Lost: Season 1, Episode 18

Numbers (2 Mar. 2005)

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When Hurley becomes obsessed with the French woman and heads into the jungle to find her, Jack, Sayid and Charlie have no choice but to follow. Meanwhile, Locke asks Claire to help build a mysterious item.



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When Hurley becomes obsessed with the mysterious French woman, he heads into the jungle to find her. Jack, Sayid and Charlie have no choice but to follow. Hurley's background story is revealed how he won a multi-million dollar lottery, which brought nothing but back luck to everyone around him, leading to why he ventured to Australia to search for the source of a series of numbers which led him to win the lottery. Meanwhile, Locke asks Claire to help build a mysterious item. Written by Anonymous

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A classic episode deserving of its reputation
23 July 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Numbers" is one of those episodes I can watch countless times and be thoroughly engaged by it every single time. I remember taping it when it was first on and watching it twice more after it was initially on television at the time, right after I was done the episode. It is that good. Brian Fletcher and David Fury wrote this smart, creative little script that raised plenty of questions (some of which still haven't been answered) and tackled some heavy thematic territory (fate, destiny, etc.) with a light touch. "Numbers" cheers me up quite a bit when I watch it, which is slightly odd for an episode where so many bad things happen.

Michael Giacchino's score for this episode is one of his most memorable, I think. A lot of things about "Numbers" stand out, but the score is among the more prominently memorable things about this episode. I remember being really impressed with how they handled Hurley's character here, as he had been up to this point mostly a comic relief character, and I thought this script managed a surprising amount of depth without going too far from the humorous Hurley we had come to love.

Of course, as of July 2008, a couple of months after the end of season four, the numbers themselves continue to be as mysterious as they ever were. This makes watching this episode and much of season two more than a little frustrating, and at this point I would be happy with ANY explanation, not necessarily a good one.

"Numbers" is a classic. Enough said.


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