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.
3×03 – Further Instructions
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”)
3×08 – Flashes Before Your Eyes
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 her with CPR. Charlie inquired how Desmond knew she was drowning, and Hurley replied that he believes Desmond can see the future.
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”)
3×10 – Tricia Tanaka Is Dead
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.
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.
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”)
3×11 – Enter 77
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”)
3×14 – Exposé
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”)
3×15 – Left Behind
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”)
3×16 – One of Us
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”)
3×17 – Catch-22
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”)
3×18 – D.O.C.
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.”)
3×19 – The Brig
Hurley was seen with Jin while Sawyer went to the bathroom. The next day, Hurley told Sayid about Naomi. Later, Kate found Hurley and Sayid attempting to fix the satellite phone. (“The Brig”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
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 2”)