Lost: Season 1, Episode 4

Walkabout (13 Oct. 2004)

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When the survivors run out of food, Locke, Kate, and Michael go out hunting for boar. Michael gets injured, so he and Kate go back. But Locke stays out hunting, and ends up running into the creature living in the jungle.



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Flashback to Locke's life before Flight 815: his job, time in Australia, the crash...and a major secret is revealed. The camp is invaded and Sawyer's scavenging falls under scrutiny. Food runs out and Locke comes up with a solution. Jack organizes the handling of the dead and a memorial service is arranged. Rose has everyone concerned. When Boone and Shannon end up at odds, Shannon enlists Charlie's help just to spite Boone. Shannon strikes up a friendship with Walt. Michael and Kate escape something in the jungle. Written by IMTammyP

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Right after Locke gets off the phone in his office, his boss reminds him that he needs the "TPS reports", a possible reference to Office Space (1999) further showing that Locke is a merely a simple office worker. See more »


Helen is first introduced as a friend John met while making phone calls to a paid telephone companion service. He claims to have been speaking to her for 8 months when he asks her to go to Australia with him. Later in the series, John meets Helen at a group therapy session. See more »


John Locke: [after he is refused a spot on the walkabout tour due to his paralysis] Hey... Hey don't you walk away from me! You don't know who you're dealing with! Don't ever tell me what I can't do, ever! This is destiny, this is destiny... This is my destiny! I'm supposed to do this, dammit! Don't tell me what I can't do! Don't tell me what I can't do!
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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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"Don't tell me what I can't do"
27 January 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Apparently, it was after this episode's first airing that ABC announced that Lost had been picked up for a full season. Quite fitting, since this is the moment of the show that made sure a lot of people - myself included - fell in love with J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof's twisted brainchild. Although more strange stuff has happened in the series, Walkabout is the episode that showed just how delightfully insane Lost was (and is) willing to get.

A lot happens in this one: the camp is attacked, which reveals Sawyer's less endearing habits (scavenging) and prompts the survivors to hunt for food when their supplies start running out. Initial attempts fail, only for Locke to take over and display some impressive hunting talents. Later on, Shannon gets in a quarrel with Boone (the first of many, it would seem) and befriends Walt, and something attacks Kate and Michael when they venture a bit too far into the jungle.

As for the life before the crash, this time it's Locke's turn: contrary to expectations (I mean, he's a skilled hunter in touch with nature), it turns out he was a mere office drone (there's a hilarious reference to Mike Judge's cult comedy Office Space), stuck in a dead-end job. The reason he was in Sydney, it is revealed, was to participate in a walkabout, something he claims he was "meant to do".

Walkabout is a great, surprising episode for a number of reasons: it provides a few more mysteries (who's attacking the survivors?) and there's good character development, particularly the Locke section, which automatically establishes him as the most interesting individual in the show and justifies Terry O' Quinn's richly deserved Emmy nomination. Remember the secret hinted at in Pilot: Part 2? Well, the pay-off is Lost in a nutshell. Exceptional.

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