Episode S1E21 : The Greater Good
- Date Aired
- 5/4/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Run Time
The survivors bury Boone, and Locke shows up and explains what happened to them, but Jack does not believe him and is enraged. Sayid asks Shannon what he can do for her, and she replies that he can "take care" of Locke, suggesting killing or torturing him. Sayid makes Locke take him to the Beechcraft in the jungle where Boone was injured, and Locke reveals that it was he who, for the sake of the survivors (the greater good), hit Sayid over the head when he was trying to find the distress signal in an earlier episode. Sayid asks Locke about the gun he is hiding and Locke tells him about the dead drug runner before giving him the gun. Charlie tells Claire that she needs to rest, and though reluctant at first she lets him take care of her baby. Charlie has a tough time getting the baby to stop crying, but finally manages to do so after seeing the baby's reaction to Sawyer's voice. Seeing Jack's exhaustion, Kate drugs him with sleeping pills, and while he is sleeping, Shannon takes the key to the briefcase containing the guns. Shannon goes after Locke, but is confronted by Sayid, Jack, and Kate. Sayid tackles Shannon just as she fires the gun, grazing Locke in the head. The flashback deals with Sayid becoming an informant for the CIA. The CIA knows where Nadia, the girl Sayid loves, is. When his friend Essam is chosen as the next suicide bomber for a group, Sayid is forced to convince him to accept the role and stop him only at the end so that the CIA can seize the explosives to be used. When Sayid reveals his identity as an informant and tries to convince Essam to back out, Essam becomes distraught and shoots himself before Sayid can stop him.</p><p>After Essam's death, the CIA tells Sayid he can find Nadia in California, and gives him a ticket for a flight leaving in two hours. Sayid asks about Essam's body and is upset when he discovers that with no one to claim it, the body will be burned, contrary to Muslim tradition. Sayid insists on claiming the body himself and tells them to change his flight. Back on the island, Sayid visits Locke who thanks him for saving his life. Sayid tells him that he only saved him because he sensed that Locke was their best chance of survival. He then tells Locke to take him to the hatch immediately.