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It's hard out here for a gimp

And Eko's found a three-quarter videocassette. "John," he says, softly, and shows him the case, which is labeled with the Dharma White Spot logo, with "Orientation" printed underneath.

Naturally, the old tape player works perfectly. We get a couple of title screens, identifying this as The Dharma Initiative/5 of 6/Orientation, and then we learn that this is Pearl Station. And here's Dr. Marvin Candle again, only he's wearing a turtleneck and sport jacket instead of his scientitian's jacket. And he's calling himself "Dr. Mark Wickman" this time. Wax off. "Station Five, or the Pearl, is a monitoring station where the activities of participants in Dharma Initiative projects can be observed and recorded, not only for posterity, but for the ongoing refinement of the initiative as a whole." We see a shot of people doing calisthenics while the DeGroots watch and take notes, with "Wickman" babbling about "careful observation" and "complete awareness." He tells Locke and Eko that their tour of duty will last three weeks, and they ("you and your partner") will observe a psychological experiment in progress. "Your duty is to observe team members at another station on the island," continues Wickman/Candle. "These team members are not aware that they are under surveillance, or that they are the subjects of an experiment." Locke glances over at the screen showing the goings-on at Swan Station. He looks less than impressed. Wickman says they'll record everything in the provided notebooks. Oh, and what's the nature of the experiment? We don't need to know. What do the subjects think they're accomplishing? Don't need to know. "All you need to know is the subjects believe their job is of the utmost importance," says Wickman, adding that everything that happens, however seemingly trivial, must be recorded, and when a notebook is filled, it gets rolled up, stuffed into a container, and loaded up in the pneumatic tube. "And presto, it will be transported directly to us." "Presto"? Like it's magic? Wickman says at the end of their eight-hour shift, they're to head to the Pala (?) ferry, which will take them back to the barracks, and then something about preparing for their next shift. There's been a few staticky spots, so maybe there's an upcoming episode where they find a head cleaner in yet another bunker, and we'll be able to see the whole Pearl orientation video. Blah blah blah, behalf of the DeGroots, Hanso, blah blah blah, thank you, namasté, good luck. The end screen says the movie is copyright 1980, the Hanso Foundation.

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