I almost didn't post FloPo because you brought up so many of the things I thought! It wasn't a great episode but I still liked it, but any episode with Sawyer is enjoyable. Josh Holloway is another great actor!
I loved the fact that Sawyer was a cop and Miles was his partner. I really did laugh-out=loud at that! It was interesting that Jim is still so fixated on Anthony Cooper but he must have discovered that the one in Australia was not the right one so didn't kill him. Even though Sawyer killed the wrong one perhaps something about the futility of it all helped him to move on.
I think Jacob and Nemesis are brothers that somehow had a falling out either when they got or because of their particular powers. Widmore is a wild card. He may have wanted all of the Oceanic Six to go back in the hopes that MIB would kill them all, but as someone mentioned Widmore may not be able to kill the candidates either. If you plotted all the double crosses by Jacob, Nemesis, Widmore, Ben and Eloise, it would be quite a design! Ben banished Widmore but was it for altruistic reasons for the island or for selfish reasons of power?
Ben was the leader, but he said he never saw Jacob. Help me remember, has anyone else actually seen Jacob other than Hurley?
And for the record michel, I didn't believe XLocke when he told his crazy mother story. I thought it was more manipulation. And I do believe Jacob (or his spirit) is still alive too.