'Lost' recap: The End Begins Now Season 6, Episode 11

NOT PENNY'S BOAT. They might be the most chilling words in all of Lost lore. (Runner-up: We're going to have to take the boy. - Mr. Friendly, season 1.) When we first saw them penned in black marker on the palm of Charlie Pace's hand in the finale of season 3, they expressed a heartbreaking discovery. Desmond Hume's vision of escape, reunion with loved ones, and happily ever after for all the castaways was a lie at worst, plain wrong at best. Last night, a different Desmond plunged into the oceanic depths and read a different Charlie's palm. He saw nothing at first - and then he saw everything. In a flash, Sideways Desmond Hume forged a link with his Island world doppelganger and downloaded his memory of NOT PENNY'S BOAT. Yet what was a dispiriting moment for Island Desmond was full of spirit for Sideways Desmond. For him, NOT PENNY'S BOAT was a call to hope; a call to faith; a call to something more hopeful than the lonely island of himself. In the gloomy shadows of a watery underworld, the Scotsman with the famous philosopher's name found enlightenment.

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