Lost (2004–2010)
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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.


Roxann Dawson


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' 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 (credit only)
Michelle Rodriguez ... Ana Lucia Cortez
Cynthia Watros ... Libby Smith
Kim Dickens ... Cassidy Phillips


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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Release Date:

8 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lost is known for its frequent direct and subtle references to Star Trek (1966). This particular episode was even directed by a former Trek actor/director: Roxann Dawson of Star Trek: Voyager (1995) fame. See more »


Sawyer: Remember when you said I was all you ever wanted? Well, now you know better.
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References Donkey Kong (1981) See more »


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The viewer in no way feels conned
17 February 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

"The Long Con" may not be one of the very best 'Lost' episodes and just misses being one of the best of Season 2. It is certainly though a heck of a lot better than the major stumbling block that was "Fire +Water", while that was not an awful episode it beggars belief what the crew was thinking coming up with something as weird as that episode.

Do agree somewhat that there are more illuminating and better executed Sawyer flashbacks than in "The Long Con". It is still interesting and well written and we learn more about him, but it is not the most character advancing of flashbacks and yes Kim Dickens has grown significantly as an actress since (she is less than great here).

On the other hand, "The Long Con" far from starves us of mystery and on-island events, and they are significantly more interesting and add a lot to the characters and development of the main storyline. The tension over the gun is especially well done and all have plenty to do.

All the acting, excepting Dickens, is very good. Josh Holloway in particular, but Terry O'Quinn and Dominic Monaghan have the most memorable material after him and it shows in their intense and spirited performances.

Visually, 'Lost' continues to be stylish, atmospheric and beautiful in "The Long Con", as always making the most of the island setting. The music is as always chilling and understated, the writing is tight and smart and the direction is skilled throughout.

In conclusion, very good episode if not quite a great one (it almost was). 8/10 Bethany Cox

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