Season 1 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sawyer becomes convinced that a wild boar has a personal vendetta against him after it ransacks his tent and attacks him in the jungle. Meanwhile, Hurley and Sayid try to help Charlie come to terms with what he did to Ethan. Flashbacks in this episode center around Sawyer's time in Australia and his hunt for the real Sawyer.moreless

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  • Awesome.

    In dream or flashback, a small child (presumably Sawyer) is being talked to by his mother, who instructs him to hide under the bed and never come out no matter what. There is a man banging on the door and eventually breaks it down. The door closes, and the child's mother is heard yelling, "What the hell is wrong with you?!" in a worried, angered manner. Shots are heard and the fighting stops. The man comes into the child's room, sits on top of the bed the child is hiding under, and kills himself. Sawyer is awakened by a boar in his tent. Sawyer becomes obsessed with finding the boar that raided his tent and goes into the jungle with Kate to find it; however, he does not kill it when he finds it. He gives his gun to Jack, who now has all the firearms in the marshal's suitcase. Sawyer realizes that he met Jack's father in Australia. In flashbacks, Sawyer tracks down who he believes to be the Sawyer who ruined his life, in Australia. Sawyer kills the man, but finds out that that man was not the original Sawyer. I love Sawyer he is so funny, quick minded and hot. Sawyer also hears whispers which was scary back in 2005, but not now. I love Sawyer's nicknames he gives people - so funny. I love the scene where Kate and Sawyer are playing the game "I Never" - awesome storyline, I love every moment of it. I also love the way everything and everyone is linked somwhow in LOST, like the way Sawyer talks to Jack's farther without knowing it's him until he meets Jack. I aslo love the scene with Jack and Sawyer - so funny.moreless
  • I never heard of the game I never until this episode...

    Kate and Sawyer divulge dark secrets to each other while tracking a renegade boar that Sawyer swears is purposely harassing him. Hurley and Sayid worry that Charlie is losing it after facing a brush with death and killing Ethan with 6 bullets to the chest. A shocking prior connection between Sawyer and Jack is revealed in a flashback. Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "The X-Files") guest stars. A great Sawyer episode with a real dark start, we see the young Sawyer witness his parents murder. Other than this the rest of the episode flashbacks are intresting we see why Sawyer was in Australia. The island scenes had great development in the Sawyer, Kate relationship.moreless
  • Not Sawyer

    Sawyer is the murderer of an innocent shrimpdealer (which is not a word). In this episode, he can be also found in the form of a filler. -

    This was a very solid, well-directed episode, but yet, this is not enough. In a show like Lost where plot twists and keeping the story flowing are the main factors that attract viewership, it is unfortunately very common that, in order to decelerate the pace of the plot, episodes like this are created. This is definately not a bad episode (in fact, it is a pretty good one) but it serve mostly as a filler, because almost nothing happens. This episode's strong point are of course the flashbacks, which are mostly exciting and really make the viewr feel for Sawyer. On the other hand, the action on the Island is terribly unspectacular and mostly boring (Sawyer hunting a boar and playing teenage games with Kate? Not a good idea to built an episode on). Consensus: a decent filler.moreless
  • This is the characteristics what an episode centered in a character should always have!!!!

    One more episode centered in sawyer, but what might be considered a common episode, was turned into an amazing episode.

    There are no doubts that sawyer is a great character. He can bring drama and funny moments into the same episode. This exchange of emotions makes a simple episode, to be very good, which was exactly happens in this episode.

    The writers deserve applauses, the way they tied kate, jack and locke in sawyer story was excellent. Kate here reveals what she did (of course, without details, this will happen more later) and locke again acts like a guide, passing his knowledge / wisdom for sawyer.

    Sawyer's flashbacks it´s pure drama, contrary to his previous flashback episode, this flashback shows exactly what happened with him when he was a child, and later, how he is going to take revenge supposedly on the man responsible for this. This also explains why he was so "bad guy" with the people on the island before.

    The funny part it´s in the island events, where sawyer plays some of the best funny moments, and these events connect in a perfect way to his past. Again, lost demonstrates supernatural characteristics.

    As always, lost can reserve a surprise for us, totally unexpected, and this is exactly what happens in this episode.

    An episode with a simple drama and with immense funny moments, make this episode, one of the character-centric episode of LOSTmoreless
  • You never thought an episode could reveal so much about the castaways

    At first glance, 'Outlaws' doesn't seem like as important episode as any of the previous two. There's no big development like with the hatch or the building of the raft, or repercussions for the murder of Ethan, and the character who is the focus of the episode is someone whose nature we already understand. However, as far as character development, as well a more critical moment for the series, it is absolutely far more important to the series.

    The focus of the episode is Sawyer's quest for the boar which destroys his tent, eats his food, and seems to be going directly after him without touching anything else. Yet it's clear that this is more than a wild pig to Sawyer. The real reason Sawyer was in Sydney was to kill the man he has been hunting for the past twenty years. We learn first from his lips and then from the flashback, how and why this happened, and though he never says so, it's obvious that he believes that this boar is a reincarnation of the man he killed. However, Sawyer rather than try and redress the wrong he did has decided to chop the Gordian knot by killing it--- again.

    The early sections of the episodes are very funny as Sayid's amusement at Sawyer's failure, and his early ineptitude at tracking the animal on his own, leading Kate to find him after he spends several hours running around in circles. But the mood changes when Kate agrees to help him in exchange for carte blanche. Kate may say she's doing this to get something out of him, but Sawyer (and the viewer) know better.

    This leads to one of the longest and most memorable scenes in the show's first season, as Kate and Sawyer sit around a campfire, he hands out liquor bottles from the plane and they play 'I never'. Equal parts flirtation, humor, and pain, the game becomes more and more serious--- until the final revelation. Now both Kate and Sawyer have owned up to these to other people, but considering the obvious attraction that's been between them since the series began, this is a pretty painful moment for both.

    Another wrinkle is added the next morning when they run into Locke (who obviously doesn't want them to know what he and Boone have been doing) and he tells them another story about the death of his sister and the appearance of a golden retriever some time later that gave comfort to his mother. He stops just short of telling them that he believes this, but it's clear he does, and it actually raises a question that even here is more than a little crazy: Is the boar the man Sawyer killed? Jack has already seen his father, Walt has created a polar bear supposedly out of something he saw in a comic book, and Boone hallucinated his sister's death. Could this island have channeled the spirit of this innocent man into a boar and put him in Sawyer's path to test him? Maybe it is, and maybe that's the real reason that when he confronts it, he can't bring himself to kill it. But by far the most important essential part of Sawyer's flashback when we see him in a bar drinking with Christian Shephard. In it Christian admits some things that he could only tell a stranger: that he is a weak man, that he doesn't blame his son for doing what he did in the deposition, and that he is beyond redemption. The encounter is full of irony for both men--- Christian gave advice that he thought would help ease Sawyer's burden, but instead led him to commit a murder that haunts him to this day. Sawyer thought leaving the bottle was a reward and a thank you, but it's pretty clear that after this Christian drank himself to death. This is the first direct link in a flashback between two of the characters (and one of the few that will be picked up on later) and one of several that will involve Christian. Many of these links are so subtle, you have to really be paying attention to get them (I missed a bunch in the second season), but it does seem to indicate that these are the real reasons behind who survived the crash. Was the island picking and choosing?

    While the major focus of this episode is on Sawyer, we do spend a little time with some of the characters. Having shot Ethan a few days before, Charlie seems to be a shell of himself. He can barely look at Claire and he can't talk with Hurley, the two people he has grown closest to on the island. Some of the castaways were murderers in their past lives, but Charlie is the first to become one because of the island. Charlie managed to survive his near death experience because of his faith; now it's clear that he feels he is no longer entitled to it. Sayid, who was haunted by his own demons himself, tries to help Charlie, and it does seem to lighten his burden a little by the end of the episode. However, one could make the argument that this death reawakened some of the darkness inside of him that will lead to the major downturn of his character in the second season.

    Though his screen time in this episode is limited, Jack is a crucial part of this episode as well. Jack will never know that his father is proud of him for what he does, but given what we learn about him in future episodes, I doubt he would have accepted if he had. Both he and his father say "That's why the Sox will never win the Series, but both have completely different interpretations, Christian believes in destiny, while Jack believes it is an expression of defeatism. The irony is, Jack is more in kin with his father than he would care to admit. This will become clearer as the show progresses, and will explode by Season 3 in two critical moments.

    And then there's Kate, who is still balancing between Jack and Sawyer. Though it's clear that she is drawn to Sawyer, it's also apparent that aspects of his personality repulse her. (They also probably repulse Sawyer, but he hides it better.) She probably would have done this without any possibility of payback, but it's also clear that right now, she isn't ready to admit her own feelings, perhaps because she's still not there yet.

    The final revelation is critical--- when he goes out into the woods the first time, Sawyer, like Sayid did before---- hears the whispering in the woods. However, like Sayid, he is inclined to dismiss the noise as his imagination. Apparently, while he is willing to believe in the reincarnation of the soul of the man he killed in this boar, he isn't willing to admit to this particular mystery of the island. (Then again, neither is Sayid) One wishes like hell there was some way to translate the whispering, because I'm pretty sure that it's different than what we heard in 'Solitary'. Are the Others looking down on this and judging? Who is?

    'Outlaws' is one of the best episodes of the season. Well written and superbly acted by Holloway, Lilly and Mongahan, it is an example of what the series can rise to when the writers decide to occasionally ignore the larger mysteries and deal with character development. The revelations of the episode are critical, but what it tells us about Sawyer, Charlie, Kate and Jack is just as important and equally fascinating. You might want to see this one twice

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick


Guest Star

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Frank Duckett

Guest Star

Brittany Perrineau

Brittany Perrineau


Guest Star

John Terry

John Terry

Dr. Christian Shephard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • At the beginning of the episode when young Sawyer's mother is putting him under the bed, a man shouts "Brooke, open the door" but Sawyer says later his mom's name is name Mary.

    • Whispers can be heard when Sawyer is in the jungle. There are tracks being played on the Left, Right and Center audio track channels simultaneously. Decoded they translate as:

      "How could you say that? I knew he was American"
      "It was a large group"
      "It'll come back around"
      Frank Duckett's Voice- "Now listen. Here's what we should do. Nothing. It's not the one. He's coming up on the gate."

      "How could you say that, I knew he was American"
      "Hey listen, come on let's go"
      "Go and see what he's doing"
      "Duetch negg or Joice leg" (perhaps another language or reversed)
      "Like it's your choice"
      "He's coming up on the gate"
      "My guess is to shoot the pig" or "Guess he'll shoot the pig"
      "My [hand/head] is free"

      "How could you even say that, I knew he was an American"
      "Hey listen, come on lets go"
      "Go and see what he's doing"
      "He's coming up on the gate"
      "My guess is to shoot the pig..."
      "Okay" Female Voice- "Maybe we should just talk to him"
      Male Voice- "No if he see us it will ruin everything"
      Male Voice- "What did he see"
      Female Voice- "They could help us"
      Male Voice- "Can't trust"
      Male Voice- "Come back around"
      (Sawyer pauses, crickets and cicada are heard)
      Male Voice- "What did he see"
      Male Voice- "Nothing, he was following it"
      Female Voice- "Speak"
      Male Voice- "Nothing"
      Frank Duckett's Voice- "It'll come back around"

      Whispers heard by Sawyer on the beach (same thing as above applies):

      "There goes another poking his head in here" or "There goes somebody"
      "Yeah, let's see what he's doing"
      "Let me decide"
      "Come back"
      "I see another one"
      Frank Duckett's Voice- "It'll come back around"

      "Oh my god there's a guy out there"
      "Dennis find out what's going on"
      "Did he see us?"
      "Open it"
      "Did you see what direction he went?"
      "Right through those trees"
      "Go and get him"
      "There is [an explanation/a resolution] and I bet you haven't thought of it"
      "What is it?"
      "He's been in a plane crash"
      "Are you sure?"
      "I know what it's like for a plane to crash"
      "Complain, complain, complain"
      "I want to get closer"
      "I know what you said, but he's looking around"
      "What if he shoots us or something"

      "There may be something, but it may be slack"
      "Let's go"
      "Has he seen us?"
      (Alarms go off)
      "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry"
      "Intruder, Intruder"
      "Hide against the bushes"
      "Open the door"
      "I know what it's like for a plane to crash"
      "Complain, complain, complain"
      "I know what you said, but..."

    • During the game of "I Never", the amount of liquid in the alcohol bottle changes, being almost empty half way through the game to being full again toward the end.

    • Hurley said that Charlie shot Ethan 4 times. However, in "Homecoming", it was clear that he shot him 6 times.

    • This is the first episode that doesn't feature Boone or Shannon.

    • Just after Sawyer finds his blue tarp at the base of the tree and is walking towards the camera, watch the right-hand side of the screen very carefully. You will see something blue move, as well as a shadow which is not Sawyer's. A crew member, or something more sinister...?

    • When Sawyer and Kate are playing "I Never" at the fire, you can see that there is black nail polish on Sawyer's right hand, which is not there when they drink coffee in the morning with Locke.

    • Numbers: 4

      Hurley mentions that Charlie shot Ethan 4 times in the chest.

    • Island events in this episode take place on October 20th, October 21st and October 22nd 2004.

    • Sawyer hears the 'voices' that Sayid heard earlier, and they are saying "It will come back around." These were the last words of the man Sawyer killed in Sydney.

    • Sawyer is the first castaway to realize he had a before-crash connection to another survivor (Jack) on the island.

    • In the first scene in Sydney the camera pans from the opera house toward the rich North Shore area, except it shows that there are no houses on the shore whatsoever. In reality there are houses and apartment blocks scattered all across the shoreline.

    • When Hurley and Charlie go to bury Ethan, there's a perspective shot from just behind the body showing the boys talking and the actor playing Ethan's body was breathing.

    • In the beginning, when Sawyer gets ready to go hunt the boar (after his trip in the mud), he talks to Kate. If you look closely at his neck when he is standing up, especially when he says ''Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some revenge to attend to'', you can see part of the makeup peeling off

    • Response: When Sawyer buys the gun from the guy at the docks - when the camera pans from the Opera House, where has the Harbour Bridge gone? And there are no fishing docks on that side of the harbour - that's North Shore where all the "richies" live.

    • Despite the torture Sawyer received from Sayid and Jack, there is not a mark on his body.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Shephard: I have a son. He's about your age. He's not like me. He does what's in his heart. He's a good man. Maybe a great one. And right now, he thinks that I hate him. He thinks I feel betrayed by him. But what I really feel...is gratitude and pride because of what he did to me. What he did for me. It took more courage than I have. Hmm. There's a pay phone over here. I could pick it up, and I could call my son. I could tell him about all of this. I could tell him that I love him. One simple phone call, and I could fix everything.
      Sawyer: Then why don't you?
      Shephard: Because I am weak.

    • Shephard: This business that you have, will it ease your suffering?
      Sawyer: Yeah.
      Shephard: Then what are you doing here?
      Sawyer: It ain't that simple.
      Shephard: Of course it is. Unless you want to end up like me, of course it is.

    • Locke: My sister, Jeanie, died when I was a boy. Fell off the monkey bars and broke her neck. And my mother, well, my foster mother she blamed herself, of course. Thought she wasn't watching close enough. So, she stopped eating, stopped sleeping. The neighbors started talking, afraid she might do something to herself, I guess. Oh, that's good. Anyway, about 6 months after Jeanie's funeral this golden retriever comes padding up our driveway, walks right into our house, sits down on the floor and looks right at my mother, there on the couch. And my mother looks back at the dog. After about a minute of this, of them both staring at each other like that, my mother bursts into tears. Beautiful dog, no tags, no collar, healthy, and sweet. The dog slept in Jeanie's old room, on Jeanie's old bed and stayed with us until my mother passed 5 years later. Then, disappeared back to... wherever it was she came from in the first place.
      Kate: So, you're saying the dog was your sister?
      Locke: Well that would be silly. But my mother thought it was. Thought that Jeanie had come back to tell her the accident wasn't her fault... let her off the hook.

    • Kate: Did you get all the guns back?
      Jack: All except one.
      Kate: Who?
      Jack: Let me give you 3 guesses.
      Kate: Sawyer.

    • (Sawyer is attempting to track the boar.)
      Kate: It's a foot print. Based on the weight and the distance between strides, I'd say you've been following Boone for about an hour.
      Sawyer: Look...
      Kate: It could be Charlie, I suppose.
      Sawyer: I'm tickled you're taking such an interest in my affairs. I really am. So don't take it personal when I tell you...
      Kate: I want carte blanche.
      Sawyer: What?
      Kate: It's simple. You can't track this boar without my help. Over the last few hours you have managed to follow the tracks of humans, birds, a rock slide, yourself, basically everything except boar. You have no idea what you're doing.

    • Sawyer: I've never been in love.
      Kate: You've never been in love?
      Sawyer: I ain't drinking, am I?

    • (during Kate and Sawyer's game of "I Never")
      Sawyer: I never cared about having carte blanche because I just wanted to spend some time with the only other person on this island that just don't belong.
      Kate: (Kate drinks.) I never carried a letter around for 20 years because I couldn't get over my baggage.
      Sawyer: (Sawyer drinks) I never killed a man.
      (Kate drinks, then Sawyer drinks.)
      Sawyer: Well, looks like we got something in common, after all.

    • Kate: There are hoof marks everywhere.
      Sawyer: It ate all our stuff?
      Kate: Nope. It ate your stuff. Mine's fine.
      Sawyer: Oh, that hog's gonna suffer. I swear to God.

    • Sawyer: Awww, son of a -- ohhh, peed on my shirt! Took my shirt out of the bag and peed on it! And you say this ain't personal.
      Kate: He thinks the boar we're after has a vendetta against him.
      Locke: Uh-huh.
      Sawyer: That's 3 times it's attacked me.

    • Sawyer: I take comfort knowing that someday this all going to be a real nice shopping complex. Maybe even an auto mall. Where you going?
      Kate: (pointing) Know what that is?
      Sawyer: A hole in the mud.
      Kate: It's a wallow.
      Sawyer: What the hell's a wallow?

    • (Sawyer comes up to Jack and pulls his gun out)
      Sawyer: Stick 'em up.
      Jack: Trying to be funny?
      Sawyer: Yeah, I was fresh out of pies to throw at you. Here you go, sheriff.

    • Claire: Hey.
      Charlie: Hi. How are you feeling?
      Claire: Very pregnant. I had some dreams last night. Actually, more like memories. You were in them.
      Charlie: Sorry.

    • Sawyer: What could possibly make us even for the Tampa job?
      Hibbs: How about the known whereabouts of the man that ruined your life?

    • Sayid: Boar took your tarp?
      Sawyer: It was dark, but yeah, I'm pretty sure it was a boar.
      Sayid: I thought the boar had vacated this area?
      Sawyer: Well, genius, I think we got some bad info.
      Sayid: What was he doing inside your tent?
      Sawyer: It was staring at me. Then it came at me, so I hit it, and it ran off into the jungle.
      Sayid: With you tarp? Perhaps he wanted to go camping?
      Sawyer: You enjoying yourself?
      Sayid: Yes.
      Sawyer: Well, laugh it up, Mohammad. But I come back and find my stuff's gone, I'm coming after you.

    • Kate: Maybe it's got your scent, doesn't like your cologne?
      Sawyer: I don't wear cologne.
      Kate: Yes you do!
      Sawyer: Yeah ... well, the thing's got it in for me.
      Kate: It's a boar, Sawyer.

    • Sayid: You're not alone, Charlie. Don't pretend to be.

    • Hurley: Did you ever get that Gulf War syndrome?
      Sayid: That was the other side.
      Hurley: Oh, right. Then what's the one when you're all, like, shell-shocked?
      Sayid: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
      Hurley: Yeah, that's it. You ever have that?
      Sayid: Why do you ask?

    • Kate: A boar did all this?
      Sawyer: Last night, wrecked my tent. This morning when I went to get my tent back it attacks me from behind and runs off into the jungle like a coward.
      Kate: A boar wouldn't just attack you for no reason.
      Sawyer: Thank you, boar expert. This one did. It's harassing me. (Sawyer gets the gun)
      Kate: What are doing?
      Sawyer: Getting even.
      Kate: Would you listen to yourself? It's a boar. Just go tell Locke and he'll kill it.
      Sawyer: Nope. This is my fight.

    • (Kate and Jack are discussing how to get the 9MM handgun back from Sawyer)
      Kate: I can get it back.
      Jack: Really? How are you going to do that?
      Kate: I speak his language.
      Jack: We've done this before, Kate, and if I remember it right---you made out with him, and he didn't even have what you said you could get.
      Kate: Well, I only made out with him because torturing him didn't work.
      Jack: Let him keep the gun. It's not worth it.
      Kate: Are you afraid he's going to shoot me if I ask?
      Jack: I just don't want you to owe him anything.

    • Charlie: Hurley, look, I appreciate the help. You don't have to. I killed Ethan, I can bury him.
      Hurley: Yeah, 'til he raises from the dead. Dude, I know how this works. This is going to end with you and me running through the jungle screaming and crying. He catches me first because I'm heavy and I get cramps.

    • Shephard (to Sawyer): You know why they call it 'down under?' Because it's closest to hell without getting burned.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The Van in the Flashback reads "Sweet Shrimp". In Australia, the more common word for the item of food is prawn. Even despite the known saying "Shrimp on the Barbie". Possible explanation is that either the writers or character were unaware of this. This seems most likely as the character who owned the van was American, and would have called them shrimp.

    • There's a deleted scene called "A deal's a deal":

      Kate and Sawyer are back at the beach, and she brings up the carte blanche, and she tells him "A deal's a deal".

    • For the first time, Maggie Grace (Shannon) and Ian Somerhalder (Boone) didn't appear. Malcolm David Kelley (Walt), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun) and Harold Perrineau (Michael) appeared, but had no lines.

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: April 22, 2005 on Kanal 5
      - Greece: August 25, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • This episode was nominated for the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series. This episode won the 2006 Eddie Award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television.

    • Brittany Perrineau, who plays the role of the woman that Sawyer takes back to his hotel room, is the real life wife of Harold Perrineau Jr., aka, 'Michael'.

    • A Sawyer-centric episode.


    • Pursued
      Sawyer's story is the same as Robert Mitchun's character in this 1947 western. Set in New Mexico around the turn of the century and told in flashback, the film tells the story of Jeb (Mitchum) whose entire family was slaughtered when he was a young boy. The vision haunts him into adulthood while he spends his time looking for the men responsible for the killings.

    • "Sawbucks": This is Hibbs' nickname for Sawyer. A sawbuck is old slang for a ten-dollar bill.

    • Jack: That's why the Red Sox will never win the damn series. The Red Sox, until 2004, had gone 86 years without winning a World Series. We "believed" that it was The Curse of the Bambino, started when Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees, that prevented the team from winning. In Boston, we used to get pretty passionate about the curse, thinking it was "fate", much like Jack's father, when it was really just an excuse.