Both Nadia and Omer effectively use the "If you care about me then..." gambit on Sayid. Nadia uses it to ask about his love. Omer uses it to tweak Sayid's love into a desired action. It's a tried-and-true method that the little kid in us learned long ago was a useful ploy. We still use it on God, do we not? To ask for something? To get the "one thing" we wanted (boy has that come up in how MIB suckers in his prey)? To get the answer to one paltry little question? "If you really cared about me..." In a show where we are all currently pondering who the real manipulators are, we have to start pointing some fingers at our Losties, at the children themselves. Sayid tries - he really does - to change the subject with Nadia, making the point not about what he wants or cares about, but what he deserves and whether/how he can be redeemed.

Finally, Sayid is picked up and delivered to Keamy's kitchen. What is it with kitchens on this show? Hurley asked Jacob about one in the Temple last episode. Miles was recruited by Naomi in one similar to this one. Keamy fries up some nice white eggs in a black skillet. He's very proud of his egg-making skills, a bad egg who makes good eggs - go figure. The eggs are so harped on they reminded me of more stuff to do with Alice in Wonderland, such as old Humpty Dumpty sitting on his wall. We all know what happens to poor Humpty. You can't unbreak an egg. And in war, as we're often reminded, you don't necessarily intend to. Gotta break some eggs to get the omelet. If there was one thing that stuck out about old Humpty it was his love of semantics and his attempt to master words, which brings us to...

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE

There's a bit of a semantic argument at play regarding what Sayid was told to do, what Sayid actually did, and what Sayid tells Dogen he did.

Here's what he was told:

  1. Mr. "Evil Incarnate" will come as someone you know. (Yep, check)
  2. As someone who has died. (Yep, check again. I thought for a second MIB would be appearing as Nadia, but then I remembered what Ilana has told us about how he is currently stuck as Locke. Guess it's a good thing Sayid knew Locke, then).
  3. As soon as you see him, plunge this special knife deep into his chest.
  4. If you allow him to speak, it is already too late (couldn't help but not LotR parallels with these last two instructions, as there are special blades that are needed for certain tasks in the novel, and there is that scene in the Two Towers where Aragorn, Gimli, and Legloas sense the White Wizard approaching and decide to attack "before he can speak" to them).

Thing is, Sayid DIDN'T attack before Flocke spoke. Flocke got out, "Hello, Sayid," before Sayid plunged the knife in. Technicality? Sayid sure thinks so. He tells Dogen that he struck before he and Locke has a conversation. Pretty sure that's not what Dogen meant. Question is: would it have made any difference? If Sayid had stabbed before Flocke got out a single syllable, could he actually have been killed? I like to think yes, but I have no way to prove it either way. All we do know is that Flocke realizes what has happened here and flips it all right back around to paint Dogen as the manipulating (there's really LOST's only qualification for being thought of as a jerk) bad guy.

So in losing on this semantic technicality, which, if I'm even right, Sayid doesn't even realize, causes him to mistake Flocke's strategery for mercy, and his pointing finger for truth. Fallacies!

Dogen's banishment of Sayid was, in some ways, a mercy act. He had the chance to kill Sayid himself, one he didn't take (once he saw the baseball). Here's my take on how all that played out, starting with their fight scene:

Dogen has a sharp object to Sayid's throat. The baseball falls on the floor. This reminds Dogen of his deal with Jacob, which includes a vow to protect all those marked as candidates. This would still include Sayid, regardless of whether Dogen thinks "it would be best if you are dead."