Kate's chilling with Locke's crew, wanting to get close to Miles so she can find out just what the supposed rescuers know about her. Is it worth getting off the island if she's going to wind up in jail? Miles refuses to say anything until he gets some quality time alone with Ben. Kate enlists Sawyer's help to get around Locke to Ben, whereupon Miles demands the oddly specific figure of $3.2 million to pretend Ben is dead (for the benefit of Miles's employer). Given Ben and Miles are both currently wards of New Lockeonia, Ben's going to need some time to come up with that money. Having given Miles what he wanted, Kate presses Miles for info. Oh yeah, they know all about you, Kate Katherine Austen, and your eight million criminal charges.
But we already know Kate's getting off the island, and the flash-forwards focus on her trial, which doesn't go so well for Kate at first, which means Jack gets called to the stand as a character witness, and he spins a bunch of lies about how only eight of them survived the plane crash, and Kate hauled everyone from the water, gave them mouth to mouth, healed their wounds, and other such halo-building survivor activities. The people's case falls apart, though, when Kate's mom, who has been given six months to live for the past four years, can't testify for medical reasons. Oh, and she really wants to see her grandson, but Kate refuses.
Oh, yeah, Kate's got a son, supposedly, referenced many times off the island, and foreshadowed on, with Kate spending a whole lot of time with Claire and Aaron. So after Kate agrees to ten years' probation, she hurries home (to her impressive new digs) to see her son. Jack, skulking about in the parking lot as Kate leaves court, tells her he wasn't telling the truth on the stand. Not just about the Oceanic Eight's cover story, but about how he doesn't love her anymore (yes, the D.A. actually asked Jack, "Do you loooooove her?" and then made the shame-shame, know-your-name gesture with her index fingers). But he won't come back to the house to see Kate's son.
Because he looks like a little Sawyer? No. Because he looks like an older Aaron. And that's what Kate is calling him.
In other news, Desmond and Sayid have not been heard from since leaving on the helicopter. No one's picking up the phone on the freighter, so Jack and Juliet make Charlotte call the emergency line. When she gets through, the freighter is all, "Helicopter? What helicopter? We thought you guys had the helicopter!"
Also, Locke's frustration is growing, as is his doubt about leading the Losties. Ben's chipping away at his confidence, and Miles doesn't seem all that interested in spilling any secrets. So Locke alters the breakfast menu for Miles. Instead of eggs, New Lockeonia is serving grenades. Locke pulls the pin on one, sticks it in Miles' mouth, and advises him to bite down.
Oh, eye close-up. How I've missed you. Who do you belong to this time? Whose journey will we be following? John Locke wakes up in his snazzy New Otherton house. Let's see what's in the fridge for breakfast: melon, eggs, and sweet potatoes. He fries up some eggs, chops up some melon, and selects for some morning reading material Valis by Philip K. Dick, a work with which I'm not familiar. But if you check the first word on pages four, eight, fifteen -- oh, forget it. I'm a big fan of al fresco breakfast, but Locke appears to prefer the opposite: he opens the basement door and heads downstairs, the food on a tray.
He opens up a padlocked cell door. Inside is Ben. Locke hands him the tray, and the book. "These are the last two eggs," he says. He also makes sure to not hand over the giant kitchen knife that he left on the tray. Probably should have just left that up in the kitchen.
Ben is less than thrilled by the book: "I've already read it." Locke, instead of apologizing for not making a quick trip to the Mystery Friggin' Island branch of Chapters, says Ben might catch something he missed the first time around. Can you think of anything more boring than obsessively re-examining something you've already read or watched, looking for things you missed the first time? Who's got the time for that? ...Oh, right.
Anyway, Locke says he moved Ben from the rec room because he wanted him under the same roof. Aw. That's kind of sweet! Ben wants to know where Locke's other prisoner, Miles, is, but Locke doesn't want to share. Maybe Locke's grossed out that Ben keeps talking with his mouth full. "Actually, I was hoping you would share, Ben, seeing as you claim to have a spy on his ship," says Locke. Ben says he feels for Locke, who couldn't find the cabin, who can't make contact with Jacob. "You're so desperate to figure out what to do next, you're even asking me for help." Ben says it's just like old times, only he's locked in a different room this time. "And you're more lost than you ever were." Or maybe that should be: "And you're more Lost than you ever were."
Locke says he knows what Ben's trying to do, and it won't work. Really? He's figured out Ben likes to get under people's skin? He's sussed that out already? Nice work. Ben is only slightly less sarcastic than I am when he says, "Excellent, John! You're evolving!" Locke then shows just how evolved he is by brusquely taking Ben's breakfast back, then locking him in the cell again. In the hallway, Locke angrily throws the tray against the wall. Way to maintain your poker face, Locke. Inside his cell, Ben smirks slightly.