In the flash-sideways Locke is with Helen, is fired by the vile Randy and gets a job as a substitute teacher. He’s on good terms with his father, has chats with Rose and Hurley and his new co-worker is Ben Linus, teacher of European history. Meanwhile back on the island Richard is shaken and his cool, calm, demeanour seems permanently gone. Fake Locke is recruiting and seems to have a lackey in Sawyer.
Ben, Sun, Lapidus and Ilana bury Locke. Sawyer and Fake Locke visit a cave which is a really obvious soundstage. There are names scrawled on the roof of the cave. Names of possible replacements for Jacob, Kate isn’t one of those names. Fake Locke points out Jacob pushed people to the island. So who is good and who is bad in this scenario? Have Richard and co wasted their lives on the island? This was good.
How does Ilana know all she does? Why is sideways Hurley so happy? Who is the kid Fake Locke and Sawyer saw? Why didn’t Richard see him? Who can’t Fake Locke kill? Why is Fake Locke trapped? Where did the never before seen ladders come from? Who do Fake Locke and Richard know each other? Is Fake Locke telling the truth? Can Fake Locke and Sawyer leave?
“I’m sorry I hit you in the throat and dragged you off the beach.”
“Here’s to being dead.”
“You’re taking this extremely well.”
“What were you doing alone in that house?”
“I’m very sorry I murdered him.”
“This is the weirdest damn funeral I’ve ever been to.”
“Jacob had a thing for numbers.”
“He thought he was the protector of this place.”
“Are you ready to go home?”