‘Lost’: Reversal of fortune

“Everybody Hates Hugo”
Originally aired October 12, 2005

Here’s a word for you: peripetia: “a sudden reversal of a character’s circumstances and fortunes, usually involving the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy, and often coinciding with the ‘recognition’ or anagnorisis. In a comedy, however, the peripeteia abruptly restores the prosperity of the main character (s). See also coup de théâtre.”

So, for instance, Jack’s peripetia occurs sometime after he returns from the island, and he becomes a bearded crazy drughead hell-bent on getting back to the island. Because Jack’s something of a tragic hero, and this is his downfall. But Hurley? Hurley is something of a comedic hero, so therefore, it would follow that his peripetia would involve posterity! Good things! Like, winning millions of dollars, or say, finding, improbably, a closet full of candy bars and Ranch dressing on a deserted island? Right?


… And the winning Mega-Jackpot numbers are: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and the Mega Number? Yeah, that’d be 42. And Hurley? Is out cold, as if he’d seen some blood. Poor Hugo. His momma, Carmen, comes rushing into the room to check on him, and Hurley doesn’t tell her about the lottery … interesting. As she clucks over him and his lifestyle choices, nagging him about his weight and diet, Hurley folds the ticket over on itself and hides it. Carmen continues with the harping, assuring Hurley that he has to make a change in his life: that no one is going to do it for him. And then ends saying somewhat sarcastically that maybe if Hurley prays every day, Jesus Christ himself will come down from heaven, take 200 pounds, and bring him a girlfriend and a car.

Oh, the irony.

And Hurley? As Carmen wanders off to answer the phone call from Jesus, who is wanting to know what color car Hurley would like. Answer: yellow.

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Hurley mutters under his breath that maybe he doesn’t want his life to change …

Hey, Hurley? Big guy? Tough luck.

Lost note: Apologies for faithful readers who kept up with the recaps from last summer, as I am bound to repeat myself (of course, so does Lost, as evidenced by this very scene). But! As mentioned in “Numbers,” and “Outlaws” Mary-Jo, the lottery girl is played by the same woman who Sawyer brings back to his hotel room. The actress is Brittany Perrineau, wife of Harold, and it’s uncertain whether the character is supposed to be the same one as in “Outlaws.” (Also, she and Harold just had a baby girl, Wynter Aria, back in May.) Oh, and fun note! That’s Carlton Cuse’s as the lottery official that announces: “That’s right, Mary-Jo, because this is the 16th week without a winner!”

Hurley, despite having won well over one hundred million dollars, goes back to work at Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack. Sucker. He’s called into the manager’s office, and HEY! LOOKEE! It’s that tool, Randy!

everybody hates hugo lost randy mr. cluck's

Randy’s been watching Hurley on the security cameras and blah blah blah, Hurley has been eating the chicken at Mr. Cluck’s without paying. And now he owes Mr. Cluck’s for an 8-piece meal. Hurley finally wises up, and Dude. He quits.

But not without having serious reservations about having done so. In the parking lot, Hurley’s friend, DJ Qualls, finds Hurley hyperventilating into a paper bag. DJ Qualls announces that he, too, has quit Mr. Clucks. As DJ Qualls puts it, “who needs money when you’ve got good looks?” Hey! They should go on a Roadtrip! Just don’t leave your pet snake with that wacky Tom Green …

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Lost note: You may recognize Hurley’s boss from “Walkabout,” where he was Locke’s insufferable boss, Randy Nations. As far as I can tell, the timeline is something like this: Hurley wins the lottery in 2003, quits his job at Mr. Cluck’s, and sometime after, Mr. Cluck’s closes down. With his lottery winnings, Hurley buys Mr. Cluck’s and is going to reopen it (making him Randy’s boss), when it’s struck by a meteorite and destroyed. Hurley then apparently gives Randy a job at his box company, where Randy goes on to make Locke miserable. After the return of the O6 from the island, we see Randy again, now an employee of Circuit House. With a handheld video camera, Randy films Hurley’s car crash and arrest.

First stop on Hugo Reyes’ Day Off? Record store. And look! He and DJ Qualls are going through the bargain bin, singing along with, what else? Drive Shaft. However, their lyrics are MUCH better than the original:


You all, everybody

You all, everybody

Acting like you’re stupid people

Wearing your ‘spensive clothes

You all, everybody

You all, everybody

You all, everybody


You are everybody,

You are everybody,

Acting like stupid people/exactly like you’re people,

Wearing your clothes and whatnot/wearing expensive something

Hurley excuses himself to check out the headphones, but DJ Qualls and I both know he’s checking something else out: one Miss Starla. Who, to Hurley’s credit, is as cute as a button. DJ Qualls spills and tells Starla that they’ve quit their jobs, and jokes that someone should get a straight-jacket for Hurley, WHICH ISN’T VERY FUNNY OR SENSITIVE CONSIDERING HURLEY’S PAST, DJ QUALLS. GAH. Starla’s stunned. Hurley’s her rock! If he starts doing crazy things like leave his job, her whole world will be rocked! Ha ha ha, yeah. So, Hurley? Does something TRULY crazy, and asks her out on a date. And? She says yes! Aww! Yay, Starla!

Lost note: Hurley asks Starla to The Hold Steady concert. Apparently, Lost writer Edward Kitsis is good friends with the lead singer of the band. Also? In a strange bit of synchronicity, news of The Hold Steady’s new album popped up in my reader. I know … Weird.

everybody hates hugo cluck you

Next mission: Hurley and DJ Qualls steal a van-load of garden gnomes, which they then use to spell out CLUCK YOU on Randy’s yard. Which is funny, but I can’t help but feel bad for all those displaced gnomes, so far from their homes.

As they speed away from the scene of the crime (?), DJ Qualls asks Hurley if there’s anything else he’d like to do on his day of freedom, seeing as they are going to have to get back to real life the next day, and find jobs. Speak for yourself, DJ Qualls! Hurley tries to make DJ Qualls promise that no matter what happens, they’ll remain friends, and stay the same, and DJ Qualls is like, yeah, sure, whatever, Hey! Look at that camera crew at the gas station! Hurley knows immediately that the media has found him, and sure enough, as they pull into the gas station, and DJ Qualls goes to investigate, the media are indeed there about Hurley’s HUGE lottery win. And when the media discover Hurley, and DJ Qualls realizes that Hurley didn’t say anything to him about it, he is BETRAYED, and Hurley is SAD.

Which helps explain Hurley’s reluctance to share the good news about the abundance of food in the hatch. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves …

Over on the Tailie side of the island, the Rafties are still trapped in their little hole in the ground, and surprise! they want out. Jin wants to build another human pyramid, as Sawyer puts it (and poo-poos it), Michael is busy doing what he’s best at: hollering, and Sawyer is fussing over his bullet wound.

Ana-Lucia and the Very Large, Very Angry Man return with a rope and order the three to get out of the hole. When they balk, Ana-Lucia threatens to shoot. Up goes Jin! When Michael hesitates, Sawyer argues that she’s bluffing, and that’s when Ana-Lucia throws a rock at Sawyer’s head. Heh. Up goes Michael! And as Sawyer is yapping about how he’s not going to come up, Ana-Lucia and the Very Large, Very Angry Man close the hole up again and leave. (I, for one, kinda love Ana-Lucia for this scene alone. I know, I know, and it’s very lonely in the Ana-Lucia fan club headquarters, but what are you going to do? She’s awesome.)

A while later, the Very Large, Very Angry Man returns, lowers the rope again, and orders Sawyer to take it. Sawyer refuses until he is certain that Jin and Michael are safe, and whaddya know, but here’s Michael, and he’s fine. They pull Sawyer up, and Michael explains that The Tailies now believe that they were on 815, too, and everyone is now BFFs.


Of course, that still doesn’t stop Ana-Lucia from cold-cocking Sawyer. Which he was asking for. She’s in charge, and he just needs to PIPE DOWN. (Awesome.)


As they make their way through the jungle, Michael meets Libby. And the dramatic irony is almost too much to bear. When asked, Michael tells her that there were around 40 fuselage survivors and Libby tells Michael that there were 23 survivors from the tail section. Of course there were.

The Very Large, Very Angry Man tries to apologize to Sawyer, but Mr. Sensitive isn’t having it. And then they’ve arrived at their final destination, which looks a lot like more jungle. Ana-Lucia brushes some vines away, and whaddya know, but there’s another door to another hatch! So, points to Team Tailie for figuring out how to get into their hatch without blowing anyone up. ANYHOODLES.

After a secret Tailie knock, an older white (yes, that’s important to note) man opens the door, and in they go. But the Tailies’ hatch, the Arrow station, is no Swan station, believe you me. No overhead lights, no shower, no washer/dryer or food pantry, and no lava lamp. It’s hard out here for a Tailie. Which is also evidenced by the fact that there are like 4 other people inside. Michael notes that Libby said there were 23 of them, and she responds that there were. Oh, noes.

everybody hates hugo lost bernard learns rose is alive

A little later, the older gentleman who opened the door to the Arrow asks Michael and Sawyer if there was a woman named Rose among their survivors. A little taken aback, Sawyer and Michael confirm that Rose, a black woman in her 50s is indeed with the other survivors, and she’s fine. Michael introduces himself, and Bernard introduces himself in return, and Therese SOBS LIKE A BABY. Seriously. I can’t even THINK about this scene without becoming teary. UGH.

everybody hates hugo lost claire bottle message

On the Fuselage side of the island, Claire is having a little Mommy Alone Time on the beach (good for her!) when she notices something in the surf. What could it be? Why, it’s the bottle full of messages that the Rafties took with them. That can’t be good.

So, Claire and Shannon, for some reason, approach Sun and give her the bottle, because they thought she should be the one to decide what to do. And what does she decide? Step 1: Don’t tell anyone about the bottle. Step 2: Bury it hastily. Step 3: Cry. OK, then!

The episode begins with a needle being placed on a record, and “My Conversation,” by Slim Smith and the Uniques begins playing. Hurley is inside the food pantry, and he is, no gentle way to put this, stuffing his face. NOM NOM NOM. Ice cream, steak, candy, milk … and would you look at that, but there’s someone familiar on that milk carton …

everybody hates hugo lost walt milk carton

And that’s when Hurley is interrupted in his food orgy by an ENGLISH-SPEAKING JIN. ZOMG. This alarms Hurley as much as it alarms the rest of us, and he notes that Jin is here and speaking English. Nope, Hurley is speaking Korean, Jin informs him. And sure enough: Hurley starts talking in Korean. But then? Suddenly? There’s Randy! In a chicken suit! What’s he doing here, asks Hurley. Who? The guy in the $600 chicken suit?


And then Jin assures Hurley that everything is going to change just before he wishes him a cluckety-cluck-cluck day.

And then Hurley wakes up.

Lost note #1: First of all, dream sequences. Let’s list all the dream sequences on the show, shall we? It’s hard, because do you include visions? Hey! I’m not going to! OK then!

In “Raised by Another,” Claire dreams of the baby’s crib filled with blood and Locke with the tarot cards:

In “Deus ex Machina,” Locke dreams of he Nigerian plane crash, his mother and Boone covered in blood:

In “Fire + Water,” Charlie dreams about his childhood, and Aaron being trapped in a piano in the surf:

In “?,” Eko dreams of dead Ana-Lucia and his brother Yemi, urging him to help Locke find the question mark:

In the same episode, Locke has a dream of Eko climbing up the side of the cliff, a la Boone, and falling:

? eko locke dream

In “Cabin Fever,” Locke has a dream where Horace Goodspeed is building his cabin and orders Locke to find him to find Jacob:

cabin fever locke horace dream

And, finally, in “There’s No Place Like Home,” Kate dreams of receiving a phone call that urges her to go back to the island, and then Claire who urges her to not bring Aaron back.

there's no place like home lost kate's dream claire aaron

Lost note #2: What. Do. You. Know. A record player.

everybody hates hugo lost record player

We have the record player in the Swan Hatch that Desmond plays a little Mama Cass on, and Kate plays some Patsy Cline; the record player in Juliet’s sister’s room that she left on in “Not in Portland,” and the record player in Locke’s teenage mother’s room at the beginning of “Cabin Fever.”

cabin fever record player locke's mom

Hurley’s supposed to be manning the computer, not sleeping. Kate wakes him with about 3 and a half minutes or so left on the timer, and tells him that Jack told her about Hurley’s “job,” noting that it’s nice to have jobs again. Hurley lacks Kate’s enthusiasm. And he enters the numbers.

Hurley, relieved of computer duty by Kate, heads to the beach, where Charlie confronts him full of curiosity (Hobbits are notoriously curious creatures) about what, exactly, is inside the hatch. Hurley spends a lot of time evading the question, but Charlie knows that he’s lying, just like the time he claimed to be worth $150 million, and he stomps off on his giant Hobbit feet in a huff.

(Aside: Is it just me, or is it heartbreaking to see Charlie again?)

Hurley goes to hang with Rose, who is busy with laundry on the beach (which just seems like so much work: as soon as you get something clean, a breeze comes by and it’s all covered in sand and seaweed and Smokey) and humming a little ditty to herself. He notes that she, unlike everyone else, doesn’t seem too interested about what’s in the hatch. She notes that it won’t help her with the laundry, so what does she care.

Yeah, about that …

So, Hurley leads Rose into the hatch, much to Jack’s chagrin. For reasons unclear to me, Jack is all Dr. Secret von Shushypants about what is in the hatch, and kinda irked that Hurley has brought Rose inside. What. Ever. The three of them agree that they need to inventory the contents of the pantry, and in the meantime, no one gets anything. No exceptions.

As Rose and Hurley get to work, Hurley points out the Apollo bars and Rose starts burbling about how Bernard has a sweet tooth. Oh, Bernard was your husband? blunders Hurley. IS my husband, responds Rose. See, because she KNOWS that Bernard is alive. Right.

Change of subject: Hurley starts going on to Rose about how everyone is going to hate him and on cue, Kate comes in and grabs a bottle of shampoo as Hurley weakly tries to stop her. Yeah, Hurley’s not much of an enforcer.

In the meantime, Charlie has gone looking for his own answers by following Locke around in the jungle. Locke explains the craziness to Charlie who, understandably, has questions: 1. Desmond pushed the button every 108 minutes? (Yes.) 2. How’d he sleep? (Dunno.) 3. Then he just left? Where’d he go? (Yes. Dunno.) 4. What happens if we don’t push it? (Dunno.) 5. Why should I push it? (Record player.) 6. What’s Hurley doing down there? (Taking care of the food.) 7. THERE’S FOOD?!

So, sure enough, first thing, Charlie confronts Hurley about the food in the hatch. When Hurley suggests that Locke is lying, Charlie catches him by asking if Locke is lying when he says that if they don’t push the button every 108 minutes, the island will explode? It’s not going to explode, argues Hurley, and there. Charlie knows that Hurley knows that Charlie is right about the food. Now. How about some peanut butter? And Hurley has to tell his best friend no. Which, according to Charlie, makes Hurley One of Them. The Man. The Management. Charlie storms off and Hurley has a sad.

Hurley is now RILLY RILLY mad at Locke for not keeping his trap shut. For one thing, Locke should have listened to Hurley about not going down in the hatch, and now, thanks to Locke, everything’s going to change. Charlie assures Locke that change is good, but Hurley’s NOT HAVING IT. He doesn’t want to be the bad guy that has to tell people that they can’t have food. Yeah, well, responds Locke, we all have jobs to do. Locke’s is convincing people that they have to push a button every 108 minutes, without knowing why. Locke’s had to do a bunch of jobs he didn’t wanna. So Hurley doesn’t get to quit.


Hurley, somewhat improbably in this blogger’s estimation, retrieves the unused dynamite from Operation Blow Up the Hatch, and rigs it up in the food pantry, when Rose discovers him. Hurley explains that they were all fine before they had potato chips, but now that they have some potato chips, everyone is going to want them and Hurley’s going to be in the middle of it, and everybody’s going to hate him. But not Raymond. Everybody just loves that guy.

So, Hurley comes up with a plan, and (once Jack has come up from mucking around underneath the hatch with Sayid where they determined that the concrete walls are super thick and go all the way down, that there might be some geothermal source of power behind the Chernobyl-like walls, and that Kate is HAWT when just coming out of the shower) Hurley shares it with him. The plan goes like this: Step 1: give everyone all the food. Step 2: enjoy montage of people eating food. Seems hare-brained to me, but what do I know.

everybody hates hugo lost peanut butter charlie

So, Claire gets her peanut butter, and Rose pockets a candy bar for Bernard who we now know is very much alive, and no one hates Hurley. Hooray!

Let’s be honest. If ever there has been a filler episode, this is it. Seriously, what do we take away from this episode that has any significance in the future? Rose is right about Bernard, the Tailies have found themselves a much inferior hatch, and there’s an underground area in the Swan. Ta-da! That’s about it.

But, because that would make for a boring blog, let’s see if we can milk more meaning out of this episode, one way or another.

First some of the obvious stuff: there’s a lot going on here with Hurley and transference of his feelings from the past and the loss of his friend Johnny onto his current situation on the island, and his relationship with Charlie. Just as Hurley blamed the lottery for losing his friend (and, incidentally the lovely Starla, as we learn in “The Beginning of the End”), he blames the hatch and its bounty for everyone on the island potentially hating him later on. What should be a blessing is in Hurley’s mind a curse. And he’s terrified that there is a price to pay: and that price is change.

The keyword for “Everybody Hates Hugo” would have to be “CHANGE:” it’s said no less than 11 times in this episode. Hurley is terrified of it, to the point of hiding his good luck from those closest to him. Hurley fears that those he loves will feel differently about him, want something more from him once they discover what he has, be it the lottery winnings or a closet-full of food. And it’s not entirely an unwarranted fear, as his father does rematerialize in his life only after news of the lottery win.

But! There’s an irony here that Hurley’s missing: the changes that happen in Hurley’s life are actually somewhat self-directed. The money changes him, but not in the way that Hurley imagined. By knowing that he has the lottery money, he’s empowered to quit his dead-end job, which sets into motion all the other wacky, non-Hurley-esque things he does, like ask out Starla and play a prank on Randy. What Hurley misses is that Johnny is upset not because Hurley won the lottery, but that he kept it secret from him. Johnny feels betrayed that Hurley lied to him.

And so is Charlie.

As something of an aside: it’s interesting that Hurley can only feel truly free when he gives away what he has been blessed with. Once he passes out the food from the pantry, he no longer has the weight of the island on his shoulders. Similarly, in “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1,” Hurley announces that it’s a relief that he won’t receive the lottery winnings back. He doesn’t want them. Of course, he’s only really truly free of that money when he’s on the island. Once he’s back home and living under the roof that the money purchased, things start going wrong for Hurley again.

But back to change … it’s not just that the word is uttered a bunch of times. Change is also visually represented by the reversals in this episode. The episode begins with Jin speaking English and Hurley speaking Korean in the dream. Then there are a couple of interesting reversals that are sort of complicated. Hurley is Randy’s employee until he’s not, and later we learn that Randy becomes his employee when Hurley buys Mr. Cluck’s. Locke then becomes Randy’s employee at the box factory, after Mr. Cluck’s is destroyed, and by extension, is Hurley’s employee, too. But then! It’s Locke in this episode that tells Hurley that he can’t quit, becoming something of a boss to Hurley.

Reversals are nothing new on the show. As we’ve discussed, Kate’s reversal of fate off of the island is perhaps the most perplexing 06 story; Jack and Charlie seem to have reversed fates, with Jack becoming the drug addict and Charlie the hero on the island; Sun has reversed positions with her father in that she now controls his company, and by extension him … lots of reversals of fate. What’s curious about the reversals in this episode is the emphasis on work and jobs. As mentioned above, there’s the Hurley-Randy-Locke dynamic, with the players in question constantly shifting in relation to one another, the common denominator being work, and whether or not one can quit their assigned job. (It’s also nice that both of Hurley’s jobs, on and off the island, are food-related.)

This issue of work is not inconsequential on the show: after all, what is it that Taller Walt tells Locke as he lies in the DHARMA grave? He has to get up because he has “work to do.”

Additionally, in Missing Pieces #13, “So It Begins” (perhaps the most important of those mobisodes), Christian sends Vincent to go wake up Jack. Why? Because “he has work to do.” These people have work to do here on the island. They have a job. A purpose.

It’s not blind luck that they are here, as it’s not mere luck that Hurley won the lottery, or that those numbers were on the hatch. There’s something bigger happening here.

Meaning, synchronicity, purpose.

And Locke knows that. He has it on faith. Which brings us to the much more interesting and moving storylines, although they were given short shrift in this episode: the comparison of Rose and Sun. Rose is absolutely, without a doubt, 100% CERTAIN that Bernard is alive. And always has been. And you know what? She’s right! He’s alive! Praise be! Sun, on the other hand, is presented with some distressing evidence that all might not be well with Jin, and she loses faith that she’s alive. She buries the bottle, presumably to keep hope alive for everybody else, but she clearly thinks that he’s gone. Sad.

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But! (And here I go again — apologies in advance.) Is this another clue about Jin’s post-season 4 fate? Could it be that this is the first time that Sun is presented with evidence that Jin is dead and gone, she “buries” him, but in reality? He’s totally fine and on the island. In fact, it goes beyond just Jin. Season 2 is all “Hey! We thought you guys were dead!” “We thought you guys were dead!” “We weren’t!” “I KNOW! Crazy!” “Whoops. Now you’re dead.” Just as the rest of the real world assumes that everyone on 815 is dead, the survivors themselves believe that the other side of the plane is dead, and now, we have the O6 who presume that everyone else on the island, or at least on the freighter, are dead. After all, they saw it with their own eyes. Just like the rest of world with the footage of 815 at the bottom of the ocean. A bottle of messages, some televised footage of a submerged plane, seeing a boat go ka-boom right before you … what more evidence do you need that they’re dead?

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Speaking of footage … I thought it was interesting that they include the surveillance footage of Hurley here. Hurley, it appears, has been monitored his whole life. Before coming to the island, he was being watched by Randy at Mr. Cluck’s; what none of them realize yet is that the Swan hatch being monitored by Benry in the Pearl hatch and then, later, it’s not only Randy with his video camera taping Hurley’s arrest, the O6 are international celebrities. They are being watched by the world. Which begs the question as to whether they were being watched by someone, or something before coming to the island.

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But on this whole tip: I learned something this weekend Lost-related from an article about giving dogs anxiety pills. No joke. Right, so the New York Times Magazine this weekend had this article about whether dogs should be given pharmaceuticals to treat behavioral problems, and I read it, you know, just in case. ANYWAY, on the one hand, some argue that the drugs were tested on animals in the first place, so really humans are taking animal pills, not the other way around (YES, I’M GETTING SOMEWHERE WITH THIS. SHUT UP.), and this behaviorist vet is all like, NUH-UH, all they need is to be trained properly. And this dude? Well, let me just quote a little for ya. See if anything jumps out at you:

Dunbar is working with a pet-products manufacturer on an electronic dog-sitter that combines the reward elements of a classic Skinner box with the unblinking surveillance of Bentham’s Panopticon. Employing a network of sensors, the device monitors when the dog barks, how many steps it takes during the day, how long it lies down in its bed and when it plays with chew toys. Acting as a sort of robo-Dunbar, the gizmo automatically dispenses small treats when the animal is calm and well behaved. “Rather than the very general deadening of an anxiolytic or tranquilizing drug, what I want is a very specific education effect to teach the dog how he should act,” Dunbar says.

Wha? Skinner box? And BENTHAM’S PANOPTICON? I’m woman enough to say it: What’s that?

The Panopticon is a type of prison building designed by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham in 1785. The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell whether they are being watched, thereby conveying what one architect has called the “sentiment of an invisible omniscience.” Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.

Huh. Well, what do you know? Sounds an awful lot like the Swan hatch, as we’ll learn later; Hurley’s crappy job at Mr. Cluck’s, which is its own kind of prison under constant surveillance; or, you know, the island itself, which apparently is capable of observing the people on the island, and influence their behavior. (And a side note: props to my younger sister for pointing out this little news nugget, which serendipitously showed up yesterday. Lots of co-ink-i-dinks with this episode … but yeah, Craig Rosenberg, a Lost writer, has signed a deal to write two movies: Second Sight and … wait for it …The Panopticon. Couldn’t. Make. This. Up.)

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Which brings me to that dream of Hurley’s. That strange dream of Hurley’s. I never thought about it much, one way or another. As far as the dreams on this show go, it was fairly innocuous. Jin speaks English! Hurley speaks Korean! There’s a dude in a chicken suit! Compared to Locke’s dream in “Deus Ex Machina,” this is fluff.

But, there are some small little clues that are curious. The song that plays is the song that Rose is later humming to herself before she’s set foot in the hatch. Meaning, it’s not like she and Hurley were down there listening to it and it was stuck in her head.

Number two: Walt’s appearance on the milk carton. This might just be a little haha easter egg. Or it could be more. Remember, at this point, no one amongst the fuselage survivors have any idea what happened to the Rafties and Walt. To have Hurley have a dream that suggests that Walt is missing? Interesting. It’s not unlike Eko’s dream of dead Ana-Lucia before he had learned that she had been shot. And Jin? I don’t know. I suppose the significance of Jin’s appearance is the whole reversal business that we spoke of earlier. But, you know, it could also be some sort of suggestion that Jin is “here,” as he says in the dream.

Meaning, Hurley is privy to a lot of information that he shouldn’t otherwise know. Or at least his subconscious is. But how? Is something informing him of this? Is something communicating with Hurley (and Locke, and Claire, and Eko, etc., etc.) via his subconscious mind? Is someone or something that must exist outside of time, for how would it know events in the future, observing and attempting to communicate with the Losties? Who? Why? And what does it want? Is it trying to give them work instructions? Does it want reimbursement for an 8-piece meal? Or, is the record player a hint that maybe, just maybe, Hurley knows all these things because it’s all been played before?

But, yeah. Filler episode.

Guess who has tons to share this week? Mr. T! I KNOW! He offered to write this entry for me, and even tried to mimic my long-winded style:

Running through the jungle, running through the jungle, running through the jungle, HEY WHAT’S THAT? Running through the jungle. Locke burbles about destiny, Benry says something cryptic. Walking through the jungle. Hurley provides comic relief. Kate takes off her shirt. People stare out into the ocean on the beach. CLIFFHANGER.

You know what, Mr. T? I don’t even think you watched this episode. That’s what I think.

P.S.: Comic-Con is July 24-27th, and the Lost panel is Saturday, the 26th. I will keep my ear to the ground, trust. Last season, during the Fall TV press tour, Darlton let slip that Michael was returning. This year at the Fall TV press tour, all they had to say is that Jin will return in some form (ALIVE). So, here’s to hoping they give us something good at the Geekiest of Geeky conferences next week. YAY!

P.P.S. Still no name for the dog, yet. But great suggestions so far!

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