Season: 1–6, Episodes: 108, Faction: Survivors
Katherine Anne Austen, more commonly known as Kate, was one of the survivors from the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, Kate spent years fleeing the law after killing her abusive father. To achieve her goals, she would commit several other crimes and would turn to bank robbery, assault and seduction.
On the Island, she became an integral member of the survivors’ society, forming strong bonds with Jack and Sawyer and also becoming close with Claire and Sun. Resourceful, quick-witted and mysteriously reclusive, she participated in many missions while attempting to hide her troubled past from the rest of the survivors.
Kate was captured by the Others along with Jack and Sawyer, but she eventually escaped the Island with five other survivors. Kate went on trial for her various crimes and accepted a ten-year probation order. She was briefly engaged to Jack, but his drug and alcohol problems ended their relationship. She also raised Aaron Littleton as her son, but she finally decided to return to the island to rescue his mother, Claire.
Once she returned to the Island, Kate was stranded in 1977 with the other survivors. She worked for the DHARMA Initiative and saved a young Benjamin Linus’s life. She then time-traveled to 2007, where she found an “infected” Claire. Kate joined the Man in Black’s side, but she did not trust him. She helped Jack to kill the Man in Black and then escaped the island with Claire. Jack and Kate were reunited in the afterlife and moved on with their friends.
3×01 – A Tale of Two Cities
Being held hostage at the Others’ base, Kate was forced to have breakfast with Ben, who told her that her next few weeks were going to be very unpleasant.
The Others imprisoned her in a large cage across from Sawyer, who tried to calm Kate when she became distressed about their situation. (“A Tale of Two Cities”)
3×02 – The Glass Ballerina
Sawyer and Kate started working daily at a quarry under the orders of the belligerent Pickett.
During their work, Sawyer kissed Kate passionately and tried to flee, but Juliet threatened Kate with a gun, which ended his escape attempt. (“The Glass Ballerina”)
3×04 – Every Man for Himself
Sawyer was beaten violently by an angered Pickett until Kate said that she loved him. (“Every Man for Himself”)
3×06 – I Do
Jack and Kate were briefly reunited when Juliet asked her to tell Jack to operate on Ben, saying Pickett would kill Sawyer if he did not comply.
When she returned to the cages, Kate and Sawyer had an argument about his indifference to escape from the Others and he revealed that they could not escape because they were on a different island. Kate was touched by Sawyer’s attempt to try and give her hope, she kissed him and they proceeded to have sex. (“I Do”)
3×07 – Not in Portland
The next morning, Pickett and Jason came to the cages. Despite Kate’s pleas, Pickett prepared to execute Sawyer; but Tom called on the walkie talkie with new instructions. Jack talked to Kate and told her to escape the base with Sawyer. They were able to make it to the coast before Pickett and Jason caught up with them.
However – Alex saved them and she let them use her boat in exchange for freeing her boyfriend from Room 23.
Before Kate, Sawyer and Karl rowed for the main island, Jack called her again via the walkie talkie and a very emotional Kate re-told the “count to five” story. As Jack ended their conversation, he told Kate to never return for him. (“Not in Portland”)
3×10 – Tricia Tanaka Is Dead
Kate insisted she and Sawyer should return for Jack, but Sawyer refused. Kate was furious when she discovered Sawyer had sent Karl back to the Others as she had planned to use him to free Jack. Then, Sawyer accused her of sleeping with him because she thought he was going to die. (“Tricia Tanaka Is Dead”)
3×11 – Enter 77
When they returned to the camp, Kate was still determined to rescue Jack and she was able to recruit Danielle Rousseau on her mission. She and Danielle joined Locke and Sayid, and the group discovered the Flame station.
While investigating the lower levels of the Flame, she was attacked by Beatrice Klugh. (“Enter 77”)
3×12 – Par Avion
Eventually, they reached the Barracks and Kate was astonished to find Jack playing a friendly game of football with the Others. (“Par Avion”)
3×13 – The Man from Tallahassee
Kate entered Jack’s house to discover him playing the piano, she was found by the Others and they captured her again. Later, Jack revealed to Kate that he made a deal with them to leave the Island; however – he promised to return for her. (“The Man from Tallahassee”)
3×15 – Left Behind
After he left her alone, Kate recieved another visit from Locke, who told her that he defected to the Others. Kate was knocked unconcious with a gas canister and woke in the jungle, handcuffed to Juliet.
The two women began fighting, but stopped when the Smoke Monster arrived. Juliet admitted that Jack had seen Kate and Sawyer together and it had broken his heart. After another encounter with the Monster, they returned to the deserted Barracks.
Kate found an abandoned Jack and apologized for preventing his escape from the Island. (“Left Behind”)
3×16 – One of Us
As Jack, Kate, Sayid and Juliet traveled back to the survivors’ camp, she and Sayid shared their suspicions about Juliet. (“One of Us”)
3×19 – The Brig
Kate discovered Sayid fixing the satellite phone and he told her about Naomi. Despite Sayid’s request for secrecy, Kate decided to tell Jack in order to prove that the survivors do not trust him or Juliet. Back at the camp, Kate tried to flirt with Jack but when she saw that he was having dinner with Juliet, Kate went to find Sawyer and seduced him again. (“The Brig”)
3×20 – The Man Behind the Curtain
The next day, Juliet revealed her true intentions to the survivors including her and Jack’s plan to kill the Others. (“The Man Behind the Curtain”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
Jack brought the survivors to meet Rousseau, where she exhibited the detonation of the dynamite as a means of killing the Others. (“Greatest Hits”)
When Kate wanted to check on those that remained on the beach, Sawyer refused to let her. (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 1”)
As the survivors made their way to the radio tower, Jack admitted to Kate that he loved her, leaving her shocked. (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”)