Ben and Juliette enter Jack’s cell and ask him if he will operate. Jack toys with them, first making it sound like he will operate (and stating that Ben’s tumor will become inoperable in a week), and then refusing to do the operation, and even gloating that Ben won’t have to be disappointed for long.
Locke makes the decision to bury Eko where he died – in the jungle. Locke heads back to camp to get shovels – alone – but Sayid insists on accompanying him. They discuss the ‘monster’ that killed Eko. Locke says that perhaps the monster brought everyone to the island – and that Eko died for a reason. Locke is leading Eko on a little detail first – to find Eko’s prayer stick and bury it with him.
Kate is fetched from her cage for work detail, but she insists that Sawyer go too. Alex breaks into the work area, knocking out a guard or two with her slingshot before being subdued. She warns Kate that they will kill Sawyer the way they killed her boyfriend (Karl).
Juliette arrives in the work area and asks Kate to put a hood over her head and accompany her – otherwise Pickett will kill Sawyer. Kate is led to Jack’s cell, where, through glass, she begs him to do the operation so that Sawyer will not be killed. Sawyer is happy to see her, but disgusted that she has been sent to ask him to do the operation.
During Eko’s burial ceremony, Locke looks at his prayer stick and reads, "Lift your eyes and look to the north."
Kate climbs out of her cage and releases Sawyer from his. He then tells her that they cannot run – they are on another island. Kate kisses Sawyer; he kisses her back – and they make love.
Jack’s intercom bleats a message for him to try the door. He finds the armory, and grabs a loaded revolver. He sees the six retro TV screens, of of which shows Kate and Sawyer locked in a resting embrace. Henry comes in. Jack points the gun at his head, then for no apparent reason agrees to do the operation tomorrow.
Jack starts the operation. Before going under, Ben asks about Alex. The operation appears to be going well when suddenly the EKG monitor starts beeping fast. Jack knocks out the other doctor and says he has made an incision in Ben’s kidney sack that will kill him in an hour. He tells an Other to get Kate on the walkie talkie
Pickett is just about the execute Sawyer in front of Kate when he is interrupted and told to give his walkie talkie to Kate. Jack tells Kate that she has an hour head start. He tells her to remember the story he told her on the beach and the radio him in an hour with the story to let him know she is safe. Kate tries to say that she cannot leave without him, but Jack interrupts, yelling for her to run.
Kate’s backstory: Kate is getting married to a cop (Kevin). She is going under the name Monica, however. When she receives a valuable piece of jewelry from her mother-in-law, we think she is going to do a run. She is still on the run, but this is no scam; she really loves the guy, and has the ridiculous idea that maybe her pursuer will stop chasing her. That’s not going to happen, so instead she stays in the marriage for a period of time (perhaps a few weeks) before telling her husband that she is a fugitive, drugging him so he cannot pursue her, and taking off again. She leaves the valuable jewelry in Kevin’s hand.
Kate looks very Mary-Tyler-Moorish with her suburban curled hair.
It’s nice to see the talented Nathan Fillion (Captain Reynolds from the sci-fi tv series and movie Firefly) as Kate’s husband in her backstory.
As Sawyer is about to be killed, I thought he looked a little like those classic paintings of Jesus Christ (see Freckles, chapter 16, verses 10 through 12).
Jack looks at an x-ray and asks Juliette when it was taken. She says a week ago. Jack then states that at the rate the tumor is growing, Ben must be operated on immediately. How can Jack tell the rate the tumor is growing by looking at just one x-ray? Wouldn’t he need to see a couple of x-rays from different dates to make that determination?
Is Kate psychotic? She knows she is on the run, but she takes time out to get engaged, get married, buy or rent a house, make dinners, etc.
Kate has got to be the most out-of-control, emotional con artist ever. She’s constantly breaking down and crying nowadays, which perhaps is more of a reaction to the fact that she is trapped on the island(s).
I thought that Kate and Sawyer’s lovemaking scene was way too romantic for the circumstances. These people are imprisoned and being tortured, and they take time to kiss and rip off their clothes like actors! If they were going to be having sex under those circumstances, it would have been a lot quicker, more basic, and with a lot less kissing –like they do on the Discovery Channel, so to speak.
Kate needs to interrupt Jack’s walkie talkie yell message to ‘run’ and tell him quickly that they are on another island and there is nowhere to run.
Ben: Well, Jack I'm very disappointed in your decision.
Jack: Well, Ben, at least you won't have to be disappointed for very long!
Kate: No, Sawyer. We're a team. You break the rocks, I haul them away.
Pickett: (opening Sawyer's cage) All right. Fine. Lord knows I wouldn't want to break up the team.
Sayid: So you believe that this monster decided that Eko was supposed to die?
Locke: I believe Eko died for a reason. I just don't know what it is yet.
Jack: I'll get it out, your tumor. And I'll keep you alive. But I need your word. I need what you promised me before. I need to get the hell off this island.
Locke: When the hatch exploded, your prayer stick fell out of a tree right on top of me. So, Sayid and I came out to get it, because it didn't seem right to bury you without it. I'd like to think you died for a reason, Mr. Eko. I just hope that it's not too long before we find out what the heck it might be.
"When I was in residency, my first solo procedure was a spinal surgery on a 16-year-old kid. A girl. And at the end, after 13 hours, I was closing her up and I accidentally ripped her dural sack. It's at the base of the spine where all the nerves come together. Membrane as thin as tissue, and it ripped open. Nerves just spilled out of her like angel hair pasta, spinal fluid flowing out of her and the terror was just so crazy, so real and I knew I had to deal with it. So I just made a choce. I'd let the fear in, let it take over, let it do it's thing. But only for five seconds, that's all I was gonna give it. So I started to count. One, two, three, four, five. And it was gone. I went back to work, sewed her up and she was fine."
- Jack (story told to Kate in episode 1.01, and referenced in this episode by Jack)