310 – Tricia Tanaka is Dead



I usually don’t like tangents in Lost.  If it doesn’t move the story along or go into the mythology I usually find the episode worthless.  This episode is a big exception.  After eight intense, stressful episodes we needed a break, and so did the people on the island.  We got that break from Hurley.  Hurley finds the VW van and tries to cheer people up by getting it started and having some fun.

Hurley’s flashback wasn’t too great.  The curse is discussed again, and we meet his father, but nothing important happens.  The episode was, in Tricia Tanaka’s words, “a puff piece”.

That’s not to say nothing of any importance happened.  Kate started to organize a rescue party for Jack, and she tells Rousseau about Alex.

I love this episode.  8.0/10.0

310-cheech-hurley-01Character Impressions:


-Hey, more stunt casting, this time it’s just so perfect.  Cheech as Hurley’s dad is just too awesome.

-Cheech to Hurley, “having hope is never stupid.  You gotta believe good things will happen and then they will…  In this world, son, you gotta make your own luck.” If that’s true then Hurley’s curse is just a self-fulfilling prophecy.

310-hurley-libby-01-Hurley’s opening scene on the island is so sad.  He’s talking to Libby at her grave.  I always think that this is a really light episode, but that scene is nearly tear-inducing.

-A jungle discovery is pretty cliched, but with Hurley involved it really works.

-This is the episode where we find out that Johnny and Starla ran off together.

310-roger-workman-01-Hurley acts completely crazy in this episode.  All of his lines are hilarious.  Whenever I get depressed while watching Lost I watch this episode.

-Mr. Tron, Lady Tron.  Awesome.

-“Roger Workman”

-Hurley judges time based on Rocky movies.

-“Shut up red-neck-man.”


-Sawyer gets a dart in the foot, of course.

-I love how ordinary Sawyer’s life was, especially compared to almost everyone else on the island.  He calls “Little House on the Prairie”, “Little House”, because he had mono when he was a kid for two months and he had only one channel in his trailer.  I think that’s why I like him, he’s so much more relatable than Jack, or most of the other people on the island.

-Sawyer calls Roger, Skeletor.  Any mention of Skeletor is always funny to me.


-Kate starts out with her plan to find The Others camp.


-Locke seems very surprised that The Others can get off the island.  You can almost see in his eye his desire to get rid of the way off the island.


310-rousseau-01-I love some of the words that Hurley tries to teach Jin, “crafty”.  Hilarious.  And then Sawyer teaches him some tricks with the ladies.


-Rousseau returns after what seems like a very long absence.

-Kate tells Rousseau about Alex, that was a great moment.

Flashbacks (what we knew then):

310-tricia-tanaka-01-I remember a few weeks before this episode aired I heard what it was called, “Tricia Tanaka is Dead”, and I was desperately trying to figure out who they were talking about.  Needless to say all of my theories were wrong.

Flashforwards (what we know now):


– Izi

2 Responses to “310 – Tricia Tanaka is Dead”

  1. 1 Anon
    November 23, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Man, this episode was so feel good. Sawyer being all pissy about his stuff but then going all soft once Hurley gave him a hug 😀

    It was sad he didn’t get to share it with Kate though, and stupid Charlie got to share his experience with Claire 😦

  2. 2 Jason
    January 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

    One of the most feel-good episodes of the series, and some great Sawyer moments too. Sawyer calling Charlie “Oliver Twist” and “Jiminey Cricket” are truly laugh out loud lines. Knowing what we know about young Ben, and his father Rodger, this episode has just enough mythology to prevent it from being a total puff piece.

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