Next, Daniel is at the backdoor to the hatch, banging on it like he'd just stopped Sawyer from doing. He's pleading, "Please let this work," over and over again. And hey, I like most of these characters (or enjoy watching them, at least) even Daniel, but after the way he lectured Sawyer, I'm sort of hoping it doesn't work because I'm mean like that. I am not a "the rules apply to everyone but me" sort of person. Finally, Des comes to the door, yellow Haz-Mat (ish) suit on -- rifle cocked and ready. When Daniel begs him not to shoot, Des says, "Then you'd best explain why you've been banging on my door for the last 20 minutes, brutha." Desmond wants to know if Daniel is "him" -- namely the person sent to relieve Desmond from typing in: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42, every 108 minutes -- in order to save the world. And of course Daniel's not, so when Des asks if they know one another, Daniel goes into a whole big, "I need you to listen" spiel, like every other character on this show does when they don't want to answer a straight question. "You're the only person who can help us because, Desmond, the rules... the rules don't apply to you. You're special. You're uniquely and miraculously special." So like a snowflake, then? When Des asks Daniel what he's talking about, the buzzing that comes right before the flash starts to buzz. Daniel says, "Okay, listen to me. Listen! If the helicopter somehow made it off the island, if you got home..." Des wants to know what helicopter and what Daniel's going on about, so Daniel continues. "Listen, I need you to listen, or people are gonna die. My name is Daniel Faraday, and right now, me and everyone else you left behind..." this is so urgent he can't even give a nod to grammar. "We're in serious danger. You're the only person who can help us. I need you to go back to Oxford University. Go back to where we met. I need you to go there and find my mother." The noise intensifies. The sky brightens. "Her name is..." FLASH!
As if from a nightmare, Desmond wakes with a start. Penny, hearing his moans, turns on the light and asks if he's all right. When Des says he was on the island, Penny reminds him that he's been off for three years and that he's safe now -- that it was just a dream. Desmond says, "It wasn't a dream. It was a memory." Donning his sweater (what a shame) he makes his way to their boat's deck, while Penny asks where he's going. Do you ever wonder why she searched so long and hard, far and wide, for this seemingly high-maintenance Scot? Me, neither. As he hauls up the anchor and does other sorts of boat-y things for which I don't know the appropriate terms, Des tells Penny that they're going... to Oxford. DUN!