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"Lost" Episode 10: "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead"

"Lost" Episode 10: "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead"

As Hurley might say, "Dude, come on!" Last night's "Lost" was not entirely ... anything! It wasn't all that interesting or informative. However, I do love Hurley, and Sawyer was on fire with the nicknames, so it wasn't a total loss. Also, apparently this week's episode will have big implications in next week's episode. Here's hoping. For more on this week's "Lost,"

Hurley's Cursed, Maybe
Here are the things I learned about Hurley last night:

  • He is a heavyset gentleman because Cheech Marin got the munchies and handed him a candy bar before leaving the family for 17 years. Thereafter, Hurley has substituted food for fatherly love.
  • His mother's libido is insatiable.
  • Cheech advises Hurley, "Having hope is never stupid... you gotta make your own luck," but it could have been the pot talking.
  • He saved the dead car that he and his dad worked on as a kid.
  • He thinks his winning lottery numbers are cursed. He bought a Mr. Clucks, but soon, a meteor — "or an asteroid... I don't know the difference" — lands on the Mr. Clucks, killing news journalist Tricia Tanaka in the process.
  • Hurley goes to Australia because he says, "That's where the numbers come from." He claims Lenny at the Institution told him. This is why he got on the Oceanic flight 815.

Little Miss Sunshine, "Lost"-style

Is it bad that I first thought of Little Miss Sunshine when I saw that van? I half-expected the skeleton to be gripping a Best Supporting Actor award.

Thanks to Vincent the dog, Hurley finds a van in the jungle. It doesn't seem fair to "volunteer" the non-English-speaking man who doesn't understand what he's getting into, but at any rate, Jin goes along with Hurley to get the van running. They find Roger the skeleton, whose Dharma uniform says "Work Man." Hurley says he's got to have hope and turns the ignition. Hurley, hope's not going to start a car whose last driver was a skeleton.

Sawyer comes upon Jin and Hurley and learns that there is Dharma-issued beer in the van, so he helps them right it. Hurley has this idea to shove the van down a grassy hillside into a collection of large rocks. Charlie goes with Hurley since, well, he's going to die anyway, and they avoid the rocks and are fine. Jin and Sawyer join them and the four rediscover the joy that is turning donuts in an open field to the tune of Three Dog Night's "Shambala."

Upon returning to camp, happy and full of hope, Jin gives Sun a flower, while Charlie goes over and charms Claire, leaving Sawyer as the only boy at summer camp without a girlfriend.

Kate Is Annoying
She just is. So she and Sawyer "break up" or whatever, and she starts calling him "Sawyer" again instead of "James" (which always sounded silly coming from her anyway, like she was scolding her son or something).

When she sets off to help Jack, Locke and Sayid say they can help. Something about the way the sun hit Eko's stick as Locke was burying him? They better explain that vague bit of non-information. Suddenly Rousseau appears and Kate tells her about Alex living with the Others, and now they'll join forces to rescue both Alex and Jack.

Symbols, Etc.
There weren't many.

  • It's interesting that they kept repeating that Cheech was gone for 17 years, which is NOT a "Lost" number.
  • The color red was in heavy use, especially in regard to Hurley — the car, his shirt, Mr. Cluck's exterior. This was true of Desmond's "flashbacks," too: The "Future" paint in his flat was red, and the man's shoes were red when he died in the explosion.
  • There must be an Island Vogue sitting around somewhere, because all the ladies have some nice new haircuts with bangs. Sun and Claire look especially fetching.
  • There was some kind of map in the van, which Sawyer quickly disposed of in favor of the case of Dharma beer.
  • Making your own luck = finding hope.

Sawyer to Charlie: "Oliver Twist" and "Jiminy Cricket"
Sawyer to Hurley: "Jumbo-Tron" and "International House of Pancakes"
Hurley to Sawyer: ""

Photos copyright 2007 ABC

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