Desmond's alternate life is missing crucial elements, and certain hands of fate guide him towards seeing that his life isn't what it could have been.
Note: "Lost in the Vines" is made for discussion of the series "Lost" on ABC. As such, here be spoilers! We talk frankly about the events of the night, speculate about future events, and so on. Read no further if you don't want spoilers.
Desmond wakes up to discover he's back on the island.
The Big Reveal: Desmond, made aware of the distinct timelines, wants to show the other Oceanic 815 passengers their dual lives as well.
Desmond wakes up, and Zoe tells him he's been unconscious for three days. He asks if she's a nurse, and she tells him that he's not in the hospital anymore. He gets up, looking for Penny, but Charles Widmore tells him it's not possible. He gets up, nursing a hurt shoulder, and asks where he is. Widmore tells him he was shot by Benjamin Linus, and Desmond says he remembers. He calls for Penny, and Widmore says she isn't there, but she and his son are safe. Widmore apologizes, and says he wouldn't have come if he explained. Desmond asks where he is, and Widmore tells him he's on the Island. Desmond gets angry and starts hitting Widmore, but he's restrained. Desmond calls to be taken back, and Widmore says he can't take him back, since the Island isn't done with him yet.
Widmore exits the room and Jin asks what he's doing here. Widmore says it will be easier to show him than tell him. Widmore tells Zoe to go to the generator room to start the test. She protests based on the schedule, but he insists.
Zoe leads Jin through the camp and into a generator room. She tells the other men that they're bringing Desmond down. They say they're not ready, but Zoe says they have to do it now because Widmore doesn't want to wait. Seamus reluctantly starts the test, and says there's a faulty part. He tells a rabbit that he's going in next.
One of the scientists goes down to test the power coil, while another man says he found the problem was a bad breaker. He flips the switch, and the man inside the coil is bathed in light. They tell him to turn it off and he does, and Zoe goes down to find the man laying dead inside. Widmore brings Desmond, asking if they're ready, as Desmond sees the body.
The scientists take the body out on a stretcher. Widmore asks them to stop and looks at the man, then covers him back up and tells them to take him. He orders his men to put Desmond inside, as he struggles. The men hit him to subdue him, and force him onto the chair. Widmore says that he knows how it looks, but Desmond should be fine. He says he hates to force it on Desmond, and when it's all over he'll ask him to make a sacrifice, and he hopes he'll help him. Desmond asks what he knows about sacrifice. Widmore says that his own son dies, his daughter hates him, and he's never met his grandson. He says if Desmond doesn't help him, all of it will be for nothing. Penny and everyone he loves will be gone forever. Widmore leaves and his men shut the door. Desmond collapses over and hits the chair against a wall to break it as Zoe watches.
Jin tells Widmore that if he wants his help, they need to let Desmond go. Widmore says that he's the only man alive that's survived a catastrophic electromagnetic event, and he needs to know if he can do it again. If he can't, they'll all die. Seamus flips switch, but hesitates to turn on the machine fully. Widmore pushes him aside and does it for him. In the room, Desmond is bathed in light until he disappears.
Desmond looks at a flight schedule. Hurley walks by and tells him the Sydney flight is on carousel four. Desmond thanks him and walks to the carousel. He helps Claire with her bag, and asks if she's having a boy or a girl. He apologizes for being nosey, and she says it's fine but she doesn't know what it is. He says she's brave, and he's not a fan of surprises. He gets his bag and asks Claire if someone is meeting her. He says he's got a car picking him up, if she needs a lift. She says it's a sweet offer but refuses. They say their goodbyes, and he tells her he bets it's a boy.
George Minkowski, holding a sign for "Hume," waits for Desmond. He introduces himself and asks where he'll be taking him, and Desmond says the office. George asks what he was doing in Sydney, and Desmond says he was closing a deal. George offers to help him with reservations, but Desmond declines. George asks if he's looking for a prostitute, but Desmond turns down the offer. He says he's here to work.
Desmond walks to his office and greets Charles Widmore. Widmore welcomes him to Los Angeles, and they hug.
Desmond sits looking at a model of a clipper ship while Widmore angrily shouts at someone on the phone. Widmore asks if he knows his son is a musician, and Desmond says yes. He says he's a member of Driveshaft and tells Desmond that the bassist overdosed. He says he needs Desmond to take care of the situation. He says Desmond has no commitments, and offers a drink to mark his indispensability. Desmond notices it's the 60 year old scotch, and Widmore says nothing is too good for him.
Desmond drives to the police station as Charlie exits. The parole officer tells him that he's not to leave the state. Desmond starts to introduce himself, and Charlie walks away. Charlie walks through traffic dangerously as Desmond chases him down. He walks straight to a bar, and Desmond enters as well and asks for whatever he's having. Charlie asks what his job is, if he's a lackey or henchman. Charlie asks if he's happy, and Desmond says yes. Charlie says he's not happy, because he's never been in love. Charlie says he's seen spectacular love, on the plane from Sydney. Desmond says he might've seen it too. Charlie says he didn't. He talks about how he swallowed the bag of heroin, and how he started to go unconscious. He says he saw a blonde woman, and that he had a feeling of always being with her. He says just as he was about to be engulfed, he woke up and some sobbing idiot was asking if he was okay. Desmond says that's poetry, and he should write a song. Charlie says he saw something real. Desmond says what's real is that he can make a choice to keep drinking, or come with him. He says if he stays, it will result in the extermination of his movie career. If he comes with him, he'll be staying in a 5-star hotel. Charlie asks if it really seems like a choice. Desmond tells him there's always a choice.
Desmond and Charlie drive as they hear "You All Everybody," and Charlie proudly tells him that it's them. He asks if Desmond likes it, and he says sure, for what it is. Charlie says he feels sorry for him, for thinking he's happy. Desmond asks, why, because none of it's real? Charlie says he can either show him what he's talking about or he can get out of the car. Desmond laughs it off, but Charlie grabs the wheel and steers them into the water. The car fills up quickly, and Desmond struggles to help Charlie out. He goes up for air, then dives back down to help Charlie again. Charlie appears to wake up and puts his hand against the glass. Desmond sees a flash of his hand saying "Not Penny's Boat." He stares for a moment, then helps Charlie out of the car.
Desmond gets checked out by a doctor, and asks about Charlie. She asks if he's experienced any hallucinations. He says he isn't sure. The doctor says his CAT scan was inconclusive and she's going to send an MRI. He says he needs to find the person he came with, but she says he's not going anywhere until they find out what's going on with his brain.
At the MRI machine, a tech asks if he has any metal on his body. He asks if Desmond has any contacts, and he says Charles Widmore. The tech hands him a panic button in case the machine gets too intense. He closes it around him and tells him it will last 30 minutes. The machine creaks, and Desmond sees flashes of Charlie's hand, and of his life with Penny, and the birth of his son. He starts to shout and hits the panic button. He casts off all the parts and leaves.
Desmond goes to ask about Charlie, but the nurse refuses to give information. He sees Jack and asks if he was on the same flight. They recognize each other, and then Charlie is seen running down the hallway in his hospital gown. Desmond chases him down a flight of stairs. Desmond asks why he tried to kill him, and Charlie says he wasn't trying to kill him, he was trying to show him something. Desmond asks to see Charlie's hands, and Charlie asks if he saw something. Desmond asks who Penny is. Charlie presses him on what he saw, but Desmond tries to get him to leave. Charlie says he's not going to play a rock show. He says all that matters is what they saw, and he's going to go look for Penny.
Charles Widmore asks what happened to Charlie, and Desmond tells him he drove his car into the ocean and ran from the hospital. Widmore chides him, and Desmond says it's only a bloody concert. Widmore says, why doesn't he try to tell Mrs. Widmore it's only a concert?
George helps Desmond out of the car, asking if he ever met the boss' wife. Desmond says no, and George tells him good luck.
At a party, Eloise berates her servants. Desmond comes and introduces herself to Mrs. Widmore. She says it's a travesty they haven't met before. She asks what crisis made Widmore send his best fix-it man here? He says he apologizes, but Driveshaft won't be here to perform with her son. She says not to worry about it, that her son will understand that some unpredictability comes with rock stars. She says what happened, happened. She shakes his hand and thanks him for coming personally.
As Desmond leaves, he overhears Penny's name. He stops and asks to see the list, but Eloise says he may not since it's confidential. He says he's trusted with confidential items every day, but she tells him to come with her. SHe excuses the servants and tells him to stop. She says someone has affected the way he sees things, and this is a problem. She says whatever it is he thinks he's looking for, he needs to stop looking for it. He asks if she knows what he's looking for. She says she doesn't know why he's looking for anything, since he has a perfect life, and her husband's approval. He asks how she knows what he wants. He insists on seeing the list, and she says he's not ready yet to see the list. He asks, ready for what?
Walking back to the car, George observes that it went poorly. Desmond asks if there's alcohol in the car, and George says whatever he needs. He asks where to go, and Desmond tells him to just drive. A man comes and knocks at the window. It's Daniel, introducing himself as Daniel Widmore. He says they need to talk.
Desmond says he's very sorry about the concert. Daniel asks if he believes in love at first sight. He says he saw a girl walking through the museum, eating a chocolate bar, a woman with blue eyes and red hair. He says when he saw her, it was like he already loved her. He says that same night, he woke up and wrote an equation. Desmond asks what it is. Daniel says he's a musician, so he has no idea, but he took it to a friend at Cal-Tech. He says his friend told him that it's quantum mechanics so complex only someone studying for years could happen. Desmond asks what it means, and Daniel says that if something catastrophic was going to happen, the only way to stop it would be to release an immense amount of energy, like setting off a nuclear bomb. He asks, what if this wasn't supposed to be our life? What if they had some other life, but for some reason, they changed things? He says he doesn't want to set off a nuclear bomb; he thinks he already did. Desmond says he doesn't know what it has to do with him. Daniel counters, asking why he was asking about a woman named Penny. He asks if it happened to him too, if he felt it. Desmond says he doesn't know what he felt. Daniel says yes, he does, and it was love. Desmond says it's impossible because he doesn't know anything about her, where she is, or if she even exists. He says she's just an idea. Daniel tells him no, she's his half-sister. He says he can tell her exactly where and when to find her.
Late at night, Desmond walks into a stadium as Penny jogs up the stairs. He approaches her and asks if she's Penny. She says yes, and he introduces himself. They shake hands…
Desmond wakes up in the generator room. Seamus observes that he's okay. Widmore asks how he is, and Desmond says he's fine and asks how long he was gone for. Widmore says it was no more than a few seconds. Widmore apologizes again and says this was vital, and asks for a chance to explain. Desmond says he understands. He says, Widmore told him he was brought to the Island to do something very important, so when do they start?
Zoe asks what happened to Desmond, why he became so cooperative. He says a lot can happen in 20 minutes. Zoe starts to scoff, but Sayid leaps out of the jungle, kills a security officer, and tells Zoe to run. He says those people are dangerous and they need to go. He says of course, and tells him to lead the way.
Desmond wakes up. Penny says he fainted, and she must have quite an effect on him. She asks if they've met before, and he says they'd remember if they had. She starts to leave, but he offers to go for a coffee. She says she's a sweaty mess, and he says he just fainted so they're even. She tells him about a coffee shop at the corner, and says she'll meet him in an hour. He smiles as they part ways.
Desmond walks back to his limo, and George asks if he found what he was looking for. He says yes, he did. He tells him the corner to go to. George says if there's anything else he can do for him, just name it. Desmond says there is one thing. He asks for the manifest for a Oceanic 815 from Sydney, just the passenger names. George says he can, and asks what he needs it for. Desmond says he needs to show them something.
Cut to LOST
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- What does Widmore want Desmond to do?
- Why did Desmond choose to go with Sayid?
- What does Desmond want to show the other Oceanic 815 passengers?
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One of the numbers on the MRI machine was preceded by the letter C. What was the number?
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