Season 3 Episode 10

Tricia Tanaka is Dead

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Numbers: The psychic said 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42.

    • Goof: If you were about to be hit by a meteorite, there would be no audible warning. Meteors travel in the atmosphere many times the speed of sound. A typical meteorite reaching the earth's surface would have slowed to its terminal velocity well before impact, which is very likely to be significantly less than the speed of sound. In the episode, Hurley, Randy Nations and even the TV crew (inside Mr. Cluck's) heard the meteor coming.

    • The scene of the meteorite hitting Mr. Cluck's was named by Kevin Blank as the "single biggest, most expensive shot the show has ever done."

    • Three episodes before ("Not in Portland") Sawyer calls Karl "Cheech" in reference to the duo "Cheech and Chong". In this episode the real Cheech (Marin) makes an appearance as Hurley's father.

    • Randy's brief job at Mr. Clucks in this episode, set approximately a month before the crash, conflicts with the episode Walkabout, in which he is seen, during the same time period, working at the Box Company above Locke. Even if Hurley was responsible for getting him a new job so quickly, he could not have had time to build up such an antagonistic relationship with Locke before Locke left for Australia.

    • Island events in this episode take place on December 5th 2004.

    • Numbers: 15, 42

      The California license plate of the Camaro is 429 PCE. Also: 4+2+9=15

    • In numerology, you assign numbers to each letter of the alphabet: a=1, b=2, c=3 ... z=26, to find hidden meanings in text. Applying this to the name "Tricia Tanaka" and summing up the values gives the value 108:
      20(T) + 18(r) + 9(i) + 3(c) + 9(i) + 1(a) + 20(T) + 1(a) + 14(n) + 1(a) + 11(k) + 1(a) = 108

      108 is the sum of the numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42).

    • Hurley: Mr Cluck's got hit by a meteor or an asteroid ... I don't know the difference.

      A meteor is the visible path of a meteoroid that enters the Earth's (or another body's) atmosphere. The term asteroid is generally used to indicate a diverse group of small celestial bodies that drift in the solar system in orbit around the Sun.

    • This episode continues the tradition of characters having poor relationships with their fathers. Hurley joins Jack, Walt, Jin, Sun, Sawyer, Locke and Kate.

    • The candy bar that Hurley is given by his dad in his first flashback is a 'Glacier Bar.' However, when Hurley peels back the wrapper, you can see that it is actually a 'Crunch' bar. One would think that it would be an 'Apollo Bar' because of is prominence on the show but Hurley had previously stated in the second season that he had never heard of them.

    • Two of the tarot cards that the psychic draws are 'Six of Swords' and 'Death.' The other cards are not visible.

    • Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack was revealed to be located in Diamond Bar, CA, USA. It is about 29 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

    • When Vincent first arrives with the arm, the key-chain is facing outwards concealing the keys behind it. Then in the next instance it has changed and the keys are in front of the key-chain despite the dog not moving.

    • The microphone that Tricia Tanaka is holding while interviewing Hurley reads "Action 8." 8 is, of course, one of The Numbers.

    • When Hurley's father returns, Hurley says, "I'm not going anywhere with you," which is the same thing that Walt said to Michael in a flashback after Michael came to take Walt home with him.

    • The song ["Shambala" by Three Dog Night] playing at the beginning of the episode when young Hurley and his father are attempting to fix the car is the same song that plays after the bus starts on the island.

    • When Sawyer throws a beer to Hurley, we can see through the can trajectory that it should pass way behind him, but when the scene shifts the can falls just behind Hurley.

    • When Vincent shows up, he's carrying the dead arm by its hand, but after the scene shifts he's carrying it by its forearm, also we can see that when Vincent is carrying this arm, the fingers are facing left, but a couple of scenes later, the fingers are facing right.

    • Although the van has a Dharma logo on the front, in the scene where Jin, Sawyer, Charlie, and Hurley are about to push it down the hill, you can clearly see that the wheels have a VW logo on them.

  • Quotes

    • (David, Hurley's father, offers a younger and significantly skinnier Hurley a candy bar)
      Young Hurley: But mom said I'm not supposed to-
      David: Come on, Hugo. It's just a candy bar. Live a little.

    • Tricia: Also with us is Hugo's former boss, and now employee; Randy Nation. That's probably every working stiff's, uh, fantasy isn't it, Mr. Reyes? (Hurley shrugs) Okay, so Hugo, tell us what else you've done, since you got on your lucky streak.
      Hurley: Actually, I've kind of had some bad luck too. My grandpa Tito died of a heart attack and the first house I bought my Mom burnt down. My friend Johnny ran off with my girlfriend, Starla. Oh, and this guy jumped off my accountant's roof.
      Tricia: Cut! What the hell was that?! It's a puff piece Mr. Reyes. Do know what that is?
      Hurley: Yeah. Sorry, Tricia Tanaka.

    • Kate: All right, just relax your foot for a second. I'm going to pull it out. On the count of three. Ready? One ...
      (Kate pulls the dart from Sawyer's foot)
      Sawyer: Ow! I thought you said "three?"
      Kate: (Smiling) Yeah, well, anticipation is the worst part. I thought I would spare you.

    • Hurley: Car! I found a car. Tipped over, in the jungle.
      Nikki: You found a...car?
      Hurley: And we can totally fix it! And get it going again! It's not far, come on!
      Paulo: Why do we need to start a car?
      Hurley: Because...it'll be fun! We could all use some fun! I mean, after everything that's happened. We need it. (looking at Charlie) Especially you, dude. So who's with me?

    • Jin: I'm... sorry.
      Sawyer: Okay, nice. Keep it coming.
      Jin: You were...right
      Sawyer: Okay, that's two. Hit me.
      Jin: Those pants... don't make you look... fat.
      Sawyer: Now ya got it! Only three things a woman needs to hear!

    • Hurley: Dude, that beer's been sitting there since before Rocky III, maybe even before II, it's probably poison by now.
      Sawyer: Skeletor seems to like it. (Sawyer hits the skull with the beer can). Bottoms up!
      Hurley: That's not cool, Dude. That guy had a mom, a family, and friends. Oh and a name. Not Skeletor, it's Roger Workman.
      Sawyer: (he looks at the name on the jump suit.) It's 'work man', you blockhead, that's his job. He was a Dharma janitor.
      Hurley: Yeah, well you should still respect the dead.

    • Sawyer: Are we there yet?
      Kate: If we are where I think we are, then our beach should be just through those trees. We'll be home in about five minutes.
      Sawyer: Try to contain your excitement, Freckles.
      Kate: Forgive me if I'm not excited about explaining why there are only two of us coming back, James.
      Sawyer: Maybe they should explain why they ain't come looking for us.

    • Rousseau: What are you doing here?
      Kate: I came to ask for your help.
      Rousseau: To do what?
      Kate: I'm heading to the Other's camp and, if I'm going to find it, I need someone who knows the island.
      Rousseau: What makes you think I have an interest in helping you?
      Kate: Because they had me and they would've never let me go, probably would've killed me if I hadn't escaped. And the girl who helped me escape, she was about sixteen years old and her name was Alex. I'm pretty sure she's your daughter.

    • Sayid: Kate, if you were looking for help to find Jack, why didn't you ask us?
      Kate: Two reasons: you don't know where to look and you're not motivated. And, I don't blame you. Why would you wanna go on another trek across the island? Risk more lives just to get Jack back.
      Locke: You're wrong.
      Kate: Oh, really? Then why didn't you come after -
      Locke: Not about the motivation, just about knowing where to look. We got a compass bearing and I'm pretty sure, if we follow it, it will lead us right to 'em.
      Kate: How?
      Sayid: Because of the way the sunlight hit Mr. Eko's stick when John was burying him.
      Locke: So, now you know our secret. How 'bout you tell us yours?

    • Hurley: Dude. Hey, dude. Stop moping! Come on.
      Charlie: I'm not moping.
      Hurley: Nuh uh. When people stare out at the ocean and get all quiet-like, they're moping. So, get up, and come with me.

    • Sawyer: What are you doing over there?
      Hurley: Praying.
      Sawyer: Praying for what?
      Hurley: Help.
      Sawyer: Well hell, I got you some help right here! (He throws a can of beer to Hurley)

    • (The psychic tells Hurley to remove his clothes so the curse can be exorcised)
      Hurley: Did my dad put you up to this?
      Psychic: What?
      David: Hugo, please.
      Hurley: I'll give you $1,000, right now, if you admit my dad told you to say this stuff.
      Psychic: The Mystic Arts are not subject to bribes. How dare you -
      Hurley: Ten thousand.
      Psychic: Your dad put me up to it.

    • (David walks in and sees that Hurley was sleeping while wearing headphones)
      David: What's with the earphones?
      Hurley: It's for the noise.
      David: Well, your mother is a very passionate woman.
      Hurley: That is disgusting.

    • Hurley: I'm gonna start the car, now. (Jin says something about the engine in Korean) Dude, even if you were speaking English I wouldn't understand a word you're saying. Just relax. We're good. This'll work.

    • Carmen: It's been seventeen years, Hugo.
      Hurley: What's been seventeen years?
      (Carmen puts her fingers over the golden Jesus)
      Carmen: I have needs.

    • Sayid: Why did he say, "don't come back"?
      Kate: He sacrificed himself so we could escape. Probably didn't want it to be for nothing.
      Sayid: Hurley told us they released Michael and Walt.
      Kate: Yep, they gave Michael a boat. He took off and never looked back.
      Sayid: Did you see any other boats?
      Kate: No. But something tells me they didn't give away their only one.
      Locke: So, they can leave the island?
      Kate: I don't know, John.
      Sayid: This zoo where they held you, is that where they live?
      Kate: We escaped with one of them - a kid named Karl. He said that they live on this island. He could've taken us there but Sawyer let him go.
      Sayid: Why?
      Kate: You're gonna have to ask Sawyer.
      Sayid: Kate, where are you going?
      Kate: I don't care what Jack said. They've got him and we have to get him back. I owe him that. So, I'm going to get help.
      Locke: Help from who?

    • Hurley: What about Jack and Kate? They with you? They all right?
      Sawyer: Kate's with me. But, the Doc, they still got him.
      Hurley: Okay. It's okay. It's gonna be all right. Jack's gonna be all right; we all are.
      Sawyer: Well, what a relief.
      Hurley: Nah, see, things are getting better. The car. You coming back safely. It's a sign.
      Sawyer: Yeah, a sign that I want my stuff back.
      Hurley: Nuh uh. You're gonna help us fix this thing.
      Sawyer: And why in the hell would I do that?
      Hurley: Because, there's beer.

    • Sawyer: Hey, where the hell's my stuff? What are ya'll doing?
      Hurley: Dude, you're alive! (He runs up and hugs Sawyer) Alive!
      Sawyer: Yeah, yeah, Snuffy, good to see you too. (He sees the van) I'll be damned. You found yourselves a "Hippie-Car."
      Hurley: Yeah. Pretty cool, huh?
      Jin: Sawyer.
      Sawyer: Jin-bo! How you doing?
      Jin: Good... see... you.
      Sawyer: Well, look at that! Somebody's hooked on phonics!

    • (Jin says something in Korean)
      Hurley: Oh, I got it. We're gonna tip it up? Crafty.
      Jin: Crafty?
      Hurley: Yeah, crafty. It's like when you're good at ... crafts. Never mind.

    • Sawyer: Hey, Oliver Twist, where the hell's my stuff!?
      Charlie: What stuff?
      Sawyer: Oh, you know good and damn well what stuff. I had books, food, porno, a bottle of scotch.
      Desmond: Aye, apologies for the scotch, mate.
      Sawyer: You drank it!?
      Desmond: Well, to be fair, there was, uh, there was three of us.
      Charlie: Yeah, there was.
      Sawyer: You, the munchkin and who else?

    • (Jin and Hurley pull Roger out of the van and Roger's head breaks off)
      Hurley: We'll get that later.

    • Carmen: Hugo. Hugo, wait. I can prove to you you're not cursed.
      Hurley: You can?
      Carmen: Come here with me; I have to show you something.
      David: Hey, Hugo!
      Carmen: After 17 years, your father has returned.
      David: Hey, wow. Your mom wasn't kidding about those candy bars. Just kidding.

    • Carmen: Hugo. Is that you, Hugo? (Carmen sees Hurley covered in soot) Oh my god. What happened?
      Hurley: Tricia Tanaka's dead.
      Carmen: What?
      Hurley: "Mr. Cluck's" got hit by a meteor ... or an asteroid. I don't know the difference but it's gone.
      Carmen: That's crazy.
      Hurley: It's not crazy. It's the lottery money. The numbers. I'm cursed and now Tricia Tanaka is dead and her camera dude and it's all my fault. (Carmen slaps Hurley) Ow!
      Carmen: It was an accident.

    • Kate: You know, all you have to do is say, "sorry." We could start again, give each other a clean slate.
      Sawyer: Slate, like on Little House?
      Kate: What?
      Sawyer: Little House on the Prairie? Laurie Ingalls used to write on this little chalkboard after school.
      Kate: You call it Little House!?
      Sawyer: I had mono when I was a kid! I missed two months of school. We only got one channel on my trailer.
      Kate: What are we even talkin' about?
      Sawyer: We ain't talkin' about nothing.

    • Tricia: So, Hugo, I think the question on everyone's mind is: why did you buy "Mr. Cluck's?"
      Hurley: I, uh, I like chicken.

    • Charlie: Desmond said I was gonna die. He told me he has these flashes ... visions, whatever. And, in them, he told me, I always die. (Hurley does not respond) So, this is the part where you tell me it's ridiculous, don't be daft, he's a nutter.
      Hurley: I think he might be right. And, I think it's my fault.

    • Hurley: So, then, the Others take the bags off our heads and we're, like, on the other side of the island and they take Jack, Kate, and Sawyer someplace and they send me back to warn everyone to stay away. Which I did; and, now, everyone is freaked out. With them gone and what happened to Eko, they're all scared. And, I'm scared. But, then, I've been scared most of my time here, anyway. Except when I'm with you. I miss you, Libby. (Hurley lays a flower on Libby's grave)

    • (A young Hurley tries to start the Camaro)
      Young Hurley: It's stupid. Without a new carburetor it's never gonna work.
      David: Having hope is never stupid. You gotta believe good things will and then they will. Understand what I'm saying? (Hurley nods) In this world, Son, you gotta make your own luck.

    • Hurley: Get up. We got work to do.
      Sawyer: What's your problem, Jumbotron?
      Hurley: Shut up! Red ... Neck ... Man ...
      Sawyer: Touché.

    • Hurley: Look, I don't know about you but things have really sucked for me lately, and I could really use a victory. So let's get one Dude. Let's get this car started. Let's look death in the face and say, "Whatever man." Let's make our own luck. What do you say?

    • Hurley: I've got an idea that's going to help us both. Now ... it is dangerous, and there's a very good chance that you will die.
      Charlie: This is supposed to convince me to come with you?

    • Sawyer: If it's hope you're looking for, Ese, you're on the wrong damn island. 'Cause there sure as hell ain't no hope here.

    • Sawyer: Son of a-! What's a head doing back here?
      Hurley: Oh, that's just Roger.

    • Charlie: Yeah, chase the dog with the skeletal arm into the creepy jungle. You be my guest.

  • Notes

    • Jorge Garcia submitted this episode for consideration on his behalf in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" at the 2007 Emmy Awards.

    • Matthew Fox (Jack), Michael Emerson (Ben), and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 4, 2007 on Net 5
      Finland: October 18, 2007 on Nelonen
      Spain: Monday October 8, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      The Czech Republic: November 4, 2007 on TV Nova
      Macedonia: November 22, 2007 on A1
      Germany: Monday December 10, 2007 on Pro7
      Denmark: March 28, 2007 on Kanal 5

    • Cheech Marin and Blake Bashoff (Carl) previously worked together on Judging Amy.

    • This is Daniel Dae Kim's first appearance since the third episode of this season ("Further Instructions"), meaning that he's not featured in six consecutive episodes. This is the second longest absence for a main cast member on Lost. The only person who's been out for longer was Harold Perrineau who was out for the whole of season 3 and part of season 4.

    • Writer Carlton Cuse and guest star Cheech Marin have previously worked together on Nash Bridges, where Cuse was a writer and executive producer and Marin was a main star on the show. Marin also acted alongside fellow Lost guest stars Daniel Roebuck (Dr. Artz) and Jeff Perry (the Shrimp-man in Australia).

    • Music: When young Hurley was in the car, the song that was playing was "Shambala" by Three Dog Night. The lyrics have a similar theme to those of "Wash Away" (by Joe Purdy), which Hurley listened to on his CD player in the first season. Also, the music playing during the dinner in the Hurley's flashback is the 1st movement of Sonata KV 331 (Tema e variazioni) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    • This is Danielle's first appearance in Season 3.

    • A Hurley-centric episode.

  • Allusions

    • Oliver Twist: Sawyer called Charlie "Oliver Twist", which is the name of a novel by Charles Dickens. This was the third reference to Charles Dickens in the series. The others are on "Our Mutual Friend" and "A Tale of Two Cities".

    • Peanuts: Sawyer calls Hurley "Blockhead". This was a popular put down in this strip (1950-2000), usually attributed to the main character Charlie Brown.

    • Tricia Tanaka:
      The reporters name is similar to the reporter on the Tv show Family Guy, Tricia Takanawa, which is based on an on-the-scene reporter (played by Alex Borstein) from a news segment sketch on Mad TV.

    • JumboTron
      Sawyer calls Hurley "JumboTron", which is a massive video screen often used at sports grounds.

    • Sawyer refers to Charlie as "the munchkin."

      The Munchkins were the little people Dorothy encounters when she first arrives in Oz in the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939).

    • Death:

      In Tarot, the Death card usually symbolizes transition, change, or an end to something. While usually depicted as the Grim Reaper or a skeleton of some sort, the card actually has nothing to do with death itself, or the act of dying.

    • Sawyer calls Charlie "Jiminy Cricket".

      Jiminy Cricket is a character from the Walt Disney movie, Pinocchio.

    • When Vincent the Dog runs by with the skeleton's arm, and the skeleton in a micro-bus's driver seat, could be allusions to Grateful Dead iconography. A dog running with a skeletal leg is featured in the Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey" video.

      Members of the Dead spent much of their off-time vacationing in Hawaii where Lost is filmed.

    • Sawyer calls Hurley the "International House of Pancakes." The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is a chain of restaurants that serve breakfast food.

    • Sawyer makes reference to "Little House."

      Little House On The Prairie was a classic American children's novel published in 1935 by Laura Ingalls Wilder (based on her own childhood). The book spawned a series simply titled the 'Little House' series, as well as numerous television adaptations of the stories.

    • Sawyer called Hurley "Snuffy," a reference to Big Bird's friend Mr. Snuffelupagus from the long-running children's show Sesame Street.

    • Sawyer called the skeleton Skeletor, which is a reference to the 1980's cartoon He-Man & the Masters of the Universe.

    • Sawyer: (about Jin trying some English) Somebody's hooked on phonics!

      Hooked on Phonics is a line of educational materials that help children learn to read and write proper English.