Welcome back to LOST Observations! We’re looking back at one of my favorite episodes of the series: Dave. This episode is almost entirely focused on Hurley and his life during his time in the mental hospital, and it has some surprising connections to the show’s final episode. Let’s have a look, and remember, you can scroll over the pictures for extended fun!
–Beware: major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead–
“He can be a very negative influence…”
- The relationship between Hurley and Libby has developed slowly since The 23rd Psalm. Hurley is seen helping Libby build her tent, and tells Charlie that “that Libby chick” is pretty cute, “in a I’ve-been-terrorized-by-the-Others-for-40-days kind of way” in the following episode (The Hunting Party).
- Somewhere between Fire + Water and this episode, Libby decides that it might be good for Hurley to get some exercise. It’s addictive, after all! Unfortunately, Hurley has other addictions. He trusts Libby with his secret: a stash of food not shared with the other survivors during the beach party. A stash of food bigger than the one Sawyer discovered in One Of Them.
- Libby tells Hurley: “You wanna change? Then change.” Hurley previously overcame his fear of change in Everybody Hates Hugo.
- In his flashbacks, Hurley mentions that he “can’t really do anything about” his weight.
Locke: “Change is good, Hugo.”
Hurley: “You know, people say that, but it’s not true, man. Trust me, I know.” (Everybody Hates Hugo)
- Hurley gets rid of all of the Dharma food – a huge step in overcoming his demons. When he exclaims “I feel free!”, it’s not just about being rid of the food, but about his carefree relationship with Libby as well. Hurley, in general, is quite content with his life, but he does have trouble embracing change and taking responsiblity. He’s insecure about his abilities and his appearance, but Libby has no trouble believing in both. It’s all important in his journey of becoming the leader of the island in the final episode (The End).
- Later in the episode, Libby tells Hurley: “I’m proud of you [for] not freaking out” – a hint at the time Libby and Hurley spent together in the mental hospital. It was never revealed whether Libby remembered Hurley from her past or not, although she does seem to be acting shady about it in Fire + Water.