Tabula Rasa

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/6/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Tensions begin to rise among the signal party as they return from the mountains. At the beach, Jack becomes increasingly suspicious of Kate, the fugitive the marshal was escorting back to America. Flashbacks center on Kate's time in Australia prior to the crash, where she lived with a farmer named Ray Mullen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terry O'Quinn

    John Locke

  • Harold Perrineau Jr.

    Michael Dawson

  • Emilie de Ravin

    Claire Littleton

  • Matthew Fox

    Jack Shephard

  • Naveen Andrews

    Sayid Jarrah

  • Fan Reviews (70)
  • What did Kate do?

    By DexterMorgan2, Jun 07, 2013

  • 103

    By Canogaparkcindy, Feb 16, 2011

  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Jun 29, 2009

  • No more bullets to save them from Polar Bears and Monsters...

    By Jacob316, Feb 09, 2010

  • Good follow-up

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Jan 04, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • Ray: Melbourne's a hundred kilometers from here. Kate: I like walking. Ray: And you just happened to wander onto my farm? Kate: I like farms, too.

    • Jack: What's in the bag? Sawyer: Booze, smokes, a couple Playboys. What's in yours? Jack: Medicine. Sawyer: Well that about sums it up, don't it?

    • Charlie: What are you making? Locke: A whistle. Charlie: I once played some tribal flutes in a recording studio ... I'm in a band.

    • Jack: What are you doing in here? Sawyer: Trick-or-Treat. Same as you. Jack: You're looting! Sawyer: Ah! You say potato...

    • Sayid: The others are getting upset. They want to know what’s going on inside the tent. Jack: I’m trying to save his life.

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    Notes (7)

    • Music: 1. Leavin' On Your Mind by Patsy Cline. 2. Wash Away by Joe Purdy.

    • In Latin America, this episode was known as "Borron Y Cuenta Nueva", which is an expression used for making a fresh start in life.

    • International Airdates: Denmark: January 21, 2005 on Kanal 5 Greece: August 6, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • Aired in Sweden on February 16th, 2005.

    • This episode features two songs: "Leavin' On Your Mind" by Patsy Cline featured on the album "Greatest Hits" played while Kate and Ray are driving to the train station and "Washed Away" by Joe Purdy featured on the album "Julie Blue" played during the closing scenes.

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    Trivia (20)

    • The farmer tells Kate that he saw her photo in the post office and that her capture would result in a $23,000 reward. However, Australian wanted posters are usually shown in police stations. Post offices never have them and they normally do not specify rewards.

    • Jack tells Kate that the US Marshal may survive "2, 3, or 4 days." 4 is one of "The Numbers."

    • Charlie retapes the finger that had the letter 'F' and writes the letter 'L', now spelling - L A T E.

    • In numerology, you assign numbers to each letter of the alphabet: a=1, b=2, c=3 ... z=26, to find hidden meanings in text. Applying this to LATE (what Charlie writes on his bandages): -L=12. -A=1. -T=20. -E=5. 12x1x20x5=1200. 1200 can be divided by 4, 8, 15 and 16, which are almost all The Numbers. Plus, those are 4 numbers. Once again, 4 is one of The Numbers.

    • Numbers: Kate's mug shot number is 961136, which not only contains a reversed 16, but is perfectly divisible by 4, 8 and 16. also if you add 961136 you get 26 and 2+6 is 8

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    Allusions (3)

    • ONE-ARMED MAN It is revealed that the farmer that temporarily hires fugitive Kate to help around the farm has a prosthetic arm. This is a possible to allusion to the 1960's television series The Fugitive where Dr. Richard Kimble (played by David Janssen) spends the entire run of the series outrunning the authorities and hunting the real killer, the "one-armed man." The show was made into a feature film in 1993 starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Kimble.

    • Charlie: Al-Jazeera is a network. Is in reference to the Arabic television channel based in Qatar. It is the largest and most controversial Arabic news channel in the Middle East. It was established in 1996.

    • Episode name: Tabula rasa (Latin: "scraped tablet", though often translated "blank slate") is the notion that individual human beings are born "blank" (with no built-in mental content), and that their identity is defined entirely by events after birth. Coincidentally, this was thought up by the philosopher John Locke, who shares his name with a character. Tabula Rasa is a fitting name for this episode. At the end, Jack tells Kate that they all died on the plane crash and they are all new people portrayed by their activities on the island and not their past.

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