Once Faucke is gone, Ben looks over to Ilana, who just happens to be looking back at him. He doesn't dig another shovel full. Instead, he casts his tool in the sand and beats a path through the jungle. Ilana follows -- hot on his heels -- and we flash sideways to...
L.A. Reality: Ben knocks on Principal Reynolds' door. He hands Reynolds a stack of 30 e-mails, covering a 3 month period. "It's pretty lascivious stuff, would be fine if it was private, but they seem to describe acts which took place on school property -- acts which, morality aside -- I think the school board would frown on -- not to mention your wife." Ben states his case clearly and simply. Reynolds is to resign for personal or health reasons, and ironically, because the board holds him in such esteem, he will recommend Linus as his replacement. "So, do we have an understanding?"
Reynolds never blinks. Instead, he shows Ben an e-mail he recently received. It reads:
Dear Principal Reynolds,
I would appreciate it if you could write a letter of recommendation to Yale, on my behalf. It would mean the world to me.
Reynolds holds Alex's rec over Ben's head and puts the ball back in his court (in fact, he threatens to "torch" Ms. Rousseau). And to drive home the point that the Ben in this reality has no frakking clue about the Ben from the Island reality, this reality's Ben does not demand that a letter of recommendation be included with Reynolds' letter of resignation. Instead, he just blinks. We can't help but remember when once, Ben held Alex's life in his hands, but decided the island was where he needed to lay down all his chips. But what will he do this time? Only the future can tell.