Season 2 Episode 13

The Long Con

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Sun is attacked by an unknown assailant, Sawyer and Kate disagree with claims that the Others were responsible, beginning to suspect a wider orchestrated plan. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal more of Sawyer's past.

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  • The Long Con

    Despite ineffective yet necessary flashbacks, this episode displays Sawyer's true colors once again and provides an eventful hour of television, albeit doesn't play into the plot development.
  • Sawyer takes Jack down a notch or two

    Jack may not have wanted the responsibility of "leader" at first.

    But after assuming it, he gradually crossed the line and arrogated to himself a tad too much discretionary power.

    Sawyer may not be any more moral than Jack, but he is less self-righteous and succeeds in taking Jack down a notch or two.
  • Awesome.

    When Sun is attacked, tension builds between Jack, Locke, Kate, and Ana Lucia regarding the guns. It is revealed that Sawyer and Charlie had conned them all for Sawyer to gain control of the guns and Charlie to get revenge on Locke. In flashbacks, Sawyer reluctantly cons a woman he develops feelings for. I love the start with John and Jack I just love the way they are. I love the scene with Sawyer and Charlie h e is so funny and then the Sawyer and Jack scene straight after it. I love Sawyer's back story and then he brings his back story onto the island - awesome! I love it when Kate is reading to Sawyer. Oh and Sun being dragged away was awesome. The Sawyer and John scene is brilliant aswell, and then Sawyer comes out the jungle with the guns - amazing!moreless
  • clever

    This was a very cleverly written episode. It shows how smart and clever Sawyer can actually be.

    The episode starts with Jack going through Sawyers tent taking his stuff. Sawyer gets mad and asks what he's doing and Jack says Sawyer stole the stuff. Sawyer looked so mad I thought he was going to beat the crap out of Jack. But he holds it in. Then the "long-con" starts.

    Sun almost gets kidnapped in the jungle but Sawyer and Kate come to her rescue. Everyone is thinking it could be the others or it could be one of them. Sawyer plays the whole thing smoothly. He gets everyone's minds thinking. And then there are problems. Kate thinks it was Ana-Lucia because she wanted the guns and Jin wants a gun because of what happened to Sun. Jack says ok and they make their way down to the hatch to get a gun. But Sawyer gets there first to warn Locke that Jack's just going to be handing out guns. Sawyer basically talks Locke into hiding them.

    At the end they're all on the beach at night. Jack confronts Locke and they start verbally fighting. Then there's gunshots and Sawyer walks out. Jack asks Locke, "you gave him the guns" and Locke replies, "no?" and then one of the greatest lines ever.

    Sawyer: That's right, Jack. He's as stupid as you are. You were so busy worrying about each other you never even saw me coming, did you?

    and then...

    Sawyer: There's a new sheriff in town boys! Ya'll best get used to it.

    That proves to me that Sawyer is the baddest and smartest person on the island. In his FlashBack a women wants to learn how to long-con. Sawyer says yes, but actually long-cons her and gets all her money.moreless
  • James Smart

    Generalmente no disfruto cantidades con los flashbacks de los personajes pero esta es una de las pocas excepciones. James nos deja ver su lado maligno, su verdadera cara, lo inteligente que es quien pensamos un malechor y nada más. Y bienvenido sea, disfruté mucho de su historia analogada (sic) con el complot que él y Charlie (ideado por Sawyer, obviamente) llevan a cabo abducting Sun y todo lo demás. Divertido ver como Kate y John caen en sus redes y como nadie siquiera se atreve a sospechar de nuestro acaparador de episodio. Brindo por el escritor de este capítulo y le pido repita este tipo de flashbacks.moreless
Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn


Guest Star

Finn Armstrong

Finn Armstrong


Guest Star

Richard Cavanna

Richard Cavanna


Guest Star

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick


Recurring Role

Kim Dickens

Kim Dickens

Cassidy Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Sawyer shot the gun in the air, to get everyone's attention, he shot 4 times. 4 is one of "The Numbers".

    • Island events in this episode take place on November 17th 2004.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Jack tells Ana-Lucia that Sayid told him she was a cop and asks her how long it would take to train an army. Surely, Sayid himself would be a better person to ask, given that he served in the Iraqi army's Republican Guard for several years.

    • In the season one episode "Whatever The Case May Be" (1x12) Sawyer said he'd never been in love. Clearly not true by this episode.

    • When Sawyer picks up Sun, after he and Kate find her unconscious, he picks her up in a way that her head is resting on his left arm. When he is seen arriving back at camp, her head is resting on his right arm.

    • The woman in the diner that Sawyer and his accomplice Gordy order from is Kate's mom, Diane. So far Sawyer has unintentionally met Kate's mom and Jack's father prior to the plane crash.

  • QUOTES (43)

    • Kate: Jack, how well do you know Ana Lucia? (He only gives her a look without saying a word) It's just, the Others - I was out there with you, heard that man say that if we stayed away they'd leave us alone. And we've left them alone, so why would they attack us a few days later?
      Jack: If it wasn't them, then who was it?
      Kate: (carefully) Like I said, how well do you know Ana Lucia?

    • Sawyer: What kind of person do you think I am?
      Kate: What kind of person do I think you are? I don't think this has anything to do with guns, or with getting your stash back. I think you want people to hate you.
      Sawyer: Good thing you don't hate me Freckles.

    • Sawyer: (Cassidy just told him she has 600 grand) Well hell baby, with that kind of money let's just sit out on some beach and drink mojitos 'til we go toes up.
      Cassidy: Sawyer, for the first time in my life I'm actually happy. Come on, one long con? Then the mojitos.

    • Cassidy: I've got money.
      Sawyer: Sorry Cass, 40 grand in some mutual fund ain't money.

    • Cassidy: You know how I told you I didn't get anything from the divorce?
      Sawyer: Yep.
      Cassidy: I kinda lied.
      Sawyer: Kinda lied how much?
      Cassidy: 600 grand.

    • Kate: Locke said that he left you in the hatch when he went to hide the guns, and we both know you can't track worth a damn. So, how'd you get them?
      Sawyer: A magician never tells his secrets.
      Kate: You played us. You played me. All that stuff you said about Ana Lucia, you knew I would go to Jack and you knew I'd ask you to go to Locke.
      Sawyer: Now, how in the world would I know all that?
      Kate: Did you have anything to do with Sun?

    • Sawyer: (looks at Sayid) Oh, you want to torture me, don't you? Show everybody how civilized you are. Go ahead, but I'll die before I give them back. And then you'll really be screwed, won't you?

    • Sawyer: That's right, Jack. [Locke's] as stupid as you are. You were so busy worrying about each other you never even saw me coming, did you?

    • Gordy: (to Sawyer) You know what's making you stupid right now? It's your damn hormones. You think you're in love, but you're not. You know, a tiger doesn't change his stripes, James. You're a con man, just like me. And it's not what you do, it's what you are. Do I make myself clear?

    • Locke: But I can't leave the hatch unmanned.
      Sawyer: Sure, you move the guns and I'll stay here and push your damn button for you.
      Locke: How long 'til they get here?
      Sawyer: Well, that ain't my problem, Hoss; it's yours.

    • Sawyer: Seems Jack's on his way over here to open your little gun closet and take whatever he needs. You should know he's not alone. The whole camp's pretty shook up about what happened to Tokyo Rose. I'm guessing everybody's going to want to play Cowboys and Indians. And once those guns are out and about - something tells me they ain't never going back in.
      Locke: Why are you telling me this?
      Sawyer: Because it'll piss off Jack. If I were you, I'd change that combination, pronto.

    • Kate: Hey, what's going on?
      Sawyer: It looks like the good folks of Island Town are about to form a posse, get themselves armed up. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if Jack didn't find himself that horse of yours and start leading the charge in a big white hat.

    • Cassidy: Those necklaces are junk, Sawyer. A 5 year old could tell that.
      Sawyer: They ain't going to be looking at the necklaces; they're going to be looking at the price tags. It's all in the details, Dimples.

    • Kate: It's a hood, just like the one they put over my head.
      Sawyer: No it's not. This one's black, different weave. It's all in the details ... and they're wrong.
      Kate: Well, if it wasn't them, then who? (Sawyer doesn't respond) What are you saying, one of us did it? Who the hell would want to go after Sun?
      Sawyer: Not much upside to scaring the crap out of 46 people, unless you're trying to con them into joining an army.

    • Kate: Not everyone is like you, Sawyer.
      Sawyer: I guess that's why old Jacko and Ana-Lulu didn't ask me to join their revolution. What, you didn't hear about their little army? I guess I'm not the only one on the outs with the Doc.

    • Sawyer: Well, as much as I'd like to learn to feather my hair, I lost my damn glasses on the raft. You want to read it to me? (Kate looks at him like he's crazy) What, you got an appointment or something?
      Kate (finding an article): All right, "10 Ways To Tell If He's A Sensitive Man."
      Sawyer: This ought to be good.

    • Sawyer: Seriously, Doc, you don't want to do this. Just give me the pills. We'll forget it ever happened.
      Jack: Are you threatening me?
      Sawyer: Last chance, Doc.

    • Jack: Where's Locke?
      Sawyer: I don't know. I think he said something about going to the store for a pack of smokes.

    • Sawyer: Well here's the good news, baby, everybody's scared. And the thing they're most scared of is missing an opportunity.

    • Locke: They told us they would leave us alone.
      Jack: Well, John, it looks like they broke their promise.

    • (rain starts falling)
      Sawyer: Oh man, it's really coming down. Get under here, Freckles.
      Kate: I like the rain.
      Sawyer: Yeah, me too. If I'm under my tent.

    • Ana Lucia: Everyone around here actually thinks they're safe.
      Jack: Trust me, Ana. No one thinks we're safe.

    • Sayid: That's a short wave radio. It's a glorified walkie talkie.
      Hurley: Yeah, but can't you switch a blue wire with a red wire and make it stronger?

    • Locke: (walking by) Morning.
      Kate: Hey, John.
      Sawyer: Now, there's a sensitive man.
      Kate: Claire asked him to sleep down here.
      Sawyer: Come on. Locke's got himself needs ... just like everyone else.

    • Kate: I heard Jack took your pain killers?
      Sawyer: Well, I guess me and the Doc are on the outs. It's one less Christmas card I'll have to send this year.

    • (Sawyer is cleaning his tent after Jack ransacked it)
      Kate: I like what you've done to the place.
      Sawyer: Maid's day off.

    • Sawyer (to Kate): You versus Sun, hot-oil death match? My money is on you, Sheena.
      Kate: Thanks for your vote of confidence.

    • Sawyer: (to Cassidy) Cass, you were the long con.

    • Hurley: (to Sayid) Hey man, are you gonna put the lime in the coconut and drink them both up? (Sayid is silent) The lime in the coconut. You know, the song?

    • Sawyer:(to Charlie) Hell you even got Locke to take a swing at you. That's like getting Ghandi to beat his kids.

    • Sawyer: (to Cassidy) I can only wrap my head around one woman at a time.

    • (Jack opens the vault and the guns are missing)
      Sawyer: (to Jack) Looks like we got a theft. Who's gonna call the cops?

    • Saywer: One second, I'm like this close to the high score on Donkey Kong.

    • Sawyer: Hate to interrupt whatever it is you're doin'. What are ya doing?
      Locke: I'm alphabetizing.
      Sawyer: Sure. Sun gets attacked in the jungle, you figure it's a good time to start the Dewey Decimal System. Good thinking.

    • (Sawyer to Charlie while he sets up his new shelter on the beach)
      Sawyer: Well, well, now, look who had to relocate to the suburbs. Ain't that like a woman? She keeps the house and you get the cheap ass apartment.

    • Jack: John. The combination.
      Locke: I'm gonna go ahead and assume that you're asking me because you're worried that I might fall off a cliff or something. That it would be irresponsible for just one of us to have access to this room rather than this being an issue of trust.
      Jack: Well, there are a lot of cliffs on this island, John.

    • (Jack notices the statues that Locke took from Charlie)
      Locke: Oh, I had to take them from Charlie. His heroin stash. I figured it might have therapeutic value if it ever came to that.
      Jack: Just gonna leave it all in the statues?
      Locke: You wanna break seven Virgin Mary's? Be my guest. I'm superstitious.

    • Kate: Why do you have to do this?
      Sawyer: You run, I con. A tiger don't change his stripes.

    • (After seeing Sawyer with a rifle, Jack turns to Locke)
      Jack: Wait, you gave the guns to him?
      Locke: No ... I hid them ...

    • Sawyer: (to Cassidy) Remember when you said I was all you ever wanted. Well now you know better.

    • Sawyer: The only thing that matters now ... are guns. And if you want one, you're gonna have to come to me to get it.

    • Charlie: Sawyer, this idea, all of this, what we did, what made you- How does someone think of something like that?
      Sawyer: I'm not a good person, Charlie. I never did a good thing in my life.

    • Charlie: That's not why I did it.
      Sawyer: It's not huh?
      Charlie: I wanted [Locke] to look like a fool, to feel like a fool.
      Sawyer: Looks like Johnny Locke's got himself a nemesis.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Sawyer calls Sun "Tokyo Rose". This was a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately twenty English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda.

    • The song heard on the radio by Sayid and Hurley is "Moonlight Serenade," a big band hit recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Glenn Miller and his orchestra went missing and were presumed dead when their plane "mysteriously disappeared" over the sea.

    • Sayid: Radio waves at this frequency bounce off the ionosphere. They can travel thousands of miles. It could be coming from anywhere.
      Hurley: Or any time.

      Allusion to the movie Frequency where a father and son talk through time via short wave radio.

    • Sawyer: (to Kate) You versus Sun, hot-oil death match? My money is on you, Sheena.

      This is in reference to the Queen of the Jungle comic book character who possessed the ability to communicate with the wild animals. Sheena was also adapted into a television series in 1955 and ran for twenty six episodes. In 1984, a movie was made starring Tanya Roberts.

    • Sawyer: (to Charlie) Hell you even got Locke to take a swing at you. That's like getting Gandhi to beat his kids.

      Gandhi, more commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an Indian political leader who throughout his life objected to all forms of violence.

    • Hurley notes the manuscript "Bad Twin". This is a small bit of creative product placement as Hyperion Books released the book in Spring 2006, although the book is a by-product of the show and the author's name will remain fictional.

    • Sawyer refers to Hoss from Bonanza when he is talking to Locke in the hatch. Hoss (played by Dan Blocker) was the stocky son of Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) on Bonanza, which was the 2nd longest running Western in TV history (behind Gunsmoke). Bonanza aired between 1959 and 1973.

    • Hugo "Hurley" refers to the 1971 Harry Nilsson "Coconut" song when he said, "put the lime in the coconut, and drank 'em both up."

    • Locke is flipping through the pages of a book titled "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

      It is a short story authored by Ambrose Bierce in 1886 and published in 1891. It was also made into a French short film that was eventually repackaged into an episode of the TV series The Twilight Zone.

      The book "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is about a man who right before he is hung has a vision of his escape. Right when he returns home, it is revealed that he is already dead.

    • When Saywer is entering the computer code, he says "One second, I'm like this close to the high score on Donkey Kong." Donkey Kong was a popular gorilla video game character that was introduced in the early 1980s from Nintendo, around the time of the model of the computer on the show.