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Tricia Tanaka Is Dead 

Having returned to camp, Sawyer's help is enlisted by Hugo, who has an obsession with retrieving an old VW van found on the island. More events in Hugo's life are also revealed, showing what brought him to be on the doomed flight.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sayid Jarrah
... Desmond Hume
... Claire Littleton
... Benjamin 'Ben' Linus (credit only)
... Dr. Jack Shephard (credit only)
... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
... James 'Sawyer' Ford
... Jin-Soo Kwon
... Sun-Hwa Kwon
... Katherine 'Kate' Austen
... Dr. Juliet Burke (credit only)
... Charlie Pace
... John Locke
... Nikki Fernandez
... Paulo


Kate and Sawyer finally return to the castaways camp. Hurley recalls the day his father left his mother and him in his motorcycle. Than he recalls his curse and his bad lucky, inclusive after winning the lottery, including the day that the reporter Tricia Tanaka died and Mr. Cluck was destroyed by a meteor and when his father returned home. Back in the present, Hurley finds a capsized Kombi VW van in the jungle which used be operated by the Dharma Insiative, and with the support of Sawyer, Jin and Charlie, he tries to fix the car with hope to make it run again. Meanwhile, Kate decides to bring Jack back by convincing Danielle Rousseau to help her. Sayid and Locke follow her and join the team. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Did You Know?


The reporter, Tricia Tanaka, is similar to the recurring character "Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa," from the animated show Family Guy (1998). See more »


When Vincent first runs out of the jungle holding the skeletal arm, he's holding it by the wrist, with the hand pointing to his left. After a quick cut to Charlie and Hurley, Vincent is holding the arm in the middle, with the hand on his right. See more »


David Reyes: [Waking Hugo up] What's with the earphones?
Hurley: They're for the noise.
David Reyes: Well, your mother's a very passionate woman.
Hurley: That is... disgusting.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


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All kinds of wonderful
10 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

In season one, in spite of the obvious threat of The Others and the fact that the characters had just survived a plane crash and were stranded on a mysterious island, "Lost" was a show where the characters could actually have fun, exchange some small talk, and have something to smile about. Gradually the show has gotten darker and more violent, and in many ways would become darker and more hopeless than ever in season 3 and 4. One of the few episodes in the latter two seasons (as of December 2008) which provided lots of light comedy and gave the cast (particularly Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Dom Monaghan, and Jorge Garcia, who get the most screen time this episode) a chance to do something more presumably enjoyable recently, and a couple of those four have gone on record saying this was one of their best experiences on the show.

The episode itself is superb largely because while it has a life-affirming message of hope, it also thankfully acknowledges the point to which the show had come and the violent nature of many of the events on the island, in addition to how much the survivors had lost. It's a remarkably human script, one which portrays the characters without anything but their purest emotional traits. Hurley's determination to start the van is absolutely real, Sawyer's reaction to the beer is too, and their collective ecstasy when they get the van started is absolutely totally believable and human. Yet, there is a sad undercurrent to the whole affair, one which would not become entirely clear until later in the season.

The episode also benefits from particularly excellent direction courtesy of Eric Laneuville, truly one of the finest television directors working today. There is not a hint of amateurishness, not a hint of confusion about anything, and lots of neat, subtle little touches that stay on the right side of showboating. A really fun episode, but not a light one. The difference is huge, and "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" is most certainly a substantial episode, regardless of how many meteorites and jokes involving a Jesus statue and Hurley's mother's 'needs' it's got.

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