Island Reality; Lost-Away Beach: Sun wants to know how long Ilana plans to hang around the beach camp. Ilana's rather short with Sun and she tells her she's not sure yet. When Sun says she wants to find Jin, Ilana reveals that she wants to find him, too. "...Your last name is Kwon; so is his. I don't know if I'm supposed to protect you, him, or both of you." Sun -- who, my word, has beautiful lips -- is all protect us?!? Ilana explains that she must protect the remaining six candidates who are still in the running to replace Jacob. When Sun wants to know what replacing Jacob entails, Ilana snarls, "If you're the one selected, I imagine you'll find out." Sheesh, Ilana. Take out your issues on Ben, not Sun, for heaven's sake.
Island Reality; Clearing: Hurley lies in a meadow dreaming and talking in his sleep about cheese curds, as I dream about yelling at the writers for playing the Hey Have You Noticed Hurley is a Rather Large Fellow note, over and over this season. Enough! We're quite clear on that, guys, as is, I'm sure, Jorge Garcia. But he's ours, and we love him, so shut the hell up. Jack wakes Hugo, saying he wants to make it to the Temple by nightfall. Hurley tries to stall, and it's evident, so Jack starts off. Hurley hustles to catch up with him and tries to misdirect him, but Jack clearly remembers the way they came.
While the guys are arguing, Richard Alpert shows up and tells them they're both wrong. When Jack asks where he came from, Richard says, "You wouldn't believe me if I told you." Jack: "Try me." Richard shakes his head. "Not yet." Audience: "We're running out of time!!!" Richard ignores us and walks off, saying, "If you want to go to the Temple, it's this way." When he's gone, Hurley asks Jack if he trusts Richard. Jack gives Hurley the stink-eye. "At least he's not stalling." Heh.
Beach: Ben digs through Sawyer's stash, and finds a skin rag (Title: Booty Babes: "Big, Bouncy, Beautiful Buns"; the graphic on the model's flank reads "The 'B' Spot"; Other headlines include: "Going There" and "Getting to the Bottom of It"). He also finds a book: Benjamin Disraeli -- Justice and Truth in Action. There's no author's name on the book, and I can't find any evidence that it exists. "Justice is truth in action," is a famous Disraeli quote, though. While considering the "Buns" magazine, Ben clutches his metaphorical pearls as he tsks the things some people will bring on a trip. Word, Felix. He doesn't give the Disraeli book much attention and completely ignores the most pertinent book lying right in front of him: Chiam Potok's The Chosen. Oh my word, that book. That book! I love it and I want to go on and on about it right now, but I think I'll save that for the end, to spare those of you who just want to get on with the show.