Courtesy of PopCandy:
We know the sub is scheduled to make a trip in two weeks and the time that they're in now is around the time that Ben Linus and his dad show up. I'm wondering if the sub brings a young Ben Linus with it.
So, safe to say Ben is a child on the island when JAMES LaFleur is in charge - that's why Ben calls him JAMES in present times.
The statue was holding an ankh in each hand.... How fascinating, since it has FERTILITY meanings as well as the connotations of everlasting life....keys to eternity, etc. Hm.
One other source I found had an interesting twist:
The Ankh... is also known as the Key of the Nile, representing the union of Isis and Osiris. It is said that this mystic union would initiate the annual flooding of the Nile, providing Egypt with her various means to survive. The meaning of the ankh as WOMB, thus fertility and reproduction, is well-illustrated in this particular legend.
Now we know why Alpert was so intent on recruiting Juliet...because she already had successfully delivered a surviving baby and mother.
Something is still not right about Juliet. She knows more than she lets on. When she and Sawyer started making out, I was like, "NOOOOOOO!!!" But when you think about it, maybe they're perfect for each other: the con and the con...
I agree. I think Juliette is aware that when you leave the island, you return to the off island present time. My guess here, but the world is not on the same loop as the island, so it wouldn't constantly be jumping along the time string. Off the island would have been early 2005 based on the timeline we were folowing prior to the island disconnecting from the time string.