They're seated across from one another, so Jack asks Ben what's going to happen to the other people on the plane. Ben looks at Jack like he's got three heads. "Who cares?" Jack clamps his mouth shut and faces forward again. Dude, look into an iPod. The plane takes off and I've got to say, the Oceanic 815 survivors are pretty cool customers. I mean, they're a little nervous, sure, but nobody's screaming like a baby, so I say they win. Once they can remove their seatbelts, Jack goes up to join Kate. He says he wonders how Hurley and Sayid ended up there. Kate's not indulging him with speculation. "They bought a ticket." I wonder about episode 16 from season 3, and how people were leery of Jack for associating with Juliet and if Sun, Kate, Sayid, and Hurley got together and decided to return to save the Strand-aways from Ben (and from Jack, if they think Jack's in Ben's thrall).
Jack says, "You don't think that it means something, that somehow...we're all back together?"
Kate says, "We're on the same plane, Jack. That doesn't make us together." Oh, burn. Or...freeze, I guess.
The captain's announcement saves Jack from anymore of Kate's friendship. "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Ajira Air. This is your captain, Frank J. Lapidus." FRANK! If I had to fly to Craphole, I'd want you in the cockpit (okay, you or Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, and okay, him first and you second). Awesome. He continues: "And on behalf of the entire flight crew, welcome aboard. Currently we're right on schedule, flying at a very comfortable 30,000 feet. So sit back, relax and enjoy the in-flight movie." Kate, Hurley and Jack all recognize Frank's name, so Jack asks the flight attendant to tell the pilot he's on board. Coming out of the story for a moment, I can't decide whether or not it's believable that the flight crew didn't recognize the Oceanic 6 (or 5, I guess). I don't think I would, three years after the fact, but since I can still picture Louise Woodward's face a dozen years after the fact, maybe I'm piping. Anyhow...Jack sits and waits while the flight attendant gets Frank. He exits the cockpit, clean-shaven and looking fine. They chit chat about Frank's job with Ajira, until he gets a good look at his other passengers. "Is that Sayid? And Hurley?" He then spots Kate and Sun, and shakes his head. "Wait a second. We're not going to Guam, are we?" We fade out for a commercial. Heh. Poor Frank.