Season 3 Episode 9

Stranger in a Strange Land

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Numbers: 8

      In flashbacks Jack wears a pendant in the shape of the number 8.

    • The plant that Jack asks Juliet to use on the mark on her back is Aloe vera, used externally as treatment to various skin conditions, easing the pain and reducing any rashes.

    • Although Jack supposedly doesn't have the tattoo before the girl does it, when he is lying on the floor with her on top of him you can see just slightly a greenish color on his shoulder from the pyramid shaped tattoo on his shoulder, however the make-up artists did well to cover it as much as they did.

    • Goof: Jack is supposedly learning to fly a kite in Thailand. His new friend and the waiter in the restaurant communicate in Thai - but they eat with Japanese-style chopsticks. There's no tradition of chopstick use in Thailand, they would have had forks and maybe spoons.

    • In the room where Juliet is to be sentenced there can briefly be seen a DHARMA logo with a scorpion in the center.

    • Goof: Jack's tattoo does not literally translate as: "He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us". This was created by the writers. It translates correctly in Chinese as: "Eagles high up, cleaving the space" - a verse taken from a famous poem called Ch'ang-sha by former Chinese Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Zhedong).

      Nevertheless, the poem itself has a much deeper meaning as we can see in the end of the second stanza when the poet asks: "Who masters fate's rise and descent?" - which might have influenced the writers' translation.

    • The mark that Juliet receives is a simplified and inverted form of the Rose-Cross, the symbol of the Rosicrucian Order, an hermetic society documented in the 17th century, which aimed to help humanity's spiritual development.

      Some modern societies are believed to have been influenced by the Rosicrucianism (including the Freemasonry and the Church of Scientology).

      Nevertheless, the inversion of the symbol normally means opposition to its precepts or disrespect for them.

  • Quotes

    • 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!

    • Juliet: They'll be coming for you in a few minutes. All of them. Your friends know where we are, so we have to leave this island to go back to where we live.
      Jack: Go where?
      Juliet: Well, Ben calls it home.

    • Achara: There will be consequences, Jack.
      Jack: There always are.

    • Sawyer: Anyway, look, Karl... (Sawyer seems at a loss for words) I've been with a lot of girls -some of them worth the trouble, some not. Every now and again, there's one. One you name dumb stars with. So this girl, Sally Slingshot.
      Karl: Alex.
      Sawyer: Yeah. You love her?
      Karl: More than anything.
      Sawyer: Then go back to wherever the hell your yards are and get her back.
      Karl: If I get caught, they'll kill me this time.
      Sawyer: Well, at least it'll be worth it.

    • Alex: We're pretty strict about killing one of our own. Eye for an eye.
      Jack: Who did she kill?
      Alex: The man who was going to murder your friends. No wonder you're so worried about her. If it wasn't for you she never would have done it.

    • Jack: What are you doing here with them? I thought you were taken. You were, you were captured.
      Cindy: They're not, um ... it's not that simple.
      Jack: What are they doing here, right now? What are you doing here?
      Cindy: We're here to watch, Jack.
      Jack: Watch what?
      (The little girl, Emma, from the tail section approaches.)
      Cindy: What is it, sweetheart?
      (Emma whispers in her ear and waits with a big smile.)
      Cindy: She wants to know how Ana Lucia's doing.
      Jack: Are you serious?
      Cindy: What?
      Jack: (Yelling) If you've got something to watch, Cindy, go watch it!! Go!!

    • Jack: You need a doctor, Ben, someone to stay with you, bring you back to good health
      Ben: (sigh) And, here we go again. I've already given you a ticket off this island, Jack. What's it gonna cost me this time?
      Jack: Right now, your people are in a room deciding whether or not to execute Juliet. You're gonna stop it.
      Ben: Juliet doesn't care about you, Jack. It doesn't matter what she's done. No matter what you think, she's one of us.
      Jack: Do we have a deal, or not?

    • Jack: You've got a very serious infection, Ben. That infected tissue needs to be reinsized, debrided and you need to be very closely monitored from here on out. There might be nerve damage or any other number of complications. You might not walk again.
      Ben: Your bedside manner leaves something to be desired, Jack.
      Jack: Well, then it's too bad you're stuck with me.

    • (We see a man about to inject a needle in Ben's infected back. Jack busts in)
      Jack: I wouldn't do that!
      Ben: The cavalry has arrived, at last.
      Jack: I'd be much more impressed with you people if you had a good surgeon.
      Ben: We had an excellent surgeon, Jack. His name was Ethan.

    • Sawyer: I let [Karl] go.
      Kate: He could have led us back to where they live!
      Sawyer: What, you think I cut him loose because I'm so damn sensitive? The kid's a target! Ben ain't never going to stop looking for him ...
      Kate: All Ben wants is that kid as far from his daughter as possible!

    • Jack: You want me to help [Ben] again?
      Juliet: Yes.
      Jack: (Laughing) Are you sure about that, Juliet?
      Juliet: Yes, I'm sure.
      Jack: And this is because he said that he would let you go home.
      Juliet: No. No. It's because I'm in trouble.
      Jack: Trouble for ...
      Juliet: I just killed someone. It's why they put me in your room.
      Jack: Who?
      Juliet: It's complicated.
      Jack: Well, then, let me simplify it for you. I'm not going to help him. And I'm not going to help you.

    • Sawyer: Never thought I'd be glad to get back to this rock again.
      Kate: What are you doing?
      Sawyer: What does it look like? I'm heading into shore.
      Kate: Why? If we just keep going we can circle round. Sooner or later we'll get to camp. We can tell Locke and Sayid what happened ...
      Sawyer: Oh, we will, huh? You got a map you ain't showing me, Magellan? We've got no food, no water, and I can't steer in the dark.
      Kate: Then I'll steer.
      Sawyer: No, you'll come ashore; we'll make camp. You want to contribute ... you can build a campfire while I carry the kid. (Kate just stares at him) Glad we agree.

    • Sawyer: Don't take it out on me because you feel guilty.
      Kate: I don't feel guilty.
      Sawyer: The hell you don't!
      Kate: We had to leave Jack behind! I didn't have a choice!
      Sawyer: I'm not talking about leaving Jack behind ... I'm talking about you and me. I know you did it because you thought I was a dead man, so don't beat yourself up because the doc's left behind.
      Kate: I'm not beating myself up.
      Sawyer: Of course you're not. So now that we got that out of the way, let's go.

    • Sawyer: Are you coming or not?
      Kate: Should I walk beside you or ten paces behind you!? You've gotten so good at telling me what to do I can't think for myself anymore!

    • Isabel: Please, have a seat, Jack. As you may have gathered, we don't live on this little island. In fact, most of us don't really even like coming here. There's been an incident I'm investigating and I need to ask you some questions. So, I was hoping you may help me clear up a few of the inconsistencies. Now, correct me if I'm wrong Tom, but you said, "in the midst of a surgical procedure, Jack made several comments indicating Juliet has asked him to kill Ben?"
      Tom: Yeah, that's right.
      Isabel: Is that true, Jack? Did Juliet ask you to kill Ben? (Jack does not answer) The question is simple: did Juliet ask you to kill Ben?
      Jack: No. No, I was lying. I would have done anything to get my friends out. And, turning you people against each other was my best chance of creating chaos.
      Isabel: Why are you lying for her, Jack?
      Jack: I'd like to go back to my cage, now.

    • (Isabel walks up to Jack's cage and says something in Chinese)
      Isabel: I was just reading your tattoos. The "5" and the stars are cute. But, the Chinese I find a bit ironic.
      Jack: You find what ironic?
      Isabel: What it says. You do know what it says?
      Jack: Yeah, I know what it says.
      Isabel: Are you sure? Chinese is a very complicated language; it's very easy for something to get lost in translation.
      Jack: I know what it says!

    • Kate: What did you do with the people that you took, the kids?
      Karl: We give them a better life.
      Kate: Better than what?
      Karl: Better than yours.

    • Kate: That island we were on: is that where your people live?
      Karl: Just where we work.
      Kate: Work on what?
      Karl: Projects.
      Sawyer: Oh, sure! Like the "Steal-A-Kid-Off-A-Raft" project? That was a humdinger!
      Kate: So, you don't actually live on that island?
      Karl: Nope.
      Kate: Do you live here, on this island?
      Karl: Yes, ma'am.

    • (Tom folds a plate with a cheese sandwich on it and puts it through the bars of Jack's cage)
      Jack: Juliet grilled these for me. Who was that woman?
      Tom: That would be, the "sheriff."
      Jack: You have a sheriff?
      Tom: Not literally, Jack.
      Jack: Why are you moving Juliet into my room?
      Tom: Cause, she's in trouble, Jack! Now, don't try anything stupid! You stay put in this cage. Okay?
      Jack: You say that like you're not watching me from that camera right there!

    • Jack: You just helped me save [Ben's] life. If you're gonna kill me, please, at least show me the respect of not calling it "moving."
      Tom: Now, why would we kill you?
      Jack: Because, you're done with me.
      Tom: What kind of people do you think we are, Jack?
      Jack: Oh, I don't know, Tom. The kind of people that would take a pregnant woman, hang Charlie from a tree, would drag our people out of the jungle, would kidnap children! That's the kind of people I think you are.
      Tom: See this glass house you're living in, Jack? How 'bout I get you some stones.

    • Isabel: "He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us." Your tattoos, that's what they say.
      Jack: That's what they say. It's not what they mean.

    • (Sawyer sees Karl crying and punches him in the arm.)
      Karl: Ow! What the hell was that for?
      Sawyer: So you'd cowboy up. Crying in the jungle. I thought you people were supposed to be tough.
      (Karl pushes Sawyer back)
      Karl: I am tough!
      Sawyer: Sure you are, Bobby.
      (Karl gives him a blank look)
      Sawyer: Bobby? The Brady Bunch?
      Karl: What the hell is The Brady Bunch?

    • Karl: There's not going to be any moon tonight, it will be dark. Me and Alex used to lie in my backyard at night and make up names for the constellations. You can't see it yet, but right there will be Ursa Theodorus, the "Teddy-Bear."
      Sawyer: You have backyards?
      Karl: Yeah.
      Sawyer: Well, ain't that quaint.

    • Karl: You shouldn't fight.
      Sawyer: When the hell did you wake up?
      Karl: You shouldn't fight because you're lucky to be alive.
      Sawyer: Golly, I think he's got a point.

    • Sawyer: You think about it; we go back there, what do you think Captain Bunny Killer is gonna do if he catches us?
      Karl: Kill you. "God loves you as he loved Jacob."
      Sawyer: Okay, thanks for the input! (To Kate) Sorry, Kiddo, Jack's on his own.

    • Kate: Stop.
      Sawyer: What, you wanna turn steering?
      Kate: We have to go back.
      Sawyer: What the hell are you talking about?
      Kate: Turn the boat around, Sawyer, I mean it.
      Sawyer: Have you lost your mind? We just got away!
      Kate: Just do it!
      Sawyer: You give me one good reason.
      Kate: Because we can't leave Jack behind!
      Sawyer: Yes we can, Freckles, because that's what he asked us to do.

    • Juliet: Why did you help me?
      Jack: He told you he was gonna let you go home, they told me the same thing. We're gonna make sure he keeps his word.
      Juliet: And how are we going to do that?
      Jack: Together.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • This is the first fully Jack-centric episode not to feature John Terry (Christian Shephard). The first part of the pilot and the season one finale don't really count, since they didn't focus on Jack's past beyond the flight.

    • The song Sawyer is singing in the episode's opening scene is a folk song called "Show Me the Way to Go Home" by Irving King.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • Episode Title: "Stranger in a Strange Land" is the title of a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. It is about a human who returns to earth after being raised on Mars by Martians.