The Orchid elevator is still slowly descending. Locke asks how deep they're going. Ben: "Deep." And then they arrive. It's another sciency-looking Dharma station. Ben is a flurry of activity as Locke looks around and takes in his surroundings. Locke: "Is this the magic box?" Ha! Ben has no patience for slow Locke, and tells him that it's not. Locke starts to ask pesky questions about the station and its purpose, so Ben gives him a video to watch. Just like I do with my five-year old nephew. It's Orientation Video 6 of 6, hosted by Troy McClure, who you might remember from such other orientation videos as the Swan Orientation Video and the Pearl Orientation Video. (Of course, it's not Troy McClure, but it is the same man who appeared in the other videos, once again using a different name. Also, he's holding a bunny.) The long and the short of it is that the station is near a pocket of what Dharma theorizes is negatively-charged exotic matter. There's an alcove called the vault that they are using to conduct experiments in space and time. Troy McClure puts the bunny in the vault and explains that they're going to send it forward as small distance along the 4th dimension. But before he can actually demonstrate, the tape rewinds itself. Locke tries to get it to play again, but he's about as adept as my five-year old nephew. While he's watching this, Ben is gathering up every piece of metal equipment in the station and putting it in the vault. Locke asks Ben, "Was he talking about what I think he was talking about?" Ben: "If you mean time-traveling bunnies, then yes." Isn't that a video game for the Wii? Locke also points out that the video explicitly warned against placing metal objects in the vault. Ben just nods. And then they hear the creak of the elevator ascending. Locke: "You expecting someone?" Ben: "May I have my weapon back?" Commercials.
Hurley, Jack, and Sawyer arrive at the chopper. Kate is trying to pick the lock of Frank's cuffs while Sayid guards them. There are happy reunions, flirty chat about murder between Kate and Sawyer, and Jack acting like a douche. (By which I mean rather than express happiness at seeing Kate, he just asks her what she did with the baby.) Sawyer notes that Frank is kind of stupid for trying to pick the lock when there's a hacksaw in the toolbox. He starts sawing away while Jack asks Sayid if it's safe on the freighter (pointing out that a body washed up on the beach). Sayid: "It's safe now." Which is when a lesser director might have cut to the freighter and showed us the dangerous C-4. Instead, we stay here and see Sawyer free Frank from his bondage. And then they all get in the chopper and fly away. Hurley wants to be sure that they'll come back to look for Claire after they get everyone else to the boat. Jack reassures him that they will. And as much as this show always jerks us around, I still find these scenes of escape from the island to be incredibly moving.