Maternity Leave

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Sisters are screwing it up for themselves

Jack's getting water on the beach, and Eko strolls up, asks to have a word. "Who is he?" Jack plays dumb, so Eko elaborates: "The man that you are keeping in the hatch." Jack says, "Did Locke tell you?" like NICE POKER FACE, JACK. Eko says he wants to speak to him. Jack asks about what, but Eko says, "I wish to speak to him alone. Can you arrange this?" And when Jack wants to know why he should do that, Eko says, "Because you wish to keep this a secret." Game, set, Eko. Jack's only response is to do that turn-his-head-to-the-side snort-laughter thing.

So Craphole's Angels are strolling through the jungle. Rousseau stops, much to Claire's surprise, saying this is where Claire scratched her. "But there's nothing here," says Claire, and Rousseau wants to know where they're supposed to go next. And here goes Claire with the yelling again, screaming that Rousseau attacked her and was going to bring her back to the Others. "Is that what you think?" says Rousseau. If Claire thinks that, she's the only one at this point who can't see how things are going to turn out. And now it's Rousseau's turn to yell at Claire because she lied when she said she remembered. Kate pulls out the gun, but disappointingly doesn't shoot anyone. Rousseau gives her plenty of opportunity; she strolls right up to Kate until the gun is pressed up against her chest. "Go ahead, please. Do it," she says quietly. She's entirely serious, much to Kate's horror. Kate chickens out, and goes chasing after Claire, who's run off alone, which is always a good plan on this island.

So in a bit of a clearing, Claire sees this funny-shaped log that she saw in one of her memory fragments, so you know we're flashing back here. Which she does. And after the slide-show-on-speed ends, there's Ethan being all charming but actually creepy as he comes into the nursery, where a clearly-still-high Claire is knitting a baby bootie. "One down, one to go," she says, and Ethan says, "Now all we need is a little foot to put it on, huh?" And then he suggests that they sneak out and go for a walk. Claire readily agrees. She's so sweet when she's high. Charlie should give her all his heroin.

Outside, Ethan has to practically carry Claire, since she can barely walk. Looks like Pledge Week on Craphole Island. He says he's sorry that this is the first time he's managed to get her outside, but his friends think she'll run away. Claire promises not to tell on him, and he eases her down onto that same log that Claire's been remembering in her flashbacks. He gives her his canteen, and she takes a swig, and grimaces. "That's really sour," she says. "Is it? I hadn't noticed," says Ethan, and he sniffs it, and shrugs, like he can't smell the drugs that he dumped in there. And then the baby starts kicking, so he asks to feel it, just because he hasn't been creepy enough thus far. He asks if he can tell her a secret, and she says yes. "I'm going to miss you. I wish...I wish you didn't have to go." Having absolutely no idea what he's talking about, she says maybe she doesn't have to go. "We've been through this, Claire. There's not enough vaccine for you and the baby." Claire points out that she's not sick, and Ethan's all, "Thank God." Then he says, "Once you've delivered, you can go back to your friends and hopefully you'll stay that way." Yeah, but what if I want to see the baby, asks Claire. "Hey, nobody's going to take him from you unless that's what you want. You have a choice," says Ethan. Claire considers this, and feels her belly. Ethan continues: "We're good people, Claire. We're a good family. But if you're going to trust us with your child, I want you to be sure. Okay?" And she puts her hand on his, and smiles at him. The camera spins around, and in the background, present-day Claire is watching, in what has to be a first for the flashbacks on this show. Present-day Claire steps all over Flashback Claire's line when she says, "Sure."

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