Back in the hatch, Locke is doing dishes. A lot of dishes, considering no one's ever there. Jack and Eko come in, and Locke's all, "Back for more tools?" so Jack tells him Eko knows. "Well, there you go," says Locke, sounding not entirely thrilled.
Locke opens the combination lock on the vault, while Jack tells Eko to be careful what he says to Henry. "He's smart and curious. Just give us a shout when you're done." For some reason it kills me that Jack warns Eko that Henry is "curious." Locke says, "If the alarm goes off, don't tell him what it's for." "What is it for?" Locke and Jack exchange glances, since it's not like they have an answer for him. Locke's clearly thinking, "Shut up. That's what it's for." Instead he just opens the door.
So from Henry's point of view, this huge mountain of a man with ripped clothes comes strolling in (although Eko hands his Bible Thumper off to Locke). I think Henry might need to use the washing machine, guys. Eko pleasantly says hello, and when Henry doesn't say anything, Eko extends his hand and introduces himself (using "Mistereko" or Mr. Eko" or whatever). Henry apparently decides that whether Eko plans to hurt him or not, doing what he says is probably the best option, and he shakes his hand and introduces himself too. Eko (after getting Henry's permission) sits down on the cot. "How long have you been in here?" says Eko, like he's from Amnesty International or something. "Two days," says Henry. Eko asks if they're treating him well, which Henry thinks is kind of funny. "I'm a prisoner, and I don't know why, or for what, or..." Eko interrupts him to say that he's a prisoner because they are being careful. "They are being careful because they believe you are lying." Well, that doesn't sound much like something someone from Amnesty International would say. Henry wants to know why he'd lie: "They think I'm one of these Others. 'Other' what?" "Please stop talking, Henry," says Eko, which is something that I wish people said more often on this show. Then he tells Henry about how on his first night on the island he was dragged into the jungle by two men. "I killed these men. Smashed in their head with a stone, felt their blood on my arms." Yeah, Gale's pants are going to need to soak for a while first, too. Eko continues: "I need you to know how sorry I am for this. I need you know that I am back on the righteous path now, and that I regret my actions. I ask you for your forgiveness." "Why are you telling me this?" says Henry, probably worried that it's some kind of trap. "Because I needed to tell someone," says Eko, and then he unsheathes his huge Crocodile Dundee knife. Maybe Locke can be a little more strict in the weapons-confiscating department next visit, hey? Henry's terrified, and then Eko holds the knife under his own chin -- and cuts off those two little scraggly pieces from his beard. Henry's now not so much terrified as he is kinda terrifused. Eko gets up and walks out, Henry staring after him.
Next morning, on the beach. Jack's examining Aaron, who is of course fine - fever's broken, the rash is starting to fade. "Thank you so much," says a very happy Claire, when she should be APOLOGIZING to everybody. Jack says he didn't do anything, which he didn't, and says he'll check back in a couple of hours, and leaves. So Claire reaches into her bag and pulls out the little bootie, which holds while she burbles out a little speech about how once she wanted the Others to take him, but now I know that they're supposed to be together, and she loves him, and I can only imagine why Aaron isn't running as far away as he can from Claire at this point. Probably because his body can't support his giant candy-apple head. Then Claire gives him the bootie, which Aaron promptly sticks in his mouth, and I can only hope that Claire washed that beforehand, but I am not assuming anything. Aaron's an awfully cute baby, though.