In Tikrit, Nadia's casket is being carried to her funeral. Sayid is one of the pallbearers. Ben takes photos from a rooftop of an ominous-looking man watching the procession... but is this guy really bad news? Or is Ben just wanting to show Sayid a face to pin the blame on as part of his manipulative cover story? Sayid saw him taking photos, and assumed he was papparazzi. Chases him down. Can't believe his eyes. Ben's clever excuse: "I'm here to find the man who murdered your wife." Murder? Sayid had thought it was a traffic accident. But wouldn't he prefer to buy murder? And get some yummy revenge? This man I have a photo of - Ishmael Bakir - was both at Nadia's funeral and in LA five days ago when a traffic camera caught him speeding away! And guess what, Sayid? He works for Charles Widmore! Won't you help me take him down? (I'm so tired of trying to figure out how many grains of truth are in these ideas, because at the end of the day, it just doesn't matter. Ben's that good. Like the Devil or something).

Ben trails Bakir through Tikrit, allowing himself to be discovered. Bakir corners him. He tells him his name. This means something to Bakir. Ben tells him to take a message to Charles Widmore for him. This is when Sayid shoots him. Ben walks away, Sayid can't just leave it like that. He needs a purpose, and Ben's only too willing to oblige him with one as the general of his off-island war.

Ben in Widmore's London Penthouse Bedroom

  • His face is exactly half in light, half in shadow
  • Tells Charles to wake up
  • Charles wondered when he was gonna show
  • Widmore has been having nightmares - sleeps with Scotch by the bed
  • "Have you come to kill me, Benjamin"
    "We both know I can't do that."
    Can't, as in physically can't? Can't, as in not allowed? Can't, as in even if I tried the island would prevent it, like it did with Michael's suicide attempts?
  • They play the blame game over who killed Alex. They both see the other as responsible.
  • "You have the audacity to pretend that you're the victim? I know who you are boy. WHAT you are." -- Widdmore to Ben
  • Widmore says everything Ben has he took from Charles.
  • Ben is there to inform Charles that he's going to kill Penny. "Once she's dead... you'll wish you hadn't changed the rules."
  • Charles believes Ben will never find Penny.
  • Widmore says the island is his, it always was, and it will be again (past, present, and future all together here).
  • Ben believes Charles will never find the island.
  • "The hunt is on for both of us."

Jack is living with Kate. She notes how glad she is he "changed his mind," so perhaps it's after her trial? He steps on Aaron's toy Millenium Falcon, makes coffee, notices the Yankees swept the Red Sox. It's summer of 2005.

That afternoon, after Jack says goodbye to his consult, he sees his father in the lobby. Seeing Christian's ghost is what starts to drive him mad (kind of like what happened to the governess in The Turn of the Screw, the book behind which the Swan Orientation film was kept). He also gets a call from Santa Rosa regarding Hurley, who has stopped taking his meds, and doesn't think his therapist really exists.

Jack Visits Crazy Hurley

  • Why aren't you taking your meds?
  • Cause we're dead. All of us. All the Oceanic Six, we're all dead. We never got off that island.
  • Kate and I fed the baby
  • I thought you didn't want anything to do with Aaron?
  • I changed my mind after the trial
  • Living with Kate, taking care of Aaron - it all seems to perfect. Kinda like heaven.
  • Happiness doesn't necessarily equal unreality
  • Hurley was happy too... for a while... until he saw Charlie (Jack has just started seeing ghosts too)
  • Yesterday Charlie told Hurley Jack would be coming by. The message for him is: "You're not supposed to raise him, Jack." Does that make any sense?
  • Do you think he means Aaron?
  • Take your meds, Hurley
  • Charlie said someone's gonna be visiting you, too. Soon.

Right after visiting Hurley - probably to to try to take control and prove Hurley wrong - Jack proposes to Kate, with a ring and everything, after getting her to confirm he's good at being a father figure. She happily says yes.