Hugo Reyes, more commonly known by his nickname "Hurley", was one of the middle section survivors (seat 20G) of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Hurley's father disappeared when he was ten and did not return until Hurley was 27. During his father's absence, Hurley developed an eating disorder, and later a traumatic accident landed him in a mental asylum where he started seeing an imaginary person. He was overly-conscious about his sanity and weight afterwards. While employed at Mr. Cluck's, Hurley won the lottery by playing the numbers given to him by Lenny. Due to a series of unfortunate incidents following his win, he believed himself to be plagued with bad luck because of the numbers and searched for an answer to the curse.
On the Island, Hurley was typically happy-go-lucky and kept the spirits of his fellow survivors up. He was also a voice of reason in the group and used his common sense to solve difficult situations. Eventually, Hurley found that he could not escape the Numbers, and after seeing them on the side of the Hatch, believed that opening it would be a bad idea. He struggled with being given the task of dividing up the food in the Hatch and began seeing his old imaginary friend on the Island. Later, he was captured by the Others, along with Jack, Kate, and Sawyer as a part of Michael's betrayal, but was released to go back and warn the other survivors not to come for them. Back at camp, Hurley found an old DHARMA van which he was able to get running again with the help of Charlie, Sawyer, and Jin, restoring his and the rest of the survivors' optimism, and creating a belief in him of self-created luck. He later used the van as a crucial part in the mission to rescue Sayid, Jin, and Bernard.
After Jack called the freighter for rescue, Hurley and five other survivors managed to escape the Island by using a helicopter. However, they were forced to leave everyone else behind when Ben moved the Island. Hurley tried to carry on happily with his life, but began seeing visions of Charlie off the Island and struggled with accepting the lie they created. Eventually, he was readmitted to the Santa Rosa Mental Institute where he routinely conversed with Charlie and other deceased people. He was removed from Santa Rosa by Sayid, and taken to a "safe house", where he was mistaken for a murderer. He later threw a Hot Pocket at Benjamin Linus and surrendered to authorities. Hurley was found innocent and released from prison where he was convinced by a man to return to the Island.
He boarded Ajira Flight 316 and was flashed to 1977 where he worked in the kitchen for the DHARMA Initiative. After the detonation of Jughead by Juliet, he time traveled to his original timeline. Soon afterward, the now-deceased Jacob began to appear to Hurley, first telling him to take the wounded Sayid to the Temple, and then instructing him to take Jack to the Lighthouse. Hurley later acted as a medium between Richard and his deceased wife Isabella.
Hurley was confirmed to be one of Jacob's candidates by Jacob himself. He was visited and touched by Jacob while off the Island. Hurley's name appears on the wall in the cliffside cave and the Lighthouse wheel as "8 - Reyes". Hurley eventually took over as protector of the island for Jack and hired Ben as an advisor. ("The End")
In the flash-sideways, Hurley was finally reunited with his murdered island lover, Elizabeth "Libby" Smith and along with their friends, they moved on.
- 1 Before the crash
- 2 On the Island
- 3 After the Island
- 4 Back on the Island
- 5 Flash sideways
- 6 Character overview
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Additional casting
- 9 Unanswered questions
Before the crash
As a child, Hugo was very close to his father. They often went fishing together, but the activity they most enjoyed was fixing up an old Camaro. David allowed Hurley to rebel against his strict mother, Carmen, but Hugo witnessed his father's flighty nature as David left the family for 17 years without explanation. To deal with his father's absence, Hurley turned to food. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Hurley once had a dog named Buster, who passed away. ("...And Found") Hurley told Walt he took 17th place in a backgammon tournament once, however it is unknown what age he was. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute
Growing up, Hugo (also known as Hurley, for unrevealed reasons) along with 22 others, stepped onto a deck designed to hold eight people. The deck collapsed, killing two, and Hurley blamed his weight for the incident. In response to his guilt and a deepening depression, Hurley's mother committed him to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. Hurley honed his ping pong skills in his mother's basement and at Santa Rosa. Also, while at the Institute, Hurley played Connect Four with another patient, who repeated a series of six numbers over and over — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. ("Dave") ("Numbers")
Dr. Brooks, a psychiatrist at Santa Rosa, tried to convince Hurley that he did not cause the deck collapse. Thinking Hurley was punishing himself for the accident by overeating, the doctor also placed Hurley on a diet. But Hurley began hallucinating an imaginary friend, Dave, who urged him to keep eating. Dr. Brooks prescribed medicine for the hallucinations and eventually convinced Hurley of Dave's nature by proving that he did not appear in photos. Hurley shut Dave out of his life by locking him outside the facility grounds during a Dave-inspired escape attempt. Then, Hurley began actively resolving the issues that brought him to the institute. ("Dave")
After returning from Santa Rosa, Hurley moved back into his mother's home. His life fell into a rut, but Hurley seemed content getting his job back at Mr. Clucks, where he was good friends with Johnny, a co-worker and worked under Randy, an annoying boss. His mother pestered him to find a girlfriend, but the insecure Hurley laughed off her suggestion, though he did have a crush on Starla, a record store employee. ("Numbers") ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
Hurley bought a $114 million lottery ticket using the numbers the Santa Rosa patient had repeated. Hurley won but did not immediately claim the prize. He went back to work the next day but soon quit, sick of Randy's mockery and abuse. Johnny, admiring Hurley's gumption, quits minutes later in solidarity, the two had a wild night of mischief, vandalizing Randy's yard. Hurley even successfully asked Starla out on a date. But when Johnny learned of Hurley's lottery win from the clerk who sold him the ticket, he felt betrayed. Their friendship ended, and Johnny and Starla ended up together. ("Numbers") ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
The win brought Hurley further bad luck. His grandfather died of a heart attack at a press conference to announce the win, and lightning struck the priest at his funeral. Hurley bought Mr. Clucks, but a meteorite destroyed one of the restaurants, killing a local news reporter and her cameraman, who were filming a puff piece about Hurley. He buys his mother a mansion but she falls and breaks her ankle outside the house, which soon burned down. While he was in front of the house, he was violently arrested by the police, who mistook him for a drug dealer. Working with a financial planner, Hurley bought a shoe company in Canada, but an accident there ends up killing eight people. These last two incidents only make Hurley richer, as the shoe company was overinsured and the LAPD is forced to pay him a large settlement for his wrongful arrest. When he goes for a meeting with his accountant, a man commits suicide by jumping off the roof of the office building. Hurley's brother's wife left him for a waitress. Meanwhile, Hurley's father suddenly returns after 17 years, and though Carmen thinks his return is a blessing, Hurley realized his father is after the money refused to forgive him for abandoning them. ("Numbers") ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Hurley now believed that the lottery money was cursed. Carmen accused him of blasphemy, and David too tried to shake him from this belief, hiring a psychic to perform an "exorcism." Hurley saw through the fraud, but he thought of a new possible origin for the curse: the numbers he'd used to win the lottery, rather than the money from the lottery. He visited Santa Rosa and asked Leonard of their origin. Leonard ignores him until Hurley informs him he used the numbers to win the lottery. Leonard then broke from his near-catatonic state and became hysterical, and he revealed that he'd heard the numbers from a man in Kalgoorlie, Australia. David warned Hurley that going there would answer nothing, and they could instead give the money away if Hurley thought it cursed.("Numbers") ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Hurley traveled to Kalgoorlie to find Toomey, but found only his wife, Martha. He learned that Sam had heard the numbers in a transmission 16 years earlier - a transmission, though he did not know it, that came from the Island's radio tower. Sam too had used the numbers to win a competition and had suffered a streak of bad luck afterward, eventually killing himself because of his belief that he was cursed. ("Numbers")
Hurley planned to return to Los Angeles on Oceanic Flight 815, but fate seemed to intervene that day to keep him off the plane. A power outage kept his alarm from waking him, his car's tire went flat and he arrived at the wrong terminal. He is told that because of his size, he would have to purchase two tickets together, even though he did not have to do that on the way there. Determined to be home for his mother's birthday the following day, he offered $1600 to an old man to borrow his scooter and made his way to the correct gate. Hurley eventually arrived and the attendant reopened the doors for him. Thankful to have boarded the plane, Hurley gave Walt a thumbs-up and took his seat on the doomed flight. ("Exodus, Part 3")
On the Island
Days 1–44 (Season 1)
Right after the crash on the beach, Jack spotted Hurley among the wreckage and informed him that he must help and watch Claire, who was close to term on her pregnancy. Both Claire and Hurley were nearly killed by a falling piece of the plane, as the wing broke apart. They were saved by Jack, right before the wing hit the ground and exploded. That night, Hurley took upon himself the job of dividing the remaining food from the plane among the survivors. ("Pilot, Part 1")
On their second day on the Island, after he was mocked by a survivor named Sawyer, he sat beside another survivor, an Iraqi man named Sayid, who was trying to fix the plane's transceiver. Hurley asked him about his abilities, and Sayid revealed that he was once a soldier in the Republican Guard.
As Hurley was washing his clothes, Jin approached him and offered him some raw shellfish, but Hurley refused the food while laughing, insulting Jin. Later that day, Jack enlisted Hurley's help with the injured U.S. Marshal who was impaled by a piece of metal from the plane. Hurley warned Jack that he is not good with blood, a comment which Jack ignored. During the improvised surgery, Hurley fainted, leaving all the work to Jack. ("Pilot, Part 2")
Hurley was the second survivor to see Kate's mugshot and find out that Kate is actually a fugitive. ("Tabula Rasa") He also decided to move to the caves that Jack found, which seemed perfect to live in. ("House of the Rising Sun") ("Arzt & Crafts")
After Hurley began to feel the stress among the survivors, he decided to build a golf course on the Island with some golf clubs Ethan found in one of the survivors' bags. The golf course, which was later used for a tournament, did indeed help relieve the stress. ("Solitary")
When Claire becomes convinced she is in danger and someone is after her, Hurley realized the need for a list of all the survivors. After talking Sawyer into giving him the flight manifest, Hurley created a census to figure out who everyone was. During this, Hurley discovered that the person he had met in the jungle and in the caves, Ethan Rom, was never on the plane. As he hurried back to the caves, an exhausted Sayid returned from his journey on which he met the French woman who lived on the Island for 16 years. Sayid warned Jack about the other people who live on the Island. Hurley confirmed his warning when he revealed to Jack that Ethan is one of these Others. ("Raised by Another")
A few days later, after Ethan disappeared and kidnapped Claire with him, Hurley stepped on a sea urchin while trying to fish. The only person near him was Jin, who refused to help him, still remembering Hurley's reaction on their second day on the Island. Eventually, Hurley and Jin made a deal—if Hurley would drink a cure Jin made for Hurley's wound, Jin would give him a fresh fish. Although Hurley threw up the medicine, he got his fish, and the quarrel between him and Jin was finally resolved. ("Hearts and Minds")
While he was looking at Danielle's notes, which Sayid had stolen from her, Hurley noticed a note on which Danielle wrote the familiar numbers over and over. After Sayid did not tell him the way to her shelter, Hurley took off, claiming he wants to find her to get a battery for the raft that Michael built. He found the cable Sayid described, and followed it into the jungle. ("Numbers")
On his way, Charlie, Sayid and Jack caught up with him, and decided to go with him. They reached a rope bridge, which collapsed after Hurley and Charlie walked on it to the other side of the Island. They kept going, although Jack ordered them to wait for him. They were attacked by Danielle, who shot at them from afar. Hurley, who ran away, bumped into her. He told her his story, and asked her to confirm for him that the Numbers are cursed. She told him that she and her team had heard a transmission that kept saying the Numbers, and that is what brought her to the Island. After their arrival, her group got sick, and she had to kill them all. Soon after, her baby was kidnapped. She eventually admitted that the Numbers are cursed. Hurley hugged her in response and thanked her. When he met up with Jack, Sayid and Charlie, he gave them a battery Danielle gave him, and told Sayid she said "hey." ("Numbers")
Hurley decided to join the journey to the Black Rock, an old ship, where dynamite could be found to blow up the Hatch's metal door that was found in the ground by Locke. After Danielle arrived to the Losties' camp and warned them the Others are coming, Jack decided to hide the other castaways in the Hatch. The group included him, Jack, Kate, Locke and a bitter survivor, Leslie Arzt, who wanted to be part of the "cool guys" for the first time. ("Exodus, Part 1")
On their way, the group heard the Monster moving near them. Hurley intended to run away, but was stopped by Locke, who believed, correctly, that it was moving the other way. Once they reached the ship, Hurley decided to wait outside with Arzt who told him his back story and complained about the unfair conditions among the survivors.
When the rest of the party finally came out with the dynamite, Arzt quickly took over, claiming that he was the most knowledgeable about dynamite, being a science teacher. As he taught the rest of the group how to handle the dynamite, one of the sticks exploded in Arzt's hands, blowing him up. Hurley believed that, once again, this crisis was his fault. ("Exodus, Part 2")
On their way back to the Hatch, Hurley started to murmur the Numbers. Kate heard him whispering "23", and told him about this number's meaning in her life. Hurley claimed that it was just a number. At the Hatch, Hurley came with a flashlight to aid Locke and Jack with setting up the dynamite, but his flashlight fell and lit the side of the Hatch door, where the Numbers were engraved into the metal. Now believing that only evil can be found in there, Hurley tried to stop Locke by shouting, "The Numbers are bad!", but was tackled by Jack just as the dynamite blew the door. ("Exodus, Part 3")
Days 44–67 (Season 2)
After the opening of the Hatch, which housed the Swan Station, Hurley saw that his numbers were the code that must be entered into an old computer, every 108 minutes for then unknown purposes, (Desmond, the Swan's previous occupant, claiming it was 'saving the world'). ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
As most of the leading survivors got a job in the Hatch, Jack told Hurley to complete an inventory of the food found in the Swan's storeroom. Hurley had a dream where he was eating profuse amounts of food in the Swan's pantry and then was confronted by Jin (who seemed to be speaking perfect English) and a man in a chicken suit. Jin warned Hurley that everything was going to change, reminding Hurley of his lottery win. Charlie began to question his friendship with Hurley after he refused to give Charlie a jar of peanut butter and Kate took for herself a bottle of shampoo although Hurley had refused to let her have it. These experiences led Hurley to decide to destroy the storeroom with the Black Rock's dynamite, but his enthusiasm for the plan waned following a talk with Rose and thoughts about his past re-entering his mind. Eventually he dropped the idea and informed Jack that every survivor was going to take what he needed, since sharing the food equally was impossible. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
When Sawyer, Jin and Michael returned to camp with the Tailies, Hurley started to grow close to one of the new band of survivors, a woman named Libby. As an act of kindness, he helped her set up her tent. Believing he had a chance at a romantic relationship with Libby, Hurley sought advice from Charlie about women, describing Libby as cute in an "I've-been-terrorized-by-the-Others-for-40-days" kind of way. Sawyer, somewhat uncharacteristically, lent him a hand and arranged a private meeting between Libby and Hurley in the laundry room of the Swan. While there, Hurley began to suspect that he knew Libby from somewhere in his past. Libby offered that when he entered the plane he stepped on her foot (though it was later revealed that Libby had, in fact, been institutionalized at Santa Rosa along with Hurley). To distract Hurley from this thought, Libby decided to try on one of the shirts she had found. Hurley agreed and commented that she looked "awesome". ("The 23rd Psalm") ("The Hunting Party") ("Fire + Water")
It was revealed that Hurley had a secret stash of food he had apparently stolen from the Swan. Sawyer eventually discovered the stash and threatened to tell the other survivors about it unless Hurley helped him find a tree frog whose incessant croaking was irritating him. During their search, Sawyer continued his custom and referred to Hurley through various nicknames, all of which were somehow connected to his corpulence. Hurley eventually confronted Sawyer and said he knew he was fat and that he didn't care if Sawyer told the rest of the survivors about his food stash because at least people liked him, implying that people did not like Sawyer. Sawyer then apologized to Hurley, a first, and begged for his help with the frog. When the two finally found the tree frog, Hurley suggested that he take it to another place and release it where Sawyer could not hear it. Sawyer, on the other hand, came up with another idea and squashed the tree frog. ("One of Them")
Hurley and Libby began to exercise together, and, although Hurley wanted to quit, Libby kept him going. One day, he confessed that he was sick. Hurley showed her his food stash and then took her advice to destroy it, leading them to rip open and destroy all the containers and packets. As they almost kissed, Jin and Sun showed up, informing them that something was found in the jungle. Hurley and Libby followed them and found the supply drop, including huge supplies of food. Hurley began to show signs of stress, similar to those he experienced after the accident. He then noticed a familiar face behind one of the survivors--Dave, the imaginary friend he had locked outside of the Santa Rosa Institute. Hurley chased Dave into the jungle, but the chase was quickly stopped when Hurley fell on the ground. While there, Hurley found one of Dave's slippers.
Hurley asked Sawyer if he had his medication in his medical stash, leading the hoarder to decline, not knowing what his prescription was for. Hurley explained it is used when one sees things that are not supposed to be there, which led Sawyer to taunt him and brand him 'crazy.' Hurley was riled to the point of attacking him, flooring Sawyer and virtually destroying his tent in the process. After the two were separated by Jin, (who seemed somewhat amused at Sawyer's comeuppance), Hurley decided to move back to the caves. On his way there, Dave appeared again, convincing Hurley that the Island was all in his head and that all the events that occurred since Hurley aborted their "escape attempt," which had signaled the beginning of Hurley's recovery, were only a dream. Dave suggested to Hurley that if he would jump off of a cliff, he would wake up back at the hospital. After Dave jumped and disappeared into the ocean with a large splash, Hurley prepared to follow suit, but Libby, who had followed him, stopped him before he followed Dave's example. Libby assured Hurley that everything on the Island was really happening, and the two kiss. ("Dave")
After their kiss, Hurley and Libby steadily began a romantic relationship. With help from Sayid, Hurley arranged a picnic for the two of them on the same beautiful beach where Sayid and Shannon had visited on the eve of Boone's death. Hurley trekked around the Island with Libby, struggling to find Sayid's proposed location, only to wind back up at the Losties' camp. Libby decided they should have their picnic there and went to the Swan to get some blankets while Hurley went to find some wine. Hurley snuck into Rose and Bernard's tent and took a bottle of DHARMA wine. On his way out, he ran into Neil who revealed that he also was interested in Libby. Down at the Swan, Libby witnessed Michael's murder of Ana Lucia and was then also shot. Michael would later refer to his shooting Libby as "an accident". ("Two for the Road") ("The Adventures of Hurley and Frogurt")
Jack, Sawyer and Kate attempted to save Libby, helping her to regain consciousness only to eventually die of shock at the sight of Michael (Michael had framed the imprisoned Other, then known as Henry Gale, later as Benjamin Linus, for Ana Lucia's murder, and for Michael's self-inflicted bullet wound to cover up Michael's intentional release of Henry/Ben. He released Henry/Ben as part of a "trade" with the Others for his son, Walt). Libby finally died with Hurley at her bedside holding her hand and tearfully apologizing for forgetting the blankets. ("?")
Hurley dug Libby's grave with Kate digging Ana Lucia's. Michael asked Hurley to join him on his journey to get Walt back from the Others, along with Kate, Jack and Sawyer (he was in fact initiating the second part of the agreed 'trade' for his son's safety). Hurley at first declined, but during the funeral, he told Michael he would help him believing that the Others, who kidnapped Walt, also killed Libby. ("Three Minutes")
The next day, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley followed Michael to the Others' camp. On their way, a large bird swooped over the group, shrieking a call that sounded like "Hurley!" Hurley asked the rest of the group if he had heard right. Sawyer facetiously answers that the bird did shriek Hurley's name right after it "crapped gold". ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")
Once they reached a capsule dump (most likely coming from the Pearl, which Locke and Mr. Eko previously discovered), the four survivors were attacked by the Others. They were taken to Pala Ferry, where the four survivors were exchanged for Walt, who re-united with Michael, his former friends looking on gagged and bound, stunned at their so-called friend, Michael's, actions. The father and son left the Island with the Others' boat while Hurley was freed by the mysterious Ms. Klugh who told him he must make his way back to his camp and tell his people they must never come to the other side of the Island. Hurley hesitated, but Jack nodded, telling him to go. He left the Pala Ferry landing knowing that bearing 325 was the only way off the Island. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 2")
Days 69–91 (Season 3)
As Hurley hiked back to the beach camp after being released by the Others at the dock, he came across Locke and Charlie, who were looking for Eko. He told them what happened, including that Henry was actually their leader. They warned Hurley about the polar bear that chased them, and sent him back to camp. Hurley later came across a naked Desmond, running through the forest. Hurley, along with Charlie, became the first people to realize Desmond could predict the future when Desmond mentioned a speech by Locke that had not yet occurred. ("Further Instructions")
Hurley and Charlie decided to go through Sawyer's stash, looking for food and whatever else they can find. Suddenly, Desmond approached them and asked if they could go with him. The trio traveled into the jungle, where Locke and Sayid were waiting. While Locke explained what happened to Mr. Eko, Hurley noticed that Desmond was acting weirdly. When he asked the rest of them what is wrong with him, Desmond ran off toward the beach. The rest of the group ran after him, and when they reached the beach, they saw Desmond swimming out to rescue Claire, who had been out swimming and had lost consciousness. Desmond brought her back to shore, and revived here with CPR. Charlie inquired how Desmond knew she was drowning, and Hurley replied that he believes Desmond can see the future. ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")
Later that day, Hurley asked Locke, who was busy fishing, if he received super powers after the Swan's implosion. He revealed to Locke his belief that Desmond can see the future, but Locke ignored him.
In an attempt to get Desmond to reveal how he knew about Claire, Hurley went with Charlie and tried to get Desmond drunk. Once Desmond was completely drunk, Charlie tried to pry the information out of him. However, a fight ensued between Desmond and Charlie, after Charlie called Desmond a coward, which Hurley was quick to break up. He and Charlie helped Desmond back to his tent, where they set him down, and Hurley left him and Charlie alone ("Flashes Before Your Eyes").
The next day, Hurley revisited Libby's grave, and talked to her about his struggles on the Island, and how much he missed her. Afterward, Hurley saw Vincent carrying a skeleton's arm with a key in its dead clutches. Vincent sprang into the woods, which prompted Hurley to follow the lab. There in the woods, Hurley discovered an old Volkswagen. He rushed back to camp, and told everyone about his new find. Nobody wanted to help him fix the car, except Jin, who did not understand Hurley's words. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Hurley and Jin found a corpse in the van, some documents, a road map, and a large amount of DHARMA beer. Suddenly, they were joined by Sawyer, who made his way back from the Hydra Island with Kate. He demanded to know where his stuff was, but his anger disappeared with Hurley's hug. Together, the trio lifted the van up, and started to look for a way to re-activate it. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Hurley enlisted Charlie's help, trying to spark some hope in him. They decided to roll the van down a hill, which ended with large black rocks. Charlie decided to join him, testing his fate. Right before hitting the rocks, Hurley remembered his father's sayings, that he creates his own fate. The van came back to life, and the four of them were riding the van. After they left, Hurley stayed in the van for awhile, thinking about the fact that the Numbers' curse might have been lifted from him. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
The next day, the survivors found the ping-pong table that was blown out of the Swan after the discharge. They decided to play, but could not find the ball. Sawyer, who found the ball, decided to win back his stash in a ping pong game against Hurley - but Sawyer is defeated and must give up using nicknames for a week. Hurley, who used to play ping-pong everyday at his mother's house, won the game. He returned Sawyer's porn stash, telling Sawyer not to worry about Kate, who was safe with Locke and Sayid. ("Enter 77")
He played ping-pong with Sawyer when Nikki staggered out of the jungle, collapsed in front of them and apparently died. Misinterpreting her final words as "Paulo lies," they sought Paulo and found him also apparently dead. Hurley treated things as a murder investigation after that, trying to figure out what happened and interrogated Desmond who revealed that Nikki and Sawyer had argued. Questioning Sawyer, he learned that Nikki had tried to get a gun from him but failed. He said the eulogy over their bodies and he and Sawyer buried them, not noticing that Nikki, having only been paralyzed by spider venom, had revived. ("Exposé")
After burying Nikki and Paulo, Hurley warned Sawyer that his attitude was leading to a vote of banishment the following day. Hurley told Sawyer he should try to make amends for his past actions. While reluctant at first, Sawyer eventually agreed, performing good deeds and earning the gratitude of most of the camp. However, Hurley's claim of a banishment vote was simply a con, designed to force Sawyer into taking a leadership role (as Jack, Sayid, Kate and Locke were all away from camp) and people were looking at him to fill it ("Left Behind").
After Juliet arrived at the beach camp, Hurley was sent to talk to her, so he could keep an eye on her. He asked why she wasn't there when he, Jack, Kate, and Sawyer were kidnapped, and talked to her about Ethan's previous infiltration of the camp, ominously pointing out to Juliet the spot where they buried his body. ("One of Us")
Following a vision of Desmond's, Hurley accompanied him, Charlie and Jin on a trip into the jungle, having convinced Jin to come along. During the trip, they heard and saw a helicopter go down in the jungle. When daylight came, they searched for it. During an argument between Hurley and Charlie over Superman and Flash, Charlie was almost killed by an arrow trap. ("Catch-22")
Hurley watched over Naomi, the ejected pilot of the helicopter, after Mikhail Bakunin mysteriously appeared to tend to her wounds. She regained consciousness, and Hurley told her they were the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, and started to ask if she was there to rescue them. He was shocked at Naomi's response, that it was not possible for them to be the survivors of Oceanic 815 because the plane had been found and, "There were no survivors. They were all dead." ("D.O.C.")
The next day, Hurley was on the beach and yelled to Sayid when he saw Karl running up the beach. Soon after, Hurley saw Charlie and Desmond leaving on the boat to travel to the Looking Glass station. Hurley wanted to go, but Charlie told him he was too fat and wouldn't fit on the boat. Charlie hugged Hurley, and the boat departed. As camp was getting ready to leave, Hurley offered to help Claire with Aaron.
Claire and Hurley walked away together. ("Greatest Hits")
Hurley left with the rest of the camp, but when they only heard two explosions instead of the expected three, he tried to join Sawyer and Juliet who were returning to camp to find out the situation. Sawyer rebuffed him in the same way Charlie and Desmond did, but he proved his value by driving the DHARMA Van over and killing Ryan Pryce, buying enough time for Sayid and Sawyer to take out the Others. However, while he was willing to kill the Others to save his friends, he did not approve of Sawyer murdering Tom after he had surrendered. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 2")
Days 91–108 (Season 4)
Immediately after the rescue of Sayid, Jin, and Bernard, Hurley used a captured walkie-talkie to warn the remaining Others to stay away from their beach. Instead, he reached Jack on Ben's walkie-talkie. Hurley was overjoyed when Jack informed him, over the radio, that the ship had been contacted and a rescue party was on the way. With Bernard's encouragement, he did a "cannonball" into the ocean. When he surfaced, he saw Desmond returning, and immediately noticed Charlie's absence. He tried to find out what happened, but everyone was busy arguing about whether to call and warn Jack about the freighter, causing Hurley to shout, "Where's Charlie?!" Desmond sorrowfully informed him about his friend's death and his final warning. Sawyer wanted to call and warn Jack, but Sayid was convinced that their transmissions were being monitored. When Sawyer was about to call anyway, Hurley grabbed the walkie and threw it into the water. He then said that they'd better get going, and he the rest of the group armed themselves and headed into the jungle to find Jack and everyone else.
After rebuffing Sawyer's attempt to talk about Charlie's death, Hurley fell behind the group and got lost. He heard strange noises and whispers, then saw a cabin in the woods. He carefully approached and looked inside, seeing the darkened figure of a man in a rocking chair. Suddenly, an eye appeared in the window, causing Hurley to shout and run away. But after running some distance, he saw the cabin in front of him again. The cabin door creaked open. He closed his eyes and told himself that what he was seeing was not real, and when he opened his eyes, the cabin was gone. He tripped and fell on his back, and was surprised to look up and see Locke standing over him.
Hurley and Locke discussed Charlie's message, and they agreed that calling the boat was a mistake. They headed off to find the rest of the group again, believing that they had to warn the others as soon as possible. After finding them, it was Hurley who informs Claire of Charlie's death. They hugged and cried, and Hurley tearfully said, "He was trying to help us."
When Jack declared that nobody would accompany Locke because he was "crazy," Hurley was the first to support Locke. He gave a speech about Charlie, saying that he went to the Looking Glass to help the group, and he was successful, but then something caused him to change his mind. Crying, he points out that the last thing Charlie did was to warn them about the people on the boat. Hurley announced that he would listen to Charlie, and went with Locke to the Barracks. Several others, including Claire, followed his lead. ("The Beginning of the End")
When Locke announced that the group had to stop at a cabin before continuing to the barracks, Hurley, sounding confused, said that the cabin was in the other direction. When Locke and Ben gave him confused looks (thinking that he shouldn't have seen the cabin), Hurley awkwardly said that he meant the plane's cabin. He was present when the group finds Charlotte and when Ben revealed the information he knew about her. ("Confirmed Dead")
Hurley initially disagreed with Locke about his decision to keep Charlotte hostage; however, he participated in a ruse to capture the members of Jack's group trying to rescue Charlotte. Hurley hid in a closet in one of the barracks houses, yelling for help. When he was discovered by Sayid, Kate, and Miles, he told them that Locke had abandoned him. But, this was not true. After Hurley won their trust, Sawyer and Locke were able to find everyone else. Hurley apologizes for the deception and reveals that he is still a member of Locke's group. ("The Economist")
As Hurley was carrying food to Miles in the boathouse, Kate offered to do it instead. Hurley was thankful, but accidentally slipped Miles' location to Kate. Kate promised not to tell, and went to the boathouse. Hurley was later seen living with Sawyer, watching movies on the television. ("Eggtown") Later on, Hurley was playing horseshoes with Sawyer when he saw Ben out of his house. ("The Other Woman") Hurley was also present at the group meeting at Locke's house; there, he learned that the freighter's crew planned to kill everyone on the Island after they captured Ben. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
Hurley was present playing RISK with Sawyer and Locke when the phone alert rang. He picked up Aaron and hid in Ben's house with everyone. He was the first to notice that Claire's house was blown up and placed Aaron in a safe, makeshift crib. Once Sawyer arrived back with a disorientated Claire, Ben denied Hurley to open the door for them. However, Hurley broke the window to let Sawyer and Claire in, even with Ben urging him not to. Later, Hurley followed Ben's instructions and fled the house, with everyone else. When they went outside and saw the Monster, he asked "Did you call that thing?" After witnessing the impending attack, he along with Sawyer, Claire and Miles, escaped to the treeline. Once Ben caught up to them, Locke and Sawyer argued over who was keeping Hurley when Sawyer decided he was going back to Jack and the beach. Hurley convinced them to stop arguing and went with Locke and Benjamin to find Jacob, and promised Sawyer he will return. ("The Shape of Things to Come")
Following Ben and Locke through the jungle, Hurley began asking questions about the cabin, eventually asking Ben how much longer it would take to reach the cabin. However, Ben stated that since Hurley was the last one who had seen the cabin, he was following Hurley. Hurley was less than happy about this, and when settling down to camp, expressed fear on what would happen when the mercenary team returned. The next morning, Hurley hypothesized that the reason Locke, Ben, and himself could see the cabin was they were the "craziest." Locke then revealed that they were traveling to the mass grave, and informed Hurley of what had happened to the DHARMA Initiative: Ben. While Locke rummaged in the mass grave, searching for Horace's corpse, Hurley questioned Ben about his actions in the Purge. Ben denied that the purge was his decision. After Locke returned, he apologized to Hurley for bringing him along, and offered him a chance to return to the beach camp. Hurley refused, and as soon as he was out of earshot, Ben congratulated John for his manipulative skills. Upon reaching the cabin, Locke continued in alone while Ben and Hurley waited outside. During the awkward time spent waiting, Hurley offered half of an Apollo Bar to Ben, who accepted. Upon Locke's emergence from the cabin, Locke told them that they needed to move the Island. ("Cabin Fever")
The three then continued on from the cabin to the Orchid. Ben then removed a hidden case from behind some rocks containing several items, including crackers, which Locke threw to Hurley. Hurley began to eat them before being informed by Ben that they were fifteen years old. Hurley realized that moving the Island would also move the mercenaries hunting them, a fact Ben stated that he was "working on." He was then told by Ben and Locke that it was too late for him to get off the Island. They then reached the Orchid, and Hurley and Locke watched helplessly as Ben surrendered himself to Keamy and the other mercenaries. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
Hurley met Jack and Sawyer as they arrived on the Orchid's greenhouse and was glad that Sawyer came back for him. He was a little awkward to see Jack. They caught up with Locke and Hurley told Jack not to go to the helicopter right away, as Keamy and his men were taking Ben there. Hurley thanked Sawyer for coming back for him and asked if Claire and Aaron were fine, getting no answer from Sawyer. They both left with Jack and headed to the helicopter. When they arrived, Hurley happily greeted Sayid. After releasing Lapidus from the handcuffs, they all boarded the helicopter and headed to the Kahana.
Upon reaching the ocean, Lapidus noticed a fuel leak, so they started to get rid of all the extra weight. After tossing out the loose equipment, Lapidus said he would feel better if they were "a few hundred pounds lighter", which caused Hurley to look worried. Sawyer whispered something in Kate's ear, kissed her and jumped out, swimming back to the Island. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2") Soon after, Hurley spotted the freighter and they started landing. Desmond frantically warned them about the bomb but Frank landed anyway, so they could refill the tank and patch up the leak. Everyone got back on board, including Desmond and Sun. She begged them to wait for Jin but Frank took off right away. Moments later the freighter exploded. With no other place to land, they started to go back. Heading to the Island, a bright light flooded the sky and the Island vanished.
Low on fuel, the helicopter crashed into the ocean and they all swam to the life-raft thrown in the water by Sayid. Hurley helped getting Aaron and Desmond on the raft. Floating on the current, they were all quiet until Hurley mentioned he was amazed that Locke really moved the Island. Jack disagreed and they argued. Hurley defied Jack to provide a better explanation for what they just saw and Jack said nothing. Lapidus noticed a light in front of them, which turned out to be Penelope Widmore's boat. As their rescue became imminent, Jack told them to lie about everything that happened since the crash, saying it was the only way to protect the ones that didn't come back. Kate said they wouldn't be able to pull it off and Jack told her to let him do the talking. A week later, still on Penny's boat, Hurley was talking to Sayid about the cover story and Sayid reaffirmed "it is the only way to keep them safe". The Oceanic Six got on a life-raft and headed to the Island of Sumba. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 3")
After the Island
2005 (Season 4)
Upon landing in Hawaii, Hurley was greeted by his mother and his father. Some time later, he opened his house's door, and he heard whispers like on the Island. The whispers were revealed to be a large group of friends and family surprising him with a birthday party. His father gave him the restored Camaro as a birthday present. Then he noticed the Numbers in the odometer and trip counter, and ran away. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
In July of 2005, Hurley traveled to Korea to see Sun, following the birth of Ji Yeon. Upon his arrival, Hurley asked Sun "Is anyone else coming?" When Sun told him "No," Hurley mysteriously replied, "Good!" Sun showed off her newborn, Ji Yeon Kwon, to Hurley. Hurley then told Sun, "Let's go see Jin." Hurley, Sun, and the baby all traveled to a cemetery. There they viewed Jin's grave. ("Ji Yeon")
2006 (Season 4)
Hurley was later seen in a convenience store purchasing a slushie and some beef jerky when he suddenly saw something and 'freaked out', knocking over a shelf and running out of the store. He proceeded to get into his newly restored Camaro and sped away. This escalated into a full-on car chase with the LAPD. The chase was carried LIVE on the local news, which Jack watched over a screwdriver breakfast. Hurley eventually crashed his Camaro and tried to flee the scene on foot. He was quickly caught and while being apprehended, he began shouting that he was one of the "Oceanic 6." All this took place in front of Hurley's former boss/employee, Randy Nations, who was filming the crash and the arrest.
After he was apprehended, he was taken to the police station where he was interrogated by Detective "Big Mike" Walton, former partner of officer Ana Lucia Cortez on the LAPD. After lying to Walton about never having met Ana Lucia, Hurley was left alone and, while looking at the interrogation room glass, had a hallucination of the ocean behind the window and Charlie Pace swimming up to it with the words "they need you" written on his hand. The force of Charlie's hand hitting the window broke the glass and began flooding the room. As Hurley banged on the door and yelled for help, Walton came rushing back in. At that moment Hurley turned and realized the window was unbroken, and they were not underwater. Walton threatened to have Hurley institutionalized, and was surprised to see Hurley was relieved to go back to the mental hospital.
Hurley was once more institutionalized at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. During his stay, he was visited by Matthew Abaddon. Abaddon falsely identified himself as an attorney for Oceanic Airlines. He sympathized with Hurley's recent legal troubles and offered to move him to a nicer facility. Hurley turned him down saying, he was okay. When Abaddon asked, "Are you okay, Mr. Reyes?" Hurley got suspicious and asked Abaddon for identification. Abaddon began aggressively questioning Hurley, asking "Are they still alive?" Hurley began shouting for help and Abaddon made a quick exit.
Hurley was also visited by Charlie, in a fully corporeal form, possibly even visible to one of the other patients. Hurley pointed out that Charlie was dead, to which Charlie responded, "I'm dead, but I'm also here." Charlie told Hurley that "they" needed him, apparently referring to the people still on the Island.
Hurley repeatedly said "You're not here" and closed his eyes and counted to five. When he opened them, Charlie had disappeared without a trace.
Finally, Hurley was visited by Jack in the gym of the mental hospital. As they were playing HORSE, the two old friends had a forced conversation. Hurley seemed to make each shot with ease, no matter how difficult it was. Jack asked, "Do you ever miss?" Hurley responded, "I'm just lucky." The awkward conversation made Hurley suspicious of Jack's motivations for the visit. He accused Jack of checking up on him to make sure he wouldn't tell their secret. He apologized to Jack for joining Locke's group heading to the barracks instead of staying with him when the camp separated. Hurley told Jack that he thinks they made a mistake by leaving the Island. ("The Beginning of the End")
After this Hurley continued to receive visits from Charlie, regularly talking to him on a bench outside the hospital. His mental condition deteriorated to the point where he stopped taking his medication. Jack was called in to talk to Hurley and counsel him. Hurley told Jack he wasn't taking his medication because he believed that he and the rest of the Oceanic 6 died without ever escaping the Island and were now stuck in the afterlife. He compared Jack's life with Kate and Aaron to a vision of heaven. He told Jack that Charlie visited him the day before and had predicted Jack's visit. Charlie had a message for Jack which he made Hurley write down so he would get it exactly, stating "You're not supposed to raise him" (the "him" most likely being Aaron). Hurley further told Jack that he would soon be getting a visitor of his own. ("Something Nice Back Home")
Hurley continued to receive "visits" by acquaintances from the island, people he believed to be dead. When a wheelchair-bound Locke stopped by, Hurley immediately assumed he had died as well. Locke assured him he was very much alive, and nearby medical staff confirmed his presence. Locke unsuccessfully attempted to convince Hurley to return to the island. Spotting Abaddon standing by the car, Hurley panicked in recognition and cried for help. The orderlies tried to calm him down and escorted him back into the institute. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")
Some time later, Hurley was visited by Michael's mom. She asked him if he was dangerous, before allowing a visibly older and taller Walt to speak with him. Walt said Jeremy Bentham came to visit him. He asked why the Oceanic 6 were lying. Hurley replied that it was the only way to keep those left behind safe, including Michael.
Hurley was still in the mental hospital, seen playing chess with Mr. Eko, only visible to him. He was then set free by Sayid and went with him to an undisclosed location, which he said was "safe". ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 3")
En route to the safe house, Sayid informed Hurley that in the years since they left the Island, he had been working for Ben. Hurley asked whether he was on our side now, and Sayid replied, "If you ever have the misfortune to run into him, then anything he tells you, do the exact opposite." When they arrived at the safe house, they were ambushed by three men, who Sayid killed. A civilian with a cell phone camera photographed Hurley, who was holding a gun with a shirt covered in "blood" (in actuality, just ketchup) while standing over the body of one of Sayid's victims. Hurley was branded a murderer by the media, as Jack and Ben saw on the news in their hotel room. ("Because You Left")
In panic, Hurley drove off with an unconscious Sayid, who had been hit by a poison dart during the confrontation at the safe house. He started to drive erratically, and was pulled over by a cop, who turned out to be a hallucination of the late Ana Lucia. She advised him to buy a new shirt and stay away from the cops. As she walked away, she told Hurley that "Libby says hi."
Hurley stopped at a gas station and bought an "I Heart my Shih-Tzu" T-shirt, from the limited selection. He was recognized by the station attendant as the lottery winner and a member of the Oceanic Six. He went to his parents' house and allowed his father to bring Sayid to Jack for medical help. Hurley, sick of lying to the world, told his mother that the Oceanic 6 lied, and told her everything that really happened on the Island. His mother replied, "I don't understand you, but I believe you."
Later that night, Hurley was heating up a Hot Pocket when Ben appeared behind him, and tried to convince Hurley to join him and return to the Island. Hurley paused, remembering what Sayid had told him earlier, and yelled, "Never, dude!" He bolted out the back door toward the cops outside watching the house, confessed to the killings Sayid committed, believing this was the only way he would be safe from Ben. As he was being handcuffed, Hurley smiled at a shocked and dismayed Ben. ("The Lie")
In jail in an orange jumpsuit, Hurley seemed very happy with where he was. He called Jack to ask him if his dad dropped Sayid off and if he was okay. Hurley also said to tell Sayid he did exactly what he said (doing the opposite from what Ben tells him), and that Ben could never get to him now.
Later, Ben had a meeting with his lawyer. He told him that they didn't have a solid case against Hurley because the man found outside Santa Rose Hospital was killed before Hurley escaped. Norton said the judge would never convict Hurley, and that he would be a free man. ("The Little Prince")
Hurley was released from prison. He tried to convince the guard that he shouldn't be released because he was a murderer but the guard said that he's been discharged and should go to a cab standing in front of the building. Hurley and Jacob shared a cab, in which there was also a guitar case. After Jacob revealed that he knew Hurley's name, Hurley figured he was a ghost but he said he wasn't dead. He asked Hurley why he wouldn't go back to the Island and Hurley said that he believed he was cursed and had caused all of the death and tragedy that has surrounded him.
Jacob told him he was blessed to have the ability to speak with the dead and that he was not crazy. He told Hurley about Ajira Flight 316 and that all he had to do was be on that plane. As Jacob left the cab Hurley told him he left his guitar but Jacob said it wasn't his guitar. ("The Incident, Part 2")
Hurley was next seen with the guitar case booking a ticket for Flight 316, as well as buying the rest of the unsold tickets. On the plane, he took issue with the fact that Ben was also on the flight, but Jack was able to calm his nerves, saying that if they were going back to the Island, Ben was coming with them. When the turbulence started, Hurley warned Caesar, who was sitting next to him, to buckle his seat belt before the light flashed. ("316")
Back on the Island
1977 (Season 5)
After Jack woke up in the middle of the jungle, he found Hurley and Kate at the waterfall, with the rest of the passengers of the flight nowhere to be seen. They heard music nearby and spotted a DHARMA van coming to the side of the lagoon. The van stopped, and Jin stepped out with a rifle, wearing a DHARMA suit. ("316") Shortly after, Jin took Hurley along with Jack and Kate to the North Valley where they were reunited with Sawyer. ("LaFleur")
After Ben was shot and Sayid escaped, Sawyer ordered Miles to keep Jack, Kate and Hurley under house arrest. While there, Hurley kept looking at his hand to see if he was disappearing. When Miles questioned him, Hurley said that if "Little Ben" died, then he wouldn't grow up and become "Big Ben" and make them come back to the Island, and because of that, they wouldn't exist. Miles then explained the "Whatever Happened, Happened" theory and they started a discussion about time travel. Hurley finally asked why big Ben, while being tortured by Sayid in 2004, didn't remember being shot by that same guy 30 years earlier. Miles was stumped. Later, Juliet came into the house looking for Jack and dismissed Hurley and Miles. They left, friendly and still debating the issue. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
While Miles was secretly bringing a body to The Orchid, Hurley insisted they carpool, as he was bringing the crew there lunch. Hurley smelled and discovered the body and Miles told him what really happened to it. Hurley realized that Miles could talk to the dead, and shared that he could too. When Dr. Chang saw that Miles had brought Hurley along and also knew about the body, he was not happy. Hurley kept the secret under the threat of polar bear cleaning duty. Miles then let Hurley in on the fact that Dr. Chang was his dad. The three of them went to a hidden construction site where Hurley overheard two workers putting the serial number on a metal door for this new station. After overhearing the infamous numbers Hurley revealed to Miles that they were building "our hatch", referring to The Swan. On the way back, Hurley tried to get Miles to talk about his dad, but Miles was angry and stole Hurley's notebook, in which he had written the script for The Empire Strikes Back, with a few changes. Hurley noted that the year is 1977, and Star Wars had just been released. He figured he was doing George Lucas a favor by writing the sequel. Hurley also told Miles about his own troubled relationship with his father, and how he forgave him. He suggested Miles try to gain a relationship with his own father. ("Some Like It Hoth")
The next day, after their cover was blown, Hurley, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet, and Jin met in Sawyer and Juliet's home to discuss their options. Sawyer suggested they either leave the Island by submarine or head into the jungle to "start from square one." Hurley supported staying on the island. Hurley, Jin, Sawyer and Juliet decided to pack and head for the beach. As Hurley and Jin were walking out of their houses they heard the alarm and saw Radzinsky and two other DHARMA members tromping into the barracks with guns. ("The Variable")
After grabbing some DHARMA food, Hurley met up with Miles and Jin and escaped the Barracks. Dr. Chang had followed them and asked if they're really from the future. Hurley denied it but Chang quizzed Hurley with questions relevant to 1977. Hurley struggled with the answers, being unsure of his birth year, the current president of the U.S., or whether the Korean War had yet occurred. Flustered, Hurley finally admitted that he's from the future and Chang believed him. Chang revealed that he believed what Daniel told him about needing to evacuate the entire Island. ("Follow the Leader")
Later, Hurley, Miles, and Jin watched as people boarded the submarine, including Charlotte, her mother, Lara Chang, and baby Miles. They were about to go when they saw Juliet and Sawyer, handcuffed and being brought to the sub. Miles, confused, handed the binoculars to Hurley, who told Miles that Sawyer probably had a plan. ("Follow the Leader").
Hurley then drove a DHARMA van, accompanied by Miles and Jin, into the Barracks, where they rescued Jack and Sayid. Hurley drove them toward the Swan site, until they were stopped by Kate, Juliet, and Sawyer, who were blocking the road. ("The Incident, Part 1") Jack and Sawyer left to have their 'five minute discussion', while Hurley waited at the van and looked after Sayid. Shortly after Jack headed to the Swan alone to detonate the bomb, Jin spotted Phil and some security officers heading for the Swan as well, and Sawyer, Kate, Miles, and Juliet took the van to go help Jack. Hurley was unaccounted for during the battle, but presumably he stayed with Jin and Sayid, and was with them during The Incident. With the detonation of Jughead he survived. ("The Incident, Part 2").
2007 (Season 6)
Hurley awoke in 2007 and continued tending to Sayid but soon stumbled upon Jacob's ghost. He relayed the dead man's instructions to the rest of the group, who together led Sayid to the Temple. The Others there captured the party, and the temple master, Dogen, ordered them shot till Hurley announced that Jacob had sent them. As proof, he offered his guitar case, which turned out to contain an ankh with several of their names. The Others led Sayid to a pool in the temple, but as Hurley noted with alarm, they did not save him - they drowned him. Hurley soon after revealed to the Others that Jacob had died, which shocked the group into securing the Temple. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")
Hurley remained by dead Sayid's side, offering support, until, to his surprise, Sayid returned to life. Hurley talked to him, though with some fear. He shortly after again stumbled upon Jacob's ghost, who presented him with a mission to lead Jack to a lighthouse and turn its dial to lead someone to the island. Dogen confronted him as he tried to leave, but Hurley ignored him, armed with the news from Jacob that he was a candidate. He managed to recruit Jack for the trek (telling him he had "what it takes"), and the two set off together. They briefly passed Kate and their old caves before reaching their destination. Hurley asked Jack to help turn the dial, but Jack caught sight of his own childhood home in the lighthouse's mirrors and smashed them. As Jack sat gazing out at the sea, Jacob's ghost appeared yet again and told Hurley that the experience had shown Jack that he had a purpose. ("LA X, Part 2") ("What Kate Does") ("Lighthouse")
Jacob also alluded to the attack at the Temple, so Hurley tried to lead Jack away from there. During their trek, they ran into Richard Alpert, who took them to the Black Rock. Seeing Richard try to light the dynamite there and Jack happy to help, Hurley fled. The trio later walked to the beach. Hurley embraced a delighted Sun and also greeted Miles. The large group, now including Ilana, Frank and Ben as well, discussed their plans around the campfire that night. Hurley spoke to the ghost of Isabella, Richard's dead wife, and later tracked Richard and mediated a last meeting between the two. He also passed on a message from Isabella warning that they could not let the Man in Black leave the Island. ("Dr. Linus") ("Ab Aeterno") ("The Package")
Richard responded with a plan to blow up Ajira 316, but when Hurley visited Libby's grave the next day, Michael's ghost appeared and warned against this. Though Hurley tried to dissuade Ilana from the plan, when her dynamite exploded, killing her, he agreed to fetch more from the Black Rock. He then reached the ship ahead of the group and detonated its explosives to destroy them. He then suggested they seek out Locke, falsely calling the idea Jacob's, but Richard instead decided to seek more explosives from the Barracks. Sun and Frank chose to follow Hurley, as did Jack, who purposely ceded control to him. Hurley briefly left the group to speak with Michal once more, discovering that that the dead on the Island were the whispers' source. Michael apologized anew for killing Libby and directed Hurley toward Locke's camp. ("Everybody Loves Hugo")
In the morning, Sawyer informed Hurley of his plan to ally with Widmore. Hurley traveled with other survivors on The Elizabeth to Hydra Island, where Widmore's team reneged on their deal and imprisoned the survivors in cages. The monster's arrival scared Hurley, but Jack then arrived and freed them, revealing that he and the Man in Black now worked together. Hurley objected to the idea of taking the Man in Black off the island, and though the group followed Locke's instructions in boarding a submarine, they dove without him. But Locke had snuck a bomb aboard, and once it detonated, Jack told Hurley to help Kate escape the sinking vessel. Sayid, Sun and Jin died in the sub, bringing Hurley to tears. ("The Last Recruit")
The next day, while the surviving candidates trekked in search of Desmond, Jacob's ghost waylaid Hurley in his boy form. He used his own ashes, which Hurley had taken from Ilana, to reanimate himself, and he spoke to the candidates about the need for a successor. When Jack volunteered and became the next protector, Hurley voiced relief at being spared the burden. Based on Jacob's words to Jack, the group journeyed to the Heart of the Island the next day, though Hurley had little faith in Jacob or in their chances of defeating Locke. They ran into Locke, Ben and Desmond on the way, and Hurley expressed his confidence in Jack as he continued to the Heart without him. ("What They Died For") ("The End")
The island began shaking once the Light went out, and Hurley urged Kate and Sawyer to save Ben from a fallen tree. The group next reached Jack just in time for Kate to help him kill Locke, and though she and Sawyer left to fly Ajira 316 off the island, Jack needed to remain to reactivate the Heart. Hurley stayed with Jack, claiming fear of the cliffs the others had to descend. Once they reached the Heart, Jack revealed that he was near death and Hurley had to replace him as protector. Hugo protested, but Jack inducted him nonetheless, his faith in Hurley echoing the man's earlier faith Jack. Hurley lowered Jack into the Heart, and when he pulled the rope up again, Desmond, not Jack, was tied to it. ("The End")
As Protector of the Island
Upon realizing that Jack was dead, Hurley wondered what he was going to do. Ben suggested that he do what he did best: taking care of people. Ben further suggested that Hurley begin by helping Desmond return home and said that Hurley could run things differently than Jacob did. Hurley then asked Ben to become his adviser, to which Ben said he was honored. ("The End")
Three years after his appointment as Protector, Hurley sent Ben off the Island to "tie up a few loose ends," including closing down the DHARMA Logistics Warehouse in Guam. Both he and Ben later traveled to Santa Rosa to ask Walt, who had been committed there, to return to the Island. Reuniting with Walt in a DHARMA van, Hurley told Walt that he had a job offer to talk to him about. He then told Ben to take them back to the Island. ("The New Man in Charge")
Hurley continued to protect the Island for an unknown period of time, with Ben acting as his adviser. It is unknown how long his tenure as protector of the Island was. In the flash sideways Hurley would later comment that Ben was a good "number two." Ben stated that Hurley also did a great job as the Island's "number one." ("The End")
In his flash sideways, Hugo had again won the lottery, but he didn't use the numbers. Instead, Hugo won the lottery by using the serial number off a dollar bill he found lying on the street. (Geronimo Jack's Beard) He again owned Box 2 and Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack. Bad luck no longer plagued him, and he'd used his wealth for philanthropic purposes, "taking care of people" much as he did while alive. He even won the Man of the Year award from the Golden State Natural History Museum for his good works. But he suffered from a new problem - loneliness, and his mother regularly commented on the absence of women in his life. ("LA X, Part 1") ("Everybody Loves Hugo")
Hugo flew Oceanic 815 from Sydney, where he'd recorded lines for a Mr. Clucks commercial, and he exchanged word with Arzt and James aboard the flight and with Desmond in the airport. Later, in the Box 2 parking lot, Hugo ran into the recently-fired employee John Locke, whose van was boxed in by Hurley's yellow Hummer. Hugo introduced himself, offered his sympathy and directed John to a temp agency of Hugo's, where Locke would later meet Rose. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2") ("The Substitute")
At his mother's urging, Hugo agreed to a blind date with a neighbor's, daughter, but he was stood up. While waiting for his date, Hugo was approached by Libby Smith, who'd recognized him on television and called them "soulmates". Before the conversation could progress. Dr. Brooks escorted her outside to a Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute van. Discouraged that the one woman interested in him was apparently insane, Hugo went on an eating binge at a Mr. Cluck's location. There, Desmond Hume approached him and encouraged him to pursue Libby. Taking this advice, Hugo donated $100,000 to Santa Rosa to gain access to Libby. They then planned a picnic date at the beach, much like the one they'd planned right before Libby's death. At the date, Libby kissed him, restoring Hugo's memories of their time on the Island. ("Everybody Loves Hugo")
Desmond had purposely drawn the two together, and he even watched from afar during the date. He later approached Hurley about helping awaken their other friends. Desmond arranged to share a police van with Sayid and Kate, and Hurley brought $125,000 to a meeting point to bribe its driver into freeing them. This driver turned out to be Ana Lucia Cortez, who was "not ready yet" to awaken. Hurley drove Sayid to the Flightline Motel but this did not restore his memories of their previous adventures there. Hurley then entered the motel and met a drunk Charlie, who refused to attend the concert that he was scheduled to play. Hurley tranquilized him and drove the body the concert himself. He then drove to a bar, where he and Boone had planned to unite Sayid with Shannon. Sayid approached Shannon to save her from a fight in the parking lot, and Hurley looked on as the two kissed and awoke. They then all drove to the church, where Hurley had a final conversation with Ben, his longtime assistant, who'd decided to remain in the flash sideways world for a while. Hurley sat with Libby and his other friends in the church as a light engulfed them, letting them move on. ("Everybody Loves Hugo") ("What They Died For") ("The End")
Among the other characters, Hurley often serves as a comic relief. He has the habit of calling almost everybody “dude” and making involuntary silly comments and movie references. Hurley can also sometimes be rather naive.
Hurley thinks very lowly of himself (which is perhaps the origin of his nickname) and is very shy with girls. He is concerned with his weight as well as his sanity (because of his ability to see dead people). He also believes in curses, and, for a long time, believed that he was cursed with bad luck.
Hugo is perhaps the friendliest of all the survivors. He has the ability to bring happiness and comfort to those around him, always trying to make them feel better. When not following the others and making decisions on his own, Hurley often chooses to act passively. He isn’t rancorous either, proposing his help to Michael who was trapped among the whispers. Hurley started to like himself more as the series progressed. He even got used to his mediumship, talking to the dead as he would talk to the living.
- Hurley was the thirteenth character to ever have a flashback.
- Hurley was the second character to ever have a flash-forward.
- Hurley is one of the seven characters to appear in all six seasons and Missing Pieces along with Jack, Sun, Christian Shephard, Vincent, Claire and Jin.
- Hurley's episode count is 107. He is the third most-frequently appearing character behind Jack and Kate.
- Hurley, along with Jack, hold the record for longest streak of appearances, both having a streak of 31, both between "Pilot, Part 1" and "Abandoned".
- Hugo is one of 22 main characters to have their names appear in a soundtrack title.
- Hurley became the third character to appear in 100 episodes, after Jack and Kate.
- Hurley is one of the seven characters to have a flashback, a flash-forward and a flash-sideways episode centered around them. The other six are Sun, Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, Ben, and Jack.
- Hurley has met all of the main characters, except Eloise.
- Hurley is worth $156 million. (That is without counting any potential life insurance he had that his parents could collect after the crash.)
- The ceiling of Hurley's bedroom was shaped like a horseshoe, a traditional symbol of good luck. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
- Hurley's nickname, not his forename or surname, is stitched onto the pocket of his DHARMA jumpsuit. He is the only member of the DHARMA Initiative seen to hold this distinction.
- Hurley's favorite television show is Exposé. The show that Nikki guest starred on.
- In the episode "...In Translation", Hurley can be seen on TV when Jin entered the house of Byung Han, the secretary of environmental safety for the Korean government. This may have been around the time Hurley won the lottery.
- Hurley can speak fluent Spanish.
- He owes Walt $83,000 for losing in Backgammon. ("...In Translation")
- As of "The New Man in Charge", Hurley used the term "dude" 329 times.
- Hurley has been the most slapped character on the show.
- Hurley's family name, "Reyes," means "kings" in Spanish.
- Hurley is the last character ever to have a traditional centric episode.
- The band Weezer has made an album called, "Hurley" with Hurley on the cover.
- Hurley is one of five original main characters to survive to the end of the series, ignoring flash sideways.
- Hurley, along with Sawyer, is one of two main characters who rarely used their actual names.
- At the 2011 Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais joked that the finale of Lost was complicated, but “from what I can make out, the fat one ate them all", in reference to Hurley.
- Hurley has been voted Best Lost Character On Earth by fans of the show.
- Hurley is also one of the few Oceanic Flight 815 passengers still alive at the end of the show, presuming that deaths are only determined by what is directly seen and said onscreen. This does not include the flash sideways. The others are Zach, Emma, Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Aaron, Walt, Cindy, Rose, Bernard and Vincent.
- Hurley, along with Sawyer, Walt, Bernard, Ben, Desmond, Miles, Frank and Richard is one of only nine male main characters alive at the end of the series, not counting the flash sideways.
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Hugo "Hurley" Reyes/Theories
- When, why and how did he acquire his ability to see and speak with dead people?
- How long did he and Ben live once Hurley became the Island's Protector?