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Quotes (2525)

  • (after hearing crashing noises from the jungle) Charlie: (quietly) Terrific.

  • Jack: Kate, you showed me where the smoke was. I can get there myself. Kate: I'm coming! Jack: (smiling) Well, you're going to need better shoes.

  • Jin: (In Korean to Sun) You must not leave my sight. You must follow me wherever I go. Do you understand? Don't worry about the others. We need to stay together.

  • Jack: Hey, can you hear me? (to Kate) I need that water. (He gives the pilot some water) Here you go, take it. Pilot: How many survived? Jack: At least 48. Does anything feel broken? Pilot: No. My head's a little dizzy, that's all. Jack: It's probably a concussion. Pilot: How long has it been? Jack: 16 hours. Pilot: 16? Has anybody come? Jack: Not yet.

  • Cindy: So, how's the drink? Jack: It's good. Cindy: That wasn't a very strong reaction. Jack: Well, it's not a very strong drink. Cindy: (hands him two more bottles) Shhh! Just don't tell anyone. Jack: This of course breaks some critical FAA regulations.

  • Jack: We must've been at about 40,000 feet when it happened. Hit an air pocket and dropped maybe 200 feet. The turbulence was... I blacked out. Kate: I didn't. I saw the whole thing. I knew that the tail was gone, but I couldn't bring myself to look back. And then the, the front of the plane broke off. Jack: Well, it's not here on the beach. Neither is the tail. We need to figure out which way we came in. Kate: Why? Jack: Because there's a chance we could find the cockpit. If it's intact, we might be able to find a transceiver. We could send out a signal, help the rescue party find us. Kate: How do you know all that? Jack: Took a couple flying lessons. Wasn't for me. Kate: I saw some smoke, just through the valley. If you're thinking about going for the cockpit, I'm going with you. Jack: I don't know your name. Kate: I'm Kate. Jack: Jack.

  • Kate: You don't seem afraid at all. I don't understand that. Jack: Well ... fear’s sort of an odd thing. When I was in residency, my first solo procedure was a spinal surgery on a sixteen-year-old kid. A girl. And at the end, after ... 13 hours, I was closing her up and I ... I accidentally ripped her dural sack. It’s right at the base of the spine where all the nerves come together. Membrane is thin as tissue. So it ... it ripped open. Nerves just spilled out of her like angel hair pasta. Spinal fluid flowing out of her and ... and the terror was just so ... crazy. So real. And I knew I had to deal with it. So I just made a choice. I’d let the fear in. Let it take over, let it do its thing. But only for five seconds, that’s all I was gonna give it. So I started to count: 1...2...3...4...5. And it was gone. I went back to work, sewed her up, and she was fine. Kate: If that had been me, I think I would’ve run for the door. Jack: No, I don’t think that’s true. (pause) You’re not running now.

  • (About the Marshall) Kate: Do you think he's gonna live? Jack: Do you know him? Kate: He was sitting next to me.

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Notes (911)

  • This episode recaps the first 73 days on the island.

  • This episode recapped the first 45 days on the island.

  • This episode recaps the first 62 days on the island.

  • Australian premiere was April 5, 2007 on Channel 7.

  • Polish premiere was November 30, 2006 on TVP1.

  • This "Lost" special aired originally at a special time at 8/7c, an hour before the series main timeslot.

  • On its original airing this one-hour clips show,scored for ABC with a time period winning 10.5/16 in the overnights, 14.56 million viewers and a 5.6/16 among adults 18-49.

  • This episode was narrated by actor Peter Coyote.

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Trivia (1950)

  • "Make Your Own Kind of Music" was the name of the song played in the opening scene most famously performed by "Mama" Cass Elliot on her 1969 album Bubblegum, Lemonade and Something for Mama.

  • The location of Kelvin's death is the same place we saw the 'tailies' in Abandoned, when (whilst carrying the unconscious Sawyer back to the beach) Mr Eko says he does not want to cross those rocks, but travel through the jungle instead.

  • Goof: The Oceanic airplane is supposed to be a Boeing 777, but when you see Jack running through the wreckage you can see that the main landing gear of the plane has only 4 wheels instead of the six a B-777 would have. Also, when Kate, Jack and Charlie reach the front section of the plane, in several shots where you can see the instruments of the cockpit, there are 3 engine indicators instead of the two a 777 would have.

  • "Black and white" myth: Charlie put white tape on his fingers, and write "Fate" with a black marker.

  • There's a deleted scene that takes place during the night: Hurley approaches Locke, and asks him if he wants to eat chicken or lasagna (food he recovered from the plane). Locke doesn't answer, and stares at the sky. Hurley leaves.

  • Numbers: 8: Claire says she's 8 months pregnant. The pilot has 8 stripes on his shoulders. 16: Jack's first surgery was done on a 16 year old girl. When Jack, Kate and Charlie find the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815, Jack tells the pilot that they crashed 16 hours ago. 23: The number of the seat that Jack was seated on in the plane was 23. The plane's flight number, "eight-fifteen", totals 23 when adding 8 and 15. 4, 8: Jack says that there are 48 survivors. 815: The crashed flight's number is Oceanic 815.

  • The production budget for the two-hour pilot was $11.5 million, making it the most expensive pilot in TV history and far greater than the cost of most television shows. This led to Disney firing ABC Entertainment Chairman Lloyd Braun for greenlighting the show, which went on to become ABC's biggest hit in years.

  • When Jack, Kate and Charlie are venturing into the jungle, they step over something that is assumed to be a log or something of that sort. In the commentary, they explained that what they actually stepped over was tracks for the dolley.

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Allusions (505)

  • Locke does the orange peel trick that Don Corleone does in the movie The Godfather.

  • Event: Walt reading a comic book Before being approached by his father, Walter is reading a comic book in Spanish. This comic is called Faster Friends, featuring DC Comics heroes The Flash (Jay Garrick and Wally West) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott and Kyle Rayner). The comic does make reference to a polar bear and two generations of people uniting, but the total significance of the comic book is unknown.

  • 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.

  • Shannon mockingly calls Boone "Captain America," a reference to the Marvel comic book superhero of the same name.

  • Lord of the Flies
    Locke has aspects from two different characters from the book "Lord of the Flies". He's partially like Jack, the hunter. He also has aspects of Simon, who was also disabled (But with epilepsy rather than in a wheel chair.) Simon also had a deep understanding of the island. The fact that they were hunting boars is also a reference.

  • Randy: (Locke's former manager) Locke, I told you I need those TPS reports done by noon today. The TPS-Report is a substitute for all the pointless work ever assigned to you by your boss, often a list of completed goals. Referred to in the movie Office Space, when Peter Gibbons' boss lectures him on the 'proper way to file TPS reports'.

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