Season: 2-6 , Episodes: 26, Faction: Survivors
Bernard Nadler was a tail section survivor of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 and the husband of Rose. He was the only tail section survivor not captured by the Others or killed. He wasn’t seated in the tail section, and was only there when the plane crashed because he was using the bathroom. Bernard cared very much for Rose and felt a need to fix things, like her cancer, not dissimilar to Jack. After time-travelling to 1977, Bernard and Rose lived in peaceful seclusion in a cabin near the beach. After the Incident, they traveled back to 2007 and briefly assisted Desmond in The War before they returned to their policy of non-involvement.
In the flash-sideways, Rose and Bernard moved on along with their friends.
4×01 – The Beginning of the End
While Bernard stood on the beach, Hurley told him about the transmission to the freighter. He then urged Hurley to do a cannonball, which Hurley did. Desmond rowed ashore and revealed that Charlie had died.
The group left the beach to meet everyone at the cockpit, where Bernard was reunited with Rose. He asked her if she wanted to go with Locke and stay on the Island, but Rose preferred to stay with Jack. (“The Beginning of the End”)
4×07 – Ji Yeon
Several days later, Bernard encountered Jin and Sun on the beach, and asked if he could go fishing with Jin before realizing, Sun was crying and he had intruded on an emotional moment. Jin, however, still invited him to come along, preferring not to talk about Juliet’s revelation of Sun’s affair with Jae Lee. While fishing from the outrigger, Bernard observed, he and Jin were the only men with wives on the Island. He then confided in Jin about Rose’s cancer and her desire to remain on the Island, and his confusion over Rose’s decision, to stay on the beach. During their time together, Bernard also calls Locke a murderer. In the end, Bernard said, it all comes down to karma. Bernard’s taking life in stride out of his devotion to Rose reminded Jin of his own renewed love for Sun, and he returned to her on the beach that night. (“Ji Yeon”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
The next day, Bernard was at the beach when he noticed something strange in the water. Bernard called for help, bringing the attention of Jack, Kate and Juliet. Vincent was also there, barking madly. All of them fished a body out of the water. Daniel and Charlotte came forward, and when Jack asked who the person was, Daniel identified the body as Ray, the freighter’s doctor.
They realized, they needed to communicate with the freighter; however, the satellite phone was broken. Daniel said he could repair the phone enough to transmit Morse code if he could get the right materials. During the repairs, Jack called Bernard aside to discuss something. Presumably, Jack asked Bernard if he knew Morse Code and if he would translate Daniel’s message.
Bernard was present when Daniel used the satellite phone to send and receive a Morse Code message. When Daniel lied about the content of the message, Bernard corrected him in front of the group. Daniel claimed the message said, “Friends are fine. Helicopters coming in the morning,” but Bernard said the real message was, “What are you talking about? Doctor is fine.” Jack then threatened Daniel and demanded to know the truth. Bernard, along with the group, was shocked to learn that Daniel and Charlotte had lied about ever taking them off the Island and it became apparent rescue was never coming from the Freighter. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
4×10 – Something Nice Back Home
The next day, Bernard and Rose continued to interrogate Daniel and Charlotte, eventually leading to an argument. Jack calmed them down, but collapsed afterward. Bernard volunteered to help Juliet with Jack’s appendectomy. As Bernard and Rose washed down a table for surgery, they discussed Jack’s illness and the fact he got sick despite the Island’s healing powers.
During the surgery, Bernard administered the local anaesthesia to enable Jack to assist with his surgery. After the pain became too great for Jack, Bernard used a chloroform rag to knock Jack out. Post-surgery, Bernard went outside and told Kate it was all right for her to return inside the tent. (“Something Nice Back Home”)
Bernard was on the Island at the time it moved, as he had not left the Island via the Zodiac on either of its trips. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
5×01 – Because You Left
After the Island moved through time, Bernard and Rose were separated from each other, eventually reuniting at the beach along with Sawyer and Juliet. Sawyer tried to calm them down, but Bernard revealed to him that the beach camp had disappeared, leaving only the survivors behind. (“Because You Left”)
5×02 – The Lie
Bernard remained at the camp, making multiple attempts to create fire, arguing with Rose over ways to do so. Neil berated them both, telling them, they had things to worry about other than fires. Bernard was able to make a small fire after several hours of trying, but his small flame was soon extinguished by the wind. Neil took this opportunity to vent his rage at the incompetence of Bernard and the other survivors.
Neil’s tirade ended, however, when he was shot in the chest by a flaming arrow. More volleys of arrows soon followed, killing three more survivors. Rose and Bernard were among those who were not killed, and made their way into the jungle. (“The Lie”)
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
Rose and Bernard later emerged when Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet escaped from the sub. They revealed their small cabin which they having been living out of for the past three years. They expressed that they were happy living peacefully on their own, away from the violence and drama that the other survivors had always been involved with. Although unstated, the middle-aged couple had obviously been left alone by the Monster.
Bernard, with an unkempt appearance, appeared much more relaxed than his former anxious self. The man who once assisted in ambushing The Others now expressed that he was simply happy with the time he has, and showed no concern about the possibility of a nuclear explosion. He stayed with Rose at their cabin, and said farewell to his old friends. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
6×17 – The End
Rose and Bernard were the ones who rescued Desmond from the well. Rose gave Desmond shelter before telling him that it can only be temporary, as she “broke [their] own rule” by helping him.
Soon after, it becomes clear why the rule existed, as the Man in Black followed Bernard back to his camp. He told Desmond that he would kill the couple if he did not help extinguish The Source, and Desmond agreed, with the caveat that the Man in Black not hurt Rose or Bernard. He found the terms acceptable, and the two were left in peace again. (“The End”)
Presumably, Bernard and Rose remained on the Island under Hurley’s leadership and lived out the rest of their days there.
In the flash sideways world, Bernard was still a dentist, and he and Rose were again happily married. After Locke and his father were in an accident, Bernard performed oral surgery on them. Years later, he still remembered their names. (“The Candidate”)
Aboard Flight 815
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
Suddenly, the plane begins shaking, and the pilot announces they are running into some turbulence ahead. Rose, Bernard’s wife, assures Jack it’s normal, and jokes that her husband always says planes are meant to be in the air. They chat for a while before the turbulence worsens, and Jack grips the armrests with an expectant look. However, the plane passes through, and Bernard returns safely from the bathroom commenting “Remind me to hold it next time, will you. I almost died in the bathroom. Now I know how laundry feels in the dryer.” Rose replies: “I missed you.” Bernard responds, I missed you too, beautiful” and kisses her. (“LA X, Part 1”)
After Flight 815
6×14 – The Candidate
About a week later, Bernard got a visit from Jack, who asked him about Locke’s injury. In response, Bernard told him that the information was confidential, but wrote down the name of the other man who had been brought in with him, Anthony Cooper. (“The Candidate”)
6×17 – The End
He was last seen in the church with memories of his life restored, along with the main group of people he crashed on the Island with, including his wife, Rose. All of their spirits were moving on to their final destination, as they were enveloped in white light. (“The End”)