As a little boy, Hurley carefully lays out his father's tools. They're repairing a Camaro together, and today they're going to work on the carburetor. But his father, David, wants Hurley to try and start the Camaro anyway. Of course nothing happens, and Hurley says it was stupid to try. David says having hope is never stupid. In this world you make your own luck. Then David tells Hurley he's going away for awhile and leaves.
On the island, Hurley talks to Libby at her grave and tells her he misses her. [quote-right]Later, he runs into Charlie and asks him why he's been moping around. Charlie confesses that Desmond told him he's going to die. Hurley thinks it's his fault. Death finds him because of the cursed numbers and lottery winnings. Charlie says that's ridiculous right as Vincent runs up carrying a skeletal arm in his mouth with a set of car keys hooked on it. Hurley chases Vincent through the jungle. Vincent drops the arm in a clearing, and Hurley sees a mini van tipped over on its side in the foliage. He is strangely excited by the discovery.
At the beach camp, Sun tries to teach Jin English, but it's frustrating for both of them. Hurley races back and tells everyone about the van. He wants to repair it and get it running because it'll be fun. However, no one cares except for Jin. He's happy to get away from Sun.
[break]Sawyer and Kate trek through the jungle and are almost home. Kate tells him he could say he's sorry and they'd start over, giving each other a clean slate. Sawyer refuses to apologize. He ain't got nothing to be sorry about. They continue to the beach camp. Everyone's excited to see them. Separated by the happy throng, Sawyer looks for Kate. She's looking away. He turns his attention to the crowd and misses Kate looking over for him. It's a bittersweet moment.
Hurley and Jin find the rest of the skeleton in the van's driver's seat. His name is sewn on his jumpsuit: Roger. They open the back of the van, and cans of beer spill out. Hurley realizes Roger was on a beer run. They take Roger out of the van and try to push the van over. However, they can't leverage it.
Flashback to the grand re-opening of Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack. Television reporter Tricia Tanaka interviews Hurley for a news story, but Hurley is not a good interviewee. Frustrated, she goes inside to shoot some background footage. Suddenly, a meteor plummets through the sky and slams into the Chicken Shack, killing Tricia Tanaka and crew. Hurley is convinced it's because of him the curse is inescapable!
[quote-left]He returns home and tells his mom what happened. The only way to stop the curse is for him to go to Australia to find the origin of the numbers. She slaps him. He's not cursed, and to prove it she says his father, David, is back. Sure enough, David comes around a corner and says hello. Hurley is shocked, and even more convinced he's cursed.
[break]On the island, Charlie wants to know when he's going to die. Desmond says it doesn't work like that. Sawyer interrupts them and wants to know where all his stuff is. Desmond apologizes for drinking the Scotch but says it wasn't just him, but three of them. Sawyer guesses who the third culprit was.
Hurley is thrilled to see Sawyer and gives him a big hug. Sawyer's outrage dwindles, and together they're able to push the van over. Inside they find blueprints apparently Dharma was building a dirt road. Hurley tries the engine, but it doesn't work. [quote-left]Jin tells him he can't fix it. Sawyer also has a negative attitude, and Hurley gets mad at them. He says they could all use a little hope. After everything that's happened to him on the island, Sawyer doesn't have any hope left.
Flashback to Hurley's house. Carmen admits she hired someone to find David. [quote-right]She felt Hurley needed a manly influence to stop him from thinking about numbers and curses. Hurley is upset, and says he doesn't need a father. The only reason David is back is because of the money. Hurley decides to get rid of all of it. Carmen then shows David the garage, where Hurley has kept the Camaro, still unrepaired.
[break]When they're alone, David confesses that Carmen is worried Hurley's blown another gasket because he wants to run off to Australia. But David has a plan to get rid of the curse. Hurley reluctantly goes along with the plan and finds himself in a psychic's house. Madam Karnoff reads his tarot cards and says she sees the curse around him. There is a solution he must be exorcised. As she prepares an outrageous concoction, Hurley realizes his father bribed her and leaves.
As Hurley's about to leave for Australia, David admits he came back for the money. He tells Hurley to go ahead and give all the money away but to save just enough for a new carburetor. Together they'll fix the Camaro. And as heartbreaking as his plea is, as much as Hurley may want to believe David, he just can't. Hurley leaves, saying he'll send a postcard from Sydney.
[quote-left]On the island, Hurley gets an idea. They're going to make their own luck and get a "win" for once. They're going to push the van down the hill and Hurley's going to pop the clutch.[quote-right]
Hurley convinces Charlie to join him, and Sawyer and Jin push the van over over the crest. Hurley focuses, poised for just the right moment, as the van picks up speed. He closes his eyes, pops the clutch and the engine sputters and rumbles to life! They avoid a wall of boulders just in time and pick up Sawyer and Jin. All four yell and cheer as they drive around in circles. A simple car ride has given them hope. They return to the beach to tell their story. Jin has Sun, Charlie has Claire, but Sawyer has...no one. Kate isn't there.
In the jungle, Kate tells Locke and Sayid she wants to go back and rescue Jack. She finds Rousseau and asks her for help. Rousseau can lead them to the Others' camp. [quote-left] Rousseau refuses. Kate tells her she's seen Alex, her daughter, living with the Others. Rousseau stares at her, shocked. She doesn't say anything, but it looks like Kate found her help.