Anyway, here is how I just explained the whole "Jin is back" thing to him. For anyone totally confused about why half their friends list just went off like a powder keg registered to Guy Fawkes.
Imagine: John and Paul are alive and well and living in Japan. Not only do they rock out but they:
a) grew up together
b) called each other pet names
c) wore matching rings
d) were inseparable for most of their lives
e) are frequently photographed in suggestive poses and/or half naked, such as sleeping together LIKE SO *points to icon*.
f) are so popular as an RPS pairing that doujinshis are written about them and porn films are made specifically with actors designed to look like the two of them having sex.
h) deliberately play up this image of themselves, while being, you know, inseparable.
i) eta: forgot to include: they frequently hold hands in public and in private.
Now imagine that after nearly ten years of this, of John and Paul being JOHN AND PAUL IN LOVE AND MASS MARKETED THAT WAY, with all the earthshattering power of rock hippy love that implies, they inexplicably fight. Paul's career starts to overtake John's and subtly outshadow it after years of John being the primary one in the spotlight even though technically they co-lead the band.
Tensions form between them. John can't cope with Paul's success, Paul can't cope with John's waning interest in the band. The friendship rings disappear; they do their own thing. Their fans angst. And angst. and angst.
Then, after nine months of this tension, JOHN GOES ON "HIATUS" FROM THE BEATLES AND MOVES TO LA TO PERFECT HIS ENGLISH HOOK UP WITH YOKO.
CUE OCTOBER '06 TO APRIL 19, 2007. SEVEN MONTHS OF DESPAIR, HOPE, ANGSTFIC, SPECULATION, OPTIMISM, PAIN, ANXIETY, DIRTY CHOSCANDALOUS RUMORS, AND [info]derogatory WINDING UP IN CHINESE TABLOIDS HAVING TO CHANGE HER LJ NAME AFTER HER BOYFRIEND TURNS OUT TO BE JOHN'S BEST FRIEND AND THEY ALL POSE TOGETHER WITH JOHN WEARING A
JOHN COMES BACK. HE COMES BACK. PREDICTABLY ENOUGH, ON 420, BECAUSE, HELLO, BEATLES.
PAUL SMILES A LOT, AND SAYS "IT FELT LIKE THERE WAS A THORN IN MY SIDE, BUT IT'S GONE NOW."
THE BEATLES ARE A FOURSOME AGAIN, AND JOHN AND PAUL ARE IN LOVE.
THAT IS WHAT TODAY IS.