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The Mirror of Erised

L.A. Reality; Jack's Bachelor Pad: Jack brings home pizza and soda, but David is gone. Is Kate his mother? Sorry, but with the running and all, I couldn't help but go there. Anyhow, Jack calls David, but just gets his voice mail. He leaves a general apology/slash message: "If I did something to upset you, I'm really, really sorry. I'm going to drive over to your mother's house. I know she's out of town, so if you are there, just don't go anywhere." Yeah, good luck with that, Jack.

David's Mother's House: House number 233 is dark and no one answers the bell, so Jack gets the key hidden under a rabbit figurine and lets himself in. David's room is a mess, but Jack looks around and seems surprised or possibly chagrined to find sheet music for Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, which a young Daniel Faraday played long ago and far away. [Maybe Daniel is his mother? - Z] Jack looks at the mirror and finds a strip of photos (you know, like from one of those photo booths) of him and David. He smiles sadly. He then notices David has messages on his answering machine. The first one is from a Dr. Summerland at the Williams Conservatory. She's calling to confirm his slot, "Friday, the 24th at 7 PM." Jack checks his watch and sees that it's about 6:20 PM. While Jack jots down a note, the next message plays. It's one Jack left when he went to Sydney to retrieve Christian's corpse. Of course he doesn't tell the boy that why he's there. "Something happened. And I--I just needed to hear your voice." As the message plays, Jack blinks and swallows. His eyes grow misty but I see no tears. "Um... I guess I'll try again, later. I love you." Jack looks back at the pictures of himself and his son. His eyes are at super-gloss now, but no tears fall. He blinks again and we cut to...

Island Reality; Jack And Hurley's Excellent Adventure: As Hurley leads the way, he says, "This is cool, dude. Very old-school." Jack says, "What?" Hurley explains: "You know. You and me... trekking through the jungle, on our way to do something that we don't quite understand. Good times." Heh. Jack doesn't respond, because how could he, so Hurley asks him, "Why'd you come back -- you know -- to the island?" Jack turns the question back at him, so Hugo tells him about Jacob visiting him in L.A. in the cab, and telling him he was supposed to return. Jack laughs. Hurley says, "What? If you have a good reason for coming back, let's hear it, man." Jack: "I came back here because I was broken, and I was stupid enough to think this place could fix me." Jack turns from Hurley, but if he's crying, it doesn't count until we hear sobs or see the tears on our TV. Hurley apologizes, and a dry-cheeked Jack turns back to him and asks how much further they've got to go. Hugo says they're not far now. They come upon a clearing, wherein sits a big, honking lighthouse, right on the edge of a cliff. The light flashes once. Jack speaks for me. "I don't understand. How is it that we've never seen it before?" Hurley shrugs. "I guess we weren't looking for it..." That is low, dude. Low. We've had fans listening to backwards voice overs, screen-capping brainwashing films, performing major mathematical equations, re-reading classic literature, economists, and philosophers, and scouring sacred texts. There is nothing for which we haven't looked. So screw you, too, Show. Serenity now. Serenity now.

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