Season: 2-6, Episodes: 14, Faction: Desmond
Penelope “Penny” Hume (née Widmore) was the wife of Desmond Hume, the daughter of Charles Widmore, and half-sister of Daniel Faraday. Before he became stranded on the island, Penny was the long time girlfriend of Desmond. However, due to Desmond’s fear of commitment, they stopped seeing each other. After Desmond went missing in 2001, Penny began searching for him hoping he was still alive. Due to a brief interaction with Charlie Pace, she knew there were survivors of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Thanks to a phone conversation with Desmond, she was able to track his location to the area near the Island, aboard the Searcher. There, she picked up a lifeboat containing the Oceanic Six, as well as Frank Lapidus and her long-lost love, Desmond. After the rescue of the Oceanic Six, Penelope married Desmond and they had a child together, Charlie Hume.
In the flash-sideways, she and Desmond reunited. She later moved on with him and his friends from the island.
Before succumbing to time-flash sickness, the freighter’s communications officer, George Minkowski, told Desmond that he had been instructed to ignore frequent radio transmissions received from Penny, in search of Desmond.
4×05 – The Constant
On Christmas Eve 2004, Desmond, while on the freighter, phoned Penny at her London flat, as she stood in front of a Christmas tree. She was ecstatic to hear from him, and relieved that his eight-year old prophecy had come true. She tried to tell him she knew about the island, and she vowed she would find him. But their connection was garbled and the full message wasn’t understood by Desmond. They professed their love for each other just before the rigged phone on Desmond’s end ran out of battery power. (“The Constant”)
Due to that phone call, Penny was able to trace it to an area in the South Pacific where the Island was before it was moved. Exactly one week after the phone call, early on the morning of December 31, 2004, her ship the Searcher came upon a lifeboat. A crew member on the Searcher spotted the lifeboat, and shouted “Miss Widmore!” Penny was on the upper section deck.
They rescued from the lifeboat, Jack, Kate, Sayid, Aaron, Hurley, Sun, Frank, and Desmond, with whom she was finally reunited. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
After the rescue
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. Hurley, who objected to the idea of lying, questioned whether or not Penny could call off her father, who staged the fake wreckage of flight 815. Penny claimed that “there’s no calling off” her father. (“The Lie”)
After a week, Penny helped send the Oceanic Six off to the island on Sumba, where their cover story would begin. She showed signs of affection for baby Aaron, whom she handed to Kate before their departure. Desmond elected to stay with Penny on her boat, along with Frank. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
Some time during or after October 2005, Penny’s father declared to Ben, who wanted to kill her in retribution for the murder of his own daughter, Alex, that he wouldn’t be able to find her. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
5×03 – Jughead
At some point after the rescue, Desmond and Penny were married, as evidenced by wedding rings on their ring fingers. (“Because You Left”) While sailing together in the Philippines aboard their yacht, Our Mutual Friend, Penny went into labor. Desmond searched out the nearest doctor, Efren Salonga, who helped birth their child, a son whom they named Charlie. (“Jughead”)
5×01 – Because You Left
Three years later, Desmond woke up from a dream about his time on the Island. In the dream, Daniel Faraday confronted him during his time in the Swan, warning him that everyone left on the Island was in danger, and that he must find his mother at Oxford University. Desmond ran onboard, only for Penny to follow him, confronting him about his recent dream. Desmond claimed it “was a memory”, and told her they were going to Oxford. (“Because You Left”)
5×03 – Jughead
A day or so after, Penny interrupted Desmond as he was talking about Great Britain to Charlie, saying that it was the place where Desmond broke her heart. Desmond told Penny that he had to find Daniel Faraday’s mother. She questioned Desmond about why he didn’t remember this three years ago when he got back from the Island, and Desmond did not have an answer. She had Desmond promise he would not go back to the Island, to which Desmond replied: “Why in God’s name would I ever go back there?” Later, when Desmond came home, he lied to Penny and claimed that Faraday’s mother had died. Penny in turn asked why he was lying. Desmond told her that since he promised their journey would be over after visiting Oxford, he would not pursue it any further. However, Penny said that she and Charlie would go with him to Los Angeles to find Faraday’s mother. (“Jughead”)
5×12 – Dead Is Dead
In a Long Beach marina, Penny was aboard her docked yacht when Benjamin Linus arrived to take revenge on her, as he had promised Charles Widmore. After shooting Desmond, he was prepared to kill Penny, but then her son Charlie emerged from the yacht’s cabin. Surprised, Ben hesitated, allowing Desmond to beat him senseless and throw him into the water. (“Dead Is Dead”)
5×14 – The Variable
When Desmond was rushed to the hospital, Penny and Charlie were left in the waiting room. She was approached by Eloise Hawking, who revealed that she knew Desmond, and that his injury was her son’s fault and apologized for Daniel’s actions. When Penny asked Eloise if Desmond would be all right, she said she did not know, and that for the first time in a long time, she didn’t know what would happen next.
Soon afterward, the nurse approached Penny and told her that Desmond was in the recovery ward and the surgery was successful. Penny visited Desmond, who reminded her of his promise that he would never leave her. (“The Variable”)
6×11 – Happily Ever After
Soon after Desmond was taken by Widmore and his team back to the Island, Penny and Charlie were taken to an unknown, yet secured location. (“Happily Ever After”)
6×16 – What They Died For
On the Island, The Man in Black told her father the first thing he was going to do once he left the Island, was to kill Penny. He then gave Widmore his word that he would not hurt her once Widmore gave him the information he wanted to know. (“What They Died For”)
6×17 – The End
When Hugo “Hurley” Reyes assumed his position as protector of the Island and was confused about his duties, Benjamin Linus told him, “You can start by helping Desmond get home [to Penny and Charlie]”. (“The End”)
In the flash sideways world, Penny went by a different last name: Milton. She also knew her half-brother, Daniel Widmore.
6×11 – Happily Ever After
Penny met Desmond Hume at the stadium in Los Angeles on the evening of September 22, 2004. After he passed out in front of her, she agreed to meet him for coffee at a coffee shop on the corner of Sweetzer and Melrose. (“Happily Ever After”)
6×17 – The End
She was later seen at the church with Desmond meeting all of the other survivors. She later moved on with Desmond. (“The End”)