Season: 2, Episodes: 23, Faction: Survivors
Elizabeth Smith, more commonly known as Libby, was one of the tail-section survivors of Flight 815. She claimed to be a clinical psychologist before the crash, apparently dropping out of medical school sometime during her first year. After reuniting with the middle section survivors, she had short-lived relationship with Hurley. A competent and caring woman who acted as a support figure, she was reserved about her own life, giving out little information when asked, or avoiding answering the questions altogether. Michael shot and killed her when she surprised him and walked into the hatch right after he had fatally shot Ana Lucia. Jack desperately tried to keep her alive, but she later died of her wounds on day 65, before she could make anyone understand who had murdered her.
In the flash-sideways, she was finally reunited with her island lover, Hugo Reyes and along with their friends, they moved on.
Appearing to Michael
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Off the Island, Michael still felt guilty for the deaths of Ana Lucia and Libby, and after an attempt at suicide, Michael ended up in the hospital. While regaining consciousness, Michael had a vision of Libby, dressed as a nurse and bringing him extra blankets. The vision was holding the blankets against her stomach, notably similar as to how Libby had been when he had shot her. She explained how he ended up there, and when Michael recognized her voice, he panicked and started to scream. Libby vanished and Michael woke up, and realized it was all just a dream.
Libby appeared once again when Michael was on the freighter, which he boarded to atone for his sins on the Island. Just as he was about to set off a bomb supplied by the Others, he began to hear the same music that was playing during his first suicide attempt. When the music faded, the Whispers were heard and Libby appeared very briefly and told Michael not to push the button, before disappearing once again. Despite Libby’s warning, Michael pushed the “Execute” button, but it did not destroy the Kahana, instead presenting him with a note saying ‘Not Yet’.
When Michael later received a phone call from Ben tasking him to compile a list of people aboard the freighter who were ‘innocent.’Michael tried to counter Ben by asking if Ana Lucia and Libby were innocent, to which Ben replied, “You killed them, Michael. No one asked you to.” (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
According to the official story of the Oceanic Six, Libby was one of the three people who survived the initial crash but died later, along with Boone and Charlie. According to Jack, she did not survive long after the initial crash. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
5×02 – The Lie
When Hurley had a vision of Ana Lucia, just before she disappeared, she nonchalantly told him, “Libby says hi”. (“The Lie”)
5×17 – The Incident, Part 2
When asked how he was cursed, Hurley told Jacob, “That’s why the plane crashed, my friends died—Libby, Charlie. Now they visit me, and I can’t make it stop”. (“The Incident, Part 2”)
6×12 – Everybody Loves Hugo
Hurley visited Libby’s grave, and explained his thoughts and fears while laying down flowers for her. He said, he wished she was there to talk with him. Ilana then came over and asked Hurley whose grave it was, to which he explained and told Ilana of her death by shooting. Ilana then apologized for Hurley’s loss.
After Hurley received help from the deceased Michael, he asked Hurley, if he ever does see Libby again to tell her, he is very sorry. (“Everybody Loves Hugo”)
In the flash sideways world, Libby had recently checked herself into the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute for what her psychologist termed “issues with reality.”
6×12 – Everybody Loves Hugo
When on a field trip to Spanish Johnny’s, Libby spotted Hugo Reyes sitting alone at a table. Hugo first assumed that Libby was his blind date, Rosalita, but she corrected him saying, she knew him from somewhere, to which Hugo responded that they had never met. Dr. Brooks then approached Libby and told her it was time to go. Hugo followed them outside and watched as Libby was driven off in a Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute van.
Hurley later visited Libby at the mental institution to find out more. She asked if he remembered anything else, but he said no. Libby told him that she’d had dreams she was in a plane crash and ended up on an island. She thought that he was with her there as well. Hurley then asked if she was allowed to go on day trips and leave the institution. Libby said yes, because she was there voluntarily, and was very pleased when Hurley asked her on a date.
Hurley then took her to a picnic on the beach. Noticing something off, Hurley asked Libby what was wrong, to which she replied that it seemed like this was the date they never had. Hurley asked her why she was here with him, to which Libby said she liked him, and then proceeded to kiss him. Hurley then began to experience brief flashes of images from his life on the Island with Libby. Upon hearing Hugo confess these flashes, Libby was happy, because it meant she wasn’t crazy. (“Everybody Loves Hugo”)
6×17 – The End
Libby was last seen at a church with Hurley and the rest of the reunited group as they were enveloped in a white light and “moved on.” (“The End”)