Season: 1–6, Episodes: 104, Faction: Survivors
James Ford, better known by the alias Sawyer, and known to the DHARMA Initiative as Jim LaFleur, was one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. His rural Southern accent, selfishness, machismo, and folksy use of oft-abrasive nicknames belied his sophisticated and tender sides as an avid reader and a caring lover—elements of his personality that became more apparent as he spent more time on the Island.
On the Island, Sawyer used his skills as a confidence man to accomplish various ends. He hoarded material possessions to leverage power, leading to his involvement in several “A-missions”. His acts of rebellion led him to, at various times, become the most hated survivor on the island, though he still formed a bond with Kate.
In an early attempt at rescue, Sawyer left the Island along with Jin, Michael and Walt on Michael’s raft but was forced to return when Walt was kidnapped and the raft was blown up by the Others. They washed up on shore and met up with the previously unknown tail section survivors of Flight 815 and returned to camp. After pulling off a long con, he gained control of all the guns and a position of power over the other survivors. He was later captured by the Others, along with Jack and Kate, as a result of Michael’s betrayal. While with the Others, Sawyer and Kate were used as leverage to convince Jack to perform surgery on their leader, Benjamin Linus, until he and Kate eventually escaped. During the time spent on Hydra Island and through the remainder of season three, Sawyer started an on-again, off-again relationship with Kate. Sawyer was asked by John Locke to kill a man, Anthony Cooper, who was revealed to be the real “Sawyer”. After Jack called the freighter for rescue, Sawyer joined Locke and a small number of survivors sheltered in the Barracks.
When the Oceanic Six left in the helicopter, Sawyer was left behind after he kissed Kate goodbye (also whispering her to tell his daughter he’s sorry) and heroically jumped into the ocean, when the chopper was running low on fuel. This sort of ended his relationship with Kate. He and a small group of survivors underwent time shifts as a result of Ben moving the Island. He led the small group until a final time shift, where they were stuck in 1974. Sawyer joined the DHARMA Initiative and eventually became their head of security. He began a relationship with Juliet and continued to live in the 1970s for three years until Jack, Hurley and Kate returned to the Island following the crash of Ajira Airways 316.
Sawyer joined the Man in Black upon meeting him, although he ultimately betrayed him whileboarding Widmore’s submarine to escape the Island. The Man in Black however, had conned Sawyer into stealing the sub so that he could kill the remaining candidates with a bomb. After the explosion, Sawyer was knocked unconscious and brought ashore by Jack. While Jack was preventing the Island from being destroyed, Sawyer managed to escape on the Ajira plane with Kate, Claire, Frank, Richard, and Miles.
In the flash sideways, Sawyer was a police detective rather than a crook. Eventually, he was reunited with his lover, Juliet Carlson, and they moved on together with their friends.
2×02 – Adrift
While Jin seemingly vanished, Sawyer and Michael managed to grab onto the raft’s wreckage. During their time adrift, Sawyer saved Michael with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (but never tells him), and later pulled the bullet out of his arm with his bare hands. Sawyer and Michael were slowly pulled back to the Island by the tides (and upon this realization, Sawyer quipped “Home sweet home”).
Here, they found their missing friend, but discovered that he was being chased by a group of unknown individuals. Sawyer attempted to challenge these people, but ended up being hit round the head with a club by a man, later revealed as Mr. Eko. (“Adrift”)
2×03 – Orientation
Sawyer, along with his other friends, was shoved into a pit. (“Orientation”)
2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
After being kept as prisoners for several days, they were eventually released by Ana Lucia, and, eventually, it was revealed that they were accompanying fellow survivors of the flight, from the tail section. The group led the new arrivals to their current home in the Arrow station. (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
2×06 – Abandoned
As the group trekked across the Island back to the main camp, Sawyer’s condition (caused by his infected bullet wound) worsened, and he collapsed, prompting the Islanders to build a stretcher to carry him on, over Ana-Lucia’s protests that he would only slow them down. (“Abandoned”)
2×08 – Collision
During the confrontation with Sayid over the shooting death of Shannon Rutherford, he was carried the remainder of the journey to the camp by Mr. Eko. (“Collision”)
2×09 – What Kate Did
He was treated by Jack with medicine from the hatch, and cared for by Kate, who watched over him night and day until she began to hallucinate from lack of sleep. The spirit of her dead father, Wayne, appeared to manifest itself through Sawyer during this time.
After he recovered enough to be taken outside for some air, he was witness to Kate’s final meeting with the black horse. (“What Kate Did”)
2×10 – The 23rd Psalm
Back at camp, Sawyer got a haircut and was taken care of by Kate. (“The 23rd Psalm”)
2×11 – The Hunting Party
When Michael ran off, Sawyer, Jack and Locke went after him. Locke revealed to Sawyer that he knew his real name. When Tom held Kate, Sawyer said that their feud was not done yet. (“The Hunting Party”)
2×13 – The Long Con
Back at camp, Sawyer was angry at Jack, who stole some of his supplies. He warned Jack about taking his things, but when Jack ignored him, the con man hatched a plan to exact his vengeance. Sawyer enlisted Charlie’s help in an elaborate scheme that included kidnapping Sun and blaming it on the Others.
He also managed to deceive everyone in the group that Jack and Ana Lucia were preparing to hand out guns for an army. The deception allowed Sawyer a chance to steal all the guns and medicine housed in the Swan station armory, setting up a situation where everyone must come to him if medicine or guns were needed. (“The Long Con”)
2×15 – Maternity Leave
Sawyer also willingly handed over a number of his guns to fellow survivors. For instance, he gave Kate a gun to take with her on her trip with Claire to find the medical station. (“Maternity Leave”)
2×17 – Lockdown
Jack was able to win the medicines back beating Sawyer in a game of poker. (“Lockdown”)
2×20 – Two for the Road
In addition, Ana Lucia also managed to steal a gun from Sawyer, by sleeping with him. This led to Michael using the gun to shoot both Ana Lucia and Libby, leading to Sawyer feeling remorse over their loss.
When Jack wanted the guns by pointing a gun at him, he realized that Ana Lucia had stolen his gun. (“Two for the Road”)
2×21 – ?
When they found the bodies, he gave up the location of the rest of his guns and stash to Jack, as Libby was in need of the heroin for pain relief. (“?”)
Among the names on the list of people Michael was instructed to bring to the Others was Sawyer, and he was convinced to join Michael and the others on their mission to find Walt.
On the way, he killed an Other who was spying on the group from across a river. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1”)
As they traveled, however, they were ambushed and taken to the Pala Ferry by the Others. With Hurley allowed to go free, the trio of Jack, Kate and Sawyer were kidnapped by the mysterious indigenous group. (“Three Minutes”) (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 2”)