Back on the Island, Locke is looking out the window. Ben is doing that irritating talking thing again. He is explaining his feelings about how frustrating it was being in the Hatch with Locke, watching him walk around, knowing he had no business being on his feet. He couldn't even ask him about it without revealing who he was. Yeah, Ben, being a scheming evil genius sure has its downside. Locke says go ahead and ask me now. Ben asks if he could walk the second he got on the Island. Locke says it was immediate. Ben can't believe it. Locke looks at Ben, reading into the meta-message of Ben's questions, and opines that Ben is wondering why it hasn't happened to him. He's not recovering as quickly as he'd like. How long has it been since the operation? How did he get sick in the first place? Doesn't the Island like him anymore? Ben is determined to out-mindfreak him, so he ignores the questions and asks Locke if he wants to blow up the submarine so that he won't ever have to leave the Island again? Locke smirks and asks if Ben has anything to eat. Nothing like subtle mind games and psychological drama to work up an appetite!
Sayid is tied up in the playground. Alex walks up to fetch Sayid's pack for Locke. She and Sayid exchange some eye contact. The Other on Duty asks what she is doing there, she explains, and gets the bag. As she leaves, Sayid calls out, "You're Alex aren't you?" She wants to know how he knows her name. Sayid calmly replies, "You look like your mother." Alex explains that her mother is dead. Sayid laughs and says, "I'm sure that's what they told you." Then Sayid gets smacked down by the Other on Duty and another Other earns his SAG card by telling Sayid to keep his mouth shut. Alex looks bothered as she grabs the pack and heads off. Can I just say: Yay! Someone on this show actually passed on helpful information to someone else on this show! Sayid gets a gold star for Communication. Go to the head of the class!
Locke is wheeling Ben into the kitchen to get a snack, because apparently the hostage situation has turned into a slumber party. Pillow fights and pedicures up next! Ben turns on the light and Locke is surprised that they still have power. Ben snarks that they have two hamsters running on a giant wheel in their underground lair. Okay, I'll say it: Hee! Ben tells Locke that there are leftovers in the fridge and he can help himself. Locke pulls out a roast chicken, and Ben apologizes for eating all the dark meat. Obviously this is the writers' way to say sorry for killing off all the characters of color on this show. Ben wheels himself over to look at photos of a young girl who must be Alex as a child while Locke engages in a one-man chicken eating contest. Ben says that Locke can't blow up the submarine. If he blows up the submarine he will have major problems with his people. Locke really doesn't care. Ben rolls over his toes a few times to get Locke's attention away from the chicken. Ben was born on the Island, but most of the Others were recruited and brought there. As much as they love it and will defend it and everything, they need to know that they can leave. The sub maintains that illusion. Locke stops eating chicken long enough to say, "So you're lying to them?" But Ben won't own up to that. He blames them by saying that they just aren't ready to make the commitment. But you, John Locke, you have already made that commitment. Locke has finally finished off the chicken and turns to look at Ben who is claiming that he can show him things. Dirty! Ben knows that Locke wants to see these things. To know these things. Super Dirty! Go wash your mouth out, Ben!