Season: 4-6, Episodes: 29, Faction: Freighter/Survivors
Frank J. Lapidus is an aircraft pilot who was originally scheduled to pilot Oceanic Airlines Flight 815, but overslept and missed the flight. Before joining the freighter team, Frank was among the few who believed that the wreckage of Flight 815 found at the bottom of the Sunda Trench was staged. Matthew Abaddon described him as a “pretty good pilot“, but Frank may be an alcoholic with some past issues according to Naomi. Frank was hired by Charles Widmore to be the lead chopper pilot on the freighter Kahana in order to ferry the science team to the Island. After the death of Naomi, however, he begrudgingly transported the entire mercenary team as well. When Frank learned that Oceanic Flight 815 passengers were alive on the Island, he agreed to help them escape, and succeeded after the Others’ ambush of the mercenary team. When the freighter sunk and the island disappeared, the helicopter eventually ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean, but Frank found rescue along with Desmond and the Oceanic Six. After being rescued, Frank participated in the cover up story of the Oceanic Six.
Three years later, in 2007, he began piloting for Ajira Airways. Frank piloted Ajira Flight 316, the plane that returned the Oceanic Six to the Island. Frank safely landed the Ajira Plane on the Runway at the Hydra Island despite some system failures. After the rough landing, Frank ventured on with Sun in search of Jin and her friends, but they eventually parted ways. As soon as he returned to the Hydra Island in hopes of fixing the plane, he encountered Ilana’s group and got knocked out after failing to answer their question (“What lies in the shadow of the Statue?”). While unconscious, he was taken back to the Main Island. Bram questioned Ilana about Frank’s status as a “candidate” for the replacement of Jacob as guardian of the Island. Frank accompanied Ilana’s group to the Statue where he watched Ilana show Richard the corpse of John Locke. After Jacob was murdered, he followed Ilana to the Temple and arrived there just in time to witness the Temple Massacre. Frank resided at the beach camp along with Sun, Ilana, Miles, Ben, Richard, Hurley and Jack until Ilana’s death, at which point the group split in two, with Frank staying with those who chose to reason with the Man in Black in order to keep him from leaving the Island. He left in the submarine with Jack’s group, and was on board when it exploded and sank. Frank survived and was saved by Miles and Richard, who helped him repair the plane. The three of them left the Island along with Kate, Sawyer, and Claire.
After the Island (2007)
5×06 – 316
After being rescued, Frank continued flying multiple Airliners, transporting both passengers and cargo. At some time in early 2007 he began working for Ajira Airways. After eight months on the job, Frank was assigned to pilot Flight 316 which was headed to Guam. By coincidence, the Oceanic Six boarded the flight which, according to Eloise Hawking, would be their way back to the Island. When Frank’s name was revealed by the airplane PA, Jack spoke to one of the flight attendants and requested to meet him. The flight attendant then informed Frank that a man named “Jack Shephard” wanted to speak to him. Not long after he was informed, a clean-shaven Frank came out to meet with Jack.
Happy to see Jack, Frank shook hands with him. Jack who was returning to the island was intrigued to know that the same man who flew Oceanic Six out of the island is the same man who was going to bring them back which prompted him to ask him how he ended on the plane. After he answered Jack’s question, Frank asked him why he was going to Guam. However, upon looking over at the passengers in the forward cabin (who consisted of the Oceanic Six, minus Aaron, plus Ben, Caesar, and Ilana), Frank concluded from their presence that the plane would not be arriving at Guam. He had a feeling that they knew that the plane will take them back to the island just by looking at Jack who seemed to have provided no answer to Frank. (“316”)
5×09 – Namaste
Minutes later, the plane experienced extreme turbulence after a bright white light engulfed the plane which had shifted night into daytime. Frank and the co-pilot struggled to maneuver the plane safely, as the Island soon came into focus out the window. Franknoticed a runway off into the distance and without much hesitation he proceeded to land the plane while the Co-pilot was sending out a distress signal. With not much space available at the runway for a large plane, Frank had no choice but to land quickly but roughly. (“Namaste”)
Back on the Island (2007)
5×09 – Namaste
Upon coming to a complete stop, a tree branch jutted through the window and killed the co-pilot instantly. After the crash, Frank attempted to gather all of the survivors together, yet Caesar took a leadership role, revealing to all the existence of buildings and cages on the island. Frank noticed Ben and Sun’s departure from the camp, and decided to follow them.
Finding three outrigger canoes, Frank decided to join Sun and Ben on their trip to the main island. After Sun knocked Ben unconscious using an oar, Frank and Sun paddled the canoe from Hydra Island to the main Island, where they heard the sounds of the monster. They walked into the Processing Center, which seemed completely abandoned. Soon, a door creaked open, and Christian introduced himself to Frank and Sun. Christian took them to one of the houses, where he showed Sun a picture of DHARMA’s new recruits in 1977. Sun was shocked to see Jack, Kate, and Hurley among them. Then, Christian informed her that she had a long journey ahead of her. (“Namaste”)
A short time later, Ilana informed Locke that Frank took off with Sun in one of the three outriggers. (“The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”)
5×12 – Dead Is Dead
Christian told Frank and Sun to wait in the Barracks for John Locke, and to do what he says. When Ben went to investigate his old home he stumbled upon the two. They explained to him why they were there, but they did not believe Locke was alive, until Ben told them to look out the window. Locke came into the house and they talked about what to do next. Frank said he was returning to the Hydra Island to fix the jet radio and see if he could get help, with or without Sun. She decided to stay with Locke so she could find Jin, and Frank returned to the the Hydra Island in the outrigger. Upon his return, a flight 316 passenger named Jed told him that three of the survivors have found guns and claimed leadership of the group. When Frank confronted Ilana, she held him at gunpoint and asked: “What lies in the shadow of the statue?” Bewildered, Frank replied he had no idea what she was talking about, prompting her to knock him unconscious with the butt of her rifle. (“Dead Is Dead”)
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
Frank woke up in an outrigger, as Bram, Ilana, and three other survivors arrived at the Main Island with a large metal crate. Frank overheard Bram and Ilana discussing whether or not he was a “candidate.” When Frank asked them what he was a candidate for, they did not answer him, although Bram told him not to worry, because they were “friends.” Ilana and Bram revealed the contents of the crate to Frank, who was deeply disturbed upon seeing Locke’s dead body, since he had seen him alive and seemingly resurrected only hours before.
Frank accompanied Ilana’s group to Jacob’s cabin. Along the way, Bram assured him that they were the “good guys,” although Frank was skeptical of this claim. At the cabin, Ilana discovered it was abandoned and proceeded to torch it. Frank said he was no “treehugger,” but lighting the cabin on fire seemed like a good way to burn the whole jungle down. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
5×17 – The Incident, Part 2
Frank arrived at the statue with Ilana’s group that night, where Richard gave Ilana the correct answer to the question “what lies in the shadow of the statue?” They then showed Richard, Sun, and the Others the contents of the crate. (“The Incident, Part 2”)
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
While waiting on the beach, outside of the statue of Taweret, Frank explained to Sun the little he knew about Ilana and her group. Frank filled her up on what happened to him after he went back to the Hydra island. He told her that they took the cargo that contained John’s corpse and dragged him out to an old cabin which they promptly burnt before heading to the statue. He noted that they professed to be “the good guys” then, reading the skeptical expression on her face, added “I’m not buying it, either.” (“LA X, Part 1”)
6×02 – LA X, Part 2
The following morning, he stood alongside Sun and watched with shock as the Man in Black, now in the guise John Locke emerged from the statue and walked past the motionless corpse of the real Locke. As the Man in Black approached the people gathered outside, Ilana and the others aimed their guns at him. Frank summed up the general sentiment and fear of the group regarding the Man in Black when he muttered, “I’m seeing it, but I’m not believing it.”
Frank watched Richard and the Man in Black have a short discussion after Ilana and the others heeded Richard’s order to not shoot. As soon as Richard recognized the Man in Black, he was knocked out by him. Before hoisting Richard on his shoulder, The Man in Black expressed his disappointment in the Others and, presumably, Frank and Sun who all helplessly watched him walk away, past the corpse of the real Locke. (“LA X, Part 2”)
6×04 – The Substitute
A short time after this the others who were waiting outside all left to the Temple, leaving Frank, along with Ilana, Sun, and Ben alone at the statue. Ilana suggested that they go to the Temple as well saying that it is the safest place on the island. However, after being provoked by Frank’s statement that the corpse of John Locke was, “Getting pretty ripe,” Sun suggested that they bury him before going anywhere.
Together they took Locke’s body to the old graveyard so that they could bury him. When Frank, along with Ben both dug a fresh grave, Ilana asked if anyone wanted to say anything, implying that someone must have known him. After Ben gave his eulogy and apologized for murdering him, Ilana and Sun shared shocked looks and Frank muttered, “This is the weirdest damn funeral I’ve ever been to.” (“The Substitute”)
6×06 – Sundown
Frank did not reach the Temple until the Smoke Monster had already broken in, due to the death of Dogen. He arrived at the height of the Temple massacre along with Ilana, Sun, and Ben, where he coincidentally ran into Miles. Before Miles had the chance to ask what Frank was doing there, Frank ended the conversation, prompting Miles to, “Get [his] ass moving,” if he wanted to survive the night. They stormed out of the room and down the hallway, following Ilana’s lead to the secret exit that Hugo had recently used. (“Sundown”)
After escaping from the Temple, Frank, Ilana, Sun, and Miles met up with Ben who revealed to them that Sayid had killed both Dogen and Lennon. Ben suggested that they go to the beach, reinforcing his plan with the concept that the ocean would be behind their backs.
The following morning at the beach Frank asked Ben to help him get firewood. Ben was busy rummaging through the remains of the beach camp and ignored him until he stumbled upon an Oceanic Airlines water bottle. Frank revealed to a surprised Ben that he was supposed to be flying Oceanic 815, but did not due to the fact that he overslept when his alarm did not go off. Frank thought aloud about how different his life would have been like if his alarm clock had gone off. Ben pointed out that things would not be all that different, stating that the island eventually got him anyways. As the two then exchanged smiles, their small discussion was ended when Ilana aimed her gun at Ben and ordered him to walk away. Later in the day, Frank started a campfire just when Jack, Hurley, and Richard arrived at the beach. He, along with Sun, Ilana and Miles greeted them all. (“Dr. Linus”)
6×09 – Ab Aeterno
Later that night, the newly formed group of Jack, Ben, Ilana, Sun, Hurley, Miles, Richard, and Frank discussed the existence of the candidates. After Richard stormed off into the jungle, Ben revealed to Frank that Richard does not age. (“Ab Aeterno”)
6×10 – The Package
The next morning, Frank played cards with Miles in order to pass the time while they waited for Richard to return. When Ben professed his doubt that Richard would return, Ilana stated that Hurley would track him down. Miles joked that unless Richard was covered in bacon grease, Hurley would not be able to find him. Frank scolded Miles for bringing up bacon on a deserted island. After Sun’s accident in the jungle, Frank watched as Jack treated her wound. When Miles asked if they were supposed to believe that Sun had suddenly forgotten English, Frank wittily said, “Asks the man who communes with the dead”. (“The Package”)
6×12 – Everybody Loves Hugo
After Ilana was killed while handling the dynamite she intended to use to destroy the Ajira plane, the group ventured to the Black Rock to get more. However, Hurley blew up the ship and its dynamite before the rest of the group got to it. An argument over whether or not to destroy the plane broke out, causing the group to split in two. Frank choose to side with Hurley, who wanted to visit the Man in Black, although later confided in Sun that he thought they were probably making a mistake. After getting the Man in Black’s word that he wouldn’t harm anyone, Hurley told Frank, Sun and Jack that it was safe to come out. (“Everybody Loves Hugo”)
6×13 – The Last Recruit
The Man in Black arranged for the group to split in two and rendezvous after Sawyer gets the Elizabeth, so they can confront Widmore on Hydra Island. However, Sawyer got Jack to separate Kate, Lapidus and Sun from the group and take them to a new rendezvous point, where they would head to The Hydra, without the Man in Black. They were joined by Claire when they boarded the Elizabeth. Sawyer tells Frank that the plan is to get in cozy with Widmore and take the sub to go home. Frank remarked that he likes the plan. At the Hydra Island, the group, apart from Jack, were confronted by Widmore’s team at gunpoint. They lowered their weapons, when Zoe recognized Sawyer, who had a deal with them. However they were held at gunpoint again, after Zoe radioed Widmore and claimed the deal is off. (“The Last Recruit”)
6×14 – The Candidate
Frank and the rest of the group were put into the bear cages, only to be rescued a short while later by Jack, and assisted by Sayid. Frank then led the rest of the group to the Ajira plane, only to find The Man in Black had gotten there first. After discovering the Ajira place was rigged with C4 explosive, the group, along with The Man in Black, decided to go for the submarine.
While on the submarine, Frank held the captain hostage while Jack, Sawyer, Jin, Sun, Sayid, and Hurley attended to the wounded Kate. Unbeknown to Frank, The Man in Black had hidden the bomb in Jack’s backpack. After the explosion, Frank came out to investigate. As he was coming down a long corridor, he turned to look at a creaking hatch to the side of him. The hatch suddenly gave way and slammed into him with tremendous force as water rushed in. (“The Candidate”)
6×17 – The End
Presumed dead by the submarine survivors, Frank survived and made it to the ocean’s surface, where he was found by Miles and Richard onboard the outrigger.
After they told him about their plan of destroying the plane, Frank reminded them that he is a pilot and could fly the plane off the island, just as effectively stranding the Man in Black. They helped him repair the crashed Ajira plane, and Frank flew the plane off the island with James, Kate, Miles, Claire and Richard on board. (“The End”)