Flashback: Nikki and Paolo poison a Sydney television producer and steal millions of dollars in diamonds from his safe. Their getaway is somewhat hampered by the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. While other castaways worry about suitcases with guns and other intrigues, Nikki and Paolo search for the lost bag of diamonds. Along the way they discover the heroin smugglers’ plane – which they wisely decide not to climb into – and the Pearl hatch – to which Paolo later returns. He has found the diamonds, but decides to hide them from Nikki. While in the hatch, he sees Ben and Juliet observe Jack in the Swan hatch, and takes the walkie-talkie they leave behind. When Nikki learns of the subterfuge, she makes use of one of Dr. Artz’s specimens to paralyze Paolo and take the diamonds. But the insect tables are soon turned on her, and when she stumbles out of the jungle in front of Hurley and Sawyer, she can whisper only a single word before she collapses.
The Island: Sawyer and Hurley are playing ping pong when Nikki stumbles out of the jungle and collapses. She whispers something before her heart stops, which Hurley takes to mean “Paolo lies.” Further investigation reveals Paolo’s body lying in the jungle. As the castaways prepare to bury the two lovers, they try to figure out what killed them. Hurley tries to figure out why Sawyer seems to be hiding something about what he knows of the two. Sun believes that the Others might be involved, especially after Sawyer finds one of their walkie-talkies among Paolo’s equipment. Charlie confesses that he and Sawyer attacked Sun, not the Others. Sawyer admits his guilt and offers Sun the diamonds, but she refuses. In the end, Sawyer chooses to bury the diamonds with the still-paralyzed Nikki and Paolo.
written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
directed by Stephen Williams
music by Michael Giacchino
Guest Cast: Kiele Sanchez (Nikki), Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo), William Mapother (Ethan Rom), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Daniel Roebuck (Dr. Artz), Billy Dee Williams (Mr. LaShade), Jacob Witkin (Howard L. Zukerman)
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer