Locke is in the hospital. He is battered and bruised and bandaged. He is not, however, dead. I guess that would have been a bit of a challenge even for these writers. The cops are at John's hospital bed. They tell him his father is gone. After their encounter (is that copspeak for "throwing your son out a window"?), he fled to Mexico and disappeared. He could be anywhere in the world. The physical therapist kicks the cops out saying that John has work to do. "Work" is apparently codeword for getting used to being in a wheelchair. The physical therapist is definitely a tough love type of guy. When Locke says he doesn't want to get out of bed, the PT says that he doesn't remember asking. He tells Locke that it takes people a while to get used to the chair but Locke will do just fine. Locke says he can't do it. The PT points out that he fell eight stories and survived. There is nothing he can't do. Despite Locke's protestations, he picks him up and puts him in the chair. As the PT leaves to do something, Locke sits in the chair and cries to himself. Sad.
Locke is trying to sleep while handcuffed to a pipe in the basement at Other U. Ben comes in and tells Locke that he really did it this time. Locke is unimpressed and tells Ben that he can stop pretending to be disappointed. They both know that Ben wanted Locke to blow up the sub. That's why he left the c4 in Sayid's bag. Ben tells Richard (the real Richard this time) to un-cuff him. Ben asks Locke if he is going to do anything stupid. What? John Locke? Do something stupid? Never! Ben asks if Locke remembers earlier when he called him a cheater? Well, there he was earlier, shaking hands with Jack, trying to figure out a way to keep Jack from leaving the Island. "To let him go would be a sign of weakness or defeat. But to kill him would also be cheating. Because my people heard me make a promise and I couldn't break a promise. That would be the end of me, too. Then you came out of the jungle to make my dreams come true." Little blue birds and butterflies float between Ben and Locke, forming a heart in the air. They share a soda with two straws and run hand-in-hand down the beach. Then John totally ruins the mood by asking if Ben is going to start talking about the magic box again. Heh. Ben is offended, but says, "No, I am going to show you what was in it." Ooh, magic box!