It’s been a long couple of days. Jack’s standing on the deck of Penny’s boat, thinking about how hard the next few are going to be when Kate sidles up next to him, a sleeping Aaron in her arms. She tells Jack that if anyone is going to believe their story when they get home, they’re going to have to say that Aaron’s her son.
Kate: Did you know Claire was going to LA to give him up for adoption?
Jack: For reals? Dude. Sucks.
Jack agrees. Before Kate heads off to bed, he tells her one last thing. Tomorrow, he’s going to have to convince everyone that they’re going to have to lie about their time on the island, and that’s not all.
Jack: We have to have sex, Kate. If we don’t, no one is going to believe us. Are you with me, Kate? Tell me you’re with me.
Kate: I’ve always been with you, Jack.
Jack: I’m glad Sawyer’s dead.
Three years later, Kate’s eating lunch with Sun in her hotel. Sun’s going to keep an eye on Aaron while Kate goes to meet with the lawyer who’s been trying to get their blood samples. Kate thanks Sun for being such a good friend.
Sun: Don’t worry, Kate. I have 100 channels on TV and lots of disgusting Korean food to keep him occupied. It’s gonna be great.
Back on the island, Charlotte is still unconscious. Daniel tries to explain what’s going on to Juliette.
Faraday: This is how her brain is reacting to the flashes. Just think of it as… really bad jet lag.
Juliette: Jet-lag? Uh-oh! Maybe we should let her sleep, you know? Can you hand me that napkin? She’s got a little schmutz.
Locke tells Sawyer that they need to head back to the Orchid station. He thinks that if he can get back there, he can figure out a way to get Jack and the others back to the island, he can fix everything that’s happened.
Locke: I have to get them back. Even if it kills me. Get it? Oh wait, nevermind.
First they’ll head back to camp, and take the zodiac around the island. A few moments later, Charlotte finally wakes up. She’s in a daze, and not sure of where she is. Daniel’s right there, by her side.
Charlotte: Who are you?
Faraday: I’m your… husband.
Charlotte: What happened?
Faraday: Nothing. Let’s snuggle.
Another jump, and we see Jack in the hospital with Sayid, pumping horse tranquilizer out of his system. He gets a phone call from Hurley, who says he’s in lockup, but safe from you-know-who.
Hurley: Don’t worry, dude. That no-good so-and-so ain’t never gonna lay his hands on me.
Hurley: So I’m just gonna keep talking really fast so you can’t say anything and then I’ll hang up so we won’t get anything figured out and that’ll give you more crap to do in next week’s episode.
In the next room, a shady male nurse checks in on Sayid, saying he’s got some of his meds. Sayid sees through the clever ruse and goes all Jason Bourne on him. A few moments later, Jack and Ben bust in the room.
Jack: What happened?
Sayid: Sorry, doc. He’s DOA.
Everyone laughs and high-fives, but once Jack finds out the guy had a piece of paper with Kate’s address on it in his pocket, he really freaks out. Jack, Ben, and Sayid all run out to the parking lot.
Jack: Alright! I’ll go rescue Kate. Ben, you get Hurley out of lockup. Sayid, go buy some more leather jackets and walk around all pissed off. Okay? Break!
Back in the jungle, the castaways are making their way back to camp. Faraday asks Charlotte how she’s holding up.
Charlotte: Oh I’m good. Nothing like sore feet to take your mind off a brain aneurysm, amirite?
Farday: Oh! Ahahahahahaha! *cough* I mean… yeah. Totally.
Suddenly, a scream! Sawyer runs ahead to see what’s going on and finds they’ve jumped back two months, when Claire was giving birth to Kate. Seeing his lady love gets Sawyer all weepy, and makes for an awkward moment when Locke asks him what he saw.
Sawyer: Oh it don’t matter no way no how.
In the future, Jack meets up with Kate, who’s been trying to find out who’s trying to take Aaron away.
Kate: Hey, Jack. You shaved your beard.
Jack: No I didn’t! Oh, wait. Sorry. I’m still pretty high.
Kate eventually comes clean about what she’s doing, and Jack’s able to convince her to let him tag along. They tail the lawyer who tried getting the blood samples to a hotel, only to find him meeting with Claire’s mom. Once he leaves, Jack goes inside to talk to her. He says that she has every right to be upset that Kate has stolen her grandson, but maybe she could just be cool about the whole thing. Claire’s mom has no idea what he’s talking about.
Jack: What? You don’t? Wait… did I say your dead grandson? I meant me and Kate were gonna head out, grab something to eat. Well, I should be going.
The castaways come back to find the camp deserted. They discover canoes that someone’s pulled up onshore, and decide to take those around the island to get to the Orchid. They’ve just gotten under way when the mytereous strangers start shooting at them.
Charlotte: Who are they?
Sawyer: Other Others *snicker*. Get it?
Ben and Sayid are heading off to rescue Hurley. Sayid’s been burned one too many times and has trust issues, and we’re not sure if he’ll ever really be able to love again. Even though Ben says things are all cool now, he just can’t believe it. Ben has similar misgivings.
Ben: Why are you trying to rescue Hugo?
Sayid: I had to make sure he was safe.
Ben: … You know that doesn’t really answer my question, right?
The two meet with Ben’s lawyer, who has his fingers in a few different pies, and finds out that Hurley will probably be released the next day. After that, they head to the pier to meet up with Jack and Kate. Of course, Kate isn’t happy to see Ben, which sets Sayid off again. All this is being watched by Sun, who’s sitting a little ways away in her car. She looks back at Aaron and tosses him a gun.
Sun: Okay let’s do this.
Has Sun gone crazy? Will Aaron save the day? Tune in next time to find out!