The official description of tonight’s Lost episode is as follows:
Libby lends Hurley support when he begins to think the island is having a strange effect on him, and Locke’s sense of purpose is shaken when the prisoner provides new information about the hatch.
It’s Cecilia filling in for Andreas for another exciting new episode, til he can get out from under his pile of work.
This week continued the tradition of character-focused LOST, this time fleshing out Hurley’s character some more. We all think of him as the happy-go-lucky “Average Joe”, who struggles with being heavyset and some superstition about The Numbers, but does it all with a sense of humor. But this week, we see another side with more depth – this guy has inner demons, too.
Hurley finally gets the guts to confide in Libby about why he hasn’t gotten very far with losing weight on the island, and shows her “his stash”. Libby helps him symbolically confront his eating disorder, as they carefreely destroy the food he’s stored (but was I the only who one kept thinking that if this were realistic, that it might not be such a great idea in a place where food is a limited, rationed resource?). And just as they’re about to kiss, a new point of irony for Hurley, as the rest of the lostaways find the parachute food drop and start dividing up the goods. This definitely reminded me of when Charlie finally makes the difficult decision to give up heroin for good, and turn in the rest of his stash to Locke – only to have heroin “drop down from the sky.” The Last Temptation of Hurley & Charlie anyone?
Meanwhile, back in the hatch, we see the minor subplot that Locke is too proud to go back in a wheelchair, and has chosen to take on crutches. He does not appear to have any interest in sharing the findings of the black light hatch map with anyone, at least not yet. Ana & Sayid play good cop/bad cop with FakeHenry, without much new info to show, except that elements of his story are refuted, and he does partially admit to be working with the Others. At one point, he seems to nearly get Locke back under his manipulative spell; if only for a moment – tells him “This hatch is a joke. I never entered the numbers, and nothing happened.” Do we trust this guy with close to zero credibility, though?
Back outside the hatch, following Hurley, we start seeing a bald character named Dave mysteriously appear on the island in pajamas. He seems to be an old buddy of Hurley’s from back in his institutionalized days, but there’s something else there. We also find out that a huge source of guilt for him is his weight – but not just your typical kind of guilt – he actually believes he is responsible for deaths because of it (he stepped on a deck that collapsed with many people on it)! Dave appears to be a bad influence on Hurley, getting him to steal food, and goading him to escape the hospital ward. Towards the middle of the show, we learn the added twist that Dave is an “imaginary friend”/hallucination, an element of a psychosis that probably was the main reason Hurley got admitted to begin with. In his flashback, he is able to reject this delusion and recover with the help of a just-too-kind-benevolent-to-be-true Dr. Brooks, but when Dave appears on the island, he’s more conniving than ever. There are hints that on-island Dave may be more than just a hallucination.
Dave tells Hurley that its not he who is in his mind and made-up, but rather the life he’s been living since; including the island and everyone on it. He tells him the only way to wake up is to jump off a cliff. Hurley’s saved at the last minute by Libby, who appears to genuinely care for him, and maybe not just in a platonic way only – they finally have a kiss! But in an added end-of-the-show twist-of-twists, it turns out that our own resident psychologist may not be all she claims, either. She is seen in a brief flashback as a neurotic Santa Rosa patient with brown hair.