Jack chooses to help with the plan to steal away on the sub, but Sawyer's mistrust of Nemesis has dire consequences.
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Jack must decide whether or not to trust Locke after he is asked to follow through on a difficult task.
The Big Reveal: Sayid, Sun, and Jin have all died in Nemesis' attempt to kill the candidates, and now he's going to finish those remaining; Jack was told he's going to be the one to replace Jacob.
Jack wakes up Locke in his hospital bed. Locke says he knows him, and Jack explains about how they met in the baggage claim. Locke asks what happened, and Jack tells him about the car accident. He says he got everything back where it belongs. He goes on to tell him he got a look at his spine injury, and wants to know how it happened because he's a candidate for a new surgery they're developing. He says it could restore feeling to his legs or maybe even help him walk again. He offers to fix him. Locke declines. Jack starts to insist, but Locke cuts him off.
Helen comes in and they kiss. He assures her that he's okay, and Jack introduces himself. Helen gives Jack a hug and thanks him for saving Locke.
Jack wakes up in a boat, and Sayid welcomes him to Hydra Island. He says at least he didn't have to paddle.
Seamus leads Sawyer and his people to the cages and tells them to get in. Sawyer refuses and takes Seamus' gun. Widmore threatens Kate with a gun, and goes on to say that he has a list of names. He says Sawyer, Sun, Jin, and Hurley are on it, but Kate isn't, so her fate doesn't matter to him. Sawyer puts the gun down, and he's hit hard and put into the cage with his followers. Widmore tells him he may not believe it, but he's doing this for his own good. Sawyer says he doesn't believe it. Widmore turns to one of his men and asks if the fence is ready yet. He says it will take an hour, but Widmore says they don't have an hour because he's coming.
Bernard works on a denture set, and Jack enters, asking for Dr. Nadler. Bernard and Jack introduce themselves. He says he'd like to get a look at John Locke's patient files, due to emergency oral surgery. He says he'd like to know how Locke was hurt. Bernard asks why he's interested in it, and Jack explains that they met on the flight about a week ago. Bernard says he was on the flight too, Oceanic 815. He says it's weird that they were all on the flight, and Jack agrees. Bernard says when he treated Locke, another man was in the accident with him. Jack asks, he remembers something from three years ago just like that? Bernard says of course he does, and hands him a paper reading "Anthony Cooper." He says he hopes he finds what he's looking for.
Sayid explains to Jack that "Locke" saved him from the mortar fire. He says those that weren't killed scattered, so now it's just the three of them. Nemesis enters and says Jack's friends got captured, and now they need to rescue them. He says he doesn't believe Widmore's intentions are good. If they go now, they can get his people on the plane and leave the Island before Widmore knows what happened. Jack says he's not leaving the Island. Nemesis says he hopes he changes his mind, but the others do want to leave. He says since they just ran away, on his own boat, he needs convincing to trust him. Jack asks why he should trust him. Nemesis says, he could kill them all easily, but instead he wants to save their lives. So will he help?
Kate tells Sawyer that Widmore wouldn't have killed her. Sawyer tells her that the cave with the names written had her name too, but it was crossed out. He tells her that Widmore doesn't need her.
Jin talks to Sun about their daughter, and explains how he saw the pictures from Widmore's camera. She smiles and gives him his wedding ring. He kisses her hand.
The power goes off all over the camp. Widmore's guards run to the cages, and Seamus tells a guard to get a team to the generator. Hurley says they're dead. The Smoke Monster enters and slams Seamus against the bars, killing him. Kate reaches for the key on his belt, and Hurley tells him to hurry before the Smoke Monster comes for them. Jack grabs the key and opens the door. Kate asks what he's doing here, and Jack says he's with "him," motioning towards the Smoke Monster. He tells them to go.
Jack asks Frank how much further to the plane, and he says not far. Kate asks what he's doing, and Jack says he's not getting on the plane. He says he's sorry, but he's not meant to go. Sawyer thanks him. Sayid enters and everyone draws their guns, but Jack tells them he's the one who turned off the generators. They all go together.
Jack talks to a receptionist at a nursing home. Helen enters, asking what he's doing here. Jack explains he's here to see Anthony Cooper about the accident with Mr. Locke. Helen urges him to go, but Jack says he just wants to know what happened. Helen says Locke told her about the operation and doesn't want it. Jack presses her, but she insists he just go. She says he saved Locke's life, and why isn't that enough? Jack says it just isn't.
Helen leads Jack into a room and wheels Anthony Cooper, who appears brain-dead. She says it's John's father.
Nemesis approaches the plane, and walks through bullets fired at him. He kills both guards, and takes a watch from one of them. He enters the plane and looks through some wiring rigged to it. He opens a stow cabin and removes something from it.
The Losties find the plane, and approach it optimistically. They find the dead guards, and Sayid says one of them has a broken neck. Nemesis says he broke it. He says if it's any consolation, he knew he'd kill those men. If he didn't want him getting to the plane, he'd put up a fence. He says Widmore wanted to get them all to the same place at the same time, so he could kill them all at once. He pulls out a package of C4, and says it was rigged to explode with the plane. He says now if they're going to leave the Island, they have to take the submarine. Hurley interrupts, saying Nemesis isn't supposed to leave the Island, due to what Alpert said. Sawyer says to screw Alpert. Sawyer agrees based on his help. Nemesis tells them they'll need everyone. Jack says he'll help but won't go. Nemesis says, fair enough.
Claire apologizes, but Nemesis says it's alright and he understands.
Sawyer tells Jack that he doesn't trust Nemesis, so once they get to the sub, he needs to make sure that thing doesn't get on it. He tells Jack to get the sub into the water, and he'll do the rest.
Jack talks to Mr. Locke, who mumbles in his sleep about pushing the button. He says, "I wish you had believed me." Jack sees Claire in the hall and goes to talk to her. She says she was looking for him and asks if they can talk. Jack gets a candy bar from the machine and apologizes for running out today for an emergency. She says it's alright, and comments on how awkward all of this is. She takes out a box and asks if he knows what it's supposed to mean. He says he has no idea, but he didn't know about her either. He tells her his father was found in an alley outside a bar in Sydney. He says he flew down to get the body, but the airline lost it. She says she just flew in from Sydney, and they notice the odd coincidence again. He offers to look at the box and opens it, hearing a little tone. He says he's sorry and wishes he knew why he wanted her to have it. He asks where she's staying, and offers to let her stay with him. She says they're strangers, but he says they're not strangers, they're family.
Nemesis leads the Losties to the dock with the sub. Sawyer says that no guns on the dock doesn't mean none in the sub. He gives direction to Hurley, and asks Jack if they can have their backs. Sawyer cocks his gun, followed by the rest. They run to the dock and board the sub. Sawyer disarms one of the sub guards and asks where the captain is. Frank knocks out the guard, and Sawyer tells him to fire up the sub. The others start to enter the sub, as Jack and Nemesis watch. As they run to the dock, Nemesis asks if he'll reconsider. He says whoever told him he needed to stay didn't know what they were talking about. Jack says that John Locke told him he needed to stay, and pushes him into the water. Kate is shot by Widmore's guards, and a firefight breaks out. Jack helps Kate into the sub as Nemesis crawls out of the water. Nemesis draws a gun and shoots Widmore's guards.
Jack helps Kate onto the sub and asks for a first aid kit. Sawyer asks who else is up there, and Sayid tells him Claire is still there. Sawyer goes top side and calls for Claire. Nemesis notices him and starts running towards the sub. Sawyer closes the hatch and orders the captain to dive. Nemesis and Claire are left behind. Jack asks what he's doing. Sawyer says he's doing what they came to do, leaving. Claire asks why they're leaving, and Nemesis says to trust him, she doesn't want to be on the sub.
Jack opens up the first aid kit, finding a rigged explosive set to just under 3 minutes. Hurley asks where it came from. Jack says they just did exactly what Nemesis wanted.
Jack says they have to get to the surface. Jin grabs the phone and tells Frank to take them up. Jack says that Nemesis put it in his pack, and he tells Sawyer that he wanted him to shut him out. Sayid says the battery is rigged to the explosives. Sawyer asks Sayid what it's going to be. Sayid talks about disarming the bomb. Jack stops them, and tells them nothing is going to happen. He says nothing is going to happen, because Nemesis can't kill them. He says he wanted them all here in a situation they can't get out of. He says Nemesis can't leave until they're all dead, so what if he's not allowed to kill them? He says he wanted to put them in a situation where they'd kill each other. He assures Sawyer that nothing is going to happen, but Sawyer refuses to believe it, and pulls the wire. It stops for a moment, then speeds up.
Sayid tells Jack to listen carefully. He says there's a well on the main Island, and Desmond is inside. He says Nemesis wants him dead, which means they need him. Jack asks why he's telling him all this, and Sayid says because it's going to be him. He runs off with the bomb, taking it to an isolated area of the sub where it explodes. The sub rocks and emergency lights go off. The sub starts to flood and a door bursts open and hits Frank.
The candidates struggle through the water, as Sun is trapped under a generator. Jin tries to free her and calls for Sawyer's help. Jack tells Hurley to get Kate out of here, and he says he'll take care of everyone else. Hurley says he needs to go after Sayid, and Jack says there is no Sayid. He gives Hurley a tank of oxygen and tells him to swim to the hole. Jack goes to help free Sun.
Hurley struggles through the rising water with Kate. Jin, Sawyer, and Jack pull the generator off of Sun, but a piece of metal still traps her. Sawyer is hit by a piece of metal and passes out. Jack tries to help him. Sun tells Jin to save himself, but he refuses to leave without her. Jin shouts at them to leave. Jack grabs the last tank of oxygen and tells Jin to take it, he can get out without it. Jin says no, he can't. He tells them to go. Jack reluctantly leaves, towing Sawyer behind him.
Inside the sub, Sun tells Jin that he has to go. He refuses, saying he can do this. She begs him to go, but he says he won't leave her. He dives back underwater, struggling with the metal. He comes up for air, and she grabs onto him, and shouts at him to go. He speaks, in Korean, that he won't leave her. He says he'll never leave her again. They say they love each other and kiss as the sub slowly sinks into the water.
A nurse asks if anyone is meeting Mr. Locke. He sees Jin as he passes by, carrying flowers, and says he's good from here. Jack says he's glad he caught him and hasn't had a chance to say goodbye yet. Locke says, well, goodbye, and shakes Jack's hand. Jack reveals that he went to see Locke's father. He says he had to understand why he didn't want the surgery.
Locke says he was in a plane crash. He says he had a private pilot's license for a week and begged his father to be his first official passenger. He says Cooper was terrified of flying but he told his father to trust him. He says they never got off the ground, and he doesn't know what he did wrong, but it's his fault. he says his father will never walk or talk again. Jack tells him that the first time they met, he told Jack that his father was gone. He says it hurt to hear that but he had to. He says Locke's father is gone too, and he can punish himself as much as he wants but that won't bring him back. He says that what happened, happened, but he has to let go. Locke asks what makes him think letting go is so easy. Jack says it's not, and that's why he was hoping that maybe Locke could go first. Locke chuckles and says goodbye. As he wheels away, Jack tells him that he can help him. He says he wishes he believed him. Locke pauses, but exits.
Jack takes Sawyer to the beach, and meets up with Kate and Hurley. Jack says that Sawyer got hit pretty hard, but he's breathing. Kate asks what happened to Jin and Sun. Jack stays silent, and Kate and Hurley start to cry. Jack walks to the beach and cries.
Nemesis says the submarine sunk. Claire shouts that everyone was on it, and asks if they're all dead. Nemesis says, not all of them. He takes his gun, and says he's going to finish what he started.
Cut to LOST
The Big Questions:
- Why does Nemesis want to kill all of the candidates?
Lost in the Vines Trivia Question:
How much time was left on the bomb when Sawyer pulled the wire?
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