Jack and Sawyer enact a plan to split from Nemesis' group, but Jack has second thoughts about the escape. Meanwhile, Desmond continues his efforts to connect the Losties in the sideways universe.
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Alliances are forged and broken as the Locke and Jack camps merge.
The Big Reveal: Jack has decided the Island has a purpose for him, but that decision led him into Nemesis' hands.
Nemesis greets Jack, and tells him he was hoping he would come. He offers to go off with him and talk alone, to catch up. Jack asks Hurley if he should talk with him alone, and Hurley says it's all him. Jack follows Nemesis into a clearing. Jack observes that he looks just like Locke, and says it bothers him that he doesn't know who he is. Nemesis says, sure he does. Jack asks, why John Locke? Nemesis says he was stupid enough to think he was brought here for a reason and got killed for it. Jack says he had to be dead before Nemesis could look like him, and Nemesis confirms. Jack asks who else he's looked like. He mentions how he saw Christian Shepard, and asks if it was him. Nemesis confirms that it was. Jack asks why, and Nemesis tells him that he needed to find water. He says the only thing he's been interested in is helping him leave. He says because Jacob chose him, he was trapped on the Island before he even got here. Now that Jacob's dead, they don't have to be trapped anymore. Jack asks why he hasn't left, and Nemesis says it has to be all of them. Jack says that Locke was the only one who ever believed in this place. Nemesis interrupts, saying Locke was a sucker.
Paramedics rush Locke to the hospital, and Ben tells them he's a paraplegic. He says he saw the hit and run driver, and the medic asks if he has a contact. Ben says he barely knows him. Locke says Helen Norwood's name. He says he was going to marry her. Ben says he's still going to marry her because he's going to live. Locke tells Ben his name is John.
The medics take Sun and Locke into the hospital. Sun sees Locke and starts telling Jin that it's "him."
Jack hears something from the jungle and asks what it is. Nemesis tells it to come out, and Claire approaches. She says she was following them because Jack is her brother. Nemesis leaves, saying they have a lot of catching up to do. Jack starts to apologize, and Claire asks if he told him that he was the one pretending to be Christian. Jack says yes. Claire says she gave up hope on him coming back, but now that he's here it's good to see him. She says she never had much family so it means a lot to her that he's coming with them. Jack says he hasn't decided yet if he's coming with them. Claire says he decided the moment he talked to him; like it or not, he's with Nemesis now.
Hurley asks Sawyer about Widmore's submarine. Sawyer tells him that they're going to use it to get off the Island, and Hurley asks if they're going to tell Sun. He says Kate is telling her now. Hurley asks about Sayid, and Sawyer says he's in the dark side. Hurley argues that they could bring him back, but Sawyer just tells him to keep his mouth shut. Claire approaches and hugs Hurley.
Jack and Nemesis walk out of the jungle, and Nemesis jokes that it's nice to have everyone back together again.
Sawyer eats an apple and offers it to Kate as she sits in the police station. He checks her file and reads off her crimes. He says she doesn't strike him as a murderer, and she says she's not. She asks if there's something he wanted, and he asks if she remembers him. He mentions that they were on the same flight from Sydney, and asks if she thinks it's weird for them to run into each other like this. He says it's like someone's trying to put them together. She asks if he's hitting on her, and he says it'd never work because he's a cop. She asks why he didn't arrest her in LAX when she was wearing handcuffs. He says he didn't see the handcuffs, he just saw a pretty lady who needed the door held. She realizes he let her go because he didn't want anyone to know he was in Australia, and threatens to tell the feds.
Miles asks to see Sawyer, and briefs him on the incident with Keamy, Jin and Sun. He shows him security footage of Sayid walking out of the store, and Sawyer says that's their badguy.
Kate tells Jack that he's different now. Jack says they're all different now. She asks what he said to him, and Jack tells her that he said they have to leave. Kate asks if he believes him, Jack says he's not sure yet. Zoe enters the camp and Sawyer mentions that it's Widmore's number two. Nemesis asks what he can help her with, and she says he took something and they want it back. He denies knowing, and they standoff with guns. Zoe calls in a walkie talkie, asking if they have a fix on her location. She calls in an airstrike and says he has until nightfall to return what he took, or next time they won't miss. She hands him the walkie talkie and says to call them when he's ready to pick it up. She leaves and Nemesis smashes it.
Claire walks into an office building to sign in for an appointment with an adoption agency. As she signs in, Desmond approaches her. He introduces himself and checks her signature for her name. He asks how she is and she mentions the hospital, and he says he's sorry. She says no big deal, and mentions that he was right and it's a boy. He says he can't help but notice she's going to an adoption agency alone. He says she should have legal representation. She asks if he's a lawyer, and he says he's on his way to one. He tells her the contracts are complicated, but she says she doesn't have money for a lawyer. He follows her into the elevator and tells her his lawyer owes him a favor, so why not come and meet her? He promises it won't cost a cent. She reluctantly agrees.
She follows him into an office and he checks in with a receptionist. Claire thanks him, and Ilana comes out to greet him. Ilana pauses and asks if she's Claire Littleton from Australia. She says it's a coincidence, they've been looking for her. She asks Desmond if he minds if she speaks alone for a few minutes.
Claire asks Hurley what's going on, and he says people are trying to kill them again. Nemesis says that this is happening prematurely but he expected a fight. He tells everyone to gather their things so they can go get on the plane. He tells Sawyer to get the boat so they can sail to the other Island together. Sawyer asks why they're not all going together. Sawyer says the bigger the group the slower it moves. Sawyer asks Kate to accompany him. Nemesis asks Sayid for a word.
Sawyer approaches Jack in private and asks for a hand. He says they're not going to the rendevouz point, since he has a deal with Widmore. He says the first Jack has, come back to a specific spot. He tells him to grab Hurley, Sun, and Frank. Jack asks about Claire and Sayid, but Sawyer says Sayid is on the other side now and Claire is nuts. Jack asks how he'll get away, and Sawyer tells him to figure it out.
Kate asks what that was about. Sawyer says, guy talk.
Nemesis tells Sayid to get to Desmond, and Sayid says he thought he wasn't giving him back. Nemesis says he wants him to kill him, and asks if it will be a problem. He asks if Sayid still wants what he asked him for. Sayid says yes, and Nemesis tells him to go do what he said.
Sayid approaches the well with a gun. Desmond asks what he was offered. He says if Sayid is going to shoot him in cold brother, he has a right to know what he's getting in exchange for it. Sayid says he was told he could get back something he lost -- the woman he loved. Desmond asks where she is now. Sayid says she's dead, and Desmond asks what makes him think Locke can bring her back. Sayid says that he died, and he was brought back. Desmond asks what he would tell her. He says that when this woman asks what he did to be with her again, what is he going to tell her?
Sayid rushes into the house, packing his things. Nadia asks what's going on, and he simply says he took care of it. He insists that he has to leave. Nadia asks if he hurt someone. He says he's leaving and he's never going to be able to come back again. The doorbell rings, and Nadia asks what he did. She goes to answer the door, and Miles says it's the LAPD. She opens the door and he introduces himself. He notices the suitcase in the living room. Meanwhile, Sayid sneaks out the back, but Sawyer trips him with a hose. He draws his gun and arrests him.
Sawyer finds the boat with Kate. She asks if this is a good idea, going to get Nemesis. He says it's a terrible idea, that's why they're not going to do it. He tells her about the plan to leave with Jack and the others. She asks about Claire, and Sawyer says the Claire she came back for is gone now. Kate insists, but Sawyer says she's dangerous now, especially too dangerous to be around Aaron. He says they don't have much time so they should get going. They both get into the water to retrieve the boat.
Nemesis leads his people through the jungle. Jack walks next to Claire, and asks how long she's been with Nemesis. She says ever since he left. Jack asks if he trusts him, and Claire says yes, because he didn't abandon her.
Nemesis pulls Sun aside and asks about Sayid. She doesn't reply, and he asks if she's giving the silent treatment. She writes that he did this to her, and he says he didn't do anything to her. Nemesis tells Cindy to go ahead and he'll catch up. He says he just wants to make sure nobody gets left behind. Jack stops Hurley, Sun, and Frank, and tells them to follow him. Hurley says they should stick to Sawyer's plan, and Jack says this is Sawyer's plan. Claire watches as they separate from the group.
Sayid walks through the jungle. Nemesis finds him and asks where he's been. Sayid says he shot an unarmed man, and he needed a moment. Nemesis asks if he killed him. Sayid says he did, and to go check if he'd like. Nemesis tells him to come, they have a boat to catch.
Jack leads his people through the jungle to meet with Sawyer. Frank says he hopes he knows where he's going, because Nemesis moves faster than he does. Hurley spots the boat and they quickly board. Sawyer says the boat won't work without a bearing. The sub is the only way, so that's what they're using. A gun is cocked, and they turn to see Claire. She asks where they're going. Kate assures her that it's okay, and they're leaving the Island. Claire asks why they're not waiting for John. Kate says, because it's not John, and whoever he is, he's not one of them. Kate offers her to come with them. Sawyer objects, but Kate says she's coming or Kate won't. Kate says she's promising to let her leave. She says she came back to get her so she could be with Aaron again. She pleads Claire to come with them. Claire lowers her gun and starts to board. Kate takes it from her. Claire says that if he finds out that they're gone, he's going to be mad.
Jack walks into the office building with his son, and gets a phone call from David's father. He says he'll have him home as soon as he can, but they might get a bite to eat so maybe around 7. He says that hearing his grandpa's will being read isn't going to be exciting, but it'll be over soon and it's okay to be sad. David says he's sad for him. Ilana greets them and says she has a surprise for them. She introduces them to Claire Littleton. They say their hellos, and Jack says she found her. Ilana says actually, Claire found them. Jack says she was in her father's will, and asks how she knew him. She says that he was her father too. Jack goes silent, then receives another phone call. He says it's not a good time, and then says goodbye. He says there's been an emergency at the hospital and they'll need to reschedule.
The candidates sail on their boat. Frank asks Sawyer what the game plan is. Sawyer tells him the plan is to land on Hydra Island and get onto Widmore's sub. Frank says he likes that idea, and offers to get some food from the galley. Sawyer tells Kate to take the wheel, and goes to talk to Jack. He says he didn't think Jack would show up, since taking orders isn't his strong suit. Jack says it doesn't feel right, leaving the Island. Sawyer asks why not. Jack says he remembers how he felt the last time he left, like a part of him was missing. He says they were brought to do something, and if Nemesis wants them to leave, maybe it's afraid of what will happen if they stay. Sawyer tells him to get off the boat. He says they're with them, or he needs to get in the water. Jack says the Island isn't done with them yet, but Sawyer says if he wants to take a leap of faith, take it and get off the boat. Jack says he's sorry that he got Juliet killed. He jumps off the boat. Kate calls after him and asks Sawyer what he said to him. Sawyer says he changed his mind. Kate says they have to go back to get him. Sawyer insists that they're done going back.
Sun wakes up in her hospital room next to Jin. She wakes him, and asks what happened. He tells her she was shot, but she's going to be okay. She asks about the baby, and he says the baby is fine. He says it's over, they're going to be okay.
David asks Jack if he ever knew his dad had another kid, and Jack says no. David says he can't believe he didn't mention her. Jack says grandpa kept a lot to himself, and David teases that must be where he gets it. Jack walks into his surgery room and David wishes him luck. The assistant tells Jack that the patient is bad, but he was already in a wheelchair. Jack looks at the scan and says he's got this. He goes into the surgery room and sees Locke's face in the mirror. The assistant asks what it is, and Jack says he thinks he knows him.
Jack stumbles onto the shore. Nemesis approaches and says, nice day for a swim. He asks if Sawyer took his boat. Jack says yes.
Sawyer leads his people onto the beach and tells everyone to stay close. Widmore's men draw their guns and Sawyer surrenders. Zoe says it's alright, they know him. Zoe asks who is with him, and Sawyer says no one, and Nemesis is still on the Island. Zoe calls in to turn the fences off. Sun and Jin see each other and rush into each other's arms. Sun says she loves him, and he says he loves her too. She tells him he never stopped looking for him. Frank says it looks like she got her voice back. Jin promises that they'll never be apart again.
Zoe talks to Widmore on the walkie, and holds her gun on Sawyer. He asks what the hell she's doing, and she orders them to their knees. Sawyer says they had a deal. Zoe says the deal is off. She asks if they have a sight line on Nemesis, and tells them to fire when ready.
An airstrike hits and Jack tells everyone to get down. He's blown out, and Nemesis comes to grab him away from the next explosion. He carries him to the jungle and tells him it will be okay. Nemesis says, Jack is with him now.
Cut to LOST
The Big Questions:
- How did Sun recognize Locke in the hospital?
- Did Sayid really kill Desmond?
- Why did Zoe and/or Widmore call off Sawyer's deal?
- Is Jack aligned with Nemesis now?
Lost in the Vines Trivia Question:
Of the two names at Ilana's legal practice, one was legible. What was the name?
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