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                                              LOST
          
                             "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues"
          
          
                                           Written by
          
                                    Javier Grillo-Marxuach
          
                                             
          
                                                               
          
                                                         
                                                ETHAN
                               I know you're scared. It's okay.
          
                                                CHARLIE
                               What the hell are you talking
                               about, you git? One more step --
          
          
              AND SUDDENLY, a NOISE in the DENSE JUNGLE behind them --
          
              MOVEMENT -- NON-DESCRIPT -- Charlie and Claire both turn
              towards it -- NOTHING.        And the instant they turn back --
          
              Ethan is standing right in front of them --
          
                                               ETHAN
                               I'm sorry it's come to this.
          
              And as we CLOSE IN ON ETHAN'S COLD EYES -- wondering who the
              hell he is -- what he wants -- and what he is GOING TO DO...
          
          
                                                                SMASH TO BLACK:
          
              And just as we begin to catch our breath, A FRENETIC ZOOM
              through the "O" pushes through the darkness -
          
                                         HURLEY (O.S.)
                               He wasn't on the plane.
          
              - and BLASTS OUT OF JACK's opening eye at -
          
          
              INT. THE VALLEY - DAY
          1
          
              - where he dresses SAYID's wound as he lies passed-out. It
              is two seconds since we last saw Jack -- surrounded by KATE,
              HURLEY and LOCKE.
          
                                         KATE
                               Who wasn't on the plane?
          
                                         HURLEY
                               That Canadian guy - Ethan - He
                               isn't in the passenger manifest -
          
          
          
          
                                                                                       
          
                                                                                        2.
          1   (CON T'D)                                                         1
          
          
              And there is great ENERGY to all this -- OVERLAPPING DIALOGUE
              -- CAMERA FLYING AROUND PICKING UP PIECES OF IT -- ALL BOILS
              DOWN TO ONE THING -- CONFUSION.
          
                           JACK                               HURLEY
              Well where is he?
                                                  -- Don't know -- I talked to
                                                  him yesterday and --
          
                           KATE                                 JACK
              Jack -- Sayid... his leg --
                                                  -- Anybody seen Ethan?
          
              AS THE CAMERA SPINS, PEOPLE COMING TO CHECK THE COMMOTION,
              WORD OF SAYID'S RETURN - MURMURING - JACK, LOUDER NOW, HIS
              SENSE OF SOMETHING FUCKING TERRIBLE GROWING --
          
                                    JACK
                          Has anyone seen Ethan?
          
              CAMERA finds MICHAEL --
          
                                    MICHAEL
                          Yeah... said he was gonna get wood -
                          took off on the path to the beach.
                              (re: Sayid)
                          Is he okay, man? What happened --?
          
              But Jack's mind is going a THOUSAND MILES AN HOUR, LOOKING
              AROUND -- suddenly realizing --
          
                           JACK                                 KATE
              Where's Charlie?
                                                  -- What?
          
                                    JACK
                          Where's Charlie?
          
              And on that, the CAMERA ABRUPTLY STOPS. A moment. Another
              moment. And then, finally we find someone we haven't yet
              heard from --
          
                                    LOCKE
                          He went after Claire.
          
              And as the implications of this hit Jack full force, we PUSH
              IN ON HIM and --
          
                                                                SMASH CUT TO:
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
                                                                                        3.
          
          
          
              EXT. JUNGLE - PATH TO THE BEACH - DAY                           2
          2
          
              JACK runs down the PATH -- LOCKE at his side.
          
              We're MOVING with them, CLOSE on the two men as this growing
              sense of dread FUELS THEIR SPRINT --
          
              -- AND OTHER THAN THE HARDCORE SOUND OF THEIR BREATH, all we          
              get is the SOUNDS OF THE JUNGLE - birds - trees - the wind -
          
              And LOCKE abruptly STOPS. His head turns to the right as
              those preternatural EYES focus on something --
          
                                  LOCKE
                        Jack.
          
              And JACK, already ahead, comes to a STOP. Turns towards us --  
              EYES QUESTIONING what Locke is looking at...
          
              But Locke is already striding through the FOLIAGE.    Whatever
              it is, now Jack sees it too...
          
              TWENTY YARDS AWAY
          
              And as the two men approach us, CAMERA BOOMS DOWN to reveal --
          
                                                                                    
              A BAG.
          
              Just sitting here, surrounded by lush, green JUNGLE. Oddly
              out of place. Locke squats down in front of it -- as Jack             
              makes an awful realization -                                          
          
                                  JACK                                              
                        She was moving to the beach.                                
          
              Locke turns to shoot Jack a quizzical look:                           
          
                                  JACK (CONT'D)                                     
                            (indicating the bag)                                    
                        Claire. It's hers.                                          
          
              Locke nods, turns back to the bag. Jack is overwhelmed with           
              guilt -- trying to make sense of this... and NOT --                   
          
                                  JACK (CONT'D)                                     
                        What -- what happened? Where --?
          
                                  LOCKE
                        I don't know.
          
              And we're ON LOCKE NOW, an EERIE CALM coming over him as he
              examines the GROUND around the bag --                                 
          
          
                                                        
          
                                                                                      4.
          2   (CON T'D)                                                       2
          
          
                                    LOCKE (CONT'D)
                          Footprints - at least three                                  
                          discrete sets - they're all over                             
                          the place - looks like there might                           
                          have been a struggle -                                       
          
              But Locke has found something REALLY INTERESTING NOW on the
              periphery of the clearing. BENT and BROKEN GRASS. He moves
              to it suddenly --
          
                                     JACK                                              
                          What?   What is it?
          
                                    LOCKE
                          Drag marks. Here... and here.                                
          
                                    JACK                                               
                          Charlie -- he came after her.   They                         
                          were together...                                             
          
              Locke explains what both of them are thinking, and said so               
              simply it's all the more TERRIFYING --
          
                                    LOCKE                                              
                          I think they've been taken.
          
              ON JACK, Locke's words freaking him out because he KNOWS
              THEY'RE TRUE -- Looking around the DARK, DENSE JUNGLE. They
              could have gone anywhere -- FRANTIC -- SHOUTS --
          
                                    JACK
                          CLAIRE! CHARLIE!
                              (then; in another
                               direction)
                          CLAIRE!
          
                                     LOCKE
                          Jack.
          
              Jack's head whips around, back on Locke -- And if Jack is
              dialed up to TEN, Locke is sitting comfortably at ONE --
          
              And as we PUSH IN, he carefully brings a raised finger to his
              lips --
          
                                    LOCKE (CONT'D)
                          Shhhhhhhhhhh.
          
                                                               CUT TO BLACK:
          
          
                                      END OF TEASER
          
          
                                                           
          
          
          
                                       ACT ONE
          
              EXT. JUNGLE - PATH TO THE BEACH - DAY                              3     
          3
          
              ECU on Locke's hand - picking up a twig - WIDER as Locke                 
              examines a break in the wood --                                          
          
              -- Jack steps up behind him, the two men exchange glances.               
              Locke motions for Jack to follow him - the two move down the             
              path - checking behind and around, suspicious that someone               
              may be watching them -                                                   
          
              - Locke finally breaks the silence as he examines a footprint            
              on the soft earth - but their voices stay quiet, furtive -               
              full of amped-up intensity --                                            
          
                                  LOCKE                                                
                        The tracks are still fresh.                                    
          
                                  JACK                                                 
                        It doesn't make any sense -- How                               
                        could one man drag two people --                               
                                                                                       
                        one of them pregnant...?
          
                                   LOCKE
                        You're asking the wrong question.                              
                        Not how...                                                     
                             (turns to him)
                        Why?                                                           
          
              Jack absorbs this.   And as there is no answer --
          
                                  JACK
                        You think it was Ethan?
          
                                  LOCKE                                                
                        It certainly feels like it was                                 
                        Ethan.                                                         
          
              ON JACK. Yeah. It does - but the questions still outnumber               
              the answers -- This is fucking IMPOSSIBLE -- FRUSTRATED --               
          
                                  JACK                                                 
                        By himself? How --?                                            
          
                                  LOCKE
                        We can't account for all of our                                
                        people --
                            (beat; then)
                        And more importantly, who's to say
                        they're even our people?
          
              This effectively freezes Jack.     What the fuck is he...?
          
          
                                                           
          
          3   (CON T'D)                                                      3
          
          
                                    LOCKE (CONT'D)
                          Sayid said there were others.
          
                                    JACK
                              (no...)
                          He said "we are not alone."
          
              A beat, then --
          
                                       LOCKE
                          Semantics.
          
                                    JACK
                              (refusing to believe this)
                          Sayid's injured -- we don't know
                          where he went -- he's delerious...
          
                                    LOCKE
                          I'm only telling you what the
                          ground is telling me.
          
                                     JACK
                              (frustration mounting)
                          So which way is the ground saying
                          they went?
          
              Locke looks at Jack, his tone cautious, measured:
          
                          LOCKE                                JACK
              Jack -- we don't know what's
              going on here.
                                                -- We know enough.
          
                                     LOCKE
                          We need to prepare -- we can be
                          back at the caves in ten minutes --
                          organize a search party, get
                          weapons --
          
                                    JACK
                          Which way did they go, Locke?
          
              Locke stares at Jack - practically vibrating with impatience.
              After a moment, Locke simply points into the woods -
          
              - and Jack just takes off in that direction -
          
              AND OFF LOCKE, his expression betraying nothing in spite of
              having no intention whatsoever of following...
          
          
          
          
                                                          
          
          
          
          
              EXT. JUNGLE - DAY                                                      4
          4
          
              Jack runs - knocking tree branches aside - propelling himself
              as fast as his legs can carry him - and as he does -
          
                                     JACK'S VOICE (PRE-LAP)
                         Let's get a clamp on that artery so
                         I can ligate above the tear -
              INT. HOSPITAL - OPERATING ROOM - DAY - F L A S H B A C K
                                                     FLASHBACK                       5
          5
          
              ECU on Jack, mouth and nose covered by a surgical mask, eyes
              narrowed into slits as he wages war on a mounting crisis.
          
                                   JACK
                         - come on - come on!
          
              WIDEN TO REVEAL a harsh CONTRAST TO THE LUSH JUNGLE -- the
              COLD ANTISEPTIC WHITENESS of an OPERATING ROOM.
          
              And we're IN THE SHIT here, folks. CAMERA once again ON THE
              MOVE as we find Jack surrounded by several SURGICAL NURSES
              and an ANESTHESIOLOGIST gathered around the OPERATING TABLE
              as Jack works an incision in the PATIENT's abdomen -
          
                     ANESTHESIOLOGIST                             JACK
              B.P.'s falling - she's
              bleeding out...                      -- No - I got the artery -
                                                  almost there -
          
              - BLEEEEEEP! That sound. Instantly recognizable as a heart
              monitor's way of saying the Grim Reaper's come a-knockin'.
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         Let's start CPR...
          
                     ANESTHESIOLOGIST                             JACK
              She's in arrest...
                                                  -- 1 milligram epi - Where's
                                                  that crash cart!?!
          
              Over the WHIRR of defibrillator paddles CHARGING UP, a Nurse
              (ANDREA) performs CPR as Jack redoubles his efforts -                        
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         Artery's sealed - close her up -
          
                                   ANDREA                                                  
                             (holding out the paddles)
                         D-fib!
          
          
          
          
                                                               
          
          5   (CON T'D)                                                            5
          
          
              - and takes his hands out of the incision, grabbing the
              paddles without missing a beat -
          
                                     JACK
                          CLEAR!
          
              - and pushing them into the patient's chest - KA-THWUM!            The
              Patient JERKS UPWARDS as...
          
              BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE -- Monitor still flat-lining, Jack's
              head whipping back to his patient --
          
                                    ANDREA                                                
                          We're charged -
          
                                     JACK
                          Clear!
          
              KA-THWUM!   BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE...
          
              Jack passes off the paddles.     Instantly begins to administer
              CPR himself...
          
                                    JACK (CONT'D)
                          - C'mon -- C'mon back --
          
              More COMPRESSIONS.     Andrea administering OXYGEN from a                   
              SQUEEZE MASK --
          
                                    JACK (CONT'D)
                          C'mon... Let's go... C'mon back...
          
              And that's when we hear an AUTHORITATIVE VOICE -- we've been                
              on this action so TIGHT, we neglected to register the MAN                   
              standing just five feet behind the table, out of the fray --                
          
                                     MAN                                                  
                          Call it.
          
              Jack doesn't stop.     Keeps PRESSING --
          
                                     MAN (CONT'D)                                         
                          Call it.
          
              Jack ignores the voice --
          
                                     MAN (CONT'D)                                         
                          Jack.
          
              Jack finally turns to face the man --                                       
          
          
          
          
                                                              
          
          5   (CON T'D) (2)                                                       5
          
          
              -- and as the man lowers his mask, for those of us who can                 
              remember back to Episode Three, we instantly recognize
              SHEPHARD. Jack's father.
          
              [For those of us who DON'T remember, we'll restate their
              relationship soon enough.]
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                                       Call it.
                        It's over.
          
              And Jack just LOOKS at his father.    A BEAT.     ANOTHER beat.
              And finally --
          
              Jack slowly removes his hands from the patient's chest.
          
              Reaches over to the MONITOR. FLICKS A SWITCH.         The
              BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE abruptly CUTS OFF.
          
              Jack exchanges a look with Andrea.    Her eyes drop.                       
          
              And now, he pulls off his OWN MASK.    Turns back to his
              father, eyes burning intensely --
          
                                  JACK
                        You call it.
          
              A stand-off. A battle of wills. SO FUCKING MUCH GOING ON
              HERE -- and we'll spend the rest of the episode exploring it.
              But for now, Shephard holds his son's gaze. And without
              batting an eyelash --
          
                                   SHEPHARD
                        Time of death is 3:23 PM.
                            (beat)
                        Per the Chief of Surgery.
          
              Jack turns from his father to look at this Patient -- His
              eyes locked in as he PULLS OFF HIS BLOODY GLOVES - and as we
              STAY TIGHT ON HIM --
          
                                                                SMASH CUT TO:
          
              EXT. JUNGLE - DAY                                                    6
          6
          
              Jack PUSHES HIS WAY THROUGH GIANT JUNGLE LEAVES, continuing
              to run - and the silence of the previous scene is overtaken
              by the dull ROAR of the jungle - the look on his face
              identical to that seen in the operating room -
          
              - and then a SOUND - and it is the kind of sound that could
              be anything. The WIND, the RUSTLE of trees, the HOWL of an
              animal - but to Jack - it is a sign to push even harder -
          
          
                                                             
          
          6   (CON T'D)                                                     6
          
          
              - and as Jack picks up the pace, growing smaller and smaller
              as the jungle grows larger and larger around him -
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
              INT. THE VALLEY - ENTRANCE - DAY                                  7
          7
          
              - abuzz with activity - anxiety abounds, and all of the
              movement in the valley (including the brief, clipped pace of
              the following scenes) indicates growing unease.
          
              KATE enters in mid-argument with Locke -
          
                                  KATE
                        You just let him go?     Alone?
          
                                   LOCKE
                        Couldn't stop him. Don't worry --
                        I'll catch up.
                            (then)                                                    
                        What's the word from the beach?                               
          
                                   KATE                                               
                        Nothing.   Nobody's seen them.                                
          
              Locke nods.   Of course they haven't.   Then --                         
          
                                  KATE (CONT'D)                                       
                        I'm coming with you.
          
                                  LOCKE
                        Figured you might.
          
              LOCKE reaches his little area, PULLS OPEN his SUITCASE --
              loaded with KNIVES. Selects the biggest and SHARPEST as we
              pick up --
          
                                  SHANNON (O.S.)
                        - What are you doing? We need to
                        get our water and go back to the
                        beach! This isn't our --
          
                                  BOONE (O.S.)
                        I heard you're forming a search                               
                        party. Can I help?
          
              Locke and Kate look up to see BOONE, SHANNON on his heels --
          
                                  SHANNON
                        Search party? This is a deserted                              
                        island.
                                  (MOR E)
          
          
                                                          
          
          7   (CON T'D)                                                    7
                                   SHA NNON (CONT'D)
                         No choppers, no Amber alert - how
                         exactly are you going to find them?
          
              Locke takes one look at the put-upon expression on Boone's
              face and shuts Shannon down -
          
                                  LOCKE
                        By following Ethan's trail -
                            (off Shannon's look)
                        - no one can walk through
                        wilderness without leaving signs --
                        bending blades of grass, breaking
                        twigs -- especially with captives
                        in tow.
          
              Locke extends a KNIFE to Boone --
          
                                  LOCKE (CONT'D)
                        And yes, I could use another hand
                        if you're up for it.
          
              Boone takes the knife, grateful for the validation.
          
                                  BOONE
                        I'm up for it.
          
              And Locke REGARDS BOONE -- as if for the first time.      Really       
              take this kid in. Odd. Finally:                                        
          
                                  LOCKE
                        Then let's get moving.
          
              Locke and Kate step past Shannon toward the cave exit - Boone
              follows, gives his sister a look as he PASSES.
          
              And off her DISBELIEF of having been completely FROZEN OUT --
          
                                                                               8
          8   EXT. THE VALLEY - ENTRANCE - DAY
          
              Michael and WALT walk toward the entrance in mid-argument --
          
                                  WALT
                        I could take Vincent, you know, he
                        could sniff something that belonged
                        to Charlie and - I can help.
          
                                  MICHAEL
                        I said no, man.
          
              Michael reaches Locke as he stuffs ANOTHER knife into his
              VEST, falls into step with him as he moves out -- Kate and
              Boone lagging behind --
          
          
          
                                                         
          
          8    (CON T'D)                                                            8
          
          
                                     MICHAEL (CONT'D)
                           A lot of us don't want to just sit
                           here waiting for news. We're
                           willing to go out and look too.
          
               Locke barely stops to look at Michael -
          
                                     LOCKE
                           Thanks, but we're set. Anyone else
                           is just going to slow us down.
          
                                     MICHAEL
                           Yeah -- Okay -- so maybe I can put
                           together another party...
          
                                     LOCKE
                           Good idea. We're going north.       I
                           suggest you go south.
          
               And with that, Locke STRIDES OFF, leaving Michael alone.
          
               And as Michael looks at Walt, aware that he has just gotten
               the same kind of dismissal he was giving his son...
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - CLEARING - DAY                                          9
          9
          
               ECU on Jack's hand, reaching for a twig, then WIDER as he
               brings it up to his face, trying to read it, only to crush
               and throw it to the ground, frustrated.
          
               Out of breath, Jack continues to walk, looking down - trying
               to find ANY SIGN that will tell him where to go -- the sad                  
               truth, however, is that Jack is lost and alone --                           
          
               -- but that doesn't mean he is beaten or resigned. Jack                     
               looks up at the sky, then, after a beat - he turns back to                  
               the ground, redoubling his effort to find Ethan's trail --                  
          
                                                                   MATCH CUT TO:
          
               INT. HOSPITAL - OPERATING ROOM - DAY - F L A S H B A C K
                                                      FLASHBACK                    10
          10
          
               - the equally troubled look on Jack's face as he looks down
               at the dead woman on the operating table. This is the quiet
               after the storm.
          
               The nurses and assistants file out. Jack places a sheet over
               the patient and turns to look at his father and realizes that
               the storm is about to begin.
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                           Never thought I'd see the day.
          
          
                                                               
          
          10   (CON T'D)                                                    10
          
          
               Jack says nothing.   The Old Man approaches - his anger                 
               building.
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         You barge into my OR to work on my
                         patient?
          
               Jack's tone is somber - reserved - there is something between
               him and his father he does not want to articulate -
          
                                   JACK
                         You didn't have to do the
                         procedure...
          
                                   SHEPHARD
                         I don't have to do anything.
          
                                    JACK
          
                         -- Yeah.   Of course you don't.
          
                                   SHEPHARD
                         I chose to do this procedure --
                         this emergency procedure -- because
                         when that girl crashed in the E.R.,                           
                         they called me.
          
                                   JACK
                         I was upstairs -
          
                                   SHEPHARD
                         And you should have stayed there -
                         How did you even know about...
          
                                   JACK
                         One of the nurses came to get me.
          
               This effectively freezes Shephard for a moment.      Then --
          
                                    SHEPHARD
                         Who?
          
               Jack won't take the bait and put another person in dad's
               cross-hairs. Keeps his mouth shut.
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         Well. Thank God I have you and
                         some anonymous nurse to rescue me -
          
                                   JACK
                         She told me your hands were
                         shaking.
          
          
                                                           
          
          10   (CON T'D) (2)                                                  10
          
          
                          SHEPHARD                              JACK
               My hands weren't...
                                                   -- You cut her hepatic
                                                   artery, she bled out -
          
                                    SHEPHARD
                          She was in a car crash - her
                          insides were a mess -
          
               But these two aren't even talking anymore - this thing
               becomes a street fight in extremely short order -
          
                            JACK                              SHEPHARD
               -- You made a mistake.              -- They called me. Not you.
          
               -- I don't care whether they        -- You're lecturing me?
               called you are not, you made
               a mistake.                          -- Tell me -- if you were
                                                   upstairs and I was at lunch,
               -- Oh.   Oh.   Okay...              then why did they call me?
          
               - And finally, Jack actually RAISES HIS VOICE --
          
                                    JACK
                          How many drinks did you have at
                          lunch, dad?
          
               It just hangs there - OUT LOUD AT LAST... in the shadow of
               the death of a patient, there is little else to add.
          
               An interminable moment passes between father and son - the                
               birth of an unbridgeable gulf. And ON JACK, we HEAR:                      
          
                                        LOCKE (V.O.)                                     
                          Jack.                                                          
                              (then)                                                     
                          Jack.                                                          
          
                                                                MATCH CUT TO:            
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - CLEARING - RESUME                                   11
          11
          
               Jack, turning to see Locke, Kate and Boone:                               
          
                                     LOCKE (O.S.)                                        
                          Good thing you've been going in a                              
                          circle.                                                        
                              (then)                                                     
                          Not the best search grid, but we                               
                          might not have found you otherwise.                            
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
          11   (CON T'D)                                                      11
          
          
               ON KATE, happy to see him. And despite the circumstances,                 
               he's happy to see her, too.
          
                                   KATE
                         You find anything?
          
                                     JACK
                               (ashamed/angry)
                         No.
          
               Locke approaches, compassionate.      Sincere --
          
                                   LOCKE
                         You should get back to the caves.
                         Sayid's leg...
          
               - but Jack shrugs him off, even as Locke continues to try to
               be a voice of reason.
          
                                   JACK
                         I dressed Sayid's leg. You found
                         me -- Then we can find Charlie and
                         Claire. So do we have a trail to
                         follow or not?
          
                                    LOCKE
                         Jack --
                             (beat)
                         This is my fault.
          
                                     JACK
                         What?
          
                                     LOCKE
                         I've been hunting with Ethan.
                         Spent time with him. Never sensed
                         anything...
                              (beat)
                         Off.
                              (then; pointed)
                         For everything I know -- about
                         hunting? Tracking? Whoever he
                         is... he knows more. If we catch
                         up to him -- I don't want anything
                         to happen to the only trained
                         physician on the island.
                              (beat)
                         Go back and be the doctor - let me
                         be the hunter.
          
               No malice or threat in any of what Locke said. Just genuine
               concern. Jack just looks at him. And after a beat --
          
          
                                                             
          
          11   (CON T'D) (2)                                                 11
          
          
                                   JACK
                         Can we go now?
          
               Beat. Locke shakes his head.    If that's the way it's going
               to be --
          
                                      LOCKE
                         Follow me.
          
               And as Locke turns to go, Jack does indeed follow.
               Exchanging a look with Kate. And then... BOONE --
          
                                      BOONE
                         Jack.
          
               - and although innocuous enough, given their past history, it
               is clear that Boone's greeting is intended to give Jack the
               sense that Boone is finally playing with the big dogs.
          
               Off Jack, offering Boone a cursory nod...
          
               INT. THE VALLEY - DAY                                            12
          12
          
               Hurley watches as Michael fills water bottles and puts them
               in a backpack. Another five CASTAWAYS work nearby -
          
                                   MICHAEL
                         - I'm trying to help and all the
                         guy can tell me is to "go south."
                         Like what, I'm gonna get in his way
                         or something?
          
                                   HURLEY
                         Look, man, everyone's tweaked -
                         Locke's feelin' it just like the
                         rest of us -
          
               Michael stands and indicates the other five Castaways -
          
                                    MICHAEL
                         So what? I got five other guys who
                         are going out there with me,
                         putting our necks on the line to
                         find Charlie and Claire.
                             (beat)
                         All I'm saying is I'm getting sick
                         of being treated like a second-
                         class citizen around here just
                         because Mount Baldy knows how to
                         bag a boar.
          
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          12   (CON T'D)                                                   12
          
          
               Hurley shrugs back his dissent, realizing that Michael needs
               to vent - but a third voice comes to Locke's defense -
          
                                    WALT
                          He knows a lot more than how to get
                          a boar.
                              (off the looks)
                          Mr. Locke's a warrior. He knows
                          how to hunt and track and stuff -
                          and he's the only one who brought
                          knives. If he told me to stay out
                          of his way...
          
               - but Walt realizes that his dad is glaring at him.
          
                                    WALT (CONT'D)
                              (timidly)
                          ...I'd listen to him.
          
                                    MICHAEL                                           
                              (beat, then)                                            
                          Well I don't want you to.                                   
                          Y'understand?                                               
          
               A beat.   Walt nods.   Then:                                           
          
                                    MICHAEL (CONT'D)                                  
                          You stay with Hurley. I might not                           
                          be a warrior. But I'm going south.                          
                              (to the group)                                          
                                                                                      
                          Let's go.
          
               Michael walks off with the others. Walt watches him go,                
               feeling as guilty as he does righteous. He looks up at                 
               Hurley.                                                                
          
                                    HURLEY                                            
                          Back home? I'm known as something                           
                          of a warrior myself.                                        
          
               Walt just stares -- is this guy fucking with him? A beat.              
               Then Hurley smiles. Walt reluctantly smiles too --                     
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - DAY                                              13      
          13
          
               ECU on a red t-shirt. WIDER TO REVEAL Locke cutting a strip
               off the shirt with his knife, then tying the strip to a tree
               as Boone watches on -
          
          
          
          
                                                          
          
          13   (CON T'D)                                                    13
          
          
                                   LOCKE
                         We keep our progress marked by line
                         of sight -- we tie these off so we
                         don't get lost.
          
                                   BOONE
                         But you can lead us back to camp,
                         right?
          
                                   LOCKE
                         Unless something happens to me.
          
               Boone doesn't like the sound of that -- but he's not gonna
               SHOW IT. Puts out his hand.
          
                                   BOONE
                         Then maybe I better take marker
                         detail.
          
               Locke smiles, appreciatively.    Hands over the shirt.
          
               FIND JACK & KATE, the former anxiously coming back towards
               them --
          
                                     JACK
                         Anything?
          
                                     LOCKE
                         Not yet.
          
               Locke takes out a bottle of water.    Takes a SWIG.
          
                                   JACK
                         If you can't find the --
          
                                   LOCKE
                         I'll pick it up again. But we
                         should rest for a minute. Get our
                         clarity back.
          
               Locke offers the water bottle to Jack --
          
                                   JACK
                         You're taking a break? It's four
                         o'clock, man -- if the sun sets
                         there's no way...
          
                                    LOCKE
                         It's four twenty-five, and yes --
                         I'm taking a break.
                             (then)
                         Sorry.
          
          
                                                           
          
          13   (CON T'D) (2)                                                   13
          
          
               Jack can't fucking believe this. Boone looks on, somewhat
               intrigued by what's happening here as KATE moves up to Jack--
          
                                      KATE
                                (sotto)
                            Can I talk to you?
          
               And OFF JACK, trying to engage in a staredown with Locke but
               not getting his opponent to engage...
          
                                                                      UPCUT TO:
          
                                                                                  14
          14   EXT. JUNGLE - A FEW METERS AWAY - MOMENTS LATER
          
               Kate and Jack, alone now.
          
                                      KATE
                            Would it kill you to give the guy a
                            little bit of space?
          
                                        JACK
                            It might.
          
                              KATE                               JACK
               Stop that.
                                                   What?
          
                                        KATE
                            That.
          
               He knows exactly what she means.       Jack shakes his head in
               frustration.
          
                                      KATE (CONT'D)
                            What's going on?
          
               A beat.   Then --
          
                                      JACK
                            I didn't believe her. Claire.
                                (really fucking angry at
                                 himself)
                            I gave her a sedative.
          
                                      KATE
                            Jack -- You can't...
          
                                       JACK
                            She told me someone was coming
                            after her. That she was
                            attacked... and she sounded so...
                            out of it.
                                       (MOR E)
          
                                                              
          
          14   (CON T'D)                                                       14
                                    JAC K (CONT'D)
                          I thought the pregnancy was amping                            
                          up her stress. I just --                                      
                              (stops himself; pained)                                   
                          I didn't believe her.                                         
          
               Kate just looks at him. Feeling his pain. Not knowing what
               to say to make it go away. And that's when --
          
                                     BOONE (O.S.)
                          JACK!   KATE!
          
               And as Jack and Kate turn to the sound of Boone's VOICE --
          
                                                                    UPCUT TO:
          
                                                                                15
          15   EXT. JUNGLE - DAY - MOMENTS LATER
          
               Kate and Jack rush up to join Boone, standing over a
               CROUCHING LOCKE. All their interest focused on what's in
               Locke's hand -- He holds it up and opens his palm slowly:
          
                                    KATE
                          What is it?
          
               And now we're CLOSE ON IT --
          
               - a piece of gauze bandage with the letter "L" written on it
               with magic marker.
          
               And just as we're beginning to connect to what it might be,
               let's instantly SHARE with those not as familiar with the
               show as we are --
          
                                                               FLASH CUT TO:
          
                                                                                16
          16   EXT. BEACH - DAY - F L A S H B A C K (FROM EPISODE 101)
                                  FLASHBACK
          
               CHARLIE - as seen at the end of "Tabula Rasa" - sitting by
               the fire on the beach, using a Sharpie to write the word
               "LATE" on the gauze bandages wrapped around his knuckles.
          
               After lingering on Charlie's knuckles for a moment -
          
                                                               FLASH CUT TO:
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - RESUME                                             17
          17
          
               Locke examines the gauze - turns around and looks to Jack,
               his eyes TWINKLING, maybe he'd be smiling if the
               circumstances were slightly different --
          
                                    LOCKE
                          Look familiar?
          
          
                                                            
          
          17   (CON T'D)                                                      17
          
          
                                   JACK
                         It's Charlie's.
          
               Boone steps up, confused --
          
                                    BOONE
                         What?   You think it just... came
                         off?
          
                                   JACK
                         No.  I think...
                             (beat; to Locke)
                         He's leaving us a trail.
          
               Locke nods -- Hell yeah, he is.
          
               And OFF JACK, for the first time since we began, despair
               actually replaced by HOPE --
          
                                                                CUT TO BLACK:
          
          
                                    END OF ACT ONE
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
          
          
                                          ACT TWO
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - CLEARING - DAY                                    18
          18
          
               OPEN ON an EXTREME CLOSE UP of the "A" scribbled on a piece
               of gauze from Charlie's knuckle. And we RACK FOCUS to find
               it in the hand of --
          
               JACK. Crouching at the base of a BANYAN TREE in a beautiful
               JUNGLE CLEARING. Beyond the tree, a narrow SWATCH of path
               cuts through the DENSE JUNGLE.
          
                                   JACK
                         They went this way.
          
               WIDEN to reveal Kate and Boone, a few yards behind Jack.        All
               of them COVERED IN SWEAT -- BREATHING HARD --
          
               But LOCKE is actually ACROSS THE CLEARING. RUNS his fingers
               along the slightly BENT BRANCHES OF A FERN --
          
                                   LOCKE
                         I'm not so sure.
                             (turns to the others)
                         There's another trail here.
          
               Jack stands, crosses to Locke --
          
                                   JACK
                         What do you mean, another --?
          
                                   LOCKE
                             (points to the grass)
                         These are footprints. People moved                            
                         off this way.
          
               Jack holds up the "A." Feels he's getting close --
               FRUSTRATION MOUNTING --
          
                                   JACK
                         Charlie is leaving us these to
                         follow.
                             (points back towards the
                              Banyan)
                         They're heading that way.
          
               Locke just looks at him.    Then --
          
                                   KATE (O.S.)
                         What if Charlie isn't the one
                         leaving them?
          
               Both men turn towards Kate --
          
          
                                                           
          
                   LOST      "All the Best..."    (GOLDENROD)        10/15/04             23.
          18     (CON T'D)                                                          18
          
          
                                       KATE (CONT'D)
                             If Ethan knows we're behind him, he
                             might be setting up a dummy trail.
                             Take off one way, then double-back
                             in his own footprints.
          
                 And the SURPRISE registers on Jack's face as what he's
                 thinking is verbalized by --
          
                                       BOONE
                             Wait -- Now you're a tracker?
          
                 Kate says nothing, playing a LOOK with Jack as Locke turns to
                 her, AMUSED --
          
                                       LOCKE
                             You're just full of surprises.
          
                 Locke doesn't know the half of it. Jack shakes off his
                 surprise, simply doesn't have the time because it's pretty
                 fucking clear what they've gotta do --
          
                                       JACK
                             If there are two trails, we split
                             up. I'm taking this one --
          
                                       LOCKE
                                 (shakes his head)
                             We should stay together, Jack...
          
                                       JACK
                             Why?  We have two trails...
                                 (pointed; to Kate)
                             And apparently two trackers.
          
                 A moment.
          
                 Locke considers this. And since Jack isn't really asking for
                 permission, he doesn't have much of a choice. Finally --
          
                                       LOCKE
                             Be careful.
          
                 And as the four exchange a series of LOOKS, the safety of
                 their number about to be HALVED --                                         
          
                                                                                   A19      
          A1 9   INT. THE VALLEY - STREAM - DAY
          
                 We find Hurley and Walt playing BACKGAMMON. Hurley ROLLS the               
                 dice -- looks at the results -- FRUSTRATED --                              
          
          
          
          
                                                                
          
                 LOST       "All the Best..."       (SALMON)        11/17/04            23A.
          A19   (CON T'D)                                                        A19
          
          
                                         HURLEY
                            Crap!
          
          
                             WALT                               HURLEY
                Your blots can't get it.
                                                    -- Yeah, I know my blots
                                                    can't get in.
          
                                         WALT
                            My roll.
          
                                         HURLEY
                            Yahoo.
          
                                      WALT
                            Okay, I need a four-three...
          
                Walt concentrates, blows on the dice, SHAKES THEM, in his
                cupped hands -- for the longest time. Hurley rolls his eyes.
          
                                      HURLEY
                            Dude, would you please roll?
          
                Finally Walt rolls. The dice tumble and Hurley watches,                    
                incredulous, as Walt gets a four-three, HITS another of his                
                pieces, puts it on the bar --
          
                                         HURLEY (CONT'D)                                   
                            No!!
          
                                         WALT
                            Your turn.
          
                Hurley rolls again. DAMN. And again, he must cede the dice
                to Walt. Hurley can barely contain himself.
          
                                      WALT (CONT'D)
                            It's okay. I wasn't very good when
                            I first started playing either.
          
                                      HURLEY
                            I didn't just start playing. I
                            finished 17th at a tournament once!
          
                                      WALT
                            17th's not very good.
          
          
          
          
                                                               
          
                 LOST      "All the Best..."          (SALMON)        11/17/04            23B.
          A19   (CON T'D) (2)                                                      A19
          
          
                                       HURLEY
                             No, 17th is very good.
          
                                       WALT
                             If you say so.
                                 (does his rolling shtick)
                             C'mon, double sixes...
          
                Walt rolls.    And... DOUBLE SIXES!
          
                                       HURLEY
                             You gotta be kidding me.
          
                                        WALT
                                 (shrugs)
                             I'm lucky.
          
                Walt wins.                                                                   
          
                                       HURLEY
                             No one is that lucky.
          
                                       WALT
                             My Dad said I was the luckiest                                  
                             person he knew.                                                 
          
                                         HURLEY
                             Really...                                                       
          
                                       WALT                                                  
                             Not Michael, Brian -- my other                                  
                             Dad...                                                          
          
                Hurley gives him a surprised look -- other Dad...?                           
          
                                       WALT (CONT'D)                                         
                             It's kind of a long story.                                      
          
                Which Walt doesn't want to go into.                                          
          
                Walt picks his pieces off the board (this is what you do in                  
                the endgame of Backgammon) --
          
          
          
          
                                                                 
          
                 LOST      "All the Best..."      (SALMON)        11/17/04            23C.
          A19   (CON T'D) (3)                                                  A19
          
          
                                    WALT (CONT'D)                                        
                          C'mon, one more game -- double or
                          nothing again.
          
                Hurley just shakes his head.   Gets up.
          
                                    HURLEY
                          I got a meeting.
          
                                       WALT
                          A meeting?
          
                                     HURLEY
                          Yeah.   A meeting.
          
                As in -- "I'm out of here."    And as Hurley heads off --
          
                                    WALT
                              (calling after him)
                          You owe me twenty thousand dollars!
          
                Hurley takes a quick glance back. Bastard!      And he's gone.
                OFF Walt, left alone -- and he's bored.
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
                LOST        "All the Best..."    (GOLDENROD)        10/15/04             24.
          
          
          
               INT. THE VALLEY - FRONT YARD - DAY                                  19
          19
          
                                      SAWYER                                               
                            Okay - who got taken by what?                                  
          
               Sawyer puts BOTTLES OF WATER into his backpack, while
               listening incredulously as Walt catches him up on current
               events -
          
                                      WALT
                            Charlie and Claire... they think
                            Ethan took them.
          
                                      SAWYER
                            Ethan took them.
          
                                      WALT
                            Yeah.
          
                                      SAWYER
                            Took them why?
          
               Walt SHRUGS.
          
                                      SAWYER (CONT'D)
                            And who the hell is Ethan?
          
                                       WALT
                            Dunno -- but he wasn't on that list
                            thing. The manifest. People are
                            saying they don't remember him from
                            the plane.
          
                                      SAWYER
                            You ever think he might've lied
                            about his name?
          
               And we can't help but notice the following give and take
               either makes Sawyer more childlike or Walt more adult. Pick
               one.
          
                                      WALT
                            Why would he lie?
          
                                      SAWYER
                            You serious?
          
                                      WALT
                            It's stupid to lie about your name.
          
               ON SAWYER.    For loyal viewers, that means something.         Then --
          
          
          
                                                               
          
                LOST     "All the Best..."   (GOLDENROD)        10/15/04             24A.
          19   (CON T'D)                                                        19
          
          
                                   SAWYER
                         Allrighty, so where do you think
                         Ethan came from, Tattoo?
          
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          19   (CON T'D) (2)                                                   19
          
          
                                   WALT
                         Maybe he was already here.    On the
                         island. Before we...
          
                                   SAWYER
                             (laughs, shakes his hand)
                         Got yourself a helluva imagination.                              
          
                                   WALT
                         There could be lots of other people
                         on the island.
          
                                    SAWYER
                         So a tribe of evil natives planted                               
                         a ringer in the camp to kidnap a
                         pregnant girl and a reject from VH1
                         has-beens-reunited - yeah, that's
                         fiendishly clever -
                             (then)
                         And why am I getting the evening
                         news from a six year old?
          
               Walt shoots Sawyer an annoyed glare:
          
                                      WALT
                         I'm ten.
          
                                   SAWYER
                         Okay, then it must be true.                                      
          
               Walt shakes his head.    Enough of this guy.     As he walks off --
          
                                   WALT
                         If you don't believe me, go ask
                         Sayid. He said we're not alone.
          
               And this news knocks the snark right out of Sawyer.
          
                                   SAWYER
                         ... Sayid's back?                                                
          
               And as we sit on SAWYER, absorbing this as Walt walks off --               
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - LATER                                                20
          20
          
               Locke kneels - studying the ground cover when ZIP! - RACK
               FOCUS TO REVEAL Boone, cutting fabric from the RED T-SHIRT,
               starts to tie it around a tree...
          
                                      BOONE
                         Red shirt.
          
          
          
                                                              
          
          20   (CON T'D)                                                   20
          
          
                                      LOCKE
                         Hmmm?
          
                                    BOONE
                         Red shirt.
                             (then)
                         You ever watch Star Trek?
          
               Locke turns to Boone.    Smiles --
          
                                   LOCKE
                         I don't have a television.
          
                                      BOONE
                         Oh.
                             (then)
                         You know what it was about?
          
                                   LOCKE
                             (back to tracking)
                         Sure. Big spaceship. Lasers.
                         Aliens. That sort of thing.
          
                                    BOONE
                             (nods)
                         The crew guys who would come down
                         to the planets with the main guys,
                         y'know the Captain and the guy with
                         the pointy ears?
                             (holds up the T-shirt)
                         They always wore red shirts.
                             (beat)
                         And they always got killed.
          
                                      LOCKE
                         Huh.
                             (beat)
                         I'd say that's one piss-poor
                         Captain.
          
               Boone laughs, likes Locke. Likes the way he makes him feel.
               Locke moves around the area, still trying to pick up a sign --
          
                                   BOONE
                         So what do you do back in the real
                         world, Mr. Locke?
          
                                      LOCKE
                         It's John.
          
          
          
          
                                                          
          
          20   (CON T'D) (2)                                                 20
          
          
                                   BOONE
                             (smiles)
                         John.
          
                                   LOCKE
                         Why don't you guess.
          
                                   BOONE
                         Okay...
                             (thinks; then)
                         I'm gonna go with taxidermist or
                         hit man.
          
                                   LOCKE
                         I was Regional Collections
                         Supervisor for a box company.
          
                                   BOONE
                             (what?)
                         A box company?
          
                                   LOCKE
                         They made boxes.
          
               Boone stops, perplexed. A beat.   Locke turns to him.        Offers
               that smile. And Boone LAUGHS --
          
                                   BOONE
                         Yeah, right.
          
               Locke raises his eyebrows -- yeah, let Boone think he was
               kidding. But as he turns back to his work...
          
               The smile falls away.
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - DAY                                                21
          21
          
               A large leaf covering the view gives way as Jack SMASHES it
               away, pushing through the path with great speed.
          
                                   KATE
                         Would you please slow down?   Jack?
          
               Jack stops as Kate catches up.
          
                                   JACK
                         You said they went this way...
          
                                   KATE
                         I think they went this way. I'm
                         not as good at this as Locke...
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          21   (CON T'D)                                                          21
          
          
                                     JACK
                           So when'd you pick up the tracking
                           skills, Kate? Before or after you
                           were on the run?
          
               And with that, KATE abruptly STOPS.
          
               After a few beats, Jack realizes she's not behind him.          Turns
               back to her. And we can see that she's HURT --
          
                                     KATE
                           I'm trying to help, Jack.
          
                                     JACK
                           You know what might help? A little
                           honesty. Just give me something
                           real. Anything.
          
               Kate just looks at him.      Then, after a moment --
          
                                     KATE
                           My dad was in the Army. Ranger
                           Battalion. We were stationed at
                           Fort Lewis. Washington State. We                               
                           would go hiking together. One day                              
                           we spent eight hours tracking
                           deer... being in the woods, that
                           was his religion.                                              
          
               And there's something else here.      Something DEEPER.     But --
          
                                     KATE (CONT'D)
                           That was real.
          
               That's all she's gonna give him now. So she just stands                    
               there, watching him. Then, after a moment -                                
          
                                     KATE (CONT'D)                                        
                           Anything you wanna share, Jack?                                
          
               Jack looks at Kate - what does she mean? About his father?                 
               About his driven need to find Claire? About anything                       
               personal?                                                                  
          
               No - this is his turn to be mysterious.                                    
          
                                     JACK                                                 
                           No.                                                            
          
          
          
          
                                                              
          
          21   (CON T'D) (2)                                                  21
          
          
               And with that, Kate is on the move again. Striding past                
               Jack. And as we SETTLE ON HIM, not watching her go, but lost           
               in the memories brought on by this conversation --                     
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
               INT. HOSPITAL - SHEPHARD'S OFFICE - DAY - FLASHBACK             22
          22
          
               Shephard sits at his desk paging through a surgical incident
               report, doesn't bother to look up as Jack enters.
          
                                   SHEPHARD
                         Thanks for coming, Jack.   Sit down.
          
          
          
          
                                                          
          
          22   (CON T'D)                                                         22
          
          
               Jack doesn't.   Shephard pushes the report across the desk.
          
                                     JACK
                           What's it say?
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                           The truth...
          
               Jack looks at his father, who stands to meet his gaze:
          
                                     SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                           ... That a patient was brought to
                           the ER following a car accident,
                           rushed into surgery with massive
                           internal bleeding. You joined me --
                           and in spite of our most heroic
                           efforts -- the patient succumbed to
                           her injuries.
          
               Jack picks up the file, then, with a bitter edge:
          
                                     JACK
                           Looks like you fixed everything but
                           the patient.
          
               Jack expects Shephard to blow, and is ready for the fight.
               But Shephard doesn't. He let's Jack's statement hang there.
          
                                     JACK (CONT'D)
                           You had no business being in that
                           operating room.
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                           You really think I'd have walked in
                           there if I couldn't handle it?                                
          
                                     JACK
                           You've done it before.
          
               Shepard doesn't deny this. Almost a sense of pride about it:              
               he's a great surgeon and he knows it - almost too well.                   
          
                                     SHEPHARD                                            
                           That's right. I have - and I'm                                
                           fully capable of making those                                 
                           decisions --                                                  
          
                                      JACK                                               
                           How can you say that after                                    
                           yesterday?                                                    
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
          22   (CON T'D) (2)                                                 22
          
          
                          SHEPHARD                          JACK
               The problem was not related
               to --                           -- You were impaired!
          
                                   SHEPHARD                                          
                         I know my limits.
          
                                   JACK
                         I won't sign this.
          
               Jack tosses the file back across his father's desk.
          
          
          
          
                                                         
          
          22   (CON T'D) (3)                                               22
          
          
                                    SHEPHARD
                         You were part of the team. I'm not
                         the only one on the hook for this.
                             (beat)
                         You called me off! You were the
                         surgeon of record when she died!
          
               Jack doesn't reply. He's willing to let the chips fall where
               they may and Shephard knows it.
          
               Shepard softens his tone and approach.
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         Accidents happen in surgeries all
                         the time, Jack. You know that.
                         That's the truth. But if you
                         contradict this report -- mention
                         alcohol -- well, that's the only
                         fact that will matter. They'll
                         strip me of my license.
          
                                   JACK
                         Yes, they will.
          
               Jack looks up at his father. And he's surprised because
               instead of anger he sees something he's never seen in his
               father's face before --
          
               His features have gone soft. Into fear, vulnerability.
               Shephard RUBS the bridge of his nose, shakes his head
               despondently. Let's face it, it freaks Jack out.                       
          
                                   SHEPHARD
                         I know I've been hard on you.
          
               Possibly the greatest understatement of all time.
          
                                    SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         But that's how you make metal into
                         steel.
                             (beat)
                         And that's why you're the most                               
                         gifted young surgeon in this city.
          
               Jesus Christ!   Did Jack just hear that right?
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         This is a career that's all about
                         the greater good. I've had to
                         sacrifice certain aspects of my
                         relationship with you, so that
                         hundreds...
                                   (MOR E)
          
                                                          
          
          22   (CON T'D) (4)                                                 22
                                    SHE PHARD (CONT'D)
                          thousands of patients will live,
                          will thrive, because of your
                          extraordinary skills.
          
               And, oh my God, tears are welling in Shephard's eyes. This               
               cracks Jack's own visage of determination, hits him in an
               emotional place he's unprepared for. He's getting what he's
               always wanted when he very least expected it.
          
               Shephard steps up, puts his hand on Jack's shoulder.
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         Long time coming. I know.
          
               Shephard picks up the file, arranges the papers neatly
               inside, to cover his own emotions. Then he turns to Jack
               with complete sincerity:
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         What happened today... I promise
                         you -- it'll never happen again.
          
               Shephard holds out a pen. What he says next -- it goes so
               much to Shephard's emotional core he can barely get it out
               above a whisper --
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         What I've given... This isn't just
                         my career, Jack. This is my life.
          
               The pen hovers there in Shephard's hand. An interminable
               beat. And then Jack reaches out. And takes it.
          
               Jack makes the toughest choice of his life.     He signs the
               false surgery report.
          
                                   SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                         Thank you, Son.
          
               And OFF JACK, already torn by what he's just done...                     
          
                                                               CUT TO BLACK:
          
          
                                    END OF ACT TWO
          
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          
          
                                       ACT THREE
          
               INT. THE VALLEY - INFIRMARY CAVE - DAY                        23
          23
          
               ECU on Sayid's opening eye - WIDER to reveal him shooting to
               a sitting position from a pile of blankets on the cave floor.
          
                                   SAWYER (O.S.)
                         I don't know if you "Islams" have a
                         concept of karma -
          
               Sayid sees Sawyer, squatting a few meters away.
          
                                   SAWYER (CONT'D)
                         - but I get the sense this island
                         served you up a heaping platter of
                         cosmic payback.
          
               Sayid backs himself up against the cave wall, facing Sawyer.
          
                                   SAYID
                         What do you want?
          
                                    SAWYER
                         Doctor do-right don't trust me with
                         his antibiotics, so I have to hump
                         here every day to get my meds.
                             (then)
                         Apropos of nothing... a less
                         magnanimous man than I might just
                         be thinking he could beat the ever-
                         loving snot out of you without fear
                         of reprisal.
          
                                   SAYID
                         You want a shot, take it... but
                         know that I left this camp out of
                         shame for what I did to you. It
                         was never my intention to return.
          
                                   SAWYER
                         You cut me up, put bamboo under my
                         nails... Sorry, I'm fresh out of
                         sweet forgiveness.
                             (leaning in)
                         So if it wasn't your intention to
                         return, why did you?
          
               Sayid considers.   Then --
          
                                   SAYID
                         I was taken prisoner by the French
                         woman.
          
          
                                                         
          
                 LOST       "All the Best..."        (GREEN)         10/19/04            33.
          23   (CON T'D)                                                           23
          
          
                                     SAWYER
                               (what the fuck?)
                           The one that's been sending out the                             
                           distress signal for sixteen years?
                               (long skeptical beat)
                           ... she's alive?
          
                                     SAYID
                           She was on a science expedition...
                           She said they shipwrecked.
          
                            SAWYER                               SAYID
               How?   Where?
                                                   -- She didn't say.
          
                                        SAWYER
                           She alone?
          
                                     SAYID
                           She said that there were others on
                           the island.
          
                                     SAWYER
                               (beat, -- what?!)
                           Her people?
          
                                        SAYID
                           No.
                               (beat -- this is hard)
                           She murdered her entire team.
                               (then)
                           She believed they were... sick.
          
               Okay, this freaks Sawyer out.     He tries to cover, stay cool.
          
                           SAWYER                              SAYID
               Right. And these "others?"          I don't know.
               Who the hell are --                    (beat)
                                                   She's never seen them.
          
                                     SAWYER
                           Never seen them. But she knows
                           they're there.
          
                                     SAYID                                                 
                           If you believe her.                                             
          
                                        SAWYER                                             
                           Do you?                                                         
          
                                     SAYID                                                 
                           Maybe, maybe not.                                               
          
          
                                                               
          
                LOST      "All the Best..."     (GREEN)        10/19/04            33A.
          23   (CON T'D) (2)                                                  23
          
          
               Sayid looks at him. Doesn't want to share this information.
               But knows that he must. As crazy as it sounds...
          
                                   SAYID (CONT'D)                                     
                         But on my way back. I heard                                  
                         something in the jungle.
                         Surrounding me.
          
          
          
          
                                                          
          
          23   (CON T'D) (3)                                                      23
          
          
                                      SAWYER
                            Something like what?                                          
          
               Sayid tilts his head back -- frustrated.       He shouldn't have
               opened up to him after all:
          
                                      SAYID
                            Do you have something to say to me,
                            Sawyer? Or are you going to
                            continue to ask me questions you
                            know I don't have the answers to?
          
               ON SAWYER.    Busted.   But doesn't want to let Sayid know it...
          
               So he just shakes his head.      Gets up.   Turns to go --
          
                                      SAWYER
                            By the way, the tides are comin' up
                            the beach. Plane hull's almost in
                            the water...
                                (the point)
                            I kept your signal fire burning.
          
               Sawyer goes. Sayid watches him. Was that an olive branch?
               Maybe these two have made a very tentative connection.
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - DAY                                                  24
          24
          
               Locke and Boone walk through DENSE JUNGLE, Locke no longer in
               tracker mode -- moving through the foliage with PURPOSE --
               Boone, a little UNEASY --
          
                                       BOONE
                            It's been fifteen minutes since we
                            found any sign... what are we
                            following?
          
                                       LOCKE
                            My gut.
                                (then)
                            So, Boone. What do you do in the
                            real world?
          
                                      BOONE
                            I run a business.
          
                                      LOCKE
                            What kind of business.
          
               Boone is actually a little ASHAMED for some reason.         Then --
          
          
          
          
                                                              
          
                                                                                          35.
          24   (CON T'D)                                                    24
          
          
                                   BOONE
                         It's a... wedding thing.
          
                                     LOCKE
                         Huh.
          
                                   BOONE
                         My mother -- she has this...
                         empire. "The Martha Stewart of
                         Matrimony." I run one of the
                         subsidiaries.
          
                                   LOCKE
                         And who's running it now?
          
               Boone ponders this.   Maybe for the first time.
          
                                   BOONE
                         Guess it doesn't matter, does it?
          
                                   LOCKE                                               
                         There are people who can handle it.                           
                         Temporarily.                                                  
          
               With that, Locke stops moving. Smiles.     Boone stops too.             
               What is it? Then Locke looks SKYWARD.                                   
          
                                   LOCKE (CONT'D)
                         Gonna start raining in one minute.
          
                                   BOONE
                             (cynical)
                         One minute?
          
                                   LOCKE
                         Give or take a few seconds.
          
               Locke turns to Boone.   A look of CONCERN on his face --
          
                                    LOCKE (CONT'D)
                         You should turn around, Boone.
                         Head back.
          
                                     BOONE
                         What?
          
                                   LOCKE
                         Trail's been cold for a quarter
                         mile and there's dangerous terrain
                         ahead. If you go now, you'll make
                         it back to camp before dark.
          
          
          
                                                           
          
          24   (CON T'D) (2)                                                24
          
          
                                   BOONE
                         What about you --?
          
                                   LOCKE
                         I can take care of myself.
          
                                    BOONE
                             (beat)
                         I'm not heading back.
          
                           LOCKE                              BOONE
               I admire your bravery, but --
                                                 -- I'm not heading back.
          
               Locke sizes up Boone.   A beat.   Then, he nods.
          
                                   LOCKE
                         All right, then.
          
               And it happens in an instant --
          
               DOWNPOUR. RAIN. LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF RAIN. Both Boone
               and Locke soaked to the skin within SECONDS. Boone shouts
               over the STORM --
          
                                   BOONE
                         THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO PREDICT THE
                         WEATHER AT THE BOX COMPANY?
          
                                                                               25
          25   EXT. JUNGLE - THE FOOT OF A MUDDY HILL - DAY
          
               The end-of-the-world weather grows even more severe as Jack
               and Kate rush to the foot of a hill covered in long grass...
               and at the foot of the hill, wedged between two rocks -
          
               - is the "T" from Charlie's hand.
          
               Jack and Kate exchange looks -
          
                                    JACK
                             (grimly)
                         I guess we were right.
                             (then)
                         Where to now?
          
               - but before Kate can answer, the two hear that SOUND again -
               the one that Jack heard as he first ventured into the jungle -
               something between a rustle of trees and a howl -
          
               - something that distinctly conveys a presence -
          
          
          
          
                                                           
          
          25   (CON T'D)                                                             25
          
          
               - only now the sound is followed by something very close to a
               SCREAM from the top of the hill!
          
               Or was it a scream?     The trees?    The wind?
          
               Jack doesn't care. He looks at Kate - and as he stands there                  
               in the rain, girding himself for what he knows he must do --                  
          
                                                                                     26      
          26   INT. HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - DAY - F L A S H B A C K
                                                FLASHBACK
          
               Jack's face is blurred - as if the lens has been doused -                     
               until a squee-gee crosses the frame to reveal that Jack is                    
               standing in front of a pair of glass doors at the entrance to                 
               the corridor --                                                               
          
               -- he is wearing scrubs and a labcoat and reading a chart,                    
               waiting for the JANITOR cleaning the door to step aside so he                 
               can move into the corridor.                                                   
          
               We get the sense it's LATE. Not the heavy bustle of peak
               hours. Jack steps past the janitor and SEES --                                
          
               AT THE END OF THE HALLWAY --
          
               SHEPHARD.   And he's talking to a VERY SAD LOOKING MAN in his
               thirties.   Both unaware of Jack.
          
               And Jack is very interested in this conversation -- Jack
               standing there, watching his father.
          
               And whatever they're talking about, Shephard's conversation
               with the man is intense and COMPASSIONATE --
          
               And just then, ANDREA (we may recognize her as one of the                     
               nurses from the OR earlier) emerges through the DOORS right
               next to Jack --
          
                                     ANDREA                                                  
                           Dr. Shephard.
          
                                     JACK
                           Andrea -- do you know who that man                                
                           is? That my father's talking to?
          
               Andrea looks down the hallway.       Turns back to Jack, SOMBER.              
          
                                     ANDREA                                                  
                           That's her husband.
          
               And Jack knows exactly to whom Andrea is referring. And                       
               maybe she's actually a little ACCUSATORY when she says --
          
          
          
                                                                 
          
          26   (CON T'D)                                                     26
          
          
                                   ANDREA (CONT'D)                                   
                         He's threatening to sue.
          
               And with that, she walks OFF.
          
               BACK ON JACK as he continues to watch the conversation.
          
          
          
          
                                                         
          
          26   (CON T'D) (2)                                                    26
          
          
               DOWN THE HALLWAY
          
               The MAN breaks into a WRACKING SOB. And although this is
               Jack's POV, we make sure we get all this because --
          
               Shephard RUBS the bridge of his nose, shakes his head
               despondently. And gently places his hand on the man's
               shoulder.
          
               And Jack doesn't even need to hear the words to know --
          
               He has just watched his father "handle" another person's
               emotional crisis in the exact way he handled his own son.
          
               THE CRASH OF THUNDER BRINGS US BACK TO --
          
                                                                                27
               EXT. JUNGLE - HILLSIDE - RESUME
          27
          
               - Jack - having just heard the SCREAM from the top of the                
               hill, ready to do what he has to do, he springs into action -            
               powering himself up the muddy slope!                                     
          
               Kate follows - the hill grows steeper and steeper, Jack drops
               to a crawling position - clinging on to the grass as Kate
               comes up behind him -
          
               They turn and scramble across the side of the incline.                   
               Grabbing hold of anything to keep them vertical.
          
                                   KATE
                         This is -- can't be right -- how
                         could they have gone this way?!
          
                                   JACK
                         Just follow me, keep moving!
          
               Jack presses on into the driving rain.
          
               And in the rain and buffeting wind, another sound seems to
               come and go everywhere around them - strange WHISPERS (like
               those heard by Sayid in "Solitary"...)
          
               That's when the sodden slope under his feet gives way. Jack
               falls. Grabs for something, anything. No luck. Gravity
               takes over. He begins to tumble down the slope.
          
               Now that he's got his momentum going, there's no way he's
               going to stop himself. He's a one man tumbling human
               avalanche, nearly free-falling through the rain down the
               steep slope.
          
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          27   (CON T'D)                                                  27
          
          
               CLOSE ON KATE
          
               Grabbing a branch.
          
          
          
          
                                                      
          
          27   (CON T'D) (2)                                                        27
          
          
                                       KATE
                           Jack!!
          
               BACK TO JACK
          
               Slipping, sliding, tumbling, he finally rolls to a stop in a
               tangle of jungle at the bottom of the slope --
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - FOOT OF A LARGE TREE - RESUMING
          
               Jack reaches for his aching head -- DISORIENTED -- DIZZY --
               RAIN pouring down on him --
          
               And this is something he SENSES before he actually looks up
               and sees it. And we SENSE it too --
          
               There is someone here.
          
               And as Jack slowly looks up -- standing right in front of him
               -- just FIVE FUCKING FEET AWAY --
          
               Is ETHAN.
          
                                     ETHAN
                           Hello, Jack.
          
               Holy.   Fucking.     Shit.                                                   
          
               Jack looks at him, ragged breath, but EYES BURNING. And he
               asks the question that hopefully all of America has been
               asking for the past week --
          
                                     JACK
                           Who are you?
          
               And we're LOOKING UP at Ethan. SOAKING WET but seemingly
               oblivious to the rain. And his EYES. His FUCKING EYES.
          
                                       ETHAN
                           Stop.    Following.   Me.                                        
          
                                     JACK
                           Where are they? What did you do
                           with them? What --                                               
          
               Ethan cuts Jack off by STOMPING down on Jack's CHEST with his                
               foot, pressing him down into the MUDDY GROUND... Jack                        
               winces, and Ethan makes sure Jack is good and uncomfortable                  
               before reiterating his warning.                                              
          
          
          
          
                                                                
          
           LOST       "All the Best..."        (PINK)            10/15/04          40.
          (CON T'D)
          
          
                                ETHAN
                      You are not understanding... so
                      listen very closely.
          
          And he PUSHES down with his foot even HARDER. Into Jack's
          SOLAR PLEXUS. Cutting off his breathing. Ethan leans in...
          
          And when he says this, it is CHILLING --
          
                                ETHAN (CONT'D)
                      If you do not stop following me,
                      I will kill one of them.
          
          Yeah.   We heard that right.    And Ethan fucking means it.
          
                                ETHAN (CONT'D)
                      Do you understand?
          
          TIGHT on Jack's eyes as he ABSORBS THIS.      Understands it.
          
          But he doesn't ACCEPT IT.
          
          Jack summons every last bit of his strength to get himself
          out from under Ethan's foot -
          
          - REACHES UP, grabs ETHAN'S ANKLE -- PUSHES -- Ethan's LEG
          TWISTS -- SPLASH -- HE GOES DOWN IN THE MUD!
          
          Jack ROLLS OVER, GOES for Ethan and --
          
          THIS IS CLOSE QUARTS COMBAT. RAIN FALLING. But it quickly
          becomes APPARENT that ETHAN IS ONE BAD MOTHERFUCKER as --
          
          SMASH. HIS OPEN PALM JAMS into JACK'S NECK -- An ELBOW under
          his CHIN -- ETHAN IS JUST SO FUCKING FAST AND BRUTAL -- BLOW
          AFTER BLOW -- All covered in QUICK AND DEVASTATING CUTS til --
          
          Jack literally FLIES BACK into the MUD.       Onto his back.
          Completely SPENT. Done.
          
          Defeated.
          
          And as Ethan begins to move towards JACK --                                
          
                                ETHAN (CONT'D)
                      No more warnings.
          
          And as he cocks his fist back and DRIVES it towards camera...
          
          
                               END OF ACT THREE
          
          
          
                                                         
          
                LOST        "All the Best..."        (YELLOW)         10/18/04            41.
          
          
                                         ACT FOUR
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - FOOT OF A LARGE TREE - DAY                             29
          29
          
               Gray sky.   Then -                                                           
          
                                     KATE'S VOICE
                           Jack - Jack - please -
          
               - Jack's eyes snap open to see Kate standing over him,
               stroking his head and raising up her hand to see BLOOD -
          
                            KATE                                   JACK
               You're bleeding - are you -?
                                                 -- How... how long was I out?
          
                                     KATE
                           Two minutes. You slid away --
          
               Kate reaches for her bag, pulls out a rag -
          
                                      JACK
                           Ethan...
          
                                      KATE
                           What?
          
               And there is great INTIMACY as Kate dabs at his wound, puts
               her other hand on the back of Jack's neck --
          
                                     JACK
                           Ethan was here.   He...
          
                            KATE                                   JACK
               You banged your head --
                                                 -- He was here.
          
               And Jack GRUNTS, gets to his feet.      A little WOBBLY.
          
               Kate immediately GRABS him as he STUMBLES.         She's genuinely
               CONCERNED. Softly --
          
                                     KATE
                           Jack -- you have to stop.
          
                                      JACK
                           What?
          
                                     KATE
                           The rain's washed the trail away.                                
                           Even if you did see him...
                                     (MOR E)
          
          
          
                                                                
          
                 LOST       "All the Best..."        (YELLOW)         10/18/04            42.
          29   (CON T'D)                                                            29
                                      KAT E (CONT'D)
                               (beat)
                           They're gone.
          
               Jack just looks at her.       And PULLS AWAY.
          
                                      JACK
                           No.
                               (then)
                           I'm not letting him do this.
          
               Kate looks at Jack - the look on his face is FARAWAY - like
               he isn't thinking about Ethan anymore -- Kate's confused --
          
                                     KATE
                           Not letting him -- ?
          
               But Jack is already moving for the INCLINE and begins to SLOG
               his way back up --
          
                                      KATE (CONT'D)
                           JACK!
          
               But he's not listening. And as we CLOSE IN on him, more                      
               INTENSE NOW than we've ever seen --
          
                                      JACK
                               (under his breath)
                           Not again.
          
               And the sounds of the jungle -- and Jack's breathing -- begin                
               to drop out as --
          
                                     SHEPHARD (O.S.)
                           - at which time the patient went
                           into cardiac arrest -
          
                                                                                    30
          30   INT. HOSPITAL - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY - F L A S H B A C K
                                                       FLASHBACK
          
               The INSANITY of the jungle is replaced by the quiet austerity
               of a HOSPITAL CONFERENCE ROOM as we find ---
          
               JACK. Calmly sitting at the POLISHED TABLE as his father
               commands the room, addressing a group of FIVE OTHER DOCTORS --
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                           - of course, every effort was made
                           to resuscitate the patient - but
                           the severity of her injuries and
                           the amount of internal bleeding
                           made it impossible.
          
               Shephard looks at the members of the board, clear, decisive.
               Shit -- We saw what happened and we believe him.
          
          
                                                                
          
          30   (CON T'D)                                                    30
          
          
                                    SHEPHARD (CONT'D)
                          In my professional opinion -- and
                          that's all I've got, gentlemen...
                              (somber, yet responsible)
                          By the time I was called in, the
                          damage was irreversible.
          
               On Jack.   STOIC.   Can't bring himself to look at his dad...
          
               The Board members make their final notes, exchange glances.
               Finally, the HEAD DOCTOR speaks up -
          
                                     HEAD DOCTOR
                          Thanks, Christian. Sorry about the
                          formality.
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                              (shakes his head)
                          Of course.
          
                                                                                       
               Jack keeps his expression neutral - knowing that he just has
               to stay still until this is over and then he can wash his
               hands of the entire affair.
          
               And that's when --
          
                                    HEAD DOCTOR
                          Just one final detail - you were
                          aware of the patient's pregnancy
                          when you went into the procedure?
          
               - pregnancy? Jack looks at his father, who doesn't react -
               but as Shephard gives a lucid, convincing response, the look
               on Jack's face indicates his distress at this revelation -
          
                                    SHEPHARD
                          Absolutely. The patient's husband
                          informed the attending at the ER.
                          It was, however, extremely early in
                          the pregnancy and our primary focus
                          had to be on the mother.
          
               And while the Board buys the line - we settle on JACK...
          
               Because he DIDN'T know that.
          
               And Jack now realizes it wasn't just a woman's life that was
               destroyed. The truth is inescapable: a family's entire
               future died that day -- and his eyes swell with tears as it             
               becomes clear why Jack has been hell bent on saving Claire:             
               another pregnant woman under his charge.
          
          
          
                                                           
          
                                                                    10/12/04       44.
          30   (CON T'D) (2)                                                  30
          
          
                                   HEAD DOCTOR
                         Okay, then. I think we're done and
                         the final report will be filed --
          
                                   JACK (O.S.)
                         I need to revise my statement.
          
               And that's when everyone turns to --
          
               JACK. And now -- as he speaks -- he IS looking at his
               father. RIGHT at him.
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         I didn't come into the OR until
                         well into the procedure.
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                         Jack.
          
                                   JACK
                             (ignores him)
                         I was warned by one of the nurses
                         that my father was operating under
                         the influence -
          
                                     SHEPHARD
                         Jack.    This is not--
          
                                   JACK
                             (louder now)
                         By the time I got there it was
                         clear that my father was not only
                         incapacitated, but that he severed
                         the patient's hepatic artery, which
                         in my professional opinion, caused
                         the crisis that led to her death.
          
               And there it is.   Let it sit.     Let it sink in.
          
               And as we realize what the implications of this are going to
               be -- that the career of Christian Shephard, M.D. has
               officially just ended -
          
               And so has Jack's relationship with his father.
          
               EXT. JUNGLE - HILLTOP - DAY                                       31      
          31
          
               Jack and Kate clear the hillside and rush into the dense
               wilderness - their pace is determined - even as the foliage
               around them grows thicker, blotting out the light -                       
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
                                    
          31   (CON T'D)                                                         31
          
          
               - Kate leads the way - until she knocks down a large leaf and
               finds herself face-to-face with -
          
               CHARLIE'S HAND - THE "E" STILL ON HIS PINKY
          
               - attached to the rest of Charlie -
          
               - REVEALED hanging above them - with a noose wrapped around
               his neck! And a ratty cloth BLINDFOLD covering his eyes!
          
               KATE SCREAMS!
          
               And before we can take in the full HORROR of all of this,
               THANK FUCKING GOD --
          
               Jack is here.
          
               He wraps his arms around Charlie's legs, pushing him up to
               get some slack on the rope, allowing him to breathe -
          
                                     JACK
                           You have to cut the noose.
          
               Kate pulls out one of Locke's knives, but -
          
                                     KATE
                           - I can't reach it -
          
                                     JACK
                           - hold him -
          
               Kate grabs Charlie, awkwardly exchanging the knife with Jack,
               but in the muddy ground, even as tall as he is, Jack can't
               get to the noose with the knife -
          
               - so he grabs a hold of Charlie again - turning to Kate -
          
                                      JACK (CONT'D)
                           You have to cut the rope from the
                           tree - go!
          
                                                               IN QUICK CUTS:
          
                                                                                 32
          32   EXT. JUNGLE - TREE - DAY
          
               - Kate climbs the slippery trunk - her foot slips - she                   
               slides down, until she grabs onto a branch - barely hanging
               on while -
          
               JACK
          
          
          
          
                                                             
          
          
          32   (CON T'D)                                                          32
          
          
               - struggles to keep Charlie up above the rope choking him,
               but the mud and rain make it tremendously difficult -
          
                                     JACK
                           Just hold on, Charlie - hold on!
          
               - as Jack wages his battle to keep Charlie breathing -
          
               KATE
          
               - launches herself onto a branch - she can see the rope, a
               white line dead ahead - as she moves, drawing the knife -
          
               JACK
          
               - he loses his grasp on Charlie, his feet sliding on the                   
               muddy earth - then - as Jack picks him back up -                           
          
               KATE
          
               - finally reaches the end of the branch - she holds out the
               knife - but the rope is just out of arm's length.
          
               Kate tries to marshal her anger and frustration - she holds
               on to another branch - arches her body forward and -
          
               - SLASHES through the rope with the knife!
          
               JACK
          
               - falls to the ground, breaking Charlie's fall. Scrambling
               to his knees, Jack lays Charlie out, PULLS OFF THE BLINDFOLD
               as Kate descends from the tree and hurries over.
          
               Jack checks for vital signs - but Charlie's body is inert,
               limp, his eyes are shut - his lips are blue -
          
                                     JACK (CONT'D)
                           He's not breathing.
          
               - and a look of dread plays across Kate's face - an
               uncontrollable emotional response to the blunt truth staring
               her in the eye -
          
               - Charlie is dead.
          
               But Jack has not come this far to let it go. He tilts
               Charlie's head back to unblock the airway - still not
               breathing - Jack breathes into Charlie's mouth -
          
               - nothing - without hesitation, Jack rips into Charlie's
               shirt and starts compressions -
          
          
                                                              
          
          
          32   (CON T'D) (2)                                                     32
          
          
               Jack breathes into Charlie's mouth again - nothing - He                   
               resumes compressions -
          
                                    JACK (CONT'D)
                          Come on... come on...                                          
          
               - Kate just stands there, helpless, in SHOCK --                           
          
                                    JACK (CONT'D)
                                                                                         
                          Come on... breathe...
          
               - Jack puts his ear to Charlie's MOUTH -- NOTHING -- Tilts                
               Charlie's head back -- BREATHES IN TO IT -- Back to                       
               compressions -- his eyes absolutely fucking DESPERATE -                   
          
               - and Kate breaks into sobs beside him -                                  
          
                                    JACK (CONT'D)
                          Come on -- Breathe... COME IN!                                 
          
               - Kate struggles to choke back her tears -
          
                                    KATE                                                 
                          He's... He's not --                                            
          
               But Jack SLAMS his closed fist into Charlie's chest -- AGAIN.             
               AGAIN. AGAIN. AGAIN.                                                      
          
               Puts his ear to Charlie's mouth, checking for breath --                   
               Waiting -- Waiting for something... ANYTHING --                           
          
               AND SUDDENLY WE'RE WIDE --                                                
          
               Looking at this tableau from twenty yards away. Charlie                   
               still. Jack bending over him. Kate standing behind them.                  
          
               SILENCE.                                                                  
          
               And we just sit here for an excruciatingly long moment.          Long     
               enough to know in our hearts...                                           
          
               Charlie is gone.                                                          
          
               AND WE COME BACK IN CLOSE as --                                           
          
               Kate gently puts her hand on Jack's shoulder --                           
          
                                    KATE (CONT'D)                                        
                          Jack...                                                        
          
               JACK'S EYES -- DEFEAT.   SORROW.   FAILURE.                               
          
          
          
                                                             
          
          
          32   (CON T'D) (3)                                                  32
          
          
               And just when we think it's over.   That Jack has given up...          
          
               SLAM! He hits Charlie's chest again. And he screams this at            
               the top of his lungs -- louder than he has ever fucking                
               screamed in his LIFE --                                                
          
                                    JACK                                              
                                                                                      
                         COME ON!
          
               And as he raises his fist to bring it down again...                    
          
                                                                                      
          
          
          
          
                                                          
          
          
          32   (CON T'D) (4)                                                   32
          
          
               - Charlie shoots up with a GASP, taking his first breath in
               minutes.
          
               Kate bursts into tears, scooping Charlie up in her arms as he
               sputters his way back to life. Jack leans back, looking up -            
               until Kate puts her hand on his shoulder -
          
               - Jack turns to look at her and Charlie - battered, and still
               gasping but alive - Kate smiles through her tears -
          
               - and so does Jack, out of breath, heart and mind racing,
               finally allowing himself a moment of joy after this ordeal...           
          
               ...and off the three, joined in this moment of victory -
               however dark the context of it may be...                                
          
                                                              CUT TO BLACK:
          
          
                                   END OF ACT FOUR
          
          
          
          
                                                           
          
          
          
          
                                           ACT FIVE
          
          33 - 34 OMITTED                                                    33 - 34
          
                 INT. THE VALLEY - NIGHT                                           35
          35
          
                 CLOSE UP on a pair of hands, weaving palm fronds together -               
                 WIDER to REVEAL Hurley, doing the weaving - although whatever             
                 it is that he is weaving isn't coming together very well -                
          
                                      WALT                                                 
                            That's never going to look like a                              
                            hat.                                                           
          
                                      HURLEY                                               
                            Who says it's a hat?                                           
          
                 - but this conversation abruptly ends when Walt turns and                 
                 sees --                                                                   
          
                                      WALT                                                 
                            Dad!
          
                 Walt shoots to his feet and runs to the valley entrance as -
          
                 MICHAEL
          
                 -- enters with his search party.     Walt races up to his dad -
                 and then stops --
          
                 -- because the look on Michael's face is grim: a father who
                 knows he is about to disappoint his son.
          
                                      MICHAEL
                            We didn't find them, Walt.
          
                                      WALT
                            I'm just...
                                (hard for him to say this)
                            Glad you're okay.
          
                 Michael reaches forward and takes Walt by the shoulder,
                 drawing him into an embrace. Then, after a moment --
          
                                      MICHAEL
                            We the only ones back?
          
                 Walt shakes his head -- points across the valley at --
          
                 CHARLIE
          
          
          
          
                                                               
          
          
          35   (CON T'D)                                                        35
          
          
               -- who sits on a ledge, wrapped in a blanket. Jack and Kate
               looking over him. Even from here, we can see that Charlie's
               eyes are hollow, distant.
          
               BACK TO OUR GROUP
          
               Walt looks up at his father, concerned --
          
                                    WALT
                         He hasn't said anything since he
                         came back.
          
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          
          35   (CON T'D) (2)                                                 35
          
          
                                   MICHAEL                                              
                         Did they find Claire?                                          
          
               As Walt shoots his father a scared look -- the answer etched             
               on his face --                                                           
          
               KATE
          
               -- moves off from Jack and Charlie towards the SPRING to get             
               more water. Hears a VOICE --
          
                                   SHANNON (O.S.)
                         They aren't back yet.
          
               Kate stops. Turns to see SHANNON. Something on Shannon's
               face that we are not akin to -- WORRY.
          
                                    KATE
                         I'm sure they just made camp for
                         the night.
                             (forces a smile)
                         If there's anyone on this island
                         that your brother's gonna be safe
                         with, it's Locke.
          
               And OFF SHANNON, about as sure of that as we are --                      
          
                                                                                36
          36   EXT. JUNGLE - NIGHT
          
               We find LOCKE & BOONE moving through the jungle, Locke
               GUIDING the way with a POWERFUL FLASHLIGHT as they SPLASH
               through a small STREAM.
          
               Boone follows a few steps behind. It's clear his earlier
               bravado has been replaced by FEAR.
          
                                   BOONE
                         Are we lost?
          
                                      LOCKE
                         No, Boone.     We're not lost.
          
                                   BOONE
                         It's just... I don't see how you
                         can still be following the trail.
          
               But Locke just POWERS on.     Guided by... well, something.
          
                                   BOONE (CONT'D)
                         I think we should go back, man.
          
               And Locke stops.   Turns to Boone --
          
          
                                                            
          
          
          36   (CON T'D)                                                     36
          
          
               And we're getting that old, familiar feeling.     That one we
               haven't felt in awhile --
          
               That Locke KNOWS something the rest of us don't.
          
                                    LOCKE
                          Don't you feel it?
          
                                     BOONE
                              (confused)
                          Feel what?
          
                                    LOCKE
                          It.
          
               ON BOONE. Maybe a little CREEPED OUT by this.        And Boone is
               backing off now, not liking this one bit --
          
                                    BOONE
                          Okay, John -- I'm just gonna follow
                          the strips back, okay?
          
               Locke just stands there.
          
                                    LOCKE
                          Suit yourself.
          
               But Boone is already turning around, moving off --
          
                                    LOCKE (CONT'D)
                          Boone!
                              (Boone turns --)
                          You need this more than I do.
          
               Locke TOSSES him his FLASHLIGHT...
          
               But Boone bobbles it!   It slips through his hands and --
          
               SPLASH!   Ends up in the STREAM --
          
                                    BOONE
                          Dammit!
          
               And as Boone crouches down to pick it up, he suddenly STOPS.
               Because the flashlight is illuminating something SHINY in the
               stream -- about the size of a book --                                   
          
               A piece of metal.
          
               Boone furrows his brow, trying to make SENSE OF THIS --
          
          
          
          
                                                           
          
          
          36   (CON T'D) (2)                                                 36
          
          
                                   BOONE (CONT'D)
                         Hey... John?
          
               But Locke is already here -- crouching down next to Boone.               
          
                                   BOONE (CONT'D)
                         What is it?
          
               Locke looks at Boone -- UNSHEATHES his biggest KNIFE...
          
               And uses it to POKE the metal under the water.       TAPS it             
               against the surface.
          
                                      LOCKE
                         Steel.
          
                                   BOONE
                         Maybe it's wreckage -- part of our
                         plane...
          
               Locke uses his knife to SCRAPE away DIRT around the periphery            
               of the metal, REVEALING MORE METAL. We can see from Locke's              
               curious-but-determined expression: THIS IS NO PIECE OF THE               
               PLANE.                                                                   
          
               Now even Boone is doubting that it came from their jet.         Even     
               in the darkness, it is clear that this thing is shiny,                   
                                                                                        
               polished, and part of something much larger.
          
                                   BOONE (CONT'D)                                       
                         What is that?                                                  
          
               And we're ON LOCKE -- clearly fascinated by this thing. And              
               it is most definitely worthy of that fascination -- And                  
               after a moment -- Locke looks over at Boone --
          
                                   LOCKE
                         That's what we're going to find
                         out.
          
               And OFF BOONE.   OFF LOCKE.    AND OFF THAT SUBMERGED METAL...           
          
               INT. THE VALLEY - A LEDGE - NIGHT                                37
          37
          
               Jack sits with Charlie. GENTLY pressing on the already
               PURPLING BRUISE around his neck.
          
                                      JACK
                         That hurt?
          
               Nothing from Charlie.
          
          
          
                                                            
          
          
          37   (CON T'D)                                                     37
          
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         You breathing okay?
          
               Still nothing. So Jack moves in close.    COMPASSIONATE.        Eye      
               to eye with Charlie.
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         Charlie -- You've gotta talk to me.                            
                         We're gonna go back out to look for                            
                         Claire the moment the sun's back                               
                         up, so we need your help, man --                               
                             (still nothing)
                         -- anything you can tell us about                              
                         what you remember... where you were                            
                         going -- did you see or hear --?                               
          
               Charlie still stares dead ahead, doesn't make eye contact                
               with Jack. Voice HOLLOW.                                                 
          
                                   CHARLIE
                         I didn't see anything. Hear                                    
                                                                                        
                         anything. I don't remember...
                             (a long beat; then)                                        
                         Anything.                                                      
          
               Charlie still stares dead ahead, doesn't make eye contact                
               with Jack. Voice HOLLOW.                                                 
          
                                    CHARLIE (CONT'D)                                    
                         Claire.                                                        
          
                                    JACK
                         What?
          
                                   CHARLIE
                         That's all they wanted.
          
                                    JACK
                         They?   I don't --
          
               And finally, Charlie's eyes FOCUS on Jack.     PAIN.    SORROW.
               LOSS. And as we PUSH IN --
          
                                   CHARLIE
                         All they wanted was Claire.
          
                                                               CUT TO BLACK:
          
          
                                    END OF EPISODE
          
          
          
          
                                                            
          
                LOST     "All the Best..."    (ALTERNATE VERSION)      10/15/04       53.
          37   (CON T'D)                                                     37
          
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         You breathing okay?
          
               Still nothing. So Jack moves in close.    COMPASSIONATE.        Eye
               to eye with Charlie.
          
                                   JACK (CONT'D)
                         Charlie -- You've gotta talk to me.
                         We're gonna go back out to look for
                         Claire the moment the sun's back
                         up, so we need your help, man --
                             (still nothing)
                         -- anything you can tell us about
                         what you remember... where you were
                         going -- did you see or hear --?
          
               Charlie still stares dead ahead, doesn't make eye contact
               with Jack. Voice HOLLOW.
          
                                   CHARLIE
                         I didn't see anything. Hear
                         anything. I don't remember...
                             (a long beat; then)
                         Anything.
          
               Charlie still stares dead ahead, doesn't make eye contact
               with Jack. Voice HOLLOW.
          
                                      CHARLIE (CONT'D)
                         Claire.
          
                                      JACK
                         What?
          
                                   CHARLIE
                         That's all he wanted.                                          
          
                                      JACK
                         I don't --                                                     
          
               And finally, Charlie's eyes FOCUS on Jack.     PAIN.    SORROW.
               LOSS. And as we PUSH IN --
          
                                   CHARLIE
                                                                                        
                         All he wanted was Claire.
                                                               CUT TO BLACK:
          
          
                                      THE END




All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues



Writers :   Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Genres :   Adventure  Drama  Mystery  Thriller


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