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John 3:16

Jack looks off at the door, and he and Sun exchange a look. Before they can think too much, Hawking explains the binder she gave to Jack. It contains a list of air routes that fly over where the island will be in "little more than a day from now." Jack nods and tries to bring his focus back to the task at hand. There's a flight from L.A. to Guam -- Ajira 316 -- that will take them through their window. It must be that flight and they all need to be on it. She then explains to them that if they want to return, they need to recreate as best they can, the circumstances that brought them there the first time. Jack wants to know what happens if no one else will go with them. Hawking says the result will be unpredictable. He can't quite believe that's all there is to it. She wants to talk to him alone, in order to explain that bit.

In a back room Hawking gives Jack information that concerns neither Ben nor Sun. First -- she gives him John Locke's suicide note. Jack says he didn't know, and Hawking asks, "Why would you? Obituaries don't see fit to mention when people hang themselves, Jack." I could swear we know Locke's death was a suicide before now, but I can't find the full text of that newspaper clipping Jack had on him, so maybe I just imagined (prophesied) it. At any rate, Jack's surprised now, surprised and distressed. He asks Hawking why Locke killed himself, and she blathers about there being any number of reasons, but what's important now is that he's going to help them get back to Craphole. He'll be a proxy for Christian Shepherd's body -- helping them recreate the conditions of the original flight. She tells Jack to get something that belonged to his father, and "give" it to John. Jack yells about how ridiculous this is, but Hawking puts him in his place. "Oh stop thinking how ridiculous it is." Shout out? "And start asking yourself whether or not you believe it's going to work. That's why it's called a leap of faith, Jack." Oh writers, you're breaking the fourth wall.

Jack returns to the sanctuary where Benjamin Linus is praying -- and hey, I thought vampires couldn't enter churches. Sanctuary, indeed. Ben says Sun left and Locke's body is being looked after by a friend -- he'll pick it up on the way to the airport. Now that's a friend, man. I have friends who might help me hide a body, but I don't think any of them would mind one. Ben seems both miffed and concerned that Jack got extra attention from Mrs. Hawking and wants to know what she told him. Jack says, "Nothing that matters," and asks Ben who Hawking is, and how she came to know everything and help them. Ben can't give him a straight answer so he changes the subject completely. Standing under the Caravaggio, lighting candles, he tells Jack about the Apostle Thomas, and how one of his most touching acts of faith happens when Jesus is planning to return to Judea (to Bethany, to raise Lazarus) despite the fact that his life is at risk. Thomas says, "Let us also go that we might die with him." Ah, a man of faith. Ben then relays the more well-known story: Upon hearing of Christ's resurrection, Thomas was unable to believe until he could put his hands in Christ's wounds. Ah, a man of science. Jack asks if Thomas was finally convinced. Ben says, "Of course he was. We're all convinced sooner or later, Jack." And with that, Ben walks down the aisle, telling Jack he has to leave. "I made a promise to an old friend of mine -- just a loose end that needs tying up. See you at the airport, Jack." As Ben walks out, Jack looks up and then over to the Caravaggio, and then, with tears in his eyes, looks away. Meanwhile, I worry that the "old friend" is Widmore, and the promise is killing Penny, and maybe my eyes aren't the driest, either.

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