Season 2 Episode 9

What Kate Did

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 30, 2005 on ABC
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Kate begins to believe that she is going mad after experiencing familiar sights and sounds. As her backstory continues, her original crime is revealed. Meanwhile, Eko shows Locke an interesting item.

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  • What Kate Did

    An episode that was definitely worth the hype, it's full of drama and memorable moments both on and off the Island, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave fans in suspense until January.
  • Awesome.

    Kate tends to a wounded Sawyer as Shannon's funeral takes place, which Ana Lucia refuses to attend. As Locke and Mr. Eko are warned not to use the hatch's computer for communication, Michael uses the computer to communicate with someone that he thinks is Walt. Flashbacks reveal Kate's original crime, the murder of her father. I love the start of this episode. Ilove the scene where Sawyer tells Jack thats he loves Kate. I love Kate's back story it is always awesome and very entertaining. Oh my god, I love the scene where Jack and Kate kiss, I love them but then I love Sawyer and Kate too. I love the Hurley and Jacks scenes where Hurley talks about Rose and her husband - so funny. I love Kate and Sawyers scenes too I love the way the horse is with them. Oh and the ending is awesome. Oh and the scene where Michael on the computer talking to somebody who he believes it's Walt - awesome storyline.moreless
  • In this we find what happened or as the title says, what kate did. So there are quite a few flashbacks. We see more of Michael typing to Walt via the terminal and we get to see the rest of the film footage, from Mr Eko.moreless

    Its the following morning of the two groups getting to join as one, we see Jin emerge from the shelter with Sun very much smiling follow him, and as they are cuddling, Jin looks over to Hurley and sees him smile and smiles back.

    Sawyer wakes slightly, pleasing Jack and asks for Kate, Jack explains that after not leaving his side for 24 hours, she is having a break and resting. Then we see her up a tree and picking fruit, she nearly falls out, drops a few to the ground. Whilst picking them up, see senses something behind her, turning she sees a horse.

    We flashback to Kate in the normal world, sitting on a doorstep and playing with a zippo. A man comes up in a car, drunk, then she ends up putting him to bed, before getting back on her motorcycle and driving off. Just as the whole house blows up. Then she enters a diner to see her mom, gets a coffee and has a chat, she gives her the house insurance policy and with a hug says that she wont be seeing her for a while.

    Kate goes back to help nurse Sawyer, saying that Jack should be back on the beach with everyone else, for the funeral of Shannon. Mr Eko says he'll be going, but Ana says that she won't be able to make it, even when Mr Eko says it was an accident.

    Sayid gives the opening to the funeral, admitting to all that he loves her. Jack says a word and then they all say their own farewells. Meanwhile, Kate has put on some music and is mashing up some fruit for Sawyer, who then wakes and tries to strangle Kate saying that he should have killed him.

    Jack and Locke get back to the bunker, to find Sawyer on the floor and the warning buzzer going off. They stop the countdown with a second to go and get Sawyer back onto the bed.

    We get a flashback to Kate buying a bus ticket, getting arrested for murder by a marshall, he saying that her mom turned her in, then she saying that they got the wrong person and it phasing back to her on the island, having a little breakdown and kissing Jack long and hard.

    Michael is asking Locke about the blast doors built into the ceiling, did his buddy have any knowledge or tell them about it. Locke says there is a video and Mr Eko asks if he can watch it too. Both seem to have questions but only Michael is the one to say that the film did not really explain anything, that there were gaps in the film, cleverly spliced.

    Life goes on for most, we see Kate in another flashback, get away from a marshall after he had crashed the car by accident, when trying to light a cigarette whilst driving in heavy rain, as she was driving off a black horse appeared in front of her.

    Micheal asks Locke about all the equipment in the control room and how it is that the numbers can't already be inputted prior to 4 mins. Mr Eko talks more

    to Locke, this time about a book that was found in the bunker on the other side of the island, in this book is a piece of film, it may be the missing piece that explains the orientation better.

    Kate went to see her Dad at an Army recruitment centre, to ask him why didnt he tell her, that the guy she blew up was her real dad, that she had to find it out when she was looking for stuff to put in her scrapbook birthday present for him. She then talks through her craziness to Sawyer, who wakes up and is happy to be in Kates presence.

    Locke and Mr Eko put the film back into the proper order, whilst Kate gives Sawyer a tour of the bunker and then leads him outside. Saying that he needs a haircut, Sawyer says that he might just take himself back inside, as when Kate turns around the horse is there, this time she is able to stroke it.

    Jack and Ana get to have a drink whilst sitting on the beach. The film part that was missing, advises strongly that the computer not be used for anything else, as it may lead to another incident, but as we hear this Michael sees the computer say Hello, he responds and the last section we see is it saying Dad?moreless
  • Escalofríos

    La verdad lo que haya hecho Kate con su vida no me interesa demasiado, ya sabemos que es una descocada y que hizo de las suyas. Lo que me importa y me deja sin aliento es esa biblia, es John/Jesus, es Mr. Eko y su determinación, es esa computadora infernal y el "hellow" del otro lado. Es Matt, son los fantasmas y transmutaciones y recuerdos y Dharmas y filmaciones.

    Me puse a pensar si los nombres de algunos de los protagonistas se corresponden con los apóstoles, pero no los busqué. Esto está cada vez mejor. Leí el Salmo 23 y la verdad si lo que creo que va a pasar pasa...moreless
  • Turns out what she did was is only half the story, alogn with another piece of the puzzle

    One of the things the passengers of Flight 815 is that they all seemed to have parents whose lives were an added burden to them. Locke's father was a con man; Jack's was a drunk; Sun's father is a criminal; Sawyer's mothers affair ended in tragedy. This season we've seen how Shannon's stepmother and Ana Lucia's mothers coldness severely damaged them as people. But now it seems that the person with the most damaged parents is Kate, which led her to finally commit the crime that led to her original arrest. And based on that, hers may have been the most damaged of all.

    Kate's mother was a battered woman, abused and beaten down from the man Kate thought was her stepfather. There are also suggestions of molestation. Kate finally kills him in an effort to bring some peace to her mother. And what does Diane, her mother do? She calls the cops the minute her daughter tells her what she's done. Worse, Kate has learned that the man she thought was her father --- Sgt. Sam Austen (we'll be seeing him again soon--- wasn't her father; the drunken abusive stepdad was, and though he wanted to kill him, he didn't have murder in his heart.

    All of this is revealed in a series of revelations that come about when Kate sees a black horse on the island. And based on what we see, that horse is the same one that helped her become a fugitive for the first time. The question is, how did the horse get here? If it is the same horse (and given the ghosts that Jack, Sawyer and Sayid have seen, I'm not prepared to rule it out) is it here to symbolize Kate's guilt or to help her make peace with what she's done? The fact that Sawyer sees it himself at the end of the episode doesn't make the question meaningless. After all, maybe its a symbol for him too.

    More important is the ghost of Wayne, who seems to be speaking through Sawyer, and tries to choke her early on. Kate reveals every time that she sees Sawyer, she is reminded of the man she hates, and it disgusts her. But it's clear that she's still drawn to him. It's significant that Kate kisses Jack for the first time, and them immediately walks away--- she doesn't think she's worthy of him, even though Jack is as conflicted as she is.

    While the episode largely focuses on, well, 'What Kate Did', we do see quite a bit of some other character, and a lot of time in the hatch. Michael is getting his second look at this place (he really just passed through in 'Collision') and being an architect, he notices the blast doors that are supposed to lower if there's some kind of explosion. Locke brushes off their significance, but they will turn out to be a vital part of his time in the hatch, though we don't know it yet.

    Far more interesting is a conversation between Eko and Locke, which is one of the highpoints of the season so far. Eko gives his longest speech so far on the show--- the parable of Josiah from the bible, and hsi discovery of the Old Testament. It is a lofty telling, and does engaging, especially when he hands Locke a bible, which Locke opens and finds another segment of the orientation film that we saw near the beginning of the season.

    The scene is significant not so much because of any new knowledge that we gain (its actually a bit anticlimactic) but because it demonstrates the real difference between these two men of faith. At one point, Eko asks Locke if he knows the story, and Locke says he doesn't. This is a man who can recite the most obscure anecdotes about history and nature, but doesn't know a thing about a passage from the bible. He has faith, but it is not religious. Eko's would seem to be the more holy of the two, but look what happens while they are splicing the film together when Locke raises the issue of what has happened. "Do not mistake coincidence for fate," he answers. We don't know what motivates Eko (we're going to find out very soon, however) but he may not believe some of the gospel that he preaches--- at least not yet.

    On the beach, Sun and Jin are having a joyous reunion, but Sayid is dully picking up the remnants of his life as he buries Shannon. He is haunted by her, and will be in mourning for the next few episodes. One can't help but feel for him--- after all, Sayid has done an awful lot to help the survivors, and he hasn't gotten much in the way of thanks.. Both Jack and Locke look to him for advice on certain things, but they have a habit of ignoring his advice when it suits them. When people moved from the beach to the caves, it was a blow against the majority, but eventually everybody seemed to move there (now they're back on the beach, but it's not because of anything Sayid has done ) Charlie has made an effort to help Sayid, but mostly he just gets in his way, when Hurley learned which side he fought for in the Gulf War, he recoiled liked the man smelled bad and even though Michael got a lot of help from him building the raft, he didn't offer him passage off, which would've seemed at least partly fair. Sayid is outsider, and he's feel it, though it will take another outsider to make him realize his place.

    The most shocking part of the episode occurs in the last minute, when Michael, doing exactly what Eko and Locke are being warned against doing in the next room, finds out that his son may still be alive. Michael doesn't stop to think for a minute whether he's being played, he just keeps steamrolling ahead, as he always does with Walt, and because off that attitude, his actions will bring even more hardship to everyone else.

    'What Kate Did' is all about ghosts, both real and imagined Everyone may have wanted a blank slate, but their ghosts have followed them here (though only sometimes in corporeal form). Kate thinks she's exorcised part of her demons, but she hasn't. And even when she gets rid of the ones she brought, new ones will come to replace them very fast.

    My Score:8.8moreless
James Horan

James Horan


Guest Star

Lindsey Ginter

Lindsey Ginter

Sgt. Sam Austen

Guest Star

J. Edward Sclafani

J. Edward Sclafani

Ticket Agent

Guest Star

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick


Recurring Role

Fredric Lehne

Fredric Lehne

Marshal Edward Mars

Recurring Role

Francois Chau

Francois Chau

Dr. Marvin Candle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Numbers: Kate used $42 to buy a ticket to Tallahassee.

    • Goof: Kate's father's desk nameplate reads the rank of Sergeant, but his rank according to his uniform is Sergeant Major.

    • This is the second episode that an injured person has woken up and started strangling Kate. The first one was the US Marshal Edward Mars in the season one episode entitled Tabula Rasa.

    • When Charlie is talking to Kate about her possibly seeing a ghost (the horse), he says, "I've seen polar bears, I've seen monsters - well, heard monsters..." It is interesting to note that in the very next episode he does get to see the monster on the Island close up.

    • Numbers: 23

      After Kate is attacked by Sawyer, Jack and Locke run into the hatch, and Locke runs to the computer. When he gets there the clock is at 23 seconds.

    • When Micheal is down in the hatch near the end of the episode, the timer is on 51 minutes. Reverse 51 and you get 15.

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 9th 2004.

    • Numbers: 4

      Kate's father returned from Korea four months before she was born.

    • Numbers: 23

      When Michael asks Locke why they can't enter the numbers at any time, the countdown timer is at 23 minutes.

    • The Kickstart motorcycle that Kate rode away on just as her house blows up was not actually a Kickstart motorcycle. Evangeline Lilly, who plays Kate, decided to add that into the scene for effect.

    • Sawyer's dialogue and actions while lying in the hatch bed mirror those of the Marshal in early season one. Sawyer asks Jack "Where is she?" just as the Marshal did. He also tries to strangle Kate when she is alone, similar to the Marshal.

    • Goof: In the scene with Sawyer, Kate and the Black horse, the horse trainer's hand can be seen on camera on the right side of the screen.

    • When Kate walks into the recruiting station to talk with her step-father, whom she has believed to be her real father, on the TV in the background you can see Sayid being escorted by American soldiers.

    • Another reference to Korea was mentioned in this episode, as it was revealed that Sergeant Sam Austen was in Korea during the war.

    • Goof: Edward Mars, the U.S. Marshal, crashes into a telephone pole and damages the car. When Kate drives off in it, however, the car appears undamaged.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Marvin Candle: From the moment the alarm sounds you will have 4 minutes to enter the code into the microcomputer processor induction into the program. When the alarm sounds, either you or your partner must input the code. It is highly recommended that you and your partner take alternating shifts. In this manner you will stay as fresh and alert utmost importance that when the alarm sounds the code be entered correctly, and in a timely fashion. Do not attempt to use the computer for anything .Congratulations, until your replacements arrive, the future of the project is in your hands. On behalf of the DeGroots, Alvar Hanso and all of us at the Dharma Initiative, thank you. Namaste and good luck.

    • Jack: Kate, what the hell are you doing out here? What happened in the hatch, Kate? Why'd you leave? I come back, I find Sawyer just lying on the ground. You just took off.
      Kate: Is he okay?
      Jack: Yes, Kate, he's fine.
      Kate: I'm sorry.
      Jack: Are you?
      Kate: Yeah, I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I am not as perfect as you. I'm sorry that I'm not as good.

    • Kate: (to her mother after she blew up the house) Well your bed's gone, Ma.

    • Jack: Tequila and tonic, that's your drink, right?
      Ana: Where's the tonic?
      Jack: We're running a little low on mixers.

    • Michael: You mind if I check out some of this hardware?
      Locke: Sure. Just don't break it.

    • Kate: Sounds like you've got it all figured out.
      Marshal: I do have you all figured out.
      Kate: You don't know anything about me.

    • Marshal: Don't run, Kate. (She punches him a couple of times and he cuffs her. The other agents run up.) I've got her. Kate Austen, you're under arrest for murder.
      Kate: I didn't do anything.
      Marshal: Uh-huh, yeah you did. Your mama gave you up, Kate.

    • Charlie: (about the funeral) Oh, right. A few of them came, the new people. Not her, the one who killed Shannon, that would have been a bit awkward. They seem to have had a rough time of it. It looks like they went bloody Lord of the Flies out there.

    • Sawyer: (whispering) Where is she?
      Jack: You mean Kate. She's been watching over you for the past 24 hours straight. The only way I could get rid of her was to send her out to get some food for you.
      Sawyer: I love her. I love her.

    • Sawyer: I'm in a bunk-bed?
      Kate: Yeah, you're in a bunk-bed.
      Sawyer: Are we saved?
      Kate: No, Sawyer. Not yet.

    • Hurley: Who's taking care of Sawyer?
      Jack: Sun is.
      Hurley: So, you're like, mad at him?
      Jack: Why would I be mad at Sawyer?
      Hurley: Maybe because he's the one that always comes down here and chops wood, and now you are? It's like, transference.
      Jack: What are you a shrink now?
      Hurley: Well, that's what they call it in the mental hospital.

    • Kate: Do you think there are horses here?
      Charlie: What?
      Kate: I think I saw a horse in the jungle.
      Charlie: I've seen polar bears, I've seen monsters, well, heard monsters, but no horses.

    • Diane: Coffee, pie, both?
      Kate: How about a beer?
      Diane: I'd like to see some I.D.
      Kate: I'm 24, Ma.
      Diane: You want to ride around on that on that deathtrap of yours without a helmet. I'm not going to help your cause by getting you drunk.

    • Kate: Do you... Do you see that?
      Sawyer: What? (stalls for a second) You mean the big-ass horse standing in the middle of the jungle?

    • Kate: Can you hear me? Sawyer? Wayne? I'm probably crazy and this doesn't matter, but maybe you're in there somehow. But you asked me a question. You asked me why I did it? It wasn't because you drove my father away, or the way you looked at me, or because you beat her. It's because I hated that you were a part of me, that I would never be good. That I would never have anything good. And every time that I look at Sawyer, every time I feel something for him I see you, Wayne. It makes me sick.
      Sawyer: That's about the sweetest thing I've ever heard.
      Kate: Sawyer?
      Sawyer: Who the hell is Wayne?

    • Kate: Why didn't you tell me that Wayne was my father?
      Sgt. Austen: I didn't tell you because I knew you'd kill him...and your mother loved him. You were five years old…I wanted to take you along with me, she wouldn't let me.
      Kate: So why didn't you kill him?
      Sgt. Austen: Because I don't have murder in my heart.

    • Eko: I have something I think you should see...If you don't mind, I will begin at the beginning. Long before Christ, the king of Judah was a man named Josiah.
      Locke: Boy, when you say beginning, you mean beginning.

    • Michael: Hey Locke…what's up with the blast doors?
      Locke: Blast doors?
      Michael: Yeah, Like in case of an explosion, they come from the ceiling. That guy down here, ah..
      Locke: Desmond?
      Michael: Yeah, Desmond…he didn't tell you what they were for?
      Locke: No, no, he didn't. But he did leave a movie.
      Micheal: A movie?
      Locke: Yeah. You want to see it?
      Mr Eko: (entering the room) I would like to see it too, if you don't mind.
      Locke: Why not? The more the merrier.

    • Kate: (putting on music and talking to a still unconscious Sawyer) You hungry? I'm just gonna mash you up some fruit here. When you wake up you're gonna get a kick out of me feeding you like a baby.

    • Kate: Just remember that you were here and didn't see me. OK?
      Diane: What did you do?
      Kate: I took care of you, Ma. (hugs mom) I gotta go, you're not gonna see me for a while.
      Diane: Katherine, what did you do? Katherine!

    • Ana Lucia: Are you going to try to convince me that everyone here doesn't hate me?
      Jack: Only if you're going to try to convince me that every woman in the world is not crazy.

    • (Kate and Sawyer are walking through the hatch)
      Sawyer: You've got to be kidding me.
      Kate: Air lock's over this way.
      Sawyer: Come on, admit it, we've been rescued.
      Kate: (opens the hatch door) You got it. Sorry, watch yourself.
      Sawyer: (seeing the jungle) Son of a bitch!

    • Mr. Eko: (to Locke about film) Don't mistake coincidence for fate.

    • Hurley: (to Jack) So, Rose's husband's white. Didn't see that one coming.

    • Kate: I'm sorry I missed it; her funeral. I had to be with Sawyer, so...
      Sayid: Why aren't you with him now?
      Kate: Because I'm going crazy. Do you believe in ghosts, Sayid?
      Sayid: I saw Walt in the jungle just before Shannon was shot. Does that make me crazy?

    • Sayid: Shannon and I were strangers. We would never have met if ... We wouldn't even have spoken if ... But we did meet; we did speak. At least, I loved her.

    • Dr. Marvin Candle: And do not attempt to use the computer for any outside communication.

  • NOTES (8)

    • In the missing footage from the orientation film, Marvin Candle has a different hair style, the lab coat is slightly different and the lighting is much brighter.

    • The currency used in the ticket transaction includes the colorful U.S. twenty-dollar bill introduced October 9, 2003. However, the flashback takes place in 2001.

    • A deleted scene shows Libby first introducing herself to Claire. Libby compliments Aaron and then surprises Claire by informing her that she is wearing her shirt. Libby tells Claire that it looks good on her and that she should keep it.

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: March 15, 2006 on Kanal 5

    • Evangeline Lilly (Kate) had to learn how to open a Zippo with one hand for the flashback scene where Kate is sitting on her porch stairs waiting for her father to come home.

    • The Polish premiere was on October 5, 2006 on TVP1.

    • Music: The song that Kate plays on the record player in the bunker is "Walking after Midnight," sung by Patsy Cline. Also, when Kate goes to the diner where her mother works, Skeeter Davis' "The End of the World" is playing.

    • A Kate-centric episode.


    • At the cafe, the 1962 song The End Of The World by Skeeter Davis, is played.

    • On the shelf near the bed with Sawyer, there are 2 books:
      -Hindsight by Peter Wright.
      -After All These Years by Susan Isaacs.

    • Book: Lord of the Flies

      Charlie mentions that the Tailies had gone "all Lord of the Flies", this is an allusion to the book by William Golding where a group of school boys crash land on a remote island and quickly descend into barbarism.

    • Many Biblical scholars believe that the book of the Law found by King Josiah was in fact the the book of Deuteronomy (the 5th book of the Bible). This extends the allusions to books of the Bible within the series, such as the episode titles "Numbers", "Exodus", etc.

    • Episode Title: "What Kate Did" - The title of this episode may be a reference to What Katy Did, the classic children's book written by Susan Coolidge and published in 1872. However, the November 28, 2005 Official Lost Podcast states that creators Lindelof and Cuse were simply responding to the question, "What did Kate do?"

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