In the car, Abaddon reminds Locke he's had three failures now (and that's just at this latest quest). He tells him to step up his game or, "We're all in trouble." Locke asks Matthew what he does for Widmore. Abaddon smiles. "You're ready to talk about it now, huh? John, you're not really gonna pretend you don't remember that I was an orderly in the hospital right after your accident? That I was the one who told you to go on your walkabout? The same walkabout that put you on the plane that crashed on that island?" Locke admits to remembering. "I help people get to where they need to get to, John. That's what I do for Mr. Widmore."
Los Angeles, CA; Daytime; Kate's Place; Whenever: Kate refuses to return to the island with Locke. He thinks she doesn't get that everyone's in danger, but Kate doesn't give him a direct answer. Instead, she asks if he's ever been in love and reminds him how desperate (and she says it in italics and everything) he was to stay on the island. She says she finally realized it was because he didn't love anyone. Locke tells her a little about Helen, whom he loved. When she asks why it didn't work out, Locke chalks it up to anger and obsession. Kate replies, "And look how far you've come." Meeee-ow. Is this National Shit on Locke Month? I mean, I get why nobody wants to go back to Craphole -- it's Craphole for cry-yi-yi, and I even get why that might make them somewhat hostile to Locke, but what's with this gang of misfits with checkered, angry, violent, mournful pasts and not particularly perfect presents getting all high horse and tactless in the process? Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Anything more is from the evil one. Yeah, I realize I just totally ignored the context of that verse. Sick kids. Busy weekend. Possibly sick me. You parents out there feel me, right? When your child is sick, that takes up more of your mind than you realize until you try to use that mind, and since I couldn't get that verse out of my head until I typed it out -- well, tag, you're it.