Originally Posted by Phillip
Don't know if this has been discussed but in The Last Recruit Jack is talking to Locke and says "The third day we were here I saw... I chased my father through the jungle... my, my dead father. Was that you?" He saw Christian on the 6th day. Why would the writers do that?
It's more poetic in a Messianic, Easter way - 'on the third day, the Christian Shepherd rose again.'
And I agree that, even though he may not have followed him to the cave until the 6th day, he saw him standing in the ocean before that.
Besides, you can't expect Jack to remember everything perfectly. A lot of crazy stuff happened around that time, and a lot of crazy stuff has happened since, and it's been 3 years. So, even if it was the 6th day that he first saw him standing in the ocean, that's an understandable mistake by Jack. I seriously doubt that Gregg Nations would make a mistake like that - the guy wrote out a timeline, so if it's wrong, they knew it was wrong and just planned on blaming it on Jack's memory.