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The Long Con 

Survivors fear that "The Others" may have returned when Sun is injured during a failed kidnapping attempt. Meanwhile, Sawyer is an amused, but highly interested, bystander when tension escalates between Jack, Locke, Kate and Ana Lucia over control of the hatch computer, and the storage of the weapons.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Mr. Eko
... Sayid Jarrah
... Claire Littleton
... Dr. Jack Shephard
... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
... James 'Sawyer' Ford
... Jin-Soo Kwon
... Sun-Hwa Kwon
... Katherine 'Kate' Austen
... Charlie Pace
... John Locke
... Michael Dawson (credit only)
... Ana Lucia Cortez
... Elizabeth 'Libby' Smith
... Cassidy Phillips
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Locke shares with Jack the combination of the locker of the weapons. While Jack and Ana Lucia are trying to gather people to form a defense army, the survivors believe that they are safe and have no interest to join them. When Sun is attacked apparently by The Others, Jack decides to get the guns for protection of the group. However, Locke is informed by Sawyer of Jack's intention, and moves the armament to a hidden place with serious and surprising consequences when Sawyer finds out and plots something of his own. Meanwhile, Sawyer recalls his former "long con" against a former girlfriend Cassidy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In a flashback scene, the waitress who serves Sawyer and Gordy is Kate's mother, Diane. See more »

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Jack: You gave him the guns?
Locke: No. I hid them.
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?
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References Sheena (1984) See more »

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Moonlight Serenade
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Written by Glenn Miller
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The Long Con
30 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

There's something about the flashbacks in "The Long Con" which is really aggravating. The general atmosphere and plot provides little insight into Sawyer's character (although, bizarrely, the on-island events are well-written and revelatory in this regard), the story with Cassidy and all the conning is at best reminiscent of an 80's primetime soap, and the acting from whoever plays Cassidy is abysmal. Had this been "Alias" I might have gone with it, but I expect more from an intelligent show like "Lost". Still, the flashback scenes are watchable, just disappointing.

All that said, "The Long Con" sees a lot of action on the island, and it doesn't come at the expense of characters either. There's some classic interaction between Jack and Locke over the gun issue, and the dialogue is generally very well-written by Steven Maeda and Leonard Dick. It's a solid on-island episode with a lot going on and some memorable scenes- Charlie and Sawyer's conversation at the end, Sawyer's 'new sheriff in town' speech, the tension over the guns etc.

The episode is well-directed by a non-regular director on the series, Roxann Dawson, and is a very good, entertaining episode. It's far from being a classic, and there's not all that much worth discussing here. The first Sawyer flashback of season two is decidedly less interesting than the two from season one.

8/10


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