Justified was on this last night. Here’s some thoughts I had about it.
1. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: There are just too many villains with their hands in the pot this season! Quarles, Limehouse, Boyd Crowder, Wynn Duffy, these men’s various lackeys. And now with Dickie Bennett out of jail, we’ve got him stirring up trouble, too. Also, Alan Arkin is introduced as Tonin, the head honcho of the Detroit-based mafia Quarles works for. Assuming at least one of these people is killed off at the end of this season (and I think this is where Quarles is clearly headed), then I hope the showrunners are planning on spinning out the rest of these villain’s interconnected storylines into next season.
2. It was great getting to see some real interaction between Art and Raylan in this episode. I love these two characters together, and the actors play off each other in hilarious, winning ways. Art wants Raylan to be okay, not just as a marshal but as a man. Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do for the messy bastard.
3. Actually, all of the Lexington marshals come out to play in this episode. Rachel and Tim are in charge of trying to get Mags Bennett’s cooler of money away from Dickie’s clutches. They don’t get much to do, but I still enjoyed getting to see this pair bust out on their own for once. I hope the show realizes that this doesn’t drag episodes down. The fans genuinely want more Rachel and Tim. It’s okay to have them doing things together sometimes.
4. I like this trashy bartender that Raylan’s fooling around with these days. Can we trade Winona for her, please?
5. There are two more episodes left, and I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen. This is what I want from my TV: to keep me on the edge of my seat. Here’s hoping for two exciting episodes to cap this interesting but slightly-off season!
Tim Gutterson Sighting Report: He’s here, but still not shooting anyone. I love all these random scenes of him eating and making smartass comments, but I will be sorely disappointed if we don’t get any sniper action before the season’s over.