Lost: Season 1, Episode 8

Confidence Man (10 Nov. 2004)

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Shannon is having an asthma attack, and Boone is sure that Sawyer has her medications. As Kate's way of dealing with this situation doesn't work, Sayid takes things into his own hands..



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When the asthma medicine of Shannon Rutherford finishes, she has a chronic respiratory attack. Her brother Boone Carlyle convinces the survivors that James "Sawyer" Ford has stolen her spare medication, and Sayid Jarrah tortures Sawyer trying to find the drugs. Sawyer discloses an innermost secret to Kate Austen. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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. See more »


When Sawyer is with the husband and wife taking their $160,000.00 he sees their son, reminding him of his childhood, so he calls the deal off. There is one brief case on the table. He drops the other brief case on the floor both brief cases can be seen as he walks out of their house without his own money. See more »


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Sawyer: [on "Watership Down"] Hell of a book... It's about bunnies.
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"Dear Mr. Sawyer..."
21 October 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Confidence Man is another strong character piece in the Lost puzzle, following the likes of Walkabout and The Moth. This time, the focus is on one of the show's most ambiguous characters: the charismatic troublemaker known only as Sawyer (Josh Holloway).

The main on-Island incident is kick-started by an argument between Sawyer and Boone, after the latter was caught looking through the former's stash. Additionally, when Shannon's asthma becomes problematic and Sawyer, who presumably has some inhalers among his materials, refuses to help, the survivors decide to take things into their own hands. In particular, Sayid, following Locke's suggestion, doesn't shy away from resorting to torture, while Jack and Kate would prefer to try other methods.

Part of Sawyer's behavior is explained in the flashbacks: after spending the night with a beautiful woman named Jessica (Kristin Richardson), he accidentally reveals a suitcase full of money while trying to leave. Having told her it's for an investment, he's told he could close a good deal with Jessica's husband. Except it turns out Sawyer's a con artist, and the deal was part of his plan all along...

Confidence Man is the first episode since Tabula Rasa to be written by series co-creator Damon Lindelof (Jeffrey Lieber never actively participated in the production, having only come up with part of the original concept, while J.J. Abrams politely stepped back after the pilot due to other commitments, though he retains an executive producer credit), and his signature shows in the script's unwillingness to reveal all. While part of Sawyer's past is shown, and sort of justifies his present behavior (his scenes with Kate are wildly entertaining), there are hints of something deeper and darker that, much like the cause of Locke's paralysis, will have to wait for later. Not that it's a problem: Holloway's performance is a perfect excuse for multiple visits to the character's back-story. Besides, what we get here is also bound to have ramifications on other people, meaning someone else will be in the spotlight pretty soon...

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