Thirty Years Earlier: Sawyer meets up with Jack, Kate, Hurley and Jin on the north point of Craphole. After Sawyer makes googly eyes at Kate, Hurley hugs him so hard he lifts him up. "You're alive! Dude, I can't believe it." Sawyer calls him "Kong," and Hurley cops to missing the nicknames, so Sawyer immediately starts calling him Hugo. Jack and Sawyer shake hands, and then Sawyer and Kate hug, and utter one another's names like they don't mean much. Fakers. Poor Jack stands around like he's the third wheel, but have faith, good doctor. There's a fourth wheel, now. It'll all work out, somehow. Sawyer's all "son of a bitch" about Locke actually doing it -- actually bringing them back. Then he notices Locke isn't there and asks after him. Jack informs Saywer that John is dead, but when Sawyer wants to know what happened, Jack says it doesn't matter. Well, what's he supposed to say? After he was in a horrific accident and while recovering in my hospital, I was a total dick to him, so he checked into a hotel and killed himself, but not before he wrote a note to me making it crystal clear that he only offed himself because I didn't believe him, but by that time, I did believe him. Of all the dumb luck! That's soooooo Locke, right? No, of course not, because even though that's what Jack thinks happened, we all know Ben killed him. And we don't have anyone nearby to exposit on that just yet. Hurley asks about Jin and Sawyer wearing the Dharma jumpsuits, so Sawyer tells them they're in the Dharma Initiative now, oh and by the way, it's 1977. The music spins up and out and then... stops. Hurley says, "Ooo... uh. What?" Dun.
After the commercial, they recap for one another, because there was no TWoP in 1977, and then figure out that both groups have lived out a three-year period since the Escape-aways left the Strand-aways. They've just done so during different three-year periods. Then Miles calls Jin on his walkie. Jin says he's got to report in soon or they'll send out a patrol. Hurley breaks in. "Dude, your English is awesome." And thank goodness, because I'm tired of not hearing Jin fully express himself, verbally. DDK isn't just a pretty face, he's a good actor. It's high time he got something of substance to say in English. Sawyer says they'll bring the Returnees back to the Barracks at the D.I. They can't be wandering around the jungle with the hostiles. When Kate questions that term, he says, "the Others" like she just got off the short bus. Well, she was in the VW bus, so I guess she did.