Lost (2004–2010)
7 user 1 critic

The 23rd Psalm 

Claire loses faith in Charlie after Eko questions him about the Virgin Mary statues.


Matt Earl Beesley


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Michelle Rodriguez ... Ana Lucia Cortez
Cynthia Watros ... Libby Smith
Adetokumboh M'Cormack ... Yemi


When Claire comments to Mr. Eko about the Virgin Mary statue which belongs to Charlie, he asks to see it, breaks it open, and exposes Charlie's secret to Claire. Mr. Eko makes Charlie show him the place where he found the crashed plane, while his past in Nigeria is presented in flashback. John Locke teaches Michael how to shoot a rifle, and Michael uses the computer to contact someone he believes to be Walt. Claire does not want Charlie to live close to her and her son any longer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »





English | Hausa

Release Date:

11 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This episode marks our first proper look at the Monster on the island. See more »


When Eko recites the 23rd Psalm, he incorrectly says, "Yea, though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death...." Charlie recites it incorrectly as well. The correct verse is "the valley of the shadow of death...." See more »


Mr. Eko: Go... and tell your friends I let you live, that Mr. Eko let you live.
See more »


He's Evil
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by Dominic Monaghan / The Kinks
Album "Preservation: Act 2" 1974
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mr. Eko
19 September 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"The 23rd Psalm" is very much in the tradition of the great introductory "Lost" flashback episode, much like "Walkabout" or "Confidence Man" in its structure and purpose. It doesn't quite match the quality of those two episodes, as it is prone to mild slips in quality when not dealing with Eko, and it doesn't quite pack the same sort of punch those two episodes did, but it is still a great episode with a lot worth discussing.

I believe "The 23rd Psalm" to be one of the key appearances of the monster. During its encounter with Eko we see flashes, images in the smoke itself, and on the commentary track for the DVD release Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof note that having discussed the nature of the monster and exactly what it was with Kevin Blank, the visual effects supervisor, the images were put in based on that discussion. I'm not going to offer any theories but I have a feeling that when we do get an answer on the smoke monster we will come back to this episode and wonder why we didn't figure it out.

The episode does look very good, although the production design is lacking towards the end during the showdown scene, but in any case the main pleasures of "The 23rd Psalm" are found in the writing and acting in the scenes focusing entirely on Eko and/or his interaction with Charlie. This is some outstanding character writing here, even if I don't care for the specifics of the plot itself in the flashback, as Eko is well-developed enough as a character that we focus on him as opposed to the story surrounding him. My complaints about some of the plot aside, the very first scene with Eko being forced to commit murder as an adolescent is one of the most brutally effective scenes on the show.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's performance is tremendously effective, particularly when he burns the plane late in the episode, and Giacchino's score here is one of his more inspired moments. This is a great episode with some minor but nagging faults.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed