The Swan Construction Site: The drilling continues fast and furious and as the crew cools off the equipment with the water from their handy, dandy water truck, Chang calls to the Radzinsky Beast and tells him the Gauss readings just "jumped off the charts." The Radzinsky Beast examines the meter and sees it redlining at 20kG, which I couldn't explain to you if my life depended on it. But it's bad, very bad. It must be, because the Radzinsky Beast is thrilled that they're "on top of the [hot] pocket." Chang warns him to stop drilling or all hell will break lose. Just then, Phil breaks in on the walkie-talkie and warns the Radzinsky Beast about Sayid being spotted at Dharmaville and being rescued by some of the other recruits in a van. Radzinsky freaks because "that hostile knows about the Swan." He orders Phil to bring his men and his weapons and get out to the Swan. "When they get here, we're going to be ready for them."
Jack watches all this from the bushes. Kate finds him, sees he's bleeding from a cut above his brow and asks what happened. Suddenly, Kate likes Jack again, so she can't put two and two together. Jack just laughs. "My talk with Sawyer didn't go so good." I picked up some of his poor speech habits and everything, Freckles. She grabs Jack's bloody head and asks if it hurts. When he says it is okay, she wipes some of the blood away with her thumb, and then with the heel of one hand. Her touch turns to a caress at the end. Oh, these frigging people. Why don't you just love the one you're with. Kate asks if he remembers when she sewed him up, when he first got here. Jack smiles. "It seems like a million years ago." Kate says, "Or thirty years from now." They share a deep meaningful look and I think Jack wonders if that's love he sees in her eyes. I know I do, when a half hour ago, I was sure it was Sawyer and Kate forever. Except I want it to be Sawyer and Juliet and GAH! Jack asks why Kate made him promise to never ask about Aaron. Kate says she was just so angry with Jack for "making" her come back to Craphole. He didn't "make" you Kate. Sheesh. Jack asks if that's why she came back. Kate explains that she came back so that Aaron can be where he belongs -- with his mother. Jack notes that if the Jack Daniels plan works, Claire won't ever come to the island and they'll always be together. Kate reminds him that Claire was going to give Aaron up for adoption, but Jack says they don't know what she would actually do once the time came, which is a good point. "Whatever it is, it would be her choice. If you want to save Claire, this is the only way to do it." Oh, Claire. Sheesh Jack, you could have told Sawyer that she was your frigging sister instead of being all I don't like Monday's, I'm going to shooooot the whole island down." Jack goes on to tell Kate that he needs her to believe that nothing in his whole life has ever felt so right. Kate looks at him like she's trying, but they're interrupted by a loud noise at the Swan site, below.