PREVIOUSLY ON LOST: Smokey Locke wonders what’s in that secret room on the submarine. Desmond gets zapped, becomes World’s Most Agreeable Man. Sayid takes Des away from Zoe. Richard wants to stop Smokey from leaving the island by blowing up the Ajira plane.
And this week, Everybody Loves Hugo!
The episode opens on a black screen. A familiar voice speaks: “In a world of conflict and strife, there is but one fact we can all agree upon…”
“Everybody loves Hugo!” Oh fa sho! The crowd applauds.
The familiar voice continues: “Born to humble surroundings, Hugo Reyes has always lit a beacon of light for all who cross his path. Hugo’s lifelong love affair with chicken led him to acquire and then expland the Mr. Cluck’s chain into a worldwide phenomenon. The exponential growth of Hugo’s success was startling. But financial success wasn’t the end. It was the beginning. Hugo and giving became synonymous. Parks, playgrounds, hospitals, the Mr. Cluck’s House for Children…the philanthropy was unparalleled. Which brings us to this evening, and the opening of the Hugo Reyes Paleontology Wing at the Golden State Natural History Museum, a lasting beacon of culture that bears the name of one of our city’s greatest benefactors. Ladies and gentlemen, our man of the year, Hugo Reyes!”
As introduced by Dr. Marvin Pierre Edgar Candle Chang Halliwax! The applause continues.
After the event, Hugo and his mom walk out with his cool dinosaur trophy. He asks if she’ll be his date to another event. “Another trophy,” she groans. “Everybody loves Hugo. You know who doesn’t? Women.” Ouch. “You need a woman in your life, especially one who doesn’t nurse you.” Yeesh. Fortunately, Mom has a plan. She’s setting Hugo up on a blind lunch date with Grandpa Tito’s neighbor’s daughter, Rosalita. Hugo asks what she’s like. “Willing to meet you,” says Mom. Sounds hot.
On the island, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes brings a flower to Libby’s grave. “A lot of crazy stuff’s been happening,” he says. “I kind of wish I could talk to you about it in person. A lot of people come to talk to me after they’ve, you know, gone. It would be nice if you did, too.”
Then stupid Ilana interrupts. Dude is kneeling at a grave, Ilana. She’s on a manic mission to hit the Black Rock, get some dynamite and blow up the Ajira plane, even though she’s not sure if that’s a good idea. I’ll bet you five Apollo Bars it’s not a good idea.
Ilana asks whose grave it is. He gives her the short version. She tells him she’s sorry and leaves. Then Hurley hears the island whispers in the distance, followed by a clear voice in the foreground. “Hey!”
Michael! Hurley is nonplussed. “What are you doing here?”
“I’m here to stop you from getting everyone killed.” Dramatic Lost music and commercial break!
We return to Hurley, nonplussed. He asks Michael why he should trust him, considering he killed Ana Lucia and Libby. That’s not important right now, says Michael, just don’t blow up the plane and get a bunch of people killed. Jack shows up and interrupts to ask who Hurley is talking to. No one, says Hurley.
Flash sideways to Hugo waiting for his blind date at Spanish Johnny’s. An unseen woman approaches the table and asks, “Hugo?”
Libby!!!! Hugo is psyched. “You don’t look like a Rosalita.”
“Oh, my name isn’t Rosalita. It’s Libby.”
“So you’re not my blind date.”
“No, I just saw you from across the room.”
“Well, how did you know my name?”
“Well, if I tell you, you’re gonna think I’m crazy.”
“No, I won’t.”
“Hugo, do you believe two people can be connected, like soulmates?”
“You don’t remember me, do you?”
A man interrupts to make sure everything’s okay. It’s Dr. Brooks from the mental hospital. He drags Libby off as Hugo sits, open-mouthed. Hugo follows her outside to see her getting into the Santa Rosa Mental Health Center van. Bummer.
On the island, Ilana is fired up about getting to Hydra Island and blowing up the plane. Hurley doesn’t know if that’s a good idea. Ilana says it’s a great idea, it’ll keep “that thing” from leaving the island. Hurley points out that they’ll be stuck on the island with “that thing” and it won’t be happy.
But Ilana is on a mission! No time for games, people! She gets worked up about “that thing” leaving the island again and hastily puts her dynamite-laden bag down on the ground.
Then Ilana explodes.
Haste makes waste! But don’t worry, Ilana fans (all three or four of you). I’m sure she’ll be whispering her way back into the show in no time.
Over in Smokey Locke’s camp, things are relatively calm. He’s whittling away at a big branch. “Is that gonna be a spear?” asks Sawyer. Smokey says he doesn’t know what it’s going to be, when the time’s right it will tell him. “You talk to wood now?” asks Sawyer. Kate jumps in, but Sawyer persists. He wants to know why they’re sitting around doing nothing.
“There’s a difference between doing nothing and waiting,” says Smokey Locke. Kate asks what they’re waiting for. “You were only able to come back to this island because you all did it together,” says Smokey Smoke. “If we’re going to get on that plane and leave, it has to happen the same way. We’re waiting for your friends to get here, Kate: Hugo, Sun, Jack. That’s the only way we’re ever getting off this godforsaken rock.”
“Well, I don’t see that happening,” says Kate.
“Well, let’s just hope you’re wrong,” snips Snippy Locke. They exchange tense glances.
Before things can get too awk, Sayid shows up to break the tension and asks to speak to Smokey in private. As they walk through the jungle, Smokey Locke questions him impatiently about Widmore’s sub and the contents of the secret room. Between being so dependent on Hugo’s gang and the desperate tone of these questions, Smokey isn’t looking so powerful in this ep. Sayid finally gets Smokey Locke to his destination: Desmond, all tied up.
After the break, we watch Hurley root through what I assume is Ilana’s stuff. He finds the green pouch with Jacob’s ashes in it and secretly takes it. Nice! I wonder what happens if you take Jacob’s ashes off the island? Just wondering. Now Richard is on a manic mission for more dynamite. Jack doesn’t think that’s a good idea. Richard does. Hurley sides with Richard, to everyone’s surprise. He asks Jack to trust him, which he does. They get moving.
Flash sideways to Mr. Hugo Reyes surprising a Mr. Cluck’s employee with an impromptu visit.
“Gimme a bucket. Family style.”
He sits down and goes in on that bucket of chicken, boy howdy he does. And guess who shows up?
Desmond! Desmond shows up. He recognizes Hugo from Oceanic Flight 815 and approaches him.
“That is a lot of chicken.”
“I eat when I’m depressed.”
Des asks what’s up. Hugohurley tells Des how he met this great chick on a blind date, but she’s crazy, frealz crazy.
“She started sane, but then told me we already knew each other, and that I’d remember.”
“Tell me something, did you believe her when she said she knew you?”
“Then I say go with your gut. You know, maybe you should try to find out where she thinks she knew you from before you give up on her.”
The cashier calls out Desmond’s order. “42? Order 42?” Ha! Des gets his chicken and bounces.
On the island, Smokey apologizes to Des for tying him up. Smokey Locke cuts him free and asks him why Widmore brought him back to the island. “Considering I was kidnapped, you’d have to ask him,” says Desmond. Sayid points out he was under armed guard. “They threw me into a wood shack and blasted me with a massive amount of electromagnetism,” continues Desmond.
Smokey responds, “If you don’t mind me asking, Desmond, how can you be sure what it was that he blasted you with?”
“Experience,” says Desmond. He looks Smokey Locke straight in the eye, which seems to disarm the Smokey one.
“Do you know who I am?” asks Smokey.
“Of course. You’re John Locke.”
Quite the tete-a-tete we’ve got here.
Smokey tells Sayid to take a hike, then turns to Desmond and says, “There’s something I’d like to show you.” He takes Desmond’s hand. Oh boy.
Back to the dynamite gang, who just reached the Black Rock. Richard says he’s going to go in alone, then notices Hugo isn’t there. That’s because he’s running out of the Black Rock! “Run! Run! Run!” yells Hugo.
Hugo just blew up the Black Rock! Richard is not a happy camper. Hugo explains he did it to save them.
Richard is in panic mode, says they’re all dead now. Miles steps aside to talk to Hugo, who explains that he blew up the Black Rock because Michael told him to. Then he explains that Michael is one of the dead people who comes back and yells at him. That happen a lot, dead people yelling at you? Happens enough, says Hugo. And you just listen to whatever they say? “Dead people are more reliable than alive people,” says Hugo. Interesting!
Flash sideways to Hugo meeting with Dr. Brooks in his office. He wants to see Libby, but Dr. Brooks thinks that’s a bad idea. Hugo thinks he might make an exception for a generous donor: “The rec room looked pretty gnarly on the way in. What do you think 100K might buy?” The checkbook comes out, and next thing we know, Hugo’s in the door to see Libby.
She sits at the table and asks Hugo if he remembers her yet. He doesn’t, but he wants to know where she knows him from. “A few days ago, I was watching TV, and one of your commercials came on. And the moment I saw you, it was like I was hit over the head. All these memories came washing back of my life, only…it was another life.”
“What kind of memories?”
“There was a plane crash. And I was on an island.”
“And I was there?”
“I think so. We knew each other…liked each other. And then, when I got here, it was almost like I’d been here before. And for some reason, Hugo, I have a memory of you being here, too.”
He tells her that it’s his first time being here. She wishes he could remember her, but he says he can’t, and that he’s sorry. “That’s okay,” Libby says. “It’s okay. I’m crazy.”
“Yeah, probably,” says Hugo. “But we all got something, right? I mean, it takes a lot of guts to go up to a total stranger and tell them you know them from some bizarro alternate universe.” Hahaha. “I’m scared just saying hi to a girl.”
Libby tells him he’s doing fine. Hugo asks if she can ever get out of this place for the day. Yes, says Libby, I’m here voluntarily. Hugo asks if she’d like to do something. Like a date? Yeah, says Hugo. I’d love that, says Libby.
Back to Smokey Locke and Desmond’s adventure!
“Remind me, Desmond, how long were you down in that hatch pushing that button?”
“And here you are, back for more. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this island has it in for you.”
“Do you know better?”
“Well, there’s nothing special about me, brotha. This island has it in for all of us.”
“Yes, it does.” Smokey Locke sees something over Desmond’s shoulder and becomes a bit startled.
“What,” says Des, “who’s that?”
“Just ignore him.”
“Do you know that boy?”
“I said ignore him!” Smokey is losing his cool flow this week! And Desmond seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on. Does Desmond know what’s going to happen to the Smoke Monster? Does he know how the whole shebang ends up? He sure is one cool customer. And who’s that kid?
Hugo’s gang stands around what’s left of the Black Rock and argues about what to do next. Hugo tells them he knows what they have to do next: they have to talk to Locke. Ben and Richard dispute this, which leads Hugo to say that Jacob told him to talk to Locke. Richard’s not buying it, he’s still fixated on destroying the plane.
You know what that means, Lost fans–time to pick sides! Ben goes with Richard, no surprise there. Miles says he saw Smokey Smoke in action and it doesn’t want to talk, so he goes with Richard as well. Frank Lapidus and Sun are hanging with Hugo, and so is Jack. So Richard takes off with his crew, and Jack says, “Alright, Hurley. Let’s go talk to Locke.”
Dramatic cliffhanger commercial break!
We return to join Hugo’s gang on the move. Sun writes a note for Frank:
Probably, says Frank. Hahaha.
Hugo talks to Jack about what’s going to happen when they talk to Smokey Locke: “I mean, how do you break the ice with a smoke monster?” Jack figures Smokey will do most of the talking. Or he’ll just kill us all, says Hugo. Yup, says Jack. Hugo turns to Jack and admits that he didn’t see Jacob, that he just wanted everyone to listen. Jack knows. Then why’d you come, Jack? And the talkfest continues!
“Ever since Juliet died, ever since I got her killed, all I wanted was to fix it. But I can’t. I can’t ever fix it. You have no idea how hard it is for me to sit back and listen to other people tell me what I should do.” Oh, we have some idea. “But I think maybe that’s the point. Maybe I’m supposed to let go.”
“Unless you letting go gets us killed,” says Hugo. “Going to see Locke was my idea, not Jacob’s.”
“Hurley, you asked me to trust you. This is me trusting you.”
The whispers kick in. Jack goes for his gun. Hurley says it’s cool, he knows what’s up. He walks away from the crew and calls out for Michael, who appears. Hurley cuts to the chase: “You’re stuck on the island, aren’t you?”
“Because of what I did.”
“And there are others out here like you, aren’t there? That’s what the whispers are?”
“Yeah. We’re the ones who can’t move on.”
“Do you know where Locke is?”
Michael points. “There.”
“Thanks,” says Hurley. “Is there anything I can do to help you?”
“Don’t get yourself killed,” says Michael.
“Okay,” says Hurley.
“And Hurley…if you ever do see Libby again, tell her I’m very sorry.”
“I’ll be sure and do that, dude.”
Flash sideways to a picnic at the beach! Hurley and Libby get their picnic, at long last. It’s charming. Libby says it feels so familiar, like a date they never had. He questions why she’d be interested in him, figures it’s because she’s delusional. But Libby assures him that she really likes him. And to top it off, a Losty kiss.
“Whoa,” says Hurley. “Dude.” Hahaha.
“I think I’m remembering stuff.”
“You are? You mean I’m not crazy?”
“No, I don’t think you are.”
And who’s been peeping the whole time?
Back on the island, Smokey Locke and Desmond arrive at their destination.
“What is it?”
“It’s a well,” says Smokey. They walk over. “Let me guess, you’re wondering how deep it is.”
“You read my mind.”
“Do you have any idea how old this well is, Desmond.”
“Very old?” Des is getting his Columbo on in this scene. Anyone else think he knows more about this thing than Smokey Locke does?
“That’s exactly right, very old. So old, in fact, that the people who dug this well did it completely by hand. God knows how long it took them.”
“Well it seems like a lot of work just to get some water.”
“Oh, they weren’t looking for water. They were looking for answers. A long time ago, places like the one you’re standing in right now made compass needles spin. And the people holding the compasses needed to know why. So they dug.”
“Did they find what they were looking for?” Straight up Columbo!
“No, they didn’t. The reason I wanted you to see this, Desmond, is because Charles Widmore isn’t interested in answers. He’s only interested in power. And he brought you back to this island so that you could help him find what he’s looking for. After all, this isn’t the only well.”
“And that’s the reason you wanted me to see this?”
Smokey Locke changes tone here to ask, “Why aren’t you afraid?” He seems genuinely confused.
“You’re out here in the middle of the jungle with me. Not a person on earth knows you’re here. Why aren’t you afraid?”
“What is the point in being afraid?”
Smokey considers this. He smiles, ever so slightly. And he grimaces. And he throws Desmond down the well.
Then Smokey Locke heads back to camp, where he runs into Sayid, who asks, “How’s our friend?”
“We don’t have to worry about him anymore.”
Sawyer jumps in. “Where have you been?”
“I went for a walk, James.”
“Well, now that you stretched your legs, maybe you can…”
End your lover’s quarrel, boys. Hurley and the gang are here.
“Son of a bitch,” says Sawyer.
“Um, hey,” says Hurley.
Smokey Locke is polite. “Hello, Hugo.”
“I don’t know who you are, dude, or what you want. But we have to talk, dude.”
Smokey Locke is still taking it all in. “We?”
“There are other people with me. The thing is, you got weapons and we got weapons, and I don’t want anyone to get hurt…or killed. So we’re not going to do anything. And I want your word that you’re not going to do anything either.”
Locke looks at his gang and hands his knife over. “You have my word.” Dramatic music!!
“Okay guys, come out,” says Hurley. Frank, Sun and Jack come out.
Jack looks at Kate, she smiles.
Smokey Locke breaks up the party. “Hello, Jack.”
That’s some weird interaction right there.
Flash sideways to the school where Ben and Locke work. Desmond watches Locke move through the parking lot. Ben stops by to ask what he’s doing. Des says he’s chillin. Ben says he notices he’s been parked here watching kids, what’s up with that. Des says he’s looking for a school for his son. What’s his name? Charlie. Ben vouches for the school. Great, says Des, check you later.
Ben walks away. And Desmond keeps watching Locke. And Desmond drives right at him!
L O S T
Boy howdy! That was interesting. Desmond is doing his thing, on and off the island. Jack is acting like he’s happy to sit in the back seat, but that can’t last long. Smokey Locke is losing his edge. And so many pieces were put into play for next week’s ep!
What do you think? Are you honing your end-of-series theories? Share you crazy thoughts in the comments.