The Long Con

{{Infobox Episode
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=The Long Con
=8 February 2006
=James "Sawyer" Ford=57
=Leonard Dick &
Steven Maeda =Roxann Dawson =Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews - Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin - Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox - Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia - Hugo Reyes
Josh Holloway - James Ford
Daniel Dae Kim - Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim - Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly - Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan - Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn - John Locke
Harold Perrineau - Michael Dawson*
Michelle Rodriguez - Ana Lucia Cortez
Cynthia Watros - Elizabeth Smith
*''Did not appear in the episode.'' =Kim Dickens - Cassidy Phillips
Beth Broderick - Diane Janssen
Kevin Dunn - Gordy =Finn Armstrong - Arthur
Richard Cavanna - Peter (The Long Con)=The Long Con transcript}} {{ep=1}} is the thirteenth episode of Season 2 of ''Lost'' and the 38th produced hour of the series as a whole. When Sun is attacked by an Charlie Pace, Sawyer and Kate disagree with the claims that the Others were responsible, beginning to suspect a wider orchestrated plan. ==Synopsis== ===Previously on ''Lost''=== * Locke confronts Charlie, who had kidnapped Aaron. He punches him, sending him to the ground. {{crossref}} * Tom warns Jack not to cross "the Line." {{crossref}} * Jack asks Ana about training an army. Tailies' Motif|♪ {{crossref}} ===Flashback=== Sawyer lies in a hotel room bed with the beautiful Cassidy. Sawyer attempts to perform Confidence Man he performed on Jessica, except when the brief case opens this time, Cassidy doesn't bite. She doesn't believe the coincidence, and also notices that the money is fake. She chides him for a clumsy attempt, and informs him that she didn't get any money from the divorce. Sawyer offers to leave - no harm, no foul; but Cassidy would rather he stayed. She wants to learn the con. {{I=2x13 sawyer.JPG=200=left=Sawyer cons two men at a gas station}} Sawyer stands outside a gas station, fixing bogus price tags to junk jewelry, while explaining the con once again to Cassidy, who will be acting as a shill. They'll be looking at the price tags rather than the jewelry; and at the bandage on his nose rather than his face. Soon, the con is on. Sawyer approaches two men, Arthur and Peter (The Long Con), at the gas station, and offers them the necklaces (all priced over $1000.00 on the tags) at $100.00 apiece. The men are skeptical, but Cassidy walks up from the other side and buys two without hesitation. This encourages the men, and the fools and their money are soon parted. {{I=2x13 cassidy sawyer.JPG=200=right=Cassidy reveals her wealth}} Cassidy is taking a shower, while Sawyer brushes his teeth. She wants to know what their next play is. Sawyer suggests the pigeon drop. Cassidy counters that they've already done the pigeon drop, along with the Tulsa Bag Scam, and the Lookie-Loo. She wants to play a big con. Sawyer corrects her jargon, and explains that a "Long Con" is when you convince someone to ask you a favor like it was their idea. The problem is that Long Cons take a lot of startup capital. Cassidy admits that she lied when she told Sawyer she got nothing from the divorce, and that she actually has $600,000 money. Sawyer seems reluctant but willing to consider the idea, so Cassidy drags him into the bedroom to sway him. {{I=Gordy.jpg=left=200=Gordy, Sawyer's Partner}} Sawyer sits at a diner, and places an order with Diane Janssen, Kate's mother. He's soon joined by Gordy, who asks how the long con on Cassidy is going. Gordy scouted Cassidy out as a mark, and feels that it's time for payday. He says Sawyer is getting too close to the girl, and thinks he's falling in love. Sawyer wants to call off the job, but Gordy threatens to kill both Sawyer ''and'' Cassidy. Sawyer's Theme|♪ {{I=saca.jpg=200=right=Sawyer looks at the photo of him and Cassidy.}} Cassidy waits at home, with a briefcase full of money on the table. Sawyer walks in, agitated. He points out a black car across the street, and tells Cassidy that his partner Gordy is in it waiting for the money. She was the long con all along, and if he doesn't walk out there with the money, Gordy will kill them both. Sawyer's Theme|♪ Sawyer takes the money out of the briefcase, and puts it into a duffel bag. Sawyer tells her that Gordy is only here because he refused to take her money. Instead, he proposes that she take the money and run to a motel, the Sage Flower Motel, off Highway 29, in Sioux City. He'll take care of Gordy, and either way, she'll be safe. Then he hands her a duffel bag, and pushes her out the door with proclamations of love. Cassidy then leaves. Sawyer's Theme|♪ Sawyer walks out the front door of Cassidy's house, and sits in the passenger seat of the black car. There's no one else in it. He starts counting Mississippi's. Once he's satisfied that enough time has passed, Sawyer walks back into the house, and pulls a second duffel bag out from under the table. This bag actually has the money. On his way out, he notices a Photographs of Cassidy and him, and sets it on its face. === On the Island === {{I=2x13 jack.JPG=200=left=Jack and Locke discuss how to handle who has access to the firearms}} Inside the Swan, Jack and Locke open the gun vault. Jack enters, opens the Halliburton case, and removes the guns. Along with the weapons, the vault also contains the seven Virgin Mary statues that Locke confiscated from Charlie. Locke's left the heroin in the statues, because he's too self-admittedly superstitious to break open seven religious icons. Locke gives Jack the combination to the gun vault, and then suggests that Jack might consider keeping the medicine in there as well. It seems that Sawyer has returned to his pack-rat ways. On the beach, Sawyer taunts Charlie for getting kicked out of Claire's tent. Charlie replies that Sawyer should be more concerned with his own tent, which at the moment is being ransacked by Jack. Sawyer walks up for a confrontation as Jack finds a prescription bottle. Jack accuses Sawyer of stealing the meds from the Hatch. Sawyer says he was simply reclaiming stolen property, as the meds were in his stash when he left on the raft. The two toe up for a fight, Sawyer threatening Jack, but Jack takes the meds and walks away. Sawyer's Theme|♪ {{I=2x13 kate magazine.JPG=200=right=Kate gives Sawyer a magazine}} As Sawyer puts his tent back together after Jack's ransacking, Kate enters to both tease him, and give him a new women's magazine she's retrieved from the Hatch to cheer him up. Sawyer isn't consoled, because he lost his glasses on the raft. He asks Kate if she would read to him. Just as she begins reading aloud from the magazine, Locke walks by and greets them. This launches a conversation about the recent changes in group dynamics, such as Locke, instead of Charlie, sleeping next to Claire, and Jack and Ana Lucia's recent decision to form an army. This last bit is news to Kate, and Sawyer teases her, saying that maybe he isn't the only one "on the outs with the doc." {{I=2x13 sayid hurley.JPG=200=left=Hurley enlists Sayid's help}} In a clearing away from the beach, Sayid is stabbing coconuts on a stake in the ground. Hurley saunters over and makes a joke, but Sayid isn't in a laughing mood. Hurley quickly gets to the point. It seems that Bernard had a shortwave radio, with which he could hear Boone's transmission from the Beechcraft, and Hurley has brought it to Sayid to see if he could boost the signal. Sayid is dubious about whether it's possible, and if it would even be worthwhile. Hurley tells Sayid that it was really just a project to cheer him up, and leaves the radio behind as he walks away. In the jungle, Ana Lucia and Jack discuss their difficulties recruiting for the Survivors' army. Ana Lucia is under the impression that everyone is reluctant to fight because they feel too safe, but Jack disagrees. There may be other trust issues involved. {{I=2x13 sun garden.JPG=200=right=Sun in her garden}} Sun is working in her Sun's garden and is startled when the bushes behind her rustle, but then is relieved when Vincent comes running through. She frowns at the sounds of distant thunder, but suddenly a bag falls over Sun's head, and she's dragged backward into the bushes. Kate and Sawyer hear her screams through the pounding rain, and find her unconscious in the jungle. Kate runs to get Jack, while Sawyer carries Sun back to the beach. Jack arrives at her tent seconds before a frantic Jin comes in. Sawyer reports that he found her unconscious in the jungle, and her hands were tied. Ana Lucia proclaims that the Others are back. John insists that The Hunting Party'd made a truce, but Jack thinks they broke their word. Ana Lucia wants to arm up the group and comb the jungle, but Locke puts his foot down. He reminds Ana Lucia that it is Shannon for them to give weapons to untrained people. Jack agrees and says that they should wait for what Sun will say about the attack, and then they are going to plan something. {{I=2x13 sawyer kate.JPG=200=left=Kate and Sawyer search for clues}} At the scene of the crime, Kate and Sawyer are playing detective. Juliette is Lost|♪ Sawyer points out that the entire situation feels wrong. For example, how did Sun break free with her hands bound and while unconscious? And why are there tracks when The Others don't leave any? They find a hood hanging from a branch, but Sawyer points out that it's a different hood than The Hunting Party. "It's all in the details, and they're wrong," he says. But who would have motivation to scare 46 people, unless they were trying to con them into joining an army? Over at Sun and Jin's tent, Jack is reassuring Jin. Sun's pulse is strong. She needs to be watched, but she is going to be fine. Jack steps away to get some water, and Kate is waiting for him. She asks Jack Exodus Part 1 he knows Ana Lucia, and hints around Sawyer's theory. Jack won't hear it, and walks away. Later on, however, as he's strolling down the beach with Ana Lucia, she mentions that people, like Steve, are suddenly more willing to join the army, and Jack is forced to face the possibility. He asks her point blank where she was at the time of Sun's attack. As she questions his motivations for asking, Claire runs down the beach to tell Jack that Sun has woken up. {{I=2x13 kate.JPG=200=right=Kate watches Ana Lucia, attributing that she is behind the con}} Back at the tent, Sun awakes to find herself in a double interrogation - one in English from Jack, and one in Korean from Jin. She doesn't remember anything, didn't see who did it, and doesn't know how many there were. Jin is satisfied that the Others are responsible, and demands a gun from Jack. Sawyer and Kate watch the entire exchange from a distance, and Kate realizes that the entire scenario is a setup so Ana Lucia can get her hands on the guns. She begs Sawyer to run ahead of the posse to the Hatch, and warn Locke that they're coming. In the Hatch, John is searching through the books on the shelf to see if there is What_Kate_Did. Sawyer tells him of the approaching mob, and suggests that Locke change the combination. Locke is intrigued by the reason behind Sawyer's sudden "heads up," and Sawyer tells him that he is doing this because it "will piss off Jack." Locke doesn't think that will stop them; he'd prefer to hide the guns elsewhere, but can't leave the Hatch unmanned. Locke pleads, and finally Sawyer agrees to stay in the Hatch and push the button for Locke. {{I=2x13 sawyer medicine.JPG=200=left=Sawyer toys with Jack}} Sawyer wakes up as the alarm sounds. Jack and Jin enter and find Sawyer near the computer. Jack asks Sawyer where Locke is but Sawyer brushes off his question. Jack then opens the gun vault, and finds that it is empty. Jack's Motif|♪ Jack asks Sawyer where the guns are, and Sawyer suggests he call the police. Sawyer then throws Jack the bottle of meds that started this confrontation. Sawyer's Theme|♪ Jack starts to take the bait, but Jin stops him. Back at the beach, Locke sits apprehensively in front of a campfire. Jack approaches, and accuses Locke of breaking their agreement. Locke admits that he broke the agreement, and gives his reason that there might be another accident. He then tells him the mistake he made by teaching Michael how to shoot, but Jack isn't inclined to listen. Just as things heat up, three warning shots are fired into the air -- to everyone's alarm. Sawyer emerges from the shadows with a rifle over his shoulder, to Jack and Locke's surprise. It is now apparent that Sawyer conned both Jack and Locke into giving him the weapons, as well as conning Kate. Sawyer then gives the following speech to the entire group. {{I=TLC3.jpg=right=200="''There's a new sheriff in town''"}} ''"How 'bout you listen up, because I'm only going to say this once. You took my stuff. Exodus Part 2, get us rescued, you found my stash and you took it. Divvied it up; my shaving cream, my batteries, even my beer. And then something else happened. You decided these two boys here were going to tell you what to do and when to do it. Well, I'm done taking orders. And I don't want my stuff back. Shaving cream don't matter; batteries don't matter. The only thing that matters now are guns. And if you want one, you're going to have to come to me to get it. There's a new sheriff in town, boys. Y'all best get used to it."'' Sawyer's Theme|♪ Later on, Sawyer sits on the beach, polishing his rifle. Kate walks up and asks how he accomplished getting the guns from Locke's hiding spot while he was in the Hatch pushing the button, but Sawyer isn't talking. Kate now knows that he played her all along, and thinks that he had something to do with Sun's abduction. Setting aside the ''how'' for a moment, Kate turns to the ''why.'' She doesn't believe it's got anything to do with revenge, or power.{{I=2X13-SayidHurleyMusic.jpg=left=200=Sayid and Hurley listening to the music}} Kate thinks Sawyer just wants people to hate him. Sawyer reminds her that a tiger doesn't change its stripes. She runs, he cons. Sawyer's Theme|♪ Back at the campfire, Hurley is reading a manuscript called ''Bad Twin''. Sayid walks up with the radio and a pole. Together, they tune it past Distress signal's transmission, and find a clear signal from a classic jazz WXR. Moonlight Serenade|♪ Sayid tells Hurley that, because signals from that frequency bounce off the ionosphere, the music could be coming from anywhere. Hurley responds, ''"Or any time... just kidding, dude."'' {{I=2X13-SawyerCharlie.jpg=right=200=Sawyer offers Charlie a Virgin Mary statue}} In the Jungle, Charlie approaches Sawyer. It is revealed that Charlie followed Locke and told Sawyer the guns' hiding place. Sawyer offers Charlie one of the Virgin Mary statues, but Charlie declines. If he'd wanted one, he'd have taken it himself from Locke's stash before he told Sawyer where it was. Charlie only participated in this con to make Locke look and feel like a fool. He also wants to be certain that Sawyer will never tell Sun that it was Charlie who attacked her in the Jungle. Sawyer agrees. Charlie does have one question, however What made Sawyer plan this out? Sawyer replies, ''"I'm Good and bad people, Charlie. Never did a good thing in my life."'' {{brclear}} ==Trivia== * The call sign of the radio station Hurley and Sayid find is WXR broadcast. ** The station is playing Moonlight Serenade by https// Glenn Miller, a musician who was never seen again after his plane disappeared in bad weather during World War II. ** Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse confirmed in the Season 5 recap episode {{ep}} that the radio broadcast was indeed from the 1940s, a result of time travel. **In addition, Jack listened to the Moonlight Serenade in the opening of the first flashback of {{ep}}. * As Sayid and Hurley sit on the beach tuning the radio, at timeframe 3927, a spark can be seen flying up from the fire and hitting Hurley just above the upper lip. * When Sayid approached Hurley with the radio he had modified, Hurley was reading the manuscript ''Bad Twin'' by Gary Troup. Gary Troup was the man who was sucked into the airplane turbine engine shortly after the crash. {{crossref}} * Kate's mother Diane was briefly seen as the waitress when Sawyer and Gordy ordered their food. ** This was Diane's only appearance outside a Kate-centric episode. * In Outlaws, Sawyer drank during "I Never" to confirm that he has worn pink. In his flashback, he put on a pink shirt after sleeping with Cassidy. * When Jack asked John for the combination, John said "I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're asking me because you're worried I might fall off a cliff or something." This foreshadowed Jack kicking the Man in Black (disguised as John) off a cliff during their fight in {{ep}} == Production notes == *Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Eko) and Cynthia Watros (Libby) appear without speaking lines. *This is the third extended episode of Lost running 5 minutes longer than the standard 1 hour episodes of Lost, other episodes that were extended were {{ep,}} {{ep,}} {{ep,}} {{ep,}} {{ep,}} {{ep,}} {{ep}} and {{ep.}} *Kevin Dunn, who plays Gordy, appeared in the rejected Sawyer flashback from {{ep}}http// However, it is unknown what relation those flashbacks had to the ones in this episode. === Bloopers and continuity errors === * Consecutive flashbacks, possibly in the name of misdirection, replay a scene with several changes. In the first, Sawyer tells Cassidy to "Go, go, go." She leaves him, almost running. Sawyer then turns around with a scared expression. In the flashback revisiting the scene, Sawyer says "Now go." His hands are now on Cassidy's face. Cassidy turns to her right now, and leaves walking away. Sawyer turns around, but with no scared expression. *Jack clearly says "Jack" to John before asking for the combination. This was fixed in the Season 2 DVD. ==Analysis== ===Recurring themes=== {{NavMinor-RecurringThemes}} *Kate's mother is at Sawyer's diner. {{crossref}} *Sawyer cons both the survivors on-island and Cassidy and various others off-island. {{crossref}} *Sawyer tells Charlie that he is "not a good person." {{crossref}} *Sawyer tricks Locke into moving the guns so that he would be able to get the guns (with help from Charlie) where he can fool everyone. {{crossref}} *Sawyer's pills have a theme of black and white. {{crossref}} *Sawyer lied to Kate about him knowing anything about what happened to Sun, where this would make him tell Locke about Jack coming and moving the guns. {{crossref}} *In Sawyer's flashbacks he mentions to Cassidy that if he does not give Gordy $600,000 he would kill them both. {{crossref}} *After Sawyer tells Cassidy the truth, that ''she ''was the long con, he then says he would take that sacrifice to help her by using her money to help them both out. {{crossref}} *Sawyer kept the secret of Cassidy being the long con from her. {{crossref}} *Jack did not tell Locke about looking for the guns to take revenge on the Others. {{crossref}} *Sawyer nicknamed Locke "Hoss", Jack "El Jacko", Ana Lucia "Ana Lulu", Sun "Tokyo Rose", Kate "Sheena" and Cassidy "Dimples." {{crossref}} *Cassidy helps Sawyer con the two men at the gas station into buying the junk jewelry the same way Kate helps Cassidy in {{ep}} out of a failed con. {{crossref}} *Sun is attacked in her garden after it begins to rain. {{crossref}} *Charlie faked the failed kidnapping of Sun at the request of Sawyer, and told him that she should never know. {{crossref}} *Charlie helped Sawyer in order to get revenge on Locke. {{crossref}} *Sayid corrects Hurley who mistakenly refers to the Nigerian plane as a Norwegian plane. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} ===Cultural references=== {{NavMinor-CulturalReferences}} *'''''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge''''' One of the books Locke is looking at while alphabetizing them in the Hatch is this Civil War-era short story written by wikipediaAmbrose Bierce (1890). The story is famous for its unreliable narrator, irregular time sequence, and plot twist. {{crossref}} **'''''wikipediaAn Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (The Twilight Zone)''''' ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' was made into a short film that was featured as an episode of this television series (1964). {{crossref}} *'''''wikipediaDonkey Kong''''' Sawyer says he is "this close to the high score on ''Donkey Kong''." This is a Nintendo video game that was released in 1981. {{crossref}} *'''wikipediaTokyo Rose''' 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. {{Crossref}} *"'''Moonlight Serenade'''" Hurley and Sayid hear this song on the radio station, recorded by the wikipediaGlenn Miller Orchestra. Miller, besides a musician, was also a U.S. Army Major. On December 15, 1944, Miller and two other officers traveled from London to Paris, and their plane simply disappeared. {{crossref}} *"'''Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin''''" This song by the wikipediaDuke Ellington OrchestraWXR broadcast. {{crossref}} *"'''Coconut'''" When Sayid is cracking coconuts, Hurley references this song by wikipediaHarry Nilsson (1971) ''"Hey, man. You gonna put the lime in the coconut, drink 'em both up? Lime in the coconut? The song?"'' {{crossref}} *'''''wikipediaSheena, Queen of the Jungle, Queen of the Jungle''''' Sawyer calls Kate "Sheena". Sheena is a jungle-dwelling comic book character, able to communicate with the wild animals. She was fiercely proficient in fighting with knives, spears, and bows, and improvised with makeshift weapons. She appeared in her own television series (1955–1956). {{crossref}} * '''''wikipediaBonanza''''' Sawyer calls Locke "Hoss." Eric "Hoss" Cartwright was a big man, the warm and lovable middle son of Ben Cartwright in this cowboy television show that aired from 1959 to 1973. {{Crossref}} * '''''Bad Twin''''' Hurley finds and is seen reading the transcript for this book, written by the metafictional character Gary Troup. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} ===Literary techniques=== {{NavMinor-LiteraryTechniques}} *It appears as though Sun is kidnapped in her garden by the Others. It is then revealed that Charlie had faked the kidnapping as part of an elaborate con by Sawyer to get hold of the guns. {{crossref}} *When Sayid picks up the radio waves he says they can be "from anywhere" to which Hurley replies "or any time." It was later confirmed by the directors that the radio wave was from the past. {{crossref}} *Cassidy asks Sawyer to show her how to do a "long con" but it turns out that she ''was'' the long con. {{crossref}} *Sawyer suggests that he and Cassidy should find an Island and sit on a beach drinking. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} ===Storyline analysis=== {{NavMinor-Analysis}} *The rivalry between Jack and Locke escalates when Locke hides the guns. {{crossref}} *Charlie helps Sawyer in his plan to take control of the guns in order to make Locke look like a fool. {{crossref}} *Sawyer plots a way to get hold of the guns after Jack raided his stash while he was on the raft. {{crossref}} *Sawyer cons Cassidy out of $600,000. {{crossref}} *Charlie kidnaps Sun. {{crossref}} *Sawyer tells the rest of the group that they will have to ask him if they want a gun. {{crossref}} *Sawyer takes control of the guns and assumes a leadership role. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} ==Episode connections== ===Episode references=== * Sayid and Hurley hear Rousseau's distress signal on the radio. {{crossref}} * Jack corrects Ana Lucia that she means Steve, because Scott died. {{crossref}} * Hurley mentions Bernard hearing Boone's transmission on the radio. {{crossref}} * Sawyer is angry that his stash was raided while he was on the raft. {{crossref}} * Locke says that they should hide the guns before there is another Life and Death, referring to Shannon's death. {{crossref}} * Locke feels guilty for teaching Michael how to shoot. {{crossref}} * Locke refers to the confrontation with the Others in the jungle. Sawyer mentions Kate having a bag over her head. {{crossref}} * Ana Lucia and Jack continue to discuss their army. {{crossref}} * Charlie helps Sawyer to make Locke look like a fool, because Locke made him look like a fool. {{crossref}} ===Episode allusions=== * Sawyer pretends to pull the same con routine on Cassidy as he successfully did on Jessica earlier. {{crossref}} * Kate states that both she and Sawyer know he doesn't know how to track. {{crossref}} * Locke suggests to Jack that the reason Jack wants to know the combination to the gun vault is that Locke might, for example, fall off a cliff. Jack reminds him that there are a lot of cliffs on this Island. Locke saved Jack from falling off a cliff before. {{crossref}} Jack's response could also referencing Locke's lie about Boone "falling from a cliff", which is often seen as the starting point for their rivalry. {{crossref}} {{nav-Sawyer}} daThe Long Con de2.13 Langer Atem esThe Long Con fr2x13 itIl lupo nlThe Long Con plThe Long Con ptThe Long Con ruДолгая афера CategoryEpisodes CategorySeason 2 CategorySawyer-centric CategoryExtended episodes