Or, The Road To Tunisia
[Originally Aired April 24, 2008]
At the beach, Jack takes an antibiotic for a "stomach bug." A ways off, Bernard yells for help. A body has washed ashore. Faraday identifies him as the ship's doctor. Jack says his throat has been slit. Back at the barracks, Hurley and Locke and Sawyer bicker. "We're all gonna die." Sawyer rolls the dice and says he's attacking Siberia. They're killing time playing Risk. Outside the sonar fence Keamy forces Alex to disarm the gate. She begs them not to hurt the baby. Back at Locke's the phone rings. Everyone just sort of stares at it for a moment. Locke answers. A recording tells him "Code 14-J. Code 14-J." Next door, Ben sits alone playing piano. Locke enters and asks him what Code 14-J means. "They're here," he says and pops open the piano bench pulls out a shotgun. He hands the shotgun to Sawyer and leads them back to his place, saying it'll be easier to defend. Flashback (or maybe forward, who knows at this point) and Ben wakes up in the Sahara. He's in a heavy parka and his arm is bleeding. Two Bedouins arrive on horseback. They aim AK-47s at him. He raises his hands. One dismounts and approaches. Ben whips out a baton and clubs him, stealing his gun. He shoots the other Bedouin. Then bonks the first one over the head. So, what, the Others can teleport off the island? Is that how the polar bear ended up in Tunisia? Back at the barracks Sawyer asks if 14-7 is is code for pizza boy. Unfortunately it isn't and this doesn't turn into an Eighties porno. Ben says the code means someone tripped the panic button at the fence. Sawyer says he is going to get Alex and Rousseau but Ben tells them he sent them to safety last night. Whatever, Sawyer says he needs to get Claire, but Ben tells him there is no time. "I'll make time." At the beach, Faraday says the doc was fine last time they say him. Jack asks when that was. "When is kind of a relative term," Faraday says. The sat phone is still busted but Bernard suggests they modify it to send morse code. Faraday gets to work on it. At the barracks, Sawyer asks a random survivor if he's seen Claire. The man is shot and falls dead. Two more survivors are killed. Sawyer runs, dodging gunfire. He approaches Claire's house, a rocket is fired. The bungalow explodes. Flashback, and Ben strolls into the lobby of a Tunisian hotel. He says he's a preferred guest, Dean Moriarty. Great, a beatnik reference. Ben asks the date. October 24th, 2005. Oh, the future. Ben looks at a TV in the lobby. Sayid is on screen and he says "I just want to bury my wife in peace." What the fuck? Nadia? God damn you, Lost! At Ben's house, Locke tells Hurley to get Aaron away from the window. Ben tells Locke he needs to survive so they can go to Jacob together. Locke says he doesn't even know where the cabin is now. But Hurley does, says Ben. Sawyer pulls Claire from the rubble. She's scraped up a bit, but otherwise okay. He carries her back to Ben's. He bangs on the door but Ben won't open it. Hurley chucks an ottoman through a window and Sawyer hands Claire to him. He climbs in behind her and asks Ben what the fuck is going on. Ben says they killed the innocent people to make everyone angry so they'd give him up easily. There is a knock at the door. Sawyer opens it up and lets Miles in. He has a walkie-talkie and says "They want to talk." Forward to Iraq, and Sayid is a pallbearer in a funeral procession. Ben is there, watching from a nearby roof. He is dressed like the world's gayest secret agent and he snaps pictures of the funeral. Sayid looks up and sees Ben. He ducks and races down to the alley. Sayid is waiting for him and knocks him on his ass. Sayid is stunned and asks what he is doing here. "I'm here to find the man who murdered your wife." God damn you, Lost! Sayid asks him how he got off the island. Desmond's boat. "You remember the name Charles Widmore, don't you? The man who tried to convince the world that your plane was on the bottom of the ocean? There was a man at her procession. He goes by the name of Ishmael Bakir. He's one of Widmore's men. Bakir was last seen five days ago in Los Angeles, caught by a traffic camera, speeding away from the corner of La Brea and Santa Monica." Three blocks from where Nadia was killed. At the house, Miles tells Ben to use the walkie-talkie. Why? Because they've a hostage. Ben scoffs, he says all his people are ready to die for the island. "It's your daughter," Miles says. Ben calls and Keamy answers. He tells Ben to come out with his hands up, and once he's in custody, they'll let everyone else go. Ben says that's bullshit and Keamy asks what kind of guy he thinks he is. Ben says "Martin Christopher Keamy, former first sergeant, United States Marine Corps, served with distinction from 1996 to 2001, but since then, you've worked with a number of mercenary organizations, specifically in Uganda. So I know exactly what kind of man you are, Mr. Keamy, and we can dispense with the formalities." Okey doke then. They drag Alex out and Keamy puts a pistol to her head. Ben tells Keamy to leave the island. Keamy puts the gun to Alex's head and begins counting down. "She's not my daughter. I stole her as a baby from an insane woman. She's a pawn, nothing more. She means nothing to me. I'm not coming out of this house. So if you want to kill her, go ahead." So Keamy does. Fuck! Fuck you, Lost! Keamy disappears and Sawyer and Locke discuss what to do next. Locke thinks they'll return at nightfall and kill everyone. Ben yells that they changed the rules and yanks open his secret passage and disappears. Sawyer tries to follow but Ben slams the door closed. In Tikrit, Ben follows Bakir. Bakir notices Ben and gets the drop on him and sticks a gun in his back. Bakir asks who he is. Ben tells him he has a message for Charles Widmore. Then Sayid pops up and shoots Bakir dead. Sayid pumps him full of bullets. Ben starts to leave and Sayid asks him where the hell he's going. Ben tells Sayid it isn't his war, he should just go back to his life. "I spent the last eight years of my life searching for the woman I love. I finally found her and I married her. And I buried her yesterday. So don't tell me this is not my war, Benjamin. Who's next?" Ben says he'll be in touch and walks away. He smiles slyly as he leaves. Fucker. Back home, Ben comes out of his secret room and tells everyone they need to run when he gives the order. The house starts to shake. They look out the window and see trees falling. The smoke monster bursts form the jungle and races across the compound. From the jungle comes the sounds of gunfire and screams from Keamy's men. A soldier runs from the jungle and the monster grabs him and drags him back into the brush screaming. Ben tells everyone to run and he'll catch up with them. Locke asks where he's going. "I have to say goodbye to my daughter." At the beach, Faraday has the phone rigged up and taps out a message in morse, asking what happened to the doctor. A reply comes in. "They didn't exactly say what happened to the doctor, but your friends are fine, and the helicopter's coming back in the morning." Then Bernard says he's lying, that the message said the doctor was fine. Jack asks if they were ever going to rescue them. No, says Faraday. Then Jack doubles over in pain, grabbing his stomach. Across the jungle, Locke offers Ben his condolences. Then asks why he lied about the smoke monster. Ben tells him to ask Jacob. Sawyer says fuck this, he and Claire and Aaron and Hurley are heading back to the beach. Miles says he's going with them too. Locke pulls his gun and says Hurley stays with them. Sawyer pulls his gun and says no way. Hurley tells Sawyer to go, he'll be okay. He'll catch up sooner or later. Sawyer tells Locke "You harm so much as one hair on his curly head and I'll kill you." Sawyer is become more and more awesome every episode. Cut to London. Ben gets out of a cab. He enters a building and gets in the elevator. He picks the lock next to the penthouse button. He rides to the top and exits into a darkened apartment. Ben walks into Charles Widmore's bedroom. Widmore asks if he's come to kill him. "We both know I can't do that." Then why are you here, he asks. "Because you murdered my daughter." Widmore retorts "Don't stand there, looking at me with those horrible eyes of yours and lay the blame for the death of that poor girl on me, when we both know very well I didn't murder her at all, Benjamin. You did. You creep into my bedroom in the dead of night, like a rat, and have the audacity to pretend that you're the victim? I know who you are, boy. What you are. I know that everything you have you took from me. So once again I ask you: Why are you here?" Ben says he is here to let him know he is going to kill his daughter. "And once she's gone, once she's dead, then you'll understand how I feel. And you'll wish you hadn't changed the rules." WIdmore says he'll never find her. That island's mine, Benjamin. It always was. It will be again. "But you'll never find it." Then I suppose the hunt is on for both of us. Sleep tight, says Ben, as he walks out.