Lost
Numbers

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The hand that Lockes the cradle

"You must be the French chick," says Hurley, wisely dropping the "crazy" from his vocabulary. She wants to know who he is, and he's all, "I'm Hurley. Friend of Sayid? Guy you tortured?" He reaches for the notes of hers he has in his pocket, prompting a little more intense rifle-pointing, until he tells her that he's just got some of her notes. He slowly pulls out the page with the numbers, and pleads with her to tell him why she wrote them. She says she doesn't know. Hurley doesn't take this news well, and he puts his arms down. "Okay. That thing in the woods? Maybe it's a monster. Maybe it's a pissed-off giraffe. I don't know! The fact that no one is even looking for us, yeah, that's weird. But I just go along with it! 'Cause I'm along for the ride! Good ol' fun-time Hurley! Well, guess what. Now? I want some friggin' answers!" He holds up the paper again.

Rousseau puts down the rifle. She says her ship picked up a transmission of those numbers, repeated over and over again. They changed course to investigate, and even after they shipwrecked, the team tried to find the source of the transmission. "It was weeks before we found the radio tower," she says. Hurley's all, "Radio tower?" and Rousseau says there's a radio tower up by the black rock (which is noted on the map Sayid had). Rousseau says that her team tried to determine the meaning of the numbers while they waited for rescue, and after "the sickness" wiped out the team, she went back to the radio tower and changed the transmission to the distress signal the castaways heard. Hurley wants to know if they ever figured out anything about the numbers, where they get their power. Rousseau's thinking, "Oh, and I'm crazy?" Hurley says the numbers bring bad stuff. "They're cursed. You know that, right? The numbers. They're cursed." Rousseau considers this, and says the numbers brought her, and apparently Hurley, to the island. And since then, she's lost everything and everyone she cared about. "So yes. I suppose you're right. They are cursed." Hurley looks like he might cry. "Thank you. You have no idea how long I've been waiting for someone to agree with me!" and he wraps her up in a big bear hug. Hurley, dude? This woman that you've just been validated by, you know she's nutso, right?

It looks like Sayid and Jack are scavenging whatever they can, like lanterns, from Rousseau's hideout, and Jack points out rather needlessly that they need to find Charlie and Hurley and get out of there. Jack says he just hates going home empty-handed. Sayid, however, appears to have found a fragment of his picture of Nadia, so I guess the trip wasn't a total loss.

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