Season 1 Episode 5

White Rabbit

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2004 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Jack enters the water to try and save the woman who is drowning in the shot that shows him swimming towards the camera you can clearly see a jet ski or boat keel trail.

    • When Joanna dies Jack says that only 47 people are left. Later when he is talking to Charlie and Hurley about the water bottles he says that they are not 47 but 46.

    • In the first flashback, Jack tries to help out a boy who he laters calls Mark Silverman. This boy would go on to be the best man at Jack's wedding in the episode "Do No Harm"

    • Goof: The Coffin. There is no way that the coffin would be placed on the plane as we saw it. It has to be sealed and wrapped before it even leaves. And a coffin is never put on a plane in front of other passengers. It goes cargo.

    • Numbers: 16

      In Jack's flash-back he talks to the lady at the check-in counter at the airport and tells her that he needs to land in 16 hours.

    • Numbers: 4

      When Kate jumps at Sawyer in the jungle, Sawyer makes a sarcastic remark about having made this wish four years ago. Charlie jokes with Claire that Locke has 400 knives in his case.

    • Island events in this episode take place on September 27th 2004.

    • In Jack's speech to the rest of the survivors at the end of the episode, the dialogue included the name of two future episodes, "Live Together, Die Alone" and "Every Man for Himself".

    • The name of the drowned survivor, which Jack could not save, is Joanna.

    • The tattoo on Charlie's left shoulder reads "Living is easy with eyes closed," a lyric from Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles.

    • Regarding Jack and getting the coffin on the plane: It is not possible to just show up at the airport with a body. The morgue will never release to an individual, only to a funeral home because there are so many laws, and so much paperwork involved. For example: in order to transport a body out of the country you have to have a burial/transit permit that has to be approved by the American consulate, who has to see a certified death certificate and letter declaring that the person did not die of a contagious disease; all of which are prepared by a funeral home. The body would also have to go to a funeral home in L.A., so more paperwork can be filed to receive a local burial permit number before the cemetery will bury the body. No one is going to risk their jobs and break all these laws just because of an impassioned speech.

    • The scratches on Jack's face keep changing sides. One minute they're on his right cheekbone, the next minute (such as when he's talking to Locke after Locke saved him) they're on his left. Simple reason, they flopped the film negative ... but you'd think they'd try for a little more continuity ... ?

    • For those curious: They couldn't use the dog to find water, because the dog is not specifically trained to do so.

    • Fire keeps dripping off of the torch Jack carries toward the end of the episode. This happens when an oily rag is burned on a stick. Unfortunately, this does not happen when one just pulls a log out of a fire.

    • When Jack is getting yelled at by Boone the same two people walk by twice because they reused the shot of Jack looking at Boone.

    • The scene where Jack is in the airport arguing about getting his father's coffin on the plane, the airport is obviously supposed to be an airport in Australia. However, the airport shown doesn't look like any airport here in Australia.

  • Quotes

    • Boone: You should have saved her.
      Jack: But I didn´t save her. And neither do you
      Boone: You think you are all noble and heroic for coming after me? I was fine. You´re not the only one who knows what to do around here. I run a business. Who appointed you our savior, huh? What gives you the right?

    • Hurley: Maybe the dog can find water.
      Charlie: Better if no one knows how little is left.
      Hurley: I mean, dogs can find pot and bombs, so I'm sure they can find water.

    • Claire: Great. Now our only hunter's going to get eaten just so he can get the pregnant girl some more water.

    • Christian: I had a boy on my table today. I don't know, maybe a year younger than you. He had a bad heart. It got real hairy, real fast. And everybody's looking at your old man to make decisions. And I was able to make those decisions because at the end of the day, after the boy died, I was able to wash my hands and come home to dinner. You know, watch a little Carol Burnett, laugh till my sides hurt. And how can I do that, hmm? I mean even when I fail, how do I do that, Jack? Because I have what it takes. Don't choose, Jack, don't decide. You don't want to be a hero. You don't want to try and save everyone because when you fail... you just don't have what it takes.

    • Margo: Jack, you know how he gets. He doesn't. He won't look after himself. You have to go after him.
      Jack: I'm sorry. I can't.
      Margo: I can't? You don't get to say I can't. Not after what you did. Bring your father home, Jack.
      Jack: Where is he?
      Margo: Australia.

    • Hurley: (giving an idea to solve the water problem) Maybe we should find a water-finding stick.

    • Kate: You alright?
      Claire: Yeah. Just a headache. You know, I am pregnant.
      Kate: Really?

    • Kate: So where were you today, Jack?
      Jack: Just had to take care of a few things.
      Kate: That's all I'm gonna get, huh?
      Jack: My father died, in Sydney.
      Kate: I'm sorry.
      Jack: Yeah. I'm sorry too.

    • Sawyer: So how's it feel?
      Boone: How's what feel?
      Sawyer: Takin' my place atop everyone's most hated list. (Boone is silent) Sucks, don't it?

    • Kate: I can go into the jungle, try to find some fresh water.
      Sayid: You're not going alone.
      Locke: When the others find out the water's gone, it's going to get ugly. Then when they find out that someone pinched it, it's going to get uglier. I'll go. Camp needs you two here, especially with the doctor gone. And besides, I know where to look.

    • (Kate is searching through a suitcase)
      Claire: Hey, you haven't found a hairbrush in there have you?
      Kate: No, sorry.
      Claire: God! I must have looked through twenty suitcases, I can't find one. It's weird, right? I mean, you'd think that everyone packs a hairbrush.

    • Sawyer: (to Shannon) I'll take an IOU. Something tells me you're good . . . for it. (Shannon throws sunscreen at him)

    • (Kate has tackled Sawyer, she's on top of him)
      Sawyer: Well, it's about time.
      Kate: For what?
      Sawyer: I made this birthday wish 4 years ago.
      Kate: Where's the water? (Sawyer flips her over so he's on top)
      Sawyer: That's better.
      Kate: Get off of me.
      (Sayid throws him off of her)
      Sayid: Give us the water back now!
      Sawyer: Do you really think I stole your damn water?
      Sayid: We know you gave two bottles to the Koreans.

    • Jack: Leave him alone. It's been 6 days and we're all still waiting. Waiting for someone to come. But what if they don't? We have to stop waiting. We need to start figuring things out. A woman died this morning just going for a swim and he tried to save her, and now you're about to crucify him? We can't do this. Everyman for himself is not going to work. It's time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we're going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I'll take a group in at first light. If you don't want to come then find another way to contribute. Last week most of us were strangers, but we're all here now. And god knows how long we're going to be here. But if we can't live together, we're going to die alone.

    • Locke: But I've looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw... was beautiful.

    • Locke: I'm not a big believer in... magic. But this place is different. It's special. The others don't wanna talk about it because it scares them, but we all know it, we all feel it.

    • Jack: I can't.
      Locke: Why can't you?
      Jack: Because I'm not a leader.
      Locke: Yet they all treat you like one.
      Jack: I don't know how to help them. I'll fail. I don't have what is takes.
      Locke: Why are you out here, Jack?
      Jack: I think I'm goin' crazy.
      Locke: Oh, you're not going crazy.
      Jack: No?
      Locke: No, crazy people don't think they're going crazy, they think they're getting saner.

    • Sayid: (about Sawyer, to Kate) You go after him now and he'll give you nothing. But if you wait, a rat will always lead you to its hole.

    • Charlie (talking about Locke): Who would you rather meet in a dark alley? Whatever's out there, or that old geezer with his four hundred knives? Now me, I only have room for two hundred knives. (Claire is giggling) Three hundred at most.
      Claire: When do you think we'll be rescued?
      Charlie: Soon.
      Claire: Thanks, Charlie.
      Charlie: For what?
      Claire: People don't seem to look me in the eye here. I think I scare them. The baby, it's like I'm this time bomb of responsibility just waiting to go off.
      Charlie: You don't scare me.

    • Locke: (to Jack) A leader can't lead until he knows where he's going.

    • Sawyer: You're in my light, sticks.
      Shannon: Light sticks, what the hell is that?
      Sawyer: Light, comma, sticks; as in those legs of yours.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Mr. Miyagi

      Mr. Miyagi refers to the beloved Okinawan karate master in the 1984 feature film The Karate Kid, and its sequels, played by Noriyuki "Pat" Morita. Mr. Miyagi befriends and teaches the ways of karate passed down from his father, to a New Jersey teenager he calls "Daniel-san" who is having trouble fitting into the southern California life.

    • Sawyer can be seen reading "Watership Down", a classic novel in which a group of rabbits set out to make a new home, together in unfamiliar surroundings.

    • Character name: Jack Shephard
      There was a famous British highwayman (one who robbed vehicles) in the 1700s named 'Jack Sheppard'. So popular was he when he was alive that his robberies were published in the newspapers & pamphlets after he committed them. He was viewed to be such a Robin-Hood-like hero that well into the Twentieth Century stories were still being written about him and no less than 9 theatrical plays were performed to the public. In fact, when author Harrison Ainsworth published a book about him in 1839, it outsold Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'.

      Literary Source: "100 Most Infamous Criminals" by Jo Durden Smith

    • Doctor: Police found him in an alley in Kings Cross.

      We find out that Jack's father died from a heart attack in Kings Cross. Kings Cross, an inner-city suburb, is known as the notorious 'Red Light District' in Sydney, Australia. Cranking 24-7 'The Cross' never dies, with murders, car-jackings, assaults, armed robberies, prostitution and large-scale drug deals in action around the clock.

    • Episode title: White Rabbit
      In "Alice In Wonderland", the White Rabbit was a top hat & vest wearing rabbit who kept running away from Alice, and eventually led her to Wonderland, similar to how Jack's father keeps running away and leads him to the fresh water.