Back on the beach in non-flashback time, Locke approaches Sawyer: I’ve kidnapped Ben and I want you to kill him. Sawyer demands to know why “Tarzan” needs him to do his dirty work. Locke confesses, with a bit of panic in his voice: I can’t do it. Flashback to “3 Days Earlier” at the Others’ new camp. Ben asks Locke if he is ready to really join the Others; Locke says yes; Ben, ever the game-player, says: No, you’re not – you have to kill your father first. Locke can’t do it and Ben announces to the assembled Others: I’m sorry, he’s not who we thought he was. In present time, Locke has brought Sawyer to the Black Rock. Sawyer goes to take a look at Ben, bound and gagged with a bag over his head in the brig, and Locke locks him in. Sawyer = not well-pleased. He removes the bag and surprise! It's not Ben: it's Anthony. Flashback: at the Others’ camp, Richard (looking very clean and well-eyelinered for someone who’s been camping) gives Sawyer’s file to Locke, saying if you can’t kill your father yourself, try this guy. Present time: Rousseau shows up at the Black Rock, saying she’s there for the dynamite when Locke asks. She doesn’t blink at the shouting from behind the door. Locke says my favorite line: “Be careful. It’s unstable.” Rousseau has a wry, look-who’s-talking expression.
Sawyer and Anthony talk; Anthony believes that he, Locke and everyone else here is dead and the
Naomi and the Losties: The four jungleteers have stashed Naomi the heli-pilot in Hurley’s tent. Desmond doesn’t trust Jack and so they bring Sayid into their confidence. Sayid questions Naomi; she’s from a search and rescue ship 80 miles off-shore, although they didn’t know the
Here's an issue: if the show holds true to form (a la Boone, Shannon, Anna, etc., accomplishing a personal goal or realizing a truth about themselves and then being able to leave the Island [dying]), then Sawyer as a character with longevity is doomed. I think Lost needs Sawyer as an anti-hero; Jack, the erstwhile hero, is whiny, mopey and not nearly as fun. By the way, click through on that link: it's a well-written thoughtful analysis of this episode.