Flashback: At the end of Operation Desert Storm, Sayid and his superior officer Tariq are captured. The American want to know the location of a helicopter pilot captured days before, but Tariq refuses to provide information, even when Sayid reluctantly acts as an intermediary. An American officer eventually shows Sayid evidence that Tariq was involved in a sarin gas attack on a village that included Sayid’s relatives. Sayid agrees to torture Tariq in order to learn about the pilot’s fate . . . the first time that he has ever done so.
The Island: Sawyer, bothered by an incessant tree frog, heads into the jungle to find the source of his annoyance. Instead, he finds Hurley hoarding food, and blackmails Hurley into helping him find the frog.
Rousseau finds Sayid and brings him to a prisoner she has captured, claiming he is one of the Others. Sayid frees the man from Rousseau’s net, but when he tries to run away, Rousseau shoots him in the shoulder with an arrow. Sayid brings him back to the bunker so that Jack can remove the arrow, but arranges with Locke to change the combination on the armory so that Sayid can spend some time alone with the prisoner, who claims to be a balloonist who crashed on the isalnd with his wife months ago. Sayid gets no answers from the man, but becomes convinced he is one of the Others. Jack demands that Locke let him into the armory, and when Locke refuses, Jack prevents him from pushing the button until Locke opens the door. He does, and then races over to the terminal – but not before the countdown reaches zero.
written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
directed by Stephen Williams
music by Michael Giacchino
Guest Cast: Lindsey Ginter (Sgt. Austen), Mira Furlan (Danielle Rousseau), Michael Emerson (Henry Gale), Marc Casabani (Tariq), Theo Rossi (Sgt. Buccelli), Clancy Brown (Joe Inman), Thomas Meharey (U.S. soldier no. 1) , Kamari Borden (U.S. soldier no. 2)
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer