Lost/Rose Nadler

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Rose Nadler
Actor L. Scott Caldwell
First Appearance 1x01 - Pilot (1)
Last Appearance 6x18 - The End
Show Status Series: Guest

6x17-18: Billed

Episode Count 24
Notable Episodes 1x01 - Pilot (1)
1x04 - Walkabout
2x19 - S.O.S.
3x22 - Through the Looking Glass
Flashback Count 1

Rose Nadler is a woman from the Bronx, who was travelling with her husband, Bernard, from Sydney to Los Angeles onboard Oceanic flight 815. She is played by L. Scott Caldwell, and appeared in 24 episodes.


Basic Information


Rose is originally from the Bronx in New York City. She once had a daughter, but she passed away. Rose was diagnosed with cancer, but after receiving treatment, it went into remission. Rose first met Bernard in New York when he helped get her car out of a snow drift. Taking the initiative, she invited him to have coffee. They continued to see each other and fell in love. Rose found out that the cancer was back and that she only had a year to live. Wanting to enjoy the little time she had left, she decided not to tell Bernard.

After seeing each other for five months, Bernard proposed to Rose at a restaurant overlooking the Niagara Falls. It was at this time that Rose decided to tell Bernard that she was dying. She told him that she only had a year to live. Despite this, Bernard persisted in asking her to marry him and Rose agreed.

For their honeymoon, Bernard took Rose to Uluru in the Northern Territory of the Australian Outback. However, it was all a guise to have her meet Isaac of Uluru, a faith healer. Upset by Bernard's actions, she told him she already made peace with what was happening to her. However, Bernard refused to give up hope and was desperate to try anything that could possibly save her life. Rose finally agreed to meet Isaac for Bernard's sake. Meeting alone with Isaac, he told her that he was unable to help her. He explained that it wasn't that she couldn't be healed, but rather the energies present at that place weren't right for her. He told her that certain spots on the earth had great energy and that Uluru was one of those spots. He explained that he was capable of harnessing the energy and giving it to others to cure them from disease or disabilities. He told Rose that just because he couldn’t help her, didn’t mean that she couldn’t be cured – Uluru simply wasn’t the right spot for her. Not wanting Bernard to spend the little time they had left searching for solutions, Rose decided to tell Bernard that Isaac cured her.

While waiting at the Sydney airport before departing on Oceanic flight 815, Rose dropped a bottle of prescription medicine. John Locke came passed in his wheelchair, picked the pills up and handed them back to Rose.

Before take-off, Bernard gave his wedding ring to Rose to keep for him, since flying made his fingers swell. Rose put his ring around a chain necklace that she was wearing at the time. A few hours into the flight, Bernard left for the lavatory in the back of the plane. The plane started to experience some turbulence, and Rose became anxious for Bernard to return. Jack Shephard, who was sitting two seats from Rose, tried to comfort her by saying that the turbulence was normal. He promised to keep her company until her husband returned. Suddenly, the turbulence got out of hand and the plane started to go down. The entire tail-section broke off and the rest of the plane crashed onto an island.


Season One

After the plane crashed on the island, Rose ended up unconscious on the beach. Boone Carlyle was the first to try and save her, but he was performing CPR incorrectly. Jack, who turned out to be a doctor, intervened and saved Rose’s life.

Immediately afterwards, Rose could feel that she was better. Even though she wasn’t able to explain it, she knew that somehow she had been cured, and after seeing Locke out of his wheelchair walking on the beach, she knew that the island’s energy must have been responsible. Rose never spoke to Locke or anyone else about seeing him as a cripple at the airport.

Rose still had Bernard's wedding ring on her necklace and refused to believe that he was dead, even though everyone else was sure that no one in the tail-section could have survived. Rose had faith and continued to believe that she would see Bernard again.

After two weeks on the island, Ethan Rom, who was one of the Others posing as an 815 survivor, kidnapped Claire Littleton and left Charlie Pace for dead. Charlie was saved by Jack and Kate Austen, but blamed himself for what happened to Claire. Rose came to Charlie’s aid and helped him to cope with what had happened.

Season Two

After Locke had discovered the Swan, one of the DHARMA Initiative stations, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes asked Rose to help him do an inventory of the food inside the pantry. After discovering that Hurley was planning on blowing up the pantry with the dynamite left over from blowing open the hatch door, Rose managed to talk him out of it.

After Michael Dawson, Jin Kwon, and James "Sawyer" Ford ended up on the other side of the island and discovered the survivors from the tail-section of the plane, they all returned to the main beach camp and Rose was finally reunited with Bernard.

A week or so later, Bernard was determined to find a way off the island. He rounded up some of the other survivors and decided to build a massive S.O.S. sign on the beach, in the hopes that a passing plane or satellite pictures might see it. Rose did not support Bernard’s idea and told him that he was giving everyone false hope. Rose eventually apologized to Bernard and confessed that she had lied to him about Isaac curing her. She told Bernard that Isaac couldn’t help her, but that she felt better as soon as she landed on the island. Bernard realized that Rose didn’t want to be rescued. She was afraid that she might get sick again if she left the island. Bernard gave up his S.O.S. sign and they decided that they would never leave the island.

Season Three

After Juliet Burke joined the survivors at their camp, she told Jack that Benjamin Linus, the leader of the Others, was planning to attack the camp and take all the pregnant women. After Jack devised a plan to kill the Others, Rose and Bernard helped strip wire from the remains of the plane. The wire would be used to set off dynamite when the Others arrived. However, when Karl arrived and informed everyone that the Others were coming sooner than they expected, Jack and Sayid had to change their plan. Since there wouldn’t be enough time to wire up all the dynamite, Sayid suggested that they shoot at the dynamite to set it off after the Others arrived. Despite Rose’s objections, Bernard volunteered to be one of the shooters, along with Sayid and Jin.

Rose left with the rest of the survivors, who were on their way to the radio tower on the island, while Bernard, Sayid and Jin stayed behind. That night, the survivors could hear the dynamite explosions go off as Bernard, Sayid and Jin surprised the Others at the beach camp. Rose immediately realized that something went wrong when only two explosions went off instead of three. Hearing gunshots in the distance, Rose and Sun Kwon feared for the safety of their husbands, but Jack insisted that they had to continue their trek to the radio tower.

The next morning, Juliet, Sawyer and Hurley went back to the beach to see if everything was alright, and Rose was relieved when Hurley called Jack on a walkie-talkie and informed him that Bernard, Sayid and Jin were all still alive and well.

Season Four

After Jack used Naomi Dorrit’s satellite phone to call her people on a freighter 80 miles offshore, the group of survivors split in two. One group went with Jack, who believed that the people on the freighter would rescue them. The other group went with Locke, who was convinced that the people one the freighter would harm them. Even though Rose didn’t want to leave the island, she decided to go with Jack, since she had witnessed Locke killing Naomi and didn’t want to be anywhere near him.

Charlotte Lewis and Daniel Faraday, two people from the freighter, joined the survivors at the beach camp. However, as the days went by it became quite apparent that they weren’t there to rescue the Oceanic survivors. Becoming fed up, Bernard and Rose pressured Daniel and Charlotte for answers, but still didn’t get any.

When Jack suddenly got sick and passed out on the beach, Juliet realized that he needed to have an appendectomy. Rose and Bernard helped clean up for the sugery. Rose, knowing of the islands healing powers, couldn't help but wonder why Jack got sick.

Episode Appearances

  1. 1x01 - Pilot (1)
  2. 1x02 - Pilot (2)
  3. 1x04 - Walkabout
  4. 1x12 - Whatever the Case May Be
  5. 2x04 - Everybody Hates Hugo
  6. 2x06 - Abandoned
  7. 2x08 - Collision
  8. 2x09 - What Kate Did
  9. 2x16 - The Whole Truth
  10. 2x19 - S.O.S.
  11. 3x21 - Greatest Hits
  12. 3x22 - Through the Looking Glass (1)
  13. 3x23 - Through the Looking Glass (2)
  14. 4x01 - The Beginning of the End
  15. 4x10 - Something Nice Back Home
  16. 4x12 - There's No Place Like Home (1)
  17. 4x13 - There's No Place Like Home (2)
  18. 5x01 - Because You Left
  19. 5x02 - The Lie
  20. 5x16 - The Incident (1)
  21. 6x01 - LA X (1)
  22. 6x04 - The Substitute
  23. 6x17 - The End (1)
  24. 6x18 - The End (2)

Character History

Information is shown in chronological order. Episodes in bold are flashback episodes.

Before the Crash

  • 2x19 - S.O.S.: Rose and Bernard meet and fall in love. He proposes to her, even knowing she has terminal cancer. Bernard takes Rose to Australia to see a faith healer.

On the Island

Memorable Moments


  • The character of Rose and the events in S.O.S. are loosely similar to L. Scott Caldwell's personal life. In Lost, Rose was dying from cancer but believes the island has healed her. Tragically, in real life, L. Scott Caldwell's husband died from an advanced form of cancer, a year after they married, during the Pilot episode.