Monday, March 2, 2009

Charles Widmore gives Locke the name Jeremy Bentham, Matthew Abbadon as a guide

It's daylight again at the Clinique Medicale (as it says on the sign) and Charles Widmore is having a chat with Locke. Widmore gives Locke a passport with the name Jeremy Bentham and explains to him that he was a British philosopher and says "Your parents had a sense of humor when they named you, so why can't I?" Widmore then gives Locke money and an international phone and says "If you need to reach me for anything, just press 23 (one of the numbers). He also gives him a folder with the whereabouts of Locke's "people." Locke opens one of the folders and looks at a photo of Sayid working on a roof. Locke says with a questioning tone "You've been watching them?" Widmore replies "I'm deeply invested in the future of the island John."

Widmore continues saying that Locke shouldn't mention that he (Widmore) is involved because of the lies Ben has told them. At that point, Locke chimes in and asks "How do I know you're not the one that's lying." Widmore snidely replies "I haven't tried to kill you. Can you say the same for him (Ben)?" Locke doesn't say anything (lest we forget Ben leaving Locke for dead in Dharma mass grave). Locke then questions why Widmore sent a team of killers and a boat with C-4 to the island. Widmore claims that he just wanted to remove Ben so that Locke could be the leader on the island (this seems a bit hard to believe and Locke realizes it). Widmore continues saying "The island needs you John, it has for a long time." Locke asks "What makes you think I'm so special?" and Widmore simply replies "Because you are."

At that point Matthew Abbadon drives up in an SUV. Locke then mentions to Widmore that Richard said he was going have to die to bring his people back. Widmore says "I don't know why he said that, but I'm not going to let that happen." It seems strange that Widmore would so quickly write of something that Richard Alpert said which is another reason to believe Widmore can't be trusted. Widmore then introduces Abbadon who knows exactly who Locke is and Locke recognizes him as the orderly from the hospital where he received his physical therapy (in "Cabin Fever"). From the way they play it off as if they're just meeting leads me to believe that Abbadon hasn't always worked for Widmore who doesn't know that they've met before. Abbadon then pulls a wheelchair from the SUV which Locke looks at with utter cotempt and dismay.

As Abbadon is driving Locke, he asks him if there is anyone from his past he wants him to look up. Locke asks Abbadon not to talk to him and moments later tells him that their first stop will be Santo Domingo.

Locke's passport lists "Jeremy Bentham's" place of birth as New York City even though it says his nationality is Canadian and Canada "issued" the passport. His birth date is listed as "15 FEB 48" and 4, 8 and 15 are three of the numbers.

Again we go back to the question, how much of what Widmore says can we trust? His rhetoric seems as manipulative as Ben's at times, but is somewhat more believable because we haven't seen him deceive people the way Ben has.

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