213 – The Long Con


This episode doesn’t make sense.  I think it’s awesome and a lot of fun to watch.  But it doesn’t make a difference.  Sawyer doesn’t actually take charge after this episode.  He pretty much conned all of his friends for fun.  

In the process Jack and Ana Lucia get a bit more luck in creating their army.  Kate goes back to disliking Sawyer.  Sayid and Hurley have some fun with Bernard’s radio.  Charlie broods.  Sun gets assaulted by Charlie.  Charlie gets his drugs back.  And we meet Cassidy.

There’s no denying that this was a good episode, it had the potential to change the rest of the season, and possibly the series.  Sawyer is introduced as a power player.  Unfortunately the writers don’t really progress with this story.  And you can tell that they did it mostly just to prolong some of the character development.  4.0/10.0

Character Impressions:


-Hurley is reading Bad Twin in this episode.  Almost cool.  Does anyone know if that book is really as bad as they say it is?

-Sayid and Hurley pick up some music on Bernard’s radio.  Sayid says the signal could be coming from anywhere.  Hurley says, “Or anytime… just kidding.”  But he could be right.  This little tidbit was never expanded upon, as far as I know.




-Cassidy makes me sad, she’s so cute.  And she’s clever, but not quite clever enough.  While Sawyer is training her she says this is the first time she’s actually been happy, that’s depressing.

-Sawyer taught Cassidy the ol’ junk jewelry scam.  I forgot about that.

-Sawyer’s con of Jack is way too good.  By letting Kate figure it out halfway he shifted the blame completely off of himself.  Also Kate does all the grunt work by asking all of the hard questions.

-It’s very sad when Sawyer cons Locke, Locke is just too naive and it reminds me of when his dad conned him.

-Apparently Sawyer falls for Cassidy.  She wouldn’t have waited for him off of the island, would she?  I wouldn’t mind if she was somehow featured in the flashforward/present storyline.


-Jack didn’t tell Kate about his army.

-Sawyer eats in Kate’s mom’s diner.

-Sawyer’s con pretty much breaks Kate’s heart.  I guess his storyline also prolonged the tension betweent hose two.


-Locke says he’s too superstitious to break the seven Virgin Marys.  That is very wierd his spiritual side doesn’t really seem religious it’s more metaphysical.

-Locke can’t believe that it’s The Others that came to attack Sun, he says “They gave us their word.”  It’s funny that he trusts them so much.

-Locke admits to making a mistake in training Michael how to use guns.

Ana Lucia

-Ana Lucia isn’t too thrilled to hear that she is a suspect to the assault on Sun. 


-Charlie teamed up with Sawyer to get his drugs back and also to make Locke look like a fool.  That’s good that the writers are attempting to redeem Charlies character.




-If I were Sawyer or Charlie I think I would have had some qualms about kidnapping the wife of one of the most physically threatening survivors.  But I guess they just wanted to scare the most innocent person.


-Sun falls for the “Vincent rustling in the jungle then he runs out” trick.  I should be counting those scenes.  Wouldn’t that be funny if they shot him one day, well maybe not funny, but ironic.

-By the end of the episode, how does Sun not figure out that it wasn’t The Others that attacked her?  She doesn’t even talk about it for a whole season.


-Sayid is quite the Debbie-downer in this episode.


-Jack takes back all the pills from Sawyer.  I actually think that was a good decision on his part.  There you go all you Jack lovers, I approve of what Jack did.

-Ana Lucia is discussing the army and she mentions that they are having a hard time convincing people to join.



Flashbacks (what we knew then):


Flashforwards (what we know now):

-The Scott/Steve joke is really funny, I hadn’t noticed that before.

-Kate and Sawyer came very close to living happily aver after.  They had truly bonded since he came back.  He said that he loved her out loud.  She seems to have gotten over her association of him with her awful father.  They spent time together saying how much they disliked Jack.  It was all good.  Then Sawyer decides to con the camp.  Was it really, like he said, to get back at people for taking his stuff and exerting too much control over him.  I doubt it, I think this was just to emotionally separate Sawyer and Kate.  I still believe they will end up together at the end.  But at this point the writers still didn’t know when the end would be so they had to prolong the sexual tension.

– Izi


4 Responses to “213 – The Long Con”

  1. 1 Cunny
    March 5, 2009 at 5:38 am

    I have to say I loved this episode. I got into Lost late, and I remembered hearing that Ben Linus was a manipulative genius long before I knew who he was. I was so sure that that was Sawyer’s real name because of gambits like this.

    The last line is one of my favourite lines of all time. “I’m not a good person, Charlie… Never did a good thing in my life”.

  2. July 1, 2011 at 12:37 am

    [“Kate and Sawyer came very close to living happily aver after. They had truly bonded since he came back. He said that he loved her out loud. She seems to have gotten over her association of him with her awful father. They spent time together saying how much they disliked Jack.”]

    You do know that Kate was simply snuggling up to Sawyer, because of her jealousy of Jack’s friendship with Ana-Lucia . . . right?

  3. April 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This episode made me realize how childish and vindictive Sawyer can be. If he had any sense, he would have simply punched Jack for enterting his tent. Instead, he pulls this con, which did not result in a damn thing, other than highlight how completely childish Sawyer was.

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