Lost

Season 1 Episode 4

Walkabout

9
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 13, 2004 on ABC
9.5
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As food supplies run low, John Locke emerges as the hunter after the survivors learn there are wild boars near camp. Meanwhile, the survivors realize that they must somehow get rid of the rotting bodies from the fuselage. The flashbacks in this episode depict Locke's plans to get to Australia and participate in a "walkabout" tour.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best Episode of the Series

    10
    This episode, like all the lock-centric episodes, was amazing. When I watched this for the first time, I realized that this show was something different, not like other shows. This episode is probably one of the best episodes of any show I have ever watched (or maybe an episode of Dexter) but the ending is second to none. I miss this show
  • Most sublime tale of a man's first steps.

    10
    As the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 prepare for an impromptu memorial service for those among them who are no longer part of the living, "hunter" John Locke, a case filled with knives, murderer Kate Austen and reluctant family man Michael go into the jungle to hunt food, several flashbacks introduce the audience to the past of the "hunter" which is parochial at best, pathetic at worst.



    Apparently, Locke's life adventure reduced to this Australian Walkabout for which he prepared for years, developping skills that only got to carry on after the plane crash he survived due to the fact the guide rejected him on arrival, not unlike the Black Smoke Monster rejects to kill him when he volunteers as a distraction in order so Kate & Michael could scape.



    Convinced that his name might be added to the memorial, everyone on the camp is shocked when Locke shows up alive & well with the product of his hunt, a boar ready to be eaten...what would really shock them, what in fact shocked us all, is Locke's final flashback, moments after the plane crash, when he realizes for first time that he can walk again, no longer rejected he stands up, as tall as he is, ready to face the ultimate walkabout of his life ...as the fire consumes what's left of the wheelchair that bound his past life Locke smiles, free, alive and most of all walking.moreless
  • Awesome.

    10
    The fuselage is burned after it is raided by a group of wild boars. Locke successfully goes hunting for boar. Locke encounters the monster, but he does not tell anyone about this. In flashbacks, it is revealed that he was in a wheelchair before the plane crash and healed after the crash. Ah, the days they ran away from wild boars, I miss those days! I love they way Locke is made out to liik like a weirdo in the frist season, it's so cool. I love Michael, he is so funny, one of my favourite characters in season one. I also love Charlie, the best character on the whole show, he is so funny, and when him and Hurleya re fishing it's too good!moreless
  • 104

    9.2
    Superb episode of Lost, but that really isn't surprising, is it? I really did not expect that amazing ending, I really was looking forward to the Locke-centric episode just because of how mysterious he was in the first 3 episodes. He was just amazing here tonight.



    Amazing back story, and incredible outcome and effect the crash had on his life. I'm loving all the character interactions between everyone like Kate & Sayid, Shannon & Charlie, just all the characters, really.



    This has become one of the most intriguing shows I have ever watched and this episode just followed that same pattern. Overall, superb episode of this show, Locke definitely became one of my favorites tonight.moreless
  • Sheds some light on John Locke...

    9.5
    The episode starts well with a boar attack but from there it gets even better, the scene were John Locke finally gets notice by the survivours is awesome, the speech, the music, the knife the "Who is this guy?" it's a great scene. The hunting scenes are the best in this episode when it comes the island parts but then there is the flashbacks. Throughtout the series I have thought that the real time scenes are better than the flashback but sometimes flashbacks are just as good in this episode the flashbacks are the best, especially when you rewatch it and notice things, little clues to the conclusion of the episode. Oh and what a conclusion by the way totally didn't see it coming, it's wonderfully acted by Terry O'Quinn as he shouts the infamous catchprase "dont tell me what I can't do" and then the other conclusion were Locke wakes up on the beach and realizes that the island has healed him that the island is speacil. This remians to be one of the highlight episodes of the first season and even the entire series,moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Numbers: 23

      It is mentioned that Harold Wollstein, one of the passengers that died in the plane crash, was in seat 23C. Jack, Rose and Bernard were also on adjacent seats in the same row, 23.

    • When Jack is cleaning Charlie's cut after the boar attack, the camera pans upwards and you can see a small tattoo of two figures on Charlie's shoulder. Dominic Monaghan, who plays Charlie, got this tattoo ("nine" in Elvish) to commemorate his part in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Monaghan, along with eight other actors who got the tattoo, were part of a the Fellowship of the Ring, the central group of characters in the films.

    • Goof: It is mentioned that Harold Wollstein is a dead passenger in Seat 23C. This is not accurate, however, as 23C would have been where Rose was sitting prior to the crash. This can be seen from Jack sitting in a 2-seat section of Row 23 in "Pilot" and other episodes. He was in Seat 23A. This means that Harold had to be in Seat 23B, unlikely since Jack sits there in order to keep Rose calm, or in Seat 23E since Rose's husband would presumably have been in Seat 23D.

    • This is the second episode entitled "Walkabout" that Terry O'Quinn is in. The first one was the series Millennium 1x17.

    • When Locke faces the giant creature, he steps back and he brushes against some leaves. But when it is switched to the creature's point of view, Locke is shown in front of the leaves and when he steps back, he still isn't close enough to brush the leaves.

    • Numbers: 4 there are 4 scratch scars on Jacks face.

    • When Locke returns to work in the flashback, he's typing on an adding machine. As the receipt prints, the sound of the smoke monster can be heard. In a recent episode of the official Lost podcast, Carlton Cuse revealed that the sound was taken from a NY Cab's receipt printer.

    • Numbers: 4

      Locke has been in a wheelchair for 4 years.

    • Numbers: 8

      Locke has been talking to Helene for 8 months.

    • Numbers: 4

      Jack mentions that they have been on the island for 4 days. Kate has 4 scratches on her face.

    • Island events in this episode take place on September 26th 2004.

    • We learn that, prior to the crash, Locke's legs were paralyzed and he was bound to a wheelchair.

    • In the scene where Charlie and Hurley are attempting to catch a fish, as Hurley gives the spear to Charlie his shirt is wet from before. After Charlie misses and Hurley starts to laugh, his shirt is dry. As Hurley helps Charlie back up his shirt is wet again.

    • Rose tells Jack she's aware he made a promise [in the episode: Pilot: Pilot (1)] to keep her company until her husband returns. But, she says, "I'm letting you off the hook."

      Jack would hear these words again in the episode "Do No Harm".

    • Kate, Charlie and Jack told everyone else that there were no survivors inside the nose of the plane. However, Kate starts talking about something the pilot said to a group of people who didn't go on the expedition and no one commented.

    • While Norman Croucher is a determined and admirable individual, he did not climb Mt. Everest as Locke states. His best Himalaya climb was on Cho Oyo in Tibet, the sixth tallest mountain in the world.

    • In Locke's flashback when he's in the lunchroom, his boss comes in, puts a coin in a vending machine, and just immediately reaches down and grabs a candy bar. In the real world most folks have to punch the buttons to get what they want.

  • QUOTES (37)

    • Tour Agent: The Walkabouts we arrange here are not just a stroll through the park. It's trekking through vast stretches of desert, rousting bloody treacherous woods.
      Locke: Look, you've got no idea who you're talking to. I'm well aware of what's involved, believe me. I probably know more than you on the subject.
      Tour Agent: In any case, it's a trying ordeal for someone in peak physical condition, let alone...
      Locke: Look, I booked this tour a month ago, you've already got my money. Now, I demand a place on that bus.
      Tour Agent: You misrepresented yourself.
      Locke: I never lied.
      Tour Agent: By omission, Mr. Locke. You neglected to tell us about your condition.
      Locke: My condition is not an issue. I've lived with it for 4 years. It's never kept me from doing anything.
      Tour Agent: Look, unfortunately it is an issue for our insurance company. I can't keep the bus waiting any longer. It isn't fair to the other people.
      Locke: Hey, don't talk to me about fair!
      Tour Agent: I can get you on a plane back to Sydney on our dime. That's the best I can do.
      Locke: No. I don't want to go back to Sydney. Look I've been preparing for this for years. Just put me on the bus, right now, I can do this.
      Tour Agent: No, you can't.

    • Kate: Is this when you say I told you so?
      Jack: I'm not big on rubbing it in.

    • Shannon: (to Boone) Oh go rescue a baby bird or something!

    • Walt: So it was like a boar fight!?
      Michael: Not too much of a fight. It was more like me getting gored.

    • Rose: You know, doctor, you don't have to keep your promise.
      Jack: Promise?
      Rose: The one you made me on the plane to keep me company until my husband got back from the restroom. I'm letting you off the hook.

    • Charlie: Well, I really appreciate you helping me out. Thanks.
      Hurley: Anything to keep me far away from that fuselage and that freakin' redneck jerk.

    • Boone: Hey doc, you got a second?
      Jack: What's up?
      Boone: The woman's been sitting over there by herself. Maybe she's having trouble dealing with her husband? I don't think she's had anything to eat or drink. Think maybe you can go talk to her?
      Jack: Why me? I'm not a psychiatrist. I mean, maybe you should.
      Boone: I just thought you might want to do it. You're the one that saved her life.

    • Jack: Look, I'm not happy about it either, but we crashed a 1000 miles off course. They're looking for us in the wrong place. It's been 4 days, no one's come. Tomorrow morning we need everyone to start gathering up wood, dried brush, and turn that fuselage into a furnace. Wait until the sun goes down tomorrow night before we set the fire.
      Charlie: If he's so eager to burn the bodies why are we waiting until sundown?
      Kate: He's hoping someone will see it.

    • Sayid: Burning the remains, they deserve better than that.
      Jack: Better than what? Being eaten by wild animals? Because that's what's going to happen. Any bodies we bury are not going to stay buried for very long. Look, I know this seems harsh, but that fuselage in the sun.... it's not about what they deserve. They're gone, and we're not.

    • Claire: Somebody's in there.
      Sayid: Everyone in there's dead.

    • Locke: I'm fine. I can do this.
      Kate: John, you can't.
      Locke: Don't tell me what I can't do.

    • Jack: So? Hunting boar, now, huh?
      Kate: Who says it's my first time boar hunting?
      Jack: Uh-huh. Tell me something, how come every time there's a hike into the heart of darkness you sign up? You know what's in there.
      Kate: Actually, I don't...And neither do you.

    • Hurley: Jethro here's hoarding the last of the peanuts.
      Sawyer: My own stash. I found it in there.
      Jack: What about the rest of the food?
      Hurley: There is no rest of the food, dude. We kind of...ate it all.

    • Sayid: (To Kate) It appears you are as anxious to get off this island as I am.

    • Shannon: Can I ask you something?
      Charlie: Oh, I wondered when this was going to come up. Yes, I'm the bass guitarist in D-
      Shannon: Yeah, do you know anything about fishing?
      Charlie: What? Fishing? My granddad used to take me out, taught me everything he knows ... Everything he knew, he's dead now, God rest his soul. Yeah, I'm like a ... I'm a fishing fiend. I mean England's an island so I just throw it in and ... fish.

    • Randy: What is it with you, Locke? Why do you torture yourself? I mean, imagining you're some hunter? Walkabouts? Wake up, you can't do any of that.
      Locke: Norman Croucher.
      Randy: What? Norman what?
      Locke: Norman Croucher. Norman Croucher, double amputee, no legs. He climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. Why? It was his destiny.
      Randy: That's what you think you've got, old man? Destiny?
      Locke: Just don't tell me what I can't do.

    • Boone: Are you even listening to me?
      Shannon: What's a four letter word for "I don't care?"

    • Boone: I don't think the hunt went very well. The bald guy never came back.
      Shannon: Wait, they didn't bring back any food at all?
      Boone: Did you hear what I just said? Somebody might have died out there.
      Shannon: Well, we're all going to die if somebody doesn't do something.

    • Michael: Nice work.
      Locke: What?
      Michael: The boar. Nice work, you know, killing it. Just thought I should say something. So that thing, the monster, whatever. She said it was headed right towards you. Did you see anything? Get any kind of look at it?
      Locke: No.

    • Sayid: (to all survivors) We can find food. There are plenty of things in this island that we can use as sustenance.
      Sawyer: Exactly how we going to find a sustenance?
      Locke: (throws dagger to hit near Sawyer) We hunt.

    • Claire: Somebody's in there.
      Jack: Sawyer.
      Sawyer: Right behind ya, jackass.

    • Boone: (speaking about Rose) I just think somebody should go talk to her.
      Shannon: I nominate you, Captain America. You just can't help yourself, can you?

    • Kate: If I didn't know any better, I'd say you're worried about me, Jack.
      Jack: If I didn't know any better, I'd say you have a problem staying in one place for very long, Kate. So, you want to tell me why you're really going?
      Kate: (showing the antenna to Jack) Sayid gave me this so he can triangulate the distress signal we heard -- find the source.
      Jack: This isn't about boars.
      Kate: I'm a vegetarian.

    • Hurley: What's your problem? Hand them over.
      Sawyer: How about no?
      Hurley: There's other people here or don't you give a crap?
      Sawyer: Well if one of us wouldn't eat more than his fair share. . .
      Hurley: Oh that's bull and you know it. You're not happy unless you're screwing over everybody. . .
      Sawyer: Hey don't patronize me, pork pie.
      Boone (entering): Guys, knock it off.
      Sawyer: Stay out of this metro.

    • (Kate hands Sayid the broken antenna)
      Kate: I'm sorry, I guess I should have gotten the warranty.

    • Kate: Rest here for a minute.
      Michael: I thought the guy with the gimpy leg should be deciding when we rest?

    • Rose: You have a nice way about you, a good soul, patient, caring. I suppose that's why you became a doctor?
      Jack: Thanks. But, I was kinda born into it. Family business.

    • Jack: Rose, you shouldn't be out here alone. You're suffering from post traumatic shock.
      Rose: Aren't we all?
      Jack: Yeah, I guess we are.

    • Charlie: Did you get it?
      Hurley: Dude, quit asking me that.
      Charlie: Sorry. You said you knew how to fish?
      Hurley: Yeah, off the Santa Monica pier with my old man with a fishing pole and bait. I never had to try and poke one with a sharp stick.

    • Kate: Your son, how's he handling all of this?
      Michael: A hell of a lot better than I am.

    • Rose: My husband is not dead.
      Jack: Rose, he was in the tail section of the plane. It broke off in mid-flight. I'm sorry, but everyone who was in the rear of the plane is gone.
      Rose: They're probably thinking the same thing about us.

    • Jack: (to Locke, after he throws the knife next to Sawyer's shoulder) You either have very good aim or... very bad aim.

    • Locke: A boar's usual mode of attack is to circle around and charge from behind. So I figure it'll take at least three of us to distract her long enough for me to flank one of the piglets, pin it and slit its throat.
      Sawyer: (to Jack) And you gave him his knife back?
      Jack: Well, if you've got a better idea.
      Sawyer: Better than three of you wandering into the magical forest to bag a hunk of ham with nothing but a little bitty hunting knife? Hell no! It's the best idea I've ever heard.

    • Locke: Hey, hey, don't you walk away from me. (Camera pans back to reveal Locke is in a wheelchair). You don't know who you're dealing with! Don't ever tell me what I can't do, ever! This...this is destiny. This is my destiny! I - I'm supposed to do this, damn it! Don't tell me what I can't do! Don't tell me what I can't...

    • Sawyer: (to Kate when she gets back to the beach) So the mighty huntress returns. What's for dinner, hon. . .
      Kate: Not now.

    • Jack: We don't have time to sort out everybody's God.
      Charlie (sarcastically): Really? Last I heard we were positively made of time.

    • Shannon: The ocean's full of fish.
      Boone: Hate to break it to you...the ocean's not gonna take your gold card.

  • NOTES (10)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • 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'.

    • Jack: "Heart of Darkness"
      Jack mentions the jungle being a "heart of darkness" which is a reference to a book of the same name by Joseph Conrad. The book is about a man who travels deep into the jungle in Africa. The book also inspired the movie Apocalypse Now.

    • Character name: John Locke
      John Locke is the name of a famous Enlightenment philosopher (1632-1704), who championed democratic ideals, as well as promoting logic and reason. Men like Thomas Jefferson are considered intellectual heirs of John Locke, and thus he can be thought of as the godfather of the US Constitution.

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