John Doe

Ashes to Ashes

Season 1, Ep 14, Aired 2/14/03
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  • Episode Description
  • The Phoenix group continues its deadly game with John, setting a trap for him as a lure to kidnap Karen and interrogate her about what she knows John and a mysterious "staff." John must follow a trail strewn with death to find Karen before it's too late for her as well.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jayne Brook

    Lt. Jamie Avery

  • John Marshall Jones

    Frank Hayes

  • William Forsythe


  • Dominic Purcell

    John Doe

  • Sprague Grayden

    Karen Kawalski

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Keep on Pushing

    By Bstern0675, Jun 28, 2006

  • Sad episode!

    By illyria_girl, Apr 17, 2006

  • in eposide jhon doe is kidnapped by a group called the phoinex. they bound and gag him and drove away. meanwhie karen is kidnapped and killed on the island.Jhon doe has been questio and given a few tests and relased with a promse of hem wathcing him find

    By angel03, Aug 01, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Digger: (admiring an abstract painting) Pardon the pun, but…what is this crap? Karen: Come on, Digger, open mind. Art isn’t right or wrong – it’s in the eye of the beholder. Digger: Well, these eyes are beholding something wrong. Very wrong.

    • John: You never mentioned you had a speedboat! Digger: You show your toybox to your kids, that's the last you see of your toys.

    Notes (3)

    • Conceptually, "John Doe" the series borrows some stuff from the show MacGyver, with John's rapid improvisations. Interestingly, MacGyver had a Phoenix organization too - possible in-joke?

    • Presumably the last appearance of Grace Zabriskie as Yellow Teeth, but we thought that when she was "killed" at the end of "Idaho" too...

    • This episode marks the (apparent) death of Sprague Grayden's character, Karen

    Trivia (6)

    • Why does John need a computer to compile and track Karen's information abouit lighthouses, vanilla, etc. He's supposed to know all this stuff.

    • When John finds Karen's body and holds her, she is clearly moving her eyes.

    • John answers the questions of the NSA persons when he leaves the room where he was questioned while the surveillance cameras are still watching him, proving that he is a walking encyclopedia. (editor's note - note that he tosses out a lot of trivia to them that could be verified as correct, too - you'd think this would count for something...)

    • So how was John going to give Phoenix the answer to his question? He doesn't seem to know that they are monitoring him at his apartment, so why would he just shout out the answer to thin air? There's no e-mail address or anything, so there's no way for him to type an answer either. If there's no way (obvious to John) that he can communicate the answer to them, it doesn't seem as if he's just going to shout it out to an empty room.

    • So why does John run downstairs and drive a truck into the power pole instead of throwing the circuit breaker or pulling the plug? Sure it's dramatic, but isn't it overkill?

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