Sideways: Desmond's face is reflected in the Oceanic arrivals board which reports that Oceanic Flight 815 arrived from Sydney at 10:42 AM, at gate 8. There's no information in the "claim" column though, so Des isn't sure where to pick up his luggage. Hurley passes by and recognizes Des from the flight, so he tells him their bags are on carousel 4. At the baggage pick-up, Des helps a struggling Claire with her suitcase. They chit chat a little. He asks if she knows the sex of her baby. She doesn't. Des says, "Well, you're braver than I. I'm not a big fan of surprises." After he gets his bag, he offers Claire a ride -- since she's having trouble finding the people who are supposed to be picking her up. Continuing her streak of stunning bad choices in every reality, Claire politely refuses, sure her ride must be there, somewhere. They exchange parting words, but then Des turns back. "A boy." Claire: "What?" Des: "Bet it's a boy."
Sidebar: I'm really disappointed that the writers haven't had Original Recipe Jack show more interest in, concern for, conflict regarding, or active avoidance of Claire. I don't care what his reaction is, just that he has one. I think it's been a wasted opportunity.
Des is met by his driver, George Minkowski ( Fisher Stevens), who asks if he wants to check into his hotel. Des wants to get right to the office, though. George offers to get him anything he wants while he's in L.A. -- including lovely ladies of questionable repute. Consider the man your speaking to, George. Get a load of his accent. Does he look like he needs a hooker?
Office Building: Desmond arrives and is sent right in to the office of his boss -- CHARLES FRICKING WIDMORE. Chuckles says, "Welcome to Los Angeles, my friend," and gives Desmond a big back-slappy hug, and warmly fond smile. A white light flashes before my eyes. Oh wait, that's just the commercial.