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(written from a Production point of view)
|Air Date||March 7, 2007|
|Writer(s)|| Carlton Cuse|
| Prev: Tricia Tanaka Is Dead|
Next: Par Avion
Sayid, Kate, Locke and Rousseau make their way to the Other's camp and uncover the Flame Station and its occupant. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Hurley engage in a game of ping pong for Sawyer's stash.
While the survivors are busy setting up the ping-pong table, which Jin found in the jungle, Sawyer notices Paulo with one of his magazines, who explains that "they share things now". After seeing that the castaways have set up a ping-pong table, Sawyer decides to challenge someone to a game to retrieve his "stash". Sun decides that if he loses, he has to give up using colorful nicknames for a week.
Elsewhere in the jungle, Locke, Sayid, Kate and Rousseau stumble across a farmhouse with a satellite dish on its roof. Its inhabitant is revealed to be the mysterious one-eyed man whom Sayid, Locke and company saw on The Pearl’s monitoring video. Sayid approaches the house unarmed. Danielle decides not to get involved. Sayid approaches (noticing a mysterious cat whose name is later revealed to be Nadia), but as he nears, the one-eyed man appears and shoots Sayid in the shoulder. "I didn't cross the line!" the one-eyed man screams. "We had a truce!" Sayid shouts back that he is a survivor of a plane crash. As the one-eyed man emerges from the farmhouse, Kate and Locke rush out from hiding to disarm him. The one-eyed man reveals his name to be Mikhail Bakunin, and that he is the last living member of the DHARMA Initiative.
While treating Sayid's gunshot wound, Mikhail tells the survivors about how he came to the island, after responding to a newspaper advertisement for the DHARMA Initiative asking, “Do you want to save the world?”. He has been on the island for eleven years, staying in the station called The Flame, where he communicates with the outside world. Mikhail tells Sayid that several years ago, the DHARMA Initiative launched a purge against "the hostiles," but Mikhail didn't participate in it. As a result, the hostiles let him live, provided he did not cross the line around his house. He also states that the dish on the roof has not worked for years, and that the hostiles were on the island long before the DHARMA Initiative. Meanwhile, Locke finds a monitored computer which asks him to play chess. He does, and begins a losing streak. Sayid realizes Mikhail is an Other, not a member of the DHARMA Initiative, and almost certainly is not alone.
The ping-pong match begins between Hurley and Sawyer. Sawyer loses, but Hurley takes pity on him and returns some of his magazines. At this point, Hurley reassures Sawyer that Kate will be safe while with Sayid and Locke.
Mikhail explains that The Flame is connected to an underwater beacon to guide submarines to the island. When Sayid taunts Mikhail about killing one of the hostiles, Mikhail attacks him and Kate, but is overpowered. They tie him up. Sayid reveals a hatch hidden under a rug. Kate and Sayid descend into the hatch while Locke keeps watch over the unconscious Mikhail. The basement is wired with explosives. Sayid finds several DHARMA manuals. Upstairs, Locke is distracted by the prompting of the chess game. He finally manages to beat the chess game, after which the screen changes to a video of Dr. Marvin Candle, which tells him to enter number codes for communication. Since, the satellite and sonar have been rendered inoperable, Dr. Candle says, "Has there been an incursion of the station by the hostiles? If so, enter 7-7." Locke is about to enter the code when Mikhail appears behind him and holds a knife before his throat. In the basement, Kate is attacked by Ms. Klugh, but Sayid comes to her defense. Kate retaliates, punching Ms. Klugh in the face after recognizing her as one of the Others from the Pala Ferry dock when they were kidnapped, and tells Sayid that she will know where Jack is. They take her upstairs. Locke is outside, being held at gunpoint by Mikhail. There is a lot of arguing in Russian between Klugh and Mikhail, and then Mikhail shoots Klugh. Locke struggles for the gun, and Sayid manages to knock Mikhail to the ground. Mikhail begs to be killed, but Sayid lets him live.
Locke watches Dr. Candle’s video again, pausing at the “Enter 7-7" part. Sayid shows Mikhail a map that shows a cable running from The Flame to a place called “The Barracks.” Mikhail doesn’t tell him about this place on the map, but warns that the moment Sayid’s guard is down, he will attack. Danielle agrees with this. “You have a map,” she says, “why keep him alive?” Sayid will not kill him. Locke emerges and says that he beat the chess game and found out why Mikhail hadn’t wanted him to beat it. The farmhouse blows up. Once again, one of Sayid’s hopes of being able to communicate with the outside world has been taken away by Locke. As the group turns to leave, Sayid’s flashlight catches sight of the gray cat.
In his flashback, Sayid is a chef in a restaurant in Paris, France. He is summoned onto the portico by a man named Sami (an Iraqi), who compliments the meal Sayid cooked for him, and offers him a job as a chef in his new restaurant. Sayid later arrives at the restaurant, and meets Sami's wife. She has strange scars on her arm, but their introduction is cut short when the woman confirms that Sayid is “him.” Sayid is suddenly attacked and knocked unconscious. He is chained up in the basement of the restaurant. Sami explains that his wife was tortured by the Republican Guard, and she recognized her torturer to be Sayid. Sayid denies this passionately. Sami’s wife is brought before Sayid as Sami begins to brutally beat him, trying to get him to admit that he tortured his wife. Sami reaches for an iron bar, but his wife stops him. The following day, Sayid is visited by Sami’s wife. She explains that she rescued a cat from torture by street kids (which bears a striking resemblance to the cat at the Flame station), and while it sleeps with her and loves her, it also sometimes attacks her, because it sometimes forgets that it is safe. She forgives him for this, because she also knows what it is like to never be safe, because of Sayid. Sayid admits that he remembers her, that her face has haunted him since he left Iraq. He breaks down in tears and emotionally apologizes, over and over. Sami’s wife forgives him. Moreover, she will tell Sami that she has made a terrible mistake, that they have found the wrong person, so that Sami will let him go.
"My name is Mikhail Bakunin, and I am the last living member of the DHARMA Initiative."
- - Mikhail
"And B, who the hell are you?"
- - Sawyer
"Why are we continuing to play this little game when we all know it has moved to the next stage?"
- - Mikhail
- It is quite possible that the horse located at the Flame Station was rode by Ms. Klugh to get there.
- Mikhail has a bottle of Merlot and a bottle of Vodka in the Flame Station, however, they contain the logo for the Swan Station. The flashlights that Kate and Sayid use, also have the Swan logo on them.
- The box which Mikhail keeps medical supplies in has the logo for the Staff Station on it.
- Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau
- April Grace as Bea Klugh
- Andrew Divoff as Mikhail Bakunin
- Shaun Toub as Sami
- Anne Bedian as Amira