In Pearl station, Nikki's enjoying the orientation video (the one where Dr. Marvin Candle calls himself Mark Wickman), while Desmond, Locke, and Sayid poke around the wiring behind the bank of televisions. Paulo's nowhere to be seen. Sayid says the wiring is only one way, that it's a closed system. Nikki asks what the other televisions are for and rewinds the orientation video so she can replay the part where Candle/Wickman talks about monitoring the other stations' projects. "Projects. More than one. So maybe some of these TVs are connected to the other hatches," says Nikki. Locke says he's suddenly feeling very stupid. Yeah, especially considering he already turned on a television and discovered he could observe Swan station, no? I guess he's forgotten that. Sayid says he could try to "patch in one of the other feeds," to see if they can get another picture. So what did his "closed system," "one-way wiring" explanation mean? I have no idea. I think Sayid makes up his electronic blah-blah as he goes along, depending on how best it suits the plot.
Anyway, we hear a toilet flush, and Paulo comes out of what appears to be a bathroom. "The toilet works," he says. See what your open call for adventurers gets you, Locke? Paulo Bundy over here.
Sayid futzes with the wires a bit more, and one of the monitors comes on, showing a small room with banks of electronic equipment. "Those are computers! Great. That's what you're looking for! Now we can get out of here," says Paulo, munching on some fruit. I really hope Paulo won't be allowed to inflict his uselessness on any future expeditions. I also really hope he gets E.coli since no one ever taught him to wash his hands after going to the bathroom.
Just then, a face enters the screen, a man wearing an eyepatch looking directly at the camera. Nikki gasps. I might have too, had the ABC idiots not blown it by showing it in the previews last week. Everyone watches, rapt, as the man tilts his head quizzically, then reaches towards the camera, and turns something. The monitor reverts to static. Locke's really enjoying this. "I guess he'll be expecting us," he says, smiling.
Juliet enters the room across from Jack's cell, while he's pacing the floor. He turns towards her. "What, you don't trust me anymore?" he says. She says she trusts him just fine, but she's going to put a movie on. She's got a cassette she pops into the VCR even as Jack is all, "I'll pass on the movie." She insists that he'll like it.