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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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Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Maggie Grace ... Shannon Rutherford
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walt Lloyd
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
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle
Fredric Lehne ... 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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In the flashback, Kate apologizes to the Australian rancher and pronounces "sorry" with a Canadian accent (rhyming with "gory"). Kate later lies to the rancher and claims to be Canadian, which is actually true for actress Evangeline Lilly. See more »


Sawyer's hair is considerably longer than it was in the pilot, revealing that several months went by between the filming of the pilot and remaining episodes, although there was no jump in the storyline. See more »


Hurley: So what's his story? He looks kind of... dying.
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Referenced in Chikara Tabula Rasa (2017) See more »


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Disclosing Kate Austen
2 April 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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6 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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