Sawyer asks Faucke, "Why would he write my name on this wall. I never even met the guy." Faucke insists he must have. We flash back to Jacob handing young and newly orphaned James Ford a pen after his parents' funeral. Faucke continues: "At some point in your life, James, probably when you were young -- when you miserable and vulnerable -- he came to you. He manipulated you -- pulled your strings like you were a puppet, and as a result choices that you thought you made were never really choices at all. He was pushing you, James -- pushing you to the island." Sawyer shakes his head. "Why the hell would he do that?" Faucke tells Sawyer he is a "candidate." He explains that Jacob "thought" he was the protector of the island. "And you, James, have been nominated to take over that job." Faucke passes the torch back again, while telling James his three choices: The first is to do nothing and see how everything plays out. Faucke crosses out Locke's name as he says it's possible James' name will be crossed out. The second option is to accept the job, become the new Jacob and protect the island. Sawyer asks, "Protect it from what?" Faucke raises his voice. "From nothing, James. That's the joke. There's nothing to protect it from. It's just a damned island and it will be perfectly fine without Jacob, or you, or any of the other people whose lives he's wasted." That smells like a lie to me. Sawyer would like to know what's behind door number three. Faucke says, "The third choice, James, is that we just go. We just get the hell off this island and we never look back." Faucke says they do that, "Together," and walks toward Sawyer. "So what do you say, James? Are you ready to go home?" Sawyer looks around and closes his eyes for a moment. Finally, he looks at Faucke. "Hell, yes." Fade to black. Title Card. Bad Robot!
Episode Report CardCindy McLennan: A | 2314 USERS: B+
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