"And it was on this island that everything changed. That everything finally became clear."
[quote-right]Ben is in a classroom teaching European history. The bell rings, and Principal Reynolds approaches Ben. The principal is gruff and exudes power. He's also a douche, but Ben is still intimidated by him. Principal Reynolds explains that Ben will have to supervise detention today. Ben protests, he's got a history club meeting, but Reynolds doesn't care. Ben vents his frustration in the teacher's lounge. Taking care of the kids is what's important. Locke, the substitute teacher, is impressed and says maybe Ben should be principal. Ben asks who would listen to him, and Locke says he would.
[quote-left]WHOOOSH to the Ben on the island. He's trekking through the jungle at night with Ilana, Sun, Lapidus and Miles -- running away from the massacre at the Temple they just witnessed. Ben tells them that Sayid was back at the Temple and killed Dogen and Lennon. They don't know where to go, and Ben suggests going back to the beach camp. Miles asks what was that thing at the Temple, and Ben says it's the same thing that killed Ilana's friends at the foot statue. Ilana seizes upon this and asks if it killed Jacob. Ben lies and says of course. Ilana tosses Miles the leather pouch containing Jacob's ashes. She knows that Miles can communicate with the dead and asks him to tell her how Jacob died. Miles does his thing, and then he looks at Ben. He killed Jacob. Ilana is upset and tells Ben that Jacob was the closest thing she ever had to a father.
WHOOOSH to Ben at home taking care of his father, Roger. Ben prepares their dinner and brings it to him. Roger is in bad shape. He breathes with the help of an oxygen tank and has a lot of medical supplies at hand. Roger says this isn't the life he wanted for Ben. That's why he signed up for the Dharma Initiative and took him to that island. It was supposed to be a better life. Imagine how different their lives would've been had they stayed. The doorbell rings, and it's one of Ben's students, Alex Rousseau. She asks where he was today because they had to cancel history club. Ben explains he's covering detention for the next week, and Alex is upset. She's needs the tutoring for the A.P. test. Ben suggests they meet in the library tomorrow at 7AM, and Alex agrees.