“Lost,” Episode 12, “Everybody Loves Hugo”

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The only silver lining when you have to miss the first-run airing of “Lost” by a day or two is that there’s a less time to wait for the next installment.

After a second viewing of “Everybody Loves Hugo,” written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and helmed by Daniel Attias, I started thinking about that quick scene where we see Daniel Faraday bawling while he watches news footage of the recovery of bogus Oceanic Flight 815 planted (we think) by Charles Widmore. I believe that was either toward the end of season four or early season five. I’m thinking now that stands as one of our first, if not the first, glimpse of the alternate reality that has bedeviled “Lost” lovers this season.

Another thought was about the parallels for the initial group of castaways who wound up going back in time to the 1970s (Sawyer, Miles, Jin) between what happens to them in Dharma times and what happens in their flash sideways narratives. Sawyer and Miles go into law enforcement, Jin is forever searching for his lost love and Hurley finds happiness in the kitchen. Juliet, of course, is the odd woman out here. Meanwhile, the group that winds up back in the States is just miserable, from Jack to Kate to Sun to Hurley to Sayid.

And then there’s Locke, who dove into the well of destiny last season, and now he’s pushed Desmond down the same rabbit hole. (It is the same one, right?) Of course, Des pays him back, brother, in the flash sideways, in a big way.

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