Stranger in a Strange Land

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 2/21/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack bargains with Ben to save Juliet while Kate and Sawyer struggle with the consequences of their escape.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • Christina M. Kim

  • Paris Barclay

  • Elizabeth Mitchell

    Juliet Burke

  • Evangeline Lilly

    Kate Austen

  • Fan Reviews (154)
  • I liked it!

    By VGFreak8, Mar 30, 2008

  • ok

    By efc91, Jun 09, 2008

  • There is alot to take in at this point as this episode is split, we have 3 of them leaving the island, Jack having flashbacks to his time in Phucket and Juliet having to face a court of the others, for her actions taken in the last couple of episodes.

    By captainbritain, Jun 27, 2008

  • Actually, this episode is underrated. Some of the script was dodgy, but the story was pretty good.

    By PabloExobar, Jul 14, 2008

  • Every Season of Lost so far I have seen has had at least one real dud and this is one for Season 3. And the timing couldn't have been worse!!!!

    By martync7, Nov 09, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Jack: (to Alex) I saved your father because I said I would.

    • Jack: Is he still in charge? Alex: What? Jack: Ben, your father, is he still in charge? Will that woman, Isabel, do what he says? Alex: Yeah. Jack: Get me out of this cage!

    • Alex: I want to ask you something. They're not watching anymore so you can tell me the truth. Jack: Okay. Alex: Ben. Why'd you save his life? All this time... after all he did to you and your people you should hate it. But you still fixed him up, even after your friends got away. Why? Jack: You're his daughter. Alex: Answer the question. Jack: I'll answer your question if you answer one of mine. Where's Juliet? Alex: She's with the rest of them. They're gonna read her verdict.

    • Isabel: Ben has commuted Juliet's sentence. Execution is off the table. He says the rules don't apply. He has, however, ordered her to be marked.

    • Jack: Do you see who I am, Achara? Achara: Yes. Jack: Who am I? Achara: You are a leader, a great man, but this... this makes you lonely, and frightened, and angry. Jack: Good. Now, put it on me. Put it on me!

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    Notes (7)

    • Kimberley Joseph (Cindy) passed from recieving the "Guest Starring" credit, to the "Co-Starring" credit, even though she changed it in "The Other 48 Days", but the other way around.

    • Although they are credited, Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Kiele Sanchez (Nikki), Terry O'Quinn (Locke), and Emilie de Ravin (Claire) don't appear in this episode.

    • This is a Jack-centric episode.

    • International Air Dates: Denmark: March 21, 2007 on Kanal 5 The Netherlands: April 27, 2007 on Net 5; Portugal: May 22, 2007 on Fox. Finland: September 11, 2007 on Nelonen The Czech Republic: October 28, 2007 on TV Nova Spain: Monday October 8, 2007 on FOX TV Spain Macedonia: Thursday November 15, 2007 on A1 Germany: Monday December 10, 2007 on Pro7

    • The tattoos seen on Jack are real, Matthew Fox had them before he even started working on Lost. The producers decided that the tattoos worked well with the character so they did not cover them up.

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    Trivia (12)

    • When Jack is at the beach with Achara preparing and flying his kite, the shorts he is wearing switch from being wet to dry and back again many times.

    • Jack's kite was designed by Buteo Huang and is known as the Starbird.

    • Although Isabel is one of the Others, this is her only appearance on the series.

    • If you look at Juliet for the very quick peek inside of her trial/meeting when Tom opened the door, you can see she obviously has her hair tied back. In the following shots of her, her hair is loose.

    • Island events in this episode take place on December 3rd and December 4th 2004.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Tom: See this glass house you're living in Jack? How about I get you some stone? Tom is making a reference to the saying, "He who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones."

    • Brady Bunch: Sawyer calls Karl Bobby Brady. The Brady Bunch was an American television situation comedy, based around a large blended family. The show originally aired from 1969 to 1974, also on the ABC network. The precocious and often overlooked Bobby was often portrayed as a whimsical dreamer; fantasizing about having various adventurous lifestyles such as being a race car driver, a cowboy, and an astronaut.

    • Episode Title: It could also be a reference to Exodus 2:22: "And she bare him a son, and Moses called his name Gershom, for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land." Gershom is a Hebrew name that means "exile" (according to Hanks and Hodges' A Dictionary of First Names) or that can also literally mean "Stranger" (from the phrase "ger sham"). "Stranger in a strange land" is also the title of a Robert A. Heinlein novel, in which the main character has special abilities, including the ability to make things and people disappear. The book is also where the word "grok" originates.

    • Sawyer: You got a map you ain't showing Magellan? This a reference to the Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, or in portuguese, Fernão de Magalhães, known for leading the voyage that became known as the first successful attempt at world circumnavigation.

    • The song Sawyer sings at the beginning of the episode is the folk song, "Show Me the Way to Go Home." The three shark-hunting protagonists of the 1975 horror film Jaws sing this song while waiting out the night on their small boat.

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