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Radzinsky is Leonard

Why Stuart Radzinsky is Leonard Simms
First off, check out the images:
Stuart Radzinsky
Leonard Simms
They both have the same hair, down to the horseshoe baldness, and glasses.
Radzinsky’s association with the Swan explains Leonard’s knowledge and obsession with the numbers. I believe Radzinsky will have something to do with creating the system of inputting the numbers to “save the world” we learned of in season two.
Leonard was obviously disturbed and after all that Radzinsky has been through, who can blame him? Desmond was a pretty disturbed character in early season two as well.
Kelvin Inman says that Radzinsky blew his head off with a shotgun. Desmond believed Kelvin and look what that led him to do.
Having Radzinsky be Leonard would allow the writers and producers to revisit the mental institution in Santa Rosa and tell a little more of the why Libby is there story.
I was glad to see Radzinsky survive the season finale. For a second it really looked like Sawyer was going to off him, but in the end, it was obvious he made it.
Andre7 reminded me of Leonard’s back story with Sam Toomey in the comments below. I had intended to address this originally but forgot. Here is is:
Sam’s wife told Hurley that he heard the numbers while stationed with his friend Leonard as members of the US military’in the south Pacific. We also know the US military had a presence on/near the island (the knife Ana Lucia has in season two and Jughead). Also, Sam may have been Dharma and been required to tell his wife he was in the military, especially if he is involved in testing nuclear devices.
Sam’s wife also tells Hurley that Sam picked up the numbers monitoring long-wave radio transmissions (just like Danielle’s team).
We are led to believe that Radzinsky drew the blast door map before Kelivin took over. The map seems to be of someone discovering and making notes about the Dharma hatches and DI in general, hardly something Radzinsky would do based on his position in the DI. I am really hoping we find that someone else takes his place. This would happen if Radzinsky goes crazy and is shipped off the island.
Up until the season finale, I really believed Jack was going to take Radzinsky’s on-island place (pushing the button). The irony would just be too perfect. And it makes too much sense that Jack tries to fix everything after messing it up (ie getting everyone to go back to the island after getting them to leave). If the season finale’s ending scene allows some entity of Jack to stay in 1977, I really hope he becomes Radzinsky.

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Damon Cuse

I got hooked on LOST when I visited my aunt and uncle in Honolulu for New Year's in between seasons one and two. They were big LOST fans because of the filming locale. A week later I had watched the entire first season and was starving for more.

27 thoughts on “Radzinsky is Leonard

  1. let me be the first to say. i love this theory. however….

    a few flaws.

    1) leonard should look older
    2) HURLEY is with him at the mental institution. he would def remember someone at the incident.

    possible mending of the flaws)

    1)age isnt too much of a stretch perhaps
    2) memory loss due to the incident, or being around electromagnetism.

    good stuff tho. id be repeating those numbers if i partially caused an incident and entered numbers for 15 years plus

  2. Good points eko.

    I think Leonard does remember Hurley, but what can he do besides play Connect 4 with him?

    Like you said, I could see the age issue as a reason for the theory to be wrong, or just played down by the producers.

  3. lol i guess. he only says the numbers. and him saying i knew this guy 25 years ago on this crazy island wouldnt help his mental institution situation

  4. you know i noticed years ago that the connect four was a subliminal message.did you notice that.i know you know the numbers add up to 108….but the connect 4 is the clue for that.isnt it…oh and these two guys could be the same guy defo

  5. Dizzy- That photo was of Hurley and Dave. Leonard has to be real because he flip-s when Hurley goes back and tells him he used the numbers to play the lottery and gets hauled off by the workers at the institution

  6. Leonard has his own complete and detailed back story with Sam Toomey in 1988. Two US navy radiomen who intercepted the numbers being broadcast and went crazy.

    Radzinski is obviously on the island in 1977. In 1988 he is locked underground pushing the button and drawing his crazy (but interesting) map in invisible ink.

    Two different actors, albeit the resemblance is uncanny. they both play compulsive-obsessive characters.

    I am glad I saw those pictures back to back. Thanks. But no cigar.

  7. Thanks for reminding me about Sam; I meant to include this in my original post.

    Sam’s wife told Hurley that he heard the numbers while stationed with his friend Leonard as members of the US military…in the south Pacific. We also know the US military had a presence on/near the island (the knife Ana Lucia has in season two). Also, Sam may have been Dharma and been required to tell his wife he was in the military.

    Sam’s wife also tells Hurley that Sam picked up the numbers monitoring long-wave radio transmissions (just like Danielle’s team).

    About Radzinsky drawing the map-the map seems to be of someone discovering and making notes about the Dharma hatches, hardly something Radzinsky would do based on his position in the DI.

    Up until the season finale, I really believed Jack was going to take Radzinsky’s on-island place (pushing the button) when Radzinsky went crazy and was shipped off the island. The irony would just be too perfect. And it makes too much sense that Jack tries to fix everything after messing it up (ie getting everyone to go back to the island after getting them to leave).

    And about the producers saying Libby’s story is shut, I thought they just said that the story would not be told through Libby’s character. I understood that they said that if Libby’s story was to be told, it would have to be through another characters story-enter Leonard.

  8. According to Lostpedia, the actor who played Sam Toomey was Ron Bottita, and the actor who plays Stuart Radzinsky is Eric Lange.

    Although they may share a striking resemblance, I do not think they are the same person, IMO.

  9. Dabs-
    I don’t think they’re the same actor. Just the same character. Just like the Jacob we saw in season three was not portrayed by the same actor we saw on Wednesday night (if season three Jacob is the season five Jacob…)

  10. Since we’re talking about Lenny… I’ve been thinking about what he said to Hurley in the Numbers ep. He told Hurley that ‘you shouldn’t have used the numbers. You’ve opened the Box!” At the time, obviously just seems like a throwaway line (like pandoras box, whatever). Danielle says that it was the numbers on a transmission that brought her to the island, obviously the same transmission that Lenny and Toomey heard.

    Then after they find the hatch, and the numbers are on the side, it figured that the hatch was the box that Lenny was referring to and then maybe it was the computer, etc… (too many boxes!!!)

    Then of course the infamous, ‘magic box’ reference by Ben to John in season three (later refuted as just a metaphor, but is it?)

    I believe we are heading full circle back to the numbers and the magic box with some Lenny/Toomey backstory in the next season because he knows about the numbers but how does he know about a box? he’s been to the island…

    I don’t think these characters are the same but it is coincidental or not that Toomey and Radzinsky both killed themselves and both in the same fashion (and also the fact that there is no proof of either’s death, only been told through others stories.)

  11. If the bomb did go off, nobody would remember nobody, which means Hurley wouldnt remember Leanord/Radzinksy anyway.
    Leanord does look older.
    Hurley isnt crazy, Radzinksy is.
    Perhaps it is Radzinksy.

  12. Damon Cuse, my sincere apologies, as the whole idea, apparently ‘flew’ over my head! lol

    Thanks to your clarification and carpie 21’s comment, I can now see that there is merit to your idea!

    The part about ‘the box’ is quite persuasive!

  13. Carpie –
    Great point about “opening the box.” I had forgotten all about that. That leaves some very interesting possibilities.

    Dabs –
    No need to apologize. One of the reasons I post theories is to get input from others besides myself and my wife (who had a big hand in the Leonard is Radzinsky theory). In a way, I kind of want them to be disproved.

  14. Damon Cuse, thanks for your understanding, but in all fairness, I can be a bit of a ‘numpty’ sometimes! lol It went over my head! I was ‘lost’. lol

  15. Accourding to Kelvin, Desmond’s predecessor in the hatch – Radzinsky blew his own brains out…

    Kelvin pointed to the ceiling and said ‘See that stain? That’s Radzinsky’

  16. As far as the Radzinsky stain on the hatch ceiling, I could offer two explinations:

    A) Kelvin is not the most honest man in the world. He tricked Sayid into torturing his own people when he himself very well could have done it, and he lied to Desmond about going outside the hatch and working on the Elizabeth (Des’ boat).

    B) -And this is the one I would prefer- Radzinsky goes nuts some time after the incident and is shipped off of the island. However, someone takes his place and his name. Kelvin then could have told Desmond the truth about the head blowing thing without it actually being Radzinsky himself.

  17. Good theory, well written, but impossible. Radzinsky killed himself in the hatch leaving Kelvin Inman all alone until Desmond showed up. This is revealed in the finale of season 2 Live Together Die Alone. This event would have been not only before Hurley won the lottery, but would make it impossible for Radzinsky to be on the mainland. He likely spent his whole life after the incident in the hatch.

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