Gordy was Sawyer's partner and Sawyer was indebted to him. He was having Sawyer perform a "long con" on Cassidy. He threatened to kill Sawyer if he didn't go through with the con on her. ("The Long Con")
Before becoming a Michael-centric episode, "Adrift" was supposed to be Sawyer-centric. In July 2008, some pictures surfaced online, one of them depicting Kevin Dunn as Gordy in an outdoor "beach" scene, 11 episodes before his first televised appearance.