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Randy Nations
 
 
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Randy Nations
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Connection
He was the employer of both Hurley and Locke.
Season(s)

S1 - S2 - S3 - MP - S4 - S5 - S6

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Randy Nations was the cruel, diabolical, and taunting middle management boss for whom both Hurley and Locke have worked.

Working with Hurley

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Randy reprimands Hurley for eating on the clock.

While managing Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack, Randy reprimanded Hurley for eating an 8-piece dark meat chicken combo without paying and giving more than two napkins per client. Hurley and Johnny then quit and, later that night, vandalized Randy's property by spelling "CLUCK YOU" on his lawn with garden gnomes. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")

At an unspecified point in time, Mr. Cluck's closed down, and then was bought and reopened by Hurley, using the money from his lottery winnings. He hired back Randy to work there, but the day before the grand opening, the building was hit by a meteorite and totally destroyed. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")

Working with Locke

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Randy taunts Locke at the box company. ("Walkabout")

A short time later, Randy took a job at Hurley's box company in Tustin, California working as Locke's boss. He taunted and belittled Locke, questioning him about Helen and whether he was really a Colonel, and telling him he wouldn't be able to go on a walkabout due to his condition and lack of destiny. ("Walkabout")


After the rescue of the Oceanic Six

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Randy filming Hurley's car crash ("The Beginning of the End")

Almost two years later, after the Oceanic Six (including his former boss Hurley) returned to the mainland, Randy was now an employee of Circuit House.

He can be briefly seen video taping the end of Hurley's car chase with a hand-held video camera, albeit with the lens cap still on. It is unknown if he was aware that the driver of the car was Hurley. ("The Beginning of the End")

Flash sideways

In the flash sideways world, Randy still worked at the box company owned by Hugo Reyes. Randy and Hugo seemed to again have an unpleasant work history.

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Randy prepares to fire John in the flash sideways. ("The Substitute")

Randy sent Locke to a corporate seminar in Sydney in September 2004, but after finding out that Locke had cancelled a meeting with Ken Fisher and had never picked up his credentials for the seminar, Randy investigated and discovered that Locke hadn't attended any part of the conference.

Angry with Locke for taking a "personal" vacation in Sydney "on the company's dime," he fired Locke on his first day back to work. ("The Substitute")

Find 815

Sam Thomas received a voicemail from a man named Richard who worked at "Randy's office." It is uncertain if this was the same Randy. Richard and Randy seemed to be financial advisors. Richard's message referenced a box company investment that Randy had suggested, and that it had burned down. An insurance payout had come through for Sam, and they wanted to know what to do with it. (Find 815 clues/January 22)

Sam answered straight back to Randy:

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I got your message (sorry for the email - I can't make phone calls out here). That's great news about the box company payout - the money'll come in handy now I'm no longer at Oceanic. Let me know what I should do about the tax situation.

Sam

Producers' commentary

Trivia

  • Randy's episode count is 5.
  • One of his appearances was made solely by his flash-sideways counterpart.
  • Randy had a cameo in "The Beginning of the End" where he was filming Hurley's car chase.
  • Randy was given the last name of "Burgess" on the official UK website Lost: The Untold, but the name was canonically confirmed as "Nations" in "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead". His full name was confirmed within the show itself in "The Substitute" when Hurley referred to him as "Randy Nations."
  • His last name is a reference to Lost writing staff member Gregg Nations.
  • Randy appeared once in every season except the fifth.
  • Randy's name could also be a reference to the nemesis of many characters in Stephen King's novels, Randall Flagg, assuming Randy is short for Randall and "Flags" being representative of various "Nations." The producers have confirmed that LOST takes some inspiration from King's novel The Stand, in which Flagg plays a major part.
  • Of the main characters, Randy has only met Locke and Hurley.
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