Sidebar: How does Sideways Eloise know, and how much does she know? How much does Charles know? Is Desmond in his employ because he knows, or is that a twist of fate? What do you think? My e-mail's at the end of this recap if you have any theories.
Back at the limo, George has booze waiting for a disconcerted Desmond, but before he can put away a significant amount, or take George up on any of his offers to get him whatever he needs or take him wherever he'd like to go, the musician-son of Mr. Charles and Mrs. Eloise (née Hawking) Widmore knocks on the limo window. Another hopeless romantic, Daniel
Faraday Widmore just recently saw the love of his life -- a striking redhead with brilliant blue eyes, eating chocolate (probably before dinner), who works at the museum. I hope he doesn't mind James Ford's sloppy seconds. Anyhow, when Daniel saw her (Charlotte), that's when things got weird. That night, he fell asleep and then woke and had to write all these hi-tech equations. As a mere musician, Daniel couldn't make them out, but a friend at Cal-Tech (I hope it's original recipe Desmond's friend, Donovan) told him they were quantum mechanics stuff of which lifelong physicists only dream. He can tell Desmond has had the same sort of experience. "What if all this wasn't supposed to be our life? What if we had some other life and for some reason we changed things... I don't want to set off a nuclear bomb, Mr. Hume.... I think I already did." You are correct, sir! Their conversation turns to Penny, whom Desmond dismisses as merely an idea. Daniel says, "No, Mr. Hume. She's my half-sister. And I can tell you exactly where and when you can find her." Squee!
Sideways Des walks into the stadium where his original recipe once ran, in preparation for the sailing trip that would leave him stranded on Craphole. The stadium where he once ran with Jack. The stadium where he once asked original recipe Penny to wait for him. Now Sideways Penny is running there. He watches her, and approaches once she rests. Now she should blow a rape whistle or bust out the pepper spray. This scene should be creepy, but it's not, because their chemistry is instant. These two belong together and I will brook no insolence on that point. Des introduces himself and strikes up a conversation. They shake hands and we cut to...