The Variable

April 29, 2009
Daniel Faraday
Alternate timeline
Written by
Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
Directed by
Paul Edwards
Guest starring
Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert
Sonya Walger as Penelope Widmore
Alan Dale as Charles Widmore
Francois Chau as Pierre Chang
Fionnula Flanagan as Eloise Hawking
Patrick Fischler as Phil
Eric Lange as Stuart Radzinsky
Sarah Farooqui as Theresa
Alice Evans as middle-aged Eloise Hawking
Wendy Pearson as E.R. doctor
Todd Coolidge as paramedic
Peggy Anne Siegmund as Caroline
Jennifer Sojot as E.R. nurse
Spencer Allyn as young Daniel
Michael Dempsey as Tony
Maya Henssens as young Charlotte
Ariston Green as workman
Marvin DeFreitas as Charlie Hume
Brad Berryhill as Eric

The Variable is the fourteenth episode of season 5 of Lost. Daniel Faraday is featured in the episode's flashbacks.

When season finales are counted as two episodes, this episode is also the 100th episode of Lost.

Press release

The time of reckoning has begun when Daniel Faraday comes clean regarding what he knows about the island.

Former spoilers and rumors

  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Something happens to Daniel while he is on the submarine. Daniel tells Pierre Chang he is from the future. Widmore tells Daniel he can research the properties of a special place. We see younger Penny and Charlotte. Jack and Kate discuss defecting to the Others. This episode is "Flashes Before Your Eyes" meets "Meet Kevin Johnson."
    • FALSE
  • Kristin Dos Santos (E! Online columnist): Someone will make a bad decision that leads to someone else getting killed.
    • TRUE
  • Kristin Dos Santos (E! Online columnist): The equations and notations from the blast door map will be relevant in this episode.
    • FALSE
  • Kristin Dos Santos (E! Online columnist), DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Ben, Sawyer, or Daniel will die.
    • TRUE, Daniel is killed.
  • Ryan Ozawa (Hawaii resident, spoiler source): Daniel and Eloise were at a graduation party with Theresa Spencer, where Eloise berated Daniel about his benefactor. Later, they had a conversation over lunch where Eloise gave Daniel a present that may have been his journal. In another scene, Widmore was with Penny in the hospital.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Jack, Kate, and Daniel jumped in a DHARMA van after exchanging gunfire with Radzinsky and other DHARMA members.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): This episode, as the title would suggest, is a continuation of Desmond and Daniel's time traveling adventures in "The Constant." This episode will explain the meaning of Daniel's journal entry about Desmond being his constant and why Desmond left the military.
    • FALSE, Desmond's military experience and his status as a constant were not explained.
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): A young, brown haired child prodigy who wants to make his parents proud is being cast. This is likely a young Daniel Faraday.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): A tough, aristocratic English woman in her forties named "Sophie" is being cast. However, a previous casting call regarding young Eloise Hawking also code-named the character "Sophie," so this may be another younger version of her.
    • TRUE
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