John Doe

Season 1 Episode 14

Ashes to Ashes

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

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