23 Questions About Lost Episode 612, 'Everybody Loves Hugo,' Answered!

Previously on Lost: Hurley is haunted by an enigmatic string of numbers. Hurley wins the lottery by playing those numbers, earning immense wealth. Hurley is cursed by his alleged good fortune. Hurley crash-lands on a strange island, never losing any weight despite a shortage of food. Hurley discovers Dharma Initiative-supplied foodstuffs, eliminating any petty grumbling about the weight issue. Hurley spends some time in a mental hospital, where he sees people who aren't really there and is visited by Lt. Daniels from The Wire. Hurley falls in love, then loses that love. Someone strangles a trombone player, producing an awful sound that provides a haunting transition from a tense moment to a commercial break.

Please join us as we take our place behind the Mr. Clucks counter, ready to serve out piping hot, extra crispy Answers by the bucketful to hungry, Question-bearing patrons looking to have their appetite sated after last night's Hugo-centric episode.

Who loves Hugo?

It's right there in the episode title, silly. "Everybody Loves Hugo." Don't believe us? Then maybe rewatch the slideshow at his award presentation, filled with images of the generous, universally adored local hero, that accompanied Hurley's acceptance of the coveted Lucite T-Rex statuette (the "Sexy Rexy," colloquially), which each year is granted to the fried chicken magnate whose dedicated flash sideways episode most needs a feel-good, story-establishing kick in its opening minutes.

So why does Hurley, so very wealthy and so very beloved, have so many problems in the lady department that he's depending on his mom to set him up on blind dates?

Don't be naive. The money attracts gold-diggers that the kind-hearted Hurley wants no part of. If he really wanted a piece of Los Angeles' materialistic, surface-obsessed dating scene, he'd buy a few VIP tables at the new Drai's Hollywood, make it rain every hour on the hour, and be buried under more aspiring actresses than a shady casting director with an office in the Valley. So if his mother thinks she knows a nice girl for her son, Hurley's going to listen, especially when she gets all pushy about it.

So who's this Libby person again?

Are you submitting these questions before watching the entire episode? Fine! Fine. Libby was the cute girl from the tail section who was supposed to have a romantic picnic with Hurley, but then she was gut-shot twice by Michael while looking for some picnic blankets because he was a little on edge after killing Ana Lucia moments before. Then she died, taking with her into the afterlife any chance that Hurley might get laid on the island. (Supply and demand problem, sorry, dude.) To his credit, Hurley did a decent job recapping this for us after talking to the cross of branches marking her grave.

Why should Hurley trust the ghost of the guy who killed Libby and Ana Lucia?

A well-known fact about ghosts is that once removed from the world of the living, they exist only to help the people they've left behind solve their problems*. So when the once-murderous (but misunderstood!) spectre tells Hurls that if he doesn't listen, people are going to die, you can bet that the roly-poly ghost-whisperer is going to take his advice.

(*Miles does not necessarily subscribe to this view of ghosts.)

How many stars on Yelp has Spanish Johnny's earned?

It's a three-and-half-star casual-dining option. Users seem to love the "way strong" margaritas and "super delish" Shrimp Johnnydillas, but find the Enchiladas Borges "more disappointingly realistic than magical." And some gripe about the crowd, which at times seems "full of mental patients out with their doctors on a trial social-readjustment run."

If an attractive woman sits down at your table -- which you're seated at alone because your blind date stood you up -- and asks if you believe two people can be connected like soulmates, how many seconds should elapse before you're making out in a bathroom stall to explore the depth of your mysterious connection?

Normally, about thirty, if Dr. C*ckblocker doesn't interrupt the greatest moment of your life. (Now you see why Hurley seems to have such difficulty dating.)

If a character gives a speech about how she's been training her whole life to protect the people on the island, and that if the guy who's the immortal right-hand-man of her god/boss tells her to go round up some highly unstable explosives to help protect those people's lives, she's gonna go fetch some sweaty, ancient dynamite, dammit, how much time does she have before the bag of deadly boomsticks detonates, spraying her well-intentioned innards all over her precious candidates?

According to the Arzt Countdown Clock that appeared in the lower right hand corner of the screen at the beginning of her speech, about ten seconds.

Once that nice protector lady gets Arzt'd, what's the next logical course of action?

Why, to find more incredibly dangerous dynamite, of course! That plane isn't going to blow itself up. If they don't find more dynamite, then Ilana died for nothing.

Now, call us crazy, but isn't another way to look at Ilana's tragic death as a lesson about the quite predictable perils of fooling around with old dynamite?

Shut up, Jack. No one listens to you anymore, even when you're making sense.

Why didn't Zombie Sayid kill everybody at the sub, like Smokey told him to?

Eh, he didn't see the point. He used to kind of like killing people, at least deep down in the darkest places of his compromised soul, but now that he can't feel the terrible electricity of choking the life out of somebody, it feels like he's just been going through the emptily homicidal motions.

What would local Los Angeles ABC weatherman Dallas Raines' life be like in a flash sideways?

He'd probably be working a construction job, oblivious to the meteorological glamour of his "correct" existence until a strange man with a Scottish brogue appeared at his doorstep during the 11 o'clock news, urging him to pay very special attention to that night's five-day forecast. Then, falling into a nearly hypnotic state while staring at the identical cartoon suns arrayed underneath the days of the week, he finally realizes that something is not quite right with his once happy-seeming life.

Who's that guy behind the Mr. Clucks counter?

It's Freaks and Geeks star Samm Levine! But you knew that already. This final season is a wonderland of amazing cameos.

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  • Citizen Bitch says:

    He ran over John to give him a near-death experience so he would remember the island, just like Charlie did to him last week and how John will do to Bernard and Rose next week.

  • stolidog says:

    He ran over Locke so that Locke would end up in the hospital and Jack would make him able to walk again in the sideways world, thus awakening memories of walking on the island and being the smoke monster.

  • The Evil Marshall D says:

    "What's that, Lassie? Desmond fell down the well?"
    Whispers+Trapped Ghosts=PURGATORY! We knew that anyway.
    Desmond ran over Locke because he hate arrogant cripples....or....he knows Lcoke can't die because the Sideway Universe is not real. Sideways Universe+Locke=PURGATORY
    Smokie-Locke ignores that "boy" because in spite of what Rousseau may have said, "THAT BABY AIN'T MINE!" Also, that's where all the children from flight 815 went. Never, Never Land....and Smokie-Locke is Captain Hooke.
    Why doesn't Libby visit Hurley? Because he doesn't 'remember her' in the Sideways universe and she's pissed. Also, since it ain't real anyway, she has no direct line to the outside world. Cue Lady GaGa's "Telephone".
    Has Sawyer gone crazy? Naw, he's just showing off for Kate, and soon to be "decaeased". Did you see the way Kate looked at Jack? You could almost hear the jucies secreting....Sawyer is history in more ways than one.
    What's the Island gog to do with Ben and Richard? Probably make them kiss, then whack 'em in a polar bear drive-by.
    Why did Ilan have to die? because the island...er...I mean the WRITERS were finished with her. She was an auxillery character designed to distract viewers from the other "mysteries" (like the whispers are ghosts, and The Smoke Monster is a rogue program in The Matrix.)
    How will LOST end? With an opening eyeball, followed by death as the entire cast realizes they're jsut experiencing their lives flashing before their eyes as they crash into the sea. And as "Smithee" put it..."strangle a trombone player", then...SCENE.

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