A much less hirsute Desmond is on his knees in a small sparsely furnished room. He is either praying silently to himself or totally moving his lips while he reads. Did you know Desmond was a monk? Did I miss that? Well he appears to be a novitiate. A door opens and a guy who is either a monk or has a real love of natural fiber clothing comes in. He glances at the bible on a table, so I guess he is a monk. He hands Desmond a natural fiber robe and says, "God tests our faith in many ways, so as you know, we have our own test here -- a vow of silence that lasts as long as we see fit. It tests your patience and your faith. Much like a certain television show. Personally Desmond I never thought you would last, so now I stand corrected. For whatever reason your path has led you here and now you are one of us. Welcome, brother." Desmond, now dressed as a monk, says, "Thank you, brother." No, thank you! At last a quasi-reasonable explanation for all that brother crap! Praise be to Jesus!
Desmond and Hurley stroll up to Jack's tent and make small talk until Desmond asks Jack to borrow his first aid kit. Desmond claims to have twisted his ankle. Jack, being the concerned doctor that he is, asks Desmond if he wants him to take a look at it, but Desmond demurs saying he will wrap his own ankle, thank you very much! During this exchange, Hurley stands awkwardly behind Desmond, so pointedly not saying anything that Jack finally asks him if something is wrong. He says no and that he is just helping Desmond. It's all a bit awkward until Desmond says thanks and drags Hurley down the beach. Desmond wants to know what that was all about, and Hurley demands to know if this is like when Claire was drowning and someone is going to get hurt. Hurley says that the only way he will take him to the wire is if he gets an explanation. Desmond says that he saw a sequence of events. Like a jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the box, so he doesn't know how they fit together. Hurley wants to know what the other pictures are, but Desmond won't tell him because if he told him, it would change the picture on the box. Changing the picture because Hurley would try and prevent Charlie getting shot in the neck with an arrow? How dare he! Hurley wisely realizes that Desmond is not trying to stop something from happening but rather trying to make something happen. Desmond flashes to a picture of him and Penny and tells Hurley that he wants it more than anything. Desmond, I know a lot of people don't like Charlie, but Brother, that's cold.