Every Man For Himself

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No Man Is an Island

Sawyer glares at Ben, then hauls off and socks him. Ben's so-called bodyguards have the slowest reaction time of any bodyguards ever, and they eventually get a loose hold on Sawyer's arms, which could, I suppose, at least slow any further attempts to beat up their boss. "You son of a bitch," growls Sawyer, who would really benefit from a profanity thesaurus. Ben gingerly touches his mouth, then says the rabbit wasn't what he brought Sawyer here to see.

They keep walking, and Sawyer sees it: across the water, maybe a mile away, another island. Or, as Ben explains, it's actually Craphole Island. Ben says where they are now is an island roughly twice the size of Alcatraz. "That over there? That's your island. The one you've come to know and love." He just wanted Sawyer to know there's nowhere to run. Sawyer can't believe that they did all this just to keep him in a "damn cage." Neither can I, since it's apparently unnecessary. "We did all this because the only way to gain a con man's respect is to con him," says Ben. "You're pretty good, Sawyer. But we're a lot better." I agree with that, except for the part about Sawyer being pretty good. Sawyer seems fairly lousy, most of the time. Can't seem to finish the job, usually.

They look at the island for a moment. Ben says it's interesting that it wasn't when they put the pacemaker in Sawyer but when they threatened Kate that he fell in line. "You work so hard to make her think you don't care, that you don't need her, but... " His voice trails off. Then he speaks again: "'A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. It don't make no difference who the guy is, long as he's with ya. I tell ya... I tell ya, a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick.'" "What the hell are you talking about?" snaps Sawyer. "It's from Of Mice and Men," says Ben. "Don't you read?" Apparently, Sawyer doesn't read the whole book before he feels superior enough to throw quotations at people.

"C'mon. Let's get you back to your cage," says Ben, turning to go. Sawyer stands there a moment staring across the water before he follows. On the plus side, at least he doesn't have to worry about getting a boner anymore.

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