Lost: Season 3, Episode 9

Stranger in a Strange Land (21 Feb. 2007)

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A power play ensues between Jack and Ben as Juliet's future lies in the balance. Kate and Sawyer deal with the consequences of their escape.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Claire Littleton (credit only)
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Sun Kwon (credit only)
Charlie Pace (credit only)
John Locke (credit only)
Nikki Fernandez (credit only)
Paulo (credit only)


Sawyer, Kate, and Karl reach their Island at night, and a reluctant Kate wishes to return for Jack. Meanwhile, Jack is interrogated by "Others" constable, Isabel about the incident with Juliet. When she mentions the meaning of his tattoo, he recalls his vacation in the paradisaical island of Phuket, in Thailand, where he dated the sexy, mystic, and mysterious local Achara. Ben has an infection in his spinal column, and Jack negotiates the freedom of Juliet, who was going to be sentenced to death for Pickett's murder. Later Jack recalls what happened to him when he forced Achara to disclose her innermost secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Writer and producer Carlton Cuse considers this the worst episode of the series because of the flashbacks scenes. He admitted that by that time the writers didn't know what else to tell about the characters' past. See more »


Jack's tattoo's don't actually say "He walks among us, but he is not one of us." In fact this is nowhere near correct. A word by word explanation of the 4 Chinese characters on the tattoo: The first character means "eagle". The second character means "strike", as a verb. The third one means "long". The final one means "sky","space","void","empty". These characters are pronounced "ying ji chang kong" (in PinYin) These four characters are taken from a famous poem written by Chairman Mao Tse-tung (MAO Zhedong). It can be roughly translated as "Eagles high, cleaving sky", or more simply, "the Eagles fly up on the sky". But the poem itself has a deeper meaning. In the end of the first stanza, the poet asks, "who masters fate's rise and descent?" See more »


Jack Shephard: Now, put it on me. Put it on me!
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


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The worst episode of "Lost"
10 December 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I've been guilty of resorting to cheap insults when describing "Stranger in a Strange Land", in addition to doing things like pretending it doesn't exist, skipping it on re-watches of the season (but not this one), and acting like it is the worst thing known to man. The reality is that "Stranger in a Strange Land" is merely a hilariously poor episode which was fortunate to be positioned after two fantastic episodes. Had this come in the midst of the Hydra island pod which opened the season I wouldn't have been the only person who completely gave up on the show. It's slightly worse than "Whatever the Case May Be" and is hence the worst episode of the series. The on-island stuff with the 'sheriff' and the cow-like labels etc. is pretty outrageously dumb on its own but combine it with a flashback about, believe it or not, Jack's TATTOOS, and it gets pretty unbelievably dumb. Not worth talking about in detail.

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