The Humor Gets LOST in the Shuffle
- Friday, January 29, 2010
This quote has everything - crazy theories, ideas about the Others, some foreshadowing, and a messed up word by the redneck. Plastetic? Classic. I would not be surprised if the writers lifted this quote straight off the fan theory boards.
"Attention, Others! Come in, Others. If you're listening to this, I want you to know that we got you bastards!" -- Hurley, over the walkie, still high over his heroic deed in his Big Blue Bus.
Hurley's not been the hero many times in his life, and here his exuberance gets the best of him. His friends are safe, and he wants his enemies to know that... even if he doesn't know what to call them.
"You're not taking drugs, are you John? I only ask because of the strict zero-tolerance policy you've enacted, and I wouldn't want you to have to start punching yourself in the face." -- Charlie.
Calling out any possibility of hypocrisy - so long as there are no real hard feelings - is usually good for a laugh. We know what Locke did to Charlie when he only suspected Charlie of using. Now, Locke is mixing up a bowl of Hallucinaton Paste (mmmm) for himself, which rightly makes Charlie say, "Um.... dude?"
"Jesus Christ is not a weapon." -- Hurley's mom Carmen, when Hugo holds her Jesus statue like a club, fearing there may have been a prowler.
It's funny because it's true (too many folks do wield the Lord as a metaphorical blunt instrument). But's it's also especially hilarious delivered in Carmen's latina accent.
Miles: Where the heck did they go, Tubby?
Hurley: Oh, awesome, the ship sent us another Sawyer.
Just what Hurley needs right now. I also like what the writers have done over the course of the series. It's not the fat joke that's funny, it's the retort to the way-too-easy, way-too-old fat person joke that gets the laugh.
"Dude, looks like someone steamrolled Harry Potter." -- Hurley, getting his first glimpse at Sawyer's new less-than-fashionable reading glasses.
This elicits the biggest laugh from Kate I've heard on the series. It was one of the first clues to how much she likes Sawyer, but still wants to see him get some comeuppance.
"Thank you, boar expert!" -- Sawyer, sarcastically, to Kate. He's convinced the boar is harrassing him, she gives him advice on how boars don't have personal motives.
Sawyer's delivery of the line is what had me laughing out loud at his frustration. Many of Sawyer's lines - and this is the prime example - make me laugh because I have a good friend who talks exactly like this, using a brand of Jack Nicholson-esque biting sarcasm that makes you laugh anyway.
"We both know all I'm gonna get for my trouble is a snappy one-liner, and if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname." -- Jack, to Kate, who has asked him to medically examine Sawyer.
Wow, a rare comedic line for Dr. Jack! And a dead-on diagnosis of what it's like to deal with Sawyer early on.
5) "So... Seoul. Is that in the good Korea or the bad Korea?" -- Hurley, making small talk with Sun while they wait for Vincent to do his business so they can see if he swallowed her ring.
Hurley follows this up with the just-as-comical contrast between Sun's purebred puppy, and his own mutt growing up who ate all his loose change and the next day "crapped out a buck-thirty-five! (He smiles broadly at Sun, she's somewhat horrified). Oh, and by the way, they don't really let people OUT of the bad Korea, Hugo. Knowing that these two become special pals as part of the O6 just makes these awkward early interplays between two individuals from vastly different worlds all the more endearing.
Sawyer: What's your problem, JumboTron?
Hurley: Shut up, red... neck... man!
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