WHAT KATIE DID
- We finally learn just what it was That Kate Did: she killed Wayne Janssen after she found out he was her biological father. Who hasn’t dreamt of doing that?
- Poor Wayne dies in his bed. A bunk bed is where he will come to life on the island.
- Kate’s flashsideways episode in the show’s final season (What Kate Does) seems to suggest that Kate didn’t actually kill Wayne in the ”afterlife”, but this was never confirmed nor denied on the show.
- We get our very first mention of Tallahassee on the show when Kate attempts to buy a ticket to the city of strip malls and Waffle Houses. It’s not the last reference to Tallahassee:
- Sawyer implies to Jack that he once contracted an STD in Tallahassee (Lockdown).
- Juliet received her B.S. in Biology at the Florida State University in Tallahassee (Not In Portland).
- Locke’s father, Anthony Cooper, is referred to as ”the man from Tallahassee” on the island by Ben (The Man From Tallahassee).
- Anthony tells Sawyer that the last thing he remembers before waking up on the island was being in a car accident in Tallahassee (The Brig).
- Edward Mars’ first words to Kate are ”Don’t I know you?”. The two haven’t met yet at this point, but we already know that they will bump into each other numerous times after Kate’s escape in this episode’s flashback story. The game of cat-and-mouse finally came to an end when Mars arrested Kate in Australia and brought her to the island, where he eventually died a horrible and painful death.
- Mars tells Kate another interesting thing: her mother sold her out to the cops. Diane explains why in Left Behind, when Kate confronts her about it:
Diane:”You can’t help who you love, Katherine. And for good or bad, I loved him. And you burnt him alive. You turned on the gas, and you lit a match. You murdered him in cold blood!” (Left Behind)
- Sayid appears on the TV screen behind Kate when she visits Sam Austen. The two characters have actually met before: Sam assigned Sayid to interrogate his own commanding officer, since he was the only English-speaking soldier in his unit (One Of Them).
- We’ve seen Hurley appear on Korean television before in …In Translation. We will discover that there are more characters connected through their televisions screens in Seasons 3 and 4.
- Kate mentioned in All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues that her father was in the Army and that they used to go hiking together. The fact that Kate chose to refer to Sam as her father over Wayne says everything about her relationship with her biological father.
- Sam tells Kate that he didn’t kill Wayne because he does not ”have murder in [his] heart”, suggesting that Kate does have this secret ingredient to being a killer. This, of course, must be the fact that Kate is the daughter of Wayne Janssen. Kate believes that she will never be ”good”, simply because she’s related to this evil man she blew up.
GREETING A DEAD HORSE
- Enough about the off-island stuff. On the island, Kate goes nuts. Is it the fact that Sawyer has returned? The lack of sleep? Or maybe, possibly, the fact that she saw a familiar horse on the island? I suppose there’s no getting around the fact that Kate’s flashback story is important.
- The real answer to the question is that Kate never did go crazy. The black horse was very real, as confirmed by Sawyer at the end of the episode. According to Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof in the LOST Podcast, the horse was classified as ”undead” in the writers room, like Christian Shephard and Yemi.
- After all we’ve learned on the show, it’s more likely that the horse was the island’s doing, rather than the Monster’s. It’s a place of miracles, after all. The black horse, like the ”return” of Wayne in Sawyer’s handsome body, is a necessary reminder of Kate’s past. Kate needed to believe both were real (even if they were) to admit that she killed Wayne for herself. Neither Wayne nor the horse were ever seen again afterward.
- It needs to be said: there are actual, living, breathing horses at the Flame Station and the Others’ camp in 1977. Maybe it really was all just a coincidence!
Next: Kate’s De-cline…