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.
Outside Kate's, Locke asks Abaddon if he found Helen Norwood. Abaddon replies that 3 years is a long time and people move and blah blah blah pants on fire. Locke calls him on his B.S., noting they found everyone else, even Sayid who was in the middle of nowhere. "Your job is to get people to where they need to get to? Well I need to get to her." You go, John Locke. Get down with your bad self.
Santa Monica, CA; Daytime; Cemetery; Helen Norwood's Headstone; Whenever: If the headstone isn't a fake, Helen died on April 8, 2006. On this show, nothing is written in stone, even that which is. Abaddon says a brain aneurysm took her. Locke explains that Helen loved him and they could have been together, but he cuts himself off after, "If I'd just..." Abaddon says, "Maybe you could have. That wouldn't change anything. She'd still be gone." Locke wonders if she would. Abaddon squats down next to Locke's chair. "Helen is where she's supposed to be. As sad as it is, her path led here. And your path, no matter what you did or what you do, your path leads back to the island."