Lost (2004–2010)
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What Kate Did 

Kate's original crime that started her life on the run is revealed. Meanwhile, the survivors lay one of their own to rest, Kate sleeplessly watches over a feverish Sawyer, and Mr. Eko has a surprise for Locke regarding the hatch.


Paul A. Edwards


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Michelle Rodriguez ... Ana Lucia Cortez
Cynthia Watros ... Libby Smith
L. Scott Caldwell ... Rose Nadler


As dawn ushers in another day on the island we see Jin and Sun sharing an intimate moment that is long overdue. Meanwhile, Kate is up in a tree picking fruit from the tall branches. As she slides back down the trunk, she slips, almost falling and spilling several mangoes to the jungle floor. As she crouches to collect them, she hears something behind her and turns to see a magnificent black horse standing in the morning mist. In a flashback, a young Kate waits on the stairs of her modest house when a pickup truck swerves down the dirt road and stops in front we get our first look at her stepfather and her mother's choice for a father: Wayne. He's happy to let Kate help him to bed, as long as it affords him another chance to lay his drunken hands on her. So when Kate tells him goodnight, she really means it. We see her go outside and ride off on her motorcycle as the house behind her explodes into a giant fireball. In the hatch, Sawyer is still delirious with fever as a result of his ... Written by MCane

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Release Date:

30 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was camera operator Paul A. Edwards' directorial debut on the show. See more »


(at around 2 mins) When Kate and Sawyer see the horse, there are several frames of what appears to be a trainer's hand, getting the horse's attention with a black glove on. See more »


Mr. Eko: Hello. 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.
John Locke: Boy, when you say beginning, you mean *beginning*.
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References Lord of the Flies (1963) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Revealing Kate's past
7 February 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

It is very difficult following on from two tension-filled show high-points in "The Other 48 Days" and "Collision" and be as good, but "What Kate Did", while not as great as those two, accomplishes this very well. It is by quite some way one of the best Kate-centric episodes (don't dislike her as much as some do but there are far stronger characters on 'Lost'), and does see her at her most interesting in quite some time.

The flashback, no matter how pretty clichéd it is, gives one more of an insight into Kate's past and answers the long unanswered question of why Kate was a fugitive. The mystery itself is handled well though the whole black horse stuff leading up to the reveal for my tastes was a touch on the silly side. It also is successful in allowing us to sympathise with Kate's situation despite her un-condonable actions.

Having said that, the island events and mysteries are more compelling and advance the story and characters much more. Particularly the bond between Locke and Eko, which is mysterious and thought-provoking (Eko really intrigues as a character, and is every bit as intriguingly acted), the shocking cliff-hanger and with Sawyer, where his pain and anguish is very believable as is the mental instability dialogue. Hurley's line about Bernard is very funny.

"What Kate Did" benefits from great acting. Terry O'Quinn can do no wrong and Josh Holloway's Sawyer is fantastic. Evangeline Lily continues to grow vastly as Kate and having an episode centred around her may have induced some groans and worries but it does allow Lily to stretch her acting abilities and she does in a very emotionally committed performance.

A great job is done with the writing and development of the characters thanks to a taut, smart, passionate and complex script that has a lot happening while not feeling over-stuffed.

On a visual level, "What Kate Did" is beautifully photographed, as always making the most of the island setting. The music is as always chilling and understated and some of the show's best direction is present here.

In summation, an excellent episode that progresses everything beautifully and makes Kate the most interesting she'd been on 'Lost' up to this point. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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