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Episode 9 - "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Written by: Elizabeth Sarnoff & Christina M. Kim

Directed by: Paris Barclay

Act 1[]

[We see Sawyer and Kate on the water in the canoe.]

SAWYER: [singing] Show me the way to go home/I'm tired and I want to go to bed/I had a little drink about an hour ago/And it went straight to my head.

KATE: Stop.

SAWYER: What, you want a 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 to turn around!

KATE: Because we can't leave Jack behind!

SAWYER: [pausing and staring at her] Yes we can, Freckles, because that's what he asked us to do. You think about it -- if we go back there -- what do you think Captain Bunny Killer's going to do if he catches us?

KARL: [off camera] Kill you. [we see Karl, out-of-it, lying in the end of the boat] God loves you as he loves Jacob.

SAWYER: Okay, thanks for the input. [to Kate] Sorry, kiddo, Jack's on his own.

[Jack is sitting on the floor of his cell as a door opens.]

TOM: Time to get up. We're moving you.

JACK: Moving me where?

TOM: Some place else, Jack.

JACK: Why? [Tom doesn't respond and looks away] So this is it, huh?

TOM: It?

JACK: You just helped me save his life. If you're going to kill me, 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 -- that would 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: [tapping the glass] You see this glass house you're living in, Jack? How about I get you some stones? [two Others enter] Let's do this the easy way -- what do you say?

[They cuff Jack and lead him out into a corridor where he sees Juliet walking toward him with some Others.]


[Jack turns to see that Juliet is handcuffed. He also notices an unfamiliar Other, a blond woman, eying him.]

Act 2[]

[Flashback - We see a panning shot across the horizon of a beach featuring several smaller islands in the distance before Jack comes into view, exiting from a hut on the beach. He puts his glasses on and slings a pack over his shoulder. A boy carrying a bucket approaches.]

THAI BOY: Doctor Jack! Hey, Doctor Jack! Doctor Jack, want soda? Doctor Jack.

[Jack holds up two fingers and the boy gives him two sodas.]

THAI BOY: [speaks Thai]

JACK: [paying] You know I can't understand a word you're saying, right?

THAI BOY: Doctor Jack.

JACK: [chuckling] You're welcome.

[We see Jack unsuccessfully trying to assemble a kite. A Thai woman laughs at him, and comes over to help. She's carrying platform shoes and wearing a very skimpy outfit. They get the kite together and launch it into the air.]

JACK: Thank you. Thank you very much.

ACHARA: You're not from around here are you?

JACK: [smiling] No, no I'm not. [he extends his hand to shake] I'm Jack.

ACHARA: Hi, Jack. I'm Achara.

JACK: Achara. Achara.

[On-Island - We see Jack pacing in the bear cage. Tom approaches with a sandwich and shoves it through the bars.]

JACK: Juliet grilled these for me. Who's that woman?

TOM: That'd be the sheriff.

JACK: You have a sheriff?

TOM: Not literally, Jack.

JACK: Why are you moving Juliet into my room?

TOM: Because she's in trouble, Jack. [Jack moves away] Now don't try anything stupid. Stay put in this cage, okay?

JACK: You say that like you're not watching me from the camera right there.

TOM: Oh, right. Ben told me you got into the surveillance room. Let me ask you something. You risk your neck to cut them loose, and they run away and don't ever look back...

JACK: Thanks for the sandwich.

[Cut to Sawyer, Kate and Karl in the canoe.]

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.

[Cut to Kate, Sawyer and Karl around a campfire.]

SAWYER: [offering mango] Sure you ain't hungry?

KATE: No, James, I ain't hungry.

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.

KATE: That island we were on -- is that where your people live?

KARL: Just where we work.

KATE: Work on what?

KARL: Projects.

SAWYER: Well, sure, like the steal-the-kid-off-the-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.

KATE: And 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. [looking at the sky] There's not going to be any moon tonight. It'll be dark. Me and Alex used to lie in my backyard at night and think 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.

[Cut to Jack in his cage. He pushes the food pellet button twice and then stops. Juliet approaches, escorted by two guards.]

JACK: I thought you were locked up.

JULIET: They let me out to examine Ben. His vitals are low and he has a fever. [she hands a photo to Jack] I took this about 10 minutes ago. It's of his stitches. They're infected aren't they?

JACK: Yes.

JULIET: Will you come look at them?




JULIET: I'm not asking you for them, or him. I'm asking you as a personal favor to me.

JACK: You want me to help him again?


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.

Act 3[]

[Flashback - We see Jack and Achara at a restaurant.]

CHET: [serving a plate] Okay, special Thai dish for you. You try. [Jack takes a big bite] Very brave. Very brave. [he exits]

ACHARA: My brother likes you.

JACK: Well, I'm a very likable guy.

ACHARA: So, Jack, tell me something.

JACK: Shoot.

ACHARA: Why is it you don't know how to fly a kite?

JACK: Just never learned, I guess.

ACHARA: That's very sad.

JACK: Well, my dad worked a lot and wasn't exactly the kite-flying type, anyway. I mean, we never really --


JACK: Yeah.

ACHARA: I have no interest in your father.

JACK: Well, that's a relief because I'm pretty tired of talking about him.

ACHARA: Some things are personal. So, you're in Phuket to find yourself.

JACK: Why would you say that?

ACHARA: You are an American.

THAI MAN: [entering] [Speaks in Thai]

ACHARA: [Speaks in Thai]

THAI MAN: [handing over an envelope, apparently money] [Speaks in Thai]

ACHARA: [Speaks in Thai]

[He exits and she puts the envelope in her purse.]

ACHARA: I have a gift.

JACK: Must be one hell of a gift.

[On-Island - The "sheriff," Isabel, visits Jack at the cage.]

ISABEL: [Speaks in Chinese] [Jack is puzzled] Oh, I was just reading your tattoos. The 5 and the stars are very 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 fairly common for some things to get lost in translation.

JACK: I know what it says.

ISABEL: Alright, then. Jack, my name is Isabel. If you'll come with me, I'd like to talk to you and ask you a few questions.

[Cut to Jack being led down a corridor. They run into Alex.]

ISABEL: Why don't you check on your father, sweetheart? I know he'd appreciate it.

[Alex exits/is led away by another Other. Jack and Isabel enter a room where Juliet and Tom are waiting.]

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 like even coming here. There's been an incident that I'm investigating and I need to ask you some questions. So, I was hoping you might help me clear up a few of the inconsistencies. Now correct me if I'm wrong, Tom. But you said that in the midst of a surgical procedure Jack made several comments indicating that Juliet had asked him to kill Ben.

TOM: Yeah, that's right.

ISABEL: That true, Jack? Did Juliet ask you to kill Ben? [he doesn't respond] The question's simple. Did Juliet ask you to kill Ben?

JACK: [smiling] 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.

Act 4[]

[Flashback - We see Achara enter Jack's hut at night. Jack awakens.]

JACK: Who's there?

ACHARA: [kissing him] Who do you think?

JACK: What time is it?

ACHARA: [kissing him] It's late.

JACK: Mmm, salty.

ACHARA: I went for a swim in the ocean.

JACK: Washing the day off of you, huh?

ACHARA: Is there something you'd like to ask me, Jack?

JACK: No. I mean, it might be nice -- after a month of you coming and going whenever you want -- to find out something about you.

ACHARA: There are things that happen here that you could never understand.

JACK: Like your gift?

ACHARA: Yes, like my gift. [they kiss and roll off the bed, laughing] Are you having fun with me, Jack?

JACK: Oh, yeah.

ACHARA: Then stop ask questions. Let's have fun.

[On-Island - Jack wakes up startled in his cage. The camera reveals about a dozen people standing outside the cage.]

JACK: [frustrated] What?!!!

CINDY: [approaching] Hey, Jack.

JACK: Do I -- do I know you? 815, you were the stewardess.

CINDY: Cindy.

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: [angry] If you've got something to watch, Cindy, go watch it!! Go!!

[The little boy, Zack, hands his teddy bear to Emma and stares at Jack in confusion as the group of people walk away from Jack.]

[Cut to Kate waking up at the campsite. She sees that Karl is missing.]

KATE: Sawyer. Sawyer, wake up. He's gone. Karl's gone.

SAWYER: Where? [they search a bit and hear something] Hold up.

[They stop and can hear Karl crying.]

SAWYER: I got it.

KATE: No, let me talk to him.

SAWYER: I got it -- boys only.

[Sawyer approaches Karl. Karl quickly wipes his eyes. Sawyer punches Karl 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: [shoving Sawyer] I am tough.

SAWYER: Sure you are, Bobby. [Karl looks puzzled] Bobby, the Brady Bunch?

KARL: What the hell's the Brady Bunch?

SAWYER: Okay, anyway look, Karl -- 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. Do 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.

[Cut to Jack in his cage. Alex enters and throws a rock at the surveillance camera, breaking it.]

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 him. 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 going to read her verdict.

JACK: Her verdict?

ALEX: And we all know what it's going to be. 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. That was 3 questions. Your turn, Jack.

JACK: I saved your father because I said I would. [Alex starts to leave] Hey, hey! 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.

Act 5[]

[In the Hydra operating room, we see Ivan 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 more impressed with you people if you had a good surgeon.

BEN: We had an excellent surgeon, Jack. His name was Ethan.

JACK: You've got a very serious infection, Ben. That infected tissue needs to be reincised, debrided; and you need to be closely monitored from here on out. There might be nerve damage or any number of other complications. You might not walk again.

BEN: Your bedside manner leaves something to be desired.

JACK: Well, then it's too bad you're stuck with me.

BEN: Am I?

JACK: You need a doctor, Ben -- someone to stay with you -- bring you back to good health.

BEN: And, here we go again. I've already given you a ticket off this island, Jack. What's it going to cost me this time?

JACK: Right now, your people are in a room deciding whether or not to execute Juliet. You're going to 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?

BEN: [to Alex] Does Isabel have a walkie?

ALEX: They're already in the meeting.

BEN: Then get me something to write on.

[Flashback - We see Jack at a seedy street market. He sees Achara and follows her into an empty room -- sort of a lounge, but with a tattoo station in the room.]

ACHARA: You followed me.

JACK: What is all this?

ACHARA: This is where I work. And you shouldn't be here.

JACK: This is, uh, a tattoo parlor. That was your big secret? The envelopes? Your gift?

ACHARA: I am not a tattoo artist. I am able to see who people are. My work is not decoration; it is definition. And this, this is my gift.

JACK: So you see who people are?

ACHARA: Yes, and I mark them.

JACK: So tell me who I am.

ACHARA: [backing away] No.

JACK: Why not?

ACHARA: You are an outsider.

JACK: So you can sleep with me?

ACHARA: I'm not allowed.

JACK: Do you see who I am, Achara?


JACK: Who am I?

ACHARA: You are a leader, a great man. But this, this makes you lonely, and frightened, and angry.

JACK: Now, put it on me. Put it on me.

ACHARA: No. This, this is against my people.

[Jack pushes Achara to the tattoo station and takes his shirt off.]

ACHARA: There will be consequences, Jack.

JACK: There always are.

[Achara dips a stick in ink and prepares to hit it into Jack's arm.]

[On-Island - Jack and Alex run to the meeting.]

ALEX: [stopping] No, you shouldn't be here. Just stand back. Don't say anything.

[Alex knocks on a door and Tom answers.]

TOM: Alex. [notices Jack] Jack! What the hell did you bring him here for?!!

[Tom slams Jack up against a pillar.]

ISABEL: Let him go, Tom. What's going on, Alex?

ALEX: [handing over a note] This is from Ben.

ISABEL: [reading] 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.

Act 6[]

[Flashback - We see Jack on the beach exiting his hut. We see the Thai boy selling soda to a man. Jack sees him and gestures for two sodas, but the boy looks frightened and takes off.]

JACK: Where you going?!

[Suddenly a group men approach Jack, including Achara's brother.]

JACK: Hey, I know you. [they keep approaching, threateningly] I'm Achara's friend from -- Chet, from the restaurant. [Chet looks at the tattoo] Let go of me, man.

[Suddenly the guys beat Jack to the ground. Chet gets in a couple of good last punches.]

CHET: You will get off our beach!! You will leave this country!! Do you understand me?!

[We see that Achara has been watching from a distance. She tearfully turns and walks away with her brother and the guys.]

[On-Island - Juliet brings a sandwich to Jack in the cage.]

JULIET: I heard you only liked them grilled.

JACK: I miss the toothpicks, too. [she hands him the sandwich] Let me see.


JACK: They mark you? Let me see it?

[She shows him what looks sort of like an asterisk with one long arm branded into the small of her back.]

JACK: Break a branch off that aloe plant over there...

JULIET: It's okay, Jack.

JACK: Please, please do it. [she brings him a piece of aloe] Turn around.

[The camera lingers over a shot of Jack's hand on Juliet's hip, as he applies the aloe to the mark.]

JULIET: Why did you help me?

JACK: He told you he was going to let you go home. He told me the same thing. We're going to make sure he keeps his word.

JULIET: And how are we going to do that?

JACK: Together.

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.

[Cut to Sawyer returning to the campsite alone.]

KATE: Where's Karl?

SAWYER: I let him go.

KATE: You what?!

SAWYER: I let him 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 so as long--

KATE: All Ben wants is that kid as far from his daughter as possible.

SAWYER: Let's get back to camp. [Kate is annoyed but doesn't respond] Well, 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.

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.

[Scene switches to the Others on the beach preparing to ferry people to a larger boat offshore.]

ISABEL: [to Jack] "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.

[Montage: Jack and Ben are ferried out. Sawyer and Kate walk with torches; Sawyer looks sad. Karl, alone at a campfire, looks to the night sky. The camera tracks across the sky and ends with Alex looking up. Jack and Juliet on the boat share a glance.]