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Posted at 3:44 PM ET, 04/13/2010

The 'Lost' 5: Prepping for 'Everybody Loves Hugo'

By Jen Chaney

"Happily Ever After," last week's Desmond-centric episode of "Lost," set fans a'chatter -- and a'Twitter -- to perhaps a greater degree than any other episode this season.

Can this week's episode -- "Everybody Loves Hugo," which puts our beloved Hurley in the role of central character -- spark even more wild theorizing and endless analyzing? With only five more "Lost" episodes to follow after tonight's, I sure hope so.

Without further ado, here are five issues to mull over before we get some fresh perspective on the Amazing Reyes.

1. Why can't MIB just leave the island?

During the most recent "Lost" audio podcast, a reader wondered why MIB didn't just get on the sub and flee the island back in the '70s. "How is Jacob holding him there?" he asked. Carlton Cuse responded by noting that that's exactly the question the audience should be asking, while Damon Lindelof indicated that maybe all the candidates had to be assembled first. Here's another theory I'll toss out there, which we touched on last week when Liz raised the notion of imaginary prisons. Perhaps MIB actually can leave whenever he wants to, and he hasn't simply because he believes that he can't.

MIB is a clear symbol of the notion that men (and women) can't change who they are or, by extension, their destinies. Jacob disagrees. And notably, Jacob is the one technically holding MIB hostage. So perhaps MIB will only have the power to escape once he acknowledges that Jacob is right, and that humans have the ability to create change.

Kind of reminds me of a quote from a work often referenced on "Lost": "The Wizard of Oz." Just before Dorothy clicks those heels together, Glinda says, "You've always had the power to go back to Kansas." Naturally, the Scarecrow wants to know why this weird woman with the tinny voice didn't just tell her that before. Glinda's response: "Because she wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself."

2. The return of Michael

As we've seen in the promos for tonight's episode, Harold Perrineau will make a return as Michael. The question is: Is he somehow on the island again? Or is he appearing in apparition form? And regardless of the form he assumes, can he please yell "Waaalt!" just once, for old time's sake?

3. "Have a cluckity cluck cluck day, Hugo."

"Everybody Loves Hugo" is clearly a play on the title of an episode from season two: "Everybody Hates Hugo." We'll have to wait and see exactly how the two installments mirror each other. In the meantime, I want to remind us all to think about the dream sequence that opened "Everybody Hates Hugo," one in which Jin was speaking perfect English (!) and told Hurley that everything was going to change. Is that the case for Hurley tonight? Is his world about to get turned upside down? (Jorge Garcia did tell the L.A. Times that: "There's definitely a turning point about to happen.") And did that dream sequence in any way foreshadow what's happening in our parallel narratives?

Miss "Everybody Hates Hugo"? Watch all 43 glorious minutes now:

4. Doc Jensen's controversial theory

Our buddy Jeff "Doc" Jensen over at EW has taken a lot of flack for suggesting that Desmond will help the Losties cross over from island world to the sideways one. But Jeff's a smart man, and I'm not so quick to dismiss this theory.

I think we all agree that the two narratives we currently are digesting have to come together at some point. And perhaps -- again, PER-HAPS -- part of the reason things in sideways world are almost-but-not-quite perfect is because the island world has to be surrendered. Like other readers, I also feel conflicted about ditching the island setting because it's so crucial to the show. But I also suspect that even if sideways world wins out, our Oceanic crew might somehow find themselves on the island during that last episode. Further marinating on all this is definitely needed.

5. Can Hurley find love?

One of ABC's sneak peeks for tonight's episode reveals that -- spoiler alert -- Hurley's mom sets him up on a date with a woman named Rosalita. I'm thinking that's not the chick from the Springsteen song. I am thinking that is Libby. I am also hoping that: a. something sweet and romantic happens between she and Hurley, and b. we get some inkling tonight of what Libby's back story is. Or at least enough to finally make us stop saying, "Man, I wish they'd tell Libby's back story."

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By Jen Chaney  | April 13, 2010; 3:44 PM ET
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Comments

Here's a question that has been bugging me for a while: Remember at the beginning of this season MIB told Ben that Locke was wondering "Why?" (or something to that effect) as Ben strangled him. If MIB can't leave the island (and therefore wasn't in the room when Ben killed Locke), how would he know Locke's last thoughts?

Posted by: clw96 | April 13, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

clw96, apparently MIB has access to Locke's memories when he assumed his form. That's my guess.

Posted by: hodie | April 13, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for 9PM. Seems like the Hugo episode would be straight forward with him being the same old nice guy except with a lucky streak in the sideways world. But Hugo episodes are always a bit bizarre and I'm sure this one will be too.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 13, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Since its sideways world and everyone is getting what they want to some extent I'm guessing the "Loves" versus "Hates" refers to Hugo on the island (Hates) and Hugo in sideways world, where he must be loved having all that money.

Here's my response to the comments from Doc Jensen: Desmond will help the Lostees escape the island into the sideways world working from both sides (island and sideways), Daniel will help from the sideways side using mathematics and Hugo will help using his money. Both realities will continue to exist, but MIB's only chance of getting off the island is if people are there to help him. If Des/Daniel/Hugo succeed in getting everyone off the island and into sideways world (we're talking about moving consciousness here as we saw Des do), MIB will be alone and thus trapped on the island in island reality. Oh, except for the candidate, who will have a chance to escape into sideways world but instead decide to remain to watch over MIB. Jack of course will be that candidate. And, unlike Jacob, who brought people to the island and risked letting MIB escape by the help of people, Jack will keep people away from the island, forever trapping MIB on the island. Jack's sideways self, who island Jack learns from Des is a great dad, lives on with his blessing in sideways world. Jack could not be the person he wanted to be, but sideways Jack is what island Jack always wanted to be, and by moving his consciousness into sideways world island Jack would effectively kill sideways Jack, and so he remains on the island to guard MIB, forever and ever.

Ah its good to be coming up with theories again!!!

Posted by: Fate1 | April 13, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Too bad you Losties missed the season premiere of Deadliest Catch, which Discovery took to a new level with great camera work and coverage of a fight between two of the captains.

Fiction is for people who need order in their lives.

Reality is stranger and more unpredictable than fiction could ever be.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 14, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

sasquatchbigfoot --

You do know that they run repeats of Deadliest Catch at 12 midnight, don't you? So it is possible to watch both.

It is kind of eerie, though, watching Phil Harris as if he were still with us.

Posted by: ooyah32 | April 14, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

sas,

You do know Discovery will repeat that episode of Deadliet Catch about 100 times between now and the beginning of the next king crab season? I love that show & watch the reruns all the time.

Posted by: jes11 | April 14, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

If they caught a crab with a Dharma logo on its back, I'd skip Lost and watch :-)

As others noted, it is repeated at midnight, which I watched. I do like the new camera angles. What I don't like about the show is the continual focus on mistakes (how many times did they show the basket drop from the wench?) and fighting, with the occassional big catch and celebration. If that's all there is to this job then I'm glad I'm not doing it.

There is a new show this year on some channel about construction, where I expect to see the same focus on mistakes and fighting based on previews. I watched a PBS special on building the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the focus was on schedules, problems encountered and how they were solved, and the conpetition between the two constructions that were each building one of the towers to finish first. It was thrilling.

Posted by: Fate1 | April 14, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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