Ben and Jack are finally alone. Ben tells Jack to take a seat, but doesn't offer him any pink champagne, which is when things start to go way downhill. Ben tells Jack that he once made a decision that killed over forty people in a single day. He is telling Jack that little bedtime story not to get into his hero pants, but because history is about to repeat itself. Right here, right now. Jack snorts, "Let me guess, you have us surrounded and if I don't do what you say you are going to kill all my people?" Ben looks serious, "No, Jack, you are...the woman you are traveling with who parachuted onto this Island is not who she says she is. She is a representative of a group of people who have been trying to find this Island. She's one of the bad guys." She's a tranny? Wow. Didn't see that coming. Jack smirks, "Oh, right, I keep forgetting, you're one of the good guys." Ben has the decency to avoid answering that question. Instead he says, "If you call her boat, when they get here every single living person on this Island will be killed." Ben, of course, has a plan to avoid this calamity. Jack just needs to get Naomi's phone and give it to Ben. Then they will both re-join their groups and go on their merry ways. Jack is so underwhelmed by the plan that he doesn't even bother getting irritated. He just laughs and more or less says, "Uh, no."
Ben asks for his walkie back, because there is something that Jack needs to hear. Jack for some reason (shocked by the sight of a walking, talking shrimp in coral lipstick, perhaps?) agrees and hands Ben the walkie-talkie. Ben gets Tom on the line and then explains to Jack that his men have Bernard, Sayid, and Jin held at gunpoint on the beach. Jack kicks himself for handing over the walkie and turns all crazy-eyed on Ben, "What's to stop me from snapping your neck right now?" Ben talks into the walkie, "Tom if you don't hear my voice in one minute, kill them all." Jack yells, "Aw nuts!" and kicks himself again. Ben puts the walkie-talkie down and you can hear the sounds of struggle and the occasional shout of someone telling Jack not to give in. Ben tells Jack to go get the phone. Jack won't do it; he is getting everyone off the Island. Ben says, "Forty seconds." Jack isn't budging, so Ben asks, "Why do you want to get off the Island so badly?" he then launches into a litany of reasons as to why Jack should stay: His father's dead, his wife left him. Is he just so desperate to get back to the Island? Um, Ben? I think you're overlooking one vital option: Maybe Jack just wants to get far, far away from you and your particular brand of crazy. Just a thought! Ben says, "Ten seconds. Just bring me the phone, Jack! I'm not bluffing!" Jack screams, "I won't do it!" Three shots ring out. Jack looks destroyed. He tackles Ben and beats him to a bloody pulp. He is crying and crushed. He grabs the walkie and asks Tom if he's there. Tom says he's there. Jack grips the walkie so tightly that it looks like it is going to crumble like a saltine; he says, "I'm going to lead my people up to the radio tower and I'm going to make a call and get them all rescued. Then I'm going to come back and kill you." Sometimes I forget that Matthew Fox is a good actor. Then scenes like this remind me.