Desmond complies, sliding into the passenger seat next to the guy, played by Alan Dale, who is apparently on The O.C., which I suppose I'd know if I could be bothered to watch that show, but I know him a little better as Vice-President Jim Prescott from Season 3 of 24. If you don't know the type, just imagine Lost called up Wealthy Industrialist Central Casting and asked for a self-made man. There's a couple of boxes on the seat between them, and Desmond asks if Old Bastard brought him a present. Two presents, actually, says the guy. One box contains Desmond's past, the other his future. Desmond opens up the Past box, presumably. It's crammed with letters, in orderly rows and bunched with rubber bands. Desmond gives a snort, and picks up a bundle, rifling through them, and we see they're all addressed to a "Penny Widmore," with the return address bearing Desmond's name. Sounding not exactly shocked, he says, "You're a bastard, you know that?" That's what I said! Old Bastard says as far as Penelope is concerned, Desmond's forsaken her, and that's they way it's going to stay. O.B. says she's getting married. But hey, it's not so bad! Remember, I got you another present? Old Bastard lifts the lid on the other box, and it's full of cash. "This is for your new life, away from my daughter. The conditions are simple: no contact, no calls, no post. You just...run away, Desmond." Desmond wants to know why Old Bastard thinks he'd just run away. Old Bastard leans in close: "Because you're a coward," he says. Desmond stares at him, but doesn't say anything. Stand up for yourself, Poindexter!
Nighttime back on Craphole Island, with Sayid telling Jack that he's got a plan now to turn the tables on ol' compromised Michael. They'll use Desmond's boat. Sayid says the Others will set the trap for them in their camp. He knows this how? In fact, wouldn't it make more sense for the Others to ambush them along the way, and not run the risk of more Lostaways learning the way to their picturesque fishing village? Oh, wait -- there I go, pointlessly asking questions that start with "wouldn't it make more sense..." again. Sorry about that. Anyway, Sayid's saying, "While Mike leads you by land, I can approach far more quickly by sea. And I can go ashore undetected." His plan is scout their numbers, weapons, etc., and then go to the nearest beach to start a signal fire, so the Lostaways can meet up with them and go in together. I gather he'll be using those super-special leaves that burn black smoke only visible to the Lostaways, and NOT THE NEARBY OTHERS.