John Doe

Season 1 Episode 14

Ashes to Ashes

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • Keep on Pushing

    Starts in a Art GAllery where John is in his Groove.

    Some of the stone fall into place.

    Karen gets kidnapped and John once again uses the proper skills to avoid a COmputer Bomb(C-14). He gets kidnapped while looking for Karen- When Interviewed he is very good. When the pieces fall into place he has to go back to Horseshoe Island. End is very fitting- But Becarefull you might miss a momentmoreless
  • Sad episode!

    It was so sad that Karen died! I liked her so much on the show. She was one of the best players I had seen on the show. I kinda hoped that she and Doe would get together. I really liked this episode. It was so exiting and thrilling to wait and see if they would be able to rescue her. Great acting by everyone! I Love Doe! The scene where they found her was so sad and it was al so sad, I didn\'t want her to die, but still, I think this was one of the best episodes of JD.moreless
  • 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 findmoreless

    this is the best eposide of the season. not only we get to see the sexy head man gagged. but his

    little helper get kidnapped and killed. the nice thing about this epoisde is that karens ashes are put in paint backets and painted on the wall

    in her memory sigh.
Matt Winston

Matt Winston


Guest Star

Claudette Mink

Claudette Mink


Guest Star

Jocelyne Loewen

Jocelyne Loewen

Bad Perm

Guest Star

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Sharma


Recurring Role

Gary Werntz

Gary Werntz

Trenchcoat Man

Recurring Role

Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Yellow Teeth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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?

    • Doe has always used a Mac and has his hand on a Mac mouse however the bomb is set inside a Shuttle mini PC which has not had its case screwed back on.

  • 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