Dead Is Dead
Season 5 | Episode 12 | Aired 04/8/09
A man riding a horse gallops into an encampment. He's in his 40s, has an English accent and is angry. He makes a bee-line to Richard Alpert and demands to know if it's true he brought one of "them" to the Temple. Alpert says he was just a boy, and he was dying. The Englishman doesn't care and says he should've let the boy die. Alpert stops him and says Jacob wanted it done. Alpert explains that the island chooses who the island chooses.
The Englishman goes inside the tent to see the recovering young Benjamin Linus. He introduces himself as Charles Widmore. Young Ben doesn't remember what happened or how he got there. Widmore explains he'll be taken to his father shortly, but Young Ben doesn't want to go back. He wants to stay there with the Others. Widmore explains that just because Ben is living with them doesn't mean he can't be one of them. Ben should be dead, but the island saved his life.
WHOOSH to the Hydra station and the makeshift infirmary. Adult Ben gains consciousness after being knocked out, and Locke is sitting next to the bed. Ben is amazed Locke is alive. Ben says he knew this would happen. Locke asks why Ben was trying to run away, and Ben explains he was going over to the main island to be judged. He broke the rules -- he came back and he wasn't supposed to. Locke asks judged by who, and Ben says the monster.