The flare goes up, but there's silence as the blip leaves the screen. And then -- it comes back. And there is much celebration and shouting. Jin keeps looking and then shushes everyone so they can listen. There's nothing at first, but then the steady sound of a small craft breaking the waves. Then a huge spotlight suddenly shines on them, and they start shouting and waving excitedly and hugging. That's some happy music that's playing right now.
The boat draws closer, while the raftaways make happy noises and say things like "Are we glad to see you!" "What's going on?" shouts the burly bearded man behind the spotlight. Man, there is something so off about this boat. There are no other lights on it other than the spotlight. There's two other dudes on the deck, just sitting there, and somebody in the engine room. "What are you folks doing this far out here?" And Mercutio babbles out this barely coherent story about the plane crash and the island and all the other people out there, and none of the raftaways seem at all weirded out by the biker gang boat party. Because I guess spotlight guy sounds nice when he says, "It's a good thing we found you!" But everybody watching this scene is holding their breath, waiting for the rug to be pulled out, and if you figured it out during that last scene with Charlie, Sayid, and Rousseau, you had some idea what was coming, too. But I don't think that made it any less chilling when Beardo says, "Only the thing is, we're going to have to take the boy." Mercutio says, "What'd you say?" Genuinely confused, not angered. "The boy. We're going to have to take him," says Beardo, with enough menace that some of my hair turned white, and then my stomach turned to water with the bass-note thwang on the soundtrack. Sawyer glares at the boat, and the two crews are silent for a moment. "Hey, what the hell's going on here? Who are you people?" says Mercutio, and you can hear the fear, and the hoping to God that maybe they just mean they'll take the boy to safety. "Just give us the boy," says Beardo, and the two other guys on the deck stand up. "I'm not giving you anybody!" says Mercutio, a little stronger this time. Sawyer reaches around back for the gun, tucked in his pants. "Well, all right then," says Beardo, and shuts off the spotlight.
Sawyer draws his gun, but one of the Deck Dudes has one already out and shoots him. Sawyer spins around, and falls in the water. Jin dives in after him. Meanwhile, the Millennium Falkon-Tiki is boarded, with someone grabbing Walt while Mercutio gets beat up and thrown in the water. Walt's screaming, and -- my god, I had a hard time watching this scene. I can't even fathom what this would be like for Mercutio. I'd freak out if someone kidnapped my dog this way, so I can only imagine it being a million times worse if it were my son. If I had one. Walt screams for his dad as Mercutio thrashes in the water. The person in the engine room (a woman, as it turns out, but from the brief glance appears to be too old to be Rousseau's lost child) tosses what seems to be a Molotov cocktail onto the deck of the raft, and sure enough, it explodes. A terrified Walt rips my insides out screaming for his dad, and a helpless, anguished Mercutio can't do anything but watch the boat take his son away. Awesome scene. Commercials.