Juliet's getting freaked out, I think. "He was hit by a bus," she says, and Alpert soothingly says he heard she was there when it happened, but that's not Juliet's point: "No! No. In our interview, I said... I said that I wanted him to get hit by a bus." So what's her problem, then? She got what she wanted! Alpert says she's a little shook up right now, but this is just a tragic accident. "You can't blame yourself. I don't even remember you saying that." Really? You don't remember being turned down by Juliet because her ex-husband won't let her go and that she wished he'd get hit by a bus? Red flag! She wants to know why he's here. He acknowledges that the timing is horrible, but they're that serious about getting her to come work for them. "Just give us six months. If you need to, you can be back before your sister gives birth." Juliet's surprised that they know about her sister, but Alpert says they're very "thorough" in their recruitment process. Damn. They should be screening job applicants at CTU. Instead of saying, "Okay, this is highly inappropriate, and more than a little creepy, and possibly homicidal as well, so you need to LEAVE NOW," Juliet asks if her sister can come. "Won't work," says Alpert. "We're pretty remote. She wouldn't have access to the treatment that she needs." Juliet's all, "whuh? I thought you said this was in Portland, not Kabul?" "Well, actually we're not quite in Portland," says Alpert, and he and Ethan both half-smile at her. RUN AWAY RUN AWAY RUN AWAY Juliet!
We flash back to Hydra station. Jack's still waiting for an answer from Juliet, and here it comes: "I've been on this island for three years, Jack. Three years, two months, and twenty-eight days. He said that if I let him live and I helped you... that he would finally let me go home."
So: Juliet's a prisoner? So I guess we're supposed to infer the Others bumped Edmund off so Juliet would be free to go? But... since they wanted her to go to a remote island, why didn't they just kidnap her outright? Why did they set up this elaborate recruitment process if they we were willing to kill to get Juliet? Was it maybe a show of power, to demonstrate to Juliet what they're capable of? I guess. Which means that, after a highly enjoyable episode, all new questions get raised. Chief among mine: didn't there used to be OTHER PEOPLE on this show?