Commercials. I'm writing this recap on a Friday afternoon, and boy am I sleepy. (The fact that it's pitch black outside at 4:00 in the damn afternoon doesn't help.) In the middle of the last graph I kinda dozed off and woke up to find I'd typed "that he and aJAck id noting ewong f erwfwefn." That's how totally exciting this episode is!
The Rape Caves. Sawyer menacingly wakes Sayid up, and they dodge and parry for a while, using words they like was blunt instruments. Sawyer suggests he might beat Sayid up; Sayid tells him he left the camp out of shame for what he did. "Sorry, fresh out of sweet forgiveness," Sawyer says. This is one of the scenes where the writers' tendency to add flash and filigree to Sawyer's lines doesn't serve the actors very well. Sawyer asks why Sayid comes back, and Sayid responds with a mini-recap of "Solitary.". His recap's okay; it lacks drunken jokes, but on the other hand it's way shorter than nine pages. Sawyer asks what it was that Sayid heard in the jungle on his way back, and Sayid asks, "Are you going to continue asking me questions you know I don't have the answers to?" This line manages the tricky triple feat of being a) untrue -- how the hell does Sawyer "know" what Sayid does and doesn't know?; b) baloney portentous TV-speak; and c) boring. This whole scene is boring. Boring, boring, boring, boring. I just fell asleep again, dammit, while typing the word "boring" over and over. I think the writers wanted this to be the Lost equivalent of Pacino vs. De Niro in Heat, but the scene's so overwritten, the actors barely have any room to maneuver within their lines. Let's move on. Sawyer leaves.