But they're interrupted anyway, with the groggy moans and grunts of Michael and Kate calling for Jack to come. "I think he's waking up," she says. Everybody makes their way to Michael's bedside, with Jack telling him he's back in the hatch; they found him in the jungle last night. Michael struggles to sit up, Jack warning him to take it easy.
"I found them," he says, surprising everyone. He says he headed north, back to where the Tailaways had been, hiked to the beach and followed the shoreline, and saw one a day later. Locke asks what he looked like. "Dirty. Worn clothing, simple. Just like the rest of them," says Michael. Kind of like the rest of you guys, you know. Kate appears to be thinking of the stuff she found in Feelgood Hatch. Jack's all, "'Like the rest of them'?" Michael says he followed the one back to their camp, where they live in tents and teepees and eat dried fish. "They're worse off than we are!" he says, almost disgustedly. Teepees, tents, dried fish? Is this how the colonization of North America got started? Michael says he counted twenty-two of them, but -- in response to Jack's question -- says he didn't see the boat. Jack asks if he saw Walt. "No," says Michael quietly. "But I know he's there."
Ana-Lucia asks if he saw anyone else they might have taken, like Cindy, or any other children. Michael shakes his head and says no, but they might be in the same place where Walt is, because the Others also have a hatch. "There's a set of metal doors, leading underground. What else could it be?" He says the doors are always guarded by two guards, with two guns, and two guns is all he saw. "They're barely armed. Most of them are old, and half of them are women." He pauses a moment, and almost breaks down, before continuing, "I couldn't save him. So I came back to tell you, tell you that we can take them." Jack looks kind of askance. But isn't that what he's training his army for? Are we ever going to get back to that? Michael goes on, "As soon as I get my strength back, I will take us back there. And we are gonna get my boy back." Michael's introducing conscription now?