Season: 2, Episodes: 23, Faction: Survivors
Ana Lucia Cortez was a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 and an ex-police officer who had deep-seated emotional issues, due mainly to a shooting which killed her unborn child and resulted in her distrust of people and difficulty in emotionally relating to others. She also exhibited a tendency towards violence. She turned to revenge, and killed her attacker while on duty. She went to Australia on a whim with a man after she resigned from the LAPD. She realized her emotional isolation during her time with the self-destructive Christian Shepherd and booked a seat on Oceanic Flight 815. She sat in the tail section of Flight 815 when it crashed, and became the leader of the tail section survivors. Ana Lucia and the rest of the tail section survivors were torn by trust issues after they were attacked a number of times by the Others and realized that their group had been infiltrated by a spy. Nevertheless Ana Lucia discovered and killed the spy. After Michael, Jin, and Sawyer washed up on shore after their raft was destroyed by the Others, she and her group captured and questioned them and ultimately determined that their story was true. Along with Mr. Eko, she led her party across the Island to reunite them with the rest of the passengers. After Cindy disappeared en route, they were surrounded by whispers and in the confusion, Ana Lucia shot and killed Shannon, mistaking her for an Other. This incident made it difficult for her to be accepted by the group, but she was eventually welcomed and she developed a camaraderie with Jack, as well as Sawyer, after initially butting heads. While guarding Ben, she was attacked by him during questioning, and when she later went to kill him she found she couldn’t pull the trigger.
Later, Michael made a deal with the Others to help free Linus, and Ana Lucia unwittingly handed him the gun which he murdered her with in cold blood.
In the flash-sideways, she helped Desmond, Sayid and Kate all escape from prison in exchange for money offered by Hugo Reyes. Desmond said that Ana Lucia was not ready to move on with them yet.
2×03 – Orientation
Jin, Michael and Sawyer washed ashore on the northern part of the Island after their raft was destroyed by the Others. When they were found by the survivors from the tail section, both sides suspected each other of being the Others. The tail section survivors threw the men into the tiger pit, and Ana Lucia went in as a decoy to try to find out who they really were. She managed to grab Sawyer’s gun before leaving the pit. (“Orientation”)
2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
Ana let Michael and Jin out of the pit and they convinced her they really were on the plane.
Sawyer followed, though he and Ana clashed a lot more. They all set out for the Arrow station. (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
2×05 – …And Found
Ana decided to take her group and the others across the Island to the main camp, where she believed they would be safer. She insisted the group keep silent so the Others would not know they were moving.
Michael ran off into the jungle after Walt while with Libby picking fruit, making Jin and Mr. Eko run after him. Ana told Eko she wouldn’t wait for him and started the trek across the Island. (“…And Found”)
2×06 – Abandoned
Halfway through the journey, Ana Lucia lost her way. At that moment, Mr. Eko, Jin and Michael reappeared. However, as they neared the southern shore they had to go inland to save Sawyer’s life, as he fainted and became unable to move by himself. In the jungle they heard strange whispers, which frightened and confused them, and one of the tail section survivors, Cindy, suddenly disappeared. In the confusion that followed, Ana shot Shannon as she emerged from behind the undergrowth, believing her to be a hostile member of the Others. (“Abandoned”)
2×08 – Collision
Shannon’s death caused Sayid to attack Ana, and he was taken hostage for his own and everyone else’s safety. She attempted to negotiate safe passage into the jungle, but her fellow survivors lost faith in her leadership and eventually headed for the camp, leaving Ana Lucia and Sayid alone.
A guilt-ridden Ana gave Sayid the opportunity to avenge Shannon’s death. The two bared their souls and Ana Lucia untied him, ready to accept the consequences. But he took pity on her and spared her life, saying they were “both already dead.” Arriving at the main camp, Ana finally met again with Jack. (“Collision”)
2×09 – What Kate Did
Upon their arrival at the new camp, Eko explained to Ana Lucia that the survivors viewed Shannon’s death as an accident, but Ana disagreed and chose to distance herself from the other survivors because of her guilt. (“What Kate Did”)
2×10 – The 23rd Psalm
Jin introduced Sun to Ana Lucia and presented her with a fish, attempting to help integrate her with the other survivors. Vincent befriended her as well. (“The 23rd Psalm”)
2×11 – The Hunting Party
Jack came to her and said he had heard she was a cop, and that she had killed one of “them.” When she verified these facts, Jack asked her how long it would take to build an army. (“The Hunting Party”)
2×12 – Fire + Water
Jack showed her the camp and helped her build a tent. (“Fire + Water”)
2×13 – The Long Con
Though she remained an outsider, Ana became an active member of the beach community, pushing Jack to form an army against the Others. Her strong attitudes against the Others was noted by other middle section survivors, particularly Kate, who suspected her of being behind the attack on Sun in order to get her hands on the guns (though in fact she was innocent of this). (“The Long Con”)
2×14 – One of Them
Ana thought she saw “one of them” in the jungle, but it turned out to be Rousseau. (“One of Them”)
2×16 – The Whole Truth
She was asked by Locke to interrogate Ben (then under the alias of Henry Gale) to help ascertain whether he was in fact “one of them.” She stopped Sayid from shooting him and convinced him she wanted to help.
Ben drew a map to Henry Gale’s balloon and told her that his wife’s grave would be located there. Disregarding Jack and Locke, Ana enlisted the help of Sayid and Charlie and set off to find out the truth. (“The Whole Truth”)
2×17 – Lockdown
The group found out the balloon was indeed Henry Gale’s, but after digging up the grave, they found the real Henry Gale’s driver’s license and realized the man was lying about his identity. (“Lockdown”).
2×18 – Dave
Ana became one of the survivors guarding Ben in the Swan station. Sayid and Ana interrogated Ben about the real Henry Gale and asked if he had killed him. After listening to Ben talk about his leader, Sayid threatened him at gun-point. He pulled the trigger, but Ana intervened just in time. Ben thanked her for saving his life. (“Dave”)
2×20 – Two for the Road
While Jack and Kate were away at the line, Ana attempted to give Ben food and was attacked. Locke intervened, after which Ana left the hatch. She tried asking Sawyer for a gun, then after he said no, tricked him and stole one anyway. Returning to the Hatch, Ana asked Michael whether he had seen Cindy or the kids during his time with the Others.
Finally having the opportunity to shoot Ben, Ana couldn’t bring herself to kill again. Ben told her she was not one of the “good people” but said Goodwin had thought she could be changed (“The Other Woman”). Michael arrived and offered to do it for her, saying that he also wanted vengeance after the Others had kidnapped Walt.
When Ana handed him the gun, Michael shot her dead before freeing Ben. (“Two for the Road”)
Post-Death (On the Island)
2×21 – ?
Ana Lucia appeared in a dream to Eko, helping his brother Yemi deliver the cryptic message that Eko needs to “help John find the question mark.” Ana Lucia’s body was found that night by Jack and Kate and confirmed dead. She was found along with Libby, who was unconscious and in shock. In the armory, Eko prayed over her lifeless body. (“?”)
2×22 – Three Minutes
The next day, the survivors buried Ana Lucia alongside Libby, who died despite Jack’s best efforts, at the graveyard on the beach. However, their funeral was interrupted by the sighting of a small boat offshore. (“Three Minutes”)
3×09 – Stranger in a Strange Land
While in captivity by the Others, Jack encountered tail-section survivor Cindy, with the children Zach and Emma who were abducted from Ana Lucia’s care. Emma asked Cindy to inquire about Ana Lucia. Jack, haunted by Ana Lucia’s death, yelled at the congregation to leave. (“Stranger in a Strange Land”)
According to the story told by the Oceanic Six, Ana Lucia died in the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 when it hit the water. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Appearing to Hurley
4×01 – The Beginning of the End
Sometime in 2006, after the return of the Oceanic Six, Hurley was arrested after seeing a fellow deceased Flight 815 survivor and, after a car chase, he was interviewed by Ana Lucia’s ex-partner Mike Walton, who was promoted to detective by this point. During the interview, Mike discussed briefly Oceanic Flight 815, mentioning the coincidence that he knew someone on board, Ana Lucia. He questioned if Hurley had met her aboard the plane or in the airport, describing her as “dark haired and gorgeous.” As part of the cover story, however, Hurley denied knowing her. (“The Beginning of the End”)
5×02 – The Lie
While transporting the unconscious Sayid, Hurley swerved drastically and was pulled over by a police officer. The police officer, actually a vision of Ana Lucia, chastised Hurley for giving in so easily and pulling over given the murder charges against him. She warned Hurley to stay away from cops, to lie low, and to go somewhere safe.
She told him it was of paramount importance that he not get arrested. As she walked away, she nonchalantly told Hurley, “Libby says hi.” (“The Lie”)
In the flash sideways world she was a LAPD police officer, just as she was in life. However, unlike Det. James Ford, who was a detective on the same force, she was corrupt. She helped Desmond, Kate, and Sayid escape custody for a price. Unlike in life, she was still on the force on and after September 22, 2004.
6×16 – What They Died For
To facilitate their escape, Desmond offered her $125,000. She released them and Desmond from a paddy wagon and asked for her money, saying in a dead pan fashion if she didn’t get it she would have to say that she shot them all trying to escape.
Hugo Reyes then pulled up in his Hummer. He was surprised to see Ana Lucia was there, although Ana Lucia had no idea who he was. Hurley gave her the money and she left. Hurley asked if she was going with them. Desmond replied that she was “not ready.” (“What They Died For”)
6×17 – The End
She wasn’t present at Eloise’s church when the group “moved on” together. (“The End”)