Hurley slowly realizes a lost love as he gains confidence in leadership, while Desmond's presence challenges Nemesis.
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Hurley agonizes over what the group should do next, and Locke is curious about the new arrival to his camp.
The Big Reveal: Ilana has died; the Whispers are souls trapped on the Island for what they've done; Nemesis pushed Desmond down a well; Desmond hit Locke in the sideways timeline with his car.
Pierre Chang announces before a crowd that everyone loves Hugo. He says that he's been a beacon of life, and outlines his history with the Mr. Cluck's franchise. He tells about how Hugo opened parks, playgrounds, hospitals. He says that tonight is the opening of the Hugo Reyes Paleontology Wing. He introduces their man of the year, Hugo Reyes. Hugo stands up and takes in the applause.
Hurley shows off his trophy to his mother. She says women don't love him, and he needs a woman in his life. He says he's too busy to meet someone, but she accuses him of being scared. He denies it and she says she set up a date tomorrow with the neighbor's daughter, Rosalita. She insists that he goes, and says that they need to find someone who will love him.
Hurley lays down a flower at Libby's grave. He tells her that he wishes he could talk to her about everything that's been happening. He says a lot of dead people have come to him after they were gone, and it would be nice if she did too. He's interrupted by Ilana, telling him they're going to the Black Rock to gather some dynamite. He asks if it's the right move, and she says it's the only move they have. She asks whose grave it is, and he tells her Libby was in the tail section. They were going to have their first date, a picnic, but she was murdered. Ilana says she's sorry and leaves. Hurley tearfully says yeah, me too.
He hears voices from the brush, and Michael appears. He says he's here to stop Hurley from getting everyone killed.
Hurley asks why he should trust Michael, but he says that doesn't matter right now. He says if they blow up the plane, a lot of people are going to die and it will be his fault. People are listening to him now. Jack comes and asks Hurley who he's talking to, and he says no one. Jack says to come on, because they're leaving.
Hurley eats some chips alone at a restaurant, and the water goes to refill his chips. Hurley tells him to leave the silver, because he's meeting someone, and she's on the way. He picks up a menu, and Libby comes to say hello. He says it's nice to meet her, and he wasn't expecting someone so pretty. He says she doesn't look like a Rosalita, and she says her name is Libby. He asks if she's not his blind date, and she says she saw him from across the room. Hurley asks how she knows his name, and she says he'd think she's crazy. He assures her he won't. She takes his hands and asks if she believes people can be connected, like soul mates. She asks if he remembers her, and he asks if he should. Dr. Brooks comes and takes Libby, saying she's just wandered off. She tells him that she meant everything she said. Dr. Brooks takes her away, asking for forgiveness.
Hurley goes out to see Libby being taken into the van, with "Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute" along the side.
Ilana tells everyone to go, since they have to get there before nightfall. She says she has enough dynamite that the plane will never fall. Hurley says it isn't a good idea, since the dynamite is unstable. Ilana says she's been training her life to protect him. Hurley asks how blowing the plane up will protect them, and she says Nemesis won't be able to leave the Island. Hurley points out that neither will they, and Nemesis will just be angry at them. Ilana says that Jacob said to follow Richard, and Hurley asks, what if Richard is wrong? Ilana says Nemesis is evil, but is interrupted with the dynamite explodes in her pack, blowing her up.
Sawyer asks what Nemesis is carving, and he says when the time is right it will tell him. Nemesis asks what he can do for them, and Sawyer says "anything." Nemesis says there's a difference between doing nothing and waiting. He points out that they all came to the Island together, and they need to leave the same way. He says they're waiting for Hugo, Sun, and Jack to come. Kate says she doesn't see that happening, and he says they need to hope she's wrong.
Sayid approaches, and asks to talk to Nemesis in private. Nemesis asks him if everything went alright, and if Widmore saw him. he said no, but his people did, and he didn't see the point in killing them. Nemesis presses him on if he saw what was in the submarine. Sayid says he did, and shows him Desmond.
Hurley looks through Ilana's camp. Meanwhile, Richard rifles through her things, and says they need to get more dynamite or Ilana died for nothing. Jack suggests she died to let them know to stay away from the dynamite. Richard says that's a risk he's willing to take, and Jack shouldn't have told Sun he'd get her off the Island. Hurley says Richard is right and it's the only choice they've got. He asks Jack to trust him.
Hurley walks into a Mr. Cluck and asks for a bucket of chicken. Desmond sees him and asks if he's seen him before. Hurley says he owns the place, but Desmond asks if he was on Oceanic 815 from Sydney a week ago. Desmond sits down and Hurley says he eats when he's depressed. Desmond asks what's wrong, and Hurley tells him about Libby and how she's crazy. He says she literally lives in the looney bin. He says she told him they knew each other, and he'd remember that. Desmond leans forward, asking if he believed her. Hurley says, yes, kind of. Desmond says he should try to find out where she thinks she knows him from, before he gives up on her. Desmond's order is called, and he says it was nice bumping into him.
Nemesis says he's sorry for tying Desmond up, but he thought he'd run. Desmond says he doesn't blame him, but he has no where to run to. Nemesis cuts his ropes, and asks if he can ask him a couple questions. He asks why he brought him back to the Island. Desmond says he was kidnapped, so they'd have to ask him. Sayid confirms his story. Desmond tells him about the blast of electromagnetism. Nemesis asks how he can be sure what he was blasted with. Desmond says experience. Nemesis asks who he is, and Desmond says he's John Locke. Nemesis tells Sayid to head back to camp, and that Desmond and he need to take a walk. He offers his hand and says he'd like to show Desmond something.
Walking through the jungle, Ben asks if Ilana's fate makes them think. He says she was hand-picked to protect them, and no sooner does she tell them who they are does she blow up. He says the Island was done with her, and it makes him wonder what will happen when it's done with them. They come to the Black Rock, and Richard says it might take a few minutes, but he wants to be the only one handling the dynamite. They wonder where Hurley is, and see him running from the Black Rock. He shouts at everyone to get back, and the ship blows up. Richard asks why he did that. Hurley says he's protecting them.
Richard and Jack argue over Hurley's actions. Miles tells him a warning might've been nice. He asks why he did that, and Hurley says that Michael told him to. He says that he's one of the people that comes back and yells at him after they die. He says they had to stop from blowing up the plane. Miles asks if it happens a lot, and if he listens to whatever they say. Hurley says that dead people are more reliable than alive people.
Hurley meets with Dr. Brooks, and asks if he can see Libby. Brooks says it's not a good idea. Hurley says she's good enough for a fajita field trip, but Brooks says he misjudged her. He says she has issues with reality, and it wouldn't be a good idea to see her right now. Hurley says he could make an exception. Brooks says maybe for family, and Hurley says what about a generous donor? He offers $100,000 to help with the rec room.
Hurley sits in the rec room and Libby enters. She asks if he remembered, but he says no. She asks why he's here, and he asks where she knows him from. She says she's not sure, and she knows it doesn't make sense. She says a few days ago she saw his commercial and the moment she saw him, she got a flash of memories of her life, but it was another life. He asks, what kind of memories? She says there was a plane crash and she was on an Island, and he was there. She says they liked each other on the Island. She says when she got here it was as if she had been here before, and she had some kind of memory of him being here too. He says this is the first time he's been in a mental hospital. She says she can't get him out of her brain, and that's why she had to talk to him, to see if he remembered her. He says he wishes he could, but he can't. She tearfully says she's crazy. He says probably, but it takes courage to walk up to a stranger that way. He says he's scared just saying hi to a girl. She tells him he's doing fine. He asks if she ever gets out, and she says she's here voluntarily. He asks if she'd like to do something. She asks like, a date? He says yes. She says she'd love that.
Nemesis asks Desmond how long he was in the hatch pushing the button, and he says three years. Nemesis says if he didn't know better he'd think the Island had it in for him. Desmond says there's nothing special about him, the Island has it in for all of them. Nemesis sees the little boy, and Desmond asks who he is. Nemesis tells him to ignore him. Desmond asks if he knows the boy, and Nemesis shouts to ignore him. The boy grins.
Richard says he's going to get grenades and explosives. Jack says that maybe they should talk about this. Richard asks if he has any other ideas to keep Nemesis from leaving. Hurley suggests they go talk to Locke. When questioned, he says it's Jacob's idea. Richard asks if Jacob is here right now. Hurley says yes. Richard says to ask Jacob what the Island is, to prove that he's really standing there. Hurley says he doesn't have to prove anything; he can come with him, or he can keep trying to blow stuff up. Richard accuses him of lying, and says Jacob never tells them what to do. Richard says if Nemesis leaves the Island, then everything is over. He asks who will come with him to destroy the plane. Ben joins, followed by Miles. Jack says he'll go with Hurley. Richard tells them not to get in their way. Jack says, alright, let's go talk to Locke.
Jack's group walks through the jungle. Sun writes a question, asking if they made a mistake. Frank says probably. Hurley talks to Jack about what to say to Nemesis. Jack says not to worry about it, and he'll probably do most of the talking. Hurley says he could just kill them all. He says he didn't see Jacob back there, he just said it because he wanted everyone to listen to him. Jack says he knows. Hurley asks why he came with him, then. Jack says that since Juliet died, he's just wanted to fix it. He says he can't ever fix it. He says it's hard to sit back and listen to what other people want him to do, but maybe that's the point, maybe he's supposed to let go. Hurley says letting go might get them all killed. Jack says Hurley asked him for his trust, and this is him trusting. Hurley says that's good, because he has no idea where he's going. They hear voices from the jungle, and Hurley says he thinks he knows what these things are. He tells the others to wait, and goes deeper into the jungle.
He calls for Michael, who appears from out of the jungle. He asks if Michael is stuck on the Island, and Michael confirms he's stuck here because of what he did. Hurley says there are others stuck, and that's what the whispers are. Hurley asks where Locke is, and Michael points him towards a spot lower in the lands. Hurley asks if there's anything he can do to help him, and Michael tells him not to get himself killed. Michael tells Hurley that if he ever sees Libby again, tell her he's very sorry.
Hurley sets up a picnic on the beach. He tells her he got a bunch of cheeses, because everybody likes cheese. He asks her if something is wrong. She says nothing is wrong, just off. He asks if she's been here before, and she says being here with him feels familiar, like a date they never had. She asks if she sounds completely insane, and he says no, not completely. She asks why he wants to be with her, and he asks her the same question. She says she wants to be with him because she likes him. He says yeah, but she likes him because she's delusional. She leans forward and kisses him, and he sees their life on the Island. He says he thinks he's remembering. She asks if she's not crazy, and he says he doesn't think she is. From his car, Desmond watches them and drives away.
Nemesis leads Desmond to a stone structure. Desmond asks what it is, and Nemesis tells him it's a well. Nemesis says he bets Desmond is wondering how deep it is, and drops down a lantern to show him. He asks if he has any idea how old the well is. Desmond simply says, very old. Nemesis says it's so old that the people who dug the well did it completely by hand. Desmond says it's a lot of work to get some water. Nemesis says they weren't looking for water, they were looking for answers. He says that areas like this made compass needles spin, and the people wanted to know why, so they dug. He says they didn't find what they were looking for. Nemesis tells him that Widmore isn't interested in answers, he's interested in power. He says he brought Desmond to the Island so he can find what he's looking for. He tells him this isn't the only well. Desmond asks, is that the reason he wanted him to see this? Nemesis asks Desmond why he isn't afraid. He says he's out in the middle of the jungle with him, and no one knows he's here, so why isn't he afraid? Desmond asks, what's the point of being afraid? Nemesis pushes him down the well.
Nemesis comes back to camp, and tells Sayid they don't have to worry about Desmond anymore. Sawyer asks where he's been. Nemesis says he went for a walk. Sawyer starts to reply, but pauses when he sees Hurley walking from the jungle. Hurley says hello, and Nemesis greets him. Hurley says he doesn't know who he is, or what he wants, but they need to talk to him. He says there are other people with him, and they both have weapons and he doesn't want anyone to get hurt or killed. He tells Nemesis that they're not going to do anything, and he doesn't want his men to do anything either. Nemesis offers Hurley his knife, and tells him he has his word. Hurley calls for the others to come out of the jungle. Sun looks for Jin but doesn't see him, and then Jack walks out and meets Kate's eyes. Nemesis says hello to Jack.
Desmond watches Locke wheeling away from the school. Ben knocks on Desmond's window outside school grounds. He asks if he's waiting for anyone in particular. Ben says he's been parked here looking at kids, and asks if he has a child who goes to school here. Desmond says he's looking for a school for his son, Charlie. Ben says he can vouch for it, and Desmond thanks him. Desmond starts his car and drives quickly towards Locke, hitting him out of his wheelchair. Ben runs to help Locke as Desmond drives away.
Cut to LOST
The Big Questions:
- Why did Desmond give himself up to Nemesis so easily?
- Why is it a bad idea to blow up the plane?
- Who is the little boy that frightens Nemesis?
- Why are the Whispers trapped on the Island?
- Who dug up the well, and why? What significance does it have?
- Why did Nemesis push Desmond down the well?
- Why did Jack and Nemesis give each other such a cold stare?
- Why did Desmond hit Locke with his car?
Lost in the Vines Trivia Question:
What was the name of the Mexican restaurant where Hurley met Libby?
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