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This article is about the episode. For the company that hosted the Outback tour, see Melbourne Walkabout Tours.

13 October 2004
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"Walkabout" is the fourth episode of Season 1 of Lost. As food supplies run low, John Locke emerges as the hunter after the survivors learn there are wild boars near camp. Meanwhile, the survivors realize that they must somehow get rid of the rotting bodies from the fuselage. The flashbacks in this episode depict Locke's plans to get to Australia and participate in a "walkabout" tour.





Locke at work

Locke is at work when he receives a phone call asking for "Colonel Locke". Locke recognizes the person's voice and agrees to meet with them at 13:00 hours in the "usual rendezvous point". His manager, Randy, walks by soon after, griping that he needs Locke's TPS reports (a shoutout to the movie Office Space). Before he leaves, he comments that he heard Locke's phone call, saying "Colonel" smugly.

Apparently, the "usual rendezvous point" is actually the staff lunch area, where Locke and his coworker play an army strategy board game. Randy arrives and once more attempts to justify his position as manager by belittling Locke. He reveals that he had leisurely read Locke's personal file, as well as documents on his desk about going on a "walkabout" (a hunting trip and spiritual journey). His coworker asks if Locke would be telling "Helen" about his trip as Randy laughs at the idea of Locke actually having a girlfriend. He says that Locke should stop kidding himself because he can't do any of these things — the walkabout, hunting. Locke replies, "Don't tell me what I can't do."

Locke protesting to be let on the walkabout

Locke speaks on the phone with a woman he calls Helen, ecstatically discussing his upcoming walkabout. He asks her if she'd like to accompany him on his walkabout in Australia. Seeming annoyed, the woman says that she is not allowed to meet customers and suggested he find a therapist. Much to Locke's dismay, she ends the call.

In Australia, Locke is prepared for his walkabout. However, the guide refuses to allow Locke admittance, on account of his "condition" which he had neglected to mention. As Locke moves away from the counter it is shockingly and movingly revealed to us that Locke is a paraplegic. Locke states that he "can do this" but the guide bluntly says, "No, you can't" before leaving. As the bus departs for the walkabout, Locke shouts out the window to never tell him what he can't do.

In the aftermath of the Oceanic Flight 815 crash, Locke wakes up on the beach, surrounded by screams. However, his attention is soon drawn to his feet as his toes wiggle. He suddenly realizes that he can now walk again. Getting to his feet, he is called on for help by Jack to free another survivor.

On the Island

Jack investigates the fuselage

At night on the beach, all the castaways look over as Vincent barks loudly. However, another noise soon catches their attention, as rustling and roars are heard emanating from the fuselage. Jack moves to investigate with the rest of the group, but the creatures inside begin to move towards them, and the group runs for their lives. With the whole camp flustered, Locke steps forward to provide an explanation: the creatures are in fact wild boars.

Still a little shaken, some of the survivors discuss the situation in the fuselage. The remains of the dead are rotting in the sun, not to mention attracting wildlife. Jack puts forward the harsh truth that the bodies should be burnt, much to the dismay of Sayid, who points out that this act would show no regard to the individuals' wishes or beliefs about death. However, Jack is undeterred, and states that the fuselage itself will be burnt at sundown the next day, which will also provide a strong signal fire that night for possible rescue.

In the morning, Kate finds Sayid, who is working on trying to make antennas to triangulate the distress signal they heard previously. Meanwhile, Hurley and Sawyer fight over the contents of a backpack, which contains the last of the peanuts. The group realizes that they have in fact exhausted all of the food from the plane, and so face the prospect of starvation. As Sawyer mocks Sayid's idea of finding food on the Island, a knife hurtles towards him, hitting a piece of plane wreckage right next to his face. Locke stands up, suggesting that they hunt the boars that attacked them. With the help of two others, he plans to kill the piglets, which would provide food and allow the mother to continue living to possibly breed more in future. As Jack and the rest of the group agree, Locke reveals the case he checked in when boarding the plane, which is full of hunting knives.

Locke's knife narrowly misses Sawyer on the beach

Kate prepares to join the hunting mission, and Jack asks why she is always so willing to sign up for outings into the jungle. She reveals that Sayid had given her an antenna to try to isolate the distress signal, which she is going to use when further inland. Michael is also gearing up for the trek, and asks Sun to watch Walt. Despite not speaking English, she understands quickly what Michael is asking, and agrees to look after him. Walt objects to not being included, but Michael tells him that this is an opportunity to get to know Locke better. Elsewhere, Claire asks Jack about a possible memorial service before they burn the fuselage, but is abashed when Jack coldly responds, "Look, it's not my thing."

Jack speaks to Rose on the beach

Boone speaks to Shannon about Rose, a woman who lost her husband in the crash. She sits staring out at the water all day, and Boone is worried that she is suffering from some kind of shock. Shannon shows little interest, however, and the two argue about her not caring about others, despite the fact that she is relying on them for food. Shannon says that she can look after herself, and Boone smirks at the idea that she could catch fish for herself. Soon after, Shannon finds Charlie in the jungle and uses her charm to make him try to catch fish for her. Meanwhile, Boone asks Jack to speak to Rose for him, on account of him being the man who saved her life after the crash. He reluctantly obliges, but Rose gives him no reply as he tries to chat with her.

In the jungle, Locke tracks the boars' movements while Michael explains to Kate that Walt lived with his mother until her death two weeks before; he and Walt had very little contact prior. They suddenly happen upon one of the creatures, but when Michael speaks loudly as Kate and Locke silently approach, the mother boar charges at them in fear. Michael is injured in the event, with Locke also winded. Kate asks if he is all right, and he calls her Helen in a Freudian slip. While Kate tends to Michael, Locke says that he will find the boar alone, and states, "Don't tell me what I can't do" when Kate doubts him.

Charlie and Hurley attempt to catch food

Charlie and Hurley try to catch fish with a stick, though to little avail, as the tides throw them back. Meanwhile, Claire finds Sayid, giving him a letter she found with his name on it. Inside are photos of a young woman (Nadia). Up the shore, Rose finally begins to talk to Jack, and he reveals amongst other things that he only became a doctor as a result of medicine being the "family business".

As Kate and Michael head back, she climbs up a tree to attach the antenna. However, before she can finish, she hears the sounds of the Monster, causing her to drop and break the equipment. The Monster heads straight for Locke, who seemingly stares right at it.

Sawyer offers Claire some diaries and documents he found previously, as Michael arrives back at camp with Kate. Charlie also arrives back from his own hunt, giving Shannon a fish he eventually managed to kill. However, Boone and Shannon busily argue once more about her using people to get her own way, and Charlie realizes what she did. Elsewhere, Jack and Rose move from their spot back to the camp to prepare for the memorial. He comments that she could say something about her husband, but is shocked to hear Rose claim that she believes those in the tail section survived. Suddenly, Jack sees a man in a suit standing by the trees, and is shocked into silence. On second glance, however, the figure is gone, and a confused Jack follows Rose back to camp.

Claire, Boone, and Hurley conduct a funeral

Kate returns the broken antenna to Sayid, with the resolve that they will try again until they succeed. Jack arrives, and Kate reveals that Locke was right in the Monster's path, and probably did not make it. However, Jack once again sees the man, and runs into the jungle, with Kate at his heels. Instead of the figure, however, they find Locke, who brings with him a dead boar.

At sundown, Claire reads off the names of the dead, giving brief bits of trivial information she had managed to glean from the wreckage documents. The only survivor not attending is Jack, who sits away from the service looking out at the sea. First Michael appreciates Locke for hunting the boar and then asks Locke about the Monster, but Locke says that he did not see anything. Looking towards the fire, he sees his wheelchair silhouetted against the flame, a symbol of his past despair.



  • The term "walkabout" means to wander around with no certain destination.
  • The names of some of the dead passengers mentioned by Claire during the ceremony can be heard: Judith Martha Wexler, Steve and Kristen, Emmanuel Rafael Ortiz, Harold Wollstein (seat 23C) and Millicent Louise D'Agostino.
  • Harold, who Claire says was assigned seat 23C on the plane, next to Jack, was never seen in the episodes with Jack's flashbacks on the plane; the seat was always empty, although Harold may have simply moved to another seat or may have been in the toilet at the time.
  • The game played by Locke and his co-worker looks similar in some respects to some known games, but not identical. The game board and three red and two white dice are from a Risk board. However, it uses large pieces that are somewhat similar to those of the game Axis & Allies. (Games)
  • After Randy confronts Locke about the TPS reports, Locke returns to work, using his adding machine. As the receipt prints, the clicking sound of The Monster can be heard. This makes sense because according to the producer's podcast, the Monster sound was taken from a taxi receipt printer in a NY taxi.
  • TPS Reports are probably Test Procedure Specification Reports, but in the popular context, "TPS" has become to mean "Totally Pointless Stuff".
  • Claire's pendant is the Chinese Mandarin symbol for love.
  • In the flashback, Locke has an electromedical nerve stimulation machine by his bed. It is a PRO ElecDT® electromedical device from Hako-Med used for stimulating motor nerves for the purpose of providing muscle reeducation.

Production notes

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When Hurley and Charlie are trying to catch fish with the spear, Hurley's t-shirt changes from being wet all over the front to only wet halfway up his chest repeatedly between shots.
    • Also when Hurley and Charlie are fishing, the tattoo on Charlies right shoulder disappears during the scene.
  • Locke tells Randy that Norman Croucher climbed Mt. Everest despite being a double amputee. While Norman Croucher did scale a lot of mountains, he did not climb Everest. (Walkabout audio commentary)
  • In the previous episode (Tabula Rasa) Kate is seen eating bacon and eggs. In this episode she claims to be a vegetarian.
  • During the final flashback, set in Australia, multiple cars with left-seat drivers can be seen, indicating that this scene was actually filmed in Hawaii.
  • In the final scene of the burning fuselage, a wide camera shot shows Locke's wheelchair to the left and a good distance away from the fire. After Locke looks at it and smiles, the chair is shown directly in front of the fire.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsRevengeSacrificeSecretsTime

Cultural references

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ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Walkabout: a "rite of passage" ritual traditionally taken by Australian Aborigines at thirteen years of age, where the youth will wander around in the wilderness for six months. (Religion and ideologies)
  • Burial rites: Sayid is put off by the idea of burning the bodies in the fuselage, as it shows no regard for their religious beliefs or values. (Religion and ideologies)
  • Office Space: Randy confronting Locke to demand TPS reports is a reference to a scene from the 1999 movie Office Space. In this scene, boss Bill Lumbergh demands exactly the same from Peter Gibbons, and the office environment is very similar. Since that movie, TPS report became a term to describe any mindless paperwork. (Movies and TV)
  • Lord of the Flies: The survivors running in fear from the wild boar could be a reference to this novel, in which the children feared a "beast" in the forest. (Literary works)
  • Millennium: Terry O'Quinn previously played the second male lead of Chris Carter's series Millennium, which also had an episode called "Walkabout". (Movies and TV)
  • Captain America: Captain America was a Marvel comic book character that was created in 1941. He is the subject of numerous comics and books (1941-Present), TV Cartoons (1944), TV series (1966), TV movies (1979), and motion pictures (1991). Shannon sarcastically calls Boone after this hero for wanting to help Rose. (Movies and TV)
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: Hurley and Sawyer are scuffling over peanuts. Jack breaks up the fight and asks what is going on. Hurley says "Jethro here is holding the last of the peanuts." Jethro Bodine is a fictional character in the 1960s television sitcom. (Movies and TV)
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Claire mentions a crash victim's rental receipt for this movie. It was made in 1971 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music. (Movies and TV)
  • A Little Princess: another rental receipt for a movie. A Little Princess was made in 1995 and was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. (Movies and TV)
  • Heart of Darkness: Jack questions Kate as to why she signs up for every trip into the “Heart of Darkness”. This is a reference to the novella by Joseph Conrad, about a physical and psychological journey into the heart of the African continent. (Literary works)
  • Norman Croucher: Locke incorrectly tells Randy that Norman Croucher, a double amputee with two prosthetic legs below the knees, climbed Mt. Everest.

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • In Locke's past, he planned to head out on a "journey of spiritual renewal", or "walkabout", in the Australian Outback. He was told that he was incapable of doing what he believed to be his destiny, and was in fact prevented from fulfilling it. After having reached the Island (and having been healed), he made his own destiny by facing the Monster and killing the boar single-handedly. (Juxtaposition)
  • When Locke was paralyzed, his sense of self-worth and confidence was very low, and he was controlled by pain and anger; after he miraculously regained the ability to walk, he became confident and at peace with himself. (Juxtaposition)
  • Rose's firm belief that those in the tail section of Flight 815 survived turned out to be true. (Archetype)
  • It is revealed that Locke couldn't walk before the crash. (Plot twist)
  • Locke tells Randy, "Just don't tell me what I can't do". He also tells the Australian travel agent, "Don't tell me what I can't do". Later on the Island, he also tells it to Kate after she doubts that he can hunt the boar alone. (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Locke's paralysis is foreshadowed throughout the episode several times. (Foreshadowing)
    • Locke is surprised that he can move his toes when he wakes up.
    • One of the survivors uses a wheelchair to transport wood.
    • Locke looks at his foot again lying on the ground after they were attacked by a boar.
    • Locke's boss asks, "So you wander around, hunting and gathering food right? On foot?" and later adds "Wake up; you can't do any of that."
    • Locke gives Norman Croucher, a double amputee who climbed to Mount Everest, as an example to make a point that he can go to the walkabout because it is his destiny.

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
  • Kate, Locke and Michael hunt a boar to gather food for the survivors' camp. (A-Missions)
  • Locke says patience is the hallmark of a leader. (Leadership)


Main article: Musical score
Main article: Musical themes

The score to "Walkabout" starts off with the subtle introduction of one of Locke's two themes, though it isn't fully developed until the end of the episode. After screeching action music for the boar attack and a long stretch without any scoring, Locke's primary theme is then introduced as he explains how they will hunt the boars. The season 1 soundtrack includes statements of both themes as the tracks "Locke'd Out Again" and "Crocodile Locke." (The former is not either of the statements heard in "Walkabout," however.)

Episode references

  • Locke had told Walt that a miracle happened. In this episode we learn that, Locke has regained the use of his legs. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Locke was told to go on a walkabout by Matthew Abaddon, who explained to him that a walkabout was a journey of self-discovery into the Australian Outback with nothing more than a knife and his wits. Abaddon once went on a walkabout himself, convinced he was one thing but coming back another. He found out what he was made of, who he was. ("Cabin Fever")

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Walkabout (Earth-616)
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Carmody Institute


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Last appearance

Marvel: The Lost Generation #12
(March, 2000)
Marvel: The Lost Generation #10
(May, 2000)



Walkabout was a robot created by the scientist William Carmody, a.k.a. the Eternal Brain. The robot was designed to operate independantly, with its own artificial intelligence. It was also designed to house the physical body of William Carmody, which at the time was a tiny cloned homunculus. During this time, Carmody had helped spearhead the re-establishment of the First Line, the premier super hero team of its generation. Carmody then cybernetically linked his new body to Walkabout in order remain mobile. The two remain linked for many years thereafter, serving in the First Line.

Walkabout/Carmody helped lead the First Line during its final mission, defending the Earth against an invasion by the alien Skrulls. They were both killed during the battle.

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Super-human strength.


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Luke Skywalker's Walkabout

Phill Norwood


Phill Norwood


Shannon Denton


Amador Cisneros


Randy Stradley

Publication information

Dark Horse Comics

Publication date

August 11, 1999



General information



Dark Horse Presents

Issue number

Annual '99

Luke Skywalker's Walkabout is a comic story written by and drawn by Phill Norwood. It was published in the 1999 Dark Horse Presents Jr. anthology.


Publisher's summary

See Xena before she was a Warrior Princess. See Ron Lithgow before the aliens turned him into Concrete. See Luke Skywalker before he got his lightsaber. See Elisa Cameron before she became Ghost. See Hellboy eat pancakes. DHP gives you a look at some of your favorite characters before they became your favorite characters--by some of the finest talents in comics.

Plot summary

Around 6 BBY, Luke Skywalker and Windy Marstrap attempt a journey to Ja-Mero Ridge, but they get held up by a sandswirl. Then Ben Kenobi rescues them and guides them back to the Lars homestead.


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This story, originally black and white, was printed in color in Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy. In the original, Windy is referred to as both Windom Starkiller and Windy Marstrap (one can assume that Windy is short for Windom). In the reprint, his last name has been corrected; it is mentioned as Starkiller both times.


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