Season 3 | Episode 315 | Aired 04/03/2007
Kate is held captive by the Others. She scuffles with Juliet but is unable to escape. Locke comes in to say good bye. He's leaving with the Others. Kate asks if he's brainwashed and tells him not to believe them if they promise to take him home. Locke tells her he doesn't want to go home. He made a strong case for her, but then they told him who she was and what she'd done. Forgiveness isn't one of their strong suits.
Flashback to Kate in Iowa. Her car breaks down, and she is towed into a service station. She overhears a man and a woman arguing. The woman is Cassidy, whom Sawyer trained and then stole all her money. She's working the jewelry con on the man. He's not buying it and wants to call the police. But police are the last thing Kate wants there, so she intervenes, defusing the situation. They go have drinks together, and Cassidy asks why Kate didn't want the police there. Kate says her stepfather was a bad guy. So she killed him, escaped from the Federal Marshal who arrested her, and she's back now to talk to her mother. Cassidy offers to help. She says she was conned and embarrassed by a bad guy, too, and that one of them deserves something good.
WHOOSH to the island, where Hurley tells Sawyer that after the Nikki/Paulo thing with the diamonds, the camp is going to vote on whether or not to banish him. Hurley says there are benefits to living as part of a society and suggests he make amends to fix things.
At the barracks, Kate can see the Others packing to leave. Then she sees them all put on gas masks. Suddenly, the door flies open, someone tosses in a canister and slams the door shut. The canister pops open and gas starts pouring out. It knocks her out cold. She wakes up in the jungle...handcuffed to Juliet! Kate takes Juliet's knife and tries to unlock the cuffs. It doesn't work. Kate asks what Juliet did to piss the Others off. Juliet doesn't answer. Kate says they are going back for her friends.
She follows a trail leading to the barracks. Juliet hopes Kate isn't dragging them back for Jack, because now that she's ruined his chance to get off the island, he might not want to see her. Juliet tells Kate that there were cameras on the cages and Jack saw her with Sawyer. Jack told her not to come back for him because she broke his heart. Kate is stunned. She knows it's true, but she hates that she's hearing about it from Juliet and then they hear the monster's roar! They hide in the roots of a banyan tree. The smoke monster roils up in front of them, and FLASH FLASH FLASH Juliet's face is lit up by bright flashes of light coming from the monster. Then the monster retreats and it's over.
WHOOSH back to Iowa, where Kate knocks on her mother's door. Diane opens the door, but before she can say anything, cops surround Kate and cuff her. Federal Agent Mars walks out and realizes it isn't Kate. It's Cassidy dressed as Kate. She says she was just selling Bibles. Watching through binoculars down the street is the real Kate, and she realizes just what she's up against. Later at their motel, Cassidy wants to know why Kate needs to talk to her mom. Kate admits that her mom gave her up to the police. Her mom chose her abusive husband over Kate, betraying her, and Kate needs to know why.
Cassidy goes to the restaurant where Kate's mom works. She accidentally on purpose dumps a bowl of chili on Diane, and Diane goes to the bathroom to clean up and Kate is waiting there for her. Kate wants to know why Diane turned her in. Diane says Kate killed the man she loved. But Wayne abused her. Diane snaps back you can't help who you love, and says Kate didn't kill Wayne for anyone but herself. Diane promises not to say anything now, but the next time she sees Kate she'll yell for help. Kate is hurt, and realizes that even though she got her answer, she wished she had never asked.
On the island, Sawyer realizes he can't be on his own. He tells Hurley he's ready to make amends. He apologizes to Hurley for calling him all those names, is nice to Claire and gives her a blanket for the baby, and partners with Desmond to hunt for boar and provide food for the camp.
Kate and Juliet continue to the barracks, and then MRRROOOOOWWW! The monster is back. They take off running, and come upon the pylons. Kate jerks Juliet to a stop, says they can't go through them. Juliet reaches into her back pocket, takes out a key, and unlocks the cuffs. She then runs to a pylon, enters an access code on a key pad, and they run across the barrier. Juliet jams the setting into the red zone. The smoke monster zooms in and bounces off the barrier. It roils and rises, unable to pass through the fence. Then it quickly shoots away. Juliet admits that they don't know what it is, but they do know it doesn't like their fence. Kate asks about the key. Juliet says she was left behind, too. She hoped that if Kate thought they were in it together, Kate wouldn't leave her behind in the jungle. Kate unlocks her cuff, and they continue on.
Flashback to Iowa. Cassidy drops Kate off at the service station. Cassidy tells her she's pregnant. She wants the guy dead yet she still loves him. Kate says call the cops and have him locked up. Cassidy asks if Kate would forgive her mom for calling the cops. Kate says no, but that this guy has it coming. Maybe something good will come out of it.
On the island, Sawyer roasts the boar and everyone eats. It's a happy moment. Charlie tells Sawyer he hadn't heard about any vote, and Sawyer realizes he was conned by Hurley. Hurley tells Sawyer that if he's going to be their temporary leader, he needed to do damage control. With Jack, Locke, Kate and Sayid gone, Sawyer is all they've got.
Kate and Juliet reach the barracks. It's completely empty. Everyone is gone. Juliet goes to get Sayid, and Kate goes to get Jack. He is passed on the floor of his house. Kate wakes him up and tells him the Others left because of her. She apologizes for messing up his plans to go home. But Jack's first question is about Juliet, and Kate pulls back emotionally. She says they left her, too. They join Juliet and Sayid. Jack suggests taking what they can find and starting back before dark. Sayid objects to Juliet coming with them, but Jack is insistent. The Others left her, too. Kate and Sayid trade looks, both worried about this new development, and head out.