Jack’s memories of being bullied as a boy are interrupted by Charlie telling him that someone is drowning. Jack charges into the surf and saves Boone, then goes back – but is too late to save the woman. While discussing his regrets with Kate, he again sees the man in the suit in the distance.
Water is running out, but Jack is reluctant to take a leader role and make decisions.
Sun is starting to express discontent with Jin’s decision to isolate them.
Shannon wants some bug spray, but isn’t willing to put up with the flirtatious Sawyer to get it.
Jack’s flashbacks continue, this time showing a cold father figure who belittles his son. Jack finally confronts the suited man – it is his father.
While Jack pursues the phantom, Claire passes out, and Kate has to attend to her – but someone has stolen the remaining water. Locke volunteers to go into the jungle to look for more.
Jack’s pursuit gets him close to his father, but not close enough to make contact. When he slips and falls, he ends up hanging to a tree root over a deep drop, where Locke somehow arrives to save him. After a pep talk from Locke, Jack stays in the jungle, eventually finding a water source, and, nearby, his father’s empty coffin (Jack had been on the plane to bring his father back from Australia, where he had drank himself to death).
Jack returns to take the leadership role again, just in time, before wholesale fighting breaks out.
Matthew Fox is emerging as the standout actor in the show.
I personally identified with Jack’s backstory, as would anyone who found their childhood a challenging time filled with bullies and difficult choices.
Jack too easily uses a pipe to splinter the coffin. Most coffins I have seen are made from very thick wood, and this one appears to be also, at least until it falls apart like a cheap prop.
Locke: Why you out here, Jack?
Jack: I think I’m going crazy.
Locke: Oh, you’re not going crazy.
Locke: No, crazy people don’t know they’re going crazy. They think they’re getting saner.
"I looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw…was beautiful."