"The Man from Tallahassee" is the thirteenth episode of Season 3 and the sixty-second produced hour of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on March 21, 2007. As Kate and Sayid focus on rescuing a strangely placid Jack, Locke reveals his own agenda for finding the Barracks.
Locke is being interviewed by a government worker, who will determine whether he will continue receiving government disability payments. She asks why he has stopped submitting his therapy bills. He says he has stopped his therapy because it was a "waste of time," so she suspends the payments, saying the suspension is temporary. He asks if he is "temporarily disabled" and it is revealed that he was suffering from depression.
Later, at his apartment, Locke eats a TV dinner while watching an episode of Exposé when he is surprised by a knock at his door. A young man who introduces himself as Peter Talbot asks Locke if he knows "Adam Seward," who claims to be a retired computer entrepreneur from Ontario and who asked Peter's mother to marry him. It is revealed that Seward is Anthony Cooper. Peter tracked Locke down through Seward's medical records to find out if he is a good man. Locke claims it was an anonymous kidney donation and that he cannot help Peter.
Locke confronts his father at a flower shop, demanding that he call off the wedding. He tells Cooper that Peter is on to the con and threatens to tell Mrs. Talbot the truth. Cooper agrees to call off the wedding.
Arriving home later, Locke is met by Detective Mason and Detective Reed, who ask if he knows Peter Talbot. They tell Locke they know he came to Locke's apartment. When Locke says Peter was just trying to sell him something, the detectives tell him the Talbots are worth $200 million, and that Peter Talbot is now dead.
Locke confronts Cooper, demanding to know if he killed Peter Talbot. Cooper claims Mrs. Talbot called off the wedding due to the boy's death, leaving him with no angle to make any profit. While reciting this to Locke, Cooper pours two glasses of MacCutcheon Scotch whisky, sipping from one, offering one to Locke and then replacing it back on the counter when Locke doesn't take it. Responding to Locke's accusation Cooper says he's a con man, not a murderer. He invites Locke to verify that the wedding is called off by calling Mrs. Talbot and asking her. As Locke reaches for the phone, Cooper lunges and pushes him through the window. He plummets eight stories and lands on his back.
The detectives visit Locke in the hospital to tell him that Cooper fled to Mexico and disappeared. They are interrupted by Locke's therapist who demands he get up out of the bed. The therapist brings in a wheelchair and places Locke in it. Locke claims he can't do it, but the therapist responds, "John, you fell eight stories out of a window and survived. I don't want to hear about what you can't do." Locke stares at his immobile toes and cries.
The trio of Kate, Sayid and Locke are confused by Jack's behavior, so Locke suggests waiting until dark before talking to Jack and attempting a rescue.
That night the rescue party splits up to guard Jack's bungalow, while Kate enters to talk to Jack. She finds Jack playing the piano, and when he notices her, he is shocked and immediately tells her to leave because he is being watched by cameras. Guards burst in, and Kate is immediately captured, as is Sayid. When she is interrogated by the guards, she lies and does not mention either Locke or Rousseau's presence in the Barracks.
Kate's hands and bare feet are tied tightly together and she is gagged while being held in a recreation room with a pool table, foosball table and two pinball machines. She is working to free herself when Tom comes in. He is with Jack and warns him to "be careful in here," pointing to his ear and the ceiling, indicating the room is bugged. Jack tells Kate that this is where they live, and that the kidnapped people and children are safe. When Kate asks if he is with them now, Jack claims to not be with anyone. She confronts him about why he is acting this way, and he admits that they agreed to let him go home and promises to come back for her after he escapes. Juliet comes to get him - they are leaving the Island the next morning.
Alex goes to get the pack from Ryan, who is guarding Sayid at the swing set. Sayid tells her she looks like her mother. "My mother is dead," she says, and he replies, "I'm sure that's what they told you," before being hit by Ryan and told to keep his mouth shut.
Ben is interrupted by Jack and Juliet at his house. Jack asks for "one last favor," that his friends be released after he is gone. Ben agrees to let them go, shaking Jack's hand and giving his word to "let them go just as soon as you've left the Island." Juliet thanks him for keeping his promise.
Meanwhile, Locke surprises Ben in his room with his gun drawn. Locke asks Ben where the submarine is, and Ben claims ignorance until Locke mentions that he killed Mikhail Bakunin. Next, Alex enters and is taken hostage by Locke. As Tom knocks on the door, Locke takes Alex into a closet while Tom and Richard Alpert enter to inform Ben that Kate and Sayid have been found in the Barracks and captured. Tom goes to wait outside, and Ben asks Alpert to bring him "The Man from Tallahassee," then both Tom and Alpert leave. Locke sends Alex to retrieve Sayid's backpack as he holds Ben hostage.
Ben asks for help getting into his wheelchair and Locke is reluctant at first. Ben asks how Locke will pilot the submarine and asks what is in the pack. He deduces that Locke has explosives from the communications station and that he plans to destroy the sub. "I know you, John Locke," says Ben. He outlines Locke's life, saying he knows he spent four years in a wheelchair, and that he knows how Locke ended up in it. He asks if it hurt, and a bitter Locke replies, "I felt my back break. What do you think?"
Locke asks where the electricity comes from and Ben makes a joke about hamsters. Ben tries to convince Locke to leave the submarine alone, that destroying it would give him "a big problem with [his] people." He says he was born on the Island but many of the Others weren't, that the submarine helps them to remain committed to being on the Island. Ben promises to show Locke "things he wants to see very badly." He tells Locke to imagine that the Island contains a "very large box" that can manifest anything one wishes for. Locke suggests Ben should wish for a new submarine. He says Ben is a hypocrite for using electricity and guns. Ben asks how Locke thinks he knows the Island better than he does, and Locke replies, "Because you're in the wheelchair and I'm not."
Locke also calls Ben a "Pharisee." In using this term, Locke is claiming that Ben is not practicing an authentic spirituality. He is claiming that Ben and the Others have become self-righteous, arrogant and powerful. They live a life of comforts off the remains of the Dharma Initiative while not doing what Locke thinks is their religious duty to the Island.
Ben is very interested in Locke's recovery, asking if it was "immediate." Locke asks why it hasn't happened for Ben, and why he got sick in the first place. Ben asks if Locke wants to destroy the submarine because he is afraid that if he leaves the Island "it will go away," and he will be back in the chair.
Alex returns with the bag and Locke demands that she take him to the sub. Ben pleads one more time, telling Locke about his deal with Jack. He tells Locke that the Submarine will leave in the morning with Jack and that it will never come back after it leaves because the magnetic anomaly disabled their sonar beacon. Outside, Alex tells Locke that Ben was manipulating him. She shows him to the dock and we see Rousseau watching her from the trees. Locke enters the empty sub and looks around, turning on the lights.
Locke leaves the sub (he is soaking wet) and is confronted by Ryan and the Others with Jack and Juliet. Locke apologizes to Jack just as the sub explodes.Later, Locke is cuffed in an industrial room when Ben and Richard Alpert enter. Locke claims Ben wanted him to destroy the sub, and Ben confirms that Locke "made his dream come true" by creating a situation where Jack cannot leave the Island but Ben can be said to have kept his word to Jack. Ben tells Alpert to uncuff John.
Locke asks sarcastically about the magic box and Ben says he will show him what came out of it. Ben tells Locke that when he asked him earlier if it hurt, he was asking what it felt like when Locke's "own father tried to kill him," not what Locke felt physically. He says Locke is afraid of Cooper, and that the Island is the one place Cooper can never find him. Locke has "some communion" with the Island and that makes him very important. He unlocks a door, revealing The Man from Tallahassee: Anthony Cooper, bound and beaten with a gag in his mouth. Anthony Cooper's reaction to seeing Locke is a mixture of shock and fear. John Locke's reaction is shock and one word: "Dad?"
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