Shannon announces that she's going with Kate Beckinsale and Sayid on the hike. Boone, God's Friggin' Gift to Humanity says there's no way she's going along. Sayid and Kate watch them fight; Shannon tells her brother to "stop trying to be charming," which is funny, because he doesn't seem charming at all. Sayid and Kate look as if they'd rather watch a John Paul Stevens stag film than hike up the mountain with either of these two bitching harpies. Kate says she doesn't think it's a good idea, to which Shannon replies, "What are you, like two years older than me? Please." Just when I think I'm out, Shannon pulls me back in! Charlie shows up just in time to pitch some woo Shannon's way; he says he's going if she does. With the diminutive, stoned, convict-shirt-wearing Charlie beaming up at her, Shannon appears to wish she wasn't quite so stubborn.
Sawyer sits on an extremely telegenic piece of wreckage, tearfully reading some kind of letter. I don't know what the letter says, but I do know it was written on torn-out spiral notebook paper. He sees the expedition tromping off into the jungle. "You decided to join us," Kate says as Sawyer appears behind them. "I'm a complex guy, sweetheart," Sawyer replies, the line punctuated by a quite inappropriate timpani shot on the soundtrack, as if he'd just taken a blowdart to the neck. Oh, but it turns out that the timpani shot is just the opening salvo in the onrushing Adventure Montage Theme, a full minute of easy-to-recap chugging cellos and wood-blocks. Here's what happens while the Adventure Montage Theme plays: they climb up the steepest, most difficult-to-climb part of the pali.