That needle dropping onto a record sent a familiar chill down my spine that said, "This is going to be good." That was instantly confirmed with the freaky sight of Jin speaking perfect English next to a beeping man in a chicken suit and Hurley replying in Korean. Oh, and there was a photo of Walt "Missing" on the Dharma milk carton. "Have a cluckity-cluck-cluck day!" In just 30 seconds they've made up for Locke's weepy flashback last week. We didn't learn that much more about Hurley's numbers, but this was a character study of his premillionaire life. His mother thought that Jesus could bring him a new car; his boss was a jerk; his friend, Johnny (Road Trip's DJ Qualls), would stick by his every decision; and the cute girl at the record store wanted to go on a date with him. Somehow the $156 million jackpot destroyed both good and bad in his life, and it all began with the hurt look on Johnny's face as he realized who the lotto winner was. Back on the island, it was so nice to have a few voices of reason. Rose was there to calm Hurley down. (So that's where the extra dynamite went. Will someone please destroy it already? Every time it disappears, I get nervous.) Charlie echoed Arzt's complaints about the island elite they're not "the Man," Charlie, they're just extremely sleep-deprived. And when Claire found the message bottle from the raft, she (gasp!) told someone about it instead of keeping it a deep, dark secret. So glad someone actually thought to use the shower in the bunker, and Jack's attempt at nonchalance when he walked in on squeaky-clean Kate was priceless. I hope those crazy "tailies" get a little of that shampoo action eventually. That's an unsubtle segue to story B, where Sawyer had me feeling his pain (isn't that the same arm Sayid cut last year?). The Dharma Institute was kind enough to supply these savage survivors (who started at magic number 23) with real shelter. Now we have to wonder if that's connected to the bunker or if it's another branch of the big experiment. And are the tailies dying from the same disease that killed Danielle's crew? Or have they eaten each other? Ana-Lucia and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's unnamed character look pretty well-fed and healthy. Bernard and Libby, on the other hand, could use an Apollo bar or two.
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