Lost (2004–2010)
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Tabula Rasa 

Jack and Hurley discover an alarming secret about Kate, while the marshal's life hangs in the balance.



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Marshal Edward Mars (as Fredric Lane)


The U.S. marshal's assignment is revealed. Later, there is a difference of opinion between Jack and Sawyer as to how to help the critically injured marshal. Flashback to what Kate was doing in Australia. Scenes of the crash from Kate's POV. A small group sets off with a transceiver in an effort to send a mayday signal. Michael forbids Walt to speak to Locke. Locke later extends an act of kindness toward Michael that may help the father-son relationship. Sayid makes a bid to organize some island committees. Written by IMTammyP

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6 October 2004 (USA)  »

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The flashbacks in this episode are the first to reveal Kate's criminal past. See more »


The farmer tells Kate that he saw her photo in the post office, and that her capture would result in a $23,000 reward. Australian wanted posters are usually in the police station (post offices never have them), and normally do not specify rewards. See more »


Sayid: To relay what we heard, without fully understanding it will cause a panic. If we tell them what we know, we take away the hope, and hope is a very dangerous thing to lose.
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Disclosing Kate Austen
2 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The mysterious past of Kate Austen is partially disclosed through flashbacks, when she was betrayed in Australia and delivered to Marshal Edward Mars (Fredric Lane). However, what she did to be chased is not presented. Meanwhile, Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) is preoccupied with the friendship of his son Walt Lloyd (Malcolm David Kelley) and the weird John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) and promises to find his dog Vincent to get his attention.

"Tabula Rasa" is a good episode of "Lost", where the intriguing past of Kate is partially disclosed. The story is more dramatic than the pilot, and the lead characters are being very well developed. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Tabula Rasa"

Note: On 18 March 2013, I saw this episode again.

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