Hugo Reyes, more commonly known by his nickname “Hurley”, was one of the middle section survivors of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Hurley’s father disappeared when he was ten and did not return until almost 17 years had gone by. During his father’s absence, Hurley developed an eating disorder, and later a traumatic accident landed him in a mental asylum where he started seeing an imaginary person. He has been overly-conscious about his sanity since. While employed at Mr. Cluck’s, Hurley won the lottery by playing the mysterious numbers. Because of a series of unfortunate incidents following his win, he believed himself to be plagued with bad luck and has searched for an answer to the curse.
On the Island, Hurley was typically happy-go-lucky and kept the spirits of his fellow survivors up. He was also a voice of reason in the group and used his common sense to solve difficult situations. Eventually, Hurley found that he could not escape the Numbers and after seeing them on the side of the Hatch, knew that opening it would be a bad idea. He struggled with being given the task of dividing up the food in the Hatch and began seeing his old imaginary friend on the Island. Later, he was captured by the Others, along with Jack, Kate, and Sawyer as a part of Michael’s betrayal, but was released to go back and warn the other survivors not to come for them. Back at camp, Hurley found an old DHARMA van which he was able to get running again with the help of Charlie, Sawyer, and Jin, restoring his and the rest of the survivors’ optimism.
After Charlie was born and Jack called the freighter for rescue, Hurley and five other survivors managed to escape the Island by using a helicopter. However, they were forced to leave everyone else behind when Ben moved the Island. Hurley tried to carry on happily with his life, but began seeing visions of Charlie off the Island. Eventually, he was readmitted to the Santa Rosa Mental Institute where he routinely conversed with Charlie and other deceased people. He was removed from Santa Rosa by Sayid, and taken to a “safe house”, where he was mistaken for a murderer. He later threw a Hot Pocket at Benjamin Linus and surrendered to authorities. Hurley was found innocent and released from prison where he was convinced by a man to return to the Island.
He boarded Ajira Flight 316 and was flashed to 1977 where he worked as a fire chief for the DHARMA Initiative. After the detonation of Jughead by Juliet, he time traveled to his original timeline. Soon afterward, the now-deceased Jacob began to appear to Hurley, first telling him to take the wounded Kate to the Temple, and then instructing him to take Jack to the Lighthouse. Hurley later acted as medium between Richard and his deceased wife Isabella.
Hurley was confirmed to be one of Jacob’s candidates by Jacob himself. He was visited and touched by Jacob while off the Island. Hurley’s name appears on the wall in the cliffside cave and the Lighthouse wheel as “8 – Reyes”. Hurley eventually took over as protector of the island for Jack and hired Ben as an adviser.
In the flash-sideways, he was finally reunited with his murdered island lover, Elizabeth “Libby” Smith and along with their friends, they moved on.
2×01 – Man of Science, Man of Faith
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”)
2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
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”)
2×10 – The 23rd Psalm
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. (“The 23rd Psalm”)
2×11 – The Hunting Party
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. (“The Hunting Party”)
2×12 – Fire + Water
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”. (“Fire + Water”)
2×14 – One of Them
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”)
2×18 – Dave
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”)
2×20 – Two for the Road
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. (“Two for the Road”)
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. (“The Adventures of Hurley and Frogurt”)
2×21 – ?
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. (“?”)
2×22 – Three Minutes
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. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1”)
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 2”)