Season: 2, Episodes: 1, Faction: N/A
Starla was a girl Hurley had a crush on. She was the assistant at a music store Hurley frequently visited, and accepted an invitation to go on a date with him before Hurley revealed his lottery win to anyone.
2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
After quitting their jobs at Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack, Hurley and his friend Johnny visited the music store where Starla works. Using the excuse of going to check out the headphones, Hurley greeted the salesgirl behind her counter.
Starla asked him why he wasn’t at work and he replied that he had just dumped his job. She was surprised by this and continued to tell him, “You’re messing with my worldview here, Hugo. You’re my rock. I mean if you quit your job the next thing you know bees will stop making honey, and flowers will die, and hell, the whole damn thing will fall apart.”
Hurley then took the opportunity to invite Starla to The Hold Steady concert that weekend, to which she accepted, stating that Saturday was the most convenient time for her since she works on weekdays. As they went to leave the record store, Johnny told Hurley that he had been crushing on Starla for months and done nothing, but today he was “fricking Fabio.” He asked Hurley what had gotten into him and Hurley responded that he just wanted to ask her out before… he cut off his sentence. He did not want to reveal to anyone yet about his winning the lottery. (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
3×10 – Tricia Tanaka Is Dead
Starla eventually goes out with Hurley (enough times for him to later refer to her as his “girlfriend”), but ultimately runs off with Johnny. Although this did not occur on screen, Hurley claims it happened. (“Tricia Tanaka Is Dead”)
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(Tabitchet, Ta-Bithet, Bithet, etc.) Tabithet is a consort of Horus who is essentially only known from magical contexts. It has been suggested that her name combines the Egyptian definite article with a Canaanite or Amorite word meaning ‘daughter’, hence ‘the Daughter’ (Ritner 1998, 1036 n. 59, 1040). Her name is often simply given as ‘Bithet’. Spells invoking Tabithet make frequent reference to the blood Tabithet shed when losing her virginity to Horus. Thus in one spell (no. 97 in Borghouts), Horus is invoked in the following manner: “Hail to you, Horus, by the blood of Tabithet—Horus deflowered her on a bed of ebony,” while another (no. 98) has the operator call Tabithet by assuming the identity of Horus: “Come to me, Bithet, wife of Horus! Come, I am Horus!”
In no. 99, the blood shed by Tabithet is perhaps equated to the evacuation of malignancy from the patient: “Come, you malignant fluids there which are in the body of NN born of NN, as they came out for Bithet, the wife of Horus, the daughter of Sepu, the daughter of Osiris, who stood upright on something Geb had brought forth, Re being aloof!” Much is enigmatic here but “something Geb had brought forth” is a plant. In no. 101, on the other hand, it is the blood itself which is to perform a healing, either as symbolizing a substance of some kind, or as having sealed a pact, for it asks that Horus (i.e., the patient) may “be healed for his mother [Isis, i.e. the operator]—by the blood of Tabithet when Horus deflowered her in the evening.” In this spell Tabithet, “wife of Horus,” is asked to “Close the mouth of any reptile,” perhaps retroactively rendering any poison ineffectual. The method of applying the otherwise unknown myth about Horus and Tabithet, then, is variable, strengthening the impression of a free-standing myth. Indications in nos. 97 and 119 are that Tabithet was regarded as a daughter of Re, indeed possibly the eldest child of Re. In no. 119, a Goddess, ostensibly Tabithet although designated by an enigmatic epithet (see below) rather than her name, is said to be either the eldest child of Re or a member of the first generation or assembly (khet) of Re. Tabithet was perhaps to be depicted as a cobra—no. 97: Tabithet is “Biyet, the lady of the cobra, a daughter of Pre [Re],” while the upright pose suggested in no. 101 is a typical image of a cobra in Egyptian iconography—or as a scorpion.
Tabithet is sometimes referred to by the epithet Sepertuenes or Sepertueres, parsed as “She to whom one petitions,” (Ritner 1998, 1036 n. 58). R. K. Ritner argues, however, that Sepertuenes and Tabithet are distinct, forming two out of a group of seven wives of Horus, of whom the rest are Ifdet, ‘She who runs’, Wepetsepu, ‘She who judges misdeeds’, Sefedsepu, ‘She who slaughters misdeeds’, Metemetneferetiyes, ‘Beautiful when she comes’, and Batcheh, though of these Tabithet and Sepertuenes are the most well-attested (Ritner 1998, passim).
Spell no. 119 says of Tabithet, “She has been telling her name to Horus for three years, while the blood stuck on her thighs since Horus deflowered her,” this ‘name’ being equated in spell no. 119 with the words at which the poison (miasma, etc.) is supposed to exit the patient’s body. The reference to a three-year interval presumably refers both to the extraordinary length of Tabithet’s true or secret name as well as to the extraordinary length of time taken up by the sexual encounter, unless it is an idiom of some sort expressing the time during which Horus and Tabithet were lovers.
In a fragmentary spell (B. van de Walle, 80f), Tabithet apparently tells Hathor of her encounter with Horus, taunting that “His heart loves me more than you,” and initiating some kind of conflict between herself, Horus and Hathor, though the state of the text unfortunately does not permit us to reconstruct the rest of the myth.
In what would be the sole reference to Tabithet outside a magical context, Horus the child is referred to once at Edfu (Chassinat, Edfou IV, 192) as the “son of Tabithet,” who is also characterized as “nurse of the Golden One,” and “wife of Horus,” in this way participating in Horus’ divine self-generation (Ritner 1998, 1039; van de Walle 1967, 17).
Ta-Bitjet was a scorpion goddess referred to as the wife of Horus in a number of magical medical spells against poisonous bites. The power of the spell stems from the conjuration of the blood that flowed when Horus took her virginity upon an ebony bed.