John Doe


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/02
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  • Episode Description
  • In the opener, Doe awakens to find himself stranded on an island off Seattle. His uncanny newfound abilities are soon apparent to him, however, when he is rescued by Asian fishermen and begins to speak the sailors' language fluently. Later, as he watches a news report about a kidnapped girl, the color-blind Doe realizes that he is seeing the child in color. Sure that she holds the key to the mystery of who he is, Doe is eager to find her and offers his assistance to the skeptical cop who's working the case.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jayne Brook

    Lt. Jamie Avery

  • John Marshall Jones

    Frank Hayes

  • William Forsythe


  • Dominic Purcell

    John Doe

  • Sprague Grayden

    Karen Kawalski

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Promising series, too bad it was cancelled

    By BevinChu, Jan 01, 2013

  • Flat entertainment, poor character development, unoriginal cop story and smoking fillers

    By goa103, Jun 08, 2009

  • What would you do if you woke up with all the knowledge of the planet? I'd like to find out for myself.

    By Sebecean, Aug 02, 2005


    By Bstern0675, Jun 20, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • John: You in charge of the Jenny Nichols kidnapping? Frank: Maybe. Who are you? John: The guy who's gonna help you find her.

    • John: There are 342,204 inactive social security numbers allocated to dead or missing persons. So, I had my pick of names.

    • Jenny Nichols: Daddy says you're the mystery man here to fly me home. John Doe: I guess I am the mystery man.

    • John: So what am I? Escaped mental patient? Alien that sees in black and white? Government lobotomy experiment? What else was I to think? For a guy who had all the answers, I didn't have the ones that mattered the most.

    • John: Did I mention that I know everything, from the exact ingredients in a box of Apple Jacks to the mating rituals of a Quagis Zebra, and everything in-between.

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    Notes (1)

    • Music: 1) "We Luv U" - Grand Theft Audio (Doe drives), 2) " My Funny Valentine (played on piano), 3) "Mondo 77" - Looper (When Buying apartment), 4) "Trouble" - Coldplay (End of episode)

    Trivia (10)

    • If he knows everything, why did John have to call everywhere to know who uses one specific washing machine? It would be likely that he would simply know where those machines are used.

    • John's final balance is $12,000. The bookie holds six stacks of twenty dollar bills (presumably 100 bills in each stack), but counts the stacks at "$800, $900, $1,000, $12,000." Until the final stack, the bookie is considerably off. His dialogue, in conjunction with the stacks, should have been, "$6,000, $8,000, $10,000, $12,000."

    • Helicopter scene: The closeup shows one person in the helicopter, but a distance shot shows two people.

    • At the start you can see that the island John is on is alone with no others around it, but when he falls off you can clearly see an island directly opposite. Does this just appear magically?

    • How long was Nichols hiding beneath the locker room? It appears that at least several hours have passed since the "kidnapping" - how long did he stay down there? There doesn't seem to be a great deal of police security around the place - why did he stick around so long?

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