"What Kate Does" is the 3rd episode of Season 6 of Lost and the 106th produced hour of the series as a whole. It was first broadcast on Feb 9, 2010.


Previously on Lost

Flash-sideways timeline (2004)

6x03 MyBabyPhoto

Kate finds a photo of a pregnant Claire.

At the airport, Kate holds the taxi driver at gunpoint and orders him to drive. Claire begs to be let out of the taxi but Kate refuses. When the driver stops in front of Arzt, who is in a crosswalk, picking up his luggage which has fallen in the street, Claire tries to get out, but Kate won't let her. Kate momentarily sees Jack and both look quizzically at each other. Then, they finally get past by running over one of Arzt's bags. On the street outside, the taxi driver flees the car, and Kate takes the wheel. She pulls over and allows Claire to get out, though she refuses to let her get her luggage from the trunk, and then speeds away. Next, Kate stops at a garage and pays a mechanic 200 dollars to remove the handcuffs with a punch press. While there, she searches Claire's bag and discovers a photo of a pregnant Claire, baby clothes and a toy stuffed killer whale.

6x03 HelloNewMommy

Kate and Claire meet the adoptive mother.

Kate, guilty at putting the pregnant woman through the ordeal, drives the taxi back to where she left Claire. She offers to bring Claire to her destination. Claire is initially hestitant, but agrees. The couple that were to adopt Claire's baby had not shown up at the airport, so Claire assumed they had gotten their days mixed up. When they arrive at the house, Claire asks Kate to accompany her inside, much to the latter's surprise. A woman answers the door in tears and tells Claire her husband had just left her. She then tells Claire they cannot take the baby and she is truly sorry. Upon hearing this, Claire becomes upset and goes into labor.

6x03 DoctorGoodspeed

Doctor Goodspeed shows Claire her unborn baby.

Kate drives her to the hospital, where Doctor Ethan Goodspeed asks Claire if she is ready to have her baby, which confuses her. It appears the baby is ready to be delivered, even though it is still slightly premature. Ethan then tells her she can have the baby now or he can give her drugs which are safe and may stop the labor. Claire decides she isn't ready and she will take the drugs. When a monitoring device loses the unborn baby's heartbeat, Claire panics momentarily, crying out, "Is Aaron okay?" Ethan uses an ultrasound to show that the baby had simply changed position and appears to be healthy.

6x03 TakeMyCreditCard

Claire gives Kate her credit card.

Later, Detective Rasmussen and a police officer enter the hospital room, searching for Kate. Claire covers for her, claiming she was just a cab driver who helped her into the hospital. After the police officers depart, Kate emerges from an adjoining room and thanks Claire for her help. When Claire asks Kate what she had done, Kate asks "Would you believe me if I said I was innocent?" Claire says she would and, in gratitude, gives Kate her credit card. Claire says she used the name "Aaron" because she "knew it or something", and Kate tells Claire she should keep him. The two wish each other luck as Kate departs.

Original timeline (2007)

Inside The Temple

6x03 StayWAway

Sawyer declares he is leaving the Temple.

Lennon hurries through corridors to tell Dogen the news - Sayid is alive. Jack tells Sayid he died. The last thing Sayid remembers is being shot back at the Barracks. Sawyer is resentful a torturer and child shooter should have another chance and tells Kate he is thinking about running. Sayid's gunshot wound is almost completely healed and he thanks Jack for saving his life. Dogen arrives and asks to speak with Sayid but Jack wants answers first. Dogen sets his men on Jack, Miles and Jin as Sawyer appears and begins firing his gun saying he's leaving. Dogen says he has to stay and they won't hurt his friend, Sawyer replies Sayid is not his friend and leaves saying "Don't come after me".

6x03 WhyAreYouDoingThis

Sayid is "tested" by Dogen.

Jack is held at gunpoint by Aldo and told to calm down. Lennon wants to know where Sawyer has gone. Kate claims she can bring Sawyer back. Jin volunteers to go with her. Lennon, still cautious as to whether Kate can accomplish her task asks what makes her think Sawyer will listen to her. Kate replies she can be very convincing when she wants to be.

Once Sayid is in what appears to be Dogen's "lab", he is strapped down to a gurney. Dogen blows ash over his chest and then hooks him up to an electric generator. Dogen uses the motor to shock Sayid. Dogen stops as soon as Sayid screams in agony and then burns Sayid's abdomen with a red hot poker. Sayid is released and Lennon apologizes and says that this was a test which he had passed. After Sayid has been taken out, Lennon correctly guesses he has just lied on behalf of Dogen.

6x03 FateInHisHand

Jack decides whether or not to give the pill to Sayid.

After Sayid returns and tells Jack he was tortured, Jack demands to enter Dogen's room and, once allowed there without trouble, questions why would he torture Sayid. Lennon translates for Dogen that Sayid has been "infected" —for lack of a better translation of the word Dogen used, and that they were diagnosing him. Dogen then asks Jack to give Sayid a pill which he claims will stop the infection from spreading; when jack asks why are they tasking him with that, Dogen says it won't work unless it's taken willingly. Jack takes the pill to Sayid who says he will take the pill if Jack thinks he should. After considering it for a while, Jack decides not to give it to him.


Jack about to take the pill

Jack returns to Dogen's room and asks him why he uses a translator when he can speak English. Dogen replies that it helps him maintain a barrier between himself and those he is in charge of. When Jack asks whether Dogen is from the Island, Dogen says he was "brought here" like everyone else. Jack questions this and Dogen replies, "you know exactly what I mean". Dogen then asks why Jack did not give Sayid the pill. Jack answers it's because he does not know what is in it and repeteadly demands to know its content. Dogen says that Jack will just have to trust him to which Jack sneers saying he doesn't even trust himself and saying "Let's see where trust take us", ingests the pill himself. Dogen promptly tackles Jack and with a desperate Heimlich Maneuver, he manages to make Jack spit back the pill and is forced to admit that the pill is poison.

After being handed a cup of tea, Jack questions Dogen and Lennon about their reasons to poison Sayid. As Dogen tries to explain, he has to use the japanese word for it again, and Lennon states that the closest word for it in english is "claimed". As Jack struggles with the concept, Dogen explains in English that "a darkness" has taken Sayid's body and when it reaches his heart, everything Sayid is will be lost. When questioned how he knows this, Dogen tells Jack that it was what happened to his sister as well.

Search Party and Barracks

6x03 IWasThatGuard

Kate being confronted by Aldo.

In the jungle, Kate leads Jin, Aldo and Justin after Sawyer's Track. Kate questions what they are trying to protect them from. Aldo states it is from the "big pillar of black smoke that makes a ticker-ticker noise and looks pissed off." Jin asks about the Ajira flight, which Aldo refuses to talk about and scolds Justin when he insinuates he knows about the plane.

Justin suddenly holds Kate, preventing her from tripping a wire hidden in the foliage which appears to be connected to one of Rousseau's old traps. Justin seems puzzled about this, knowing that Rousseau died three years ago, and it's once again rudely told off by Aldo when he starts pondering the origin of the trap. Kate demands to know what is Aldo trying to hide, but he only replies that he's the one she knocked down with a rifle during the Hydra Island escape three years ago. He argues with her and Kate hits him and springs the trap, knocking out both Others. She tells Jin they are escaping.

Jin wants to know where Kate is going. Kate says she is catching up with Sawyer and that she has no intention of bringing Sawyer back to the Temple nor being a prisoner there. Jin asks where the plane she was on landed, as he wants to find Sun, but she doesn't know. Kate says the Others don't care about any of them. Jin asks, "Who do you care about, Kate?" at which Kate leaves, angrily wishing Jin good luck. She says she will figure out with Sawyer what to do next.

6x03 LordOfTheRing

Sawyer holds onto the ring, before throwing it into the water.

Kate finds Sawyer in the now broken-down house he and Juliet lived in at the Barracks. Kate spies on Sawyer as he removes a box from under the floor boards and takes an engagement ring out of the box. He is clearly very upset. Kate turns to leave and causes the floorboards to creak. Sawyer comes out into the hall with his gun raised and is shocked to find Kate there. We then see them at the end of the submarine jetty where Kate explains that she came back to the island to find Claire to reunite her with Aaron.
6x03 ClaiRousseau

Claire reappears after 3 years in the jungle.

Kate apologizes for Juliet's death, as she feels it is her fault. But Sawyer blames himself for Juliet's death, admitting that he convinced her to stay three years ago because he didn't want to be alone. He says he was going to ask her to marry him and then throws the engagement ring into the water and tells Kate she can probably make it back to the Temple by nightfall.

On his way back to the Temple, Jin is attacked by an embittered Aldo who wants to kill him despite Jin's claims of wanting to go back and Justin's reproaches. As Jin attempts to flee, he is caught in a bear trap, and just as Aldo is about to shoot him an unseen person shoots and kills both Aldo and Justin. Jin turns around and is stunned to see that the shooter is a disheveled looking Claire.




Aaron's ultrasound showing a date of October 22, 2004

  • Kate was the first character to have episodes dedicated to both her own flashbacks and her own flash sideways, rather than multi-centrics - "Tabula Rasa" and this episode.
  • The ultrasound that Claire examines is labeled with the date and time October 22, 2004 at 9:29:42am, one month after the crash of flight 815 in the original timeline.

Production notes

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • Kate's dialogue when she hijacks the taxi differs slightly from the dialogue in "LA X, Part 2".
  • In the scene in which Kate gets the handcuffs cut off, what appears to be the date "5-8-09" is seen scrawled on the windshield of a car. If that is indeed what is written, it is presumably a production oversight.
  • When Kate and Jin says goodbye to Jack, Jin first wears a white shirt when he leaves the screen, in the next shot from above another guy took Jin's place and wears a brown jacket.
  • After Kate beats up Justin and Aldo, she takes their guns with her. However, when they later try to kill Jin, they have both guns.
    • Jin is carrying the rifle and puts it down, then Justin takes it from the ground. It is not entirely clear where Aldo's pistol comes from.
  • In "Meet Kevin Johnson", the Temple was far enough away from the Barracks that it required a map to get there and the journey took a day and a half (according to Ben). In this episode, people go from the Temple to the Barracks within a short time period.
  • As When Kate is going through the hallway in the barrack's house and the camera turns around her, you can clearly see two shadows moving (camera-guy and sound, probably) on the wall.
  • We see a small blue thing attached on the upper left part of Claire's body when Ethan first approaches Clair in the Hospital. Moments later, when he wants to have an ultrasound the sensor on her stomach is black and on the right side.
  • In the scene where Sawyer and Kate are on the pier, Sawyer's hair quickly changes form when he throws the ring in the water.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes
AnimalsBlack and whiteCharacter connectionsChildrenCoincidenceDeathDeceptions and consDreamsEconomicsElectromagnetismEyesFate versus free willGamesGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLeadershipLife and deathLiterary worksMirrorsMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersPairingsParapsychologyParent issuesPregnanciesPsychologyRainRedemptionRelationshipsReligionRevengeSalvationSecrets
  • Sawyer reveals he was going to ask Juliet to marry him. (Relationships)
  • Claire begins to give birth to Aaron. (Pregnancy)
  • Sawyer forcefully leaves the Temple to go back to the barracks and be alone. (Isolation)
  • Claire finds out that the adoptive parents who were to raise her son broke up. (Relationships)
  • Dogen admits he does not speak English in front of The Others to avoid them arguing his orders. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Dogen and Sayid both say that Sayid will take the pill Dogen created only if Jack asks him to do so; Jack doesn't ask Sayid to do so because he doesn't trust Dogen without knowing exactly what's in the pill. (Trust)
  • Dogen attempts to convince Jack to give Sayid "medication", which turns out to be poison, by appealing to Jack's sense of guilt. (Deceptions and cons)
  • After looking through Claire's luggage, Kate decides to return it to her. (Redemption)
  • Dogen is seen spinning a baseball on his desk. A baseball has 108 double stiches. (The Numbers)
  • Dogen has a bowl of black stones on his desk. (Black and White)
  • While looking through Claire's luggage, Kate finds a stuffed orca. (Black and White) (Animals)
  • Dogen and Lennon tell Sayid he passed their test when in fact he hadn't. (Deceptions and cons)
  • Claire gives Kate her credit card as she is leaving the hospital room. (Character connections)
  • Aldo attempts to not reveal information about the trap in the jungle and the landing of Ajira Flight 316 to Kate and Jin. (Deceptions and cons)
  • While they are doing it for their protection, the Others are keeping the survivors in the temple against their will. (Imprisonment)
  • Dogen tells Jack that by convincing Sayid to take the pill, Jack will redeem himself for all of those who have been hurt or killed because of his actions. (Redemption)
  • Dogen forces Jack to spit the poison pill, saving his life. (Life and Death)
  • Jack tells Sayid that he died and Miles inquires about his post-death experience with no result. (Life and Death)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis
  • Kate steals a taxi. (Crimes)
  • Miles tells Sayid that Hurley has assumed a leadership role. (Leadership)
  • Kate and Jin go to find Sawyer. (A-Missions)
  • Aldo and Justin go with Kate and Jin to find Sawyer. (O-Missions)
  • Claire reappears after 3 years in the jungle (Plot twist)

Cultural references

Cultural references
(direct references only)
ArtAutomobilesGamesHistoryLiterary worksMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Midnight Cowboy: Arzt shouts, "I'm walking here. I'm walking here!" This line is from the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy where the same dialogue is delivered verbatim by Dustin Hoffman's character, Ratso Rizzo. The line ranked #27 on AFI's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. (Movies)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: After being tortured, Sayid says, "They didn't ask me any questions." This is similar to the line spoken by Han Solo after being tortured. (Movies)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dogen has a baseball placed on his desk. In the TV series DS9, Benjamin Sisko, the commander of the station, used to have a baseball prominently placed on his desk throughout the entire run of the show. In the pilot episode, he used the baseball as a metaphor to explain the nature of linear time to the inhabitants of the wormhole, who experienced time all at once. (TV)
  • Damien: Omen 2: Kate uses the alias of Joan Hart. This is the name of a character in the 1978 film, Damien: Omen 2. In this film, the character of Joan Hart is a reporter who discovers that the identity of the antichrist is a young boy, and subsequently is killed in a bizarre accident. (Movies)

Literary techniques

Literary techniques
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash sidewaysFraming deviceRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Ethan, in the flash-sideways timeline, says that he doesn't want to stick a bunch of needles into Claire if he doesn't have to, which is exactly what he does to her in the original timeline. (Irony)
  • Dogen forcefully makes Jack cough up the pill that he told was medicine for Sayid but actually turns out to be poison. He then gives him a cup of something to help with the pain of regurgitation and tells him that it's tea. (Irony)
  • Claire reappears after 3 years in the jungle (Plot twist)

Episode references

  • One of the methods of torture that Sayid endures is electricity. Rousseau used a similar technique on Sayid when she interrogated him. ("Solitary")
  • Kate reuses an old alias, "Joan Hart". ("Born to Run")
  • The title of this episode is a nod to a Season 2 Kate centric episode. Both episodes were directed by Paul Edwards. ("What Kate Did")
  • When Sawyer fires his gun to get everyone's attention at the Temple it's a nod to the way he did the same to get the attention of the survivors when he peformed a long con to get the gun stash. ("The Long Con")
  • Aldo is bitter that Kate knocked him out and doesn't remember him. ("Not in Portland")
  • Sawyer throws the engagement ring he planned to give to Juliet into the water, similar to what Desmond had done eleven years before. ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")
  • The stuffed animal Kate finds in Claire's luggage is the same stuffed orca whale Aaron is carrying as a toddler when Kate and Jack fight about him. ("Something Nice Back Home")
  • Sayid and Claire have been infected by a "darkness" that radically alters their personality, perhaps in the same way Rousseau's team had been. ("Solitary"), ("This Place Is Death")

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: What Kate Does/Theories
  • Why is it important that Sawyer returns to the Temple?
  • What is Sayid infected with?
  • What has "claimed" Sayid?
  • Why is Ethan using his family name?
    • Why did he use the last name "Rom" on the Island?
  • Where has Claire been?
  • Why does the date on Claire's sonogram indicate that the Flash-sideways timeline is a month ahead?
  • Why does Justin claim that the Others can't kill one of them?
  • Why do the survivors need to be protected?

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