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.
After the Island
5×03 – Jughead
Not long after the rescue, Desmond and Penny were married. And soon after, Penny went into labor with their first child. In the Philippines, a local doctor named Efren Salonga helped birth their son, who they named Charlie. (“Jughead”)
5×01 – Because You Left
In 2007, Desmond awoke in bed with Penny. He seemed to suddenly recall his encounter with the time-traveling Daniel, despite not having had this memory at any point before, and visibly shook as the change took place. At the time, around five years previous, Daniel had told him that “the rules don’t apply” to him, implying that Desmond’s past can in a way be altered, something which cannot happen to anyone else. Penny relayed it as a bad dream; Desmond replied “It wasn’t a dream. It was a memory.” He then went above board on their private boat and prepared the boat for sailing. When Penny asked him where they were going, Desmond replied, “Oxford.” (“Because You Left”)
5×03 – Jughead
Penny seems to be against Desmond going to Oxford because she believes it will alert her father to their whereabouts. Upon arriving at Oxford, the receptionist at the desk tells Desmond that there isn’t anyone by the name of Faraday employed at the Campus. Desmond goes to investigate the room where Daniel had his workroom above the physics lab. There is a “Danger: Fumigation” sign over the door.
Desmond goes into the room to investigate and finds all of Daniel’s equipment covered with sheets. He also picks up a picture frame with broken glass holding a photograph of Faraday and a younger blond woman. Desmond is looking at the maze that Daniel ran his mouse through when a janitor comes in the door.
He claims he wondered how long it would be before someone realized that the room wasn’t being fumigated and goes on to tell Desmond that the university tried to cover up any ties to Faraday, ‘especially after what happened to that girl’.
Desmond travels to a home looking for a girl named Theresa. The woman who answers the door claims to be her sister and lets Desmond in once he mentions Daniel. Upon walking into the other room he sees a young blond woman hooked up to all sorts of medical equipment. Teresa’s sister explains that she’s “away right now” and tells Desmond how she sometimes wakes up thinking she’s 3 years old or other times talking to their dead father. She goes on to talk about how Daniel didn’t stay around after this happened and left to America. During their conversation she mentions “Thank God for Mr. Widmore.” and goes on to tell Desmond about how he’s paying for all her medical treatment and he had funded Daniel’s research.
Desmond goes and confronts Charles Widmore demanding to know where Faraday’s mother was. Widmore gives him an address in Los Angeles, CA, and then asks about Penny. Desmond doesn’t answer him and takes the address and goes to leave. Before he can Widmore stops him and says that he should stay out of all of this to keep Penny safe. “Wherever you’ve been hiding, go back”.
Once Desmond returns to the boat where Penny and their son Charlie are, she asks him if he found Daniel’s mother or not. He lies to Penny, claiming that she died a few years prior. Penny instantly becomes uncomfortable and asks Desmond why he’s lying to her. He explains that Mrs Hawking is in fact alive in LA but suggests they give up on finding her as Desmond promised Penny it would be over after that day. She becomes frustrated and wonders what will happen the next time he wakes up in the night remembering something. He goes on to tell her that she’s more important to him than that and that he won’t leave her again. She decides they should all go to LA and find Eloise Hawking. (“Jughead”)
5×05 – This Place Is Death
Eventually they arrive in LA, where upon his arrival at the address Widmore gave him, he ran into Jack, Sun, and Ben. He asked what they were doing there to which Ben said that they were there for the same reasons as him. They entered the church where Eloise Hawking was waiting for them. (“This Place Is Death”)
5×06 – 316
Desmond followed the rest into the Lamp Post, a DHARMA station located under the church. There, he listened to the discussion going on, realizing that they intended to return to the island. Furious, Desmond confronted Eloise for taking away four years of his life, telling Jack that he should not trust Eloise. He then stormed out of the station. (“316”)
5×12 – Dead Is Dead
The next day Desmond was at the marina, unloading his groceries from the car, when he saw Benjamin Linus approaching his boat. When he asked him what he was doing there, Ben shot him, though not fatally, causing Desmond to fall to the ground. Ben then continued on towards the boat, and he held Penny at gunpoint.
However when Ben’s guard was down after Charlie Hume had appeared, Desmond tackled him, severely beat him and threw him off the dock and into the water. (“Dead Is Dead”)
5×14 – The Variable
Desmond suffered complications from the bullet wound and was rushed to the hospital soon after. He survived the ordeal, reiterating that he promised never to leave Penny again. (“The Variable”)