In flashback, we find a happy, content home inspector -- John Locke -- about to propose to Helen, when he learns that his father has died. But it turns out that Cooper is not really dead. He shows up and reveals to Locke that he faked his own death in order to hide from a couple of men he stole $700,000 from in a retirement con. He tells Locke that he's setting up a new identity, but that he's afraid he's being watched. He offers Locke a cut of the money if he will just go to the bank and withdraw it from a safety deposit box for him.
Though Locke refuses to be conned again, he is still swayed by a desire to win his father's love, so he goes through with it. In doing so, he comes face to face with his father's pursuers, who threaten Helen. But Locke lies for his father in order to protect him.
Locke brings the money to his father who waits at a local motel. But Locke refuses his cut. Though he can't bring himself to say it, he didn't do any of this for the money -- he did it for his father's love. But in pursuing that love, he loses the love he already has -- Helen.
Back on the island, Locke is trapped with Henry when the blast doors in the hatch suddenly come down for no apparent reason. While attempting to escape, Locke's legs are crushed underneath the doors and he must put his trust in Henry to push the button and go get help.
Meanwhile, Jack and Kate discover a pallet of food with a flashing light on the island while Ana Lucia, Sayid & Charlie find Henry's balloon. The balloon finders and Jack and Kate all meet at the pallet with the food, then rush into the hatch.
Sayid pulls a gun on Henry and says they dug up the grave, and found a man...then he flashes a badge of a black man named Henry Gale, and the episode ends.