Arzt mocks the idea of taking advice from a substitute, but when Ben expresses interest, Locke rolls with it. "Just sounds like you care about this place, and if the man in charge doesn't, then maybe it's time for a change." Nice echo, yeah?
Ben appreciates the sentiment but asks who's going to listen to him. Locke smiles and waves. "I'm listening." His smile is creepy, like season-1-orange-peel-smile creepy. Wouldn't it be funny if L.A Reality Locke was actually the formerly formidable Smoke Monster, who staged a coup to gain his freedom, only to be trapped inside of Locke's broken body until he dies? Yeah, I think so, too. Anyhow...
Island Reality: As the wood elves (what?) trek through the jungle, Miles asks Ben what "that thing" back there was. Ben indicates that it's the same thing that killed Ilana's friends. At that, she turns on her heels and says, "And Jacob, right? It killed Jacob too?" Ben nods and talks with his hands as he of-courses her to death, but Ilana's not buying. In a clever callback to Bram's attempted recruitment of Miles (for Team Jacob) in "Some Like It Hoth," Ilana informs Miles she knows his reputation as a death
eater reader, or whatever. Miles clarifies, "I can tell you how someone died, pick up their last thoughts before they check out, but I need to be near their bodies." Except for when I don't.
Ilana, as you'll remember, scooped up Jacob's ashes from the Four-Toes fire pit, so she digs down into her pocket (catch a falling star and put it in your...) and hands Miles the satchel full of Jacob, as she looks sideways at Ben. "So tell me, Miles, how did he die?" Ben soils his granny panties, but everyone's so dirty, sweaty, and smelly that they don't notice. But that's gross, so let's change the subject. I was under the impression that Miles' power didn't work well with cremains, but in the show's defense, these particular ashes aren't spread over a football field, and well... it's not like the show has ever been consistent on Miles' special brand of woo, so I'm not going to start sweating it now, with so little time left. Let's just pretend even Miles doesn't know what Miles can do, and leave it at that.