Exiting the hospital with Sayid and Ben behind him, Jack calls Kate and asks her if she's okay. He's babbling -- like you do when you're blindly following the guy who is moving you around like a pawn on a chessboard -- that she's got to take Aaron and get out of the house. Kate explains that Sun's in town and Aaron is with him, and since she's hunting wild lawyer, she tries to cut the call short, but Jack gets her to give him her location: "Downtown. Wilshire and Olive." He tells her he's on his way, hangs up, and then tells Sayid and Ben he's off to meet Kate, as if they hadn't been standing there the entire time. Ben says he'll go deal with Hurley, but Sayid's all not so fast my former "friend" or at least employer who had me working as a hitman. Ben tries the rational approach. "You have friends in trouble. Let's get them to safety and save the dirty linen for later." Sayid acquiesces, but only if he accompanies Ben, and only if he drives. Sheesh, Sayid. You're easier than I thought. As Jack gets ready to drive off, Ben tells him, "After you get Kate, meet us at the Long Beach Marina, Slip 23. And, Jack? Hurry. We're running out of time."
On the Island; Time STILL Not Yet Known; but It's Dark: Sawyer and his merry band of strand-aways trudge through the jungle, toward the beach. He wants to know what Locke will say to Kate to get her to come back. Locke hasn't figured it out yet, and Sawyer reminds him that Kate was pretty hot to leave. I don't know if you can actually round a corner in a jungle, but they sort of do, and once they do, they spy a pillar of light streaming up from the ground, into the night sky. The gang does their best deer in the headlights imitation, but Miles is the only one with the presence of mind to speak. "What the hell is that?" Locke reels back in recognition. He knows that light. He knows that night, but because he's another Other now, he doesn't share with the class. He only says, "Whatever it is, we'd better stay clear of it." He veers off to the left, thinking his sudden change of course will be lost on the rest, but, although not an Other, Sawyer's like a brother from another mother (and father), so he calls Locke on the fact that the beach is in the other direction and that now might not be the best time for the scenic route. Daniel asks John if he knows when they are. Locke grimaces such that I'm surprised Daniel doesn't shout, "This is my verse, hello!" But he doesn't. And Locke simply says they need to keep moving. Sawyer is frustrated, but he's come to realize he's not going to get straight answers from any of these fools, so he's the first to head off on their altered course. Locke takes a long, lingering glance at the pillar of light, but does not turn into a pillar of salt. Unless you count the sweat, which seems to be pouring off all the strand-aways.