Shannon's still sitting on the beach staring at Boone's cross. We flash back to her father's funeral, with a mourning-clad Shannon having a tough time. Her dad's casket is in some sort of outdoor gazebo thing, which is nice, because the bereaved can get in some croquet while they're remembering Mr. Rutherford. She approaches the casket, and behind her, we hear Boone say, "Death sucks, doesn't it?" Well, Boone would know. She turns around, and is glad to see him, despite his hair looking like -- I don't even know what. I mean, it's a little mullety, and a little parted in the middle with these parentheses of hair on his temples. ["We know it's a flashback; why they thought Somerhalder needed a wig to drive that home for us is a mystery, at least to me." -- Sars] She cry-laughs and hugs him, and he says, "I'm so sorry, Shan." "You came back," she says. Back from where? Something tells me any questions raised by the flashbacks this episode might never get answered. A little ways away, Cruella de Carlyle sees the two hugging and scowls.
Inside Rutherford House, Boone's helping himself to some teacups and asking Shannon where her Marky Mark poster is. "I'm 18, Boone," she says, and so I guess we're seeing a little timeline-fudging going on. Since Island Shannon has said she's 20, that would make the car crash only two years ago, but Jack supposedly met his wife before that. I'm willing to accept Shannon lying about her age if only she had ever demonstrated vanity! Boone complains about the lack of booze at the wake -- fortunately he brought his own scotch, which he puts in the cups. They toast Shannon's dad, and she almost starts crying at Boone's fugly haircut. He invites her to visit him in New York when "all this" is over, which is a nice way to refer to her father's death. She says she'll be living in New York herself if she gets the job with the Martha Graham dance company. And despite me knowing less about ballet than, well, anything, I've heard that name before. Although I suppose it could be I'm thinking of Martha Stewart. Shannon says the internship is a one in three thousand chance, but she might get it. Too bad we know how that turns out. And in case we can't decode Mama Rutherford's frosty glare, Boone has to ask if Shannon's been getting along with her. "She hates me," she says softly. "Just try to talk to her," says Boone, which ain't exactly a denial. Shannon says that Mama Rutherford resented Shannon's relationship with her father from day one. Awww, poor Shannon. She was really sweet, right? It's only because of Mama Rutherford that Shannon became so self-involved, right? Give me a break.