Flashback: Locke picks up a hitchhiker looking to find work and start a new life. Locke can empathize, having recently moved to a small farming commune. They are stopped by the police, and Locke cheerfully shows the cop the many legally-bought guns he’s carrying in his tailgate. Eddie, the hitchhiker, decides to hang around for several weeks, but starts asking Locke about what’s going on inside the camp’s greenhouse. He says he wants in on whatever the group is planning to blow up. Locke laughs at this and says he’ll talk to the camp’s leaders. When he does, he learns that Eddie is really an undercover cop. And since the greenhouse is full of marijuana, that’s a problem. One that Locke may be willing to do anything in order to eliminate.
The Island: Locke wakes up, struck mute by the implosion of the hatch. He finds Eko’s stick, and returns to camp. Charlie sees him, and agrees to stand watch while Locke builds a sweat lodge in order to communicate with the island. After taking some of his homemade hallucinogen, he sees a vision of Boone. Boone tells him to get in his wheelchair, and Boone pushes him through the airport. He sees other castaways, but Boone tells him that he can not help Jack, Kate and Sawyer until he cleans up his own mess. He has to go find Eko.
His voice returned, Locke heads out to track Eko, believing that the polar bear has him. Charlie accompanies him. They bump into Hurley returning from the Others’ camp, and tell him to return to the beach and warn the rest of the group. On the way, Hurley finds a naked Desmond, who seems reasonably happy not to be dead. Hurley offers him some clothes and asks him what they should do about Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Desmond replies that Locke will find them, just like he said in his speech. Since Locke hasn’t made such a speech, Hurley finds this more than a bit curious. Back in the jungle, Locke and Charlie find a barely-conscious and bloody Eko, who may or may not regain consciousness long enough to remind Locke that he needs to go find their friends – which Locke announces to Hurley and the others on the beach that he is going to do.
written by Carlton Cuse & Elizabeth Sarnoff
directed by Stephen Williams
music by Michael Giacchino
Guest Cast: Kiele Sanchez (Nikki), Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Justin Chatwin (Eddie), Chris Mulkey (Mike), Virginia Morris (Jan), Joel Himelhoch (Sheriff), Dion Donahue (Kim)
Note: Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro appear in the opening credits with the rest of the regular cast in the episodes as broadcast; however, ABC’s credit information continues to list them as guest stars.
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer