Desmond has had another one of his flash-forwards. He sees Hurley lifting the cable near where Danielle was first contacted; Jin is there, too, and Penny shows up somehow. Perhaps most importantly, Charlie is killed when one of Danielle’s booby-traps shoots an arrow into his throat. Desmond is obsessed with assembling the crew he saw in the vision, and ensuring that nothing is changed – including making sure that Charlie is killed. Desmond believes that if he can keep things the same, Penny will suddenly be on the island.
Under the guise of a camping trip, Desmond gets all the guys to go. They reach the cable on the beach and camp there for the evening. In the dark of night, they hear a helicopter engine, then something – or someone – is dropped into the jungle, just before the helicopter crashes into the ocean.
In the morning, the guys head out toward where the thing was dropped. Desmond reaches the place where he saw Charlie die, but he changes his mind and saves Charlie’s life instead. They continue on, finding a parachutist hanging from a tree, wearing a full helmet, face and body fully covered. Desmond cuts the lines, pulls of the helmet – and it is not Penny – it is a dark-haired woman who says his name before passing out.
Camp life: Sawyer entices Jack to play a few games of table tennis, and finally finds something he can beat the Doc at. Kate sees Jack and Juliet having dinner together and talking quietly and up close; she promptly barges into Sawyer’s tent and jumps on him. Later, Sawyer figures out why she did what she did and confronts her about it.
Desmond’s flashback backstory:
After dating a girl for six years, Desmond got drunk and joined a community of monks, without even stopping to tell the girl he had changed his mind. He took a vow of silence for a time, then became a part of the community. As a nonice, he seemed well on the path to full monkhood. But after finally confronting the girl whom he stood up, he gets caught in the act of getting drunk on a couple of expensive bottle of monk-produced wine. Kicked out of the monkery, he meets Penny on his way out, and the attraction is mutual and immediate, even though she looks just a little like the Cat in the Hat (I’m serious – the corners of her mouth curl up just like his do).
Is anyone else getting just a little sick of these backstories? I mean, they’re not horrible or anything, but in some cases, they are also not revealing anything new or relevant or important about the character. Yes, Desmond is a coward; Desmond is scared. We already knew that. Well, here’s another example.
When Desmond turns in his robes, the monk has a photo on his desk. The photo is of the monk standing next to Ms Hawking (the jewelry store woman who knew all about time travel). By the way, the photo is a quick a dirty job, and obviously Photoshopped (of course, it is only really visible if you freeze-frame).
Why does Jin want to go camping? Isn’t ‘camping’ what they do every single day already?
Desmond: It was, it was like a sorta jigsaw puzzle. Only, I didn’t have the picture on the box so, I don’t know how the pieces fit exactly, but one of the pieces, the first one, it was your pulling the cable out of the sand.
Hurley: So, what are the other pieces?
Desmond: If I tell you that, it'll change the picture on the box.
Kate: It's strange huh?
Jack: What's that?
Kate: Being back, not, looking for a way out of a cage. Not finding a reason to go running off into the jungle again; I almost don't know what to do with myself.
Jack: Well enjoy it. I'm sure something will go wrong soon enough.
"If we don't play every 108 minutes, the island is going to explode!"
- Sawyer (explaining the workings of the ping pong table to Jack)
"You need me to make you a mix tape?"
- Sawyer to Kate
Sawyer: Did you tell him?
Kate: Did I tell who what?
Sawyer: You know, did you tell the Doc ... about you and me?
Kate: No, but he knows. He saw us in one of their surveillance monitors.
Sawyer: I thought you said the camera was broken.
Kate: Well, they had another camera.
"Hope I'm not interrupting. You two arguing over who's your favorite Other?"
- Sawyer (to Jack and Juliet)
Charlie: Why didn't you tell us [about the parachutist]?
Desmond: Would you come if I had?
Charlie: Of course. Why wouldn't I?
Desmond: I didn't want to tell you because I didn't want anything to change.
Charlie: Fair enough. Look, if whatever your seeing leads to your girl getting us rescued, why would we want to change anything, right?
Desmond: If the flashes don't happen exactly how I saw them, the picture changes. I was supposed to let you die, Charlie.
Charlie: What's that supposed to mean?
Desmond: It means it's bloody pointless! I keep saving your life and what good is it, then? It's just gonna keep happening again and again. Maybe that's the point, ya? Maybe, it's a test?
Desmond: Like God testing Abraham. Except, that I failed because I changed what I saw.