2007; Jungle; Nighttime: Richard wants to know where Locke was the last three years. Locke seems surprised that Richard doesn't know. Richard recaps the events from the day Ben turned the wheel, and recounts how they were sitting on a log, but then Locke just disappeared. Locke says Richard is about to see where he disappeared to. "And after we're finished with that, I'd like you to take me to see Jacob." Richard and Ben stop dead in their tracks, and Ben says, "That's not how it works, John." Locke asks Richard if this is going to be a problem. Richard tries to stall, but Locke plays his I'm the leader card and gets Richard to agree that he'll do what Locke asked.
Locke leads them right near Yemi's plane and gives its history, then tells Richard that a man will walk out of the jungle who's been shot in the leg. He gives him a first aid kit and tells Richard to remove the bullet from the man's leg, and then tell the man that he has to bring everyone who left back to the island. "And when he asks how to do that, you tell him he's going to have to die." Just then, alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke comes stumbling through the brush. Ben stares. "Who is that man, John?" Locke smiles and turns to Ben. "Me." Richard looks at the director as if to say: Cut to commercial! Cut! Cut! I've seen a lot of crazy shit on this island, but that takes the cake.
Richard tends to alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke's leg, just like he did in "Because You Left." But this time, when alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke asks how Richard knew there was a bullet in his leg, and Richard says, "Because you told me there was, John," and then corrects to, "Well, you will," it makes as much sense as anything else on this show. Meanwhile, Locke and Ben look on, and Ben snarks that this must be quite the "out of body experience" for Locke, and asks how his timing could be quite so impeccable that he could lead Richard to the right place and his alterna-self at the right time. Locke's answer is the same as it's been almost since the minute Ocean 815 crashed and he realized he could walk. The island. The island. The island. The island told Locke when to be there. "Didn't it ever tell you things?" Ben thinks that's the stupidest thing he's ever heard. "No John, and clearly it hasn't told you where Jacob is, or you wouldn't need Richard to show you." Locke says, "You've never seen Jacob, have you?" Whether he's caught in a lie or just jealous, Ben's not answering, but the awkward silence is cut short by the sound of alterna-shot-in-the-leg-Locke FLASHING away from his nursemaid Richard.