Thirty Years Later; Camp Richard By-The-Sea:: While sitting in his beachside tent (at a table!) Richard builds a ship in a bottle. So are you saying Richard arrived on Craphole via The Black Rock, Show? I was figuring him for an Egyptian, what with his affinity for kohl and all. A young woman we've never before seen, Vanessa (Elisabeth Blake), runs up to Richard and informs him that He's here.It's Locke and he comes bearing dead boar, but even with all the crazy time shifts on this show, leave it to our boy Johnny to choose to return during a moment in which a Swine Flu joke just isn't timely. Thanks for nothing, Locke.
Richard says it's been three years since they've seen one another and he wants some exposition, but Locke says they have an errand to do, so he'll catch him up later. Richard notices "something different" about Locke. Locke explains that he's found his "purpose," but my references to The Jerk are tiring even me, and I'm not feeling a Rick Warren reference here (although you can make your own out of that segue if you're so inclined) so I'm adopting Locke's we're burning daylight here, people attitude and getting on with it.
Sun and Ben follow in Locke's wake and Richard seems surprised to see Ben, so Locke explains Ben "helped" him get back, but he leaves out the part where he murdered him. Meanwhile, Sun asks Ben why Locke keeps calling Ben's people his own people. Ben says that once he left, Locke "stepped in." He also tells her Richard's name and describes him as an "advisor" of sorts. "And he has had that job for a very, very long time."
Sun unzips her pack and removes the 1997 photo of the Dharma recruits, brings it to Richard and explains she's looking for her husband Jin Kwon. She asks Richard if he was around in 1977 -- if he recognizes Jack, Hurley and Kate. Richard remembers them quite clearly. "I watched them all die." Locke and Richard both seem to look regretful, but it's hard to tell with the nearly-natives, isn't it? Dun.