Flashback: When a meteor strikes the rebuilt Chicken Shack shortly before its grand re-opening, killing a TV reporter and her cameraman, Hurley is more convinced than ever that he is cursed. In an effort to persuade him otherwise, his mother invites his father David back to their home – seventeen years after he left. The reunion is a rocky one, with Hurley determined to go to Australia to investigate the numbers and equally determined that his father not get to take advantage of the lottery money. David makes a final plea to Hurley not to go, and suggests that Hurley just give the money away and make a fresh start. Perhaps they could even take the road trip to the Grand Canyon they had planned seventeen years before. But Hurley isn’t interested in fresh starts at the moment.
The Island: Charlie tells Hurley what Desmond warned regarding his fate, but they are soon interrupted by Vincent, carrying a decomposed arm with a key ring still dangling from it. Hurley follows the dog to discover a tipped-over Dharma bus, whose driver was apparently ferrying some beer across the island. Hurley is determined to get the bus working again, for his sake and for Charlie’s – he figures they both could use a victory right about now.
He winds up with some unexpected help. Jin, frustrated by Sun’s refusal to speak to him in anything but English, volunteers without knowing what he’s getting into. When Sawyer and Kate return to the camp, Sawyer seeks out Hurley and Charlie in order to reclaim his stash. He also takes the opportunity to help himself to the beer and help Jin with his English. All the assistance may be for naught, since Jin can not get the engine running. But Hurley is not taking no for an answer, and decides to enlist one more helper – gravity, in the form of a very steep hill ending in some very large rocks.
Kate has her own mission in mind. At odds with Sawyer, and unsure that the other castaways have the stomach for another confrontation with the Others, she returns to the jungle. Sayid and Locke find her, and soon after the three of them are face to face with Kate’s quarry – a woman who most certainly has the motivation to find the Others’ camp, and the teenaged girl who helped Kate and Sawyer escape.
written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
directed by Eric Laneuville
music by Michael Giacchino
Guest Cast: Mira Furlan (Danielle Rousseau), Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo), Kiele Sanchez (Nikki), Lillian Hurst (Carmen Reyes), Billy Ray Gallion (Randy), Cheech Marin (David Reyes), Caden Waidyatilleka (Young Hurley), Suzanne Krull (Lynn Karnoff), Sung Hi Lee (Tricia Tanaka)
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer