[quote-left]WHOOOSH to Jack's office at the hospital. Locke knocks and rolls in, asks if Jack has a minute. He lists how many times they've crossed paths -- from their first meeting at the airport to Jack performing his emergency surgery out of all the doctors in LA. Jack even wanted to fix him but Locke didn't want to be fixed. Then today the man who ran him down was at his school again... not to hurt him but to help him "let go." And that's exactly what Jack said to Locke. So maybe all of this was happening for a reason. Maybe Jack was supposed to fix him. Jack warns Locke not to mistake coincidence for fate. Locke smiles and says he's ready to get out of the wheelchair.
[quote-right]WHOOOSH to the island as Jacob tells Jack's group he doesn't know really where to start. Hurley suggests starting with why he brought them all to the island. Jacob says it's because he made a mistake a very long time ago, and because of that, there's a very good chance everyone of them and everyone they've ever cared about will die. Sawyer asks what mistake, and Jacob says they call him the monster. Jacob is responsible for what happened to him. He made him that way. Sawyer asks why they have be punished for his mistake. Why'd Jacob have to mess with his life? He was doing fine until Jacob dragged him there. But Jacob says no, he wasn't. None of them were. All of them were flawed.
Jacob chose them because they were like him -- they were alone. They all had complicated relationships with their parents, and they were all looking for something they couldn't find out there. He chose them because they needed the island as much as it needed them. Jack asks what's the job, and Jacob says there's a light at the center of the island and it can never go out. It has to be protected from the monster. One of them needs to do what Jacob wasn't willing to. Jack asks if it's even possible to kill it. Jacob says he hopes so because the smoke monster is certainly going to try to kill them.
[quote-left]Hurley asks how Jacob is going to pick, but Jacob says he's not. He wants them to have the one thing that was never given to him -- a choice. A beat as everyone considers that, and then Jack softly speaks up. He'll do it. This is why he's there. This is what he's supposed to do.