Season 1 Episode 8

Confidence Man

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Shannon begins to suffer badly from her asthma and requires her inhaler. When the survivors ask Sawyer for it, he refuses, leading Jack and Sayid to contemplate using any means necessary to get it. Flashbacks in this episode focus on a smooth-talking Sawyer conning his lover Jessica and her family.moreless

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  • Sawyer

    The character everyone hated may change to the universal favorite, as Sawyer's somber history is explained in an emotional way that allows the audience to finally feel pity towards him.
  • 108

    The plot thickens as they say with this week's episode of Lost. What I love about this show thus far is that every episode brings some sort of substantial development. I know it's a little too early to be raving about the show in it's eighth episode, but I just love this format.

    So I wasn't crazy excited about the Sawyer centric episode but I surely was in for a pleasant surprise. We delve in to the very sad life of Sawyer. The Kate & Sawyer interactions were the best of the episode, I hope these two continue to be in scenes together.

    Now I really don't hope anything happens between Michael & Sun, but their interactions were good too. Charlie & Claire, obvious awesome interactions. The peanut butter scenes was nice. I wonder how the writers will incorporate Sayid's departure in future episodes. Overall superb episode of Lost that brought us a lot of substantial development.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Sawyer is suspected of hoarding some asthma inhalers from the wreck. Sayid tortures Sawyer, who reveals to Kate that he does not have them. Sayid sets off to explore the island's shoreline in self-imposed isolation, needing time to come to terms with his actions in torturing Sawyer. Kate reads a letter that Sawyer always carries around, which reveals that "Sawyer" is an alias. When Sawyer was a child, a man known as Sawyer conned and slept with his mother, who was killed by young Sawyer's father in a murder-suicide. Young Sawyer vowed, in the letter, to give the letter to the original Sawyer. Later, Sawyer became a con-man and took the name of the original Sawyer. In flashbacks, Sawyer tries to con a husband and wife, but gives up when he discovers that they have a son. Wow- another awesome episode from LOST. We learnt about the awesome and hot i might add Sawyer. I love the whole storyline about Shannon having a asthma attack. I love the part where everyone is blaming Sawyer - awesome. I love Sawyer and Kate parts in the episode. Jack and Sawyer ...FIGHT - love it. Chalir and Claire - I love them and their peanut butter.moreless
  • A dramatic and character driven episode...

    Episode eight is another great character driven episode, this time it's about Sawyer and we learn that he saw his Mother and Father killed as a boy because of a con man named Sawyer, there is a lot to take in, in this forty minutes we learn loads about the character and I kind of felt sorry for him even if he is a jerk, Sawyer was my favourite character of season one. It's not just about the character however this episode had loads of dramatic scenes like the two Jack arguements one resulting in Jack hitting Sawyer. Then there is the torturing scene which was wonderfully acted, we learn that Sayid was more than just a communications officer in Iraq. Oh and Kate kisses Sawyer didn't actually think that Kate would but she did, love it highlight of the episode. I also enjoy the music at the end it went well with the ending of the episode. All in all this is one of my favourite episodes from the first season of Lost.moreless
  • You Gotta Be Inhaled To Get The Inhaler

    Sayid tortures Sawyer into turning in Shannon's asthma inhaler. Kate does the same thing if you replace "torture" with "hot kissin' under-a-tree". When it turns out that Sawyer doesn't have the inhaler, Sayid leaves. On the bright side, Jack is still here to teach us how to be a heroic, sweaty leader and an unhesitating, sweaty torturer at the same time. -

    Sawyer's first flashback episode was slightly underwhelming, mainly because of the great permise of his character. His backstory is quite interesting and touching but the flashbacks do not fully utilize that, their main flaw being bad time management. On the Island, nothing really spectacular happened, although I did like the Kate-Sawyer kiss (despite Kate's presence) and Sayid's departures sets up the next, improved episode. Overall, the episode was good but not terrific.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Charlie makes a deal with Claire that he can find her peanut butter, her necklace changes position throughout the scene.

    • Claire tells Charlie that she is the only Australian who likes peanut butter. Peanut Butter is commonly eaten in Australia and is a top selling breakfast condiment.

    • Sawyer tried to con Jessica & David for $160.000. 16 is one of "The Numbers".

    • Numbers: 8

      Kate says the incident with Sawyer's parents happened when he was around 8 years old.

    • Numbers: 4

      Boone says he had 4 refills for Shannon's asthma medicine.

    • Island events in this episode take place on September 30th and October 1st 2004.

    • Goof: (Continuity) When Sawyer is in the bed with the woman, she has bare shoulders. Then when Sawyer realizes it is 3:30 and he slides out of the bed, she is only off-screen for a split second, but she now has a black bra on with straps.

    • If you look closely at Sayid's shirt right after he stabs Sawyer, you can see blood on it. When they go back to him after showing Jack there is no blood on the shirt, there is also no blood on the shirt when he stands up, but before he leaves to go get the bag there is some blood on it again.

    • Sun uses a medicinal herb to help Shannon's asthma. When Jack smells the mixture he says it is Eucalyptus, either he or the show crew is mistaken, as the leaves handed by Michael to Sun are definitely NOT eucalyptus.

    • Locke's theory of a slow-fuse doesn't make any sense, since Sawyer had to fire his signal rocket after he saw Sayid fire his. There's no way a slow fuse could account for that, but neither Locke or Sayid seem to notice.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (After Sayid stopped torturing him)

      Sawyer: No, don't stop now. I think my sinuses are clearing.

    • Sayid: I can't stay here.
      Kate: What?
      Sayid: I'm leaving. I don't know for how long.
      Kate: Sayid, you can't. We still don't know what's out there.
      Sayid: I've worse things to fear than what's in the jungle. What I did today - what I almost did - I swore to do never again. If I can't keep that promise, I have no right to be here.
      Kate: There's nowhere to go.
      Sayid: Someone has to walk the shore and map the island. And see what else there is. I can't think of anyone better to do it than the only one I trust. I hope we meet again.

    • Jack: Just tell me where the inhalers are and we'll stop.
      Sawyer: Stop what, Chico?

    • Charlie: Yeah, but, there's got to be something. I mean, look at you.
      Hurley: Look at what?
      Charlie: No, no. Listen.
      Hurley: Fat guy hoarding the food, is that what you think?
      Charlie: No! It's just we've been here for two weeks and you've not really. . .
      Hurley: Slimmed down much?
      Charlie: All I need is a bag of peanuts.
      Hurley: I have no food, alright!

    • Claire: Is food the only thing that you miss?
      Charlie: You're pregnant. I mean, do you not crave anything? Pickles, fried ice cream, chocolate?
      Claire: Peanut butter. I'm the only Australian who loves peanut butter.
      Charlie: I could get you peanut butter.
      Claire: Sure you can.
      Charlie: Yes, I can! And when I get you peanut butter you have to vacate this sandy shore of depression and move to the caves. Deal?
      Claire: Deal.

    • Sayid: Locke, where were you last night, around sunset?
      Locke: Well, I'm afraid the only witness to my whereabouts is the boar that I was skinning for our dinner.

    • Kate: What do you want for the inhalers?
      Sawyer: Ah, good question. Hang on a tick.... What do I want? A kiss ought to do it.

    • Kate: (about the letter Sawyer has) I read it again, and again because I've been trying to figure out why you would beat up Boone instead of just telling him that you didn't have his sister's medication. Why you pretended to have it anyway. The thing I keep comin' back aroun too is that, you want to be hated. And then I looked at the envolope, "Amercia's Bicentennial. Knoxville, Tennesse." You were just a kid---
      Sawyer: (very softly) Kate.
      Kate: --eight, maybe nine years old. This letter wasn't written to you. You wrote this letter. (pause) Your name's not Sawyer, is it?
      Sawyer: It was his name. He was a confidence man. Romanced my momma to get to the money, wiped them out clean, left a mess behind. So, I wrote that letter knowing that one day I'd find him. But that ain't the sad part, when I was 19, I needed six grand to pay these guys off that I was havin' some trouble with. (sighs) So, I found a pretty lady with a dumb husband who had some money (pauses) and I got 'em to give it to me. How's that for a tradegy? I became the man I was huntin'. I became 'Sawyer'. (pauses) Don't you feel sorry for me?

    • Hurley: For the record I'm down a notch in my belt.
      Charlie: Oh.
      Hurley: Yeah, I'm a big guy, it's gonna be awhile before anyone is gonna wanna give me a piggy back ride.

    • Boone: Shannon has asthma.
      Jack: Asthma?
      Boone: Yeah.
      Jack: I've never seen her have an attack before.
      Boone: 'Cause she had an inhaler. She sneaks hits when no one's looking, she's--she's been embarrassed about it since she was little, I guess breathin' isn't cool.

    • (Sawyer is out swimming in the ocean, and he left his stuff on the beach, and Kate walks by and stops and picks up a book in the pile of clothes)
      Sawyer: Hell of a book!
      (Kate looks out to see Sawyer in the ocean, he walks towards her)
      Sawyer: It's about bunnies. (Sawyer is completely out of the water now)
      Kate: It must be cold without your trunks.
      Sawyer: You bet. How about you come a little closer, and warm me up.
      Kate (sarcastic): You sure know how to make a girl feel special, Sawyer.

    • (Sawyer hears a noise in his tent and finds Boone)
      Sawyer: What are you doing in my stuff, son?

    • (Sayid returns to the cave)
      Boone: Whose blood is that?
      (Sayid looks at him but doesn't answer)
      Boone: Whose blood is that?
      Sayid: Sawyer.
      Boone: You went after Sawyer and you didn't even tell me? She's my sister.

    • (Sayid is torturing Sawyer)
      Sawyer: That's it, that's all you got, splinters? No wonder we kicked your ass in the Gulf.

    • Jack: Give me the inhalers...now!
      Sawyer: Hell, I wondered when you were gonna stop asking nice. (Jack punches him, Sawyer falls to the ground) Well, it's about time, cowboy, I've been tellin' 'ya since day one we're in the wild. Didn't think you had it in 'ya. (Jack punches him again)

    • Jack: You attacked a kid for trying to help his sick sister?
      Sawyer: No, I whooped a thief cause he was going through my stuff--
      Jack: Yours? What makes it yours?
      Sawyer: --Which I had to move because everybody wants to help themselves.
      Jack: You can just take something out of a suitcase, and that makes it yours?
      Sawyer: Look, I don't know what kind of commie share-fest you're running over in cave town, but down here possession's nine-tenths and a man's got a right to protect his property.
      Jack: Get up!
      Sawyer: Why, you wanna see who's taller?

    • Jack: I'm gonna kill him.
      Kate: That's not going to help us get the medicine.
      Jack: Maybe not, but it'll feel good.
      Kate: So what's stopping you?
      Jack: We're not savages, Kate. Not yet.
      Kate: Let me talk to Sawyer.
      Jack: What makes you think he's gonna listen' to 'ya?
      Kate: He says we have a connection.
      Jack (pause): Do you?
      Kate: Please.

    • (Jack tries to tend to Sawyer's wound while Kate holds him down)
      Sawyer: Let go, I know you want to.
      Jack: Shut up and stop moving.
      Sawyer: You've been waiting for this haven't you? Now you get to be the hero again, cause that's what you do. You fix everything up all nice. (to Kate) Time to let go Freckles, we already made out. What else I got to live for? Hey Jack, there's something you should know. If the tables were turned ... I'd watch you die.

    • Sawyer: You know, Ali, I don't think you've tortured anyone in your life.
      Sayid: Unfortunately for us both, you're wrong.

    • Jack: I thought you were a communications officer.
      Sayid: Part of my training entailed getting the enemy to communicate.

    • Hurley: That was awesome, man. That was like ... a Jedi moment.

    • Kate: So I'm here. Where is it?
      Sawyer: Happy to tell you as soon as I get that kiss.
      Kate: What? Are you serious?
      Sawyer: Baby, I am tied to a tree in the jungle of mystery. I just got tortured by a damn spinal surgeon and a genuine Iraqi. Of course I'm serious. You're just not seeing the big picture here, Freckles. Are you really gonna let that girl suffocate because you can't bring yourself to give me one little kiss? Hell, it's only first base. Lucky for you I ain't greedy.

  • NOTES (6)


    • The book Sawyer reads is "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. It tells the tale of a group of lost rabbits searching for a new home.

    • Episode Title: Confidence Man

      In 1988, "Confidence Man" was the first track on The Jeff Healey Band's album, See The Light.

      "Con man" is an abbreviated form of "Confidence man", a person who exploits others to make money.

    • Hurley: That was like a Jedi moment.

      The Jedi are the mystical peace-keepers in the Star Wars series of films.

    • The name Sawyer is a reference to the same name character from the book Tom Sawyer, whose best known exploit is conning his friends into white washing a fence.