Back at the tent, Charlie brings Claire a bit of water. She thanks him, and he says, "There'd be more if some git hadn't nicked it." The closed-captioning people have never heard the word "git," so they type the American transliteration: "geek." Charlie tells Claire that no one knows where Jack is, but that Locke has gone into the jungle for water. "Great," says Claire. "Our only hunter goes off into the jungle to get the pregnant girl some more water." Oh, sweetie, it's not all about you. Other, non-pregnant people need water too. Charlie asks, "Who would you rather meet in a dark alley? Whatever's out there, or that geezer with his 400 knives?" Ha! Claire thanks Charlie for spending time with her; what with the baby, she says, most castaways view her as this "time bomb of responsibility about to go off." Charlie, who is himself a time bomb of heroin withdrawal about to go off, tells her she doesn't scare him. They smile at each other. This scene is cute. I only wish that the cameras had stuck around long enough to capture Charlie singing a few bars from Driveshaft's #71 power ballad, "Drink Deep Of My Sparkling Stream."
Sayid and Kate, tipped off by Hurley that "the Chinese people have water" (stupid haole), approach Sun. "Where did you get this?" he demands. He believes Sun understands him, though she responds in Korean. My friend Denny, who speaks Korean, tells me that she says, "I took the water to wet my bodice, handsome stranger." Before she can go any further, Jin rushes in, shouting (according to my friend Denny, who speaks Korean), "No! Get back, woman! The handsome stranger is mine!" Kate calms him down and asks who gave Jin the water. Jin stares stonily at them and then points to Sawyer. Sayid stops Kate from going after Sawyer immediately, telling her they should wait to catch him with the stolen goods: "If you wait, a rat will always lead you to its hole."
The rat's hole. Sawyer's out in the jungle, opening up a hidden suitcase, when Kate tackles him. He chuckles and claims, "It's about time," saying he made this birthday wish "four years ago." The meaning behind that statement escapes me, and I kind of think it has none. It's just placeholder dialogue in an episode filled with portentous, but empty, words. Sawyer rolls Kate over and menacingly leers at her, but fails to do anything before Sayid appears and tosses Sawyer off her. Uh, what was he waiting for? Some hot outlaw-on-outlaw action? Sawyer says he traded two bottles of water to "Mr. Miyagi" for a fish. All of Sawyer's nicknames are starting to feel like a particularly aggressive shout-out to TWoP on the part of the writers, almost as if they're saying: You guys think you can come up with nicknames? We'll give each character so many nicknames you won't be able to keep them straight! As it'll rain sooner or later, Sawyer claims to be unconcerned about water. Kate goes through his hidden suitcases and finds out the water isn't there. Before Kate can walk away, Sawyer tosses her Marshal Shrap's badge. "Seeing as you're the new sheriff in town," he says, "might as well make it official." Kate looks sad, and pensive.