Writer: Have you ever heard of the boy who cried wolf?
J.J. Abrams: I think I read a treatment of that one. Boy cries wolf, has a few laughs...I forget how it turns out.
Previously on Lost: Chaos!
Ahhhhh! It's a giant eye! Or a regular-sized one, watching Shannon. I suppose if I were on that island, looking at Shannon would likely be one of my hobbies. She's reading a book (we're too far away to see what it is, so I'm going to pretend it's something like He's Just Not That Into You and not something from Borges). Sayid approaches, with a box, and as we see that the eye watching Shannon belongs to Boone, God's Friggin' Gift to Humanity. Sayid says he got Shannon a present for helping him with the translations. It's a pair of shoes! Sayid feels it necessary to tell Shannon that he found them in the wreckage, just in case we wondered if Payless had opened up shop on Craphole Island or maybe he made them himself. "They're actually my size," coos Shannon, although she then says that they're half a size off, but the island is making her feet swell. I'm going to assume that's an important fact to note, otherwise why bring it up?
Boone is interrupted in his baleful staring by Hurley, who asks him about his and Locke's increasingly futile hunting expeditions (hmmm. Some think Boone and Locke are looking for Claire, others think they're hunting boar). Hurley, in effect, wants to know what's up. "We haven't had fresh pork on our plate in about a week, dude," he says. Boone says they're trying, and Hurley amiably suggests that maybe they should try harder. I realize Locke and Boone are no longer actually hunting boar, but damn, that's some pressure. Of course, it's only coming from Hurley, who -- how best to put this -- doesn't look used to limiting his pork intake. "People need food," says Hurley. "This isn't a game, man." Not "dude"? At "game," we start flashing back to the sound of a cell phone ring.
And we see Boone leaving the tennis court with his arm around a blonde woman, who, despite her longer hair, I thought at first was Shannon. And considering how the episode plays out, that's obviously intentional. Boone's praising the Non-Shannon Blonde for chasing down a shot that she then returned for the winning shot. It's really just throwaway dialogue that isn't quite as necessary to connect this scene to Hurley saying "game" as the writer seems to think it is.