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LOMGst Recap: "Everybody Loves Hurley" (and KABOOMZ)

Lost-logo Hello! Sweetney couldn’t be here today to tell you all about this week’s episode of Lost, so she employed a crack team of me to get the job done.  In order to understand my take on Lost as it rises to its climax, it helps to know that I was laid off from my day job.  So I had the pleasure of watching this episode twice: once drunk and once hungover.  I remember at least half of it.  Is that your idea of fun?  It’s mine.  So let’s remember yesterday together.


Welcome to season six's Hurley-centric episode, "Everybody Loves Hugo".  I’ve been waiting for this one, because Hurley is probably the least grating of all the major characters.  His struggles aren’t epic or tortured, and he rarely comes out with overly on-the-nose dialogue (as Jack does in this episode) to sum up his character arc.  Instead he says “Dude” a lot and gets the best lines of anyone.  Hurley is our stand-in.  When something so appallingly absurd happens that your only sane response is to poke out your pre-frontal lobe in order to keep enjoying the show, Hurley always steps and says something that roughly translates into “What a lot of horseshit”.  Ambassador Reyes! We love you.


But then, everybody loves Hugo Reyes.  As we discover in this week’s episode, Hurley is beloved, respected and filthy rich in the alterniverse.  He’s built an empire of chicken restaurants spanning the globe, and it looks like he’s done it all without any help from some lucky numbers.  Yet as his mother points out, he has not love.  No ladies hanging off his arm, even though he could buy and sell the Taj Mahal five times over (is that what rich people do to kill time? Buy and sell historic landmarks?  Having been laid off, I worry about buying and selling a turkey wrap).  So that’s the action for today’s Adventures in the Alterniverse: Hurley On a Reluctant Quest For Love.


Hurley’s love is, of course, Libby, the crazy dead woman with whom Hurley very nearly had a relationship, except for the bullet that Michael put in her abdomen, a few seasons back.  Except in the alterniverse, she’s Crazy Alive Woman, who sanely approaches Hurley in a Mexican restaurant and claims that they’ve met before, in some other reality.  Hurley doesn’t realize that she’s crazy – mostly because he’s kind of gobsmacked that a pretty woman is talking to him and reaching across the table to hold his hands – until she’s collected by her doctor, played to my great delight by Bruce Davison, with that patented combination of avuncular and oily he does so well.


Hurley decides to drown his sorrows in a family size bucket of chicken, when Desmond shows up and sits down with him.  Desmond is on a mission to gather up all the Alterniverse people and help them, um, do something.  He’s kind of like the new Jacob, carrying out the inscrutable will of the Island.  Hold on, maybe Desmond ends up as the new Jacob?  Doubt it.  He’s too Desmondy.  Imagine an eternity of people showing up on the Island and a mysterious figure saying “You’re on the Island, brother”.  Not going to happen.



Anyway, Desmond persuades Hurley to go with his gut (heh) and track down Libby at the “loony bin,” as Hurley tactfully puts it.  So Hurley does, which gives the show another opportunity for a scene with Bruce Davison!  Right on.  Hurley bribes his way into an audience with Libby.  Yay for the corrupt and bankrupt state of health care!  Let’s all be more like Alterni-Hurley: friendly and filthy rich.


Hurley and Libby arrange to go out on a date, where they kiss on a beach, and then it happens: Hurley gets flashes of the Island, and the awareness of the other world washes over him.  How much of this awareness, I wonder, can this alternate reality handle before it starts crumbling?  Is it an anthropocentric reality that depends on the perceptions of the observers?  Will it vanish, or merge back into the Islandverse?


Meanwhile back on the Island:  everything is going to hell while operating according to some hidden plan, as usual.  Richard, Ilana, Sun, Jack, Hurley, Myles and Wild Man Fahey are mooning about on the beach.  But Ilana and Richard have a perfectly reasonable-sounding scheme involving volatile explosives: blow up the plane and that blows up any chance of Faux Locke getting off the island.  It isn’t often you can say that your travel plans got exploded, I suppose.


The reasonable-sounding plan hits a snag when everyone starts arguing about its merits, which causes Ilana to lose her temper and drop the bag of unstable dynamite on the ground. Which:

KABOOMZ.  Ilana’s body is instantaneously unpacked across the beach.  Fortunately we’re spared the sight of Drops of Ilana (but not Drops of Jupiter!  Tell me, did the wind sweep you offa yer feet?) raining down on the heads of the crew.


Hold on, I have a comment from Sweetney: HOLY FUCK YEAH. Head go BOOM. BIG BOOM.


Somehow the sight of a human being blowing up doesn’t faze the gang.  How is this possible?  I understand the magic power of editing to compress moments and imply an emotional beat, but this just didn’t track for me.  They just regroup and continue onward.  Richard decides that the best way to get over Ilana is to go get more unstable dynamite (which as we recall, can’t harm the unkillable Richard. So why was it in Ilana’s possession again?) from the Black Rock.But Hurley, acting on his instincts and advice from the ghost of Michael (yes, really), somehow sneaks ahead of everyone and blows up the Black Rock.


Thereby ensuring that Richard’s plan is foiled? No, because Richard says there are grenades in another location. Wait a moment. Why go and get a bunch of old volatile dynamite that will either kill you or fail to work when a more reliable and safer source of explosives is available nearby?  Because the writers fell asleep somewhere around page 25 of the script.


Then Hurley, again going on pure instinct, pretends that Jacob has instructed him to lead the group to Locke.  And not Dead Rotting Corpse Locke, either.  The other one.  I bet they were hoping that Hurley meant Corpse Locke.  It says a lot about how evil you are when people would rather visit your rotting corpse of a doppelganger.


Hurley is kind of flabbergasted that people are following him, and says as much to Jack.  It turns out that Jack knew all along that Hurley was lying about Jacob, but he figures that following a clueless guy through a jungle towards certain death is good for his personal development.  When Jack's death comes?  I will throw his body in a fire and roast marshmallows in his smoking fat.  Don't look at me like that, marshmallows are already made of human fat.


It seems as if the entire point of blowing up Ilana was to split the group between those determined to destroy the plane (Richard, Ben, Myles) and those who, for no discernible reason, want to talk to Locke (Hurley, Jin, Jack, Wild Man Fahey).  By sheer coincidence, Locke stated at the beginning of the episode that they can’t leave the Island without… Hurley, Jin and Jack.  I guess Wild Man Fahey will be fed raw to Sayid, or something.


I adored the Alterniverse portion of this episode.  It was sweet without being saccharine, tender but not sentimental, and it resurrected one of the most affecting and understated love stories in the show's run.  And it was funny. Remember funny? The Islandverse story, by contrast, felt arbitrary and vaguely abusive.  The plot is one gigantic hole filled in with mystical hooey, and Jack delivers one of the most overly on-the-nose character development soliloquies that Lost has ever come up with. Not so much fun.


At some point in all these goings on, Faux Locke throws Desmond down a well.  Yeah, so he’s in a well now.  Poor Desmond: first a hatch, then a well.  I wonder how many episodes he’s going to spend down there.  Will he release a parodic rap track with Andy Samberg?  Anything is possible on…




Oh! I almost forgot.  For some reason alterni-Desmond hits alterni-Locke with his car. Why? We don't know.  But that's the hook in my cheek for next week.

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cindy w

"Wild Man Fahey" looked alarmingly well-groomed in this episode. Where'd the dude find a razor?

When Desmond and Faux Locke were standing by the well, I kept yelling at the TV to "Move away from the well, Desmond! Step! Away! From! The! Well!" And lo, I was right. Poor Des.

Also, who else laughed when either (a) Ilana blew up, or (b) Desmond ran over Wheelchair Locke with his car? Because I kinda did at both.


I thought the reason Desmond hit Locke with the car was because a near death experience (as in the case of Charlie and Desmond himself in the last episode) brings images of the island universe flooding back. But I could be wrong....


First, I'm sorry to hear that you were laid off, Palinode but it was a great recap!

I think that Des ran over Locke in the Alterniverse to somehow keep him from becomig Faux Locke in Islandverse and containing the evil and what not.

Yeah, my husband and I were both yelling at the TV for Desmond to step away from the well. Poor brainwashed schmuck. Now Faux Locke has the 'constant' for...some random reason.

I was left feeling vaguely disappointed with this ep. Not sure why but overall did like Hurley getting the respect/center stage.


I definitely think Desmond hit FLocke so he wouldn't be able to throw him into the well. I think he wanted him dead. Considering Hurley had visions of the island after a kiss and Libby had visions of the island after seeing a commercial that Hurley was in, I don't think being run over was necessary to remember things from the island.
When the Oceanic 6 returned to the island, Locke was dead as a doorknob. The MIB took over his body (supposedly). If there is going to be some kind of meeting of these realities, maybe if Locke is dead in the sideways world, he won't be among those that show up at the island eventually and therefore won't be taken over by the MIB and can't throw Desmond in the well.

Yeah, I just read that again and it doesn't make sense. But whatever.


I would comment, but I'm still collecting my brain matter from around my living room.

They're really running out of time to wrap this up in a way that will mean I DON'T have to go find the writers and force them to watch eight straight hours of Mama Mia.

At least we know what the whispers are now. Even if it was something stupid.

Suzy Q

Sorry you were laid off, dude. Hope you find a new one quickly.

I just sat through the Desmond episode, by watching it online (which I highly DO NOT recommend, unless you like your head to explode) due to my DVR not recording it.

Then, I got to watch this episode. I am no more enlightened than I was two hours ago. Although, I think Tracey was onto something last week re: that convo bewtween Desmond and Eloise. What, I have no idea.

I was so unsurpised by Ilana's death that it didn't even occur to me that pretty much no one else was, either. All I can say is that these last episodes had better start coming with the ANSWERS. This season has just thrown more questions at us. I'm confused. Hold me.


@Suzy Q - The funny thing is that I'm not very interested in the answers that the writers of Lost are going to come up with. It looks to me as if they're going for a fairly simple, good vs. evil explanation with the island as a natural or technological prison for a metaphysical threat. What I'm more interested in is the way in which the writers will find a balance between the scientific and mystical aspects of the series.

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