Sun and Jin search for each other as Nemesis reveals the nature of his inability to leave the Island.
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Sun and Jin desperately continue their search for one another, and Locke confronts his enemy.
The Big Reveal: Nemesis needs all potential candidates to leave the Island with him; Desmond has been brought to the Island by Charles Widmore to help turn the tide of the Jacob/Nemesis conflict.
A video feed watches the Nemesis camp. Nemesis comes and asks Jin how his leg is, and advises him to leave the bandage off for a little while. He sits down and asks if Sawyer told him about the cave, and Jin shares that he did tell him about the names on the wall. Nemesis tells him Kwan is a name, and he isn't sure which person it means. He says the only way they can leave is if all the names that haven't been crossed off go together. He tells him they'll look for Sun, and tells him to take care of his leg.
At airport security, Jin asks about the money he brought. The officer tells him it was confiscated and if he wants it back he'll have to fill out the paperwork. He takes is bag and says to go. He tells Sun he missed the meeting. She asks what the money was for, and he says he was sent with it and the watch. He says he doesn't ask her father questions.
Jin and Sun check into the hotel, and the clerk tells them that there is a room. Jin specifies that they should have two rooms, that they aren't married. The clerk says he sees another reservation in their name, and tells them welcome to Los Angeles.
Nemesis tells Sayid to watch the camp until he comes back. As he leaves, Sayid says he doesn't feel any emotions anymore. Nemesis tells him that may be best, since it will help him get through what's coming. Nemesis walks away and out of the camp. Jin sees him and packs his bag. Sawyer asks what he's doing, and Jin says he's getting out of here before he comes back. Sawyer says he has a deal with Widmore, but Jin insists on going to find Sun. He says he'll go to the Temple, and if she's not there he'll go to the beach. He starts to shout at Sawyer, but is hit with a dart. Then Sawyer, Kate, and Claire are hit as well. They all collapse, and a group of mercenaries led by Zoe comes to them. One asks if Jin is the guy, and Zoe says yes, so they pick him up.
Miles and Frank play cards on the beach. Ben asks Ilana what they should do, and she suggests waiting for Richard to come back. Ben scoffs at the idea, but Ilana says Hurley will find him and bring him back. Ilana says that Jacob has never lied, so Richard must know what to do. Sun angrily stabs the table with a knife and walks away.
Jack approaches her, asking about the tomato plants. She says they're dead. He says he remembers when she first planted them. He asks if she doesn't believe if Alpert is coming back, and she says she doesn't care. Jack asks what she thinks about being candidates, and explains about the lighthouse and the names. Sun interrupts, saying she doesn't care about any of this. She says she doesn't want to hear about this being her destiny, she just wants to be left alone. She starts to cry as Jack leaves.
Jin knocks on Sun's door with a box. She asks what he's doing, and he says her father sent him halfway around the world with a watch so he's going to the restaurant. She invites him in to talk, and says no one will be in the restaurant now. He says it's worth a try, but she says the man works for her father so it won't be a problem. He jokes that she's just here for a shopping trip, and she asks if he thinks that's all she's here for. He says no. She unbuttons her shirt and dares him to tell her too button it. He says no, and she unbuttons another. She keeps unbuttoning and removes her shirt and they start to kiss.
Sun cuts herself on some weeds, when Nemesis appears from the bushes. She asks what he's doing here, and Nemesis tells her he found her husband. He says he promised he'd reunite them, and it took him a while, but he's with his camp. He offers to take her to him, and she says she doesn't believe him. She says he killed those people at the Temple. He says they were confused and lied to, and he didn't want to hurt them. He says any of them could come with him, and that's he same option he's giving her. He assures he wouldn't do anything against her will, and that he's giving her a choice. Sun runs away instead, and Nemesis chases after her.
Nemesis continues to chase SUn through the brush, and she hits her head on a tree.
Sun wakes up in bed next to Jin. She says she'd like to run away with him. he asks how they could do that, and she says she has an account. He asks if this was her plan all along. She laughs, and asks if he's angry. He says no, but it's forbidden. She asks if he wants to be with her or not. He says of course, because he loves her. She starts to say there's something he should know, but is interrupted by a knock at the door. She says she put the sign at the door. He goes to the bathroom while she goes to answer it. The man introduces himself as Martin Keamy, a friend of her father's. He walks past the door, saying she has something for him.
Ben finds Sun laying in the brush and asks if she's alright. She asks where he is and talks about being chased in Korean. Ben tells her to slow down and tell him what happened in English. He asks who did this to her, and she says "Locke."
Nemesis returns to his camp, finding his people knocked out by darts. He pulls one out of Sayid and stirs him awake. He asks him what happened, and Sayid says they were attacked. Nemesis asks, by whom? He looks around and asks, where's Jin?
Jin wakes up in a sparse metal room. He knocks on the door and screams, but no one answers. He flicks a switch, and a hypnotic movie comes on. He turns it back off. Zoe says that was weird. Jin asks where this is, and she explains that it's room 23, where the DHARMA Initiative did subliminal explanation experiments. He starts to leave, but she shocks him with a taser. She says they went to a lot of trouble getting him off the other Island and she can't let him leave. He asks what he's doing here. She shows him some maps of electromagnetic activity, and says whoever signed them could help him out. She says it says his name, and asks if it's him. Jin asks to talk to Charles Widmore. Zoe says he's in luck, because Widmore wants to talk to him too.
Nemesis gives Sayid a gun, telling him to wrap it in plastic so it doesn't get wet. Sayid walks away, and Nemesis asks Claire if something is wrong. She asks if her name was on the wall of people that need to get off the Island. He says no, and she says then she doesn't have to get on the plane, and he doesn't need her. He says no, he needs her, and there's plenty of room no the plane for all of them. She says Aaron won't know her when she comes back. She looks at Kate and asks if her name is on the wall. Nemesis says no, but he needs Kate to get the other three people on the plane so they can get off the Island. He says when she does, whatever happens, happens.
Sawyer asks what's going on with the guns. Nemesis says they're taking a boat ride to the other Island, and Sawyer asks what he'd need a boat for if he can turn to smoke. Nemesis says if he could just fly over, why would he still be on the Island? Sawyer presses him on his reason for leaving. Nemesis says they took one of his people, and he's going to get him back.
Sun takes the box, hiding Jin's shoes under the bed, and gives it to Keamy. He says her bodyguard is supposed to give him some money, and asks where Mr. Kwan is. She claims she speaks no English. They hear a knock at the door and another man enters. They spot Jin's watch near the bedside, and Keamy tells him to check the bathroom. They find Jin inside, and Keamy brings him out to welcome him. He says thank you for the watch, but asks for the money. Jin and Sun talk about what they should do, and Sun suggests giving him their money. Keamy tells his associate to go get someone else who speaks Korean.
She tells them, via the translator Mikhail, that the money was taken by customs. She offers to give him money from the bank. Keamy says that they'll take her to the bank, and Keamy will take Jin to the restaurant. Jin tells Keamy not to tell her father that they're involved. He says their secret is safe with him; he just wants the money. Mikhail takes Sun with him.
Ben argues that he didn't hurt Sun. Jack points out that her concussion left her unable to speak English. He tells her about her condition and that she'll be okay. Richard is seen coming, and he tells them to pack their bags.
Nemesis walks towards the pylons, and gunshots stop him in his tracks. Widmore's men charge out pointing guns, and he tells them he comes in peace. Widmore comes out of the jungle for the meeting. Widmore says he's obviously not John Locke, but everything else he knows is just myth. Nemesis says he knows more than that judging from the pylons, and says he took Jin from him. Widmore feigns ignorance, but Nemesis warns him that war just arrived at the Island.
Jack asks Richard where he's going, and Richard asks Ben where "Locke" is. Ben tells him he's on the Hydra Island, and Richard says that Nemesis wants to leave the Island, so they need to keep it from happening. He suggests destroying the plane, but Sun objects. She asks how they'll get off the Island. Jack reveals she hit her head running from Nemesis. He asks her where he was. She shouts at him in Korean that she's not going to let him blow up the plane. She came to find her husband. She says she's important, and they need her, but she's not coming.
At the bank, Mikhail asks if there's a problem. The banker says the account has been closed. Sun says no one knows it exists but her. The banker says her father closed the account and moved the money to the main branch. She asks Mikhail why he would do that. Mikhail asks, why does she think?
Keamy leads Jin into the freezer. He hits his head and Keamy nurses it a little as he tells the other man to go pick "the Arab" up. He apologizes for the other man, and straps Jin down. He says just in case he's about to figure out what is going to happen here he doesn't want him to freak out. He says Mr. Paik was upset when he found out Jin was with her, and the money he was supposed to deliver was his fee to kill him. Jin says, in English, "thank you." Keamy tapes his mouth shut and says he's sorry, some people just aren't meant to be together.
Widmore asks why she did this, and she says he was leaving the camp. He says she should've let him leave and picked him up in the jungle. She says then he should've put a mercenary in charge instead of a geophysicist. He tells her to get the package from the submarine and take it to the infirmary. She leaves, and he apologizes to Jin for what's been done. Jin asks why he was brought here, and Widmore gives him a camera. Jin turns it on and sees pictures of his daughter. Widmore says her name is Ji Yeon, his daughter. Jin cries as he sees the pictures of her. Widmore says he has a daughter too and he knows what it's like to be kept apart. He explains that he understands why he wants to be reunited, but it would be short-lived if Nemesis ever got off the Island. He says everything they know and love would cease to be, and he came to make sure that doesn't happen. Jin asks how. Widmore offers to show him the package. Jin asks what the package is. Widmore says it's not a what, it's a who.
Jin struggles, and hears gunshots. He kicks at the door, and Sayid enters. He begs for mercy, and Sayid asks who he is. Jin says he doesn't speak English, and Sayid walks away. Jin begs Sayid to free him. Sayid takes a utility knife and puts it in his hand to free himself, and wishes him good luck.
Mikhail leads Sun into the restaurant, where he finds dead bodies. He wakes up Keamy, who's barely alive, to ask who did it to him. Keamy tells him to look behind him. Jin holds a gun to his head, and tells him to put the gun down. Mikhail presses to know who killed all these people, but Jin tells him to put the gun down. Mikhail said if he was the one who did all this he would've shot him already. Mikhail starts to fight him, but Jin shoots him through the eye. Sun is in a corner crying and hurt. She reveals that she's pregnant. Jin picks her up and carries her out.
Jack tells Sun about a man he treated who hurt his head and couldn't talk. He says one of the nurses realized the man could still write. Jack hands her a pad of paper and asks her to give it a try. He says it will take her longer to get her point across, but she got her voice back. He says he went back to the garden to see if Nemesis was there, but it was gone. He says he found a tomato there, and no one told it it was supposed to die. She writes "sorry." He tells her not to worry about it. He asks what Nemesis said to her. She writes that he had Jin. Jack asks why she didn't go with him, and she says she doesn't trust him. Jack asks if she trusts him, and she nods. Jack says if she comes with them he'll help her find Jin, and get them off the Island as far as they can get. He promises, and holds out his hand.
Sawyer asks Kate where she went in her head. She asks why he's not worried, and he says he is worried, he's just good at pretending he's not. He says he's got a feeling this is almost over, and says Nemesis went to Widmore and they must have fought. But Nemesis comes back, and Sawyer says aw hell. He asks Nemesis what happened, and Nemesis says they said they didn't have Jin. Sawyer asks if he believes that. Nemesis says no. Sawyer asks where Sayid went. Nemesis mentions that there's something on the sub he didn't want him to see, and he says he doesn't like secrets.
Sayid gets out of the water and spies on the sub. Zoe and one of Widmore's men carry a man out of the sub. They drop him, and it's Desmond. Desmond and Sayid look in each others' eyes for several moments, and then Zoe and Omar pick him back up and carry him away.
Cut to LOST
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- Why does Nemesis need all of the viable candidates to leave with him?
- What is Widmore's purpose in bringing Desmond with him to the Island?
Lost in the Vines Trivia Question:
What was Jin's room number at the hotel?
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