- Locke is having doubts. His leg is not functioning again, and Henry’s told him that the button is a lie. The hatch has disappointed poor John, and he’s looking for answers elsewhere: the beach, where he used to sit and stare for hours (Pilot; Tabula Rasa)
- Rose accuses Locke of sitting in “her spot”. Like Locke, Rose used to sit and stare at the beach for days, not eating or saying a word (Walkabout). In this episode, we find out that this was foreshadowing a connection between Rose and Locke: both were healed by the island. Locke regained the use of his legs, and Rose was cured of her cancer.
- When it was just Locke and Jin, we could have called it a coincidence. Now we can say it with certainty: the island heals the sick. We find out in later seasons that it could also potentially destroy. The fact that Locke finds himself unable to walk yet again already hints at the fact.
- Since the island contains the Source of Life and Death, it makes sense that it has the power to both heal and hurt. It’s likely that Jacob had a similar power, since his touch seems to have given the Candidates protection from Death (The Incident). When you still have work to do, you get to live until you’ve served your purpose (Dr. Linus). When the island is done with you, you might just spontaneously explode (Everybody Loves Hugo).
Rose: “You’ll be out of that splint and running around the island again in no time.”
Locke: “And yet, Jack said it would be at least 4 weeks.”
Rose: “But, honey, you and I both know it’s not going to take that long.” (S.O.S.)
- Rose and Locke are the only ones who know each other’s secrets. They inspire each other, but that will change in season 4 after Rose witnesses Locke killing Naomi. Rose tells Bernard “I’m not going anywhere with that man”, even when it meant possibly having to leave the island (The Beginning Of The End)... “Because it was the right thing to do” (Ji Yeon).