So finally she asks how the surgery went, and the look on Jack's face says as much as he needs to about how extensive the damage was and how he did as much as he could. She watches him the whole time. "I couldn't repair it," he says, blinking back tears. "You're going to be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of your life." She glances downward. "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry, Sarah." Calmly, she says, "You're yanking my chain, right?" and Jack says no. "Then how come I can wiggle my toes?" Jack's all, whuh? He glances down at the end of the bed, where sure enough, her feet are moving underneath the sheet. Hey, Jack: lift it up. Seriously, LIFT IT UP. He pulls up the bed sheet (going up a little high, aren't you, doctor), and pulls out a, um, surgical pokey thing from his pocket and stabs Sarah in the leg with it. "Can you feel this?" Yes, she says. He tries the other leg. "Can you feel this?" Yes, she says smiling, and he pokes her a few more times, with her saying yes each time. And he's almost completely bawling by this point, looking kind of like I looked by the end of March of the Penguins (as an aside: if you see just one penguin-themed movie this year, let it be that one).
Back to the present day, where Locke has somehow pissed off enough people this episode to earn two guns pointed at his head. "Move, and I'll kill him," says the second gunman, hiding himself around the corner, as though his brogue doesn't give him away instantly (at least to us, if not to Jack, who as far as we know only met Desmond the once). Jack doesn't put the gun down, but asks where Kate is, with Locke saying that it's okay and Desmond yelling for Jack to drop the gun. Jack refuses, so Desmond fires a shot above Jack's head and yells, "Do you want him to die?" Note that Jack doesn't actually say no. He decides to taunt Locke! "Is this what you were talking about, Locke? Is this your destiny? All roads lead here," he says. Locke tells him to calm down. Desmond quickly moves from the side to behind Locke, who still can't see his face. "Lower your gun, or I'll blow his damned head off, brothah!" The closed-captioning actually italicized the "brothah" for us, so even the caption typists are hitting us over the head. Jack looks stunned, and Desmond steps out slightly from behind Locke. His hair's longer, he's unshaven, and he looks quite a bit more maniacal than when Jack met him in the stadium. "You," says Jack. Desmond did all this just because Jack backwashed into his water bottle?