Jack and Locke have issues with each other. Sayid is upset over Shannon, who he’d forget by season 6. Jack is really annoying. The 108 countdown reaches zero and weird hieroglyphics appear. Sayid beats the snot out of Henry Gale. This was okay. The mystery of Henry Gale would be spread over several eps. But watching it in retrospect and knowing that Henry Gale is a fake name and that the man who Danielle ‘captured’ is in fact Ben (Michael Emerson) who set up his entire capture, it’s funny to see how he plays everyone by lying non-stop.
“He’s lying! He’s lying!”
Ana Lucia gets Henry Gale to draw a map to his hot air balloon and then she, Charlie and Sayid head off to find it. Henry Gale’s map is hilariously crude with stick figure mountains and directions like: Go Around Mountain and Balloon In Small Clearing. Also Ana Lucia apologies to Sayid for shooting Shannon and Henry Gale lets his Ben show. This was good.
“You flew around the world in a balloon and you don’t think you can draw up a good map?”
“Jack and Locke are a little too busy worrying about Locke and Jack. All I wanna know is if this guy’s telling the truth.”
“And once we find out he is one of them, then something will have to be done.”
“Wow, you guys have some real trust issues, don’t you?”
Hurley beats up Sawyer as people stand around laughing. Hurley has flashbacks and Libby was in a nuthouse. Henry Gale let himself spend a night in a net, was shot with a crossbow, was beaten to pulp by Sayid and spent days on hunger strike. And season 3 revealed he did all that while suffering from a spinal tumour. Ben had a frightful will. This was okay.
“I am not a bad person!”
“What possible reason could I have for putting myself through this?”
“Did you get caught on purpose? You and your people have been here for God knows how long. And you get caught in a net.”