Lost
The Long Con

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Power play

As one would expect, she doesn't react well to this news, and starts hitting him, telling him to go to hell, that sort of thing, and he tries telling her that everything's that happened between them in the past was real. Cassidy shoves him and tells him to get out (I don't mean like Elaine Benes does). Sawyer says she can hate him all she wants later, but right now she's gotta listen. "He's going to kill us -- because I told him I wasn't going to take your money." And Cassidy believes this. Why, I'll never know. But he starts putting the money from the suitcase into a duffle bag, and tells her to go out the back door, to a rental car. She's to go to Sioux City, and check in at the Sage Flower Motel, off Highway 29. He gives her the duffle bag. "Watch TV, have a drink, and wait for me. I'll be there in the AM. It'll all be over."

He hustles her out the back door, even as she says she wants to pack a few things, but he tells her there's no time. "Remember when you said I was all you ever wanted? Well, now you know better," he says. What, because she figured she'd grab her toothbrush? Then, digging deep, Sawyer gets all choked up and tells her he loves her. "I love you too," she says, and he tells her to go, which she does, and he goes back inside.

Back on the beach, Sawyer's polishing his rifle, and that's not a euphemism or anything, don't worry. Kate strolls up, asks how he did it, and she's half-smiley about it, like Sawyer is just being his irrepressible bad-boy self again. Sawyer pretends not to know what she's talking about. "Locke said that he left you in the hatch when he went to hide the guns, and we both know you can't track worth a damn. So how'd you get them?" Sawyer says a magician never tells his secrets. Kate actually looks pretty sad now. "You played us. You played me. All that stuff you said about Ana-Lucia…you knew I'd go to Jack, and you knew I'd ask you to go to Locke." She asks if he had anything to do with Sun. He glares at her. "What kind of person do you think I am?" he says. Seems, we're finding out, aren't we, James. She starts yelling at him about how this is nothing to do with getting his stash back; she thinks he wants people to hate him. She asks why he has to do this. "You run, I con. Tiger don't change their stripes," he says. Kate just stares at him, looking hurt, for a long while, before getting up and walking away.

Elsewhere, Hurley is by a fire, doing something that's apparently part of some lame marketing/licensing thing, so I'm going to ignore it. Sayid strolls up, and he's got a pole and the short-wave radio. And the stars behind him look incredibly fake for some reason. He shows Hurley the radio, and Hurley gets all excited that Sayid fixed it. "We'll see," says Sayid, handing Hurley the radio. "Don't expect anything. The chances of getting a signal are slim at best." He sticks the pole in the sound, and turns on the radio, getting nothing but static. Hurley thinks that's a good sign, but Sayid quickly disabuses him of that idea, telling him that reception is what they want. Hurley yelps in excitement when a voice suddenly comes crackling through, and Sayid adjusts until he gets someone from WXO telling his listeners about the Duke Ellington song he just played, and that "Moonlight Serenade" by The Glenn Miller Orchestra is up next, which always makes me think of Grampa Simpson.

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