Sayid is forced to choose who he trusts, while Kate and Claire come face to face for the first time since her disappearance.
Sayid is faced with a difficult decision, and Claire sends a warning to the temple inhabitants.
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The Big Reveal: Sayid has allied himself with Nemesis, killing Dogen and Lennon in the process.
Sayid hands money to a taxi driver, and exits with flowers. He approaches a house and rings the doorbell. Nadia answers, and he kisses her. Two children (Zack and Emma) ask "Uncle Sayid" where he was, and he says Australia. Sayid's brother Omar approaches asking why he brought flowers to his wife, and Sayid jokes he'll give them to him instead.
At dinner, the kids ask what he brought from Australia, and he tells them to check his bag. Omar sarcastically says they're lucky he showed up, and Sayid explains how dull his job is translating business contracts. Omar is a manager of his own business, Nadia says, and just opened a new store. Omar gets a call. She chides him for taking it, but he says dinner is over and leaves to take the call. Nadia asks Sayid if he got her letters. He says yes, but she says she never heard back. The kids rush back into the room with boomerangs, and Emma mentions that they found a picture of Nadia in his bag. Omar looks on.
Sayid demands to talk to Dogen, saying he wants answers. He asks about the machine they hooked him up to, and what the test is. Dogen says every man has a scale balancing good and evil. He says the machine tells them how the scale is balanced, and Sayid's tipped the wrong way. That's why they tried to poison him, Dogen explains. Sayid says they don't know him, he's a good man. Dogen kicks him down, but Sayid fights him off and the two start to brawl. Eventually, Dogen pulls a knife and almost stabs Sayid. Instead, he tells him to leave and never come back.
Nemesis asks Claire if she's ready, and she suggests he do it himself. He says if he could do it himself, he wouldn't be asking her. She says if she goes in there, she wants her son back. He tells her that he always does what he says. She asks if he's going to hurt them, and Nemesis tells her he'll only hurt the ones that won't listen.
Sayid sleeps on the couch, and grabs Omar when he approaches. Omar tells him that he's in trouble, and Sayid asks what kind of trouble. Omar says he's out of money, but he borrowed from a loan shark. Sayid says if he needs money, he'll lend it. Omar says he doesn't need money, the loan shark needs convincing. Omar says he knows what he did in the war, and he knows what kind of man Sayid is. Sayid says that he won't hurt someone for a bad business decision, but Omar begs him. He says he knows Sayid cares about Nadia, and if he cares about her, he'll do this for him. Sayid says he's sorry, but he's not that man anymore.
Miles approaches Sayid, asking what he's doing. Sayid says he's leaving, and has been banished. Miles asks for what, and Sayid says apparently he's evil. He says he's better off dead, which is ironic since they saved his life. Miles says they tried to save him, but he was dead for two hours. He points out that when Sayid came back he was just as surprised as the rest of them, so whatever brought him back it wasn't them.
Claire enters and the guards draw their guns. Lennon asks what she's doing, and she says "he" wants to see Dogen. He asks who, and Claire says he knows who. Claire says he wants Dogen to go to him and is waiting outside. Dogen says he's not a fool, if he steps outside he'll be killed. Claire says he should send someone he won't kill. Dogen tells Lennon to put Claire in the hole and get him Shepard and Reyes. Lennon says they can't find them, and Dogen orders him to find them immediately. Dogen tells Sayid to come with him. Sayid says he thought he wanted him to leave. Dogen says things have changed.
He asks where Jack and Hurley went, and Sayid says he doesn't know. Sayid asks about Claire, and Dogen calls her a confused girl under the influence of an angry man. Sayid asks, what man? Dogen says he's been trapped for years, but now with Jacob gone, he's free. He says he won't stop until he's destroyed every living thing on the Island, and calls him evil incarnate. Dogen takes out a knife, and says he wants him to kill him. Dogen says he'll come to him as someone he knows, who has died. He says as soon as Sayid sees him, he needs to plunge the knife deep into his chest. If he allows him to speak it's already too late. Sayid asks why he'd ever do anything for him. Dogen says that Sayid claimed there is still good in his soul, so he should prove it.
Zack asks how long Sayid will be spending with them, and he says just a few days since he has to go to Toronto for work. They say that they and their mom like it when he stays. He kisses them and helps them board their school bus. Nadia runs out for him with a concerned look.
In a hospital, they see Omar in a stretcher. A doctor explains that he has a punctured lung, and that EMTs think he was mugged. Sayid starts to leave, but Nadia tells him whatever he's thinking of doing, don't do it. She asks him to go home and wait for the kids. He hugs her.
Sayid walks through the jungle, and meets up with Kate. She asks if he's leaving, and he says he's not sure. She asks what she missed, and he tells her to ask Miles. At the Temple, Miles says Sawyer sent her packing. He says he thought about coming after him too, but he'd end up being berated until he came back. She says that's pretty much what happened. She asks what happened, and he tells her the "Australian chick" is back. He says she strolled in acting strange. Kate urgently asks where she is.
Sayid sets his pack down and takes a drink from his canteen. The leaves begin to rustle, and he draws his knife. Nemesis appears and tells him hello. Sayid immediately stabs him with the knife, and Nemesis pulls it out. He asks, why'd you go and do that?
Nemesis offers the knife back to Sayid, who takes it. Sayid asks what he is, and Nemesis says he seems to have some idea since he stabbed him without saying hello. Nemesis asks what they said, and Sayid explains they said he's evil incarnate. Nemesis says he feels sorry for him, because Dogen knew he had no chance of killing him, and he believed Nemesis would kill him for trying. Nemesis says shame on him for trying to talk him into it. Sayid asks what he's trying to talk him into. Nemesis says he wants him to deliver a message, because it will mean more coming from him than Claire. He offers Sayid anything he wants in the world. Sayid says the only thing he ever wanted died in his arms and he'll never see it again. Nemesis asks, what if you could?
Nadia finds Sayid gluing a vase, who explains that they had an incident with a boomerang. She asks when the kids went to bed, and he says two hours ago. He says he told them that daddy had an accident but he'll be fine. Nadia says he's recovering from surgery, but he's awake now. Nadia asks if Sayid knew about the loan. She says Omar brought this on himself. After a moment of silence, she asks why he didn't want to be with her. She asks if he cares about her, why did he push her towards his brother? He says the last 12 years he's been trying to wash his hands of the horrible things he's done. He says he can't be with her because he doesn't deserve her.
Dogen asks Sayid what happened. Sayid tells everyone there's a man in the jungle about a mile south. He says he was sent to send a message that Jacob is dead. And because he's gone, they don't have to stay here, they're free. He says the man he met is leaving the Island forever, and those who want to join him can leave the Temple. He says they have until sundown. Cindy asks what happens if they stay. Sayid tells her, they die.
Lennon asks Kate when she got back, but Kate demands to know where Claire is and pushes him to the wall. He leads her to the hole and tells her she has two minutes. Kate looks down into the hole and greets Claire. She asks if Claire is okay. Claire asks if they captured her too. Kate says no, and asks why they put her down here. Claire says they took Aaron, and Kate explains that she took him off the Island to raise him. She says she came back to rescue Claire so she could be with him. Claire says she's not the one that needs to be rescued. The guards pull Kate away, and Claire calls that he's coming, and they can't stop him.
Lennon urges calm among the Temple residents, and he tells Sayid that he created a panic. Sayid says he just left a message, and what his people do is up to them. Cindy starts to leave and Lennon urges them to stay in the Temple. Cindy says Jacob's dead and it isn't safe here. Lennon shouts that it's a bluff, and Nemesis can't get in. Miles asks what's going on, and Sayid pulls the knife, saying he has to return it.
A man asks Sayid if he's going to pick up the kids. He he tells Sayid to get in the car, unless he wants them to pick up the kids together. Sayid gets in, meets with a man in the back of a kitchen. He takes a seat. The man, Keamy, asks if wants some eggs, but Sayid refuses. Keamy finishes his own meal and introduces himself. He asks Sayid how his brother is doing, and talks about how he was mugged in front of his store. Keamy says at least he's still around to take care of his family.
Keamy says Sayid is a direct guy, so he'll get to it. He says his brother owes him money. Sayid says Omar has paid him everything he owes. Keamy calls it a lie, but Sayid simply asks if he put his brother in the hospital. Keamy says he didn't do it, it's a dangerous world. Sayid disarms the guards and holds a gun to Keamy. Keamy says it's done, and that Omar doesn't owe him anything. He tells him to relax and forget about it. Sayid says he can't, and he shoots Keamy. Sayid hears a noise from the fridge, and enters to find Jin. He takes the tape off his mouth, and Jin talks in Korean. Sayid asks who he is, and Jin says "no English."
Dogen looks at his baseball outside the foyer pool. He says that Sayid let him talk to him. Sayid says he stabbed in in the chest, and then he let him talk to him. He drops the knife and says that's twice he let someone else try to kill him. He asks why Dogen didn't just kill Sayid himself. Dogen says he was a businessman in Osaka, at a bank. He says he was good at his job, and was promoted. His associates took him out to celebrate and he had too much to drink. He says every Friday he would pick his 12-year-old son up from baseball. He says he got in an accident; he survived but his son didn't. He tells him that in the hospital, a man he never met came to him. He says the man told him that if he could save his son's life, Dogen would have to come to the Island for a new job and he could never see his son again.
Sayid asks who the man was, and Dogen says his name was Jacob. Sayid observes that Jacob drives a hard bargain. Dogen asks if Nemesis offered a similar bargain, and Sayid says yes. Dogen notices it's sundown, and asks if Sayid will stay or go. Sayid says he'd like to stay, then grabs Dogen and forces him into the water, holding him under until he goes limp. Lennon comes in, asking what he's done. Lennon says Dogen was the only thing keeping it out, and Sayid just let it in. Sayid takes the knife and kills Lennon, and says he knows.
The guards watch as the Smoke Monster grabs people. Kate and Miles make their escape as the Smoke Monster assaults the Temple. Kate says she has to go get Claire, and Miles runs the other direction. He closes a door and braces himself against it. Ilana busts in, asking where everyone is. He says they're gone, he's the only one left. Frank enters and tells him they have to catch up later. He tells them Sayid is in the pool room, and Ben goes to get him. Ilana leads Frank, Miles, and Sun away.
Kate comes to get Claire and throws her the ladder. Claire says they'll be safer here. Kate jumps into the pit and sees the Smoke Monster passing overhead. Ben tells Sayid they have to get out, and that there's still time. Sayid says, not for me. Miles mentions to Sun that Jin left yesterday. Ilana finds the Temple's secret exit, and leads Frank, Miles, and Sun through it moments before the Smoke Monster passes through the hallway.
Sayid passes through the remains of the Temple. Kate looks at the destruction as she walks with Claire. Sayid walks out of the Temple with Claire to meet with Nemesis and his other followers. Kate watches as they walk away.
Cut to LOST
The Big Questions:
- How does the machine test for the "balance" of a person's soul?
- What really saved Sayid's life?
- What was Jin doing in Keamy's fridge?
- Why didn't Dogen kill Sayid himself?
- Is Dogen really dead?
- How was Dogen the one keeping Nemesis out?
Lost in the Vines Trivia Question:
List the cab rates for the taxi that Sayid took to Nadia's house. (Numbers only, in order).
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