14. Sayid Tortures Sawyer
Episode: Confidence Man (1×08)
This is the first episode where we learn something about Sawyer that hints that he’s not the most horrible person on the island. We learn that he’s a con man, but we also learn that he’s willing to end a con if a young boy would be hurt by the deal. It won’t be for a few episode that we learn why, but the seed is planted. Of course, when we turn to the island, Sawyer proceeds to be as awful as he’ll ever get, denying asthma medication to Shannon for no apparent reason.
Jack sees no choice but to employ the skills of his torture buddy, Sayid. The shot of Sayid sharpening the bamboo is pretty intense. Sawyer finally breaks, but in true fashion, he still maintains control over the situation by demanding to work with Kate and then manipulating her.
13.5. There’s a New Sheriff In Town
Episode: The Long Con (2×13)
The above entry reminded me of another moment I just can’t leave off the list. Well, see for yourself.
13. Sayid Shoots Avellino
Episode: The Economist (4×03)
I more or less hated the flash forwards. While I occasionally don’t mind a tease as to what is to come, I think the show overdid it, sometimes focusing more on this vague future than all the fun going down on the island. But for a brief moment, I was engaged. It was nice to see Sayid playing a serene round of golf. You figure, maybe he’s at peace now. Nope.