Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 3/4/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Sawyer perpetrates a lie to protect the remaining survivors from the mistakes of the past.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • Kyle Pennington

  • Matthew Fox

    Jack Shephard

  • Josh Holloway

    James "Sawyer" Ford

  • Jorge Garcia (I)

    Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

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  • Fan Reviews (52)
  • Sawyer confirms that he would have been a better leader than Jack

    By BevinChu, Feb 14, 2013

  • LaFleur are you really Sawyer?

    By Nightrider09, Aug 19, 2011

  • We finally end up in a familiar place, and someone gets a new name and a new job

    By DavidB226Morris, Aug 02, 2010

  • Great episode that explores more about the Dharma Initiative and the Hostles.

    By Jancevicius, Mar 05, 2009

  • amazing once more

    By deanevangeliou, Mar 05, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Sawyer: Hello, Richard. Richard: I'm sorry, do we know each other? Sawyer: I'm the guy who killed your men. Heard some gunshots, saw two men throwing a bag over a womans head. Gave them the chance to throw the weapons down, and walk away. One of them took a shot at me, and I defended myself. Richard: That's so? Sawyer: That's so. Richard: Your people know that you're telling me this? Sawyer: Ain't my people, Hoss. So if you got some kind of a truce with them, it ain't been broken. Richard: You're not a member of DHARMA Initiative, then what are you? Sawyer: Did you bury the bomb? Richard: (disbelief) Excuse me? Sawyer: The hydrogen bomb, with Jughead written on the side, did you bury it? ( Richard looks shocked ) Yeah, I know about it. I also know twenty years ago some bald fella limped into your camp and fed you some mumbo jumbo about being your leader. Then, puff, he went and disappeared right in front of you. Is this ringing a bell? That man's name is John Locke, and I'm waiting for him to come back. So, you still think I'm a member of the damn DHARMA Initiative? Richard: No. Guess I don't.

    • Sawyer: All right, listen up. When we get there, there's gonna be a lot of questions. So just keep your mouth shut. Let me do the talking. Miles: You really think you can convince them that we were in a boat wreck? Sawyer: I'm a professional. I used to lie for a living.

    • Sawyer: You do realize it's 1974. Whatever it is you think you're going back to, it don't exist yet. Juliet: It's not a reason not to go.. Sawyer: What about me? You really going to leave me here with a mad scientist and Mr. I Speak to Dead People? And Jin, he's a hell of a nice guy, but not exactly the greatest conversationalist. Juliet: You'll be fine. Sawyer: Maybe. But who's gonna get my back?

    • Sawyer: Let me talk to him. Horace: Excuse me? Sawyer: Your buddy out there with the eyeliner. Let me talk to him. Horace: We had a truce with these people. You don't understand. Sawyer: I understand I'm the one who killed his men. And I'm the one who's going to go out there and tell him why I did it. Horace: I can't let you do that. Sawyer: It's a good thing I ain't asking your permission.

    • Jin: Daniel? No more flash? Daniel: No. No more flash. The record is spinning again. We're just not on the song we want to be on.

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    Notes (5)

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: March 8, 2009 on Sky One Australia: April 1, 2009 on Network 7 Latin America: April 20, 2009 on AXN Sweden: May 5, 2009 on TV4 Denmark: May 22, 2009 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: May 25, 2009 on AXN Spain: May 28, 2009 on FOX Belgium: September 14, 2009 on VT4

    • Music: Tony Orlando and Dawn - "Candida" (while Jerry is dancing with Rosie in the DHARMA station).

    • This is the sixth episode that takes place entirely on the island.

    • Although credited, Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben) and Yunjin Kim (Sun) didn't appear. Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley) and Evangeline Lilly (Kate) appeared, but had no lines. Terry O'Quinn (Locke) also appeared, but only in archive footage.

    • This is Sawyer's first centric episode since "Every Man For Himself", the fourth episode of the third season.

    Trivia (17)

    • The Other shot by Sawyer had a horseshoe tattoo on his upper right arm. This tattoo is popular with sailors, and horseshoes have also been considered a symbol of female fertility. The open ended side of the horseshoe represents the open womb of the woman.

    • Paul's necklace is of an ankh, a popular Egyptian hieroglyph for fertility and eternal life. The giant statue also seems to carry an ankh in each hand.

    • LaFleur was first mentioned in the Comic-Con 2008 Pierre Chang film. At the end of the film, Chang says "LaFleur, what are you doing?"

    • The Snellen chart (visual acuity chart) seen behind Amy was written by Alex Eulenberg, who was born in 1970, meaning he would have had to invent the chart before the age of 8. He is neither an optometrist nor a medical doctor, and the chart is not approved for medical use. The chart does not meet the standards of optotypes nor of Snellen charts, which dictate, for example, the ratios between line-width, letter width, and letter height.

    • At the end of the episode, when Sawyer and Kate meet again, we can hear the music that accompanied the moments in the bear cage, "Romancing the cage" (Michael Giachino, season 3 soundtrack), where the two characters have their first real romantic moment.

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    Allusions (6)

    • The title alludes the alias Sawyer picked, which also means "The flower" in French.

    • The Grateful Dead: Phil and Jerry, the brownie-eating 1970s hippies, seem to be references to Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Rosie may be a reference to the reoccurring symbol of roses in Grateful Dead songs and art. In the Grateful Dead "Ramble On Rose", the protagonist's name is Rose. Also, the name of the band Grateful Dead has been attributed to this quote from the Egyptian Book of the Dead: "We now return our souls to the creator, as we stand on the edge of eternal darkness. Let our chant fill the void in order that others may know. In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the grateful dead."

    • Rosie is wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt. Geronimo Jackson is a 1970s band. Little is known about the group, but references to the band have been made on Lost starting in Season 2, and on the following episodes: In "The Hunting Party", Charlie and Hurley found the Geronimo Jackson album Magna Carta in the Swan's collection of LPs. Charlie, as "an expert in all things musical", said that he had never heard of them. In "The Whole Truth", Locke noticed the Magna Carta record while flipping through various albums. In "Further Instructions", Undercover police officer Eddie wore a T-shirt with the Magna Carta album cover picture silkscreened on the front. He claimed it to be one of his "dad's old shirts". In "Cabin Fever", A Geronimo Jackson poster adorned the inside door of the locker that 16-year old John Locke was locked in. In "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1" A Geronimo Jackson vinyl cover is seen next to a DJ at Hurley's surprise birthday party. In "This Place Is Death", Charlotte says 'Turn it up! I love Geronimo Jackson!' to the group during a flash.

    • The Dukes of Hazzard: Sawyer calls Miles "Enos", a reference to Roscoe P. Coltraine's deputy in The Dukes of Hazzard.

    • Coconut Telegraph: Sawyer says that Horace Goodspeed's drunken behavior will find its way out on the "coconut telegraph," referencing the content of the Jimmy Buffet song from the album of the same name.

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