Hugo Reyes, more commonly known by his nickname "Hurley", is one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 in 2004 and Ajira Flight 316 in 2008. Hurley's father disappeared when he was ten and did not return until almost ten years had passed. Afterwards, Hurley developed an eating disorder, and after a traumatic accident he was sent to a mental asylum where he started seeing an imaginary person. Ever since, he has changed and has been extremely conscious of his sanity and how people view him. When Hurley won the lottery, he was not overjoyed, instead he was fearful that his life was going to change.
Hurley is typically happy-go-lucky and keeps the spirits of his fellow survivors up. He has an eating disorder but managed to overcome that with the help of Libby, and has even stuck to it after her death. Hurley is also the voice of reason in the group and uses his common sense to solve difficult situations. Typically friendly, he and Charlie Pace developed a very close friendship. Ever since winning the lottery with the mysterious numbers, he has searched for an answer for the curse of bad luck that supposedly plagues him. Although he was originally very loyal to Jack, Hurley was the first survivor to join Locke's faction, separating himself from the survivors.
After reuniting with Jack and a few survivors from his group, Hurley was one of the few people who managed to board the helicopter before the Kahana exploded. Hurley was also part of the Oceanic Six cover story, and carried on happily with his life for about a year before he began to see visions of the late Charlie off the Island. Eventually, he was readmitted to the Santa Rosa Mental Institute and conversed with Charlie, along with other deceased people, causing his mental state to deteriorate. He was removed from Santa Rosa by Sayid, and taken to a "safe house", where he was photographed holding a gun over the dead body of one of the men that Sayid killed. He was reported by the media as being a murderer, and was arrested by Los Angeles policemen. Hurley returned to the Island and was flashed to 1977 where he worked as a chef for the DHARMA Initiative. After the detonation of Jughead by Juliet, his fate is currently unknown.
Before the crash
As a child, Hugo was very close to his father. They often went fishing together, but the activity they most enjoyed together was fixing up an old Camaro. David often allowed Hurley to rebel against his strict mother, Carmen, but Hugo witnessed his father's flighty nature as David left the family for 10 years without explanation. To deal with his father's absence, Hurley turned to food. ("Walkabout") ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute
Growing up, Hugo (also known as Hurley, for a yet unrevealed reason), was in an accident. A deck collapsed and claimed the lives of two people. Hurley believed he was responsible due to his weight, even though the deck was built to hold only eight people and was holding 23 during the accident. In response to his persistent belief that he was at fault and a deepening depression, Hurley's mother had him committed to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute
Hurley honed his ping pong skills in his mother's basement and at Santa Rosa.During his time in Santa Rosa, Hurley's doctor, Dr. Brooks, was trying to convince Hurley that he was not the cause of the deck collapse. Dr. Brooks also believed that Hurley was trying to punish himself for the accident by overeating and that he could help him by placing Hurley on a diet. Also, while incarcerated at the Institute, Hurley played Connect Four with another patient at Santa Rosa, Leonard, who had been repeating a series of six numbers over and over - 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42
Hurley listened to Dr. Brooks and was to begin the diet until one of his "friends", Dave, convinced him not to conform to the diet. Dave turned out to be an imaginary friend only Hurley could see. Dr. Brooks believed Hurley's hallucinations were a troubling sign and prescribed Clonazepam pills for Hurley to make Dave vanish. Dave told Hurley he should not take the pills.
Dr. Brooks decided to try to shake Hurley into the belief that Dave was not real. He did so by agreeing to take a picture of Hurley and Dave together. Brooks showed the picture to Hurley so that he could see Dave was not there. Hurley, realizing now that Dave was not real, shut Dave out of his life by locking his imaginary friend 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 and his life fell into a rut, with his mother Carmen pestering him to make something of himself, but Hurley seemed content getting his job back at Mr. Clucks. While returning to his normal life, Hurley bought a lottery ticket using the numbers the Santa Rosa patient, Leonard, repeated over and over. While channel hopping, Hurley's attention was caught when the lotto girl revealed the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Hurley fainted, realizing he had won the lottery. Hurley was revived by his mother, but kept the win a secret saying that he didn't want things to change. ("Numbers") ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
Hurley tried to decide what to do about the win when he was sacked from his job at Mr. Clucks by his boss Randy Nations. In an act of solidarity, Hurley's best friend Johnny also quit his job. The two had a very close friendship and Hurley worried that the impending change that the lottery money would bring might ruin their friendship. Hurley and his friend Johnny decided to celebrate their day of freedom and went to a record store - where Hurley finally plucked up the courage to ask Starla, a girl he'd had a crush on for a while, to a concert. He told Johnny he wanted to make a move before things changed.
That night, as their 'day off' came to an end, they vandalized the lawn of their former boss Randy by spelling "CLUCK YOU" with garden gnome statues. As they rode around in Hurley's car, buoyed by their mischief, Hurley made Johnny promise that, no matter what happened, things would never change between them. As they pulled in for gas at a convenience store, they noticed a commotion inside. Johnny wanted to investigate but Hurley knew what it was about. The clerk noticed Hurley in the car and revealed that he was the winner of the lottery jackpot. Johnny was hurt to find out about Hurley's lack of trust, and, despite their earlier conversation, it becomes clear that everything is going to change. Hurley later states that Johnny and Starla ran off together. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
Hurley began to slowly believe that his lotto winnings were cursed after his beloved grandfather, Tito Reyes, died of a heart attack at the press conference Hurley and his family held to announce the lottery win. His suspicions and worries about the win grew as further unfortunate events befell those close to him--events such as the priest at his grandfather's funeral being struck by lightning and his brother's wife leaving him for a waitress. Hurley bought his mother a new house, but the grand unveiling was disrupted by a fire erupting in the house and Hurley being wrongly arrested for drug dealing. Moments before, Hurley had told his mother than he thought the money was cursed. She slapped him and reminded Hurley that they were Catholic and didn't believe in curses.
Hurley soon realized that the curse wouldn't allow any harm to come to him, just those around him. Insurance money resulting from unfortunate accidents in the factories Hurley owned shares of caused his finances to rise, but at the cost of eight lives. When Ken Halperin asked how Hurley came up with the numbers, it forced Hurley to realize that the numbers, not the money, were cursed. Just as his accountant told him that there was no such thing as curses, a man outside fell past the high-rise office window. ("Numbers")
Alarmed, Hurley returned to Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute where he first heard the numbers and demanded to see Leonard. The two talked over a game of Connect Four and when Hurley revealed that he had used the numbers to win the lottery, Leonard broke from his near-catatonic state and became hysterical, screaming: "you've opened the box!" He told Hurley to get away from the numbers or it won't stop. During this scene, Leonard reveals that he heard the numbers from Sam Toomey in Kalgoorlie, Australia. ("Numbers")
Hurley later bought the Mr. Clucks that he once worked at and hired Randy out of pity. However, when news reporter Tricia Tanaka interviewed him about his lottery win, he told her it was all cursed and recited the list of events that had befallen those close to him since winning. Breaking from her cheery demeanor, Tricia reprimanded Hurley for his lack of enthusiasm, after which she and the Cameraman entered the building. While they were inside, Hurley noticed something in the sky - and watched as a meteorite crashed into the Mr. Clucks building, killing Tricia Tanaka. Hurley then returned home to his mother and ominously told her that "Tricia Tanaka is dead" as a result of his curse. Hurley then told his mother that he was going to Australia to get answers, but she stopped him because David Reyes had returned to their family.
David and Carmen returned to their life as a couple, but Hurley can't forgive his father. Eventually, Hurley learns that his mother had asked his father to return and gave him the job of convincing Hurley he wasn't cursed (although, Hurley thought that his father was just after the money.) Hurley then reveals that he had saved the Camaro and fixed it up alone. As part of David's plan to convince Hurley that there was no curse, he took him to see psychic Lynn Karnoff who senses Hurley's curse from the numbers, eerily reciting the winning numbers to him. She tells Hurley that his curse can be lifted by a exorcism. When Hurley offers her $10,000 to do so, she admits that his father put her up to this. Hurley storms off, but David tells him that he was "just trying to help."
As Hurley prepares for his trip, David decides to be honest with his son and admit that he came back for the money, but that if Hurley needed to do so, he should give it all up. David then reiterates that going to Australia won't break the curse, but that Hurley just needs a little hope. He offers Hurley a chance to take the road trip to the Grand Canyon that they planned seventeen years ago, and, despite thinking about it, Hurley decides to go to Australia anyway. David tells him that he'd be there when Hurley returned. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Hurley travels to Kalgoorlie to find Toomey, but finds only Toomey's wife, Martha Toomey. She discloses that Sam committed suicide, believing that using the numbers to win a competition had inflicted him with the curse. Martha also reveals that Sam heard the numbers about 16 years ago (presumably the same transmission Danielle Rousseau heard from the Island). Martha refuses to believe in the curse, telling Hurley, "We make our own luck, Mr. Reyes." ("Numbers")
The day of Oceanic Flight 815, fate seemed to be intervening with Hurley, trying to make sure he didn't get on the plane. His alarm didn't go off due to a localized power outage, his car's tire went flat, and he arrived at the wrong terminal. Determined to be home for his mother's birthday the following day, he offered $1600 to an old man to borrow his power scooter and made his way to the correct terminal. The numbers repeatedly appeared as Hugo tried to board the plane--on his dashboard, his room number and the sweaters of a girl's soccer team. Hurley eventually arrived at the gate and the gate attendant was able to reopen 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 2")
On the Island
Season 1 (Days 1–44)
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 solider in the Republican Guard.
As Hurley was washing his clothes, Jin approached him and offered him some shellfish, but Hurley refused the food while laughing. Later that day, Jack enlisted Hurley's help with the injured U.S. Marshal who was impaled by a piece of metal. 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").
After talking Sawyer into giving the flight manifest to him, Hurley went around to each of the survivors and 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 science expedition 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 1").
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 tries to stop Locke by shouting, "The Numbers are bad!", but is tackled by Jack just as the dynamite blows the door ("Exodus, Part 2").
Season 2 (Days 44–67)
After the opening of the Hatch, which housed the Swan Station, Hurley saw that his numbers are 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 is 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 seeked 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, lended 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 begin to exercise together, and, although Hurley wanted to quit, Libby kept him going. One day, he confessed that he is sick. Hurley shows her his foodstash and then takes 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 follow them and find the supply drop, including huge supplies of food. Hurley begins to show signs of stress, similar to those he experienced after the accident. He then notices a familiar face behind one of the survivors--Dave, the imaginary friend he had locked outside of the Santa Rosa Institute. Hurley chases Dave into the jungle, but the chase is quickly stopped when Hurley falls on the ground. While there, Hurley finds one of Dave's slippers.
Hurley asks Sawyer if he has his medication in his medical stash, leading the hoarder to decline, not knowing what his prescription was for. Hurley explained it is used when you see things that are not supposed to be there, leading Sawyer to taunt him and brand him 'crazy.' Hurley is 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 decides to move back to the caves. On his way there, Dave appears again, convincing Hurley that the Island is 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 submerged 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 assures Hurley that everything on the Island was really happening, and the two kiss ("Dave").
After their kiss, Hurley and Libby steadily begin a romantic relationship. With help from Sayid, Hurley arranges 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 attempt 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 dies with Hurley at her bedside holding her hand and tearfully apologizing for forgetting the blankets ("?").
Hurley digs 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."
Once they reached a capsule dump (most likely leading from the previously Locke and Mr. Eko-discovered Pearl), 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 nods, 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 1").
Season 3 (Days 69–91)
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 1").
Season 4 (Days 91–108)
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, Hurley was 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. ("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. 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 2")
After the Island
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")
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 paniced 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 2")
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. Hurley was photographed by a civilian with a cell phone camera 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 an imaginary 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 6. 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 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 shared a cab with Jacob. There was also a guitar case in the cab. Jacob then 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 he believed he was cursed and has 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 1")
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. ("316")
Back on the Island
Season 5 (1977)
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 occured. 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.
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. 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 his fate is currently unknown ("The Incident, Part 1").
- Hurley was the thirteenth character to ever have a flashback.
- Hurley was the second character to ever have a flash-forward.
- As of "The Incident, Part 1", Hurley's episode count is 91, for the fourth most-frequently appearing character behind Jack, Kate and Sawyer.
- Hurley has met all of the main characters.
- 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.
- When Hugo's imaginary friend, Dave, appeared on the Island, he told Hugo that he never left the mental hospital and that the Island and the inhabitants were part of Hugo's imagination. He tells Hugo that he needs to jump from the cliff to exit the hallucination and get back to the real world. This is the same theme as the movie "Vanilla Sky", starring Tom Cruise. Libby also explains to Hurley that she is upset that Hurley wouldn't think she is real. In "Vanilla Sky", Tom Cruise has a father figure who also cannot believe that he is imaginary. Libby asks Hurley to remember the name of a crash victim and he cannot. In "Vanilla Sky", tech-support asks the father figure to remember his kids' names and he can't. Coincidentally, Tom Cruise's cousin is the actor who plays Ethan.
- Hurley can speak fluent Spanish.
- He owes Walt $20,000 for losing in Backgammon.
- As of "The Incident, Part 1", Hurley used the term "dude" 256 times.
- Hurley has been the most slapped character on the show.
- It would seem that Hurley's flash-forward in "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1" is not long after the Oceanic 6 leave the Island, this would place Hurley's birthday in January or February.
- Hurley's family name, "Reyes", means "kings" in Spanish.
- HUGO The name might come from Hugo Gernsback - founder of a science fiction magazine called Amazing Stories. The Hugo Awards have been given every year since 1955 for the best science fiction or fantasy works.
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Hugo "Hurley" Reyes/Theories
- Why is his nickname "Hurley"?
- Was he really cursed?
- Did the bird really say his name?
- Why has he been seeing dead people?