3×13: The Man from Tallahassee (A LOCKE Episode)
Season 3: Episode 13 – “The Man from Tallahassee”
Kate, Sayid, Locke and Rousseau watch as Jack and Friendly play football. Unnoticed, Rousseau slips away. Juliet comes out, and then Ben rolls out in a wheelchair – and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack smiles, and they all go inside. Our survivors are shocked – what is going on?Kate is angry; she locks and loads her rifle, ready for the fight. But Sayid cautions her. Maybe Jack doesn’t want to be rescued. Kate insists that the Others have done something to Jack. Locke interrupts and calmly reminds them that it’s Jack. He most likely has a plan, and they just need to go down and find out what it is.
FLASHBACK to Locke in his apartment watching TV. He seems sad and defeated by the world. Then a young man, Peter, knocks on his door and asks if he is John Locke. Locke tells him he’s got the wrong guy, but then Peter asks him how many kidneys he has.
Locke invites Peter in, and he tells Locke that Peter’s mom met a guy named Adam Seward a couple months ago. Adam said he was a retired computer entrepreneur from Ontario, but something about him bothered Peter, so he checked Adam’s story out.
Peter discovered Adam’s name was really Anthony Cooper, and that Locke had donated one of his kidneys to him. If Locke did that, then “Adam” couldn’t be all that bad, right?Locke lies to Peter and tells him it was an anonymous donation.
On the island, Kate, Sayid and Locke wait until night falls to sneak up to Jack’s house. Kate quietly enters and finds Jack playing the piano. Emotion floods her face, but Jack is apprehensive. He tells her to get out – now! It’s not the reaction she hoped to get. Jack says they’re watching him, and he points up to a video camera in a corner of the room. Kate says she isn’t leaving without him. Right then the door bursts open and two armed Others grab her and force her onto the ground. They bring in a struggling Sayid and ask who else is with them. Kate realizes they didn’t catch Locke. She lies and says it’s only her and Sayid.
In Ben’s house, Ben hears something and wakes up. Standing in his room, pointing a gun at him, is Locke. He demands to know where the submarine is.
Locke says he learned about it from Mikhail. But they are interrupted – first by Alex, whom Locke grabs and hides in the closest, and then by Friendly. Friendly tells Ben that they captured Kate and Sayid trying to rescue Jack. Ben tells Friendly to separate them and interrogate them. He wants to know how they found the barracks. Then Ben gives one of the Others a cryptic order: bring him the man from Tallahassee. Once alone, Locke wants to know if that was a code. Ben assures him it is not. Locke needs Sayid’s pack and tells Alex to go get it.
FLASHBACK to a florist shop where Locke watches his father, Anthony Cooper, with Peter’s mom. Cooper notices Locke, and slips over for a chat. Locke knows Cooper is conning the woman for her money. Even her son knows something is wrong. He won’t let Cooper ruin another family’s life. He warns Cooper to call the wedding off and end it or he’ll tell the woman the truth. Cooper reluctantly agrees.
On the island, Kate is held in a rec room. Friendly lets Jack in for a talk.
Kate asks if Jack is one of them now. He denies it, then he reminds her that he told her not to come back for him. She asks what they did to him. Jack says he made a deal with them. They’re letting him go home. Kate is stunned. Jack says it was the best chance to bring back help for everyone. But why would he trust them?Jack replies it’s because she told him to when she asked him to save Sawyer’s life. Kate realizes he wasn’t brainwashed or drugged – he was hurt by her.
Ben asks for Locke’s help getting out of bed and into his wheelchair. Ben says that if Locke killed Mikhail, it means he found the communications station. And that means he also found the explosives. Ben guesses that Locke isn’t going to leave in the submarine, he’s going to blow it up. Locke tells Ben he knows nothing about him. But then Ben rattles off facts about Locke’s life: raised in foster care, wasted away his life in Tustin at a box company, and spent four years in a wheelchair before crashing on the island. Locke is taken aback.
Ben says he even knows how Locke ended up in the wheelchair, and asks how it felt. Locke says he felt his back break, how does he think it felt?
WHOOSH back to Locke walking to his apartment. Two detectives stop him and tell him Peter Talbot is dead. Locke realizes Cooper killed Peter and that he’s essentially responsible. Locke goes to Cooper’s condo and confronts him, but Cooper denies any involvement. He’s a con man, not a murderer. He says Peter’s mom was devastated and called off the wedding. Locke doesn’t believe him. He picks up the phone to call her – when Cooper charges him and SMASH! shoves Locke through the window! Locke falls eight stories and SLAMS into the ground.
On the island, Ben asks Locke if he regained his ability to walk immediately after the plane crash. Locke says yes. Ben asks if Locke is afraid it will go away if he leaves. That it’s why he wants to destroy the submarine. Ben tells Locke that if he blows it up, he’ll have a big problem with his people. They need to know they can leave if they want to, and the submarine maintains that illusion.
And if Locke stops and thinks, Ben can show him things he wants to see very badly. Then Ben offers to explain it in a way Locke will understand. He tells Locke to picture a box. Locke knows something about boxes, doesn’t he?Somewhere on the island is a large box, and whatever you imagined, whatever you wanted, would be inside the box. Locke makes a joke about it, and calls Ben a hypocrite. If Ben knew what the island really was, he’d have more respect for it.
Alex returns with Sayid’s pack, and Locke makes her take him to the sub. Locke goes inside and checks it out. Juliet and Jack are escorted to the dock so they can leave in the sub. They run into Locke as he’s walking back up the dock – and then BOOM! The sub explodes.
FLASHBACK to Locke in the hospital. The two detectives inform him that his father has fled to Mexico and then disappeared. They leave as a physical therapist, Kincaid, brings Locke his wheelchair. Locke says he doesn’t want to go into it. Kincaid lifts Locke out of bed and places him in his wheelchair for the first time.
A look of despair crosses his face, and Locke cries.
On the island, Ben leads Locke down a hallway, telling him that for whatever reason Locke’s in communion with the island. And that makes Locke very, very important. They stop at a door, and Ben opens it. Locke goes white with shock. Inside the room tied to a chair, gagged, and looking terrified – is Locke’s dad.
Episode summary and photos courtesy from The Official ABC Lost Site.