Hurley came to terms with his best friend's death, and the Losties found separations of trust that may have far-reaching consequences in tonight's season premiere of Lost.
Jack and the castaways begin their efforts to make contact with Naomi's rescue ship.
Note: "Lost in the Vines" is made for discussion of the series "Lost" on ABC. As such, here be spoilers! We talk frankly about the events of the night, speculate about future events, and so on. Read no further if you don't want spoilers.
The Big Reveal: Divided by Locke's mistrust and Charlie's ominous message, the Losties have separated into those willing to wait for the rescue boat and those in the bunker; in the future/present, six Losties have made it off the island and are called the "Oceanic Six," and they are collectively guarding a secret.
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A pile of fruit is suddenly disrupted when a red muscle car bursts through them at high speed. It's covered on local news, watched by Jack Shephard. He recognizes the car, frustrated, and we see the perspective of the police chase. After swerving, the car crashes and the driver emerges surrounded by police officers. Hurley emerges, hands raised, and then starts to run. He's slammed into the wall by the officers, and he screams that he's one of the Oceanic Six.
Hurley is being questioned in an interrogation room, where an officer shows him surveillance footage in a convenience store. Hurley apparently saw something in the store that spooked him and he ran, but Hurley claims he didn't run from anything. The police say they don't care about his celebrity, and Hurley denies that he is a celebrity. The cop says he knew someone on the plane, Ana Lucia, his former partner. He asks if Hurley met her, which he then denies. The cop tells him to watch the tape, and that when he comes back he's going to tell him who he ran from. Watching the window, Hurley sees a vision of Charlie, his hand scrawled with "THEY NEED YOU" swimming towards the glass of the two-way mirror. He breaks the glass and water floods in. Hurley screams for help, and the cop comes back in and says he can get him tossed in the nut-house. Hurley thanks him profusely.
Hurley calls Jack on the radio and is told about the successful radio transmission. Hurley yells in celebration. Jack asks Kate if she's seen Locke, and she says he just disappeared. They wonder about why Locke killed Naomi, and Jack simply passes him off as crazy. Kate asks if they're really going home, and Jack affirms.
Sun and Claire tend to Aaron while Sun celebrates having her baby off the island. Claire congratulates Bernard for being a hero, and in turn Rose congratulates Charlie for the same. She tells Claire to treat him good when he gets back.
Ben, talking to Danielle, tells her to get Alex away from here. He says everyone here is going to die, and doesn't want Alex to be among them. Danielle's anger flares when Ben calls her his daughter, and she punches him in the gut.
Hurley confides in Bernard that he won the lottery, and says that now that everyone thinks he's dead, the money will be gone and he'll be free from his curse. He says he wants to do a cannonball into the water, so he takes off his shoes and makes a splash. Just then, he sees Desmond bringing his boat in, and walks up to hear Desmond saying that the people on the boat aren't who they say they are, then rambling as he argues with Sayid and Sawyer. Hurley repeatedly asks where Charlie is until he screams it. Everyone quiets and Desmond says he's sorry, meeting with silence from everyone.
Jack receives another phone call on his satellite phone, and they tell him that he has to rework some settings on the phone. The caller asks for Naomi, and Jack claims she went for firewood. Jack looks over to see where Naomi's body was and it's gone missing. He walks up to Ben and demands to know where she is, but he refuses to relent information.
Hurley sits brooding while Sayid and Sawyer argue about calling Jack. Sawyer favors calling Jack to let them know they're suspicious, Sayid argues that might tip them off if they're monitoring radio frequencies. Hurley throws the walkie-talkie in the water to settle the argument and recommends they go.
Danielle says that Naomi couldn't have gotten far, and wants to go look for her. Jack says they'll go but they're taking Ben with them. He tells the other survivors to go back to the beach and wait for rescue. Kate says she found Naomi's trail and Jack plans to go after her, but Kate points out she could have made a fake trail, but Jack brushes it off. Jack and Kate part with a hug as Jack goes to find her.
The survivors from the beach suit up with guns to prepare for their journey and the possible threat from the boat.
Hurley plays Connect Four with a fellow mental patient, and he's told he has a visitor. The visitor is a tall black man in a suit, who identifies himself as Matthew Abbadon. He says he's an Oceanic attorney and they need to talk, due to his arrest and incarceration. He says Oceanic feels terrible about it and is extending an invitation for an "upgrade" to a different mental facility. He says he can see the ocean, but Hurley cuts him off saying he doesn't want to. Hurley thanks the man, but says he's fine right here. The man shows doubt, and Hurley asks for a business card to prove he is who he says he is. The man says he left them at home, and Hurley says they're done talking. The man lowers his voice and asks if they're still alive. Hurley runs, saying the man is after him and calling for help staff. When he looks back, Abaddon is gone.
Sawyer asks Hurley if he wants to talk about Charlie. Sawyer says that they were buddies, and Hurley sorrowfully claims they'll get to Jack faster if they don't talk. Sawyer says he'll move ahead and tell them to slow down, and Hurley insists that he can keep up. Sawyer leaves him alone with his thoughts. Hurley keeps walking and gets separated from the pack, running through and shouting for them. He finds a strange cabin and the lights turn on.
Danielle, Jack and Ben find the end of Naomi's blood trail. Danielle says she fooled them and they need to double back. Jack notices the phone is missing and Ben says he probably should've told him that Kate took it when she hugged him. Kate believed strongly in a fake trail and wanted to find the real one. Ben sarcastically says that at least someone knows what they're doing.
Searching alone, Kate receives a phone call. The man on the phone asks who it is, where Jack is, and where Naomi is. Kate says she's looking for her, and the man demands to know an explanation for that too. Kate ends the call and Naomi topples her from on top of the trees, holding a knife to her throat and ordering her to hand over the phone. Kate tells her it wasn't them that stabbed her, it was John Locke, and relinquishes the phone. Naomi tells the man on the phone that she had an accident and she's hurt. She claims she hit a tree branch. She changes the tracking frequency on the phone so that they can find her. Feeling weaker, Naomi says she's sorry and to tell her sister that she loves her, then collapses.
Hurley investigates the cabin, torch in hand, seeing a man rocking in a chair and an eye appear sudenly at the door. Hurley runs from the cabin and then finds it's somehow appeared in front of him again. He shuts his eyes and tries to convince himself that there's nothing there. It disappears, and he then falls and looks up to see John Locke.
Locke asks Hurley how he was separated from the group, and Hurley says he just fell behind. Locke asks why he shouted for help and Hurley says he got scared. Locke asks about Desmond's comment on the boat not being Penny's. Hurley says Jack shouldn't have called them, and Locke says he agrees. Hurley points out they won't be able to change Jack's mind easily. Locke says he hopes they can talk Jack out of it, because otherwise Charlie died for nothing.
Hurley comes back and says he got lost, followed by Locke. Sayid seems suspicious, and Locke says he just wants to warn them about the boat, this time with some support. Sayid says if he wants his support, he can tell him why he destroyed the submarine, and there's a moment of tension. Just then, the two groups of survivors are reunited, with lovers and friends exchanging hugs. Desmond notices Claire looking out at the crowd, but Hurley tells him not to tell her. Hurley walks up to Claire with tears in his eyes and tells her that Charlie is dead. The two hug each other for comfort as they cry.
Hurley draws at a table, and another patient tells him to watch out...there's a guy staring at him. Hurley turns to see Charlie walking towards him. Charlie asks him to sit down, and to keep calm -- unlike his reaction in the store. Hurley says he freaked out because Charlie's dead. Hurley insists on not having an imaginary conversation. Charlie takes his glasses off and tells him that he is dead, but he's also here. Hurley tells him to prove it and Charlie slaps him.
Sitting to talk, Hurley asks Charlie if he knew he was going to die and Charlie nods. Hurley asks why he didn't tell him, and Charlie says he would've tried to stop him. He wanted to spare him that kind of drama. Charlie says he has to do something, but he's hiding from it. The reason he ran is because he doesn't want to hear it. Charlie says he's there, and that "they" need him. Charlie repeats this over and over as Hurley screams to make him disappear.
Claire asks how it happened, and Hurley simply says that Charlie was trying to help them.
Danielle, Jack and Ben meet with Locke, and Jack punches Locke in the face. Locke reaches for his gun and Jack grabs it from him, holding it to his head. Juliet starts to protest, and Locke passively says he's not going to shoot him. Jack pulls the trigger and finds that it wasn't loaded anyway.
Jack savagely beats Locke, and is pulled off by Sayid and Sawyer. Locke stands up and says all he did was in the best interest of everyone. Locke says he has a lot of explaining to do, but he never did anything to hurt any of them. He says he risked his life to tell them they had a traitor. Jack says Locke killed Naomi, and Kate comes back with the news that she's just died. Kate says she covered for them, and Locke says she didn't cover for anyone, and she wants her party to come here. He says they all need to leave before they get there.
His plan is to retreat to the Others' barracks and he insists that everyone has to come with him to live. Jack calls him crazy, and Hurley objects, talking about what happened to Charlie. He says he must have heard something before he died. He says whatever happened there changed his mind, and the last thing he did was to tell them that the people on the boat aren't who they said they are. Hurley says he's not listening to Jack. He's listening to his friend, Charlie. Locke asks if anyone else is coming, and he's joined by Claire and some other survivors. Ben says with his permission he'd like to go with John.
Bernard and Rose decide to stay with Jack, and Sawyer turns to head towards Locke's party. Kate asks what he's doing. Sawyer says the same thing he's always done: surviving. A downpour starts as the two groups of survivors separate, and Locke says they know where to find them when they change their mind.
Hurley shoots basketball freethrows and Jack walks in, asking if he ever misses. Jack asks if he wants to play a game of HORSE, and the two make smalltalk about reporters, autographs, and Jack growing a beard. Hurley asks what Jack is really doing here, and Jack says he's just checking on him. Hurley says he was checking to see if he went nuts and if he was going to tell. Jack just frankly asks if he will. Hurley dodges the question, and Jack decides to leave. Hurley says he's sorry that he went with Locke. He says he should've stayed with Jack. Jack says it's water under the bridge. Hurley says he doesn't think he did the right thing, and that "it" wants them to go back. Jack yells that they're never going back. Hurley scowls at him and tells him: never say never.
Kate and Jack sit under shelter, and Kate asks if he's thinking abou Charlie. Jack reflects on his time with Charlie and asks how this happened. Kate says the thunder is getting louder, and Jack notices that it's not thunder. They go to see a helicopter and give chase in the direction it's headed. They find a man who landed taking off his helmet, who asks if he's Jack.
Cut to LOST
The Big Questions:
Why did Hurley deny meeting Ana Lucia?
What was the cause/significance of Hurley's "flooding" vision in the police HQ?
Who is Michael Abaddon and what is his real role in Oceanic/DHARMA?
Did Hurley really find Jacob's cabin? Why could no one else see it? Why did it disappear?
How did Charlie appear, apparently in some "real" terms, after being dead?
How did Hurley "imagine away" both the cabin and Charlie?
How did Hurley end up as one of the Oceanic Six when separated from Jack's rescue group?
Why does Hurley regret going with Locke?
What other 3 members are part of the Oceanic Six?
Lost in the Vines Prediction Contest Bonus Questions:
93. What will be the next episode to see another appearance of Matthew Abaddon?
94. Who are the other members of the Oceanic Six? (at least 2/3 correct to qualify)
Next, on Lost:
Confirmed Dead - The survivors begin to question the intentions of their supposed rescuers when four strangers arrive on the island.