One of our favorite characters dies suddenly on this episode. He is the one who realizes that you can change your destiny (or fate) because the human spirit can make its own way and can choose its own path. We are the variable that determines the future (our future).
Daniel Faraday is playing the piano when his mom walks in. She says he destiny is not to play, but to work at his gift of intelligence and its her job to nurture it. Young Dan wants to do both but at his mom’s insistence he follows her advice and becomes the youngest graduate at Oxford. His research assistant is also his girlfriend and her name is Theresa. But his mom (Eloise Hawking) thinks Dan is wasting his time with her. He needs to get back to his true destiny as a scientist. Luckily Dan has just received a research grant from Charles Widmore to do just that. At lunch she gives him a journal which says roughly paraphrasing ” Daniel… even if you forget, I still love you, Mom”.
Daniel’s research goes on for a while and we later see him watching the newscast of Oceanic 815 deep underwater in the Sunda trench. His caretaker wonders why he is so upset. He does not know. Apparently Dan has been testing out his research on himself causing memory loss. A man comes to his apartment (flat) and tells him he is Charles Widmore his benefactor. He mentions he is a friend of Eloise and that the Daniel should not be upset of being kicked out of Oxford. (Dan’s experiments led to his girlfriend ending up in a coma). Widmore says he has not come about that. He has come to offer Dan a job. He wants him to return to the island because the real 815 crashed there. Dan asks how he knows this. It’s because Widmore faked the crash and put another plane into the Ocean to hide the real whereabouts of the island. He promises the Dan’s memory will be restored if he returns to the island. After talking to his mom, Dan agrees to go back.