the alternate timeline. Locke and Rose argue about Locke wasting her time, which causes Locke to run into an old enemy.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): "Locke" goes to the Barracks and brings Sawyer to a place with names and attached numbers. Locke's crossed out name is 4. Hurley's name is 8. Sawyer's name is 15. Sayid's name is 16. Jack's name is 23. Kwon (Jin or Sun) is 42. Kate's name is there as well. Jack and Hurley find a mirror at the lighthouse. It provides Jack a glimpse of his past when aligned correctly.
    • TRUE, though the lighthouse scenes occur in the next episode, and Kate's name is present next to number 51 on the lighthouse but not noticed in the cave.
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): The smoke monster and the man in black have a connection. Fake Locke gets an old friend to join his army. Ben lies to Ilana about what happened in the statue. Jacob is dead and his ashes are collected. Someone tries to persuade Sun to go to the temple to find Jin. Frank wants to see if flight 316 can still fly. Sun insists they bury someone properly. Frank comments on the "weirdest funeral ever." Ben makes a touching speech. A drunk Sawyer reunites with a familiar face. Someone knows more about the island than Ben. An old friend meets someone unexpected off the island.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Within the first four episodes, the Man in Black/smoke monster gives Sawyer three choices: go to the Temple with the Others, stay and wait with his friends, or help him (Smoke monster) go home. Sawyer chooses to help him.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): The smoke monster is now played by Terry O'Quinn (thus making him Jacob's nemesis), one of the Kwons is 42, and there is a lighthouse on the island. All of these are interconnected.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Ilana is Jacob's child. Either Locke or Ben (likely Ben) is a substitute teacher in the alternate timeline.
    • TRUE, Locke is the substitute teacher and Ben is a full-time teacher. Ilana's blood relation to Jacob is neither confirmed nor denied.
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): In this episode, there will be a funeral for someone with the intials JL, something connecting the smoke monster with "fake Locke," a double meaning in the title, a temp agency, a familiar scholar of European history, and Ilana's importance to the island revealed. Ben will also tell some lies.
    • TRUE
  • Ryan Ozawa (Hawaii resident, spoiler source): Locke in his wheelchair tried to enter his van, but a Hummer was blocking it. Hurley, the driver of the Hummer, got out and gave a check to the angry Locke.
    • TRUE, but the check was a message to the temp agency.
  • Ryan Ozawa (Hawaii resident, spoiler source): Locke and Ben filmed a scene at a high school. Later, Locke visited Helen in his wheelchair and tumbled to the ground while lawn sprinklers activated.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Locke and Sawyer filmed a scene together.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Ben, Sun, Frank, and Ilana carried Locke's body.
    • TRUE
  • Carlton Cuse (Writer, producer): Katey Sagal will reprise her role as Helen Norwood in season 6. Julie Bowen (Sarah Shephard) may reappear as well.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): A teenage boy who has dealt with a horrible family accident is being cast.
    • TRUE, but the young boy's past was not revealed.
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