Sawyer walks along the beach, watching the group bring a ping-pong table out of the jungle. Hurley tells him that Jin found it while he was gathering firewood, and that it must have come out of the hatch when it exploded. (Or imploded. They still aren't sure what happened) Sawyer asks about Kate, but Hurley only replies, "She's not back yet? Huh," and heads over to the ping-pong table with the others. Sawyer turns around and sees Paulo walking off with one of his magazines. Paulo explains that the group shares things now, so Sawyer's stash has been distributed among the group. He then offers to give the magazine back to Sawyer, but Sawyer angrily tells him to "Just keep it," and storms away.
Elsewhere in the jungle, Locke, Sayid, Kate, and Rousseau are heading into the depths of the island on the compass bearing of 305 degrees, the bearing on Mr. Eko's stick. They've been walking for two days, and haven't found anything yet, but Locke is steadfast that this is the correct heading. Sayid is not as certain. He is in the jungle picking fruit, hears a sound like a bell. He goes to investigate and finds a belled cow chewing grass. As he watches, someone whistles for it. The cow wanders off and Sayid follows, to find a farm house with a satellite dish and other animals. The cow approaches a farmer, who turns around, revealing himself to be the mysterious Patchy, the man Sayid and Locke saw in the Pearl's monitoring video back before Eko was killed.
Sawyer approaches the ping-pong table with a ball, but says he won't give it up unless they give him the chance to win his stuff back. The group agrees, but only if Sawyer agrees to give up his name calling for a week if he loses.
The jungle explorers gather around Patchy's farmhouse. Sayid gives his weapon to Kate, explaining that if he approaches unarmed, the man may be more likely to give him information, since he won't feel threatened. Danielle decides to head back to the stream, since she's survived this long on the island by avoiding people like Patchy.
In a flashback, Sayid is working in the back of Le Portail D'Arabie, a restaurant in Paris, France. He is summoned onto the portico by a man named Sami, who compliments the meal Sayid cooked for him, and offers him a job as a chef in his new restaurant. Sayid is reluctant, wondering why this man is offering him a job after "only a single meal." Sami explains that they are both outsiders in this country (he is also an Iraqi), and furthermore, his chef quit.
Back in the jungle, Sayid approaches the farmhouse, watched by a suspicious barn cat. As he gets near the house, Patchy suddenly appears and shoots Sayid in the shoulder. Kate begins to run forward, but Locke stops her. "This is my line!" Patchy screams. "We had a truce!" Sayid shouts back that he is not who Patchy thinks he is, and that he is a survivor of a plane crash months ago. Patchy starts to come out of the house, and Kate and Locke race forward to disarm him. Patchy reveals his name is Mikhail Bakunin, and that he is the last living member of the DHARMA Initiative. They bring Sayid into the farmhouse, and Patchy explains that he has experienced treating gunshot wounds in Afghanistan with the Soviet Army. Patchy explains about more about his past, saying that his unit in the Army was decommissioned after the Cold War. While looking for something to do, he responded to an advertisement in the newspaper asking, "Do you want to save the world?" The DHARMA Initiative, he explains, is very secretive and very rich, and very smart. Patchy has been on the island for eleven years, staying in the station called The Flame, where he communicates with the outside world. Kate and Locke have been investigating the inside of the house, and Locke finds a monitored computer which asks him to play chess. Several years ago, the DHARMA Initiative launched a purge against "the hostiles," but Patchy didn't participate in it. As a result, the hostiles let him live, provided he did not cross the line around his house. They only took two cows from him, causing Kate to wonder why they didn't take the satellite dish too. Patchy explains that it hasn't worked for years. He also explains that the hostiles, whoever they are, were on the island long before the Initiative.
Sayid recalls arriving at Sami's restaurant and meeting Sami's wife. His wife has strange scars on her arm, but their introduction is cut short when the woman confirms that Sayid is "him." Sayid is suddenly attacked by the men in the restaurant and brought to the ground. Sami kicks him in the face, knocking him out.
In the farmhouse, Patchy stitches up Sayid's wound, and has to chastise one of his cats – Nadia, much to Sayid's shock – from clawing at the carpet. Patchy goes to check on Locke, who is losing to the computer at chess. He tells Locke that he has yet to beat the machine, as it was programmed by three Grand Masters, and it cheats. Kate wonders why the Others let Patchy stay here after the purge. Sayid tells her that it makes perfect sense, since Patchy isn't with DHARMA; he is with the Others, and moreover, he isn't alone.
The ping-pong match begins between Hurley and Sawyer.
Patchy explains that there are wires all over the island that connect the stations, and confirms that there is a cable that runs out into the ocean. (Sayid found this cable when he first explored the island, just before he met Danielle) This cable leads to an underwater beacon that emits sonar pings to guide vessels (submarines) to the island. He believes the hostiles have destroyed or commandeered the submarines, which explains how they were able to get around the sailboat when Sayid, Jin, and Sun were staking out the abandoned village. When Sayid taunts Patchy, saying that they killed one of the hostiles, Patchy tells him that their little game has moved to the next stage and rises to attack Sayid. After a brief and furious battle, Kate manages to butt stroke Patchy in the face, knocking him out. Sayid orders her to "get some rope."
Sayid recalls being chained up in Sami's restaurant. He tells Sayid that he has been recognized as a torturer in the Republican Guard, because his wife was one of his victims. Sayid confirms that the name he has been using is an alias, but claims he does not remember his wife, so she could not be one his victims. He remembers the face of every person he tortured. Sami does not believe him, because his wife remembers Sayid's face so well that she remembered him from a mere glimpse as they passed the restaurant where Sayid worked.
In the farmhouse, Sayid tells Locke and Kate that he became suspicious when he saw that the horse outside had been saddled for someone much smaller than Patchy, and that the Others probably sent someone out to The Flame when they lost communication. He then flips over the carpet, revealing a hatch in the floor.
Sami's wife is brought before Sayid, who is still chained to the floor in Sami's restaurant. Sami begins to beat him up, trying to get him to admit that he tortured his wife. Sami reaches for an iron bar to crush Sayid with, but his wife stops him, saying "That is enough for today." Sami relents, but tells Sayid that he will be back the next day.
As Kate and Sayid descend into the hatch, Locke keeps watch over the unconscious Patchy. They find the basement has been wired with C4 explosive. Upstairs, Locke becomes distracted by the prompting of the chess game. Sayid finds a bunch of DHARMA manuals (one of which details the Food Drop procedure). Locke manages to beat the chess game, and the screen changes to a video of Dr. Candle, which tells him to enter number codes for communication. Since, the satellite and sonar have been rendered inoperable, Dr. Candle says, "Has there been an incursion of the station by the hostiles? If so, enter 77." Locke is about to enter the code when Patchy appears behind him and holds a knife before his throat. In the basement, Kate is attacked by Mrs. Klugh, but Sayid comes to her defense. Kate recognizes her from the dock, and they take her upstairs. Locke is outside, being held at gunpoint by Patchy. There is a lot of arguing in Russian, and then Patchy shoots Klugh. Locke struggles for the gun, and Sayid manages to knock Patchy to the ground. Patchy begs to be killed, but Sayid lets him live.
On the beach, Hurley apologizes for beating Sawyer so bad, explaining that he played ping-pong a lot as a kid in his mom's basement.
Kate starts packing supplies while Locke watches Dr. Candle's video again, pausing at the "Enter 77 part." Sayid leads Patchy away from the farmhouse, summoning Danielle out of the jungle. Patchy admits that he was never a part of the Initiative, but instead moved to the Flame after the purge. Sayid shows him the map that shows a cable running from The Flame to a place called "the barracks." Patchy doesn't tell him about this place on the map, but warns that the moment Sayid's guard is down, he will attack. Danielle agrees with this. "You have a map," she says, "Why keep him alive?"
Sayid recalls being visited by Sami's wife in the restaurant basement, and explains that when Sami first arrive in Paris, she was terrified of leaving the apartment. (The cat she is holding during this time is the same cat that was in Patchy's front yard.) She rescued this cat from being bullied by street kids, and while it sleeps with her and loves her, it also sometimes attacks her, because it sometimes forgets that it is safe. She forgives him for this, because she also knows what it is like to never be safe, because of Sayid. She demands that he acknowledge what he did to her, and Sayid admits that he remembers her, that her face has haunted him since he left Iraq. He apologizes, and Sami's wife forgives him. Moreover, she will tell Sami that she has made a terrible mistake so that Sami will let him go.
Danielle is still trying to convince Sayid to kill Patchy. "No," Sayid says, "He is my prisoner. I will decide his fate." Locke comes out and says that he beat the chess game and found out why Patchy hadn't wanted him to beat it. The farmhouse blows up. Once again, one of Sayid's hopes of being able to communicate with the outside world has been taken away by Locke. As the group turns to leave, Sayid's flashlight catches sight of the gray cat that Sami's wife had been holding in the basement of the restaurant.