The Mysterious Danielle Rousseau


I wanted to collect some of the info and suspicions I have regard Rousseau before we find out everything in the next episode.  I have always found Rousseau to be terribly interesting, and tomorrow’s episode is a dream come true for me (hopefully).

So here’s where I got all my info, I looked at all the posts I have about Rousseau, and then I went to Lostpedia.

Rousseau’s back story is one of the most enduring mysteries of Lost.  It was introduced in the pilot episode and we still only have tiny hints as to what happened. 



The Crew

We know that they followed a transmission from the radio tower in.  The transmission was nothing more that The Numbers being repeated over and over.  This was hinted at before and confirmed in 504 – The Little Prince.  While we’re talking about that, here’s the full translation of what Rousseau and her crew were saying in that episode:

Storm scene

Robert: I told you! We should have never followed those damn numbers.
Montand: It’s not my fault, Robert. Brennan was the one in charge of the sonar.
Brennan: I was watching, Montand! I told you already, the instruments malfunctioned.
Rousseau: There’s a man in the water!
?: What?
?: I thought we were all here!
?: We are all here. He’s not one of us. So, who is he?
Robert: Paddle!
Montand: Paddle! Go!
?: Point the flashlight on him!
?: We must hold the light! Brennan, help us paddling!
?: Come on, hurry up! The stream is moving us!
?: No! It’s just him! There’s no boat, nothing!
?: Leave him! The waves will bring us to the coast.
Brennan: The wind will pass through here!
Female voice: For God’s sake, Brennan, shut up!
?: Come on, take him into the raft.
?: Help me!
?: He’s still breathing!



Beach scene

Montand: Robert, look. The signal comes from the island!
Robert: Can you find the source?
Montand: Of course I can. Look.
Robert: Do you think the island is inhabited?
Rousseau: Are you OK? How are you feeling?

Robert: Who is he?
Montand: Who cares. What is he doing here?
Rousseau: He said he came by boat.

Rousseau: Montand, leave him alone! He’s in shock. Do we have water for him?
Robert: Yeah. Here.
Rousseau: Thanks, Robert.

 From sl-lost.com

We now have faces for all those names that Rousseau talked about.

After landing on the beach the crew went exploring.  At some point they stumbled in the the Dark Territory and the Black Rock.  In the Dark Territory Montand loses his arm.  Soon after this the rest of the crew starts getting sick.  In the end she has to shoot her husband/boyfriend Robert. 

The Whispers

At some point she started hearing The Whispers on the island.  If my new Whispers theory is true then that could mean that she gets near the other survivors.  According to that theory, if she was near them she wouldn’t see them she’d only hear the Whispers. 

The Transmission



After hearing the Whispers, watching her crew die and killing Robert Rousseau goes to the transmission tower to record her own message.  While trying to find exactly what she was saying I stumbled onto this page on Lostpedia.  Apparently Rousseau recorded multiple messages.  I don’t know if this is all canon, but it’s very interesting either way:

Iteration 17294530 : “If anybody can hear this, they are dead. Please help us. I’ll try to make it to the Black Rock. It [or he] killed them. It [or he] killed them all.”
Iteration 17294531 : “It [or he] is outside. It [or he] is outside and Brennan took the keys. Please help us. They are dead. They are all dead. Help us. They are dead.”
Iteration 17294532 : “It [or he] is outside. It [or he] is outside and Brennan took the keys. Please help us. They are dead. They are all dead. Help us. They are dead.”
Iteration 17294533 : “They are all dead. Help us. They are dead. If anybody can hear this-”
Iteration 17294534 : “It [or he] is outside. Please help us. Please help us !”
Iteration 17294535 : “If anybody can hear this, I’ll try to make it to the Black Rock. Please help us ! They are all dead. They are dead. It [or he] killed them. It [or he] killed them all. I’ll try to make it to the Black Rock.”

This was on the season 1 DVDs, and since there is a Brennan with the crew in season 5 I tend to believe that it’s real.

124-rousseau-01The Others

So that’s about it for her crew.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that was all we saw in this next episode.  That is a lot of stuff to happen.  But it isn’t the end of Rousseau’s story.  If we are lucky we’ll get to see what happens when The Others, Ben in particular, kidnap Alex.

Also it would be nice to see how Rousseau survives The Purge.  She lands on the island in 1988, and The Purge happens in 1992.  Kinda strange.


One of the biggest questions from that last episode was, how could Rousseau meet Jin way back in the day and not recognize him later.  I think the answer is quite simple, she went crazy.  After watching all the episodes again I really noticed how insane she really was, I used to hope that it was just the trauma getting to her, but that can’t explain all of her crazy actions.

Things to Look For

504-rousseau-011-Montand losing his arm

-Whispers (or our survivors)

-Danielle removing the firing pin from Robert’s gun

-Brennan getting some keys

-The Black Rock

-Others (I still find it hard to believe that she didn’t see them)

-Mikhail (Rousseau insisted that she hadn’t met him, but I don’t believe her)

-Smokey (Rousseau said she doesn’t believe in monsters)

– izi

4 Responses to “The Mysterious Danielle Rousseau”

  1. 1 Bones
    February 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I think you’re holding out a lot of hope for getting every detail of Rousseau’s story, and unfortunately I don’t think we’ll get it all. I’m like you though and want to know it all as well, but at this point I just think there’s too much else going on to get full disclosure on her yet. I think what this next episode will do is try to fill in some of the missing parts, and piecing that together with what she’s already told us we can paint the whole picture. I don’t think we’ll be shown everything, mostly because there’s many other things to be shown, and also the nature of the flashbacks where they’re only in one time period no more than a day (as it seems now). Hopefully they will jump back to her time period further along, such as when the crew is sick or killed or she’s making the message, in another episode.

  2. February 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I think we’ll get to see quite a bit though, the name of the episode is “This Place is Death”. Hopefully that means we’ll see the crew die. And if the crew dies then I think we’ll see Rousseau go to the radio tower.
    But you’re correct, my expectations are way too high. I can’t imagine how they can show much of this story without treating Danielle like a main character. Jin can’t follow her around the whole time.
    – izi

  3. 3 Bones
    February 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I wasn’t sure what to think of the episode title, but that is a good connection. I thought it might have to do with the time sickness the island survivors are getting.

  4. 4 Fiona Artmeis
    February 15, 2010 at 3:35 am

    French Brennan and the keys. Maybe it’s their keys of life (or talismen which egyptians used for eternal life). They died on the island in 1988. In 1989 Tom Brennan and Kate stole a lunch box (Jacob bought it for them) they buried it like a time capsule containing a baseball (Dogan has a baseball) and a small airplane. Kate was very determined to get that tiny airplane and took it to the island with her. Kate also visited Ray Mullen (one arm guy). Perhaps he WAS Montand who also lost his arm when the smoke monster removed it. Clue Ray means Ewe and Yves means Yew. Perhaps Kate came to the island to help the french team. Maybe Tom Brennan was his son or the French Brennan reincarnated. The name Yves Montand is also a very good clue he was an actor in a very interesting Barbara Streisand film.

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