July 14, 2009


Let's talk about LOST.    Numbers.

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Waves are crashing.
Jin {Handcuff. Holding a group of long wires/twine} is trying to communicate to Hurley to hold the bamboo together so he can tie it.
Hurley misunderstands him thinking he wants to make snowballs.

Michael interjects, "He wants you to hold the bamboo tighter...I think." {Come on, he understands Jin.}
Jack walks over to see how things are 'coming', "As long as nobody sabotages this one as well huh?"
Michael assures him he has people standing guard 24/7, "Nobody gets near this with or without intent to burn."
Michael mentions to Jack the chances of a passing ship spotting this raft out there are pretty slim, they could use something to send out a distress call to any ships that might be close, "Like an S O S."
Jack will ask Sayid but even if he can make something like that he's not gonna have anything to power it with.
Hurley-"Didn't Sayid say that crazy French chick had batteries?"

Sayid, "Absolutely not!"
Jack isn't asking Sayid to go, he'll do it.
Sayid- "No you won't."
Upset Sayid asks them, "Do you really think that she would give up something she needs for survival to a total stranger?"
All Jack is asking his how to find her.    Sayid explains he was brought unconscious to her camp, when he escaped he was disoriented, "I don't know how to find her."
Hurley-"Don't know, dude, or don't want to?"
This annoys Sayid.
Jack says Sayid has her maps and her papers and he thought they were pointing to something.
Sayid-"Well I was wrong."
Jack suggests maybe they're pointing to her.
Sayid grabs up the papers in anger, "I don't even know what these papers mean!  For all I know they can be the ravings of her disturbed mind!  Song lyrics mixed with equations!"
He hands the papers off to Hurley.
Sayid shows Jack a map, "If this map is pointing to her then you should know she resides here in this area.  She gave it a name, Territoire Fonce.   Shannon translated it.   It means Dark Territory.   Does that sound like a place you'd like to visit?"
Jack-"So you won't help."
Sayid didn't say that; he'll build the distress beacon but he suggests they find another power source. He feels there must be something in the cockpit.   Jack says they're not going to the cockpit.
All the while Hurley is starring at the numbers on the small sheets of lined notepaper.

Channels are being switched on the TV.
It's Hugo sitting on the couch eating some chicken from a Mr. Clucks bucket.   His mother calls from the kitchen that she hopes he isn't watching those g-string mujeres again.   While Hurley's mom wants him living there, he wants his privacy respected. {Channels show dancing, exercising, hockey, cop chase}
Hurley lands on the channel to watch the Mega Lotto drawing.   His religious mother comes in complaining, "Look at you...It's Saturday night, a grown up man sitting at home watching TV. You should go out and try to find a nice woman.
Hurley-"I'll get right on that."
Mom wants him to eat better because he's gaining weight.    Annoyed Hurley watches Mary Jo, the Lotto girl, display the winning balls.

The Mega Number is 42, "And that makes tonight's Mega Lotto Jackpot drawing, 4 8 15 16 23 with the Mega Number 42."

The winner has won a near record Jackpot.  {}
The TV announcer is heard saying, "That's right, Mary Jo, because this is the 16th week without a winner."
Hurley faints. {Crashing/Smashing glass can be heard.}

Sayid is sleeping while Hurley is sitting there watching him.
Sayid stirs.
Hurley-"Hi. You awake?"
Sayid-"I was just wondering that myself."  {Well, are you or aren't you?}
Hurley is there with the maps and papers that the French lady wrote.   Sayid wants to know what Hurley wants since it's the middle of the night.
Hurley- "I couldn't sleep.  And I got curious.    You and guys have been trying to figure out some of this stuff and...I was wondering, guys figured out...about this stuff."
Sayid's still laying there, "What stuff?"
Hurley's curious about the numbers she wrote down a bunch of times, "Got any idea what it means?"
Sayid thought at one time they may be coordinates of some kind.
Hurley- "Coordinates...yeah. When you first found her, the French chick, you said you saw a wire or something in the beach and you followed it and it led you to her."
Sayid corrects him, "No. It led me in to a trap she set."
Hurley assumes the place is probably close.  Sayid asks why he's so suddenly interested in Rousseau.
Hurley says he's not, "I'm just making conversation, dude.  Sorry if it's a bad time."
Hurley puts the maps and papers back and says goodnight.

Walking from the tent we see Hurley hid one of the large papers under his shirt.

Camera flashing {Boom mics, video cameras}:
Hurley and his family are in the middle of a large press conference.    News/media are there to inquire about his winning the Lotto.   KSVU 8 asks how he came up with the winning numbers, "Any significance?"
Hurley says they kind a came to him.   Another reporter wants him to introduce his family.  Hurley introduces his bashful beauty mom, Carmen.  Then introduces his very excited brother Diego and his wife Lisa.
Diego-"Yeah! We're rich!"
Hurley tells the press to ignore him, "He's an idiot."
Hurley really wants them to meet the greatest guy he knows, his grandpa Tito.  Grandpa Tito's worked three jobs for 52 years.   He's 70 years old and the closest he's been to a vacation is when they put a pacemaker in him four years ago.  The first thing Hurley's gonna do with the money is finally give him the rest he's earned, "That's all it's about for me. To be able to do things for the people I care about.   Cause I really put my family through a lot recently and umm...well this way I can make it up to them.  You know, maybe even buy my mom a new house.  Maybe after uh, my grandpa comes back from his cruise he can...get to do some of the things we've always wanted too."
Grandpa Tito grabs his left arm and collapses. {You can hear the camera's continue flashing.}
{Flash Whoosh}
At the cave Hurley fills up water bottles.
Charlie walks over, "Hey, man."
Hurley is startled, "What?! I'm not doing anything."
Charlie- "What?"
Charlie's just saying good morning.  He asks if Hurley's going anywhere.  Hurley is loading the bottles of water into his backpack, "Well, yeah. I just thought I might take a walk. Uh...maybe scope out some new fishing area."
Charlie wants him to hang on; he'd like to "come with."
Hurley tells him he could really use some alone time right now.  He lifts the pack and the pack opens up spilling the bottles on to the ground.   Hurley puts them back in and tells Charlie, "I'm a big guy...I get dehydrated easy."
Charlie seems baffled by Hurley's behavior.

Waves crash:
Claire sits on the beach.  Locke calls for her; he's wondering if she's free to help him with a little project. "I'm building something, I could use an extra pair of hands."
Claire is nearly nine months pregnant; she can barely waddle over the beach.
Locke-"Can you hold a saw?"
Yeah, she can.
Locke-"Can you move your hand back and forth like this?" {He makes a sawing motion.}
She "possibly" can.
Perfect. He holds out both hands to help her up.
Claire asks, "So what exactly are we building?"
Locke doesn't answer.

At the cave Sayid angrily asks Jack where the map is, "I told you it won't help you find her.   Jack tells him to slow down; he doesn't have the map.
Sayid- "What makes this worse is you won't even do your own dirty work.   You get Hurley to do it for you!...He was in my tent last night quizzing me about Rousseau, about numbers she wrote, how I came to find her."
Jack doesn't know anything about this.  Jack asks firewood carrying Charlie if he's seen Hurley.
Charlie- "A couple of hours ago.   He was heading out for a walk.   Acting like a loon, I might say."
Concerned Sayid realizes Hurley's going after her.   Jack's disappointed.

"When are you gonna be back?" Shannon asks Sayid.
Sayid feels they can catch up to him before nightfall, "Why? You worried about me?"
Shannon- "So what if I am?"
Jack yells over asking Sayid if he's ready.  Sayid takes his backpack and tenderly touches Shannon's face, "I'll be fine."

Hurley treks across the beach {Rap tune plays}
{Flash Whoosh}
The rap tune continues playing loudly.
Well off Hurley drives a yellow Hummer H2.   His mom is the passenger.
The tune continues playing and mom says loudly, "Hugo turn that noise down!"
Hugo turns down the volume,"Sorry."
Mom wants to know where he's taking her; she doesn't like surprises.
Hugo thinks she'll like this one; she deserves something good since Grandpa and that at the funeral Father Agular got struck by lightning in that freak storm, and Diego moving back home after Lisa left him for that waitress.   Hugo feels that ever since we won the lottery they've had bad luck like the money is cursed; although these Catholics don't believe in curses.

Approaching the surprise for his mom, Hugo has her blindfold herself with a red bandanna. They pull up to the curb and Hugo carefully helps blindfolded mom out the hummer.  Mom asks why she has to wear this, she can't see anything.
He tells her to take off her blindfold and take a look at her new dream house.
Mom slips on the curb and hurts her ankle.    Mrs. Ryes removes her blind fold, {He told her she can take off her blindfold} and as she's crying out in pain then she smells smoke.   There is a fire in an upstairs room of the new home.
Hugo calls 911 and before he can finish dialing, two cop cars pull up and draw their guns on him. "Drop the phone! Move away from the vehicle!"
Hugo tries to tell them it's the house.
As Hugo's getting cuffed he says to him mom who is blessing herself, "No such thing as curses, huh, ma?"
The mustached cop tells Hugo he has the right to remain silent....

Hurley comes upon a thick power cord in the sand. It runs from the water into the jungle.   He picks it up and calls out for the French chick. {It's not a telephone! Is it?}

 Hurley keeps hold of the power cord and follows it into the jungle.
{Flash Whoosh}

 "I would think you'd be happy, every one of your stocks is up. Your interest in orange futures skyrocketed after those tropical storms hit Florida.
And you are now the majority share holder for a box company in Tustin."
Hugo looks out the window to the street below.   He is in the office of his financial advisor/accountant.   His advisor feels a box company is a lucrative business. "Everybody needs boxes."
Which reminds him Hugo's sneaker factory in Canada was destroyed in a fire last month. Hugo's not surprised.
The advisor thinks Hugo may have read about it, "8 something people died.  But the good news is we over insured it.   It's gonna wield you a windfall of cash.   And when we add in the generous settlement from the L.A.P.D. for your false arrest you almost doubled your net worth in a few short months.  I still can't imagine how the police mistook you for a drug dealer."
Hugo blurts out, "Bad Luck."
The advisor informs him he's not the first lottery winner to feel the money brought him nothing but trouble, "It's all in your head."
Hugo wonders if this guy doesn't believe in jinx's/curses.   The advisor only believes in numbers.  By the way, the advisor wants to know where he got the numbers from, "Somebody's birthday? Phone number?"
Hugo-"Nothing. It's just something that I...."
A light bulb goes on; he has an epiphany, "It's not the money. It's the numbers. The numbers are cursed."
The advisor doesn't buy it.
Hugo-"Dude. Don't look at me like that, I'm not crazy. This is real..."
Just as the advisor is telling him there's no such thing as a curse, a man is falling past their window. {Scream.}
{Flash Whoosh}

Michael in his orange shirt bangs away on building the raft.  This noise is hurting Sawyer's head.
Sawyer is reading A Wrinkle in Time.
Sawyer yells sarcastically over to Michael, "You wanna hit that a little harder?!"
Michael-"Oh I'm sorry. Is my building a raft to get us rescued bothering you?"
At the moment it is. Walt asks Sawyer why he isn't helping.
Sawyer tells Short Round he's helping by keeping watch for arsonists.   Michael feels Walt's got a point; he could pitch in, "Seeing as you already bought your ticket."
Just then one of the tied together bundles of bamboo loosens and the bamboo sticks tumble.   Jin starts yelling at Michael in Korean.   The two men yell at each other. {I still feel they understand each other.} Annoyed Sawyer leaves.
Sun watches the two men yell from further down the beach.   She shares with Kate she feels he's never going to speak to her again.   Kate feels he just needs time.   Sun knows she's humiliated him.
Sun asks Kate, "When the raft sails, do you think he's going to leave with them?"
Kate doesn't know.

Hurley continues to use the power cord as a guide into the jungle. The buzzing sound of flies makes him look up to find there is a dead hanging boar that has been captured by a trap.
Hurley continues on.
He steps on something with a slight metal sound. As he's about to take another step Sayid yells to him, "Don't move!" He's standing on a pressure trigger.
Sayid-, "If you take your weight off it, it will release that. {The other spiked end of the trap. Wow! It's like Indiana Jones!} They need to find something to replace his weight on the trigger.
Hurley asks if he can drop the wire.
Charlie suggests they find a big rock.
Hurley drops the wire and nothing happens.  The guys still insist, "Don't move!"
But Hurley feels he can make it, "I can get out of the way. I'm spry."
The guys start to freak out with Hurley's intention to make a move off the trigger.
Hurley jumps off the trigger and the spiked weapon misses him!
Charlie yells at Hurley, "What the bloody hells wrong with you?!"
Nothing is wrong with him.  {Hurley believed he can cross it unharmed and he did! He has the power!}
Jack asks him what he's doing out here.   Hurley reveals he came to get a  battery.
As if Jack doesn't buy that he asks, "Seriously...what's going on?"
Hurley- "Nada. You guys coming?"
Sayid concedes that they all want to go, but he'll take the lead.
Sayid grabs hold of the power cord.
Charlie feels that's an excellent notion.
{Flash Whoosh}
"Lenny. His name is Lenny...or Leonard"
Hurley is at the psychiatric admissions counter of Santa Rosa Mental Instit.... Hugo doesn't know Lenny's last name but he just needs to talk to him for five minutes.   Hugo watches a janitor climb a very wobbly ladder.
The nurse can't look anything up without the man's name."How many Leonard's are here?"
Hugo wants her to type it in and look it up, "I mean the guy's been here for like...everHe knows me."
The nurse tells him their records are private.
Hugo yells out to the wobbly dude on the ladder, "Do not do that right now! Leave the bulb for another time, man!"
Hugo starts to raise his voice to the nurse about needing five minutes with Lenny as a doctor recognizes Hugo.
Hugo-"Oh, hey Doc."
The doctor says its good to see him and asks what he's doing back here

In the rec room the doctor mentions to Hugo he doesn't remember he and Leonard being that close.
Hugo-"We hung."
The doctor will leave the gentlemen to it then and he wishes Hugo good luck.

Lenny sits at a table alone dropping the markers into the filthy Connect 4 game.
He is repeatedly mumbling something unclear in cadence.
Hugo walks up to the oblivious twitching Lenny, "Hey, Lenny. Remember me?"
Lenny does not deviate from his obsessive repeating.
Hugo says, "Hugo." {A voice can be heard "Hurley" although it does not sound like Hugo and we don't see this coming from Hurley's mouth.}
Hurley asks Lenny, "I gotta know...What do the numbers mean?"
Now Lenny's mumble becomes clear, "4-8-15-16-23-42" {Note smoke detector over the door}
Hurley drops a red marker into the game and asks Lenny where he got the numbers and is that why he's here.
{Lenny's black cord for his glasses looks more like a wire. BTW, in a mental hospital they would not allow patients to have anything they could hurt someone or themselves with.}
Hugo continues, "Did they do something to you?  Cause I think they did something to me. I think they turned me into a jinx.   Bad news to everyone around me.  And when I tell people I think I'm the cause they, they look at me like I'm nuts. They don't believe me.  But I know...ever since I won the lottery with those numbers."
This statement snaps Lenny out of his repeating world.
Lenny speaks! "You used those numbers to play the lottery?"
Lenny freaks out, "You shouldn't have done that. {He grabs his head} You've opened the box! You shouldn't have used the numbers!...It doesn't stop!...You gotta get away from those numbers! You gotta get far, far away! Do you hear me?! Don't you understand?! You gotta get away from them or it won't stop!"
An orderly tries to restrain the freaked out patient, but Hugo wants answers.
Lenny grabs at his head again.   Hugo asks where he got the numbers.
Lenny happens to be coherent enough to clearly inform Hugo that he got them from Sam Toomey. Sam heard them in Kagoorlie, in a town where they used to work in Australia.
Lenny is dragged out of the room by the orderly.

"It stops here.  It goes into the ground.  This poses somewhat of a problem."
Sayid shows the guys where the wire disappears.
Charlie has something the guys need to see. He leads them to their next obstacle; the rickety narrow bridge that is their connecting path to the other side. They are very high up.

Jack says to Sayid, "You never mentioned anything about a bridge."
Sayid never saw this before. 
Jack notes there's no way she could have built this all by herself.
Sayid-"No. But her team could have. "
Charlie-"Or Ethan's team." {HUH?! WTF?!! WOW!}
Hurley starts to make his way across the shitty bridge, "Relax. I'm just gonna check it out. You guys should stay here."
Jack's freaking out "Hurley! Get back here!"
Hurley-"Dudes! Chill!" {lol. hear the crow.} Carefully, he makes it across. The guys are relieved. If Hurley can do it so can Charlie; he heads across. {Charlie's wearing his black and white Vans.} As he approaches the finish line the bridge breaks but Charlie makes it to the other side.
Exhilarated Charlie is okay.
Jack yells over to them to stay put; he and Sayid will find a way around and we'll meet you there. Screw that! Calm Hurley tells them to stay because there's a path right here... Charlie snaps and yells at Hurley to shut up and listen to Jack to "Stay put! You're acting like a bloody lunatic!
{Flash Whoosh}

Crow caws.
A house sits in the middle of nowhere.
 Five knocks on the door, an Australian woman answers, "If this weren't in the middle of nowhere, I'd say you were lost."
This is Sam Toomey's wife, Martha Toomey. Sam's been dead for four years.
Hurley shares with Martha that Sam worked with a guy he knows, Leonard Simms. Martha mentions they served together in the U.S. Navy. {File cabinet, ship, binoculars.}
Martha serves tea, "How is Leonard? Still in the service?"
Hugo says he's retired.  He goes on to say that Lenny told him about Sam hearing something. Martha's annoyed he's talking about the numbers.  She reveals that Sam and Lennard were stationed at a listening post monitoring long wave transmissions over the Pacific.  It was a boring job and Sam hated it, "Nothing to do but listen to static...night after night.  Till one night 'bout 16 years ago, there's something in the staticA voice comes through.  A voice repeating those numbers over and over again. {This makes Hugo jolt like he's listening to a scary story.} A couple of days later we're at the fair in Kalgoorlie and some wally there got this jar, must have been big as a pony.  And its filled to the rim with beans.  Fella is offering 50 grand to anyone able to guess how many beans are in that jar within 10. {Sam used the numbers} The answer was exact, to the bean.  Men had been running the same scam for 40 years.  Nobody'd ever come close, so we won the money. On the way home, a pickup truck blows a tire on the highway, hits us head on.  Lost my leg that night." {What about Sam? Barely a scratch. Most people would consider themselves lucky...but not him, he was never the same after that. {Martha presents a blue scrapbook.} He started keeping a record.  Anything terrible that happened to anyone around us, he believed it's all because he used those numbers.   He moved us out here in the middle of nowhere, hoping it would stop."
Hugo asks if they ever found a way to make it stop.
Yep he did.
Martha shares that Sam put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Martha-"What is it you're looking for, Mr. Reyes?"
Hugo grudgingly admits he used the numbers to win the lottery, "And now I think I'm under the same curse." {To win the lottery, not, and I won the lottery. hmmm}
Martha-"Curse?! There's no curse...You think I'd still have my leg if Sam hadn't have picked the right number of beans?   You think that floods wouldn't have happened?  That homes couldn't have burned down? That people wouldn't have died?!"
{Does she have insight to Hugo's experiences?}
Hugo- "Well...yeah."
Martha tells him you make your own luck, "Don't blame it on the damn numbers. You're looking for an excuse that doesn't exist."
{Flash Whoosh}

Locke is working on his building project. {White smoke billows from the fire}. Claire is sawing away on a branch, she asks, "It's a trap, right? For catching animals?
Locke asks her to pass the cup; he's made glue that he claims he made from rendered animal fat.
Claire-"You made glue?...Wow!You should have one of those shows where you uh, fix up houses for people."
Smiling Locke doesn't think so.
Claire thanks him for giving her something to do, "I'm tired of trying to remember what happened to me out there."
Locke asks how her memory is coming.
Claire-"Bits and pieces here and there. Nothing that makes any real sense."
Locke feels maybe he can help because he's good at putting bits and pieces together."
The both share a smile.

Sayid and Jack carefully try to find their way to Hurley and Charlie.
Sayid stops at an area he feels is familiar,"We're close."
Jack asks how he knows, "I thought she lived underground."
Jack takes a step and trips a wire causing an explosion.
Charlie and Hurley hear it.
Hurley looks up and around curiously.
In the exploded pit, Jack comments, "Some security system. Someone trips a wire and the whole place blows up."
Apparently there's nothing there, no batteries, nothing. Jack doesn't get it but Sayid feels she knew that one day he'd come back and bring others. So she abandoned this place, booby trapped it and moved on.
Jack wonders, "Moved on where?"

In the jungle Hurley calls out for Jack and Sayid.
Charlie asks, "Do you even know where we're going?"
Hurley feels "The blast sounded like it came from this way, I think."
Charlie-"You don't know!"
What does Charlie want from Hurley?
Charlie wants to know "what we're doing in the middle of nowhere.  And don't tell me it's because of some stinking batteries.   One minute you're happy go lucky good time Hurley, the next you're Colonel bloody Kurtz.  It just doesn't make any sense. It's not you."
Hurley-"Dude, you don't know me."
Irate Charlie feels all this time on the Island and Hurley's not told him anything about himself.  Hurley indicates they all have "personal stuff."
Pissed Charlie tells him not to change the subject, "We're lost out here.  Jack and Sayid could be hurt if not blown to bits all because you're acting like some bloody nutter."
Hurley is not crazy and he has his "reasons for everyth..."
Charlie presses him for the reasons because he feels he has a right to know.
Hurley spills it to Charlie, "About a year ago..." His story is interrupted by a shot fired near them! {NOTE: As Hurley is going to reveal what happened a year ago, and you see his mouth actually mouths something. The words cannot be heard because of the perfectly times shot of the rifle.}
They don't freak out.
Hurley-"Is someone shooting at us?"
Another shot is fired and the boys run in opposite directions.

Hurley runs, falls down, and when he gets back up he is face to face with Danielle and her rifle. "You must be the French chick."
Danielle-"Who are you?"
Hurley with his hands up replies, "Hurley...Sayid...that guy you tortured...he...a...."
Danielle-"You were on the plane."
He reaches in to his pocket and says he's getting her notes.  He presents her the small note paper and want her to tell him why she wrote this, "Tell me what these numbers mean, Please."
Armed Danielle doesn't know.
This aggravates Hurley, "What? You don't know. Okay, that thing in the woods...maybe its a monster. Maybe... it's a... pissed off giraffe.  I don't know! The fact that no one is even looking for us...yeah, that's weird. But I just go along with it... Cause I'm along for the ride.  Good ol fun time Hurley! Well guess what? NOW!   I WANT SOME FRIGGIN ANSWERS!"
Danielle lowers her weapon and begins to tell the story, "Our ship picked up a transmission, a voice repeating those numbers. Changed course to investigate.  After we ship wrecked my team continued to search for the transmission source. It was weeks before we found the radio tower."
Hurley asks if the radio tower is on "this Island."
Yes, up by the Black Rock.
Danielle- "Some of us continued to search for the meaning of those numbers while we waiting for rescue. But then the sickness came. When my team was gone I went back...up to the tower...and changed the transmission."
Hurley-"That distress signal we heard."
Hurley wants to know if she found out anything about the numbers, "Do you know where they got their power?"
Hurley-"They bring bad stuff to everyone around you. They're cursed. You know that, right? The numbers...are cursed."
Danielle recalls the numbers are what brought her here, "As it appears, they brought you.  Since that time I've lost everything.   Everyone I cared about.  So yes, I supposed you're right...they are cursed."
Hurley is relieved, "Thank you. Thank you. You have no idea how long I've been waiting...for someone to agree with me. Thank you. Oh god, Thank you. Thank you."
He gives her a big hug.

Jack tells Sayid they need to find Hurley and Charlie and get out of this jungle, "I just hate that we're going home empty handed." {Home?!}
Sayid is piling up Danielle's lair wreckage. {Burning.}

Sayid finds a scrap of Nadia's photo.
Charlie runs out of the woods announcing someone shot at them.
Sayid- "Rousseau."
Jack asks where Hurley is.
Charlie- "I don't know. He was right behind me and then he just... he just wasn't." {Hmmm.}
Sayid offers to find him but Jack says they'll all go.
Out of nowhere there's Hurley, "Go where?"
Freaked out Charlie asked what the hell happened to him.  Hurley takes a large battery out of his pack and hands it to Jack, "Need a battery."
They're a bit surprised.
Hurley tells Sayid, "She says hey." {How much time could have passed?}

Night on the beach the four men return. Jack pats Michael on the shoulder. Sayid hands the battery off to Michael.

In the dark jungle while still working on his project by campfire, Locke asks Claire if she thought of a name yet.
Claire- "Huh?"
Locke- "For the baby."
Claire-"Haven't really thought about it. I was gonna give it away. You know...for adoption." {Watch Locke}
Locke acknowledges it must have been a difficult decision.
Claire- "Yeah. Well. Doesn't matter now....It's my birthday today."
Locke's curious, "Why haven't you told anyone?"
Claire says she's pregnant, single and on an Island in the middle of nowhere. "Doesn't really matter that it's my birthday does it?"
Locke guesses not, "Well at least your birthdays will be close together.  You and your baby and that's good luck."
That's what he thinks.
Claire- "Do you believe in that...luck?"
Locke says believes in a lot of things.
He's finished the project.
Claire still doesn't know what it is, "OK. I give up. What is it?"
Locke turns it over and reveals its identity; a rocking cradle.
Claire smiles, "It's a cradle."
Locke-"Happy birthday, Claire."
Claire thanks him.

Night on the beach:
Hurley is drying is shirt over the camp fire.   Charlie comes over and jokes about Hurley cooking his shirt in place of scarce food.
Hurley- "When you find a Laundromat let me know."
Charlie sits down next to him and mentions about before in the jungle, "before we became target practice, you were going to tell me what inspired this little quest."
Hurley tells that his bad luck may have crashed the plane.
Charlie tells him "Don't be daft, how could you possibly..."
Hurley goes on to share with him that "before we came here a lot of bad stuff used to happen whenever I was around."
Charlie questions, like bad luck?
Hurley feels that's a mellow way of describing it.
Charlie tries to reason with him by telling him bad things just happen, "You think you're the only one with baggage?  You know what I was doing when the plane went down?  I was snorting heroin in the toilet. I was such a junkie I couldn't even take a plane ride without having a fix.  I suppose that was your fault as well."
Hurley doesn't answer.
Charlie asks, "So how about it?"
Charlie just told him the biggest secret in his life, "I thought you'd want to reciprocate."
After a long pause Hurley tells him that back home, "I'm worth156 million dollars."
Charlie, feeling as if he's bullshitting says,"Fine. Don't tell me."
Charlie feels he bared his soul and all he gets are bloody jokes.
Insulted Charlie walks off.
The camera zooms in to show us
4 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 23 - 42 on the HATCH.

Numbers is a great episode!
Hurley's along for the ride. Hmmm...Very, very interesting.
"Hearing and Listening".    The Lostie's have to learn to truly open their eyes, but to also listen.
We need to really observe and listen to everything too.  Are voices and sounds "bleeding through" wires, static or their sleeping minds?   Is Hurley "hearing" something that the rest of the Lostie's aren't?
Hurley's curiosity about the numbers shows me that his role and part in the "Island's" story is very important.    Hurley is in search of the meaning of the numbers two times, in two environments {on "Island" and off "Island".}   It seems to me that Hurley may be realizing that something is being "done to him".  He also feels he's the cause of pain to the people around him.

Let's not forget the importance of the "power cord" here.   There were a lot of subliminal visuals to a power cord and wires all through the episode.  I can't help but wonder not about the power cord that runs into the jungle and disappears in to the ground, but where is the power and the power cord is originating from?  How far away is its source?  If there is power going to and from this "Island", then how can it be an "Island".
Is it possible the power cord/wire is hinting to something else getting powered or connected?
Maybe it is possible the "power" is a metaphor for the "power" they themselves posses to make change; positive thinking or even wishful thinking/believing.

Things to Note...Questions to ask...
* Crazy. Disoriented. Disturbed mind. Loon. Lunatic. Nut. Nutter. Psychiatric. Santa Rosa.
* Unconscious. Sleep. Dream. Awake. Head. Voices.
* Laundromat-washing-cleansing
* Heart. Pacemaker. Heart attack.
* Remember. Don't remember. Memory. Familiar.
* Game. Lotto. Hockey. Connect Four. Scam.
* Teams. Danielle's team- Ethan's team. Are they two additional teams or are they on the same team?
* Move. Don't move.Take the lead.
* Maps. Papers.
* Numbers. Wires. Battery. Power source. Power cord. Transmission. Static. Net.
* Dark Territory. Radio Tower. The Cave. Australia. Canada. Los Angeles.Florida
* Languages. Korean. French. Spanish. Numbers. Translate.
* Curse. Blessing. Good Luck. Bad Luck. Jinx. Believe.
* Blindfold=can't see. Glasses=can see. Disappear.
* Family. Mother, Grandpa, Father, Brother.
* What is real and what is not. What is happening in their heads/minds while sleeping?  Or is it a metaphor for them just to wake up already.
* When Hugo introduced his mom and brother, I don't know why but their two names jumped out at me as Carmen San diego. lol.
* Again, did Danielle carry unconscious Sayid through the jungle and across this bridge all by herself? Yeah, that's what I'm sayin!! Did Danielle have these batteries on her? Her place got blown up, did she take Hurley to her new place?
* "That thing in the woods..."   Hmmmm. Hurley, Charlie, Jack, Sayid and Claire and are all in the woods at this point....Aren't they? But it is Locke that is the "woodsman" to me.
* Claire seems disconnected from the "baby".
* Locke tells Claire he "believes in a lot of things."  Yet in White Rabbit he tells Jack "I’m not a real big believer in magic."
* Connections to Locke.
* Box. Boxes.  Casket/coffin?
* Diego translates to James.
* People die/dying.
* Perception.

Vocabulary and Research...
Hummer H2 has room for six passengers (including driver).
 - Song by Smashing Pumpkins on the album Siamese Dream.
 - A hum is a sound made by singing a wordless tone with the mouth completely closed, forcing the sound to emerge from the nose.  A hum has a particular timbre, usually monotone or with slightly varying tones.
 - A person who is bored makes an ostentatious show of humming to indicate their impatience.Humming can also be used to show feelings of emptiness.
 - Mains hum-electric or electromagnetic phenomenon that causes a low frequency(50 or 60 Hz) audible signal.
 - Humvee, a military vehicle
 - The Hum is a generic name for a series of phenomena involving a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming noise not audible to all people.
 - A hum can be caused by Tinnitus. Tinnitus is also a side-effect of some medications.
OM-(OHM): The tone: make a humming or droning sound. The syllable is taken to consist of three phonemes, a, u and m, variously symbolizing the Three Vedas or the Hindu Trimurtior the three stages of life (birth, life and death)
Carmen San diego refers to a media franchise of educational computer and video games, television programs, books and other media featuring a thieving villianess of the same name. It uses detective work and teaches geography, history, English and math. These all featured silly humor and especially a distinctive style of word play with extensive use of puns, rhymes and alliteration.
Sim-Any simulation game.
 -The Sims: a strategic life simulation computer game. The Sims focuses entirely on the lives of virtual people called Sims, placing the player in control of their virtual "world" and their daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, reading, and bathing. Although players are encouraged to make their own characters, they can choose certain pre-made characters.
- Subscriber Identity Modul or SIM card, a device used to store information in mobile phones.
 -SIM-is a Solid Immersion Mirror for Heat assisted magnetic recording.
Numbers game, or policy racket, is an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods in U.S. cities.A scam.
Number codes are used in computing.
In Simulation-brain communications: If one were to effectively communicate with the brain, a code or sequence must be created/discovered to send information between the part of our brain that hears and talks.
♦ WAV a file format.
* There are many kinds of waves. A wave is a disturbance that propagates through space and time, usually with transference of energy.   Ocean waves, Seismic waves, sine wave, gravitational waves, inertial waves, radio waves,wavelengths, brain waves. and more.
Nowhere:  1). The state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence.  2). Being or leading nowhere; pointless.    3). In or at no place; not anywhere.

Numbers gives us a hint to be careful of a Con/Scam.
I love the line Martha says to Hugo-"Don't blame it on the damn numbers. You're looking for an excuse that doesn't exist."
I feel like the whole experience with Martha was very out of place and meant only for Hurley.   You need to go back listen/read carefully to all of her dialogue with him as it's very important.
There is definitely a blurring of what we see on "Island" and off "Island".  Things seem very integrated.

John Locke, what a guy, making gifts for Claire and her unborn baby.
Don't ignore Claire's first perceptive response to the overturned cradle...Trap! Indeed it is.

They literally and emotionally are in the middle of ...........N O W H E R E

Love to all who are "LOST"™

Don't forget to keep your eye out for the second version of the Lotto Ticket!

Disclaimer: I never claim to know everything about the show and my thoughts by no means make me right! The things I share here are my views and/or opinions. I don't claim to catch every single detail either! You all know I hate spoilers! And I stand clear of reading certain sites as to not take me off my own course of research. The one thing I don't need to do here is rehash all of the obvious clues from an episode; we all know what they are. Understood? Let the fun begin! I'll only note things that I know come up as clues later, but need to be noted when they first show up and things I find that will be of importance.

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