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Season 2, Episode 6
Airdate November 9, 2005
Production Number 206
Written by Elizabeth Sarnoff
Directed by Adam Davidson
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LostSeason Two

Abandoned is the sixth episode of the second season, and the thirty-first episode overall.

Sawyer's wound becomes life-threatening as he, Michael and Jin make their way through the interior of the island with the tail section survivors. Meanwhile, Shannon is once again haunted by visions of Walt, and Charlie becomes jealous of Locke's interest in Claire.

Starring: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko), Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Malcolm David Kelley (Walt), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Terry O'Quinn (John), Harold Perrineau, Jr. (Michael), Michelle Rodriguez (Ana-Lucia), Cynthia Watros (Libby).

Guest Starring: L. Scott Caldwell (Rose), Sam Anderson (Bernard), Lindsay Frost (Sabrina Rutherford), François Guétary (Philippe).

Special Guest Star: Ian Somerhalder (Boone).

Co-Starring: Kimberley Joseph (Cindy), Ashleigh Ann Wood (Nora), Michael Cowell (Doctor), David Ely (Intern), Maree Miller (Sophie).


Plot Overview

The Island

  • Out in the jungle, Ana-Lucia, Sawyer, Bernard, Libby, and Cindy are resting while on their hike to the mid-section camp. As Ana-Lucia and Sawyer debate on whether or not she's lost, Eko, Michael and Jin appear. Eko gives word that he saw "them" and they must leave immediately. They arrive at the ocean and move along a rocky outcropping of a beach when Eko decides to cut inland in order to get Sawyer back to his camp faster. As the group moves through the jungle, Sawyer passes out and falls to the ground. Ana-Lucia and Cindy want to keep going, but Michael refuses and enlists the help of Eko and Bernard to build a stretcher. Once complete, the group continues on until they face a steep embankment they have to climb up. After they reach the top, Ana-Lucia realizes that Cindy is missing. Eko stops her from going after Cindy, but the group hears whispering all around them. Drawing the gun, Ana-Lucia yells for everyone to run.
  • At the beach camp, Sayid shows Shannon a shelter he built for her and the two spend the night together. Sayid leaves the shelter to get some water and a dripping wet Walt appears inside in front of Shannon, whispering something to her backwards. Walt vanishes once Sayid returns and he dismisses it as a dream which hurts Shannon. The next day, Shannon tries to get Vincent to track down Walt by smelling his clothes, but Vincent only leads her to Boone's grave. Sayid finds her there and Shannon leaves, telling him she's going to find Walt. Deep in the jungle, she trips and tells Sayid not to help her up, that no one believes in her. Sayid tells her he does and that he loves her and will never leave her. As they embrace, the two hear whispers and see Walt in the distance, whispering something unintelligible. Walt walks away and Shannon chases after him. Sayid hesitates for a second, but gives chase after Shannon. He hears a gunshot and Shannon stumbles into his arms with a wound on her abdomen. As Shannon dies, Sayid looks up at Ana-Lucia holding a gun.
  • Shannon's screaming from seeing Walt wakes Charlie and Claire, who brings Aaron with her. Charlie chastises Claire for waking up Aaron and has her hand Aaron over to him. The next day, Claire tries to rock Aaron to sleep, but the baby only cries. Locke swings by Claire's shelter and asks her how the cradle is treating her. She tells her it's fine, but she can't get Aaron to sleep. Locke asks if he can pick up Aaron and snuggly wraps a blanket around him, quieting him down. Claire mentions to Locke that he's been carrying around a statue of the Virgin Mary, which piques Locke's interest. Later, Locke has a friendly game of backgammon with Charlie. Over the course of the game, Locke tells Charlie that he doesn't want to overstep his bounds in regard to Claire. Charlie tells him that Claire has a lot to learn about being a mom. In retort, Locke tells him that's funny coming from a heroin addict.

The Flashback

  • Flashback: Shannon

Shannon is at a ballet studio working as an instructor with a group of children. After the recital is finished, Shannon receives a phone call from her step-mother telling her that her father has been in an accident. The two meet at Saint Sebastian's Hospital and discover that Shannon's father, Adam Rutherford, died from his injuries.

At Adam Rutherford's funeral, Boone appears and gives Shannon a hug. The two go to Shannon's room and Boone pours some scotch from a flask into toy tea cups. He tells her that, after everything that's happened, she'll visit him in New York, but Shannon tells him she'll be living there if she gets the internship she applied for with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Asking if she's been getting along with his mother, Shannon tells Boone that his mother hates her, that from day one she's resented her relationship with her dad.

At Shannon's apartment, her friend Dominique comes in with a letter from the Martha Graham Dance Company. Opening and reading the letter, Shannon discovers she's gotten the internship. As the two celebrate, Shannon answers the phone and learns her rent check has bounced. Puzzled, Dominique says that's impossible as Shannon is rich. Shannon meets Sabrina at her house to find out why her checks are bouncing. Asking when she'll get the money her father left her from the will, Shannon learns that there was no will and nothing specifically designated for her. Sabrina refuses to help Shannon and tells her she's own her own.

At her apartment, Shannon is packing her things when Boone comes in. He tells her that Sabrina said no and knew why he asked her for money. Shannon asks him if she can stay at his apartment in New York until she can get on her feet, but Boone tells her he's leaving New York after accepting a job from his mother. Boone offers a check to Shannon and tells her he can keep her afloat when his trust fund kicks in, but Shannon refuses to accept his money.



  • What happened to Cindy?
  • How did the Others take the tail-section survivors?


The Cursed Numbers


Arc Advancement



  • Shannon is shot and killed by Ana-Lucia.
  • Cindy disappears.


  • The car accident that killed Adam Rutherford, Shannon's father, was first referenced in season one's Do No Harm. In Man of Science, Man of Faith, Jack had to choose to operate on either the woman or the man in the car accident. He chose to work on the woman, Sarah, and thus the man, Adam Rutherford, died.
  • Claire mentions to Locke that Charlie has been carrying around a statue of the Virgin Mary. He got the statue, that is full of heroin, from the Nigerian smuggler's plane in Exodus, Part Two.


Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Ponce de Lucia: Sawyer refers to Ana-Lucia as Ponce de León. Ponce de León was a Spanish conquistador who discovered Florida in 1513. In 1521, he led an expedition to the southwest coast of Florida and died from injuries sustained by a poisoned arrow head.

Memorable Moments

  • Tail survivors and Sayid looking at each other, while Shannon dies, surrounded by the rain.


  • Michael: What happened to you people? You want us to take you back with us? Fine. But you want me to keep quiet? Then you need to tell me why I have to.
    Ana-Lucia: They came the first night that we got here. They took three of us. Nothing happened for two weeks, then they came back. They took nine more. They're smart, and they're animals, and they could be anywhere at any time. Now we're moving through the jungle - their jungle - just so you can save your little hick friend over here. And if you think that one gun and one bullet is going to stop them, think again. So shut your mouth and keep moving.
    Michael: They took my son.
    Ana-Lucia: They took a lot of things.
  • Charlie: She's... She's got a bit to learn about being a mum. Responsibility and all.
    Locke: Hmm. Now that's an interesting thing to say - for a heroin addict.
    Charlie: Recovering addict.
    Locke: Recovering. It's your turn.


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