Mainland; Current Day; My So-Called Marina Meet-Up: Kate pulls in at (by, on?) Slip 23, parks, and asks Jack why he called her today. He says he was worried about her. Kate asks why today -- why was he worried today? He hands her the paper with her address written on it, and says, "Right before I called you, Sayid was attacked and the guy that did it -- your address was in his pocket." In all the driving they've done today, this hasn't come up before now? Awkward silence of that magnitude boggles my mind. Kate didn't even know Sayid was in town. She asks Jack why, but he says that right now, all that's important is getting her and Aaron someplace safe. Kate says, "Safe from who?" and I struggle not to correct her.
Another vehicle drives up and Jack's out of his seatbelt and car door like a shot. Perplexed, Kate follows his lead. She watches a man pass in front of the Canton-Ranier Carpet Cleaning van, and her eyes grow wide as she lets his face register. It is so not Sayid. "Hello, Kate," says Ben, being all hands-in-pockets-I-wouldn't-hurt-a-fly. Sayid flanks him and gives Kate a look that I'm pretty sure says: you say the word, and I will kill this amoeba-on-flea-on-rat. Meanwhile, our wee little puppet man Jack stands up like a big boy and tells her, "It's okay. He's with me." You can hear Kate thinking, "He really didn't seem like he was still on drugs. And no, not just because he's clean-shaven, but he must be tripping, if he thinks I'll let him live after setting me up like this." Her mouth, however, only says, "He's with you?"
Jack talks to her as if she were the very slow dog of a very slow child. "I know this is gonna be hard to understand, but he's here to help us -- to help everyone that we left behind. We all need to be together again." Like a family, Daddy?
During Jack's sales talk, Kate and Ben size one another up. And then she catches right up. "It's him... He's the one who's trying to take Aaron." Jack's still all, no way, it's different, he has a soul now, but Ben says, "No Jack, she's right. It was me." A beat and then, "Sorry." Did he just scoff? I think that bug-eyed bugger just scoffed. Kate gets in his face and demands to know why Ben doesn't just stay away and leave her and her son alone. And maybe Ben needs to die to get back to the island, because he takes his life in his own hands when he answers: "Because he's not your son, Kate." The music intensifies and we zoom out from this not-so-tender scene, and then in on Sun. She's sitting in a nearby car, with a sleeping Aaron in the backseat. Upon the front passenger seat sits the surveillance photos of Jack and Ben, the investigative report and her purse, from which she removes... THE GUN! She opens the car door and we jump to...