We switch back and forth between the freighter and Locke, Ben, and Hurley. The chopper arrives back on the freighter with Keamy and his military pals. The doctor (the one whose dead body washed up on the island two episodes ago) is there and ready to treat the wounded soldier. Keamy is hell-bent on destroying everything on the island after his encounter with Smokey. He's pretty aggressive with the captain, and kind of pulls rank on him, revealing new orders calling for death and destruction. Desmond and Sayid know that if they don't get the other Losties off the island, they'll all die, so they convince the captain to give them the freighter's Zodiac launch so they can start ferrying people out to the freighter. Except that Desmond decides to stay, because he's just about had it with the island. When he stays, he witnesses Frank telling Keamy that he won't fly the soldiers back to the island. Keamy's response is to slit the doctor's throat and throw him overboard, as a way of letting Frank know that he really will kill him if he doesn't follow orders. The captain pulls a gun on Keamy, but Keamy is faster and shoots the captain dead. So Frank takes the soldiers in the chopper and flies them back toward the island. When they pass over the Lostaways' beach camp, he drops a satellite phone out of the chopper, enabling the Losties to keep tabs on the people on the chopper.
And Locke, Ben, and Hurley make their way to the cabin. To get there, Locke has to have a vision of a dead Dharma Initiative guy named Horace. Locke leads his gang to the mass grave and searches through the bodies until he finds Horace's corpse -- in Horace's pocket is a map to the cabin. Along the way, we see flashbacks from almost every period of Locke's life (starting with birth) in which he is told repeatedly that he is special and is repeatedly (but unsuccessfully) recruited by Richard, Mittelos Labs, and Abbadon. Locke finally finds the cabin and enters on his own. Jacob's not home, but Christian is there and claims to speak for Jacob. Claire is also there, and seems to be in on... whatever is going on. In the end, Locke emerges from the cabin and tells Ben that the plan is to move the island. Huh.
A hand drops a needle on a 45. (If that doesn't make sense to you, go ask your parents what those words mean.) Buddy Holly's "Everyday" starts to play. (The song was released as a single in 1957, placing this scene at least some time after that). A pretty young bobby-soxer in a big skirt with a bandana in her hair dances around her room. She puts some bright red lipstick on her lips. Whore! A severe looking older woman enters the room and asks Hotlips where she's going. Based on her tone, it's clear she's Hotlips' mother. Hotlips is going "out," with "him." Mom doesn't like that idea, since he's twice Hotlips' age. (Hotlips' name is Emily, by the way.) Emily doesn't care what her mother thinks, since she's in love. Emily walks out of the house into the rain, with her mother shouting after her. And then Emily runs into the street and gets hit by a car.
Bright lights turn into a series of fluorescent tubes passing overhead as Emily is wheeled down a hospital corridor on a gurney. Emily wakes up and is able to tell the nurse that she's almost six months pregnant. With what? A hamster? Because she doesn't look very pregnant. And we cut to Emily giving birth. The nurses swaddle the crying infant and place it in an incubator. One nurse tells Emily that the baby is a boy, and that he's okay but is very early. Emily wants to hold him, but they need to keep him in the incubator and take him away. As the nurses wheel the incubator out of the room, Emily calls after them: "Name him John." And then the incubator blows up. Wow, that really is Locke.
Locke leads Hurley and Ben through the jungle at night. Hurley has all kinds of questions about why someone would build a cabin in the middle of the jungle, and Locke doesn't really have any answers. But he still wants to find it, because he thinks the guy who lives in the cabin will be able to tell them how to deal with the military guys who are trying to kill them all. They stop, and Hurley asks when they're going to get there. Locke looks at Ben and asks him how much longer. Ben: "I don't know. I've been following him" (indicating Hurley). Hurley: "What? I'm not even in front." Ben has no idea where the cabin is. But if Locke thought Ben was the one who knew, why has Locke been walking in front? Ben sarcastically asks Locke what he thinks they should do, and Locke decides they should make camp.
The chopper is approaching the freighter. Desmond is sleeping, and wakes to find Sayid looming over his bunk. No, Desmond, you're not dreaming. Oh, wait, that might be my dream. The two of them walk down a corridor and out onto the deck, just in time to see the doctor examining the wounded soldier. Yes, the same doctor whose corpse washed up on the beach two episodes ago. Don't be so linear, man. The wounded soldier is loaded onto a gurney and Keamy explains that a black pillar of smoke injured him. Keamy approaches Sayid and asks him how many people are on the island. Sayid asks him why he would do that, without explaining that he has no idea since he doesn't know how many Others there are. Their incipient showdown is cut short when the captain asks Keamy what he's doing. Keamy shifts his rage-filled focus to the captain, sticking a gun under his chin and accusing him of having told Ben who Keamy was. The captain denies it, and Keamy asks who did give him up.