Season 2 Episode 4

Everybody Hates Hugo

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 2005 on ABC

Episode Recap


Hurley is watching the Mega Lotto Draw as the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 are drawn, exactly matching the numbers on his ticket. He briefly blacks out from the shock of discovering that he has just won the jackpot and his mother comes rushing in to revive him. She chastises him for his lifestyle and tells him that he must make changes in his life. Hurley appears shell-shocked and says that he likes his life as it is and doesn't want things to change.

Later, at work at Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack he is still pondering what to do about his big win, when he called into the boss's office. Randy Nations shows him CCTV footage from the previous night where he has been caught eating 8 chicken drumsticks and reprimands him for this and other petty misdemeanors. Hurley quits on the spot and walks out. As he sits outside having a mild panic attack, his friend and colleague Johnny joins him and announces that he too has quit. The two starts the celebration of their unexpected day off by taking a trip to the local record store, where they find copies of Drive Shaft's "You All Everybody" in the $2 sale bin. After singing along tunelessly and inaccurately, Hurley goes over to the headphones section and starts talking to the shop assistant, Starla - a girl on whom he has had a crush for some time. He plucks up the nerve to invite her to the Hold Steady concert at the weekend, and to his great surprise she happily accepts. Johnny is suitably impressed by Hurley's new found courage and asks him what has brought it on. Hurley implies that he wanted to make his move before things change.

Around dusk, Johnny and Hurley drive around the neighborhood stealing gnomes from gardens and filling their van with them. They go to their ex- boss, Randy's house and lay out their booty on his front lawn to spell "CLUCK YOU". Buoyed by their mischief they cruise around in the van listening to music, joking and talking. Hurley starts to become reflective and makes Johnny promise that they will always remain friends and be able to enjoy good times like these no matter what changes in the future. As they pull into to a convenience store to refuel the van they see a commotion and a news crew. Johnny is excited and gets out to investigate, leaving Hurley in the van anxiously looking at his winning ticket. Johnny learns that the news crew is interviewing the shop clerk because someone bought the winning ticket at this store. At that moment, the clerk spots Hurley in the van and points him out to the crowd who all rush over. As the flashbulbs fire off around the van, Hurley sees his friend standing at a distance, staring back and looking betrayed and deeply saddened by the lack of trust Hurley showed him. Despite their previous conversation, it is now clear that everything is going to change.

On the Island

While eating profuse amounts of food in the Swan's pantry, Hurley is confronted by Jin (who seems to be speaking perfect English) and a man in a chicken suit. When questioned about his new-found mastery of the language, Jin tells Hurley he is speaking Korean, to which Hurley responds, "I am?" in Korean, with English subtitles. Hurley asks Jin about the man in the chicken suit and Jin warns Hurley that everything's going to change, a response Hurley seems somewhat fazed by. The man in the chicken suit starts blinking in time to the beeps of the countdown timer's alarm. Jin wishes Hurley a "cluckety cluck-cluck day" and then the man in the chicken suit shouts "Hurley!" with Kate's voice, signifying the transition as Hurley awakens from a dream.

Kate reminds him that it is time to enter the code and that the Numbers are written on a piece of paper taped to the computer in case he forgets them. He says that he remembers them. Kate tells Hurley that she will be taking the next shift as Locke went back to the beach. Kate comments that it's pretty cool they have jobs again and Hurley replies "Hooray for us" in a tone suggesting that he is not entirely happy with his new role as 'head of rationing'.

Later, when Hurley is washing in the ocean, Charlie approaches him and inquires about what is inside the Hatch. Hurley tries to be evasive but Charlie persists in trying to find out what is going on. Charlie asks further questions trying to find out what is happening, but Hurley volunteers no satisfactory answers. Charlie says he is lying about his knowledge of the Hatch, and also about being worth $150 million and walks off in disgust.

Hurley then goes to Rose and talks to her about what's in the Hatch. Rose explains that she isn't too interested as her current concern is dealing with the laundry. When Hurley reveals that what's inside could help her with this task she decides to accompany him to the Hatch. Once inside, they meet Jack who is concerned that Hurley has been telling too many people about the Hatch. Hurley reassures him that she won't tell anyone because "she's cool" and that he needs help with the task of organizing the food.

Back at the beach, Claire spots the message bottle that the people on the raft took with them washing up on the shore.

In the Hatch, Jack explains to Hurley and Rose that it is only a matter of time before they have to tell the rest of the Losties about the Hatch and the food. They decide that nobody can get anything until they have made an inventory and figured out how to make it last. With "Up on the Roof" playing on the record player in the background, Hurley and Rose start to work through the contents of the larder, discovering ranch dressing, canned tuna and Apollo Candy Bars. Rose talks wistfully of her husband Bernard's sweet tooth and her faith in him still being alive. Hurley starts to reveal his anxiety that everyone will hate him because of his new job just as Kate comes in to take a bottle of shampoo. Hurley tries to object, but to no effect and Kate leaves to take a shower. Rose comforts him that it is "just one bottle", but he explains that "that's where it starts", clearly worrying that he is already starting to lose control.

While Locke is walking through the jungle he stops at a fruit tree and calls out that he knows he is being followed and has been leading his tracker in a big circle. Charlie appears sheepishly from some bushes and then begins to challenge Locke on why he's being left in the dark. He points out that he was involved in getting Claire's baby back, and although he didn't go on "the A-Team mission" to the Black Rock, he would have if he'd been asked. He demands that he should be entitled to some answers and Locke concedes by asking him what he wants he know.

Back at the Hatch, Sayid is attempting to break through the blocked off door which he tells Jack has concrete behind which could be up to 10' thick. Jack demonstrates the magnetic properties of the doorway with the key around his neck. Sayid finds this interesting and suggests that they might have better luck getting to the other side by going underneath it via a grate in the floor.

Locke has been telling Charlie about the Hatch, the button that has to be pressed every 108 minutes and the discovery and subsequent disappearance of Desmond. He explains that the Losties will now be pushing the button and that he is setting up a rotation of six-hour shifts. Charlie seems unenthusiastic until he learns that there is a record player down there. When Locke reveals that Hurley is in charge of the food, Charlie heads off to confront him. He finds Hurley on the beach sitting under a tree and tells him that Locke has filled him in about the Hatch and the food. He asks for peanut butter for Claire, but Hurley says he can't give him any. Charlie tries to emotionally blackmail him for withholding it from a nursing mother and declares that Hurley has changed before walking off in disgust.

In the foundations of the Hatch, Sayid and Jack crawl through the supports and pipework by flashlight and find the same blocked doorway which appears to be just as thick with concrete. Sayid guesses that there is some sort of geothermal generator and the power source is on the other side. He says that the last time he heard of concrete being poured over everything like this was Chernobyl. Suddenly they hear a clanking noise followed by steam and the sound of water flowing. Jack goes to investigate and climbs back up into the Hatch through another grate, and comes out by a door with steam seeping out under it. He pushes open the door to discover Kate wrapping a towel around herself having just taken a shower. In a slightly awkward exchange as she retrieves her clothes, she tells him that despite the poor pressure, temperature dropping and sulfuric smell, it was a good shower. She suggests that Jack could use one and will leave him the shampoo. Jack grins as he watches her leave to get dressed.

Sun is working in her garden when she is interrupted by Claire carrying Aaron, and Shannon with Vincent. Claire tells Sun nervously that they have found the message bottle from the raft and they felt she would be the best person to decide what to do.

Locke is in the gun vault examining the guns when he is confronted by Hurley for telling Charlie about the food. Hurley says that this will change everything, to which Locke replies that change is a good thing. Hurley refutes this vehemently and says that he will now become the bad guy for denying food to the rest of the Losties. He tries to quit, but Locke talks him back into it explaining that they all have to do difficult things. Hurley concedes with an apparent new found determination and heads out into the jungle. He finds the tree where the spare dynamite has been stashed and returns to the pantry with it. Just as he has laid the explosive and inserted the fuse, Rose appears at the doorway and asks him what he is doing. He tells her that this is the only solution despite her protestations that somebody will get hurt. He pleads with her to leave, but she stands her ground and demands and explanation. With heartfelt vigor, Hurley explains that the distribution of the food will cause rifts in the group and he will be the focus of the anger. He starts to draw parallels with how people react to his lottery win with questions like "Why does Hugo get everything? Why should he get to decide?" and that everybody will hate him. After his outburst he calms down and confesses that he doesn't know what to do, to which Rose looks entirely sympathetic.

Hurley approaches Jack on the beach and explains that despite there being enough food to feed one man three meals per day for three months, split amongst 40 people it isn't going to go far. He implies that he has a plan and because he has been put in charge, it must be done his way. To his surprise and massive relief, Jack agrees.

In a montage sequence on the beach that evening, Hurley distributes all the food amongst the Losties. He gives a jar of peanut butter to Charlie who presents it to Claire to her obvious delight. Charlie then hugs Hurley in gratitude. Shannon shares some of her food with Vincent, Kate and Jack share a meal joke together, Locke eats with various redshirts and everybody is seen socializing and enjoying themselves. Hurley is the subject of much thanks and appreciation from the camp and it is clear that 'Everybody Loves Hugo'.

Meanwhile, Sun is by herself in the garden burying the message bottle.

Rose slips an Apollo Candy Bar into her pocket in anticipation of a reunion with her sweet-toothed husband Bernard, and clasps onto his wedding ring which hangs on a chain around her neck as she smiles warmly.

Across the Island

Sawyer, Jin, and Michael are in the pit where they have been incarcerated by the Tailies while they work out what to do with them. Jin suggests (or Sawyer thinks he suggests) building a human pyramid to try and get out but Sawyer says no, then Michael starts shouting to be let out until Sawyer tells him to chill. Michael replies that "every minute I spend down here, is another minute my boy is still out there". Sawyer tells him there is nothing they can do. He is still clearly suffering from when he was shot in the arm on the raft, and the wound appears to be getting infected.

The cover of the pit is opened and the large man throws down a rope and orders Jin to climb out. They are suspicious and Sawyer tells him not to do it. Ana Lucia appears behind the man and threatens to shoot Sawyer if Jin does not climb out. Jin complies and Ana tells Michael to come up next, but Sawyer tells him not to. She cocks at gun at Sawyer, and just as Sawyer is saying that she's bluffing and won't really shoot, she hurls a rock at his head. Michael climbs up and Ana looks to Sawyer next, but he refuses saying "you want me hot lips, you gotta come down here and g…". The tiger pit cover is promptly slammed in Sawyer's face and in the dark he mutters "Bitch".

Later, the cover is opened up again by the man, who instructs Sawyer to grab the rope. Initially he refuses until he sees that Michael is up there too and is safe. Once out of the pit, Michael tells Sawyer that everything is cool and they believe that they too are survivors from the crash. As well as the man, Ana Lucia and the three raft survivors, a blonde woman is also with the group.

Ana spots a stone secreted in Sawyer's hand and a small struggle ensues resulting in her knocking him to ground and aggressively asserting herself as being in charge. Sawyer grudgingly relents and Ana announces it is time to move out before it gets dark and starts to lead the group into the jungle.

During the trek, the blonde woman introduces herself to Michael as Libby, and she reveals that there were 23 survivors from the tail section. The large man apologizes to Sawyer for his actions and the misunderstanding when they first met, but is interrupted by Ana who announces that "we're here."

She pulls back some vines and creepers to reveal a door set into a jungle wall on which she raps out a secret knock. The door unbolts and is opened by another survivor who lets them in. They walk through a dimly lit corridor into the main chamber where it appears the Tailies have been sheltering. A DHARMA logo on the walls indicates that this is the Arrow. There are a few electric light sources, but this new hatch has none of the comforts seen in the Swan and appears more like a storage room. Two more Tailies -- the flight attendant from the plane and a gray-haired white man are waiting in here and anxiously discuss the arrival of the new survivors amongst themselves. As Michael, Jin and Sawyer wait in a corner, the older man approaches and introduces himself as Bernard. He seems beside himself with worry and asks if there is a woman named Rose where they came from. As Sawyer and Michael tell him that there is and she's OK, Bernard's face fills with relief and joy as he grasps Michael's hand and thanks them profusely.