Bomb room. Michael stops freezing the battery when Desmond explains that he thinks that if he cuts a particular wire, he'll be able to disarm the bomb. Jin, whose experience as a mob enforcer apparently taught him about bombs, realizes that Desmond is wrong and stops him before it's too late. And there's just a quarter tank of nitrogen left. Desmond asks what they're supposed to do if they can't disarm the bomb. Michael thinks they'll have to get everyone off the boat.
The chopper is soaring across the ocean when Frank realizes that the fuel gauge is going down pretty fast. Everyone sticks their heads out of the chopper, and they realize that a bullet pierced the fuel tank. Frank wants to go back, but Jack tells him to continue because there's no fuel on the island -- if they don't get to the boat, the chopper will be useless. So Frank tells them to dump everything loose off the chopper. Throw, throw, throw. Jack asks if they dumped enough. Frank: "I'd feel a hell of a lot better if were a few hundred pounds lighter." The camera zooms in on Hurley. As Jack and Frank continue to talk about how desperate their situation is, Sawyer looks thoughtful. He leans over to Kate and whispers something in her ear. She asks him, "Why are you telling me this?" He kisses her. He kisses the hell out of her. And then he says, "Just do it, Freckles." Sawyer jumps out of the chopper into the water. He surfaces and starts swimming toward the island. Commercials.
A thuggish looking dude is sitting in his car at night when a man knocks on the window and asks for the time. And then the man pulls out a gun with a silencer on it and kills the thug. Aw, Sayid's back. And the dude he just killed was parked in front of the Santa Rosa Mental Institute (a.k.a. Hurley's mental hospital). Sayid climbs some stairs and makes his way to Hurley's room. When he enters, Hurley is sitting at a chessboard, deep in thought over a game in progress. A game that he's playing against an empty chair. They exchange greetings, and Hurley tells Sayid that it's a little late for visiting hours. Sayid: "This isn't a visit." That's right, Sayid's going to move in and the two of them will star in a buddy comedy. Sayid kills people, and Hurley eats everything -- just think of the wacky adventures they'll get up to. Actually, Sayid means that he's there to bust Hurley out of the joint so he can take him someplace safe. Hurley asks why he should go with a guy he hasn't seen in ages. Sayid: "Because circumstances have changed." Hurley: "What circumstances?" Sayid: "Bentham's dead." Hurley asks for the particulars (two days ago, ruled a suicide by the Man) and then asks why Sayid is calling him Bentham when his name is really... Sayid: "Don't say it." Yeah, that reveal doesn't come until the end of the episode. Read a script, Hurley. Sayid leans in and whispers that they're being watched. Hurley: "Dude, I've been having regular conversations with dead people. The last thing I need now is paranoia." Sayid tells him that he just killed a dude who had been staking out the hospital. Admitting to a murder might not be the best way to get Hurley to trust you. Just a thought for next time. Hurley asks for reassurance that they're not going back, and Sayid tells him that he just wants to take him someplace safe. Hurley agrees. But before he leaves, he stops to move a piece on the chessboard. "Checkmate, Mr. Eko." I don't know if the sudden tense music is supposed to make us think that Hurley's crazy or that the ghost of Eko is sitting there.