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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Meanwhile, back at Camp Richard... Miles, Charlotte and Daniel are alone in their tent again, so Miles asks about the hydrogen bomb. Daniel says, "Back in the '50s, the U.S. Government tested H-bombs in the South Pacific." Charlotte changes the subject though, because she wants to hear Daniel say he loves her again, so she of course leads with, "You didn't have to say that... That you loved me." Her face lights up -- smile glows so brightly that I think she's lying. "I mean, there are plenty of other ways you could've convinced him you weren't going to blow up the entire island." Blink blink flirt flirt. Daniel tells her he said what he said because he meant it. And he's so sincere that... I feel like I'll regret it if I believe him. I mean, I don't think he's up to anything nefarious, but I wonder if he's trying to be her constant, the way Penny is Desmond's. And of course, there's no reason a true confession of love would rule that out. It's just that relatively few of these characters seem to tell the truth. O! Paranoia, thy name is Lost fandom. Miles just looks at them as if to say, "Oh get a room. I mean a tent. Another tent." Just then Ellie enters, shoves Miles around a bit, because she's wee and young, but tough in her Heidi-esque hairdo -- then she leads Daniel out of the tent. He promises Charlotte he'll be back soon, and once he's gone, she seems overcome by his profession of love.

Ellie takes Daniel to Richard who frees Daniel's hands, while he borrows his ear. "Whatever your, uh, your superiors told you, I want you to know the truth. A month ago, we found 18 members of an army battalion, right here in our jungle here, setting up this camp. We gave them the opportunity to leave the island peacefully. They weren't willing to do that, so I was forced to kill 'em. All of 'em." Daniel asks who "forced" him. Richard says, "Y-you answer to someone, don't you? You follow a chain of command, right?" When Daniel affirms this Richard says, "Yeah, well, so do I." Oh hai, Jacob! I can haz bossman?

Just then, Jones runs back to Camp Richard, hollering for its host. He refers to his victim-comrade as Cunningham, but I prefer Nameless Commando, because it requires less FIND + REPLACE on my part, but I digress. Anyhow, Jones LIES: "Cunningham and I -- a group of them surprised us. We were outnumbered, but I escaped." Ellie calls him out on the "outnumbered" claim, so Jones says, "Shut it, Ellie," in a way that turns my head, but more on that later. Jones then asks Richard who Daniel is. Richard explains Daniel is going to help them take care of their "problem."

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