Ben's Cabin; 2007: Sun is sitting on the front porch when Ben comes out from unplugging Smokey's drain or whatever that was, and is looking for Locke. Sun says Locke had something to do; she didn't ask what. She then muses that Jack must have lied about Locke being dead. She's trying to figure out scenarios in which Locke could have faked his own death, but Linus assures her he really was gone. "Trust me. I'm sure." Ask him how, Sun. Ask him how! She doesn't listen to me. Instead, she asks Ben if he knew John would come back to life if they brought him back to the island and Ben says, "Sun, I had no idea it would happen. I've seen this island do miraculous things. I've seen it heal the sick, but never once has it done anything like this." Then he gets to say the episode title: "Dead is dead. You don't get to come back from that, not even here. So the fact that John Locke is walking around this island? Scares the living hell out of me." And oh my word, I think he's telling the truth again. I think he was faking when he told Locke he "knew" it would happen, and is telling the truth now. But only if I don't think about it for too long. When I think about it for too long it doubles back on itself and I think he's lying. Then I decide he's lying both times, or neither time, which doesn't make any sense, so clearly that's the right answer. Oh help.
There's a rustle in the bushes and Ben warns Sun to go inside, "Because what's about to come out of that jungle is something I can't control." And he's telling the truth again, because it's John Locke! John can't believe it's taking this long and suggests they go to it, instead. Ben says he only knows how to summon it, he doesn't know where it is. Locke says, "I do." Commercial.
Inside Ben's cabin, Locke makes some torches as he tells Sun that all this being alive again stuff is weird for him, too? "But I assure you Sun, I'm the same man I've always been." He doesn't seem to be lying exactly, but there's at least more to him now, don't you think? When Ben joins them and Locke asks if he's ready. Ben says, "Lead the way," and shakes his head. And we jump to...
Long Beach Marina; 2007: Ben calls Charles Widmore and gloats that he's going back to the island. Charles, who is standing outside Widmore Industries, tells Linus the island won't let him. "Trust me. I've spent almost 20 years trying to return." And people are in a tizzy about this, because at most, it's been 15 (because the conversation is happening in 2007) -- should we give him a pass for rounding up? Charles strikes me as melodramatic, anyhow. If he's spent an hour doing something, he's worked on it all day, you know? Besides, we need to direct the full breadth and depth of our fannish wrath at the show for being too lazy or cheap to cast a 24-year-old actor in the part of 24-year-old Ben. I know wee Ben morphs into current Ben unbelievably well, but there had to be someone you could have cast as the young-man version, Show. Yes, other than Daniel Radcliffe, I mean.