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.
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
Hurley wakes up next to the DHARMA van with Sayid, who is bleeding from the bullet wound in his stomach. As Jin comes out of the van with a flashlight, Hurley points out that the sky turned from day to night, and Jin explains that they must have time-traveled, as it was similar to his own previous experience. After Hurley hears Sawyer shouting, Jin decides to check on the Swan site, while Hurley stays with Sayid.
While he’s tending Sayid, Jacob appears in the jungle. He tells Hurley that he died an hour ago. Jacob then tells Hurley he needs to take Sayid and the guitar case he had given him previously to the Temple, explaining that Jin knows how to go there. (“LA X, Part 1”)
6×02 – LA X, Part 2
After helping to remove the wreckage at the Swan site, Hurley watches as Jack tends to Sayid and states that he cannot save his life. Hurley then says that they can save Sayid by bringing him to the Temple. Jin directs the group to the Temple wall and Hurley instructs them to enter via the declivity at the base of the wall. Inside, Hurley finds the skeleton of Montand and takes note of a book nearby. Soon afterward, Hurley and the party are captured by the Others and led to the Temple proper.
The temple master Dogen is unwelcoming and orders them to be shot, until Hurley quickly reveals that Jacob sent them. Hurley presents the guitar case to Dogen, who finds inside a large wooden ankh and brakes it, to Hurley’s alarm. Dogen removes a piece of paper from within and asks Hurley and the others’ names. When Dogen agrees to admit the group Hurley demands to know what the paper says. Dogen’s interpreter, Lennon, tells him the paper said that they will all be in trouble if Sayid dies.
Hurley follows as the Others bring the group inside to a room where a large spring fills a pool. Sayid is submerged the spring, and Hurley protests they are apparently drowning him. Hurley watches in horror as the Others remove Sayid’s lifeless body from the spring and pronounce him dead. At Lennon’s request Hurley visits Dogen, where he discerns that Dogen understands English despite having an interpreter. As they converse Hurley reveals that Jacob is dead, the news of which shock Dogen and Lennon.
While waiting in the Temple spring room, Hurley sits near Sayid’s body and says goodbye to his friend, telling him “If you ever wanna talk, I’m around”. Lennon enters and asks to speak with Jack in private, but Jack argues and scuffles with several of the Others. The fight is interrupted when Hurley points out to the group that Sayid had come back to life. (“LA X, Part 2”)
6×03 – What Kate Does
Later Hurley tells Sayid he’s glad he is okay, though he asks him if he has become a zombie. (“What Kate Does”)
6×05 – Lighthouse
After playing tic-tac-toe with Miles in the courtyard he searches the Temple for a kitchen, whereupon he sees Jacob, who gives him instructions that he writes down on his arm.
As Hurley attempts to exit the Temple secretly he is confronted by Dogen. Jacob appears to Hurley again and advises him that he is a candidate and can dismiss Dogen. When pressed by Jacob that Jack must accompany him Hurley is given a motivational message for Jack: he “has what it takes”.
Jack agrees and secretly leaves the Temple with Hurley, on the way encountering Kate. Hurley reluctantly says that Kate isn’t welcome to join them, which suits Kate. He and Jack rest at the caves, reflecting on their early days on the Island, before pressing on to their destination: Jacob’s Lighthouse.
Hurley reads Jacob’s instructions for operating the lighthouse and tells Jack to help him rotate the dial to 108 degrees. When Jack sees strange reflections in the lighthouse mirrors, however, and notices the name ‘Shepard’ inscribed on the dial he turns the wheel instead to 23 degrees, against Hurley’s protests. They both then see Jack’s childhood home reflected in the mirrors, whereupon Jack deduces Jacob has been watching him his entire life and becomes angry. Hurley insists he cannot summon Jacob and doesn’t know why he had been observing people, which infuriates Jack into smashing the mirrors.
Later, as Jack sits alone, Hurley is again visited by Jacob. This time Jacob tells him the real purpose of their mission wasn’t to operate the Lighthouse, but to make Jack realize he was important and had something to do. Jacob then reveals another ulterior motive: to get Hurley and Jack as far away from the Temple as possible, since someone bad was going there. (“Lighthouse”)
Hurley wakes up in the jungle after dreaming of cheese curds. Jack tells him that they should go to the Temple before nightfall to which Hurley reluctantly agrees. On their way, Hurley attempts to forestall their return by arguing which direction they should go. Richard Alpert arrives, saying he will lead them to the Temple. Along the way Hurley comments on Richard’s agelessness. Richard surreptitiously leads them to the Black Rock, where he then reveals what he knows about the Temple massacre. After Hurley admits Jacob had hinted of the imminent danger at the Temple Richard enters the Black Rock, followed by Jack and Hurley.
As Richard gathers dynamite from a crate Hurley becomes alarmed, but Richard demonstrates its ineffectiveness. Hurley is not convinced, and as Jack agrees to light the fuse to further test its effectiveness Hurley declares he is leaving and can be found “about a mile away”. Hurley is later seen arriving at the beach camp with Richard and Jack, where he hugs an excited Sun. (“Dr. Linus”)
6×09 – Ab Aeterno
At night, Hurley sits around a fire with the group at the beach camp. Ilana reveals to the group that, according to Jacob, Richard would know what they should do next. Richard cynically laughs and declares that everyone sitting at the fire is dead, to which Hurley inquires: “figuratively, right?” Richard tells him and the group that he believes the Island is in actuality Hell, and storms off into the jungle. Not long afterward Jack notices Hurley talking in Spanish with an unseen person, and believes it to be Jacob. Hurley refuses to give Jack any information, claiming it had nothing to do with him and subsequently walks into the jungle by himself.
Hurley and the ghost of Isabella track Richard for the rest of the night. The next day Richard arrives at the place where he had hidden Isabella’s necklace and digs it up. After Richard calls out to the Man in Black, Hurley emerges from the bushes and says Isabella wants to know why he buried her cross. Richard is suspicious of Hurley’s claim that he is communicating with his deceased wife, but with prompting from Isabella Hurley convinces him of her presence. Hurley serves as medium, repeating Isabella’s words of comfort to Richard, and humbly accepts Richard’s thanks. Hurley adds that Isabella says Richard must stop the Man in Black. (“Ab Aeterno”)
6×10 – The Package
Later, Hurley, along with Richard, returned to the beach and listened to Richard tell the group that if they were to stop the Man in Black, they were to blow up the Ajira plane. After Sun objected to the idea and walked off, Hurley expressed that he didn’t think she was going with them, saying, “I don’t think she wants to come.” (“The Package”)
6×12 – Everybody Loves Hugo
The day after, Hurley visited Libby’s grave at the beach. While he was there, Michael appeared before him to warn him not to blow up the plane, because people will die and it will be his fault. When Ilana returned from the Black Rock with dynamite, Hurley attempted to convince her not to go ahead with the plan.
While she was arguing with him, she accidently detonated the explosives in her bag which killed her. The group argued about what to do next, and Richard suggested getting more dynamite. Hurley agreed with the plan, convincing Jack as well and telling him to trust him.
When the group reached the Black Rock, Richard realized that Hurley was missing. It was then that Hurley came running from the ship shouting “run” before it exploded, sending debris toward everyone. Richard demanded to know why Hurley blew up their only source of dynamite, to which he replied “I’m protecting us.” Richard then suggested going to the Barracks in order to find some grenades, but Hurley said they needed to go talk to Locke, insisting it wasn’t his idea, it was Jacob’s. Richard doesn’t believe him and decided the go to the Barracks with Ben and Miles, while Jack, Sun and Frank followed Hurley’s plan. On their way to Locke’s camp, Hurley looked to Jack for advice about talking to Locke, expressing his fear that he could kill them all. He confessed to Jack that he never got the idea from Jacob, and just said it to get everyone to listen to him. Jack explained that he came with Hurley because he is supposed to “let go” and let other people tell him what to do.
Suddenly, everyone heard the whispers surrounding them in the jungle, but Hurley told them he knew what they were. He walked off to find Michael, who confirmed that the whispers are the people who are dead and stuck on the Island, unable to move on. Hurley asked him if he knew where Locke was, and Michael pointed him in the right direction. Before leaving, Michael told Hurley that if he ever saw Libby again he should tell he that he is very sorry. Later, the group arrived that Locke’s camp and Hurley convinced him not to harm anyone. The rest of the group revealed themselves to Locke. (“Everybody Loves Hugo”)
6×13 – The Last Recruit
Locke wanted to speak with Jack in private, so Jack asked Hurley if he was fine with that since it was his idea to come. He gave Jack premission to talk with Locke. In the morning, Sawyer informed Hurley that Widmore has a submarine on Hydra Island. After Zoe gave Locke an ultimatum he put his plan into action, sending Sawyer and Kate to the Elizabeth while everyone else went to a pick up point. Sawyer told Jack to get the rest of their group to meet him else where, which he did.
After Claire joined and Jack changed his mind, the group landed on Hydra Island only to be ambushed by Widmore’s team. (“The Last Recruit”)
6×14 – The Candidate
They were subsequently locked in the polar bear cages for their “own good.” Shortly after there was a power cut, disarming the sonar fence and allowing the smoke monster to kill the guards and Jack to free everyone. The group made their way to the Ajira plane where they encountered Locke. Locke explained that the plane was rigged with C-4 explosives and that a safer option would be to use the submarine. When they got to the submarine, Hurley made it on board before Widmore’s people started shooting.
The submarine departed without Locke and Claire. As Jack tended to an injured Kate, he discovered that Locke had planted a timed bomb in his backpack. Sawyer attempted to disarm the device, but was unsuccessful. Sayid grabbed the bomb and took it a safe distance from the group before it detonated and killed him. With the sub slowly sinking, Jack told Hurley to get Kate to the surface while he stayed behind and tried to free a trapped Sun.
On the beach, he and Kate met up with Jack and Sawyer where they learned that Sun and Jin did not make it off of the submarine. Upon learning the news, he broke down and started to cry. (“The Candidate”)
6×16 – What They Died For
The following morning after the sub explosion, while Jack and Kate realized they had to kill Locke for murdering their friends, Hurley watched with Sawyer as the sea washed the flotsam from the sub ashore. The four of them set off to find Desmond in a well where Sayid told them they would find them when Hurley saw Jacob as a boy demanding the ashes from Ilana’s belongings.
When Hurley gave them to him, the boy ran away and Hurley gave chase, only to find a grown-up Jacob sitting by a fire. Jacob told Hurley the ashes were in the fire and he would not be seen again once the fire went out. He also told him to bring his friends, since they were “very close to the end.”
When night fell, Hurley brought the others to Jacob, and to his surprise, they could see him as well. Jacob promised to tell them why they and their deceased friends were chosen to replace him as protector of the island, because one of them would have to start doing it. Jacob didn’t know where to start, so Hurley suggested he tell them why he brought them to the Island. Jacob explained that he brought them because of his mistake of making the Man in Black the Monster, and it was only a matter of time before the Man in Black figured out how to kill Jacob, who would have to find someone to replace him. He further explained that he chose them because they were flawed like him – all alone and looking for something they couldn’t find in the real world, and they needed the Island as much as it needed them.
He also said one of them would have to protect a bright light that was the heart of the Island. Hurley asked Jacob how he was going to pick, but Jacob wanted one of them to choose the job. When Jack chose to do it because he felt he was supposed to, Hurley said, “I’m just glad it wasn’t me.” (“What They Died For”)
6×17 – The End
The next day, after Jack became the new protector, he told the others they had to go to the bamboo forest past their old camp to the light at the center of the Island. Hurley asked what would happen if Locke put it out, and Jack said that would be it for all of them. They realized that Locke needed Desmond to put out the light and Hurley thought Jacob was worst than Yoda since he didn’t mention anything about Desmond. When Sawyer went off to get Desmond out of the well, Hurley said “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” Afterwards, Jack, Kate and Hurley trekked to the heart of the Island, and when Jack told Kate he took the job because the island was the only thing in his life he hadn’t messed up, Hurley said, “This would be so sweet if we weren’t all about to die.” He was initially startled when Sawyer caught up with them to tell them that Locke was going to use Desmond to destroy the Island, but Jack said it didn’t matter who would find Desmond first, since they were all going to the same place, and once they did, it would all end.
When Jack’s group met up with Locke’s group, Hurley witnessed Kate shooting at Locke, who Jack believed thought would destroy the Island, but instead would somehow be killed by Jack. The two groups made it to the bamboo forest and when Locke decided it would be him, Jack and Desmond from this point, Hurley told Jack he believed in him.
He waited with the others when Miles contacted Ben through walkie-talkie to tell him that he, Richard and Frank made it to Hydra Island to fly the Ajira plane off the Island. When Desmond put the light out causing the Island to sink, a series of earthquakes caused a tree to fall towards Hurley. Ben pushed him out of the way and got pinned under. Hurley, Kate and Sawyer tried to free Ben, who told them they could get to Hydra Island with a boat Locke had with him, so they could leave on the Ajira plane within an hour.
After Jack killed Locke with Kate’s help at the cost of his own life, Hurley, Ben and Sawyer caught up with them, and Kate told them Locke was dead, but another earthquake made Jack realize he had to put the light back on. He told Hurley to get to the Ajira plane, but due to his fear of heights, Hurley decided he was with Jack and went with him and Ben back to the heart of the Island after saying goodbye to Kate and Sawyer, who swam to Hydra Island to get off the Island on the Ajira plane with Frank, Richard and Miles, and to take Claire with them.
Hurley reached the Source with Jack and Ben and asked how they would get down to the light. Jack said he was going alone, but Hurley objected and wasn’t going to let him die because the Island needed him. Jack said it needed to be Hurley and explained that it was supposed to be him to restore the light and Hurley should take care of the Island because Jack believed in him. Hurley reluctantly took the job, provided that Jack take it back as soon as the light was back on. Ben gave Jack an empty Oceanic water bottle for Hurley to drink out of, and when Hurley drank the water from the stream out of the bottle, Jack said, “Now you’re like me.”
Afterwards, Hurley and Ben lowered Jack into the hole, where Jack found Desmond unconscious and told him he’d done enough and should go home to his wife and son. Then he tied the rope around Desmond and when Jack put the light back on, Hurley and Ben thought they were pulling Jack up. When they saw it was Desmond, Hurley shouted for Jack, who was being engulfed by the light. (“The End”)
As Protector of the Island
6×17 – The End
Upon realizing that Jack was dead, Hurley wondered what he was going to do. Ben suggested that he do what he was best at: taking care of people. Ben further suggested that Hurley begin by helping Desmond return home and said that Hurley can run things differently than Jacob. Hurley then asked Ben to become his adviser, and Ben was honored. (“The End”)
Epilogue – The New Man in Charge
Some time after his appointment as Protector, Hurley sent Ben off the Island to “tie up a few loose ends,” including closing down the DHARMA Logistics Warehouse in Guam.
Both he and Ben later traveled to Santa Rosa to ask Walt, who had been committed there, to return to the Island. Reuniting with Walt in a DHARMA van, Hurley told Walt that he had a job offer to talk to him about. He then told Ben to take them back to the Island. (“The New Man in Charge”)
6×17 – The End
Hurley continued to protect the Island for an unknown period of time, with Ben acting as his adviser. It is unknown how long his tenure as protector of the Island was. However, in the flash sideways Hurley would later comment that Ben was a pretty good “number two.” Ben stated that Hurley also did a very good job in protecting the Source, as the Island’s “number one.” (“The End”)
In the flash sideways world, Hurley is still a lottery winner, but he didn’t use the numbers. Instead, Hugo won the lottery by using the serial number off a dollar bill he found lying on the street. (Geronimo Jack’s Beard) He is a great philanthropist and the self proclaimed “luckiest man in the world.”
Flight 815 & meeting John Locke
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
On board Oceanic Flight 815, Hugo was approached by fellow passenger Leslie Arzt, who asked Hugo to do his Australian accent from the Mr. Cluck commercials. Arzt asked Hugo how he came to own his own business. Hugo replied, “I won the lottery, and I really like chicken, so I bought it.” Hugo was warned by James Ford, another passenger on the plane, to not divulge too much about himself, as it could make him a target for the unscrupulous, but Hugo did not worry. He told James that he had led a very lucky life and could not see that changing. When the plane landed in LA, Hugo exited with the rest of the passengers. (“LA X, Part 1”)
6×11 – Happily Ever After
After getting off the plane, Hugo informed Desmond that their luggage would be on carousel 4. (“Happily Ever After”)
6×02 – LA X, Part 2
Outside of the airport, Hugo waited in line for a taxi and discussed business on his cell phone. (“LA X, Part 2”)
6×04 – The Substitute
Later, in the parking lot of the offices for the box company he owned, Hugo ran into employee John Locke, who was unable to get into his van because Hugo had parked his yellow Hummer too close to the extending ramp of John’s van. After John irately gave a speech about Hugo parking too close to his vehicle regardless of the fact that John hadn’t used a disable bay, Hugo told Locke he was the owner of the company, which defused the situation.
After introducing themselves, John told Hugo that he had been fired by Randy, whom Hugo called “a huge douche.” Hugo gave John the phone number of a temp agency that he also owned and told him that everything would work out. (“The Substitute”)
6×12 – Everybody Loves Hugo
Hugo was presented with a Man of the Year award for being a great philanthropist. After the award ceremony, Hugo mentioned that he was the luckiest man in the world, but his mother Carmen said that everyone loves Hugo except women.
Hugo agreed to a blind date at Spanish Johnny’s, a Mexican restaurant, with a daughter of his grandfather’s neighbor, Rosalita, the next day, but he was stood up. However, while waiting for his date, Hugo was approached by Libby Smith. She told Hugo that after seeing him on television, she had experienced memories of them spending time together in another life. Libby explained that she felt that they were soulmates, and apologized for sounding crazy. Dr. Brooks interrupted Libby and escorted her outside, and Hugo watched him drive her away in a Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute van.
Discouraged by the fact that the one woman who was romantically interested in him was apparently insane, Hugo went on an eating binge at a Mr. Cluck’s location. There, he was approached by Desmond Hume, who, in a roundabout way, advised Hugo to pursue Libby. Hugo, taking Desmond’s advice, went to the mental institution. By donating $100,000 to the institution to improve its rec room, he managed to persuade Dr. Brooks to let him meet with Libby. During Hugo and Libby’s conversation, they made plans for a picnic date at the beach.
On their date, Libby expressed that she felt it was a date they never had. Hugo openly asked Libby why she likes him, concerned abut his physical appearance. Libby told him that she didn’t care about his looks, then kissed him. During their kiss, Hugo experienced visual memories of their time spent on the Island. Desmond, who had been sitting in a car and spying on them from a distance, drove off with a satisfied expression on his face. (“Everybody Loves Hugo”)
6×16 – What They Died For
When Desmond enacts a plan to recruit Sayid and Kate by breaking them out of LAPD custody en route to county jail, he bribes corrupt cop Ana Lucia Cortez to release them from the police van. After the van pulls over, Hugo drives up in his yellow Hummer with payment in the amount of $125,000. He recognizes Ana Lucia at once, seemingly confirming that he has regained his full memory from the original timeline, and asks Desmond if she will also be coming with them. However, Ana Lucia doesn’t recognize Hugo, and Desmond confirms that she is “not ready yet.” Hugo departs with a confused Sayid in his Hummer, and Desmond leaves with Kate for the concert in Hugo’s Camaro. (“What They Died For”)
6×17 – The End
Hurley arrived at the Flightline Motel with Sayid, who appeared nervous about what Hurley’s plans might be. Hurley offered him a tranquilizer gun to remind him of their previous adventures at a motel with the gun. Sayid refused the gun and called Hurley insane. He agreed and asked Sayid to wait. Sayid asked what will happen if he doesn’t wait, Hurley replied that it is his choice but that if he sticks with him he’ll be happy he did.
At Room 102, a discombobulated Charlie taked a swig from a bottle and rebuffed Hurley and insisted that he doesn’t care about the concert. Hurley asked him if it would change his mind if he told him the concert is the most important thing he will ever do. Charlie telled him to “sod off” and turned away and started swigging from the bottle. Hurley shooted him with the tranquilizer gun, carried him to the Hummer, and dumped him in the back. Later he and Sayid leave him in the backstage and were seen by Miles.
Later that night, Hurley and Sayid waited in a street outside a bar. Hurley said he can’t tell Sayid what they’re doing but that he just needs to trust him. Hurley added that he trusted Sayid because he thinks he’s a good guy, despite Sayid believing what people have told him. Two men emerged from a bar fighting, followed by a woman who was pushed to the ground. Sayid went to her aid and as they touch, they remember each other.
Meanwhile, one of the participants in the fight, Boone, approached Hurley’s car and told Hurley it was a struggle to get Shannon there from Australia, but Hurley said that it was worth it. They allowed Sayid and Shannon to embrace and kiss a little longer before they continue their trip.
Hugo finds Ben outside the church, Ben tells him he’s not coming in. Hugo said to Ben that he was a real good Number Two. Ben tells Hugo he was a great Number One.
Hurley among with Libby, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet, Desmond, Penny, Sun, Jin, Charlie, Claire, Aaron, Sayid, Boone, Shannon, Locke, Rose, Bernard and Christian “move on” after being engulfed by the light. (“The End”)