Season: 2-6 , Episodes: 46, Faction: Survivors
Desmond David Hume was the lone resident of the Swan at the time of Oceanic Flight 815’s crash.
Before coming to the Island, Desmond’s life seemed to be defined by failure. He was fired as a monk, sadly broken up with his girlfriend Penny Widmore, dishonorably discharged from the Royal Scots Regiment, and regarded with contempt by Penny’s father Charles Widmore. In an attempt to regain his honor, Desmond entered Charles Widmore’s sailing race around the world and consequently became shipwrecked on the Island.
Once marooned on the Island, Desmond was found by Kelvin who recruited Desmond to push the button at the Swan station for three years, until he discovered that Kelvin was secretly planning to escape on Desmond’s boat. Desmond confronted Kelvin and accidentally killed him by tripping him into a rock. Desmond returned to the Swan but pushed the button too late, initiating the electromagnetic incident which caused the Oceanic 815 crash. He lived alone in the Swan for 44 days until the Oceanic survivors discovered the Hatch. After failing to leave the Island on his sailboat, Desmond joined the Beach camp.
Desmond soon agreed with Locke that nothing would happen if they failed to push the button every 108 minutes, but after realizing his previous failure had caused the crash, Desmond turned the fail-safe key which discharged the energy, showed the Island to the outside world, and imploded the Swan. After the implosion, Desmond gained a mysterious ability to see flashes of other times and timelines. He predicted Charlie’s imminent death and prevented it on many occasions. He later had a vision of a woman parachuting onto the Island, claiming to be working for Penny and revealing her boat was near the Island. Desmond and Sayid traveled by helicopter to the nearby freighter, during which Desmond’s consciousness from the past (1996) began drifting to the present (2004) until he became anchored by Penny, his constant. Desmond, along with helicopter pilot Frank Lapidus and the Oceanic 6, escaped the doomed freighter when the Island was moved, and were eventually rescued by Penelope herself.
He and Penny went into hiding, had a son, and lived on their boat until Desmond had a vivid dream that he referred to as a “memory” which told him to find Daniel Faraday’s mother in order to help the people left behind on the Island. He then seeks out and finds Eloise Hawking, who tells him that the Island is “not done” with him yet, but Desmond is reluctant to return there.
Benjamin Linus found them and tried to shoot Penny, but Desmond defended her and took the bullet. He fell, then got back up and threw Ben into the water. Desmond was taken to a hospital and survived, telling Penny he would never leave her again.
Desmond was then drugged and forcibly taken back to the island by Charles Widmore, who referred to him as “the package”. Once there, Widmore’s team performed an experiment on Desmond which gave him knowledge of the flash-sideways timeline. After agreeing to work with Widmore, Desmond met with the Man in Black who threw him into a well. Sayid was later sent by the Man in Black to kill Desmond, but he had a change of heart and let him live. Soon after he was freed by Rose and Bernard, but Locke/the Man in Black soon found them and coerced Desmond into helping him.
Desmond went to the source with the Jack and Man in Black in order to release the energy within. He removed a large stone cork , draining the water from the Source’s pool, thereby disempowering Jack, Locke, and the Island itself. After the stone was restored, Desmond was presumably taken home by Hurley, the Island’s new protector.
In the flash-sideways timeline, Desmond was the first to remember his previous life and he embarked on a mission to help everyone else remember. Later, once they had all remembered and became aware that they had died, the entire group “moved on” in a church.
4×01 – The Beginning of the End
After Charlie’s final warning, Desmond hurried back to the beach camp. He returned with the outrigger and rushed in to warn the survivors of Charlie’s message. When it was determined that warning Jack over the radio was too risky, he joined Sayid, Bernard, Jin, Hurley, Sawyer, and Juliet on a mission to intercept the survivors on their way back from the radio tower.
After the groups reunited, Desmond was about to go tell Claire of Charlie’s death; however, before he could, Hurley stopped Desmond and did it himself. Despite his extreme concern over what Charlie told him, when the survivors split into two groups, he appeared to stay with Jack’s group, which continued to try to make contact with the “rescuers,” rather than take shelter in the Barracks with Locke’s group. He followed the main group of survivors to the beach while Kate and Jack pursued the downed parachutist. (“The Beginning of the End”)
4×03 – The Economist
Sayid later uncovered the picture of Desmond and Penelope from Naomi. He suggested that they bring Desmond to the helicopter in order to shed light on the situation. Juliet went to retrieve him and join Jack, Kate, Sayid, and Juliet at the helicopter; however, Desmond was as clueless as everyone else. While Sayid, Kate, and Miles went in search of Charlotte, Desmond questioned Frank about Naomi’s picture of Penny.
Frank denied knowing anything about Penny and explained that he was not a higher-up in the operation. When Sayid returned with Charlotte, Desmond left the island in the helicopter with Frank, Sayid, and Naomi’s corpse. (“The Economist”)
4×04 – Eggtown
Later, when Jack tried to contact the freighter about the helicopter. A woman named Regina informed Jack that the helicopter never returned. Desmond’s fate, along with Frank and Sayid, was unclear at this point in time (“Eggtown”).
4×05 – The Constant
While flying to the freighter, Desmond admired his picture of him and Penny. When flying towards the thunderstorm, Desmond experienced a “time shift,” causing him to jump between 1996 and 2004; in Desmond’s mind, the events of 1996 were real, and the events of 2004 were a hallucination. Desmond returned from the second shift, confused and wanting to get out of the helicopter.
Sayid restrained him, and after they landed on the freighter, the confused Desmond panicked, stating that he did not recognize Sayid nor anyone else. Keamy and Omar took Desmond to the sickbay so the doctor could look at him.
While at the sickbay, he met Minkowski, who was strapped to a bed. He said that “it” was happening to him as well. After injecting Minkowski with a sedative, the doctor examined Desmond. He then shifted back to 1996.
When he returned, Frank and Sayid came into the sickbay with Faraday on the phone. Daniel asked Desmond where he should be. Desmond said 1996 in the UK. Daniel told him to find him in Oxford. He told him some numbers so the past Daniel could believe him and that he should say he knows about Eloise. After returning, Keamy took the phone from him and he, Frank, and Omar left the sickbay, locking Sayid and Desmond inside with Minkowski. After returning from another shift, Sayid said Desmond’s name and Minkowski recognized it. He said that the freighter had been getting calls from Penny.
Determined to call her so he could stop the time-shifting and his inevitable death, Desmond left the sick bay with the help of an unknown person and went to the communication room with Sayid and Minkowski. There, Minkowski shifted again; when he returned, he died.
Desmond began to show symptoms that Minkowski had before he died. With Penny’s number and the radio fixed, Sayid called and Desmond talked to Penny. She said that she had been looking for him for the past three years. Before the battery to the phone died, they professed their love to each other and vowed that they would find each other. Desmond thanked Sayid and, having found his constant, told Sayid that he was “perfect” now. (“The Constant”)
4×07 – Ji Yeon
Afterward, Desmond was confined to the sick bay with Sayid. Frank claimed that they were imprisoned there because the Captain was angry at them for “busting out” of the sick bay and communicating with Penny.
Later, Ray released Desmond and Sayid from the sick bay and took them to meet Gault, the captain of the freighter. On the way to see Gault, Desmond witnessed Regina’s suicide by jumping into the ocean.
Gault showed Desmond and Sayid the black box of a plane that was apparently Oceanic Flight 815, and insinuated that Ben was responsible for staging the crash of Flight 815 deep in an ocean trench. After the meeting with Gault, Ray lead Desmond and Sayid to their new room; there, they encountered Michael, who was using the alias “Kevin Johnson”. (“Ji Yeon”)
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Later, Desmond looked on as Sayid interrogated Michael, and he did not prevent Sayid from blowing Michael’s cover in front of Captain Gault. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
After Frank returned from the island with the mercenary group, Sayid was briefly interrogated by Martin Keamy, and Desmond looked on, not offering any support to Sayid, although when the captain noticed that Keamy was acting up (possible “Cabin Fever” he referred to earlier) he did not disagree that it was time to get the people on the beach rescued as soon as possible.
After Gault stalled and got the ships tender ready for the two, Desmond got a blank look in his eyes (unclear at this point in time of it was a flash or not) before he told Sayid that he refused to return to the island, and watched on yet again as Sayid took off towards the island.
Later that night, Desmond watched as Frank and Gault tried to convince Keamy not to head back to the island from a safe area on a set of stairs. He saw the helicopter take off for a third time, fleeing from his position on the stairs. (“Cabin Fever”)
After Faraday began to ferry survivors over to the freighter, Desmond helped Sun onto the boat and asked if everything was okay. She said it was fine, and he left her and Jin alone with Michael. He ran into a control room where he told a mechanic named Hendricks that the engines should be working and reminded him to follow a bearing of 305. Suddenly, a radar in the control room was not working. Hendricks told Desmond that he would not continue any further unless the radar works.
Desmond ran into the room and noticed it was filled with C4 and screamed for Michael, who was catching up with Sun and Jin. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Using his army knowledge, Desmond attempted to disarm the C4, only to find it booby trapped at every possible angle. Michael forced him to go save himself as the warning signal went on and Desmond fled the freighter on the helicopter. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
It was in the air that he witnessed the explosion of the Kahana, as well as the disappearance of the island. The helicopter later crashed into the Ocean and Desmond was pulled aboard a lifeboat along with the Oceanic Six and Frank. Unconscious and not breathing, Jack performed CPR on him until he awoke.
Early on the morning of December 31, 2004, the lifeboat was discovered by the Searcher, which was commissioned by Penelope Widmore. On the deck of the ship, Desmond was finally reunited with his long lost love. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”)
5×02 – The Lie
During the following week after the rescue, the Oceanic Six, along with Penny, Desmond and Frank, built a cover story for the 108 days the survivors spent on the Island. (“The Lie”)
After being on the Searcher for one week, as the Oceanic Six were preparing to embark for Sumba, Desmond elected to stay behind with Penny on the boat. Jack warned him to not “let them find you”, and told him that he’d see him in another life before departing. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”)