And we're right back to the rain. Desmond is still hunched over, reaching for the coins he dropped on the ground. He turns and sees that the soldier who bumped into him is only around twenty feet away, indicating that he's only been out of it for a few seconds. He enters the phone booth, drops in the coins, and dials. Guess who he's calling. No, just guess. You're right, it's Penny. She doesn't sound thrilled to hear his voice. He tells her that he's in trouble and confused, and needs to see her. She tells him he really is confused if he thinks she still cares for him after he dumped her and joined the army. He tells her that he's about to start a two-day leave, and asks if he can come see her. Does he really still get a leave after pissing off his sergeant so badly? No wonder the British army sucks. She tells him he can't, and also not to bother showing up at her old place, because she's moving. He pleads with her, but she hangs up on him.
And we're back in the sick bay, where Ray is still shining a light in Desmond's eyes. He's clearly noticed that something's happened, and asks Desmond what he just experienced. And then Frank and Sayid enter. Ray starts yelling at Frank, and Frank tells him that Daniel is on the phone and wants to speak with Desmond. Sayid grabs the doc and yells at Frank to give Desmond the phone. And then the doc hits a panic button, meaning that the rest of this scene is played out over a loud alarm sound. Daniel talks to Desmond, and he's pretty good at cutting through Desmond's panic and actually obtaining information. The key piece of information is that Desmond thinks it's 1996. He also learns that 1996 Desmond is at a camp just north of Glasgow. Jack tries to interrupt, but Daniel shuts him down and tells Desmond that when he goes back to Scotland, he needs to get on a train and go to Oxford University. Desmond asks why. Daniel: "Because I need you to find me." Commercials.