Okay, I'm still not sure why Mercutio brought up the axe if Sawyer was just going to be bashing the briefcase against rocks. I mean, was there supposed to be a scene where Sawyer went to look for the axe and the group finds out it's missing and gets upset about it? What was the point of that, if we're just going to cut to Sawyer dashing the briefcase against rocks in the jungle? He tries this for a while, before climbing a little cliff and throwing the briefcase onto the rocks from up high. And he mutters, "Impact velocity," and "physics, my ass," and "son of a--!" and "unbelievable!" so I'm guessing this was supposed to constitute the comic relief portion of this episode.
Dropping the briefcase from on high fails to crack it. Worse, from Sawyer's perspective as he watches from up above, is that Kate scampers out from the bushes, grabs the case (much to Sawyer's chagrin) and runs off with it. A merry chase ensues, and once again I am disappointed with the show not playing Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through The Jungle." Would it kill them to play a little Creedence?
So despite Sawyer chasing Kate, he somehow emerges into a field at a different angle from her, enabling him to tackle her. And they wrestle some more, and boy, am I titillated! This time, he's on top. She tries to head-butt him, and he dodges it and tells her she needs a new move, at which point she…head-butts him, successfully this time. He gets off her, still holding the briefcase, and makes her a deal: he'll give her the case if she just tells him what's in it. "Are you serious?" she asks. He says he doesn't care about it anymore, since there's no way to get it open. "At this point all I care about is satisfying my own curiosity," he says. But she won't agree, and he admits that he only wants to know why she wants it so badly. "Last chance," he says, and she just glares at him. So he walks away, and Kate flashes back…
…to a dog day afternoon in Mexico, where the dumbest bank manager ever is refusing to hand over the key to the money cage, since the thieves are just going to kill him anyway. I mean, let's set aside the fact that all bank employees, along with every retail employee, and people everywhere, are taught that when someone points a gun at you and asks you for money, you give it to them. That would be true even if the bank manager were the only one there; his actions in this case are not just stupid but dangerous to everyone else in the bank.
Then again, maybe the stupidity is catching: some burly guy by Kate thinks he "can take 'em." Kate's all, what? And the burly guy points out that the bank robbers, of WHICH THERE ARE THREE, have their backs turned. "It's now or never!" says the guy who is not, you'll note, suggesting that all the customers rush the bank robbers, just that he's going to. Which he does, grabbing one of the robbers from behind. The bad guy drops his gun, which, thanks to the magic of television physics, goes skittering across the floor all the way to Kate, and Burly Would-Be Hero starts yelling at her to start shooting. So Kate scrambles to her feet, yelling that she doesn't know how to shoot, and Burly Would-Be Hero is yelling at her to take the safety off, and I would just like to say please let me never get caught in a bank robbery with this asshole, as the odds of me getting shot to death would skyrocket. So one of the other robbers disarms Kate, while the last knocks out the Burly Would-Be Hero with a gun butt to the back of the head. Then Lead Robber grabs the "little hero" (i.e. Kate) by the throat and says they're going to go talk, and he drags her into a side room.