The Orchid. Ben continues to put metal into the vault while Locke demands to know why Ben killed Keamy and condemned the boat to destruction. Ben claims that it was an impulsive decision made in the heat of the moment. Ben: "Sometimes good command decisions get compromised by bad emotional responses. I'm sure you're going to do a much better job of separating the two than I ever did." I love it when Ben mocks Locke. It makes my job so much easier. Ben throws a switch that closes the door to the vault. Locke asks what Ben is doing, and then screams at him to answer. Ben: "If I were you, I'd duck." Locke does, and there's a small explosion in the vault. There's some sparking in the chamber, and Ben tells Locke that he has to change.
On the beach, Juliet is heavily into a bottle of Dharma rum. She looks unhappy. And then Sawyer swims up to the beach. He's shirtless, but he's still wearing his jeans. He'd be a lot less tired if he had taken those off. This is one of those times I wish this show were on HBO. He walks up to Juliet and says, "Nice day for a swim!" Drunken Juliet asks him what he's doing there, and he tells her he decided to take a dip. He notices the rum and asks what she's celebrating. She tells him she's not, and then nods off to the horizon. Where we can see the black smoke rising from the wreckage of the freighter. Sawyer: "That our boat?" Juliet: "It was." And it just now occurred to me that Sawyer must think Kate and the others were on the boat when it blew up. That'll give him some survivor's guilt. Commercials.
Orchid. Ben puts on a parka. In response to Locke's questions, he explains that he's going somewhere cold, but that Locke doesn't need a parka because he's not coming with Ben. Locke insists that he is, and points out that Jacob told Locke what they had to do. But Ben points out that Jacob didn't tell him how to do it, because he wanted Ben to "suffer the consequences." Locke asks, "What consequences?" Ben: "Whoever moves the island can never come back." Ben tells Locke to get on the elevator and go find Richard and the Others, who are waiting for him. They're "ready, willing, and able to share what they know." But not with us, I'm betting. Ben says that they will do whatever Locke tells them to do. I can already see that'll be a disaster. Ben says goodbye and offers his hand to Locke: "Sorry I made your life so miserable." They shake, and Ben walks away. Locke asks what he's supposed to tell the Others to do, and Ben tells him that he'll find his way.